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Xi says China ready to support Indonesia to overcome difficulties

BEIJING, April 2 (Xinhua) - Chinese President Xi Jinping said Thursday that China stands ready to support and assist Indonesia in overcoming the current challenge of the COVID-19 epidemic.(File photo: Xinhua)In a phone conversation with his Indonesian counterpart, Joko Widodo, Xi noted that the coronavirus disease is breaking out in multiple countries and regions, including Indonesia. On behalf of the Chinese government and people, he extended sincere sympathies to their Indonesian counterparts.After a strenuous struggle, the Chinese people have walked out of the most difficult period, Xi said, adding that China identifies with Indonesias difficulties and is willing to offer help.China, said the president, is confident that under the leadership of Widodo, Indonesia will prevail over the epidemic.Xi stressed that in face of the severe pandemic, China and Indonesia have been supporting each other, which has demonstrated the profound friendship of sharing weal and woe and helping each other between the two countries.Noting that this year marks the 70th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties, Xi said China is willing to work with Indonesia to continuously deepen cooperation in building the Belt and Road and push forward the development of their comprehensive strategic partnership.The epidemic is a common challenge for all mankind, and only by fostering strong synergy can the international community defeat the enemy, stressed the president.China and Indonesia, he suggested, should cooperate closely to push the Group of 20 major economies and the international community to play their roles in crisis response and global economic governance.China will uphold the vision of building a community with a shared future for mankind, share its experience and provide as much support as it can for the global battle against COVID-19, and work with other countries to promote the development of global public health and build a community of common health for mankind, he added.

China actively assists Africa in anti-virus fight: official

BEIJING, April 2 -- China has been actively assisting African countries in fighting the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) since the outbreak, a health official said Thursday.China has been dispatching medical teams to African countries for 57 years, with nearly 1,000 medics now working in Africa

COVID-19 patients in Taiwan rise to 339

TAIPEI, April 2 (Xinhua) - The total number of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in Taiwan has increased by 10 to 339, the islands epidemic monitoring agency said Thursday.Staff members check the health situation of a woman who enters a hospital in Taipei, southeast Chinas Taiwan, March 30, 2020. (Photo: Xinhua)Eight of the new patients, six men and two women, were believed to have contracted the virus during their trips overseas while the other two patients were believed to be infected locally, the agency said in a press release.One of the local cases, a man in his 50s, had contact with a previously confirmed patient while the infection source of the other case, a woman in her 50s, remained unclear, the statement said.Among the islands confirmed COVID-19 cases, 291 were imported. A total of 50 confirmed patients have recovered, and five died.The islands authorities also announced that all local hospitals will not receive visitors from Thursday and from Friday international travelers with a fever or respiratory symptoms will take COVID-19 tests at airports and be taken to designated locations for quarantine.

Xi says China ready to help Belgium with medical supplies amid COVID-19 outbreak

Chinese medical supplies for Belgium are unloaded at the Liege Airport in Liege, Belgium, on March 16, 2020.(File photo: Xinhua)BEIJING, April 2 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping said Thursday China is willing to help Belgium overcome the current shortage of medical supplies within its capacity.Xi, in a telephone conversation with King Philippe of Belgium, also said China is ready to share useful COVID-19 prevention and control experience with the European country, and promote cooperation in vaccine and medicine joint research and development, and other areas.Noting that the coronavirus disease is spreading across the world and posing a serious challenge to Europe, including Belgium, Xi, on behalf of the Chinese government and people, conveyed sincere sympathies and firm support to the Belgian royalty, government and people.During the critical phase of Chinas fight against the epidemic, various sections of Belgian society extended sympathies and support in various ways to China, which has demonstrated the profound friendship of mutual support between the two peoples, Xi said.China is willing to help meet Belgiums urgent needs, Xi stressed, adding that he believes that under the leadership of the Belgian royalty and government, the Belgian people will definitely defeat the virus.Meanwhile, Xi voiced the hope for the Belgian side to pay close attention to and take measures to guarantee the safety of the Chinese nationals living in the European country, especially Chinese students.Reiterating that viruses recognize neither borders nor races, and pose a common challenge to all humanity, the Chinese president pointed out that only by joining forces can the international community prevail over them.Guided by the vision of building a community with a shared future for mankind, China is enhancing international cooperation in a comprehensive fashion, he said, adding that at the recent extraordinary leaders summit of the Group of 20 major economies...

China-Europe freight trains see growth in east China despite COVID-19

File photoNANJING, April 2 (Xinhua) -- In the eastern Chinese city of Suzhou, China-Europe freight trains have fully resumed operation with over 50 percent increase in the number of trips in March year-on-year, local authorities said Thursday.In March, Suzhou has seen 35 trips made by China-Europe freight trains, up 52.2 percent year-on-year. The total value of the goods reached 134 million U.S. dollars, up 13.6 percent.On Feb. 24, Suzhou had four trains for export and one train for import every week. In March, the frequency of trains for export had been increased to six.Nearly 400 manufacturing enterprises export commodities via the China-Europe freight trains in Suzhou, according to Chen Jianbin, chairman of Suzhou Newcity Investment and Development Co., Ltd, operator of the trains in the city.The China-Europe freight train in Suzhou was launched in November 2012. In 2019, the city saw 269 trips made through the route with the total volume of goods reaching 1.25 billion U.S. dollars.

China's top respiratory expert wins first 'Being Edinburgh' award

File photo of Zhong Nanshan (Photo: Xinhua)Chinas top respiratory expert Zhong Nanshan has won the University of Edinburghs first-ever "Being Edinburgh" award, the university said in a statement on Thursday."The relevance of Zhongs achievements and his ongoing work as part of the Chinese response to COVID-19 resonated with our community, especially alumni living and working in China, and students whose families and friends were caught up in the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic," read the statement.Zhong not only showed academic and professional excellence, but also dedication and integrity, said Grace Guan, the universitys regional director for East Asia.

FM: Spreading misinformation won’t help global pandemic battle

Spreading misinformation does no good to the global battle against the coronavirus outbreak, Hua Chunying, spokeswoman of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, said at a regular press conference on Thursday.Workers make face masks in the workshop of a textile company in Jimo District of Qingdao, east Chinas Shandong Province, Feb. 12, 2020. (Photo: Xinhua)"Some media should realize their irresponsible behavior of disseminating misinformation," she said. "We hope they are not intentional because this does no good to the global battle against the COVID-19 pandemic."Hua’s remarks were made after some media reports in the Netherlands and Belgium claimed that some face masks China exported to Europe had quality issues."After learning about the matter, the Chinese government launched an investigation and found out that it was a private purchase between a Chinese enterprise and a Dutch buyer," Hua said. "And the Chinese side had specifically mentioned the exported face masks are for daily use, not medical use, before shipping the order."Hua stressed that China has always valued the quality of its exports and has also issued tougher regulations on the quality of medical supplies for foreign countries."Along with their products, exporters must provide an affidavit, in the form of a hard copy or an electronic document, that says the exported medical supplies have met the quality standard of China and the destination country," She said."We understand that in the current situation many countries are in urgent need of medical supplies," Hua added. "Thus, we also want to remind all buyers to check all the details before making any purchase to avoid any mistake."

China to step up screening of asymptomatic COVID-19 infections

BEIJING, April 2 -- China will step up targeted screening of people infected with the novel coronavirus but showing no symptoms, a health official said Thursday.The surveillance for asymptomatic infections will be expanded to include close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 patients and asymptomatic pa

Over 4,000 people affected by earthquake in SW China's Sichuan

CHENGDU, April 2 -- Over 4,000 people have been affected in Shiqu County in southwest China's Sichuan Province as a 5.6-magnitude earthquake hit the area on Wednesday, local authorities said Thursday.83 million yuan (11.

14 people who died in fight against COVID-19 identified as martyrs

WUHAN, April 2 (Xinhua) - Fourteen people who died on the frontline of fighting the novel coronavirus in central Chinas Hubei Province, have been identified as the first batch of martyrs, local authorities said Thursday.Medical workers from Shanghai arrange medical records on their last shift at Leishenshan (Thunder God Mountain) Hospital in Wuhan, central Chinas Hubei Province, March 29, 2020. (Photo: Xinhua)The identification was made in line with the countrys relevant regulations on commending martyrs, said the provincial government in a statement.The 14 martyrs were Wang Bing, Feng Xiaolin, Jiang Xueqing, Liu Zhiming, Li Wenliang, Zhang Kangmei, Xiao Jun, Wu Yong, Liu Fan, Xia Sisi, Huang Wenjun, Mei Zhongming, Peng Yinhua and Liao Jianjun. They were described as excellent representatives of role models among frontline medics and epidemic prevention workers.The COVID-19 outbreak is a major public health emergency that has spread rapidly, caused the most extensive infection and is the most difficult to contain in the country since the founding of the Peoples Republic of China.Martyrs are the highest honorary title which the Party and state award to citizens who bravely sacrifice their lives for the nation, society and the people.A brief introduction of the 14 martyrs is as follows:Wang Bing was a 72-year-old female doctor working in a clinic of western medicine in Hongshan District, Wuhan. She was infected with the novel coronavirus at work and died on Feb. 18.Feng Xiaolin, 65, was a rehired doctor of traditional Chinese medicine with the Peoples Hospital in Huangpi District, Wuhan. He was infected with the novel coronavirus at work and died on Feb. 27.Jiang Xueqing, 55, a consulting doctor with the Central Hospital of Wuhan, died of COVID-19 on March 1.Liu Zhiming, 51, president of Wuchang Hospital in Wuhan, was infected with COVID-19 at work and died on Feb. 18.Li Wenliang, 34, an ophthalmologist with the Central Hospital of Wuhan, stuc...

Ban tightens on wild animal consumption

Bamboo rat, among some other farmed animals, will be banned from trading and consumption in China.Eating exotic wild animals will be subject to fines up to 20 times the value of the animals or related products in Guangdong province starting in May.According to a new regulation on the protection of w

Hebei aims to boost fitness through sports

Youngsters chase the puck during an under-12 hockey game as part of the inaugural Hebei provincial Ice and Snow Games in Chengde in December 2019.A regulation that aims to promote fitness and popularize winter sports with the public will take effect on May 1 in Hebei province, co-host with Beijing o

China firmly opposes US suppression of Chinese companies: MFA

Consumers at the first global flagship shop of Huawei Technologies Co, in Shenzhen, Guangdong province. (File photo: China Daily)China firmly opposes the US using state power to unjustifiably suppress certain Chinese enterprises on trumped-up charges, the foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said on Thursday.Some US politicians have proposed to further cut Huawei from global supply chains by requiring foreign companies that use US-chipmaking technology and software to obtain a license from the US before selling designated chips to Huawei."Why wouldn’t the Chinese government ban the use of 5G chips or 5G chip-powered base stations, smartphones and other smart devices provided by American companies, for cybersecurity reasons?” said Xu Zhijun, Huaweis rotating chairman, at the launch of Huawei’s annual report on Tuesday.Huawei reported global sales revenue at 858.8 billion yuan ($120 billion) in 2019, a 19 percent gorwth on a yearly basisdespite the US governments restrictions."Xus remarks are powerful and reasonable", Hua said. "The Chinese government will never sit idly by while the US continues its technology bullying".

Forest fire put out in southwest China

KUNMING, April 2 -- A forest fire that raged for over a day has been put out in southwest China's Yunnan Province, the local government said Thursday.The open flames have all been put out as of 4:50 a. Thursday, according to the county government of Lufeng under Chuxiong Yi Autonomous Prefecture.

Nigerian patient under police supervision after allegedly attacking nurse

The nurse has multiple injuries on her face, neck and waist (Photo: Shine)A Nigerian with novel coronavirus infection has been put under police supervision while receiving treatment after he allegedly attacked a nurse while trying to force his way out of a hospital in Guangzhou.The 47-year-old suspect, Okonkwonwoye Chika Patrick, will be handled by police according to China’s immigration regulations and criminal law after his treatment is over and he is cleared of the virus, Guangzhou police said on Thursday.Police received a report at 7:28am on Wednesday claiming the patient violently refused to take a blood test that morning. He allegedly pushed a nurse to the ground, beat her and bit her face after she tried to stop him from walking out of the isolation ward where he is undergoing treatment for COVID-19 at the Guangzhou No. 8 Hospital.The nurse, surnamed Wang, suffered minor injuries to her face, neck and waist, police said.The patient entered Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, on March 20 and tested positive for the virus.Police have subsequently tightened security at the hospital.

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Dramatic clouds at Aizhai Bridge

An aerial photo shows light traffic on the Aizhai Bridge above Dehang Grand Canyon in Jishou, Hunan province. [Photo by Guo Liliang/for chinadaily.Aizhai Bridge, which straddles the Dehang Grand Canyon in Jishou, Hunan province, was captured in photos recently amid a sea of clouds that turned the la

Tsinghua University establishes public health school

Tsinghua University announced the establishment of a public health school on Thursday. According to Qiu Yong, president of Tsinghua University, the Vanke School of Public Health will adopt new models of interdisciplinary cooperation and education. It aims to cover four research fields oriented towar

China to deepen int'l cooperation on COVID-19

BEIJING, April 2 -- China will continue deepening international cooperation on responding to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the National Health Commission (NHC) said Thursday.China will support the Group of 20 (G20) to enhance information sharing, policy coordination and active cooperati

Frontline photographer: Song of praise for hope and life

When I started the journey from the China Photography Association to Wuhan, I only brought a small suitcase. Equipment and only one mask worn on my face were most of my belongings.My thoughtful colleagues prepared boxes of items in quite a short time. Among them were a few bottles of Erguotou, a Chinese liquor given by Gao Jiehui from China Photography, whom I didn’t have much contact with due to the different departments we stay.The liquor became my muse in Wuhan, since many of my ideas were born in cups of drinks with friends."Its holding me up," showing a photo of a winebottle to Gao and texted one day. She quickly returned and sent me a song, "Your posts support me everyday. Work becomes a joy of life. How about singing a song for us at the end of the journey?"I made the promise casually, and soon regretted as I sobered up the next day. But Gao took it seriously.At midnight, I finally played that song after insomnia caused by a days writing and lots of tea. Soothing tunes, hearty lyrics, as well as singers emotions singing quickly ran through my mind:"Only when heartbroken do we truly regret,life is so long yet so short.The bonds that support while we live,let us fight at risk for faith,even if we fall into darkness and despairwith grimed face.Without Gods blessings,let us treasure all we have.I have no regrets,to light up your life.""I dont want Gods blessings, only for you to be safe and sound." Tears wetted my pillow as I listened to it over and over again. "Simple wish", theme of 55thGolden Horse Awards norminated Dying to Survive, made me finally understand what song Gao wanted me to sing."I could not stop the song and my tears. Ill have a try to cover a version," I texted Gao.I started to prepare for it with all my heart. I always believe that work must be regarded as play, andvice versa. I dont mean to be perfunctory about work, but to enjoy the...

No wild game selling found in South China’s city: local authority

No game selling in the market was found, the Dongguan market regulation body said Thursday.File photo: WeiboThe Administration for Market Regulation of Dongguan City, South China’s Guangdong Province, told a People’s Daily correspondent that the Daily Mail previously paid attention to advertising pictures of scorpions and bats on the door of a drug store in Dongguan, but these were showing ingredients of a traditional Chinese medicine drink.The administration has further strengthened on-site inspections and supervision of animal and drug outlets in accordance with laws and regulations.Meanwhile, Shenzhen, another city in Guangdong, released Tuesday a regulation that completely bans the consumption of game animals, which will take effect on May 1.The regulation clearly says that pigs, cattle, sheep, donkeys, rabbits, chickens, ducks, geese, pigeons, quails can be eaten, while cats and dogs cannot.(Compiled by Xu Zheqi)

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