>CPC centennial commemorative stamps
China Post said Tuesday it will issue a set of 20 commemorative stamps and a sleeve on July 1 in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC).
The stamps use two shades of red fluorescent ink, with red and gold as the main tones of the picture. The stamps reveal the extraordinary 100-year journey of the CPC.
The commemorative envelope features images including the Party emblem, Great Wall and a golden inscription of Chinese characters that say, "Staying true to the original aspiration and founding mission of the Party."
>China free of malaria after 70-year fight
The World Health Organization declared China free of malaria on Wednesday, hailing it "a notable feat" for a country that reduced its annual malaria cases from 30 million to zero within 70 years.
WHO said China had become the first country in the Western Pacific region to eliminate the mosquito-borne disease in over three decades, after Australia, Singapore and Brunei.
"Their success was hard-earned and came only after decades of targeted and sustained action," Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the group, said in a statement. "With this announcement, China joins the growing number of countries that are showing the world that a malaria-free future is a viable goal," he said.
Takeshi Kasai, regional director of the WHO Western Pacific Regional Office, said, "China's tireless effort to achieve this important milestone demonstrates how strong political commitment and strengthening national health systems can result in eliminating a disease that once was a major public health problem."
Forty countries and territories have been issued the certificate so far, according to WHO.世卫表示，目前全球范围内已有40个国家和地区获得了世卫的无疟疾认证。
>Financial-aid hotlines for college students
China's Ministry of Education has opened hotlines for inquiries on college financial-aid programs, according to an announcement published Tuesday on the ministry website.
This marks the 17th year in a row that the ministry has opened such hotlines for inquiries and complaints regarding the country's financial-aid policies for college students.
In addition to daily operations from 8 am to 8 pm during the summer vacation, as in previous years, this year will see extended hotline operations on work days throughout the year, starting from Sept 16, the ministry said.
Education authorities and universities across the country are also required to open hotlines to provide information on financial aid.
China has set up a financial-aid system that covers students from financially challenged households at various education stages and schools of different levels and types, according to the ministry.
>WB: China's recovery broadens
China's recovery has broadened as its economic activities have continued to become normalized under the country's effective suppression of COVID-19, the latest report published by the World Bank (WB) said on Tuesday. It forecast China's economic growth will be at 8.5% in 2021.
Supported by the ongoing labor market recovery and improved consumer confidence, consumption growth in China would gradually return to its pre-epidemic trend, said the WB.
On the supply side, China's industrial production growth has stayed above the trend considering its robust manufacturing activities, said the WB.
The WB forecasts that China's trade surplus would gradually decline in 2021, with the current account surplus narrowing to 1.4% of its gross domestic product this year.
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