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.

China suspends flights to and from UK in wake of new virus strain

Taking into account the practices of other countries, China has decided to suspend flights between China and the UK due to the new virus strain, Chinese Foreign Ministry announced.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/24 15:30:45

China to intensify crackdown on drunk driving ahead of holiday season

Chinese police will launch a national campaign against driving under the influence of alcohol as the New Year and Spring Festival holiday season approaches, the China Police Daily reported on Thursday.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/12/24 15:06:59

Cultural venues in China to become more senior-friendly

China has urged its cultural venues and tourist attractions to improve their infrastructure and services to be more friendly to the elderly, according to a circular from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/12/24 15:03:47

Chinese drug regulators accept application for Sinopharm vaccine rollout

China approved the country's leading vaccine producer Sinopharm's application for market rollout of its COVID-19 vaccines on Thursday, which marks China's first approval for a vaccine to combat the coronavirus.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/24 14:59:52

China sees over 35 bln kg of annual grain loss before consumption: report

China sees over 35 billion kg of grain loss at pre-consumption stages including storage, transportation and processing, says a report.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/12/24 14:21:10

Sinovac may further optimize its vaccines before releasing efficacy data

Sinovac Biotech Ltd may further optimize its vaccines in late-stage clinical trials and release efficacy data along with results obtained from Indonesia and Turkey in 15 days to meet the increasing international demand for its vaccines, Chinese experts said on Thursday, after Brazil postponed the release of detailed data on the effectiveness of the vaccines co-developed by the Sao Paulo-based Butantan Institute.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/24 13:59:22

Boarding with caution

Cases of people coming to China with forged COVID-19 test reports have occasionally happened this year, inconveniencing China's epidemic prevention and control work. In the face of sporadic imported positive cases, Chinese authorities have recently tightened requirements for passengers flying in from several countries and regions including the US and the UK, where the pandemic remains serious or is worsening.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/23 23:39:14

China-Russia strategic ties to be strengthened, sending strong signal to new US govt

China and Russia recently sent strong messages, through moves such as having joint aerial strategic patrols and criticizing US unilateralism together, to the US when the Trump administration is setting obstacles for the incoming Biden government to repair US relations with other countries.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/23 22:18:39

Update: Sinovac's COVID-19 vaccine 'effective' in Brazil trials, though results release postponed

The government of São Paulo announced on Wednesday that CoronaVac is over 50 percent effective, but has again postponed the release of detailed data on the effectiveness of the vaccine developed by the Sao Paulo-based Butantan Institute in partnership with the Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinovac.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/23 20:09:52

PLA Navy's pilot recruitment program enters new phase as demand on the rise

The annual pilot recruitment program of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy recently entered a new phase, in which candidates' physical and psychological potential will be put to test.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/23 22:57:48

China begins vaccination sign-ups

Signing up to receive the vaccine against COVID-19 has begun in China, as the Global Times has learned that hospitals, schools, police stations and enterprises in Chinese cities are mobilizing people to take the shot against the resurgence of the epidemic.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/23 22:45:44

Seeking anti-epidemic aid from central government to HK 'a right decision to make'

As voices alleging that the government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) is seeking political ends in the fight against the epidemic, some representatives from the city expressed the hope of seeking nucleic acid tests and vaccine assistance from the central government amid the fourth wave of outbreak in the international business hub, saying it is “a right decision to make.”
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/23 22:33:30

China's high-speed rail pilots 'quiet carriages'

China is piloting “quiet carriages” that prohibit noisy passengers on some high-speed trains from Beijing to Shanghai and Chengdu to Chongqing from Thursday, which was welcome news to peace-seeking passengers and Chinese netizens.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/23 22:12:47