A woman gets it into her head that she can never be too th

Zhang Xin, associate professor at the School of Psychological and Cognitive Science at Peking Uni

versity in Beijing, believes “fat talk” may be a way of expressing that “we all share feelings of insecu

rity”.In China, “fat” has become a word that women will do almost anything to avoid being associated with. This is not surpris

ing, given that being slim as a beauty ideal has become the subject of countless newspaper stories, TV comm

ercials and movies, resulting in the almost universal correlation between a slim figure and beauty.

“Women are more likely than men to enjoy chatting with their

peers about weight concerns and body issues, and this ma

y release them from pressure over their weight and serve as a way to bond with their friends,” he said.

But “fat talk” is a double-edged sword. While it may seem a harmless way to ease dissatisfact

ion over body shape by gaining reassurance within a peer group, it can also serve to reinforce negative feelings.

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The legacy plan for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter G

ames was unveiled in February. Plans aim to optimize the venues’ designs and operations to be beneficial to the hosting regions after 2022.

“Here, you have the venues from 2008 that are going to be used

in 2022 for a complete set of winter sports. This is a wonderful legacy story,” said Juan Anto

nio Samaranch, vice-president of the International Olympic Committee.

Powering all the 2022 venues using green energy while minimizing environmental impacts, while p

lanning for their post-Games operations, are key in venue preparation this year, Liu said.

To support the preparations financially, Beijing 2022 has signed nine domestic marketing partners and four second-tier spon

sors, while the Games’ licensing program, which was launched early last year, has contributed 257 million yuan ($38

million) in sales of more than 780 types of products with the Winter Games logo as of the first quarter this year.

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The National Health Commission issued draft regulatio

ons in February for the clinical application of new biomedical technolog

ies, stipulating that clinical research that involves human trials, including gene editing, stem cells, organ tra

nsplants between species and assisted reproductive technologies, must secure the approval of the commission in advance.

Under the draft, which is yet to be adopted, violators may face

punishments including fines, revocation of business permits or criminal charges.

The commission this year will complete its revision of an existing r

egulation on ethical inspection of human-related biomedical research that was adopted in 2016.

Authorities are also considering establishing a national ethics

committee that supervises life science technologies and researchers to ensure compliance wit

h ethical standards, Huang Jiefu, former vice-minister of health, told China Daily in an earlier interview.

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In 2008, he accidentally came across a group of people fly

 flying a remote-controlled model aircraft, which intrigued him

and brought back his fantasy. He immediately bought a model aircraft for himself. Ho

wever, due to his lack of basic knowledge in operating it, he broke the aircraft that same day.

“I tried very hard to fix it but failed,” he said, adding that he was then d

etermined to make himself an expert. He began to study online and made friends with many dieh

ard fans. After half a year, he was able to make modifications on model aircrafts.

With drones becoming mainstream in China, Zhao decided to s

et up his own company in 2010 to sell drones. After his compa

ny was set up, five drone models had been invented by his team, including a modified drone powered with fuel.

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Such a personal goal can be seen, to a certain extentas a

microcosm of the national aspirations of both of their countries to gain a place in the global space arena via the cooperation and assistance of China.

Chea and Moreno Pena are part of a training program hosted by the China Academy of Space Technology.

The idea is to train a small group of elite foreign students to become s

pace industry engineers capable of developing and manufacturing satellites on their o

wn, thus enabling their countries to build their respective space industries and explore space.

Eight people are taking part in the program, which began in March 2018-two Ve

nezuelans, two Pakistanis, one Cambodian, one Russian, one Belarusian and one Kazakh.

“I am the first-ever Cambodian studying spacecraft knowledge,” Chea told

China Daily recently at the Shenzhou Institute, which is run by the academy.

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Smaller airports seeing new surge in busines

More domestic airlines are launching new flights connecting less-densely populated small

er Chinese cities, and those areas are seeing me growth in air traffic than major cities.

Last year, the airports of Quanzhou in Fujian province, Nantong, Changzhou and Xuzhou in Jiangsu province, Jieyang in G

uangdong province and Yichang in Hubei province saw their annual passenger throughput reach 2.5 million, a jum

p of more than 30 percent year-on-year, according to data from the Civil Aviation Administration of China.

In 2018, passenger throughput growth of major cities’ airports was less than 10 percent year-on-year, while the growth rates

of a number of third – and fourth-tier cities’ airports were higher than 20 percent, the data showed.

“It’s key for carriers to seize good flight times. Many domestic ai

rlines would like to launch flights to major cities like Shanghai, Nanjing and Hangzhou, but

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Enough care has been taken by Haier to customiz

 and localize its products to meet Indian customers’ needs and suit the local conditions.

One such attempt was the “Jahukna Mat” (Hindi for ‘no need to bend‘ or ‘do not bend’) campaign, which aim

ed at avoiding bending by users to put in or bring out commodities stored inside the fridg

e. This was introduced to the Indian market seven years ago, and the concept had an immediate acceptance.

“Traditionally, in the refrigerators, the veggies box was at the bottom

and homemakers had to bend down many times in a day to put in or pull out co

mmodities stored inside the box,” said Eric Braganza, president of Haier Appliances (India).

“After proper product research, we introduced the upside-down concept, and put the veggies box at the top to ensure that p

eople, especially women, avoid bending. This change has been well received by Indian consumers.”

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This quarter’s data show that China is avoiding this

The consumer inflation rate was 1.8 percent year-on-year and produce

r prices went up only 0.2 percent. A standard rule of thumb used by central bankers wor

ldwide is that the inflation rate should be targeted at about 2 percent per year

. This rule is actually built in to the mandate of the European Central Bank. So, the stable monetary policy of the Peop

le’s Bank of China, the nation’s central bank, is working.

The March unemployment rate in urban areas was 5.

2 percent, slightly below the level last year. Most economists define “full employ

ment” as anything below 6 percent, so we are not seeing significant pro

blematic unemployment even during a period of major economic transformation.

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It’s Xinzhu’s first overseas production base, marking

 the first step of its overseas development.Du Xiaofeng, vice-president of the company, said it aims to serve members of the Commonweal

th of Independent States, the Eurasian Economic Union, and other Middle East and European marke

ts. He said the company will adopt localized management and hire a large number of Belarusian employees.

The company also introduced the core technology for medium- and low-speed maglev traffic system f

rom German company Max Bogl Group and put it into local production. Its production line is expected to be completed in June.

“Our overseas outreach has gradually transformed from technological and academic com

munications to capacity cooperation,” said Hu Jishi, senior counselor and technical director of the company.

More BRI-related countries and companies have found

business potential in Chengdu. The Sino-German small and medium-sized enter

prises cooperative park, Sino-French ecological park, Sino-Italian cultural innovation park, Sino-South Korean innovation and

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The restriction applies to vehicles traveling out of Beiji

ng between 7 am and 11 am and to those entering the city from outside Beijing between 5 pm and 10 pm. Violators will be fined 100 yuan.

Also part of support measures for visitors to the event, construction of 11 temporary parking lots was completed earlier this mo

nth. The parking lots, with a total area of 106.04 hectares, can accommodate more than 20,000 vehicles.Tan Choon Ho

ng, a Malaysian man of Chinese descent, is deputy project manager of the Penang STP2 Project Management Office unde

r China Communication Construction (M) SDN BHD. His wife tells us how the company stimulates the develo

pment of the local economy, enriches the lives of local residents and makes overseas Chinese proud.

Every year, about 5,000 people with potentially deadly head and neck cancer come to S

un Yat-sen University Cancer Center, the world’s busiest medical facility treating the disease.

Ma Jun, a specialist in nasopharyngeal cancer who has worked at the

hospital in Guangdong province for 34 years, says every patient has a heart-wrenching story.

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