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A shopper buys vegetables at a supermarket in Handan, Hebei province. [Photo/For China Daily]


>FAI up 10.3% in Jan-July

China's fixed-asset investment (FAI) went up 10.3% year-on-year in the first seven months of this year, data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed Monday. During the January-July period, FAI amounted to 30.25 trillion yuan.

Compared with the 2019 level, FAI growth came in at 8.7% for the period. The average January-July growth rate in the last two years stood at 4.3%.

Investment by the private sectors rose 13.4% to 17.35 trillion yuan in the first seven months.

On a month-on-month basis, FAI gained 0.18% in July.

FAI includes capital spent on infrastructure, property, machinery and other physical assets.


Yoshihide Suga, Japan's prime minister, delivers a speech during a memorial service marking the 76th anniversary of the end of World War II in Tokyo, Japan August 15, 2021. [Photo/Agencies]


>China urges Japan to reflect on aggression

China urges Japan to earnestly honor its statements and commitments on facing up to and reflecting on its history of aggression, and act prudently on historical issues including Yasukuni Shrine, a foreign ministry spokesperson said on Sunday.

Spokesperson Hua Chunying's remarks came after Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga sent a monetary offering to the notorious war-linked Yasukuni Shrine, and former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, several cabinet members and some lawmakers paid a visit.

"The Chinese side has lodged solemn representations with the Japanese side through diplomatic channels in both Beijing and Tokyo to voice strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition," she said.

Hua urged Japan to make a clean break with militarism and win the trust of its Asian neighbors and the international community through concrete action.

The Yasukuni Shrine, where 14 World War II Class-A war criminals are honored, is a spiritual tool and symbol of the Japanese militarism's aggression, Hua said.

"What some Japanese political figures have done on the issue of the Yasukuni Shrine affronts historical justice and seriously hurts the feelings of people in the victimized Asian countries, including China. It again reflects Japan's wrong attitude towards its own history of aggression," she said.


University students look at company profiles and available positions at a job fair in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, on May 16, 2021. [Photo by Yang Suping/For China Daily]


>Graduates value salary, industry prospects

A good salary and industry prospects are valued when choosing the first job, over half of respondents said in a recent survey.

The survey published in Thursday's edition of China Youth Daily had polled 1,533 respondents - 30% fresh graduates and over 36% less than two years into work.

Other factors influencing their first job choices are job stability (35%), whether the job suits one's interests (29.2%) and whether the position requires working overtime (13.1%).

As for what is expected from their first job, 66% believe it is the experience of dealing with business affairs and people. Long-term career development planning (58.3%) and industry skills (55.3%) are also among the things respondents wanted most from their first job.


Photo taken on Aug 15, 2021 shows a road in Kabul, capital of Afghanistan. [Photo/Xinhua]


>Taliban controls capital Kabul

Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani left the country on Sunday night, while Taliban forces entered the capital of Kabul and took control of the presidential palace.

Ghani confirmed on his Facebook page late on Sunday he has left the country, saying the move was intended to prevent bloodshed and that the Taliban is now responsible for protecting the honor and wealth of the Afghan people.

Ghani did not mention his current location in the Facebook post.

A curfew has been imposed in Kabul starting at 9 pm local time on Sunday to prevent violence.

Afghan acting Interior Minister Abdul Sattar Mirzakwal said on Sunday "power will be peacefully transferred to a transitional government."

The UN Security Council has decided to hold an emergency meeting on Afghanistan on Monday.


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