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chinadaily.com.cn 2021-09-07 17:28


>Plan set for cooperation zone

China's central authorities have issued a general plan for building a Guangdong-Macao in-depth cooperation zone in Hengqin. The plan, issued by the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the State Council, was made public on Sunday.

Building the zone is a major arrangement to enrich the practice of "one country, two systems," and will be an important driving force for Macao's long-term development.

Hengqin is located in the southern part of Zhuhai city in Guangdong province, just across the Macao Special Administrative Region. The total area of the cooperation zone will be about 106 square km, according to the plan.

The plan sets the goal for the zone to fully demonstrate the strong vitality and strength of "one country, two systems" by 2035, when the goal of Macao's appropriate economic diversification will be basically realized.


Investors check share prices at a securities firm in Nanjing, Jiangsu province. [Photo by Xing Qu/For China Daily]


>Operation rules for Beijing stock exchange

China on Sunday started to solicit public opinion for the detailed operation rules of the new stock exchange which is to be set up in Beijing, a primary platform for smaller firms to meet their financing needs.

These rules, unveiled on the official website of China's National Equities Exchange and Quotations (NEEQ), involved the procedures of listing, trading and membership management of the new stock exchange.

Rules will conform to the current regulatory arrangements for listed companies to ensure the consistency of regulatory standards among all bourses, according to the draft.

Differentiated institutional arrangement will be made tailored by the innovation-oriented small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and the listing mechanism will match with the market-oriented issuance and listing mechanisms under the registration-based IPO system.

Beijing stock exchange will generally continue the trading rules of the "new third board" selected layer, as an effort to embody characteristics of SMEs stock trading and ensure the continuity and consistency of market transactions.


Silver medalist Hongzhuan Zhou (left) and gold medalist Fang Gao celebrate with the Chinese national flag after winning the women's 100m T53 final at the Tokyo Paralympics on Sept 1. [Photo/Agencies]


>Team China shines as Paralympics end

With the extinguishing of the flame in the caldron, the Tokyo Paralympic Games closed on Sunday night, with Team China winning 207 medals to top the tally. The Chinese athletes - 40% of them first-time Paralympians - won 96 gold medals, 60 silvers and 51 bronzes.

Great Britain trailed in second place with 124 medals, followed by the United States and the Russian Paralympic Committee.

It was the fifth consecutive time that Team China dominated the Paralympics - it first topped the ranking in 2004 with 63 golds.


Mountains are wreathed in mist in the Shennongjia National Park, Hubei province. [Photo/For China Daily]


>Nearly 30% of assessed species face extinction

Nearly 30% of the 138,374 species assessed by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) for its survival watchlist are now at risk of vanishing in the wild forever, while 902 have gone extinct, as the destructive impact of human activity on the natural world deepens.

A key message from the IUCN Congress, taking place in the French city of Marseille, is that disappearing species and the destruction of ecosystems are no less existential threats than global warming.

"These Red List assessments demonstrate just how closely our lives and livelihoods are intertwined with biodiversity," IUCN Director General Bruno Oberle said in a statement.

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species is the "gold standard" for measuring how close animal and plant species are to dying out.


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