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A poster calling for a boycott of Japanese products is displayed in a supermarket in Seoul, South Korea, on Wednesday to protest Japan's decision to dump radioactive wastewater from the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant into the Pacific Ocean.Xu Ruxi/xinhua

US pullout in Afghanistan creates doubt

Speaking from the same spot in the White House where former president George W. Bush announced the start of the war in Afghanistan on Oct 7, 2001, US President Joe Biden formally announced on Wednesday that the United States will withdraw all forces from the country, ending its longest war.

TOP NEWS

HK events highlight State security

Ensuring Hong Kong is administered by patriots is key to safeguarding political security, which is an essential element of national security, local political leaders stressed during this year's National Security Education Day, the first in the city since the implementation of the National Security Law.

CHINA

Biosecurity law goes into effect

China's first biosecurity law went into effect on Thursday, marking a "major milestone" for upholding the rule of law in areas critical to people's health, the environment and national security, experts said.

POLICY REVIEW

Transport network 'to benefit world'

China's plan to build a global transport and logistics network will establish a safe and stable system expected to boost trade and economic development around the world, according to officials and experts.

WORLD

Japan's safety claims fall flat

An increasing number of scientists are unconvinced by Japanese assertions that it will be safe to release radioactive water from the destroyed Fukushima nuclear power plant into the Pacific Ocean.

BUSINESS

24 new steps to boost business environment

China will reduce burdens of market participants and boost investment as part of its new measures to optimize the overall business environment and foster high-quality development, officials and experts said on Thursday.

BUSINESS FOCUS

Manufacturing clusters key to economic growth

A friendly competition of sorts is unfolding among major Chinese cities as the nation highlights its determination to sharpen its industrial capabilities by building up competitive advanced manufacturing clusters.

COMMENT

US challenge to China's core interests could jeopardize crucial cooperation

People longing to see an improvement in Sino-US relations are looking to the visit to China of John Kerry, US President Joe Biden's climate envoy, to ease the tense political climate between the two countries, after the recent talks between their top diplomats in Alaska served only to show the extent of the estrangement between the two sides.

GLOBAL VIEWS

Rain or shine?

Given the current freeze in US-China relations, no news is good news for the observers of the bilateral relations. At a time when the Joe Biden administration seems more prone to continue the tried and failed China policies of the previous administration, such as the self-hurting tariffs and the unilateral sanctions against an increasing number of Chinese individuals and companies, the visit by Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry to China is widely seen as a promising sign for at least potential cooperation.

LIFE

The journey continues

Liang Xiaosheng is one of the few living writers that is a household name-and not just in his own country. His works have been published in multiple languages but, at 71, he still zestfully questions the ultimate meaning of literature.

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