Xi stresses stable energy supply, price ahead of Spring Festival

BEIJING, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday stressed the importance of stable energy supply and price ahead of the Spring Festival.Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, made the remarks when he held virtual talks with the general public from across the country."Energy security concerns the overall economic and social development of our country. It is one of the most important security issues," Xi told employees of the Tarim oilfield in northwest Chinas Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.Noting that winter is the peak season for energy use in China, Xi said that no efforts should be spared to ensure the supply of coal, electricity, petroleum and natural gas, and to keep their prices stable.He stressed the importance of being fully prepared to deal with possible extreme cold waves, guaranteeing energy supply and ensuring people stay warm this winter.Noting the important role of state-owned enterprises directly under the central government, Xi asked them to make all-out efforts to increase output and ensure supply to meet the energy consumption needs of economic and social development.Located in the Taklimakan Desert, Xinjiang, the Tarim oilfield of the China National Petroleum Corporation is a major natural gas source for the countrys West-to-East gas pipelines. It provides natural gas for residents in southern Xinjiang and provinces, regions and municipalities along the pipelines.

Chinese vice premier holds talks with US treasury secretary in Switzerland

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, right, shakes hands with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He during a bilateral meeting in Zurich, Switzerland on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023. (Photo: AP)ZURICH, Switzerland, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, also chief of the Chinese side of the China-U.S. comprehensive economic dialogue, held talks with U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen here on Wednesday.Focusing on the implementation of the important consensus reached by the two heads of state during their meeting in Bali, the two senior officials had professional, in-depth, candid and practical exchanges on the macroeconomic and financial situation of the two countries and the whole world as well as on addressing common global challenges. The talks were constructive.The two sides agreed that the worlds economic recovery is at a critical stage and it is in the interest of both countries as well as the whole world for China and the United States to strengthen macro-policy communication and coordination and jointly address challenges in the economic and financial fields.The two sides discussed issues related to deepening cooperation in macroeconomic and financial fields.The two sides recognized the importance of sustainable financial cooperation and agreed to strengthen cooperation within bilateral and multilateral frameworks such as the United Nations, the Group of 20 and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation.Both sides agreed to continue to support emerging markets and developing countries in green and low-carbon development and economic transformation.The Chinese side also expressed concern over the U.S. economic, trade and technological policies toward China, and hoped that the United States will pay attention to the impact of these policies on both sides.Yellen is welcome to visit China at an appropriate time this year, Liu said.Both sides agreed to maintain communication and exchanges between their economic and trade teams at various levels.

Xi calls for more achievements in rural revitalization

Children paint from nature at Xiaolingnan, a demonstration area for rural revitalization in Xiaomiao Township of Shushan District of Hefei, east Chinas Anhui Province, Oct. 8, 2020. (Photo: Xinhua)BEIJING, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday called for more achievements in rural revitalization.Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, made the remarks when he held virtual talks with the general public from across the country ahead of the Spring Festival.Speaking with villagers and tourists in Shiyi Village in southwest Chinas Sichuan Province, Xi called on them to strive for common prosperity to make their lives better.Xi extended festive greetings to the villagers and tourists, and he also sent Spring Festival wishes to all rural residents across China and those working hard on the frontline in the countrys rural revitalization cause.He asked local officials and tourists about the villages tourism. Hearing positive feedback, Xi stressed the role of agricultural specialties and rural tourism in the rural revitalization of the new era.

Demand for logistics workers increases in China

BEIJING, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) -- Occupations related to logistics saw more acute worker shortages in China in the fourth quarter of 2022, according to an official list released on Wednesday.Buyers and mail sorters were added to the list of the 100 most in-demand jobs for the fourth quarter, and the demand for express package processors, loaders and couriers is on the rise, according to the quarterly rankings compiled by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security.An express worker processes packages at a delivery station in Qinhuangdao, Hebei province. (Photo: China DailyCompared with the third quarter, the manufacturing industry continued to see workforce shortages, while various types of automotive jobs became more sought-after, the rankings showed.The quarterly list is based on data collected from 102 public employment service agencies across the country.Chinas job market remained generally stable in 2022, with a total of 12.06 million new urban jobs created throughout the year, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.The countrys surveyed urban unemployment rate came in at 5.5 percent in December, easing 0.2 percentage points from the previous month, data from the bureau showed.

Xi stresses safe Spring Festival travel

BEIJING, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday stressed efforts to ensure safe passenger trips during the Spring Festival holiday season.Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, made the remarks when he held virtual talks with the general public from across the country ahead of the Spring Festival.Through video link, Xi extended his festival greetings to passenger railway staff at Zhengzhou East Station in the central Chinese city of Zhengzhou and talked with passengers on the station platform.He asked the passengers if they were heading back home for family reunions or out traveling and reminded them of safety awareness during their trips.Xi underscored the importance of the Spring Festival travel to peoples immediate interests, economic development, and social stability.He said this years Spring Festival travel rush is the first after the country entered a new phase of COVID response, with a major recovery of passenger flows. He urged efforts to ensure safe and sound trips for the people and smooth and orderly flows of essential supplies.Xi also called for efforts to strengthen the monitoring and early warning of extreme weather conditions and carry out safety overhauls to prevent major safety accidents.Xi also demanded strict implementation of anti-COVID measures to reduce infection risks to the minimum.

Xi stresses stable food supply for Spring Festival

BEIJING, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday stressed efforts to ensure a stable food supply during the Spring Festival holiday.Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, made the remarks when he held virtual talks with the general public from across the country ahead of the Spring Festival.Through video link, Xi extended his holiday greetings to vendors and customers at the Xinfadi wholesale market, a major fresh-produce marketplace in Beijing.To his delight, Xi heard that the food price was stable and the provision of various produce was sufficient.Xi stressed redoubled efforts to ensure sound production, sale, and supply of essential commodities such as grain, edible oil, meat, eggs, milk, fruits, and vegetables.A smooth delivery, sufficient and diversified provisions, and the stable market price of these commodities should be guaranteed during the holiday so that people can have a happy and sound Chinese New Year, Xi said.

Xi on COVID-19 response: light of hope right ahead

BEIJING, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday talked about the countrys COVID-19 response, saying the light of hope is right ahead.A medical worker guides people at a nucleic acid testing site in the Tongzhou District of Beijing, capital of China, June 22, 2020. (Photo: Xinhua)"We have now entered a new phase of COVID-19 response. Tough challenges remain, but the light of hope is right in front of us. Perseverance means victory," he said.Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, made the remarks when he talked via video link with medical workers and an elderly patient at the First Affiliated Hospital of Harbin Medical University in northeast Chinas Heilongjiang Province ahead of the Spring Festival.The country had made "the right choice" to deal with the COVID-19 epidemic with strict measures over the past nearly three years, Xi said, adding that China has thus withstood several rounds of outbreaks of virus mutations.China has lowered the proportion of severe cases and the case fatality rate to the greatest extent possible, protected peoples lives and health, and bought precious time for the later moves to optimize response and downgrade the management of COVID-19, Xi said.The focus of the current COVID-19 response has shifted from infection prevention to medical treatment, with protecting peoples health and preventing severe cases being the priority, said Xi, noting that hospitals are now undertaking more arduous tasks.Xi demanded efforts to increase medical resources and the supply of medical services and drugs, and to prepare for medical treatment of severe cases in particular.While talking via video link with older people and staffers at a welfare home in Fuzhou, capital of east Chinas Fujian Province, on the same day, Xi said stricter epidemic prevention and health management measures should be taken at nursin...

Anti-COVID-19 pills added to China's national medical insurance

Photo: YicaiChina’s first oral anti-COVID-19 drug Azvudine has been officially added to the national medical insurance catalog, the National Healthcare Administration said Wednesday.The price of a bottle of 35 Azfudine tablets was agreed at 11.58 yuan ($1.71), 96 percent less than a price suggested near the start of discussions, the administration said in a statement.Twenty-one of 25 officially approved COVID-19 treatment drugs were included on China’s national medical insurance of Wednesday.

Price of COVID-19 treatment Azvudine cut

The price of domestically developed COVID-19 treatment Azvudine, has been cut to 11.58 yuan ($1.75) per bottle, so as to be included in China's updated medical reimbursement list from March, the National Healthcare Security Administration said on Wednesday.The listing price of the oral treatment onl

China to launch 200-plus spacecraft in 2023

BEIJING, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) -- The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) plans to launch more than 200 spacecraft with over 60 space missions in 2023, according to a company report released Wednesday. The CASC report unveiled plans for the country's space science and technology a

Xi extends Spring Festival greetings to all Chinese people

(File photo: Xinhua)BEIJING, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) -- President Xi Jinping on Wednesday extended festive greetings to all Chinese people when he held virtual talks with the general public from across the country ahead of the Spring Festival.Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, spoke with medical workers in a hospital, senior citizens at a welfare home, workers at an outlying oilfield, travelers and staff members at a high-speed railway station, vendors and customers at a wholesale market, and people in an ethnic minority village via video link.Xi wished Chinese people of all ethnic groups healthy and happy lives in the Year of the Rabbit and expressed his hope that the country will enjoy prosperity.This years Spring Festival, or the Chinese New Year, falls on Jan. 22.

Xi presents certificate of order to promote military officer to rank of general

Xi Jinping, chairman of the CMC, presents a certificate of order at a ceremony to promote Huang Ming, commander of the Central Theater Command of the Chinese Peoples Liberation Army, to the rank of general in Beijing, capital of China, January 18, 2023. (Photo: CMG)BEIJING, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) -- Xi Jinping, chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC), on Wednesday presented a certificate of order at a ceremony to promote Huang Ming, commander of the Central Theater Command of the Peoples Liberation Army, to the rank of general.Xi extended his congratulations to Huang, who saluted Xi and all the attendees of the event.Zhang Youxia, vice chairman of the CMC, announced the order of promotion, which was signed by Xi, at the ceremony.The ceremony was presided over by He Weidong, another vice chairman of the CMC.The event was held by the CMC in Beijing. General is the highest rank for officers in active service in China.

China predicts two-fold border crossings increase during Spring Festival holiday

BEIJING, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) -- Chinas National Immigration Administration estimates that the average daily number of exits and entries during the seven-day Spring Festival holiday will hit 600,000 this year, up around two-folds from the same period in 2022.(Photo: VCG)The administration has urged immigration authorities across the country to prepare well for traveling peaks during the upcoming festival, and to enhance customs clearance efficiency, in order to restrict the waiting time of Chinese citizens to within 30 minutes.Land ports adjoining Hong Kong and Macao are expected to report increasingly higher passenger traffic in particular, said the administration.The Spring Festival holiday, an occasion when Chinese people traditionally travel home for family reunions, runs from Jan. 21 to 27 this year.

Erkin Tuniyaz elected chairman of China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region

URUMQI, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) -- Erkin Tuniyaz was on Wednesday elected chairman of the peoples government of northwest Chinas Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region at a session of the regional legislature.The 14th Peoples Congress of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region elected the chairman at its first session.

Daily inbound, outbound trips to triple year-on-year during Spring Festival

The average daily number of inbound and outbound trips during the 2023 Spring Festival will triple year-on-year to 600,000, accounting for 32.7 percent of that of 2019, said the National Immigration Administration (NIA) on Wednesday.Travelers wait for their trains at the Hongqiao Railway Station departure terminal in Shanghai, east China, December 11, 2022. (Photo: CFP)Inbound and outbound passenger flows of large international airports like Beijing Capital International Airport, Shanghai Pudong International Airport, Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport and Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport are generally stable, the NIA said.Similar passenger flow at large land ports near Hong Kong and Macao Special Administrative Regions will continue to grow. The peak passenger flow is expected to occur on Jan. 20, 25, 26 and 27.The average daily amount of customs clearance at Gongbei and Qingmao ports in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province, is expected to reach 277,000 and 57,000 items respectively, and that at FutianPort in Shenzhen will hit 42,000.The NIA said travelers can call the 12367service hotline or ask the immigration management police on duty for help if they have any problem during customs clearance.

China's EV charging points see rapid expansion in 2022

BEIJING, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) -- The number of charging points for electric vehicles (EVs) in China grew at a rapid pace in 2022, new data showed Wednesday.The country had 5.21 million charging points at the end of 2022, including over 2.59 million built in 2022, said Tian Yulong, chief engineer of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.(Photo: VCG)The country had 1,973 battery swapping stations at the end of 2022, including 675 built in 2022, he said, adding that China had over 10,000 power battery recycling service outlets at the end of 2022.The rapid growth in charging facilities is in line with the countrys booming new energy vehicle (NEV) sector.China sold about 6.89 million NEVs in 2022, up 93.4 percent year on year. NEV production soared 96.9 percent from a year earlier to about 7.06 million units.The market share of NEVs in Chinas auto market reached 25.6 percent in 2022, up 12.1 percentage points from 2021.

China economic growth to accelerate this year: foreign ministry

The Chinese economy will take an overall turn for the better in the coming year as Chinas epidemic prevention and control enters a new stage, the foreign ministry said on Wednesday.Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Wang Wenbin made the remarks at a routine press briefing in Beijing after the National Bureau of Statistics revealed Tuesday Chinas gross domestic product grew 3 percent in 2022."China in 2022, despite headwinds of COVID-19 and floundering world economy, effectively coordinated epidemic prevention and control with economic and social development, intensified macro-control efforts, effectively dealt with the unexpected impact, stabilized the macroeconomic market, and continued to increase the economic aggregate and per capita level," Wang said.The achievements fully demonstrated the “strong resilience, great potential and vitality of the Chinese economy,” he said, while the "fundamentals of long-term sound growth remain unchanged."Through improved epidemic prevention and control Chinas economy would enjoy strong growth “and the dividends of reform and opening-up will continuously be released,” Wang said. “The Chinese economy will take an overall turn for the better in the coming year, achieve greater development and make a greater contribution to the world economy."

Xi's stories: Oil painting promotes China-African friendship

During a state visit to China in June 2014, Republic of Congo President Denis Sassou Nguesso presented the oil painting "Industrious Family" to President Xi Jinping in Beijing. Chinese President Xi Jinping (front) delivers a speech at the parliament of the Republic of Congo in Brazzaville during his visit to the country on March 29, 2013. (Photo: Xinhua)In the painting African women are making cassava dumplings, a traditional African staple food similar to Chinese sticky rice zongzi dumplings. It is also a food for honoring guests. Sassou Nguesso sent the painting to show Xi was a distinguished guest and China a true friend.The citizens of the Central African nation long faced a thorny problem: Production of cassava, a staple for 90 percent of the population, was not increasing.To help address this problem, experts from the Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences of Haikou City in Hainan Province arrived in April 2011 at the newly built China-Aid Agricultural Demonstration Center in Brazzaville. They trained farmers in the science of growing cassava and other crops at the center in the capital of the Republic of the Congo.The painting given to President Xi Jinping by the Republic of the Congo President Denis Sassou Nguesso. (File photo)Within two years, Congolese farmers had mastered the new planting, harvesting and storing techniques for cassava. Meanwhile, dozens of fruit and vegetable species were grown in the center greenhouses. The Chinese experts also planted South China No. 5 cassava, a crop with a yield of 51 tons per hectare, 5.6 times greater than local varieties. After the April 2010 earthquake in Yushu, Qinghai Province, the government of the Republic of the Congo donated a spacious and comfortable learning environment for children: the China-Congo Friendship Primary School. Addressing the parliament of the Republic of the Congo during his state visit on March 29, 2013, President Xi said, "Our two peoples have forged a profound b...

China gears up for 2023 military recruitment


Guangzhou COVID outbreak enters final stage

This aerial photo taken on Jan 1, 2023 shows the night view of the Tianhe Road area in Guangzhou, South Chinas Guangdong province. (Photo: Xinhua)The latest COVID-19 outbreak has entered its final stage in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, with the emergency department and fever clinics of medical institutions operating primarily at their normal level.The dominant virus strain remained BA.5.2, with no XBB strain found among locally-infected people, said Zhang Yi, deputy director of the Guangzhou health commission, at a news conference on Wednesday.Since the COVID-19 management was downgraded from Class A to Class B in the country on January 8, the health commission has been working with the customs, market regulation and agricultural institutions, among others, to monitor both the imported and local infections.The monitoring has included that on symptoms, etiology, virus mutation, peoples antibody level, sewage and sale of medicines to analyze the infection situation and epidemic trend.During the Spring Festival holiday, the emergency medical call command system of the city would run round-the-clock, with at least 200 ambulances deployed for service every day.The fever clinic and emergency department of 188 major medical institutions would serve 24 hours a day. Multi-department expert teams and teams for handling severe cases would stand ready to treat patients.Grassroots medical institutions in the city have been equipped with 14,142 blood oxygen meters, a batch of oxygen generators, and fever and cough medicine. The medicine is sufficient to sustain more than two weeks of need.The 281 medical service hotlines and grassroots medical institutions will continue to provide services during the holiday, Zhang said.

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