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Top CPC meeting stresses industrial chain self-reliance, tech strength in 2021

At a meeting on Friday, the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee Political Bureau called for overall reform and opening-up, enhancement of national strategic technologies, an increase in the self-reliance capability of industrial chains and the formation of a powerful domestic market.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/11 21:51:43

China not likely to resume pork trade with Germany over COVID-19 and swine fever concerns

Germany, one of the biggest pork suppliers in Europe, is reportedly continuing talks with China in hopes to resume pork trade between the two countries, after its products were banned from entry to the Chinese market after the discovery of African swine fever (ASF), according to a report by Reuters.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/11 20:08:45

Those losing freedom colluded with foreign forces: Chinese FM on Jimmy Lai's case

When asked about whether the case of Jimmy Lai signaled crackdown on freedom of speech and free press using the excuse of national security, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying said that it's not China, but some other countries that arbitrarily crack down on Chinese individuals, institutions and enterprises in the name of "national security."
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/11 18:05:41

US' renewed move against Huawei signals continuous tech 'decoupling' in Biden era

The US' latest in a series of crackdowns on Chinese telecom companies Huawei, ZTE and China Telecom have little impact on these companies due to their tiny share of revenue in the US market but signal continuous tech 'decoupling' with China in the Biden era, experts said.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/11 15:38:40

Sinopharm plans safe vaccine distribution, license for commercial use 'very likely' this month

China's leading vaccine maker Sinopharm announced on Thursday that it has carried out a nationwide logistics exercise to ensure safe and efficient vaccine distributions, with vaccine experts predicting that the COVID-19 vaccine is "very likely" to be licensed and available in the market by the end of December.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/10 21:28:40

China not aggressive nor servile: FM

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying on Thursday responded to accusations from some Western media and politicians who recently used the term "wolf warrior" to describe China's diplomacy. Hua stressed that China has no tradition of being aggressive, but will also not flinch in the face of bullying and provocations.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/10 20:23:24

Chinese Ambassador to Canada clarifies nature of cases concerning 'Two Michaels'

Chinese Ambassador to Canada Cong Peiwu has clarified some major issues of concern after Western media and politicians, including the Canadian Prime Minister and foreign minister, called the arrest of Canadian citizens Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor “coercive diplomacy” in response to the detention of Huawei's Meng Wanzhou.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/10 15:07:18

China's grain yield has remained above 650 billion kg for six consecutive years: National Bureau of Statistics

China's grain yield was equal to 1.339 trillion jin (669.5 billion kilograms) in 2020, 11.3 billion jin (565 million kilograms) more than previous year, a y-o-y increase of 0.9 percent according to the data from National Bureau of Statistics released on Thursday.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/10 11:23:46

China launches two satellites for gravitational wave detection

China sent two satellites for the detection of gravitational waves into planned orbit from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan Province on Thursday morning.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/12/10 6:44:02

PLA introduces new, highly mobile assault vehicle-based howitzer: report

The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) recently introduced a type of newly developed assault vehicle-based howitzer, which experts said on Wednesday is more mobile than truck-based howitzers and can operate in challenging, off-road terrains where other types of other artillery cannot.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/9 22:18:40

Xi spoke with Macron on the phone Wednesday, reaching important consensus on next stage China-France cooperation

Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke with French President Emmanuel Macron on the phone on Wednesday. The two state leaders reached important consensus on the next stage of China-France cooperation.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/9 22:13:08

Hefei requires real name for imported cold-chain purchases

The city of Hefei is joining other parts of the nation in taking strict measures regarding its imported cold-chain market, requiring identity information from buyers of these products, but the Global Times found that the new policy will have a limited effect because many vendors have suspended such business.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/9 20:23:41

Chinese experts warn EU's Magnitsky laws could 'target certain country'

As the EU reportedly plans to officially adopt its own "Magnitsky laws" on Thursday - World Human Rights Day on each December 10 - to target "human rights abusers," Chinese experts were concerned the legislation may be politicized and used as a tool to woo allies under the disguise of human rights in a so-called free and democratic world to contain and attack China.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/9 19:53:41

China, US should strive to resume dialogue, return to right track and rebuild mutual trust: Chinese FM

A most pressing issue for China and the US is to work together to remove all obstacles and achieve a smooth transition in bilateral relations and to resume dialogue, return to the right track and rebuild mutual trust, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/9 17:48:41

Sichuan Party chief stresses privacy protection in response to cyber bullying of COVID-19 patient

The Party chief of Southwest China's Sichuan Province on Wednesday called for patients' privacy to be protected after the leaking of personal information of a 20-year-old COVID-19 female patient sparked wide public concern on cyber bullying.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/9 14:26:40

China's November CPI down 0.5 percent, the first time the index has gone negative since 2010

China's consumer price index (CPI), the main gauge of inflation, was down 0.5 percent in November, compared with an October reading of 0.5-percent increase, according to data released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on Wednesday.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/9 9:40:37

Source reveals how China, Nepal resolved differences on Mt. Qomolangma's new height

China and Nepal on Tuesday jointly announced the exact altitude of Mount Qomolangma is 8,848.86 meters. Seven rounds of discussions between China and Nepal settled discrepancies between the two sides over the height of the world's highest peak, a source close to the matter told the Global Times.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/9 2:03:21

China bans more Australian beef, timber over quality hazards

China issued more import suspension orders on beef and timber from Australia on Monday after quality hazards were spotted, and bilateral trade is now likely to shrink further. Chinese analysts following China-Australia trade said the new suspensions reflect the authorities' responsible attitude to consumers and may cause Australian exports to China to fall another 1 percent.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/8 22:18:40