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LHASA -- The foreign trade of southwest China's Tibet autonomous region surged 124.1 percent year-on-year in the first three quarters of 2021, led by booming trade by private companies, according to the local customs. The region's imports and exports totaled 2.61 billion yuan (about $409 million) in the period, Lhasa customs said in a statement. The exports rose 90.5 percent to 1.39 billion yuan, while imports soared 180 percent to 1.22 billion yuan. In the first nine months, private enterprises took the lion's share with a total trade volume of 1.59 billion yuan, while State-owned companies saw imports and exports

The 110th joint patrol and law enforcement action carried out by China, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand, which kicked off on Tuesday, will enhance cracking down on cross-border crimes and tighten epidemic control, authorities said. The four teams will patrol in different areas along the Mekong River, both on land and water, with no direct human contact with each other, to avoid COVID-19 infection. Their major tasks include stamping out drug trade, stopping illegal immigration, and internet fraud, as well as preventing the river from becoming a channel to spread the virus.

First lady Clar Marie Weah of Liberia has hailed the gesture from China to the Clar Hope Foundation, as a "demonstration of true partnership" between the two countries. On Tuesday, China donated a 15-seater bus as well as assorted food items, school materials including tablet computers, and "kits of love bags" for children to the first lady"s foundation. First lady Weah said her foundation is very passionate about delivering joy and hope, and seeing constructive and positive advancement in the lives of Liberian women and girls. "Our partnership with the Chinese government and its people is one that continues to