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chinadaily.com.cn 2022-01-21 17:03


>China to strengthen power, goods supply

An excavator is seen unloading coal from a freight train at a port in Tangshan, Hebei province, in February. [Photo/Xinhua]

China will step up efforts to ensure the supply of power and goods during the 2022 Spring Festival holiday, a State Council executive meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang announced on Wednesday.

Efforts were urged to make better use of the inter-department coordination mechanism concerning the supply of coal, electricity, oil, gas and transportation services, prioritize coal transportation and boost new energy power generation through multiple channels.

Business enterprises, e-commerce platforms and retailers are encouraged to operate during the Spring Festival, and contingency plans should be made to ensure the smooth flow of major transportation networks and the supply of daily necessities.

To help enterprises tide over difficulties and promote entrepreneurship and innovation, it was decided at the meeting to extend another 11 preferential tax and fee policies to the end of 2023, covering sectors including science and technology, medical care and education.

>Opinions published on platform economy

China published a slew of directives on regulating and guiding the "healthy and sustainable development" of the platform economy. [Photo/IC]

China on Wednesday made public a document containing several official opinions on regulating its platform economy. The document, released by the National Development and Reform Commission together with eight other government authorities, called for revising the country's anti-monopoly law and improving rules related to data security and personal information protection.

China will severely crack down on illegal behavior from platform enterprises that exceed their authority in collecting and accessing user data.

The country will also regulate the unnecessary collection of user data by platform enterprises and crack down on data abuse, such as the trading of data on black markets and big data enabled price discrimination.

Platform operators should not use their advantages to restrict the independent operation of other platforms and applications.

The notice also suggests the government should encourage platform enterprises to actively engage in technological innovation, raising their core competitiveness.

Platform enterprises are encouraged to "go abroad," selling their digital products and services in global markets.

>China extending women's access to cancer screenings

A family takes photos against a backdrop of blooming sunflowers at the Olympic Forest Park in Beijing, on July 4, 2021. [Photo/Xinhua]

China's National Health Commission on Tuesday issued work plans to extend women's access to screening services for cervical and breast cancers.

The scope of such services will be expanded to include females aged from 35 to 64 in both urban and rural areas, and will prioritize those living in rural areas or those from urban families living on subsistence allowances, according to the plans. The services used to be only available to women in rural areas.

By the end of 2025, the coverage of cervical cancer screening services for eligible women will surpass 50 percent, while the coverage of breast cancer screening services will increase on a year-by-year basis.


>Global heating linked to early birth


The climate crisis is damaging the health of fetuses, babies and infants across the world, new studies have found.

Scientists discovered increased heat was linked to fast weight gain in babies, which increases the risk of obesity later in life.

Higher temperatures were also linked to premature birth, which can have lifelong health effects, and to increased hospital admissions of young children.

The studies, published in a special issue of the journal Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology, spanned the globe from the US to Denmark, Israel and Australia.


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