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chinadaily.com.cn 2021-12-17 16:55


>Resilience in real economy shores up growth

Aerial photo taken on Dec 5, 2021 shows the sunrise scenery of the Yangpu international container port at Yangpu economic development zone in South China's Hainan province. [Photo/Xinhua]

Retail sales of consumer goods went up 3.9% year on year in November, while value-added industrial output increased 3.8% last month, data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed on Wednesday.

Fixed-asset investment went up 5.2% year on year in the first 11 months of the year.

The country's surveyed urban unemployment rate stood at 5% in November, 0.2 percentage points lower than the same period last year.

"The growth resilience has been continuously enhanced, and the economic operation is generally stable," NBS said in a statement.

"Despite multiple pressures, the fundamentals of China's long-term economic development stood unchanged," said NBS spokesperson Fu Linghui at a press conference.

As macro policy adjustment intensifies, policies to ensure supply and price stability take effect and measures to expand domestic demand gain momentum, expectations from firms will remain generally stable, Fu said.


>Zero-tariff treatment for least-developed countries

A Chinese agricultural expert (second from right) shows workers how to use a drone to spray herbicides over a rice farm in Mozambique. Thanks to China's technical support, yields at the Chinese-backed farm have increased significantly. LIN SHANCHUAN/XINHUA

China will grant zero-tariff treatment on 98% of taxable items originating in the least-developed countries, according to a statement released by the Customs Tariff Commission of the State Council on Wednesday.

Agricultural products such as peanut oil and chemicals such as polythene will be incorporated into the scope of zero-tariff treatment. The move will help to further facilitate China's imports from African countries, and advance the building of a high-level China-Africa community with a shared future, and share market opportunities with the least-developed countries, the commission said.


>Vice premier learns about Beijing 2022 preparations

Photo taken on May 14, 2021 shows the newly built curling and ice hockey training center for Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympics Games in Beijing. [Photo/Xinhua]

China's Vice Premier Han Zheng on Tuesday stressed the need to prioritize prevention and control of the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure a "simple, safe and splendid" 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Han, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and head of a leading group overseeing the Beijing 2022 preparations, made the remarks during an inspection tour of several venues in Beijing, including the National Skating Oval, the Winter Olympic Village, the Main Media Center, the National Indoor Stadium and the National Aquatics Center. Han said the pandemic is a stern test for Games organizers, and urged everyone to stay vigilant at all times and strictly follow COVID-19 countermeasures.

With the Winter Olympics just 50 days away, Han also called for solid efforts in the final preparations at venues and supporting facilities to ensure the smooth running of the Games. The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics will take place between Feb 4 and 20, followed by the Winter Paralympics from March 4 to 13.


>'Gold' picked as Japan's kanji of 2021


The kanji for "金" (kin) was named the single most representative kanji character corresponding to the social mood in Japan this year, by the Japan Kanji Aptitude Testing Foundation on Monday.

The Kyoto-based organization said that "kin" was a fitting choice for 2021 because of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics, where Japanese Olympic team saw their best results ever.

Japanese TV stations broadcast Monday's announcement live as Seihan Mori, master of the ancient Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto, painted the character on a large white panel with an ink-soaked calligraphy brush.

The selection of kanji of the year began in 1995.

The top kanji character last year was mitsu, which means dense, crowded and close, describing the three situations people in Japan were urged to avoid in order to prevent infections.


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