>14th Five-Year Plan published
The Outline of the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-2025) for National Economic and Social Development and the Long-Range Objectives Through the Year 2035, adopted at the annual session of China's top legislature, has been published in a booklet. The outline expounds on China's strategic intentions, specifies the government's priorities, and guides and regulates the behaviors of market entities. It maps out a blueprint for China's new journey toward the full construction of a modern socialist country, and serves as a program of action for Chinese people of all ethnic groups. The booklet, published by the People's Publishing House, is available at Xinhua Bookstore outlets across the country.
>Expansion in forest assets
China's forest resources have steadily increased over the years, with the country's woodland and tree assets hitting 25.05 trillion yuan by 2018, the latest research shows. This represents a rise of 17.66 percent compared with the value in 2013, according to data jointly released by the National Forestry and Grassland Administration and the National Bureau of Statistics.
Such an improvement will contribute greatly to China's carbon neutrality goal, said Peng Youdong, the administration’s vice-chief. China previously announced it will strive to peak carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2060.
Over the years, China has taken solid steps to promote afforestation and protect and restore natural forests. China's forest area currently stands at about 220 million hectares, while the total carbon storage of its forests has reached 9.186 billion tons.
The country boasts the world's largest area of planted forests.
>New rocket makes successful flight
China launched its Long March-7A Y2 carrier rocket on Friday from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in South China's island province of Hainan. The rocket blasted off at 1:51 am from the launch site, sending an experimental satellite into the planned orbit.
The satellite will be mainly used for in-orbit tests of new technologies, including space environment monitoring.
A modified version of the Long March-7 rocket, the launch vehicle represents the new generation of China's medium-sized, high-orbit rocket. It has a carrying capacity of at least 7 tons for the geosynchronous orbit.
This was the 362nd flight mission of the Long March rocket series.
>IOC to buy vaccines from China
Competitors at this year's Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 Beijing Winter Games will be offered coronavirus vaccines bought from China, Olympic chief Thomas Bach announced Thursday.
The Chinese Olympic Committee has made "an offer to make additional vaccine doses available to participants for Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022", Bach said.
"The IOC will pay for these additional doses of vaccines for the Olympic and Paralympic teams. The IOC will also pay for two doses more that can be made available to people in that country," in what Bach said was a "demonstration of solidarity" in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Tokyo Games were originally scheduled for the summer of 2020, but were pushed back by one year as the coronavirus pandemic raged across the globe.
They are now scheduled for July 23-Aug 8, with Bach at pains to reiterate that the IOC remains committed to holding a "successful and safe" Games this year, dismissing cancellation talk as "speculation".
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