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BEIJING - China is capable of coping with all kinds of unexpected changes to ensure healthy, sound and sustainable economic development, the country's top economic planner said Tuesday. "China has full confidence in overcoming difficulties and challenges encountered in the development," said Ou Hong, an official with the National Development and Reform Commission, in response to a question on the country's full-year growth target of "around 5.5-percent." He cited the strong resilience, great potential and ample wiggle room of the Chinese economy, saying that it has already shown marginal improvement in May, with main indicators picking up. "So far, the

BEIJING -- Chinese Vice-Premier Sun Chunlan on Monday urged solid and meticulous COVID-19 prevention and control work in Beijing in order to contain the spread of the epidemic as soon as possible. Sun made the remarks during an inspection tour of the COVID-19 prevention and control work in the national capital, where she visited sites hit by the latest wave of infections -- two bars in Chaoyang District. Sun learned about local efforts in epidemiological investigation and tracing, the identification of individuals faced with potential infection and related restrictions, and the handling of key outbreak sites. The vice premier also

SHANGHAI -- The Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Shanghai resumed operations on Friday after a two-month suspension. As of Friday, nearly 600 Starbucks branches in Shanghai have reopened, accounting for about two-thirds of its outlets in the city. "Nearly 500 of them have reopened in the past three days, which gives our team more confidence," said Leo Tsoi, chief executive officer of Starbucks China. It is estimated that Shanghai, a city at the forefront of China"s boom in coffee consumption, has more than 7,000 coffee shops. Starbucks alone has over 900 branches in Shanghai. Tsoi noted that a new Starbucks will