Olympic medal design, convenience food revolution and mini spider satellites

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Beijing 2022 medal design unveiled

CGTN took a closer look at the design of the medals for the 2022 Winter Olympics which begin in Beijing on February 4.

Named ‘Tong Xin’, which means ‘together as one’, the medals are made up of five rings and are based on China’s traditional jade concentric circle pendants.

There is a link to the 2008 Olympics medals to signify that Beijing will be the first city to host the Summer and Winter Games.

On the back, the emblem of the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 is placed in the center with the full Chinese name of the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 (北京2022年第24届冬季奥林匹克运动会) engraved around it.

COMAC aircraft ready for delivery this year

This year is expected to be significant for China’s aviation sector as the first passenger aircraft designed and built solely in China will make its maiden flight.

Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) deputy general manager Wu Yongliang said The paperthis week that the order placed by China Eastern Airlines will be delivered in this calendar year.

COMAC has developed the C919 passenger plane with up to 168 seats on board, in its first steps to challenge the duopoly of Airbus and Boeing in the commercial air transport market.

Learn more about the C919’s range, size and speed and how it got its name Click here.

The Winter Olympic medal rings are concave, echoing the traditional design of the jade pendant./Olympics.com/

The Winter Olympic medal rings are concave, echoing the traditional design of the jade pendant./Olympics.com/

Transport infrastructure plans for 2025

Plans to improve and decarbonize China’s transport network by 2025 have been finalized, with a particular focus on the rail network and green modes of transport.

There will be an additional 12,000 kilometers of high-speed railway added to the network over the next three years, representing an increase of almost a third over the current sections, which include a new link between Beijing and Zhangjiakou to the Winter Olympics.

The transport system will also be greener. There will be an increase in the number of municipal buses powered by new energy and the goal is to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 5%.

Popular cooked meals

One of the societal changes exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic has been the rise in popularity of convenience foods, particularly self-heating instant meals.

Younger generations in China are adding these meals to their weekly menu because it saves them time and energy when shopping for groceries, preparing food and washing dishes.

In a CGTN survey of reasons for buying semi-finished food products, 88% cited convenience, 17% said they felt curious and wanted to try it, while 8% rated it nutritionally balanced.

Small ships may not survive a storm, but a giant ship is strong enough to brave a storm.

– Xi Jinping, President of China, addressing the World Economic Forum

President Xi addresses the World Economic Forum

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday delivered a special speech at the virtual session of the 2022 World Economic Forum, praising the global effort to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. Xi described the collaboration as “a giant ship on which our common destiny rests.”

The forum, usually held in Davos, Switzerland, had to be turned into an online event due to coronavirus restrictions and Xi told the audience “Strong trust and cooperation is the only right way to defeat the pandemic”.

He added: “Holding back or shifting blame would only unnecessarily delay the response and distract us from the overall goal.”

Xi reminded global business leaders that China has already delivered 2 billion doses of vaccines to 120 countries and pledged another 1 billion for Africa.

Echoing China’s position at last year’s COP26 climate summit, Xi said, “We should uphold the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities and promote international cooperation on climate change in the development context.

For more key quotes from Xi, click here.

Beijing’s Summer Palace was dusted with snow on January 20. /CFP

Beijing’s Summer Palace was dusted with snow on January 20. /CFP

Beijing records first snowfall of 2022

Beijing is set to become the first dual Olympic city, hosting both the Summer and Winter Olympics. And just at the right time, the first snowfall of the year has settled over the city. It also coincides with the first day of “Major Cold”, the last solar term of a year on the Chinese lunar calendar, marking the end of winter and ushering in the Chinese New Year.

To see our photo gallery Click here.

GalaxySpace delivers six new satellites

GalaxySpace, China’s private satellite maker, has delivered six new Low Earth Orbit (LEO) devices as part of plans to test new broadband communication.

The company said the satellites are part of a satellite internet test network, dubbed “Mini-spider Constellation,” that will be able to provide uninterrupted low-orbit satellite broadband communications services for more 30 minutes at a time.

They will be launched atop a Long March-2C carrier rocket in the first quarter of 2022, the company said in a press release.

As part of long-term infrastructure plans, China has announced that it will add 29,000 kilometers of new roads to the network by 2025. /CFP

As part of long-term infrastructure plans, China has announced that it will add 29,000 kilometers of new roads to the network by 2025. /CFP

Baihetan hydropower plant nears completion

What will be the world’s second-largest hydropower plant is about to go into action after the last rotor was installed this week. Output from the Baihetan station in southwest China will only be surpassed by the Three Gorges Dam in Hubei Province.

The plant is expected to be operational by July 2022, when it will produce 62.4 billion kWh of electricity each year, enough to power 5.6 million homes.

Lower interest rates for homeowners

China lowered its benchmark rates for business and household loans for a second consecutive month at its January setting on Thursday, while lowering a benchmark mortgage rate for the first time in nearly two years.

The one-year loan prime rate (LPR) was cut by 10 basis points to 3.70% and the five-year LPR was cut by five basis points to 4.60%.

“The cuts come as China’s economy is currently facing a slowdown and the rate cut at the start of the year reflects the country’s economic policy aimed at stabilizing growth and increasing currency liquidity in 2022,” said Yan Yuejin, research director at E-House. China R&D Institute.

Plans to speed up the restoration of central Beijing

The restoration of a historic strip of land in central Beijing is being accelerated as part of a bid to gain UNESCO World Heritage Site status for the area around the Forbidden City.

Known as the “Central Axis of Beijing”, the 7.8 km long area represents the heart of the ancient city – from Yongding Gate in the south to the Bell and Drum Towers in the north. With 750 years of history, it includes a large number of historical buildings, relics and cultural sites.

Chen Mingjie, head of the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Cultural Heritage, told CGTN, “We have conducted a number of detailed studies on this area. And we have drawn up a restoration plan based on our research, aimed at improving things like town planning, landscaping, maintenance of public space and restoration of cultural sites.

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