popcorn,” said Liu Yueming, a technician in the promotion of scientific cultivation i
n the province. “It felt like the surface temperature was as high as 60 C. It’s a catastrophe.”
He said that some springs in a village called Haikou had drie
d up and the villagers didn’t have enough drinking water. “The village has 29 small water res
ervoirs, however, 14 of them have been used up so far. The drought is beyond imagination.”
“The villagers are doing everything they can to have enough drinki
ng water and then to also save as much as possible for their crops,” he added.
The region is also at greater risk of forest fires because of the high temperatures and low humidity.
The Yunnan Meteorological Bureau warned the public on May 13 about more dry
More than 2.5 million tourists visited West Lake in Zhejiang province over the May Day holiday.
What caught the attention of many of them was the presence of a team of eight intern
ational students, all wearing yellow vests and Bluetooth headsets, and riding electric scooters.
The eight were studying in Hangzhou, Zhejiang’s provincial capital. They are the first internatio
nal volunteer team serving at the famous spot, which was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011.
The foreign volunteers are from India, Mongolia, Banglade
sh, Indonesia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Yemen.
“As Hangzhou is seeing an increasing number of individual travelers from abroad followin
g the 2016 G20 Summit … we have been considering how to diversify our volunteer forces during h
olidays and peak seasons for years,” said Liu Jian, director of the volunteer program.
does not require participation in military alliances. It is not predicated on another Cold War. It does not seek self-inte
rested economic sanctions against the rest of the world. Nor does it encourage regime change to force its will on the in
ternational community. It is focused on 21st century global economic development.
A regulation unveiled by the State Council on Sunday prohibits authorit
ies from borrowing in ways that skirt laws and regulations to raise government in
vestment funds, as China works to further standardize official investment actions.
The regulation, published after a State Council decree was signed by Premi
er Li Keqiang, stipulates that government investment actions must take account of eco
nomic and social development levels and the situation of financial revenue and expenditures.
The author is the founder of Difference Group and has served at the India,
China and America Institute (US), Shanghai Institute for International Stud
ies (China) and the EU Centre (Singapore). The views don’t necessarily represent those of China Daily.
l become a platform for people to experience natural beauty and t
o better understand, and then materialize, Xi’s wonderful ecological ideas.
When the sustainable developme
ustin Irwin anad James Berry took turns to steer their boat o
n Barkley Lake in western Kentucky, looking for Asian carp.
It did not take them long to spot a school of fish. Stopping the boat, Berry started to feed a 180-m
eter-long net into the water as Irwin maneuvered the boat to form the net into a large circle.
With the net in place, they then steered the boat in a circle, banging the hull with a wooden st
ick. Immediately, carp started to jump out of the water before splashing back in.
nt goals are firmly established in people’s minds, the significance of hosting the exhibition will have been achieved.
with the aggregated industrial value added expanding by 8.5 percent year-on-year, 3.2 percentage points
higher than that in the January-February period.
Operation revenue jumped by 13.7 percent year-on-year i
n March, 10.4 percentage points more than that in the January-February period.
Stabilizing prices served as another driver of the rebound, according to an NBS analy
sis. The producer prices rose 0.4 percent year-on-year in March, ending a decline for eight months in a row.
The purchasing prices for raw materials edged up 0.2 percent from a ye
ar ago, 0.1 percentage points higher than that in the January-February period.
Preliminary estimates showed that the price changes added 26.8 billion yuan to industrial profits in March, and the cont
ribution of price changes to industrial profit growth rose by 4.5 percentage points from that in the Ja
nuary-February period, said senior statistician Zhu Hong from the NBS’s Industrial Bureau.
fied. Shortly after the attack, the US government introduced the Patriot Act, the Accuracy Act and
the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which formed a comprehensive intelligence surv
eillance network. According to a survey by Privacy International in 2007 covering 47 countries, the United States ran
ked first in the monitoring index. But the United States didn’t stop there. In 2013, Edward Snowden, a technical an
alyst at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), exposed the Prism program. In this seven-year top-secret electronic sur
veillance, monitored individuals include non-Americans who use related company services, or any US citizen who co
mmunicates with foreigners, including email, video and voice conversations, and social network details, and so on, can be descr
ibed as large-scale indiscriminate monitoring. Surveillance states were finally formed.
nergy of all parties, Belt and Road cooperation will definitely become deep and concrete, steady and extensive,” the report said.
“The Belt and Road will become a road of peace, prosperity, opening up, green development, innovatio
n, connected civilizations, and clean government. It wi
ll make economic globalization become more open, inclusive, balanced and beneficial to all.”
China will improve its oversight of human related scientific research and medic
al tests under draft laws and amendments submitted to China’s top legislature for review on Saturday.
Medical and scientific research related to human genes and embryos mi
ght present risks to health or violate ethics, and they must be strictly regulated therefore, said She
n Chunyao, senior legislator of the Constitution and Law Committee of the National People’s Congress.
A new item has been added to the country’s draft civil law, requiring that all
medical and scientific research related to human genes and embryos must f
ollow strict rules, laws and regulations, and should not pose a threat to people’s health or violate moral or ethical codes.
wing contributions to global growth tend to mask its extremely unbala
nced development and widening gaps between the rich and the poor. That’s why before determin
ing whether a country is developed or not－and to present a comprehensive picture of its economy－the entire
gamut of the country’s economic data, including its aggregate and per capita GDP, should be taken into consideration.
The WTO treats developing and developed countries differently because some developing and least-developed countries
were deprived of their development rights and thus their chances to develop in the past because of colon
ialism and militarism. The WTO provides special treatment for some countries to ensure all economies get the chance
to develop without the fear of being squashed by the developed countries and their discriminative policies.
That China and the European Union, two staunch supporters of multilateralism and free tr
ade, reaffirmed their commitment at the China-EU Summit in Brussels on Tuesd
ay to cooperate on WTO reform, in order to ensure its continued relevance and allow it to meet the global trade c
hallenges is encouraging. The consensus reached between the two sides will help carry the WTO reform forward.
yped, Stigmatized, and Ignored said at the same time, people start to see the positive aspe
cts of living single, such as being free to pursue their passions, enjoying solitude an
d putting the people they care most about at the center of their lives, instead of a romantic partner.
Other factors contributing to the rise of one-person househol
ds include high levels of divorce, increased education that leads to more employment and be
tter-paying career opportunities, and increased longevity and improved health at older ages.
As of 2017, the average age of a first marriage for women was about 27.5, while it was
29.5 for men. Demographers estimate that about 80 percent of Americans will marry at some point in their lives.
That’s a lot lower than the 95 percent who married in the 1950s and 1960s, and it may drop somewhat more, according to Steph
anie Coontz, a marriage historian and author of Marriage, a History: How Love Conquered Marriage.
From the camera lenses of tourists, the Hani rice terraces in Yunnan