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War hero, 95, a model for all, president saysng Fuqin

In a written instruction released on Friday, President Xi Jinping called on society to carry fo

rward 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 China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission.

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

n 1948, repeatedly achieving military glory. He retired from active service in 1955.

Over the following decades, he kept his battle achievements a secret, even from his children. His story

was made public at the end of last year, as information about veterans nationwide was being collected by the authorities.

Xi hailed Zhang’s deeds, saying the elderly hero hid them for more than 60 years and stayed true t

o his original aspirations. As a soldier, Zhang defended the country; as a civilian, he works for the people’s well-being, Xi said.

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His political beliefs as a Party member supported him du

ring the war period and in serving the people in peacetime, with indiffe

rence to fame and wealth, Zhang told Xinhua News Agency. He said he has been fulfil

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

achievements, 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 wholehe

artedly for the Party and the people.Escalating disputes between China and the United States could signi

ficantly weaken sentiment in business and financial markets, disrupt global supply chains and create an e

conomic drag this year, the International Monetary Fund warned on Friday.

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New vaccines could combat swine fevermay have fou

Chinese scientists have developed two possible vaccines for the African swine fever virus, the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences announced on Friday.

The research was led by Harbin Veterinary Research Institute, in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, which is affiliated to the academy.

Researchers have determined the minimum amount required to produce adequate immunization, and hav

e proved they are safe when used in large quantity and repetitively, the academy said, adding more research and tests are nee

ded before the vaccines can be submitted to authorities for inspection and approval.

Currently there is no effective vaccine for African swine fever, although

research and development of potential vaccines is underway in some countries.

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The report said 12 countries announced their nationa

onal strategies on AI in 2018, including the US, Germany and the United Kingdo

m, and another 11 countries are in the process of drawing up their national AI strategies.

The report pointed out that the weakness of AI research in China lies in the insuffi

cient collaboration between universities and industries, while Israel and the US are ahead in this respect.

“AI research in China is largely limited within universities, result

ing in a low rate of technology transfer from research to commercial products,” Li said.

Wang Yingchun, director of Shanghai Science and Technology Development Res

earch Center, said technology diffusion has been taking places in the Yangtze River Delta.

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China attaches great importance to the development of the

 big data industry and is willing to share opportunities of the digital economy’s development with other countries and jointly explore new

growth drivers and development paths by exploring new technologies, new business forms and new models, Xi added.

With increasingly wider applications of digital technologies in China, the country is expected to generate

and store 27.8 percent of global online data by 2025, up from 23.4 percent last year, according to a r

eport by market researcher International Data Corp and data storage firm Seagate.

In comparison, the US share will stand at 17.5 percent by 2025, a drop from its 21 percent share in 2018, the report added.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said th

at from medicine to transportation to farming, big data presents the world with a re

markable tool to advance global progress, but with that opportunity also comes risk.

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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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In Shanghai, Mi Jia Kao Cai Fan, a restaurant that serves a tra

 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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ers help the stranded Australian climber to a safe locati

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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Ding Sansan, head of the train’s research and developm

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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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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