Li Shuping, head of Feixiang district, in Handan city, Hebei

 province, said his district has been trying to address the issue of extravagance.

Li said they were trying to reverse the trend of residents comparing the hosting of w

edding ceremonies and funerals, which has resulted in jealousy and complaints.

The district has ordered all officials to take the lead in rejecting the trend, and residents in 265 village

s have signed letters of commitment against extravagance in hosting such events, he said.

The district has also released a standard on hosting such events to prevent comparison among villagers. It includes re

quiring the wedding ceremony be finished within a day and no fireworks, he said.

Through these efforts, expenditure on events has been significantly reduced, which has been welcomed by villagers, Li said.

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Liu told Regan that China has made its position very cl

lear that if the US treats the Chinese negotiating team with respect and shows the willingness to talk wit

hout using outside pressure, there is a high possibility that there could be a productive trade deal.

“Otherwise, I think we might be facing a prolonged period of problems for both sides,” she said.

Regan, at the close of their 15-minute talk, said again, “No one wan

ts trade wars. But we have to think long hard about the right next steps.”

Liu, however, did counter an assertion by Regan that China’s government controls its entire economy.

“Everybody thinks that China’s economy is state-owned, state-controlled, every

thing is state, state, state. Let me tell you that is not the true picture,” Liu said. “We are a

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f rice and fertilizer futures, guiding more compan

anies and fund managers entering the market, and assisting in formulating the Futures Law.

“As prices of bulk commodities fluctuated frequently and shar

ply in recent years, the real economy has a huge demand for risk management,” Lu said, str

essing the importance of accelerating the development of the futures market amid uncertainties.

China stepped up efforts to open up the commodity futures mar

ket last year, making three futures contracts available to f

oreign investors so far, including crude oil, iron ore and purified ter

ephthalic acid (PTA), a raw material for making plastics.

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Li’s restaurant isn’t the only one to feature “isolated dining” Eater

ries boasting the concept, which originated in Japan, have sprung up in many cities includi

ng Shanghai, Xi’an, capital of Shaanxi province, and Shenzhen and Guangzhou, both in Guangdong province.

Kong Yanling is a big fan of singles-friendly restaurants. The 25-year-old unattached Xi’an res

ident remembers passing a Korean-style chicken restaurant a few years ago and deciding to drop in.

However, the waitress at the door told her the restaurant only served large, shared platters. Kong took the hint and left.

She has also found herself dining with strangers involuntarily when waiters have asked if she minded other people sharing her table.

“I don’t mind eating alone, but sometimes things like that really bugged me. I am ve

ry happy to see more singles-friendly restaurants appearing so there is more choice when eating out,” she said.

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be why despite the US government blacklisting Huawei, Re

Ren on Tuesday expressed continued willingness to collaborate with US partners in the future.

Ren’s confidence lies in Huawei’s capacity to serve its customer

s under “any circumstances”, and has the support of its growing clientele at home and abroad.

“Last week, in public bidding by China Mobile, we won contracts to build 5G networks for 37 of the 40 cities,” Ren dis

closed. “Our capacity for mass production is enormous, and will not drop much with US restrictions”.

The otherwise low-profile Huawei leader made no secret about his pride

in his company’s technologies: “Huawei’s 5G will absolutely not be affected. When it c

omes to 5G technologies, others will definitely not catch up in two or three years”.

That was why the confident Ren said the 90-day exemption Washington declared on Monday was dispensable.

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So far, 15 countries including Iran and Mongolia have

According to the administration, the mechanism can switch the on-duty satellite to a quick-scan mode focusing on areas required by users when they are hit by disasters.

“During disasters, Fengyun satellites can scan as often as every five or six minutes. The China Meteo

rological Administration could send users cloud images and products via satellites and public clouds,” Wei said.

For example, in March, China provided a remote-sensing monitor repo

rt on flooding in Iran via Fengyun. The analysis estimated the coverage and ter

rain characteristics of the flooded area, which greatly assisted the country’s evacuation efforts.

China has launched 17 Fengyun series meteorological satellites, of which seven are currently operational.

The World Meteorological Organization has included China’s Fengyun serie

s of meteorological satellites as a major element of its global Earth observation system.

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Some companies find niche markets in the industry by

producing specialized bicycles for health, sports and slow urban lifestyles.

Century-old bike-maker Shanghai Phoenix Enterprise (Group) Co Ltd and Tianjin Flying Pigeon Cycle Development Co are

transforming to produce sports and leisure bicycles based on the fast growth for these types of products.

The output of such bicycles priced above 1,000 yuan saw an 18.5 percent year-on-year increase to 8.43 millio

last year, up 10.5 percentage points over the previous year and accounting for about 11.5 percent of the total.

Other companies including Bike8, Onelap and Incolor continue to manufact

ure innovative bicycles by improving the intelligent and network connecting levels of their products

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My personal hope is that if there is any way or any futur

e in trying to forecast earthquakes, it may very well happen in China,” said Tappo

nnier, also foreign associate member of the United States’ National Academy of Sciences.

Four leading ethics scholars in China are urging government authorities to intensify their supervision over scientific research to re

duce the chances of unethical use of biomedical technologies involving gene editing and stem cells.

The appeal, published in the journal Nature on Wednesday, referen

ced a major ethical scandal in November, when a Chinese scientist announced he had pro

duced the world’s first twin human babies whose genes were altered to make them immune to HIV.

According to the administration, the country is stricken by an average 20 earthquakes abo

ve magnitude 5 every year. There is an earthquake above magnitude 8 every decade. Since the turn of

the new millennium, more than 91,800 people have been killed by earthquakes in the country.

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Noting that China has the world’s biggest middle-incom

income population, Xi said that China would open up its market continuously and welcome quality products from around the world.

China does not pursue a trade surplus intentionally, and it would like to import more com

petitive farm products, finished products and services to promote the balance of trade, Xi said.

China will promote greater openness in modern services, manufacturin

g and agriculture, allow foreign capital to hold the controlling share in more areas and buil

d some new free trade pilot zones to further ease market access for foreign capital, he said.

China will speed up making relevant rules and regulat

ions and ensure the implementation of the Foreign Investment Law, Xi said, adding that the cou

ntry will push forward supply-side structural reform through fair competition and international cooperation.

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Two Chinese nationals were confirmed killed, the

Chinese Embassy in Colombo said.The embassy is verifying the number of Chinese injured in the attacks.

Earlier information from the embassy said that four Chinese nationals were injured

in the multiple church and hotel explosions that ripped through the island nation on the Easter day.

The Chinese Embassy has activated an emergency response mechanism immediately a

fter the blasts, and embassy officials have visited the injured who were in hospital for treatment.

Curfew and ban on social media imposed

The government has imposed a nationwide curfew from 6 pm Sunday to 6 am local time on Monday.

The Sri Lankan government has also imposed a temporary ban on social media to prevent the spread of false information.

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