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New growth pole takes shape as east China region ups economic presence******
BEIJING, Nov. 4 (Xinhua) -- China's Yangtze River Delta region has generally become a strong and active growth engine to the country's economic development, as the region's GDP contribution continued to rally, according to the country's top economic planner.。
During the first three quarters of this year, the region accounted for 24.5 percent of China's GDP, compared with 24.1 percent in 2018, Cong Liang, deputy head of the National Development and Reform Commission, told a press conference on Thursday.。
Shanghai and the provinces of Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Anhui are under the ambit of the Yangtze River Delta region.。
The integrated development of the region is taking shape, said Cong, adding that the region's influence on the national economy has been continuously enhanced.。
In 2018, China announced it would support integrated development of the Yangtze River Delta region, and make it a national strategy.。
The country has detailed 22 measures to boost the region's development, covering areas of common prosperity, cross-regional coordination, among others, and will put emphasis on major projects, including pilot free trade zones and international transport hubs, according to Cong. Enditem。
Beijing poised for challenges in new WCBA season******
BEIJING, Oct. 29 (Xinhua) -- After injecting some new blood into the team, Beijing is ready to take on challenges in the upcoming 2021-22 Women's Chinese Basketball Association (WCBA) season.
"We have undergone some big changes this season, and challenges will be big too," admitted Beijing's head coach Zhang Yunsong after the team's practice session here on Friday.
Beijing, which finished seventh among 17 outfits last season, will depart for Chengdu, southwest China's Sichuan Province on Saturday for its final-phase preparation for the new WCBA season.
The team has witnessed several changes to its squad during the offseason, with veteran guard Yang Banban calling time on her career and former Bayi sharpshooter Jin Jiabao joining in.
"Jin is a quality and experienced player, no doubt about it. She has also proven herself in this league," commented Zhang, while adding that Jin needs time to recover from injury and better fit into the team.
"I'm thrilled to be back," said Jin, who had not been in league action for one and a half years.
"I hope to show my ability in this new family. I have to prepare well and keep a good mindset so as to play at my best level," she added.
Beijing also brought up some players through their youth ranks and recruited college players to enrich their roster.
For Zhang, the team is comprised of veterans and young guns, and everyone tries her best to maintain a favorable shape.
Looking toward the new season, Zhang said his biggest anticipation is that the team can fight for a win in every game.
"As for this season, the league has changed a lot, with newcomers joining in and other sides making adjustments to their rosters. It is the same for us. Everything is unknown so far, and probably we can get the feel of the league after we kick off our new season's campaign there," he noted.
Beyond the victory, Zhang expects that more young players can stand out from his side, which benefits the team's long-term development.
"We need to display our mentality while playing against those strong sides, and improve ourselves technically and tactically through every match," he said. Enditem
Britain goes on to high alert after bomb blast******
British authorities raised the threat level to its second-highest rung on Monday, after police said a blast in a taxi outside a Liverpool hospital was caused by a homemade bomb.。
Investigators said they were treating Sunday's explosion – which killed the suspected bombmaker and injured the cab driver – as a terrorist incident, but that the motive was unclear.。
Counterterrorism police named the dead man as 32-year-old Emad Al Swealmeen. They did not give further details. But Britain's Press Association news agency and other media reported that he had not been on the radar of the security services.。
The Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre raised the UK threat level from substantial – meaning an attack is likely – to severe, meaning it is highly likely, following the UK's second fatal incident in a month.。
Conservative lawmaker David Amess was stabbed to death in October in what police said was an act of terrorism.。
Prime Minister Boris Johnson condemned the "sickening attack" at Liverpool Women's Hospital and told reporters that the British people "will never be cowed by terrorism."
'We will never give in'
"We will never give in to those who seek to divide us with senseless acts of violence," he said.。
The male passenger in a taxi was killed and the driver injured when a blast ripped through the vehicle as it pulled up outside the hospital on Sunday morning.。
Russ Jackson, the head of Counterterrorism Policing in northwest England, said the explosion was caused by "the ignition of an explosive device" that was brought into the vehicle by the passenger.。
Three men in their 20s were arrested elsewhere in the city on Sunday under the Terrorism Act and a fourth was detained on Monday. All are believed to be "associates" of the dead passenger, police said.。
Suspicions about a motive for the explosion have been aroused by the timing – just before 11 am on Remembrance Sunday, the moment when people across Britain hold services in memory of those killed in wars.。
Jackson said investigators had not found a link to remembrance events "but it is a line of inquiry we are pursuing."
"Although the motivation for this incident is yet to be understood, given all the circumstances, it has been declared a terrorist incident," he said at a press briefing.。