>China to boost green, low-carbon economy
The State Council has released a guideline to accelerate the development of a green and low-carbon circular economic development system.
The guideline urges efforts to firmly implement the new development philosophy, boost efficiency in the use of resources, strengthen protection of the ecological environment and effectively control greenhouse gas emissions.
By 2025, China will see a marked rise in the scale of green industries, a continued drop in major pollutants and a slashed carbon emission intensity, according to the guideline.
By 2035, energy and resource utilization efficiency in key industries and key products is expected to reach an internationally advanced level, and the goal to build a beautiful China will be basically reached.
To meet the targets, the document outlines key measures, including the development of green and low-carbon production, consumption and circulation systems.
China has announced it will strive to peak carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2060.
>1,421 fugitives returned to China
China brought back 1,421 fugitives last year who were suspected of crimes, with 2.95 billion yuan in illegal gains recovered, the country's anti-graft agencies said on Monday. Among the fugitives were 28 who appeared on Interpol red notices, which are international listings of wanted criminals, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the Communist Party of China and the National Supervisory Commission said in a statement.
Despite the pandemic, the number of fugitives brought back last year was the second-highest since the Fugitive Repatriation and Asset Recovery Office of the Central Anti-Corruption Coordination Group was established in 2014.
>Sino-German trade ties deepen
China was Germany's most important trading partner in 2020 for the fifth consecutive year, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) announced on Monday. Despite the coronavirus crisis, foreign trade turnover with China increased 3 percent compared to 2019, with goods worth 212.1 billion euros traded between China and Germany last year, according to figures from Destatis.
Germany's second and third most important trading partners were the Netherlands and the US, with foreign trade at 172.8 billion euros and 171.6 billion euros, respectively, according to Destatis. Compared to 2019, however, Germany's foreign trade with both countries declined 8.7 and 9.7 percent, respectively.
>US COVID-19 deaths top 500,000
The US reached the grim milestone of half a million coronavirus deaths on Monday, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. With the national case count topping 28.1 million, the death toll across the US rose to 500,071 as of 4:24 pm local time, according to the data.
California replaced New York to become the US state with the most fatalities, standing at 49,439.
New York reported the country's second-largest death toll of 46,917, followed by Texas with 42,291 deaths and Florida with 30,065 deaths, the CSSE tally showed.
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