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chinadaily.com.cn 2022-01-18 16:50


>Spring Festival travel rush kicks off

Passengers line up to enter Beijing Railway Station on Monday, the beginning of the 40-day Spring Festival travel rush. Chinese people will travel to visit their families during Chinese Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, which falls on Feb 1, 2021. [Photo by ZHU XINGXIN/CHINA DAILY]

The number of railway passenger trips during China's upcoming Spring Festival travel rush is expected to jump 28.5 percent from the holiday season last year. A total of 280 million railway passenger trips are expected during China's largest annual travel rush, which will last from Jan 17 to Feb 25 this year, according to the China State Railway Group.

During the 40-day travel season, also known as chunyun, many Chinese people will travel to meet their families for the Chinese Lunar New Year, which falls on Feb 1 this year.

Zhu Wenzhong, deputy director of the passenger transport department at China State Railway Group, said the company will strictly prevent overloading by increasing the number of available daily seats to about 10.5 million, an increase of 10 percent compared with 2019.

Zhu said it will also extend the service time for online bookings and refunds to 24 hours a day to avoid crowds waiting in lines in stations, which would increase the risk of the virus spreading.


>China FDI inflows hit record high

A teller counts and arranges dollar notes at an Agricultural Bank of China branch in Qionghai, Hainan province. [Photo/China Daily]

Foreign direct investment into the Chinese mainland, in actual use, expanded 14.9 percent year-on-year to a record high of 1.15 trillion yuan in 2021, the Ministry of Commerce said Thursday. In US dollar terms, the inflow went up 20.2 percent year-on-year to 173.48 billion dollars.

High-tech industries saw FDI inflows jump 17.1 percent from a year earlier. Foreign investment in China's high-tech manufacturing and high-tech services industries rose 10.7 and 19.2 percent year-on-year respectively.

Investment in the Chinese mainland from countries along the Belt and Road and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations jumped 29.4 and 29 percent respectively.

China will further expand its high-level opening-up, enhance its services for foreign-funded firms and projects and make more efforts to optimize the business environment in 2022, ministry spokesperson Shu Jueting told a press briefing.


>Climate change may cause kidney stones


Climate change in the coming decades could lead to an increase in cases of kidney stones that would bring huge costs to healthcare systems, according to research by scientists in the United States.

A study, published recently in Scientific Reports, found even if measures are put in place to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, there would still be a rise in cases of the painful condition.

With this latest study, scientists sought to project how climate change will impact the burden of kidney stone disease on healthcare systems in the future, The Independent reported.

The scientists created a model to estimate the impact of heat on future kidney stone presentations in the southeastern US state of South Carolina, which has a higher incidence of the disease.

The model predicted the number of cases will increase between 2.2 and 3.9 percent by the year 2089, depending on projected daily temperatures under two climate change scenarios.


>Djokovic loses visa appeal

Novak Djokovic. [Photo/Agencies]

Tennis star Novak Djokovic has lost his court battle to stay in Australia and compete in the Australian Open. Australia's Federal Court on Sunday dismissed the world No 1's application to have his visa cancellation overturned one day before the start of the Australian Open, in which Djokovic had been expected to defend his title.

Djokovic has won nine of his 20 Grand Slam trophies at the Australian Open. The 34-year-old from Serbia was trying to use a medical exemption to get around the requirements everyone at the Australian Open-players, their support teams, spectators and others-be inoculated against COVID-19.

Djokovic is not vaccinated, and the government said his presence could stir up anti-vaccine sentiments.


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