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China is trying to strike a balance between encouraging fintech development and preventing financial risks via prudent regulation. [Photo/CFP]


>Draft law against profiteering on big data

A draft law submitted to China's top legislature for review has proposed to make provisions against big data-enabled price discrimination against existing customers. The draft law on the protection of personal information was submitted to the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress for its third reading on Tuesday.

The draft stipulates that automated decision-making using personal information should not unfairly treat individuals in terms of transaction price and other trade conditions.

When pushing information and business marketing to individuals through automated decision-making, personal information processors should provide options that don't target personal characteristics at the same time, or offer ways of rejection, according to the draft.


Photo released on June 11, 2021 by the China National Space Administration (CNSA) shows a selfie of China's first Mars rover Zhurong with the landing platform. [Photo/CNSA/Handout via Xinhua]

>Mars rover accomplishes planned tasks

China's Mars rover Zhurong has accomplished its exploration and detection tasks as planned, according to the China National Space Administration (CNSA) on Tuesday. As of Aug 15, 2021, Zhurong had worked on the surface of Mars for 90 Martian days, or about 92 days on Earth, with all scientific payloads having started to work on detection tasks, said the administration. The rover has traveled 889 meters as of Aug 15, and its scientific payloads have collected about 10 GB of raw data.

Now the rover runs stably and operates in good condition with sufficient energy. The CNSA added that the rover will continue to move to the boundary zone between the ancient sea and the ancient land in the southern part of Utopia Planitia and will carry out additional tasks.


Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid (left) leaves after giving the group's first news conference in Kabul on Tuesday following the group's stunning takeover of Afghanistan. [Photo/Agencies]


>Taliban tries to form inclusive government

The Taliban did not want to have any internal or external enemies, and intended to form an inclusive government in Afghanistan, a Taliban spokesman said on Tuesday. At its first news conference since the Taliban's takeover of most parts of Afghanistan on Sunday, the group's spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said Afghanistan wanted to have very good relations with foreign countries to revive its economy and ensure prosperity.

Afghanistan would be drug free if the international community provided assistance to the country so that it would have alternative crops for the country, he said.

Talking about current discussions of forming a new government, Mujahid said all Afghans would have representation in the future set-up of Afghanistan.

"Afghanistan will have a strong, Islamic government," he said, adding the Taliban leadership was working and consulting on the name and specifications of the new government.


Free-floating ice jammed into the Ilulissat Icefjord during unseasonably warm weather creates an otherworldly landscape near Ilulissat, Greenland, on July 30, 2019. [Photo/VCG]


>Climate 'tipping points' close

Some 73% of people now believe that Earth's climate is approaching abrupt and irreversible "tipping points" due to human activity, according to a global opinion poll released Tuesday.

The survey showed that more than half (58%) of respondents in G20 nations feel very or extremely concerned about the state of the planet.

Scientists are increasingly concerned that some feedback loops in nature - such as irreversible melting of ice sheets or permafrost - may be close to being triggered as mankind's carbon emissions show no signs of slowing.

The IPCC report warned that Earth is on course to be 1.5 C hotter than pre-industrial times around 2030 - a full decade earlier than it projected just three years ago.

Tuesday's survey showed that people in developing nations were more likely to be willing to protect nature and the climate than those in richer countries.


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