As a result of China’s economic development, urban people are

 more stressed and anxious, so they want to be consoled. Food is a very good way to console oneself

and feel pleasure. When you are in a bad mood, you can quickly get a satisfying feeling by eating,” she said.

“It is on this basis that eating alone can relax one’s mind. When you eat, you can focus on the

eating process itself and you don’t have to think about other things. This is the best kind of rest.”

She said she has noticed that more young people are willing to step into the kitchen and

start cooking for themselves, despite the emergence of a wider range of eating options outside.

“The solo dining concept is not about ‘I’m single and I eat alone’, but more about people beginning

to pay attention to how to eat well, healthily and safely. This is not a trend about being single or eating al

one, but of paying attention to one’s diet and starting to pursue an individualistic lifestyle,” she said.

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China’s rural areas have become bright spots in the countr

ry’s e-commerce growth. Rural online retail sales reached 357 billion yuan (51.6 billion US dollars) in

the first three months of this year, up 19.5 percent year on year and faster than the national average growth.

As tours to Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region have become increasingly popular among tourists from home

and abroad, local authorities have announced a plan recently to launch as many as 100 special trains for tourists from May to October.

The local railway authorities will step up cooperation with other parts of the country to boost

Xinjiang’s tourism development, according to Huang Tingfaen, deputy general manager of Xi

njiang Railway Tourism Development Group.The trains will provide easier access to both the southern and northern par

ts of Xinjiang, said Huang. It will also be more convenient for Xinjiang residents to travel to other parts of the country.

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By late April, China had been hit by 129 African swin

fever outbreaks, affecting all 31 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions on the mainland, since the country’s first reported outb

reak in Shenyang, Liaoning province, in August, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs.

This resulted in more than 1 million pigs being slaughtered to prevent and control the disease, which is deadly to pigs but does no

t affect people. The ministry has called for intensified research and development to expedite the availability of v

accines for disease prevention and control, but admitted difficulties due to the complex nature of the virus.

China is the world’s largest producer and consumer of pork, with an a

nnual production of 700 million pigs. Pork accounts for 62 percent of meat con

sumption in China, and sustained outbreaks of African swine fever will cause devastating consequences to the pi

g industry and endanger China’s food security, the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences said.

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The spike in trade tensions has already rattled financial

markets. The yuan has weakened by 2 percent to its lowest level since January.

“We expect stock markets and the yuan to remain under pressure in the near term, though they c

ould be supported by an expected stabilization in the domestic economy later this year,” Wu said.

Sheng Songcheng, the former director of the Survey and Statistics Department in the Peo

ple’s Bank of China, said the truth is that imposing more tariffs on Chinese goods has not yet reduced US trade deficits.

The long-lasting US trade deficits in goods was formed from the US

dollar’s international status, its domestic low deposit rate and the US position in the glo

bal value chain, and those factors cannot be changed by protectionist measures, Sheng said.

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Share planning with Brazil

China would like to have a shared planning process with Brazil to achieve coordinated development, President Xi Jin

ping said on Friday during a meeting with Brazilian Vice-President Hamilton Mourao at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

Calling the two countries highly complementary, Xi said China welcomes Brazil’s participation in the building of the Belt and Road.

He said China supports the prosperity and development of B

razil and believes that China-Brazil cooperation will produce great outcomes.

Xi asked Mourao to extend his sincere greetings to Brazil’s P

resident Jair Bolsonaro, who took office in January. Ch

ina appreciates the efforts made by the new government to promote the comprehensive strategic partnership, he said.

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At a meeting held in Nanchang, capital of Jiangxi, on

n Tuesday afternoon, Xi called for efforts to make new advances in the development of the countr

y’s central region. Xi presided over the meeting, at which he was briefed by the Party secretaries of Shanxi, Anhui, Jiangxi, He

nan, Hubei and Hunan provinces, as well as He Lifeng, head of the National Development and Reform Commission.

Promoting the rise of the central region is an important strategic decis

ion made by the CPC Central Committee, Xi said, adding that it has great significance in ac

hieving the goal of building a moderately prosperous society in all respects.

Xi said that although China is still in an important period of strategic opp

ortunity for its development, the country faces an increasingly complicated international situation.

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Lu’s comment followed US Treasury Secretary Steven Mn

nuchin’s comments on Wednesday that he is hopeful that both countries can “go back to the table”.

Lu told a Foreign Ministry news briefing that China has reiterated that it

s door is always open, but negotiations must be meaningful and conducted with sincerity.

“A mutually beneficial deal must be based on mutual respect, equality and win-win outcomes,” he said.

The US, out of political purposes, has used its state power to groundlessly suppress Chinese te

ch firms, which has severely affected the global development and cooperation in science and technology, he said.

It has also damaged the interests of businesses of relevant countri

es and will not win the approval and support of the international society, he added.

“Apparently it will not help create a good atmosphere for the negotiations,” he said.

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Universities were urged to strengthen regulation of indepen

 independent enrollment of students with special talents.

Independent enrollment was added as an admission alternative a decade ago to allow some key uni

versities to enroll students they choose fit. Tests of academic competence and interviews are usually required.

However, the rise of fraud cases in independent enrollment in re

cent years has tainted the practice’s reputation and caught the authorities’ attention.

Huawei Technologies Co is securing support from some key suppliers and custome

rs amid the announced United States government restrictions on the Chinese telecom giant.

Panasonic Corp said on its China website on Thursday that it is continui

ng to supply components to Huawei despite reports that it will cut cooperation.

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Share planning with BrazilJinping meets with Brazilian Vice

Newly elected South American leaders see China as stable partner

China would like to have a shared planning process with Brazil to achieve coordinated development, President Xi Jinping

said on Friday during a meeting with Brazilian Vice-President Hamilton Mourao at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

Calling the two countries highly complem

entary, Xi said China welcomes Brazil’s participation in the building of the Belt and Road.

He said China supports the prosperity and develop

ment of Brazil and believes that China-Brazil cooperation will produce great outcomes.

Xi asked Mourao to extend his sincere greetings to Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro, who took office in January. Chi

na appreciates the efforts made by the new government to promote the comprehensive strategic partnership, he said.

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Last week, two central government authorities on Hong

 Kong affairs, the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Counc

il, and the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Hong Kong SAR, have also

expressed their support for the proposed amendments to Hong Kong’s extradition law.

A new United Nations report concludes that high trade tensions

and policy uncertainty are damaging global economic growth prospects.

A further escalation of the trade dispute between the US and China threatens both short- and mediu

m-term global growth prospects, according to the United Nations World Economic Situation and Pro

spects (WESP) mid-2019 report released Tuesday at UN headquarters in New York.

The report said that global merchandise trade-volume growth has slo

wed more sharply than expected, particularly in late 2018 and early

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