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China's industrial output records acceleration in growth in April

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China's industrial output records acceleration in growth in April

2024-05-18 19:37 Last Updated At:20:27

China's industrial output witnessed a notable acceleration in growth in April due to the continued implementation of macroeconomic policies and a significant boost in export activities.

The industrial output in April increased by 0.97 percent from the previous month, marking one of the highest monthly growth rates in recent years, data of the National Bureau of Statistics showed on Friday.

All three major industrial sectors experienced a rebound in growth rates in April. The total value added of the mining industry grew by 2 percent, up 1.8 percentage points from the previous month. The total value added of the manufacturing sector grew by 7.5 percent, up 2.4 percentage points from the previous month, while the total value added of the production and supply of electricity, heat, gas, and water grew by 5.8 percent, up 0.9 percentage points from the previous month, according to officials from the National Bureau of Statistics.

Meanwhile, the equipment manufacturing industry showed significant signs of recovery in April, with the total value added of the industrial enterprises above the designated size reporting a 9.9 percent year-on-year increase, up 3.9 percentage points compared to the previous month.

Among them, the total value added of the automobile manufacturing sector reported a growth of 16.3 percent, and the total value added of the computer, communication, and other electronic equipment manufacturing industry recorded a growth of 15.6 percent. In addition, the consumer goods manufacturing industry also continued its recovery momentum in April which posted a 4.8 percent year-on-year increase, 1.7 percentage points faster than the previous month.

"Looking ahead, large-scale equipment upgrades in the industrial sector and the policies for consumer goods trade-ins are expected to expand market opportunities. In addition, the rapid development of information technology, digital technology, intelligent technology and green technology is set to further foster new growth drivers and strengthen the momentum of industrial development," said Liu Aihua, a spokeswoman of the National Bureau of Statistics.

China's industrial output records acceleration in growth in April

China's industrial output records acceleration in growth in April

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Yemen's children struggle for education amid decade-long conflict

2024-06-20 21:57 Last Updated At:22:07

June 20 marks World Refugee Day, shedding light on Yemen's children who have endured nearly a decade-long conflict that has uprooted millions, depriving them of homes and educational opportunities.

In the southwestern province of Taiz, 11-year-old Muhammad Abdo fled to the south with his family four years ago from escalating conflict in the west, where they have faced hunger and hardship, prioritizing survival over schooling.

"My father suffers from mental illness. I had to work to support my younger brothers. My older brother passed away, leaving behind his children. In this situation, I don't have time to go to school," Abdo told China Central Television (CCTV).

For four years, Abdo had to forsake schooling to work on nearby farms. But hope for education flickered back to life in Abdo's displacement camp, with a makeshift school funded by donations.

"I miss school and the feeling of reading. I had forgotten what that felt like. Now teachers are teaching us again, and I have rediscovered the joy of reading and writing," said Abdo.

According to UNICEF, Yemen has 12 million school-age children, with 4.5 million being out of school, posing a monumental challenge for the country's educational system. Rebuilding schools, rehiring teachers, and ensuring they receive salaries remain critical amid ongoing conflict.

"We are very happy to see them back in school. However, we need more aid. We need to be provided with campuses, books, uniforms, and food to ensure they can continue their educational journey," said Tawfiq Hassan, who is teaching at the makeshift school.

Due to displacement, Abdo missed four years of schooling and is now in fourth grade, significantly older than his classmates.

"My dream is to become a teacher and teach students in school," said Abdo.

Education remains pivotal in reshaping Yemen's future, crucial for the well-being of displaced children and refugees. Addressing political disputes and achieving a ceasefire are essential for improving conditions and upholding their educational rights, fostering stability for Yemen's recovery.

Yemen's children struggle for education amid decade-long conflict

Yemen's children struggle for education amid decade-long conflict

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