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Chinese mainland universities dominate THE's Emerging Economies University Rankings

Universities from the Chinese mainland have secured seven of the top 10 positions in Times Higher Education (THE)s Emerging Economies University Rankings 2020 for the third straight year.Tsinghua University maintains its position at number one in the global table, leaving Peking University second for the second year running.Zhejiang University and University of Science and Technology of China remain the third and fourth places, while Shanghai Jiao Tong University climbs from eighth to sixth, Fudan University seventh while Nanjing University ninth to complete the contingent of Chinese universities in the top 10.A screenshot of the Times Higher Education (THE)s Emerging Economies University Rankings 2020 on THEs official website.Chinese mainlands universities dominate the rankings with 30 in the top 100. With 533 universities from 47 countries and territories represented in the rankings, it demonstrates the global impact of continued strong investment in Chinese universities through schemes like the Double First Class initiative as well as significant increase in research funding, particularly in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).Among the biggest movers are Beijing Normal University, which enters the rankings for the first time at 24th, Central South University, which climbs 20 places from 56th to joint 36th, Beijing Institute of Technology, which moves up 16 places from joint 82nd to joint 66th, Hunan University, which rises from 91st to joint 79th, and Northwestern Polytechnical University, which climbs from 92nd to joint 79th."Chinas success in our Emerging Economies University Rankings reflects its rapid rise on the world higher education stage. With the Double First Class Initiative driving improvements across participant universities, we expect it to continue to establish itself as a major global player in providing world class higher education over the coming years," said Phil Baty, chief Knowledge off...

Factories in S. China's Guangdong open doors to domestic and foreign media

Business and production are gradually resuming in multiple cities across China. In the southern province of Guangdong, which has long been the countrys manufacturing base, over half of its major enterprises are back to work.Industrial sectors like medical care, protective and sanitary goods, high-tech and electronics were among the first to resume production.DaAn Gene of Sun Yat-sen University was Chinas first developer of the nucleic acid test kit. (Photos: CGTN)Companies and factories opened their doors to over 50 journalists from 33 media outlets from China and abroad, including NHK from Japan, Lianhe Zaobao from Singapore, the International Daily News from Indonesia and the European Pressphoto Agency, during a two-day media tour organized by the Information Office of the Guangdong provincial government.Reporters got to see the precautionary measures being taken to guarantee the safety and health of staff, what kind of problems enterprises are facing and the solutions they are implementing.A reporter from Japan does a stand-up at a production line of disinfectants.The media group visited Galanz Group, renowned manufacturers of home appliances, which donated the first batch of microwaves and sterilizers to hospitals in Wuhan. Now more than 80 percent of their 500-strong workforce is back at work.Guangdong Sunwill Precising Plastic provides air conditioner fan blades for the ventilation system of Wuhans Leishenshan and Huoshenshan hospitals, which both drew worldwide attention for being built within days. The companys vice president says it can reach full production capacity by the end of February.Chen Haoguang, a journalist from the International Daily News of Indonesia, said, "Based on what I observed in the enterprises here, Im confident in Guangdongs manufacturing industry. "China is well planned and is doing a good job to curb the epidemic, like sending medical staff and supplies to Wuhan and helping enterprises re...

China rolls out measures to care for medical workers

BEIJING, Feb. 23 (Xinhua) -- Chinese authorities have released a document listing measures to strengthen protection and care for medical workers, as part of efforts to fight against the novel coronavirus outbreak.File photo: XinhuaSince the outbreak of the epidemic, medics across the country have rushed to the battlefront and made great contributions to the protection of peoples lives and health, said the circular issued Saturday by the leading group of the Communist Party of China Central Committee on the prevention and control of the novel coronavirus outbreak.Noting the anti-virus fight has entered a critical stage, the document urged all departments to attach great importance to the protection and care for medical staff who are facing heavy tasks, high infection risks and great work pressure.The document highlighted the following key measures to further protect and care for the medics:-- increase salaries and benefits for personnel engaging in epidemic prevention and treatment;-- compensate infected medics through work-related injury insurance for their occupational injuries;-- tilt favorable professional title evaluation policies toward frontline medical workers;-- improve services for frontline medical personnel, such as providing them with clean and nutritious meals, comfortable living environment and commuter services;-- strengthen personal protection of medical professionals, including meeting the frontline medics needs for protective products;-- ensure medical workers are rotated so that they have time to rest and recover, increase their paid vacation days after the epidemic;-- provide mental health services for frontline medial workers in time;-- offer care and assistance to frontline workers whose families are in need, such as facilitating their family members access to medical services and their childrens education;-- create a safer working environment, safeguarding the legitimate rights and interests of medical workers;-- award outs...

5G-powered robots contribute to epidemic control in China

BEIJING, Feb. 23 (Xinhua) -- Using a 5G-powered robot, doctors at a hospital in east Chinas Zhejiang Province conducted an ultrasound scan for a patient 700 km away in Wuhan, capital of central Chinas Hubei Province, the center of the novel coronavirus outbreak, according to the Science and Technology Daily.File photo: VCGIn line with the patients ultrasonic images transmitted back in real-time, two doctors, Peng Chengzhong and Ye Ruizhong of Zhejiang Provincial Peoples Hospital, operated a robotic arm via a 5G network that performed the ultrasound scan for a patient in a makeshift hospital in Wuhan.It was not the first time 5G remote ultrasound technology had been used to treat novel coronavirus patients in China.The countrys first remote ultrasonic medical certificate was issued when Peng conducted an ultrasound scan for a suspected patient in a small city of Zhejiang on Feb. 2.The 5G smart medical innovation laboratory jointly established by Zhejiang Provincial Peoples Hospital, telecommunication giant China Telecom and tech giant Huawei, has provided technical support for the two cases.A few minutes of cardiopulmonary ultrasound examination will produce up to 2GB of ultrasonic image data, with a high transmission speed and low latency.It was also not the first time 5G-powered robots have played a full role in Chinas epidemic prevention and control.The 5G cloud intelligent robots developed by another telecommunication giant China Mobile and robot maker CloudMinds have been working in Hubei Province and other places, providing medical services such as remote care, body temperature tests, spraying disinfectants, cleaning and drug delivery.The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said in a notice that it would support the application of the Internet, big data, cloud computing and artificial intelligence in areas such as epidemic monitoring, virus sources tracing, epidemic prevention and treatment.

HKSAR gov't takes proactive actions to bring back HK residents stranded in Hubei: gov't spokesperson

HONG KONG, Feb. 23 (Xinhua) -- Chinas Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government is proactively taking actions to liaise with relevant mainland authorities to discuss on how to bring back Hong Kong residents stranded in Hubei province in an orderly manner, said a spokesperson for HKSAR government on Sunday.File photo: XinhuaThe SAR government attaches great importance to the situation of Hong Kong people in Hubei, and fully understands why they are keen to return to Hong Kong as soon as possible, the spokesperson said.According to the spokesperson, as of Sunday morning, the SAR government had received more than 1,400 cases of request for assistance in Hubei, involving over 2,700 Hong Kong people there.The spokesperson said that the SAR Wuhan Economic and Trade Office had been keeping close contact with the assistance seekers and making its utmost efforts in providing them with assistance, such as helping with their medical and daily needs."The HKSAR government is determined to overcome all difficulties with the aim to bringing back the Hong Kong people stranded in Hubei," the spokesperson stressed, adding "at the same time, there is a need for all relevant parties to come together to draw up a sound and safe plan in order to reduce the public health risks to a minimum."According to the spokesperson, a 77-year-old Hong Kong man passed away in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei, due to COVID-19. And 10 Hong Kong people from three families in Hubei were infected with COVID-19, nine were treated in local hospitals and one had been discharged.

75 pct of companies confident in prospects for Chinese economy: report

File photo: VCGRegardless of the impact of the novel coronavirus outbreak, 75 percent of respondent companies in a survey said they are confident in the prospects for the Chinese economy and will not change their re-investment plans.The American Chamber of Commerce in South China Thursday released a report on the extent of difficulties created by the epidemic, after conducting a survey by telephone on 399 companies from the United States and other APEC member economies.About 97 percent of the respondent companies said that their headquarters have a good handle on the impact of COVID-19 on their business in China and are ready to provide any assistance needed.The primary difficulties reported by these companies were lack of availability of protective masks, sanitizers and other sanitary products, as well as other difficulties in restarting operations.About 93 percent of respondent companies believe that China can provide accurate epidemic information to help their headquarters understand their situation in China.The Guangdong provincial department of commerce in coordination with the Chamber has opened a hotline specifically for dealing with difficulties in companies resuming production.As of Feb. 17, China had issued more than 1,600 force majeure certificates to shield companies from legal damages arising from the outbreak, according to the report."While a majority of companies believe their revenues in 2020 will be impacted by the outbreak, many are working overtime to make up for production that has been delayed by the extended holiday and the fewer number of employees who have reported for work," said Harley Seyedin, president of the Chamber.

China-Russia east-route natural gas pipeline construction resumes amid outbreak

File photo: VCGConstruction of the middle subsection of the China-Russia east-route natural gas pipeline resumed on Wednesday, with over 200 workers on site to accelerate the pace of building.In Jinzhou, Northeast Chinas Liaoning Province, a total of 73 workers and 16 machines are carrying out anti-corrosion and earthmoving labor on one of the construction sites, while preparing for the recovery of pipeline welding, according to a statement posted on the pipeline branch of China National Petroleum Corps WeChat account.There are 135 more workers and 81 machines at another construction site in Faku County, Liaoning, waiting to resume work on Thursday, the statement read.The building of the middle subsection began in July 2019. A total of 421 kilometers of pipeline has been welded and construction will be accelerated, it read.Inaugurated on December 2, the north subsection of the China-Russia east-route natural gas pipeline will help deliver 5 billion cubic meters of natural gas from Russia to China in 2020. The amount of natural gas delivered to China via the pipeline will be gradually increased to 38 billion cubic meters per year over a span of 30 years.

Chinese engineers erect 1st box girder of Bangladesh's longest railway viaduct

File photo: XinhuaAbout two months into the commencement of a project linking capital Dhakas central Kamalapur railway station with a western Bangladesh district, the Chinese engineers on Tuesday successfully installed the first box girder of the countrys longest elevated railway.The 50-ton box girder was placed between pier-383 and pier-384.Bangladeshi and Chinese government officials among others witnessed the installation process at Keraniganj on the outskirts of capital Dhaka.The 17-km elevated railway is a part of China-financed Padma Bridge Rail Link Project which Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated by unveiling its foundation plaque at a ceremony in Munshiganj on the outskirts of Dhaka in 2018.The 169 km-long rail line project linking capital Dhakas central Kamalapur railway station and western district Jessore will pass Bangladeshs largest 6.15 km bridge of Padma, which is being built by China Major Bridge Engineering Company Limited.China Railway Group Limited (CREC) is implementing the railway project under the China G2G (government to government) arrangement.The Engineering Corps of Bangladesh Army and Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology are consultants on the rail project.Steven Wong, project director of Padma Bridge Rail Link Project from CREC said since the commencement of this project, they had to overcome multiple difficulties such as complicated geological conditions, seriously adverse natural environment and huge works of land acquisition and resettlement."CREC turned a piece of drawing into an erected span of real box girder within merely 68 days! This is the speed of CREC, the best Chinese contractor!"Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Li Jiming said, Padma Bridge Rail Link Project is of significance for both Bangladesh and China. For Bangladesh, it is a dream line and fast-track project directly supervised by the Prime Ministers Office.It is a project that will provide the first d...

Caution of corona still urged

After being home-quarantined for nearly a month, some Chinese people, encouraged by glimmering signs of the relieved spread of COVID-19, began to relax their vigilance and hurried to treat themselves in shopping malls and restaurants. However, authorities and observers urged it is yet too early to resume the pre-outbreak life, as any relaxation would give rise to increased contagion and roll back the whole countrys previous hard-earned achievements in containing the spread of the virus.File photo: cnsphotoChinas health commission confirmed 648 new infections - higher than a day earlier - but only 18 were outside of Hubei Province. A total of 21 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions havent recorded a single case of a new infection on Saturday, and the number of new confirmed cases outside of Hubei, the epidemic center, has been falling for consecutive days. After positive signs of controlling the virus emerge, some places began to loosen previous "strictest-ever" control measures, and opened some places to the public, such as restaurants and shopping malls. Thickly-dotted tea drinkers bathing themselves with sunshine at a town square, large volume retaliatory consumption in a Hangzhou shopping mall, and heavy traffic congestions in Beijing …suggest signs that some Chinese are already indulging themselves in the "victory of the battle against COVID-19." A Beijing resident, surnamed Mu, went to a small park near his home over the weekend. "My family drew lots to decide who will walk the dog in the residential compound, which has been a rare chance to breathe the fresh air in the past weeks. This weekend we finally decided to hang out in a nearby park, like a prisoner freed from jail," Mu said, noting the dog Yuanbao was even happier."I saw more and more people flocking into restaurants and supermarkets these days, and elderly taking on the street without masks on. It seems like those people ...

Misleading coronavirus information impacts US

File photo: cnsphotosThe US is receiving impacts from "misleading information" on COVID-19, and Chinese experts reminded on Sunday that although some US politicians had spread rumors to smear or insult China, the virus is a challenge to all of humanity, so China wont use the rumors to get revenge or mock such comments and speculations from US media and politicians.From the beginning of February, some Western media outlets including BBC, Foreign Policy, and Newsweek reported that Russia is spreading "conspiracy theories" on the internet and in Russian media. Some US officials and politicians also accused Russia without evidence, while the Russian Foreign Ministry responded that this is a deliberately false story.US allegations about Russias indulging in a misinformation campaign concerning the novel coronavirus origin are deliberately fake, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told TASS on Saturday."It is a deliberate fake," she said, commenting on media reports that the US State Department thinks that Russia is behind proliferation of misinformation about the coronavirus outbreak.Japanese media TV Asahi also reported that some patients in the US killed by the flu might have been actually killed by the COVID-19. This has added more concerns and panic about the virus origin, which was stated as actually originating in the US rather than China, observers noted.But the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) confirmed to the Global Times that so far there is no evidence to support the statement of TV Asahi and that many of the flu death cases in the US were actually caused by the novel coronavirus.The CDC also noted that there are 14 confirmed cases of COVID-19 infections in the US and an additional 21 confirmed cases among people who have been repatriated from Wuhan, China and the Diamond Princess Cruise ship in Japan.Before blaming Russia of spreading "misleading information" about conspiracy the...

Academic exchange, travel to Australia impacted by coronavirus outbreak despite signs of easing

File photo: XinhuaAcademic exchange and travel between China and Australia has been hit hard by the COVID-19 outbreak as students planning to go to Australia are facing up to stringent travel bans.Travel agencies have canceled tours to Australia as Canberra on February 1 announced a ban on people arriving from or transiting through the Chinese mainland from entering Australia.A customer service operator for Chinese online travel agency Ctrip.com told the Global Times on Sunday that no package tours to Australia can be booked before May 31.Customers who booked such tours can cancel and get a refund, the operator noted.Many students stuck in China over Spring Festival have opted for a third country to enter Australia.A Masters student surnamed Yu at the University of New South Wales told the Global Times she planned to fly to Thailand on Wednesday and stay there for two weeks, then fly on to Australia. Yu said her university was supporting students, for example by subsidizing their stay at a third country for quarantine or allowing them to defer admissions if they could not return on schedule.An estimated 100,000 Chinese students enrolled at Australian schools are held up by the travel ban and stuck either on the Chinese mainland or at a third country, Australian media reported.Australian media reported Saturday the country would ease travel restrictions on Chinese high school students outside the epicenter Hubei Province, but university students reached by the Global Times said they were still prevented from enrollment.None of the Chinese visiting scholars with offers from Australian universities reached by the Global Times as of Sunday have been granted visas since the virus outbreak. "The visa process for visiting scholars seems stopped," said a scholar at the University of Melbourne who only offered the surname Shen. Shen is in a chat group with more than 200 PhD candidates and visiting scholars awaiting visas from Australia. Their visas have ...

NE China’s Heilongjiang reverses severe virus spread through tough controls

File photo: GTNortheast Chinas Heilongjiang Province health regulators on Saturday announced that no new confirmed or suspected cases of the COVID-19 infection had been reported in the province by Friday.The news came after the provincial capital Harbin on Wednesday night rolled out stringent traffic controls, seen as the toughest in the region, in its four downtown districts, and shut down exits and entrances connecting the city with neighboring counties and townships, as well as banned flows of all vehicles and personnel. Before the move, the confirmed cases of the COVID-19 infection in the four downtown districts had made up a quarter of the provincial total. Heilongjiang provincial health commission circulated on Sunday that by end of Saturday, there were 480 confirmed cases, with 12 deaths and 72 critically sickened.The large inflow of travelers, including those coming from epidemic-stricken areas, to Harbin, one of the most popular winter tourism hotspots in China, had led to the infection outbreak. The city holds the International Ice and Snow Festival, a large-scale winter tourism program annually, which attracts millions of visitors from home and abroad.Official data cited by the China News Service on Sunday shows that between December 1, 2019 and January 31, the city received some 70,000 visitors from Central Chinas Hubei Province, and the number of registered accommodations for these travelers amounted to 43,899, of which 10,450 were from Wuhan, the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak. Among confirmed infection cases in Heilongjiang, six had been working in Wuhan, and nine were from Hubei.The tradition of family reunions and new year visits over the Spring Festival period also added to the risks of transmitting the epidemic.Data shows that 79.3 percent of patients with confirmed infection cases in Harbin resulted from a cluster transmission, reports said.The regions cold climate also created difficulties for regular ventilation, making it mo...

Do farts spread novel coronavirus? A Beijing district CDC answers...

File photo: XinhuaDo farts spread the COVID-19 virus? Pants work just fine to cut off novel coronavirus transmission in farts, a Beijing district disease control center announced on Sunday. In a lengthy and seemingly humorous yet serious article on its WeChat account, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of Tongzhou district in Beijing clarified that farts, normally, do not constitute another transmission route of COVID-19, unless someone takes a good and rather close sniff of gas from a pantless patient.The comments from the Tongzhou district CDC were made in response to netizens recent concerns that infected patients may spread the disease via passing gas. The concerns were prompted by the latest research findings from a research team led by Chinese top medical adviser Zhong Nanshan which suggested that they had isolated novel coronavirus strains from samples of infected patients feces and urine.The findings made some worry that the virus is too "toxic" that farts could be a new transmission route. Some anxious individuals also called for mass production of N95 facial mask-like protection for their bottoms.The Tongzhou district CDC said it had clearly done their homework before writing the article, and they cited a fart experiment carried out by Karl Kruszelnicki and Luke Tennent a couple of years ago. Their findings were published on discovermagazine.com with the conclusion that pants can effectively screen out germs.That is to say, as long as everyone is wearing their pants, there is no need to be worried that passing gas would cause a micro biological contamination risk.The Tongzhou authority drew a conclusion at the bottom of the article stating that its safe to say that farts will not transmit the novel coronavirus provided that pants are being worn.But if the infected patient were not wearing their pants, and they released a large amount of gas, and someone else happened to be in the vicinity and took...

BRI projects not affected by coronavirus, official says

The cooperative development of BRI projects has been stable with no large-scale project delays. (Photo: China Daily)China has been making enhanced efforts to ensure that projects related to the Belt and Road Initiative remain on track while strengthening epidemic prevention, said the Ministry of Commerce.Since the epidemic broke out, the cooperative development of BRI projects has been stable with no large-scale project delays, said Chu Shijia, director-general of the ministrys comprehensive department.To prevent possible infection caused by the novel coronavirus outbreak, the government has asked companies either to delay or cut the number of overseas trips and long-term assignments for their employees, before the country officially announces the epidemic has ended, said LiHe added that the government and business associations have urged companies operating overseas to prepare enough protective materials and make emergency plans, as well as keep close communication with the host countries to facilitate the entry of project personnel and the clearance of equipment and materials.The subsidiaries of Chinas centrally-administered State-owned enterprises have also been informed not to send any staff to foreign countries for business trips or long-term assignments. Only central SOEs headquarters can make such decisions.Chinese companies have already resumed their work in markets participating in the BRI development. China Railway Construction Corp, one of the countrys two biggest rail construction contractors by revenue, reported that it had successfully installed the main steel frame of Lusail Stadium earlier this week for Qatars World Cup in 2022, in the coastal city of Qatar.

Vietnamese dairy giant to export milk products to China

(Photo: Agencies)HANOI, Feb. 21 (Xinhua) -- One of Vietnams dairy giants will officially export its milk products to China, Vietnam News Agency cited the countrys Ministry of Industry and Trade in a report Friday.Vietnam Dairy Products Joint Stock Company (Vinamilk), one of the leading dairy producers in Vietnam, has thus become the second Vietnamese enterprise after TH Milk Joint Stock Company to have obtained transaction codes from the Chinese side to export milk products to China.The company will export the first batch of sweetened condensed milk and other condensed milk products to China in the time to come, according to the news agency.Vietnam announced the export of the countrys first batch of milk products to China in October last year.

Malaysia's international reserves stand at 104.3 bln USD

(Photo: CGTN)KUALA LUMPUR, Feb. 21 (Xinhua) --- Malaysias central bank, Bank Negara, said Friday that its international reserves stood at 104.3 billion U.S. dollars as of Feb. 14, 2020.The central bank said in a statement that the reserves position is sufficient to finance 7.4 months of retained imports and is 1.1 times total short-term external debt.The international reserves consist of 97.2 billion U.S. dollars in foreign currency reserves, 1.1 billion U.S. dollars in International Monetary Fund Reserves Position, 1.2 billion U.S. dollars in Special Drawing Rights, 1.9 billion U.S. dollars in gold and 2.9 billion U.S. dollars in other reserves assets.

Philippines' foreign portfolio investment transactions yield net outflows in January

MANILA, Feb. 20 (Xinhua) -- More money flowed out of the Philippines in January, the Philippine central bank said on Thursday.(Photo: Peoples Daily Online)The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) or the Central Bank of the Philippines said transactions on BSP-registered foreign portfolio investments for January this year yielded net outflows of 486 million U.S. dollars resulting from the 1.7 billion U.S. dollars outflows and 1.2 billion U.S. dollars inflows for the month."This is higher compared to the 321 million U.S. dollars recorded net outflows in December 2019," the BSP said in a statement.The BSP said the 1.2 billion U.S. dollars registered investments reflected a 10.9 percent increase from the 1.1 billion U.S. dollars figure in December 2019.About 65.9 percent of investments registered during the month were in Philippine Stock Exchange-listed securities while the remaining 34.1 percent balance went to investments in peso-dominated government securities.According to the BSP, the Britain, the United States, Singapore, Luxembourg, and Chinas Hong Kong were the top five investors for the month, with combined share to total at 79 percent.The BSP said outflows for January 2020 were 20 percent higher compared to the 1.4 billion U.S. dollars recorded for December 2019. The United States received 62.1 percent of total outflows.In contrast, the BSP said net inflows of 763 million U.S. dollars were recorded for the same period a year ago.

Vietnam to boost power generation

Visitors and residents from China and Vietnam cross the two countries border in Fangchenggang, South Chinas Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on December 3, 2018. (Photo: VCG)Vietnam will more than double its power generation capacity over the next decade to support a fast-growing economy, new guidelines for a national energy development strategy show.The Southeast Asian nation aims to boost capacity to 125-130 gigawatts (GW) by 2030, from about 54 GW now, the Communist Partys powerful decision-making politburo said in a document this month.The strategy is "aimed at ensuring national energy security, and sufficiently supplying power for fast and sustainable socio-economic development," it added.Vietnam, one of Asias fastest-growing economies, will have to battle severe power shortages from 2021 as demand outstrips construction of new power plants.It will raise the proportion of renewable energy to 15 to 20 percent by 2030, while trying to cut reliance on coal for electricity production, the strategy document showed.The strategy calls for oil refineries to meet at least 70 percent of domestic demand for refined petroleum products. Vietnam will also develop infrastructure to be able to import eight billion cubic meters of liquefied natural gas annually by 2030.Vietnam will seek foreign and domestic private investment to help develop new power plants, and speed the privatization of state-owned power companies.

BRNN members debunk rumors, praise China’s efforts to curb epidemic

Ever since the outbreak of novel coronavirus pneumonia, members of theBelt and RoadNews Network (BRNN), as well as foreign media outlets that have participated in BRNN short-term media workshops, have paid close attention to and praised Chinas decisive and effective measures to curb the spread of the epidemic. They called for opposing all kinds of false statements and voiced their support for China in the battle against the epidemic.Screenshot from South Africas Independent OnlineIqbal Survé, executive chairman of South Africas Independent Media, offered high praise to the Chinese peoples endeavors under the leadership of ­Chinese President Xi Jinping, in a letter addressed several days ago to Li Baoshan, president of the Peoples Daily and chair of the BRNN."I believe that the Chinese people will eventually overcome the challenges, just as they have faced difficulties before in history," Survé said. He noted that all media outlets under Independent Media are determined to fight back against false news that aims to slander the Chinese government and its peoples fight against the virus, and that they are committed to providing South African readers with true and comprehensive information.Under Independent Media, Pretoria News published an article written by David Monyae, director of Africa-China Studies at the University of Johannesburg. In the article titled "Fear of China hampers fight against corona," Monyae wrote, "Theres a need to build a united front in combating the spread of the disease and finding a cure."Cape Times, also under Independent Media, published an article titled "Cape Town Mediclinic denies coronavirus death claim," which debunked rumors, introduced scientific information about the coronavirus and detailed public health institutions efforts to curb the epidemic.Screenshot from Russias Rossiyskaya GazetaRussias TASS and Rossiyskay...

Inspiring song to cheer up Wuhan, China

Music producer Chen Tian from west Chinas Shannxi province wrote an English song to inspire the white angels and other working staff on the frontline of the battle against the outbreak. Click on the video for more details.Source: Discovery Shannxi

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