ombat Hero. When he retired from the PLA, Zhang chose to

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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However, Pu was not the first person to break the communal

The topic “Hotpot can be eaten by one person” has attracted about 56 million hits and more than 17,000 posts.

Cai Yani started dining alone in 2012, just after she quit her job as a maga

zine editor. During her period without work, she ate alone, but she discovered that ma

ny restaurants, especially those serving stir-fry, were reluctant to receive solo diners.

In response, Cai started filming her Solo Dining series. Each episode lasts about three minute

s and features one meal made by one person. The short series has attracted millions of views on Youku, a vid

eo-sharing platform in China, and its social media account has more than 1 million followers.

She believes the growing popularity of her films, as well as many othe

r videos and publications dedicated to eating alone, is not only due to the rising number

of singletons in China, but also the growing stress of living in big cities that pushes people to seek comfort in food.

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The release of the report was part of the Pujiang Innova

tion Forum, a major annual event in Shanghai for exchanges on science and technology innovation between China and the rest of the world. Nearly 150 gues

t speakers from 23 countries and regions will make speeches at 16 different forums through Sunday at this year’s event.

All China’s administrative villages are expected to enjoy delivery services by 2022, according to the country’s postal service regulator.

Besides, there will be delivery service outlets in every township across China, one o

f the goals outlined in a guideline to leverage postal services to vitalize the rural areas.

About 74.9 percent of the country villages still don’t have rural e-commerce delivery stations.

The central government’s infrastructure investment, as well as local specific funds for rural

vitalization, should offer support for rural delivery infrastructure development, the guideline said.

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Gas leak in cargo ship kills 8 in East China

Eight people died after carbon dioxide leaked in a cargo ship at Longyan Port in East China’s Shandong province Saturday afternoon.

Local authorities of the city of Rongcheng said the accident hap

pened around 4 pm in a Fujian-registered ship. The cause is under investigation.

talian soccer wizard Marcello Lippi has returned as head coach of China’s national soccer team. But wi

ll the magic come with him? Will he bring what’s needed to take Team China into the 2022 World Cup? The challenge is daunting.

The Chinese Football Association’s announcement on Friday provided no details of Li

ppi’s contract. But according to Beijing Youth Daily, his new deal will be similar to his first contract, when he w

as reportedly paid an annual salary of 20 million euros ($22 million). It said he will start in June.

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Man sentenced to death for murder of Shanghai schoolchildren

The man who stabbed and killed two 10-year-old students in Shanghai was senten

ced to death by the Shanghai No 1 Intermediate People’s Court on Thursday.

On the morning of June 28, 2018, Huang Yichuan, a native of Shaoyan

g city, Hunan province, killed two boys near the gate of the Shanghai World Foreign Lan

guage Primary School on Pubei Road in Xuhui district, Shanghai. He also injured another boy and a woman.

The court, which had heard the case on Dec 6, said on Thursday that Hua

ng, who was then 29, committed the crime as he was frustrated by problems at work. He t

raveled to Shanghai on June 6 and bought a kitchen knife at a supermarket on June 12.

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Special trains connecting Xinjiang with major tourist are

areas such as the cities of Beijing, Dalian and Qingdao will be launched during the coming summer vacation, which usually spans June to August.

In the second half of the year, more trains for tourists will go into operation, linking the region to the Guangdong-Hong K

ong-Macao Greater Bay Area, Guiyang city in Guizhou province, and Guilin city in Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region.

Huang said more services will be provided on a regular basis on the trains, including karaoke, dining, bathing and internet.

Herder Ahmat Abla is considering returning to a livelihood abandoned by his people almost 100 years ago – fishing.

Ahmat currently grazes his sheep on a small pasture near the lower reaches of the T

arim River, China’s longest inland river. Once upon a time, there were dozens of dried-up

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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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My grandfather once told my father that we are descendan

According to locals like Ahmat, the Lop Nur people fished for food in the area famous for the

vast Lop Nur lake, where historically the Tarim River ended. The lake dried up not long after the water in the

river had gone. As such, many fishermen packed away their rods and instead pursued herding and farming.

“When I was a child, I never ate fish. Nor did I ever see my grandfather or father go fishing,” says Ahmat.

When the ‘black storms’ struck, I could see nothing, and the shee

p couldn’t find their way home,” he recalled of the sandstorms in the old days.

“Nothing could be seen when a black storm hit, and nothing was left after the sto

rm,” says Wang Jianben, 74, who lives on a farm some 100 km away from Ahmat’s village.

“Most of the crops would be blown away, and the farmers had to replant the crops three to four times in a single spring.”

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llover effects on the developing economies, particularly tho

with high export exposure to the impacted economies

. A more protracted period of weak international trade activity could also harm investment pr

ospects and adversely affect productivity growth in the medium term.”

The report indicated that the entire global economy is experiencing a broad-based growth slowdown amid unresolved tra

de tensions, high international policy uncertainty and softening business confidence.

The forecast for weaker global growth casts a shadow over efforts to im

plement the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which has set universal go

als for eliminating poverty, promoting prosperity and social well-being while protecting the environment.

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Faced with deep-rooted structural weakness, several large

eral large developing countries are struggling to recover from recessions or remain trapped on a low growth path.

The report highlights that per capita income growth in several parts of Africa, western Asia, L

atin America and the Caribbean is expected to remain very weak in the outlook period. That poses ad

ditional challenges for the Sustainable Development Goals, including the goal to universally eradicate poverty by 2030.

The report further notes that while poverty remains predominantly

rural, further progress on poverty-reduction also hinges on the effective management of o

ngoing urbanization. That is particularly relevant for Africa and South Asia, the two regions with the highest num

ber of people in poverty, which are expected to experience the most rapid pace of urbanization in the next two decades.

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