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chinadaily.com.cn 2021-01-08 15:36


>Progress in quantum network
Chinese scientists have created the world's first integrated space-to-ground quantum network that can provide reliable, ultrasecure communication between more than 150 users over a total distance of 4,600 kilometers across the country, according to a study published in the journal Nature on Jan 7.
Led by Pan Jianwei from the University of Science and Technology of China, the research was conducted by a group of scientists over the past few years.
Reviewers of the study hailed the achievement as "impressive" and "futuristic", as it is the largest of its kind in the world. It also represents a major step toward building a practical, large-scale quantum internet, they added.
In the quantum network, several services such as video call, audio call, fax, text transmission and file transmission have been realized for technological verification and real-world demonstrations, the paper noted, adding commercial use is expected in the near future.

A bullet train is seen in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, March 20, 2018. [Photo/VCG]

>Free train ticket cancellation
Passengers who bought train tickets before Thursday can get their tickets refunded for free – that's the latest policy announced by the China State Railway Group to help people cancel their trips amid escalating epidemic control pressure.
Starting Thursday, passengers can get tickets refunded, along with the insurance fee, at railway stations or via 12306, China's official railway ticket-booking platform, without being charged, the group said in a statement on Wednesday.
The measure aims to reduce population mobility and curb the risk of spread of the novel coronavirus during trips, it said.
The National Health Commission said Thursday that it received reports of 63 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Chinese mainland Wednesday, of which 52 were locally transmitted and 11 were imported.

The Pinduoduo logo is seen in this photo taken July 17, 2018. [Photo/Agencies]

>Worker's death spurs investigation
The recent death of an employee of Pinduoduo, a fast-growing e-commerce giant, has reignited public concerns over the hectic work schedules commonly adopted by Chinese tech firms.
The 22-year-old employee, identified only by her surname Zhang, fell unconscious while returning from work at 1:30 am on Dec 29 and later died in the hospital.
The Shanghai labor security department started an investigation on Pinduoduo’s employment conditions on Monday, according to the Beijing Youth Daily.
Xinhua News Agency said in a brief editorial posted on Weibo on Tuesday that dreams should be pursued through striving, but workers' legitimate rights and interests should not be sacrificed and employers may be breaking the law in encouraging health-sapping overwork.

Protesters congregate in front of the US Capitol building in Washington on Wednesday. [Photo/Agencies]

>Thousands storm US Capitol
The Capitol building was stormed by a mob of thousands carrying pro-Trump signs and American flags on Wednesday, breaking into the House and Senate Chambers as Congress began counting Electoral College votes to affirm President-elect Joe Biden's victory as president.
Both the House and the Senate had to recess and evacuate after protesters breached the Capitol.
Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington declared a citywide curfew from 6 pm Wednesday to 6 am Thursday morning.
About two hours after Metropolitan Police cleared the building and the Capitol steps of protesters, the Senate resumed the process on Wednesday night to affirm Biden's Electoral College victory.

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