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chinadaily.com.cn 2023-02-06 17:59


> China to promote integrated development of Beijing's sub-center, neighboring areas

A train runs through Tongzhou district in Beijing. CHINA DAILY

China will further promote integrated and high-quality development of Beijing's sub-center and neighboring areas, according to the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).


To promote the coordinated high-quality development of Beijing's sub-center in Tongzhou District and the neighboring Sanhe City, Xianghe County and Dachang Hui Autonomous County in Hebei Province, is a key task in promoting the coordinated development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region.

An NDRC senior official said it will help guarantee Beijing's capital functions, resolve urban ills, support the construction of Beijing's sub-center, improve Beijing's spatial layout and economic structure, and stimulate the development of surrounding areas.

The official highlighted major tasks in five areas, including coordinated pollution control, infrastructure connectivity, industrial coordination, public service sharing, and reform and innovation.

By 2035, Tongzhou and the three places in Hebei will foster a more mature and complete system for integrated high-quality development. The ecological environment will see fundamental improvement, a smart, green, efficient and convenient public transport system will be built, and an innovation-led modern economic system will be established.

The innovation, industrial and supply chains will achieve integrated development, and productive factors and resources will flow in an independent and orderly manner, while basic public services will be more accessible.

> Streaming host fined for eating protected species

A live video streaming host who illegally bought a great white shark — an animal under national protection — and posted a video cooking it last year, was fined 125,000 yuan ($18,427), authorities in Southwest China's Sichuan province said on Sunday.

An investigation found the host surnamed Jin spent 7,700 yuan to buy the shark via Taobao, a major online shopping site, last April, according to the market supervision bureau in Nanchong of Sichuan.

Jin cooked and ate the shark, and posted video doing so to video-sharing platforms Kuaishou and Douyin, the bureau said in a news release, adding the video went viral quickly and topped the trend charts of both social networks.

After DNA identification of a tissue sample, the shark was identified as a great white shark, a wild animal under second-class national protection. The shark cooked by Jin was worth 25,000 yuan, the bureau said.

Jin's actions violated the nation's Wildlife Protection Law, it said, and administrative punishment was meted out accordingly.

According to previous reports by local media, the hunter and seller of the shark were arrested last year by local police in East China's coastal Fujian province.

> US population center shifting south for first time

For the first time ever, the US population center is shifting south, the Associated Press reported.

Last year, the population of the South grew much faster than any other region, according to recent estimates from the US Census Bureau.

In contrast, the Northeast and Midwest are losing populations, and the West, which gained 153,000 people, would have lost population if not for immigration and more births than deaths.

By contrast, the South added 1.3 million new residents. Six of the 10 states with the largest population growth last year were in the South, led by Texas, Florida, North Carolina and Georgia.

Population distribution affects many aspects in the US, including politics and the economy, as it is related to the distribution of congressional seats and federal funding.

Experts say the southward migration of population centers is linked to housing affordability, lower taxes and remote working.

Experts are not yet sure whether the shift in population centers is a short term change triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic or a long-term trend, and it remains to be seen what impact it will have on American society after the 2030 census.

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