Chinese thriller "Sheep Without a Shepherd" led the Chinese mainland box office Friday, raking in more than 16.5 million yuan (about 2.4 million U.S. dollars) on its 36th day of screening, according to the China Movie Data Information Network.

The film depicts the story of a father trying to cover up his daughter's crime, who committed the manslaughter of a police officer's son, dragging the girl's family into struggles against the police.

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Soldiers from the People's Liberation Army's Northern Theater Command prepare for the military drill "Vostok-2018"in Russia's Trans-Baikal region, Sept 7, 2018. [Photo by PAN MENGQI/CHINA DAILY]

The Central Military Commission (CMC) has released a set of revised outlines on strengthening the military at the primary level.

The outlines, approved by Xi Jinping, chairman of the CMC, will take effect on Feb 1.

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The Chinese Cuisine Festival has kicked off in Havana as part of the celebrations surrounding the upcoming China's Spring Festival and the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Cuba.

Chen Xi, Chinese ambassador to Cuba, highlighted the brotherhood between the two countries in a speech opening the event on Friday night, saying the Caribbean island has always stood beside China.

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The Chinese economy has come under international spotlight at the beginning of 2020. “China will outperform expectations in 2020.” “Economists are optimistic on China’s growth prospects.” “Eye-catching figures indicate China’s economic achievements.” It is commonly acknowledged by the international society that pressured by rising domestic and external risks and challenges, China’s economy demonstrates bright prospects.

It’s universally recognized that the momentum of steady growth for China’s economy has never changed and will be an underlying trend going forward. The recent Global Economic Prospects released by the World Bank indicated that China’s economy maintained resilient under the support of the robust growth of disposal income, and the economic growth was one of the fastest in the world.

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At the invitation of Myanmar’s President U Win Myint, Chinese President Xi Jinping will pay a state visit to Myanmar from Jan. 17 to 18. It is Xi's first overseas trip this year, and the first visit to Myanmar by a Chinese president in 19 years.

The journey will start a new phase in China-Myanmar relations as this year also marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries.

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Train conductor Chen Haiyan says goodbye to passengers at Xi'an North Railway Station in Xi'an, northwest China's Shaanxi Province, Jan. 11, 2020. (Xinhua/Zhan Yan)

While it is regarded as an important window into the changes taking place in Chinese society, the Spring Festival travel rush in China also vividly reflects the institutional advantages of the socialist system, which enables the country to mobilize resources for major undertakings.

The travel rush for the 2020 Spring Festival kicked off on Jan.10, 2020. According to a conference between several relevant government departments, the country is expected to witness around 3 billion trips during this year’s travel rush, which will last around 40 days.

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China and the U.S. officially signed the phase-one economic and trade agreement in the White House on Jan. 15, 2020 local time.

The high-level signing ceremony was witnessed by over 200 executives and accompanied by lasting applauses, which signaled the aspiration for a truce of the trade war.

It is recognized that this result is a step forward to a solution that conforms to the common interests of both China and the U.S., and benefits the world peace and prosperity.

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A Long March 5 rocket carrying China's heaviest satellite yet lifts off on the night of Dec 27, 2019 in Wenchang, South China's Hainan province. [Photo by Xu Jingxing/]

About 50 launches expected in 2020, including China's first Mars mission

China's space industry is poised for an extremely busy year, with about 50 launch missions likely to take place in 2020, according to major contractors and space industry sources.

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp, the country's leading space contractor, said in a statement on Thursday that it will strive to carry out more than 40 launch missions to serve national space programs, such as the completion of the Beidou Navigation Satellite System, and meet demand from commercial satellite operators.

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People walk past a poster of The Wandering Earth in Shanghai on Feb. 20, 2019. (Photo/

China's box office haul totaled 64.3 billion yuan in 2019, a year-on-year increase of 5.4 percent.

With higher quality and more diverse themes, a batch of domestic films proved popular with film-goers, with home-made products contributing to 64.1 percent of the total box office takings.

Films celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, represented by My People, My Country, The Captain, and The Climbers, gained general recognition.

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Wang Xudong, curator of Palace Museum in Beijing (Photo/People’s Daily)

The year 2020 marks the 600th anniversary of the completion of the Forbidden City and the 95th anniversary of the establishment of the Palace Museum. To celebrate the year, the Palace Museum will host a series of activities, Wang Xudong, curator of the Palace Museum, told People’s Daily in an exclusive interview.

The museum will hold seminars, publish research outcomes, launch exhibitions, organize philanthropic activities, and release TV and film works on the Palace Museum this year, Wang disclosed.

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