>Events for centenary celebrations
A series of events will be held to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China, said Wang Xiaohui, deputy head of the Publicity Department of the CPC Central Committee, at a news conference on Tuesday.
Activities announced by Wang include: a Party-wide campaign on CPC history learning and education; a grand gathering to mark the centenary of the CPC; an awards ceremony for the July 1 Medal and outstanding Party members, exemplary Party workers and advanced community-level Party organizations; major theme exhibitions; theatrical performances; seminars and symposiums on theoretical study; a series of literature and artworks and publications and Party-themed publicity and education activities.
>China responds to EU sanctions
China on Monday announced sanctions against 10 individuals and four entities in the EU, saying they had severely harmed China's sovereignty and interests and maliciously spread lies and disinformation.
The European Union imposed unilateral sanctions on Chinese individuals and an entity on March 22, citing so-called human rights issues in Xinjiang, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said.
The spokesperson said this move, based on nothing but lies and disinformation, disregards and distorts facts, grossly interferes in China's internal affairs, flagrantly breaches international law and basic norms governing international relations and severely undermines China-EU relations.
"China firmly opposes and strongly condemns this," said the spokesperson, adding the Chinese government is firmly determined to safeguard its national sovereignty, security and development interests.
"The Chinese side urges the EU side to reflect on itself, face squarely the severity of its mistake and redress it," said the spokesperson, urging the EU side to stop lecturing others on human rights and interfering in their internal affairs. The EU side must end the hypocritical practice of double standards and stop going further down the wrong path, the spokesperson added. "Otherwise, China will resolutely make further reactions.”
>Rules set for apps' collection of data
Chinese authorities have issued a guideline banning mobile app providers from illegally collecting unnecessary personal information, according to the Cyberspace Administration of China. Mobile apps cannot deny users access to their services if users refuse to share unnecessary personal information, per the guideline.
It specifies the scope of necessary personal information for 39 types of mobile apps.
For example, navigation apps may have access to a user's location, place of departure and destination.
Instant messaging apps may collect personal information including a user's mobile phone number, their messaging account and the accounts of their contacts.
The guideline will take effect on May 1.
>Fewer Europeans trust AstraZeneca
Fewer Europeans trust the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine after several countries reported side effects such as blood clots, an opinion poll by YouGov showed on Monday, even though scientific studies have found it is safe and effective.
An increased number of French, German, Italian and Spanish adults said they considered the vaccine unsafe, YouGov found, although faith in other vaccines by Pfizer Inc and Moderna Inc was unaffected.
61 percent of French adults surveyed said the vaccine was unsafe, a rise of 18 percentage points compared to February, YouGov said.
Over half of German adults surveyed said they thought the vaccine was unsafe, a rise of 15 percentage points compared to February, while 43 percent of Italians had serious doubts, an increase of almost a third.
Spain showed a similar increase to Italy in the level of concern, YouGov said.
Only in Britain was trust in the vaccine stable.
While the European Medicines Agency has investigated reports of unusual blood disorders in recipients of the AstraZeneca vaccine, it said last week the benefits outweighed the risks and continues to recommend its use.
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