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chinadaily.com.cn 2021-12-28 16:01


>Shenzhou XIII taikonauts complete second EVAs

Screen image taken at Beijing Aerospace Control Center on Dec 26, 2021 shows Chinese taikonaut Ye Guangfu exiting the space station core module Tianhe. [Photo/Xinhua]

Taikonauts Zhai Zhigang and Ye Guangfu have completed their extravehicular activities (EVAs) and returned to the space station core module Tianhe, the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA) said early on Monday. This was the fourth round of EVAs during the construction of the country's space station and the second by the Shenzhou XIII crew. CMSA has declared the EVAs a complete success. CMSA said the pair returned to the core module at 0:55 Beijing time after about six hours of EVAs.

Wang Yaping stayed inside to work with the ground control center operating the mechanical arm and supporting the pair in their extravehicular operations.

CMSA said extravehicular operations are becoming the normal work of space station flight missions.

The Shenzhou XIII crew will continue their in-orbit work as they welcome the new year. This is also the first time that Chinese taikonauts will welcome a new year in space, CMSA added.


>China sees growing transport in Jan-Nov

A trial train hits 220 kilometers per hour on a section of the Shanghai-Suzhou-Nantong Railway during a top-speed test run on May 4, 2020. [Photo provided to China Daily]

The transport sector has completed its annual goals set at the beginning of this year, Liu Pengfei, a spokesman for the Ministry of Transport, said at a news conference on Friday.

From January to November, 3.28 trillion yuan was invested in fixed assets in transportation, including 640.1 billion yuan in railways, 2.53 trillion yuan in freeways and waterways, and 105 billion yuan in civil aviation.

It is expected to build and renovate expressways stretching more than 9,000 kilometers this year. A total of nine new airports have begun operations. The country has newly built more than 1,000 km of rail transit, such as subways, in urban areas.

During the first 11 months, the country handled 7.73 billion passenger trips, a year-on-year decline of 12.2%. However, Liu said, passenger trips in railway, water and civil aviation have increased, while road traffic has dropped.

From January to November, the country handled 47.5 billion metric tons of cargo, a year-on-year increase of 13.5%.

Ports across the country are expected to handle 15.5 billion tons of freight this year.

The ministry also promoted new energy and clean energy vehicles.

More than 86,000 new energy vehicles have been added to deliver parcels in cities, and over 66% of city buses are new energy vehicles.


>China adopts anti-organized crime law

Li Zhanshu, chairman of the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, presides over the first plenary meeting of the 32nd session of the 13th NPC Standing Committee at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, Dec 20, 2021. [Photo/Xinhua]

Chinese lawmakers on Friday voted to adopt an anti-organized crime law in order to strengthen the work of combating and rooting out organized crime in line with the rule of law. The law, to take effect on May 1, 2022, was approved at a session of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress.

The law includes provisions on the criteria for identifying various types of "soft violence", such as organized disturbing, pestering and assembling a crowd to cause an uproar for illegal profits or illegal impacts, as well as the responsibilities of regulators in various industries.

An improved long-term mechanism to prevent and control organized crime within industries will be established, according to the law, which also calls for strengthened oversight and management of industries and fields where organized crime is liable to occur.

To better prevent organized crimes against minors, the law also stipulates that organized crime activities involving minors will face heavier criminal penalties.


>Japan's Hanyu qualifies for Beijing 2022

Yuzuru Hanyu celebrates after winning the men's competition at the national figure skating championships at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, eastern Japan, on Dec 26, 2021. [Photo/IC]

Japan's superstar skater Yuzuru Hanyu will fight for his third successive Olympic crown after winning his sixth national title and qualifying for the Beijing Olympic Winter Games on Sunday. The 27-year-old, competing in his first event in more than eight months, performed a long-awaited quadruple axel but landed with two feet.

"I can finally breathe a sigh of relief," he said of the quadruple axel, adding that landing with two feet is a result he can "accept at the moment". "I will continue the practicse," he said.

Asked if he would perform the quad axel again in Beijing, he simply said, "I will try my best."


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