>Poor students get higher education
About 5.14 million poor students in China have received higher education since 2012, providing millions of poor families with their first college-educated generation, according to the Ministry of Education.
Addressing an international symposium on poverty alleviation through education on Wednesday, Vice Minister of Education Tian Xuejun said popularizing quality education is the key foundation for poverty eradication.
To help increase prosperity in poor villages, China has implemented targeted education assistance, vigorously supported educational development in poor areas, established a financial-aid policy system for students from poor families, and promoted the development of vocational and adult education, Tian said.
>Manufacturing PMI edges up
The purchasing managers' index for China's manufacturing sector came in at 51.9 in March, up from 50.6 in February, data from the National Bureau of Statistics showed on Wednesday, indicating a faster-than-expected recovery and soaring demand from the wider economy.
The bureau's figures show that PMI for large businesses was 52.7%, while it was 51.6% for medium-sized enterprises and 50.4% for small firms, all up from the February levels.
A reading above 50 indicates expansion, while a reading below reflects contraction. The index is a key barometer of the health of the nation's manufacturing sector.
The production subindex stood at 53.9 in March, up 2 percentage points from February, while the subindex for new orders rose to 53.6%, up 2.1 percentage points from last month, indicating a faster expansion of production and demand in the manufacturing sector, according to the bureau.
>Vaccine aid to 80 countries
China is providing vaccine aid to 80 countries and three international organizations, exporting vaccines to more than 40 countries, and cooperating with more than 10 nations in vaccine research, development and production, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Tuesday. Hua Chunying made the remarks at a press briefing after World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned Monday against a widening gap between the number of coronavirus vaccines in wealthy countries and those distributed to poorer nations through the global COVAX initiative.
Saying vaccination is a powerful weapon against viruses and a hope to save lives, Hua added it should serve the whole world and benefit all mankind.
China took the lead in promising vaccines as global public goods and striving to improve the accessibility and affordability of vaccines in developing countries.
China has joined COVAX and made a clear commitment to provide an initial 10 million doses of vaccines to meet urgent needs in developing countries, she added.
China has also responded to the call of the United Nations to donate vaccines to peacekeepers from all over the world, Hua said. "We are also willing to cooperate with the International Olympic Committee to provide vaccines to athletes preparing to participate in the Olympic Games."
>Museum visits down 77%
Attendance at the world's 100 most-visited art museums plummeted by 77% last year, down from 230 million in 2019 to just 54 million, as the novel coronavirus pandemic forced closures.
The Art Newspaper noted that, on average, museums worldwide were shut for an extra 145 days last year, adding up to 41,000 days in total.
Topping the list of the world's most visited museums is the Louvre in Paris, which counted 2.7 million through its doors, despite a 72% dip and reported losses of 90 million euros.
Beijing's National Museum of China is the second most popular museum in the survey, with 1.6 million visitors.
Third is London's Tate Modern, with 1.43 million attending. Other European institutions high on the list included Italy's Vatican Museums in fourth, with 1.3 million visitors, and Madrid's Reina Sofia, which was closed for only 80 days and drew 1.25 million, in sixth.
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