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chinadaily.com.cn 2022-04-19 18:36


>China's GDP expands in Q1

Workers work at a factory of Harbin Boiler Co Ltd of Harbin Electric Corporation in Harbin, Northeast China's Heilongjiang province, April 14, 2022. [Photo/Xinhua]

China's first-quarter GDP expanded 4.8 percent compared to the previous year amid pressures from a more complicated international environment and a resurgence of COVID-19 cases, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Monday.

The country's gross domestic product reached 27.02 trillion yuan in the first quarter. On a quarter-on-quarter basis, China's GDP grew by 1.3 percent in the first three months of the year.

The country's value-added industrial output grew 6.5 percent on a yearly basis in the first quarter.

Retail sales grew by 3.3 percent to 10.87 trillion yuan in the first quarter from the same period last year, and fixed-asset investment rose by 9.3 percent year-on-year in the January-March period.

The surveyed urban jobless rate came in at 5.8 percent last month, up from 5.5 percent in February, the bureau said.


>Shenzhou-13 crew returns to Earth

In this combo photo, astronauts Zhai Zhigang, Wang Yaping and Ye Guangfu (from L to R) are out of the return capsule of the Shenzhou-13 spaceship at the Dongfeng landing site in north China's Inner Mongolia autonomous region on April 16, 2022. [Photo/Xinhua]

Three Chinese astronauts of the Shenzhou-13 manned space mission have completed their six-month sojourn and returned to Earth safely on Saturday. Completion of the mission shows China has completed the verification of key technologies of its space station, and also sets a record for Chinese astronauts' time in orbit, the China Manned Space Agency said. Shenzhou-13's return capsule, carrying astronauts Zhai Zhigang, Wang Yaping and Ye Guangfu, touched down at the Dongfeng landing site in North China's Inner Mongolia autonomous region at 9:56 a.m. (Beijing Time).


>Nucleic acid testing capacity improved

A resident shows a health code on her mobile phone before taking a nucleic acid test in East China's Shanghai, April 18, 2022. [Photo/VCG]

China's capacity and efficiency for nucleic acid testing have been improved so infections can be tracked in a timelier manner and the dynamic zero-COVID policy can be more effectively implemented, the country's top health regulator said.

The country's testing capacity has risen to 51.65 million samples a day. At present, 13,100 medical institutes are able to test samples and nearly 150,000 technicians are currently engaged in testing work, according to statistics released by the National Health Commission on Saturday.

A total of 37 reagents used for testing samples have been approved and test results are generally issued within six hours, the commission said, adding detection strategies and methods are also being optimized and promoted.


>PBOC to deploy tools to support real economy

A worker works at a production workshop in Nanjing, East China's Jiangsu province, March 25, 2022. [Photo/Xinhua]

The People's Bank of China, the country's central bank, said on Thursday it will use multiple monetary tools to step up support for the real economy and reduce corporate financing costs.

"The PBOC will use multiple monetary tools to improve the functioning of monetary policy on both the aggregate and structural fronts and beef up support for the real economy," said Ruan Jianhong, a spokeswoman for the central bank. With policy assistance, the country's credit growth is expected to be steady and facilitate economic recovery, Ruan said, adding China's long-term economic fundamentals remain solid despite a resurgence of COVID-19 and a rise in external uncertainties. Ruan made the remarks at a news conference on Thursday after the State Council, China's Cabinet, decided at an executive meeting on Wednesday to lower the reserve requirement ratio at an appropriate time.


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