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The cross-border e-commerce section of the China International Consumer Products Expo in Haikou, South China's Hainan province, earlier this year. [Photo/China News Service]


>Negative list for cross-border services trade

China's Ministry of Commerce has released a negative list for cross-border trade in services in the southern island province of Hainan, the first negative list for services trade in the country. The list outlines 70 special management measures in 11 categories for overseas services providers, according to a statement on the ministry's website.

Scheduled to become effective on Aug 26, the negative list makes higher-level opening-up arrangements in professional, transport and financial services, among others.

For areas not included in the list, domestic and overseas services providers shall have a level playing field and enjoy equal market access in Hainan free trade port, the statement said.

Hailing the move as a "major breakthrough" in the administration mode of services trade, Vice Commerce Minister Wang Shouwen said at a press conference on Monday that it is an active choice by China to promote its opening-up.


An employee works at a textile machinery manufacturing plant in Lianyungang, Jiangsu province. [Photo/for China Daily]


>Industrial firms' H1 profits up 66.9%

China's major industrial companies saw a steady increase in profits in the first half of this year amid a stable recovery in market demand and improving business performance, official data showed Tuesday.

Industrial firms with an annual business turnover of at least 20 million yuan raked in combined profits of 4.22 trillion yuan during the period, up 66.9 percent year-on-year, data from the National Bureau of Statistics showed. Compared with the 2019 level, profits of major industrial firms rose by 45.5 percent in H1.

The expansion put the average H1 growth for 2020 and 2021 at 20.6 percent, NBS data showed.

In the second quarter, industrial profits rose 36 percent year-on-year, up 42.5 percent from the 2019 level.

In June alone, major industrial firms made 791.8 billion yuan in total profits, up 20 percent year-on-year.


Yang Qian (left) and Yang Haoran of China celebrate after winning the 10m air rifle mixed team final at the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday. [Photo/Xinhua]


>Fearless teenage divers win gold

Teenage diving phenoms Chen Yuxi and Zhang Jiaqi executed five near flawless dives to capture the women's synchronized 10-meter platform competition at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on Tuesday.

On the shooting range, Yang Qian won her second gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics, together with Yang Haoran in the 10-meter air rifle mixed event.

Pang Wei and Jiang Ranxin won gold in the 10-meter air pistol mixed competition.

Both gold medals are the first China has won in the two events at an Olympics.

China clinched three gold medals and is third on the table with ten golds, five silvers and eight bronzes.

Japan tops the list with 11 gold, four silver and five bronze medals, with the US in second with 10 gold, 10 silver and nine bronze medals.


Team China's new podium uniform, produced by Anta, is modeled by current and former Olympians at Friday's official launch event for the Olympic costume. Photo provided to China Daily


>Uniform design for Chinese athletes

It took two years to complete the design work for the Chinese Olympic delegation's entry uniform.

After several rounds of selections and evaluations, final uniform designs with the theme of "making a good start" were officially confirmed in March last year for the Chinese Olympic delegation participating in the Tokyo Olympics.

Since the appearance of the athletes is a focus of the opening ceremony, an eye-catching color like red is a top choice, especially since it is the primary shade in China's national flag and also symbolizes energy, passion and joy in traditional Chinese culture.

White -- which represents brightness, purity and divinity -- plays a buffering role in the costume design.

The combination of red and white at the occasion of the opening ceremony of the Olympics makes an auspicious statement echoing the theme of the design: "making a good start".

The hem of the white dress for female athletes features China's national flower, the peony, and the source for the pattern was drawn from a Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) peony bowl, which is representative of traditional Chinese aesthetics.

The design of the men's shirts is inspired by the five-star graphic pattern of China's national flag.

It reflects the spirit of the Chinese Olympic team to fight together for national honor.


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