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ew stage of preparation for the Games,” said Chen Jining, mayor of Beijin
g and executive president of the 2022 Winter Olympics Organizing Committee. “We will end
eavor to deliver a fantastic, extraordinary and excellent Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.”
The 1,000-day countdown — launched near the iconic Bird’s Nest and the
Water Cube, both 2008 venues — underlined Beijing’s focus on sustainability in prepa
ring a second time for an Olympic extravaganza by reusing existing resources built for the Summer Games.
According to the 2022 Winter Olympics organizing committee, 11 of the 13 v
enues needed in Beijing’s downtown, where all ice sports will be staged, will use existing faciliti
es built for 2008. Repurposing projects, such as transforming the Water Cube (which hosted swimming in 2008) into a
curling arena by filling the pool with steel structures and making ice on the surface, are well underway.
A total of 12 million yuan ($1.78 million) of cash will be granted to 12 international scientists for their
groundbreaking academic contributions to the fields of quantum computation and quantum com
munications, according to a press release by the newly founded Micius Quantum Foundation on Friday.
With a combined donation of 100 million yuan from Chinese entrepreneurs, the foundation based in Hefei, East China’s Anhu
i province, will give each of the six annual laureates one million yuan. The foundation, a non-profit organization, ai
ms to promote development of quantum information science and technology.
The Micius Quantum Prize’s 2018 and 2019 laureates were announ
ced at the same time, as selection of first-year nominees took longer than expected, said Luo
Yi, president of the foundation and a scientist from the University of Science and Technology of China, based in Hefei.
hina’s economic growth will remain stable in the first quarter, and is expected to land at 6.3 percent or even higher year-on-year when it is released this week, e
conomists said after some economic indicators for March surprised the market on the upside.
“Downside pressure began to ease in the first quarter, as signaled by the r
ather substantial recovery in various economic indicators in March,” said Yao Jingyuan, form
er chief economist at the National Bureau of Statistics and a researcher for the Counselors’ Office of the State Council.
Chinese banks’ lending in yuan, a leading indicator for the real economy
, surged in March by 1.69 trillion yuan ($252 billion), up 52 percent from a year earli
er, according to the People’s Bank of China, the central bank. The manufacturing purchasing managers inde
x for March, which was back into expansion territory, may be a sign of accelerating industrial activities.
Exports in March also picked up, rising 14.2 percent in US dollar ter
ms from a year ago, versus 0.1 percent for the January-February period, customs data showed.