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The Spanish Steps in Rome are deserted on Saturday after a curfew was imposed by Italy's Lazio region, of which Rome is the capital, between midnight and 5 a.m. to help curb the spread of COVID-19 infections. Guglielmo Mangiapane / Reuters

Blueprint set to chart course of development

The Communist Party of China will set the tone for the country's socioeconomic development in the next five years and beyond at this week's key Party meeting amid economic slowdown as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and growing tensions with the United States.

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Protecting visitors the top priority at venues

Different countries have their own regulations aimed at preventing attacks by wild animals in zoos and nature reserves.

TOP NEWS

Pandemic-hit countries face new restrictions amid surge

COVID-19 cases continue to surge in Europe and North America, prompting nations to implement new restrictions, according to latest health figures.

CHINA

Winter, spring domestic air routes boosted

More domestic air routes will operate during winter and spring as the COVID-19 pandemic sharply curtails the international market.

WORLD

'Think tank' pushes anti-China barrow

The questioning encountered by three Chinese-Australian citizens in a recent Senate hearing on issues facing diaspora communities in Australia had an eerie resonance.

XIAOKANG SOCIETY

In push to eradicate poverty there will be no retreat

Lifting more than 850 million people out of poverty, as defined by the World Bank, is China's greatest contribution to global human rights, says John Ross.

BUSINESS

Enduring allure of irresistible Chinese economy

China's new "dual circulation "development pattern, its sharpened focus on reform and opening-up, effective epidemic control measures for resumption of industrial activity, and the sense of anticipation about the announcement of details of the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-25) are all encouraging foreign companies and foreign investors to double down on their commitment to the Chinese economy, industry experts said.

BUSINESS INSIGHT

China rises from SEZs to global economic anchor

Moving quickly to implement the policies announced by President Xi Jinping in his Oct 14 speech celebrating the 40th anniversary of the creation of the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone, the National Development and Reform Commission announced on Oct 18 a series of reforms opening up artificial intelligence-based businesses and financial markets.

COMMENT

14th Five-Year Plan a roadmap that leads beyond the year 2025

A draft of the top-level blueprint for the country's economic and social development will be assessed during the fifth plenary session of the 19th Communist Party of China Central Committee, which is being held in Beijing from Monday to Thursday.

GLOBAL VIEWS

Torchbearer for climate governance

The incorporation of ecological protection into China's goal of building a moderately prosperous society in all respects has been the major driver of the country's efforts to realize our ecological civilization since the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in 2012.

LIFE

A tale where justice counts

"For all evils there are two remedies-time and silence," wrote French author Alexandre Dumas (pere) in his 19th century literary classic The Count of Monte Cristo.

SPORTS

Irrepressible 'Li-Bron' still defying the odds

Li Meng remains steadfast in chasing her hoop dreams despite the sizable hurdles the Team China powerhouse has faced along the way.

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