Manufacturing robots weld automobile parts in the workshop of Chongqing Jinkang SERES Automobile Co Ltd at its Liangjiang factory on April 2, 2021. [Photo/Xinhua]
>Digitalization of manufacturing
China's large manufacturing firms, with an annual business turnover of at least 20 million yuan, will have all introduced digitalization by 2035, said a draft issued by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology on Wednesday. By 2025, these firms will basically have achieved digitalization, while leading firms in key industries will basically have achieved intelligent transformation, said the draft on intelligent manufacturing development.
According to the draft, the technology and market competitiveness of intelligent manufacturing equipment and industrial software will see significant improvements by 2025. The intelligent manufacturing equipment will meet 70% of domestic demand, while the industrial software manufacturing will meet half of domestic demand by 2025, said the draft issued to solicit public opinion.
Photo taken on Sept 30, 2020 shows the street view of the Lujiazui area of Pudong, East China's Shanghai. [Photo/Xinhua]
>Safeguards for market entities
A State Council executive meeting Wednesday passed a draft regulation on the registration management of domestic market entities. It aims to provide rule-of-law safeguards for developing market entities and boost fair competition.
During the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-2020) period, more than 60 million new market entities were added. It has enhanced economic vitality and created numerous jobs, according to the meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang.
The draft detailed unified regulation measures on the registration of various market entities, including companies, individually owned businesses and farm cooperatives.
Market entities should register with their real names and be responsible for the authenticity, legality and validity of the materials they submit.
The draft also clarified the legal responsibilities and punishment for illegal acts to safeguard market order, the meeting said.
Visitors crowd around Lunar Sample 001, which is on display at the National Museum of China in Beijing, on Feb 27, 2021. [Photo by Jiang Dong/chinadaily.com.cn]
>Lunar sample data released online
China's space agency has released an online database of the first batch of lunar samples brought back by the Chang'e-5 probe.
Researchers and the public can access the Lunar and Deep Space Exploration Scientific Data and Sample Release System via the website www.clep.org.cn, where they can apply for data and samples, according to the China National Space Administration, which announced the release of the database Tuesday.
The Chang'e-5 probe, which returned to Earth on Dec. 17, 2020, retrieved a total of 1,731 grams of lunar samples, mainly rocks and soil from the lunar surface.
According to China's lunar sample management regulations, the samples will be generally used for four purposes, namely, permanent storage, backup permanent storage, research and public welfare.
Captain Melvin Cabebe with the US Army's 1-320 Field Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division stands near a burning M-ATV armored vehicle after it struck an improvised explosive device (IED) near Combat Outpost Nolen in the Arghandab Valley north of Kandahar, Afghanistan, July 23, 2010. [Photo/Agencies]
>US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan
US President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday that all US troops will be withdrawn from Afghanistan before Sept 11, a decision to end the longest war in American history.
"The United States will begin our final withdrawal, beginning on May 1 of this year," Biden said in his remarks at the White House. "US troops, as well as forces deployed by our NATO allies and operational partners, will be out of Afghanistan before we mark the 20th anniversary of that heinous attack on Sept 11." Biden delivered the address in the Treaty Room, the same place where then-President George W. Bush informed the nation that the US military had begun airstrikes against terrorists in Afghanistan nearly two decades ago.
"It is time to end America's longest war. It is time for American troops to come home," he said, noting that the US has achieved counterterrorism objectives in this war.
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