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Calls to halt flights from UK grow as mutated virus' ability to evade human immune system improves rapidly

Chinese netizens called for flights from the UK to be halted after a new COVID-19 variant sweeping the south of the country caused public fear and chaos. Experts said more attention should be paid to customs inspections and it would be reasonable to limit flights from high-risk regions until more is known about the variant.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/21 15:28:34

China unveils new-era energy policy, pivoting to clean, renewable energy development

China on Monday unveiled a white paper on the country's energy development in the new era, which will prioritize non-fossil energy sources and push for the replacement of fossil fuels with renewable energy.
Source: | 2020/12/21 15:19:07

Hong Kong reports 74 new COVID-19 cases, 8,152 in total

Hong Kong's Center for Health Protection (CHP) reported 74 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, taking its total tally to 8,152.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/12/21 14:20:29

'Forced labor' rumors abuse Xinjiang workers' rights: officials reject West's slandering at rare Beijing press conference

A rare press conference was held in Beijing on Monday, where Xinjiang regional government officials and ordinary citizens clarified Western hype-up and rumors on Xinjiang-related issues, including "forced labor" and "building of re-education center."
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/21 11:46:27

Shanghai reports eight COVID-19 cases from Russia

Shanghai has recently seen more COVID-19 cases imported from Russia.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/21 11:28:39

Fosun's COVID-19 vaccine one step closer to hitting market

The Phase II clinical trial of the vaccine developed by Fosun Pharma has completed the enrollment of 960 subjects ahead of schedule and shown no serious side effects, bringing it a step closer to being sold on market.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/21 11:08:17

Death of Ezra Vogel a 'huge blow' amid China-US tensions

Ezra Vogel, a professor emeritus at Harvard University and a scholar on China, Japan and Asia studies, dies at 90, the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard said on Sunday.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/21 10:50:35

Middle school headmaster detained for beating, forcing student to disclose alleged sexual history

The principal of a middle school in Northwest China's Shaanxi Province was detained on Sunday for beating a female student and forcing her to write a self-criticism letter disclosing her "sexual history."
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/21 3:07:25

China is the world's largest vaccine producer in a market expected to reach $17.75 billion by 2030: industry forum

A forum on vaccine industry marketing was held on Saturday in Zhengzhou, Central China's Henan Province. Organized by the China Association for Vaccines, the forum attracted hundreds of enterprises, analysts, lawyers and scholars, who shared the latest information on the vaccine industry.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/21 1:42:52

Can China plant vegetables on the Moon? Soil samples brought back by Chang'e 5 triggers discussions online

Can China plant vegetables on the Moon? What can we plant? The questions triggered heated discussions online over the weekend after Chang'e 5 returned to Earth on Thursday with 1,731 grams of samples from the moon.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/21 1:10:42

Netflix buys rights to Chinese fantasy film 'The Yin-Yang Master' ahead of cinema debut

Global streaming giant Netflix has pinned down the oversea distribution rights for the highly anticipated Chinese costume fantasy film The Yin-Yang Master: Dream of Eternity, which was just premiered in Beijing on Wednesday and is set to hit Chinese mainland cinemas on Friday.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/21 0:39:53

21 years after returning to motherland, Macao sets example for neighboring HK

Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) celebrated its 21st anniversary since returning to the motherland on Sunday, with a flag-raising ceremony and a reception. The SAR Chief Executive credited Macao's achievements to the motherland, and vowed further integration.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/20 23:34:15

GT investigates: The mass vaccination countdown

The research and development process for a new vaccine usually takes at least a decade. But the deadly pandemic pushed the world to shorten the process to less than one year, which apparently increases the public's worries over the products' safety and efficacy. Can people accept such a hastily developed vaccine? Continue reading and let the evidence speak for itself.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/20 23:30:11

Former head of PBC suggests confiscated assets of corrupted officials be allocated for pension reserve fund

Responding to the growing pressure on China's pension reserves, a former bank official is calling for allocating a proportion of assets confiscated from corrupt officials and a proportion of land transfer fees to replenish pension reserves.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/20 23:13:47

Sinovac secures annual output of 300 million COVID-19 vaccine doses by end of year

China's leading vaccine maker Sinovac is working around the clock to prepare for mass production, with the first production line to secure 300 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine annually, the Global Times learned after an exclusive visit to the company's plant in Beijing.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/20 22:59:52

China unveils new foreign investment security review rules to align with intl practice

China unveiled new rules for reviewing foreign investment on security grounds over the weekend in a major move to align with global practice in regulating foreign investment in the military, key energy and information technology sectors, and financial services.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/20 22:38:39

Company ordered to apologize and pay 1 yuan in damages in first COVID-related information leak case

A court in Southwest China's Chongqing Municipality recently concluded the first case of infringement on citizens' privacy related to the COVID-19 epidemic, ordering a company that intentionally disclosed personal information to publish a written apology letter to the plaintiff, and pay 1 yuan ($0.15) in compensation for emotional damage.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/20 21:54:42

Chinese heroes KO US super heroine at mainland box office

As 2020 draws to an end, things are heating up at the Chinese mainland box office as two blockbuster films, The Rescue directed by Dante Lam, and Hollywood superhero film Wonder Woman 1984, were released on Friday. However, it remains to be seen if the two films will be enough to help the mainland box office break past the 20 billion yuan ($3.06 billion) mark in 2020.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/20 21:36:48