Aerial photo taken on Oct 15, 2019, shows a view of the Lujiazui area in Shanghai. [Photo/Xinhua]
>Five leading cities announced
China's Ministry of Commerce announced on Monday that, with the approval of the State Council, Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Tianjin and Chongqing will take the lead in developing international consumption center cities.
The move is a major strategic decision made by the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the State Council, and will play a significant role in serving the establishment of the new development paradigm, Commerce Minister Wang Wentao said at a meeting. It is also significant for the country's high-quality growth, he noted.
Efforts will be made to pool quality international market entities, goods and services, as well as to accelerate the cultivation of local brands, Wang said.
The minister pledged efforts to develop business communities and improve market regulation services.
Scientists monitor the operation of China's Hard X-ray Modulation Telescope (HXMT) at the Institute of High Energy Physics under the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 18, 2021. [Photo/Xinhua]
>China to train more female sci-tech talents
China will ramp up efforts to help stimulate the innovation vitality of female scientific and technological talents, according to the Ministry of Science and Technology. The ministry and the All-China Women's Federation, as well as another 11 departments, have launched a series of measures to support female researchers in playing a greater role in sci-tech innovation.
These measures include training high-level female sci-tech talents, supporting their innovation and entrepreneurship capabilities, improving evaluation mechanisms for them, and supporting their research during pregnancy and nursing periods.
Guests attending the 44th session of UNESCO's World Heritage Committee plant trees in a historical neighborhood in Fuzhou, Fujian province, on Saturday. [Photo/China News Service]
>Session passes Fuzhou Declaration
The 44th session of the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO has adopted the Fuzhou Declaration, calling for closer international cooperation within the framework of multilateralism. UNESCO made the announcement via a video press conference on Sunday. The Fuzhou Declaration reiterates the significance of world heritage protection and international cooperation, as well as the need to work and act together to address climate change, said Tian Xuejun, chair of the World Heritage Committee's 44th session.
The declaration also calls for strengthening world heritage education, sharing knowledge and the application of new technologies.
Gas prices are displayed at Mobil gas station in the Brooklyn borough of New York, the United States on April 9 , 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]
>OPEC+ countries to boost oil production
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and non-OPEC countries, known as OPEC+, agreed in an online meeting on Sunday to boost oil production by 400,000 barrels a day as demand increases.
OPEC and its non-OPEC allies also reached a deal to phase out the cut of 5.8 million barrels per day of oil production by September 2022 "subject to market conditions."
Those at the meeting noted the ongoing strengthening of market fundamentals, with oil demand showing clear signs of improvement and OECD stocks falling, as the economic recovery continued in most parts of the world with the help of accelerating vaccination programs.
According to the statement, OPEC+ also agreed to higher output quotas from May 2022 for several members, including the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Kuwait and Iraq.
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