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.

Restrictive measures may be taken for flights from S.Africa amid fears of new strain

The Chinese mainland is likely to follow the international trend in suspending flights to and from South Africa, which has been hit hard by COVID-19, predicted Chinese medical and public health experts, who worry that a new variant of the coronavirus being reported there may bring risks and uncertainties to China's generally stable epidemic situation.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/25 21:38:40

China ramps up COVID-19 restrictions ahead of two major festivals

Western countries have been gripped by the coronavirus nightmare since before Christmas with mega-cities being locked down, flights halted and daily new cases continuing to break records, a familiar scene to many Chinese who experienced the nation's early COVID-19 outbreak during its largest festival in 2020. With the Spring Festival holidays fast approaching, Chinese officials, health experts and residents were confident that China, with its sufficient experience, preparation and strict measures in viral control, will not see the coronavirus nightmare repeat again during the Spring Festival holidays in 2021.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/25 10:45:48

Anhui starts its emergency vaccination project amid sporadic local cases in China

Hefei city in East China's Anhui Province has started its emergency vaccination project on Thursday, local media revealed on Friday, amid sporadic outbreaks in China before the Spring Festival that includes family reunions in February.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/25 21:18:39

Beijing imposes fresh travel restrictions ahead of New Year holidays amid looming new COVID-19 surge

Beijing's COVID-19 epidemic prevention and control faces a major test with sporadic cases re-emerging and the New Year and Spring Festival holidays fast approaching, the Beijing government said on Friday, calling on companies not to arrange business trips outside of the capital and abroad and advising residents not leave the city during the Spring Festival holidays in addition to schools and companies staggering their holidays.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/25 20:58:39

Chinese like American culture, loathe US hegemony, hope Biden to fix bilateral ties: survey

After a series of frictions and struggles with the US in areas such as economy, trade, science and technology, as well as diplomacy and security, Chinese people have an unshakable consensus in opposition of US hegemony but they can still separate American culture and people from the government, according to a survey from the Global Times, with Chinese experts saying that this can lay the foundation for the two countries to fix relations in the future.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/25 20:03:29

China-Russia relations the most important bilateral ties with neighboring countries: GT survey

More than half of Chinese respondents view ties with Russia the most important ones in terms of China's relations with its neighboring countries, according to a poll from the Global Times.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/25 16:42:54

NE. China's Dalian tightens COVID-19 control amid latest cluster outbreak, collects 4.76 million samples for nucleic acid tests

The port city of Dalian, Northeast China's Liaoning Province, has tightened COVID-19 control measures and accelerated nucleic acid testing after entering "wartime mode" amid the latest local cluster outbreak, which brought 19 confirmed cases and 20 silent carriers between December 15 and 24.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/25 16:32:03

China reiterates 'joint efforts' in concluding China-EU investment treaty: FM

China on Friday has again stressed that "joint efforts" are needed to achieve a China-EU bilateral investment treaty (BIT), also called the Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI), calling on each side to meet each other halfway, as the pact will provide more opportunities and good institutional guarantees for bilateral investment.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/25 16:14:14

Over 70% respondents believe China's global image has improved, 'wolf warrior diplomacy' a necessary gesture: GT poll

A new Global Times poll has shown that over 70 percent of respondents believe that "wolf warrior diplomacy" is the diplomatic attitude that China should take, with 78 percent of interviewees believing that China's global image has improved in recent years.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/25 16:05:08

China to launch space station core cabinet by Spring 2021

China is set to launch the core cabinet of the country's first space station by spring 2021, Zhou Jianping, chief designer of China's manned space program, disclosed on Friday.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/25 15:46:32

US, Australia rapidly losing attraction among Chinese travelers: GT poll

US and Australia are losing their attraction among Chinese people, with fewer and fewer saying they would like to go to the two countries, while Japan is the top destination for Chinese travelers, shows a new poll.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/25 15:31:04

Mao's birthplace receives Shenzhou-10 manned spacecraft reentry capsule

The reentry capsule of Shenzhou-10 manned spacecraft was officially handed over to Shaoshan in Central China's Hunan Province—the birthplace of late Chinese leader Mao Zedong on Friday, a day ahead of the 127th anniversary of Mao's birth.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/25 11:30:08

Foreign domestic helpers stay in China amid COVID-19

The global spread of the COVID-19 is leaving an oversupply of foreign domestic helpers to the Chinese market at year end, as lots of overseas domestic workers chose to stay in China instead of returning home in the upcoming New Year related holidays, several housework agencies in Beijing and Shanghai told the Global Times Thursday.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/25 2:46:02