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chinadaily.com.cn 2022-01-20 14:35


>Plan issued for transportation networks

A Fuxing bullet train runs on the Lhasa-Nyingchi railway during a trial operation in Shannan, Southwest China's Tibet autonomous region, June 16, 2021. [Photo/Xinhua]

China has unveiled a plan outlining major targets for transportation network development in the 14th Five-Year Plan period (2021-2025).

High-speed railways will stretch to a total length of 50,000 kilometers in 2025 — up from 38,000 kilometers in 2020 — and 250-km/h routes are expected to cover 95 percent of cities with populations above 500,000, per the document released by the State Council.

Cities will see 72 percent of buses running on new energy, an improvement from the present 66.2 percent, and the carbon dioxide emission intensity of the transportation sector will be decreased by 5 percent.

In 2025, grain, energy and ore transportation safety in major channels will have a stronger guarantee, and international logistics supply chains will be better protected.

Looking to 2035, the plan aims to build "1-2-3 circles" for passenger trips and the transportation of goods.


>China stresses employment for recently impoverished

A worker shows newly harvested mushroom in a poverty-alleviation workshop in Congjiang county, Guizhou province, July 16, 2021. [Photo/IC]

To consolidate its poverty elimination achievements, China will strive to ensure at least 30 million people who have been lifted out of poverty are employed this year, a senior official said on Tuesday. In 2021, some 31.45 million people lifted out of poverty found jobs, said Liu Huanxin, deputy chief of the Office of the Central Rural Work Leading Group and head of the National Rural Revitalization Administration. That number is 1.26 million more than the 2020 level, Liu said, pledging efforts to achieve even better results this year.

To that end, Liu said work will be done to boost labor service cooperation between provinces, cities and counties, develop characteristic industries, provide public welfare jobs in rural areas and support entrepreneurship and flexible employment.


>Pilot digital yuan hits 87.57B

A staff member of the Bank of Communications Beijing Branch instructs a visitor to open a digital RMB wallet on a mobile phone, on June 16, 2021. [Photo/Xinhua]

China's digital yuan transactions hit nearly 87.57 billion yuan at the end of 2021, as the country ramped up research and pilot use of the central bank's digital currency. A total of 261 million personal wallets for the digital yuan had been opened, and the number of pilot scenarios had exceeded 8.08 million, said Zou Lan, an official with the People's Bank of China, at a news conference Tuesday.

He said the central bank would continue promoting research and development of the digital fiat currency, or the e-CNY, and further deepen pilot use of e-CNY in retail services, government services and other scenarios.

>US’ garbage piles up amid pandemic wave


The Omicron variant is sickening so many sanitation workers around the US that some cities have had to delay or suspend garbage or recycling pickup, leaving residents shocked governments can't perform this most basic of functions.

The slowdowns have caused recycling bins full of Christmas gift boxes and wrapping paper to languish on Nashville curbs, trash bags to pile up on Philadelphia streets and uncollected yard waste - grass clippings, leaves, branches - to block sidewalks in Atlanta.

This garbage crisis is actually the third of the pandemic. The first happened in the spring of 2020, when COVID-19 first took hold in the US. Problems arose again as the Delta variant spiked over the summer.

The Solid Waste Association of North America warned government officials and trash haulers in December to "plan now for staffing shortages".


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