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Goulart leaves as Chinese football comes to crossroads******
GUANGZHOU, China, Nov. 12 (Xinhua) -- Gao Late (Ricardo Goulart) has left China for Brazil on Friday, after terminating his contract with Chinese Super League (CSL) club Guangzhou FC.。
Gao and his family departed Guangzhou Baiyun airport on a chartered flight Friday afternoon, witnessed by dozens of Chinese fans.。
"It was the best choice to terminate the contract, both for me and the club," Gao said.。
The Guangzhou club, who won the CSL eight times and the AFC champions league twice, has been falling into financial difficulties due to its owner Evergrande group's debt crisis.。
Sources close to the club told Xinhua that players of Guangzhou have been in arrears of wages since September.。
"Anyway, I want to say thank you to all my fans in China, their support and love will always accompany me in the future," Gao said.。
The 30-year old scored seven goals in 13 matches this season for Guangzhou. He spent his first stint in the Chinese club from 2015-2018, helping the team to win the CSL three times and one AFC champions league trophy.。
High expectations were placed on Gao to China's attacking line if he could be naturalized. Gao got Chinese nationality but failed to get the approval of FIFA to play on the national team.。
His departure added to China's plight in football. China's hopes of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup were dealt a blow as coach Li Tie's side drew 1-1 with Oman on Thursday in the final round of Asian qualifiers.。
Li has been surrounded by controversy for his decision to replace naturalized Luo Guofu with Wu Xinghan in the second half and only eight minutes later Oman scoring an equalizing goal. Enditem。
Economic Watch: China to strengthen IPR support in new fields, business forms******
BEIJING, Nov. 2 (Xinhua) -- China will inject more efforts in the intellectual property rights (IPR) sector to better serve the growth of new fields and new business forms during the 14th Five-Year Plan period (2021-2025), said the IPR authorities.。
The National Intellectual Property Administration (NIPA) will carry out in-depth study and practice in the Internet, big data, artificial intelligence (AI) and other new fields and new business forms.。
China will put diverse efforts on patent examination, data IPR protection, Internet-related IPR protection and IPR international cooperation in the 14th Five-Year Plan period.。
The NIPA will give full play to the bidirectional promotion function of patent examination in promoting innovation and application. It will improve the examination rules in the emerging fields to boost breakthroughs in core technologies and their industrial application.。
It will promote the implementation of the data IPR protection project, push forward the legislative research and establish rules in the sector, targeting to effectively protect and use data to ensure personal privacy and national security.。
The Chinese IPR authorities will also strengthen the IPR protection in the Internet field and facilitate the sector's online and offline integrated development to meet the new challenges from the information era.。
According to the NIPA, China will also promote international IPR cooperation in new fields and business forms, as well as international rulemaking in big data, AI and other emerging new fields.。
"In recent years, new technologies and new business forms in the fields of Internet, big data, AI and other emerging sectors are reorganizing the essential global production factors and reshaping the global economic structure. They are changing the global competition pattern," said Shen Changyu, head of the NIPA.。
In 2020, China saw the industrial scale of its digital economy reach 39.2 trillion yuan (6.12 trillion U.S. dollars), accounting for around 38.6 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP).。
The COVID-19 pandemic has also accelerated the development of the digital economy. Online shopping, online education, telecommuting and smart health care, as well as other new technologies and business forms, have been deeply integrated into people's daily work and life, injecting impetus and vitality into high-quality economic development.。
"New technologies and business forms propose new requirements for IPR protection works in digital fields. Therefore, we must tailor regulations and IPR protection measures to ensure sustainable and effective data application," Shen said.。
China recently released a plan on IPR protection and application works for the 14th Five-Year Plan period (2021-2025), proposing new targets involving the protection, application, services and international cooperation of the country's IPR sector.。
According to the plan, China has set multiple targets in key indicators of its IPR works. Some of these targets are -- the number of high-value invention patents per 10,000 people will reach 12, the number of patents issued overseas will reach 90,000, the added value of patent-intensive industries and copyright industries will account for 13 percent and 7.5 percent of GDP, respectively, among others. Enditem。
U.S. President Joe Biden sends greetings on Lunar New Year******
U.S. President Joe Biden sent his greetings on Tuesday to those celebrating the arrival of the Lunar New Year.
Biden tweeted he and his wife, Jill Biden, "got to celebrate Lunar New Year with White House Staff" on Monday, while attaching a group photo of them posing under red lanterns hanging in a hall.
"We send our warmest greetings to everyone celebrating -- and we wish you peace, prosperity, and health in the year ahead," he wrote.
U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris posted a short video on Tuesday to mark the Lunar New Year.
"For people all over the world and here at home, Lunar New Year is a time of joy, the joy of being together with family and friends," Harris said.
"Lunar New Year is a time of celebration, the celebration of culture and of the warmth and love of community," she continued. "And it is a time of hope, the hope of a new year and a new beginning."
This Lunar New Year has ushered in the Year of the Tiger, a Chinese zodiac animal that Harris described in the video as "the symbol of strength, confidence, and courage."
"Happy Lunar New Year," she said. "I wish you all happiness, health, and prosperity. Take care."
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Monday that he sends "best wishes to those in the United States and around the world celebrating the Lunar New Year."
"May the Year of the Tiger bring opportunity, success, and good health to all," Blinken added in a release.
The Lunar New Year, commonly known as the Spring Festival in China, is a celebration of the arrival of spring and the beginning of a new year on the lunisolar calendar.
It is the most important festival in China and is also celebrated in many parts of the world, including the United States.
Lunar New Year celebrations returned to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on the Potomac River in Washington, D.C. this year.
Approximately 100 stunning winter lanterns, made up of 10,000 colored LED lights and crafted by Chinese artisans, are on display outdoor at The REACH at the Kennedy Center, offering a whimsical experience for visitors.
The Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, D.C. also sent Lunar New Year greetings to its fans by sharing a lighthearted clip on Monday that features activities of a tiger and giant pandas living in the renowned facility.
The Year of the Tiger, according to the Chinese zodiac, runs from Feb. 1, 2022 to Jan. 21, 2023.
BUENOS AIRES, Oct. 18 (Xinhua) -- The suspended 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier between Brazil and Argentina should be rescheduled for the good of South American football, FIFA president Gianni Infantino said on Monday.
The September 5 duel in Sao Paulo was halted shortly after kickoff when Brazilian health officials walked onto the pitch to object to the participation of four Argentina players for allegedly breaching COVID-19 protocols.
"It is always good to decide matches on the pitch and not off the pitch," Infantino told reporters in Buenos Aires on Monday. "It isn't always possible, we have rules. Let's see what FIFA's disciplinary bodies decide."
Brazil's federal police is investigating whether Premier League players Emiliano Martinez, Giovani Lo Celso, Cristian Romero and Emiliano Buendia failed to comply with entry regulations for travelers from Britain.
Brazilian health agency Anvisa said the players should have been in quarantine because of a rule at the time that applied to foreigners arriving from Great Britain, South Africa, Northern Ireland and India.
"That cannot happen," said Infantino, who is currently in South America to discuss plans for a biennial World Cup. "It's unacceptable that a match is interrupted this way. It damages football."
Infantino also said that South America's 18-round World Cup qualifying format - in which teams play each other home and away on a double round-robin basis - will not change if the proposed calendar change is approved.
"We have understood, we heard that in South America it is important to play the 18 rounds, one home and one away. We can do it with a new calendar, and that could provide more opportunities and more thrill," he added. Enditem
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