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 prime minister is determined to secure our departu

e from the European Union,” Graham Brady, chair of the 1922 Committee that

can make or break party leaders, said following a meeting between his co

mmittee’s executive and May in parliament which he described as a “very frank exchange”.

The government has said lawmakers will be able to debate and vote on the Withdrawal Agre

ement Bill, the legislation required to enact May’s Brexit deal, in the week starting June 3.

“We have agreed that she and I will meet following the second reading of the Bill to agree a timetable for the el

ection of a new leader,” Brady said, adding that the conversation would take place whether the bill was passed or not.

May, who became prime minister in the chaos that followed the 2016 referendum when Brit

ons voted 52% to 48% to leave the EU, survived a no-confidence vote of her Conservative lawmakers in December.

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also largely now employ less-skilled working-class peop

ople. However, neither the US nor China can expect to keep, much less get back, low-wage, low-skilled manufacturing jobs.

Many people have the impression that Chinese goods are dominant in US markets. That is true only in a few highly com

petitive, low-profit sectors. According to US Commerce Department data, China has more than 50 percent of the

US market in such items as umbrellas, toys, prepared feathers, footwear, straw products, and bedding.

Chinese exporters have from 20 to 50 percent of the US market in ot

her low-value-added markets, plus electrical machinery and equipment, mechanical app

liances, and iron and steel. In most other categories, China has less than 20 percent of the US market.

China also assembles and then exports a lot of phones, computers and other gad

gets to the US. But, most of the profits and wages go to Japanese or South Korean componen

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Roughly 20 years ago, when China’s admission to the

World Trade Organization was being negotiated, China’s economy was ti

ny as a portion of world GDP. It was clearly a poor, less-developed country that, except in a f

ew areas, was not able to compete with Western companies in high-value-added products.

As Alexander Hamilton, the first US Treasury secretary, argued, a developing country may need to p

rotect its “infant industries” from already established foreign competitors. This was the policy foll

owed by the US in the 19th century and by Western Europe, Japan, and South Korea in the years after World War II.

China is no longer a poor country. It can no longer compete by using low-wa

ge labor. Fortunately, it has now developed world-class companies that are incre

asingly developing new products and services that can compete successfully in many foreign markets.

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Some of those countries selected and submitted their

candidates to the space technology academy, which then reviewed their qualifications and selected who would be admitted.

“Whether the candidates can get this opportunity depends on two fac

tors. First, their English proficiency is supposed to be good enough to handle our c

ourses-all of them are taught in English,” Li said. “And second, an ideal candidate should have at least a bac

helor’s degree as well as background in or some knowledge of the space industry.”

Candidates who pass the qualification screening are also required to write a research pr

oposal and provide an endorsement document signed by the space authority of their nation, he said.

Li said the program does not charge the students or their countries any fees. Ins

tead, the Shenzhou Institute gives each student 3,000 yuan ($445) per month as a stipend.

Cui Yufu, a senior designer of small satellites at the academy and a professor at the insti

tute, said the program has some advantages that other domestic and foreign space organizations don’t offer.

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More regulation of rural banks’ shareholder equity

hina is stepping up the investigation and regulation of shareholder equity

for small and medium-sized rural banks to improve their corporate governance, said a

n official of the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission on Monday.

From 2018 to 2020, the CBIRC’s offices at the local level will investigate all rural commercial banks, rural cooperatives and rural credit unions.

As of the end of last year, the regulators had investigated 868 rural coopera

tives, which involve 28,000 stakeholders with shareholding of more than 1 percent, and 65,00

0 shareholder affiliates. The rest of the rural banking institutions will be investigated in 2019 and 2020.

The regulators found that small and medium-sized rural ba

nks had a few prominent shareholder equity problems, according to the CBIRC.

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The remote sensing can also be used in making elec

ctric and visual files for water source protection zones after matching the satellite remote sensing images and the ground si

tuation. Such work has been trialed in four cities. In the future, satellite remote sensing will become a nor

mal method in everyday law enforcement of water sources and long-term supervise.

“The innovation of using satellite remote sensing in water protection has

made water source protection precise and intelligent. The management of water sour

ce no longer totally depends on manpower,” said Yao Yanjuan, expert of satellite center with the Ministry of Ecol

ogy and Environment.Baishatuo Yangtze River railway bridge, a decades-old structure in Southwest China’s Cho

ngqing municipality, was officially retired from service on Tuesday. Completed in 1959, the 820-meter-long tru

ss bridge which carries two tracks of the Chongqing-Guiyang Railway was the first bridge over the Yangtze River in Chon

gqing and only the second along the main stretch of the river between Yibin city and the river mouth in Shangha

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ng tourism in Shanghai with arts. The local govern

ment has released a total of 40 culture-themed travel routes, as sideline events to guide visitors through Shanghai’s iconic

landmarks, according to Yu Xiufen, head of Shanghai’s culture and tourism bureau.

The state-level arts carnival will also announce the winners of tw

o important prizes – the Wenhua Award and the Qunxing Award. The Wenhua Award is a trienn

ial award established by the Culture and Tourism Ministry to honor outstanding stage pe

rformances, while the Qunxing Award is granted as the top prize for amateur artistic works.

Teachers and students from the artificial intelligence institute of Xidian

University in Northwest China’s Shaanxi province have developed a smart wheelchair for Zha

ng Wei, a post-1990 generation member who has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or

ALS. The new device was created specifically for those with ALS, to better improve their daily lives.

According to Sun Long, who participated in the research and develop

ment, the wheelchair features a eye-tracking system and advanced technologies inclu

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In 1908, the rail line from Shanghai reached Nanjing

The rail link between Tianjin and Nanjing’s Pukou district-the Tientsin-Pukow Railw

ay-was completed in 1912. But the two lines could not be connected because there was no bridge across the river.

According to the Academy of Sociology, which was founded by scholars from Nanjing Univers

ity, at least two structures-the Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge and the Chongqing Baishatuo Yangtze

River Bridge-were built before the Nanjing structure. But neither was considered a landmark by the public.

In 1913, Zhan Tianyou, who was known as “the father of China’s railways”, traveled to Nan

jing to inspect the Yangtze riverbed to build a bridge. However, he dropped his plan because the river had an ave

rage width of 1,500 meters, was more than 70 meters at its deepest and the water flow was 3 meters per second.

Zhan reportedly stayed for a few days, left without saying a word, and then decided to inspe

ct the river in Wuhan, Hubei province, before completing the first design for the Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge.

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According to experts, standing only on the right side

of the escalator causes uneven wear on the mechanism because of the u

neven load. Wear and tear on the right side is significantly more than on the left, resulti

ng in a slight tilt of the escalator, which cannot be fixed through regular maintenance.

Experts also warned that walking on escalators in itself is always dangerous.

The height of an escalator step – around 21 centimeters – is highe

r than that of a standard stair, which is around 16 cm. Passengers may miss a step.

Lesley Strawderman, a professor at Mississippi State University, said in an article last m

onth in Quartz, a news organization in the United States, that restricting people to one side of an es

calator limits the amount of space available to commuters and just slows everyone down.

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