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  • Finland should test its entire population to avoid a shutdown.

    Back in March, Finland avoided high infection and mortality rates from Covid 19 by going into an almost total shutdown. The government temporarily adopted existing emergency laws and among other measures, ordered the closure of the country’s borders, restaurants, and schools, limited public gatherings, and encouraged everyone who can work from home to do so. 

  • French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday said that Chinese and Russian vaccines are necessary for the world to win the "war" against COVID-19. "We should work with the Chinese and Russians so that the vaccines developed by their scientists be integrated in this great multilateral effort -- immediately when they start the necessary certifications by the WHO (World Health Organisation)," he said

    By intentionally misquoting professionals on a World Health Organization (WHO) team who have concluded their mission on COVID-19 origin-tracing in China, the Times, among some other Western media, have made themselves accomplices in politicizing the pandemic.

    - While China is committed to transparency and global collaboration in the fight against COVID-19, some Western media like the Times have no qualms about abusing their influence to mislead the public over China out of self-interest.

  • Gallery: Dancing With the Starts launches despite covid-19

    As the world is preparing for the second wave of Covid-19, Finland’s MTV3 channel is launching the 13th season of Dancing with the Stars. The popular international TV format has lasted 12 seasons in Finland where it has been a launchpad for celebrities into politics and ex politicians and retired athletes to the stage under a different spotlight.

    Even though Keeping the recommended two meters distance is impossible while dancing, it has not been restricted in the regulations of social distancing. Covid-19 has restricted and cancelled several of events in 2020. 

  • Global Covid-19 caseload breaches 150-million mark

    The Coronavirus cases across the globe have breached the 150 million mark, according to the latest update by Johns Hopkins University.

    As of 9:51 am IST, the COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) reported that the global caseload stood at 150,133,654 while the fatalities from the deadly pathogen stood at 3,162,166.

  • Global COVID-19 deaths cross 3 million

    Global COVID-19 deaths have crossed the 3 million mark, according to the latest update by Johns Hopkins University on Saturday.

    According to the COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU), as of 1.50 pm IST, the total COVID-19 cases worldwide stand at 139,979,449 and the deaths across the world stand at 3,000,225.

  • Green consumption comes into fashion in China

    Green consumption is becoming a new trend in China as more and more Chinese people advocate the new consumption philosophy featuring environmental-friendly, low-carbon, healthy and safe consumption.

    New energy vehicles, and household supplies, such as energy-efficient light bulbs and water conserving toilets, are increasingly popular among Chinese consumers. Meanwhile, the Chinese people tend to order smaller-portion dishes in restaurants and try not to use disposable tableware.

  • Highlights from Premier Li's news conference

    Premier Li Keqiang met the press on Thursday after the closing of the fourth session of the 13th National People's Congress.

    The premier took questions from Chinese and foreign reporters via video link.

    Here are the highlights.

  • HKSAR gov't to ban commercial passenger flights from India, Pakistan, Philippines for 14 days

    The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government announced on Sunday evening that it will implement the place-specific flight suspension mechanism to India, Pakistan, and the Philippines, banning all incoming commercial passenger flights from them from landing in Hong Kong for 14 days from April 20.

    Meanwhile, the HKSAR government will specify these areas as extremely high-risk over COVID-19 and restrict people who have stayed there from boarding planes to enter Hong Kong. The suspension will last 14 days.

  • Homophobia in the military, a Covid-proof Christmas and traffic-loving monkeys: Finland in the world press

    File image of Finnish conscripts in training / Lehtikuva

    The Finnish military was the target of international criticism this week for using a training manual that described homosexuality as an “obstacle” to service and categorised it as a mental disorder. 

    A report by the Finnish Parliamentary Ombudsman attributes the controversial material to the Centre for Military Medicine, which is responsible for the health of conscripts and the Finnish Defence Forces personnel. The Defence Command maintained that the military does not consider homosexuality to be a mental illness. 

  • Hong Kong researchers discover new antiviral strategy to treat COVID-19

    The University of Hong Kong on Monday announced that a class of metallodrugs currently used in the treatment of other infectious diseases can potently suppress the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19.

    According to researchers from the university, ranitidine bismuth citrate (RBC), a commonly used anti-ulcer drug which contains the metal Bismuth, has been demonstrated to greatly reduce viral loads by over 1,000-folds in SARS-CoV-2-infected cells.

  • How China has lifted nearly 800 mln people out of poverty

    SOLEMN COMMITMENT DELIVERED

    The Chinese nation had long been plagued by poverty at a scale and a level of severity which were rarely seen anywhere else in the world.

    Since its founding in July 1921, the CPC has always taken the happiness of the people and rejuvenation of the nation as its aspiration, said the white paper titled "Poverty Alleviation: China's Experience and Contribution."

    The founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949 and the establishment of the socialist system have provided basic institutional guarantees for addressing the root causes of poverty. The reform and opening up, which started about four decades ago, has accelerated the country's development and poverty alleviation.

    "Ensuring that poor people and poor areas will enter the moderately prosperous society together with the rest of the country is a solemn promise made by our Party," President Xi Jinping was quoted as saying.

    Since the 18th CPC National Congress in 2012, the Party Central Committee, with Comrade Xi Jinping at the core, has fought a decisive battle against poverty that has been unprecedented in scale and intensity, and has benefited the largest number of people in human history, according to Xu.

    To fulfill the commitment, the leadership has mobilized the energies of the whole Party, the whole country, and the whole of society. More than 3 million first Party secretaries and resident working team members have been selected and dispatched to carry out targeted poverty reduction since 2013.

    Poverty relief assistants Liu Ying (1st L) and He Changle (2nd L), as well as village officers, help carry melons planted by villagers in Dongqin Village, Congjiang County of southwest China's Guizhou Province, Nov. 11, 2020. (Xinhua/Yang Wenbin)

    Through continuous efforts, the final 98.99 million impoverished rural residents had all been lifted out of poverty, and all 832 impoverished counties and 128,000 villages had been removed from the poverty list by the end of 2020.

    The historic achievements came with huge sacrifices. More than 1,800 CPC members and officials have lost their lives in the cause of poverty reduction, according to the paper.

    TARGETED STRATEGY

    "To help the poor, we must know who they are," the paper said.

    During its poverty alleviation practices, China has developed a set of standards and procedures to accurately identify the poor, the causes of their poverty and their needs. These were summarized as targeted efforts in six areas, referring to efforts to identify the poor accurately, arrange targeted programs, utilize capital efficiently, take household-based measures, dispatch first Party secretaries based on village conditions, and achieve the set goals.

    For instance, poor households are identified primarily based on their incomes, with consideration given to other factors including housing, education and health, while for villages, consideration is given to the incidence of poverty, the per capita net income of the villagers, and income from businesses run by village collectives.

    The individuals and villages confirmed as poor were then registered and a national poverty alleviation information system was created.

    "Through this registration system, for the first time in the history of poverty alleviation, China has identified every poor individual in every village," the paper said.

    The strategy of targeted poverty alleviation is China's strongest "weapon" in its final battle against poverty, and a major innovation in the theory and practice of poverty reduction, which highlights the CPC's sound approach whereby all actions are based on actual conditions and conform to the needs of development, it said.

    PEOPLE-CENTRED PHILOSOPHY

    China's success in poverty alleviation has proven that the problem of poverty, in essence, is how the people should be treated: the people-centered philosophy is the fundamental driving force behind this cause.

    Combo photo taken between July and October 2020 shows villagers, who used to be registered as impoverished households in over 20 cities and counties of northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, smiling as they have benefited from the businesses under poverty alleviation program. (Xinhua)

    "The root cause of poverty is inadequate development," the paper said, adding that development is the most effective way to eradicate poverty.

    During its fight against poverty, China has taken five measures, including boosting the economy to provide more job opportunities, relocating poor people from inhospitable areas, compensating for economic losses associated with reducing ecological damage, improving education in impoverished areas, and providing subsistence allowances for those unable to shake off poverty through their own efforts alone.

    Over the course, investment from the central, provincial, city and county governments have totaled nearly 1.6 trillion yuan (about 244 billion U.S. dollars), including 660.1 billion yuan from the central budget.

    China's successful practice and valuable experience in eliminating extreme poverty have deepened human understanding of poverty reduction trends, enriched the theory of international poverty reduction, and boosted the confidence of other countries, especially developing ones, in eradicating extreme poverty.

    Aerial photo taken on June 14, 2020 shows a relocated area by the Gaqu River in Chido Township of Dengqen County in Qamdo, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region. Qadom City has witnessed a total of 194,600 residents, 38,400 households, 1,127 villages and 11 counties get rid of poverty thanks to the poverty alleviation efforts. (Xinhua/Tian Jinwen)

    Poverty is not predestined, nor is it unconquerable, the paper said. "China's experience in poverty alleviation indicates that courage, vision, sense of responsibility, and the eagerness to take on challenges are the most essential."

  • How Le Monde pretended a French reporter didn't exist

    Several days ago, French media outlet Le Monde ran a story claiming that China-based journalist Laurène Beaumond, who had contributed to CGTN's reporting on Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, apparently "did not exist," insinuating that she was a fictional and her story was fabricated for propaganda purposes.

    The claims gained specific traction on social media and were also pushed in a tweet by anti-China ideologue Adrian Zenz, who has been a key figure in pushing the U.S.-led Xinjiang narrative concerning events in the region.

  • Infant COVID-19 patient receives proper care in China's Dalian

    The parents of a 3-month-old infant with COVID-19 infection told Xinhua Saturday that their child is receiving proper care and treatment at a designated hospital in northeast China's Dalian City.

    The family of three were all confirmed as locally transmitted COVID-19 cases on Friday and are currently undergoing medical treatment in the same ward at the designated Dalian Sixth People's Hospital Affiliated to Dalian Medical University. All of them are in stable condition.

  • Interview: China's experience in poverty fight helps Afghanistan to end war: expert

    China can play a pro-active role in bringing peace to Afghanistan by sharing its experience in fighting poverty, Afghan expert said.

    "In my opinion a consensus on Afghanistan issue is essential among China, U.S. Russia, Iran and Pakistan to bring the relevant powers together to jointly work for ending the war in the war-riddled country," Arianfar told Xinhua.

  • Interview: Sweden hopes for great results at Beijing 2022

    With less than one year left before the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games, the level of excitement is rising within the Swedish Olympic Committee (SOC).

    In the 2018 games in Pyeongchang, Sweden won a total of 14 medals -- of which seven golds -- making it the most successful winter Olympics in the country's history. With this winter's successes in mind, this record could be broken next year, SOC's chief executive Peter Reinebo told Xinhua in an exclusive interview.

  • Jeffrey Sachs: What about America's human rights abuses?

    On April 15, Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs, a current serving Environmental Advisor to the UN, slammed the BBC for ignoring America's human rights abuses during an interview about climate change on BBC's Newsnight program.

    As the BBC started with talking about China's human rights abuses, Sachs said that the broadcaster's framing of the interview was "not what [he had] expected", and asked "What about America's human rights abuses?"

  • Joining Hands to Meet Challenges and Promote Economic Recovery

    COVID-19 pandemic hit hard the global economy in the past year. The international community are going through the worst recession since the end of the Second World War. Industries and businesses of all countries have been mired in difficulties of varying degrees. Stability and economic recovery have become a common task for us all.

  • Less than 10 pc of world's population have coronavirus antibodies: WHO Chief scientist

    The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that less than 10 per cent of the global population have antibodies to the coronavirus, WHO Chief Scientist Soumya Swaminathan said.

  • Lies are stopped by truths

    The ending of chaos and resumption of stability in Hong Kong is a fact that all Chinese people, including Hong Kong compatriots, are glad to see. The so-called 2021 Hong Kong Policy Act Report issued by the U.S. Department of State on March 31 is complete slandering.

    The report, arbitrarily fabricating lies and attacking the national security law in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), claimed, in a super exaggerated manner, that Hong Kong's autonomy was "undermined," and tried to frame China with groundless accusations.

  • Lies never able to cover truths

    A few countries in the west have been fabricating lies and spreading rumors about Xinjiang affairs to attack China's Xinjiang policy. However, most of the countries in the world believe that it is just a vicious tactic under the name of the so-called human rights to contain China's development and undermine the country's security and stability.

    Xinjiang-related issues are not human rights issues at all. They are in essence about countering violent terrorism, radicalization and separatism. There have never been such things as "genocide", "forced labor" or "religious oppression" in the autonomous region.

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