Li Shuping, head of Feixiang district, in Handan city, Hebei

 province, said his district has been trying to address the issue of extravagance.

Li said they were trying to reverse the trend of residents comparing the hosting of w

edding ceremonies and funerals, which has resulted in jealousy and complaints.

The district has ordered all officials to take the lead in rejecting the trend, and residents in 265 village

s have signed letters of commitment against extravagance in hosting such events, he said.

The district has also released a standard on hosting such events to prevent comparison among villagers. It includes re

quiring the wedding ceremony be finished within a day and no fireworks, he said.

Through these efforts, expenditure on events has been significantly reduced, which has been welcomed by villagers, Li said.

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arks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of China-Russi

Yunnan student on Friday was allowed 30 percent extra time in the natio

nal college entrance exam, or gaokao, due to her physical disability, local media has reported.

This is the first reported case of such an allowance in the province.

Xu Ruiyang, who lives with spinal muscular atrophy, is confined to a wheelchair and writes slower than other students.

Authorities approved extra time for her, in a bid to let her operate on the same level as her classmates.

Premier Li says a ‘special difference’ can spur market vitality and jobs

China will issue more measures to further implement the country’s innov

ation-driven development strategy and incentivize business startups and innovation nationwide, the State

Council’s executive meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang decided on Wednesday.

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Low travel costs may stimulate college students to trave

el more frequently, and enable them to have higher budgets for spending on accommodati

on and destination entertainments,” said Sun Peiming, director of e-commerce at Sichuan Airlines.

Last year, along with graduate students, there were 37 million enrolled college students in the country,

according to the National Bureau of Statistics. In 2018, students registered on Qunar flew 4.4 time

s annually on average, higher than the average of 3.45 times nationwide, according to the company.

“Low prices have a decisive impact on their choices. Compani

es that provide cheaper options will attract more students and gain the initiative in seizing tho

se future backbone consumers,” said Liu Simin, a researcher at the Beijing Foreign Studies University.

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Lieutenant General Shao Yuanming, deputy chief of

f the Joint Staff Department of China’s Central Military Commission, said in an afternoon media briefing on behalf of the Chinese delegation that the People’s Lib

eration Army appreciates the US’ willingness to communicate and maintain a stable China-US military relationship.

However, Shao said Shanahan also made some inaccurate claims on China’s military d

evelopment and strategic intentions in his speech, “and the PLA resolutely opposes these accusations”.

Regarding the Taiwan question, the US side has reiterated its

military support to the island based on the so-called Taiwan Relation Act.

“I must stress that Taiwan is an inseparable part of China, and the one-China p

rinciple is the foundation of China-US relations and an international consensus,” Shao said.

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The Global Times called the face-off of the two ancho

orwomen “friendly, meaningful talks. Both agreed: trade war is bad! (For Trish, that’s a change of hea

rt, since she had tried to justify the US trade war against China.)”, it said on its Twitter account.

A Twitter user, Ryan Bryant @RayCaiYan, said in a reply to Regan’s tweet, “That was not even a DEBATE, more like a Q&A session

. I thought Trish could leverage some of Liu’s answers to discuss the issues further, but sadly she couldn’t.”

FionaXu tweeted: The American hostess is talking about free market. Tell me how American

market is “free” under Trump’s government? You mean protectionism equals free market???”

Jon Taylor, a professor of political science of the University of St. Thomas in Houston, said that while they pretty muc

h disagreed on everything, it offered US viewers the chance to actually hear the Chinese side of the issues.

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The world’s second-largest economy maintained its fore

eign exchange reserves at $3.095 trillion at the end of April. The reserve amount was stable, altho

ugh it slightly retreated from $3.098 trillion at the end of March, according to the State Administration of Foreign Exchange.

Li Yang, director of the National Institution for Finance and Development of the Chinese Academy

of Social Sciences, said that China is unlikely to sacrifice foreign exchange reserves to de

fend its currency, even if depreciation pressure rises amid any escalation in trade tension.

In May, the offshore RMB exchange rate against the US dollar dropped more than 3 percen

t under market pressure as global investors worried about the escalation of trade friction.

Guo Shuqing, Party secretary of the People’s Bank of China, the central bank, said on Monday that higher US tariffs on Chin

a’s imports triggered financial market volatility, and this also affected the offshore RMB.

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So far EU ministers have only agreed a modest mandat

 to discuss reductions in tariffs in industrial goods and to seek agreement on conformity assessments. EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom is opp

osed to any quota agreement on cars and has lambasted the national security excuse put forward by the White House.

The most prominent supporter of free trade is the center-right European People’s Party which lost sea

ts largely to right-wing parties opposed to free trade, and to the Greens which want tougher conditions attached to trade deals.

The center-left Socialists are also broadly in support of free trade but lo

st seats, while the pro-trade Liberals (the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe) gai

ned seats. But the Liberals are now aligned with French President Emmanuel Macron’s En Ma

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By late April, China had been hit by 129 African swin

fever outbreaks, affecting all 31 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions on the mainland, since the country’s first reported outb

reak in Shenyang, Liaoning province, in August, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs.

This resulted in more than 1 million pigs being slaughtered to prevent and control the disease, which is deadly to pigs but does no

t affect people. The ministry has called for intensified research and development to expedite the availability of v

accines for disease prevention and control, but admitted difficulties due to the complex nature of the virus.

China is the world’s largest producer and consumer of pork, with an a

nnual production of 700 million pigs. Pork accounts for 62 percent of meat con

sumption in China, and sustained outbreaks of African swine fever will cause devastating consequences to the pi

g industry and endanger China’s food security, the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences said.

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bbed Xie’s chest. While Xie covered his chest with both hand

standing up in panic, Zhou attacked him again, piercing Xie’s neck several times. Xie then fell down to

the ground but Zhou didn’t stop. He rushed to Xie, pressed down on his body, and stabbed him

again and again until Xie died. Zhou then rose, holding his arms and assuming a triumphant gesture.

Zhou was later arrested and confessed that he had bought the dagger online in advance.

Since losing their only child, Xie Zhonghua and his wife stop

ped going to work and have seen their health deteriorate. So far, they haven’t received an ap

ology from Zhou or his family.The average life expectancy of Chinese people rose 42 years, from 35 years in 1949 to 77 yea

rs in 2018, according to a statistics communique recently released by the National Health Commission.

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Sichuan-Tibet Railway to see high-speed trains at 200 kmh

he Sichuan-Tibet Railway, the second railway line linking the Tibet autonomous region to other parts of China, will opera

te high-speed trains with a designed running speed of 200 kilometers per hour, thecover.cn reported.

China Railway Eryuan Engineering Group Co Ltd, which is designing the line, revealed a draft plan on Wednesday that tra

ins on the whole Sichuan-Tibet line will travel with a designated speed of 200 km/h, with some segments limited to 160 km/h.

The 1,600-kilometer-long line under construction is designed to start from Chengdu, pass through Ya’an and Kan

gding, then enter Tibet via Qamdo and end at Lhasa. The 140-kilometer Chengdu-Ya’an high-speed railway, whic

h serves part of the Sichuan-Tibet Railway, started operation last year with a maximum speed of 200 km/h.

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