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China's new COVID-19 strategy spurring global economic recovery

With the recent adjustments to Chinas COVID-19 policies, experts are optimistic about its economic outlook, asserting that its economic resilience and huge domestic demand will spur a steady recovery.Tourists visit Great Tang All Day Mall in Xian, capital of northwest Chinas Shaanxi Province, December 30, 2022. (Photo: Xinhua)The Chinese economy has maintained steady growth in the past year. And the countrys total trade of goods hit an all-time high in 2022, reaching 42.07 trillion yuan (about $6.28 trillion), up 7.7 percent from the previous year, data from the General Administration of Customs (GAC) shows.The total value of Chinas trade in goods has topped the world for six consecutive years and exceeded 40 trillion yuan for the first time in 2022, with a 10.5-percent increase in exports and 4.3-percent increase in imports."It is not easy for China to reach a record-high trade volume last year. Countries around the globe were facing recession as the Ukraine conflict hit economies that already rocked by the pandemic," said Bai Rangrang, associate professor of the Department of Applied Economics at the School of Management under Fudan University.Official data also shows that China takes up 14.7 percent of the global export market, leading the world for 14 consecutive years."Apart from the important role that China plays in global trade, its exports also contributed greatly to its GDP growth. To some extent, it made up the gap in the drop of household consumption and business investment last year," said Bai, noting that an important factor behind this is China has opened wider to the world.It is notable that Chinas import and export of mechanical and electrical products reached 20.66 trillion yuan (about $3.05 trillion), taking up 49.1 percent of total trade in goods. The export of lithium batteries and automobiles increased by 86.7 percent and 82.2 percent respectively, according to the GAC."These products are c...

Rural vitalization reaps harvest, farmers' incomes up

China has continuously seen a bumper grain harvest in the past year with the countrys green transition efforts in developing modern agriculture, an official said on Wednesday at a press conference about the agricultural and rural economic performance in 2022. Farmers sow seeds in a village in Shizuishan City, northwest Chinas Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, April 13, 2022. /CFP"Chinas grain output has remained above 1.3 trillion jin (around 650 million tonnes) for eight consecutive years," said Zeng Yande, head of the development and planning department of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs. Zeng added that the grain sown area was 1.775 billion mu(around 118 million hectares), an increase of 10.52 million mu over the previous year, and the output was 1.37 trillion jin, an increase of 7.4 billion jin. One jin in weight converted to kilograms equals precisely 0.50 kg.The tech-based modern agriculture construction and green transformation in agriculture development were also highlighted in the press conference.Besides improving seeds variety and quality, the country in the past year built 100 million mu of high-standard farmland, which are suitable for modern agricultural production and management mode, thus ensuring the goal of building 1 billion mu of high-standard farmland was achieved as scheduled, said Zeng.A farmer loads wheat into the cart in Liaocheng City, east Chinas Shandong Province, December 12, 2022. /CFPNoting that breakthroughs were made in the creation of agricultural machinery equipment, Zeng said the loss rate of grain harvest using machines was kept within three percent.More efforts were also made in reducing environmental and ecological pollution in developing agriculture.The utilization rate of fertilizers and pesticides exceeded 41 percent, and the utilization rate of fecal residue and waste water, straw and agricultural film exceeded respectively 78 percent, 88 percent and 80 percent, Zeng said, addi...

Foreign investors confident in China's economic resilience, potential

The Chinese government recently issued a series of policies to better attract and utilize foreign capital, which further boosted the confidence of foreign enterprises in their future development in China.(File photo: CGTN)According to these policies, China will advance high-level opening up, expand market access, ensure national treatment for all foreign-invested enterprises, continue to advance its accession into the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and the Digital Economy Partnership Agreement (DEPA), and provide convenient conditions for foreign enterprises and individuals that visit China for investment and trade negotiations.Enterprises will "vote with their feet" if the business environment of a country is poor, said Matthew Ye from Michelin, a multinational tire manufacturing company."Over the past more than three decades, Michelin has witnessed Chinas reform and opening up and the constant optimization of the business environment in the country," Ye told the Peoples Daily, adding that foreign enterprises are gaining more and more confidence in the Chinese market as China works to ensure national treatment for all foreign-invested enterprises, and joins hands with relevant parties to build an open market and promote trade and investment facilitation.Ruan Linjuan, vice president of IKEA China, told the Peoples Daily that the enactment and implementation of the Foreign Investment Law in China has made the business environment more stable, equal, transparent and predictable, and enhanced IKEAs confidence in investing in China."In past years, we saw the efforts of the Chinese government at all levels to help foreign enterprises integrate into the new development paradigm of China, which was very beneficial to our business development in the country," she noted.Gong Anming, executive vice president of Elekta, a leader in precision radiation therapy, said Chinas Fore...

China poised for strong recovery in 2023, says Morgan Stanley economist

NEW YORK, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- Chinas economy is expected to deliver a strong recovery in 2023, buoyed by the countrys optimized epidemic response and effective pro-growth policies, an economist at Morgan Stanley has said.File photo: CFPMobility indicators across the country, such as intracity traffic and subway ridership, "have already rebounded meaningfully in early 2023," Chetan Ahya, chief Asia economist at Morgan Stanley, told Xinhua recently via email."We think this will help support a higher level of economic activity from an earlier starting point, supporting GDP growth throughout the year," he said.In a research note released last week, Morgan Stanley raised its outlook for Chinas GDP growth in 2023 from 5.4 percent to 5.7 percent, predicting that a rebound in activity will come earlier and be sharper than expected.The rapid rebound in mobility and the alignment of COVID-19 management, economic and regulatory policy to promote growth are two major reasons for the upward revision of the forecast, said Ahya.He said that China has pledged to synergize its fiscal and monetary policies with its COVID-19 response shift to facilitate growth recovery, adding that "regulatory policy has also turned more conducive to anchoring market expectations."Moreover, the annual Central Economic Work Conference affirmed commensurate support for both state-owned and private enterprises, continued the Morgan Stanley economist."This backdrop should support both a stronger policy pass-through and private sector confidence, allowing a strong growth recovery to take hold in 2023," Ahya noted.He said that a comeback in private consumption, especially services consumption, will be a crucial driver for growth.The economist expected Chinas real household consumption growth to be lifted to 8.5 percent in 2023 and an improvement in investment, including the property sector, with policy support.Ahya also said that a sound recovery o...

China's FDI inflow up 6.3 pct in 2022

BEIJING, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) -- Foreign direct investment (FDI) in the Chinese mainland, in actual use, expanded 6.3 percent year on year to 1.23 trillion yuan in 2022, the Ministry of Commerce said Wednesday.File photo: CFPIn U.S. dollar terms, the FDI inflow went up 8 percent year on year to 189.13 billion U.S. dollars.The manufacturing industry saw FDI inflow increase by 46.1 percent year on year to 323.7 billion yuan in 2022, while that of hi-tech industries jumped by 28.3 percent compared with 2021, data from the ministry showed.During this period, investment from the Republic of Korea, Germany, and Britain, climbed by 64.2 percent, 52.9 percent, and 40.7 percent, respectively -- while that from the European Union registered a sharp rise of 92.2 percent year on year.FDI flowing into the countrys central region reported a year-on-year expansion of 21.9 percent, followed by 14.1 percent in the western region.

Dialogue only realistic way to resolve Ukraine crisis: Chinese envoy

UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese envoy said Tuesday that dialogue is the only realistic way to resolve the Ukraine crisis.File photo: CFP"Dialogue and negotiation is the only realistic and feasible way to resolve the crisis," Dai Bing, Chinas deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, told the Security Council briefing on Ukraine."Since the outbreak of the crisis in Ukraine, problems have emerged on all fronts, and the confrontations and conflicts between religions, cultures, and societies have been deepening. The prolongation, expansion, and complication of the conflicts are too much for either side to bear," said the envoy, adding that "there is no winner in conflict and confrontation.""China hopes that all parties concerned will exercise rationality and restraint, engage in dialogue, and commit themselves to resolving common security concerns by political means," he said."The international community should focus on promoting peace talks, encouraging Russia and Ukraine to return to negotiations, and accumulating conditions of an early ceasefire and cessation of hostilities," he added."Any incitement of hatred and inflammation of tensions should be rejected. In this process, religion should become a positive force in advocating peace and promoting unity, and build peace in the minds of the local people," said Dai.Turning to religious issues in conflict situations, the envoy said that "we have seen that in some conflict areas, religious issues, if not handled properly, tend to intensify conflicts, and are not conducive to resolving hatred and achieving reconciliation.""China has always maintained that the freedom of religion and belief should be fully protected and respected, and that exchanges between religions and sects should be strengthened, mutual respect fostered, and the peace of culture advocated, so as to inject positive energy into the political settlem...

Chinese premier stresses stable energy supply for livelihoods, development

BEIJING, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang underlined efforts to ensure stable energy supply and prices to better serve economic and social development during an inspection of the State Grid Corporation of China on Tuesday.Photo: XinhuaDuring the inspection, Li met grassroots workers via video link and sent them good wishes for the Spring Festival.Given the upcoming holiday, electricity companies should be well prepared to deal with possible disasters such as extreme weather, and ensure a safe and reliable power supply, especially in key areas including medical care, Li said.After listening to reports on power supply, Li said that in face of complicated situations at home and abroad, China implemented an array of policies last year to ease the difficulties of coal-power enterprises, guarantee the domestic power supply, support reasonable economic growth, and meet the needs of ensuring peoples livelihoods.Despite high inflation globally, the prices in China only increased 1.8 percent in December thanks to the stable domestic energy supply, Li said.Li called for more efforts to ensure the stable supply and prices of energy and other important commodities, and promote reasonable economic growth and stable price levels.At a power control center, Li said electricity consumption will remain at the winter peak level after the holiday, and with the optimized COVID-19 response, economic growth will continue to pick up and electricity demand will also increase.The supply of energy should increase accordingly to meet the demand of economic and social development, Li said.Stressing that China is still in the middle of industrialization and urbanization, Li said the country should deepen market-oriented reforms in the energy sector, intensify technological innovation, enhance energy supply capacity, and strengthen international cooperation.Li also called for more efforts to implement the policy package of shoring up the economy, boost market expectations and co...

Visitors passing through Hong Kong up 171 pct in 2022

HONG KONG, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- The Immigration Department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government said on Tuesday that around 5.3 million passengers passing through Hong Kongs control points were recorded last year, representing an increase of 171 percent over 2021.File photo: CFPReviewing the Immigration Departments work in the past year, Au Ka-wang, director of immigration of the HKSAR government, told a press conference that the total number of visitor arrivals was around 600,000, representing a 562-percent increase as compared with that of 2021.Of the some 600,000 visitors to Hong Kong in 2022, over 370,000 were from the Chinese mainland, up 472 percent from 2021.Au said that in 2022 the department had issued a total of more than 610,000 HKSAR passports, nearly doubling that of 2021, among which the number of applications for HKSAR passports hit an all-time high for three consecutive months from October to December 2022, with more than 100,000 applications for HKSAR passports received per month.As of Jan. 16, 2023, the Top Talent Pass Scheme launched by the HKSAR government and implemented with effect from Dec. 28, 2022, has received over 6,200 applications. Over 75 percent of the applications were processed, among which over 90 percent have been approved.The department will act in concert with the countrys development in pooling talents to build a better future for the country and Hong Kong, the department said.

China's top political advisory body adopts draft agenda, schedule for annual session

BEIJING, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- Chinas top political advisory body has approved a decision to hold an annual session and adopted a draft agenda and schedule for the event. File photo: CFPThe Standing Committee of the 13th Chinese Peoples Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee made the decisions during its 25th session, which closed on Tuesday in Beijing.Wang Yang, chairman of the 13th CPPCC National Committee, presided over the meeting and delivered a speech.Noting the importance of the first session of the 14th CPPCC National Committee to Chinese politics, Wang called for meticulous preparations for its successful convening.The session will start on March 4, according to a decision of the Standing Committee of the 13th CPPCC National Committee.The draft agenda and schedule for the upcoming annual event will be submitted to a preparatory meeting for deliberation, according to Tuesdays meeting.The meeting also approved the participating organizations, member quota and membership list for the 14th CPPCC National Committee, a work report from the Standing Committee of the 13th CPPCC National Committee, a report on proposals, and a draft amendment to the CPPCC charter.

Chinese, Mongolian FMs pledge to enhance cooperation

BEIJING, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang on Tuesday held phone talks with his Mongolian counterpart, Batmunkh Battsetseg, with both sides pledging to enhance pragmatic cooperation.File photo: CFPIn recent years, under the strategic guidance of the heads of state of both countries and joint efforts of both sides, China-Mongolia relations have maintained a sound development momentum, with pragmatic cooperation yielding fruitful outcomes and two-way trade registering a record high, Qin said, adding both peoples have also joined hands in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.To maintain, consolidate and further develop China-Mongolia relations is the strategic choice of both sides, Qin said.China is willing to strengthen exchanges with Mongolia at all levels and deepen cooperation in various fields so as to make new progress in jointly building a community with a shared future, he said.Recently, China has optimized and adjusted its prevention and control measures in light of the changing situation of the epidemic, including introducing new policies aimed at facilitating cross-border travel, Qin said.China appreciates Mongolias scientific-based and objective stand and its support for normal people-to-people exchange between the two countries, Qin said.For her part, Battsetseg said as neighbors connected by mountains and rivers, Mongolia and China are exemplary partners of cooperation in the region and good brothers who work together in fighting the pandemic.Mongolia will as always stick to the one-China principle and is willing to further enhance high-level exchanges and deepen pragmatic cooperation with China, so as to make contributions to regional and international peace and stability and to push the Mongolia-China comprehensive strategic partnership to new levels, she said.

Senior CPC official extends Spring Festival greetings to religious groups

BEIJING, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- A senior official of the Communist Party of China (CPC) on Tuesday extended Spring Festival greetings to religious personages and believers nationwide.File photo: CFPWang Huning, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, extended his festive greetings at a symposium with leaders of national religious groups ahead of the Chinese New Year.Wang spoke highly of the work of religious groups in 2022, calling on them to implement the guiding principles of the 20th CPC National Congress in 2023, aligning themselves -- both in thought and action -- with these guiding principles as well as the decisions and plans made by the CPC Central Committee on religious affairs.Thorough, extensive and tangible work should be done to ensure religions in China are Chinese in orientation, Wang said, noting that the religious sector has a principal role to play in the process.Wang also urged Chinas religious groups to guard against risks and hidden dangers, adhere to independence and self-management, and safeguard the order in the sector as well as social harmony and stability.Noting that religious groups are a bridge between the Party and the government and religious personages and believers, Wang asked relevant authorities to continue supporting the work of these groups and help solve their difficulties.

China sees more exits, entries since optimizing immigration policies

BEIJING, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- China saw an average of 501,000 exits and entries per day since the country optimized its immigration administration policies and measures on Jan. 8, the National Immigration Administration (NIA) said Tuesday.File photo: CFPThe number increased by 48.2 percent after Jan. 8, while immigration administrations nationwide handled an average of 341,000 certificates for exit and entry per day since the date, up by 129.4 percent, according to a press conference of the NIA.Over 3,200 certificate-issuance windows and 53 ports border-control channels opened after the adjustment to the immigration administration policies, based on the NIAs monitoring and analysis of inbound and outbound flows, said the administration.China optimized its immigration administration policies and measures on Jan. 8 in compliance with the countrys downgraded COVID-19 response measures. The optimized policies and measures include the resumption of accepting and approving Chinese citizens applications for ordinary passports for tourism and visiting friends abroad starting from the date.

China's optimized COVID response to benefit global economic recovery: FM spokesperson

BEIJING, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- As the overall epidemiological situation improves and life and work come back to normal at a faster pace, Chinas economic and social vitality and development potential will be fully unleashed, which will inject more confidence and strength into the global economic recovery, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said on Tuesday.File photo: CFPHis comment came as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Secretary-General Mathias Cormann said on Monday that he certainly very much welcomes the easing of COVID-related restrictions in China, which is very much positive in terms of making sure that the supply chains function more efficiently and more effectively and will help bring inflation down."We have noted relevant reports. We have also seen that lately, more and more professional international institutions have said that Chinas adapting of COVID response will prove to be a boon for the world economy," Wang said at a regular news briefing.Borge Brende, President of the World Economic Forum, said in recent days that Chinas optimization of COVID-19 response will lead to stronger and more prosperous growth and contribute to global growth.The International Monetary Fund (IMF) noted that China will achieve stable economic growth in 2023 and become the largest positive factor of the world economy.Multiple international investment banks and financial institutions including Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, Barclays and Natixis have revised up their forecast for Chinas economic growth rate in 2023."The Chinese government has taken the initiative to adapt its COVID response measures in light of the latest situation. This is a right step in effectively coordinating epidemic response and socioeconomic development," he said.

Liu He: an equitable international economic order must be preserved by all

Chinese Vice Premier Liu He on Tuesday said an equitable international economic order must be preserved by all, calling for upholding the right principles and maintaining the effective international economic order to join hands to respond to global challenges.Liu made the remarks when delivering a speech at the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting 2023 in Davos, Switzerland. Chinese Vice Premier Liu He delivers a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on January 17, 2023. (Photo: AP)"Government has a key role to play on major issues, despite temporary resistance and some setbacks," Liu said, calling for courage to uphold truth and law of economics, and address complex issues pragmatically with plain and simple solutions. Liu said the international macro policy coordination needs to be strengthened and a good balance between inflation and growth should be struck.The vice premier said all parties should pay more attention to the negative spillover effect of major countries rate hikes on the emerging markets and developing countries so as not to add to more debt or financial risks. China stands ready to work with all parties to find solutions to debt issues of some developing countries, he said.Most countries in the world are keenly aware of the urgency of climate governance, Liu said, urging the need for common actions.China will honor its commitments to the international community, push for global cooperation on climate change, and work with other countries to tackle the serious challenges posed by climate change, and build a community with a shared future for mankind, Liu said.On Chinas economy"In 2022, Chinas economic growth was three percent and we managed to keep jobs and prices stable," Liu said ,adding that urban surveyed unemployment rate was 5.6 percent, CPI was two percent, and current account surplus was slightly above two percent of GDP.China will continue to try to make progress while maintaining s...

HKSAR to finalize Article 23 in 2023 with focus on preventing spying activities

File photoJohn Lee Ka-chiu, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government, said in his latest interview with local media that the government hopes to complete legislation for Article 23 of the Basic Law in 2023, which is expected to prevent national security risks, particularly targeting spying activities, with the help of new technologies. Article 23 of the Basic Law stipulates that the HKSAR government shall enact laws on its own to prohibit any act of treason, secession, sedition or subversion against the central government.However, some 25 years after Hong Kongs return to the motherland, legislation for Article 23 of the Basic Law has remained incomplete, making Hong Kong a weak link in national security and an easy target for hostile foreign forces to disrupt public order and jeopardize social and economic interests.After the social turmoil in 2019, its important to prevent potential national security risks and the local government has asked the Security Bureau to formulate the second draft of Article 23, which should target spying activities, organizations in disguise and new technologies, as well as other means, Lee was quoted as saying in a report by the Hong Kong Commercial Daily on Tuesday. The legislative process for Article 23 has not been finalized for many years, but there has been one draft for the legislation in an early stage, Lee said. After external forces tried to interfere in Hong Kong affairs during the social turmoil in 2019, Lee said he realized that we should indeed prevent these extreme events, so he asked the Security Bureau to come up with the second draft. The first draft included all kinds of security situations while the second draft targets spying activities with all kinds of means especially new media, new technologies and so on, so that we could fix all the possible loopholes, Lee said. Legislation for Article 23 is Hong Kongs constitutional responsibility and an important part of ...

Xi Jinping holds symposium with non-CPC parties, personages without party affiliation to welcome Spring Festival

File photo:XinhuaBEIJING, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, Chinese president and chairman of the Central Military Commission, held a symposium on the morning of January 16 at the Great Hall of the People with leading officials of other political parties central committees and the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce (ACFIC), and representatives of personages without party affiliation, and welcomed the coming Spring Festival. On behalf of the CPC Central Committee, Xi extended warm congratulations to the newly elected leading officials of other political parties central committees and the ACFIC, and sincere greetings and good wishes for Spring Festival to these parties, the ACFIC and personages without party affiliation, as well as to members of the united front.He stressed that 2023 is the first year to study and implement the guiding principles of the 20th CPC National Congress after the congress, with both hopes and challenges. He hoped that all would fully study and implement the guiding principles of the 20th CPC National Congress, perform their duties and work hard, play a greater role in bringing together the will and strength of the people and serving the overall interests of the country, and mobilize their members and the people they have close ties with to work together to promote Chinese modernization.Wang Yang, chairman of the Chinese Peoples Political Consultative Conference National Committee, and Wang Huning and Ding Xuexiang, members of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, attended the symposium.Zheng Jianbang, chairperson of the Central Committee of the Revolutionary Committee of the Chinese Kuomintang, Ding Zhongli, chairperson of the Central Committee of the China Democratic League, Hao Mingjin, chairperson of the Central Committee of the China National Democratic Construction Association, Cai Dafeng, chairperso...

China to open up wider, opposes unilateralism: vice premier

File photoDAVOS, Switzerland, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- Chinas national reality indicates that opening up to the world is a must, and the country must open up wider and make it work better, Chinese Vice Premier Liu He said here Tuesday.China opposes unilateralism and protectionism, and looks forward to strengthening comprehensive international cooperation with all countries, Liu said in his address to the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2023.The Chinese vice premier called for upholding the right principles and maintain the effective international economic order, strengthening international macro policy coordination and striking a good balance between inflation and growth, and urged a global response to climate change.

China's reopening fuels global growth optimism, Davos panel says

File photoChinas reopening from pandemic restrictions could drive global growth beyond expectations and help avoid a broader recession even as some of the worlds largest economies struggle to overcome a downturn, top finance officials at the World Economic Forum said.China has loosened its COVID-19 management policies, fueling hopes that the worlds second-largest economy can resurrect global growth even as the U.S., the eurozone and Britain flirt with a recession over the coming quarters."The reopening of China has to be the major event and it will be a key driver for growth," Laura M. Cha, the chairman of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing, told the forum in Davos."Asia is where the growth factor will be, you know, not only China, [but also] India, Indonesia; these are all emerging and very strong economies."Her comments were echoed by others who saw China as the key to the global recovery."Theres pent-up savings, theres pent-up demand, so we think that China will see very strong growth, especially as you get later in the year," Douglas L. Peterson, the president and chief executive officer of S&P Global told a panel discussion.

China: US's theft of oil exacerbates Syria's energy crisis and humanitarian disaster

US troops drive trucks to pass through an oil field in the town of al-Qahtaniyah, Syria, August 4, 2020. (Photo: CFP)The U.S.s banditry in Syria has made Syrias energy crisis and humanitarian disaster even more devastating, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.The remarks were made by Wang Wenbin at a regular press briefing in response to Syrian reports that U.S. forces smuggled 53 tankers of stolen Syrian oil to its military bases in neighboring Iraq on January 14.Wang said that the U.S.s illegal plundering activities in Syria have become flagrant.According to Syrias official data, he said, over 80 percent of Syrias daily oil production was smuggled by the U.S. occupation forces during the first half of 2022, and earlier this month, it stole 60 tankers and trucks of oil and wheat from Syria.The U.S. is greedy in stealing Syrias resources, while "generous" in providing foreign military aid up to billions of or even tens of billions of dollars, he noted.However, whether the U.S. is "grabbing" or "giving", the outcome is the same, that is, to plunge other countries into turmoil and disaster, so as to maintain its own interests and hegemony, said Wang, adding this is the reality of the so-called U.S.s "rule-based order."He urged the U.S. side to give the Syrian people and the international community an explanation for its oil plundering and to stop trampling on the international rule of law and undermining international rules.The U.S. has retained a military presence in oil-rich areas of northeastern and eastern Syria since 2014.According to the official data from the Syrian government, between 2011 and the first half of 2022, the U.S.s smuggling activities have cost Syria more than $100 billion of losses.

Wang Kai elected governor of China's Henan

File photoZHENGZHOU, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- Wang Kai was elected governor of central Chinas Henan Province by the provincial legislature on Tuesday.The 14th Henan Provincial Peoples Congress elected the governor at its first session.

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