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Chinese yuan weakens to 6.3825 against USD Friday******
BEIJING, Nov. 19 (Xinhua) -- The central parity rate of the Chinese currency renminbi, or the yuan, weakened 22 pips to 6.3825 against the U.S. dollar Friday, according to the China Foreign Exchange Trade System.。
In China's spot foreign exchange market, the yuan is allowed to rise or fall by 2 percent from the central parity rate each trading day.。
The central parity rate of the yuan against the U.S. dollar is based on a weighted average of prices offered by market makers before the opening of the interbank market each business day. Enditem。
Queen Elizabeth II spent night in hospital for tests: palace******
In this photo taken on October 14, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II waves as she leaves after attending the ceremonial opening of the sixth Senedd, the Welsh Parliament, in Cardiff, Wales.
Queen Elizabeth II spent a night in hospital for tests after being forced to cancel a visit to Northern Ireland this week, Buckingham Palace said on Thursday.
"Following medical advice to rest for a few days, The Queen attended hospital on Wednesday afternoon for some preliminary investigations, returning to Windsor Castle at lunchtime today (Thursday), and remains in good spirits," a statement said.
Britain's domestic Press Association news agency said the trip to the hospital had been kept under wraps because it was expected to be a short stay, and also to protect the 95-year-old monarch's privacy.
The overnight stay was for "practical reasons," it added.
The palace made the announcement after The Sun newspaper broke the news.
The tabloid said it was decided she should stay at the private King Edward VII's Hospital in central London because it was too late to make the 42-kilometer trip back to Windsor.
She has previously been treated at the exclusive clinic, which is known for treating the royal family, including in 2013 for gastroenteritis, when she also stayed for one night.
In 2003, surgeons at the hospital removed minor non-cancerous growths from her face and operated on her knee, while in 1982 had a wisdom tooth extracted.
The Queen's late husband, Prince Philip, spent four weeks from February this year for treatment for a pre-existing heart condition. He died in April, just a few weeks before his 100th birthday.
The head of state, who has been on the throne since 1952 and is Britain's longest-serving monarch, was said to be back at her desk on Thursday afternoon, undertaking light duties.
She had been due to attend an ecumenical service in the border town of Armagh on Thursday to mark the 100th centenary of the creation of Northern Ireland.
But the palace said on Wednesday morning she had "reluctantly accepted medical advice to rest for the next few days."
The decision was not related to the coronavirus and she was said to have been resting at Windsor.
The Queen, who still rides and drives on her private estates, has had a busy schedule since returning from her remote Balmoral estate in northeast Scotland at the start of October.
But news that she had an overnight stay in hospital will inevitably raise fears for her health, given her advanced age, and questions about whether she should slow down further.
Next year she is due to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee to mark 70 years on the throne.
Last week, she delivered a speech at the opening of the Welsh Assembly in Cardiff, and at the weekend spent a day at Ascot racecourse.
On Monday, she held a virtual audience with the new governor-general of New Zealand, and on Tuesday received two ambassadors, also by videolink.
On Tuesday evening, she hosted a reception at Windsor for international business leaders attending a government investment summit, including the billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates, and senior British ministers.
At that reception, the Queen appeared cheerful as she, her eldest son and heir Prince Charles, 72, and grandson Prince William, 39, mingled with guests, none of whom were wearing face masks.
Chinese SOEs see profits surge 55.4 pct in Jan******
BEIJING, Oct. 28 (Xinhua) -- The combined profits of China's state-owned enterprises (SOEs) surged 55.4 percent year on year to 3.5 trillion yuan (about 547 billion U.S. dollars) in the first nine months of 2021, official data showed on Thursday.
During the period, SOEs saw their combined operating revenue up 23 percent year on year to nearly 54 trillion yuan, according to the Ministry of Finance.
Centrally administered SOEs saw their profits increase 52 percent year on year to 2.34 trillion yuan in the first nine months.
The combined revenue of centrally administered SOEs rose 22 percent year on year to 30.31 trillion yuan.
At the end of September, the debt-to-asset ratio of the country's SOEs came in at 64.2 percent, down 0.1 percentage points from the level seen in the same period last year, the data showed. Enditem