n a written instruction released on Friday, President Xi Jinping called on society to ca

rry forward the spirit and dedication of 95-year-old war hero Zhang Fuqing as China forges ahead in the new era.

Xi is also general secretary of the Communist Party of Chin

a Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission.

Zhang, a native of Shaanxi province, behaved courageously in the Liberation War in 1948, repea

tedly achieving military glory. He retired from active service in 1955.Over the following dec

ades, he kept his battle achievements a secret, even from his children. His story was made public at the end of last year, a

s information about veterans nationwide was being collected by the authorities.

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ork in the poverty-stricken mountainous areas in Laifeng, a remote county in Hubei province. He dedicated his life to the p

eople, holding posts ranging from community-level government official to deputy manager of a local bank.

His political beliefs as a Party member supported him during the war period and in serving th

e people in peacetime, with indifference to fame and wealth, Zhang told Xinhua News Agency. He said he has been

fulfilling the oath that he had sworn when joining the Party, and that he doesn’t deserve special recognition for his a

chievements, since what he did was negligible compared with those who sacrificed their lives in the war. His left leg

was amputated seven years ago because of an illness, but Zhang stood up again on his prosthesis.

He said he doesn’t want to be a burden for others, and wants his children to work wholeheartedly for the Party and the people.

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“Chinese culture is family-based. Everyone wants to have a group of people eating toget

her, so eating is more of a collective behavior. People either eat with family members at home or with colle

agues and clients at work,” said Cai Yani, who has directed a series of short videos about solo dining.

Eating together is considered crucial for family bonding. On a typical Chinese dining table, one rarely finds dishes for indi

viduals; instead, there is usually a range of dishes-meat, fish, vegetables and soup-for everyone to share.

Restaurants usually boast round tables with a rotatable surface, known as a “lazy Susan” in the West, to make sharing easier.

The move away from the traditional sharing approach is largely due to a demo

graphic shift in the country, especially a sharp rise in the number of unmarried people. Statistics from the Mi

nistry of Civil Affairs show that more than 200 million people were living on their own in 2017.

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Tibetan alpine rescuers successfully rescued an Australian climber experienci

ng critical health problems at an altitude of 7,500 meters on the northern slop

e of Mount Qomolangma – known as Everest in the West – according to the Tibet Mountaineering Association.

The stranded climber was discovered Wednesday at 7 pm by a four-person mountai

neering crew from the Tibet Himalaya Expedition Co on their way back from repair work.

On their journey they found the climber in a state of physical exhaustion, out of consciousness, and in critical condition.

The team reported the situation to Qomolangma Base Camp, and the liaison offic

er ordered the team to assist the climber’s descent, also directing six other mountaineers to facilitate the rescue.

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pment team and deputy chief engineer of CRRC Qingdao Sifang, said the

testing prototype can check and optimize the key technologies and core system comp

onents of the high-speed maglev system and lay a technological basis for the forthcoming engineering prototype.

The engineering prototype is planned to roll off the production line in

2020 and go through comprehensive tests to conclude integrated verification in 2021.

The high-speed maglev transportation system is one of the key projects under the Mi

nistry of Science and Technology’s 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20) to promote an advanced rail transit system.

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 traditional local cuisine-rice with salted pork and greens, the Cai Fan in the name-has ga

ined a good reputation for its traditional flavors and its striking interior design.

Instead of rows of tables that can seat four or more people, the restaurant has just one long table

divided into individual booths by boards. When seated, diners face a small curtain-covered window, wh

ere the food is served anonymously. Each booth contains coat hangers and charging sockets.

“I wanted to let our customers know that a single person also needs to eat well, so I designed things this wa

y to make them feel less ashamed about eating alone. One person can eat out and enjoy it,” said Li Le, the owner.

Many diners have left supportive comments about the eatery on Dazhong Dianping, an online restaurant review platf

orm. “With one person, one booth, eating alone is no longer embarrassing. A bowl of fragrant rice with a bowl of re

freshing mung bean soup provides a very comfortable dinner here,” commented a customer called Kobayashi1214.

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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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China’s Ministry of Education issued an urgent notice to schools on Friday to prevent “gaokao immigration”.

“Gaokao immigrants” refers to those individuals who lack a hukou (household registration) or student status in a pro

vince but still attend the gaokao, the National College Entrance Examination, in that province.

The ministry required local authorities to ensure that the exam-free access to near

by primary and secondary schools is universally available for school-age children.

High schools should strictly follow the admission procedures and policies, said the

ministry, adding they are banned from vying for ace students in violation of regulations.

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mittee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, laid a floral basket at a monument on Monday marking the departure of the Long March.

At a museum marking the start of the Long March, Xi spoke with nine representati

ves of descendants of Red Army soldiers and relatives of revolutionary martyrs.

The People’s Republic of China was founded at the cost of the blood of numerous revoluti

onary martyrs, Xi said, adding that the CPC and the Red Army, upholding lofty revolutionary id

eals, had brought about incredible achievements after repeatedly surviving desperate situations during the Long March.

Xi called for staying true to the revolutionary martyrs, the P

arty’s original aspiration and mission, its revolutionary ideals and principles, and the

people living near revolutionary sites. Xi’s inspection tour took place a week after the Political Bureau of the CPC

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ses are needed to tackle the current growth slowdown,” Elliot Harris, UN chief economist and assi

stant secretary-general for economic development, said Tuesday at a news conference. “It is increasingly clear that policies to pro

mote sustainable development will need to look beyond GDP growth and identify new and more robust measures of

economic performance that appropriately reflect the costs of inequality, insecurity and climate change.”

In response to slowing growth and subdued inflation, major central banks have eased their monetary policy stances. The recent mo

netary policy shifts have helped to stabilize global financial markets and capital flows to emerging economies.

However, the report cautions that a more protracted period of monetary accommodation could exacerbate fina

ncial imbalances, including further fueling debt accumulation and raising medium-term risks to financial stability.

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