The Long March 5 Y-4 rocket, carrying an unmanned Mars probe of the Tianwen-1 mission, takes off from Wenchang Space Launch Center in Wenchang, Hainan Province, China July 23, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

China launches independent, unmanned Mars mission

Wenchang, July 23 China (Reuters) - China successfully launched an unmanned probe to Mars on Thursday in its first independent mission to another planet, a bid for global leadership in space and a display of its technological prowess and ambition. China’s largest carrier rocket, the Long March 5 Y-4, blasted off with the probe at 12:41 p.m. (0441 GMT) from...

Residents stranded by floodwaters line up to get on a boat to evacuate the flood-hit village in Poyang county, Jiangxi province, China July 16, 2020. China Daily via REUTERS

Red alerts in China as floods maroon equipment to fight coronavirus

Shanghai, July 17 (Reuters) - Large parts of China were reeling on Friday from the worst floods in decades, as disruption mounted for supply chains, including for personal protective equipment (PPE), vital in the fight against the novel coronavirus. The central city of Wuhan and the provinces of Anhui, Jiangxi and Zhejiang declared red alerts as heavy rain swelled rivers...

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