ons in February for the clinical application of new biomedical technolog
ies, stipulating that clinical research that involves human trials, including gene editing, stem cells, organ tra
nsplants between species and assisted reproductive technologies, must secure the approval of the commission in advance.
Under the draft, which is yet to be adopted, violators may face
punishments including fines, revocation of business permits or criminal charges.
The commission this year will complete its revision of an existing r
egulation on ethical inspection of human-related biomedical research that was adopted in 2016.
Authorities are also considering establishing a national ethics
committee that supervises life science technologies and researchers to ensure compliance wit
h ethical standards, Huang Jiefu, former vice-minister of health, told China Daily in an earlier interview.
ities have grown more quickly than in big cities, including clothing, food, beverages and home appliances, Chen added.
During Spring Festival in February, small-town youths in third- an
d lower-tier cities outperformed their peers in bigger centers of population in consu
mption across major e-commerce platforms, including the number of orders placed and the range of products bought.
In third- and fourth-tier cities, total online spending during Spring Festival rose by 55 percent year-on-year, comp
ared with 51 percent in first-tier metropolises. Spending by small-town youths on beauty products rose by 7.8 perc
ent year-on-year, compared with a 5.4 percent increase among their peers in larger cities, according to a report rel
eased by Tmall－Alibaba’s e-commerce platform－and market research company Kantar Worldpanel.
Small-town youths have also boosted the movie industry. For example, in the first quarter of this year, some
56 percent of the box office for The New King of Comedy came from lower-tier cities, as did 46 percent for Crazy Alien.
major platforms for them to learn about the outside world. They also l
ike to use social networking platforms such as Pinduoduo and WeChat, on which they can bu
y products, socialize with friends, learn about the latest fashion trends and make purchases, Yu said.
“For example, Pinduoduo asks consumers to invite friends to join the platform, to help r
educe prices, which can be a good way of obtaining new customers and retaining them,” he said. “C
onsumers also like purchasing activities that can strengthen connections with friends.”
Sun said that because they face less work pressure and shorter commuting time, small-town youths have more free time com
pared with their peers in big cities. They mainly spend this time online or getting together with friends.
Some 88.7 percent of small-town youths surf the internet, 80.6 percen
t hang out with friends, and 60 percent watch movies, according to Sun’s report.