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.

GT investigates BBC report contradicting facts on Xinjiang 'forced labor' topics

For some anti-China forces, cotton has become the latest tool to hype "forced labor" topics in Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Citing a report of the infamous "scholar" Adrian Zenz, the BBC accused China of "forcing" Uygurs and people of other ethnic minority groups to pick cotton by hand. However, by visiting cotton farms and interviewing people working in cotton-related fields in southern Xinjiang, the Global Times found that machines have been widely applied in cotton planting and harvesting, with fewer workers needed, and there is no "forced labor" in related industries in Xinjiang.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/27 20:32:36

Vigilance urged against virus mutation, sporadic outbreaks as world yet to end pandemic

With more countries reporting coronavirus cases related to the new variant over the weekend and the world again escalating control measures, people are asking at the end of 2020: Will the world be mired again in a pandemic nightmare like the beginning of the year? Some senior Chinese public health experts say this prediction is unlikely because people are more prepared, while cautioning that vigilance amid a surge in sporadic outbreaks should not be relaxed.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/27 20:28:39

Easing constraints of foreign spouses can help solve gender imbalance, but risks, uncertainties remain

Fang and his Vietnamese wife live in a village in East China's Jiangxi Province. He drives a taxi in another county and only returns to his village on weekends. Even after five years of marriage, she's not entitled to hold a job. She passes the lonely weekdays tending the family's farm.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/27 20:08:40

Eligible personnel from China can enter Japan amid strict new entry ban

Although Japanese media reported that Japan vowed to suspend entry of foreign nationals over the new virus strain, the Global Times found the country has not shut the door to all foreigners, as some, including Chinese businesspeople, are still permitted to enter the country.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/27 19:53:39

Wuhan epidemic may also be related to cold-chain industry: whistleblower

"The epidemic in Wuhan possibly also has a lot to do with the cold chain," said Zhang Jixian, a doctor at the Hubei Provincial Hospital of Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine, who first reported cases of what was then called a "pneumonia of unknown origin," told the Global Times, noting that there "must be some correlation."
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/27 19:41:14

China amends national defense law, shows country's sense of global justice

After the approval of China's new amendment to the country's national defense law, China is expected to make itself heard more on global justice in addition to its own, and will play a unique role in safeguarding world peace at a time when evil forces are ravaging, Chinese experts said on Sunday.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/27 18:23:40

China suspends passenger flights with UK starting Monday

Regular passenger flights between China and the UK will be suspended from midnight on Monday until January 10, 2021 for epidemic prevention: Civil Aviation Administration of China.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/27 17:23:44

China's first COVID-19 department established to normalize future coronavirus' treatment

Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center has set up China's first COVID-19 department with closed-loop management in a bid to normalize the management and treatment of infectious diseases and ensure the novel coronavirus outbreak is put under control quickly as new variants emerge.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/27 17:23:39

Beijing districts, companies to enter into a state of emergency: official

Beijing officials require all districts, departments & companies to enter a state of emergency, adopt a more resolute attitude and stringent measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the municipality.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/27 16:41:52

COVID-19 patient attends graduate school entrance exam in hospital ward

An asymptomatic patient in Dalian, Northeast China's Liaoning Province, took a special graduate school entrance exam on Saturday in her hospital ward. It is the country's first test taken by a COVID-19 patient.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/27 13:42:04

7 dead in a knife attack in northeast China's Liaoning Province

At least seven people were killed, and seven others injured in a knife attack in Kaiyuan City of northeast China's Liaoning Province, local authorities said on Sunday.
Source: CGTN | 2020/12/27 13:28:03

Large gatherings during New Year holiday to be cancelled in Beijing

Beijing is expected to embrace a New Year holiday with reduced numbers of large-scale public activities and outbound travel, as the Chinese capital city faces a resurgence of sporadic cases.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/27 13:16:34

Beijing reports 13 COVID-19 cases in 3 districts in latest wave, source remains unknown

Beijing reported five more COVID-19 cases and one asymptomatic case on Saturday, bringing the total number of confirmed infections since December 14 in the Chinese capital to 13. The source of the infections remains unknown, but some experts believe it may have been imported from overseas.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/27 10:55:08