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COVID's peak behind us, officials say

Passengers wait in a line for check-in at the Shanghai Pudong International Airport on Jan 8, 2023. Photo/VCG China has passed its recent peak COVID-19 period for fever clinic and emergency room visits and intensive care unit admissions, and concerted efforts are being made to protect the nation's

Fuxing bullet train runs in nation's coldest region

A passenger holds up a gauge showing a temperature of — 22 C at Harbin Railway Station in Heilongjiang province in front of the Fuxing CR400BF-GZ bullet train. (JIANG QI/FOR CHINA DAILY)A Fuxing CR400BF-GZ train — the smartest and most frost-resistant bullet train model of the Fuxing family — left H

Growth role of digital economy emphasized

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Japanese inflation rate in December hits 41-year high at 4%

(File photo: CGTN)Japans consumer price index (CPI) rose to 4.0% in December, the highest level since 1981.

Chinese vice premier urges intensified efforts in treatment of COVID patients

BEIJING, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Vice Premier Sun Chunlan on Thursday reiterated the dire necessity of treating COVID-19 patients with all-out efforts.Medical workers treat a critically COVID-19 patient in Shanxi Bethune Hospital in Taiyuan City, North Chinas Shanxi Province, January 9, 2023. (Photo: VCG)The vice premier made the remarks during an inspection tour of two hospitals in Beijing, where she expressed festive greetings to the medical workers.Sun said that Chinas COVID-19 response shift is progressing smoothly, and the countrys treatment of COVID-19 patients has yielded remarkable results. She noted that the number of severe COVID-19 cases in hospitals is in steady decline.However, the task for medical personnel remains daunting, Sun said. She expressed hope that medical workers will make new contributions to protecting the peoples health and well-being.At a meeting held at the National Health Commission, Sun noted that the supply of drugs and medical supplies at the community level and in rural areas must be ensured.She underscored the need to augment community-level medical workforces, and called for more attention to be paid to key groups such as the elderly and people with underlying medical conditions.Relevant authorities should widely promote the exemplary deeds of medical workers, so as to enhance the respect given to them in society, Sun added.

Chinese, Iranian FMs call for closer cooperation in phone talks

BEIJING, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang held phone talks with his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir-Abdollahian on Thursday at the latters request.(File photo: VCG)Qin said China always views China-Iran relations from a strategic and long-term perspective, and stands ready to work closely with Iran to well implement the important consensus reached by the two countries leaders, and advance the comprehensive cooperation plan of the two countries, so as to push for solid progress in China-Iran comprehensive strategic partnership.China supports Iran in safeguarding its national sovereignty and territorial integrity, and is ready to work with Iran to uphold basic norms governing international relations such as the principle of non-interference in other countries internal affairs, preserve the common interests of developing countries and safeguard international fairness and justice, Qin added.Amir-Abdollahian, for his part, expressed his willingness to forge and maintain close cooperation with Qin to make efforts to promote the development of bilateral relations.Iran will work with China to implement the comprehensive cooperation plan between the two countries, and continue to firmly support each other on issues concerning respective core interests as well as territorial and sovereignty integrity, he said.Iran supports China in playing a bigger role in promoting the building of a community with a shared future for mankind, and is willing to strengthen cooperation under this framework, he added.The two sides also exchanged views on the Iranian nuclear issue. Amir-Abdollahian briefed on the latest progress of the talks on the revival of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, and thanked China for its constructive role.China appreciates Irans sincerity and flexibility, supports Iran in safeguarding its legitimate and lawful rights and interests, and calls on other parties to remain committed to dialogue and negotiation, Qin said, ad...

Chinese FM, Uzbek acting FM hold phone talks on ties

BEIJING, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang on Thursday held a phone conversation with Bakhtiyor Saidov, Uzbekistans acting foreign minister, at the latters request.(File photo: VCG)Qin said under the strategic guidance of the two heads of state, China-Uzbekistan relations have entered a fast lane of development.China is ready to join hands with Uzbekistan to well implement the important consensus reached by the two heads of state, and push for more achievements in all-round and mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries, he said.Noting that firm mutual support on issues concerning each others core interests is the political foundation and core essence of China-Uzbekistan relations, Qin said China will continue to unswervingly support Uzbekistans independent development, and oppose external interference in its domestic affairs.For his part, Saidov said he is ready to make joint efforts with Qin to consolidate the two countries friendship and push for new achievements in cooperation in various fields.Uzbekistan firmly adheres to the one-China policy, holds highly aligned positions with China on issues concerning regional security and stability, and will continue to firmly support each other on issues concerning respective core interests, Saidov noted.

Xi Jinping pays visit to officials and ordinary people at grassroots via video link and extends best wishes for the Spring Festival to all

BEIJING, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) -- As the Spring Festival, a traditional gala of the Chinese nation, is approaching, Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, Chinese president and chairman of the Central Military Commission, visited grassroots officials and ordinary people via video link and extended his best wishes for Lunar New Year to the Chinese people of all ethnic groups, wishing them good health, happiness, career progress and good luck in the Year of the Rabbit, as well as wishing the great motherland prosperity and peace.Li Qiang, Cai Qi and Ding Xuexiang, members of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, joined the visit via video link.As the Spring Festival is approaching, the whole country is filled with a festive atmosphere. On the morning of January 18, Xi had video links, in the east hall of the Great Hall of the People, with officials and people at the grassroots level in Heilongjiang, Fujian, Xinjiang, Henan, Beijing and Sichuan. He held virtual talks with medical workers on the frontline of epidemic prevention and control, senior citizens at a welfare home, employees of an energy supply enterprise, officials and workers of a high-speed railway station, vendors and customers at a wholesale market, and officials and villagers in a village, sending them regards from the CPC Central Committee.Xi, who has been deeply concerned about the prevention and control of COVID-19 and the treatment of patients, first had a video link with the First Affiliated Hospital of Harbin Medical University in Heilongjiang Province, and talked with medical staff and inpatients, asking in detail about the fever clinic treatment, the treatment of severe cases, drug allocation and patient rehabilitation after the optimization and adjustment of COVID-19 prevention and control measures.He was quite relieved when the hospital director said the number of patients in acute and severe conditions was declin...

Taiwan island executive body announces resignation en masse

Su Tseng-chang receives an interview in Taipei on March 12, 2007. (File Photo: VCG)The head of Taiwan islands executive body Su Tseng-chang announced on Thursday that his team will resign en masse, and his resignation is pending approval from the regional leader Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwan-based media outlets reported.Su made the announcement after the regions legislature approved the general budget for fiscal 2023 and closed for winter recess. Following the approval of the budget, he met with Tsai and again tendered his resignation after an earlier offer to resign was turned down.Su was a "Taiwan independence" diehard who was put on a sanctions list by the Chinese mainland in August 2022, according to the Taiwan Work Office of the Communist Party of China Central Committee.After the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) was defeated in the 2022 local "elections" in Taiwan, there were growing calls in the island for a reshuffle of the administrative affairs agency.Sus resignation has triggered a power struggle within the DPP authorities and affected the partys positioning for the regional "election" in 2024.Lo Ping-cheng, spokesperson for the regional executive body, said in a separate statement that Su and his team will formally step down once Tsai has confirmed their replacements.

China to further consolidate achievements of poverty alleviation: official

File photo:XinhuaBEIJING, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) -- China will further consolidate achievements of poverty alleviation by shoring up internal development driving forces of people and areas that have shaken off poverty, an official said Thursday.The country will nurture and upgrade local industries, with special focus on agricultural and rural resources and local products, said Liu Huanxin, head of the National Rural Revitalization Administration.Efforts will be made to address the weak links of local industries, adopt suitable business models, improve and implement support mechanisms for farmers, and continuously boost consumption of rural products, Liu said.China will actively increase job opportunities for people lifted out of poverty with the support of policies to expand effective investment and stimulate domestic demand.Measures will be taken to ramp up the development of the rural collective economy, such as making good use of collective land and supporting the growth of rural cooperatives.Liu also noted that the county-level economy will be boosted by developing labor-intensive industries and actively cultivating diversified market entities.To improve the skills of people lifted out of poverty, a batch of training bases and technical schools will be established in key areas, according to Liu.

Wave of travelers hits railways in Guangdong

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Shandong to issue vouchers for automobile consumption

JINAN, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) -- East China's Shandong Province will issue more vouchers in the first half of this year to stimulate automobile consumption, the provincial government told a press briefing on Thursday. Vouchers worth 200 million yuan (about 29.55 million U.S. dollars) will be applicable

China to crack down on overpricing during upcoming holiday

File photoBEIJING, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) -- China will toughen the crackdown on overpricing of goods during the upcoming Spring Festival holiday to better protect consumers interests, the countrys top market regulator said Thursday.Holding a zero-tolerance attitude toward any form of overpricing, the State Administration for Market Regulation will prioritize stabilizing prices and boosting consumption during the holiday, Chen Zhijiang, an official with the administration, told a press conference.The regulator will focus on consumption related to peoples livelihoods, with more attention to the price fluctuations in foods and specialty products, Chen said.Any act of fraudulent pricing will face strict punishment, said the official, adding that the regulator will cooperate with relevant authorities to stabilize the prices of grain, pork, and other key necessities and keep a closer eye on coal and natural gas prices.Amid efforts to ensure price stability for tourism-related consumption, the regulator has urged public transport operators to carry out national policies regarding pricing.It is also taking steps to guarantee orderly pricing in tourist attractions, car parks, and venues for catering, accommodation, entertainment, and shopping, Chen said.The Spring Festival holiday, when Chinese people traditionally travel home for family reunions, runs from Jan. 21 to 27 this year.

China urges US to drop unilateralism, protectionism

The US is disrupting global industrial supply chains and aggravating the risk of global economic fragmentation, Chinas foreign ministry said on Thursday.Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Wang Wenbin made the remarks at a daily briefing in Beijing in response to a top European Union leaders criticisms of the "discriminatory" US Inflation Reduction Act.Measures in the controversial bill were "discriminating against EU companies" the Executive Vice-president of the European Commission Valdis Dombrovskis was quoted as saying in an interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.Wang Wenbin said that the US was attempting to suppress and deprive other countries of their right to development "by resorting to unilateralism" which was unjustified and ran counter to market rules."It will not succeed," he said. "Sealing the doors of others will only block its own road."China urged the US to implement WTO rules and safeguard the effectiveness of the multilateral trading system, Wang said.

China is global leader in various environmental sectors, white paper says

A file photo shows a wind power plant in Zhangjiakou, North China's Hebei province. Photo/Xinhua China leads the world in many environmental sectors as the country strives to promote widespread green transformation, according to a white paper published on Thursday in Beijing. By the end of 2021, t

Xi Jinping unanimously elected deputy to 14th NPC

File photo: XinhuaNANJING, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) -- Xi Jinping was elected deputy to the 14th National Peoples Congress (NPC) by a unanimous vote at the first session of the 14th Jiangsu Provincial Peoples Congress on Thursday.Xi was nominated by central authorities as a candidate for deputy to the 14th NPC, which was put to a vote at the provincial congress.The announcement of Xis unanimous election won thunderous applause at the session.Xi was among 144 deputies elected to the new NPC at the provincial congress on Thursday morning.The unanimous vote for Xi, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, embodies the firm confidence of more than 1.4 billion Chinese people of all ethnic groups to follow his lead toward national rejuvenation and strive for a brighter future.Deputies said that the election of Xi in Jiangsu fully showed the CPC Central Committees determination to advance major national development strategies, including the development of the Yangtze Economic Belt and the integrated development in the Yangtze River Delta, continue reform and opening up, create a new development pattern, and pursue high-quality development.Under Xis leadership, the Party organizations have enjoyed higher prestige and poverty alleviation and rural revitalization have made massive progress, while peoples lives have become better and better, said Zhou Zhongyang, deputy to the Jiangsu Provincial Peoples Congress and a village Party chief. He said he was proud of casting the ballot.Liu Lei, another provincial deputy and also a technician, said he felt inspired to learn that Xi was elected an NPC deputy by a unanimous vote."Bearing in mind the expectations of the general secretary, we should try our best to push innovation and crack technological hard nuts to achieve technological breakthroughs and contribute to Chinese manufacturing," Liu said.Xi has always attached importance to developing the Grand Canal cu...

Xi inspects combat readiness of armed forces

Photo:XinhuaBEIJING, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) -- President Xi Jinping on Wednesday inspected the combat readiness of the armed forces via video link ahead of the Spring Festival, or the Chinese New Year.Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, extended festive greetings to service personnel of the Peoples Liberation Army and the Peoples Armed Police Force, civilian personnel posted in the military, and members of militia and reserve forces.Xi attaches great importance to the militarys combat readiness. At about 4:30 p.m., he spoke with soldiers from several troops undertaking border defense, coastal defense, air defense, stability maintenance and emergency response duties via video link.During the video calls, Xi asked soldiers at a border defense station in Khunjerab, under the Xinjiang military command, about their border patrol and management work. Xi hailed the soldiers as models of border defence and encouraged them to persist in their efforts and make new contributions.When speaking with soldiers from a patrolling Chinese navy formation, Xi inquired about their emergency response readiness.After hearing about the routine air defense combat readiness duties of soldiers in an air force aviation brigade, Xi ordered them to remain alert and be ready for combat, and to raise their vigilance level during the Spring Festival to maintain airspace security.Xi also spoke with soldiers from the Falcon Commando Unit under the armed police force, a core anti-terrorism unit at the national level. He inquired about their special operations skills training. He urged the soldiers to make strenuous efforts to enhance their competence and perform their duties as loyal guardians.After his virtual talks with the soldiers, Xi said he fully recognized the troops combat readiness.Xi called on the military to fulfill their combat readiness duties and safeguard national security and social ...

Firefighters in Chongqing salute delivery drivers

Food deliverymen who served as volunteers during the wildfires last summer in Chongqing were invited to a reunion dinner with the firefighters at the Ciqikou Fire and Rescue Station in Chongqings Shapingba district on Jan 15, 2023. (Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn)A group of food delivery drivers were invited as honored guests to join in a reunion dinner with firefighters at the Ciqikou Fire and Rescue Station in Chongqings Shapingba district on Sunday — or Little New Years Day."We want to extend our heartfelt thanks for the volunteers who served during the wildfire that broke out on Jinyun Mountain in the citys Beibei district in August," said Liu Xiang, an instructor at the station.In August, Chongqing had been battling raging wildfires during extreme heat waves. A large, lingering wildfire in Jinyun Jinyun Mountain drew the most public attention.

Chinese leaders extend Spring Festival greetings to veteran comrades

BEIJING, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) -- President Xi Jinping and other Chinese leaders have extended festive greetings over the phone or via other means to veteran comrades ahead of the Spring Festival, or the Chinese Lunar New Year.Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, and other Party and state leaders wished the veteran comrades a happy Spring Festival, good health and long lives.This years Spring Festival falls on Jan. 22.The veteran comrades spoke highly of the historic achievements and changes in the cause of the Party and the state over the past five years and the first decade of the new era, which were scored under the strong leadership of the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at the core.They expressed wholehearted support for Xis core position on the CPC Central Committee and in the Party as a whole.They expressed the hope that the entire Party, the military, and Chinese people of all ethnic groups would rally even closer around the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at the core, fully implement Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, and study, publicize, and implement the guiding principles of the 20th CPC National Congress.They also called for working hard with one mind and in firm confidence and striving in unity to build a modern socialist country in all respects and advance national rejuvenation on all fronts.

Chinese vice premier urges food safety

File photoBEIJING, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Vice Premier Han Zheng has called for efforts to ensure food safety with full implementation of related policy requirements.Han, also head of the food safety commission of the State Council, made the remarks while presiding over a meeting of the commission on Wednesday.China has been dealing with food safety issues with the most rigorous standards, the most stringent supervision, the most severe penalties, and the most serious accountability.More efforts should be made to strengthen the mechanism of discovering food safety issues, improve food safety laws and regulations, and enhance governance, he said.For the upcoming Spring Festival, Han called for more concrete and detailed work to ensure food safety during the holiday, urging market players and local regulators to keep a close eye on food production and processing, sales, catering services, and other links.

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