>'No 1 central document'unveiled
China unveiled its "No 1 central document" for 2021 on Sunday, stressing efforts to comprehensively push forward rural vitalization and accelerate the modernization of agriculture and rural areas.
During the 14th Five-Year Plan period (2021-2025), the Communist Party of China will regard work concerning agriculture, rural areas and farmers as its top priority, the document said. "China will make the comprehensive advancement of rural vitalization a major task in realizing the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation, and will speed up the modernization of agriculture and the countryside with the efforts of the whole Party and society," according to the document.
By 2025, China will see substantial progress in the modernization of agriculture and the countryside, with achievements seen for a more solid agricultural foundation, a narrower income gap between rural and urban residents, and basically realizing agricultural modernization where conditions permit, the document said.
China will set a five-year transition period for counties that have shaken off poverty and gradually shift the policy focus from poverty alleviation toward comprehensively promoting rural vitalization.
The document emphasizes that the country must retain a "red line" of 1.2 billion hectares of arable land.
The construction of 6.7 million hectares of high-standard farmland with high and stable yields regardless of drought and flood will be complete this year.
>Virus fight in 'late stage of suppression'
China has entered the "late stage of suppression" of the COVID-19 pandemic after a year's efforts, said Gao Fu, the head of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
"Through one year's efforts, different countries around the world achieved varying results in pandemic control.
In some countries like China, the pandemic has been well controlled, while in other countries the situation is still grim," Gao said in an editorial published in China CDC Weekly on Friday.
By Feb 3, 31 million doses of inactivated COVID-19 vaccines had been administered in China, he said.
"As vaccination started smoothly and progressed as scheduled, the China CDC has been closely monitoring vaccination coverage and adverse events following immunization," he said.
"The data shows that the reported rate of serious adverse events is no higher than that of the influenza vaccine, reflecting the fact that the currently used inactivated COVID-19 vaccines are safe."
>Chinese official language of UNWTO
The United Nations World Tourism Organization and the Spanish government have officially announced on Jan 25 Chinese formally became an official language of the organization.
Chinese joins English, Spanish, French, Arabic and Russian, bringing the number of official languages for the body to six.
The UN World Tourism Organization is the world's most influential intergovernmental international tourism organization. It has 159 member states and is headquartered in Madrid, with Spain as its depositary government. China joined the organization in 1983.
>Djokovic wins Australian Open
Serbian tennis legend Novak Djokovic claimed a historic ninth Australian Open championship on Sunday night, beating Daniil Medvedev of Russia, 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 in the final.
It was a surprisingly convincing win for Djokovic who remains unbeaten in all nine of the Australian Open finals he has played at Rod Laver Arena.
Djokovic overcame an abdominal injury, sustained mid-tournament, to survive the remaining rounds, and eventually dominate the final battle.
"It has been definitely emotionally the most challenging Grand Slam that I ever had with everything that was happening, injury, off-the-court stuff, quarantines," Djokovic said. "It has been, least to say, a roller-coaster ride in the last four weeks."
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