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A worker produces engines at a workshop of Harbin Dongan Automotive Engine Manufacturing Co Ltd in Northeast China's Heilongjiang province, Feb 25, 2021. [Photo/Xinhua]

>China still top manufacturing hub
China has maintained its position as the world's largest manufacturing hub for 11 straight years, accounting for nearly 30% of global manufacturing output according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. In the past five years, the value-added industrial output in China has increased from 23.5 to 31.3 trillion yuan, minister Xiao Yaqing said on Monday.
During the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-2020) period, the average growth rate of the value-added output from China's high-tech manufacturing sector reached 10.4%, up 4.9 percentage points from overall industrial output, MIIT data showed.
The information transmission and software and information technology service industries have seen remarkable progress during the period. Their value-added industrial output surged from 1.8 to 3.8 trillion yuan, with the proportion in gross domestic product growing from 2.5% to 3.7%, Xiao added.
By the end of 2020, household penetration of fixed broadband in China reached 96%, while the mobile broadband penetration rate came in at 108%, the data showed.
In terms of 5G development, the country has built a total of 718,000 5G base stations by the end of last year, with the number of mobile terminals connected to the network exceeding 200 million, according to the MIIT.

A view of Sanya bay in Hainan province, Jan 31, 2019. [Photo/Xinhua]

>Global exec recruitment in Hainan
Hainan Free Trade Port will recruit top experts from all over the world to promote port construction in the South China island province.
According to a press conference on Monday, the recruitment involves three positions, including the chiefs or legal representatives of the tourism promotion bureau of Sanya, the development bureau of the bonded harbor in the Yangpu Economic Development Zone, and a logistics company under the State-owned China Hainan Rubber Industry Group Co., Ltd.
Zhang Yingduan, deputy head of the organization department of the Hainan Provincial Party Committee, said both domestic and overseas candidates can apply for the positions.
Hainan is in urgent need of international experts with global vision and advanced management experience, said Zhang, adding recruiting talent worldwide is conducive to promoting the construction of the Hainan Free Trade Port.

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala poses outside a Nigerian diplomatic residence in Chambesy, near Geneva, Switzerland on September 29, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

>Okonjo-Iweala takes over as WTO chief
The World Trade Organization's first female and first African Director General, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, officially took office on Monday.
Addressing the General Council on her first day at the post, Okonjo-Iweala pledged to "bring all my knowledge, passion, experience and persistence to the task at hand, reforming the organization and achieving results."
Okonjo-Iweala, 66, has served as Nigeria's finance minister twice and briefly acted as foreign minister. She has worked for the World Bank for 25 years, including as managing director for operations.
On Feb 15, WTO members agreed by consensus to appoint the former finance minister of Nigeria as the new director-general. Her term will expire on Aug 31, 2025.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the WHO. [Photo/Agencies]

>Virus won't end soon
A senior World Health Organization official said Monday it was "premature" and "unrealistic" to think the pandemic might be stopped by the end of the year, but that the recent arrival of effective vaccines could at least help dramatically reduce hospitalizations and death. The world's singular focus right now should be to keep transmission of COVID-19 as low as possible, said Dr. Michael Ryan, director of WHO's emergencies program. "If we're smart, we can finish with the hospitalizations and the deaths and the tragedy associated with this pandemic" by the end of the year, he said at a media briefing.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO's director-general, noted the number of COVID-19 cases increased last week after six consecutive weeks of declining numbers. He described the increase as "disappointing," but said it wasn't surprising.
Tedros said the WHO was working to better understand why cases increased, but part of that spike appeared to be due to the "relaxing of public health measures."

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