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Foreign firms should give credit to China's increased openness: Finnish scholar******
HELSINKI, Nov. 4 (Xinhua) -- Foreign firms that criticize China should take into account its increased openness in recent years, a Finnish scholar has said.。
Carl Fey, a professor of international business at Aalto University in Helsinki, told Xinhua on Thursday that the ongoing Fourth China International Import Expo (CIIE) represents an important action taken by China in the spirit of opening up.。
"The CIIE is a large, impressive initiative for China to try to help foreign firms to be able to import products and services to China," Fey said. "It is rare to find a country putting such effort into helping foreign firms to import into their country."
"The CIIE is partially a response to the international critique that China has been too closed to foreign firms," he added.。
China has accomplished a great deal, and is surely moving towards an approach that will be favored by major global economies, Fey said. At the opening ceremony of CIIE on Thursday, China warned against protectionism, saying it would uphold true multilateralism.。
"Indeed, it is exciting to have China as one of the loudest voices against protectionism," Fey told Xinhua.。
"Hopefully, other traditional opponents of protectionism will follow China's example and also speak and act equally strongly against protectionism."
Another sign that China is becoming increasingly open is that China's overall tariff level has decreased from 15.3 percent to 7.4 percent since it entered the World Trade Organization in 2001.。
This figure is lower than the 9.8 percent accession commitment of China, Fey said. He added that China's continued experimentation with free economic zones is exciting to watch, and something other countries can also learn from. Enditem。
China's Zhang shocks Olympic champion Hashimoto to win all******
KITAKYUSHU, Japan, Oct. 22 (Xinhua) -- Chinese debutant Zhang Boheng beat Olympic champion Hashimoto Daiki by 0.017 points to win the men's all-around title at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships here on Friday.
Zhang, 21, competing in his first major international event, scored highest in the floor, vault and parallel bars and second-best in the horizontal bar and rings, collecting a total of 87.981 points. Hashimoto, who edged Zhang's teammate Xiao Ruoteng to second place at the Olympic Games, took the silver with 87.964 points.
"I am too excited to sleep tonight," said Zhang, who narrowly missed the Tokyo Olympics. "To beat Olympic champion Hashimoto and win the gold medal is a great achievement."
Zhang's title hope hung by a thread after he fell off the pommel horse, but after Hashimoto also slipped off the apparatus, the two gymnasts, who finished 1-2 in the qualifying campaign, returned to the starting point.
Zhang, who won the silver medal at the Chinese National Games in September, managed to build an advantage of 0.35 points after the fifth discipline of parallel bars before going to the final showdown in the horizontal bar, an event Hashimoto won at the Tokyo Olympic Games.
His landing was a little awkward, but the nearly perfect routine on the bar earned 14.800 points to give him a lead of 15.15 points over Hashimoto.
Hashimoto, 20, showed that it was his event, but his score of 15.133 was not enough.
"I think that as the Olympic champion, Hashimoto was under much more pressure than I am," Zhang told Xinhua.
"There must be a reason why I failed to win the gold medal," Hashimoto said. "That shows that I am not strong enough."
Ukraine's Illia Kovtun took the bronze with 84.899 points. Zhang's teammate Shi Cong finished sixth. Enditem
Game over: Russia now the pariah of global sports******
Russia's attack on Ukraine has sparked anger in the sports world, with the country booted out of this year's World Cup and the IOC calling for a global ban.
Russia has been expelled from the 2022 World Cup after being suspended from all international competitions, FIFA and UEFA announced in a joint statement. The decision also affects Russian clubs in European tournaments.
Saint Petersburg was stripped as host of UEFA's Champions League final set for May 28. The game has been switched to France.
The International Olympic Committee has urged sports federations and organizers to exclude Russian and Belarusian athletes and officials. A ban would see Russia join the Yugoslavia of Slobodan Milosevic and South Africa under apartheid as a sporting pariah.
Ukraine's Elina Svitolina has, the world's No. 3, become the first player to refuse to play a Russian. She was due to face Russian Anastasia Potapova in Monterrey on Tuesday. Svitolina, born in the Ukrainian Black Sea resort town of Odessa, has pledged to donate her prize money from forthcoming tournaments to her country's military and aid groups.
The Russian Grand Prix, scheduled for September 25, was canceled, a day after defending world champion Max Verstappen and four-time champion Sebastian Vettel publicly declared their refusal to compete.
The International Ice Hockey Federation has suspended all Russian and Belarusian national teams and clubs. It has also stripped Russia of the hosting rights for the 2023 junior world championships.
Boxing's four major bodies – the International Boxing federation, World Boxing Council, World Boxing Association and World Boxing Organization – said in a joint statement they will not sanction bouts in Russia. "Just as the world claims for ceasefire, our organizations have decided to not sanction any boxing championships in Russia," they said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin was suspended as honorary president of the International Judo Federation. Putin, an accomplished judoka who was awarded an eighth dan in 2014, one of the highest levels in the sport, had been honorary president since 2008.
Rugby's world governing body banned Russia and Belarus from all international rugby. Russia's membership of World Rugby was also suspended indefinitely, meaning the country's slim hopes of qualifying for next year's World Cup in France are over.
The Badminton World Federation strengthened within a matter of hours its measures against Russia and Belarus having originally canceled all tournaments in Russia and Belarus. It announced a ban on athletes and officials representing the two countries.
World Taekwondo on Tuesday stripped Putin of an honorary black belt, as Russia's attack on Ukraine goes against the sport's motto: "Peace is more precious than triumph." The body also said no Russian or Belarusian national flags or anthems will be allowed at events, nor will any future events be organized in the two countries.
Russian and Belarus ice skaters have been barred from all competitions by the International Skating Union. Russia is a powerhouse in ice skating, most recently winning six medals – two of them gold at the Beijing Winter Olympics. The blanket ban on athletes competing also includes short track and speed skating.
Russia has been stripped by the International Volleyball Federation of hosting the men's Volleyball World Championships in August and September.
How to stop Haaland? Bayern's Nagelsmann has an idea******
By Oliver Trust。
BERLIN, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- How to stop Dortmund's goal machine Erling Haaland is only a side issue for Julian Nagelsmann.。
Ahead of Germany's Der Klassiker this Saturday, the Bayern coach has set up a special strategy to keep the Norwegian away from the Bavarians' goal.。
"I am not surprised he is back, as most of his recovery work was aimed at his return for the Saturday game," the 34-year-old stated. "While we have to keep a close eye on him, Dortmund has to get the world's best striker under control."
Nagelsmann spoke about Haaland's ability to invade spaces and trigger counterattacks. To cut the striker off from supplies, therefore, is Bayern's main target.。
The team doing the better job against Haaland will increase its chances to win the game, the coach said.。
Bayern's midfield and defense need to keep the pressure on Dortmund high when losing the ball, Nagelsmann commented. To close spaces will have a vital effect on the outcome of the duel, in his view.。
Nagelsmann mentioned the encounter's importance as it is the first time for the top two teams to face off this season. "It's an important game for us, and the fans can't wait for kick-off," the Bayern manager said.。
Bayern not only faces the challenge of stopping Haaland, but will suffer from the loss of several key players.。
Joshua Kimmich and Marcel Sabitzer are sidelined due to quarantine and injury, with Leon Goretzka's participation uncertain until the matchday.。
Defender Josip Stanisic (muscle injury) and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (quarantine) complete the list of losses.。
Having to replace his regular midfield increases Nagelsmann's concerns, as youngsters such as Jamal Musiala and Corentin Tolisso might have to do the midfield job.。
To face Haaland with his strongest line-up, Nagelsmann hopes for the return of Niklas Sule. The defender is coming back from a two-week quarantine.。
The German international is said to support Dayot Upamecano in defense. In case Sule is not available, Benjamin Pavard is ready to join in.。
Nagelsmann is insisting the task hasn't become harder with Haaland around. "I am only talking about games of Bayern. And against us, he has always been around. Therefore, nothing is changing for us," the Bayern coach said.。
The limited number of fans is something Bayern can live with, he added. Only 15,000 spectators will be allowed due to the newest COVID-19 restrictions.。
Bayern is ready and excited to travel to Dortmund.。
"They said, we can come as they feel well-prepared. So, we do. We travel to Dortmund and everybody in our squad is looking forward to a great competition," the coach said. Enditem。