In July, the company announced it had launched volume production of the nation's first fully autonomous minibus, the Apolong, in partnership with domestic manufacturer King Long.
In June, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang told a Cabinet meeting that authorities should avoid simply applying traditional methodology on sharing economy and regulate it in a "tolerant while prudent" manner.
In China, the online tourism market surpassed 600 billion yuan in 2016, growing 34.3 percent year-on-year.
In December 2017, Merck held the inaugural "Merck-Enactus Green Innovation Challenge" jointly with Enactus China in Shanghai. The challenge is open to all universities in China. One thousand and fifteen university students from 137 universities submitted a total of 203 projects. The Challenge is also part of SPARK – the global volunteer programs of Merck, where Merck employees serve as judges and provide expertise as well as advice on project management.
In June this year, UNESCO expressed serious concern about the impact of coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef.
In Greenfield, Indiana, work continues on the construction of a new 276,000-square-foot manufacturing facility for BeijingWest Industries Co (BWI).
In January, in response to a request by the local government, Xiang accommodated six nonnatives stranded in Enshi due to the province's lockdown.
In February, Amazon announced plans to sell games directly on Twitch, the game streaming platform that Amazon bought for nearly billion in 2014.
In July, Amazon said it planned?to double down on its spending for video content?during the second half of 2016 compared to the same period last year. Amazon CFO Brian?Olsavsky added?that the company will “nearly triple our offering to customers of new Amazon original TV shows and movies” compared to last year.?
In China, growth is expected to slow to 6.6 percent in 2017 and 6.4 percent the following year in 2018, according to the OECD data.