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Ping An Climbs to 21 in the Fortune Global 500 List, 2nd Among Global Financial Enterprises



Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China, Ltd. (hereafter “Ping An” or the “Group”, HKEx:2318; SSE:601318) is number 21 overall in the 2020 Fortune Global 500 list, climbing eight places since last year. With sustained growth and revenues of USD184,280 million, the Group ranked second among global financial enterprises, fifth among all Chinese enterprises.

The Fortune Global 500 list is regarded as the most authoritative ranking for the world’s biggest listed companies, measured primarily by annual revenues and profits. This year, total revenue of the 500 global listed companies reached a record high of USD33 trillion. This year, the number of Chinese (including Hong Kong) enterprises reached 124, surpassing U.S. companies (121) for the first time.

Ping An achieved sustained business growth in 2019, as the Group further pursued its “finance + technology” and “finance + ecosystem” transformation strategies, and continued to enhance its data-driven operational capabilities.

In 2019, the Group’s revenue amounted to RMB1,168,867 million, up 19.7% year on year. Operating profit attributable to shareholders of the parent company rose 18.1% year on year to RMB132,955 million. Net profit attributable to shareholders of the parent company rose 39.1% year on year to RMB149,407 million. As of 31 December 2019, the Group’s total number of retail customers surpassed 200 million and internet users reached 516 million. The Group acquired 36.57 million new customers year-on-year, 40.7% of whom were sourced from internet users within the Group’s five ecosystems – financial services, health care, auto services, real estate services, and smart city services.

Ping An aims to “serve the real economy with finance”. Through its insurance, banking, trust and fintech businesses, the Group has allocated more than RMB4 trillion to economic and social development, including means such as insurance protection, loan provision, debt-equity plans and inclusive finance. For example, Ping An and the Guangdong provincial government jointly established the “Guangdong-Ping An Development Fund” of RMB150 billion, investing in large-scale infrastructure within the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, including smart city construction, a high-speed railway, an inter-city railway and an airport. Loans for entities granted by Ping An Bank in 2019 reached RMB2.1 trillion, increasing by RMB153.6 billion compared to the end of 2018. Ping An Property & Casualty introduced a range of property, personnel and the third-party liability insurance products for small- and micro-sized enterprises, for protection against their most common risks.

With “finance + technology” as Ping An’s core and main businesses, the Group applies world-leading technologies in its main financial business to increase efficiency, cut costs and enhance risk management while offering customers excellent products and service experiences. Its innovations include the introduction of artificial intelligence (AI) interview robots in the Group’s life and health insurance unit to conduct 100% of sales agent recruitment interviews and the agents’ exclusive smart personal assistant AskBob, which has served agents 340 million times to date. Ping An Property & Casualty launched the Ping An Motor Insurance Trust Claim service, which has cut the average turnaround time of a single claim to three minutes and provides 45 million auto owners with a line of credit. In banking, Ping An developed AI-powered retail banking for all processes including sales, risk control, operations, and management. AI is also used to credit card approvals; of the 14.3 million credit cards issued by Ping An Bank in 2019, nearly 90% were automatically approved by AI.

Ping An’s technologies have also been widely applied to support its five ecosystems. By providing innovative products and services to the market, the Group’s technology business grew rapidly in 2019: total revenue increased by 27.1% year on year to RMB82,109 million. The total valuation of the technology companies reached USD69.1 billion. As of 31 December 2019, the Group had a technology team of nearly 110,000 technology business employees, 35,000 R&D employees, and 2,600 scientists. Ping An’s technology patent applications reached 21,383, and Ping An achieved global ranking of first in fintech and second in digital healthtech for the number of published patent applications.

Ping An is also pursuing sustainable development based on Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) principles. Its MSCI ESG rating has been upgraded twice in a row to “A”. Ping An also built an AI-ESG platform to empower responsible investment. As of 31 December 2019, the Group’s responsible investment reached RMB954,449 million, sustainable insurance insured amount reached RMB121.21 trillion, and the total line of green credit granted reached RMB59,056 million. Ping An is also continuing to drive its “Ping An Rural Communities Support” initiative in China, with RMB24,905 million in poverty alleviation funds granted to date. The Group has also supported the COVID-19 pandemic control efforts in China, with support measures such as insurance protection, medical support and external donations. The Group’s total amount of material and cash donations has exceeded RMB175 million.

In 2020, Ping An’s brand value continues to increase: the Group ranked 7th in Forbes Global 2000 list and 38th in BrandZ™ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands list, maintaining its top position among global insurance brands.

Other Chinese enterprises in the top 30 in the 2020 Fortune Global 500 list include Sinopec Group (2nd place), State Grid Corporation of China (3rd), China National Petroleum (4th), China State Construction Engineering (18th), Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (24th), Hon Hai Precision Industry (26th) and China Construction Bank (30th).

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Sinotruk leaping forward to become world-class technology enterprise




JINAN, China, March 2, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — On March 2, SinoTruk’s Science and Technology Innovation Award Annual Conference 2024 was grandly held, to recognize and rewarding major scientific and technological achievements and outstanding innovative talents since 2022, planning and deploying scientific and technological innovation work ahead. Tan Xuguang, Chairman and General Manager of Shandong Heavy Industry Group, Chairman of China National Heavy Duty Truck Group, attended the conference and delivered a report on scientific and technological innovative work – “Steadily stride forward, embracing change in science and technology”.


Over the past five years, Sinotruk has invested nearly RMB 15 billion in R&D, which is the sum of the previous 15 years. It has benchmarked against world-class standards and gradually established a full-process independent research and development system. Sinotruk technological strength has reached the forefront of the national industry. Sinotruk has reshaped the “Yellow River” heavy-duty trucks standard with technology, ranking first in China, and its high-tech indicators are leading the industry. The market share of heavy-duty trucks has increased from 16.5% in 2018 to 26% in 2023, ranking first in China for two consecutive years. In 2023, the export volume exceeded 130,000 vehicles for the very first time, a 2.6-fold increase compared to 5 years ago, making it the largest single-brand global export volume in the world.

Tan Xuguang called on all engineers to keep in mind their mission, be down-to-earth, persistent in innovation, and make long-term achievements through dedicated ten years of hard work. Learn from the global cooperation, grow and become talents through project training, and achieve through continuous value creation. Achieve your meaning in life, strive with vitality and passion while you are young. Let’s set off again for a better future for the century heavy truck industry and the world’s best heavy truck industry!



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Flash News: OKX Introduces Exclusive ‘Babylon Pioneer Pass Event’ in Collaboration with Babylon, Offering Free Pioneer Pass NFT Minting for the First 100,000 Users Who Stake on Babylon Testnet




SINGAPORE, March 2, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — OKX, a leading Web3 technology company, has issued updates for March 2, 2024.

OKX Introduces Exclusive ‘Babylon Pioneer Pass Event’ in Collaboration with Babylon, Offering Free Pioneer Pass NFT Minting for the First 100,000 Users Who Stake on Babylon Testnet

OKX today announced the launch of its ‘Babylon Pioneer Pass Event,’ giving users who access the Babylon Testnet and stake any amount of Signet Bitcoin (sBTC) the opportunity to claim Babylon’s Bitcoin Pioneer Pass NFT. To qualify for a spot, users must access the Babylon Testnet and stake any amount of Signet Bitcoin (sBTC).

The event kicks off on February 28 and continues until March 6. Following the event, starting from March 7, participants who have been whitelisted will have the ability to mint their Bitcoin Pioneer Pass NFT using the OKX Wallet and their whitelisted address.

The process of participating in this event is straightforward and involves the following steps:

  1. Firstly, users will need to prepare by setting up their OKX and Keplr Wallets. These wallets will be crucial for interacting with the Babylon Testnet and the subsequent claiming of sBTC and BBN.
  2. Following the wallet setup, users can then claim the sBTC and BBN on Babylon’s Official Discord. These tokens will be needed for staking in the Babylon Testnet.
  3. Finally, users will need to access Babylon’s official website, where users can actively engage, stake their tokens and claim their whitelist spots.

Participation in the event offers a multitude of benefits. Users can engage actively with the Babylon Testnet, which in turn enhances their understanding of the Babylon protocol and its functionalities. Furthermore, participants contribute to the development and evolution of the Babylon protocol by being active users.

The ‘Babylon Pioneer Pass Event‘ is a result of OKX’s partnership with Babylon, a trustless Bitcoin staking protocol. The Bitcoin Pioneer Pass, Babylon’s first commemorative Non-Fungible Token (NFT), is a highlight of this event, representing a significant milestone for both OKX and Babylon.

For more information, please visit the OKX Support Center.

About OKX

A leading global technology company driving the future of Web3, OKX provides a comprehensive suite of products to meet the needs of beginners and experts alike, including:

  • OKX Wallet: The world’s most powerful, secure and versatile crypto wallet which gives users access to over 80 blockchains while allowing them to take custody of their own funds. The wallet includes MPC technology which allows users to easily recover access to their wallet independently, removing the need for traditional, ‘written down’ seed phrases. In addition, OKX Wallet’s account abstraction-powered Smart Account enables users to pay for transactions on multiple blockchains using USDC or USDT, and interact with multiple contracts via a single transaction.
  • DEX: A multi-chain, cross-chain decentralized exchange aggregator of 300+ other DEXs and approximately 15 bridges, with 200,000+ coins and more than 20 blockchains supported.
  • NFT Marketplace: A multi-chain, zero-fee NFT marketplace that gives users access to NFT listings across seven top-tier marketplaces including OpenSea, MagicEden, LooksRare and Blur.
  • Web3 DeFi: A powerful DeFi platform that supports earning and staking on about 70 protocols across more than 10 chains.

OKX partners with a number of the world’s top brands and athletes, including English Premier League champions Manchester City F.C., McLaren Formula 1, The Tribeca Festival, Olympian Scotty James, and F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo.

As a leader building innovative technology products, OKX believes in challenging the status quo. The company recently launched a global brand campaign entitled, The System Needs a Rewrite, which advocates for a new paradigm led by Web3 self-managed technology.

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UnionPay International and The Tourism Organisation of Serbia Sign MOU to Enhance Tourist Payments and Promote Serbia as a Premier Destination




BELGRADE, Serbia, March 1, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — UnionPay International, the leading global card scheme, has entering into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with The Tourism Organisation of Serbia (TOS). This strategic partnership aims to enhancing the payment experience for tourists and to further facilitate tourism growth in Serbia.

The MOU signing ceremony took place at Belgrade on 27th February 2024, marking the beginning of a collaborative effort between UnionPay International and TOS. The agreement outlines various areas of cooperation:

Jointly promoting Serbia as Travel Destination: Through optimised marketing resources, both parties aim to promote Serbia as tourist destination among UnionPay cardholders, with its rich cultural heritage and unique experiences, provide comprehensive tourism information and payment guides for the tourists visiting Serbia. UnionPay International aims to provide more diversified and convenient payment choices, and ensuring seamless payment experiences for travellers visiting the country.

Privileges and Benefits: The partnership will explore opportunities for preferential activities that bring additional benefits to UnionPay cardholders visiting Serbia. This approach aims to boost the attractiveness of the local tourism market and create a win-win situation for both parties.

Ms Bomee Sheng, Product Director of UnionPay International, expressed her enthusiasm about the collaboration, stating, “We are delighted to partner with The Tourism Organisation of Serbia to promote tourism and facilitate payment experiences in Serbia. Through this partnership, we aim to provide UnionPay cardholders with enhanced convenience and benefits, ultimately contributing to the growth of Serbia’s tourism industry.”

Ms Marija Labović, CEO of National Tourism Organisation of Serbia, commented, “This partnership with UnionPay International comes at an important time as we strive to become the most popular all year destination in the region.” She outlines Belgrade’s popularity and the diversity of attractions from city breaks to natural retreats and she is looking forward to the Expo 2027 in the capital, “By leveraging UnionPay’s global network and advanced payment solutions, we are confident that we can attract more visitors to Serbia and provide them with memorable experiences.”

In recent years, Serbia has emerged as one of the most attractive destinations for Chinese visitors. It is hailed as the “heart of the Balkans” and offers a unique blend of captivating landscapes and rich cultural heritage. Its visa-free entry policy, coupled with the exceptional acceptance coverage of UnionPay cards, has played a significant role in attracting Chinese tourists. With over 90% of local merchants and ATMs supporting UnionPay payments and withdrawals, travellers can enjoy seamless payment experiences across various sectors, including retail, dining, hotels, gas stations, toll stations, and tourist attractions.

About The Tourism Organisation of Serbia (TOS)

The Tourism Organisation of Serbia (TOS) was formed under the Law on Tourism of 1994 as the institution in charge of promoting Serbian tourism in domestic and foreign markets, as well as performing other duties relevant for the development of communication and advertising activities in Serbian tourism. The activities of TOS are focused on positioning Serbia’s tourism products in domestic and foreign markets and exploring Serbia’s comparative advantages in terms of tourism, including its geostrategic position and its historical, cultural and natural identity.

About UnionPay International

UnionPay International focuses on the international business of UnionPay, a global payment network that serves the world’s largest cardholder base. Collaborating with over 2,600 partners globally, UnionPay acceptance now reached to 183 countries and regions. Outside the Chinese Mainland, UnionPay is accepted at nearly 67 million merchants and 1.7 million ATMs.

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