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chinadaily.com.cn 2022-01-13 17:28


>Measures to keep foreign trade stable

Cargo is loaded onto containerships at Qingdao Port, Shandong province, on Dec 3. [Photo by Zhang Jingang/for China Daily]

The country will further open up the economy and carry out cross-cyclical adjustments to support medium, small and micro-sized foreign trade companies, and guarantee their orders and stabilize expectations, according to guidelines on further stabilizing foreign trade released by the State Council.

The guidelines detailed 15 measures including fiscal and financial support for foreign trade companies as well as incentives for new forms of businesses in foreign trade.

China will also adopt measures to ease the supply chain risks for foreign trade companies and encourage them to sign long-term deals with shipping firms.

The guidelines stressed efforts on imports of bulk commodities to ensure sufficient domestic supply.

The country will further enhance trade liberalization and facilitation, and use the implementation of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership as an opportunity to further stabilize foreign trade, the guidelines said.


>China's steel output declines in 2021

An employee works at a crude steel production factory in Lianyungang, Jiangsu province, on Oct 2, 2021. [Photo/IC]

China produced an estimated 1.03 billion tons of steel last year, down 35 million tons from 2020, said the China Iron and Steel Association on Monday.

In the first 11 months of 2021, China's steel production reached 946 million tons, decreasing 2.6% year on year.

The steel and iron industry's combined profits surged 86.46%, year on year, to 351.7 billion yuan, during the January-November period last year as rising costs and demand pushed up prices.

Enterprises in the industry accelerated green and low-carbon transformation in 2021, with considerable reductions in energy consumption and sulfur dioxide emissions per ton of steel produced.


>Media workers carry backpacks from Beijing 2008


Foreign reporters have been seen carrying around bags from the 2008 Summer Olympics as they work inside the media center for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games.

An Iranian journalist said he would carry the bag from Beijing 2008 every time he covered sports competitions.

“A backpack is a very important item for a photojournalist, and this bag is of high quality and its design is user-friendly,” he said.

Fernando, a Spanish journalist, said that he carried the bag with him during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, and the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

For the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, media workers from around the world will receive a new media package that contains items such as an insulated cup and cultural souvenirs depicting paper-cut window grilles or Chinese knots, among other gifts.


>US sets new grim pandemic records

People walk through Manhattan on a cold afternoon in New York City, on Jan 11, 2022. [Photo/Agencies]

The United States shattered daily COVID-19 case records again as nearly 1.5 million new cases were reported across the country on Monday, according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University.

A total of 1,483,656 new cases and 1,906 new deaths were reported on Monday.

The latest COVID-19 surge in the United States driven by the highly infectious Omicron variant is leading to record high hospitalizations, and critical shortages of healthcare workers.

Health officials said the unvaccinated pushed US hospitalizations to new pandemic highs.

COVID-19 deaths are also spiking.

The country is averaging over 1,500 deaths daily, a new high since mid-October last year, CDC data show.

COVID-19 cases among US children are "increasing exponentially," far exceeding the peak of past waves of the pandemic.

Nearly 8.5 million children in the United States have tested positive for COVID-19 since the onset of the pandemic.


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