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China's civilian Blue Sky Rescue team rushes to Türkiye 6 Photos

China's civilian Blue Sky Rescue team rushes to Türkiye

Members of the civilian Blue Sky Rescue team departed from Wuhan, Central China's Hubei Province, for Türkiye on Wednesday to assist with the earthquake response. (Photo: Xinhua)The team, which consists of 127 members from more than ten provinces in China, brought 39 tons of disaster relief materials and equipment. (Photo: Xinhua)The team, which consists of 127 members from more than ten provinces in China, brought 39 tons of disaster relief materials and equipment. (Photo: Xinhua)They flew directly from Wuhan Tianhe International Airport to Istanbul, Türkiye, and will rush to the epicenter to carry out rescue work upon arrival. (Photo: People's Daily)The Blue Sky Rescue team, established in 2007, is China's largest non-governmental humanitarian organization. (Photo: People's Daily)It has participated in many major rescue operations including the Wenchuan earthquake in 2008 and the Nepal earthquake in 2015. (Photo: Xinhua)

HK's Lee promotes ties in Mideast visit

John Lee Ka-chiu, chief executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, and an HKSAR government and business delegation began their visit to the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday, after pushing ties with Saudi Arabia to a new level of collaboration.

China's Greater Bay Area to pilot new travel endorsement policy for talents

BEIJING, Feb. 9 (Xinhua) -- Starting from Feb. 20, mainland cities in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area will pilot a new policy of issuing endorsements for talents working in the mainland to travel to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) and Macao SAR.A staff member helps a traveller pass the ticket gate at the Heung Yuen Wai/Liantang Control Point at the Hong Kong-Shenzhen boundary in south China, Feb. 6, 2023. (Photo: Xinhua)According to the National Immigration Administration (NIA), the policy designates six categories of talents eligible for the application of such documents: excellent talents, meaning those who either contribute tremendously to the areas development or are much-needed; scientific research talents; education talents; health talents; legal talents; and other qualified talents in the Greater Bay Area.An eligible candidate can apply for travel endorsements to the HKSAR and Macao SAR either respectively or together, with the validity periods ranging from five years and three years to one year, depending on the candidates category, according to the policy.While excellent talents can submit their applications to any immigration management authority above the county-level in the Greater Bay Area, other categories of talents can only submit them to such authorities above the county-level within the place where they work, according to the policy.The policy will substantially boost the smooth, efficient and orderly flow of various elements such as talents and technical skills in the area, and will inject new momentum into the socio-economic development of the mainland, as well as Hong Kong and Macao, said the NIA.

Multiple places across China record negative population growth rates with number of newborns falling by half in 2022

Multiple places across China have recently announced their registered populations in 2022, with the number of newborns in some places falling by more than half and showing the negative natural growth rates of population.

Number of deaths in hospital from COVID-19 drops to 102, down 97.6% from peak: Chinese CDC

Since December 9, 2022, the number and positive rate of nucleic acid testing in the population reported by all provinces showed a trend of increasing first and then decreasing. The number of in-hospital deaths from COVID-19 hit a daily peak of 4,273 on January 4, but it has declined since then, falling to 102 on Monday, a 97.6 percent drop from the peak, the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Chinese CDC) announced on Wednesday.A recovered patient (R) waves to medical staff of a temporary hospital, which applies traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) treatment to patients, in Wuhan, central Chinas Hubei Province, Feb. 26, 2020. (Photo: Xinhua)It was the third release of specific COVID-19 figures by the department since the country optimized COVID-19 response measures and downgraded its management.According to the report from the Chinese CDC, the number of positive cases peaked at 6.94 million on December 22, and then fluctuated and dropped to the lowest level on Monday, with 900 positive cases.Each province reported a trend of fluctuating decreases in antigen detection, from a peak of 1.89 million on December 19, 2022, to 85,000 on February 4, 2023, before rebounding to 190,000 on Monday.In terms of patients visiting fever clinics in township health centers nationwide, the number peaked at 922,000 on December 23, 2022, and then fluctuated downward. On Monday, there were 58,000 visitors recorded in township health centers, down 93.7 percent from the peak.From September to early December 2022, the weekly number of influenza-like cases (temperature over 38 C, accompanied by cough or sore throat) in influenza-sentinel hospitals across the country remained stable at about 100,000 and reached a maximum of 600,000 from December 19 to December 25. In February it fell back to the level before the latest round of the pandemic.Since the 49th week of 2022, the positive rate of the influenza virus gradually decreased to an extremely low level in late December 20...

DPP urged to ease curbs on ferry services

Passengers wave goodbye to those seeing them off on a ferry to Matsu from Fuzhou, Fujian province, on Jan 8, 2023. (Photo: Xinhua)Taiwan authorities criticized for ignoring public opinion, says spokeswomanTaiwans Democratic Progressive Party has been urged to remove its travel restrictions on passenger ferry services between the Chinese mainland and Kinmen and Matsu, which are administered by Taiwan.The DPP announced recently that ferry services between the coastal areas of East Chinas Fujian province and the outlying islands will continue to operate. However, they will remain limited to Kinmen and Matsu residents.Zhu Fenglian, a spokeswoman for the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, said on Wednesday that the restrictions "have made it difficult for the ferry routes to play their role in cross-Straits exchanges", adding it was "no wonder people on the island criticized them (the DPP) for ignoring public opinion".The ferry services were launched in 2001 as a way for people to travel across the Straits. The services were suspended by DPP authorities in February 2020 as part of COVID-19 pandemic prevention and control measures.However, they were allowed to resume temporarily last month to facilitate Spring Festival travel.From Jan 7 to Monday, about 78 ferry services operated between two cities in Fujian and the outlying islands. A total of 5,170 passengers traveled between Xiamen and Kinmen and between the provincial capital, Fuzhou, and the Matsu islands over the period, according to official data.During the Spring Festival holiday, many people traveled by ferry to reunite with their families. Li Han-chiang, a Kinmen resident, took a ferry from the island before Chinese New Year to visit his relatives in Fujian. Taking a ferry was also a cost-effective travel option, he said."Its a common aspiration of Taiwan residents for the services to be restored to normal," he said.After the temporary ferry services ended on Monday...

Sharp fall in COVID-19 infections, deaths in China

Pharmacists check prescription information at a fever clinic in Minhang district of Shanghai on Jan 8. (Photo: Xinhua)China has seen a significant drop in the number of COVID-19 infections and deaths from their peaks, according to the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.The number of daily COVID-19 deaths at hospitals across the country fell to 102 on Monday, from a peak of 4,273 on Jan 4, it said on Wednesday in a report on its website.Following continuous increases since Dec 9, the number of people testing positive in nucleic acid tests peaked at 6.94 million on Dec 22, it said.Despite fluctuations, the number maintained a generally declining trend, and dropped to 9,000 on Monday, it added.The Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention said the number of hospitalized patients described as being in "severe" condition across the country peaked on Jan 5, at 128,000. On Monday, the number had fallen, to 2,000.Monday saw 137,000 people visit fever clinics, down 95.2 percent on the peak of almost 2.9 million on Dec 23, it added.

Chinese envoy calls for great attention to flow of weapons, ammunition into conflict region

UNITED NATIONS, Feb. 8 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese envoy on Wednesday called for great attention to the flow of weapons and ammunition into the conflict region, which could pose proliferation risks.A file photo of Dai Bing, Chinas deputy permanent representative to the UN. (File photo: CFP)Quoting UN disarmament chief Izumi Nakamitsu as indicating that the flow of weapons and ammunition into the conflict region may bring about proliferation risks, Dai Bing, Chinas deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, said that "relevant parties should pay great attention thereto, adopt strict control measures, prevent the proliferation of weapons and ammunition, particularly stop them from falling in the hands of terrorists and armed groups, and avoid creating new instability in a greater geographic region.""It should be noted that the large and incessant flow of weapons and ammunition into the conflict region will cause greater civilian casualties, more displaced groups, and a heavier humanitarian toll on innocent civilians," the ambassador told the Security Council briefing on the supplies of armaments to Ukraine."More worryingly, some countries keep sending weapons to the conflict areas and expanding the category and range of weapons used, hereby engaged in a proxy war, which will further stoke tensions, amplify the risk of triggering strategic miscalculation, and cause the fighting to escalate and spread further, diminishing the already bleak prospect of ending the conflict," he said."It is our hope that relevant countries, especially European countries, will take seriously the significant threat posed by weapons and explosive remnants of war to post-war recovery and reconstruction as well as to regional peace and stability, revisit with a sense of responsibility and in the long-term perspective the complex impact and severe consequences caused by the large influx of weapons on the Ukraine crisis and international peace an...

Chinese firms race against time to assist quake rescue work in Turkey

Chinese companies are rushing to provide much-needed support, including excavators, to facilitate rescue work in Turkey after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit the region, the most devastating since 1999. An excavator of Chinas Xuzhou Construction Machinery Group Co (XCMG) is loaded onto a truck in Yalova in northwestern Turkey on January 7, 2023 before being delivered to Hatay, epicenter in the southernmost of the quake-hit Turkey. (Photo: Courtesy of XCMG)A local power station that a Chinese company developed at the epicenter is also gearing up to maintain power supplies while dealing with the impact.Turkey, a major player of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), has no shortage of cooperation with Chinese companies and projects, which offers the possibility of a quick response to the rescue work by mobilizing the best equipment and resources on hand.A branch of Xuzhou Construction Machinery Group Co (XCMG), a leading Chinese construction machinery producer, immediately initiated an emergency mechanism on Tuesday, coordinating the movement of three excavators to the quake-hit Turkish city of Gaziantep, the Global Times learned.The company also reached out to its local dealers to bring more excavators to the region, XCMG told the Global Times on Wednesday.The death toll from Mondays quakes in Turkey has risen to more than 7,100 and 40,910 people have been injured, according to Turkeys Disaster Management Authority on Wednesday. Untold numbers of people are still buried in the debris, and Turkey is calling for urgent rescue operations.The company said that more than a dozen excavators of various sizes and other heavy equipment will join the rescue work.Aid supplies have been mobilized, with the first batch valued at more than 50,000 Turkish lira ($2,655) purchased and delivered five hours after the quake on Tuesday, XCMG said. This batch includes blankets, baby products and hygiene products, and more aid is on the way.SANY Group, another major Chinese prod...

China renews blue alert for snowstorms

BEIJING, Feb. 8 (Xinhua) -- Chinas national observatory renewed a blue alert for bad weather on Wednesday evening, forecasting snowstorms in parts of the northern and northwestern regions of the country.(File photo: Xinhua)From 8 p.m. Wednesday to 8 p.m. Thursday, heavy snow is expected in parts of Inner Mongolia, Shaanxi, Shanxi, Hebei and Beijing, according to the National Meteorological Center.Blizzards have been forecast to hit some areas of Shanxi, and some places may see more than 10 centimeters of snow cover, the center said.Local authorities in the affected regions have been advised to make preparations for snowstorms and frost damage, while transportation, power and communications departments should inspect roads, railways and lines, and carry out road cleaning and de-icing.The center has instructed drivers to be cautious and use anti-skid measures on their vehicles, and also suggested that agricultural and pastoral areas and breeding industries keep feed in reserve.China has a four-tier, color-coded weather warning system, with red representing the most severe warning, followed by orange, yellow and blue.

Taiwan residents on Chinese mainland eligible for medical insurance: spokesperson

BEIJING, Feb. 8 (Xinhua) -- Taiwan residents working or living on the Chinese mainland are eligible for basic medical insurance, and they can pay premiums and enjoy the benefits in accordance with regulations, a mainland spokesperson said on Wednesday.A Taiwan compatriot receives a dose of COVID-19 vaccine at Shanghai Guanghua Hospital of Integrated Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine in east Chinas Shanghai, April 19, 2021. (File photo: Xinhua)A total of 310,000 people from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan had been covered by basic medical insurance on the Chinese mainland by the third quarter of 2022, Zhu Fenglian, spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, said at a press conference.They include 127,000 people covered by basic medical insurance for urban employees, and 183,000 by basic medical insurance for rural and non-working urban residents, Zhu added.Relevant policies have also been introduced to meet the housing needs of Taiwan compatriots on the Chinese mainland, Zhu said, adding that the Taiwan compatriots with mainland residence permits may, if qualified, purchase homes and apply for public-rental housing on the Chinese mainland.

Cross-Strait exchange activities to be held during KMT vice chairman's visit: mainland spokesperson

BEIJING, Feb. 8 (Xinhua) -- Andrew Hsia, vice chairman of the Chinese Kuomintang (KMT) party, will attend activities organized by both sides of the Taiwan Strait to promote exchanges during his visit to the mainland, a Chinese mainland spokesperson said Wednesday.(File photo: AFP)Hsia will also visit cities including Nanjing, Wuhan, Chongqing and Chengdu, said Zhu Fenglian, spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, at a press conference.Hsia is scheduled to lead a delegation on a visit to the Chinese mainland from Feb. 8 to 17.When asked to comment on the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) authorities smear that "Hsias visit may fall into the coercive political framework of the mainland," Zhu said the DPP authorities collude with external forces to seek "Taiwan independence" for its own political interests, damaging the interests and welfare of Taiwan compatriots and pushing Taiwan toward a dangerous situation.In doing this, the DPP authorities are coercing the mainstream will of Taiwan society, and they are the threat to the highest interests of Taiwan, Zhu added.

Chinese mainland mourns passing of Master Hsing Yun

BEIJING, Feb. 8 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese mainland spokesperson on Wednesday expressed deep condolences over the death of Master Hsing Yun, founder of the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist order in Taiwan and the Buddhas Light International Association.(File photo: VCG)Taiwan Work Office of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, and the mainland-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits extended deep grief over the passing of Master Hsing Yun, said Zhu Fenglian, spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, at a press conference.Zhu said, Master Hsing Yun, who passed away on Feb. 5, dedicated his life to promoting Buddhist doctrines and Chinese culture.Master Hsing Yun was revered by compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Strait for always safeguarding the overall interests of the Chinese nation, firmly supporting Chinas national reunification and opposing "Taiwan independence," as well as helping advance cross-Strait exchanges, Zhu said.She called on all Buddhists in Taiwan to carry on the last wishes of Master Hsing Yun by continuing to promote cross-Strait exchanges and cooperation, support the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations, and strive for national reunification and the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.Zhu also expressed condolences over the recent passing of Taiwan scholar Chu Yun-han, who she said bore deep feelings for the motherland and had made significant contributions to exchanges and cooperation between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan and the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations.

Highlights of Xi's remarks on advancing Chinese modernization 6 Photos

Highlights of Xi's remarks on advancing Chinese modernization

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday stressed the importance of correctly understanding and vigorously advancing Chinese modernization. He made the remarks while addressing the opening of a study session at the Party School of the CPC Central Committee (National Academy of Governance).

China opposes using competition to define entirety of China-US relations

China does not shy away from or fear competition, but opposes using competition to define the entirety of China-US relations and the practice of vilification and repression in the name of competition, a foreign ministry spokesperson said in Beijing on Wednesday.Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Mao Ning made the remarks at a regular press briefing in Beijing in response to question about Bidens remarks on China in his State of the Union address.“China has always believed that China-US relations are not a zero-sum game in which one gains and the other loses, the success of China and the United States represents opportunities rather than challenges to each other”, Mao said.The earth is vast enough for the common development and prosperity of China and the United States, the spokesperson also said.“China does not shy away from or fear competition, but opposes using competition to define the entirety of China-US relations,” she said. “It is not the behavior of a responsible major country to slander another country, restrict other countries’ legitimate development rights or even harm the global industrial and supply chains in the name of competition.”Mao said that a sound and stable China-US relationship serves the fundamental interests of the two peoples and is the general expectation of the international community.“The US should have an objective and rational understanding of China, pursue positive and pragmatic policies towards China, and work with China to bring China-US relations back to the track of sound and stable development, ”Mao emphasized.(Compiled by Chen Xirui)

US should lift sanctions on Syria, offer emergency aid to earthquake victims: China

The US should revoke its unilateral sanctions on Syria to facilitate humanitarian aid, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said on Wednesday.Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Mao Ning made the remarks at a routine press briefing in Beijing after a US State Department spokesperson said the US would not cooperate with the Syrian government in offering humanitarian assistance but only with “humanitarian partners on the ground.”“The United Nations and International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies called for providing emergency aid for Syrian victims to avoid the escalations of the local humanitarian crisis,” Mao Ning said. “The US intervened in the Syrian crisis for a long time. Its military interventions and strict economic sanctions on Syria have caused great civilian casualties, cutting off the Syrian people from the basic necessities of life.”US troops occupy Syria’s principal oilfields and have plundered more than 80 percent of the country’s oil production, she said.“They have smuggled and burned Syria’s grain stock, exacerbating the humanitarian crisis here.“Facing disaster in Syria, the US would be well-advised to abandon its mania for geopolitical games, revoke its unilateral sanctions on Syria, and open its door for humanitarian assistance.”(Compiled by Wu Meixuan)

China provides emergency humanitarian assistance to quake-hit Syria

BEIJING, Feb. 8 (Xinhua) -- China will provide emergency humanitarian aid worth 30 million yuan (4.42 million U.S. dollars) to Syria, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said on Wednesday.Deng Qingbo (R), deputy head of the China International Development Cooperation Agency meets Hasanein Khaddam (L), Syrian Ambassador to China, on Wednesday for the emegency aid to quake-hit Syria. (Photo: China International Development Cooperation Agency)The aid includes assistance of 2 million U.S. dollars and relief materials urgently needed in the quake-hit country, spokesperson Mao Ning said at a regular press briefing.Meanwhile China is speeding up the implementation of an ongoing food aid program, she said.In the ongoing food aid project, 220 tonnes of wheat are on their way to Syria, and the remaining 3,000 tonnes of rice and wheat will be shipped in two batches in the near future, according to China International Development Cooperation Agency.Relevant Chinese authorities will work with the Syrian side to ensure that the above assistance is implemented as soon as possible, so as to help the Syrian side with earthquake relief and rescue work, Mao added.

China ready to work with Australia to bring ties back on track: spokesperson

BEIJING, Feb. 8 (Xinhua) -- China stands ready to work with Australia to rebuild mutual trust and bring bilateral ties back on track, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Mao Ning said on Wednesday.(Photo: Chinese Foreign Ministry)Maos remarks came after Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said at a news conference on Tuesday that "trade to China is more than the next three highest trading partners combined," and that it is "in Australias national interest to have good economic relations and to trade with China."China and Australia are both important countries in the Asia-Pacific region with highly complementary economies, Mao said at a daily press briefing. "The healthy and stable development of relations between China and Australia is not only in the fundamental interests of the two peoples, but is also conducive to promoting peace, stability and prosperity in the region and the world," she noted.Mao said that China stands ready to work with Australia to implement the important consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries at the G20 Summit in Indonesia, as well as the outcomes of the China-Australia Foreign and Strategic Dialogue."Based on the principles of mutual respect, mutual benefit, and seeking common ground while shelving differences, China is willing to launch and resume exchanges with the Australian side in various fields, expand cooperation, manage differences, rebuild mutual trust, and bring bilateral relations back on track," the spokesperson said.

Former deputy general manager of China Energy under investigation

(File photo: China Daily)BEIJING, Feb. 8 (Xinhua) -- Li Dong, former deputy general manager of the China Energy Investment Corporation (China Energy), has been placed under investigation for suspected severe violations of Party discipline and laws, according to an official statement released on Wednesday.Li, also formerly a member of the companys leading Party members group, is being investigated by the Communist Party of China Central Commission for Discipline Inspection and the National Commission of Supervision.

China's resumption of outbound travel expected to boost worldwide tourism

(Poster: Intern Yang Jiaxin)Immigration authorities across China handled 676,000 exits and entries on Monday, a record high since the COVID-19 outbreak, the National Immigration Administration (NIA) said Tuesday.Tourism practitioners in Southeast Asia told the Peoples Daily they welcomed the return of Chinese tourists for the recovery of regional tourism. And experts said that the resumption of outbound tourism would help revitalize the global tourism market while injecting confidence and impetus into the development of the world economy.NIA statistics showed that Mondays figure jumped 124.2 percent from the average daily entry and exit trips before China downgraded its COVID-19 management on Jan 8 and registered at nearly 37 percent of the pre-COVID-19 level.(Poster: Intern Yang Jiaxin)Prompted by the resumption of normal travel with Hong Kong and Macao, the Chinese mainlands land ports with the two regions saw 568,000 entries and exits on Monday, 84 percent of the daily total and a 39.2 percent increase from the previous day.On Monday China resumed outbound group travel to 20 countries including Thailand, the Maldives, the United Arab Emirates, Russia and New Zealand.Group tours also resumed between the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong and Macao .Chinese airlines resume outbound tourist flightsChina Southern Airlines will resume and open 48 round-trip routes to 12 destinations. As of Monday, the airline operated 50 international and regional routes, with a weekly flight total of 82.China Southern Airlines cooperated with travel agencies to launch tour groups to destinations such as New Zealand, the Philippines and Cambodia, focused particularly on routes to Southeast Asian countries.(Poster: Intern Yang Jiaxin)China Eastern Airlines international and regional flights are scheduled to return to 60, up to 410 flights per week as of February 28. The resumed routes will mainly be to Southeast Asia, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan.Spring Airlines has said...

China opposes defining China-US relations by competition

As a response to US President Joe Bidens remarks about China in his State of the Union speech Tuesday, China said that China doesnt shy away from or fear competition, but China opposes defining the whole China-US relations by competition.(Photo: Chinese Foreign Ministry)Biden said in his speech that Washington seeks "competition, not conflict," but he also said that US investments in its alliances, military and advanced technologies meant that America was now in its strongest position in decades to compete with China and defend its interests.Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning said that China has always believed that China-US relations are not a zero-sum game in which one gains or the other loses. The successes of China and the US represent opportunities rather than challenges to each other and the entire earth can fully support the development and common prosperity of both China and the US.She added that China is not afraid of competition, but China does oppose defining the whole China-US relations by competition, smearing China in the name of competition, and restricting Chinas legitimate development rights even at the expense of global industrial and supply chains, which is not what a responsible great power should do.In his speech, Biden also referred to the latest airship accident, in which a Chinese civil airship, mainly for meteorological purposes, affected by the Westerlies, deviated from its planned course and entered US airspace, saying if China "threatens" its sovereignty, the US will act to protect its country.After China was informed of the entry of the Chinese airship, Wang Yi, director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee had a phone conversation with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, during which Wang called on the US side to handle the unexpected situation in a "cool-headed and professional manner," while the US then shot do...

China's warming economy new impetus to global growth

BEIJING, Feb. 8 (Xinhua) -- Well begun is half done. Off to a good start in 2023, Chinas economy is seeing a faster-than-expected recovery, which is boosting confidence and nurturing new impetus both domestically and abroad.(File photo: Xinhua)The robust tourism and consumption boom during the Spring Festival, as well as other indicators, serve as evidence suggesting a promising year.During the seven-day holiday, China saw nearly 2.9 million cross-border trips, up 120.5 percent year on year, and 308 million domestic trips, up 23.1 percent compared with 2022.In January, the purchasing managers index for Chinas manufacturing sector came in at 50.1, returning to expansion territory after three consecutive months of contraction.With eased epidemic controls and the start of a new policy cycle, Chinas economy is expected to open new horizons in 2023, while pragmatic policies to stabilize growth and boost development will further shore up confidence, said Yu Xiangrong, China chief economist of Citigroup.Encouraging figures are the result of coordinated central and local planning, which echoed a Chinese saying that a years plan starts with spring.Promoting consumption and expanding domestic demand is a priority task in China in 2023.The Ministry of Commerce recently said that it will focus on areas such as automobiles and household supplies, and coordinate national promotional activities aimed at boosting consumption.The ministry will also continue with the construction of international consumption center cities, and maintain emphasis on developing county-level businesses.The National Development and Reform Commission, Chinas top economic planner, said multiple measures will be implemented to increase confidence in consumption.The Ministry of Finance will coordinate policy tools to exert more efforts on attracting special bond investment and improving preferential policies concerning taxes and fees.Chinas central bank will guide financial ...

Surveys show China's economic recovery expected to lead globally in 2023

Chinas economic recovery is expected to take the lead globally in 2023, recent surveys by CGTN showed.The city view of Chinas capital, Beijing, October 18, 2022. /CFPOne poll indicates that 78.34 percent of the global respondents believe that China has become an important engine for the global economy, and 76.23 percent believe that the Chinese economy will inject confidence and strength into the sluggish recovery of the global economy.For the entirety of 2023, economists, international organizations and investment institutions generally predict that the global economy will continue to recover in a weak manner. However, the strong rebound of the Chinese economy in the early spring has brought a glimmer of hope.With the Chinese government adjusting its COVID-19 policy in late 2022, the International Monetary Fund raised the estimate for Chinas 2023 growth from 4.4 to 5.2 percent in its latest World Economic Outlook report. Morgan Stanley raised its China GDP growth outlook to 5.7 percent in a research note released in January, 0.3 percentage point higher than its previous estimate.Chinas GDP growth has been relatively high when compared to that of other major economies over the past three years, as the average growth rate between 2020 and 2022 was 4.5 percent.According to a CGTN poll, 71.6 percent of global respondents believe the countrys scientific and dynamic adjustment of epidemic prevention policies has effectively balanced the relationship between COVID-19 prevention and control and economic and social development. The achievements of the countrys efforts in balancing this relationship were highly recognized by 86.8 percent of the respondents.One figure to note is that 84.7 percent of the respondents believe that Chinas development path is in line with its national conditions, which is a key factor for the long-term stability of Chinas economy.CGTN surveys show signs of quick recoveryChinas strong economic rebound st...

Taiwan students can use local exam results when applying to Chinese mainland colleges: spokesperson

BEIJING, Feb. 8 (Xinhua) -- High school graduates in Chinas Taiwan region will be able to apply for spots at higher education institutions on the Chinese mainland with Taiwan college entrance exam results, a mainland spokesperson said Wednesday.A teacher at Fuzhou Senior High School, Fujian Province, explains the schools history to high school students from Taiwan and their peers from Fujian during a summer youth camp which was attended by more than 100 students from the island and the mainland. (Photo: China Daily)Zhu Fenglian, spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, made the remarks at a press conference. According to Zhu, starting from March 1, 2023, students from Taiwan can apply for spots at 412 higher education institutions on the mainland via an online platform, using the grades they achieved in the General Scholastic Ability Test, one of Taiwans local college entrance exams.Also, students who take Taiwans technological and vocational education joint college entrance examination can choose from a total of 19 colleges and vocational colleges on the mainland, Zhu said."We welcome all qualified Taiwan students to apply for spots at mainland higher education institutions," said Zhu. She added that the mainland will continue to provide conveniences for those who study on the mainland.

1992 Consensus common political foundation for cross-Strait dialogue, consultation: spokesperson

BEIJING, Feb. 8 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese mainland spokesperson said on Wednesday that as long as the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) authorities in Taiwan adhere to the 1992 Consensus, the dialogue and consultation between the island and the mainland can resume.(File photo: Xinhua)Zhu Fenglian, spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, made the comment at a press conference in response to a media inquiry over recent remarks of Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-wen.Noting that the 1992 Consensus, which embodies the one-China principle, serves as the common political foundation for cross-Strait dialogue and consultation, Zhu said as long as the DPP adheres to the consensus and ceases provocative actions seeking "Taiwan independence" and collusion with external forces against the mainland, the dialogue and consultation between the island and the mainland can resume.Responding to another query on the remarks of DPP chair Lai Ching-te, Zhu said both the mainland and Taiwan belong to one and the same China, which is evidenced by clear historical and legal facts.Separatist activities aimed at "Taiwan independence" run counter to the trend of history and the will of the Chinese people, and they severely harm the interests of compatriots across the Strait, Zhu said, adding that such activities are doomed to fail.

COVID-19 cases in China fall to lowest on February 6

Travelers in protective gear in the departure hall at the Hongqiao Railway Station in Shanghai, China, on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023. (File photo: CFP)Since December 9, the number of COVID-19 confirmed cases in China reached a peak (6.94 million) on December 22, then fluctuated and fell to the lowest on February 6, 2023 (9,000), official data showed on Wednesday.

No new Omicron variants detected in Beijing by 2022 end: study

BEIJING, Feb. 9 (Xinhua) -- No novel COVID-19 variants were found in Beijing weeks after China optimized its epidemic response in November, according to a recent study.An elderly resident receives a shot of COVID-19 vaccine at home in Dongcheng District of Beijing, capital of China, May 10, 2022. (Photo: Xinhua)Researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Beijing Center for Disease Prevention and Control sequenced 413 new samples obtained from the capital city from Nov. 14 to Dec. 20, including 350 local cases and 63 imported cases, according to the study published on Wednesday in the journal Lancet.They found that the spread of Omicron variants, BF.7 and BA.5.2, has been dominant in the current outbreak since Nov. 14 in Beijing, accounting for 90 percent of local cases, and there is no evidence that novel variants emerged.The dynamic of COVID-19 variants in Beijing can be considered a snapshot of the situation in China, the researchers said.They, however, cautioned that the circulation of variants in China should be monitored continuously to detect novel variants of concern at the earliest opportunity.

Guangdong releases first rulebook on Hengqin, seeking further integration by Macao

In a major move to accelerate the Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR)'s integration into the mainland's overall development, Guangdong Province on Wednesday launched the first rulebook on promoting an in-depth cooperation zone on Hengqin, an island located in Guangdong's Zhuhai city.

China's Red Cross sends rescuers, supplies to Syria earthquake zone

BEIJING, Feb. 9 (Xinhua) -- The Red Cross Society of China (RCSC) on Thursday morning dispatched a team of rescue workers with its first batch of medical supplies to Syria to assist the earthquake-hit country in rescue operations.Rescue workers remove a body from the rubble of a destroyed building in the Rihawi area in Latakia province, northwestern Syria, on Feb. 8, 2023. (Photo: Xinhua)The RCSC sent the supplies at the request of the Syrian Embassy and the Syrian Red Crescent, which will meet the needs of up to 5,000 people.After strong earthquakes jolted Türkiye and Syria on Monday, the RCSC has provided the Turkish Red Crescent and the Syrian Red Crescent with 200,000 U.S. dollars in cash respectively as emergency humanitarian assistance.The RCSC said it will keep abreast of the humanitarian needs in the disaster-stricken areas in the two countries and pledged to offer humanitarian aid to the best of its ability.

Chinese premier sends congratulations on 'Icebreakers' 2023 Chinese New Year celebration

BEIJING, Feb. 9 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Wednesday sent a congratulatory message to the "Icebreakers" 2023 Chinese New Year celebration hosted by Britains 48 Group Club.Chinese Premier Li Keqiang delivers a video speech at a New Year banquet held by Britains 48 Group Club on Feb. 3, 2021. (File photo: Xinhua)In the message, Li said that 70 years ago, visionary people in the British business community broke the ice with great courage and opened the door to China-Britian trade.At present, the international and regional situations are undergoing complex and profound changes, and geopolitics, world economy, climate change, food and energy security and other fields are facing severe risks and challenges, Li said, adding that when difficulties arise, it is all the more important to carry on the "icebreaking" spirit, strengthen exchanges and cooperation with a pioneering attitude, properly handle contradictions and differences, improve peoples wellbeing and achieve mutually beneficial and win-win results.Li pointed out that China unswervingly adheres to the path of peaceful development, upholds the basic state policy of reform and opening-up, and stands ready to work with all parties to safeguard world peace and promote development and prosperity.Li said both China and Britain are the permanent members of the UN Security Council and major economies in the world, and maintaining a sound and stable bilateral relationship is in the interests of both sides and the world.He expressed the hope that the business communities of both countries will continue to make new and greater contributions to China-Britain friendship and mutually beneficial cooperation.

US urged to not send wrong signals to DPP, 'Taiwan independence' forces

A Chinese mainland spokeswoman on Wednesday urged the United States not to send wrong signals to Taiwans Democratic Progressive Party authority and "Taiwan independence" forces.Zhu Fenglian, a spokesperson for the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office. (Photo: people.com.cn)Zhu Fenglian, a spokeswoman for the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, made the remarks after members of a newly launched committee in the new US House of Representatives that aims to counter China claimed recently that they will travel to Taiwan to hold a hearing on arms sales to the island."Taiwan belongs to China. We firmly oppose any form of official exchanges or military contacts between the US and Taiwan region," Zhu said.She urged the US to honor its commitment on the Taiwan question and stop sending wrong signals to the DPP authorities and "Taiwan independence" forces."The majority of Taiwan compatriots have realized that independence means war, and the DPP authorities attempt to seek independence with arms will only push Taiwan into a more dangerous situation," she said.Zhu also restated Beijings opposition against a possible trip to Taiwan by new US House Speaker Kevin McCarthy."We urge the US side to abide by the one-China principle and the three China-US joint communiques, and honor its commitment not to support Taiwan independence," she said.Zhu warned the DPP authorities that attempts to rely on the US for "independence" are doomed to fail.

A multi-vehicle collision occurred in NW China, sounding the alarm again over dangers of driving in inclement weather

A road accident on Wednesday involving 20 vehicles in Lanzhou, Northwest Chinas Gansu Province led to two injuries due to the impact of heavy snow, only a few days after another multi-vehicle collision in Central Chinas Hunan Province, killing 16 people and injuring 66 others, sounding the alarm again over the dangers of driving in inclement weather.A screenshot of a video taken at the scene by China Central Television on Wednesday. (Photo: China Central Television)Currently the section of Shuiqin Expressway where the accident occurred has resumed normal traffic flow, Lanzhou local transportation police said via its official Sina Weibo account on Wednesday. At about 7:30 am on Wednesday, five rear-end collisions occurred in the 8-kilometer direction of Fujiayao-Gaolan on Shuiqin Expressway, covering an area of about two kilometers and involving more than 20 vehicles, resulting in a fire, two people sustaining light injures and blocked traffic, according to the Lanzhou local transportation police.After the accident, traffic police, fire, emergency departments were dispatched to the scene immediately for emergency rescue, and investigations about the accident and rescue work are being carried out, according to the Lanzhou police.It was the second multi-vehicle collision to take place within a week.The transportation authority in Central Chinas Hunan Province held an emergency meeting on February 5 on a multi-vehicle collision on the Xuguang Expressway, in Hunan which killed 16 people and injured 66 others, stressing the need to learn lessons from the accident and strengthen traffic safety work in the province. After the accident in Hunan, the Ministry of Public Security made the deployment on February 5 to strengthen road traffic safety further and resolutely prevent road traffic accidents involving mass casualties.The police reminded the drivers to slow down when driving on slippery roads in bad weather.

Charge d'affaires of Chinese Embassy in US launches stern representations with senior US officials

WASHINGTON, Feb. 7 (Xinhua) -- Charge daffaires of the Chinese Embassy in the United States Xu Xueyuan on Tuesday lodged, upon instruction, stern representations with senior officials of the US Department of State and White House National Security Council on the US attack on a Chinese unmanned civilian airship by force, the embassy said in a statement.(File photo: Xinhua)According to the statement, Xu said that the unintended entry of the airship is an entirely unexpected and isolated incident caused by force majeure. The Chinese side has, after verification, informed the US side of this multiple times and clearly requested that the US side handle it in a calm, professional and restrained manner.The Chinese side expresses firm opposition to and strong protest against the US side using force to attack it, and urges the US side not to take any actions that may escalate and complicate the situation. The Chinese side reserves the right to make further responses if necessary, Xu said.

Cross-boundary students resume face-to-face classes in Hong Kong

HONG KONG -- Cross-boundary students were able to return to Hong Kong to resume face-to-face classes in phases starting Wednesday, with secondary school students being the first group to come back.Cross-boundary students and their parents gesture as they wait for the train at Lo Wu station in Hong Kong, on Feb 6, 2023. (Photo: China Daily)The next phase will start on Feb 22, involving students from primary schools, kindergartens, and special schools, according to the Education Bureau of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government.As normal travel between Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland fully resumed on Feb 6, cross-boundary students could attend school in Hong Kong without having to do the pre-departure nucleic acid test or make a reservation to cross the boundary.Secretary for Education of the HKSAR government Choi Yuk-lin visited the Shenzhen Bay Control Point on Wednesday morning to see the arrangements of boundary crossing for the cross-boundary students.Choi said that more than 1,000 students crossed the boundary through the Shenzhen Bay Control Point on Wednesday morning and the process was smooth. The Immigration Department of the HKSAR government set up a number of special passages for the cross-boundary students so that they did not have to queue and wait.Junior high school student Chen Jiayi came to Hong Kong via the Lo Wu Control point on Wednesday morning. He said there were staff members at the Control point to guide the students, and everything went smoothly. It took him about half an hour to cross the boundary.About 21,000 cross-boundary students are studying in Hong Kong, with most of them living in Shenzhen. They crossed the boundary to Hong Kong to go to school daily.

China includes all approved homegrown anti-COVID drugs in medical insurance

BEIJING, Feb. 8 (Xinhua) -- China has included all homegrown drugs for COVID-19 treatment approved to enter the market in its medical insurance scheme, according to the lastest announcement by the national healthcare authority.(File photo: CGTN)Among these drugs, two tablets were temporarily included in the medical insurance catalog, following a conditional approval by the National Medical Products Administration in late January.Money spent on these two tablets can be reimbursed by the medical insurance fund before March 31, said the National Healthcare Security Administration (NHSA).Provincial healthcare authorities were asked to disclose medicine prices, and act in a proper manner under oversight from the public.Currently, there are more than 600 medications used to treat COVID-19 in Chinas medical insurance catalog, according to the NHSA.

Chinese civilian efforts intensify to help earthquake rescue in Türkiye

NANJING, Feb. 8 (Xinhua) -- A 50-member Chinese civilian rescue team arrived in Türkiye on Wednesday to help rescue efforts following devastating earthquakes, with follow-up rescue forces on the move.A Chinese rescue team departs from Beijing for Türkiye on a chartered plane on Feb.7, 2023 to join earthquake relief efforts in the country. (Photo: Xinhua)The first batch of the Blue Sky Rescue (BSR) team, a professional non-profit search-and-rescue organization, brought rescue dogs, rescue equipment and other necessary resources to support their work. Many of them have international rescue experience."Our normal work period is 12 to 15 days, but the actual time will be determined by the specific situation. We will try our best to search and rescue survivors," said Zhang Yupu, a BSR member from east Chinas Jiangsu Province, who once participated in the Wenchuan earthquake relief in 2008.The Amity Foundation, a Chinese non-governmental organization, has also sent a team of around 60 members to Türkiye.The team will carry out rescue work and provide aid to the quake-affected victims, such as distributing clothes and food and helping to improve sanitation conditions, according to the Jiangsu-based foundation.Overseas branches of Chinese companies are also lending a helping hand. Chinese machinery giant Xuzhou Construction Machinery Group has mobilized employees of its local branch in Türkiye to join in the relief efforts.Dozens of equipment including excavators and loaders have been deployed to rescue survivors and the first batch of relief materials like blankets and hygiene products have been sent to the earthquake-ravaged region, the company said.More than 8,000 people had been killed after strong earthquakes jolted parts of Türkiye and neighboring Syria on Monday, according to data released by authorities and rescuers.

CPC regulation on disciplinary action published

A regulation previously issued by the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee on disciplinary action against Party members violating Party disciplines has been published by the People's Publishing House.

COVID-19 virus will not disappear completely: expert

The COVID-19 virus will not disappear completely, but follow a phased occurrence trend like the flu, Chinese experts have said.

Chinese mainland urges Taiwan not to use COVID-19 as excuse to hinder cross-strait flights

The Chinese mainland has urged Taiwan authorities not to use COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse to hinder the resumption of direct flights across the Taiwan Straits, a mainland spokesperson said on Wednesday. Zhu Fenglian, a spokesperson for the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office. (File photo: Xinhua)As the COVID-19 situation on the mainland has been stabilized, compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Straits and the aviation industry are eagerly looking forward to the full resumption of direct cross-strait flights, said Zhu Fenglian, spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council at a press briefing.It is reported that the mainlands aviation authorities have recently contacted Taiwan authorities through existing channels, calling on the two sides to promote the normal operation of cross-strait air routes. It was suggested that priority should be given to the restoration of direct flights to 16 destinations, including south Chinas Guangzhou City, where there is a high concentration of Taiwan compatriots.Confirming the reports, Zhu stressed that the mainland is ready to resume direct flights across the Taiwan Straits with no restrictions or obstacles.She urged Taiwan authorities to align with the peoples will, and make pragmatic efforts to help resume the normal operations of direct cross-strait flights.

China lodges representations over US attack on a Chinese unmanned airship

The unintended entry of the Chinas civilian unmanned airship is an entirely unexpected, isolated incident caused by force majeure, Xu Xueyuan, Chargé dAffaires of the Chinese Embassy in the U.S., said on Tuesday.Photo taken on July 23, 2020 shows the frontal exterior of the Chinese Embassy in the United States, Washington, D.C., the United States. (Photo: Xinhua)He lodged the solemn representations, upon instruction, to senior officials of the U.S. Department of State and White House National Security Council over U.S. shooting down of a Chinese civilian unmanned airship.After verification, the Chinese side has informed the U.S. side of this multiple times and asked that the U.S. side handle such incidents in a calm, professional and restrained manner, Xu said, according to a statement issued by the Embassy of China in the United States.Expressing Chinas firm opposition, Xu urged the U.S. not to take any actions that may escalate and complicate the situation, adding that China reserves the right to make a further response if necessary.

Doctors make house calls to check in on elderly

Wang Zhuying, an 85-year-old resident who lives alone in Caijia village in Qingdao, Shandong province, received a gift from his family doctor before Spring Festival — a health kit containing fever-reducing drugs, a thermometer and sanitation items.

China's health insurance covers all authorized domestically developed COVID-19 drugs

All Chinese-developed COVID-19 drugs have been included in China’s medical insurance, according to the National Medical Products Administration (NMPA).

Vast deserts become sources of plentiful energy

The huge Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, with vast desert expanses of strong winds and intense sunshine, has become a pioneer in the country's new energy drive. It is turning its natural endowments into power for a greener future.

Chinese satellite captures images of Turkey earthquake epicenter, revealing extent of geological disaster

​After the 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the city of Nurdagi of Gaziantep Province in southern Turkey on Monday, the Changsha-based Spacety Co Ltd immediately arranged the Chaohu-1 satellite to conduct emergency imaging of the earthquake zone.

Measures taken to improve conditions in Beijing

Measures aimed at improving residents' living standards and returning space to the public have been unveiled by the Beijing municipal government.

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