Chinese social media users have been following the safe return of the three Chinese astronauts to Earth after three months in the central module of the Tianhe space station. They have also expressed interest in the new development of the country’s fight against Covid-19 – booster injections will soon be administered in Henan province (central China). Netizens also welcomed the news that Russian President Putin has accepted China’s invitation to participate in the Beijing Winter Olympics next year.
1. Denmark removes all restrictions related to Covid-19
Denmark had lifted all restrictions (external source, in Danish) to curb the spread of Covid-19 from Friday, in particular with a rule requiring people to present proof of vaccination to enter nightclubs. The decision was made after more than 83% of eligible people over the age of 12 in Denmark were fully vaccinated, according to the Danish health authority.
2. Uniqlo boss loses title of richest person in Japan
Takemitsu Takizaki, founder of electronic sensor maker Keyence Corp., has beat Uniqlo billionaire Tadashi Yanai (external source) to become the richest person in Japan, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Takizaki is worth $ 38.2 billion after his company’s shares nearly doubled from last year. Fast Retailing’s Yanai is now worth $ 35.6 billion.
3. The two Chinese mini epidemic prevention programs on Alipay combined
China’s two epidemic control functions on Ant Group’s Alipay – a national health code and a travel card that tracks where citizens have been within 14 days – have been combined into one (external source, in Chinese) to facilitate Covid-19 inspection at checkpoints, Chinese media reported.
4. Booster injections of Covid-19 will be administered in Henan province (central China)
China will soon launch a Covid-19 vaccine booster program (external source, in Chinese) in central Henan Province, the first of its kind at the provincial level for fully vaccinated people to receive an additional dose of the vaccine. The program will favor adults under the age of 60.
5. Shenzhou-12 astronauts land safely
Having worked in the central module of the Tianhe space station for three months, three “taikonauts” of the crew of the Shenzhou-12 came back to Earth on Friday (external source). The manned spacecraft’s return capsule, carrying Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming and Tang Hongbo, landed at the Dongfeng landing site in northern China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, according to the Chinese Manned Space Agency .
6. Russian President Putin confirms his visit to the 2022 Winter Olympics
Russian President Vladimir Putin accepted the invitation from China (external source) to attend next year’s Winter Olympics in Beijing, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Thursday. The 2022 Winter Olympics are scheduled to take place February 4-20.
7. The Fujian shoe industry affected by the Covid-19 epidemic
The footwear industry, one of the mainstays of Putian, in eastern China, in Fujian province, has been hard hit by the latest Covid-19 epidemic (external source, in Chinese) which emerged in early September. Some employees at the shoe factory interviewed by national broadcaster CCTV in the city said they had closed and domestic and foreign trade orders had been canceled.
8. Senior US Army Officer Makes “Secret Calls” With Chinese Counterpart, New Book Says
A forthcoming book written by Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Robert Costa said a senior US military officer Marc Milley (outside source, in Chinese) made two secret phone calls with his Chinese counterpart in October and January to reassure Beijing that the United States would not attack China, US media reported. http://news.cyol.com/gb/articles/2021-09/16/content_3MPG8fz7j.html
9. The infertility rate drops to 12% -18%
The infertility rate (external source, in Chinese) among Chinese couples of reproductive age fell to 12% -18%, according to state media.
10. Putin isolates himself after coming into contact with the Covid case
Russian President Vladimir Putin (external source, in Chinese) self-isolates after coming into close contact with a staff member in his or her entourage who had been infected with the coronavirus, media reported. Putin has tested negative for Covid-19, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
Translated by reporter Lu Zhenhua.
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