>Plan for vocational skills training
A plan for vocational skills training during the 14th Five-Year Plan period (2021-2025) was reviewed and approved at a State Council executive meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang on Wednesday.
During the 13th Five-Year Plan period (2016-2020), great progress was made in vocational skills training, which played a key role in stabilizing and promoting employment, according to the meeting.
Efforts should be stepped up to advance vocational skills training, which will remain employment-oriented and suit market demands during the 2021-2025 period, the meeting said.
China will support various vocational schools and training institutions in providing training, the meeting said, stressing the importance of more support with central-budget investment for the construction of public training bases.
More work should be done to advance the training of highly skilled talent in advanced manufacturing and modern services industries, and over 30 million rural migrant workers are expected to receive training during the period, according to the meeting.
>Mars probes complete in-orbit relay communication test
China's Mars probe Tianwen-1 and the European Space Agency's (ESA's) Mars Express spacecraft have successfully performed an in-orbit relay communication test, the China National Space Administration (CNSA) said on Wednesday.
China's Mars rover Zhurong sent test data to Mars Express over a distance of approximately 4,000 kilometers. The communication lasted 10 minutes.
Mars Express received the data and forwarded it to ESA's deep space tracking station. After receiving the data, the station sent it to the European Space Operations Center (ESOC), and ESOC then forwarded the data to the Beijing Aerospace Control Center.
Data analysis results show that the relay communication equipment interfaces of Zhurong and Mars Express match and conform to international standards, and the contents of the transmitted data are complete and correct.
The Tianwen-1 team and the Mars Express team will undertake further cooperation in scientific data relay communication, according to CNSA.
>Universal Beijing Resort plans expansion
Universal Beijing Resort is planning its second phase of construction, according to a press briefing on Wednesday. The expansion will cover 2.2 square kilometers, and five more hotels are expected to be built.
The annual number of visits to the existing resort, which covers 1.8 square kilometers, is estimated to reach 10 million, municipal government official Cui Shuqiang said at the press briefing. The resort has boosted tourism in the neighboring areas of Beijing's Tongzhou district, where the Beijing Municipal Administrative Center and the resort are located, Cui said.
Universal Beijing Resort began operations in September and became the fifth Universal Studios theme park globally, the third in Asia, and the first in China.
>Japan suspends entry of foreign visitors
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Monday that the government will ban the entry of all foreign nationals in principle from Tuesday amid concerns over the new Omicron variant of COVID-19.
Kishida told local media that the decision was made to avoid the worst-case scenario, adding that "it is a temporary measure until information about the Omicron variant becomes clear."
Japan will also suspend the recent easing of entry restrictions made on Nov 8, which has allowed vaccinated business travelers to take a shorter quarantine period and started to accept entry applications for students and technical interns on the condition their host organization agrees to take responsibility for monitoring their movements.
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