China's 'ghost towns' come to life thanks to urbanization and policies

High-rise apartment blocks, lakes, parks and long, straight roads but no people: These were typical post-apocalyptic Chinese "ghost towns" described by some Western media, but they could be the start of new cities and development miracles.

Germany's UN envoy slammed by China over irresponsible comment on 'Two Michaels'

China's Deputy UN Ambassador Geng Shuang slammed Germany's UN envoy over his appeal for China to “release the two detained Canadians for Christmas.” “From the bottom of my heart: good riddance, Ambassador Heusgen,” said Geng.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/23 15:32:43

Resident finds dinosaur fossil in 'dinosaur home' Sichuan

A sauropod dinosaur fossil was found by a local resident while he was taking a walk near his home in Zigong — a city well-known as the “home of dinosaurs” — in Southwest China's Sichuan Province this week
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/23 15:03:39

New bishop ordained in N. China's Shanxi may be signal for accelerated appointments: observer

A new bishop was ordained in the diocese of Linfen, North China's Shanxi Province on Tuesday morning, marking the second appointed bishop after the renewal of a China-Vatican appointment agreement in late October.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/23 14:28:14

China, Russia FMs slam US sanctions in phone conversation

The more turbulent the world becomes, the more stable China-Russia relations should be, said Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in a phone conversation with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday, during which the two ministers also slammed the suppression by the US against the two countries.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/23 12:11:57

No radical change in Chinese migration trend despite pandemic and worsening foreign relations: analyst

China's overall international migration trend won't see a radical change despite the COVID-19 pandemic and increasingly harsh environment, said analysts, after a Chinese think tank released a report on Tuesday saying that Chinese migration has grown steadily in recent years.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/23 12:10:40

Imported cold-chain foods from a Wuhan Walmart store are disposed

A Walmart store in Wuhan, capital of Central China's Hubei Province, disinfected its store premises and disposed all its imported cold-chain foods after Walmart China ordered its orders to stop selling them, despite the foods testing negative for COVID-19.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/23 10:58:39

China, Russia hold second joint aerial strategic patrol, which could become 'routine'

The air forces of China and Russia held the second joint aerial strategic patrol in the Asia-Pacific region on Tuesday, the two countries' defense ministries simultaneously announced on the day, following the first one in 2019.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/22 23:56:50

China's second Type 075 amphibious assault ship starts first sea trial: reports

China's second Type 075 amphibious assault ship reportedly embarked on its first sea trial on Tuesday, just eight months after its April launch.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/22 23:41:00

Coronavirus might be re-released years into the future after long-term survival in freezing temperatures in the Antarctic: immunologist

After ravaging the world for almost a year, the coronavirus has finally made it to the Antarctic, which was considered “the world's safest place.” A Chinese virologist warns that the continent's freezing temperatures are suitable for the long-term survival of the coronavirus that could be re-released to the rest of the world years into the future.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/22 23:35:34

Vaccine not a panacea to haul the West out of pandemic crisis

As European countries have ramped up their lockdown measures amid a resurgence of COVID-19 cases and the US broke the global record for daily new infections on Friday with more than 400,000 cases, China is moving on with vaccine research and development (R&D) under control as Chinese vaccine producer Sinovac is one step closer to vaccine approval in Brazil after being issued a good manufacturing practices (GMP) certification on Monday.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/22 22:53:40

Biden should reciprocate Beijing's goodwill on fixing ties as early as possible, analysts say

It is less than a month to go for US President Donald Trump, yet he and his administration continue to ratchet up confrontations with China, with the latest targeting companies with possible military connections and hitting Chinese officials with new visa restrictions.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/22 22:29:25

Japan's record-high defense budget won't pose actual threat to China: experts

Chinese military experts said on Tuesday that the recent increase in Japan's defense budget for a ninth straight year will not pose any actual threat to China, as Japan is still intimidated by the strong, all-round military competitiveness of its neighbor, and is unlikely to make audacious moves toward China.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/22 21:07:36

NPC reviews draft law on food waste, banning popular eating show

China's top legislature on Tuesday reviewed draft legislation against food waste in Beijing, which would ban popular eating shows and require governments above the county level to establish food banks.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/22 20:43:33