>China honors young Olympic athletes
The Central Committee of the Communist Youth League of China and the All-China Youth Federation on Monday decided to award May Fourth Medals to young athletes who participated in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in recognition of their outstanding performances.
Among those honored are China's women's table tennis team, the men's table tennis team and 39 young athletes, including shooter Yang Qian, swimmer Zhang Yufei and diver Quan Hongchan.
The youth organizations called on young people across the country to learn from Chinese athletes, defy difficulties and improve their skills through hard work.
>Greater Bay Area has more Global 500 companies
The number of Global 500 companies' headquarters in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area surpassed the New York Bay Area for the first time, the 21st Century Business Herald reported on Monday. With four new companies' joining in, China's Greater Bay Area became host to 25 Global 500 companies this year, outweighing the New York Bay Area with 24 Global 500 companies' headquarters.
The Tokyo Bay Area has 40 Global 500 headquarters, the most among the four global bay areas in the world.
The number of Global 500 companies was 10 in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Finance, innovative technology and manufacturing are pillar industries in China's Greater Bay Area while automobile, petrochemical engineering and finance are those in the Tokyo Bay Area.
China's Greater Bay Area covers the largest area of 56,000 square kilometers among the four global bay areas, followed by the New York Bay Area and San Francisco Bay Area with 21,500 and 18,000 square kilometers, respectively.
>World's oldest coin factory found
Archaeologists excavating the remains of Guanzhuang - an ancient city in Central China's Henan province - have discovered what they believe is the oldest-known coin mint, where miniature, shovel-shaped bronze coins were mass produced some 2,600 years ago.
Their research, published in the journal Antiquity, gives weight to the idea that the first coins were minted not in Turkey or Greece, as long thought, but in China.
Using radiocarbon dating, the team determined the mint began operating sometime between 640 BC and no later than 550 BC.
During their excavation, the researchers found two spade coins and dozens of clay molds used to cast them.
One coin was in near-perfect condition: Just shy of 6 inches long and about 2.5 inches wide, the bronze coin weighed about 27 grams.
>25M ayes for US lab petition
An online petition for a thorough investigation of a biological laboratory at Fort Detrick in the US concluded on Friday, garnering 25 million signatures in just three weeks.
The petition, which a group of Chinese internet users drafted and entrusted the Global Times to post on social media, was launched on July 17 and received 500,000 signatures in 24 hours and 1 million in 48 hours.
The investigation should look at the origins of COVID-19 as related to the Maryland laboratory as well as the laboratory's safety, the organizers said.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said on July 26 that the US needs to explain why it remains silent on opening the Fort Detrick laboratory to an investigation.
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