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China limits construction of 'super high-rise buildings'

The decision is being seen as part of a larger bid to crackdown on vanity projects.

Source: BBC News - China | 28 Oct 2021 | 9:13 pm(NZT)

China rations diesel amid fuel shortages

It is likely to contribute to the global supply chain crisis and inflation, analysts told the BBC.

Source: BBC News - China | 28 Oct 2021 | 6:24 pm(NZT)

Chinese missile launch very concerning, says top US general

Gen Milley's comments were the first US acknowledgment of claims China tested a hypersonic missile.

Source: BBC News - China | 28 Oct 2021 | 1:39 pm(NZT)

White paper highlights climate change objectives

CHINA has formulated and implemented a variety of strategies, regulations, policies, standards and actions to meet its targets in response to climate change, according to a white paper. As the largest developing country with a population of over 1.4 billion, China faces major challenges, including economic development, improving the people’s lives, pollution control, and eco-environmental protection, according to the white paper titled “Responding to Climate Change: China’s Policies and Actions,” and released yesterday. China has risen to these challenges to implement positive and effective moves in its strategy to peak carbon emissions and achieve carbon neutrality, said the white paper released by the State Council Information Office. China’s Outline of the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-2025) for National Economic and Social Development and the Long-Range Objectives Through the Year 2035 set a binding target of slashing carbon intensity by 18 percent from 2020 to 2025, according to the paper. In 2015, China set its nationally determined action objectives by 2030: to peak carbon dioxide emissions around 2030 at the latest and make every effort to peak early. By the end of 2019, China had delivered on its 2020 climate action target ahead of schedule. In 2020, China announced new targets and measures. It aims to peak carbon dioxide emissions before 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality before 2060, and lower its carbon intensity by over 65 percent by 2030 from the 2005 level. In 2021, China announced plans to stop building new coal-fired power projects overseas, demonstrating its concrete actions in response to climate change. Other measures against climate change include staying committed to a green and low-carbon path to development, tightening control over greenhouse gas emissions, giving full play to the role of the carbon market, and increasing green finance support. The white paper called on the international community to commit to sustainable development, multilateralism, the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities, win-win cooperation and concrete actions. Addressing climate change is a cause shared by all of humanity. Faced with unprecedented challenges in global climate governance, the international community needs to respond with unprecedented ambition and action, said the white paper.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 28 Oct 2021 | 5:00 am(NZT)

US effort to get Taiwan a UN role criticized

CHINESE mainland said that Taiwan had no right to join the United Nations after the United States ratcheted up tensions with a call for the island to have greater involvement in the world body. In a statement marking 50 years since the UN General Assembly voted to seat People’s Republic of China, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Tuesday he regretted that Taiwan had been increasingly excluded on the world stage. He also called for Taiwan’s meaningful participation in the UN system. “Taiwan has no right to join the United Nations,” Ma said. “The United Nations is an international governmental organization composed of sovereign states ... Taiwan is a part of China.” Taiwan, as a part of China, is certainly covered by China’s representation at the United Nations, Ma said. Commenting on the Democratic Progressive Party’s presumptuous claim that the so-called constitutional amendments conform to the trends on the island, Ma said it is an ironclad fact that the future of Taiwan lies in the reunification of China. Behind the so-called constitutional amendments lies the DPP authority’s malicious intention to seek “Taiwan independence,” said Ma. He added that the future of the island is by no means “Taiwan’s internal affairs.” Its future must and can only be decided by all Chinese people, as it concerns China’s national sovereignty and territorial integrity, Ma said. Only when the provocative moves seeking “Taiwan independence” are curbed can the peace across the Taiwan Strait be guaranteed and the cross-Strait relations return to the right track, Ma said. He said the exercises by the People’s Liberation Army are a necessary step to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity. They are aimed at the secessionist activities seeking “Taiwan independence,” including those touting the so-called “two states” theory, and interference by external forces. The separatist forces are the largest obstacle to achieving China’s reunification and pose a serious potential danger to the realization of national rejuvenation, Ma said. The mainland is willing to go all out for the peaceful reunification of the motherland, but doesn’t renounce the use of force and reserve the option of taking all necessary measures, Ma added. A spokesman for the Chinese embassy in the United States also issued a statement voicing “strong dissatisfaction,” saying Washington is blatantly challenging the one-China principle. Regarding the Taiwan question, the UN system, its agencies and secretariat should abide by the one-China principle and UNGA Resolution 2758, the statement said. “We urge the US side to adhere to the one-China principle and provisions of the three Sino-US joint communiques and abide by Resolution 2758,” it said. The spokesperson also urged the US to stop making irresponsible and erroneous remarks and take concrete actions to maintain the overall situation of the Sino-US relations.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 28 Oct 2021 | 5:00 am(NZT)



COVID remains the biggest challenge for Beijing 2022

Protecting the Beijing Winter Olympics from the coronavirus is the “biggest challenge,” organizers said yesterday, as people in some regions in China were under stay-at-home orders to contain small outbreaks 100 days before the Games. In February, the capital will become the world’s first host of the Summer and Winter Games, and last week welcomed the Olympic flame with a low-key ceremony. Case numbers remain relatively low in China, with only three reported in Beijing yesterday and small clusters of infections elsewhere. The Chinese government has maintained a zero-COVID approach. “The pandemic is the biggest challenge to the organization of the Winter Olympics,” Zhang Jiandong, executive vice president of the Beijing Organizing Committee, told a press conference. China’s strict rules “can reduce the risks and impact of COVID-19,” he said, adding that those in the Games’ stringent bubble, who do not comply with anti-epidemic measures, will face consequences including disqualification. Zhang told reporters that “all preparations are complete” and venues finished. Those who do not comply with the provisions in the epidemic prevention manual may face warnings and temporary or permanent cancelation of registration qualifications. For more severe violations, consequences such as expulsion from the Games and cancelation of qualifications will be incurred. Coming just six months after the pandemic-delayed Tokyo Summer Games, the Winter Olympics will be held in a “closed-loop” bubble. The estimated 2,900 athletes must be fully vaccinated or face 21 days’ quarantine upon arrival. Some of the 2008 Summer Games venues will be used during the winter spectacle, including the “Bird’s Nest” national stadium for the opening and closing ceremonies. But only people living in China will be allowed to buy tickets to attend the Games, which run from February 4 to 20. Officials in Hebei, which neighbors Beijing, said yesterday that the province was building mobile labs to handle up to 40,000 samples for daily COVID-19 tests during the Games. China reported 50 new domestic cases on Tuesday. The northwestern Ningxia region, which has recorded 14 new cases since Saturday, closed nearly 800 schools and authorities said they would test 3.5 million people in the regional capital Yinchuan for a second time. Northwest China’s Gansu Province has decided to put off its qualification examination for primary and secondary school teachers, the provincial education department said yesterday.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 28 Oct 2021 | 5:00 am(NZT)

US raises bogey of security again to ban China Telecom

THE United States on Tuesday banned China Telecom from operating in the country citing “significant” national security concerns, further straining already tense relations between the two countries. The Federal Communications Commission ordered China Telecom Americas to discontinue its services within 60 days, ending a nearly 20-year operation in the United States. The firm’s “ownership and control by the Chinese government raise significant national security and law enforcement risks,” the FCC said in a statement. It claimed that it gives opportunities for China “to access, store, disrupt, and/or misroute US communications, which in turn allow them to engage in espionage and other harmful activities against the United States.” The announcement came hours after Chinese Vice Premier Liu He and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen held a video call, with discussions on trade that China described as “pragmatic, candid and constructive.” “The FCC’s decision is disappointing,” China Telecom spokesman Ge Yu said in an e-mail, according to Bloomberg News. “We plan to pursue all available options while continuing to serve our customers.” There was no response to an e-mail sent to the press contact at the Chinese embassy in Washington. Tuesday’s announcement ramped up concerns about further measures against Chinese tech firms and battered shares in such firms listed in New York. The selling continued in Hong Kong with the Hang Seng tech Index losing more than 3 percent. China Telecom is China’s largest fixed-line operator, and its shares jumped some 20 percent in August in its Shanghai stock debut. But it has faced turbulence in the United States for years, particularly during Trump’s presidency. The company was delisted by the New York Stock Exchange in January along with fellow state-owned telecoms firms China Mobile and China Unicom. That followed a Trump executive order banning investments by Americans in a range of companies deemed to be supplying or supporting China’s military and security apparatus. The US Justice Department had already threatened to terminate China Telecom’s American dealings in April last year, saying US government agencies “identified substantial and unacceptable national security and law enforcement risks associated with China Telecom’s operations.” US regulators have also taken action against other Chinese telecoms, notably private giant Huawei. Trump’s White House in 2018 began an aggressive campaign to short-circuit the global ambitions of Huawei, cutting the tech giant off from key components and banning it from using Google’s Android services.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 28 Oct 2021 | 5:00 am(NZT)

Hong Kong passes new film censorship law

Authorities will have the power to ban films deemed to violate China's national security interests.

Source: BBC News - China | 27 Oct 2021 | 11:27 pm(NZT)

US revokes licence of top Chinese telecoms company

Washington has banned China Telecom from operating in America, citing "national security concerns".

Source: BBC News - China | 27 Oct 2021 | 5:46 am(NZT)

Titanium alloy to get a 3D boost

Researchers have proposed a 3D printing strategy to develop titanium alloy with high strength and plasticity, according to a recent report in the journal Science.The inhomogeneity of composition in metallic materials is often regarded as a major defect. But, researchers have found the inhomogeneity of composition to a certain extent contributes to the fabrication of unique heterogeneous microstructure, which can improve materials’ mechanical properties.They used the 3D printing approach by combining two common alloy powders and achieved micrometer-scale concentration modulations of the elements, China Science Daily reported.This is a metastable titanium alloy with a lava-like microstructure, it quoted Chain-Tsuan Liu, an academician with the Chinese Academy of Engineering saying.The unique microstructure helps the alloy achieve high uniform deformation ability, high strength and low density.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 27 Oct 2021 | 5:00 am(NZT)

China, US hold talks on trade, bilateral relations

CHINA’S Vice Premier Liu He spoke with US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen yesterday via video call and talked about the macroeconomic situation and bilateral relations, according to a statement from China’s commerce ministry. The two sides conducted practical, candid, and constructive exchanges on macroeconomic situation and bilateral and multilateral cooperation. Both agreed that as the world’s economic recovery is at a critical juncture, it is important for China and the United States to strengthen macro policy communication and coordination. The Chinese side expressed concern over issues including the lifting of additional tariffs and sanctions by the US side and fair treatment of Chinese enterprises. Yellen “frankly raised issues of concern,” the US Treasury later said in a short separate statement, which did not elaborate on the concerns but added that Yellen looked forward to future discussions with Liu. Both sides said it was important for the two countries to strengthen communication and coordination on macroeconomic policies, according to the Chinese side’s readout. Liu, who has led China’s negotiations in Sino-US trade talks since former US President Donald Trump embarked on a trade war with China, has held talks with both Yellen and US Trade Representative Katherine Tai earlier this year. Engagement between the trade and economic chiefs of the world’s largest economies has increased since Joe Biden became US president in January. Last week, the ministry said that the country would welcome a move by the US to lift tariffs on some Chinese goods, adding that the two sides should work together to create conditions for the implementation of the phase-one trade deal.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 27 Oct 2021 | 5:00 am(NZT)

National status for key range

A plan to transform the core area of the Qinling Mountains, a natural boundary between China’s north and south, into a national park has been approved by the country’s national park authorities.The planned national park, slated to be completed by 2025, will cover the core ecological area of the mountain ecosystem, according to the forestry authority in northwest China’s Shaanxi Province.The Qinling Mountains are known as China’s gene bank of wild biology as they house a huge variety of plants and wild animals.Dang Shuangren, director of the Shaanxi forestry and grassland bureau, said that the establishment of the national park is of great significance for biodiversity protection.China’s national park administration is expected to establish a coordination and promotion mechanism with the Shaanxi government in the preparatory work to build the Qinling national park.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 27 Oct 2021 | 5:00 am(NZT)

Kim sends wreath for Chinese martyrs

KIM Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, has sent a wreath to the cemetery of the martyrs of the Chinese People’s Volunteers in Hoechang County, South Phyongan Province, the Korean Central News Agency reported yesterday. The wreath was sent on Monday by Kim on behalf of all Korean people and was laid before the cemetery of CPV martyrs on the occasion of the 71st anniversary of China’s sending the CPV to the War to Resist US Aggression and Aid Korea, the KCNA said. The historic significance of the CPV’s entry into the Korean front, which clearly manifested the friendship and great unity between the peoples of the two countries, remains unchanged as it is even after the lapse of more than 70 years, and it is immortal in the annals of bilateral friendship, the report said. Strategic decision “The Chinese government made a strategic decision of dispatching the CPV to the Korean front under the banner of resisting America and aiding Korea, safeguarding the home and defending the motherland despite the very difficult situation,” Kim was quoted as saying. China also “rendered disinterested revolutionary assistance and won the great victory in the war, with the united forces of the peoples and armies of the two countries, and thus defended the security of the two countries,” Kim said. The aid “wrote a brilliant page in the history of the DPRK-China friendship with blood and life,” Kim said. The Korean people, he said, will never forget the blood shed by the Chinese People’s Volunteers and the DPRK-China friendship sealed in blood would be further consolidated without any changes from generations to generations. Besides, the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea and the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK also sent their wreaths, according to the report.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 27 Oct 2021 | 5:00 am(NZT)

High-tech help for Winter Games team

In a laboratory at the Beijing Institute of Technology, two researchers put electrodes on the skin of a volunteer’s upper limbs and ask him to wave his arms, while the electrical signals are displayed in real time on a large monitor.“This device is used in the physical training of Winter Olympic athletes,” said Huo Bo, a professor at the School of Astronautics at BIT.”“The electrodes are attached to certain parts of the skin to measure the condition of muscle activation during exercise. We can evaluate their muscle strength based on the device. Real coaches can help athletes do a more precise, refined and targeted workout using our report as a reference.”In 2018, Huo and his research team undertook a project led by China’s Ministry of Science and Technology to develop technologies catering to Chinese athletes gearing up for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.The electrodes are part of their self-developed smart training management system that provides personalized and intelligent training assistance for ski jumping, bobsledding and several other Winter Olympic events.The system includes multiple sets of high-speed cameras that can be installed in training fields to collect real-time three-dimensional posture parameters of athletes and ultra-thin pressure insoles with sensors to measure ground reaction force.Huo said the technology enables athletes and coaches to better gauge how each player is performing, maximizing the effectiveness of their training and furthering their progress.Jiang Liang, a member of Huo’s team and a doctoral student at the BIT’s School of Astronautics, said: “The application of quantitative testing and analysis in training did not come as a ‘big star’ at the very beginning for the athletes.“Our team had to translate technical terms and mechanical vocabularies into sports-related language so they could get familiar with the intelligent system gradually.”

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 27 Oct 2021 | 5:00 am(NZT)

Lanzhou reports 6 new cases, under lockdown

CHINA placed a city of four million under lockdown yesterday in a bid to stamp out a domestic coronavirus spike, with residents told not to leave home except in emergencies. Yesterday’s fresh restrictions came as China reported 29 new domestic infections, including six cases in Lanzhou, the provincial capital of northwestern province Gansu. Residents of Lanzhou will be required to stay at home, authorities said in a statement. Officials added the “entry and exit of residents” would be strictly controlled and limited to essential supplies or medical treatment. Bus and taxi services had already been suspended in the city, and state media said yesterday that Lanzhou station had suspended more than 70 trains, including key routes to major cities like Beijing and Xi’an. Flights to Lanzhou were also being canceled, with a Southern Airlines representative telling AFP that all their flights from Beijing’s Daxing airport to Lanzhou were canceled due to public safety, without any date given to resume. China’s latest outbreak has been linked to the contagious Delta variant, with the tally from the latest outbreak hitting 198 cases since October 17. Health officials have warned that more infections may emerge as testing is ramped up in the coming days to fight the outbreak. Strict stay-at-home orders have already been imposed on tens of thousands of people in northern China. Mass testing is underway in 11 provinces and authorities have suspended inter-provincial tour groups. While the country’s case numbers are extremely low compared with elsewhere in the world, authorities are determined to stamp out the latest outbreak with the Winter Olympics just over 100 days away. Those deemed to have failed in controlling COVID-19 are often dismissed from their posts or punished. Xinhua news agency reported yesterday that the party secretary of Ejin Banner in the northern Inner Mongolia region had been sacked “due to poor performance and implementation in epidemic prevention and control.” The city has also been hit by the latest wave which has mostly spread in northern areas in China. Six other officials were punished for their “slack response” to the latest flare-up, and a local police bureau deputy director was removed from the position. Beijing police have launched three criminal investigations into alleged COVID-19 safety breaches, deputy director of the city’s public security bureau said on Sunday.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 27 Oct 2021 | 5:00 am(NZT)

Ancient Zhonglou Street returned to its glory days

After a year and a half of renovations and upgrades, Zhonglou Street, which brings back childhood memories for many in Taiyuan, capital of north China’s Shanxi Province, announced its comeback around mid-September.Holding on to her cane tightly, a 76-year-old senior surnamed Su plodded along the old street through the rain. Passing by every old type of architecture gave Su flashbacks to her younger years.“In 1979, I held a banquet for my parents at this restaurant on the street after I got married. It just stayed the way it was back then,” Su said. She pointed at a hotel, which has had some interior decor updates. Yet, the exterior facade remained the same.“We will come to the restaurant to have a reunion dinner when it is your father and I’s 50th wedding anniversary,” Su told her daughter.Zhonglou (Bell Tower) Street has a centuries-long history dating back to as early as the Song (960-1279) and Yuan (1271-1368) dynasties, and since then has transformed into one of the city’s busiest commercial strips.Before the COVID-19 outbreak, the ancient street had more than 20 million annual visitors, according to Zhang Lufang from the culture and tourism bureau of the city’s Yingze District.More than just a crib for the local business boom, Zhonglou is home to more than 20 cultural relics protection units and many time-honored Chinese brands. Many of the shops on the street may be unknown, but they have been there for nearly a century.However, timeworn facilities and the frequent traffic jam put a drag on the street during Taiyuan’s rapid development over the decades.Yang Dong, deputy director of the commerce bureau of Yingze District, a native of Taiyuan, recalls the former Zhonglou being a place with “thick wires in the sky, rife with pits and-pots on the ground, which burdened all the store staff with worries.” The thick overhead wires crisscrossed the street almost arbitrarily, making it more difficult to renovate and upgrade the aging roads.In April 2020, the city launched an upgrade. Li Hui, Party secretary of Yingze District, where the street is located, said that 25 alleys and 32 historical buildings along the street had been renovated.The overall planning and operation was conducted by local professionals.Ancient Zhonglou has now turned into a 700-meter pedestrian street, spacious and clean, full of buildings with original and historical features.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 27 Oct 2021 | 5:00 am(NZT)

China in quantum leap with computer

Chinese scientists have established a quantum computer prototype named “Jiuzhang 2.0” with 113 detected photons, achieving major breakthroughs in quantum computational speedup.In the study, Gaussian boson sampling, a classical simulation algorithm, was used to provide a highly efficient way of demonstrating quantum computational speedup in solving some well-defined tasks.With 113 detected photons, “Jiuzhang 2.0” can implement large-scale GBS septillion times faster than the world’s fastest existing supercomputer and 10 billion times faster than its earlier version, “Jiuzhang.” In short, it would take the fastest supercomputer about 30 trillion years to solve a problem that “Jiuzhang 2.0” can solve in just 1 millisecond.The study, led by renowned quantum physicist Pan Jianwei, was published online in the journal Physical Review Letters on Monday.Inspired by the concept of light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation, or LASER, the team developed a stimulated squeezed light source with high brightness and simultaneously near-unity purity and efficiency for scalable GBS.In December 2020, the researchers established the quantum computer prototype “Jiuzhang” through which up to 76 photons were detected, achieving quantum computational advantage.Its quantum computing system can implement large-scale GBS 100 trillion times faster than the world’s fastest existing supercomputer.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 27 Oct 2021 | 5:00 am(NZT)

President Xi Jinping marks China's 50th anniversary at UN

Taiwan lost its seat at the UN after China gained membership in 1971.

Source: BBC News - China | 26 Oct 2021 | 2:20 pm(NZT)



Mapping path to carbon neutrality

Chinese authorities have unveiled a guiding document to achieve carbon peaking and carbon neutrality goals under the new development philosophy, laying out key specific targets and measures for the coming decades.By 2030, China’s carbon dioxide emissions will peak, stabilize and then decline, and by 2060, China will be carbon neutral and have fully established a green, low-carbon and circular economy, it says, reiterating the country’s previous pledge.“We are firmly committed to a green, low-carbon and high-quality development path that gives primacy to ecological civilization,” says the document titled “Working Guidance for Carbon Dioxide Peaking and Carbon Neutrality in Full and Faithful Implementation of the New Development Philosophy.”The document, jointly released on Sunday by the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the State Council, outlines five major tasks, including creating a green, low-carbon and circular economy, improving energy efficiency, increasing the share of non-fossil energy consumption, lowering CO2 emissions and boosting the carbon sink capacity of ecosystems.China aims to gradually increase the share of non-fossil energy consumption to around 20 percent by 2025, around 25 percent by 2030, and over 80 percent by 2060.In 2019, non-fossil energy accounted for 15.3 percent of total energy consumption, up 5.6 percentage points from 2012. By 2025, carbon dioxide emissions per unit of GDP will be lowered by 18 percent from the 2020 level, and by 2030 will have dropped more than 65 percent from the 2005 level.By 2025, China’s energy consumption per unit of GDP will be 13.5 percent lower than the 2020 level, forest coverage will have reached 24.1 percent, and the forest stock volume will have risen to 18 billion cubic meters.By 2030, China’s total installed capacity of wind and solar power will reach over 1,200 gigawatts, forest coverage will have reached about 25 percent, and the forest stock volume will have reached 19 billion cubic meters.By 2060, China will have fully established a clean, low-carbon, safe and efficient energy system, with energy efficiency reaching the advanced international level, according to the guideline.“These targets are set in light of China’s development stage and own situation, and indicate that China will complete the world’s most dramatic reduction in carbon emission intensity, and realize carbon neutrality from carbon peaking in the shortest time in global history,” said an official with the National Development and Reform Commission.Compared with developed countries, China faces a relatively tight window to reach carbon neutrality after CO2 emissions peak and is in urgent need of enhancing top-level design, the official said.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 26 Oct 2021 | 5:00 am(NZT)

Adventurous Italian pilot flying high

It was nearly midnight when Diego Benedetto, an Italian pilot working with China Eastern, flew back to Wuhan from Beijing at the end of a busy week.After all the passengers had exited the Boeing 737, Benedetto powered off the control panel and walked out of the cockpit, which he considers the best office in the world.Having been a pilot for more than 40 years, Benedetto settled in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, capital of Hubei Province, in 2018. He flies four to five days a week, with his schedule changing each week. Benedetto embraces the erratic timetable.“The only constant thing in my life is change. But I think that the more we embrace change, the more comfortable we are in life,” said the 59-year-old. “And, please don’t tell my company, but I would fly for free because I love it!”As China’s airline sector took off over the past decade, flying schools in the country were unable to recruit and train enough pilots. According to the Civil Aviation Administration of China, between 2010 and 2019, the number of foreign captains flying with Chinese airlines more than doubled to over 1,500. And Benedetto is one of the many who grabbed a new career opportunity here.It’s a long way from homeWhen Benedetto, who had been an air force pilot and then worked for commercial airlines in Europe and the Middle East, thought about his next job in his 50s, the country over 8,000 kilometers away from his hometown came to his mind.“I wanted to work in a place where the economy is good and where there would be no crisis. China seemed to be the best place for me,” said Benedetto. After a long hiring procedure and a thorough inspection in Wuhan in 2017, he moved to the city with his family the next year.“The salary here in China is higher than other places, but they really expect top performance, always top level. And it is matching my way of thinking and doing. So I accepted the challenge,” Benedetto said.Before every flight, Benedetto and his colleagues have to do an alcohol test and get their blood pressure checked. And every six months, they have to take a series of examinations in a simulator that lasts for four hours each time.“Here in China, everybody puts a lot of energy into their work and life, so I want to do my best. I really like it here,” he said.“I hope to stay here as long as possible.”

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 26 Oct 2021 | 5:00 am(NZT)

Buildings of China star in HK show

An exhibition highlighting the long history of Chinese architecture and the great achievements of Chinese construction in the new era was unveiled yesterday at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center.Chief Executive of China’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Carrie Lam and Lu Xinning, deputy head of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the HKSAR, delivered speeches at the opening, which was attended by well-known architectural experts from the mainland and Hong Kong, university presidents, and celebrities from different walks of life.Using historical photos, construction models and multimedia content, the show is expected to bring Hong Kong residents an interactive experience of China’s unique architectural beauty as well as advanced construction technologies.The exhibition features a number of landmarks, including the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, the Hong Kong International Airport and world-class skyscrapers.Running through Saturday, the exhibition celebrates the 72nd anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China and the 24th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to the motherland, as the latest part of “The Spirit of the Times Shines upon Hong Kong” activity series.It is co-hosted by the HKSAR government, the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the HKSAR, and the China State Construction Engineering Corporation.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 26 Oct 2021 | 5:00 am(NZT)

Kids boost demand for sci-fi

China’s push for technological innovation has been accompanied by a widespread fascination with science fiction in recent years, and now the children’s sci-fi industry is booming.At the 2021 Children’s Science Fiction Conference in southwest China’s Chongqing City on Friday, prizes were handed out at the first annual Xingyun (Nebula) Awards for children’s science fiction, drawing attention to the sector’s growing economic significance.The market value of China’s sci-fi peripheral products amounted to 1.35 billion yuan (US$210.83 million) in 2019, according to a report by the China Science Fiction Research Center of the China Research Institute for Science Popularization, together with the Research Center for Science and Human Imagination at the Southern University of Science and Technology.The market value of sci-fi-themed peripheral products, mostly children’s sci-fi toys, including toy guns, shape-shifting robots and building blocks, was 850 million yuan in 2019, accounting for 63 percent of the total sci-fi peripheral product market, the report said.“Children’s sci-fi is becoming the focus for literary creation and incubation,” said Dong Renwei, a sci-fi writer and founder of the Nebula Awards.“As time advances, the scientific fantasies that people read about in their childhood will become more and more real,” said Liu Cixin, a renowned sci-fi writer in China and chairman of the awards’ organizing committee. “Compared with fairy tales and other fantasy literature, sci-fi has a more profound influence on the future of young readers.”Liu said that children’s sci-fi is a literary genre full of vitality, and its position in both sci-fi and children’s literature is irreplaceable.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 26 Oct 2021 | 5:00 am(NZT)

Beijing steps up COVID curbs as Games nears

CHINA’S latest COVID-19 outbreak has forced Beijing to delay its annual marathon race and step up other curbs, as the sprawling city and neighboring Hebei Province go into high gear in their preparations for the 2022 Winter Olympics Games. China reported 35 new domestically transmitted cases for Sunday, official data showed yesterday. Beijing accounted for 14 of the 168 cases reported between October 17-24. National health officials warned on Sunday that the latest cluster, caused by the highly transmissible Delta variant and involving many carriers who recently traveled across some provinces, is increasingly likely to expand further. Beijing has banned the entry of people from other cities with cases, and closed indoor venues such as some chess and card parlors, even in districts without infections. In Hebei, which has reported only three local confirmed cases so far in the ongoing flare-up, people commuting between two county-level areas and the Beijing city are required to show proof of employment and negative test results within seven days of travel. Baoding city in Hebei said it required people who intend to visit venues of Winter Olympics events in Beijing and in Hebei’s Zhangjiakou City to have proof of negative test results within 48 hours. Baoding reported two local asymptomatic infections for October 21, which China counts separately from confirmed cases. A few cities in Hebei, including those without local infections, have advised residents not to leave town for unnecessary reasons. In Hebei’s capital Shijiazhuang City, a marathon race was delayed after one local case was found for October 23. Ejin Banner, a small division in the autonomous Inner Mongolia region and one of the hardest-hit areas in the outbreak, has asked residents and travelers to stay indoors. It banned outbound travel last week. A few provinces and cities in China said they are starting to vaccinate children aged 3-11 against COVID-19, while 76 percent of China’s 1.4 billion population have already received complete doses and eligible people are getting one booster shot. Also, China published a playbook that outlines anti-COVID-19 measures for the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games. It specifies that a closed-loop management system will be applied during the Games. Participants can move freely inside the closed-loop area, traveling in dedicated vehicles between games venues and accommodation facilities, and between the three competition zones of Beijing, Yanqing and Zhangjiakou, explained Huang Chun, deputy director-general of the Pandemic Prevention and Control Office at the Beijing 2022 Organizing Committee. “The system will make sure everyone including athletes, press and other stakeholders in the closed-loop can perform the day-to-day activities essential to their roles during the Games, and at the same time separate them from the general public or anyone outside of the closed-loop,” said Wang Quanyi, deputy director of Public Health Office of the Games Service Department of BOCOG. “There will be food and beverages catered for culturally diverse backgrounds, licensed product stores, fitness centers and entertainment centers to ensure participants a comfortable stay inside the closed-loop,” he added.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 26 Oct 2021 | 5:00 am(NZT)

Ban lauds China’s contributions to UN

“China has made substantial contributions to realizing the ideals of the United Nations,” former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said. “The restoration of the lawful seat of the People’s Republic of China was a landmark event in the history of the UN,” Ban said. “The United Nations became a universal organization in terms of its size and contents by the restoration of the seat by China,” he added. During his 10-year tenure as secretary-general, Ban witnessed the occurrence of many important events, with the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals among the most significant global affairs. “These were possible in large part with the strong leadership and involvement of China under the leadership of President Xi Jinping. The most crucially important contribution of China was its strong commitment to fighting against climate change,” Ban said. China played “a decisive role” in the negotiation process of the Paris Agreement in December 2015, Ban said, expressing his gratitude for China’s contribution in accelerating the process of ratifying the agreement. Recalling that Xi took the initiative of inviting him and then US President Barack Obama to Hangzhou in September 2016, he said the two leaders presented him with their respective instrument of joining the Paris Agreement. “It was a very meaningful event which encouraged other countries to follow suit of China and the United States to ratify the Paris Agreement,” Ban said. “Had it not been President Xi Jinping’s initiative, we would not have the Paris Agreement on climate change even now,” he added. China’s commitment to carbon neutrality before 2060 has also sent an encouraging signal to other countries, he said. China not only has made a substantial contribution to obtaining the targets of the Millennium Development Goals, but also has been playing a crucial role in implementing the SDGs, Ban said. Referring to China’s achievements in lifting the Chinese people above the abject poverty line, he said it encouraged other developing countries to do the same. Pointing out that the world is facing serious challenges, Ban called for multilateral cooperation and urged world leaders to be more active in nurturing multilateralism.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 26 Oct 2021 | 5:00 am(NZT)

Xi: China will stay true to UN ideals

FIFTY years ago, on October 25, the lawful seat of the People’s Republic of China was restored in the United Nations, marking a milestone event in the history of the international organization. Starting a new course of China’s UN story this year, the country has vowed that it will stay true to its original aspiration after the vicissitudes of the past half-century, calling for joint efforts to build a community with a shared future for mankind. China has always been a builder of world peace, a contributor to global development and a defender of the international order, said President Xi Jinping in his speech at a commemorative meeting marking the historical event yesterday. Reviewing China’s glorious journey with the UN, the president termed the restoration of PRC’s seat in the UN a victory for the people of China as well as the world. It came as the result of joint efforts of all peace-loving countries that stood up for justice in the world and marked the return of the Chinese people, or some one-fourth of the world’s population, back to the UN stage, which had far-reaching significance, he said. The past 50 years have witnessed China’s peaceful development and its commitment to the welfare of all mankind, he added. This year, China accomplished a complete victory in its fight against absolute poverty, realized the goal of building a moderately prosperous society in all respects and embarked on a new journey toward building a modern socialist country. Since the restoration of its lawful seat in the UN in 1971, China has been playing a more active role in international affairs. For instance, as the world’s largest developing country and one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, China has sent over 50,000 peacekeepers to UN peacekeeping operations and is the second-largest financial contributor to both the UN and UN peacekeeping operations. Urging all to follow the prevailing trend of history, President Xi stressed the importance of opposing all forms of hegemony, power politics, unilateralism and protectionism. “We should vigorously advocate peace, development, equity, justice, democracy and freedom, which are the common values of humanity, and work together to provide the right guiding philosophy for building a better world,” he said. He then emphasized the building of a community with a shared future for mankind — the country’s flagship vision to collectively address current global challenges. People across the world are living in a “community of a shared future,” Xi told the world for the first time in his speech in Moscow on March 23, 2013. Yesterday, he elaborated that building a community with a shared future for mankind does not mean replacing one system or civilization with another. “Instead, it is about countries with different social systems, ideologies, histories, cultures and levels of development coming together for shared interests, shared rights and shared responsibilities in global affairs, and creating the greatest synergy for building a better world,” he said. Highlighting the need for having mutual benefits and win-win results, he said development is meaningful only when it is for the people’s well-being and can sustain only when it is motivated by the people. Last month, Xi had proposed a Global Development Initiative to steer development around the world towards more balanced, coordinated and inclusive growth in the face of the severe shocks of COVID-19.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 26 Oct 2021 | 5:00 am(NZT)

China postpones Beijing marathon due to Covid surge

Around 30,000 people were expected to take part in the marathon on October 31.

Source: BBC News - China | 25 Oct 2021 | 4:31 pm(NZT)

How China’s past shapes Xi's thinking - and his view of the world

Heightened tensions with Taiwan has the world wondering where President Xi Jinping sees China on the world stage.

Source: BBC News - China | 25 Oct 2021 | 12:59 pm(NZT)

New outbreak cancels Wuhan Marathon

The Wuhan Marathon, which had been due to take place yesterday, has been postponed at short notice as worries increase over a coronavirus resurgence. China reported 26 new domestic COVID-19 cases yesterday. Authorities have been racing to contain virus infections via mass testing of residents and targeted lockdowns. But with the rise in cases, organizers of the Wuhan Marathon said in a statement released late last week that they would postpone the event in the central Chinese city “to prevent the risk of epidemic spread.” The event was expected to have 26,000 participants, taking part in races including a full marathon and half marathon, in the city where coronavirus was first identified towards the end of 2019, state media reported. The organizing committee said it would refund the registration fees of contestants who successfully signed up.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 25 Oct 2021 | 5:00 am(NZT)

China's hypersonic missile: Could it spark a new arms race?

China's firing of a new nuclear-capable missile carried on a glider has raised questions about a US response.

Source: BBC News - China | 24 Oct 2021 | 12:17 pm(NZT)

What's next after the release of Meng Wanzhou?

Ms Meng and the two Canadian Michaels are home - but will the relations with China ever be the same?

Source: BBC News - China | 24 Oct 2021 | 12:14 pm(NZT)

China seeks to lift homework pressures on schoolchildren

A new law urges parents to allow children time for rest and exercise, and restrict time spent online.

Source: BBC News - China | 24 Oct 2021 | 12:02 am(NZT)

Biden says US will defend Taiwan if China attacks

His comments are an apparent departure from the long-held US position of "strategic ambiguity".

Source: BBC News - China | 22 Oct 2021 | 9:27 pm(NZT)

Li Yundi: China's 'Piano Prince' detained for hiring prostitute

Observers said his detention could be seen as a warning to other "immoral" celebrities.

Source: BBC News - China | 22 Oct 2021 | 6:32 pm(NZT)

Enes Kanter: Boston Celtics star under fire for Xi Jinping comments

Enes Kanter calls China's leader a "brutal dictator", while Beijing accuses him of seeking attention.

Source: BBC News - China | 22 Oct 2021 | 8:34 am(NZT)

Squid's Victory? China streaming site accused of copying Squid Game

Chinese streaming site Youku said that it was just a "draft" poster, but netizens weren't convinced.

Source: BBC News - China | 21 Oct 2021 | 9:14 pm(NZT)

China: The patriotic 'ziganwu' bloggers who attack the West

Their scathing posts have shot them to fame amid rising nationalist fervour - but they toe a fine line.

Source: BBC News - China | 21 Oct 2021 | 12:14 pm(NZT)

Produce Pandas: The plus-size musicians making waves in China

As stars are criticised for being image-obsessed, more relatable celebrities have become popular.

Source: BBC News - China | 15 Oct 2021 | 12:48 pm(NZT)

Climate change: Tracking China's steel addiction in one city

The BBC travels to Wuzhou to see how cities are grappling with climate targets and a "build" mantra.

Source: BBC News - China | 8 Oct 2021 | 12:33 pm(NZT)

China: Big spender or loan shark?

China hands out twice as much development cash as the US - mostly high-interest loans from state banks.

Source: BBC News - China | 29 Sep 2021 | 5:03 pm(NZT)










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