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First plenary meeting of 19th Western Pacific Naval Symposium held in Qingdao

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First plenary meeting of 19th Western Pacific Naval Symposium held in Qingdao
China

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First plenary meeting of 19th Western Pacific Naval Symposium held in Qingdao

2024-04-22 16:08 Last Updated At:16:37

The first plenary meeting of the 19th Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS) was held on Monday in the port city of Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province, following an opening ceremony of the event.

At the plenary meeting, participants deliberated and voted on the charter of the symposium, the "Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea" and the "Applications of Unmanned Systems" among other agenda items.

The Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea, endorsed during the 14th WPNS hosted by the Chinese Navy in Qingdao in April 2014, provides safety procedures and maneuvering instructions for naval ships and naval aircraft in unplanned encounters at sea. It aims to mitigate maritime risks and minimize the occurrence of maritime incidents.

A seminar for high-level naval officials of participating countries will be held on Tuesday.

Prior to the official inauguration of the meeting, Chinese naval officials held a series of bilateral talks with their foreign counterparts on Sunday afternoon.

Themed "Oceans with a Shared Future," the four-day meeting attracted over 180 navy representatives from 29 countries. Some delegations said they started relevant preparations upon arrival in the early morning, as everyone hopes to make full use of this platform to carry out cooperation and exchanges.

First plenary meeting of 19th Western Pacific Naval Symposium held in Qingdao

First plenary meeting of 19th Western Pacific Naval Symposium held in Qingdao

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China's service outsourcing industry reports robust expansion

2024-05-22 04:25 Last Updated At:05:37

⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠China's service outsourcing industry saw robust expansion in the first four months of this year, the Ministry of Commerce said on Tuesday.

Chinese firms inked services outsourcing contracts worth a total of some 781.43 billion yuan (about 110 billion U.S. dollars) in the four-month period, up 14.4 percent year on year, according to the ministry.

The executed contract value stood at 520.51 billion yuan, a year-on-year increase of 12.9 percent.

Of the total, the value of offshore service outsourcing contracts rose 8.6 percent year on year to 419.04 billion yuan.

Specifically, the value of offshore information technology outsourcing (ITO) services provided by Chinese companies jumped by 10.9 percent from a year earlier.

China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the United States and the European Union ranked the top three markets in terms of the fulfilled contract value of offshore outsourcing service, accounting for 54 percent of the total.

Chinese firms undertook nearly 80 billion yuan(about 14.93 billion U.S. dollars) worth of offshore service outsourcing contracts that were fulfilled with countries participating in the Belt and Road Initiative, up 24 percent from a year ago, while the offshore outsourcing services for Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) member countries totaled 73.26 billion yuan, up 16.6 percent year on year.

Outsourcing refers to hiring an outside party to carry out services or produce goods typically undertaken by in-house employees. In China, service outsourcing is typically divided into three sectors: information technology outsourcing, business process outsourcing and knowledge process outsourcing.

In the January-April period, the service outsourcing industry welcomed about 301,000 new hires, with 84.7 percent of these individuals holding a bachelor's degree or above. The sector had over 16.17 million employees at the end of April, among whom some 10.56 million were graduates with a bachelor's degree or higher.

China's service outsourcing industry reports robust expansion

China's service outsourcing industry reports robust expansion

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