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China's central bank moves closer to issuing digital currency: insiders

China's central bank is one step closer to issuing its official digital currency. It seems the People's Bank of China (PBC), in collaboration with private companies, has completed development of the sovereign digital currency's basic function and is now drafting relevant laws to pave the way for its circulation, industry insiders said.
Source: Global Times | 2020/3/24 14:44:18

Xi says China backs Egypt's fight against COVID-19

Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Monday night that China supports Egypt's epidemic prevention and control efforts and stands ready to jointly fight the COVID-19 outbreak.
Source: Global Times | 2020/3/24 14:36:23

Wuhan, Hubei to lift lockdown, signaling China's win over COVID-19

Starting from March 25, cities outside Wuhan, Central China's Hubei Province, will lift the travel restrictions to other cities and resume normal transportation, local authority said on Tuesday.
Source: Global Times | 2020/3/24 13:51:42

Beijing adopts full quarantine and testing for inbound travelers

All people entering Beijing from overseas are requested to undergo quarantine for medical observations and take nucleic acid tests starting from Wednesday, the city said on Tuesday, responding to the increasing number of imported cases of the COVID-19.
Source: Global Times | 2020/3/24 12:53:40

'Zero growth' not 'risk-free'

It would be medically normal to see setbacks and report new cases of infection in Wuhan and Hubei Province, which have recorded zero new infections for five consecutive days, experts said, and encouraged the public to tolerate such case instead of blindly pursuing a quick elimination of new cases which may put too much pressure on local officials.
Source: Global Times | 2020/3/23 22:33:41

Bureaucracy can kill like a virus: official

Ye Qing, a deputy director of the Statistics Bureau of Central China's Hubei Province, has been recording the stories in Wuhan for 60 consecutive days since the city began to lock down on January 23.
Source: Global Times | 2020/3/23 23:38:40

Teenager detained after trying to break through COVID-19 checkpoint

A 15-year-old teenager in East China's Shandong Province was detained after he beat a checkpoint employee death, after he attempted to break through the checkpoint for COVID-19 prevention.
Source: Global Times | 2020/3/23 23:03:40

Scientific channel suspends updates after being criticized for posting incomplete Chinese map

The producer of a Chinese scientific program apologized on Monday for not including the island of Taiwan in its previous program on YouTube, in response to netizens' mounting criticism that the program did so to butter up foreign viewers.
Source: Global Times | 2020/3/23 22:48:40

Asymptomatic woman tests positive for COVID19

A woman who came back from the UK and went through Beijing customs with no symptoms was confirmed as having COVID-19 three days later in East China's Shandong Province. It sparked worries about the "cunning" virus as well as about loopholes in screening that could pose a danger despite efforts to control imported cases.
Source: Global Times | 2020/3/23 22:03:40

HK extends travel ban to all non-locals amid pandemic

Hong Kong will ban all non-local residents from entering the city through flights and suspend transit services at the airport starting Wednesday, Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced on Monday, which analysts believe to be the "strictest-ever" measure to deal with the mounting pressure of COVID-19 in the city as an international hub with a prosperous service sector.
Source: Global Times | 2020/3/23 21:28:40

Xi'an builds testing center at airport after international arrivals diverted from Beijing

Xi'an in Northwest China's Shaanxi Province has built a nucleic acid testing center that can process 3,000 passengers a day at its airport amid pressure brought by imported COVID-19 cases, after it was designated to receive international flights destined for Beijing.
Source: Global Times | 2020/3/23 20:58:40

Experts warn of domino effect of Olympics delay

Chinese observers warned of the complex procedures and domino effects from the possible postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games scheduled for July as Tokyo Olympics organizers indicated such a possibility after Canadian and Australian Olympic committees said they would pull athletes out of the Games if they push through as scheduled.
Source: Global Times | 2020/3/23 20:45:18

China opposes US officials using COVID-19 to stigmatize China: FM

China strongly opposes some US officials' use of the novel coronavirus to smear China's efforts in fighting the virus and stigmatize China, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said following Chinese Ambassador Cui Tiankai's comments on the origin of the virus in an interview with US media outlets.
Source: Global Times | 2020/3/23 17:53:41

No evidence so far indicating relapsing COVID-19 patients are infectious: Hubei health authority

Health officials from hard-hit Hubei Province have said that people who retest positive from coronavirus after they have been cured and discharged from hospital will not be recorded as confirmed cases, and that the authorities haven't seen people-to-people transmission from those patients.
Source: Global Times | 2020/3/23 14:26:34

Gong Zheng appointed as acting mayor of Shanghai

Gong Zheng is appointed as vice mayor and acting mayor of Shanghai.
Source: Globaltimes.cn | 2020/3/23 11:27:39

Infections in Italy to rise in a fortnight: doctor

The number of infected cases of COVID-19 in Italy will continue to rise in the next two weeks, and it will take at least that long to evaluate the effects of the draconian measures that have been imposed in the country, a doctor with China's medical team in Italy told the Global Times.
Source: Global Times | 2020/3/22 22:08:40

US politicians tweet back fiercely at Chinese Foreign Ministry officials

US State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus Friday picked a fight with China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying on Twitter as more and more US politicians become involved in escalating diplomatic spats with China over the COVID-19 pandemic, which Chinese analysts assert as acts of pure political calculation.
Source: Global Times | 2020/3/22 20:43:40

Combined arms battalion becomes basic combat unit of PLA

The powerful combined arms battalion, each one including almost all types of basic military arms and professions, has now become a basic combat unit of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), enabling the service to react much more quickly in the fast-paced dynamic of modern warfare, gaining more advantages, experts said on Sunday.
Source: Global Times | 2020/3/22 20:12:29