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Experts predict 3 pct growth in China’s military budget amid rising defense needs

Growth rate may fall due to COVID-19 impact China’s defense budget draft for 2020 is expected to be released on Friday, the first day of the annual National People’s Congress (NPC) in Beijing, with most Chinese military observers reached by the Global Times believing the figure will continue to rise amid the “black swan” COVID-19 pandemic that has impacted China’s …

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Designated hospitals, broad testing can ‘curtail outbreak in Jilin’

Health authorities in Northeast China’s Jilin city on Tuesday said that they have designated two hospitals with about 1,300 beds in total for COVID-19 patients in the city and Shulan, which is under its administration. A chain of infections has now spread in the city for seven consecutive days, as another five cases were announced by the city’s health authorities …

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Australia gets ‘slap to the face’ as global community welcomes China-sponsored resolution on COVID-19

China is one of the co-sponsors of the proposed resolution at the 73rd World Health Assembly, which is entirely different from the so-called independent inquiry demanded by Australia, and is in fact a review of the World Health Organization (WHO) COVID-19 response in order to draw lessons from it, instead of specially targeting any country based on a presumption of …

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COVID-19 triggers salary woes among China’s private sector employees

COVID-19 triggers salary woes among China’s private sector employees This year it will be nearly impossible for Chinese employees in the private sector to earn as much salary as they did in 2019 because of the unexpected novel coronavirus pandemic, observers predicted. The average yearly salary of private-sector workers in urban areas increased by 5.2 percent on an inflation-adjusted basis …

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China can conduct 1.5 mln COVID-19 tests a day: health official

China is able to conduct 1.5 million nucleic acid tests for COVID-19 every day. Testing capabilities need to be further improved as work and production resume, said a Chinese health official Saturday at a press conference in Beijing. The National Health Commission has called on all qualified and registered medical institutions across the country to conduct nucleic acid testing since …

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Chinese teacher suspended for hailing star Xiao Zhan during ‘cyber violence’ class

A middle school teacher in East China’s Fujian Province was suspended after she hailed young-generation star Xiao Zhan and encouraged students to learn from him to be a positive person, sparking widespread controversy online. Deeming her action highly improper, the Xiamen Education Bureau confirmed late Friday that the Lianhua Middle School teacher in Xiamen had been suspended. “I like Xiao …

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Chinese researchers find three Biomarkers to predict COVID-19 death risk

A research team in Wuhan has built a machine learning model to predict individual mortality in COVID19 patients. The model has selected three biomarkers: lactic dehydrogenase (LDH), lymphocytes and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) to predict mortality rates and so far the accuracy has surpassed 90 percent, according to a paper published in Nature Machine Intelligence on Thursday. The prediction model …

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China’s PLA beefing up talent pool by hiring new university graduates

China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has launched online applications to officers’ positions on Friday, marking the first time to recruit graduates from non-military universities across the country in 2020, which experts believe will fill the talent gap. The recruitment for non-commissioned officers will be synchronized with voluntary enrollment in the second half of the year, which will be from August …

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Shulan outbreak puts 8,000 in quarantine

Chuanying district in Northeast China’s Jilin Province adjusted its epidemic-risk level from low to medium on Friday after a female coronavirus patient was diagnosed, who turned out to be the close contact of a confirmed patient from Shulan that is under the administrative jurisdiction of Jilin city, while cluster infections have placed over 8,000 in quarantine. Chuanying district became the …

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