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China ready for Winter Olympics

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China says it is capable of presenting a simple, safe and wonderful Winter Olympic Games to the world. China's foreign trade volume rose by 21 percent year on year to hit a record high in 2021. And Tennis star Novak Djokovic faces deportation again after the Australian government revoked his visa for a second time.

Jan 14 2022

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CSTO troops start withdrawal from Kazakhstan

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Russian-led peacekeeping troops have begun leaving Kazakhstan, handing over key facilities to local law enforcement. The Chinese mainland has seen its foreign direct investment inflow hit a record high. And Beijing 2022 organizers have released their Pre-Games Sustainability Report, highlighting a green Olympic Games.

Jan 13 2022

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New Hong Kong LegCo holds 1st meeting

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Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam outlined a government reshuffle plan when addressing the inaugural session of the newly elected Legislative Council. The new Kazakh government has been sworn in as the country is reeling from its worst unrest. And consumer inflation in China continued to pick up last month but at a much slower rate.

Jan 12 2022

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CSTO troops to leave Kazakhstan soon

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The president of Kazakhstan says Russian-led security forces brought in to restore order will begin leaving the country in two days. The U.S. has shattered the single-day record for the number of confirmed COVID infections. And medalists at the Beijing Winter Olympics will receive hand-knitted wool bouquets, instead of traditional fresh flowers.

Jan 11 2022

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China fighting COVID resurgence

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China is combating COVID-19 outbreaks less than one month ahead of Spring Festival and the Winter Olympics. China reiterates its firm support for maintaining stability in Kazakhstan. And a British vlogger shares his impressions about China's preparation for the Winter Olympics and the growing enthusiasm for winter sports in the country.

Jan 10 2022

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Order restored in Kazakhstan

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The president of Kazakhstan says order has been restored across the country following violent protests triggered by rising fuel prices. U.S. President Joe Biden has accused former president Donald Trump of continuing to promote lies as the country marks the anniversary of the Capitol riot. And the World Health Organization says COVID precautions for the Beijing Olympics are strict and strong.

Jan 07 2022

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Unrest in Kazakhstan escalates

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Armored vehicles and troops are on the streets in Kazakhstan's largest city after protesters set fires at the presidential residence and the mayor's office. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi visits Kenya, discussing cooperation in areas such as pandemic control and infrastructure. And the U.S. is marking the one-year anniversary of the riot on Capitol Hill.

Jan 06 2022

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Xi's wishes for Chinese athletes

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The Chinese president is encouraging the country's athletes to strive for their best results at the Beijing Winter Olympics. The United States has set a grim record with over a million COVID-19 infections reported in a single day. China Mobile shares gained on its Shanghai debut after it raised 49 billion yuan in the country's biggest IPO in a decade.

Jan 05 2022

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One month to go until Beijing 2022

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The Chinese foreign minister is in Africa for his first overseas visit of the New Year, with stops in five countries.
The one-month countdown to the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics is underway.
The Omicron variant continues to spread in the U.S., with thousands of schools in the country delaying opening after the holiday break.

Jan 04 2022

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New Hong Kong lawmakers take oath

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Hong Kong lawmakers of the seventh-term Legislative Council are vowing to solve deep-rooted social problems. Railway stations across China have begun selling tickets ahead of the annual Spring Festival travel rush. And PSG star Lionel Messi tests positive for COVID-19.

Jan 03 2022

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China provides most COVID-19 vaccine doses: FM

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Foreign Minister Wang Yi says China has become the biggest provider of outbound vaccines among all countries. An official with Beijing 2022 says COVID-19 will be a major challenge for the upcoming Winter Olympics. And the release of former South Korean President Park Geun-hye has sparked controversy in the country.

Dec 31 2021

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RCEP to take effect

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Chinese officials say the country is ready to implement the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership trade agreement when it takes effect on Saturday. The WHO chief warns of a "tsunami" of COVID cases if the response to the virus is not better coordinated. And an ad for a Chinese snack brand has sparked heated debate online over western stereotypes of Chinese people.

Dec 30 2021

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China vaccinates nearly 90% of its people against COVID

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Chinese authorities say the vaccination drive against COVID-19 has covered almost 90 percent of the total population of the country. China has issued its first white paper on export controls and policies. And the final test event for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games is underway in Zhangjiakou.

Dec 29 2021

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Close calls raise space safety questions

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China is calling for efforts to ensure the safety of astronauts and spacecraft following two reported close encounters between SpaceX's Starlink satellites and China's space station. A new study by South African scientists suggests that Omicron infection enhances immunity against the Delta variant of the coronavirus. And the United States and Russia are to hold talks next month on European security and the Ukrainian conflict.

Dec 28 2021

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China sets priorities for 2022 rural development

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Chinese officials are aiming to achieve another bumper grain harvest, while consolidating and advancing the results of anti-poverty efforts. China has confirmed that it is processing applications from U.S. officials to attend the Beijing Winter Olympics. And China has unveiled the latest negative lists for foreign investment.

Dec 27 2021

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COVID casts shadow over holiday

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Surging COVID-19 cases have forced many people to make last-minute changes to their holiday plans. The South Korean government has pardoned former president Park Geun-hye. And the AIIB is celebrating its 6th anniversary.

Dec 24 2021

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Winter Olympics COVID protocol details updated

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Beijing 2022 organizers call on all participants to be fully vaccinated at least 14 days ahead of their arrival in China. Putin says Russia's economy has remained resilient amid the pandemic compared with many other major economies. And China has established a state-owned rare earth company that focuses on research and development, exploration, processing and downstream applications.

Dec 23 2021

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WHO warns of Omicron surge in Europe

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The Somali government is calling for greater assistance in the face of a severe drought. The head of the World Health Organization in Europe has urged governments in the region to prepare for a significant surge in coronavirus cases due to the Omicron variant. And the World Bank projects China's GDP growth to reach 8 percent in 2021.

Dec 22 2021

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Omicron set to ruin Xmas

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The World Health Organization is advising people to cancel events and gatherings over the holiday period because of the Omicron variant of COVID-19. The operator of a damaged nuclear plant in Japan has filed an application to discharge radioactive wastewater in the Pacific. And Beijing takes countermeasures against illegal U.S. sanctions on Chinese officials.

Dec 21 2021

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All 90 members of HKSAR's 7th-term LegCo elected

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All 90 members of Hong Kong's seventh Legislative Council have been elected. This is the first election in the special administrative region since the improvements to the local electoral system. The partner of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has slammed the United States for its continued attempts to prosecute Assange. And a delegation of mainland Olympians is on a three-day visit to Macao.

Dec 20 2021

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A Media Alternative

By chetozmun - Apr 14 2020
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It is good to have an alternative to standard Western media.

one of the interpreters sounds interesting

By xiaohian - Mar 10 2020
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There must be an eunuch in the interpreters team