>Beidou products land abroad
China's Beidou-3 Navigation Satellite System was officially commissioned.
According to Ran Chengqi, director general of China Satellite Navigation Office, as one of the four major global satellite navigation systems recognized by the United Nations Beidou has been constantly deepening its compatibility, interoperability and cooperation with the US' GPS, Russia's GLONASS and the EU's Galileo. It has also entered international organizations of civil aviation, maritime affairs, search and rescue satellites and mobile communication.
Multiple international standards related to BDS have been released. BDS-related products have been exported to over 120 countries and regions, serving hundreds of millions of users.
BDS-based services have been successfully applied in land mapping, precision farming, digital development and smart port construction in member countries of ASEAN, South Asia, Eastern Europe, West Asia and Africa.
>Use of foreign capital rises
Utilization of foreign investment in China rebounded in the first half of the year, rising 8.4% year-on-year in the second quarter, according to Securities Times on Wednesday.
As of Aug 4, 11 out of 12 provinces and cities that released data on the actual use of foreign investment in the first half saw a year-on-year increase, except Guangdong, which saw a narrowing rate of decrease.
Pang Chaoran, associate researcher with the Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation, said the growth of China's actual use of foreign investment benefited from the epidemic control in China, leading to a trend of good prospects in work resumption.
On the other hand, growth increased due to the rapid recovery of the country's economy, which makes foreign-invested enterprises put more emphasis on the Chinese market.
>'Angry birds' figurine found
A 3,200-year-old clay figurine, unearthed by Chinese archaeologists in Sichuan province, seems to bear an uncanny resemblance to the green pig from the Angry Birds mobile game.
The discovery has left Chinese netizens surprised and delighted in equal measure, with the topic attracting millions of views online.
The artifact was discovered during excavations at the site of an ancient settlement, some eight kilometers south of the prehistoric Sanxingdui Ruins in today's Guanghan city.
It was part of a collection of pottery, porcelain and stoneware discovered at the location, in an impressive find researchers say will help them better understand the Shu Kingdom, which dates back 2,600 to 4,800 years.
"The site reflects an uninterrupted regional development history of nearly 5,000 years," said Xin Zhonghua, an associate researcher with the Sichuan Provincial Cultural Relics and Archaeology Research Institute."
An Ant Group mascot is seen in Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang province. [Photo/China Daily]
>China boasts top unicorns
A list of global start-ups worth at least a billion dollars who have yet to go public, also known as unicorns, was released on Tuesday by ranking agency Hurun and Suzhou New District.
The agency said the number of unicorns reached 586, an increase of 92 from last year. These start-ups are based in 29 countries and 145 cities, with 80% selling software and services, 60% consumer-facing and 5% in traditional sectors.
Their total valuation is $1.9 trillion.
China's Ant Financial topped the list with a valuation of 1 trillion yuan, followed by China's ByteDance and Didi Chuxing.
Moreover, six of the top 10 unicorns by valuation are from China, the other three being Lufax, Kuaishou and Cainiao.
The US has 233 unicorns, just ahead of China's 227, and the two countries make up 79% of the world's total.
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