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China's machinery industry continues double******
BEIJING, Nov. 14 (Xinhua) -- China's machinery industry continued double-digit growth in terms of revenue, profits and added value in the first nine months of the year, data from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) showed.。
The combined operating revenue of companies in the sector came in at 18.75 trillion yuan (about 2.9 trillion U.S. dollars) in the first three quarters, soaring 18.6 percent year on year, according to the MIIT.。
During the period, the total profits of the companies rose 13.2 percent from a year earlier to 1.12 trillion yuan, the ministry said.。
In the Jan.-Sept. period, the added value of China's machinery industry also climbed 14.1 percent year on year, 2.3 percentage points higher than the overall growth of China's industrial sector. Enditem。
Spanish snowboard coach optimistic visit to China helps preparation for Beijing 2022******
MADRID, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- Alex Martin, coach of Spain's snowboard cross (SBX) team for the Beijing Olympic Winter Games in February 2022, told Xinhua that although Spain will have a "small" team in Beijing, they have high hopes of coming back home with a medal.。
SBX sees six racers compete on a course which tests their skill and at times their ability to keep out of trouble, in a sport where the slightest loss of concentration can send you tumbling.。
"Talent, technique and tactics is the formula that we have been using in training with all our athletes in the snowboard cross team in the Royal Spanish Federation of Winter Sports (RFEDI)," Martin told Xinhua.。
He highlighted Lucas Eguibar, who is the reigning world champion, and Alvaro Romero, as Spain's two strongest medal hopes, along with Regino Hernandez, who claimed the bronze medal in the PyeongChang Winter Games in 2018.。
Martin has a degree in Physical Fitness science and a Master's degree in High Performance and has been coaching for over 20 years. He began working for the Spanish Federation in 2017 and is currently the technical director for snowboard at the RFEDI and responsible for a team, which has achieved a high level of success.。
The Spanish team recently returned from China after participating in the test event on the Olympic Games circuit, and experience Martin described as "different and very tiring."
"It was complicated," he explained. "Going to international events at the moment requires a double effort because of the care you have to take and the sanitary controls in place because of the pandemic. Maybe that was the hardest thing for our athletes in their first contact with China."
However, despite the difficulty the coach was content with the experience.。
"We learned an important lesson and after this experience, we are now better prepared to show that with a lot of effort, we are able to adapt to a global situation that needs both a physical and a mental effort," he concluded, adding that events such as the Winter Olympics should act as a motivation for everyone to work together to try to end the pandemic. Enditem。
Macron raises final toast to Merkel in Burgundy wine capital******
French President Emmanuel Macron gave Germany's outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel an affectionate and stylish send-off on Wednesday with a visit to the heart of the Burgundy wine-growing region, a piano recital in a chateau and a private dinner.。
Rather than a grand state dinner at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris, where Merkel has known four French presidents, Macron invited her to the medieval town of Beaune, capital of Burgundy wines, for her farewell visit to France as chancellor.。
"Welcome to Beaune dear Angela. France loves you," Macron said on his Twitter feed.。
Macron and his wife Brigitte welcomed Merkel and her husband Joachim Sauer to the 15th century Hospices de Beaune, a former hospital for the poor which now houses an annual charity auction of Burgundy wines and whose colorful glazed-tile roof is one of France's top tourist attractions.。
Hundreds of wellwishers lined the square at dusk as the two couples visited a wine shop and received flowers and wine.。
"This is a wonderful place where you can really experience France," Merkel said.。
The two leaders were not expected to make any political statements in Beaune, where their predecessors Helmut Kohl and Francois Mitterrand called for closer European integration during a Franco-German summit in 1993.。
Following a reception at the Chateau du Clos de Vougeot and a piano recital by Alexandre Kantorow, Macron was due to present Merkel with France's highest award, the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour.。
Both champions of European integration, Macron and Merkel worked together closely during the COVID-19 crisis, though they were not regarded as being as close as Merkel and her fellow conservative Nicolas Sarkozy, France's president from 2007 to 2012. Their cooperation during the euro zone crisis earned them the moniker "Merkozy."
Merkel, 67, who has led her country for 16 years, will stand down when a new German coalition government has been formed following a September 26 national vote.。
At a joint Franco-German cabinet meeting in June, Merkel's last, Macron thanked the chancellor for all she had done to boost relations between the two countries.。
"Allow me to say how much the Franco-German relationship owes to your commitment, your determination."