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chinadaily.com.cn 2022-01-19 17:14


>China's GDP expands 8.1 pct in 2021

Lujiazui, the financial center in Shanghai, forms a perfect backdrop to the Bund area. [Wang Gang/For China Daily]

China's economy posted stable growth in 2021 despite epidemic resurgences and a complicated external environment, official data showed Monday. The country's gross domestic product expanded 8.1 percent year-on-year to 114 trillion yuan last year, the National Bureau of Statistics said.

In the fourth quarter, the country's GDP expanded 4 percent year-on-year.

China's economy has continued stable recovery in 2021, leading the world in both economic development and epidemic control, the NBS said, while warning of the threefold pressures of demand contraction, supply shocks and weakening expectations amid an increasingly complicated external environment.


>Beijing COVID-19 case linked to int'l mail

People wait for COVID-19 tests at an emergency testing site in Beijing's Haidian district on Monday. [Photo by WANG HAIXIN/FOR CHINA DAILY]

Source tracing has linked Beijing's new COVID-19 infection with international mail, a health official said Monday.

The new case was reported on Saturday and is confirmed to be of the Omicron variant.

The patient received a parcel on Jan 11 delivered from Canada to Beijing via the United States and Hong Kong. She said she had touched the outside surface of the package and the first page of the document inside, according to Pang Xinghuo, deputy director of Beijing's center for disease control and prevention.

Pang said they had collected 22 environmental samples from the international mail, and nucleic acid tests all came back positive.


>Beijing 2022 spectator policy finalized

Beijing 2022 mascots Bing Dwen Dwen and Shuey Rhon Rhon are among the attractions at the World Winter Sports (Beijing) Expo at Shougang Industrial Park in the capital. [Photo/Xinhua]

The Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games organizers have unveiled the final version of their spectator policy on Monday.

"Given the current grave and complicated situation of the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure the safety of all participants and spectators, it was decided that tickets should not be sold anymore but be part of an adapted program that will invite groups of spectators to be present on site during the Games," a statement by the organizers read. "The organizers expect that these spectators will strictly abide by the COVID-19 countermeasures before, during and after each event as pre-conditions for the safe and sound delivery of the Games.”


>Guidelines issued on blind boxes

Consumers visit a store of Pop Mart at Beijing APM, a shopping mall along Wangfujing Street, on Jan 3. The sales network of Pop Mart, a company that makes trendy toys packaged randomly in what are called blind boxes, covers 21 countries and regions. [Photo/CHINA DAILY]

Shanghai has issued guidelines on the sale of blind boxes.

Some of the clauses in the guideline have triggered public discussion, including one that says a blind box should not be priced over 200 yuan, and another that bans the sale of blind boxes to children under 8.

Released by the Shanghai Municipal Market Supervision Bureau on Friday, the guideline said blind box operators must clearly mark on the package the number of each type of blind box series produced, and the probability of getting each item.

The guideline said the products in the boxes must be daily items, works of art or used for recreation.

Commodities with strict requirements for storage and shipping or use, such as special food, drugs, medical devices, toxic and hazardous items, flammable articles, explosives and live animals, cannot be sold in blind boxes.


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