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BEIJING, Nov. 22 (Xinhua) -- The following are the highlights of China's major technology news from the past week:


Two sets of China's indigenously-developed autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) "Sea Whale-1000" have completed sea trial for acceptance and long-range test, according to the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).

The sea trial included evaluating the AUV's maximum working depth, speed and load capacity. Moreover, the AUVs passed functional verifications of intelligent thermocline tracking observation, autonomous turbulence observation and mesoscale vortex autonomous observation.


Chinese vaccine maker Anhui Zhifei Longcom Biopharmaceutical Co., Ltd. has commenced phase-3 clinical trials for its COVID-19 vaccine, planning to recruit 29,000 volunteers across the world.

This is China's first phase-3 efficacy study for a recombinant subunit COVID-19 vaccine candidate, the company said in a statement on Thursday.


China's second-generation space tracking ship Yuanwang-3 left here Thursday for missions concerning the Chang'e-5 lunar probe, according to sources with the country's satellite maritime tracking and controlling department.

China's Chang'e-5 mission, which is scheduled to be launched late this month, will bring moon samples back to Earth, making it one of the country's most complicated and challenging space explorations.


Chinese researchers have developed a labor-saving machine that enables users to take throat swab samples for COVID-19 testing by themselves, without the aid of any medical staff.

"The machine is convenient, allowing users to perform quick self-service sampling for the diagnosis of COVID-19, which would reduce cross-infection risks for medical workers," said lead researcher Xiao Liehui, with the Shenzhen Hospital of Southern Medical University.


Shanghai was named the world's "smartest city" on Wednesday at the Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC), becoming the first Chinese city to win this award.

The World Smart City Awards are presented annually by SCEWC to promote diversity, inclusiveness, equality, safety, and collaboration. Enditem

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