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China to see over 10 mln new college graduates next year******
BEIJING, Nov. 19 (Xinhua) -- China is expected to see 10.76 million new graduates from the country's universities and colleges in 2022, 1.67 million more than this year, the Ministry of Education (MOE) said Friday.。
The MOE and the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security jointly held an online video conference on Friday to make arrangements on helping graduating students find jobs or start up businesses. Enditem。
Chinese car buyers go green with NEVs******
Visitors view a new energy vehicle during an auto expo in Tianjin. LI RAN/XINHUA。
Sales of new energy vehicles are expected to maintain high-speed growth in China, as they become a serious choice for volume car buyers, industry experts said.。
Deliveries of those vehicles soared 141.1 percent in October to 320,000 units, the China Passenger Car Association said. That means nearly 19 of every 100 passenger car buyers chose electric cars or plug-in hybrids instead of conventional gasoline vehicles, the association said. The percentage was just 5.8 percent in 2020, and has been on the rise since.。
From January to October, new energy vehicle deliveries surged 191.9 percent year-on-year to 2.14 million, accounting for roughly 13 percent of total car sales.。
Cui Dongshu, secretary-general of the association, said sales will rise even higher in November and December, a pattern seen in the past few years. He expects total deliveries of new energy vehicles, including passenger cars as well as buses and trucks, to hit 3 million this year.。
Currently, volume brands are seizing the lion's share of China's new energy vehicle market, a sign of their growing acceptance among ordinary customers.。
Six carmakers saw their sales exceed 10,000 units in October. Tesla was the only premium brand, statistics from the China Passenger Car Association showed. China's BYD topped the list with 80,373 units sold that month. Tesla followed at 54,391. The third most popular brand was Wuling, known for its two-seat mini-vehicles, which sold over 42,000 units.。
Startups are doing well too. New York-traded Xpeng sold over 10,000 units in October. Nio, which is listed in New York as well, delivered over 24,000 units from July to September. Its chairman, William Li, expects similar volume in the last quarter of the year.。
Besides better driving experiences and lower use costs, the fact that car buyers are getting younger is helping promote the popularity of electric cars and plug-in hybrids, said Chen Shihua, deputy secretary-general of the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers.。
"In the past, first-time car buyers were aged around 30. Now they are younger, and young people would like to try new things, such as new models and new brands," said Chen.。
Like Nio and Xpeng, there are around a dozen local startups that have launched or are ready to unveil their models. Traditional carmakers from SAIC to Geely are establishing new dedicated electric car models to appeal to the young.。
"So far this year, you can rarely see carmakers launch newly developed gasoline models. Almost all of the new launches are electric or plug-in hybrids," Chen said.。
At this year's Guangzhou Auto Show, which is expected to kick off on Friday, there will be 241 new energy models, 100 more than at the event last year, its organizers said.。
Xu Haidong, deputy chief engineer of the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, said new energy vehicles are boosting China's vehicle exports, especially to developed countries.。
"There is demand and China-made new energy models are competitive," said Xu.。
Carmakers including BYD, Nio and FAW's premium Hongqi are exploring overseas markets. China's largest carmaker SAIC delivered over 12,000 electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids in Europe in the first half, accounting for almost 60 percent of all its sales on the continent.。
"Our rivals are local European brands. In France, they are Renault, Peugeot and Citroen," said Liu Xinyu, president of SAIC's French subsidiary. He said SAIC's success in Europe lies in its products and services. "Our two models in France have five-star safety ratings and we offer a seven-year warranty, which is the longest in the market."
(Source: CHINA DAILY)。
Biden declared healthy and 'fit' for presidency after exam******
US President Joe Biden speaks to members of the press after a Marine One arrival at the South Lawn of the White House November 19, 2021, in Washington, DC.。
President Joe Biden got a clean bill of health from the White House doctor on Friday after undergoing an extensive, routine check-up during which his powers were briefly transferred to Vice President Kamala Harris.。
"The President remains a healthy, vigorous, 78-year-old male, who is fit to successfully execute the duties of the Presidency, to include those as Chief Executive, Head of State and Commander in Chief," Kevin O'Connor, the White House physician, wrote.。
The detailed report said that Biden did have "perceptibly stiffer and less fluid" motion while walking than a year ago, and suffered "increasing frequency and severity of 'throat clearing' and coughing during public speaking engagements."
However, these two symptoms were not considered of immediate concern and did not appear to result from serious conditions, O'Connor's letter said.。
On a raft of tests, Biden came out with high marks.。
He has "no signs of heart failure," "no dental issues," has no "suspicions for skin cancer," and his eye health "is reassuring."
One reason for that solid report may be the doctor's finding that "the president does not use any tobacco products, does not drink alcohol, and he works out at least five days a week."
Biden, who turns 79 on Saturday and is the oldest president in US history, takes three common prescription medications and two over-the-counter medicines, as well as wearing contact lenses, the letter revealed.。
He measures 1.82 meters, weighs 83.46 kg and has a body mass index of 25.。
A smiling Biden returned to the White House from his checkup at Walter Reed hospital earlier, saying "I feel great."
"We're in great shape," he said, wearing his trademark aviator sunglasses.。
Historic 1.25 hours。
While the annual visit to Walter Reed hospital was routine for a president, the requirement for Biden to transfer power while sedated during a colonoscopy exam made history.。
For one hour and 25 minutes, Harris was the first woman to hold presidential power in the United States. She is already the first female vice president.。
The White House press office said that official letters to Congress declaring the temporary transfer of power were sent at 10:10am (3:10pm GMT). "The president resumed his duties at 11:35am," (4:35pm GMT), the White House said in a statement.。
"Today that was another chapter in that history for many women, young girls across the country," Press Secretary Jen Psaki said, noting Harris' trailblazing role.。
The details on Biden's health were being closely watched, given speculation on whether he will stand by his stated intention to seek a second term in 2024.。
The positive medical assessment mirrored an earlier letter from Biden's physician during his election campaign in December 2019, when he was described him as "a healthy, vigorous, 77-year-old male, who is fit to successfully execute the duties of the presidency."
He was vaccinated early on against COVID-19, and received a booster shot in September.。