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DPRK announces firing drill of railway******
A firing drill for checking and judging the proficiency in the action procedures of the railway-borne missile regiment of North Phyongan Province took place on Friday local time, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) reported early on Saturday.。
The drill was aimed at checking the alert posture of the combatants of the regiment and bolstering their ability of discharging firepower mission, according to the KCNA report.。
It was supervised by commanding officers of the Korean People's Army and leading officials of the Academy of Defence Science, the KCNA said.。
The regiment received a firepower mission at short notice from the General Staff in the morning on Friday before swiftly moving to the firing ground, and precisely struck the set target in the East Sea of Korea with two tactical guided missiles, the KCNA reported.。
Military officials discussed setting up a proper railway-borne missile operating system across the country and finding out ways for further completing the DPRK's style of fighting methods with railway-borne missiles, according to the report.。
US to send 222 athletes to Beijing Winter Olympics******
The United States will send 222 athletes to the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games, the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee announced on Monday.
The 2022 US Olympic Team features 92 returning Olympians, including four five-time Olympians - Shaun White in halfpipe snowboarding and Lindsey Jacobellis in snowboard cross, Katie Uhlaender in skeleton and John Shuster in curling, said the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee in a statement, adding that eight members of Team USA will compete at their fourth Olympic Winter Games.
The roster of 222 athletes, including 115 men and 107 women, is the second-largest US contingent ever at the Olympic Winter Games, behind the 228-member team at PyeongChang 2018 and equaling the 222 named to the Sochi 2014 team. The 107 women in 2022 will be the largest ever female contingent for Team USA at an Olympic Winter Games, according to the statement.
The 2022 US Olympic Team will also be the sixth US winter delegation with over 200 athletes, with all since 2002.
The youngest member of Team USA in Beijing will be Alysa Liu, who was born on August 8, 2005, and will be only 16 years and 6 months old when she competes in figure skating. The oldest member of Team USA will be Nick Baumgartner, competing in his fourth Olympic Winter Games in snowboarding, who turned 40 on December 17, 2021, said the statement.
"The Olympic Games showcases the best of humanity and sport competition, and Beijing 2022 will be no different. The 222 incredible athletes who make up Team USA are not only ready to compete, but they are ready to make this country proud," said USOPC CEO Sarah Hirshland.
The Beijing Olympic Winter Games will be held from February 4 to 20.
Interview: Slovenian economy minister sees enormous potential for cooperation with China******
LJUBLJANA, Nov. 5 (Xinhua) -- China and Slovenia have "enormous potential" for future economic cooperation, Slovenian Minister of Economic Development and Technology Zdravko Pocivalsek told Xinhua ahead of the fourth China International Import Expo (CIIE) which starts on Friday.。
"We are inviting Chinese companies to choose Slovenia as their entry point for European business," Pocivalsek said on Wednesday in a written interview, mentioning in particular Chinese household appliances maker Hisense, which has been running its European operations from Slovenia after taking over Slovenia's Gorenje in 2018.。
China is Slovenia's important non-European trading partner, he noted, adding that he is upbeat about future bilateral trade.。
Exports could increase in the sectors of information technology, biotechnology, car parts, new materials, alternative energy sourcing and water management, he said, adding that Slovenia also aims to increase exports of its wine and food to China.。
"Predictable economic environment (in China) and ensuring equal competitive conditions for Slovenian firms are the most important from our point of view," Pocivalsek said.。
Slovenia, as "one of the greenest tourist destinations in the world," can offer quality services to tourists from China, he said, noting that Chinese ski-jumping team is preparing for the Beijing Winter Olympic Games in his country.。
Pocivalsek said that China has expressed intention to increase its cooperation with Slovenia's port Luka Koper in Northern Adriatic, which offers easy access to Central and Eastern Europe.。
Referring to the recent disruptions of raw materials supply experienced by some Slovenian firms, he said, "We believe that China is a stable partner which sticks to what has been agreed."
Pocivalsek also hopes that China will play an active role in trade negotiations within the World Trade Organization (WTO) and will contribute to a successful 12th WTO Ministerial Conference that will start in Switzerland at the end of November. Enditem。