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Wang Shuang celebrates Tuesday's playoff win over South Korea in Suzhou. [Photo/Xinhua]

>Women's team books Tokyo ticket

China's women's soccer team has booked its spot at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics after drawing 2-2 with South Korea after extra time in the second leg of Asian Qualification playoffs on Tuesday.

Chinese star player Wang Shuang contributed one goal and one assist as the Steel Roses came from 2-0 behind to beat South Korea 4-3 on aggregate in the Olympic qualification playoffs.

"The match was even harder than I expected. I would like to thank all my players for not giving up when we were 0-2 behind. As long as they can carry on the spirit, I believe that our team will become better and better," Chinese head coach Jia Xiuquan said at the post-match press conference.

Aerial photo taken on Feb 22, 2021 shows a container terminal of Tianjin Port in North China's Tianjin municipality. [Photo/Xinhua]

>Foreign trade surges in Q1

China's foreign trade surged in the first quarter of 2021, as the country made continuous progress in COVID-19 prevention and control, as well as economic and social development.

The country's total imports and exports of goods surged 29.2 percent year-on-year to 8.47 trillion yuan in the reporting period, said the General Administration of Customs.

Exports jumped 38.7 percent from a year earlier and imports climbed 19.3 percent in yuan terms.

The trade surplus expanded 690.6 percent to reach 759.29 billion yuan.

General trade rose 32 percent year-on-year to 5.19 trillion yuan, taking a larger share in the total trade of goods.

Private enterprises are now more vibrant.

Their foreign trade expanded by 42.7 percent to 3.95 trillion yuan in the first quarter.

Imports of major commodities, including iron ore, crude oil, natural gas, soybeans, corn and wheat all increased in the first quarter.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations remained China's largest trading partner during the period, followed by the European Union and the United States, the GAC data showed.

A French border police officer controls passengers as they arrive at Nice Cote d'Azur Airport amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Nice, France, March 1, 2021. [Photo/Agencies]

>Airlines could use new EU COVID pass

Airlines could check new European Union COVID certificates before allowing onboard passengers going on summer holidays, a senior official said on Tuesday as the bloc seeks to restart a travel sector ravaged by the pandemic.

The EU's proposed COVID travel certificate would contain information on vaccination, tests or recovery, and would be valid until the World Health Organization declares the pandemic over, EU Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders told lawmakers.

"What we want is to give to citizens and member states a tool that provides the necessary trust and confidence. A tool that competent authorities can rely on wherever needed to facilitate free movement,” he said.

An animal skeleton is seen in Luxor, Egypt, in this undated handout photo. Archaeologists hailed on Thursday the discovery of "the largest" ancient city found in Egypt.  [Photo/Xinhua]

>3,000-year-old Egyptian city

A group of archaeologists has found the largest ancient city ever discovered in Egypt, dating back 3,000 years.

The city, named "The Rise of Aten," was discovered under the sand on the western bank of Luxor, lead archaeologist Zahi Hawass said in a statement.

It dates to the reign of King Amenhotep III, who ruled Egypt between 1391 and 1353 BCE, according to the statement.

"It was the largest administrative and industrial settlement in the era of the Egyptian empire," Hawass said.

Archaeologists found the "city's streets flanked by houses," with intact walls up to 10 feet high and "rooms filled with tools of daily life ... left by the ancient residents as if it were yesterday," such as rings, colored pottery vessels, casting molds to make amulets, pots used to carry meat, and tools for spinning, weaving and metal and glass-making.

The team also found a large bakery, "complete with ovens and storage pottery," whose size suggests it was used to cater to a "very large number of workers and employees."

Other discoveries include the skeleton of a person buried with arms stretched out to the side and rope wrapped around the knees.

The excavation, which began in September 2020, has unearthed most of the southern part of the city. However, the northern region is still to be unearthed.

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