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Tuberculosis outbreak reported at Hunan middle school

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Twenty-nine students have been diagnosed with tuberculosis by Thursday due to an outbreak at a middle school in Taojiang county, Hunan province, local health authorities said Friday.

Five other students are suspected of having the disease, and another 38 students are taking medication for disease prevention, according to a released statement from the Hunan Provincial Health and Family Planning Commission.

All 72 students from Taojiang No 4 Middle School are now under treatment and health care management, the statement said.

Following the outbreak of the disease in August, various health authorities in Hunan province have taken measures for the treatment of those infected, and the outbreak has been put under effective control, the commission said.

Students and parents at the school were aware of a TB outbreak in mid-August, when the school organized tests for students in a senior-grade class at the school, according to the Beijing News.

The outbreak was first confirmed Thursday by the government of Taojiang county, which said the outbreak occurred at the school Aug 19, but released no exact number of infected students.

In a statement released Friday evening, the National Health and Family Planning Commission, the country's health authority, said its minister Li Bin had urged local authorities in Hunan province to verify information, release information and do its best to provide treatment to students infected with the disease following media reports of the outbreak this week.

Staff and experts dispatched by the national commission arrived in Taojiang Friday afternoon to supervise the handling of the outbreak, the statement said.

TB is curable and preventable, and schools must report confirmed or suspected cases immediately to local centers of disease control and prevention for screening and tests according to laws and regulations, the statement said.

"Many of our experts are dispatched to Taojiang to handle the incident," a staff member from the Hunan Provincial Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who declined to be named, told China Daily Friday over the phone.

The Taojiang Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Taojiang No 4 Middle School did not answer phone calls Friday.

Tang Yi, director of the Hunan Institute for Tuberculosis Control's department of prevention and control, said places with a high population concentration such as schools are vulnerable to TB outbreaks, due to close contact among people and lack of preventive measures.

"The disease can be transmitted through coughing, sneezing and spit while talking," she said. "Some cases can infect up to 15 others within a year if not properly treated."

TB is preventive and curable, and once a student is found to be infected, he or she must quit school for treatment to prevent transmission, she said.

The infected can go back to school with certification produced by certified hospitals proving they have recovered or treatment has been successful so there is little chance of transmission of the disease, she said.

National water rights trading platform completes 15 transfer deals

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China Water Rights Exchange has brokered 15 water rights transfer deals with a total water volume of 876 million cubic meters since the company was established late in June last year, said a water resources official.

The market is given full play in the deals. Some of the deals were done by open bidding and some were through trade agreements, said Chen Mingzhong, head of the water resources department at the Ministry of Water Resources in a news briefing Friday.

He said China launched pilot projects aiming to establish a national water rights system in seven provincial regions including Jiangxi, Hubei and Henan provinces in 2014. These regions have made breakthroughs in building up proper mechanisms for water rights confirmation and exchanges, which could be instructive for other regions.

In 2016, a total of more than 600 billion metric tons of water was consumed in all 34 provincial regions excluding Taiwan province, Hong Kong and Macao. Water consumption for every 10,000 yuan ($1,500) worth of industrial value added decreased in 2016 by 7.6 percent compared to 2015, he said.

China Water Rights Exchange was a national water rights trading platform jointly launched by the Ministry of Water Resources and the Beijing municipal government.

The aim of launching the platform is to balance water resources and usage nationwide as well as enhance the conservation efforts. It enables the trading of rights to use water between users, and provides consultation, technical evaluation and intermediary services.

Canada to offer better service for Chinese visa applicants

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Canada's minister of immigration, refugees and citizenship, Ahmed Hussen (L2),cuts the ribbon at the opening ceremony of a new visa application centers with Huang Xiqiang (L3), deputy director of the Foreign Affairs Office of Jiangsu Provincial People's Government and Consul General of Canada in Shanghai Weldon Epp (L1) in Nanjing on November 17. [Photo/chinadaily.com.cn]

Canada's minister of immigration, refugees and citizenship, Ahmed Hussen, attended the opening ceremony for a visa application center in Nanjing, capital of East China's Jiangsu provinceon November 17.

Seven new visa application centers have recently been opened in China by Canada, in the hope of improving the service for Chinese visa applicants.To make the application easier than ever, all the centers will be able to process transactions via UnionPay cardsby early 2018.

"All of these service improvements will allow us to better serve an increasing number of visa applications from China," said Hussen at the opening ceremony. "We're very happy to see more and more Chinese nationals visiting Canada.Not only does it bring economic benefits to Canada's tourism and transportation industries, among others, but it also creates new opportunities for cultural ties between our countries."

So far, in 2017, Canada has already processed a record 500,000 finalized applications from China.That's up from about 467,000 in 2016 - a 15 percent increase.

Xi invites Djibouti's president to visit China

CHINA DAILY - 7 min 43 sec ago

Djiboutian President Ismail Omar Guelleh will pay a state visit to China from Nov 22 to 24 at the invitation of President Xi Jinping, Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang announced on Friday.

US urges African countries to do more to isolate North Korea

SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST - 31 min 47 sec ago
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on African nations on Friday to do more to isolate North Korea, which relies on trade and military relationships on the continent as a source of hard currency. Speaking to African foreign ministers at the State Department, Tillerson said North Korea poses a threat to the world, not just Asia and the US and that as such all countries have an obligation to reduce that threat. “Let me stress that the United States seeks greater support from our...

Bangladeshi teacher amasses large WeChat following

CHINA DAILY - 49 min 20 sec ago

Soumya is seen in this undated photo. [Provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

Having over 1,200 contacts in one's WeChat messaging app is no strange thing for a seasoned Chinese user. But that's what a foreigner from Bangladesh made in two years — and most of the contacts are Chinese.

Soumya, now a teacher at the Birmingham Institute of Fashion and Creative Art of Wuhan Textile University, told the Chutian Metropolis Daily that most of the contacts are his students, colleagues and new friends from Wuhan in Central China's Hubei province.

The 27-year-old former university teacher from Bangladesh came to Wuhan to carry on his postgraduate study when the two universities reached a cooperation agreement in 2015.

Not long after coming to China, he bought his first Huawei mobile phone and learned how to use WeChat. He made a lot of Chinese friends then, and added them to his contacts.

He now even has a Chinese name — A Du, the same as a singer well-known in China. It was given by his Chinese friends because he can sing, and was on TV in Bangladesh four times.

At the 2017 China Textile Academic Conference on Nov 2, he served as an interpreter and saw many university presidents from Bangladesh come to discuss cooperation with Chinese universities.

He said he hopes more young Bangladeshi people come to China and make greater contributions.

Shaanxi's cultural industry boosts efforts to work with Shenzhen

CHINA DAILY - 57 min ago

Northwest China's Shaanxi province is ramping up its efforts to promote cooperation in the cultural industry with Shenzhen, striving to transform from a "major cultural province" to a "strong cultural province".

Located in Northwest China, Shaanxi province is famous for its historical cultural resources, such as the Terracotta Warriors, known as the eighth wonder of the world. The province also hosts a number of prestigious universities and research institutions.

The economic strength of Shaanxi province has been growing significantly and its business environment has been improving over recent years, Li Wei, deputy head of the publicity department of Shaanxi Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China, said Friday at the Shaanxi Cultural Industry Project Promotion Meeting in Shenzhen.

He called on Shenzhen enterprises to take advantage of the sound conditions to invest in his province.

The event is part of the seventh Shaanxi-Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Economic Cooperation Week.

It has also introduced favorable policies to promote the development of the cultural industry, Li said.

Shaanxi and Shenzhen have huge potential for cooperation and bright prospects for development, as the two can complement with each other in terms of advantageous cultural resources, characteristic cultural projects, technology talent, investment environment and more, he said.

According to official statistics, the added value of the cultural industry in Shaanxi province increased from 50 billion yuan in 2012 to 80.25 billion yuan ($12.11 billion) last year, representing a 12.7 percent annual growth on average and accounting for 4.14 percent of the province's total gross domestic product.

The province set up a cultural industry investment fund in 2014. This year, another fund focusing on television and film production worth 200 million yuan was established.

The number of theaters in Shaanxi has reached 179, with 904 screens. Television and film production organizations in the province have amounted to 361. Every year, more than 10,000 books are published in Shaanxi.

The Belt and Road Initiative, proposed by President Xi Jinping with the aim of reviving the ancient Silk Road where Shaanxi played an important role, as well as the construction of free trade areas have brought huge opportunities for Shaanxi, Wu Zhong, deputy head of Shenzhen's publicity department, said.

Meanwhile, with a strong capability for innovation, Shenzhen enterprises have huge market potential, he said.

The two sides have complementary advantages in culture, technology, capital and other aspects. This has provided large space for cooperation between the two sides, Wu said.

Wu urged cultural and technological enterprises from both Shaanxi and Shenzhen to seize opportunities to strengthen cooperation and exchanges in order to achieve a win-win situation.

Online HIV testing prioritizes privacy

CHINA DAILY - 1 hour 6 min ago

Bao Yugang (left), head of AHF China and Xiao Dong, who is in charge of Ai Yi Jian in Beijing, pose for photos during the ceremony.  [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

An online HIV-testing service was launched by AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) China to provide an easier and more private testing solution to possible HIV-infected patients on Wednesday in Beijing.

Users can log on to http://i.hivct.org, or Ai Yi Jian, and apply for a self-testing kit for free, or make an appointment for offline testing. After doing the test, users can upload the results and get feedback within 15 minutes.

As early as 2013, AHF piloted the online testing system in Beijing and got back 7,261 self-test results among the 8,000 testing kits distributed. 10 percent tested positive.

Offline testing services covered bars and parks in major cities. The service covered two bars each in Chongqing and Shanghai municipalities and Sichuan province from January to October in 2017 and found 7 percent of subjects tested positive for HIV.

In Beijing, the services were provided during the same period in Dongdan Park and Mudanyuan Park in urban city, where gay men frequent.

China was home to 665,000 HIV-infected people by the end of 2016. MSM, or men who have sex with men, are a major risk group for syphilis infection and thus more vulnerable to the HIV virus.

A Men's Wellness Center was piloted by AHF in a MSM charity group in 2016. By the end of October 2017, 2,642 received health tests at the center and 92 tested positive for HIV. Another 185 got free treatment for syphilis.

The MSM group has long dealt with difficult circumstances, as they lack health education and sexually transmitted infection prevention solutions. Public discrimination poses the biggest threat to them in terms of getting treatment.

AHF China celebrated its 12th anniversary on Wednesday. Bao Yugang, head of AHF China, said the group's mission is to provide instant, convenient and non-discriminatory treatment and care to every HIV-infected patient.

Founded in 1987 and headquartered in Los Ageless, AHF is the world's largest HIV/AIDS prevention charity group, with more than 5,600 staff members from 39 countries. In China, AHF has set up 41 service centers in 14 provinces nationwide. By the end of September 2017, the AHF Chinese centers have served 117,000 people and found 5,511 infections.

The group aims to manage 100,000 HIV/AIDS patients by the end of 2018.

Chinese researchers win 'Nobel Prize' of supercomputing application

CHINA DAILY - 1 hour 12 min ago

DENVER, the United States -- A Chinese team using the world's fastest supercomputer to simulate a devastating earthquake won the 2017 ACM Gordon Bell Prize on Thursday.

The Association for Computing Machinery said using the Sunway TaihuLight, the fastest supercomputer, the team developed software that was able to process data at the speed of 18.9 quadrillion calculations per second, and create 3D visualizations related to a devastating earthquake that occurred in Tangshan, a city in northeastern China, in 1976.

"The team's software included innovations that achieved greater efficiency than had been previously attained running similar programs on the Titan and TaihuLight supercomputers," the association said.

The award was presented at the 2017 Supercomputing Conference in Denver in the US state of Colorado.

"Although earthquake prediction and simulation is an inexact and emerging area of research, we hope that the use of supercomputers may lead to better prediction and preparedness," He Conghui, one of the 12-member Chinese team, told Xinhua.

Chinese supercomputer Sunway TaihuLight, located at the National Supercomputer Center in Wuxi in China's eastern province of Jiangsu, is nearly three times faster than the Tianhe-2, the supercomputer that previously held the world record for speed.

The Gordon Bell Prize, carrying a purse of $10,000 and awarded at the annual supercomputing conference, was established in 1987 by Gordon Bell, an American pioneer in high-performance and parallel computing.

It tracks the progress of parallel computing and rewards innovation in applying high-performance computing to challenges in science, engineering, and large-scale data analytics.

"It was very impressive ... The progress has been very strong and will continue," Bell said, commenting on China's progress in supercomputer applications.

This is the second time that Chinese researchers scooped the "Nobel Prize" of supercomputing applications.

Last year, Chinese researchers won the award for developing a method for calculating atmospheric dynamics that can be used to improve global climate models as well as weather predictions.

Xi honors ethical role models

CHINA DAILY - 1 hour 25 min ago

BEIJING -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday encouraged ethical role models and pioneers to make new contributions to raising socialist cultural-ethical standards.

Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, made the remarks while meeting representatives attending the award ceremony on the initiative.

Chinese president says relations with Panama 'turn over a new leaf'

CHINA DAILY - 1 hour 28 min ago

BEIJING -- Chinese President Xi Jinping held talks with Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela here on Friday, saying bilateral relations "turned over a new leaf" with the establishment of diplomatic relations.

Varela is making his first state visit to China after the Central American nation established diplomatic relations with China in June.

"Forging diplomatic relations on the basis of the one-China principle meets the aspiration of generations of people in the two countries," Xi said.

"China-Panama relations have turned over a new leaf," Xi said, adding that China will work with Panama to jointly draw a blueprint for the development of bilateral relations.

International students take learning tours in Beijing

CHINA DAILY - 2 hours 52 min ago

A total of 108 international students who obtained Chinese Government Scholarships took part in "Experience China in Beijing" activities held by the China Scholarship Council from Wednesday to Friday.

The activities' purpose is to help overseas students better understand Chinese approaches to modern communication, agriculture and aerospace, traditional culture and democratic politics.

They visited organiztions and places including the National People's Congress, the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, Chinese companies of Huawei and Jingdong, Zhongguancun Pioneer Park, universities and national laboratories.

The foreign students are from nearly 40 countries, mostly being countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative.

Throughout the tours, the students experienced China in multiple dimensions.

"What impressed me most is Chinese history and culture, and I really appreciate this opportunity," said Mohammed Ali Mohammed Zaher Azman, a student from Yemen studying at Northeastern University.

Asim Rauf, a Pakistani student from the Dalian University of Technology, thinks highly of the Belt and Road Initiative, saying "a lot of Pakistani people get jobs in Chinese companies thanks to the Initiative."

"It is a good activity that helps us learn about Chinese politics, technology and culture and I am glad to take part in it," said Bilguun Burentegsh, a Mongolian student from Nanjing Audit University who is studying in China for a second time. "China is my second hometown. I would like to be the bridge of China and my country."

"Experience China" activities started in 2015. Up to now, nearly 200 activity series have been held nationwide and over 15,000 overseas students are involved.

Pet hospital uses acupuncture to help animals

CHINA DAILY - 2 hours 57 min ago

A dog is treated with electro acupuncture at a pet hospital in Shenyang, Northeast China's Liaoning province. The hospital provides traditional Chinese medicine treatment for cats and dogs. Doctors treat animals with acupuncture and electro acupuncture. Previously, in order to relieve the pain of injured pets, the owners chose euthanasia.[Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

A cat is treated with acupuncture at a pet hospital in Shenyang, Northeast China's Liaoning province. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

A doctor treats a cat with electro acupuncture at a pet hospital in Shenyang, Northeast China's Liaoning province.[Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

A doctor treats a dog with electro acupuncture at a pet hospital in Shenyang, Northeast China's Liaoning province. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

A pet is treated with electro acupuncture at a pet hospital in Shenyang, Northeast China's Liaoning province. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

E-sports industry booming in Wuhan

CHINA DAILY - 3 hours 16 min ago

Young gamers nationwide attend the China Youth E-Sports Summit in Wuhan, Hubei province on Nov 15. [Photo by Zou Ying/for chinadaily.com.cn]

Total prize money reached over 2 million yuan ($302,000) for the second China Youth E-Sports Competition, which opened Wednesday at an e-sports summit in Wuhan, capital of Hubei province, according to Chutian Metropolis Daily.

The event this year includes King of Glory and League of Legends, two popular online games in China, the report says.

The internet and video center of the Central Committee of the Communist Youth League — the host of the event – also hosted the first event last year in the city.

Over 50,000 contestants participated in the event last year, and over 500,000 people followed the game closely, the report says.

The internet and video center also announced in September it will base future events in Wuhan, which would make the city the center of the country's booming e-sports industry.

Contestants play games during the first China Youth E-Sports Competition.[Photo by Zou Ying / for chinadaily.com.cn]

Contestants play games during the first China Youth E-Sports Competition.[Photo by Zou Ying / for chinadaily.com.cn]

Restaurant offers free lunch, comfort to empty-nesters

CHINA DAILY - 3 hours 19 min ago

Who says there is no such thing as a free lunch? On Nov 13, four women opened a vegetarian restaurant that provides dining service at no charge to the elderly, lonely and students in Changzhi, Shanxi province.

Since the Yuhuazhai Free Vegetarian Mutual Benefit Restaurant II began trial operations on Oct 15, nearly 530 people have been provided free lunches and almost 200 people dine every day.

One of the founders, Xie Danqin, was previously a contractor for a school canteen. In July, she and her friends went to volunteer for Yuhuazhai Free Vegetarian Mutual Benefit Restaurant I. They were deeply touched by the scene they saw: nearly 200 diners, including elderly people, students, and disabled people, came in without making much noise; with whispers and mutual courtesy, everyone quietly studied the Chinese traditional book Disciple Rules before lunch.

Since then, Xie was inspired to create a similar restaurant. Soon, she and her three friends, Wei Yanfang, Kang Xujing and Yue Xiaojing, put together more than 100,000 yuan ($15,000) to set up the restaurant.

Li Laiying, 86, always moves her stool outside after dinner and washes the dishes. "My husband died 30 years ago. I'm used to living alone and am not willing to live with my children. Now I feel at home, and I especially love Yuhuazhai's atmosphere," she said.

"There are so many elderly people. Many of them are empty nesters. There is no shortage of food and drink, but they are alone at home. They come to us and enjoy meals together with other people, feeling very happy. Some nice elderly people even leave money quietly when they leave," said Xie. Although the lunch is free, the production process is not sloppy.

Lunch is provided for nearly 200 people a day in Yuhuazhai, with an expenditure of between 500 and 700 yuan. Most of these costs are covered by the four and also from donations by people from all walks of life.

At Yuhuazhai, every dish is finished clean. This is consistent with the philosophy advocated by the charity restaurant: being grateful, showing filial obedience and being kindhearted - that is the only way to be content and happy.

China aims to be world-leading space power by 2045

CHINA DAILY - 3 hours 58 min ago

The heavy-lift carrier rocket Long March 5 blasts off Nov 3, 2016 at Wenchang Space Launch Center in South China's Hainan province.[Photo/Xinhua]

China plans to grow into a global leader in space technology by 2045, according to a route map drawn up by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp, the major contractor of the country's space programs.

The following are the milestones China is expected to achieve in the following three decades.

-2020: Long March 8 carrier rocket, a medium-size launch vehicle, will make its debut. The application of the new rocket will significantly lower the cost of sending a satellite into low-medium orbit, boosting the country's ability to provide commercial launch services.

-2025: Suborbital spaceflight will be realized. Suborbital spaceflight reaches an altitude between 20 and 100 kilometers, often described as between the highest altitude an airplane can reach and the lowest level a satellite operates.

A suborbital carrier vehicle is able to fly in suborbit and return to the Earth, allowing common people to go into space, Lu Yu, a senior rocket engineer from CAST, was quoted as saying by China News Service.

-2030: A heavy-lift carrier rocket will be launched. According to the plan, the heavy carrier rocket will have a carrying capacity of 100 tons, compared with the 20-ton-level rocket used currently.

Lu said the heavy carrier rocket will provide strong support for the country's manned lunar-landing mission and the Mars probe's return journey. He said China will by then join the ranks of world leading countries in space transport capabilities.

-2035: A reusable carrier rocket will be developed. The route map shows an intelligent carrier rocket equipped with advanced power will be widely used in space transport by 2035.

By 2035, common people will be able to take reusable carrier vehicles to travel in space, Tang Yagang, the director of carrier rocket development at the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology, was quoted as saying by China News Service.

-2040: A nuclear-powered space shuttle will be built. It will enable large-scale resource exploration in space and mining on asteroids, as well as the building of space solar-power stations. Lu said between 2040 and 2045, a future generation of carrier rockets will be used in longer-term and multiple space trips.

-2045: China will become an all-round world-leading country in space equipment and technology. By then, it will be able to carry out man-computer coordinated space exploration on a large scale, Wang Liheng, a member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, told China News Service. 

Lu Yu forecast that by 2045, with advanced space transport capabilities, China will be able to carry out large-scale exploration on planets, asteroids and comets in the solar system, as space exploration enters a stage of rapid development.

Livestream host helps people fight insomnia

CHINA DAILY - 4 hours 6 min ago

Xiu Weiya helps people with insomnia fall asleep every night by livestreaming sleep-inducing sounds online.

The idea to host her own livestream occurred to Xiu when she learned about the concept of Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR), where positive feelings are triggered by specific acoustic, visual and digital media stimuli.

The term ASMR was coined in 2010 in the introduction to a Facebook group by Jennifer Allen, a cybersecurity professional residing in New York.

After the video "10 triggers to help you sleep" became an instant hit on YouTube in 2016, domestic livestreaming platforms sought to bring this new livestreaming technique to China. Xiu decided to have a try at the beginning of this year.

She uses various tools to create different sleep-inducing sounds. For example, she uses the rainstick, an African musical instrument, to simulate the sound of rain.

In this way, Xiu helps many people suffering from insomnia fall asleep at night. Her livestream has received positive responses from the audience.

Xiu livestreams from 10 pm to 2 am every night. She does this because she wants to help and accompany those who find it hard to sleep.

"It feels good when you are with them," said Xiu, "I am encouraged when I learn that my broadcast brings help to those in need."

Swimming enthusiasts start winter swimming season

CHINA DAILY - 4 hours 8 min ago

Even at the beginning of winter, the temperature at Heihe in Northeast China's Heilongjiang province has dropped to -20 Celsius degree. Winter swimming enthusiasts broke the ice and jumped into the Heilong River on the Sino-Russian border to start their winter swimming season. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Even at the beginning of winter, the temperature at Heihe in Northeast China's Heilongjiang province has dropped to -20 Celsius degree. Winter swimming enthusiasts broke the ice and jumped into the Heilong River on the Sino-Russian border to start their winter swimming season. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Even at the beginning of winter, the temperature at Heihe in Northeast China's Heilongjiang province has dropped to -20 Celsius degree. Winter swimming enthusiasts broke the ice and jumped into the Heilong River on the Sino-Russian border to start their winter swimming season. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Even at the beginning of winter, the temperature at Heihe in Northeast China's Heilongjiang province has dropped to -20 Celsius degree. Winter swimming enthusiasts broke the ice and jumped into the Heilong River on the Sino-Russian border to start their winter swimming season. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Even at the beginning of winter, the temperature at Heihe in Northeast China's Heilongjiang province has dropped to -20 Celsius degree. Winter swimming enthusiasts broke the ice and jumped into the Heilong River on the Sino-Russian border to start their winter swimming season. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Even at the beginning of winter, the temperature at Heihe in Northeast China's Heilongjiang province has dropped to -20 Celsius degree. Winter swimming enthusiasts broke the ice and jumped into the Heilong River on the Sino-Russian border to start their winter swimming season. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Even at the beginning of winter, the temperature at Heihe in Northeast China's Heilongjiang province has dropped to -20 Celsius degree. Winter swimming enthusiasts broke the ice and jumped into the Heilong River on the Sino-Russian border to start their winter swimming season. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Even at the beginning of winter, the temperature at Heihe in Northeast China's Heilongjiang province has dropped to -20 Celsius degree. Winter swimming enthusiasts broke the ice and jumped into the Heilong River on the Sino-Russian border to start their winter swimming season. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Even at the beginning of winter, the temperature at Heihe in Northeast China's Heilongjiang province has dropped to -20 Celsius degree. Winter swimming enthusiasts broke the ice and jumped into the Heilong River on the Sino-Russian border to start their winter swimming season. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Indonesia’s Widodo vowed to ‘erase stigma’ in Papua. Tell that to the separatists

SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST - 4 hours 34 min ago
Oktovianus Warnares gathered with five other men outside a government building on the picturesque island of Biak, just off the coast of the Indonesian province of Papua. It was May 1, 2013, the 50th anniversary of Indonesia assuming control of Papua from the United Nations. Warnares and his crew had gathered to raise the outlawed Morning Star flag of independence to protest against the rule of Jakarta – a distant city not only in kilometres but ethnicity and religion. Warnares estimates...

Couple tie the knot in roller skates

CHINA DAILY - 4 hours 36 min ago

A couple hold a special wedding ceremony in Benxi, Northeast China's Liaoning province. Li Dandan (center, right), a roller skating fan, fell in love with Wang Zhuo (center, left), founder of local roller skating club. [Photo by Lin Lin for chinadaily.com.cn]

Wang displays his roller skating skills. [Photo by Lin Lin for chinadaily.com.cn]

Wang gets down on one knee to propose. [Photo by Lin Lin for chinadaily.com.cn]

The couple put on roller skating shoes. [Photo by Lin Lin for chinadaily.com.cn]

The couple are escorted by their roller skating students. [Photo by Lin Lin for chinadaily.com.cn]

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