>China's manufacturing tops the world
China's value-added manufacturing output has ranked first in the world since 2010, according to Xiao Yaqing, minister of industry and information technology. The added industrial value of the Chinese manufacturing sector grew from 16.98 trillion yuan in 2012 to 26.6 trillion in 2020. The figure gives Chinese manufacturers a 30 percent share of the global total-added industrial value, Xiao told a press conference on Monday.
China also boasts the world's most comprehensive industrial system with 41 major industrial categories, he said.
More than 40 percent of the outputs of Chinese-manufactured products rank top in the world among 500 major industrial goods.
In more and more key industries, including new energy vehicles and photovoltaic equipment, China leads the world, with high-end brands entering the global playing field.
>China-ASEAN Expo concludes
The 18th China-ASEAN Expo and the concurrent China-ASEAN Business and Investment Summit concluded Monday in Nanning, capital of South China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region.
A total of 179 deals worth a record-high 300 billion yuan were signed during the expo. The total value marks an increase of 13.7 percent over the previous edition, Wang Lei, secretary-general of the expo secretariat, said at the closing ceremony.
A total of 148 economic and trade promotional activities and 26 high-level forums took place during this year's expo, covering industrial chains, industrial capacity cooperation, customs and health.
With an exhibition area of more than 100,000 square meters, this year's expo set up 5,400 booths for offline exhibitors. Over 1,500 enterprises participated in the in-person exhibitions.
The exhibition area for foreign countries was about 20,000 square meters, up 13.4 percent year-on-year.
>Giant robotic arm debuts at WRC
The Chinese space station's giant robotic arm, developed by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, was displayed at the 2021 World Robot Conference in Beijing.
The robotic arm was used to ensure the safety and operation of the space station and assist taikonauts in extravehicular activities.
It drew praise from the Shenzhou-12 crew - Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming and Tang Hongbo. "Robot technologies are changing our ways of production and life - the robotic arm has helped us complete two extravehicular missions," the taikonauts said from China’s space station at the opening ceremony of the 2021 WRC.
According to Wang Youyu, chief designer of the robotic arm system, the device is 10 meters long and very flexible.
Its central processing unit can generate algorithms based on taikonauts’ demands. Therefore, the robotic arm can act as a transportation tool to assist taikonauts during extravehicular activities, Wang said, adding it can also grip, transfer and install various devices on cargo spacecraft.
>British 18-year-old makes tennis history
Emma Raducanu beat fellow teenager Leylah Fernandez 6-4 6-3 in the US Open in New York to end Britain's 44-year wait for a women's Grand Slam singles champion.
Raducanu became the first qualifier to win a major and has done so without dropping a set.
At 18, she is the youngest grand slam champion since Maria Sharapova in 2004.
Hours after Raducanu had won the championship, she found time to send a message to her fans in China in fluent Mandarin. "Hi, everyone," she said in the video post. "I want to say thank you to you guys and I hope you enjoy my tennis. I'm thrilled to win. Love you all."
Raducanu's mother Renee – full name Dong Mei Zhai – grew up in Shenyang, a city in Northeast China.
Overnight, the number of Raducanu's followers on Instagram more than doubled to 1.3 million.
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