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  • Commentary: An imperative step for long-term stability in Hong Kong

    China's top legislature adopted on Thursday a decision to improve the electoral system of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), marking a landmark step to ensure that the Chinese metropolis is administered by patriots.

    Creating a more suitable electoral system for Hong Kong is an urgent matter, essential for safeguarding the long-term stability and prosperity of this major international financial hub.

  • Commentary: China's anti-food waste law vital to ensure food security

     Chinese lawmakers on Thursday voted to adopt an anti-food waste law. The law, designed to help establish a long-term mechanism to prevent food waste, is vital to ensure national food security.

    Approximately 18 billion kg of food is wasted every year in China's urban catering industry, and over 35 billion kg of grain loss is estimated at pre-consumption stages including storage, transportation and processing, according to a report based on nationwide field research carried out by lawmakers.

  • Commentary: China's space station to house more int'l cooperation

    China successfully launched the core module of its space station on Thursday, opening a new foothold for humanity in space.

    China's space station, guided by the idea of building a community with a shared future for humanity, will become a common home transcending Earthly bonds and an outpost for countries worldwide to explore the universe through cooperation.

  • Commentary: Chinese democracy delivers real results to the people

    The 8,993 proposals which were submitted to China's annual legislative session this year were transferred to relevant departments for research and handling today, a vivid example of Chinese democracy transforming people's voices into concrete plans and actions.

    The National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee has set 22 priority topics, which can be categorized into six aspects including ensuring the livelihoods of the people, planning the work of the NPC Standing Committee, accelerating the development of a modern industrial system, comprehensively advancing rural vitalization, implementing the regional development strategies and promoting green development, according to the data made public Tuesday.

  • Commentary: Global solidarity against COVID-19 pertinent until collective victory secured

    The meeting convened by China on Tuesday to commend role models in the country's COVID-19 fight not only marked a milestone in the country's virus containment efforts but also sent a message of resolve to strengthen global solidarity until the ravaging virus is vanquished.

    In the face of the severe public health crisis, the Chinese people have united as one and stood together under the leadership which demonstrated strong political courage and shouldered the extremely difficult mission of fighting the COVID-19 epidemic. National unity has been crucial in securing major strategic achievements and making China the first major economy to return to growth since the outbreak.

  • Coronavirus laboratory incident hypothesis extremely unlikely: WHO

    Weeks after a team of World Health Organization experts launched a probe into the origin of the COVID-19 in Wuhan, the global health body on Tuesday said that there is no evidence of coronavirus circulation in any animal species in China.

  • Coronavirus reaches Mount Everest, Norwegian climber tests COVID-19 positive

    First case of coronavirus has been reported from Mount Everest, the world's tallest mountain.

    Norwegian climber Erlend Ness was tested positive for the coronavirus and was evacuated by helicopter from the Mount Everest base camp to Kathmandu, reported The Hill.

  • COVID antibodies are transferred from pregnant women to their babies

    The findings of a recent study suggested that antibodies that help in guarding against the COVID-19 virus are transferred from mothers to their babies while in the womb.

    This discovery, published in the 'American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology', adds to growing evidence that suggests that pregnant women who generate protective antibodies after contracting the coronavirus often convey some of that natural immunity to their fetuses.

  • COVID-19 vaccine developed by China's CanSino to continue advancing phase-3 trials: report

    China's CanSino Biologics Inc. has got green light to continue phase-3 trials of its COVID-19 vaccine with the support of findings of an independent data monitoring committee, said recent media reports.

    The independent committee "found the drugmaker's COVID-19 vaccine met its pre-specified primary safety and efficacy targets under an interim analysis of phase-3 trial data," Reuters cited the biopharmaceutical company to report on Monday.

  • COVID-19: Health worker death toll rises to at least 17,000 as organizations call for rapid vaccine rollout

    At least 17,000 health workers have died from COVID-19 over the last year, said Amnesty International, Public Services International (PSI) and UNI Global Union in a new analysis, as the organizations called for urgent action to speed up the vaccination of millions of frontline health workers around the world. 

  • CPC leadership reviews guideline on promoting high-quality development of central region

    The Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee held a meeting on Tuesday to review a guideline on promoting high-quality development of the country's central region in the new era.

    Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, chaired the meeting.

  • Depoliticized immunization needed to fight global pandemic

    As the COVID-19 pandemic is still raging all over the globe, many believe vaccines are light at the end of the tunnel.

    "If pandemics are microbial wars, then vaccines are our preferred weapons of mass salvation," wrote World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in a recent Foreign Policy article.

  • Digitalization fast-forwards the transformation of China's traditional enterprises

    Digitalization has become an important means for traditional enterprises in China to upgrade their business activities in recent years, thanks to the accelerated digital transformation of the Chinese economy and society.

    China State Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. has designed and constructed intelligent ships with fully digitalized functions, including remote control and autonomous navigation capabilities. China's State Grid, the country’s main power supplier, has established a new energy cloud platform to promote greater collaboration between more than 3,000 upstream and downstream enterprises.

  • Digitalization injects vitality into China's real economy

    With a super SIM card and app, some Chinese smartphone users will soon be able to make phone calls protected by quantum encryption.

    Unlike traditional encryption methods that rely solely on algorithms, quantum encryption is protected by the laws of quantum physics and has ultra-high security.

  • Double Eleven shopping festival brings in new features to offset pandemic impact

    Despite the gloom of the COVID-19 pandemic and the winter cold, for Chinese netizens, November heralds the country’s most enjoyable and exciting online event, the Single’s Day shopping spree. It is a shopping festival popular among young Chinese citizens that celebrates their pride in being single. The date, November 11th, was chosen because the number “1” represents an individual. Thus, this online festival is also known as the Double Eleven Festival in China.

  • Economy to recover despite the second wave of Covid-19

    OP’s economists forecast a slow economic recovery following the major leap forward taken in the third quarter. The recovery will progress at the pace set by the pandemic, backed by economic stimulus measures. A faster-than-expected launch of Covid-19 vaccines on the market might accelerate the recovery.

    OP’s economists forecast that Finland’s GDP will contract by 4.0% in 2020 and rebound to a 3.0% growth in 2021.

  • European countries express interest in purchasing Denmark's unwanted AstraZeneca vaccines

    Many European countries on Thursday expressed their interest in purchasing unwanted AstraZeneca vaccines from Denmark.

    Hans Kluge, the Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) for Europe said Denmark was considering sharing unused doses with poorer countries, reported euronews.

  • Exclusion of Chinese 5G companies in Sweden hurts fair competition, consumers' interests

    The Chinese market has remained open to European companies, including Sweden's. Sweden, largely characterized by an open and export-oriented economy, should also provide Chinese companies with an open and fair business environment, like the one it allegedly provides to other foreign investors.

    Banning Chinese 5G suppliers in Sweden will hurt the principle of fair competition and jeopardize the interests of Swedish consumers.

  • Finland could face a mental health crisis even after the pandemic 

    Expertsare concerned that the COVID- 19 pandemic could have long-lasting effects on the psychological wellbeing of individuals, eventually culminating in a public mental health crisis. 

    COVID- 19 and the subsequent panic, uncertainty and isolation have led to a widespread rise in cases of anxiety and depression. Mental health professionals warn that given current conditions, everyone is at risk for these diseases. 

  • Finland should emergency approve and utilise Sputnik V Vaccine

    As the number of laboratory-confirmed Covid-19 infections peek in Finland, the country is going into another shutdown. Over 400k people have already received the first shot of a two-shot vaccine, but the rate of vaccination has altogether been disappointing. Finland, with 12.38 administered doses per 100 people is in 23rd place globally, after countries like Lithuania and Slovenia.

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