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Over 40 students hospitalized with vomiting, diarrhea symptoms in NE China

HARBIN, Sept. 23 (Xinhua) -- More than 40 students have been hospitalized after showing symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea in northeast Chinas Heilongjiang Province, local authorities said Wednesday.File photo: CFPThe ailing students are from four different elementary and middle schools in the Hulan District of Harbin, the provincial capital.Over 200 other students with similar but mild symptoms have been kept under home observation.Lunch samples from the four schools have been sent to the local disease prevention and control center for examination.

China's agricultural product wholesale prices edge up

The wholesale prices of China's agricultural products edged up Wednesday, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs.

China's Xinjiang sees consecutive growth in foreign trade

URUMQI, Sept. 23 (Xinhua) -- Northwest Chinas Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region has achieved growth in foreign trade for three consecutive months since June, local authorities said.File photo: CFPIn August, the regions total import and export volume exceeded 15.6 billion yuan (around 2.3 billion US dollars), up 31.5 percent year on year, said the Urumqi Customs.Of the total volume, Xinjiangs exports, dominated by mechanical, electrical and labor-intensive products, rose 39.9 percent year on year to 11.76 billion yuan in August. Meanwhile, the regions imports, mainly energy commodities, hit 3.87 billion yuan, an annual increase of 11.2 percent.In June and July, the regions foreign trade registered a year-on-year rise of 10.6 percent and 32.9 percent, respectively.In the first eight months of this year, Kazakhstan was Xinjiangs largest trading partner, accounting for over 50 percent of the regions total. Besides, the region also saw increasing trade volume with India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Italy and Saudi Arabia in the period.

China cracks 155,000 telecom fraud cases in first 8 months

BEIJING, Sept. 23 (Xinhua) -- Chinese police have cracked 155,000 cases related to telecom and internet fraud in the first eight months of this year, up 65.6 percent year on year, the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) said Wednesday.File photo: CFPAccording to data released at a press conference, a total of 145,000 suspects were arrested, up 74.1 percent year on year, with about 80 billion yuan (about 11.77 billion U.S. dollars) of economic losses averted.The fraud alert hotline has prevented approximately 8.7 million people from being deceived, said the ministry, adding that it decided to issue class-A arrest warrants for 10 leaders of major telecom fraud criminal groups who are on the run.The MPS urged local public security organs to take comprehensive measures and further fine-tune the mechanism to combat fraud, thus curbing the high incidence of such crimes.Public security organs have joined hands with relevant departments to carry out operations against the illegal sale of phone cards, bank cards and internet accounts, among other crimes, to cut the chain of crime, said the MPS.It also urged strengthened publicity against telecom fraud to raise peoples awareness.

HK police adopt new media policy to assist frontline policing

Hong Kong police said on Tuesday that they have adopted a new definition of "media representatives" under the Police General Orders, an amendment they regard as necessary to assist frontline policing.Hong Kong polices press briefing, HKSAR, China, August 26, 2019. /XinhuaIn effect from Wednesday, the new policy will limit access to press briefings and restricted areas to only journalists from news outlets that have subscribed for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government News and Media Information System; or internationally recognized, well-known non-local media organizations, according to a letter to several journalists groups from the police on Tuesday.People who merely possess a membership card issued by the Hong Kong Journalists Association or the Hong Kong Press Photographers Association will no longer conform to the definition of "media representatives."The police stressed that the new policy will allow frontline officers to identify media representatives more effectively and quickly, so that they can facilitate media reporting as much as possible under the condition that the efficiency of police operation is not affected.In an interview with South China Morning Post, a senior police officer said the emergence over the past year of many different types of journalists, such as campus reporters, civic reporters or self-proclaimed reporters with no outlet employing them, had obstructed the work of the traditional media as well as officers on the ground."If someone claims to be a reporter but I do not know about the background, or if they are doing genuine reporting work, wont they pose a danger to our officers or obstruct our work?" the officer said.In the HKSAR, anyone with a membership card of a journalists association can claim themselves as a journalist. The Hong Kong Journalists Association, established in 1968, not only issues membership cards to full-time reporters but also accept membership...

China expects another bumper year in grain output

BEIJING, Sept. 23 (Xinhua) -- Chinas grain output will likely increase this year as autumn production is generally guaranteed following bumper harvests of early rice and summer grain, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs.File photo: CFPThe annual grain output is projected to stabilize at around 650 million tonnes for the sixth consecutive year, the ministry has predicted.Chinas total grain output consists of three parts -- early rice, summer grain and autumn production. Autumn grain crops, which include corn and middle- and late-season rice, account for the bulk of the grain production.Increasing growing areas for autumn grain and their generally good conditions had offset the negative impacts of floods and laid a solid foundation for a bumper harvest, according to Han Changfu, minister of agriculture and rural affairs.As the worlds top food producer and consumer, China saw its grain output reach a record high of 664 million tonnes last year, the 16th bumper year in a row.

Auto-truck collision kills 4, injures 9 in Henan

Four people were killed and nine injured in a car accident Wednesday morning on a road near Bailong village in Yuzhou city, Central China's Henan province, according to a local official announcement on Wednesday afternoon.

US accusation on China’s interference in election through internet 'baseless, slanderous': Chinese FM

File photo"China firmly opposes to the groundless and slanderous accusation alleging China is interfering in the 2020 US election”, said Wang Wenbin, spokesperson of China’s Foreign Ministry, during a regular press conference on Wednesday.US national security adviser Robert O’Brien wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post on Sunday, in which he accused China of seeking to interfere in the US election andinfluence US politics.Wang said China has always adhered to the principle of non-interference in other countries’ internal affairs, and the international community can figure out which country frequently meddles in other countries’ internal affairs.He also urged the Trump administration to stop meddling in China’s internal affairs and end its smear campaign against China.(Compiled by Sun Shangyi)

New body to protect intellectual property

Shanghai set up an institution on Wednesday to safeguard intellectual property in Zhangjiang Science City in the Pudong New Area and provide free consultation on patent protection for science and technology companies.

So-called ‘forced labor’ in Xinjiang lie made up by US: Chinese FM

File photo"The so-called ‘forced labor’in Chinas XinjiangUygur Autonomous Region is complete lie made up by some US institutions,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said Wednesday, noting that Xinjiang affairs are purely Chinas internal affairs, in which the US has no right to interfere.The US House of Representatives voted Tuesday to pass and impose the so-called Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, a blanket ban on imports from Chinas Xinjiang region, and vowed to stop the “systematic forced labor."“China is strongly indignant and firmly opposes this move, and has made solemn representations to the US”, Wang said.According to Wang, some in the US claim to be "concerned" about Xinjiangs ethnic minorities, while ignoring the great efforts of the local governments in safeguarding human rights and promoting employment in Xinjiang.“They are using ‘forced labor’ as an excuse to crack down on enterprises in Xinjiang. Their hidden agenda is, in fact, to interfere in Chinas internal affairs and seek personal political gain by playing the China card,” Wang said.The State Council Information Office of China recently published a white paper on "Employment and Labor Rights in Xinjiang", which is a fact-based record of Xinjiangs proactive labor and employment policy, and efforts to safeguard the basic employment rights of Uyghur people.“If people in the US are concerned about employment in Xinjiang, I advise them to read the white paper,” said Wang.Wang urged the US to immediately stop hyping the so-called "forced labor" issue and interfering in Chinas internal affairs.“Consideration and implementation of any negative acts on Xinjiang affairs shall be put to an end. China will take the necessary measures to safeguard its sovereignty, security and development interests,” he added.(Compiled by Luo Dantong)

Tianjin-Taiwan trade fair highlights cross-Strait cooperation of e-commerce

TIANJIN, Sept. 23 -- The Tianjin-Taiwan trade fair that opened Tuesday in northern China's Tianjin Municipality highlights cross-Strait cooperation of e-commerce. An exhibition promoting Taiwan's commodities, which is a major activity of the fair, also started online on the same day, exhibiting prod

Number of dropouts in China falls to 2,419 from 600,000: Ministry of Education

File photo: XinhuaThe number of students dropping out of school plummeted to 2,419 by September 15, compared to around 600,000 last year, Chinas Ministry of Education announced Wednesday.Each student has his or her own record, with a cancelation system in case he/she changes his/her mind. Among last year’s 600,000 dropouts, 200,000 were from underprivileged backgrounds who were persuaded to return to school.In 2019, the net enrollment rate for primary education was 99.94 percent, and the gross enrollment ratioinhigh school was 102.6 percent.(Compiled by Liu Tianzi)

Fight against COVID-19 inspires young Chinese to pursue higher education in medicine

File photoRenowned Chinese epidemiologist Zhong Nanshan praised the young generation’s spirit in making contributions to the people and the country, as the number of high school graduates who expressed interest in medicine jumped significantly due to the COVID-19 pandemic.At a conference highlighting advanced deeds during the COVID-19 pandemic in South Chinas Guangdong Province, Zhong said the nine-month battle against the pandemic inspired more young people to understand that one’s lifelong pursuit is to make contributions to the people and the country.According to the Education department of Guangdong province, the number of high school students who expressed interest in pursuing medicine after the National College Entrance Examination, known as the Gaokao, has jumped, with a year-on-year increase of 3,778. The admission score also rose by 27 points compared to last year’s.“These young people applied to take medicine because they recognize the value of being a doctor”, Zhong said.(Compiled by Liu Tianzi)

China honors 10 medical assistance teams for outstanding contribution

BEIJING, Sept. 23 (Xinhua) -- The Publicity Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee on Wednesday conferred the title of "role model of the times" on 10 frontline medical assistance teams in recognition of their outstanding contributions in Chinas fight against COVID-19.Photo: AgenciesHuang Kunming, a member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and head of the Publicity Department of the CPC Central Committee, attended the ceremony and presented medals and certificates to the recipients.The 10 medical teams include the national medical assistance team for Hubei Province, which consists of medical experts and workers from the Beijing Hospital and other five hospitals, a team of military medics dispatched to Hubei and a traditional Chinese medicine medical team dispatched to Hubei from the China Academy of Chinese Medical Science.Over 42,000 medical workers from across China have been dispatched to aid Hubei in fighting COVID-19 since the virus outbreak.

Deepening cross-Strait exchanges "a prevailing trend": mainland official

TIANJIN, Sept. 23 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese mainland official has stressed the importance of strengthening exchanges and cooperation between people from both sides of the Taiwan Strait, saying it is the common aspiration of compatriots on both sides and accords with their shared interests.File photo: CFPLiu Jieyi, head of both the Taiwan Work Office of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, made the remarks while addressing the opening ceremony of the Tianjin-Taiwan trade fair in Tianjin Municipality Tuesday.A tiny number of separatist elements advocating "Taiwan independence" have been acting against the public will, conspiring with outside forces, instigating confrontation between the two sides, and impeding exchanges and cooperation between people on both sides of the Strait, Liu said."Taiwan independence is a path to nowhere," Liu said, calling on Taiwan compatriots to see through the separatists pernicious nature and stop their separatist schemes seeking "Taiwan independence."Liu said the mainland has always been the best choice for Taiwan compatriots and business people to invest in and start their businesses, and the greatest opportunity for their future development.Taiwan compatriots have overcome obstacles from the island and actively participated in cross-Strait exchanges and cooperation activities such as the Tianjin-Taiwan trade fair. "It shows that deepening cross-Strait exchanges and forging closer ties between people from both sides are a prevailing trend and what the people desire. It cannot be suppressed or held back by any forces," he said.

'Lemon capital' sees growth in exports

CHENGDU, Sept. 23 (Xinhua) -- Thanks to high quality, low prices, and increasing overseas orders, lemon exports in Anyue County, dubbed Chinas "lemon capital," surged from September 2019 to August 2020, data showed.File photo: XinhuaThe export volume of Anyue lemons quadrupled to more than 130,000 tonnes in the period, according to statistics from the lemon industry development center of the county in southwest Chinas Sichuan Province.The total lemon output reached 610,000 tonnes in the 12-month period, with an output value of about 13.1 billion yuan (around 1.92 billion U.S. dollars), according to the center."From the Spring Festival holiday to May this year, workers often had to work overtime due to the soaring overseas orders," said Jiang Changwei, in charge of Sichuan Weiji Fruit Co., Ltd. "Almost all lemon-exporting factories in Anyue were overworking to complete orders."The surging orders mainly came from the Middle East, West Asia and Europe. In the Middle East, the number of export destination countries has increased from three before the COVID-19 epidemic to 11 now.Tian Zaize, director of the lemon industry development center, attributed this boom in Anyue lemon exports to its price advantages and Chinas prompt and effective control of the epidemic situation.Besides, the outbreak has raised awareness of the health benefits of lemons and stimulated consumption, noted Tian, adding that the Anyue lemon is one of the most acidic lemon varieties in the world, with the acidity reaching 7.8 percent.Standardized farming and a focus on the quality and safety of the produce has helped Anyue lemons garner more overseas orders. "As Anyue farmers gained more experience in standardized farming, the proportion of spoiled lemons has dropped significantly," said Jiang.According to the center, this year Anyue plans to further promote the application of standardization farming technologies in the low and medium-yiel...

Number of dropouts from China's 9-year compulsory education falls to 2,419

BEIJING, Sept. 23 (Xinhua) -- The number of dropouts in the nine-year compulsory education stage in China had fallen to 2,419 as of Sept. 15, down from around 600,000 in 2019, an official with Chinas Ministry of Education said on Wednesday.File photo: CFPThe net enrolment rate for primary education, the proportion of primary school students in the total age group population, was 99.94 percent in 2019, Vice Education Minister Zheng Fuzhi said at a press conference.Some school-age children are unable to attend school this year mostly due to physical challenges, Zheng said, noting that tailor-made education services are being provided in their homes.China has effectively ensured that no student will drop out of school because of poverty by offering financial aid to students from impoverished households, exempting all students from tuition and fees, and providing subsidies for nutritious meals for about 40 million rural children every year, Zheng said.He noted that conditions in rural schools have been improved, with 221 million square meters of school buildings built or renovated between 2013 and 2019.In recent years, about 950,000 teachers have been recruited to work at 30,000 primary and secondary schools in around 1,000 impoverished counties to raise the quality of education in less developed areas, he said.

China exposes cases of syndicate-related corruption, protection rackets

BEIJING, Sept. 23 (Xinhua) -- Chinas discipline inspection and supervisory authorities have made public six cases on gang-related corruption and "protective umbrellas" that shelter gangs.File photo: AgenciesThe cases involved former senior officials in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and provinces of Jiangxi, Guangdong, Sichuan, Shanxi, and Shandong who took advantage of their power to seek illicit gains for gangsters, interfere in judicial activities, or even took part in gang-related crimes themselves. This was according to a statement released by the Communist Party of China Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) and the National Supervisory Commission (NSC).In one case, Fu Tiegang, former Communist Party chief and mayor of the city of Tongliao in north Chinas Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, was found having close contact with a local mafia unit between 2008 and 2011, seeking benefits for them in project contracting, business operations and financing, and perpetuating long-term illegalities such as pornography and gambling in the hotel run by the mafia.Together with other disciplinary and criminal violations, Fu was expelled from the Party, and his suspected crimes were transferred to procuratorial organs, read the statement.Such misdeeds have greatly threatened the safety of peoples lives and properties, disrupted economic order, and destroyed the political environment within the Party, the statement read, asking Party members and civil servants to learn a lesson and stay vigilant.Noting that this year is decisive to wrapping up the campaign of combating organized crime and rooting out local mafia, the CCDI and the NSC asked Party discipline inspection commissions and supervision agencies at all levels to further strengthen their efforts while resolutely rectifying the practice of formalities for formalities sake and bureaucratism in handling the cases.

China to reopen entry by foreign nationals holding three categories of valid Chinese residence permits

File photoForeigners with valid residence permits for work, personal affairs, and reunion will be allowed to enter China starting Sept. 28, according to a notice jointly issued Wednesday by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Immigration Administration.If the residence permits for the above three categories expired after March 28, the holder may apply for a renewal by presenting relevant materials to the Chinese embassies or consulates abroad on the condition that the purpose of coming to China remains unchanged.The above-mentioned personnel shall strictly abide by Chinas regulations on epidemic prevention and control, the notice said.

Eliminating global poverty needs to draw on China's experience, say analysts

ROME/CARACAS, Sept. 23 (Xinhua) -- The task of poverty alleviation on a global scale needs to draw on Chinese experience and adopt Chinese approaches as the country has lift hundreds of millions of people out of poverty, analysts and officials have said.File photo: CFPChina has made remarkable achievements in poverty reduction. In the past seven decades, more than 850 million Chinese people have been lifted out of poverty, accounting for more than 70 percent of poverty reduction worldwide, official data showed."One important thing China has illustrated is to invest in human capital," Giuseppe De Arcangelis, a professor of international economics at the Sapienza University of Rome, told Xinhua.The world can be much better with more focus on education and training, De Arcangelis said."The greatest capital that nations have is human beings. They are the citizens and that is where we have to invest, that is the resource we have to take care of," said Tania Diaz, first vice president of Venezuelas National Constituent Assembly.China can help Latin American countries overcome poverty through the Belt and Road Initiative, said Diaz, regarding the China-proposed initiative as a new vision for relations between nations.Renzo Cavalieri, an East Asian Law professor at CaFoscari University in Venice, said that a long-term planning is another thing the world should learn from China."The key is mixing centralized planning, flexibility, and the leveraging of market forces to strike a balance between stability and growth," Cavalieri said.Earlier this month, the Rome-based United Nations (UN) Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), said in a report that the world was falling behind in its efforts to meet the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals because of the direct and indirect impacts of the global coronavirus outbreak.Eradicating poverty is the first goal of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.The FAO report called for such strate...

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