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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He said Chinese an上海419论坛女神会所ers unanimously decide

d to work togeth上海419论坛女神会所er closely in the joint construction of the Belt and Road and

the African Union’s Agenda 2063, as well as the development strategies of African countries. In that wa

y, they can jointly build a China-Africa community with a shared future and together implement the eight major initi

atives of China-Africa cooperation that chart a new blueprint for China-Africa relations on a higher level.

“I am glad to see that China and Africa have worked together to positively push fo

rward the implementation of the FOCAC Beijing Summit’s achievements, which hav

e already resulted in many early achievements and brought benefits to the Chinese and African peoples,” Xi said.

The world is undergoing profound changes unseen in a centur

y, and the overall rise of developing countries has strong momentum, Xi said.

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The connect, a two-w上海419论坛女神会所 receipt mechani

ism that brings t上海419论坛女神会所ogether two of the world’s largest capital markets, brings together one of the world’s la

rgest domestic capital markets – the Shanghai Stock Exchange – with the world’s leading international market, the London Stock Exchange.

The Shanghai-London Stock Connect will allow global investors to bene

fit from China’s stable economic growth and ongoing reforms through London, while Lon

don Stock Exchange listed companies will be able to access Chinese investors directly through the stock connect.

It is the first time any foreign companies will be able to list in the Chinese mainland and the first time S

SE-listed companies will be able to raise capital abroad through instruments fungible with their domestic shares.

In tandem with the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect, which was launched in 2014, inter

national investors will now be able to access China A-shares through international trading and settlement practices.

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Pacts mulled in president’s visit to Central Asia

Trip will includ上海千花网女神会所e bilateral talks with leaders of nations at regional organization’s meeting

China will sign an array of cooperation agreements with Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan during President Xi Jinping’s state visits to the

two Central Asian countries to further strengthen their ties, a senior diplomat said on Monday.

As an important outcome of Xi’s visits, Beijing will also sign a joint statement with each country on furthering their com

prehensive strategic partnerships, Vice-Foreign Minister Zhang Hanhui said at a news briefing.

Xi will also attend the 19th meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Bishkek, the Kyrgyz

capital, during his stay from Wednesday to Friday, as well as the fifth summit of the Conference on Interaction and

Confidence Building Measures in Asia in the Tajik capital of Dushanbe during his visit from Friday to Sunday.

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And given that the other major economies are using fre

e trade zones上海千花网品茶微信j as a strategic means to play geopolitical and geo-economic games, China should accelerate the b

uilding of free trade zones with other countries under the bilateral or multilateral investment ag

reement framework for a diametrically opposite purpose: boosting global economic cooperation.

The focus of international trade policy has shifted from tariffs and licensing to convenient inves

tment and trade facilitation policies, and creating of a business-friendly climate. So while ope

ning up the domestic market and helping improve the utilization of foreign capital, China should also work out de

tailed rules on the foreign investment law, take steps to remove the obstacles to outbound Chinese investments, promote th

e free flow of global and domestic production factors, and expand its economic development space.

Important to reform global governance system

To stabilize the economy and prevent risks, China should seek more govern

ment-funded infrastructure investment projects in fields such as 5G networks, intellig

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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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The 14 new rooms, spanning over 1,100 square meters, wi

host 105 works by Venice and Florence artists, including Titian and Tintoretto. The pieces were st

ored in the museum’s warehouses, and about a third had not been exhibited to the public for several years.

“All these great masters are back on view here in the Uffizi in new spaciou

s halls where we can have many visitors to admire them,” says Uffizi’s director, Eike Schmidt.

“It is as if a second, new museum had opened inside the gallery,” he adds.

Titian’s Venus of Urbino hangs in a room with two other paintings and is

among the most celebrated canvas on display in the new section of the Florence art gallery.

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All-women quartet gives Peking Opera a unique touch

For the first time in the history of Peking Opera, four women recently performed a

piece in the China National Peking Opera Company production, Stories of the Red Army.

The Peking Opera performance was one of the 51 productions showcased at the 12th China Art Festival in Shanghai.

Two performances took place at Shanghai’s Majestic Theater on May 27 and 28.

For the show, the CNPOC brought together three stories based on events during the Red Army’s epi

c Long March (1934-36), to create the modern Peking Opera, which premiered in Beijing on Aug 1, 2018.

“They are stories about the resilience and bravery of the Red Army during the Long March,” says Song Chen, head of the CNPOC.

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After being sworn in for the second time as India’s prim

me minister on Thursday, Modi is likely to have his first “structured” talks with President Xi Jin

ping on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Bishkek, capital of Kyrgyzstan, in June.

China has been viewed in India as far more positively inclined to engage with Modi during

his second term in office. Even before the full results of the recent elections were declared, the Chinese media

welcomed Modi’s return to office. In the midst of India’s exhausting six-week-long elections, Beijing’s diplomatic an

d strategic moves helped Modi assert his anti-terrorism policy and reinforced memories of the informal summit in Wu

han, Hubei province, in April last year, which showcased the personal chemistry of the two Asian leaders.

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Trade between the two countries “made a major breakthr

rough” and exceeded $100 billion in 2018, and the two permanent members of the United Na

tions Security Council have been coordinating closely on major international issues, Ruan said.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral ties, which are said to have reached their best level in history.

Also, the attendance of the two countries’ leaders at each other’s intern

ational forums shows both sides’ support for an open global economy, Ruan added.

Addressing the plenary session of the Fourth Eastern Economic Foru

m in Vladivostok, Russia, in September, Xi called for regional members to actively alig

n their development strategies and work together for an open regional economy.

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