Visitors pay for their coffee using e-CNY during an expo in Fuzhou, Fujian province. LYU MING/CHINA NEWS SERVICE

Digital Renminbi Industry Alliance unveiled during Fuzhou forum

An industry organization has been established to promote the development of the digital renminbi industry in China, with technology heavyweights such as Huawei Technologies Co and banks such as Industrial Bank Co Ltd among its first batch of 37 members.

The move comes as China expands digital renminbi trials in more cities and aims to build a robust ecosystem for its digital currency.

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 Huangshan Mountain, a UNESCO world heritage site in east China's Anhui Province, has seen a rising number of tourists, thanks to effective containment of the COVID-19 resurgences.

The number of tourists to the scenic spot, famous for its majestic scenic beauty, strange rocks, cloud-shrouded peaks and ancient pines, exceeded 12,200 on July 23. The total tourist number has topped 150,000 so far this month, according to the management of the scenic area.

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Since a World Health Organization (WHO) panel released a preliminary report on COVID-19 origins tracing in June, some Western politicians and media outlets renewed their attempts to smear China by playing up the so-called lab-leak theory in tracing the origins of COVID-19.

Experts worldwide have pointed out that COVID-19 origins tracing should be treated in a scientific and objective manner, adding that the politicization of the coronavirus origins probe is a ploy to cover up some Western politicians' botched pandemic response, and has seriously hindered the global source tracing and anti-pandemic process.

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A container vessel docks at a terminal in Nanjing, east China’s Jiangsu province, June 19, 2022. (People's Daily Online/Fang Dongxu)

The Chinese economy registered positive growth in the first half this year and demonstrated strong resilience despite the increasing complexity of the international economic environment, sporadic COVID-19 infections, and other unexpected challenges.

According to statistics released by the National Bureau of Statistics, China’s GDP expanded 2.5 percent year on year in the first half of 2022. In particular, the growth was 0.4 percent in the second quarter.

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Assertions by some Western media that China's zero-COVID policy is straining global supply chains are both illogical and irresponsible.

Had it not been for China's proactive COVID-19 containment strategy, shortages of goods would have probably nudged up retail prices in Walmart and Tesco stores across the world, impeded the shaky global economic recovery and further strained the already weakened global supply chains.

As the world's leading manufacturing hub and one of the largest global providers of commodities and consumer goods, China has adhered to rapid and science-based COVID-19 containment measures, which have proved to be effective.

These actions, which include swift response, mass screening and large-scale vaccination, not only prevented a substantial number of domestic fatalities but also paved the way for the rapid resumption of normal production and daily life after epidemic resurgences were brought under control.

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The Peljesac Bridge, due to open for traffic on July 26, is a prominent project for promoting Chinese equipment, technology and knowhow in the construction industry in Croatia and globally, and it will deepen the mutually beneficial relations between China and Croatia and the European Union, said Qi Qianjin, Chinese ambassador to Croatia, in an interview with Xinhua on Thursday.

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A powerful tractor ploughs in a field in Bayingolin Mongolian autonomous prefecture, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, July 20, 2022. (People's Daily Online/Xie Jianglin)

Based on the so-called "Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act," the U.S. defines all or part of the products manufactured in Xinjiang as so-called goods produced through forced labor, and prevents Xinjiang-related products from entering the U.S.

What's behind the lies concocted by the U.S. is clear - protectionism in disguise of human rights.

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Primary school students watch a robot show at a science and technology museum in Hutubi county, Hui autonomous prefecture of Changji, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, July 20, 2022. (People's Daily Online/ Wang Junwei)

The so-called "Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act," which tries to strip Xinjiang from the global industrial chain through intimidation, seriously undermines the rights to employment and development of the people of all ethnic groups in the autonomous region.

Facts prove that China is not the one violating human rights or using forced labor. It is the U.S. that's forcing unemployment and pushing people back into poverty in Xinjiang.

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On Friday, the Japanese Nuclear Regulation Authority officially approved Tokyo Electric Power Company's plan to release contaminated water from the damaged Fukushima nuclear reactors into the Pacific.

Japan's claim that it would treat the 1.25 million tons of radioactive water at the plant to make it safe before disposing of it is nonsense, and has long been refuted by scientists.

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 Bangladesh experts have said they believe China will play a stabilizer role for the global economy amid a lingering pandemic and simmering global geopolitical tensions.

With its sound long-term fundamentals, they said, Chinese economy has already shown its resilience amid disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic, in particular thanks to pro-growth policies of the Chinese government, which have worked successfully.

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