>Population census will begin
China's seventh national population census will begin on Nov 1 this year with about 7 million staff to visit homes for registration work, an official said Sunday.
A good census can give a full picture of the population’s size, structure and distribution, and the trend of demographic change, providing support for mapping national development strategies, said Ning Jizhe, deputy head of the National Development and Reform Commission.
Residents will be encouraged to use mobile terminals, such as cell phones, to declare personal and family information, he said.
The census will collect data, including name, ID number, gender, marital details, education, profession and other information about Chinese citizens.
>Visitors' upper limit raised
The Ministry of Culture and Tourism on Friday lifted the upper limit for visitors at cultural and tourist locations from 50 percent to 75 percent of capacity ahead of the National Day holiday.
Tourist attractions across the country are expected to see a peak in visitor flow on the first long-term holiday since the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the ministry's new protocol, the attractions should pay attention to pandemic containment while at the same time promote the recovery of the industry.
The attractions are asked to update their disinfection program to meet holiday requirements.
Reservations and real-name registrations also are required so that tourists can be traced in time if infections occur.
In the updated protocols, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism also has encouraged local authorities to deal with cultural locations according to their own conditions instead of adopting a "one size for all" approach.
The protocol has loosened its restrictions on live house performances, giving priority to "large-scale performances outdoors" in low-risk areas.
>Deal may solve TikTok's dilemma
Video-sharing social networking platform TikTok on Saturday voiced hope that an agreement reached by its Chinese parent company, ByteDance, with Oracle and Walmart will "resolve the security concerns of the US administration and settle questions around TikTok's future in the US."
The Los Angeles-based company issued a statement Saturday afternoon, hours after US President Donald Trump said he had approved a deal between the three parties.
TikTok disclosed some details about the three-party agreement handed over to the authority Monday and weighed by the White House so far, saying Oracle will become its "trusted technology provider," and Walmart will play a role in "commercial partnership."
It also said both American companies will take part in TikTok's global pre-IPO financing round in which they can take up to a 20 percent cumulative stake in the company.
A business insider familiar with the deal said TikTok had a plan to finish the IPO in the US market in one year if possible.
>EU plans to penalize tech firms
Big tech companies may be penalized by the European Union under plans that might force them to break up or sell some of their European operations. The rules would come into play if the tech giants' market dominance is deemed a threat to the interests of customers and smaller rivals, the Financial Times reported on Sunday.
The proposed solution also would include the ability to exclude large tech groups from the EU's single market altogether, said EU Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton, in an interview with the newspaper.
A rating system also is being considered that would mean companies are measured by their behavior on tax compliance and the speed with which they remove illegal online content, the Financial Times said.
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