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Ningxia makes marked progress in economic, ecological development

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Ningxia makes marked progress in economic, ecological development

2024-06-20 22:17 Last Updated At:22:57

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday inspected northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, which has made marked progress in economic development and ecological protection in recent years.

During the inspection, Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, visited a residential community in Ningxia's regional capital Yinchuan to learn about how community services had been provided to facilitate people's daily life and cultural activities. Underscoring the key role of communities in serving residents, Xi stressed strengthening primary-level Party organizations and maintaining a stable team of warm-hearted community workers.

Covering an area of 66,400 square kilometers with a permanent population of more than 7.29 million, Ningxia has made remarkable achievements in economic development in the past year.

In 2023, Ningxia's regional GDP was 531.495 billion yuan (73.2 billion U.S. dollars), up 6.6 percent over the previous year. In the first quarter of this year, the regional GDP grew by 5.8 percent. The growth rate in total value added for industrial enterprises above the designated size ranked first nationwide, a historical high.

Ningxia also performed outstandingly in green development and ecological protection.

As China's first comprehensive new energy demonstration zone, Ningxia's new energy utilization rate has exceeded 97 percent for five consecutive years, and the output of coal-to-liquids has exceeded 4 million tons for three consecutive years, ranking first in the country. The green power generated in Ningxia has been widely used in the eastern and central Chinese regions.

Ningxia is the only provincial-level administrative region in China that is entirely located in the Yellow River Basin, with a complete ecological system of mountains, rivers, forests, fields, lakes, grasslands and deserts. It is also accelerating the development of agricultural specialty industries and scientifically building a modern rural industrial system.

Ningxia is also deepening and expanding its cooperation with east China's Fujian Province to promote the coordinated development of urban and rural areas, and consolidate and expand the results of poverty alleviation.

In terms of sci-tech development, Ningxia seized the strategic opportunity of channeling more computing resources from the eastern areas to the less developed western regions. It is making every effort to build "China's Computing Capital", so as to give full play to the superposition and multiplication effect of digital technology.

Ningxia makes marked progress in economic, ecological development

Ningxia makes marked progress in economic, ecological development

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Sewing workshop struggles in ruins to mend clothes for displaced Gaza residents

2024-07-19 22:05 Last Updated At:22:57

A sewing workshop has been operating in ruins to mend worn-out clothes for displaced Palestinians in the war-torn Gaza Strip, as Israel's continuous destruction of the enclave has made new clothes a luxury almost impossible to come by or afford.

The UN humanitarian coordinator for Gaza said in early July that a total of 1.9 million people, around 80 percent of the region's population, were displaced.

However, in a room behind demolished walls in the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis, a sewing workshop has quietly been set up, with some workers using sewing machines recovered from a bombed-out tailoring workshop to provide mending services.

"I opened the workshop after I was able to recover the sewing machines and some fabric from the old factory. I work to serve all the displaced people of the Gaza Strip, such as people from the al-Mawasi area in Khan Younis and the Nuseirat [refugee camp]," said Abu Samer Shaat, the workshop owner.

The prolonged and intense Israel-Hamas conflict has forced a great number of Gazan families to flee from one place to another. Due to the continuous destruction of their homes and shelters, all they left were the clothes they wear.

Shops, markets and factories were turned into rubble as a result of the Israeli bombing, and the surviving trading sites in Gaza also suffer a shortage of clothes and fabrics due to Israel's ban on entry of goods and materials.

"Our clothes became loose. We had to take them to tailors to mend them as they had become worn out. There are no new clothes in the market. If there are a few, the prices will be very high, and we will not be able to buy them because we do not have any source of income. Our entire lives have come to a halt," said Hoda Al-Maghari, a displaced Palestinian.

Sewing workshop struggles in ruins to mend clothes for displaced Gaza residents

Sewing workshop struggles in ruins to mend clothes for displaced Gaza residents

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