orwegian-born John Hou Sæter, a midfielder with Beijing Guo’an, received his temporary Chinese ID card Tuesday, becoming the first naturalized Chinese footballer.
Known as Hou Yongyong in China, the 21-year-old is expected to make his Guo’an debut in the Chinese Football Assoc
iation (CFA) Super Cup match between Shanghai SIPG and Beijing Guo’an next weekend, according to The Paper.
Guo’an has also registered him up for the upcoming AFC Champions League.
It has also been predicted that he may receive a national team call-up in the future.
Hou Sæter made his debut for Norwegian side Rosenborg in a domestic cup game against Orkla F
K in 2014. The appearance made him, at 16 years and 101 days, Rosenborg’s youngest ever senior player.
In September 2014 he made his debut in the Norwegian top f
light against Aalesund, coming on as an 81st-minute substitute in a 3-0 win. This made him his sid
e’s youngest ever league debutant, at 16 years and 258 days, beating the previous record by nine days.
Speaking on the speculation that Hou Sæter may one day play for the Chinese national side, h
is mother, Hou Yurong, said that it would be “both my wish and his own choice. I’m always his biggest fan.”
China lost 3-0 to Iran in late January in the Asian Cup quarterfinal, conceding all three goals due to defensive errors. “When you face a strong team like Iran, you
have to avoid making the mistakes. I did not expect we lost the game in this way,” China coach Marcello Lippi said.
With the Olympic qualifying tournament and the 2022 World Cup quali
fying campaign around the corner, China faces an uphill battle with a limited squad.
Hou Sæter’s versatility has been praised by Guo’an head coach, Rog
er Schmidt, who has said the midfielder can play a number of positions across the pitch.
Naturalization has become increasingly popular in international football in recent
years, and has been used by Japan, the Philippines, and AFC Asian Cup holders Qatar.
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nger the prerogative of the US and Russia. Apart from the US, Russia and China, India too has worked out an ambitious plan to put astronauts in space by 2022.
Constantly improving manufacturing and new material technologies have remarkably reduced the cost of space launches. The pr
ivate US company Space X has successfully launched recoverable rockets, and its launch cost per kilogram payload has fallen below $2,000, one-ten
th that of a space shuttle launch. And for China and India, the cost of one rocket launch is less than $5,000 per kg.
Another major change helping space exploration is the advancement in 3D printing technology, which now allows astr
onauts to produce parts and components in the International Space Station and thus reduces the number of sup
ply vehicle launches. 3D printing will play a big role in the construction of a permanent space station on the moon.
These technological advancements have propelled a new wave of space fever ac
ross the world. While US President Donald Trump has reactivated the space ex
ploration program that aims to land humans on Mars by 2033, private space companies such as Space X and Blue Ori
gin have used advanced technologies to their full advantage to move ahead in the space race.
For China, building a permanent space station and a rocket launch platform on the moon will
be critical to advanced space exploration. Actually, China is moving closer to fulfilling that objective.
Whether it is filial piety to the elderly or rewarding children or themselves, trading volu
me has kept growing. Spending on entertainment and travel also grew fast,” said Chen Han, a data analyst at China UnionPay.
Consumption has become the biggest driver for the economy, contributing 76.2 percent of the co
untry’s economic growth last year, up 18.6 percentage points over the previous year, the National Bureau of Statistics said.
“Judging from major economic indicators, domestic demand has become a decisive force of China’s economic gro
wth,” said Wang Bin, deputy director-general of the ministry’s department of market operation and consumption promotion.
Several factors will support steady consumer spending growth in China. Residential inco
me has been increasing fast and deeper pockets facilitate more spending. The second China Int
ernational Import Expo in Shanghai will also offer more access to global products, Wang said.
Wang Jun, a researcher at the China Center for International Economic Exchanges, exp
ects more favorable policies to further boost domestic shopping this year as nationwide tax cuts continue.
Many cities in eastern China are organizing job fairs to meet demand for new employees after the Spring Festival holiday.
The first such event in Yancheng, Jiangsu province, opened on Monday with more than 10,000 jobs off
ered by 200 local companies. The fair aims to attract more college students and migrant workers, wh
o usually return to their hometowns during Spring Festival for family reunions.
Most of the jobs are in manufacturing, catering and finance. There is also huge demand for emp
loyees in the machinery, sales and design sectors, said Zhang Chengyu, director of the Yancheng talent market.
“With the city’s economic and social development, many people now prefer to w
ork in their hometowns,” he said. “We organized the fair to provide op
portunities for them. More than 100 fairs offering 50,000 jobs will be held this year.
“Many companies pay salaries of more than 10,000 yuan ($1,474) a mon
th. They need to recruit enough employees to guarantee post-festival operations.”
Dai Yang, a graduate in mechanical engineering, said he would prefer to work in his hometown－Huaian, Jiangsu－if the salary met his demands.
To eradicate the problems in the capital’s suburb in August, the Beijing government launched a three-year, 20-billion-yuan action plan focusing on 97 projects.
However, having since consulted with 17 commissions and bureaus, the aim is now to work on more than 100 projects.
Cai Qi, Party secretary of Beijing, said the city’s urban planners should look at ways of implementing Ti
antongyuan’s original functions to improve living standards and provide better, happier homes.
The plan is part of a citywide campaign to build the capital into a world-class city in accordance with
the Beijing Overall Urban Development Plan published in October 2017. It will run until 2030.
Li Ding, associate professor at the School of Sociology and Population Studies at Re
nmin University of China, has studied Huilongguan for more than five years.
He said the upgrade is badly needed, so the action plan should have been formulated earlier. Moreover, as the lack of major in
frastructure is not an issue residents can tackle, the local government must assume the responsibility.
“Most Huilongguan residents are highly educated, so their demand for educational and cultural facilities is much higher,” Li said.
Since renovation work began at a 19-hectare sports and cultural park in Huilongguan, Li has noticed changes in the community.
“Some old sports facilities have been demolished and the park has been divided into four zones to provide a modern facility,” he said.
According to the Beijing Municipal Development and Reform Commission, there are plans t
o build six kindergartens as well as three primary and two secondary schools to satisfy residents’ needs.
An Air New Zealand flight from Auckland to Shanghai had to turn back midway on Sunday morni
ng after the aircraft was found to be lacking the required permission to land in China’s mainland.
The Boeing 787-9, operating as Flight NZ289, took off from Au
kland, New Zealand, around midnight on Saturday local time but turned back after flying for a
bout 4.5 hours. The flight was scheduled to land at Pudong International Airport at 7:05am Beijing time.
In a short message sent to passengers later, the airline said the “aircraft operating the flight did not have reg
ulatory approval to land in Chinese mainland and was required to return to Auckland.”
The B787-9, the bigger version of the Dreamliner, with the registration ZK-NZQ, has been flying wit
h the airline for five months, but has never landed in the Chinese mainland, according to its flying records.
According to China’s civil aviation regulation, foreign carriers are required to
submit a list of the type, nationality and registration mark of aircraft sch
eduled to land in Chinese mainland to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) before operating the flight.