(Xinhua) -- A recent news story about a Huawei
smartphone, which saved the life of a businessman who was shot
by robbers in South Africa, was one of the most read on social
media in China.
It has also helped draw fresh
attention to Chinese brands or “Made in China” products.
It might be a coincidental or magical
episode for Chinese brands in that story, but on the other
hands, the “Made in China” products are winning substantial
recognition and praises from their users worldwide.
China is turning from a “manufacturing
powerhouse” to “a smart, intelligent manufacturing giant,” which
is providing the world with brilliant, innovative products and
services with high technical and cultural inputs.
CHINESE HANDPHONES POPULAR WORLDWIDE
According to British newspaper Daily
Mail, South African businessman Siraaj Abraham was ambushed by
masked raiders late August outside his house in Cape Town, and
one of the robbers shot Abraham in the chest from a distance of
only two meters.
Thanks to a Huawei P8 Lite smartphone
stored in Abraham’s front pocket, which was hit by a 9mm bullet
but fended the bullet from entering the 41-year-old man’s body,
his life was miraculously saved.
The Huawei smartphone does not have a
metal body, but its plastic build managed to stop a flying
Huawei later presented Abraham with a
brand new Huawei P9 Lite to replace his damaged phone, for free.
Advertising giant WPP’s market
research unit, Millward Brown, believed that China’s telecom
leader Huawei enjoys a growing business presence worldwide, and
its smartphones have become a powerful growth engine with
soaring popularity and reputation with consumers.
Xiaomi smartphones, which emerged in
recent years in China, are also highly sought after overseas.
Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi now has gradually entered
Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, India and Brazil, among others,
after its products were launched in Taiwan and Hong Kong regions
of China in April 2013.
The popularity of OPPO, another
Chinese smartphone brand, is steadily growing in Africa and Arab
countries like Egypt.
CHINA’S MOVIES, TV SERIALS ENTER ORDINARY AFRICAN HOUSES
Watching TV was luxury in Africa in
the past, with an initial installation charge of 200 U.S.
dollars, a commissioning cost of 50 dollars, and a subscribing
fee of at least 47 dollars, recalled a office salary earner
called Joseph in Kenya.
Nowadays, Kenyans only need to pay 20
dollars for a set top box and some 2.5 dollars extra for a
package to watch quality digital programs. This is brought to
Kenya by Star Times, a Chinese private company that has
successfully made its foot prints in the African continent.
Zhang Junqi, CEO of Star Times’ Kenya
subsidiary, said that over the past years, Star Times has
established branches in more than 30 African countries like
Nigeria, South Africa and Tanzania, with more than 8 million
Star Times has become the most
influential digital television operator in Africa now, Zhang
To meet the rising demand for Chinese
movies and TV programs by more and more Africans, the company
established a regional producing center in 2011. In a Chinese
movie and TV channel launched by Star Times, those stories about
daily life of Chinese families, Chinese countryside and success
stories of individuals are most popular among the audience.
He said while Chinese products are
bringing the Chinese people and African people closer, Africans
look forward to learning more about China and regard the Chinese
TV serials as echoing and reflecting the feelings and
experiences of their own.
CHINESE METRO VEHICLES WIN PRAISES FROM RIO OLYMPICS HOSTS
Chinese metro vehicles or coaches have
won praises from the hosts of the Rio Olympics which just was
held in the Brazilian city last month.
The city of Rio de Janeiro opened its
long-awaited metro Linha 4 a week before the Olympoic Games
began. The coaches of the line were made by Chinese producers.
Cristiano Mendoza, a project manager
of Rio Metro Barra which ran the line, said in a letter to the
line’s contractor, the Changchun Railway Vehicles Company,
expressing appreciation for the good work done by the company.
“The newest set of modern railway
vehicles have won not only praises from Rio Metro Barra, but
also the citizens of Rio and Rio Olympics audiences and
sportsmen and sportswomen from around the world,” said Mendoza.
The Changchun Railway Vehicles Company
has already signed contracts to provide vehicles for subways and
metros in five Brazilian citieies with a total of over 600
coaches worth about 1 billion dollars.
During the Olympic games, the Chinese
coaches have played a major role in offering top-quality
transport services to the public, said Rio metro people.