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Two worker at a machinery manufacturing plant in Huanghua, Hebei province, uses welding equipment. [Photo/Xinhua]

>Manufacturing PMI firms up
China's manufacturing and service sector activities remained in the expansion zone for nine straight months as the country continued its recovery from the economic fallout of COVID-19.
The purchasing managers' index (PMI) for China's manufacturing sector came in at 52.1 in November, up from 51.4 in October and representing the highest level of the year, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said Monday.
A reading above 50 indicates expansion, while a reading below reflects contraction.
Commenting on the better-than-expected data, NBS senior statistician Zhao Qinghe said the improvements in these readings were a result of the country's efforts to coordinate epidemic control with social and economic development.
The "marked growth" of the November PMI, together with improvements in all sub-indexes, indicated greater vitality in the country's manufacturing sector and a faster pace of recovery, Zhao said.

Egilda Orrico, an activist, sits in the window of 'Lucha y Siesta' (Fight and Rest) women's house, a building run solely by activists to look after women suffering from domestic violence in the city, in Rome, on July 8, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

>Coronavirus harms gender equality
Economic and domestic turmoil caused by the COVID-19 pandemic could wipe out 25 years of increasing gender equality, new United Nations data suggests.
Lockdowns, job losses, school closures and dwindling income from the coronavirus have seen women take on significantly greater shares of housework and childcare. Employment and education opportunities are likely to be lost, and women may suffer from poorer mental and physical health.
"Everything we worked for, that has taken 25 years, could be lost in a year," the UN Women deputy executive director Anita Bhatia told the BBC.
Women's new burden of care posed a "real risk of reverting to 1950s gender stereotypes,", she said.

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen speaks during a panel discussion at the American Economic Association/Allied Social Science Association (ASSA) 2019 meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, US, January 4, 2019. [Photo/Agencies]

>Biden unveils economic team
US President-elect Joe Biden on Monday unveiled his economic team, nominating Janet Yellen, former Federal Reserve chair, to lead the Treasury Department.
If confirmed by the Senate, Yellen would be the first woman to serve as US treasury secretary in the department's 231 years of history. She would also be the first person to have served as treasury secretary, chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, and chair of the Federal Reserve.
The president-elect also selected Wally Adeyemo, president of the Obama Foundation, as deputy secretary of the Treasury.
If confirmed, Adeyemo would be the first Black deputy secretary of the Treasury.
Biden also selected Neera Tanden, who currently serves as president & CEO of the Center for American Progress, as director of the Office of Management and Budget, and named Cecilia Rouse, dean of the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, to lead the White House Council of Economic Advisers.

Tenzin first came to netizens' attention after a photographer posted a video of him on the Douyin short-video platform. [Photo provided to China Daily]

>Web celebrity promotes tourism
A young man whose good looks and innocent smile have turned him into an internet celebrity has sparked a surge in interest in his hometown among tourists.
Ctrip, an online travel agency, said that after a video of Tamdrin, a 20-year-old ethnic Tibetan man from Litang county in Sichuan province's Garze Tibetan autonomous prefecture, went viral online last month, the number of searches for Litang soared.
On Ctrip's website, searches for Litang started going up on Nov 20. In the week from Nov 23 through Sunday, the search average shot up 620% from the previous week, and was four times greater than during the National Day holiday in October.
Tamdrin has now been hired by Litang Culture Tourism and Sport Investment Development Co to promote tourism for the county.

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