'Mini-Olympics,' battery surge and vaccine milestone: China stories you may have missed

National Games

The 14th edition of the National Games kicked off with a stunning opening ceremony in the Olympic sports center in the city of Xi'an in northwest China's Shaanxi Province.

More than 12,000 athletes representing industries, provinces and regions are competing across 54 sports.


The event is nicknamed the 'mini-Olympics' /VCG

The event is nicknamed the 'mini-Olympics' /VCG

Plane production advances

China's first batch production of the C919 passenger plane is set to enter its final assembly.

The phased progress marks a milestone in the C919 program since the batch production of the aircraft launched in 2019, the East China Regional Administration of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) said. 

The first of five homemade jetliners is expected to be delivered to China Eastern Airlines by the end of the year.


Vehicle batteries

China's output of storage batteries to power new energy vehicles (NEVs) rose 161.7 percent year-on-year to reach 19.5 gigawatt-hours (GWh) in August as its NEV industry continued to boom.

The output of lithium iron phosphate batteries stood at 11.1 GWh last month, jumping 268 percent from a year ago, data from the China Automotive Battery Innovation Alliance showed.

Autumn landscapes

The changing seasons have brought spectacular colors to fields and forests across the country. 

Golden paddy field in Zhangjiajie City, Hunan Province. /VCG

Golden paddy field in Zhangjiajie City, Hunan Province. /VCG

Vaccination milestone

More than a billion people in China have now been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The country has also been leading efforts to support developing nations protect their own populations.                                          

Livestock migration

Herders in Xinjiang have begun the relocation of around 300,000 animals to their winter pastures.


A herder leads horses across a hilly landscape VCG

A herder leads horses across a hilly landscape VCG

Evergrande crisis

Property firm Evergrande is struggling under liabilities of $300 billion. After credit ratings downgrades it suspended trading of the onshore bonds of its main unit Hengda Real Estate.

The People's Bank of China and the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission are working to ensure the crisis does not spread to the wider economy.

Electricity consolidation

Four state-owned electricity companies have won approval to merge to form a new industry giant. The new company, China Power Equipment Group, will be registered in Xiong'an in North China's Hebei Province. China is the world's biggest producer of electricity.

Migratory birds land

The animal migration that accompanies the end of summer has seen new visitors arriving in Shenzhen City, in south China's Guangdong Province. The first species include plovers, whimbrels and knots.

Lesser sand plover at Shenzhen Bay /Fang Qiaoran

Lesser sand plover at Shenzhen Bay /Fang Qiaoran

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