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.

Man who inspired China becomes a headmaster motivating thousands of countryside children to chase their dreams

Now, a headmaster of Experimental High School in Wangmo county in Southwest China's Guizhou Province, Liu is using his abilities to help children living in poverty or difficulties to have more opportunities in education, which could change their fates.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/25 2:25:23

Sinovac's COVID-19 vaccine shows 91.25% efficacy in Turkey trials

Chinese vaccine producer Sinovac's inactivated COVID-19 vaccine CoronaVac shows 91.25 percent efficacy in Phase III clinical trials in Turkey, Turkish health ministry announced Thursday local time.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/25 1:01:24

More mutated coronavirus strains may emerge in future: health experts

The United Kingdom reported on Wednesday two COVID-19 cases infected by another new mutant variant first reported in South Africa on December 18.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/25 0:27:53

Taiwan to import problematic pork from US amid public dissent

The legislative body on the island of Taiwan, dominated by the secessionist Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), on Thursday approved nine acts related to the importation of ractopamine-enhanced pork from the US, amid strong dissent from more than 70 percent of the island's residents and a brawl from opposition parties.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/24 23:03:51

Couple required to pay over $100,000 penalty for violating two-child policy

One couple in Anyue county, Ziyang, Southwest China's Sichuan Province, were issued 718,080 yuan ($109,787) in penalties nearly 10 years after they had their seventh child, violating China's two-child policy.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/24 22:43:16

China halts flights with UK over mutated strain

Taking into account the practices of other countries, China on Thursday announced the suspension of flights to and from the UK due to a new coronavirus strain, the Chinese foreign ministry announced.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/24 22:03:40

Two Japanese obtain first batch of work permits for entrepreneurial foreign talents in Shanghai

Two Japanese talents on Thursday obtained the first batch of work permits released for entrepreneurial foreign talents in Pudong New Area, Shanghai, which aims to act as another incentive for foreign talents to start their businesses in China.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/24 21:43:07

UAE first country to roll out Chinese COVID-19 vaccine for mass use

The United Arab Emirates has become the world's first country to offer Chinese-developed COVID-19 vaccines to all citizens and residents for free as part of its efforts to achieve nationwide immunity against the coronavirus.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/24 21:33:39

UK, China launch new partnership to support developing countries under COVID-19 pandemic: British Embassy

The British Embassy in China revealed that the UK and China are launching a new partnership to support developing countries with the impact of COVID-19 improving their pandemic preparedness and stopping preventable deaths in mothers and children.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/24 21:12:04

China-Turkey extradition bill likely to focus on counter-terrorism cooperation, experts say

China is eyeing an extradition treaty with Turkey which experts believe will promote bilateral judicial cooperation and facilitate cracking down on transnational crimes, including terrorism.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/24 21:08:39

Improved J-11B fighter jet variant enters batch production: reports

An improved variant of China's J-11B aircraft has reportedly entered batch production, and experts said on Thursday that this type of heavy fighter jet has possibly received upgrades on its radar system that can increase its situational awareness and combat range.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/24 19:08:31

Beijing churches call off Christmas events after virus resurgence

Churches in downtown Beijing suspended festive events on Christmas Eve after a new asymptomatic COVID-19 case was reported in the Chinese capital on Thursday.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/24 18:57:41

China willing to assist with ill Australian expeditioner at Antarctic base: FM

China wishes a speedy recovery to the ill Australian expeditioner at the research station in the Antarctica, and is willing to extend a helping hand, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said on Thursday.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/24 17:50:17