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chinadaily.com.cn 2021-12-31 16:30


>Controls stepped up to ensure safe holiday travel

Staff members disinfect and clean the facilities at a subway station in Shanghai, Nov 27, 2021. [Photo/Xinhua]

Zhuo Li, vice-director of emergency response with the Ministry of Transport, said at a news conference on Wednesday that the Spring Festival holiday will lead to a surge in trips. "We estimate that during the 40-day travel rush — from Jan 17 to Feb 25 — trips will outnumber 2021, when 870 million trips were made, and may even be higher than in 2020, when 1.48 billion trips were made."

"We will ask vehicle operators to check travelers' health codes," Zhuo said, adding that the ministry will "strengthen efforts to crack down on illegal behavior on transportation and prevent travelers from being stranded due to inclement weather."

The Ministry of Culture and Tourism will continue to order the suspension of group tours to destinations with areas listed as having a medium or high risk of infection over the holidays.

Yu Changguo, the ministry's deputy director of market management, said at the news conference that travel agencies should monitor the health of staff members and organize regular nucleic acid tests for them.


>China issues white paper on export controls

Containers carrying goods for export are seen in Qingdao Port, East China's Shandong province. [Photo/VCG]

China issued on Wednesday its first white paper on export controls.

The document, titled "China's Export Controls" and released by the State Council Information Office, elaborated on China's position, institutions, and practices in improving export control governance, as well as its commitments and actions to safeguard world peace and development, and security at the national and international level.

The main body of the white paper consists of four parts: China's basic position on export control, continued improvement to the legal and regulatory system for export control, modernization of the export control system, and international exchanges and cooperation.


>Higher-quality employment emphasized

As graduation nears, university students look at company profiles and available positions at a job fair in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, on May 16, 2021. YANG SUPING/FOR CHINA DAILY

The Ministry of Education said on Tuesday it will make the utmost efforts to ensure college graduates find fuller and higher-quality employment amid a record number of students graduating from university next year. China is expected to have 10.76 million new college graduates next year, up by 1.67 million from this year, with the total number of graduates and the growth volume both setting records, said Wang Hui, director of the ministry's department of college student affairs.

The country's economy is resilient and the economic fundamentals remain strong in the long term, which has laid a solid foundation for ensuring stable employment for college graduates, Wang said at a news conference.

However, the employment situation remains complex as the country's economic development still faces international and domestic challenges.

Some graduates find it difficult to find jobs while some companies also have trouble hiring new employees, Wang said, adding that employment demand and supply varies greatly among students according to major, industry and region.

The ministry will work with other government departments to ensure local authorities and universities effectively implement various employment promotion policies, Wang said.


>WHO warns of 'tsunami of cases' from Omicron, Delta

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), attends a news conference in Geneva, Switzerland, Dec 20, 2021. [Photo/Agencies]

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), cautioned on Wednesday that the more transmissible Omicron, along with the currently circulating Delta variants, might lead to "a tsunami of cases".

He said at a press briefing that "this will put immense pressure on exhausted health workers and health systems on the brink of collapse and again disrupt lives and livelihoods," citing the pressure as not only new COVID-19 patients requiring hospitalization but also a large number of health workers getting sick themselves.
谭德塞表示,"这将给本已疲惫的医疗工作者和处于崩溃边缘的卫生系统带来巨大压力,并再次扰乱人们的生活和生计。" 他指出,压力不仅来自需要入院治疗的新确诊的新冠患者,还来自大量生病的医疗工作者。


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