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Watch the information and journalistic program "Chinese Panorama" on the TV channel "Greater Asia" (Issue 66):


  • Chinese provinces help each other fight COVID-19
  • China increases investment in transport infrastructure
  • Macau develops emergency response plan for new coronavirus outbreaks
  • Chinese pineapples now available in Singapore
  • China approves Pfizer pills for COVID-19 treatment< /li>
  • Seasonal livestock migration begins in Xinjiang
  • Chengdu introduces children to the country's cultural heritage
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  • The cold snap brought snow and rain to China 
  • In China growing population of Red Book Black-necked Cranes



Chinese provinces help each other in the fight against COVID-19

Medics from central China went to the aid of colleagues from Jilin province, which was hit by the outbreak of COVID-19. Last week, about 1500 infected people were detected there every day.

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Tang Lingli, Vice Director of Clinical Laboratories, Xiangya Second Hospital, Central South University:
< br> “We are a medical team from Changsha, Hunan Province. Here we are working in an inflatable mobile laboratory. Now about 20 people from our team are collecting biomaterial samples for analysis from residents of Jilin Province.”

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The main task of the arrived specialists is to help with large-scale PCR testing. To quickly cope with a heavy workload, the team works around the clock, in three shifts. 

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Zhou Xiguo, head of the medical team:

150 people arrived in Jilin Province on a charter flight. Our medical team started working almost immediately after we landed. In one day, we can examine up to 80 thousand samples of biological material.”

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Tang Lingli, Deputy Director of Clinical Laboratories, Xiangya Second Hospital, Central South University:< /b>

“Among the members of our team there are both those who have previously traveled to help in other provinces, and newcomers. But each of us has experience in PCR testing, so we volunteered to come here.”

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The team that arrived included the most experienced doctors from Central China. Other provinces and regions did not stand aside. Since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak, groups of medical personnel and supplies from all over the country have been pouring into Jilin with supplies needed to fight the epidemic.

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China increased investment in transport infrastructure

China's investment in the development of transport infrastructure at the beginning of the year exceeded 338 billion yuan. They increased almost 12 percent year on year. More than 273 billion yuan was invested in the construction of highways and waterways, which is about 15 percent more than in January-February last year. The priority goal of the Ministry of Transport of the PRC is the implementation of large projects.

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Wang Songbo, Deputy Director of the Comprehensive Planning Department of the Ministry of Transportation of the People's Republic of China:
< br> “In the next phase, we plan to build infrastructure ahead of schedule, while keeping factors of production and financing going at the same pace. Thus, we will form an effective cycle of planning, construction and operation.”

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The future plans of the ministry are to increase and modernize the national highway network, build transport interchanges and modern routes between provinces, expansion of busy sections of existing highways. The construction of airports and other passenger complexes will continue at a steady pace.

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Macau has developed an emergency plan in case of a new outbreak of COVID-19

Macau prepared an emergency medical response plan in the event of a new wave of COVID-19. This was announced by the heads of the Regional Health Bureau. The decision to prepare the plan was influenced by the protracted nature of the pandemic. 

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In case of a sharp increase in the number of cases, the Macau government will open a response and coordination center, as well as a civil protection operations center. They will be joined by 15 working groups that will oversee issues of public control, treatment, transportation and isolation of patients, and will also conduct epidemiological investigations.

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According to the plan, medical institutions will open depending on the stage the spread of the coronavirus. The modernized isolator will be able to accommodate up to 2,700 patients.

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Lo Iek Long, Director, Macau Health Bureau:

“We have done a lot of preparatory work, which includes the purchase of materials, staff training and route development. Each department has a clean zone, an infected zone and a sorting zone, and special passages have been designed between them. Of course, we do not want a mass infection to begin. But if we need to put this center into operation, it will take two or three days to disinfect, and seven days to install the equipment.

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Emergency Action Plan also includes the establishment of mobile laboratories for PCR testing. This will allow checking up to 800 thousand people daily. Currently, people who arrive in Macau by sea must provide a negative PCR test result obtained within 24 hours.

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Chinese pineapples can now be bought in Singapore< /b>

Farmers from Guangdong Province now supply pineapples not only to all of China, but also to Singapore. International cooperation became possible thanks to the agreement on the Comprehensive Regional Economic Partnership. In 2022, more than 15 countries from China to New Zealand and Singapore signed it. The agreement is expected to boost free trade and help rebuild the economy in the post-pandemic era.

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The partnership opens up great opportunities for Chinese business. However, it also means that along with new customers, there will be competitors. But the authorities believe that this will bring renewal to the work of local communities.

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Huang Weihua, Communications Director, Guangdong Ministry of Agriculture:

“We select the best pineapple varieties for export. Traditional varieties are sold on the domestic market at a not very high price. Export, on the other hand, brings more returns and income, and this attracts farmers. To be successful, they either choose the best varieties to send abroad or work to improve existing ones.”

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Xiuwen County is the leader in pineapple cultivation in China. Singapore became their first overseas market. Most of the Chinese pineapple comes to the city-state from local farmer Chen Ruyu. Previously, he owned a business in Guangzhou, but decided to return and develop his hometown. Since then, the entrepreneur has been selling pineapples from Xuwen County to various countries.

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Chen Ruyu, director of the export company:
< br> “The export of pineapples is a kind of test drive for the Singaporean market. The response has been quite good and we hope it will open new doors for us in the future.”

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The first shipments of pineapples have already arrived in Singapore. The fruits are snapped up by both locals and Chinese expats, for whom the taste of these tropical fruits is reminiscent of their native places in the Middle Kingdom. 


China approves Pfizer pills for the treatment of COVID-19 

China received the first imported medicine for coronavirus — pills from the American company Pfizer. 21,200 boxes of medicines were delivered to Shanghai. In order for the drug to reach patients faster, it was immediately sent to the duty-free zone and the customs clearance procedure was accelerated.

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Pills called Paxlovid have been approved by China's State Pharmaceutical Administration. The drug has passed all the necessary checks on an emergency basis.

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The drug will treat adults with mild to moderate symptoms of COVID-19, who are at risk of severe coronavirus disease. These are elderly people, patients with chronic diseases of the kidneys, lungs, cardiovascular system, diabetes and other pathologies.

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Paxlovid was created on the basis of low molecular chemistry. Today it is one of the leading directions in the development of drugs against coronavirus. The National Health Commission of China has included Pfizer pills in an updated version of the COVID-19 diagnosis and treatment course.


Seasonal livestock migration begins in Xinjiang

7 million animals move along the mountain roads of Xinjiang. The livestock is heading for the spring pastures. Drones captured an impressive picture of the annual migration.

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Shepherds regularly drive their flocks from one place to another. This is due to both weather changes and the need to restore pasture lands. Overgrazing in one place creates a huge pressure on natural resources and leads to soil destruction and desertification. The choice of a new place is influenced by the presence of water bodies and vegetation there. Thanks to the established migration routes, the former pastures have time to recover by the time the huge herds return.

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Animal grazing has a strong impact on soil and vegetation cover, water regime and microclimate, fauna and microflora. In China, pasture protection and livestock grazing are centralized and controlled by the National Forestry Administration. 

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Chengdu introduces children to cultural heritage

In order to awaken children's interest in local cultural heritage, the Chengdu authorities have developed a whole program. The younger generation is planned to be involved in various thematic events.

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The Pidu County Women's Federation and the Anjing community have already held their first workshops. Schoolchildren were introduced to the Shushu culture, the intangible cultural heritage of the region, as well as the ancient art of Shushu embroidery. Boys and girls tried to embroider fine patterns themselves, inspired by old tapestries. 

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Shuxu embroidery is a style of folk art craft originating from Sichuan Province. It is one of the "Four Great" embroideries of China.

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Li Xinyi, schoolgirl:

“Sichuan embroidery is very beautiful, I have never seen anything like it. She charmed me.”

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Li Qianyao, student's mother:

“I was lucky to accompany the children to this event. We were able to truly experience the culture of Sichuan embroidery and the civilization of Chengdu. This broadens the child's horizons."

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After studying embroidery, the schoolchildren had a culinary master class where they prepared bean sauce, a famous condiment and a historically important part of Sichuan cuisine. 

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And then the children learned how to make shoe lasts from their grandmother Lai, the heiress of an old dynasty of textile shoe manufacturers. programs will take into account the needs and interests of the younger generation.

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Cold snap brought snow and rain to China

A sharp cooling came to most provinces and regions of China. Continuous snowfalls and rains make traffic difficult. A yellow alert has been issued in Liaoning province in northeast China due to icy roads. Snow also fell in most areas of Beijing, but the capital's meteorological service said that warmer weather is just around the corner.
Heavy snowfall hit the city of Zhangjiakou, Hebei province. The lowest - down to minus 10 degrees Celsius - the temperature fell in its northern region. In the provincial capital, due to bad weather, the heating season was extended until March 31.

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Precipitation also fell in the central and western regions of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. The snowfall did not please local motorists, but it was good news for agricultural workers.

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Wang Pengfei, Deputy Director of the Bureau of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry of the Junggar District of Inner Mongolia:

“Our region is located on dry hills with steep slopes, almost 70 percent of arable land is highly dependent on the weather. Therefore, snowfall will be very useful for spring farming.”

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In the city of Jiayuguan in the northwest of the country, bad weather also did a good job: due to the cold, a dust storm subsided, which raged for several days.

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The weather also deteriorated in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. In order to prevent road accidents, additional shifts of traffic police officers were on duty in Tekes County on an important section of the national highway.

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Talbia, traffic police officer:< /b>

“Because of the snow on the road icy conditions, drivers need to be careful and slow down when passing through this section.”

Many regions have suffered not only from snowfalls: heavy rains and strong winds were reported in southern China. Downpours also occurred in some areas of the provinces of Anhui and Hunan, while the amount of precipitation in some places reached 182 millimeters.

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The population of the Red Book Black-necked Cranes is growing in China

In China, the population of black-necked cranes is growing. Today there are more than 17,000 individuals in the country. Almost all of them live in the Tibetan and Yunnan-Guizhou highlands.

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Guo Yumin, Professor, School of Ecology and Conservation, Beijing Forestry University:

“In 2000, the world population of black-throated cranes was only 6,000 individuals. Now only in China there are more than 17 thousand of them. This is an excellent indicator for 22 years!”

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According to experts, the growing population of rare Red Book cranes is a direct reflection of achievements in the field of wildlife protection in China.

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