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China science, technology news summary -- Sept. 23

Xinhua
23 Sep 2021, 12:30 GMT+10

BEIJING, Sept. 23 (Xinhua) -- The following is a summary of published science and technology news of China.

COVID-19 STUDY

Chinese researchers have discovered by employing big-data analysis that the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States might have started to spread around in September 2019, earlier than the officially announced date of its first confirmed case.

According to a new article published Wednesday as a preprint in ChinaXiv, a series of previous studies showed that the United States, Spain, France, Italy, Brazil and other countries had shown signs of being hit by the virus before its outbreak in China.

IPR PROTECTION

China released a 15-year plan (2021-2035) on the development of intellectual property rights (IPR) Wednesday.

The plan, which demands stricter IPR protection, a high level of public satisfaction, and greater market value of IPR by 2025, was released by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and the State Council.

By 2035, China's IPR competitiveness will rank among the top in the world, says the guideline.

AIRCRAFT JOINT VENTURE

German company, Volocopter, a specialist in the manufacture of autonomous air vehicles, has teamed up with a second-tier subsidiary of Geely Holding Group to establish a joint venture in Chengdu, capital of southwest China's Sichuan Province on Wednesday.

The joint venture will take charge of production and market operation of Volocopter products in the Chinese market. It plans to help promote urban air mobility (UAM) in China in the coming three to five years.

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