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chinadaily.com.cn 2022-06-08 15:16


>College entrance exam begins as scheduled

High school students stride away from a testing site for the gaokao, or national college entrance examination, in Langzhong, Sichuan province, on Tuesday. A record number of about 11.93 million students have been taking the exam, which concludes on Wednesday. [Photo by Wang Yugui/For China Daily]

China's national college entrance exam for 2022, also known as Gaokao, began on Tuesday. The number of Gaokao takers hit a record high this year. According to the Ministry of Education, in 2022, the number of applicants for the national college entrance exam reached 11.93 million, an increase of 1.15 million over last year.

There are 330,000 general exam rooms across China. Beijing has 1,714 regular and 321 standby exam rooms in 18 exam areas.

Shanghai has postponed the exam to July 7-9 due to the COVID-19 epidemic. And the city’s General Senior Secondary School Academic Proficiency Examination also has been deferred accordingly, and will be held from June 18 to 19.


>China ascends in global innovation ranking


China ranks 12th in the 2021 edition of the Global Innovation Index report released by the World Intellectual Property Right Organization, moving up 22 spots from 2012, said Wang Gang, the head of China’s Science and Technology Ministry, on Monday. It marks China’s entry among innovative countries in the world, Wang said at a press conference.

Investment into research and development across society has grown from 1.03 trillion yuan in 2012 to 2.79 trillion yuan in 2021, Wang said.

High-tech enterprises in China increased from 49,000 over a decade ago, to 330,000 in 2021, while research and development investment accounts for 70 percent of total investment among Chinese firms.


>7 more industries in for tax benefits

Taxation officers inspect a textile enterprise in Huzhou, Zhejiang province. TAN YUNFENG/FOR CHINA DAILY

China is likely to extend its current value-added tax credit refund policies to seven more industries, including wholesale and retail, agriculture, accommodation and catering, education, social work, entertainment and sports.

The move is expected to increase this year's tax refunds by 142 billion yuan ($21.23 billion) to 1.64 trillion yuan.

Experts believe the move will bring wide-ranging benefits to market players, and revitalize the country's production and supply chains comprehensively.


>China to launch youth football league

Middle school students vie for a championship in a soccer match in Artux, Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, in 2016. CHINA DAILY

China will soon launch a national youth football league, in a bid to foster young talent.

According to the Workplan for the China Youth Football League (CYFL) (2022-2024), jointly released on Wednesday by the Ministry of Education, the State General Administration of Sport (GAS) and the Chinese Football Association (CFA), the youth football league is open to all youth teams nationwide.

"Whoever the team represents, either a public school, a training academy or a professional club, can take part," said Qiao Daihu, a CFA official in charge of organizing the league.

League matches will be categorized into 18 groups, nine for male and nine for female.


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