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China's logistics demand maintains rapid growth in first three quarters******
BEIJING, Oct. 31 (Xinhua) -- China's logistics demand maintained relatively rapid growth in the first three quarters of 2021, despite the sporadic resurgence of COVID-19 cases, extreme weather conditions and power cuts, according to the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing (CFLP).。
In the first three quarters of the year, the total value of goods in the logistics sector was 234.5 trillion yuan (about 36.69 trillion U.S. dollars), rising 11.4 percent year on year. The growth was 9.4 percentage points higher than the same period last year, CFLP data shows.。
Logistics demand has generally maintained a recovery momentum since the beginning of the year, with its scale and growth rate higher than the same period before the pandemic, the CFLP said, adding that the sector shows great resilience and vitality.。
The federation has attributed the growth to rising logistics demand from industries and consumption.。
Data also shows that the total cost of logistics amounted to 12.1 trillion yuan during the period, a year-on-year increase of 15 percent.。
The cost was slightly higher than the pre-pandemic level in 2019, showing that upstream and downstream supply chains are still in recovery, the CFLP said.。
However, compared with the same period last year when COVID-19 was spreading rapidly, the efficiency of logistics operations has improved, and the resilience of supply chains has continued to increase, the CFLP noted.。
The CFLP said it expects the total value of goods distributed through logistics in China to grow at around 10 percent for the whole year. Enditem。
China issues IPR protection, application plan for 2021******
BEIJING, Nov. 3 (Xinhua) -- China has recently issued a major plan on IPR protection and application work for the 14th Five-Year Plan period (2021-2025), highlighting innovation, application and protection in the sector, according to IPR authorities.
The plan is a blueprint with detailed targets and measures for the country to embark on a journey to strengthen its intellectual property undertakings, the National Intellectual Property Administration (NIPA) said.
Aside from proposing quantitative indicators, the plan clearly sets new targets for China's IPR work on protection, application, services level and international cooperation, according to Shen Changyu, head of the NIPA.
"All these targets and indicators have been drafted to ensure the fulfillment of China's phased goals to strengthen its power in the IPR sector," said Shen.
The key quantitative indicators for the 2021-2025 period will have been reached when the number of high-value invention patents per 10,000 people hits 12, when the number of patents granted overseas hits 90,000, and when the annual import and export volume of intellectual property royalties hits 350 billion yuan (about 54.7 billion U.S. dollars).
Another indicator will have been reached when the added value of patent-intensive industries accounts for 13 percent of GDP, and that of copyright industries 7.5 percent, according to the plan.
The plan outlines five key tasks for the upcoming five years of IPR protection work to stimulate innovation vitality, sustain the development of the real economy, benefit the people through innovation, serve the open economy, and boost talent and the cultivation of culture.
To meet the targets, the NIPA has launched 15 specialized projects in four major sectors: IPR protection, industrial transfer, the construction of a services system, and talent cultivation.
The projects will reach diverse and key IPR protection work fields, including trade secrets, data, new plant varieties, geographical indications, trademarks, copyright, public services and education.
According to China's 15-year plan (2021-2035) on IPR development released in September, the country has ordered stricter IPR protection, a high level of public satisfaction, and a greater IPR market value by 2025. By 2035, China's IPR competitiveness will rank among the top globally. Enditem