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President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin witness the opening ceremony for the China-Russia east-route natural gas pipeline in a video conference on Monday. Feng Yongbin / China Daily

China, Russia launch gas pipeline

President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin witnessed via video link on Monday the opening ceremony of the China-Russia east-route natural gas pipeline, a landmark project that will transport natural gas from eastern Siberia through Northeast China to Shanghai.

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Wealth tax debate rages ahead of US election

Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, candidates for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination in the United States, have posed a fundamental question about the role of taxation.

TOP NEWS

New EU chief prepared for challenges

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen began her first day of work on Sunday by vowing to further strengthen the European Union and making phone calls to high-ranking officials, including Premier Li Keqiang.

CHINA

Nation to boost rescue teams' abilities at sea

China will adopt more advanced rescue technologies and intelligent rescue equipment, and will encourage the participation of volunteer groups as part of efforts to enhance its maritime emergency response capabilities, a senior official has said.

POLICY REVIEW

IPR protection to boost competitiveness

China's heightened protection of intellectual property rights is part of its efforts to help businesses shore up their competitiveness and boost spending on research and development, rather than a result of pressure from other countries, industry experts and lawyers said.

COMMENT

Natural gas fuels warmth in Sino-Russian relations

Through a video link-up, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin inaugurated the China-Russia east route natural gas pipeline on Monday.

VIEWS

Structural reform can drive Macao's growth

In the two decades since its return to the motherland, the Macao Special Administrative Region's economy has made great achievements thanks in no small measure to the Chinese mainland's expanding economy, the central government's preferential policies and the efforts of hardworking Macao residents.

WORLD

Many in US saddled with college loans

Josef, a software engineer at a major corporation, borrowed a total of $35,000 to pursue a college degree.

BUSINESS

Prudent policy stance to offset headwinds

China will not resort to competitive measures like zero interest rate or quantitative easing, but would instead maintain its conventional monetary policies over the long term and ensure currency stability, a top monetary official said.

BUSINESS FOCUS

Sharper images brighten prospect of smart projectors

With the new UEFA Champions League on, the home of Li Jielin, a 29-year-old software engineer, has become a popular gathering place for his friends.

LIFE

Towering discoveries

In popular culture, there is an unusual expression: "nine-story tower haunted by ghosts." And an online novel that spawned a raft of screen thrillers on the theme of this "haunted tower" on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau has grabbed people's imagination in recent years.

MOSAIC

Trust and respect are vital to establish deeper understanding

My fellow countrymen and women will be unsure as to whether a knock on the door over the remaining few days of the election campaign might be carol singers or someone canvassing their vote.

SPORTS

2022 preparations peak in mountains of Yanqing

Despite strong winds and a bitter winter chill, the construction site of the National Alpine Ski Center is bustling with workers and machinery busy grooming snow trails that wind down Xiaohaituo Mountain in northwest Beijing's Yanqing district.

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