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>Plan to digitalize government services approved

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A State Council executive meeting on Wednesday reviewed and approved a plan to digitalize government services nationwide during the 14th Five-Year Plan period (2021-2025). China will accelerate the construction of a digital government to improve administrative services, according to the meeting, which was chaired by Premier Li Keqiang.

Accordingly, the country should create a national digital government network to improve regional and interagency information sharing, and ensure its digital public services cover more sectors and become more accessible, according to the meeting. It also needs to increase the use of digital technologies during major emergencies and encourage the digitalization of market regulation, the meeting said.


>China, US reach consensuses on journalist visas


After multiple rounds of consultations, China and the United States have reached three agreements on their visa policies for journalists based on the principles of mutual respect, reciprocity and mutual benefit, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said at a daily press briefing on Wednesday.

The two sides agreed to ensure that journalists from either country currently based in the other country can enter and leave that country normally on the premise of strictly observing laws and consular regulations.

They also agreed to issue one-year multiple entry visas to journalists from the other country.

Both parties will approve visas on an equal footing for new journalists who meet application requirements in accordance with laws and regulations.


>Nation's first F1 driver

Zhou Guanyu celebrates after winning the first leg of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship in Pau, France, May 12, 2018. [Photo/IC]

Racing young gun Zhou Guanyu has made motor racing history after being named China's first Formula One driver. Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN announced on Tuesday the 22-year-old will join their team for the 2022 season, with the opening race scheduled for the Sakhir circuit in Bahrain on March 20. Zhou's teammate at Alfa Romeo will be Finnish racing veteran Valtteri Bottas, 32.

"Becoming an F1 driver has always been my dream, and I'm really excited to finally fulfill that dream," Zhou told China Daily in an exclusive interview. "I'm looking forward to the opening race of the next F1 season. And I will learn from my teammate, Valtteri Bottas, who is a very experienced driver."


>'Pedaling Picasso' draws moustachioed man


A cyclist who calls himself the "Pedaling Picasso" has traced a route across London depicting a moustachioed man. Anthony Hoyte cycled 75 miles to create the image.

Hoyte, who is 53 and from Cheltenham, cycled for eight hours and 27 minutes to paint the picture.

He has previously cycled a Santa face across the West Midlands and a reindeer head over London.

His latest work is to raise money for men's mental health charity Movember.

He hopes to raise £3,925 - a pound for every man's life lost to suicide in 2020.


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