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|TAIYUAN Custom Athletics Jerseys , Nov. 15 (Xinhua) -- While some Chinese metropolises have proclaimed "enough is enough" to shared bikes, fleets of two-wheelers have started rolling into the vast countryside.
In late October, leading bike-sharing operator Mobike put 20 bikes in Qiqili, a poor mountain village in north China's Shanxi Province, its first launch in a rural area.
"I know what they are! You can use one simply with your mobile phone," Liu Wensheng, 57, told his fellow villagers at the small square where the bikes were parked. "I saw them before, in the city where I worked."
Trapped deep in the mountains, Qiqili has only a few dozen families scattered on rolling hills. Last year, it found a path out of poverty -- tourism -- by capitalizing on its proximity to the winding Yellow River and its rustic lifestyle, including house caves called "yaodong."
"The bikes are like a 'window' connecting villagers with the world. As tourism has boomed in Qiqili, they can better serve tourists," said Guo Ruoqiao, an official working at the village, who spent half a year persuading Mobike to offer the service at Qiqili.
Riding a bike, villager Liu Ningfu can get home earlier after farm work. "With the bikes, we drop by more than before, and simply go for a ride for fun," Liu said.
Tourist Zhang Shengnan from northeast China's Liaoning Province was astonished to see a shared bike in Qiqili.
"It brings me a familiar feeling," said Zhang, adding that bike rides make the trip to the Yellow River more fun.
Mobike CEO Wang Xiaofeng said the countryside shouldn't be forgotten when it comes to shared bikes, which have been nicknamed one of the "new four great inventions" in China, along with high-speed railways, electronic payment and online shopping.
Bike-sharing is not just a privilege for urbanites, Wang said.
"The whole society can benefit from technological progress and access to equal services," said Wang. "That is what 'sharing' really means."
China's bike-sharing industry rose from nowhere, reaching a frenzy in less than three years. Two market leaders -- ofo and Mobike -- are both worth more than 10 billion yuan (1.5 billion U.S. dollars).
The industry is expected to earn 10.3 billion yuan in revenue this year, a 736-percent increase from 1.2 billion yuan in 2016, according to a report from iMedia Research. It estimated the number of shared-bike users in China will hit 209 million this year, compared with 28 million last year.
Before Mobike's move, ofo had tested the waters in rural areas. The company put 200 bikes in Sanhui Village in southwest China's Sichuan Province in mid-May.
Bike maintenance is harder in the countryside. According to the agreement between the Qiqili village committee and Mobike, the committee is responsible for management of the bikes and the operator will regularly send maintenance workers to the village.
The bikes, which are vulnerable to vandalism in cities, are treated better by users in Qiqili. Villagers eligible to use the bikes for free regularly clean the bikes and make saddle covers.
A marketing executive with Mobike told Xinhua that the company has no plan for large-scale business in the countryside at the present, as many villages lack roads suitable for biking.
"In addition, we need to think about whether a village really needs bikes in its development," said the executive.
BEIJING, Nov. 9 (Xinhua) -- Russia supports the idea of establishing a free trade area (FTA) in the Asia Pacific region, which is believed to enhance the country's position in the Asia Pacific market, President Vladimir Putin said in a signed article published here on Thursday.
"We support the idea of forming an Asia-Pacific free trade area. We believe this is in our practical interest and represents an opportunity to strengthen our positions" in the rapidly growing Asia-Pacific markets, Putin said in an article entitled "The 25th APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting in Da Nang: Together Towards Prosperity and Harmonious Development."
The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Economic Leaders' Summit will be convened on Nov. 10-11 in Vietnam's central Da Nang city.
Over the past five years, the share of APEC economies in Russia's foreign trade has increased from 23 to 31 percent, and from 17 to 24 percent in exports, according to Putin.
"And we have no intention of stopping there," reads the article.
The Russian president suggested that the large-scale project to create the APEC FTA be carried out with due account of the experience gained from implementing key integration formats in the Asia-Pacific region and Eurasia, including the Eurasian Economic Union in which Russia cooperates with Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.
On a related note, Putin mentioned the Russian idea to create the Greater Eurasian Partnership, suggesting forming it on the basis of the Eurasian Economic Union and China's Belt and Road Initiative.
As comprehensive development of infrastructure will serve as the basis for effective integration, Russia is actively modernizing its sea and air ports in its Far East, developing transcontinental rail routes, and building new gas and oil pipelines, the article saidEnditem
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