>'Complete victory' in eradicating absolute poverty
President Xi Jinping announced on Thursday that China has scored a "complete victory" in its fight against poverty. Xi, general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, said absolute poverty has been eradicated in the world's most populous country. Xi made the announcement while addressing a gathering held in Beijing to mark the country's accomplishments in poverty alleviation and honor its model poverty fighters.
Over the past eight years, the final 98.99 million impoverished rural residents living under the current poverty line have all been lifted out of poverty. All 832 impoverished counties and 128,000 impoverished villages have been removed from the poverty list.
Since the launch of reform and opening-up in the late 1970s, 770 million impoverished rural residents have shaken off poverty, when calculated in accordance with China's current poverty line. China has contributed more than 70% to global poverty reduction over the same period. With these achievements, China has created another "miracle" that will "go down in history," Xi said.
>National law database
A senior Chinese official on Wednesday highlighted the importance of the construction and application of a national database of laws and regulations to advance the rule of law in China. The database will make legal services more accessible to the general public, said Wang Chen, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and vice chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, at the launching ceremony for the database.
Wang stressed the need to build the database into an authoritative, effective, convenient and smooth platform, urging efforts to make full use of modern information technologies such as big data to improve the quality and efficiency of legislation work.
>40-plus space launches in 2021
China is expected to conduct more than 40 space launches in 2021, according to a report released by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp on Wednesday.
In 2021, the construction of China's space station will enter a crucial stage, and China's Mars probe Tianwen-1 is due to complete its orbiting, landing and roving operations.
China will also launch a number of satellites for civil space infrastructure, the report said.
The Long March-5B Y2 rocket is scheduled to launch the core module of China's space station in the spring. A total of 11 missions to build China's space station are planned in 2021 and 2022.
China conducted 39 space launches in 2020, sending 89 spacecraft into space, according to the report.
>Australia is preferred Olympic bidder
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has named Brisbane, Australia, as the preferred bidder to host the 2032 Olympic Games.
IOC's future host commission recommended the body enter "targeted dialogue" with Brisbane bid organizers and the Australian Olympic Committee.
Sydney hosted the 2000 Olympic Games.
The state of Queensland hosted the 2018 Commonwealth Games, and Brisbane was praised for its high percentage of existing venues, a good master plan, experience in organizing major events and its favorable weather.
IOC overhauled its bidding rules in 2019 to reduce costs and make the process easier for cities. There are no official candidate cities campaigning before the vote, as has been the case in the past.
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