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Candidates look at employment opportunities at a job fair in Nanjing, Jiangsu province. [Photo by Liu Jianhua/For China Daily]


>Maximum student loan values raised

Chinese college students with financial difficulties can apply for more interest-free loans as the government has increased loan ceilings for undergraduate and postgraduate students, according to a new notice. Undergraduate students can apply for a maximum of 12,000 yuan in loans per person each year, according to the notice, which was released by the ministries of finance and education, the People's Bank of China and the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission. The new limit is an increase of 4,000 yuan. Postgraduate students can apply for up to 16,000 yuan each year, up from 12,000 yuan, the notice said. The loans should mainly be used to cover tuition and accommodation, and any extra money can be used for daily expenses, the notice said, adding the new policy has been implemented since the start of the autumn semester.

Students do not need to pay the principal or interest while they are still in college and can apply for a five-year probation period after graduation, during which they only pay interest.



>National reading campaign for 2021

China's publication authority has requested submissions of projects for promoting reading nationwide in 2021.

The campaign will select and recommend reading-related projects focused on the centenary of the Communist Party of China and promoting Party history education, according to the National Press and Publication Administration.

Projects that employ new technologies to explore multimedia and multi-platform reading will also be included in the candidate list.


A panoramic view of the financial area in Hong Kong. [Photo/Xinhua]


>HK ranked as world's freest economy

The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government on Tuesday expressed satisfaction that Canada's Fraser Institute once again ranked Hong Kong as the world's freest economy in its Economic Freedom of the World 2021 Annual Report.

"This is an unequivocal affirmation of Hong Kong's long-standing and steadfast commitment to building a free economy with a level playing field," a government spokesman said.

Hong Kong has gained the top rank since the inception of the report.

In this year's report, among the five areas of assessment, Hong Kong continued to rank top in "Freedom to Trade Internationally" and "Regulation."

As an inalienable part of China, Hong Kong enjoys a high degree of autonomy under "one country, two systems" and comes directly under the central government, the spokesman said.

Upholding and implementing the principle of "one country, two systems" is in the interests of the Hong Kong people, conducive for maintaining Hong Kong's prosperity and stability and serves the fundamental interests of the nation, the spokesman said.


A child skips to school on the first day of a return to class during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, US, Dec 7, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]


>US child COVID-19 cases rise

COVID-19 infections have risen "exponentially" among children in the United States in the past two weeks, according to a report published Monday by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

"After declining in early summer, child cases have increased exponentially with nearly 500,000 cases in the past two weeks," the report said.

As of Thursday, nearly 5.3 million children have tested positive for COVID-19 since the onset of the pandemic.

More than 243,000 cases were added in the past week, the second-highest number of child cases in a week since the pandemic began.

For the week ending Thursday, the number of child cases covered 28.9 percent of weekly reported COVID-19 cases, it said, adding children under 18 make up 22.2 percent of the US population.


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