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China's Q3 tablet shipments surge to quarterly high******
BEIJING, Nov. 13 (Xinhua) -- China's tablet computer shipments expanded 10.6 percent, year on year, to around 7.65 million units in the third quarter of 2021, marking a new quarterly high in nearly seven years, said an industry report.。
The country was the only one globally that saw double-digit growth in tablet shipments for the third quarter, the global market research firm International Data Corporation (IDC) said.。
IDC has attributed the increase to steady consumer demands and the increasing number of market participants in the industry.。
"China's shipments of tablets have seen steady growth, which has helped the country to become the second-largest tablet market worldwide," said the IDC, predicting that the market will continue its booming trend in the future.。
IDC's data also revealed that global tablet manufacturers shipped 42.41 million devices during the period, down 9.3 percent year on year. Enditem。
US issues first passport with 'X' gender******
The United States on Wednesday announced its first passport with "X" for gender, a landmark step for people outside the binary male or female categories.
The State Department said it had issued a first passport with "X" for gender and would make the option routinely available by early 2022 both for passports and birth certificates of Americans abroad.
"I want to reiterate, on the occasion of this passport issuance, the Department of State's commitment to promoting the freedom, dignity and equality of all people – including LGBTQI+ persons," State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken had promised to address the issue in June but said that there were technological hurdles that needed to be addressed.
Under Blinken, the State Department has also allowed US passport holders to select their gender on passports.
Previously, Americans required medical certification if they sought to mark a gender on their passports different than on their birth certificates or other documents.
The Human Rights Campaign, a leading advocacy group for LGBTQ rights, called the new passport policy "historic."
The move "will mitigate the risk of discrimination, harassment and violence faced by millions of non-binary, intersex and gender non-conforming Americans who travel abroad," said JoDee Winterhof, the group's senior vice president of policy and political affairs.
"The United States must encourage other governments around the world to follow suit in adopting inclusive policies," she said.
At least 11 other countries already have an "X" or "other" option for passports, according to the Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion, a London-based advocacy group.
The countries include Canada, Germany and Argentina as well as India, Nepal and Pakistan.
The State Department made the announcement on the week of Intersex Awareness Day as it vowed to support people who face discrimination over their gender identity.
US President Joe Biden has promised to make advocacy of LGBTQ rights a top priority of his administration.
China's World Cup qualifiers against Oman, Australia moved to UAE******
SHANGHAI, Nov. 1 (Xinhua) -- China's upcoming FIFA World Cup Asian Zone qualifiers against Oman and Australia will take place in Sharjah, the UAE, the Chinese Football Association (CFA) confirmed on Monday.。
The CFA had hoped that the two home fixtures for Team China could be held in a Chinese city, but their plans eventually fell short due to the COVID-19 pandemic.。
"After negotiations with all related parties and the confirmation of the AFC, China will play against Oman and Australia on November 11 and 16 respectively in Sharjah," said the CFA.。
"The Chinese team will depart for Sharjah on November 7."
Li Tie's side had trained in Sharjah for nearly one month before beating Vietnam 3-2 there on October 7, its first win in the final round of the Asian qualifying tournament.。
China, drawn into Group B of the final round with Australia, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Vietnam, now ranks fifth in the group with only three points after four games. Enditem。