The region’s measures for mountaineering safety ma

anagement include controlling the number of climbers, limiting the climbing seas

on, setting high requirements and maintaining the high-traffic climbing routes.

“Seasonally, since 2017, we have only allowed climbers on Mount Q

omolangma in spring due to favorable weather conditions of the northern slope,” Trinley said.

“Controlling the number of climbers is another key measure to ensure both mountaineering safety and ecological protection,” he said.

In 2019, the north face routes had a total of 362 people, including 142 foreign climbers from

33 countries, 12 domestic climbers and 208 Nepali Sherpa mountaineering guides, the association said.

Within the last few years, the overall number of climbers has averaged 290, the association said.

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ences to the public, including the rising incidence of lung canc

cers in China,” said Zhi, who is also a professor specializing in

 

lung diseases at Xuanwu Hospital, Capital Medical University, in Beijing.

In the capital, the percentage of smokers decreased to 22.3 percent from 23.4 percent in 2014-a decrease of 200,000 smo

kers over the past five years-Beijing Municipal Health Commission said on Thursday.

Following the adoption of a revised tobacco control regulation in June, 2015, which bans smoking in all indoor public space

s and workplaces, legal violations involving smoking in public places such as hospitals and restaurants in Beijing ha

ve significantly decreased, Gao Xiaojun, spokesman of the commission, said at a news conference.

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In April last year, China announced the decision to supp

port Hainan in developing the whole island into a pilot free trade zone, the 12th and the largest in the

country, to gradually explore and steadily promote the establishment of a free trade port with Chinese characteristics.

The Haikou Jiangdong New District covers 298 square kilometers o

n the east coast of Haikou, and will have two parts: a 106-sq-km ecological region boasting a key n

ational wetland natural reserve, and a 192-sq-km area that will serve both industrial and urban purposes.

The provincial government said Haikou should pay great attenti

on to ensure that environmental quality is advanced in an all-round way while developing the new ben

chmark area. This will integrate such new features as headquarters economy, commercial and financial business, inter

national consumption, cultural exchanges, and scientific and technological innovation.

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Speaking at a regular news conference, Lu said the US sid

de has made various remarks about trade negotiations, with some saying the agreement w

ill come out soon while others saying it’s still difficult to reach an agreement, from time to time.

China’s position has been consistent, Lu said. “The trade frictions should be resolved through friendly con

sultations and negotiations, which must be based on mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit,” he added.

SOUTHAMPTON, England – Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party was se

t to storm to victory in a European election, riding a wave of anger at the failure of Prime Min

ister Theresa May to take the United Kingdom out of the European Union, early results showed.

The country’s two main parties, May’s Conservatives and the opposition Labour Party, hemorrhaged support while sm

aller pro-EU parties did well: the Liberal Democrats were in second place, according to a BBC projection.

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he Ya’an-Nyingchi section is believed to be one of the

 world’s most challenging railway projects to build, as it will traverse the southeast

portion of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, which has intricate and difficult geological conditions.

Previous reports said that 80 percent of the Sichuan-Tibet Railway will

consist of tunnels and bridges, and the cumulative ascent of the line will exceed 16,000 me

ters, which is equivalent to double the height of Qomolangma, the world’s highest mountain also known as Mount Everest.

When the line is completed, the travel time by rail between Chengdu and Lhasa will shorten f

rom 48 hours to about 13 hours.hina’s national railway operator has on Wednesday added a new function to h

elp people buy tickets on the booking site 12306.cn and its related app, the Beijing News reported.

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Huawei launched its 5G smartphone in London on Thu

rsday as mobile network operators prepare to switch on 5G network in parts of the United Kingdom, Xinhua reported.

Also in Saturday’s call, Wang Yi urged the US to observe the one-China policy and the three joi

nt communiques between the two countries, and handle Taiwan-related issues carefully and properly.

The US House of Representatives passed a resolution reaffirmin

g the US commitment to Taiwan and the Taiwan Assurance Act of 2019 earlier this month.

Wang noted that China has expressed its firm opposition to the US recent negative remarks and actions related to Taiwan.

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ei Jianguo, a former vice-minister of commerce, said US bus

inesses and consumers will pay the cost amid hefty levies, which will eventually add significant pressure on the US economy.

The US government’s moves risk sparking a full-blown trade

war with China, and China is fully prepared for any possibility, Wei said.

Economists at Goldman Sachs said in a research note that recent data showed the costs of Washington’s tariffs on China last year

had fallen “entirely” on US businesses and households, with no clear reduction in prices charged by Chinese exporters.

The bank said that US consumer prices are higher, partly because Chinese exporters have not low

ered their prices to better compete in the US market. In addition, some US producers “op

portunistically” increased prices in response to protection from Chinese competitors, it said.

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While it is reasonable to assume that women most concern

d with their body shape are those who might be susceptible to obesity or other risks, studies indicate the vast majority of wo

men who engage in “fat talk” can be ranked “average” and “healthy” when it comes to their weight.

Zhang Ran, 28, a senior consultant in the Beijing office of multinational professio

nal services company Ernst & Young, said she was a “fat talker” when she was a college student.

“I felt comfortable when I discovered I was not the only one who was un

happy about my body shape. But then I began to understand that it has nothing to do

with a woman’s actual weight, but everything to do with how she sees herself,” she said.

She added that sharing her fear of being fat with others could trigger feelings of emotional security and being part of a great

er community. Even after she graduated and started a career, “fat talk”-and its related effects-did not stop.

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Young Chinese perform street dances at iconic spots

About 2,000 young Chinese dancers from 31 provinces across China perfor

med street dances at iconic spots in different cities, including the pagoda on Baota Mou

ntain in Yan’an, in Shaanxi province, and on the banks of Yellow River running through Lanzhou city in Northwest Ch

ina’s Gansu province, from April 25 to May 4, marking the centenary of the May Fourth Movement in China.

Launched by the China Hip-Hop Union Committee, the flash mob event showc

ases young Chinese dancers, who performed a variety of street dance styles, including popping, breaking and hip-hop.

In 2013, the China Hip-Hop Union Committee was founded by the Chinese Danc

ers Association and more than 30 subcommittees were launched nationwide.

To popularize the art form, the committee brought free street dance classes to more than 600 schools in 164 cities, esp

ecially poverty-stricken areas, attracting about 150,000 students.
It was supported by the Central Com

mittee of the Communist Youth League and the Chinese Dancers Association.

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Xing Ziqiang, chief economist with investment bank Mo

organ Stanley China, said this age group will be a main driver of the consumption upgrade in the next decade, with consum

ption in third- and fourth-tier cities expected to reach 45 trillion yuan in 2030, compared with 15 trillion yuan in 2017.

There were estimated to be about 112 million small-town youths in

China last year, according to mobile internet industry consultancy iiMedia Research.

Chen Ke, a senior partner with global consultancy Roland Berger, said that with lower housing prices in third- and fourth-tier c

ities, small-town youths have sizable disposable income and are more willing to spend a larger proportion of th

eir income on daily consumption, compared with people of the same ages living in bigger cities.

“They also have an increasing desire to live a better material and spir

itual life, are becoming more interested in personal products and are more willing to sp

end on entertainment and hobbies, as they have more spare time than their peers in big cities,” he said.

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