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Chinese shares open lower Friday******
BEIJING, Nov. 19 (Xinhua) -- Chinese stocks opened lower Friday, with the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index down 0.04 percent to open at 3,519.28 points.。
The Shenzhen Component Index opened 0.06 percent lower at 14,569.93 points. Enditem。
Interview: China's energy policy sets example for developing countries in Asia******
by Xinhua writer Song Yu
BANGKOK, Oct. 19 (Xinhua) -- China's experience in poverty alleviation and economic development has played an important role in international effort to achieve sustainable development goals, especially for developing countries, a senior official with UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has told Xinhua.
"China's success in improving energy efficiency, utilization of renewable energy and providing wide access to electricity sets a positive example for countries in the region with energy poverty issues," Liu Hongpeng, director of energy division in ESCAP, told Xinhua in a recent interview.
Liu had rich experience in China's renewable energy development before he joined ESCAP in 2003. As one of the UN's regional arms, the ESCAP aims to promote inclusive and sustainable economic and social development in the Asia-Pacific region.
Nearly 200 million people in the region still lack access to electricity, primarily in poor rural areas in South and Southeast Asia, Liu said.
China's experience in using decentralized renewable energy, such as solar, biogas and small hydropower in remote areas, is particularly suited for the geographical characteristics of Asia, especially Southeast Asia and the Pacific Island countries, Liu said.
According to Liu, China's experience in promoting sustainable energy has been shared with other developing countries through frameworks such as South-South Cooperation and helped accelerate poverty reduction, which is one of the top priorities in ESCAP's work and an important part of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
China achieved the goal of eliminating extreme poverty, which contributed to the UN's goals and greatly boosted the confidence of developing countries, he added.
Liu said that the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative has been a comprehensive infrastructure platform committed to promoting cross-country connectivity, highly compatible with the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by emphasizing green development.
"China's support and involvement in ESCAP's projects like power grid interconnection has helped bridge gaps among Asia-Pacific countries in economic development and promote the economic cooperation and integration in the region," he said.
Looking ahead, he believes that China will play a leading role in promoting sustainable development through international and regional cooperation. Enditem
Table tennis worlds kick off in Houston******
HOUSTON, Nov. 23 (Xinhua) -- The 2021 World Table Tennis Championships kicked off in the U.S. city of Houston on Tuesday, with a youthful Chinese squad amongst the galaxy of stars at the week-long table tennis spectacle.。
The world's top players are going to face each other until Nov. 29 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in the "Bayou City." It marks the first time that the sport's prestigious event has been staged in the Americas.。
In the men's singles, world No. 1 Fan Zhendong is leading China alongside Zhou Qihao, Lin Gaoyuan, Wang Chuqin and Liang Jingkun.。
As one of China's main threats in the event, Japan features teenage sensation Tomokazu Harimoto, Koki Niwa, Yukiya Uda, Masataka Morizono and Shunsuke Togami.。
Germany will hinge on veteran Timo Boll, Patrick Franziska, Benedikt Duda and Ruwen Filus in the European teams' quest.。
Sweden's Mathias Falck, runner-up in the 2019 worlds in Budapest, and Brazil's Hugo Calderano will also be players to watch in Houston.。
Intriguing clashes are anticipated in the women's field as seven of the top 10 players prepare for battle.。
As the world's top two paddlers, the Chinese duo of Chen Meng and Sun Yingsha are deemed as title favorites, while world No. 3 Mima Ito from Japan is expected to mount a serious challenge.。
Meanwhile, China and the United States will join forces with two pairs formed of paddlers from both countries to compete in mixed doubles competition at the worlds on the year marking the 50th anniversary of Ping Pong Diplomacy.。
Reigning champions Ma Long, Liu Shiwen and Xu Xin will not defend their titles at the event as China has opted to send younger players in preparation for the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris, France.。
The flagship event features 128 players in men's and women's singles and 64 pairs in men's doubles, women's doubles and mixed doubles competing in a revamped and expanded straight knockout format for the first time.。
The World Table Tennis Championships has a storied history, with the first event held in London in 1926. The prestigious event welcomes the best table tennis players worldwide and has a global reach of over 500 million fans across TV and digital platforms. Enditem。
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