iners developing a taste for table-for-one tren

A growing number of people are eating alone, whether at home or in restaurants, and overturning traditional etiquette. Zhang Yangfei reports.

In China, food has always played a major role in promoting social cohesion. Communal eating is not on

ly familybased and deeply rooted in the nation’s cultural heritage, but is also regarded as an indicator of society’s health and stability.

Given that background, it is little wonder that eating alone, publicly or privately, has long been considered taboo.

However, in recent years things have started to change as a r

esult of demographic shifts and the growing influence of modern lifestyles.

According to a report released last year by the global market researcher

Kantar, 46 percent of people interviewed said they had eaten alone in the previous 24 ho

urs, a rise of 9 percent from 2017, and about 16 percent expressed a preference for eating solo.

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The release of the report was part of the Pujiang Innova

tion Forum, a major annual event in Shanghai for exchanges on science and technology innovation between China and the rest of the world. Nearly 150 gues

t speakers from 23 countries and regions will make speeches at 16 different forums through Sunday at this year’s event.

All China’s administrative villages are expected to enjoy delivery services by 2022, according to the country’s postal service regulator.

Besides, there will be delivery service outlets in every township across China, one o

f the goals outlined in a guideline to leverage postal services to vitalize the rural areas.

About 74.9 percent of the country villages still don’t have rural e-commerce delivery stations.

The central government’s infrastructure investment, as well as local specific funds for rural

vitalization, should offer support for rural delivery infrastructure development, the guideline said.

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he familiar discrediting of China’s policy toward the

 Uygurs in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.

Which in itself is a worrying development since it may be the start of the US using the domestic affa

irs of other countries as a pretext to stifle the growth of foreign competitors to US companies.

Washington, of course, is trying to put the US on the high moral ground while embedding

its trade frictions with other countries into its political agenda and using its economic policy for its foreign policy aims.

In this way, it is hoping to achieve the colonization of the global

business world, allegedly under the banners of human rights, freedom and democracy.

If Washington really cared about the human rights situation in X

injiang, it would by no means ignore the development of the region. Over the past four

decades, the regions’ economy has increased more than 250 times, and the well-being of the Uygur people h

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Ministry: Foreign firms won’t disregard own interests

Enterprises in any country will not disregard their own interests and blindly follow other cou

ntries’ “political command”, Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said on Thursday, after comp

anies confirmed cooperation with Chinese telecommunications equipment maker Huawei will continue.

Panasonic made a “solemn statement” on Thursday that it is supplying Huawei normally, rebukin

g reports that it will cut parts of the component supply. British Telecom, parent group of telecom oper

ator EE, said on Wednesday Huawei will continue to supply their 5G radio network infrastructure, Xinhua reported.

China hopes that the US can take a serious attitude about going back to the negotiating table and ensure that negotiations are meaningful, said Lu.

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Man sentenced to death for murder of Shanghai schoolchildren

The man who stabbed and killed two 10-year-old students in Shanghai was senten

ced to death by the Shanghai No 1 Intermediate People’s Court on Thursday.

On the morning of June 28, 2018, Huang Yichuan, a native of Shaoyan

g city, Hunan province, killed two boys near the gate of the Shanghai World Foreign Lan

guage Primary School on Pubei Road in Xuhui district, Shanghai. He also injured another boy and a woman.

The court, which had heard the case on Dec 6, said on Thursday that Hua

ng, who was then 29, committed the crime as he was frustrated by problems at work. He t

raveled to Shanghai on June 6 and bought a kitchen knife at a supermarket on June 12.

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Ding Sansan, head of the train’s research and developm

pment team and deputy chief engineer of CRRC Qingdao Sifang, said the

testing prototype can check and optimize the key technologies and core system comp

onents of the high-speed maglev system and lay a technological basis for the forthcoming engineering prototype.

The engineering prototype is planned to roll off the production line in

2020 and go through comprehensive tests to conclude integrated verification in 2021.

The high-speed maglev transportation system is one of the key projects under the Mi

nistry of Science and Technology’s 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20) to promote an advanced rail transit system.

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According to the news portal Chinanews.com, Xie Diao and

d Zhou Kaixuan had known each other for many years and shared the same dormitory when they were in high school in C

hongqing. Both did well in their studies. After graduating from high school, Xie Diao went to Xidian Uni

versity, while Zhou Kaixuan was also admitted to Sichuan University, but soon dropped out of school. Xi’an Jiaotong Uni

versity later admitted Zhou in the second year. However, because of his addiction to games, he couldn’t continue hi

s studies. By that time, Xie had become a postgraduate in the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

After graduation, Zhou experienced frustration in finding a job and failed the civil service

exam. According to the report quoting Xie Zhonghua, Xie Diao tried to comfort Zhou at a previous high sch

ool reunion, but they had a quarrel later during the role-playing game Werewolf.

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Last year, a few days before the incident, Zhou sent a mes

ssage to the students who attended the school reunion, saying,

“Do you remember the gathering two years ago? I’ll get even with him (Xie Diao)!”

Previous reports said Zhou confessed to police after the incident that w

hat Xie had said in the gathering made him feel unpleasant in the past two years.

On Dec 12, 2018, Zhou went to Beijing for a trip. Two days later in the evening, Xie Diao met Zh

ou at a restaurant outside the school. He even took a photo for Zhou and sent it to their high school Wechat group.

The surveillance footage from the restaurant recorded everything that hap

pened later. Before the meal was ready, Zhou suddenly took out a dagger and directly st

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Special trains connecting Xinjiang with major tourist are

areas such as the cities of Beijing, Dalian and Qingdao will be launched during the coming summer vacation, which usually spans June to August.

In the second half of the year, more trains for tourists will go into operation, linking the region to the Guangdong-Hong K

ong-Macao Greater Bay Area, Guiyang city in Guizhou province, and Guilin city in Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region.

Huang said more services will be provided on a regular basis on the trains, including karaoke, dining, bathing and internet.

Herder Ahmat Abla is considering returning to a livelihood abandoned by his people almost 100 years ago – fishing.

Ahmat currently grazes his sheep on a small pasture near the lower reaches of the T

arim River, China’s longest inland river. Once upon a time, there were dozens of dried-up

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He added that the Prism event and Alstom case have show

n a written instruction released on Friday, President Xi Jinping called on society to ca

rry forward the spirit and dedication of 95-year-old war hero Zhang Fuqing as China forges ahead in the new era.

Xi is also general secretary of the Communist Party of Chin

a Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission.

Zhang, a native of Shaanxi province, behaved courageously in the Liberation War in 1948, repea

tedly achieving military glory. He retired from active service in 1955.Over the following dec

ades, he kept his battle achievements a secret, even from his children. His story was made public at the end of last year, a

s information about veterans nationwide was being collected by the authorities.

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