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I’m excited about the Asian cuisine festival,” said Li Jingy

n, who came to the main venue of the festival on Thursday with four friends.

“We went to Thailand for a vacation last month. The beautiful sunshine and beaches there

are enchanting,” the 54-year-old Beijing native said. “Now, we have a second chance to experience its food.”

Yang Lin, 26, who described herself as a foodie, also went to t

he gala. “I love Korean food most, except for Chi

nese cuisine, and I’m happy that Beijing is holding such a big food exhibition.”

Xu Hejian, a Beijing official in charge of the event, said visitors can see how Asian food i

s made at the venue and sample various cuisines made by more than 200 food enterprises.

Wuyutai Tea is one of the companies.It’s a good opportunity for the younger generati

on to learn more about traditional Chinese delicacies and desserts,” said Chen Huaji, an employee. “Tea is

quite an important element of Chinese culture, and the exhibition offers a stage to show off the essence of Chinese food and Chinese culture.”

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up more than half of the market size. The online users dou

e online users double from 5.7 million in 2017 to 15.3 million in 2018.

Insiders say as Chinese parents increase their spending on education, online education gets more recog

nition and China’s internationalization progresses, online course users will keep growing, The Beijing News reports.

The report echoes their opinion. Data from the report shows that the penetration rate of online education rose from 0.8 percen

t in 2015 to 9.1 percent in 2018, up 11 folds within four years. It’s projected that the penetration rate will reach 12 percent in 2019.

New users go for top brand

Data from the report shows the market share of VIPKID is 68.4 percent, follow

ed by 51Talk (11.6 percent), DaDa English (7.8 percent) and vipJr (5.7 percent).

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Over the years, many people have been calling for hotels

 not to provide disposable daily necessities. But some customers say not providing the items would cause them inconvenience.

A latest survey by Ctrip.com shows that more than 80 percent of clients back hotels not providing disposable daily necessities.

Beijing’s Yanqing district plans to help more than 20,000 primary and secondary scho

ol students master skiing and skating skills over the next three years, a move designed to spur enth

usiasm among the district’s residents for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games and beyond.

Set to run from Feb 4 to 20 in 2022, the Winter Olympics will be held in Beijin

g and co-host city Zhangjiakou in adjacent Hebei province in less than 1,000 days.

Yanqing, 74 kilometers northwest of central Beijing, will host several events, including Alpine skiing, bobsled, skeleton and luge.

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Fretting about weight has become a common topic for

discussion among Chinese women-and not just at the office. Such discussions can be heard

everywhere, from high school classrooms to fitness studios, beauty salons and department stores.

But the issue is not just cause for concern in China. Obsessing over body shape has also emerged in Western countries over the past decade.

The term “fat talk” was coined by United States anthropologist Mimi Nic

hter and her team of researchers in 1994 after they observed the way girls in middle school

spoke about their body shapes-unexpectedly revealing that they invariably focused on the negatives.

Since then, numerous studies have detailed how pervasive “fat talk” has become among women of all ages.

A study published in the Psychology of Women Quarterly in 2011 found that an “overwhelm

ing majority of women”-93 percent-admitted to discussing the issue, with one-third of them doing so frequently.

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In the 1980s, the share of the US in the world econ

omy was more than 20 percent; in the past four decades, it has steadily

declined to 15 percent. At the same time, China’s share (in purchasing powe

r parity terms) has soared from 5 percent to about 20 percent. While the PPP indicators inflate the

pace of progress, the trend lines do herald a coming structural shift in the world economy.

China can foster the share of developing nations

In the future, the well-being of the advanced economies will de

pend on the rising living standards in less-wealthy nati

ons. And just as US leadership supported the role of the advanced countries in the 20th century world, Ch

ina has the potential to foster the share of emerging and developing countries in the 21st century.

In particular, the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative can redirect domestic overcapacity and ca

pital for regional infrastructure development to improve trade and relations with Southeast and So

uth Asia, Central Asia, the Middle East and Europe-even across the Americas and Sub-Saharan Africa.

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In the years since, the country has continued to maint

tain a breakneck pace of economic development, which has brought booming economic prosperity.

Unfortunately, it has also brought a deteriorating environment. Seeing heavy smog, for ex

ample, many people feel that a worsening environment will destroy the happiness brought by economic growth.

Since 2012, the new leadership under President Xi Jinping has put forward a series of ecol

ogical ideas. On Sunday, Xi said at the opening ceremony of the exhibition that “green mountains and cle

ar waters are indeed mountains of gold and silver, and environmental improvement means great productivity”.

This idea, dubbed the theory of two mountains, enjoys immense popular support in China.

Xi, who is also general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party o

f China, urged officials at all levels never to sacrifice the environment for economic growth.

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China’s pledges included shortening its negative lis

 for foreign investments, opening up more sectors to foreign busines

ses, guaranteeing fair competition and planning new free-trade zones and ports.

Sourabh Gupta, resident senior fellow at the Washington-based Institute for China-American Studies, specifically praise

d the new Foreign Investment Law-passed in March by China’s national legislature and effective in 2020-which he s

aid is “a farsighted piece of legislation” that “will firmly usher in a new round of reform and opening-up”.

“Strong measures to deal with political, regulatory and administr

ative noncompliance are envisaged. A robust working mechanism to promptly address fo

reign businesses’ complaints is also envisaged,” said Gupta, who believes the prov

isions are a big step in assuring foreign businesses that the playing field is leveled in China.

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Oh Ei Sun, a senior fellow at the Singapore Institut

e of International Affairs, noted Xi’s emphasis on high-quality development, free t

rade and people-to-people bonds, “all of which are sorely needed around the world”.

“The shift toward high-quality development is a natural extension of what China has been doing for the past few ye

ars. Now that the BRI is five years old, it’s about time to upgrade quality joint development,” he said.

“China is trying to address the concerns that have been raised sinc

e the last Belt and Road Forum two years ago. One of these concerns is the need for infr

astructure projects to be more responsive to the local circumstances of BRI member countries.”

Duncan Freeman, a research fellow at the EU-China Research Centre at t

he College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium, said infrastructure is important for economic gro

wth, so building infrastructure and building connectivity and efficient infrastructure are important.

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Liu also announced that a multilateral development

financing cooperation center has recently been established — jointly with eight multilateral develo

pment institutions including the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and Asian Infrastructure In

vestment Bank — to prepare for “high-quality” projects and promote international standards for BRI financing.

Chinese financial institutions have provided more than $440 billion for BRI infrastructure projects. Renminbi-denom

inated overseas investment funds amounted to over 320 billion yuan ($47.49 billion) and the Chinese capital mark

et has helped companies raise 500 billion yuan through equity funding. BRI countries and companies have issued mor

e than 65 billion yuan in Panda bonds in the Chinese onshore market, according to the central bank.

The World Bank said BRI cooperation is predicted to reduce global trade costs by 1.1 percent to 2.2 percent in 2019.

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Economic structure was further improved during the sa

me period. The value-added high-tech sector’s out

put rose by 7.8 percent, higher than the country’s value-added industrial output.

In the first quarter, the NDRC approved 50 fixed asset investment projects, mainly in th

e fields of energy, transportation and high-tech. The total investment hit 370.3 billion yuan ($55.3 billion).

The NDRC reportedly is considering a slew of new measure to boost spending on automob

iles, home appliances and consumer electronics products. People close to the NDRC said it has sent a draft plan to

encourage consumption in the three sectors, according to a report in the National Business Daily.

The news caused shares of home appliance companies traded in Shanghai and Shenzhen to increase

by 1.47 percent on Thursday, according to Shanghai-based information provider Wind Info.

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