Your daily briefing on China

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Hi, here is what you need to know about China in the past 24 hours.

SHANGHAI — China’s Singles’ Day sales on TMall hit 10 billion yuan (about 1.5 billion U.S. dollars) at just three minutes past midnight on Saturday.

In 2016, the volume was achieved in six minutes and 58 seconds, according to Alibaba, owner of TMall.

November 11 has been celebrated as China’s Single’s Day since the 1990s. The date was chosen because 11-11 resembles four “bare sticks,” the Chinese term for bachelor. Alibaba introduced the Single’s Day shopping event in 2009.

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XINING — An injured snow leopard found 25 days ago in northwest China’s Qinghai Province has now recovered, local authorities said Saturday.

The animal was spotted on October 16 by a herdsman in Nangqian County of Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. It was unable to move with injuries to its legs, according to the herdsman.

The snow leopard was taken to a nearby monastery to be cared for. It was diagnosed two days later with lumbar damage after experts from Beijing Forestry University arrived in the prefecture.

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UNITED NATIONS — A Chinese envoy has asked the UN nuclear watchdog to strive for universality of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and promote the peaceful use of nuclear energy.

“The agency should continue to enhance the universality and effectiveness of its safeguards system on the basis of ensuring impartiality and objectiveness and conducting full consultation with member states,” Wu Haitao told the UN General Assembly after Yukiya Amano, chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), briefed the assembly on the agency’s work.

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TORONTO — Toronto police Friday said they believe two Chinese students reported missing this week are the victims of a scam meant to extort large sums from their families, according to Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).

Police said the Chinese girl named Juanwen Zhang, 20, was last seen downtown Toronto Wednesday while the Chinese boy Ke Xu, 16, was last seen Thursday in the Scarborough area.

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CAPE TOWN — A student exchange program was launched at South Africa’s prestigious Stellenbosch University outside Cape Town on Friday as a fresh bid to boost cultural exchange between China and South Africa.

Chinese Ambassador to South Africa Lin Songtian and Koos Bekker, Chairman of South Africa’s major media group Naspers, attended the launch ceremony.

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