Shenzhou-14 mission taikonauts in good condition

(Photo: CGTN) The three taikonauts from the Shenzhou-14 manned spaceflight mission said they are in good condition after landing on Earth.

Shenzhou-14 return capsule lands safely

BEIJING, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- The return capsule of the Shenzhou-14 manned spaceship, carrying astronauts Chen Dong, Liu Yang and Cai Xuzhe, touched down at the Dongfeng landing site in north Chinas Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region safely on Sunday.

Parachute of Shenzhou-14 return capsule deployed

(Photo: CGTN)BEIJING, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- The main parachute of the return capsule of the Shenzhou-14 manned spaceship was successfully deployed. The three astronauts onboard the return capsule are about to touch down on the ground.

Stock trading to be suspended for mourning

Chinas securities and futures exchange markets will suspend trading for three minutes during the mourning session at the memorial for Comrade Jiang Zemin on Tuesday.

Taikonaut system chief designer: Shenzhou-14 crew did a wonderful job

The chief designer of the taikonaut system of the China Manned Space Program, Huang Weifen talked to CGTN about the performance of the Shenzhou-14 crew members, saying that they did a wonderful job."The three taikonauts did very well during the mission, showing their extraordinary mental and physical qualities. I think these well-trained taikonauts set a good example," Huang Weifen commented.Three crew members of Shenzhou-14 during a space lecture to students on earth. (Photo: CMG) "After they entered the space station in orbit, they adapted very well and quickly to the environment and finished the jobs there brilliantly.""They constantly experienced the changes and did many extra jobs. They did three extravehicular activities which varied from each other," she answered when asked about why the crew did one more space walk during their six-month stay in space than previous ones."After the third one, they installed two connecting devices among the Wentian lab module, the Mengtian lab module and the node cabin of the Tianhe core module. This means that the three modules of the station were finally linked together. This is very meaningful," she said."And we could see that Chen Dong, Cai Xuzhe and Liu Yang performed very well not just in the extravehicular activities, but during space lectures as well," she commented."They conducted many scientific experiments, including some extra experiments that they didnt receive the trainings for. They also did some activities like filming videos for the public good. They are just wonderful," the taikonaut system chief designer said.

China-Laos Railway transporting 543 tons of banana, longan and durian to China

The first direct freight train carrying tropical fruits arrived at Mohan Port in Southwest Chinas Yunnan Province via the China-Laos Railway, marking the operation of direct fruit transport along the railway, as the lines one year anniversary came, Xinhua News Agency reported on Sunday.Aerial photo shows a Fuxing bullet train running through Nanxihe grand bridge on the China-Laos Railway in southwest Chinas Yunnan Province, June 2, 2022. (Photo: Xinhua) Assembled in Vientiane, Laos, the freight train carrying shipment of fruit included 25 containers with 543 tons of banana, longan and durian, firstly arriving at the new customs clearing and inspection zone at the Mohan Port. The fruits shipment originated from a number of Southeast Asia countries, and will be sent to different provinces and cities across the Chinese mainland. Since the China-Laos Railway entered official operation on December 3, 2021, the railway has transported more than 8.5 million passengers, and over 11.2 million tons of freight, according to China Railway Kunming Group Co. According to data from the World Bank, the China-Laos Railway has significantly reduced land transport cost by as much as 40 to 50 percent between Vientiane and Kunming, and potentially increasing the aggregate income of Laos by up to 21 percent after connecting the land-locked country to the vast Belt and Road network.

Aerial search and rescue team ready for Shenzhou-14 crew's return to Earth

The Shenzhou-14 taikonauts will return to Earth on Sunday evening, and the aerial search and rescue team is ready for the mission after month-long preparation, a commander at the Dongfeng landing site in northwest China told CGTN.Chen Shi, deputy commander of the landing site, said the mission is the most difficult since the site began to receive and recover Shenzhou manned spaceships in 1999.The challenges include conducting the mission at night on the large landing site, too much sand blown by helicopters taking off and landing, as well as low temperatures that could reach close to minus 20 degrees Celsius, Chen said. More than 10 aerial search and rescue drills have been conducted in the past month at the Dongfeng Landing Site in preparation for the return of the Shenzhou-14 crew to Earth. (Photo: CGTN) But they have the best pilots for the task at hand."Every plane has two command pilots, who are all ace pilots. And against the low temperatures and the sand, we have adopted sufficient measures to ensure the success of the mission," said Chen, whos also an ace pilot. The commander said that they had conducted more than 10 drills with all teams on the ground."We intensified the trainings, which include four phases – adapting to the situation, reinforcing our capability, working on special projects and confirming the final tasks. We have done all of them. The average flight time for each pilot is about 80 hours," he said. The trainings covered the entire recovery process and took into consideration all kinds of special situations. The commander is confident that his team will be successful. "I grew up with Chinas manned space program and began missions in 1999. This is my 11th time conducting a mission," he said."I feel honored and proud to participate in and witness the development of Chinas aerospace sector and I am confident that we can fulfill our duties," he said.

Major vegetable production base strives for stable supply

JINAN, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- Shortly before the arrival of dawn, vegetable farmer Zheng Tongcheng walked into his vegetable greenhouse, picked more than 250 kg of eggplants, and transported them to the Gaonan fruit and vegetable professional cooperative.File photo: CFPZheng has grown vegetables for more than 10 years in Zhengjiazhuang Village in the city of Shouguang, Shandong Province -- one of Chinas major vegetable production bases. He has never worried about sales as the cooperative will purchase the vegetables and distribute them nationwide."Now a large number of local vegetables are on the market. Every day, more than 10 trucks from outside Shouguang come to our cooperative and purchase vegetables wholesale," said Gao Hongyan, head of the Gaonan fruit and vegetable cooperative.The cooperative has more than 300 farmers providing it with a steady vegetable supply all year round. It mainly sells vegetables to Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei and Inner Mongolia and also some other regions, Gao noted.At present, Shouguang has nearly 1,500 fruit and vegetable cooperatives in operation, with a daily output of about 10,000 tonnes of vegetables.As COVID-19 takes a toll on the fruits and vegetables supply chain, Shouguang is striving to overcome the impact of the epidemic and ensure a stable supply.The Shouguang Donghua vegetables cooperative cooperates with 102 farmers from the surrounding six villages. With peppers, cucumbers and over 10 other vegetable varieties recently entering their harvest period, Pang Dong, director of the cooperative, is very busy organizing deliveries every morning."The cooperatives daily supply of vegetables is about 50 tonnes, and we have set up a logistics team to stabilize the supply to cities like Chongqing, Chengdu and Mianyang," he said.Cooperatives in Shouguang also follow the "point-to-point" epidemic prevention and control policy: truck drivers outside Shouguang place an order in advance to cooperatives de...

Youth in Lancang-Mekong regions unite to promote green future

China will continue to facilitate dialogue and cooperation among children and young people from the Lancang-Mekong regions in a joint effort to build a green, sustainable future for all, officials said.File photo: CFPOn Wednesday, the All China Womens Federation and the China National Childrens Center concluded a four-day exchange camp called "A Green Lifestyle for Children in Lancang-Mekong Countries" in Nanning, Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region. More than 200 teachers and students from China, Thailand and Laos participated in the event, which was held both online and offline.China, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam and Thailand established the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation framework in 2016 to promote mutually beneficial collaboration and jointly address regional challenges such as safeguarding biodiversity.Southeast Asian nations have been a focus of Chinas recent diplomatic interactions. On Wednesday, President Xi Jinping met with Lao President Thongloun Sisoulith in Beijing. Last month, Xi visited Thailand and attended the 29th APEC Economic Leaders Meeting.Yu Dongyun, director of the International Exchange and Cooperation Center of the China National Childrens Center, said children are the hope and future of the world, and the event has provided a platform for young people from these countries to form bonds and learn from each other.Bearing in mind the goal of "sustainable environmental development", "I believe that the seeds of the Lancang-Mekong family will be planted and later germinate in the hearts of the children," Yu said.Liang Chunhua, vice-chairwoman of the Womens Federation of Guangxi, said the event is a testimony to Chinas diplomatic mission of promoting world peace and building a community with a shared future for humanity.China will join hands with other countries from the Lancang-Mekong region to deepen exchanges in fields related to child development, she said.Wasin Dhamavas...

China, Africa hold forum on youth volunteering

BEIJING, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- The China-Africa Youth Forum on Volunteering opened on Friday, with the theme of uniting the strengths of youth volunteering to build China-Africa development partnerships.Photo: AgenciesKeynote speakers discussed Chinas development and international cooperation in the area of youth volunteering, and Africas policies to boost youth development and its experience in youth volunteering.The forum provides a new platform for young people to join the global development agenda and the Global Development Initiative, said Xu Xiao, vice president of the All-China Youth Federation, adding that the federation is willing to strengthen cooperation with African youth volunteering organizations to promote the development of youth in both China and Africa.On Saturday, youth representatives from China and Africa will exchange views and explore cooperation potential in "community volunteering services and sustainable city development," and "volunteering and poverty relief."

CPC's rigorous self-governance: An unremitting effort

A discipline inspection team is checking on the accounting books of a village in Shou County, Huainan City of east Chinas Anhui Province, July 6, 2022. (Photo: VCG) With over 96 million members as of 2021, the Communist Party of China (CPC) is the largest Marxist ruling party in the world.Managing such an organization and ruling the worlds largest socialist country, with a population of 1.4 billion, is full of challenges."Self-governance" has been identified as a key element in the Partys continued success and effective governance.In his report to the 20th CPC National Congress, Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC central committee, stressed that "full and rigorous self-governance is an unceasing endeavor, and that self-reform is a journey to which there is no end."Cracking down on corruption"Nothing can easily bring down a government like corruption, and the fight against corruption is the most thorough form of self-reform," Xiao Pei, deputy head of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) of the CPC Central Committee and vice chairman of the National Supervisory Commission of the Peoples Republic of China, said during a press conference at the 20th CPC National Congress.Since the 18th CPC National Congress, the CCDI has set up 4.648 million cases for investigation, and 25,000 bureau-level officials as well as over 182,000 county-level officials have been punished.The CCDI work report in 2022 underscored the significance of using the Partys own transformation to steer social transformation and declared the Partys firm resolve to keep improving conduct, promoting integrity and fighting corruption with sober-minded determination to make this an unceasing endeavor, Xi said at the closing session of the 20th CPC National Congress.The latest survey by the National Bureau of Statistics suggests that 97.4 percent of people are fully confident in the work of exercising strict governance over th...

Chinese people mourn Jiang Zemin, gain inspiration from his legacy

Shanghai residents line the streets to pay tribute to Comrade Jiang Zemin as a hearse makes its journey from Huadong Hospital to Shanghai Hongqiao Airport in Shanghai, east China, Dec 1, 2022. (Photo: Xinhua) BEIJING, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- Over recent days, people from across China have continued to mourn Jiang Zemin, who passed away on Wednesday in Shanghai at the age of 96.They said Jiang will always inspire them on the way forward."Comrade Jiang Zemin always stressed that reform and opening-up constitute the path to a stronger China, and he unswervingly promoted reform in all aspects," said Shen Chuanliang, a researcher at the Party School of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee.Shen said Jiang led the efforts to formulate and implement a raft of principles, policies and major strategies, and forge ahead with reforms in various fields.As a national leader, Jiang actively promoted Chinas exchanges with other countries in various fields, at various levels and through various forms, breaking new ground on Chinas diplomatic front, said Wu Xinbo, dean of the Institute of International Studies at Fudan University.People should carry forward his legacy and further enhance mutual understanding and friendship between the Chinese people and people of other countries, Wu added.Recalling Jiangs remarks on the Theory of Three Represents during an inspection tour in Guangdong Province in 2000, Zou Jihai, then Party chief of Gaozhou City, said the Theory of Three Represents further answers the questions of what socialism is and how to build it, and creatively addresses issues of what kind of Party to build and how to build it.Chen Hongyu, former vice president of the Party School of the Guangdong Provincial Committee of the CPC, said the Theory of Three Represents formulated by Jiang is a precious treasure of the Party and the people.Many people also recalled that in the summer of 1998, when parts of China were hit by massive flooding, Jian...

China continues to optimize COVID-19 response, with some places stopping to provide free PCR tests

Chinese cities have moved to optimize COVID-19 responses under the principle of “consistent strategy and flexible measures” based on the weaker Omicron strain with some areas stressing precision nucleic acid testing.(File photo: VCG) Zhuhai city, South China’s Guangdong Province, will conduct PCR tests which will be paid by the users starting Sunday. The PCR test will cost 2.5 yuan ($0.36) per person for polled samplings and 13 yuan for individual tests, according to a notice released by Zhuhai’s epidemic prevention and control headquarters.The city has advised the residents not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or not working in high risk jobs to avoid PCR testing unless necessary.Guiyang, capital city of Southwest China’s Guizhou Province, announced on Friday that for the residents not working in high risk jobs would be eligible for twice weekly free PCR tests, with additional tests to be done at the users’ own expense.As of Sunday, dozens of Chinese cities have relaxed requirements for checking residents’ 48-hour COVID-19 PCR results for using public transit system, as they continue to optimize epidemic response under the principle of “consistent strategy and flexible measures.” Some cities have also ended PCR test requirements for entering public venues as many other localities continued to optimize their epidemic responses over the weekend.Officials from Southwest China’s Chongqing city said at a press conference on Saturday that city residents should not undergo PCR tests unless there is an essential need to do so, as the city has decided to remove earlier requirements for presenting negative PCR test results for entering residential communities that are not classed as high-risk, or using public transit system.The changes came as the country is now facing a new situation in epidemic prevention and control as the pathogenicity of the Omicron variant significantly weakens.The Xinhua News Agency published an editorial on Friday, calling on Chinese cities to readjus...

Strong immunity and safety for the elderly – CNBG reveals key data from clinical research of COVID-19 vaccination in seniors

The clinical trials data related to the vaccination of the CNBGs inactivated COVID-19 doses in high-risk groups in China showed that the vaccine offers strong immunogenicity and safety to the elderly, can effectively prevent severe illness and death, and is safe in combined inoculation with influenza and pneumonia vaccines, the Global Times learned exclusively from the China National Biotec Group (CNBG) under Chinese state-owned Sinopharm on Saturday.(File photo: Xinhua) Strengthening the immunization of the whole population, especially the elderly, is considered a top priority as the country moves to the next stage of epidemic prevention and control. In an interview with the Global Times, an individual responsible for vaccination from the CNBG revealed in details of the relevant clinical research data on the vaccination of inactivated COVID-19 vaccine in high-risk groups, including the elderly.Statistics released by the National Health Commission in March showed that about 65 percent of severe COVID-19 patients are over 60 years old. Among the severely ill patients aged over 60, 80 percent have underlying diseases. Among the elderly who were categorized as severe cases, 65 percent had not been vaccinated.Wang Fusheng, an academician at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said at a press conference in July that for those over 60 years old who had completed full vaccination or received booster shots, the risk of the disease developing from mild to normal was 73 percent and 82 percent respectively lower than those who had not been vaccinated. The risk of the disease developing from normal to severe disease was 89 percent and 95 percent respectively lower than those of unvaccinated.In addition, data from a previous study in Hong Kong showed that the risk of death during the recent Omicron outbreak was 252 times higher in people over 60 than in people under 30.However, the latest data showed that as of November 28, 65.8 percent of Chinese people over 80 had been fully...

Shanghai to lift PCR checks for Metro, buses, parks

ImaginechinaA retrospective bus on the Bund in Shanghai.People will no longer be required to have their nucleic acid test reports checked while using public transport or at outdoor venues from Monday.Citizens will no longer be required to show a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test rep

China's furniture makers see rising profits in January-October

BEIJING, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- China's major furniture manufacturers reported rising profits in the first 10 months of 2022, despite disruptions caused by the COVID-19 epidemic, official data showed. During the January-October period, total profits of major Chinese furniture-making enterprises stood

Widespread rain and snow in southern China

VCG On Sunday, precipitation continued in southern China, with light snow or sleet in some areas of Hubei Province and other places. In a few days, precipitation in the south is forecast to decrease. Temperatures remain low in most parts of China, but are expected to gradually

Hotel offers deliverymen a warm place on cold winter nights

Delivery vehicles are parked outside Wugan Hotel in Beijing, which offers accommodations to deliverymen at an extremely low rate. [Photo provided to] After seeing some deliverymen from a courier depot sleeping in their vehicles in the cold winter nights in Beijing, Liu Yiying, a

Chinese scientists to push frontier of basic sciences


Urumqi lifts more COVID-19 restrictions


China launches weeklong campaign to enhance public knowledge of Constitution

China launched a weeklong campaign to improve public knowledge of the countrys Constitution on Sunday (December 4), the ninth national Constitution Day.The campaign will focus not only on promoting the comprehensive implementation of the Constitution, but also studying, publicizing and implementing the spirit of the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China held in October.Legal counsels at the grassroots level are expected to carry out at least one activity to publicize the Constitution in the villages or communities they serve.A series of activities will be organized during the week, including online Constitution-related knowledge contests and the airing of Constitution publicity videos aboard high-speed trains and at railway stations across the nation.The first Constitution Week publicity campaign was held in 2018, making this years campaign the fifth of its kind. Chinas current Constitution was adopted in 1982.

China's futures market sees higher trading in November


China's Shenzhou-14 separates from space station combination

This screen image captured at Beijing Aerospace Control Center on Nov 12, 2022 shows the inside view of the core module Tianhe after Chinas cargo spacecraft Tianzhou-5 conducting a fast automated rendezvous and docking with the combination of the space station Tiangong. (Photo: Xinhua)BEIJING, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- Chinas Shenzhou-14 manned spaceship separated from the space station combination at 11:01 a.m. Sunday (Beijing Time), according to the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA).Three astronauts, Chen Dong, Liu Yang and Cai Xuzhe, have lived and worked in the space station complex for 183 days.Prior to the separation, the astronauts had completed various work, such as completing the in-orbit rotation with the Shenzhou-15 crew, setting the status of the space station complex, sorting and downloading experiment data, and clearing and transferring supplies kept in orbit, with support from sci-tech staff on the ground, the CMSA said.The Shenzhou-14 spaceship will reenter the Earth atmosphere at an appropriate time under ground control and start its journey home.The three Shenzhou-14 astronauts were sent to the space station on June 5. They have completed multiple tasks over the past few months, including overseeing five rendezvous-and-dockings, performing three extravehicular activities, giving one live science lecture, and conducting a number of sci-tech experiments.

Chinese mainland reports 4,168 new local confirmed COVID-19 cases, 27,433 new local asymptomatic infections

Residents select vegetables in Liwan District of Guangzhou, capital of south Chinas Guangdong Province, Dec. 1, 2022. (Photo: Xinhua)The Chinese mainland reported 4,213 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Saturday, including 4,168 domestically transmitted and 45 imported, data from the National Health Commission showed on Sunday.The Chinese mainland also reported 27,611 asymptomatic infections on Saturday, including 27,433 locally transmitted and 178 imported, the National Health Commission said.There were 40,288 active cases on the Chinese mainland as of Saturday, with 111 in critical condition.Saturday also saw 3,341 COVID-19 patients discharged from hospitals, the commission added.The total number of confirmed cases on the Chinese mainland stood at 336,165 and the death toll stood at 5,235.

John Lee says next five years critical for Hong Kong's new leap forward

John Lee, chief executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), delivers his first policy address to the HKSAR Legislative Council since taking office in Hong Kong, south China, Oct. 19, 2022. (Xinhua/Lui Siu Wai)HONG KONG, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- John Lee, chief executive of Chinas Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), said on Saturday that the next five years are a critical period for Hong Kong to break new ground and make a new leap forward.The spirit of the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) bears significance to the future development of the whole country including Hong Kong, the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation, the enduring success of the practice of "one country, two systems," and the long-term prosperity and stability of Hong Kong, said Lee during an event on promoting the spirit.At the invitation of the HKSAR government, a central delegation interpreting and promoting the spirit of the 20th National Congress of the CPC held three special lectures in Hong Kong from Friday to Saturday.A lecture for representatives of the executive authorities, legislature and judiciary of the HKSAR was held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center on Saturday morning.Shen Chunyao, a member of the central delegation and director of the Legislative Affairs Commission of the National Peoples Congress Standing Committee, interpreted in detail the report to the 20th National Congress of the CPC on "one country, two systems," and Hong Kong and Macao work.At the event, the central delegation interacted with people from all walks of life in Hong Kong and answered questions.Participants said that the 20th National Congress of the CPC emphasized that the policy of "one country, two systems" has proven to be the best institutional arrangement for ensuring sustained prosperity and stability in Hong Kong after its return to the motherland, and the emphasis provides important guidan...


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