move 100 million rural residents, mostly migrant workers, to cities by 2020.
Under the plan, cities with a population under 3 million should remove all limits on hukou — hous
ehold registration — and cities with populations between 3 million and 5 million should relax restrictio
ns on new migrants. Having hukou in a city generally confers more social benefits on residents.
Megacities including Beijing and Shanghai should improve the points system to qu
alify for household registration, allowing more people to settle in those cities.
“In the future, the main driving force of China’s urbanization will be conferring the benefits of urban
citizenship on rural migrant workers,” said Xu Lin, former director of the NDRC’s development plan
ning department. “In this process, it is key to offering new migrants treatment equal to that of city residents.”
China has made steady progress in urbanization, as permanent urban residents amounted
to 831 million at the end of 2018, up by 17.9 million from the previous year, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.
better deal with the relationship between ‘capital’ and ‘city’, which is to strengthen the four funct
ions of Beijing — the national center of politics, culture, international communications and scient
ific innovation,” said Cai Qi, Party secretary of Beijing, last month during the two sessions.
According to the municipal authority, the new economy — industries with intensive innovation a
nd knowledge — now makes up 33 percent of the city’s economy, and this ratio is expected to keep growing.
President Xi Jinping’s three-nation visit to Europe last month prod
uced tangible fruits and showed that despite any differences that may exist between China and
the European Union, they have the common desire to strengthen cooperation.
Thanks to mutual efforts from both sides, China-EU interaction has been displaying good momentum. Over the years, their economic
interests have become increasingly intertwined, and people-to-people exchanges have flourished, formin
g a solid foundation on which bilateral ties have been able to grow and prosper in an all-around way.
the electronics industry for keeping tight wraps on product plans until it publicly launches them at
splashy events in Silicon Valley. The early announcement of AirPower, along with a wirelessly char
ed version of its AirPods headphones, was a break in that tradition. Apple released the updated AirP
ods last week, heightening speculation that the accompanying charging mat would come soon.
Daring Fireball, a website that covers Apple news, previously reported that Apple engineers h
ad issues with devices overheating on the AirPower pad. Apple declined to comment beyond its statement on the project.
Apple offered wireless charging in the iPhone in 2017, after many of its
rivals such as Samsung Electronics Co Ltd had offered the feature for several years. Whil
e rumors circulated that Apple might create its own unique wireless charging technology, the company instea
d chose to use a system that works with Qi, an open industry standard already in use by Samsung and others.
Apple shares did not move on the news, and shares of NXP Semiconductors and STMicro
electronics, two major suppliers of chips used in Qi systems, appeared to be unaffected also.