每日新闻播报(March 11)

The second plenary meeting of the fourth session of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC) is held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, March 8, 2021. [Photo/Xinhua]

>Lawmakers raise 473 proposals
Deputies to the ongoing fourth session of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC), China's national legislature, have submitted 473 proposals as of 12 pm Monday, according to the secretariat of the session.
Of the proposals, 465 focus on the legislative agenda, covering various aspects, including people's livelihoods, social governance, green development, public health and national security.
Also, the secretariat received about 9,000 suggestions from deputies, mainly concerning promoting village revitalization, strengthening protection on intellectual property rights, improving technological innovation of enterprises and creating a better digital environment.

China and Russia have agreed to join hands in building and running a robotic scientific outpost on the moon or in lunar orbit, according to the China National Space Administration. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

>China, Russia to jointly build lunar post
China and Russia have agreed to join hands in building and running a robotic scientific outpost on the moon or in lunar orbit, according to the China National Space Administration.
The administration said in a statement on Tuesday evening that its head, Zhang Kejian, and his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Rogozin, director-general of state space corporation Roscosmos, signed a memorandum of understanding on joint efforts to build an "international lunar research station" during a teleconference earlier that day after receiving approval from both governments.
The CNSA and Roscosmos will negotiate on matters about the station's planning, design, construction and operations, and will work together to build and run it.
Both nations want to open the station to international cooperation so it can serve as a platform to boost scientific exchanges and foster peaceful exploration and development of outer space, according to the statement.
It said that the station will be a base on the lunar surface or in a lunar orbit for comprehensive scientific research and technology demonstration.

A sample image of a digital health certificate for international travelers on the WeChat mini program. [Photo provided to China Daily]

>Global health 'passports' rolled out
On Monday, China officially kicked off a mini program, backed by the social media app WeChat, which enables subscribers to obtain a Chinese version of an international travel health certificate, allowing people-to-people exchanges to resume in a safe and orderly way.
While protecting personal privacy, the certificate will help achieve mutual recognition of information, such as COVID-19 nucleic acid testing and vaccination.
China is willing to discuss mutual recognition of vaccination, and how it would work, with other countries, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said at a news conference on Sunday on the sidelines of the ongoing session of the National People's Congress, the nation's top legislature.
On Jan 21, Iceland became the first European country to provide COVID-19 vaccination certificates to its citizens who have received two doses of the vaccine.

Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, are interviewed by Oprah Winfrey in this undated handout photo. [Photo/Agencies]

>Meghan accuses UK royals of racism
Meghan, the wife of Prince Harry, accused Britain's royal family of racism and pushing her to the brink of suicide, in a tell-all television interview.
The 39-year-old, whose mother is black and father is white, said she had been naive before she married into royalty in 2018, but that she ended up having suicidal thoughts and considering self harm after pleading for help but getting none.
Meghan said her son Archie, now aged one, had been denied the title of prince because there were concerns within the royal family "about how dark his skin might be when he's born".
Harry said his family had cut them off financially and his father Prince Charles, had let him down and refused to take his calls at one point.
Buckingham Palace issued a statement Tuesday, saying the family was "saddened" to learn of the struggles that Harry and Meghan revealed - and that they would be taken very seriously.

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