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Members of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference pause for one minute of mourning for the front-line workers and other compatriots who died from COVID-19, at the opening meeting of the third session of the 13th CPPCC National Committee at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Thursday. The opening raised the curtain on the two sessions, China's biggest annual political event. Yan Yan / Xinhua

Xi sends warm wishes as world celebrates tea

China vowed to work with all parties to nurture the sustained and healthy development of the global tea industry on Thursday, the first International Tea Day.

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Customers put Sanlitun back on the menu

Alessia Chizzoniti, an Italian who founded a cultural center in Beijing, has lived in the Chinese capital for a decade.

TOP NEWS

Infrastructure holds the key to upgrading

China's efforts to expedite the rollout of new infrastructure including 5G, artificial intelligence and the industrial internet, will lay a sound digital foundation for high-quality growth and upgrading the nation's sprawling manufacturing industry, legislators and political advisers said.

TWO SESSIONS

Regional integration forges ahead

Editor's Note: With this year's two sessions underway-the annual meetings of the National People's Congress and the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference-China Daily toured China to gather a series of stories focusing on the achievements and blueprints in various regions.

CHINA

Copyright revisions lauded, up to a point

National legislators and experts on intellectual property rights have welcomed stronger protection of online copyrights and harsher punishments for copycats in newly released draft amendments to existing law while suggesting that some new types of infringements in cyberspace be further studied.

WORLD

CDC officials: White House ignored advice

A senior official with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, has claimed that members of the agency have been "muzzled" by the White House for urging caution in reopening the country.

BUSINESS

Relistings on A-share market may gain traction

The legislation passed by the US Senate on Wednesday, which requires companies to certify that they are not owned or controlled by a foreign government, will prompt more US-listed Chinese companies to pursue relistings in the A-share market, experts said on Thursday.

SOE MATTERS

Construction on track for Indonesian high-speed rail

China Railway Group Ltd, known as CREC, the Beijing-headquartered State-owned construction contractor, plans to complete $537 million worth of construction works for the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway project in Indonesia this year, despite the COVID-19 outbreak, said its senior executives.

BUSINESS INSIGHT

How to build a truly prosperous society?

China has reached the quantitative goals that characterize a moderately prosperous society.

COMMENT

NPC session will adapt country's strategy to post-pandemic situation

The third plenary session of the 13th National People's Congress opens on Friday after being delayed for more than two months because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

GLOBAL VIEWS

Regions to play bigger role

The novel coronavirus outbreak is both a black swan event and a gray rhino event for it has caught countries around the world off guard and accelerated the pace of changes which were expected in five or 10 years. No matter what the world will be like after the pandemic, it will definitely be different from the one before.

LIFE

Team building

Located in a small coastal town in East China's Zhejiang province is a library with a relatively short history and limited funding. Yet, it has attracted more than 1,000 volunteers devoted to its development over the past years.

LIFE SHANGHAI

Designing honor

The "Love is Forever" international design competition by renowned Chinese textile company Hengyuanxiang received hundreds of submissions from home and abroad before May 15, when submissions were closed.

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