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  • The Boao Forum for Asia, 20 years on: A boost for the development of Asia and the world

    The 2021 Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference is being held from 18 to 21 April. The Forum was launched 20 years ago amid the opportunities and challenges at the turn of the century, and has become a high-level platform for political and economic dialogue with worldwide influence. With a founding purpose to promote economic integration in Asia and a current mission to pool positive energy for the development of Asia and the world, the BFA contributes wisdom to global development and prosperity. The theme of this year’s annual conference — “A World in Change: Join Hands to Strengthen Global Governance and Advance Belt and Road Cooperation” highlights the will and resolve of all parties to respond to great changes in the world and seek development.

  • The doomed-to-fail COVID strategy

    What politician dares to explain the true rationale for Finland’s feckless COVID policy?

    “Now is the time to pull up your socks”—this was Prime Minister Sanni Marin’s recent counsel to the nation, as Finland confronts the second, far more deadly, wave of the COVID pandemic. Maybe this phrase loses something in translation, but it hardly conveys a sense of crisis.  

  • The Ministry of Foreign Affairs holds a briefing on the China-WHO joint study of the origins of the novel coronavirus

    On March 12, 2021, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs held a briefing to European envoys on the joint scientific research on the origins of the novel coronavirus conducted by China and the WHO. The briefing was chaired by Director-General of the Department of International Organizations and Conferences of the Foreign Ministry Yang Tao. Team leader from the Chinese side of the China-WHO joint expert team Professor Liang Wannian provided relevant information about the study and answered questions. Over 40 European envoys and diplomats from 29 European countries and the European Union attended the briefing.

  • Tibet's Nyingchi dives deep in eco-tourism, embraces prosperous development

    Dekyi Wangmo is a 35-year-old woman born in Tonpa village of Mainling County, Nyingchi, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region. Having been yearning for urban life since being a child, she worked in cities for years after she entered adulthood.

    However, her hometown became a place that she never wants to leave again when she returned there a couple of years ago.

  • Top 10 world news events of People's Daily in 2020

    The year 2020 marked an extremely unusual year in human history.

    This year, the world suffered a hard time as people's health was seriously threatened; international exchanges were restricted; the global economy fell into a deep recession; and unilateralism, protectionism and bullying practices were on a rise.

  • Traditional culture draws tourists to Danzhai, China's Guizhou

    Tourists try on traditional clothes at the Danzhai Wanda Town in Danzhai County, Qiandongnan Miao and Dong Autonomous Prefecture, southwest China's Guizhou Province, April 21, 2021. (Photo by Fan Hui/Xinhua)

    Aerial photo taken on April 21, 2021 shows people perform traditional Chinese music and dance at the Danzhai Wanda Town in Danzhai County, Qiandongnan Miao and Dong Autonomous Prefecture, southwest China's Guizhou Province. (Photo by Fan Hui/Xinhua)

  • Transportation sector sees Qingming Festival rebound

    China's transportation sector witnessed a rebound during the three-day Tomb Sweeping Day holiday due to effective epidemic prevention and control measures across the country and the growing number of people receiving vaccinations.

    Tomb Sweeping Day, also known as Qingming Festival, fell on Sunday this year. Traditionally, it is the time when Chinese people commemorate the dead. It was also the first national holiday since Spring Festival, when people had been encouraged to stay put due to COVID-19 epidemic control measures.

  • UK COVID-19 variant spreading rapidly across US, may soon become dominant by March: Study

    The mutated coronavirus variant, which was originally discovered in the United Kingdom and is found to be more contagious, is rapidly spreading across the United States and may become the dominant strain in many states as soon as by March, a new study suggests.

  • Walk the talk: Xi leads China in fight for carbon-neutral

    Almost half a year after Chinese President Xi Jinping's pledge to make the country carbon-neutral before 2060, the roadmap to achieve the goal is getting clearer under Xi's push as authorities and industries scale up their green efforts.

    China aims to have CO2 emissions peak before 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality before 2060, Xi announced at the general debate of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly via video in September last year.

  • Wearable monitoring of COVID-19 biomarkers

    An automated wireless wearable sensor and a machine-learning approach that records and interprets mechano-acoustic signatures of a person's heart rate, respiration rate, and temperature, along with coughing, speaking, and laughing, all of which are biomarkers relevant to monitoring the progression of COVID-19 infections in individuals and their spread across populations has been developed by a group of joint Chinese - US researchers. 

  • Western allegation of genocide in Xinjiang hardly convincing: Singaporean newspaper

    The Western allegation of so-called "genocide" in China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region lacks solid evidence and is therefore hardly convincing, said an opinion piece by Singapore's Chinese-language newspaper Lianhe Zaobao on Wednesday.

    Despite the overwhelming firepower of the Western propaganda war against China, the so-called "evidence" available to the West is very limited, consisting of only a few so-called leaked documents and one-sided statements by what Beijing calls separatists, said the article by Wu Jungang, a former member of Parliament of Singapore.

  • Western countries should stop imposing double standards regarding human rights

    The 46th regular session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) came to a close on Wednesday. What the world has witnessed during the four-week conference was a record of the repeated double standards of the United States and some other Western countries.

    The beacon of human rights, as they would like to call themselves, has failed to shed light upon its own weaknesses. While they tried in vain to boast their human rights superiority, China's position and achievements on human rights have won the support and recognition of many developing countries.

  • Western sanctions against China motivated by political interests in maintaining supremacy

    As a coordinated effort, the EU, US, UK and Canada have recently imposed sanctions on several Chinese officials accused of what the Western countries have said are human rights violations in Xinjiang. The sanctions – ranging from travel bans to asset freezes – were not unexpected as some Western politicians and their puppet media have long been running a propaganda campaign against China.

    A handful of Western countries have imposed sanctions on the Chinese officials over a series of fake and fabricated allegations of so-called human rights abuses in Xinjiang.

  • What to expect at "two sessions" as China begins new journey

    China's top legislature and political advisory body will start annual sessions this week, returning to their traditional March schedule after last year's events were postponed to May due to the COVID-19 epidemic.

    As the year 2021 marks the start of the 14th Five-Year Plan period (2021-2025), the world will watch how China, with the elimination of absolute poverty just declared, charts its course toward fully building a modern socialist country.

  • What to expect from China's first consumer products expo

    The first China International Consumer Products Expo is scheduled for May 7-10 in Haikou, capital of south China's Hainan Province.

    The event will be the first international expo to be held in Hainan since China released a master plan last June to build the island province into a globally influential and high-level free trade port by the middle of the century.

  • WHO believes badgers, rabbits could have spread COVID-19 to humans

    World Health Organization (WHO) experts investigating the pandemic's origins suggest that ferret badgers and rabbits, which were sold at a Wuhan market in China, could have played a role in spreading the novel coronavirus to humans, The Wall Street Journal reported.

  • WHO mission member says "extremely unlikely" COVID-19 escaped from Wuhan lab

    It is "extremely unlikely" that SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, escaped from a lab in the Chinese city of Wuhan, a member of a World Health Organization (WHO) expert team sent to China on a COVID-19 origin-tracing mission said on Monday.

    "The most politically sensitive option we looked at was the virus escaping from a laboratory," said Professor Dominic Dwyer from University of Sydney in an article on The Conversation, a publisher of research-based news and analysis. "We concluded this was extremely unlikely."

  • WHO releases report on global tracing of COVID-19 origins

    - The findings showed that "some of the suspected positive samples were detected even earlier than the first case in Wuhan, suggesting the possibility of missed circulation in other countries," the report said.

    - The novel coronavirus origin tracing research in China is part of the global study of origins of the virus, and it is the first step, said Liang Wannian, a member of the WHO-China joint team.

  • WHO slams Europe's 'unacceptably slow' COVID vaccine rollout

    The rollout of vaccines in Europe is "unacceptably slow," the World Health Organization said on Wednesday, delivering a damning evaluation on the region's Covid response, amid a "worrying" surge in infections.

    According to a statement from the body, Last week saw increasing transmission of COVID-19 in the majority of countries in the WHO European Region, with 1.6 million new cases and close to 24 000 deaths.

  • WHO team visits Wuhan Institute of Virology on COVID-19 origins investigation mission

    The team of experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) visited the Wuhan Institute of Virology on Wednesday, as part of their mission to investigate the origins of COVID-19, local media reported.

    The WHO team visited the P4 lab inside the Wuhan Institute of Virology, the state-owned Global Times reported.
    The team of WHO experts arrived in Wuhan on January 14 to investigate the origins of COVID-19, as the world's first cluster of infected patients were detected in the city in December 2019.

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