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chinadaily.com.cn 2021-01-07 16:20

Container ships dock at Qinzhou Port in China-ASEAN Free Trade Area in Qinzhou, Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, Nov 19, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

>Growth to rebound in 2021
China's economy is expected to expand by 7.9 percent in 2021, nearly double the global growth rate predicted for the year, the World Bank said in its forecast on Tuesday.
"Growth in China is projected to accelerate to 7.9 percent this year - 1 percentage point above the June forecast - reflecting the release of pent-up demand and a quicker-than-expected resumption of production and exports," the 189-member global lender said in a statement at the release of the 2021 Global Economic Prospects.
In all, global economy is projected to pick up by 4 percent, assuming an initial COVID-19 vaccine rollout becomes widespread throughout the year.

China's unmanned Mars probe, Tianwen-1, blasts off on a Long March 5 rocket in Hainan, on July 23, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

>Launch activity to accelerate
China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp says it plans to launch more than 40 missions this year, including some for the nation's space station program, according to a report read at the State-owned conglomerate's annual space programs meeting on Monday in Beijing.
It said if everything goes according to plan, 2021 will be its busiest year in terms of launch activity.
CASC sources said all the 40-odd planned missions will be carried out by the conglomerate's Long March series of rockets, and do not include those to be made by the company's newly developed Smart Dragon solid-propellant rockets. That means the number of missions launched by the company this year will be even bigger.
In 2020, CASC conducted 34 rocket flights, including three by Long March 5-series rockets that carried into space the prototype of China's next-generation manned spacecraft, the country's first independent Mars probe and the landmark Chang'e 5 lunar mission.

Ships dock at a tourism port on the Yangtze River in Zigui, Hubei province, in April, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

>Transportation advances to maturity
Railway construction in the Yangtze River Economic Belt, which comprises nine provinces and two municipalities in China, has witnessed rapid development in recent years.
Railway track and high-speed track in the area hit 43,700 and 15,400 kilometers respectively by November 2020, an increase of 9,120 and 7,824 km from 2015, official data from the National Development and Reform Commission showed on Tuesday.
Highway mileage was also recorded as 63,700 km by November, up 15,500 km over 2015.
High-grade waterway mileage of the Yangtze River's main line and branches reached 10,000 km by the end of 2020. Airport projects in Southwest China's Chengdu and Guiyang also accelerated construction.

62nd Grammy Awards - Show - Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 26, 2020 - Billie Eilish accepts the award for Best New Artist. [Photo/Agencies]

>2021 Grammys postponed
The 2021 Grammys, originally scheduled for Jan 31, have been postponed due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19, multiple sources confirm to Rolling Stone.
In a statement released Tuesday evening, organizers, citing “thoughtful conversations with health experts, our host and artists scheduled to appear,” confirmed they’ll stage the award show on Sunday, March 14.
The Grammys had already planned a limited show for 2021, forgoing an audience completely and only allowing presenters and performers on-site during the show.
Nominated artists wouldn’t have been allowed on-site either, likely leading to a situation similar to the 2020 Emmys where nominees appeared and accepted awards remotely.
California as a whole has seen a surge in COVID-19 cases following Thanksgiving and the holiday season, setting a new single-day record of 74,000 new cases on Jan 4, according to The Los Angeles Times.

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