Robots at expo; stealth jet on show; nav system grows: China Quick Take
Duncan Hooper

Six stories from this week in China.

Robots mingle at CIIE

The world's first multitasking robot service station debuted at the fifth China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai, providing guidance, security inspection, recycling and other services for the global event.

Controlled by a smart system designed with 680 patents, the 46 robots can be dispatched in real time to perform numerous tasks in different scenarios, shuttling between the robot dock and exhibition areas.

The Expo concluded on Thursday, with a total of $73.52 billion worth of tentative deals reached for purchases of goods and services.

More than 2,800 companies from 127 countries and regions participated in the enterprise exhibition which launched 438 new products, technologies, and services.

Stealth jets at air show

The 14th International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition, also known as Airshow China 2022, opened on Tuesday in Zhuhai City, south China's Guangdong Province, with more than 740 companies from 43 countries and regions participating and over 100 aircraft on display. 

Among them was the J-20, China's most advanced stealth fighter jet.

Aerobatic pilots perform at the China Air Show /VCG
Aerobatic pilots perform at the China Air Show /VCG

Aerobatic pilots perform at the China Air Show /VCG

Largest carbon market

China's national carbon market covers about 4.5 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions, making it the largest carbon market globally after one year's operation,  according to Zhao Yingmin, head of the Chinese delegation at the COP27 climate conference.

Digital share rises

By 2021, the value of the digital economy in China had reached 45.5 trillion yuan (about $7.1 trillion in 2021 average exchange rate), accounting for nearly 40 percent of GDP, according to a white paper.

China's digital economy has ranked second worldwide for many years, and has become "a major growth engine" for the country, the report said.

By June 2022, there were 1.05 billion internet users in China, noted the white paper, adding that the country hosts the world's largest 5G network, with 1.85 million 5G cell towers.

Meanwhile, e-commerce is flourishing in China. China's online retail sales climbed to 10.8 trillion yuan last year, up 12 percent year-on-year and accounting for a quarter of the total retail sales of consumer goods.

Mangroves protected

More than 55 percent of China's mangroves are included in protected areas, making it one of the few countries in the world with an increase in mangrove areas, a Chinese official told the  Ramsar Convention meeting in Geneva.

China's mangrove area has increased from 22,000 hectares (220 square km) in 2001 to 27,000 hectares (270 square km) today.

Navigation system growing

The products of China's domestically-developed BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) are being used in over half of the regions in the world, a Chinese official has said.

The system has also been widely applied in the transportation sector as well as daily life through smartphones and wearable devices. In 2021, 324 million Chinese smartphones supporting BDS services were exported, accounting for 94.5 percent of the country's total.

BDS, GPS, Russia's GlONASS and Europe's Galileo are the four major global navigation systems, with the GPS holding the leading position.

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