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China's property investment up 8.8 pct in Jan.******
BEIJING, Oct. 18 (Xinhua) -- China's investment in property development maintained steady expansion in the first nine months of the year, data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed Monday.
During the period, property investment rose 8.8 percent year on year to nearly 11.26 trillion yuan (about 1.75 trillion U.S. dollars), NBS data showed.
Compared with the same period in 2019, property investment climbed 14.9 percent, putting the two-year average at 7.2 percent, NBS data showed.
Investment in residential buildings went up 10.9 percent from a year earlier to 8.49 trillion yuan in the first nine months. Enditem
Germany wins Deutschland Cup 2021 after defeating Slovakia******
BRATISLAVA, Nov. 15 (Xinhua) -- Host Germany defeated Slovakia 4-1 on Sunday to win ice hockey's 2021 Deutschland Cup with three straight victories, grabbing the trophy for the eighth time.
Slovakia placed second, with Switzerland third after edging out the Russian Olympic Team 3-2.
Germany got an early jump on Slovakia, scoring just 14 seconds into the tournament's decisive match that serves as a warm-up event for the upcoming Winter Olympics in Beijing. Leo Pfoederl capitalized on a rebound after one of his teammate's shots.
The home team struck again in the 6th minute when Tobias Rieder concluded a nice passing play, stretching the lead to 2-0.
Slovakia's Canadian coach Craig Ramsay decided to start 20-year-old HC '05 Banska Bystrica goalie Filip Belanyi, and he had his hands full on his national team debut. Rieder was close to stretching the lead to 3-0 but his shot bounced off the post later in the period.
"The start did not go according to my expectations, but after that, I told myself that I had nothing to lose and I had to give it all I have, as always. Ultimately, I enjoyed my debut very much," said Belanyi after the match.
Six minutes into the second stretch, Samuel Bucek brought the Slovaks back within striking distance when he took the puck deep on the left wing and slotted home past Wolfsburg Grizzlies goalie Dustin Strahlmeier.
Bucek's call remained unanswered despite a powerplay and Slovakia instead conceded a goal late in the period on an unsuccessful penalty kill to make the scores 3-1.
Rieder's second goal of the night in the final period set the final score 4-1 on a breakaway.
"I am proud of my guys, they tried hard to beat the host team. However, the first-minute goal took a big toll on them and it was hard to get back into the game against a strong team. Our backchecking was lacking and we were also too aggressive today," rued Ramsay after their first loss at the tournament. Enditem
Four things we learned from Spain's Matchday 16******
MADRID, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- Real Madrid opened up an eight-point gap at the top of La Liga this weekend as both Atletico Madrid and FC Barcelona lost at home. Here are some things we learned in Spain over the past two days.。
1. The title is Real Madrid's to lose.。
Real Madrid were lucky to beat Sevilla and Athletic Bilbao in their two previous games, but they were clear winners away to Real Sociedad in San Sebastian on Saturday night, with goals from Vinicius Jr and Luka Jovic seeing them home against a disappointing rival that seemed to suffer big night nerves.。
The win lifts Real Madrid 10 points above a side that only three weeks ago was top of the table, and puts them eight ahead of Sevilla who are second with a game in hand.。
You could argue that for much of the season Real Madrid have not been brilliant and the goals of Vinicius and Karim Benzema have sustained them, but even if that is true, they have still been better than everyone else and the title is clearly theirs for the taking.。
2. Sevilla quietly stake their claim。
Sevilla's 1-0 win at home to Villarreal may have had a dose of fortune to it as Villarreal missed several chances to take a point, but it leaves Julen Lopetegui's men in second place and quite possibly as Real Madrid's main title challengers.。
Lopetegui deserves credit as his side is without key players Youssef En-Nesyri and Jesus Navas, robbing him of his top goalscorer and right wing-back, but he has built a team based on a solid defense, with the 'triangle' of Fernando, Diego Carlos and Jules Kounde the foundation that allows others such as Lucas Ocampos, Joan Jordan and Ivan Rakitic to shine.。
This is a decisive week for Sevilla with a Champions League visit to RB Salzburg followed by a league game in Bilbao, but for the moment they seem to be the most creditable of Real Madrid's rivals.。
3 A reality check for Xavi。
Barca rode their luck to beat Espanyol and Villarreal in Xavi Hernandez's first two league games in charge, but Saturday's 1-0 defeat to Real Betis provided fans with a reality check.。
Barca started brightly in the Camp Nou as they have done in Xavi's other games in charge, but once their initial burst ran out of steam, Betis were comfortable and controlled the game except for a brief spell when Ousmane Dembele came on as a second-half substitute.。
Xavi's main problem is that without Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez or Antoine Griezmann and with Ansu Fati injured, he doesn't have the players to score the goals when they are on top, while the number of young players in his side means it is hard to keep their performances going for 90 minutes.。
4. All credit to Betis。
It would be unfair to focus just on Barcelona after Saturday's game. Betis produced an assured display in defense and even without key playmaker Nabil Fekir, they were able to dominate the ball for long periods of the game and create chances against Barca on the break.。
Juanmi has gone from being a fringe player to the top-scoring Spaniard in La Liga, and much of the credit has to go to coach Manuel Pellegrini. The man nicknamed 'the engineer' is not a coach for a quick fix, but slowly and surely he gets his teams to win games with a mix of organization and individual talent. That's why Betis are currently third in La Liga. Enditem。
"The Battle at Lake Changjin" becomes new highest******
BEIJING, Nov. 25 (Xinhua) -- As of Thursday morning, the total box office of the Chinese war epic "The Battle at Lake Changjin" has reached a whopping 5.695 billion yuan (about 890 million U.S. dollars), according to official data.。
Surpassing the box office revenue generated by China's 2017 action blockbuster "Wolf Warrior 2," the domestic war epic film has become China's new all-time box office dominator.。
Hitting the theaters just before the 2021 National Day holiday, "The Battle at Lake Changjin" broke more than 30 box office records. On Oct. 3 alone, the film pocketed over 472 million yuan, setting a new daily sales record at China's National Day holiday box office.。
Set in the War to Resist U.S. Aggression and Aid Korea (1950-1953), the movie tells the story of Chinese People's Volunteers (CPV) soldiers fighting bravely in freezing temperatures in a key campaign at Lake Changjin, or Chosin Reservoir.。
The sense of patriotism the film conveys strikes a chord with audiences. "After watching the film, I'm more grateful for the happy life we have today, which didn't come easy," said a viewer from northeast China's Jilin Province.。
After a splendid run in China, it opened in a limited theatrical release in North America on Nov. 19.。
According to the China Movie Data Information Network, currently, the top six positions of all-time top-earners at China's box office are all occupied by domestic titles. Apart from the war epic film and "Wolf Warrior 2," it also includes well-received comedy "Hi Mom," "Ne Zha," the highest-grossing animated film in China, and sci-fi blockbuster "The Wandering Earth." Enditem。