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In the face of a pandemic, China-Russia service trade has gone digital

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Anchorwoman Fang Ziyue was busy presenting merchandise in front of a camera at an e-commerce live streaming facility in a border city in Heilongjiang Province, northeast China.

“The Russia-made chocolate I’m holding is incredibly sweet,” Fang stated, standing in front of a shelf brimming with various Russian imports. The cross-border e-commerce live streaming hub is located in the Heihe Area of China (Heilongjiang) Pilot Free Trade Zone in Heihe. It was founded a year ago and already has 35 studios for live streaming concerts.

From January to June, the cross-border e-commerce trade volume of the Heihe Area of the free trade zone attained 640 million yuan (about 99.14 million U.S. dollars), up 17 percent year on year. Because the COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on personnel exit and entrance at the China-Russia border, cross-border service trade between the two nations has gone digital and online.

Zhao Jing, a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) at Suifenhe People’s Hospital in the border city of Suifenhe, always keeps her phone with her to answer queries from her Russian patients at any time.

In 2013, the hospital developed a national foundation for TCM service exports, promoting medical tourism, health checkup management, and the TCM service trade. Zhao, who is also the base’s deputy director, stated that during the pandemic, the base provided remote consultation for Russian patients via online Q&As and video hookups. Vyacheslav Kurmanov enquired about the prescriptions and effects of TCM-made tablets using a social networking app.

Kurmanov and his family visited the hospital every year for TCM care and therapy until the outbreak of the new coronavirus. He stated that he is really interested in TCM and that the online consultation allows them to seek professional assistance.

According to the hospital, since the outbreak, the base has served over 1,500 Russian patients online.

The pandemic has created chances for Jin Peng, 29, who has founded an online education company in Harbin, the province capital. The company employs international instructors to teach Russian online and provides audio, video, and text resources through online platforms.

The company also acts as an agency for Chinese students interested in studying in Russia. Since 2020, more than 200 students have registered at Russian educational institutions to learn online through the organization. “Throughout the pandemic, we kept in touch with many Russian institutions via various web channels to discuss facts concerning students studying abroad. Contacts are now more convenient because to the internet “Jin stated.

According to Song Kui, a specialist on the China-Russia regional economy, new technologies such as “internet+,” big data, and 5G have aided the province’s expansion of service trade with Russia. “Digital technology would make service trading with Russia more effective and easier,” he predicted.

Source: Xinhua News Agency

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Microsoft introduces new Surface products ahead of Windows 11 launch

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On the threshold of Windows 11, Microsoft has revealed the largest update to the Surface products by the company. With improved and advanced PixelSense displays, pen technology, mics and cameras, powerful silicon and versatile form factors, the new Surface devices are designed to help the new Windows operating system Windows 11’s innovation to the next level.

The brand affords Microsoft an opportunity to push the edge of what can be done with consumer hardware, generally with a focus on blurring the line between categories like a laptop, tablet and, more recently, phone. The Surface track record has been a solid one, overall, though messing around with form factors means no one gets it 100% right 100% of the time.

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The newest product launched in tonight’s event was Surface Laptop Studio, a clever take on the two-in-one category that Microsoft has been bullish about forever, and the name fittingly pays homage to both the Surface Studio and Laptop, perhaps splitting the difference between the pair. Designed as an ideal product for developers, creative pros, designers and gamers, bringing users the power of a desktop, the portability of a laptop and a creative studio all in one.

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Microsoft also introduce upgraded new Surface Go, Pro and Pro X. The Go 3 gets a new Intel Core i3, which the company promises will offer up to 60% faster performance. The 10.5-inch system starts at $400 and will also add an LTE option, which is set to arrive at some point in the coming months. The Pro 8 two-in-one sports a 13-inch screen, 11th-gen Intel Core processors and two Thunderbolt 4 ports. The thin and light Surface Pro X, meanwhile, runs on a Microsoft SQ2 ARM chip.

The new Surface Pro Signature Keyboard provides storage and charging capability for the new Surface Slim Pen 2, keeping it nearby and ready whenever inspiration strikes.

Providing a simple and delightful Pen experience is one way Microsoft enable the technology to fade into the background. The intuitive ability to put Pen to screen immerses users in their productive and creative endeavors, boosts retention and offers new levels of versatility.

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Microsoft has established a long-term commitment to sustainability and adaptability and has a commitment to becoming carbon negative, zero waste and water positive by 2030. To reach this goal Microsoft regularly evaluate every piece of the product and manufacturing processes through the lens of sustainability.

Every step matter on the journey toward greater sustainability. Microsoft in collaboration with SABIC has created a high-quality resin made of 20% recycled ocean plastic recovered or washed ashore from oceans and waterways. The Ocean Plastic Mouse, made from this resin, is an eco-friendly, comfortable accessory that takes small steps to reduce waste while putting a powerful accessory at users fingertips.

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Microsoft clearly wants you to upgrade your hardware to match if the convoluted system requirements are any indication. Surface products present a further sense of refinement to the line, in anticipation of Windows 11.

The Microsoft Ocean Plastic Mouse is, admittedly, a bit gimmicky as the company is pushing hardware upgrades. In a more ideal world, all the company’s devices would be made of similar components. But hey, if it rescues plastics from the ocean, it’s a start. The Surface Adaptive Kit is a consumer-facing piece of what has been among the industry’s leading accessibility efforts.

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Amount of money sent from Maldives to Abroad by foreigners has decreased

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The amount of cash sent by foreigners to them over the sea accounts has decreased.

Central Bank of Maldives MMA’s statistics shows that in the past 6 months, the sum of cash that foreigners who live in the Maldives have significantly decreased. In the past 6 months, they have sent 22.1 billion dollars or 341 million rufiyaa. But in the second quota foreigners had sent 9.6 million dollars or 148 million rufiyaa.

The most amount of money was sent to Bangladesh, as Bangladeshi nationals are the majority of foreigners in the Maldives. They had sent 7 million dollars to Bangladesh. MMA’s calculations state that that is 50% of the money sent out from the country to another country. The second-largest sum of money sent from the Maldives to other countries was India and Egypt.

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STELCO has stopped packaging water in plastic bottles.

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State Electric Company Limited (STELCO) has stopped packaging water in plastic bottles.

STELCO’s media official informed that production using one-time-use plastics will be stopped. STELCO has temporarily stopped their production and sale of plastic water bottles as they are researching an environmentally conscious and sustainable option. STELCO’s managing director Hassan Mughnee has noted that they will be introducing glass bottle options very soon.

In order to stop single-use plastics in the company, STELCO has provided alternative options in their offices as well, by installing water dispensers in each department. In STELCO’s department stores, instead of plastic shopping bags, they have changed to paper bags as well. And it has been banned to bring in one time use plastics into STELCO’s building.

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