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Countdown to Beijing 2022******
BEIJING, Nov. 23 (Xinhua) -- The Beijing Municipal Commission of Transport (BMCT) said on Monday that the traffic lanes with a total length of 271.8 km have been projected for exclusive use by Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games participants in Beijing and Yanqing competition zones.。
The traffic lanes cover the main roads and expressways connecting the airports and the Olympic venues, which are to be marked out with the Olympic rings at the start point and the dotted lines in orange and white along the lanes.。
The traffic signs will be put in place by the end of this year, and these special lanes will not be in service until the traffic management notice is issued prior to the opening of the Games, said Li Gongke, a BMCT staff.。
"It takes about 50 minutes from Beijing competition zone to Yanqing and about one hour and a half from Yanqing to Zhangjiakou by road, another two competition zones of Beijing 2022," Li said.。
In case of heavy snow or other extreme weather during the Games, more than 340 staff will be prepared for the ice and snow removal on the roads around the Olympic venues and the expressways connecting the competition zones, Li added. Enditem。
Tianjin continues winning streak in Chinese Women's Volleyball Super League******
JIANGMEN, China, Dec. 16 (Xinhua) -- Defending champion Tianjin continued its dominance in the 2021-22 Chinese Women's Volleyball Super League, hammering Fujian 25-12, 25-11, 25-10 on Thursday for its eighth consecutive win.。
Tianjin opened the game with an 8-0 lead, and rode the momentum to take the first set 25-12.。
Fujian posed no serious threats over the next two sets, and Tianjin won with ease.。
Vargas Melissa of Tianjin scored a game-high 19 points, followed by Li Yingying with 12 points.。
Elsewhere, Beijing suffered its seventh consecutive defeat after a 3-1 loss to Shandong, while Henan beat Guangdong 3-1. Enditem。
China's Anhui sees robust Jan.******
HEFEI, Nov. 15 (Xinhua) -- The foreign trade volume of east China's Anhui Province exceeded 561.6 billion yuan (about 88 billion U.S. dollars) in the first 10 months of 2021, up 26.6 percent year on year, according to local customs.。
Exports exceeded 328.5 billion yuan and imports touched 233.1 billion yuan, a growth of 27 percent and 26.1 percent respectively compared with the same period last year.。
Anhui's foreign trade volume in the first 10 months has surpassed that of entire 2020, which stood at 540.6 billion yuan.。
From January to October, the United States, the European Union, and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations were the largest trading partners of Anhui, with trade volume reaching about 74.3 billion yuan, 72.2 billion yuan, and 62.1 billion yuan respectively.。
The inland province saw its trade with countries along the Belt and Road rise 35 percent year on year.。
Private enterprises accounted for 50.2 percent of the province's foreign trade during the period. Mechanical and electrical products, LCD screens, and automobiles remained the main exports of the province. Enditem。
China calls for calm as Russian move escalates Ukraine crisis******
The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Tuesday called on all parties in the Ukraine issue to remain calm, ease tensions and resolve differences through dialogue and negotiations.
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin made the remarks at a daily press briefing in Beijing.
State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi had a telephone conversation with United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken earlier in the day, expounding China's stance on the Ukraine crisis.
"China is concerned about the evolving situation in Ukraine, and China's position on the Ukraine issue is consistent," the spokesperson quoted the foreign minister as saying, noting that the legitimate security concerns of any country should be respected, and the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter should be upheld.
He said the current situation in Ukraine is closely related to the delay in the effective implementation of the new Minsk Agreements, and China will continue to make contacts with all relevant parties according to the merits of the matter itself.
China once again calls on all parties to exercise restraint, realize the importance of implementing the "indivisibility of security" principle, ease tensions and resolve differences through dialogue and negotiations as the situation in Ukraine is getting worse, the spokesperson said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed two decrees recognizing "the Lugansk People's Republic" and "the Donetsk People's Republic" as independent and sovereign states.
"I consider it necessary to make a long overdue decision – to immediately recognize the independence and sovereignty of the DPR and the LPR," Putin said in a televised address to the nation.
The crisis of European security occurred due to the eastward expansion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, which has led to the loss of mutual trust with Russia, Putin stressed.
He called it just "a matter of time" for NATO to accept Ukraine as a member state and then build facilities on its territory so that the level of military threats to Russia will rise dramatically.
As Moscow asked the US and NATO for security guarantees, the Western countries precisely ignored Russia's fundamental concerns and nothing has changed in their position, Putin noted.
In such a condition, Russia "has every right to take retaliatory measures to ensure its own security," the president said.
Russia's move caused a diplomatic and economic backlash on Tuesday after Putin ordered his forces into Ukraine to secure the two regions.
Germany announced that it was halting certification of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia and said the European Union would adopt "robust and massive" economic sanctions.
Britain slapped sanctions on five Russian banks and three billionaires, in what Prime Minister Boris Johnson called "the first barrage" of measures in response to the Kremlin's actions in Ukraine.
The five banks targeted – Rossiya, IS Bank, General Bank, Promsvyazbank and the Black Sea Bank – and three people sanctioned will see any UK assets frozen.
The individuals concerned – Gennady Timchenko, Boris Rotenberg and Igor Rotenberg – will be banned from traveling to Britain and all United Kingdom individuals and entities will be banned from dealing with them and the banks.
The US will also impose sanctions on Moscow, a White House spokesperson said on Tuesday without giving details.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday expressed deep concern over Russia's move on Donetsk and Lugansk.
The UN chief called for "peaceful settlement" of the conflict in eastern Ukraine, in accordance with the Minsk Agreements.
"The secretary-general considers the decision of the Russian Federation to be a violation of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine and inconsistent with the principles of the Charter of the United Nations," said the statement.
China's permanent representative to the UN, Zhang Jun, on Monday called on all parties to seek "reasonable solutions."
"We welcome and encourage every effort for a diplomatic solution, and call on all parties concerned to continue dialogue and consultation, and seek reasonable solutions to address each other's concerns on the basis of equality and mutual respect," Zhang told the Security Council emergency meeting, called at the request of Kiev, the US, five European nations and Mexico.
"China has been paying close attention to the latest development of the situation in Ukraine. We have fully elaborated on our position at the previous two meetings of the Security Council," Zhang said.