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'Rosy dream soccer field' opens in Sichuan mountain school

Students play football at the newly built field. (Photo: Xinhua)Locals call it "the primary school on a cloud."Wawu Primary School stands 2,700 meters above sea level in Zhaojue county, Liangshan autonomous prefecture, Southwest Chinas Sichuan Province.Birds-eye view of the new soccer pitch. (Photo: Xinhua)The mountain school has received a "rosy dream soccer field," courtesy of the China womens national soccer team, fans and companies.Marked with roses, Wawu is the second such school soccer field to be built through the auspices of the China womens team, nicknamed the Steel Roses.Students play football at the newly built soccer field. (Photo: Xinhua)Through soccer the children can have fun and perhaps even find a path off the mountains, says Qubi Shigu, principal of Wawu Primary School.Students play football at the shcool playground before. (Photo: Xinhua)"This soccer field has been the dream of our whole school for a long time," Qubi said. "We will work a thousand times harder than before."With the new soccer pitch, the children will be very happy here in their childhood."(Compiled by Xu Ruijia; Edited by Huang Jingjing. Surce: Guangming Daily)

Death toll from avalanche in southwest China's Tibet rises to 20

Rescuers head to the scene of the avalanche in the city of Nyingchi in southwest Chinas Tibet Autonomous Region, January 18, 2023. (Photo: CFP)The death toll from the avalanche on Tuesday in the city of Nyingchi in southwest Chinas Tibet Autonomous Region has risen to 20 as of 12:30 p.m. on Friday, according to local authorities.A search and rescue operation for the eight missing is still underway.

China permits resumption of outbound tourism

File photoChina has started to pilot the resumption of outbound tourism “in a safe and orderly manner,” foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said at a routine press briefing in Beijing on Friday.Competent authorities will guide tourism companies to organize and implement the plan, Wang said."Tourists are reminded to maintain self-health management and monitoring before travel and strictly comply with Chinese and local epidemic prevention requirements to ensure a healthy, happy and safe travel," he said.

China's R&D spending surpassed 3 trillion yuan in 2022

Chinas research and development (R&D) expenditure reached 3,087 billion yuan ($455 billion) in 2022, a new record high and a 10.4-percent rise over the previous year, preliminary data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed Friday.The Long March-5B Y4 carrier rocket, carrying the space lab module Mengtian, blasts off from Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in south Chinas Hainan Province, October 31, 2022. (Photo: Xinhua)As of 2022, the countrys R&D spending has maintained its double-digit growth for seven consecutive years, said NBS.Chinas R&D spending intensity, or the expenditure on R&D as a percentage of its GDP, surged to a record 2.55 percent in 2022, 0.12 percentage point higher than the 2021 level.The countrys R&D spending intensity now ranks 12th among major countries in the world, surpassing several countries known for innovation including France (2.35 percent) and the Netherlands (2.32 percent), said Li Yin, a statistician with the NBS.Despite the impact of several adverse factors, the steady growth of Chinas R&D expenditure continues to inject strong vitality into the countrys innovative development, said Li.

Xi extends Spring Festival greetings to all Chinese

BEIJING, Jan. 20 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping, on behalf of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and the State Council, extended Spring Festival greetings to all Chinese Friday at a reception in Beijing.(File photo: Xinhua)Xi, also general secretary of the CPC Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, delivered a speech at the gathering at the Great Hall of the People, greeting Chinese people of all ethnic groups, compatriots in Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, and overseas Chinese.This years Spring Festival, or the Chinese Lunar New Year, falls on Jan. 22.

China's NDRC vows all efforts to ensure supply of essential goods during Spring Festival

Chinas top economic planner on Friday vowed all efforts to ensure stable supply and prices of essential livelihood commodities during the Spring Festival holidays, the first after the country optimized its management of COVID-19. People select goods at a supermarket in Yuping Dong Autonomous County of Tongren City, southwest Chinas Guizhou Province, Jan. 1, 2023. (Photo by Hu Panxue/Xinhua)The domestic supply of important commodities remains sufficient to meet demand during the holidays with stable prices, thanks to the implementation of various measures nationwide, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) said in a post. The measures target five aspects - the production chain and markets, active distribution of reserves, sales promotion, lowering logistics costs and strengthening market supervision, according to the NDRC. For instance, North Chinas Tianjin has increased 50 extra suppliers for key wholesale markets and supermarkets with plans targeting timely delivery. Shenzhen in South Chinas Guangdong Province, meanwhile, is utilizing 674 municipal-level supply enterprises and 307 provincial-level logistics enterprises to guarantee stable supplies. Multiple cities in China have also been distributing meat and vegetables from government reserves at lower-than-market prices. Xian in Northwest Chinas Shaanxi Province released about 13,000 tons of vegetables between January 13 and Thursday, with prices dropping by more than 10 percent from January 12. Yinchuan in Northwest Chinas Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region plans to put out a total of 150 tons of beef and mutton between January 7 and January 27. In addition to the aforementioned measures, cities including Xiamen, Hefei, Beijing and Changsha have deployed subsidies or fee-exemption policies to lower market prices for relevant commodities, while further reducing logistics costs. Market regulators in cities including Harbin and Lianyungang vowed to strengthen supervision ...

Warm reunions at stations and airports during Spring Festival travel rush 8 Photos

Warm reunions at stations and airports during Spring Festival travel rush

As the Spring Festival approaches, people come home from all directions to reunite with their family. There are many emotional scenes of family reunions at stations and airports.Photo shows a grandfather picks up his grandson at Hohhot East Railway Station in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region on Sunday. (Compiled by Wu Meixuan)A girl meets her grandmother at Nanjing South Railway Station in Jiangsu Province on Sunday. A girl gives a high five to her grandfather who picked her up at Changshui Airport in Kunming, Yunnan Province, on Sunday.A child kisses her father at Liuzhou Railway Station in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on Saturday.A six-year old girl named Liang Yushan jumped into her mother’s arms as soon as she saw her parents at Changshui Airport in Kunming, Yunnan Province, on Sunday.A traveler gives a big hug to the person waiting for her at the international airlines arrivals exit at Beijing Capital International Airport on January 8.Mr Bai hugs his girlfriend when she arrives at Guiyang North Railway Station in Guizhou Province from Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, on January 13.Mrs Wang welcomes her husband from Shenyang, Liaoning Province, and gives flowers to him at Chengdu East Railway Station in Sichuan Province on Monday.

Chinese envoy calls for accurate understanding of China-US economic, trade relations

NEW YORK, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) -- China-U.S. economic and trade relations, the ballast and anchor of bilateral ties overall, are coming to a critical crossroads, a top Chinese envoy has said.(File photo: Xinhua)An accurate understanding of China-U.S. economic and trade relations requires "a correct view of Chinas development," Xu Xueyuan, charge d affaires of the Chinese Embassy in the United States, said in her keynote speech to the annual New Year gala of the China General Chamber of Commerce -- USA held in New York on Wednesday evening.Underscoring the China-U.S. trade is "highly complementary" and "mutually beneficial," Xu said "respect and resilience" are needed to overcome the difficulties in China-U.S. economic and trade relations.""Economic and trade cooperation should follow economic laws and abide by international economic and trade rules," noted Xu."People should respect the fact that China and the United States stand to gain from cooperation and lose from confrontation," Xu added.

China's economy to recover to a growth level of 5-6% in 2023

Recently, market expectations for Chinas economic recovery from the impact of COVID-19 have been growing. The net inflow of capital into Chinas A-share market has continued to rise, and many international institutions have also raised their forecasts for Chinas economic growth, all indicating that investors and analysts are generally optimistic about rebounding Chinas economic growth this year.A view of the Dapukou terminal at the Ningbo Zhoushan Port, East Chinas Zhejiang Province on January 17, 2023 Photo: Li Hao/GTThe recovery of domestic demand across the Chinese economy is picking up momentum and economic fundamentals are improving. The economy is expected to recover to a potential growth level of 5-6 percent in 2023 with no excessive demands on policies. The economic recovery is expected to speed up in the third and fourth quarter of 2023.According to the long-term goal, Chinas economic size and per capita income should double by 2035, and the average growth rate of Chinas GDP during the 14th Five-Year Plan period (2021-25) period should be at least 5 percent. That requires this years economic growth rate should be as high as possible. Only in this way can it make up for the impact on economic growth caused by the epidemic last year. In view of the current situation, to achieve an economic growth target of more than 5 percent this year, the country still needs comprehensive, powerful and precise macro policies.To maintain reasonable and sufficient market liquidity and provide continuous and sufficient financial support for the stabilization and recovery of economic operation, the prudent monetary policy is expected to continue to increase loose adjustment in 2023. Against the backdrop of Chinas imported inflationary pressures gradually easing as tightening policies in developed economies slow down, the room for looser adjustment of prudent monetary policy is expected to increase. During the year, Chinas central...

Chinese study shows dieting inhibits tumor growth through gut bacteria

A Chinese research team has found that dieting can prevent tumor growth with the help of bacteria in ones gut.Chinese researchers find that dieting can prevent tumor growth with the help of bacteria in ones gut. /CFPThe study, published in the journal Nature Metabolism this week, revealed that calorie restriction (CR) could protect against a tumor formation type through a mechanism dependent on the gut microbiota in female mice.Scientists from Fudan University found in their rodent experiment that after CR, a probiotic called B. bifidum is enriched. Then the tumor growth is significantly inhibited.Also, the administration of the bacteria is sufficient to rescue the antitumor effect of CR in microbiota-depleted mice.The study shows that B. bifidum mediates the CR-induced antitumor effect through acetate production and also depends on the accumulation of immune cells in the tumor microenvironment.The results demonstrate that CR can modulate the gut composition and offer a new potential strategy for cancer treatment, said the researchers.

Sinopharm's mRNA COVID vaccine approved for clinical trials

(File photo: CGTN)Chinese drugmaker Sinopharm said that its mRNA COVID-19 vaccine against the Omicron variant has received government approval on Thursday to begin clinical trials.The company has built a 2 billion dose annual capacity production line in Shanghai and will continue to study the vaccines efficacy.

China keeps benchmark lending rates unchanged for a fifth month

China has kept its market-based benchmark lending rates unchanged for a fifth month in January, the countrys central bank announced on Friday.The Peoples Bank of China headquarters in Beijing, September 24, 2022. /CFPThe one-year loan prime rate (LPR), which influences most new and outstanding loans in China, remains at 3.65 percent. The over-five-year LPR, on which many lenders base their mortgage rates, stands at 4.3 percent.The monthly-released data serves as a pricing reference for bank lending and is based on the central banks open market operation rate.The central bank announced to reduce the lower limit on first-home loan interest rates at the national level to 20 basis points below the corresponding tenor of the LPR in May last year.The country introduced a dynamic mechanism earlier this month for first-home mortgage rates allowing cities to adjust the lower limit for the rate in a move to support the housing market.

Fastest Fuxing bullet train debuts in China for Spring Festival rush

Passengers post for photo in front of a "Fuxing" high-speed train in Harbin City, capital of northeast Chinas Heilongjiang Province, January 19, 2023. /China Media GroupChinas fastest, most frost-resistant and most intelligent bullet train in the "Fuxing" series departed from Harbin City, capital of northeast Chinas Heilongjiang Province, on Thursday morning for Spring Festival travel rush. Also known as "chunyun," the Spring Festival travel rush, began on January 7 and will last until February 15. Many Chinese people will travel to reunite with their families for the Chinese New Year, which falls on January 22 this year.The company said that there are now two "Fuxing" CR400BF-GZ Electric Multiple Units (EMUs) operating in Heilongjiang ahead of the Spring Festival to enhance transportation capacity. Four more trains of the same model are expected to be operational in the province after Spring Festival.A "Fuxing" high-speed train departs from Harbin City, capital of northeast Chinas Heilongjiang Province, January 19, 2023. /China Media GroupThe departure of "Fuxing" CR400BF-GZ EMU from Harbin, where the "Fuxing" bullet trains operate at their highest latitude and in their coldest temperatures, is a notable feat in Chinas railway technological innovation, said Xu Shoutao, an official of the China Railway Harbin Group Co., Ltd.A "Fuxing" high-speed train departs from Harbin City, capital of northeast Chinas Heilongjiang Province, January 19, 2023. /China Media GroupThe train has an automatic anti-freezing function, and its materials and components have been designed to withstand low temperatures, so it can operate normally even in an extremely cold environment of minus 40 degrees Celsius, Xu added. Interior of a "Fuxing" high-speed train which departs from Harbin City, capital of northeast Chinas Heilongjiang Province, January 19, 2023. /China Me...

Some rebound seen in HK travel, but boom still elusive

The train G5607 bound for Hong Kong is pictured at the Shenzhen North Railway Station in Shenzhen, South China's Guangdong province, Jan 15, 2023. Photo/Xinhua Mainland residents visiting for family reunions; tourism uptick has to wait The desire for overseas travel among mainland travelers is exp

Chinese charities offer relief supplies to Afghan students amid harsh winter

Photo: Courtesy of Wang DuanyongRelief supplies have been sent by Chinese NGOs to Afghanistan recently to help hundreds of children amid a harsh winter and shortage of supplies.Research shows that the majority of Afghanistans households are struggling to access basic necessities, including warmth and healthcare, and many families are putting kids to bed with empty stomachs. Data from international NGOs showed that more than 90 percent of Afghans dont have enough food, and the hardships families endured last year feel insurmountable this year, National Public Radio (NPR) reported.On January 7, representatives of Chinese charity groups arrived in Ghazni, a city in east-central Afghanistan, to provide food aid for two months for 320 primary and middle school students in two local welfare schools.For more than a year, due to the worsening economic situation in Afghanistan, the interim governments public finances have been unable to support the social welfare work. The suspension of international assistance to Afghanistan has worsened the plight of Afghan people, especially children, so emergency aid is badly needed, Zheng Gang, co-leader of the charity Friends of Hindu Kush Organization (FHKO), which carried out the donations, told the Global Times.Photo: Courtesy of Wang DuanyongUS-led sanctions on the Taliban administration and the freezing of billions in Afghanistans currency reserves have obstructed outside aid to the country.Zheng said that the two welfare schools in Ghazni are mostly for orphans and children of single parents with financial difficulties, and they have been relying mainly on local aid.The countrys economy has deteriorated for more than a year and aid funds have dried up, making these two schools unsustainable. The FHKO responded immediately after receiving the request for help from the schools, and it came up with a plan soon after preliminary onsite research, Wang Duanyong, co-leader of the FHKO, told the Global Times.As t...

Spring Festival hustle and bustle back, heralds vibrant year ahead

People buy festival items at a wholesale market in Chengdu, Sichuan Province on January 19, 2023 to welcome the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year.Photo: Xinhua News AgencyThe Spring Festival of 2023 is destined to be unique, as it will be a year of return, of remembrance and letting go, of a new start to a more vibrant future after the country has optimized its COVID-19 responses, gradually walking out of the cloud of the epidemic. After COVID-19 disrupted the plan of many for family reunions during Spring Festival, the most important festival for the Chinese people over the last three years, the pent-up joy of returning home can be felt among millions of luggage-carrying passengers at airports and train stations eager to see their families, along with the return of the hustle and bustle of the Chinese Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival. Solidarity and hard work helped the country weather three years of arduous struggle against COVID-19, allowing it to let go of the fear and uncertainty that came with the coronavirus. As Chinas most important festival approaches, the country is roaring back to a more vigorous, shining future, and it is ready to leave the last three bumpy years behind.Although the risk of COVID-19 still lingers, the massive travel rush has avoided the "darkest moment" of Chinas COVID-19 outbreak, with infections and severe cases already peaking nationwide. After shaking off stricter COVID-19 controls as the country has downgraded COVID-19 management from Class A to Class B, its economy is widely expected to take off, initially as a result of unleashed consumption vitality. Economists predicted that with Spring Festival bringing in strong momentum in economic activity, the rebound of Chinas economy should come before the second quarter of 2023. A 34-year-old woman surnamed Chen from Central Chinas Hubei Province - where COVID-19 cases were first reported three years ago - still remembered the day when Wuhan imposed the c...

53 more survivors found in tragic avalanche in SW China's Xizang; rescue works underway amid heavy snow: reports

Search and rescue works for the tragic avalanche in Nyingchi of Southwest Chinas Xizang (Tibet) Autonomous Region are still underway, as more emergency personnel and volunteers arrived at the scene on Thursday and struggled to find more survivors under the heavy snow. A local government official told media on Thursday that they have so far found 53 survivors, five of whom are seriously injured.The screenshot of a video on January 18, 2023 shows rescuers at the scene of the avalanche in Nyingchi of Southwest Chinas Xizang (Tibet) Autonomous Region. Photo: VCGEight people have been found dead as of press time, some killed due to loss of oxygen and some hypothermia, local rescuers said.The avalanche happened on a section of road between Pai village in Mainling county and the exit of the Doxong La tunnel in Medog county at around 7 pm on Tuesday, with people and vehicles stranded, according to the Xinhua News Agency.A staffer at the emergency management bureau of Nyingchi said on Thursday morning that rescue forces have increased to about 1,000 rescuers and 30 large rescue machineries.Rescue workers told reporters in the early morning of Thursday that they saw vehicles crushed at the avalanche site, and according to a resident from Pai village, the incident occurred some 10 kilometers from the village, "which is one of the only two roads leading to Medog county. Most of those on the road are people returning to their hometowns or people doing business, mostly local Tibetans," the villager said."The snow was so deep it was as high as to peoples waist, and the road is very slippery. Many rescue workers stumbled all the way there," a township health center employee told media on Thursday.Some searched for 12 vehicles to find a survivor, China News reported. "His car overturned and his ribs were injured. He was still conscious when we dug him out, and he should be among those lucky ones," said the heath center staff member.China&...

National plan aims to push back desertification

Aerial photo taken on Sept 14, 2020 shows a view of Kubuqi Desert in Dalad Banner of Ordos, North China's Inner Mongolia autonomous region. Photo/Xinhua With more than a quarter of its surface area covered by desert, desertification is a major issue for China, and the National Desertification Prev

TCM plays role in COVID rehabilitation treatment

A traditional Chinese medicine doctor treats a recovering COVID-19 patient at the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine in Peking University Shougang Hospital in Beijing on Thursday. ZHU XINGXIN/CHINA DAILY After overcoming a COVID-19 infection, some people still suffer from symptoms of discomfort

HK places high value on traditions

Artists perform Chiu Chow Opera in Hong Kong during the Yu Lan Festival, which is traditionally held in the seventh lunar month to comfort the spirits of those who have died. Photo provided to China Daily City's treasured lifestyle preserved as intangible cultural heritage The topic of intangible

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