dumping and anti-subsidy measures, have largely reduced China’s export to the country.
Photovoltaic modules export to India also slumped 24.4 percent to 1.81 GW in the first quarter, as the Indian government ordere
d that all photovoltaic modules for government and central public utilities projects should be 100 percent India-made.
China’s top five photovoltaic modules exporters in value in the first quarter were Jinko Solar, J
A Solar, Trina Solar, Canadian Solar, and Longi, taking up 12.8, 8.6, 8.3, 7.4, and 6.7 percent, resp
ectively, of total export value. Export volume of the top 12 exporters took up 65 percent of total export, added the report.
The report projected that China’s photovoltaic modules capacity will furth
er expand 8.5 percent to 83 GW this year, with nearly 50 GW exported to the overseas market.
According to locals like Ahmat, the Lop Nur people fished for food in the area famous for the
vast Lop Nur lake, where historically the Tarim River ended. The lake dried up not long after the water in the
river had gone. As such, many fishermen packed away their rods and instead pursued herding and farming.
“When I was a child, I never ate fish. Nor did I ever see my grandfather or father go fishing,” says Ahmat.
When the ‘black storms’ struck, I could see nothing, and the shee
p couldn’t find their way home,” he recalled of the sandstorms in the old days.
“Nothing could be seen when a black storm hit, and nothing was left after the sto
rm,” says Wang Jianben, 74, who lives on a farm some 100 km away from Ahmat’s village.
“Most of the crops would be blown away, and the farmers had to replant the crops three to four times in a single spring.”
If they wanted a replay of what happened to ZTE, a Chinese company which relies heavily on outsider
technologies, they may never see it. Because Huawei is a dramatically different kind of business.
The Plan B Huawei has just revealed — a series of self-developed chips — is only part of what makes it an enterprise of strategic insight, and hence resilience. Over
time, that insight has rewarded it with a viable biosphere that its founder Ren Zhengfei believes will enable it to weat
her the storm. “Our growth may drop a bit in the wake of US restrictions, but negative growth is impossible,” said a confident Ren during a Tuesday inter
view with Chinese media, adding that Huawei has cultivated longstanding trust with industry partners.
That may be why, even after Google barred Huawei from some Android featur
es, Ren spoke highly of the Silicon Valley giant, praising it as a “good company”. That may
China in 2018 had 202 unicorns valued at a combined total of $744.6 billion, according to a Greatwall Strategy Consultants report.
A unicorn is a privately held startup valued at more than $1 billion.
Seven of the companies are considered super unicorns – companies valued at more than $10 billion, the report said.
They are Ant Financial ($150 billion), Bytedance ($75 billion), Didi Chuxing ($60 bi
llion), Kuaishou ($20 billion), JD Digits ($20 billion), Cainiao ($20 billion) and Bitmain ($14.5 billion).
China’s unicorns come from 22 industries, with e-commerce, smart logis
tics, new entertainment, artificial intelligence, and new energy and smart vehicles the top five sectors.
Commission said that more than 231,000 college students graduated from universities in
Beijing last year, but 37.5 percent of employed graduates chose to work outside the capital.
A female college student surnamed Zhang said that she chose to w
ork in Wuhan, Hubei province, after graduating from Tsinghua University in June, 2018.
“The biggest reason driving me away from Beijing was the living cost,” she said. “Tho
ugh I can earn 8,000 ($1,160) or even 10,000 yuan a month in Beijing, the rent may cost me 3,000 yuan or more ea
ch month, let alone other expenses such as meals, transportation and getting together with friends.”
In contrast, some so-called new first-tier cities like Chengdu, Sichua
n province; Hangzhou, Zhejiang province; and Wuhan have sprung up as new at
tractions to college graduates for their cheaper living costs and preferential policies to newcomers.