hina urges UK to stop interfering in Hong Kong’s affairs

China on Thursday urged the United Kingdom to respect China’s sovereignty and stop interfering in Hong Kong’s affairs.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang made the remarks after the UK government released its latest six-monthly report on Hong Kong.

“We urge the UK to face the reality that Hong Kong has returned to China for 22 years, respect China’s s

overeignty, stop releasing relevant reports, and stop interfering in Hong Kong’s affairs,” Geng said at a press briefing.

It is undeniable that the “one country, two systems” practice has achieved widely-acknowledged success, he said.

“Hong Kong’s affairs have been entirely China’s internal affairs since

July 1, 1997. The British side has no right to make irresponsible remarks or interfere with any excuses,” Geng said.

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The roads were sandy and muddy in the past, causing him t

m to stumble on the roads. “One year, it was snowing, and I walked more than one hour to the s

chool. My colleague helped me half of the way — otherwise, I might have fallen into the gully,” he said.

Gao Yangyao, who worked with Gao Ziren for many years, said that “he has difficulty walking, but he is usually the first to come to school.”

Gao Ziren’s Mandarin Chinese was not so good in the beginning, and he continued listening to radio broadcasts to improve his pro

nunciation. When students had the wrong pronunciation, he would correct them, even when it cost the whole class time.

In 1980s, the mountainous area had poor teaching conditions, with a lack of desks and benches, so Gao br

ought some desks and benches from home. When some impoverished students had no stationery, he would buy it for them.

Gao Xiaomei, one of the first students Gao Ziren taught and now a school principal in Meiling, said that he taught child

ren carefully and usually walked close to students to help them solve problems. His carefulness led her to be a teacher.

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n a rainy day, Gao Ziren accompanied the girl home and

comforted her when she was frightened by thunder. Gao has also used his mobile phone to help the girl talk with her parents. Gradually, her performance improved.

“I have taught many students since being a teacher for so many years. Some students wo

uld like to visit during the holidays, and it feels good that someone remembers you,” Gao Ziren said.

“When rural children lack family education, schools and teachers need to do more in psych

ological education,” said Li Wu, a principal of Meiling Central School. He said rural areas need more teachers like Gao Ziren.

Growing the traditional herb on trunks of oak trees has lifted more than a thousand people out of poverty

It is still early spring in southwestern China’s Guizhou province, but the forest in Zhegui

village is already filled with vitality: oak trunks covered with orchid-like stalks, with branches swaying in the breeze.

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to exceed $30 trillion and $10 trillion, respectively, in the n

next 15 years. Which means China will continue to expand its domestic market. And since Italy has indicated its intention to deepen economic and trade coopera

tion with China under the BRI framework, it is likely that economic and trade cooperation will expand in the future.

With better connectivity for economic cooperation among an increasing number of countries, there is a possibility that the world e

conomy will pick up steam, which in turn will help fight the rising wave of unilateralism and protectionism.

Discussions and consultations are under way between Beijing and Rome to extend the Chongqin

g-Europe train line to Italy. In the near future, the regular China-Europe railway network is expected to inject new

vitality into China-Italy economic and trade ties. To ensure that Italy plays a leading role in China-EU co

operation under the BRI framework, the Italian government has set up a special “task force”.

Considering that China and Italy can work together to tap third-party markets under the BR

I framework, the initiative is expected to become a new growth engine for Sino-Italian cooperation.

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Dream lifestyles in Dali end in disappointment

“If you are not satisfied with your life and don’t know why you have lost your smile; if you are unhappy and don’t like being where you are, go west – with Dali your destination.”

These lyrics form part of a song in the Chinese blockbuster movie Breakup Buddies, wh

ich was shot mostly in Dali, an attractive city in Yunnan province, and released in 2014.

The film inspired many middle-income earners tired of the hustle and bustle of urban life to quit their jobs in big cities and move to Dali.

However, unlike in Breakup Buddies, many people’s dreams of finding a

better life in Dali – which has provided the perfect backdrop for romantic trysts in hun

dreds of movies – have not had happy endings, and they are beginning to leave for a variety of reasons.

Chu Xiaogui, an author of popular books who moved to Dali from Beijing with her husba

nd in December 2015, said she had since witnessed many friends leaving and returning to their hometowns.

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Sang Shulou, 36, was discharged from the hospital after recei

eceiving treatment on his face. Sang, with long bloody scars on his cheek, mouth and nose, said that he was blessed to have survived the blast that happened just 100 meters away from him.

“I was driving a car passing the explosion site and suddenly felt the car pushed away fiercely by a wave,” he said.

According to rescue headquarters, more than 1,600 houses near the explosion site have been repaired, and the

remaining houses that suffered slight damage, such as broken windows and doors, will be repaired in a week. Owners of houses beyo

nd repair will get financial compensation or move to newly-established communities.

he State Council, China’s Cabinet, set up a special investigation group for the blast. The group on Saturday said the probe wo

uld be thorough and with no leniency. It also severely criticized the local government and the company invol

ved for not learning lessons from previous environmental violations and failing to make effective rectifications.

Official records show that the Jiangsu Tianjiayi Chemical Company, where the explosion too

k place, had been punished several times previously for using safety loopholes and violating environmental prote

ction regulations. Chenjiagang Chemical Park experienced several similar safety accidents in past years, too.

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Rapid tests on water samples collected on Friday found the

water of three rivers inside the park was polluted by volatile organic compounds – chloroform, methylene chloride, dichloroeth

ane and toluene. But no volatile organic compounds were detected in the waters of the three rivers outside the park.

The polluted water bodies of the three rivers had been cordoned off and so far no po

llution was detected in waters outside of the park, according to rescue headquarters.

The Ministry of Ecology and Environment also require

d special attention for possible rainfall and its impact on handling the aftermath of the blast.

Wei Zheng, a worker with the environmental monitoring station of Funing county, who was sent to Xiangshui county

for assistance, said that he got water samples from inside the park and the nearby Guanhe River every three hours for analysis.

“We analyze the chemical remains in the water, including aniline, nitrobenzene and VOC. Environmen

tal protection workers have established eight water monitoring stations inside and near the chemical park,” Wei said.

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That’s why, for China, the return of relics is not only of cultu

 cultural significance but also a matter related to national pride. And for the families that

owned them and lost them to foreign pillagers, the antiques are related to their family heritage.

The mission of recovering lost Chinese cultural relics will continue. In the past few years, pa

triotic Chinese businesspeople overseas have been buying relics that have been auctioned and d

onated them to national museums of the motherland. That’s a good move, but not the best solution.

The return of 796 cultural relics sets a good example because the Carabinieri Art Squad, an Italian police unit respons

ible for combating cultural relics-related crimes, has done a good job in recovering the relics. It is to be hoped th

at other countries and regions will learn from their example and help return Chinese cultural relics.

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Stress-busters in demand as life gets hecticia platforms

Sales of anti-hair loss products, sleeping pills and aids show market revival

Chinese born in the 1990s, long troubled by hectic lifestyles marked by working till late, heavy

workload and career-related pressures, have a new problem to deal with: hair loss.

But certain manufacturers are sensing a big business opportunity

as products that promise to cure or prevent hair loss are seeing something of a revival.

Last year, among consumers who bought hair care and hair growth products on e-commerce platforms of Alib

aba Group Holding Ltd, 36 percent were born after 1990, and more than 38 percent were born between 1980 and 1990.

Middle-aged and senior consumers showed lower-than-expected demand for hair c

are products, according to a report by AliHealth, the health and medicine unit of Alibaba Group.

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With steady income growth of young Chinese, more peopl

le are paying attention to the quality of products, and they are willing to spend money on prod

ucts that can help improve appearances,” said Neil Wang, president of consultancy Frost& Sullivan in China.

“Fueled by the promotions featuring film stars and internet celebrities online, young consu

mers are increasingly seeking ways to appear more beautiful. Losing hair is something they can’t stand. Exp

enditure toward better looks reflects the ongoing consumption upgrade trend in China,” he said.

Besides, on social media platforms such as Weibo and Little Red Book, a Chinese online platform

to share lifestyle tips, a large number of internet celebrities and makeup bloggers recommend or discuss pro

ducts (like hair line powder and post-natal hair recovery oil) they think are good or useful.

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