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China's progress in economic resumption on Sept 3

Updated: Sep 4, 2020 Xinhua Print
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China's success in controlling COVID-19 means the economy is in a steady revival mode. The following facts and figures indicate how the country is forging ahead in resuming work and production:

— Beijing is gradually resuming direct inbound flights to the city from eight countries, starting from Sept 3, according to the municipal government.

The listed countries are Cambodia, Greece, Denmark, Thailand, Pakistan, Austria, Canada and Sweden, all of which pose a low risk of cross-border infection and conduct nucleic acid tests for passengers, said Xu Hejian, spokesperson for the Beijing municipal government.

Negative COVID-19 test results before boarding is a prerequisite for passengers of Beijing-bound flights.

The number of passengers on direct international flights to Beijing is capped at around 500 each day during the trial period, which is expected to double after the trial run ends, Xu said.

— China's pilot free trade zones (FTZs) attracted robust foreign investment and trade in the first seven months of the year despite downcast sentiment in the global market, official data showed on Sept 2.

The six pilot FTZs in the regions of Shandong, Jiangsu, Guangxi, Hebei, Yunnan and Heilongjiang, as well as Shanghai's Lingang Area, a newly launched section of the Shanghai FTZ, attracted 13.11 billion yuan (about $1.9 billion) of foreign investment during the January-July period, Tang Wenhong, an official from the Ministry of Commerce, said at a press conference.

Foreign trade in those FTZs came in at 660.76 billion yuan in the seven-month period, accounting for 10.8 percent of the total foreign trade in the regions.

— China's e-commerce logistics sector reported robust growth in August, propelled by strong demand, according to an industrial survey conducted by the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing and e-commerce giant JD.com.

The index tracking e-commerce logistics activities rose to 109.2 points last month, up from 108 points in July, showed the survey.

The total demand for e-commerce logistics rose steadily in the period, with the sub-index tracking the total business volume coming in at 124.7 points, up 4.4 points from the previous month, and central regions of China posted strong performances with month-on-month growth of over 10 points.

The survey attributed the demand increase to easing pressure from floods in the country's southern regions and a favorable COVID-19 epidemic containment trend, as well as the reopening of schools in September.

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