ctive investment and harness the digital economy’s role in driving

le in driving China’s economic and social development.

“We need to upgrade our internet services. This is a key measure t

o boost consumption and meet the needs of our massive cellphone users,” Premier Li said.

Participants at the meeting agreed that upgrading and expanding the cap

acity of internet infrastructure should be an important area in boosting effective inves

tment. By the end of this year, fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) ports relative to all broadband ports will be raised to more th

an 90 percent, 1,000M broadband will be extended to more than 300 cities, and base stations for mobile internet will be upg

raded with expanded capacity. The goal is to raise the speed of both fixed-line and mobile internet services to 1,000M.

Broadband networks will cover 97 percent of primary and middle schools nationwide this year, and dedicated inter

net services will be made available over time in hospitals and medical consortiums above the county level.

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In the spin and swing of a vinyl revivalned recorone th

It’s a Sunday afternoon and Yang Haisong seems to be in a chipper mood. Under a blazing sun on a warm day in Beijing he sit

s on the side of a road smoking a cigarette. Yang, a founding member of the Chinese rock band P. K. 14 and its l

ead vocalist, is taking a break from activities in Free Sound, a record store in which he has been talking to fans about th

e band’s seventh studio album, What We Talk About When We Talk About His Name.

Yang hails from Nanjing, Jiangsu province, and it was there that P.K. 14 was formed nearly 22 y

ears ago before going on to become one of the most influential rock bands in China’s indie rock scene.

“I love record stores,” Yang, 46, says. “Of course listening to music

online through streaming services is incredibly conven

ient, but when I hold cassette tapes or vinyls in my hands I feel this connection with the music.”

The band’s latest album, released on Oct 14, 2018, was recorded in Be

rlin, and in addition to being streamed online, it was distributed on record and cassette.

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For Ashley Gray, a 26-year-old web developer living

 on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, her best time is in the e

vening, after a long and tiring day at work — and when she is alone.

“I will cook my own dinner – I can eat whatever I want, and I will go to the gym, then get beer

s and watch my favorite shows on Netflix,” said Gray, who has been single for about five years after brea

king up with her college boyfriend. “Or I can choose to hang out with my friends.”

She said she likes to be free to go with the flow and be respons

ible only for herself, and not having to compromise.

“I just feel like I’m happier and more myself [when I’m alone]

,” Gray said, adding she’s also busy trying to advance her career, so she doesn’t want to spend extr

a time on taking care of a partner or children if she gets into a relationship or gets married.

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Under the Common Market 2.0 proposal, the UK would lea

 leave the EU, but retain the free flow of goods and make contributions to the EU budget.

Meanwhile, MPs also voted 191 to 292 to turn down the idea to give lawmakers power to stop a no-deal Brexit.

They voted 280 to 292 to oppose the proposal that confirmative public vote will be conducted on Brexit.

MPs also voted 273 to 276 to reject the proposal to negotiate permanent customs union with the EU.

None of the Monday votes on the proposals are legally

binding, meaning it will be up to the British government if they act on the results.

Conservative MPs have been given a free vote, but cabinet ministers

will be told to abstain. The opposition Labour Party ordered its MPs to vote for the customs union.

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The alternative to “no-deal” is to delay Brexit for at leas

 least several months while Britain tries to sort out the mess.

The bloc is reluctant to have a departing Britain participate in Euro

pean Parliament elections in late May, which it would have to do if Brexit is delayed.

But EU Council President Donald Tusk has urged the bloc to give Britain an extensi

on, if it plans to change course and seek a softer Brexit that keeps close economic ties between Britain and the bloc.

This week British lawmakers held a series of “indicative votes” on alternativ

es to May’s deal — and all eight options on offer were defeated. But the move did hint at a potential compromise. The

measure that came closest to a majority called for Britain to remain in a customs union with the EU after it leaves.

May has always ruled that out, because sticking to EU trade rules would limit Britain’s ability to forge new trade deals around the world.

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In the fall, Musk agreed to a court-approved deal with the SEC in

  r to settle charges over his controversial tweet in August about his plans to take Tesla private. The settlem

ent stipulated that Musk receive pre-approval for any social media posts containing information that is “material” to Te

sla shareholders. At the time, the electric carmaker said it would establish a board committee to oversee its CEO’s posts.

  But the SEC has since found fault with Musk’s tweeting. In late February, the commissi

on filed a motion asking a federal judge to hold Musk in contempt for violating the terms of the settlement.

  The SEC cited a tweet from February 19 in which Musk said Tesla

would build 500,000 cars in 2019. He then tweeted a clarifying message that Tesla would be build

ing at an annual rate of 500,000 cars by the end of the year, but would actually only make 400,000 cars in 2019.

  Musk fired back last week, arguing that the tweet didn’t contain material information about Tesla, that he diligent

ly tried to follow the court settlement, and that the SEC’s request is a breach of his constitutional right to free speech.

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Hotpot chain Haidilao has introduced large, soft toys to

accompany solo diners at its more than 200 outlets nationwide.

Figures from major e-commerce platform Tmall show that last year, the sales of mini-microwave ovens and mini-washing ma

chines rose by 970 percent and 630 percent, respectively, year-on-year, while purchases of one-person ho

tpots rose by 208 percent. There has also been rapid sales growth for many other daily-use commodities.

Food and beverage is a key sector that has benefited from the singles economy, according to the Sinolink Securities re

port, which said more than half of singles spend 10 to 30 percent of their income on food and drink.

But some 23 percent of them never cook, and some 46 percent said they

seldom do so, which has helped spur rapid growth in the food delivery industry.

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Wu Zunyou, chief epidemiologist at the Chinese Cente

for Disease Control and Prevention, said the latest study done in Britain shows the possibility of

curing HIV/AIDS through stem-cell transplants and is a ray of hope to those living with HIV.

“However, it is still too early to say the method can by copied and promoted extensively to treat people with HIV,” Wu said.

A big hurdle in such research is the difficulty of finding donors with the CCR5 delta 32 ge

netic mutation, given that the percentage of people with the mutation is very low among the total population, he said.

“Besides, there are different subtypes of HIV, which require different coreceptors to produce an infection,” he said. “Other HIV co

receptors exist besides CCR5, so such a method will not be effective in treating HIV if the virus infects through oth

er coreceptors,” he said. Coreceptors create a docking area on cells for HIV infection.

Wu Hao, a professor of infectious diseases at Beijing Youan Hospital, said the research is important and may have valu

e in the search for a cure for HIV patients. Some Chinese researchers are also conducting similar research, he said.

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Ministers are taking questions from the media about the

 most pressing public issues. This is the second ministers’ “passage interviews” of this year’s two sessions.

Passage interviews got their name because they usually take place on walkways leadi

ng to the main hall of the Great Hall of the People before or after plenary meetings of the National People’s Co

ngress and the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.

China’s financial sector is striving to solve the financing difficulties

of private enterprises and reducing their costs, said Guo Shuqing, Party secretary of the Peo

ple’s Bank of China and chairman of the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission.

“The efforts to step up support for private enterprises are closely related to the supply-side

structural reform of the financial sector. We are making adjustments in terms of financial ins

titution, market and product systems,” said Guo during an interview on Tuesday.

China will continue taking new steps in financial opening-up thi

s year, over which Sino-US trade talks are very likely to reach a consensus, Guo added.

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The long-standing tensions that existed in the region were

  not a big problem for Beijing, according to China expert Tsang, as they served to remind Islamabad of China’s importance as an ally.

  But the escalation this week has put Beijing in an awkward position.

  ”They have to do something to show that they are helping to keep thi

ngs under control, while not appearing unreliable as Pakistan’s ally,” Tsang said.

  But Beijing doesn’t want to overplay its support of Pakistan and push India into the arms of US President Donald Trump.

  Compounding China’s problems is the fact India claims it was striking back against terrorists in Kashmir.

  The mass detention of Muslim majority Uyghurs in China’s north western provinc

e of Xinjiang by the Chinese government is one of Beijing’s most controversial international policies — and

justified by China’s government on the grounds that it is an essential measure in combating terrorism.

  ”They don’t want to be too hard on India, because they’re acting in response to terrorism,” Tsang said.

  China experts said the country’s best option was to join the US in working to defuse tensions between Pakistan and India.

  Han Hua, professor and South Asia studies expert at Peking University, said given China h

as greater influence in Pakistan, while the US holds more sway in India, it made sense for the two to cooperate.

  ”China’s message is clear to both sides: exercise restraint,” she said. “China’s interest lies in the stability of South Asia.”

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