China has offered foreign diplomats in Beijing inoculation with one of its coronavirus vaccines, possibly as early as this month. But the offer has had a mixed response among overseas diplomats amid concerns that the shots could complicate future travel. Diplomatic sources said the protocol department at the Chinese foreign ministry told them this week that they could be given a vaccine developed by state firm Sinopharm. Its developers reported an efficacy rate of 79 per cent against symptomatic Covid-19 and the product was approved for public use in China in December. It was granted emergency use in July and given to some senior Chinese officials and Chinese diplomats at the time. The vaccine went through large-scale phase three human trials in 10 countries, including the United Arab Emirates, and has been authorised for emergency elsewhere in the world, but so far the developers have not published detailed results of those trials. The vaccine is being reviewed by the World … [Read more...] about China offers Covid-19 vaccine to foreign diplomats – but will they take it?
A sweeping Chinese trend of grown women squeezing into childrenswear to show off their waistlines has been attacked by people online who call the craze “unethical”. Online posts showing teenagers and women in their 20s posing in changing rooms of Japanese clothing brand Uniqlo in barely-there T-shirts, have become wildly popular online recently. The fashion trend is called “BM style” which stands for Brandy Melville, a popular but controversial Italian women’s clothing shop that stocks only extra small and small sizes.. While some women buy children’s clothing to fit their petite frames, most online posts include photos of young adult women squeezing into the too-small T-shirts so they can appear cute and skinny with slim waists. Fashion bloggers said they preferred the childrenswear’s colourful designs and cheaper price over the less interesting adult pieces. However, the fashion trend has been criticised recently because the customers trying on the T-shirts show little … [Read more...] about Uniqlo stores in China hit by craze of women playing dress up in children’s outfits and damaging clothes
BEIJING -- The crewmembers who will participate in the construction of China's space station have been selected and are being trained for their missions, according to the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA). The construction of the space station has entered a crucial stage, said the CMSA, noting that this year will see several space missions including the launch of the station's core module, cargo replenishment, and a manned flight, which will be carried out one after another. China aims to complete the construction of its space station by around 2022. During the construction, China plans to launch four Shenzhou manned spaceships and four Tianzhou cargo spacecraft to transport astronauts and supplement materials. The Long March-5B Y2 rocket, which will launch the core module, has been safely transported to the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in Hainan province. The core module is scheduled to be launched in the first half of this year. … [Read more...] about China selects astronauts for space station program
BEIJING -- China's lawmakers on Friday started reviewing a national blueprint featuring high-quality development, technological innovation and a greener future for the country that has long been seeking modernity and national rejuvenation. The draft outline of the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-2025) for National Economic and Social Development and the Long-Range Objectives Through the Year 2035, which specifies the main goals and tasks for the world's second-largest economy in its march toward modernization, was submitted to the fourth session of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC), the top legislature. The long-range objectives are unveiled as China embarks on a journey toward its second centenary goal of "building a modern socialist country that is prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced and harmonious." "China will basically achieve socialist modernization by 2035," according to the draft outline, dubbed an action plan for the whole nation. The blueprint … [Read more...] about Revival-seeking China unveils action plan for modernization
China will make concrete efforts to achieve the peaking of carbon emissions by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2060, according to a government work report submitted Friday to the national legislature for deliberation. China will draw up an action plan for carbon emissions to peak by 2030 and improve its industrial structure and energy mix, the report said. While promoting the clean and efficient use of coal, the country will make a major push to develop new energy sources, and take active and well-ordered steps to develop nuclear energy on the basis of ensuring its safe use, according to the report. … [Read more...] about China pledges solid efforts on peaking carbon emissions, carbon-neutrality