File photoBEIJING, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- Chinas air and water quality registered steady improvement in 2022, data from the Ministry of Ecology and Environment showed Tuesday.The share of days with good air quality stood at 86.5 percent in Chinese cities at and above the prefecture-level, Jiang Huohua, an official with the ministry told a press conference.The proportion of days with heavy air pollution was 0.9 percent last year, dropping to less than 1 percent for the first time, Jiang said.The PM2.5 density, a key indicator of air pollution, dropped 3.3 percent year on year to 29 micrograms per cubic meter, falling below 30 micrograms per cubic meter for the first time since the data was first monitored.The proportion of surface water at or above Grade III in the countrys five-tier water quality system rose 3 percentage points year on year to 87.9 percent last year, while that of surface water below Grade V, the lowest level, stood at 0.7 percent, down 0.5 percentage points from 2021.China will step up its efforts on pollution prevention and control in 2023, taking measures in various fields to fight against air, water and soil pollution, according to the ministry.
"China welcomes the US Secretary of State Antony Blinkens visit to China, and we maintain communication with US over the specific arrangements," a foreign ministry spokesperson said in Beijing on Tuesday.Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Wang Wenbin made the remarks on a daily news briefing when asked to give more details on the coming meeting between Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang and the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken."China always views and grows its relations with the US in accordance with the three principles of mutual respect, peaceful coexistence and win-win cooperation as proposed by President Xi Jinping," said Wang."We hope the US will perceive China correctly, seek dialogue rather than confrontation, and adopt a win-win cooperation rather than zero-sum mentality," he said. "We also hope the US will work with China in the same direction and fully deliver on the important common understandings reached between the two heads of state, and bring China-US relations back to the track of sound and steady growth."(Compiled by Wu Meixuan)
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said Tuesday that "both China and India are populous countries, which have a strong internal driving force for economic development."Wang made the remarks when asked to comment on the fact that India will surpass China to become the worlds most populous country.UNs report shows that Indias population stands at 1.412 billion last year, compared to Chinas 1.411 billion at the end of 2022. India is expected to surpass China as the worlds most populous country."Both China and India enjoy large population with large labor force and domestic market," Wang said. "The two countries must take advantage of demographic dividend, in order to benefit their people and the whole world."(Compiled by Zheng Yueyun)
File photoBEIJING, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- Chinas Ministry of Science and Technology issued a 2022 annual report on the remote sensing monitoring of the global ecological environment on Tuesday in Beijing.The report contains two topics of "ice, snow, and vegetation change in the Arctic region" and "the production situation of global bulk grain and oil crops and the contribution of multiple cropping and irrigation."The report aims to provide scientific data support for promoting sustainable development in the Arctic region and coping with climate change, as well as analyzing the impact of extreme weather and regional emergencies on food production and supply.The topic of "ice, snow, and vegetation change in the Arctic region" applied multi-source remote sensing data to monitor the Arctic sea ice, the Greenland ice sheet, and the Arctic land vegetation.And the topic "the production situation of global bulk grain and oil crops and the contribution of multiple cropping and irrigation" monitored the global agrometeorological conditions and the cultivation and stress of grain and oil crops in major grain-producing areas of the world from 2021 to 2022. It also forecasted the output, supply, import, and export situation of bulk grain and oil crops in 2022.Since 2012, the National Remote Sensing Center of China under the Ministry of Science and Technology has continuously released annual reports on remote sensing monitoring of the global ecological environment.Over the past decade, 29 thematic reports and more than 100 dataset products have been released.China has formed a satellite application system for earth observation, such as meteorology, resources, environments, and oceans. The high-resolution earth observation system and national space infrastructure have gradually improved.
COVID-19 vaccines produced in China have been proven to be safe and effective by clinical trials and real-world data. The vaccines have helped save people in China and around the world, which is an irreversible accomplishment and cannot be challenged by denialists.A resident gets a dose of an inhalable COVID-19 vaccine in Beijing, China, December 19, 2022. (Photo: CFP)Various optionsChina is the only country with COVID-19 vaccines developed via multiple technical routes – they work in different ways.In addition to mRNA vaccines that uses new technology as the Pfizer Inc. product, people can also choose the well-tested, traditional inactivated vaccines, which turned out to be the mainstream in China.Chinese companies also made viral vector vaccines and protein subunit vaccines to give people more options.In addition to the mechanism of action, Chinese vaccines also come in different forms – jabs, inhalers and nasal sprays – in case you prefer one of them.In total, there are currently 13 vaccine products available in China.Safety first"China always puts first the safety of vaccines," said Wang Wenbin, spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, at a regular press conference on Friday. "China-made vaccines have a good safety record with overall low adverse event rate."Billions of people have taken the Chinese jabs, which is hard evidence of the vaccines safety. As of January 12, over 1.3 billion people in China have taken over 3.4 billion doses of vaccines, with more than 241 million of them aged above 60.According to statistics from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 188 cases of severe adverse reactions were reported from December 15, 2020, to April 30, 2021, on the Chinese mainland after a total of 265 million COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered, with a rate of 0.07 per 100,000 doses. CDC called the rate "extremely rare."Three of the Chinese vaccine products are on the Emergency Use Listing of th...
A research team at Second Affiliated (Xinqiao) Hospital of Army Medical University in Chongqing designed a new nanoprobe for diagnosing early gastric cancer. (Photo by Tan Youming/For chinadaily.com.cn)A research team at Second Affiliated (Xinqiao) Hospital of Army Medical University in Chongqing has designed a nanoprobe that could offer new methods for the diagnosing early gastric cancer.Their study — In Vivo Anchoring Bis-Pyrene Probe for Molecular Imaging of Early Gastric Cancer by Endoscopic Techniques — was published in Advanced Science, an interdisciplinary opens-access journal of American publishing house John Wiley & Sons. Wiley is a multinational publisher founded in 1807 that focuses on academic publishing and instructional materials.
Nepalese rescue workers inspect wreckage at the site of a plane crash in Pokhara, Nepal, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. (Photo: AP)BEIJING, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday sent a message of condolence to Nepali President Bidya Devi Bhandari over a plane crash in the country.In his message, Xi said that upon learning of the plane crash in Nepal, which caused heavy casualties, he would like to express deep condolences over the fatalities and offer sincere sympathies to the bereaved families on behalf of the Chinese government and people.Also on Monday, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang sent a message of condolence to Nepali Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal.
File photoWith the improvement of Chinas overall COVID-19 epidemic situation and the accelerated restoration of the normal order of production and living, the vitality and potential of Chinas economic society will be fully released to inject more confidence and power into the promotion of global economic recovery, Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin made the remarks in response to a question regarding international professional organizations being generally optimistic about Chinas economy, at a press briefing.Wang said recently, more international professional organizations believe Chinas optimized COVID-19 prevention and control measures will bring major benefits to global economic recovery.World Economic Forum (WEF) President Borge Brende recently said Chinas optimization of COVID-19 response will further contribute to global economic growth.The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says Chinas economy will grow steadily in 2023, and become the biggest positive factor of global economy.Financial institutions including Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, British bank Barclays and French investment bank Natixis raised Chinas economic growth expectation in 2023.The Chinese government actively optimized and adjusted the COVID-19 prevention and control measures in light of the situation, which is the right move for the effective planning of epidemic prevention and control and the development of society, Wang said.
File photoBEIJING, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- China welcomes U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinkens visit to China and is in communication with the U.S. side on specific arrangements for the visit, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin said Tuesday.Wang made the remarks at a news briefing in response to reports that Blinken will visit China on Feb. 5 and will meet with Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang.Wang said China has always viewed and developed its relations with the United States in accordance with the three principles of mutual respect, peaceful coexistence, and win-win cooperation.China hopes that the United States will adopt a correct perception about China, stick to dialogue rather than confrontation, and pursue win-win results rather than a zero-sum game, Wang said."It is hoped that the United States can work with China to fully deliver on the important common understandings reached between the two heads of state, and bring China-U.S. relations back to the track of sound and steady growth," he said.
File photoSHENZHEN, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGN), a major nuclear power operator in China, generated 310.4 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of grid power in 2022, the energy group said.The figure represented an increase of 12.4 billion kWh compared to that in 2021, the company said, adding that its number of nuclear power units in operation reached 26 in 2022.In terms of new energy, CGN added 7.21 million kilowatts of installed capacity in operation in 2022 -- a record high -- and the installed capacity in operation of its domestic new energy projects exceeded 35 million kilowatts.Last year, the companys global clean energy projects generated 52 billion kWh of grid power -- providing clean energy to 15 countries and regions.
BEIJING, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- Chinese police launched a national campaign against driving under the influence of alcohol on Tuesday as the Spring Festival approaches.(File photo: China Daily)A tough stance against drunk driving will be maintained, said the traffic management division of the Ministry of Public Security, adding that traffic police nationwide will step up checks particularly in the rural areas.The Spring Festival, or Chinese Lunar New Year, is the most important traditional Chinese festival for family reunions. It falls on Jan. 22 this year.
The Hongyanhe Nuclear Power Station. (Photo/China General Nuclear Power Corporation)China General Nuclear Power Corporation said on Monday that its clean energy installed capacity exceeded 77 million kilowatts in 2022, equivalent of reducing carbon dioxide of more than 240 million tons.Power connect
Wang Hanmin, a fugitive on China's Red Notice list, was recently captured in Chengdu, Sichuan province. (Photo/CCTV News)Wang Hanmin, a fugitive on China's Red Notice list, was recently captured in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province, after 26 years on the run, China Central Television reported on
(File photo: CGTN)BEIJING, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- Chinas State Council announced the appointment of officials on Tuesday.Chen Chunjiang was appointed assistant minister of commerce.Sun Yeli was appointed director of the State Council Information Office.Zu Leiming was appointed director of the Yellow River Conservancy Commission.
They wear cotton hats, clothes and scarves."Its so cold," says 26-year-old Ma Bing. "Im wearing two pairs of thick socks, but my feet are still cold."Ma and team leader He Tao are cleaning drilling equipment amid -35 C temperatures on Sunday, 125 kilometers from Karamay, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.During the Chinese New Year, a time of family reunions, these workers have to stay at their posts on the wells in the oilfields of remote northern Xinjiang.An only child, Ma hoped to spend the upcoming Chinese New Years Eve with his parents. But duty called."There is work to do," he says. "We cannot stop.""After the exploratory drilling is completed, I will give you a few more days off to spend time with your parents and make up for the Spring Festival," said He.Oil workers wish Chinese people a happy Spring Festival on Sunday. (Photos: Zhou Jianling)(Translated by Tai Yixin; Edited by Zhang Jian)
The Haiga rock band debuted at the 2023 Spring Festival Web Gala on Saturday led by Gu Ya, a 36-year-old village schoolteacher.At an altitude of over 2,600 meters, Haiga Primary School in Southwest Chinas Guizhou Province was on the verge of shutting down due to teacher shortages when Gu arrived in 2016 and became a teacher."At that time there were only 14 students in a cramped classroom," Gu said. "Many children were shy, had low self-esteem and after-school time was boring."Gu has loved music since childhood. He had played in a rock band in college. So in his office after school, he often sang and drummed with his hands in his office, which drew crowds of students. Gu began teaching the children how to play guitar, bass and drums."The students here deserved equal education opportunities," Gu said. "I wanted to bring them knowledge outside their textbooks."In early 2018, Gu and five other teachers launched a one-hour music class during lunch breaks. The school principal even descended from the mountainous village to borrow instruments from better-off schools. A band was established in the school."Most kids in the band show great academic performance," Gu said. The music lends confidence to students, he noted.The students have now participated in music festivals and exhibitions outside the village. The school has received donations of musical instruments and teaching equipment.All the attention "did not make me feel superior, but made me more pragmatic," Gu said, "because it helped the education of the whole Haiga village."(Compiled by Zheng Yueyun, edited by Huang Jingjing; Source: CCTV News; Photos: CCTV, China Daily)
BEIJING, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- Chinas job market remained generally stable in 2022, data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed Tuesday.(File photo: Xinhua)A total of 12.06 million new urban jobs were created last year, exceeding the annual target of 11 million, the NBS said.Faced with challenges in ensuring employment, China has stuck to an employment-first policy and rolled out a raft of effective measures, with emphasis put on the key groups, said Kang Yi, head of the NBS."Due to the epidemic resurgence, small and medium-sized enterprises faced greater difficulties in 2022, making it harder for key groups, especially young people, to land jobs," Kang said.Kang noted that the job market had perked up recently, with pro-growth policies and follow-up measures gradually taking effect.NBS data showed that Chinas surveyed urban unemployment rate came in at 5.5 percent in December last year -- easing 0.2 percentage points from the previous month.Specifically, the surveyed unemployment rate among those aged between 16 and 24 dropped by 0.4 percentage points from November to 16.7 percent in December, while the rate among those aged between 25 and 59, the majority of the labor market, stood at 4.8 percent, the data revealed.The surveyed unemployment rate in 31 major cities stood at 6.1 percent in December 2022, down 0.6 percentage points from the previous month.In 2022, the number of rural migrant workers totaled 295.62 million, an increase of 3.11 million, or 1.1 percent compared to the previous year. This figure was higher than the pre-pandemic level registered in 2019, according to the NBS.Kang estimated Chinas number of college graduates to top 11.5 million this year, placing pressure on the countrys job market, but he expressed confidence in overcoming this challenge."As the economy recovers and hiring demand rises, job openings are also expected to increase. Chinas job market will see an overall improvement this year...
BEIJING, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- Chinas online retail sales expanded 4 percent year on year in 2022 to nearly 13.8 trillion yuan (about 2 trillion U.S. dollars), the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said on Tuesday.(File photo: Xinhua)In breakdown, online retail sales of physical goods climbed 6.2 percent year on year, NBS data showed.The countrys total retail sales of consumer goods last year dipped 0.2 percent over the previous year, but December data showed a recovery trend in consumption.Consumption contributed 32.8 percent to Chinas 3 percent GDP growth in 2022. "China is still the worlds second-largest consumption market and the top online retail market on earth," said NBS director Kang Yi.Kang expressed "full confidence" in the consumption market in 2023, citing the vast community of consumers, the recovery of offline spending activities, the emergence of new consumption patterns, and the steady income increase with stable employment.
(File photo: Xinhua)BEIJING, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- Chinas per capita disposable income stood at 36,883 yuan (about 5,487 U.S. dollars) in 2022, up 5 percent year on year in nominal terms, data from the National Bureau of Statistics showed Tuesday.