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chinadaily.com.cn 2021-12-23 15:45


>Women's average life expectancy exceeds 80 years

Yang Yingfen, head of a non-profit organization for social wellbeing, visits a senior in hospital. [Photo/Chinanews.com.cn]

The average life expectancy of Chinese women reached 80.88 years in 2020, up from 77.37 years in 2010, according to the National Bureau of Statistics. Chinese women's social status has been raised significantly over the past decade, and their sense of accomplishment, happiness and security has increased dramatically, an NBS report said on the results of the Outline for the Development of Chinese Women (2011-2020).

The gender gap in compulsory education has been eliminated, with the net enrollment rate of primary school-aged girls remaining above 99.9 percent for six consecutive years since 2015, the same as boys.

With the improvement of policies for employment and starting businesses over the past decade, employment channels for women have been expanded, and the number of women in the workforce has seen a steady increase.

There were 67.79 million female employees in urban work units last year, up 39.5 percent from 2010.

Women currently account for 43.5 percent of China's total employment, according to the report.


>Over 80 percent of tutoring firms close

Students practice roller-skating on Tuesday at Xinxiguan Primary School in Neiqiu county, Xingtai, Hebei province. Students have a number of options for extracurricular activities including calligraphy, sports and dance, which aim to give them a healthier development. [Photo/Xinhua]

Significant progress has been made in regulating the after-school tutoring market and the number of academic tutoring institutions has been considerably reduced, the Ministry of Education said on Tuesday. The number of online academic tutoring institutions has been slashed by 84.1 percent, and the number of offline ones by 83.8 percent, it said, adding any remaining tutoring institutions should be turned into nonprofits or closed.

Advertising by tutoring companies has been basically stamped out and capital investment in such companies has also been withdrawn, the ministry said.

A survey by the ministry found 92.7 percent of schools have opened after-school arts and sports activity classes, 88.3 percent offer reading as an after-school activity, and 87.3 percent are conducting interest groups and clubs.

In a survey conducted by the National Bureau of Statistics, 73 percent of parents said their children's homework had been markedly reduced and 85 percent said they were satisfied with the after-school service offered by schools.


>Commemorative banknotes for Beijing 2022

The polymer banknote for the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games features figure skaters on the front side and the "Ice Cube" on the back. [Photo/The People's Bank of China]

China's central bank issued a set of commemorative banknotes for the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games on Tuesday. The set includes a polymer note and a paper note. Both notes, with a denomination of 20 yuan, feature the official emblem of the 24th Winter Olympics on the obverse. The polymer note and the paper note feature figure skaters and a freestyle skiing athlete on the front side, respectively.

A total of 200 million sets of commemorative banknotes will be issued, according to the People's Bank of China.


>Self-developed games expand overseas

A fan plays Chinese multiplayer online battle game PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, on his smartphone in Ji'nan, East China's Shandong province, on March 16, 2018. [Photo/IC]

China's self-developed games expanded their presence in the overseas market in 2021, an industrial report showed recently.

The country's actual sales revenue of self-developed games in the overseas market totaled $18.01 billion, surging 16.59 percent year-on-year, according to a report released by CNG, a research institute on the gaming industry.

The United States, Japan and the Republic of Korea are the three major overseas markets for China-developed games, contributing to nearly two-thirds of all overseas revenue.

Being one of the most lucrative markets in China, the gaming market reported robust growth in 2021, seeing its annual actual sales revenue stand at 296.51 billion yuan, nudging up 6.4 percent year-on-year.

The report also showed the actual sales revenue of the mobile gaming market, the bulk of the country's gaming market, went up 7.57 percent year-on-year to 225.54 billion yuan in 2021.


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