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chinadaily.com.cn 2021-11-18 17:38


>Xi stresses sound China-US ties in virtual meeting with Biden

President Xi Jinping meets with US President Joe Biden via video link, in Beijing, capital of China, Nov 16, 2021. [Photo/Xinhua]

President Xi Jinping on Tuesday called for developing a sound and steady China-US relationship during a virtual meeting with US President Joe Biden.

Xi said China and the United States should respect each other, coexist in peace and pursue win-win cooperation.

Xi pointed out both China and the US are at critical stages of development, and the "global village" of humanity faces multiple challenges.

As the world's two largest economies and permanent members of the UN Security Council, China and the US need to increase communication and cooperation, each run their domestic affairs well and, at the same time, shoulder their share of international responsibilities and work together to advance the noble cause of world peace and development, Xi said.

This is the shared desire of the people of the two countries and around the world, and the joint mission of Chinese and American leaders, he said.


>Beijing 2022 unveils menu for athletes


Organizers of the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games have released a menu of 678 dishes that will be served during the Games to athletes from diverse cultural backgrounds.

The menu, approved by the International Olympic Committee, was designed to meet the different dietary needs of athletes while also taking religious diversity into consideration, organizers said.

Those 678 dishes will be provided in turns, and around 200 dishes will be available for athletes each day in the three competition zones of Beijing, Yanqing and Zhangjiakou.

The 2022 Winter Olympics coincides with China's Spring Festival, and food from different regions of China will enable global athletes to fully experience Chinese cuisine.


>Authorities urged to root out academic tutoring

A girl takes an English course online at home in Beijing on March 30. [Photo provided to China Daily]

The Ministry of Education has asked local education authorities to differentiate academic tutoring companies from non-academic ones to prevent institutions from conducting curriculum-based training under the guise of non-academic tutoring.

The differentiation should be based on the purpose, content and evaluation method of the tutoring, the ministry said in a guideline issued on Monday.

Tutoring companies that aim to improve students' academic knowledge and grades, teach academic subjects or evaluate students based on their exam results should be classified as academic ones, it said.

Local education authorities should organize expert teams not involved in the tutoring companies to distinguish between them, the ministry said.

Tutoring companies should conduct self-examination and evaluation and not try to hide behind new identities to avoid regulation, it added.


>China's employment stable

A job seeker inquires at a company's booth at a job fair in Yichang, Hubei province, on Jan 2, 2021. [Photo by Wang Jianfeng/for China Daily]

China has created 11.33 million new jobs in its urban areas during the first 10 months of this year, achieving the target for the whole year in advance. China's surveyed urban unemployment rate stood at 4.9% in October, 0.4 percentage points lower than the same period last year, data from the National Bureau of Statistics show.

From January to October, the country's surveyed urban unemployment rate averaged 5.1%, NBS spokesperson Fu Linghui said on Monday.

"The surveyed unemployment rate among those aged between 16 and 24 has dropped for three consecutive months, showing that the employment situation of young people is gradually improving," Fu said, adding the main reason is a gradual increase in the employment of college students.

The rate among those aged between 25 and 59, the majority of the labor market, stood at 4.2% in October, the same level as in September. China's State Council has released a plan this year on boosting employment for the 14th Five-Year Plan period (2021-2025), vowing to add over 55 million new urban jobs in the next five years.


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