>Majority of China's museums now free
Students check out a Beidou Navigation Satellite System demonstration model at a science museum in Jinan, Shandong province. [Photo/Xinhua]
The total number of Chinese museums rose by 395 to 6,183 in 2021, 90 percent of them offering free admission, said a senior cultural official Wednesday. Li Qun, vice minister of culture and tourism and head of the National Cultural Heritage Administration, gave the figures while addressing an event held in Central China's Wuhan city to mark International Museum Day via video link.
Chinese museums received a total of 779 million visitors last year, and the exhibitions and training sessions they presented online drew 4.1 billion views, figures showed.
>5m share bikes using Beidou-based chips
Photo taken on May 27, 2021 shows a portable mobile emergency monitoring station based on the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System during the 12th China Satellite Navigation Expo (CSNE) in Nanchang, capital of East China's Jiangxi province. [Photo/Xinhua]
The total output value of China's satellite navigation and location services industry reached 469 billion yuan in 2021, up 16.29 percent from the previous year, according to an industry white paper released on Wednesday.
China remained the top source of international satellite navigation patent applications last year, with a total of 98,000 applications, said the white paper issued by the Global Navigation Satellite System and Location Based Service Association of China.
Applications of the homegrown BeiDou Navigation Satellite System have been widely introduced into business fields and daily life, said Sun Zhongliang, deputy head of the association, adding that mass consumption has become one of the major sectors for BeiDou applications.
Sun highlighted bike-sharing services, saying the number of shared bicycles equipped with a BeiDou positioning chip has reached 5 million in over 450 cities across the country.
>China still priority for US companies
Employees work at the Tesla Gigafactory in Shanghai, Nov 20, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]
China remains a priority market for companies from the United States, with many of them believing it is vital to stay competitive in this market in order to win globally, the American Chamber of Commerce in China said in a white paper on Tuesday.
The document, the 24th edition of the American Business in China White Paper, said that AmCham China's member companies stand committed to the Chinese market.
About 83 percent of them report they are not considering relocating manufacturing or sourcing outside of China.
With China being a top market priority for nearly two-thirds of the chamber's member companies, Colm Rafferty, the chamber's chairman, said its members believe that a decoupling of the US and China economies is in neither country's economic interest.
>US reports 180 severe hepatitis cases in children
A total of 180 children with acute hepatitis of unknown cause have been reported from 36 U.S. states and territories as of Wednesday, according to the latest update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The new number is an increase of 71 cases from May 5.
There have been no reported deaths since February 2022, and the proportion of pediatric patients requiring liver transplants has gone down from 15 percent to 9 percent since May 5, according to the CDC.
Adenovirus has been detected in nearly half of the children and continues to be a strong lead, CDC said.
Further lab tests are being conducted to look more closely at the virus genome and other potential pathogens, such as SARS-COVID.
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