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An aerial view of a port in Nantong, Jiangsu province, on July 8, 2021. [Photo/for China Daily by Zhai Huiyong]


>Foreign trade growth rate hits 10-year high

The volume of China's foreign trade, exports and imports all hit record highs in the first seven months of 2021, while their year-on-year growth rates set 10-year high compared with the same period in previous years, the Ministry of Commerce said Tuesday.

The country's total imports and exports expanded 24.5 percent year on year to 21.34 trillion yuan from January to July.

Exports rose 24.5 percent from a year ago, while imports jumped 24.4 percent in the first seven months, data from the General Administration of Customs showed.

In July, imports and exports rose 11.5 percent year- on- year to 3.27 trillion yuan, with the volume becoming the second highest in history only after that in June, the ministry said.

China's exports to developed markets such as the United States, the European Union and Japan rose 22.6 percent in the first seven months.

Its trade with emerging markets continued to grow, with exports to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Latin America, Africa and other emerging markets rising 26.5 percent year on year, boosting the overall exports growth by 13 percentage points, the ministry said.

Despite the rapid growth in foreign trade, the economic recovery still faces uncertainties due to the pandemic and the risks in industrial and supply chains, the ministry said.


File photo: Ma Xiaoguang, spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council. [Photo/chinadaily.com.cn]


>China decides to recall ambassador to Lithuania

China has decided to recall its ambassador to Lithuania and demanded the Lithuanian government recall its ambassador to China, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Tuesday. Recently, the Lithuanian government, in disregard of China's repeated representations and articulation of potential consequences, announced its decision to allow Taiwan authorities to open a "representative office" under the name of "Taiwan," the spokesman said.

The Lithuanian government's decision brazenly violates the spirit of the communique on the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Lithuania, and severely undermines China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, the spokesman noted.

"The Chinese government expresses its categorical opposition to this move. China has decided to recall its ambassador to Lithuania and demanded the Lithuanian government recall its ambassador to China," the spokesman said.


Lionel Messi arrives in Paris to join Paris St Germain in Paris, France, August 10, 2021. [Photo/Agencies]


>Messi lands in France to join Paris Saint-Germain

Lionel Messi arrived at Le Bourget airport in the northeastern suburbs of Paris on Tuesday afternoon to finalize his signing with Ligue 1 giant Paris Saint-Germain, following his tearful farewell to Barcelona on Sunday.

Hundreds of fans have been waiting at the airport since Monday as the 34-year-old Argentine has been linked with the capital-based club right after his shock departure from Barcelona was announced.

Messi, wearing a T-shirt which said "ici c'est Paris (this is Paris)", waved to fans when walking out of the airport.

PSG released a video later in the afternoon on its official website, which heavily implied that the signing is completed.

A news conference will take place in the auditorium of the Parc des Princes at 11 am on Wednesday.

According to French media L'Equipe, Messi has agreed to a two-year deal with the option of a third year with PSG.


New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul speaks during a news conference the day after Governor Andrew Cuomo announced his resignation at the New York State Capitol, in Albany, New York, Aug 11, 2021. [Photo/Agencies]


>Cuomo resigns amid scandal

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday said he was resigning amid mounting pressures from sexual harassment allegations and investigations as well as calls for resignation from other political figures.

The resignation would take effect in 14 days and Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul would become the governor for the rest of Cuomo's term.

Cuomo has been working as New York governor since January 2011 and his third term will end at the end of 2022.

Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women from 2013 to 2020, said a recent report by independent investigators appointed by New York Attorney General Letitia James.

The New York Assembly is working on impeachment articles against Cuomo on sexual harassment and mishandling of nursing homes amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


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