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Chinese women's volleyball team's outside spiker Li Yingying leaves the team's base in Beilun, Zhejiang province, after finishing the final stage of preparations behind closed doors, on July 14, 2021. [Photo/IC]

>Team China eyes glory at Tokyo Games


China is sending its largest team to an overseas Olympic Games as it aims to boost its medal haul in Tokyo in sports it does not traditionally do well in. The Chinese Olympic Committee announced on Wednesday it will send 431 athletes, 133 men and 298 women, to the Tokyo 2020 Games.

The event starts on July 23 after a one-year delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Very nearly all of the delegation has been vaccinated against the coronavirus, according to the General Administration of Sport of China.

Chinese athletes have qualified in 225 events across 30 sports at the Games, which feature 339 medal events over 17 days of competition.


Employees make auto parts at a foreign-funded company in Anshan, Liaoning province. [Photo/Xinhua]

>FDI inflow up 28.7%

Foreign direct investment into the Chinese mainland, in actual use, surged 28.7 percent year on year to 607.84 billion yuan, in the first half of this year, the Ministry of Commerce said Wednesday. The value increased 27.1 percent from the same period in 2019.

Foreign investment in the service industry came in at 482.77 billion yuan during the period, up 33.4 percent year on year, with foreign investment in the high-tech services sector rising 42.7 percent%.

Investment from the countries along the Belt and Road expanded 49.6 percent, and investment from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and the European Union rose 50.7 percent and 10.3 percent, respectively, in H1.

The foreign investment actually used by China's eastern, central and western regions increased by 29.7 percent, 33.6 percent and 6.1 percent, respectively.


People visit the Palace Museum in Beijing on April 3, 2021. [Photo/IC]

>Palace Museum promotes 'zero waste' tours

China's Palace Museum, also known as the Forbidden City, has started promoting "zero waste" tours among tour guides and the public.

A training session was held Tuesday for tour guides who should encourage visitors to participate in garbage sorting and recycling during their tours.

The Palace Museum launched a "zero waste" program in January 2020 to work toward the goal of minimizing the amount of waste that would go through landfills or incineration.

A no-waste approach has been adopted for office work at the museum over last year.


European Union flags flutter outside the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, May 5, 2021. [Photo/Agencies]

>ECB launches digital euro project

The European Central Bank decided on Wednesday to launch a two-year investigation phase of a digital euro, marking the formal start of a central bank digital currency project for the 19-member currency bloc. The investigation phase aims to address key issues regarding design and distribution, the bank said in a statement.

According to the bank, the investigation phase will focus on a possible functional design of the digital currency, shed light on possible changes to the EU legislative framework, assess the potential impact of a digital euro on the market, and define a business model for supervised intermediaries.


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