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Revenue of China's plastic manufacturers up 16.5 pct in Jan******
BEIJING, Nov. 14 (Xinhua) -- China's plastic industry logged steady growth in the first three quarters of the year, with the combined revenue of manufacturers surging 16.5 percent year on year, official data showed.。
The total operating revenue of plastic product manufacturers topped 1.58 trillion yuan (about 246.6 billion U.S. dollars) in the January-September period, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.。
These companies raked in total profits of 87.1 billion yuan, up 3.3 percent from a year earlier, said the ministry.。
In the first three quarters, the output of China's plastic industry reached 58.81 million tonnes, up 9.3 percent year on year. Enditem。
Biden caught on mic insulting Fox scribe******
United States President Joe Biden was caught on a hot mic cursing a Fox News reporter at a White House event on Monday after the latter shouted a question about the impact of rising inflation on this year's congressional elections.
As journalists were ushered out of a meeting of Biden's Competition Council, Peter Doocy, a White House correspondent with whom Biden regularly spars, asked if it was OK to ask about inflation and if it was a political liability.
"That's a great asset, more inflation," Biden responded sarcastically over a din of reporters shouting questions, apparently not realizing his microphone was still on. "What a stupid son of a bitch," he added.
US consumer prices increased solidly in December, culminating in the largest annual rise in inflation in nearly four decades.
Within about an hour of the exchange, Biden called Doocy's cell phone and said "it's nothing personal, pal," Doocy later told Fox News host Sean Hannity.
The White House did not respond to a request for comment while Fox News pointed to a transcript of an interview with Doocy about the exchange on Monday evening.
Biden took office a year ago pledging to take a hard line on any disrespect among members of his administration.
"If you're ever working with me and I hear you treat another colleague with disrespect, talk down to someone, I promise you I will fire you on the spot ... no ifs, ands or buts," Biden told political appointees during a virtual swearing-in ceremony. "Everybody is entitled to be treated with decency and dignity," he said at the time.
Biden's predecessor, Republican Donald Trump, famously attacked reporters at rallies and news conferences, to the delight of many of his supporters.
Doocy, who has long covered Biden, regularly gets called on by the president at events, often asking skeptical and critical questions. Conservative-leaning Fox News has been critical of Biden's presidency and Democrats.