BEIJING, Aug. 2 (Xinhua) -- The following are China economic news briefs.
HENAN REPORTS SPIKE IN FOREIGN TRADE
Central Henan Province recorded 11.7 billion U.S. dollars in total import-export volume in the first half of this year, up 52.3 percent over the same period last year.
The European Union continued to be the biggest trading partner of Henan. Trade between Henan and the EU stood at 2 billion dollars between January and June, an increase of 83.2 percent year-on-year.
According to statistics from the Henan Provincial Department of Commerce, the province has seen a fast growth in the exports of silver, aluminium, vegetable, porcelain, and fur, while its imports of iron ores, lead ores, machinery, and wood pulp have also increased sharply.
AIRLINES HIKE JET FUEL CHARGES
China Eastern Ailrines, China Southern Airlines and many other Chinese carriers raised fuel surcharges on domestic routes Tuesday after the National Development and Reform Commission increased the ex-factory jet fuel price on Monday.
The airlines hiked the surcharges from 140 yuan (22 U.S. dollars) to 150 yuan per passenger on domestic routes longer than 800 km, while those on other routes remain unchanged, according to the online travel agency Ctrip.com.
APEC SME SUMMIT TO BE HELD IN CHENGDU
The 2011 APEC Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Summit will be held from Aug. 29 to 31 in Chengdu, capital of southwest Sichuan Province, a spokesman with the Sichuan Provincial Exhibition Bureau said Tuesday.
Business leaders, scholars and representatives of financial institutions from across the Asia-Pacific region will attend the summit to mainly discuss how SMEs can grasp opportunities to grow rapidly, the spokesman said.
The summit is sponsored by the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC), and the Sichuan provincial government.