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chinadaily.com.cn 2021-11-25 15:37


>China's polar icebreaker sets sail

Xuelong 2 sets sail from its homeport in Shanghai for its first Arctic expedition, on July 15, 2020. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

Xuelong 2, China's first domestically built polar icebreaker, set off Tuesday from Shanghai for the country's 38th Antarctic scientific expedition.

The vessel, carrying a 101-member team, will work with the icebreaker Xuelong, which set sail on Nov 5 with 154 members on board for the polar expedition, the Polar Research Institute of China said.

Hydrological, meteorological, and environmental investigations in the South Pole and monitoring of new pollutants like microplastics and drifting garbage in the Antarctic Ocean will take place during this scientific expedition. It will also carry supply and rotational staff to China's Zhongshan Station and Great Wall Station in the region.

The two ships are expected to return to China in mid-April next year.


>China has 4,762 'little giant' firms

A technician works on the production line of a circuit board in a high-tech company in Hai'an, Jiangsu province. [Photo/Xinhua]

China has incubated 4,762 national-level "little giant" enterprises to date, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology on Tuesday.

"Little giant" firms are small enterprises still in the early stage of development that focus on the new generations of information technology, high-end equipment manufacturing, new energy, new materials, biomedicine and other high-end fields.

The operating incomes and total profits of "little giant" enterprises respectively increased 31.6 and 67.9 percent in the first nine months of this year, Xu Xiaolan, vice minister of the MIIT, said at a news briefing.

The "little giant" enterprises have strong innovation capacities and development resilience, Xu said, adding a majority are operating in basic industrial fields and have invested more than 10 million yuan in research and development.

By the end of October, more than 70 percent of "little giant" enterprises were able to obtain loans, and their average loan balance was 75.26 million yuan.


>Hong Kong plans to issue green bonds

The SAR government will issue RMB green bonds following the successful issuance of US dollar- and euro-denominated bonds earlier this month. [Photo/IC]

The government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region plans to issue renminbi-denominated green bonds to further strengthen Hong Kong's status as an offshore RMB hub and green financial center.

Fitch Ratings assigned Hong Kong's proposed RMB-denominated bonds an "AA-" rating.

Proceeds from the bonds will be used to finance or refinance green projects as set out in the government's green bond framework, the agency said in a commentary posted on Monday.

The move shows the SAR's strong promotion of green finance development, and it will encourage more investors from the Chinese mainland to issue offshore green bonds and accelerate low-carbon construction, analysts said.

The SAR government announced on Thursday it issued US dollar and euro-denominated green bonds equivalent to $3 billion in total.


>Biden intends to run for reelection

US President Joe Biden announces the release of 50 million barrels of oil from the US Strategic Petroleum Reserve during a speech in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building's South Court Auditorium at the White House in Washington, US, Nov 23, 2021. [Photo/Agencies]

US President Joe Biden intends to run for reelection in 2024, White House press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed Monday.

"That’s his intention," Psaki told reporters, confirming reports Biden has been telling advisers and staff he plans to run again in 2024.

The Washington Post reported over the weekend Biden and his advisers have been reassuring allies in recent days he plans to seek a second term.

Still, speculation whether he will seek the presidency again has been fueled by his age and his waning popularity in recent weeks.


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