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China's official app for digital yuan is seen on a mobile phone next to 100-yuan banknotes in this illustration picture taken Oct 16, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

>Digital RMB pilot programs expand

China's trials of digital RMB expanded into six more areas by the end of 2020, and the final timetable to officially launch this digitalized legal tender has not yet been decided, said a senior central bank official on Monday. The trials now focus on small and retail payments for some selected groups of users. New pilot areas were expanded to Shanghai, Changsha in Central China's Hunan province, Xi'an in Northwest China's Shaanxi province, Qingdao in East China's Shandong province, Dalian in Northeast China's Liaoning province and South China's Hainan province by October 2020, according to Li Bin, head of the Macroprudential Policy Bureau of the People's Bank of China, the central bank.

The pilot programs of digital RMB are expanding, with a gradual increase of the application scenarios and innovations of the application mode. The overall operation system is stable, which preliminarily verifies the feasibility and reliability of digital RMB's policy, technology and relevant services, Li said.

So far, the testing scenarios have included living payment, catering service, transportation, shopping and government services, and the central bank will step up testing to improve the security and stability of the digital RMB system, he added.

Tourists shop at a duty-free shopping mall in Sanya, South China's Hainan province, on March 12, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

>Offshore duty-free sales to double

Offshore duty-free sales in China's southern island province of Hainan are expected to double in 2021 for the second year in a row, as fine-tuned favorable policies continue to draw more consumers, an official said Monday. The island's offshore duty-free sales are likely to exceed 60 billion yuan in 2021, up from 30 billion yuan last year, which had doubled from 15 billion yuan in 2019, Shen Xiaoming, Party chief of Hainan, said at a press conference.

Hainan has vowed to build itself into an international tourism consumption center.

The province has increased the annual tax-free shopping quota per person from 30,000 yuan to 100,000 yuan starting from July 1, 2020.

The categories of duty-free goods have also been expanded from 38 to 45, with electronic products such as mobile phones and laptops added to the duty-free list.

Photo taken on April 6, 2021 shows newly-found dinosaur footprints at an excavation site in Shanghang County, southeast China's Fujian Province. A team of Chinese researchers have found a massive concentration of dinosaur footprints, scientifically termed as "dinosaur dance floor," in Shanghang County of Fujian Province. The footprints were first spotted last November when over 240 fossilized dinosaur footprints were identified, and another 364 dinosaur tracks were found in early April. [Photo/Xinhua]

>'Dinosaur dance floor' discovered

A team of Chinese researchers have found a massive concentration of dinosaur footprints, scientifically termed as "dinosaur dance floor," in Shanghang county, east China's Fujian province.

The "dance floor" is an excavation site measuring 100 square meters and approximately 200 dinosaur tracks have been identified there, said Xing Lida, a paleontologist at the China University of Geosciences and a member of the research team.

The concentration of dinosaur footprints indicates that it could have been a pathway for dinosaurs roaming the area in a relatively short period of time during the Late Cretaceous, he added.

A pharmacist volunteer prepares doses of the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine during a pop-up clinic at Western International High School in Detroit, Michigan on April 12, 2021. [Photo/Agencies]

>J&J COVID vaccine sites shutdown

Several states in the US have temporarily shut down some Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine sites after people suffered adverse reactions to the shot.

A total of 18 people in North Carolina reported side effects, while 11 people in Colorado reacted to the shot with symptoms ranging from dizziness, nausea and fainting, according to media reports.

Georgia was the third US state to temporarily shut down a vaccine site following North Carolina and Colorado, after eight people suffered adverse reactions following vaccination.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said its analysis "did not find any safety issues or reason for concern."

The agency recommended that healthcare providers continue to administer the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

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