While it is reasonable to assume that women most concern

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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Xing Ziqiang, chief economist with investment bank Mo

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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Hu Qizheng, a professor at the institute who teaches fun

Hu Qizheng, a professor at the institute who teaches fun

damentals of the space industry, said Chinese teachers are exp

loring approaches that are appropriate for instructing foreign students.

“Some of the students have work experience in the space sector because their countries have satellites, while othe

rs don’t have such experience and know virtually nothing about space activities,” he said. “So we have been wor

king to figure out an appropriate teaching schedule and to make sure everyone’s individual needs can be taken care of.”

The students’ first year at the institute was focused on basic knowledge about space p

rograms, while in the second year each of them will be given a detailed topic for research, Hu said.

Teaching materials given to the foreign trainees were modified from those prepared for Chinese students, while teach

ers are making textbooks specifically edited for foreign learners, the professor said.

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Once operating at its fullest capacity, the indust

Once operating at its fullest capacity, the indust

trial park’s output would be 2 million units of refrigerators, 1 million units of LED TVs, 1

million units of washing machines and 1 million units of air conditioners annually.

The park will also generate around 14,000 jobs after the first Haier manufacturing plant create

d some 12,000 jobs in Pune, an industrial city in the southwestern state of Maharashtra, company sources said.

Having closed the year 2018 with a total turnover of 3,800 crore Indian ru

pees (around $543 million), the global brand is currently at No 5 in terms of sales in Ind

a, and yearns to be among the top three brands by the next year, company sources said.

“India is a big market for us and we would like to continue to invest here in manufact

uring and simultaneously design technological innovations specifically for our Indian consumers,” sai

d Song Yujun, Haier’s vice-president and managing director for South Asia operations.

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Wang Zhiguo, chairman and president of Shenzhen

Wang Zhiguo, chairman and president of Shenzhen

 Skyworth-RGB Electronic, a subsidiary of Skyworth Group, said the express helped reduce logistics time by more than 66 percent.

Enticed by the growing influence of China Railway Express on China-Europe trade, more compa

nies have signed agreements with Chengdu to conduct import-export logistics and production capacity coop

eration with Europe. They’ve also reached cooperative intention with local companies in bonded processing and logistics.

That includes electronics giant TCL Corp, Lenovo Group, the world’s

largest manufacturer of personal computers, and AVIC Chengdu Aircraft Industrial Co Ltd.

The production of Skyworth, TCL and electronics company Dell in Chengdu also saw significant growth.

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People’s tastes are more highly developed,” Jiang says

People’s tastes are more highly developed,” Jiang says

 “We just want to give people the same feeling watching them on digital devices today as they had on small TV screens years ago.”

More than 300 TV series have been restored since November, and Pei says all their da

ta has gradually helped to build up a database, which will further improve the algorithms.

In March, the restored edition of 2003’s Legend of the Dragonslayer Sword was released online through Youku. Unexpected

ly, it soon climbed into the top 10 list of most-viewed drama series on the platform, with all the others being new productions.

Jiang points out that many adaptations of old classics are now being made following the rise of online streaming media platforms.

“But they are often heavily criticized,” he says. “I don’t know whether it is because the performances are so poor. However, if we c

an make the original productions look just like new ones through restoration, people can at least have more choice.”

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Speaking of the Chinese economy, Liu said, China is

Speaking of the Chinese economy, Liu said, China is

 accelerating its transition from high-speed growth to high-quality develo

pment, as its economic structure continues to upgrade, and new momentum sustains remarkable growth.

China has adopted a proactive fiscal policy this year with greater intensity and enhanced efficiency, rolling out substa

ntial tax cuts and fee reductions, and its economic growth in the first quarter has gotten off to a good start, Liu said.

The minister said his country will continue to significantly relax ma

rket access, enhance the protection of intellectual property rights, and carry out larg

er-scale tax cuts and fee reductions, so as to create a more attractive investment and business environment.

On the sidelines of the Development Committee meeting, Liu met with David Malpass, the new World Bank president, as scheduled.

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Student from Angola uses short videos to share his exp

Student from Angola uses short videos to share his exp

With his exaggerated expressions and inborn sense of humor, Lao Ma, a student from Angola, has

become an internet sensation. He has 2.8 million fans on Tik Tok, a video sharing application similar to Musical.ly.

Plus, he speaks fluent Chinese and has a strong interest in Chinese culture. Although not Chinese, he has a Chinese heart.

This 23-year-old African student Clarck Gable (Chinese name Lao Ma) is from Huambo province, Angola.

He is currently studying at the School of International Co-education of Nantong Vocational

University in Jiangsu province, majoring in computer application technology.

In the second half of last year, Clarck and his friends signed up on Tik Tok, and began to create self-directed

short videos. Most of their works are based on the experience of Lao Ma in China. The videos are loved by fans.

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The country will push forward credit information sha

The country will push forward credit information sha

ing as well as jointly reward and punishment system building among government depart

ments for high-quality development of cross-border posting and delivery services, Tu said.

In 2018, Chinese express delivery firms handled a record 50.71 billion p

arcels, up 26.6 percent from the previous year. Business revenue expan

ded by 21.8 percent to reach 603.84 billion yuan (about $90 billion).

China’s smartphone shipments fell 4.1 percent year on year in March to 26.94 million units,

data from the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT) showed.

Last month, smartphones made up 94.9 percent of all mobile phone shipments in the country, acc

ording to a report from the CAICT, a research institute under the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

Despite the mobile phone market shrinking, the drop has been moderated, said the report.

Overall mobile phone shipments went down 6 percent in March, narrowing from the 19.9-percent slump in February to 28.37 million units, among which 95.1

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The United Nations is taking notice. UN-Habitat conv

The United Nations is taking notice. UN-Habitat conv

ened on April 3 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City with ambassadors from UN member states. The Round

table was co-convened by OCEANIX, the company founded by Collins Chen, the MIT Center for Ocean Engi

neering, and the Explorers Club. Tencent also co-hosted a luncheon with UN ambassadors in support of the day.

This is the first High-Level Roundtable at the United Nations exploring sustainable floating c

ities as an adaptation strategy to deal with sea level rise and the devastation caused by land reclamation.

Maimunah Mohd Sharif, UN Under Secretary-General and Executive Direct

or of UN-Habitat said for the first time in history, they are bringing leading visionaries, innovators, explorers, scientists a

nd business leaders to share cutting-edge ideas on the potential of future cities to redefine the way we build, live, and work.

Top architect Bjarke Ingels, who together with Collins Chen designed the city for 10, 000 residents sa

id, “OCEANIX CITY is a blueprint for a modular maritime metropolis anchored in the Sustainable Development Goals”.

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