Rare diamond found in Siberia
A unique "gem-inside-a-gem" diamond thought to be over 800 million years old has been found in Siberia. The "priceless" jewel weighs just 0.62 carats and is the first diamond of that nature to ever be found. Inside, a tiny nested diamond moves freely and has an estimated weight of 0.02 carats.
The so-called "Matryoshka" diamond is named because it resembles traditional Russian nesting dolls. The find - visible on X-ray - was announced by Russian diamond giant Alrosa. No value has been put on the one-of-a-kind discovery.
Alrosa spokesperson Oleg Kovalchuk said: "As far as we know, there were no such diamonds in the history of global diamond mining yet. This is really a unique creation of nature, especially since nature does not like emptiness. Usually, some minerals are replaced by others without cavity formation."
Patriotic films big winners
Three patriotic films that premiered on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China (PRC), "My People, My Country", "The Captain" and "The Climber", became the biggest winners of the National Day holiday period. By Monday, the last day of the seven-day holiday, the three films led the Chinese mainland box office, grossing 2.08 billion yuan, 1.82 billion yuan and 770 million yuan, respectively, according to Chinese ticketing platform and box-office tracker Maoyan.
Real stories were the main focus of the three films. "The Climbers" is dedicated to the members of a Chinese mountaineering team who overcame formidable challenges to reach the top of Mount Qomolangma in the 1970s, while "The Captain" is based on a real-life event in which the captain of a Sichuan Airlines flight is forced to make an emergency landing.
As for "My People, My Country", the anthology film sees a group of directors led by Chen Kaige render seven important historical moments since the founding of the PRC in 1949 from never-before-seen perspectives.
28 Chinese entities on US list
The Ministry of Commerce (MOC) on Tuesday said China firmly opposes the US adding 28 Chinese entities to its "Entity List" and urges the US side to remove them from the list as soon as possible. For a long time, the US has frequently imposed unilateral sanctions on Chinese entities according to its domestic law, and this time, under the guise of human rights, it imposed sanctions on 28 Chinese local government agencies and Chinese enterprises by adding them to the "Entity List."
Meanwhile, it seized the opportunity to slander and defame China's governance policies in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, and grossly interfered in China's internal affairs, a spokesperson with the MOC said. "The Chinese side is strongly dissatisfied with and firmly opposed to that," the spokesperson noted.
The Chinese side strongly urges the US to immediately stop making irresponsible remarks on Xinjiang, stop wrong actions of interfering in China's internal affairs, and remove relevant Chinese entities from the "Entity List" as soon as possible, said the spokesperson. "The Chinese side will also take all necessary measures to resolutely safeguard its own interests," said the spokesperson.
Horticulture expo ends
The Beijing International Horticultural Exhibition held its closing ceremony, themed "Ode to Harvest", on Wednesday night in the city's Yanqing district. The exhibition hosted nearly 3,300 activities and attracted 9.34 million visitors from home and abroad during its 162-day run. It has brought together exhibitors from 110 countries and international organizations, as well as more than 120 unofficial exhibitors, for indoor displays and outdoor gardening.
After the expo, the park will serve as an education center to display achievements in ecological civilization and convey the importance of nature, plants and environmental protection to the next generation. The park will also be used to support the upcoming Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. Yanqing will host several Winter Olympics events, including Alpine skiing, bobsled, skeleton and luge.
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