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Injuries and COVID******
MADRID, Dec. 18 (Xinhua) -- Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has a few selection problems ahead of his side's home game against Cadiz on Sunday with an outbreak of COVID-19 in the squad coupled with injuries to some key players.。
Six players tested positive for COVID-19 in the middle of the week: Luka Modric, Marcelo, Marco Asensio, Rodrygo, Gareth Bale and Andriy Lunin. Fortunately, there were no further positive tests on Friday.。
Modric returned a negative PCR test on Friday, but it's still not certain whether he will be able to play on Sunday, as he still needs to carry out further tests to confirm his availability.。
In some ways Real Madrid have been fortunate that of the players affected by COVID, only Modric and Asensio were likely starters at the weekend, although Rodrygo was a possible substitute for Asensio.。
If Modric is ruled out, Fede Valverde or Eduardo Camavigna should be able to step into midfield, while Lucas Vazquez can cover for Asensio.。
As well as the COVID cases, top scorer Karim Benzema and right back Dani Carvajal are also doubts with muscle injuries, and that will allow Luka Jovic to lead the attack, with the adaptable Nacho Fernandez covering in defense.。
Real Madrid go into the game on the back of seven successive league wins, including last weekend's home victory against Atletico Madrid, which was typical of many in the Bernabeu this season, with their rivals having more chances, but being denied by a combination of poor finishing and some inspired work from Thibaut Courtois in goal.。
Cadiz haven't won in four games and have shipped 12 goals in that time, slipping into the relegation zone and are likely to adopt an ultra-defensive strategy in an attempt to take at least a point.。
Even without several key players, Real Madrid should be looking at an easy win before the end of the year away to Athletic Club Bilbao, whose two Spain internationals, Unai Simon and Inigo Martinez both returned positive COVID tests on Friday. Enditem。
Japan aims to put a person on the moon by late 2020s******
Japan revised the schedule of its space exploration plans yesterday, aiming to put a Japanese person on the moon by the latter half of the 2020s.。
"Not only is space a frontier that gives people hopes and dreams but it also provides a crucial foundation to our economic society with respect to our economic security," said Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.。
According to the draft schedule of the plan, Japan aims to put the first non-American on the moon as part of the Artemis program, a US-led initiative that aims to return astronauts to the moon.。
China also aims to become a major spacefaring power by 2030, and it too plans to put astronauts on the moon, raising the prospect of an Asian space race.。
In May, China became the second country to put a rover on Mars, two years after landing the first spacecraft on the far side of the moon.。
The plan also spells out Japan's aspirations to launch a probe to explore Mars in 2024, as well as to find ways to generate solar electricity in space.。
Japan's announcement of its space exploration targets comes a week after Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa returned to earth after spending 12 days aboard the International Space Station, becoming the first space tourist to travel to the ISS in more than a decade.。
Collection on Tibetan epic King Gesar published****** File photo shows actors performing the "King Gesar" epic in Chengdu, southwest China's Sichuan Province, on Jan. 12, 2016. (Xinhua/Wang Di)。
XINING, Nov. 23 (Xinhua) -- A book series on the Tibetan epic King Gesar has been published, a Qinghai provincial center for the protection and research of the Epic of King Gesar said on Tuesday.。
The collection, consisting of five volumes totaling 1.14 million words, was compiled based on the existing versions and new discoveries from folktale stories, songs and written materials about King Gesar, said Changchub Tsering, an associate researcher of the center.。
The books can be regarded as supplementary research of the classic Epic of King Gesar, and the publication is sponsored by a national project designated for protecting intangible cultural heritage, Changchub Tsering added.。
The Epic of King Gesar is generally considered the world's longest folk epic, telling the story of how an 11th century Tibetan demigod king conquered his enemies and helped ordinary people.。
Listed as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2009, the epic has been passed down orally by singers, herders, and farmers from provinces and regions including Qinghai, Tibet, and Inner Mongolia. Enditem。
Economic Watch: Int'l firms eye opportunities in China's consumption market******
TIANJIN, Oct. 24 (Xinhua) -- From introducing imported products to China in the early years, adjusting the product formulation to meet Chinese consumers' needs, to the current export of goods made in Chinese factories, P&G's change has witnessed the development of China's consumption market.
The potential of China's consumption market has created unlimited opportunities for the enterprise, said Jasmine Xu, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of P&G Greater China, at a summit in north China's Tianjin Municipality on Thursday.
The Haihe International Consumption Summit highlighted new opportunities for international consumption under the "dual circulation" development pattern, as China is building a new development paradigm where domestic and overseas markets reinforce each other, with the domestic market as the mainstay.
In July, the State Council approved Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Tianjin and Chongqing to take the lead in building international consumption center cities. The five cities recently unveiled a series of measures and will carry out specific projects to build themselves into international consumption center cities.
Ian McGarrigle, founder and chairman of the World Retail Congress, said via video, "I believe China will be able to leverage the fundamental role of domestic consumption in economic development and foster a more robust and domestic market to boost growth at home and create more room for global growth."
A population of over 1.4 billion, including a middle-income group of over 400 million people that keeps expanding, China offers a supersized market and will create more new opportunities for global consumption markets, said Wang Wentao, Minister of Commerce, at the summit.
Currently, Chinese consumption market features high-quality, putting more emphasis on individuality and the shopping experience. The consumption upgrade trend is obvious.
"China is one of the largest and most sophisticated consumer markets in the world, and we are very committed to China and to Chinese consumers. We are investing to improve and expand our operations and we are investing in innovative new products and services. All with a view to meeting Chinese consumers' desire to have a better life," said David Taylor, chairman of the board, president and CEO of P&G.
Bestseller Fashion Group China, in the Chinese market for nearly 25 years, continues to seize more market opportunities. It has participated in the "Double 11" (Nov. 11, indicating Singles' Day) buying spree, and opened livestreaming workshops on popular Chinese video-sharing app Douyin to embrace China's livestreaming economy.
"We had 100 percent localization since 1998. We spent all the time in the Chinese consumption market to understand Chinese consumers. There have been so many opportunities in China all these years," said Dan Friis, co-founder of the Bestseller Fashion Group China.
Liu Hui, director of the JD Research Institute for Consumption and Industrial Development, said the number of international brands and products on JD.com has continued to grow in recent years. They research the clear needs of Chinese consumers, and even tailor products and services for them.
"It represents the promotion of China's consumption market in the world, and also shows the importance of Chinese market to these international brands," Liu said.
According to data from the National Bureau of Statistics, China's retail sales of consumer goods totaled around 31.8 trillion yuan (about 4.98 trillion U.S. dollars), up 16.4 percent year on year in the first three quarters of this year.
Wang Wei, director general and senior research fellow of Institute of Market Economy, Development Research Center of the State Council, said building Chinese cities to be international consumption centers is conducive to fostering new growth poles in promoting stable economic growth, and leading the new momentum of global consumption.
Wang also suggests it is necessary to accelerate the cultivation of a diversified and multi-level consumer industry system, combining digitalization, intelligence and experience-oriented development trend of the retail industry, to further innovate consumption patterns and product services. Enditem