Weekly review of China's social and economic developments amid COVID-19 control

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BEIJING, Dec. 27 (Xinhua) -- China is powering ahead in bringing business and life back on track, with regular COVID-19 control measures in place. The following are the latest facts and figures for the past week:

-- The volume of chemical fertilizer imported from Russia through railway via Manzhouli, a land port in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, doubled this year as the COVID-19 pandemic affected maritime transport services.

As of Thursday, 1.62 million tonnes of chemical fertilizers on 24,249 train carriages have been imported via the Manzhouli station at the China-Russia border, up 124.64 percent and 122.49 percent year on year, respectively, the station said Friday.

-- A total of 64,013 TEUs of cargo were transported via a land-sea freight route from southwest China's Chongqing Municipality to overseas destinations in the first 11 months of the year, a year-on-year increase of 41.6 percent, local authorities said on Thursday.

The cargo was worth in excess of 12 billion yuan (about 1.84 billion U.S. dollars), a surge of 32.9 percent compared to the same period last year, according to the port and logistics office of the municipal government.

-- Nighttime consumption in China has almost returned to last year's level, an index based on big data has shown.

The nighttime consumption recovery index has reached 92.6 this year, indicating the whole year's nighttime consumption is almost the same as last year, according to big data released by the China UnionPay Merchant Services Co., Ltd. (China UMS) on Wednesday.

-- The first cargo train from Turkey to China has arrived in the northwestern Chinese city of Xi'an, with all goods finishing customs clearance, according to local authorities.

The cargo train, which left Istanbul on Dec. 4, traveled 8,693 km with 42 containers carrying products worth about 10.4 million yuan (about 1.59 million U.S. dollars), according to Xi'an International Trade & Logistics Park.

-- Freight trains on a meter-gage railway line connecting southwest China's Yunnan Province and Vietnam have made 1,558 trips this year, transporting 553,000 tonnes of cargo despite a brief suspension at the beginning of the year due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.

The trains have shipped 306,000 tonnes of goods from Vietnam to China, while a total of 247,000 tonnes of cargo have been exported to Vietnam, helping rebound the total trade volume of the cargo route to 90 percent of the same period last year.

-- China started the construction on Monday of a plant for manufacturing an mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccine, with production operations due to begin in eight months, according to local authorities.

The facility in the city of Yuxi, in southwest China's Yunnan Province, is expected to produce 120 million doses per year in its first phase, with key manufacturing equipment and core ingredients all independently developed by China. Enditem

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