Xi-Trump, Rural Workers, Theme Park Jobs: Eye on Chinese Media

President Xi Jinping’s upcoming meeting with U.S. counterpart Donald Trump is good news amid uncertainty around the bilateral relationship, pointing to what may be more positive and stable ties than many had thought likely, the Global Times wrote in an editorial. The leaders need to find ways to address trade, North Korea, and the South China Sea, and set a harmonious tone for the next four years, according to the paper known for its nationalistic bent.

Elsewhere:

  • China had 282 million rural migrant workers at the end of 2016, an increase of 4.24 million from a year before, the official Xinhua News Agency reported, citing the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security. The ministry will focus on helping rural migrant workers settle in cities and start businesses, and ensure they get equal social welfare with urban residents. Migrants have fueled China’s economic boom and their consumption potential could be one of the driving forces to support its future.
  • Chinese consumers attitudes toward domestic brands has improved, while their preference for foreign brands is declining, according to a survey by the Global Times. South Korea’s Samsung and Lotte are on the blacklist amid heightened tensions between the two nations. The report comes ahead of China’s famous Name-and-Shame TV show that will air Wednesday night to mark World Consumer Rights Day.
  • A theme park in Beijing by Universal Parks & Resorts and a Chinese state-owned enterprise will start recruiting employees in the second half of 2019 as it seeks to hire about 10,000 employees, China Daily reported. China’s thriving tourism has already attracted big names such as Disneyland to bring their theme park franchise to the mainland. The park is expected to cost $8 billion with the first phase opening in 2020.

— With assistance by Miao Han

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