After eight years of negotiations, 15 Asia-Pacific countries on Sunday signed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), the world's biggest trade pact, a move considered a massive coup for regional economic integration, multilateralism and free trade. The agreement involves all 10 member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and five of its major trading partners - China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand. The RCEP agreement covers a market of 2.2 billion people, or almost 30% of the world's population, with a combined GDP of $26.2 trillion, or about 30% of global GDP. It is an unprecedented regional trading arrangement that comprises a diverse mix of developed, developing and least developed economies in the region, according to a joint statement issued by leaders of the participating countries. The agreement "is critical to the region's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and will play an important role in building the region's resilience through an inclusive and sustainable post-pandemic economic recovery process," leaders said in the statement.
A total of 68 cultural relics have been returned to China from Britain, said the National Cultural Heritage Administration (NCHA) on Wednesday. The cultural relics, which were smuggled overseas, were retrieved following joint efforts from the administration and the country's foreign affairs and customs authorities since January. The artifacts were returned home after a long journey of 25 years. Among the 68 relics, 13 have been tentatively ranked as second-level cultural relics, 30 as third-level cultural relics and 25 as general cultural relics.
In October, the Cyberspace Administration of China began to crack down on internet browsers. Eight mobile browsers (浏览器), including UC Browser, have been asked to better manage their content, especially avoiding using clickbait, spreading rumors (谣言) and disseminating (散播) vulgar (粗俗) content. If content is not properly managed in accordance with (按照) the protocol, the browsers may be banned from operating in China.