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Chinese enterprises entered the outbound investment fast lane in 2008. Statistics from the Ministry of Commerce showed that Chinese enterprises registered an outbound investment volume of over US$170 billion in 2016.

According to a regulation from the Civil Aviation Administration of China, any civil unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with a takeoff weight over 250 grams has to be registered before use from June 1.

Official statistics showed that China was home to 86 international schools nationwide in 1999 and that the number soared to 661 by the end of October 2016.

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Local government debt in China hit 15.86 trillion yuan (US$2.4 trillion) by the end of June 2017, slightly higher than 15.32 trillion yuan (US$2.3 trillion) in 2016, but lower than the government’s target ceiling of 18.82 trillion yuan (US$2.8 trillion) for 2017.

Since Chinese President Xi Jinping launched his massive crackdown on corruption in 2012, a number of “tigers,” corrupt senior officials, have been ousted.

Many Chinese fondly remember the scene on July 1, 1997, when the flag of China was raised at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center and history began a new chapter.