In Brief – Made in Dongguan

In Brief – Made in Dongguan

Eye-Opening Inspirational Blind Programmer

41D8308600000578-4604104-image-m-38_1498668955520Cai YongBin lost his eyewight in an accident, just aged six. He grew up struggling to use the internet. By memorising thousands of lines of code, read out to him, he has put his skills to good use. Having learnt how to code by ear, he is now a guiding light for 12 million visually impaired people in China – and beyond the middle kingdom. Through guts and determination, he has spent a decade or so coding and surfing the internet. His programme, PC Secretary, enabled the visually challenged to use social media, read news and even play online games.

As a boy, his house was being renovated. Sadly, some cement dropped into his eyes causing permanent burns. For years he was blighted by operations and limited opportunity. Through adversity, his inspirations settled. A range of screen-reading software programmes gave limited function. Cai YongBin told MailOnline, “It was so difficult for me to read news or play games online at that time. There were few resources to help blind people use the internet. So I thought: “I want to change my life. I want to learn coding.””

Through a C-programming language course teacher, he spent 12 hours daily, without fail, studying. His memory became his computer screen. His first software, PC Secretary, came about seven years ago. The primary version was for personal use. He shared it with friends, who also had no use of their eyes, and watched as the programme became increasingly popular. Following requests and suggestions, upgrades were made. In April 2017, Android Secretary, his Android version of PC Secretary, launched. Mr Cai works at Information Accessibility Research Association in Shenzhen, China. His work assists internet businesses such as Alibaba improve internet usage for blind users.

The full story by Tracey You is available at MailOnline.


Discoveries Made in Dongguan


The impressive sight of HaiYang diZhi-10 (Ocean Geology 10) was seen in Dongguan on June the 26th. The brand new marine geological survey vessel entered the water, following Haiyang Dizhi-8 and Haiyang Dizhi-9 (both in February).

“The new ship will be a great boost to China’s marine exploration capability,” said Zhong Ziran, director of China Geological Survey.

  • The new ship is 7580cm long and 1540cm wide.
  • It displaces 3,400 tonnes.
  • It has a nautical range of 8,000 miles.
  • This is China’s sixth geological research vessel in service.
  • Three of the six geological research vessels in service were launched in 2017.
  • One ship, Haiyang Dizhi-8 (Ocean Geology No.8) uses world-leading techniques to create high-resolution three-dimensional images of the seabed’s geological structure.
  • Haiyang Dizhi-8, is 88 metres long. It can sail 16,000 nautical miles at up to 15 knots per hour.
  • Haiyang Dizhi-9 has the world’s deepest water drilling system, capable of digging into 160m of seabed when sat 2.5km above the seabed itself.
  • The new ships are expected to be a great boost to China’s marine exploration for oil and gas.

Well, if China strikes rich out at sea, the tools to find the riches, have been made right here in Dongguan…

(Xinhua/Huang Guobao: )


WANTED: High-Tech Manufacturing

W020170626341070633303Seventy journalists walked into a city. They remarked on its “good livability, and strong development in innovation-driven intelligent manufacturing.” That city is here, Dongguan. The delegation embarked on a seven day tour of Guangdong, swinging by Dongguan on June the 8th.

Their third stop, after Guangzhou and Foshan, involved meeting Liang WeiDong, Dongguan’s city Mayor. He commented, “The central government’s praise is a strong support for Dongguan to pursue higher goals,” Liang said. “Dongguan is set to focus harder on innovation-driven intelligent manufacturing in the future.”

At the beginning of the lunar year, the Dongguan government implemented regulations to local manufacturing by creating a more complete industrial chain – to include final sales too.

The regulations have allowed high-tech manufacturers to blossom in Dongguan. Topstar, Everwin and numerous enterprises in Songshan Lake Xbot Park are integral to the city’s high-tech progression. The statistics are positive too. During the first quarter of 2017, Dongguan achieved 37.83 billion yuan ($5.54 billion) industrial added value in the manufacturing sector, of which 28.96 billion yuan was contributed by high-tech manufacturing.
Guangdong Publicity Department and the Guangdong Internet Network Information Office sponsored the tour, allowing Xinhua to host.
(Dongguan Today/Tan Jing: )
JR Acton

“Sum yourself up in 100 words or less,” they said. I’ve blown seventeen words on this alone. As a former editor of Aberystwyth Town Football Club’s website and matchday programme, amongst other accredited publications in The Non-League Paper and Cambrian News, I can safely say that I like writing. I love reading and the English language equally which is why I fled Britain for Dongguan to teach English and spend some time trying to thrash out the first novel. Everyone can write but is everyone willing to read our words? Only time will tell. I am fluent in Mancunian and English – and I am learning Mandarin, slowly. Really slowly.

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