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Tourists visit a lantern fair marking the Year of the Rat at Yuyuan Garden in Shanghai on Monday. The fair, which features a giant lantern of a golden rat, started on Friday and runs until Feb 11. The fair, which dates back to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), was added to the national intangible cultural heritage list in 2010. The Chinese Lunar New Year falls on Jan 25. Wang Gang / For China Daily

China off US list of 'currency manipulators'

The United States removed the label of "currency manipulator" from China on Monday, a move that a leading US expert called "just recognizing reality" and will be welcomed by investors.

TOP NEWS

Premier says reform efforts will be pushed

China will push for greater reform, opening-up and innovation to keep the Chinese economy running in a reasonable range for high-quality development this year, Premier Li Keqiang said at a plenary meeting of the State Council on Monday in Beijing.

CHINA

Courts fight to protect Yangtze River Basin

The procuratorial departments in 11 provinces and cities along the Yangtze River Economic Belt approved the arrest of 7,084 people in 4,336 cases suspected of destroying the environment of the Yangtze River Basin in 2019, said the Supreme People's Procuratorate on Tuesday.

COMMENT

By dropping undeserved designation, US opens door to more fruitful discussions

In a goodwill gesture before the signing of the "phase one" trade deal between China and the United States, scheduled to take place in Washington on Wednesday, the US Treasury Department announced on Monday that it no longer considers China to be a currency manipulator.

VIEWS

Research appraisal system needs reform

Editor's Note: A so-called research paper published in the Journal of Glaciology and Geocryology, a prestigious science and technology journal, in 2013 has sparked a huge controversy almost seven years after it came to light on Saturday.

WORLD

UK retailers look back on grim year

Wariness among consumers, a weak economy and uncertainties over Brexit contributed to 2019 becoming the worst for retail sales in Britain in at least 25 years, retail experts said.

BUSINESS

More foreign-invested banks to get bond underwriting nod

More foreign-invested banks will be allowed to underwrite bonds issued by the local governments in China, as part of the country's financial sector's further opening-up efforts, experts said.

BUSINESS FOCUS

Self-driving sector gains momentum

BEIJING-From carrying out test runs on closed roads to transporting passengers in cities, China's self-driving industry took a big step forward in 2019, attracting more foreign manufacturers.

YOUTH

Last year's net gains

Chinese Lunar New Year is around the corner. A time to reflect, reminisce and consider what has gone. The last 12 months saw an increasing number of wanghong, or "internet celebrities" of all shapes and sizes, young and old, male and female, go viral as they attracted followers with their charisma, unique content, outlook and personal style. The following are 10 internet celebrities that hit the headlines, for various reasons, last year.

SPORTS

Plucky pensioners pursue their passion for pucks

SHENYANG, Liaoning province-The thawing ice signals the end of another hockey season for 69-year-old Wang Daming and his friends at their local park in Shenyang.

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