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One community faces relocation to quarantine facilities more than 100 miles (160km) away.
Official figures claim there have been no Covid deaths in the current outbreak.
THE Shanghai Expo Culture Park officially opened to the public on Saturday. The 2-square-kilometer park, in the heart of Pudong’s waterfront, has been dubbed “Shangri-La” in the midst of the city’s urban sprawl, offering urban residents a close getaway with verdant pathways, natural landscapes and classical gardens. Shanghai Daily reporter Fiona Li and colleague Alex Bushroe took a tour around the park and found something quite interesting.
Chinese animation comedy “I Am What I Am” has caused a sensation by bringing lion dance to the big screen and injecting new vigor into this intangible cultural heritage.The movie has accumulated a high score of 8.3 points out of 10 based on more than 160,000 reviews on the review platform Douban since its release on December 17, with a total box office revenue of 157 million yuan (US$24.6 million) as of yesterday, according to box office tracker Maoyan.Unfolding from a brief introduction to lion dance, a centuries-old Chinese folk dance often staged for entertainment on festive occasions, the film follows an underdog teenager in Guangdong, south China, as he joins hands with two friends to pursue a dream against all odds — becoming the best lion dance performer.Reminiscing on his 10-plus years of life in Guangdong, the film’s director Sun Haipeng said the lion dance has been an indispensable part of local life. Whenever the beating of drums and clanging of gongs were heard, people rushed out to watch.The lion dance is one of the most widespread folk dances in China. In Chinese culture, the lion is regarded as a mascot, which can bring good luck.“This (lion dance) is a cultural activity combining traditional and modern elements. It is old but with vitality,” Sun said, adding that he always wanted to tell reality-themed stories through animation.Ordinary people“We brought the lion dance tradition to the big screen because we want more people, the young in particular, to establish emotions with traditional Chinese cultural elements,” said Zhang Miao, executive producer of the film.“We couldn’t help but shed tears as we watched the movie. It tells our story. We are ordinary people, but feel rejuvenated whenever we raise up the lion head,” said Zhao Weibin, a Guangdong-based inheritor of the lion dance.Zhao went to the cinema with dozens of his students dedicated to the lion dance. He has held out for dreams to promote lion dance among more young Chinese.“Bolstering intangible cultural heritage inheritance among the young is very important. The lion dance involves martial art, dance and music, which can strengthen their minds and bodies,” he pointed out.Currently, the lion dance has been introduced into 176 schools in Guangzhou, the provincial capital of Guangdong, covering nearly 20,000 students.“We must keep up with the times, and integrate modern elements like technology and fashion into the lion dance tradition. Thus, more young people will love it and be willing to learn and carry forward this traditional folk art,” Zhao said.
A COVID “tsunami” threatens to overwhelm healthcare systems, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday, as record surges fuelled by the Omicron variant dampened New Year celebrations around the world once again.Governments are walking a tightrope between anti-virus restrictions and the need to keep societies and economies open, as the highly transmissible variant drove cases to levels never seen before in the United States, Britain, France and Denmark.The blistering surge was illustrated by a tally of 6.55 million new infections reported globally in the week ending on Tuesday, the highest the figure has been since the WHO declared a COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020.“I am highly concerned that Omicron, being more transmissible, circulating at the same time as Delta, is leading to a tsunami of cases,” said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.“This is and will continue to put immense pressure on exhausted health workers, and health systems on the brink of collapse.”The variant has already started to overwhelm some hospitals in the US, the hardest-hit nation where the seven-day average of new cases hit 265,427, according to a Johns Hopkins University tracker.Harvard epidemiologist and immunologist Michael Mina tweeted that the count was likely just the “tip of the iceberg” with the true number likely far higher because of a shortage of tests.But there was some hope as data indicated a decoupling of the number of cases and hospitalizations.“We should not become complacent,” top US infectious diseases expert Anthony Fauci said, but “all indications point to a lesser severity of Omicron.”Millions around the world will again welcome a new year in the shadow of the pandemic, which is known to have killed more than 5.4 million people so far, with festivities dampened or canceled in many countries.Greece on Wednesday banned music in bars and restaurants to try and limit New Year’s Eve parties, with public events already canceled.The mayor of Mexico’s capital has canceled the city’s massive New Year’s Eve celebrations after a spike in cases.
Authorities in Xi’an, capital of northwest China’s Shaanxi Province, have started delivering free groceries to residents amid a lockdown due to the latest COVID-19 resurgence.Many residents in the megacity, with 13 million people, received free food items provided by the local government on Wednesday. This latest measure is helping residents endure the lockdown.The city reported 155 confirmed locally transmitted COVID-19 cases for Wednesday, bringing the total number of local infections to more than 1,100 since the flare-up began on December 9.Xi’an imposed a citywide lockdown, effective last Thursday, in an effort to curb the spread of the virus.To contain the outbreak more quickly, authorities in Xi’an upgraded control measures from Monday, ordering all residents to stay indoors and refrain from gathering except when taking nucleic acid tests. All motor vehicles except those used for COVID-19 control and supporting people’s livelihoods have been banned from roads.The curbs have curtailed access to daily necessities, with many people unable to go out to shop, leaving them dependent on deliveries.But the restrictions have caused a staffing crunch at companies involved in ensuring the delivery of supplies and the government was working to resolve the issue, according to an official.A Xi’an resident surnamed He said she tried to order groceries on the online app of Alibaba-backed supermarket chain Freshippo but could not secure many items, including potatoes and cucumber.The app posted a message under many items saying: “Delivery staffers are not available,” according to a screenshot provided by He.To ensure the supply of daily necessities, the city began preparing and delivering free essential food items on Tuesday night. A large number of people worked overnight preparing, packaging and delivering vegetables, meat and eggs so that the items could be sent to residents as soon as possible.With the help of four supermarkets and one farm produce market, the Qujiang New District prepared 130 tons of meat, 70 tons of eggs and 650 tons of vegetables for its 130,000 residents.“Each household receives 11 types of daily necessities, including meat, eggs and vegetables, which can meet their needs for three days,” said Wang Fan from the district’s pandemic prevention and control headquarters.Xincheng District resident Gao Yan was woken by an urgent phone call early on Wednesday morning, telling her to go downstairs to collect the free daily necessities.When Gao, 64, arrived at the entrance to her residential compound, she saw baskets of vegetables.“According to the standard of 20 yuan per person per day, vegetables are packed into large, medium and small packages to meet residents’ consumption needs for three days,” said Lu Hao, head of the Xiyilu subdistrict.Gao received her package, which included a 5-kilogram bag of flour, a small bottle of rapeseed oil and 10 kinds of vegetables. But as she lives alone, she told workers her package was too much and offered to share her items with the needy. She was assured that every household would receive sufficient supplies.
China’s cultural and related sectors saw solid growth in 2020 despite COVID-19 shocks, official data showed.Before deducting the price factor, the sectors’ added value went up 1.3 percent from a year earlier to hit around 4.5 trillion yuan (US$705.2 billion) — about 4.43 percent of national gross domestic product, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.The cultural content creation and production sector gained momentum in 2020, with its added value logging an 11.1-percent year-on-year increase to 1.03 trillion yuan.
Hong Kong national security police raided the office of online media outlet Stand News yesterday and arrested six people for “seditious publications” offenses.
The media outlet announced later that it will shut down.
Police said in a statement they had a warrant authorizing them “to search and seize relevant journalistic materials.”
“Over 200 uniformed and plainclothes police officers have been deployed,” the police said.
Police also said they had arrested three men and three women, aged 34 to 73, for “conspiracy to publish seditious publications.”
They did not identify them but media said the six included senior members of staff.
According to local media, the arrested were the former and acting editor-in-chief of Stand News, Chung Pui-kuen and Patrick Lam, respectively, as well as former board members Denise Ho, Margaret Ng, Christine Fang and Chow Tat-chi.
Ronson Chan, Stand News deputy assignment editor and the head of the Hong Kong Journalists Association, was not among those arrested but said police confiscated his computer, mobile telephone, tablet device, press pass and bank records during an early morning search of his home.
The government’s Security Bureau did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Authorities have said all prosecutions are based on evidence and had nothing to do with the profession of the people arrested.
Officers loaded three dozen boxes of documents and other seized material onto a truck before leaving around mid-day.
Authorities say the security law has restored order after often-violent pro-democracy unrest in 2019. In June, police raided the Apple Daily, arresting executives for alleged “collusion with a foreign country.” The newspaper shut down after police froze its assets.
On Tuesday, prosecutors filed an additional “seditious publications” charge against Jimmy Lai and six other former Apple Daily staff.
A Chinese mainland spokesperson reiterated the central government’s strong stance on the Taiwan question for the upcoming year.
“We will take more forceful measures to crush attempts of secessionists who seek ‘Taiwan independence,’ oppose external forces’ intervention in Taiwan affairs, and continue promoting the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations,” said Ma Xiaoguang, spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, yesterday. He also stressed continuous efforts in exploring new ways to push integrated development across the Strait and sharing development opportunities with Taiwan compatriots in 2022.
China issued its first white paper on export controls yesterday to provide a full picture of related policies and help the international community better understand its position.
The document, titled “China’s Export Controls” and released by the State Council Information Office, elaborated on China’s position, institutions, and practices in improving export control governance, as well as its commitments and actions to safeguard world peace and development, and security at national and international level.
The main body of the white paper consists of four parts: China’s basic position on export control, continued improvement to the legal and regulatory system for export control, modernization of the export control system, and international exchanges and cooperation.
The world is undergoing profound changes of a scale unseen in a century, with an increase in destabilizing factors and uncertainties, disruption to international security and order, and challenges and threats to world peace.
The white paper stressed that fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory export control measures are increasingly important to addressing international and regional security risks and challenges and safeguarding world peace and development.
China is pursuing a holistic approach to national security and taking more active steps to integrate into the process of economic globalization.
To build a more open economy and a more peaceful China, the country strives to achieve sound interaction between high-quality development and guaranteed security, modernize its export control regime, and make new progress in export control governance.
China will assume its responsibilities from a global perspective, conscientiously undertake its international obligations, and step up international exchanges and cooperation.
The country will take concrete actions to participate in the international coordination of export controls, make progress on related international processes, and work together with all other countries in building a global community of shared future and delivering a strong boost to world peace and development.
China’s export controls have made major contributions to fostering an open world economy, an expert said after the release of the white paper.
The white paper is of realistic significance to gathering consensus, improving the global governance of export controls, fostering synergy and pushing forward the building of an open world economy, said Zhang Wei, a researcher with the Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation under the Ministry of Commerce.
Zhang emphasized the need to coordinate development and security, ramp up compliance management, and promote international cooperation while advancing export controls to build an open world economy.
China has adhered to a holistic approach to national security, strived to build an export control system commensurate with its international standing and aligned with its national security and interests, and worked hard to facilitate international export controls in a fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory manner, Zhang noted.
“Most importantly, China firmly opposes the abuse of export control measures and the double standards in matters related to non-proliferation as well as the behaviors that violate the laws of sci-tech development, draw lines along ideology, and politicize export controls,” Zhang said.
“China resolutely supports all countries in peacefully using controlled items and the sci-tech achievements for mutual development, safeguarding the secure and smooth operation of global industrial and supply chains, and laying a solid foundation for the development of an open world economy.”
The Chinese mainland on Tuesday reported 152 new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases, the National Health Commission said yesterday.
Of the new local cases, 151 were reported in Xi’an, Shaanxi Province and one in Jiangsu Province, it said.
Of the 151 new cases, 51 emerged through mass nucleic acid testing, and 99 were found among quarantined people in designated places. One case was detected when the person sought medical help, the Xi’an government said.
Currently, the city has one high-risk area for COVID-19 and 58 medium-risk regions.
A CHINESE research team used data sent home by the Chang’e-4 probe to determine that a meteorite hit the moon about 1 million years ago, according to the Chinese Academy of Sciences.The impact event is believed to be related to carbonaceous chondrites, a water-rich class of asteroids, according to Liu Yang from the National Space Science Center under the CAS. Liu was a corresponding author of the study.Yutu-2, the Chang’e-4 rover, encountered a small impact crater with a depth of 15 to 20 centimeters, and took detailed spectral measurements during the mission’s ninth lunar day.After analyzing the high-resolution remote sensing images and the hyperspectral data, researchers identified the materials around the center of the crater as remnants of an impact caused by carbonaceous chondrites.Previous studies have found carbonaceous chondrite fragments in lunar samples brought back by the Apollo program, but this is the first time carbonaceous chondrite impact remnants have been directly observed on the lunar surface by remote sensing, Liu said.Carbonaceous chondrites are thought to be among the oldest objects in the solar system and are rich in water and organic matter. Scientists believe that they are probably related to the origin of life on Earth.If a carbonaceous chondrite hits the moon, some of the water it was carrying could be retained on the moon, according to Liu.Previous study has shown that impacts are one of the main sources of water on the moon, along with volcanic eruptions and solar wind.The research team estimated that the impact event happened up to 1 million years ago — a short time compared to the moon’s geological time scale since its formation and roughly equivalent to a few minutes ago in a person’s lifetime.The team thus concluded that carbonaceous chondrite impacts are still providing water to the moon.The study was published in the journal Nature Astronomy.
Wang Like, a former senior Party official in east China’s Jiangsu Province, has been indicted on charges of taking and offering bribes, harboring and conniving with mafia-like organizations, and forging identity documents, the Supreme People’s Procuratorate said yesterday.Wang was formerly a member of the Standing Committee of the Jiangsu Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China and head of the commission for political and legal affairs of the provincial Party committee.Wang’s case has been filed by the People’s Procuratorate of Changchun, Jilin Province, to the city’s intermediate people’s court.Prosecutors accuse Wang of taking advantage of his various posts in Liaoning and Jiangsu provinces to seek benefits for others, accepting huge sums of money and gifts in return.He was also accused of sheltering and conniving with mafia-like organizations in his role as a state organ functionary for an extended period. The SPP said the prosecutors had informed the defendant of his rights.
The China Golden Rooster and Hundred Flowers Film Festival kicked off on Tuesday in the city of Xiamen, southeast China’s Fujian Province, with foreign films joining the race for China’s top film awards for the first time.Five foreign films will compete for the best international film of the Golden Rooster Awards, including “The Father” featuring Anthony Hopkins and “Persischstunden,” a joint production of Russia, Germany and Belarus.The event, which ends today, will see nominees compete in 20 categories.The shortlist of 41 films from 185 entries includes the “Cliff Walkers,” a spy thriller directed by Zhang Yimou. Set in the 1930s in northeast China’s Harbin during the Japanese invasion, it Communist Party special agents as they test their wits on a secret mission.Other nominees for best film are “Chinese Doctors,” “My People My Homeland,” “Island Keeper,” “Sister” and “The Pioneer.”
The number of passenger trips during the upcoming Spring Festival travel rush will rise sharply from this year.China’s largest annual travel rush will last from January 17 to February 25, Ren Zhuoli, an official with the Ministry of Transport, said yesterday.The number of trips will increase significantly from the 870 million in 2021, and may even surpass the 1.48 billion trips made during the 2020 Spring Festival.
Southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region yesterday issued a red alert, the highest in the four-tier warning system, for snowstorms in some of its southern parts.Heavy snow will blanket the southern parts of both Xigaze and Shannan cities through 11am today, the regional meteorological bureau said in a statement.Some of these areas will see snowstorms accompanied by strong gales and sharp temperature drops afterward.Affected regions should be wary of icy road surfaces.Local governments should take precautions against the possible impact of the snowstorms on water and power facilities and people’s lives, the bureau said.
about 5am, Ma Wenyan pulled on a thick cotton-padded jacket before he rushed to Chagan Lake, one of China’s largest freshwater lakes, with the temperature at a bone-chilling minus 30 degrees Celsius.Accompanying the 35-year-old fisherman was a herd of galloping horses, which help him pull heavily laden nets of fish out of the frozen lake in Songyuan City in northeast China’s Jilin Province.For centuries, fishermen and women living by Chagan Lake have kept alive the tradition of ice fishing — hand-drilling holes through the thick ice and lowering nets into the frosty waters. The technique has been listed as a national-level intangible cultural heritage.On Tuesday, a winter fishing tourist festival opened, marking the beginning of the golden season for winter fishing.Over 20 activities such as skiing competitions, nature watching and an ice dragon boat contest will be held during the annual festival, which runs through February 28.Yet mere decades ago, Chagan Lake was a very different place. It had dwindled to only dozens of square kilometers due to drought and overfishing.To restore Chagan to its former glory, the local government adopted a raft of measures such as diverting water from the Songhua River, planting vegetation and improving water quality. The lake now covers 500 square kilometers, and its fish resources have recovered. A growing number of tourists flock here to soak in the ancient ice fishing tradition.“The charm of ice fishing at Chagan Lake lies in keeping the fishing culture of our ancestors intact and carrying forward this tradition,” said Cao Baoming, a folk custom expert.Said Ma: “I believe Chagan Lake will only get better.”
CHINA is facing increasing pressure to prevent inbound COVID-19 infections as the new Omicron variant has become widely prevalent in some countries, a Chinese health official said yesterday.
Mi Feng, a spokesperson for the National Health Commission, made the remarks at a press conference as the daily new COVID-19 infections globally had exceeded 800,000 several times over the recent week.
Considering that the upcoming New Year and Spring Festival holidays will see more flows of people, Mi stressed that strict anti-epidemic measures should occur resolutely and decisively.
The official also underlined all-out efforts to contain the spread of the virus while ensuring residents’ necessities and medical services in epidemic-hit regions.
To ensure that all localities, relevant authorities, and officials fulfill their responsibilities, the central government sent 15 inspection teams to carry out the scrutiny nationwide, said Mi.
Omicron still poses a “very high” risk and could overwhelm healthcare systems, the WHO warned yesterday. Case numbers have shot up 11 percent globally in the last week.
The Netherlands and Switzerland said Omicron had become the dominant strain in their countries, and while some studies suggested it causes milder COVID-19, the World Health Organization urged caution.
“The overall risk related to the new variant of concern Omicron remains very high,” the UN health agency said in its COVID-19 weekly epidemiological update.
“Consistent evidence shows that the Omicron variant has a growth advantage over the Delta variant with a doubling time of two to three days.”
The WHO said early data from Britain, South Africa, and Denmark, which currently has the world’s highest rate of infection per person, suggested there was a reduced risk of hospitalization for Omicron compared with Delta.
But it added that further data was needed to understand Omicron’s severity.
Six people have been confirmed dead in an abandoned mine in north China’s Shanxi Province, local authorities said on Monday.At 3:54am on Monday, the public security bureau of Jiangxian County of Yuncheng City received a report that six people went to a suspected mine on around December 23 and they could not be contacted. Rescue teams were immediately sent to the area.
The China Remote Sensing Satellite Ground Station has successfully received the first data from the newly launched resource satellite ZY-1 02E, the Chinese Academy of Sciences said on Monday.The ground station in Beijing tracked and received the downlink data from the 5-meter optical satellite in two receiving tasks. A total of 159 GB data was received, said the Aerospace Information Research Institute.
Most of the at-large suspects targeted in China’s special crackdown on organized crime have been captured, official sources said on Monday.As of Sunday, 610 of the 680 targeted suspects had been apprehended.China launched a three-year targeted campaign on these crimes in 2018, and after the campaign concluded, there were still some fugitives at large. To bring them to justice, the office listed them as prime targets in the country’s regular anti-organized crime actions.
An ancient tomb with rare murals dating back to the Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907) has been restored in north China’s Shanxi Province, according to the Taiyuan Northern Qi Dynasty Mural Museum.The tomb was discovered in an elementary school in Taiyuan, capital of Shanxi, in 2019 and later moved to the museum for protection and restoration.According to the epitaph, the tomb owner Guo Xing was a mid-ranking military officer in the Tang Dynasty.The roof, walls, coffin bed, corridors and the doors of the tomb were all decorated with exquisite murals.Defects in the murals such as fissures, hollows and blemishes have been fixed, and the tomb will open to the public in the near future.The exquisite murals of the tomb reveal the noble status of the owner and attest to its historical, artistic and scientific value, said Feng Gang, a researcher at the Taiyuan Institute of Cultural Relics Protection.