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Astronauts (from left) Tang Hongbo, Nie Haisheng and Liu Boming, the crew of the Shenzhou XII spacecraft, meet with reporters at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on Wednesday. They were scheduled to be launched into space by a Long March 2F carrier rocket at the center at 9:22 am on Thursday.Wang Jiangbo/for China Daily

Astronauts to head for space station module

China will launch its seventh manned space mission on Thursday morning to send three astronauts to the core module of the nation's permanent space station, according to a project leader.


Strict training will help fulfill spacewalk task

Astronauts on the Shenzhou XII mission have undergone intensive training and exercises for their planned extravehicular activities, commonly known as spacewalks, according to Liu Boming, a member of the crew.


Gansu placing emphasis on economy

Editor's note: This year, the Communist Party of China is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its founding. China Daily is publishing a series of stories looking at the tremendous changes that have occurred in provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities under the leadership of the Party. They also include stories of the people and places that have left indelible marks in the Party's path to glory.


Easing in US coincides with virus milestone

The United States passed the milestone of 600,000 COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday as New York and California, the nation's most populous state and the first in the country to put in place a coronavirus lockdown, lifted most of their restrictions.


Economic recovery firm in May

Economic recovery continued to stabilize in China during May on better industrial output, consumption recovery and stable employment levels, according to official data on Wednesday.


Domestic cosmetics looking pretty overseas

For years, cosmetics brands from Europe, the United States and Japan have dominated the global market. But the growing cachet and volume of homegrown Chinese lipsticks, eyeliners and face blushes-becoming more popular among Chinese consumers-are also gaining momentum from consumers overseas, boosted by rising internet retailing and youth trends.


It is the fabricators of the threat that are themselves the threat

The letter sent to US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo on Tuesday by 10 Republican senators, urging her to further tighten technology exports to China and strengthen the screening of investment from China, has exposed how eager these China-bashers are to derail Sino-US relations.


Road to harmonized international cooperation

In his 12-volume work A Study of History, which took about 30 years to produce, the great UK historian Arnold Toynbee made a detailed investigation on the rise and fall of civilizations. The main concept, or philosophy, of the study was "the challenge and response". Toynbee clearly stated that when civilizations responded wisely to challenges, they grew. On the other hand, civilizations disintegrated when they stopped responding appropriately and creatively.



An ancient and legendary tale of romance is given a new setting and still provides enthralling viewing for a modern audience. In a manner of speaking, it is not of this world. Fittingly for a legend, it is not constrained by the normal forces of gravity, nor will it be impeded by the weather. The alluring tale is portrayed in what seems like slow motion.


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