But I must borrow that money from my relatives and frien

nds because all my saved money has been spent on building a new home for the yo

上海千花坊ung couple and buying new necessities for them, such as household appliances,” Shan said.

Luckily, Shan had reason to celebrate because he was saved by a new rule.

Right before the wedding, a specific standard was established banning high-priced betrothal gifts, or caili in上海千花坊

Chinese. Other extravagant customs, including holding grand wedding ceremonies or funeral rites as well as inviting an e

xorbitant number of guests and using lots of cars to pick up the bride and her relatives, were also prohibited.上海千花坊

The government of Feixiang district – which covers 265 villages, including Shan’s, with a population of 410,000 – found the competitio

上海千花坊n to see who could give the best betrothal gifts and hold the grandest wedding ceremonies had become a big headache for villagers.

Families of young women envied those who gave lots of money to a bride’s family and held ex

pensive ceremonies with many guests, said Cai Fuhai, Party chief of Nanduqi village.上海千花坊女神会所

They would ask parents of their soon-to-be sons-in-law for similar treatment, Cai said.

According to the standard, no more than six cars can be used for picking up the bride and her rela

tives. Previously, up to 40 cars would be used as part of a grand and impressive wedding ceremony.上海千花坊

Furthermore, guests are served a simple meal – a vegetable and meat stew, or daguocai in Chinese – rather than a meal wit

上海千花坊女神会所h dozens of courses. Finally, group wedding ceremonies are encouraged and betrothal gifts are discouraged.

Families who obey the standard may enjoy benefits such as free physical examinations for parents and

newborns at local hospitals. Pregnant women may also receive discounts for examinations during pregnancy, Cai said.

Families who do not obey the rules are required to make a self-critical s

peech during a meeting attended by villagers and local government officials. Those wh上海千花坊女神会所

o refuse to make the speech and admit their wrongdoings are exposed on local television and other media platforms.

Villagers fall in line

According to the Feixiang district government, more than 1,000 families of young wom

en have refrained from demanding betrothal gifts from their bridegrooms’ families since 2017. About 1

00,000 households in the district have signed commitment letters promising to obey the standard.

Government statistics show that the cost of a wedding has been cut to less than 30,000 yuan, down b

y about 80 percent, and the current cost for a funeral is less than 5,000 yuan, just a sixth of the previous cost.

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Liu Zhongyi, director at t上海千花坊女神会所minal Investi

igation Bureau上海千花坊女神会所 said, some Chinese have colluded with their foreign accompl

ices to cheat foreign women in their 20s and 30s in the name of travel, good jobs and marriage.

They then arranged for them to be smuggled into China by

river or road and forced them into marriages or prostitution in in coastal or border areas.

“Human trafficking not only harms the women’s legitimate rights, but give

s rise to smuggling, illegal marriages and fraud cases. We have a ‘zero-tolerance’ policy tow

ard such crimes,” Chen Shiqu, deputy director at the ministry’s Criminal Investigation Bureau, said.

He said China will beef up judicial cooperation, including intelligence sha

ring and case investigation cooperation with their counterparts from the five count

ries to smash cross–border human trafficking criminal gangs and help the women victims return to their countries.

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“On the basis of resear上海后花园品茶微信one, we will join

n hands with auth上海后花园品茶微信orities that oversee the relevant industries, local governments, r

esearch institutes and NGOs to promote the work and establish monitoring standards and method systems,” Jiang said.

An action plan will be drafted and, in the following two to three years, the ministry will cooperate with major

participants in the oil exploration, refining and retailing sectors to draft efficient policies and measures, he said.

He also said joint campaigns with major coal producing regions will be launched to reduce emissi

ons in coal mining. The emissions in agriculture and solid waste disposal sectors will also be targeted.

According to Xu Huaqing, director-general of the National C

enter for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation, about 55.3 milli

on metric tons of methane were emitted in China in 2014, the equivalent of 1.1 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide.

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And the process to re上海会所女神会所 nuclear issue can

 achieve progress o上海会所女神会所nly if the neighboring countries including China, the Republic of Korea, Japan and Russia can

mediate between Pyongyang and Washington and bring them back to the negotiation table. Joint third-party eff

orts have become even more necessary now that the US-DPRK talks are deadlocked.

If the neighboring countries are willing to provide large-scale economic help to the DPRK, the latter could take active part in global affairs while expediting its denu

clearization process. And if the DPRK integrates with the international community, it will learn from China’s ope

ning-up experience how to accelerate its economic development for the benefit of its people.

Jin Qiangyi, head of International Politics Institute at Yanbian University

Strong China-DPRK ties key to peninsula stability

Xi was invited by top DPRK leader Kim Jong-un to visit the country and chose to do so in

the year marking the 70th anniversary of the establishment of Beijing-Pyongya

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Lam said the SAR government would make human rig

ghts safegu上海419论坛女神会所ards of the bill legally binding and would regularly report to the legislature implementation of the bill after it is passed.

Other heavyweights also expressed their strong disapproval of some protesters’ conduct.

Chief Secretary for Administration Matthew Cheung Kin-chung condemned the violence. He said the g

overnment would continue to attentively and humbly listen to public opinion on the amendments.

Commissioner of Police Stephen Lo Wai-chung strongly condemned the conduct of demonstrators and underlined the police

will follow up on cases and identify the law-breakers who disguised themselves by wearing masks.

In a statement responding to the incident issued on Monday morni

ng, the non-official members of the Executive Council, an organ for assisting the chief execu

tive in policymaking, expressed regret over the violent acts of a small minority of protesters.

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In addition to the basic knowledge of Chinese medicine, he a

also learned to do acupuncture and cupping therapy. He said that he likes to study the philosophy contained in Chin

ese medicine, the balance of yin and yang and the five elements, which is also helpful for practicing tai chi.

Haase has been to many cities in China, including Beijing, Xi’an, Shanghai and Harbin. He found that every city in China has its ow

n characteristics. Haase’s hometown Victoria and Changsha have a longstanding friendship. He has made m

any local friends in Changsha, where also met his tai chi teachers, Chinese medicine teachers and his wife.

Haase thinks the most attractive aspect of Chinese culture is Chinese philosophy and Taoism. He has adapted the slow-pace

d lifestyle described in the Tao Te Ching, a book written by Lao Zi, the founder of Taoism. “The pace of life for mod

ern people is too fast. I think everyone should learn from the Tao Te Ching,” he said.

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Students to be vital cogs in travel sectordents born betwe

College students born between 1995 and 2000 are becoming a vital new part of the dynamic travel market in China, with most of th

e young students making their first summer trips after enrolling in colleges, a new study said.

Though the motivation for making tours is relatively high among college students, their choices are

limited due to economic constraints with price being the major criteria for booking flight tickets, said the stud

y conducted by Qunar, an online travel firm owned by Ctrip, China’s largest online travel agency.

During summer vacations, students tend to choose flights that depart b

tween midnight and 2 am, as well as between 5 am and 9 am. The number of bookings of red-e

ye and budget flights is nearly three times higher than other regular flights, the Qunar study said.

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efits and collaborative innovations – like the launch of

 the Global Innovation Exchange project in 2017 brought together by M

icrosoft, China’s Tsinghua University and the University of Washington, he said.

Habib said relations with China have also benefited Boeing, another major company in Washington.

“There’s no question that China is the most significant destinati

on for aerospace,” said Habib, as China “has the biggest middle class and it’s growing. Alon

g with that comes a tremendous increase in demand for both passenger travel and freight mobility.”

Habib also applauded China’s interest in Washington’s agricultural products

such as apples and cherries, and specifically mentioned tourists and students from China.

With the current trade disputes between China and the US, however, Habib is seeing some frustration in his state.

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Pacts set to be signed during Xi’s state visitbal strateg

Pragmatic cooperation, global strategic stability high on Sino-Russian agenda

Beijing and Moscow will sign around 30 cooperation documents d

uring President Xi Jinping’s state visit to Russia next week, including two joint statements on bilateral t

ies as well as on global strategic stability, Vice-Foreign Minister Zhang Hanhui said on Thursday.

Xi will kick off a three-day state visit to Russia on Wednesday at the invitation of Russian President

Vladimir Putin, and attend the 23rd St. Petersburg International Economic Forum to be held between June 6 and June 8.

The two presidents will witness the signing of an array of agreements on business d

eals in areas such as trade, investment and energy, Zhang said at a media briefing in Beijing.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of diplomatic ties between

China and Russia, and Xi’s visit will mark a milestone for both countries, Zhang said.

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General Wei is scheduled to give a speech on China’s se

ecurity cooperation with the international community and will meet heads of several

foreign delegations, Wu said at a news conference in Beijing on Thursday afternoon.

hina’s tech giant Huawei Technologies Co maintained its ranking as the w

orld’s No 2 smartphone vendor, continuing to narr

ow the gap with Samsung, the first on the list, market research company Gartner Inc reported.

With 71.62 million in smartphone sales, the world’s top vendor Sam

sung saw its market share reduce from 20.5 percent to 19.2 percent in the first quarter of this year.

Huawei sold 58.4 million units of smartphones in the same p

eriod, up 44.5 percent year-on-year, the highest growth among the world’s top five.

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