2020-02-13 Beijing Review

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4 BEIJING REVIEW FEBRUARY 13, 2020 http://www.bjreview.com


Training Amid nCoV

In the midst of the novel coronavirus
(2019-nCoV) outbreak Chinese ath-
letes are training behind closed doors
for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Summer
“They are training in closed-
doors camps in various domestic and
overseas cities in preparation for quali-
fying tournaments and the Olympic
Games,” Liu Guoyong, Vice President
of the Chinese Olympic Committee
(COC), told Xinhua News Agency on
February 2.
“Until now, no athlete from the
national team has reported or is
suspected of being infected with the
virus,” he stressed. “We will do our best
to prevent any athlete from becoming
infected.” Special accommodation,
transportation and training arrange-
ments have been made to protect the
athletes and coaches.

“There will be over 100 qualifying
tournaments around the world be-
tween February and April. Hopefully,
the Chinese athletes will prepare well
and claim more Olympic berths,” Liu
Liu also said that foreign coaches
working with the national teams were
being given as much help as possible.

Sustainable Bonds
The government plans to issue more
local government bond exchange-
traded funds (ETFs) for the healthy
development of local government
Three ETFs had been issued by
the end of 2019, totaling 21.5 billion
yuan ($3.13 billion), the Ministry of
Finance said.
Five new ETFs have been ap-
proved by the authorities and will
debut soon.

14th lunar day on February 1 (Beijing
time), and switched to dormant mode
for the lunar night, according to the
Lunar Exploration and Space Program
Center of the China National Space
Administration. A lunar day equals
14 days on Earth, and a lunar night is
also of the same length.
During the 14th lunar day, Yutu-
continued to move along the planned
lander and rover worked as planned.
The neutron radiation detector
and low-frequency radio spectrometer
on the lander worked normally and
the rover, the near-infrared spectrom-
eter, panoramic camera, neutral atom
detector and lunar radar carried out
TheChang’e-4probe, launched on
December 8, 2018, made the first-ever
soft landing on the Von Karman Crater
in the South Pole-Aitken Basin on the far
side of Moon on January 3, 2019.
It switched to dormant mode dur-
ing the lunar night due to lack of solar

Improved Ecology
The Sanjiangyuan National Park in
Qinghai Province in northwest China
has enjoyed a better ecological
environment in recent years, phased
research results from the second com-
Qinghai-Tibet Plateau show.
Sanjiangyuan literally means “the
source of three rivers.” The park was
established to protect the headwaters
of the Yangtze, Yellow and Lancang
(Mekong) rivers. It covers 123,
square km and is home to many rare
According to the research results,
the pilot area of the national park
and its adjacent areas have become
warmer, wetter and greener, with stable
the number of wild animals.
The productivity and quality of
vegetation at the source of the three
rivers has improved. Since 2012, the
aboveground biomass of grassland
in the pilot area of the park has contin-
ued to increase and stabilize.
In addition, satellite remote sens-

Local government bond ETFs can
help improve liquidity in the second-
ary market.
The ministry said it will continue
to diversify investors of local govern-
ment bonds.
In 2019, 4.36 trillion yuan ($
billion) of local government bonds
were issued, up 197.2 billion yuan ($
billion) from 2018.

Longest Exploration
Since landing on the far side of Moon
on January 3, 2019, Chinese lunar
roverYutu-2 (Jade Rabbit-2) has
traveled 367.25 meters on its far side
rover has worked much longer than its
three-month designed life, becoming
the longest-working lunar rover on
Both the Chang’e-4 lander and
the rover ended their work for the


A Golden Performance

On February 1, Chinese table tennis players Chen Meng (top right) and Wang Manyu (top left) play in the women’s

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