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

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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

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

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

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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

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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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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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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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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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Stage collapse kills child in Fujian provincetists may have f

An accident Saturday night where a

theater stage collapsed has killed one child and injure

d 14 people, said the local emergency management office in Zhangzhou, Fujian province on Sunday.

The Jinshuixian theater in Zhangzhou Development Zone hosted a children’s dance audition the night of May 25.

During the audition, part of the theater’s center stage collapsed, killin

g a 13-year-old participant. Injured participants are receiving treatment in hospitals.

Companies and organizers involved in the accident are in police custody.

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By late April, China had been hit by 129 African swin

fever outbreaks, affecting all 31 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions on the mainland, since the country’s first reported outb

reak in Shenyang, Liaoning province, in August, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs.

This resulted in more than 1 million pigs being slaughtered to prevent and control the disease, which is deadly to pigs but does no

t affect people. The ministry has called for intensified research and development to expedite the availability of v

accines for disease prevention and control, but admitted difficulties due to the complex nature of the virus.

China is the world’s largest producer and consumer of pork, with an a

nnual production of 700 million pigs. Pork accounts for 62 percent of meat con

sumption in China, and sustained outbreaks of African swine fever will cause devastating consequences to the pi

g industry and endanger China’s food security, the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences said.

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Liu, who turned himself in, stepped down in Janua

ary as chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission, a position he kept for three years before being replaced by Yi Huiman.

The central commission said in the statement that Liu is cooperating with the probe.

hina’s housing regulator has warned four Chinese cities over price rises in the past three months, the Economic Observer reported.

Local governments of Foshan, Suzhou, Dalian and Nanning were urged by the Ministr

y of Housing and Urban-Rural Development to stabilize land and housing prices as well as market expectations.

This came a month after six other cities were also warned over similar reasons on April 19.

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panda pictures have been analyzed, marked and annotated.

Using the database, researchers are able to carry out automatic facial recognition on panda faces to tell one animal from another, the center said.

Panda researchers hope algorithms and AI technology will help them analyze data on pandas both in captivity and the wild.

The app and database will help us gather more precise and well-rounded data on the population, distributi

on, ages, gender ratio, birth and deaths of wild pandas, who live in deep mountains and are hard to track,” said Chen Peng, a researcher w

ith the base who co-authored a paper on “Giant Panda Face Recognition Using Small Database.”

“It will definitely help us improve efficiency and effectiveness in conservation and management of the animals,” Chen said.

China has carried out four scientific field research project of giant pandas in the wild.

The giant panda was scientifically discovered 150 years ago and named in the city of Ya’an, Sichuan. It remains one of the world’s most endangered species.

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than 10 million visitors each year. Architect Ieoh Ming Pei

World-renowned architect Ieoh Ming Pei, commonly known as I.M. Pei,

has died at the age of 102 at his home in Manhattan, according to multiple reports on Thursday.

Praised as “one of the most revered architects in the world” by The New York Times, Pei has le

ft the world many of its most well-known architectural designs, among many other intangible heritages.

Pei’s modern designs and high-profile projects led him to be considered one of the most high-prof

ile architects of the 20th century, with the renovation of Paris’ Louvre Museum perhaps the most famo

us project he embarked on. He was also involved in the building of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

What Pei valued most in architecture, as he put it, was that it must “stand th

e test of time”. He also valued simplicity: “The simpler the solution, the more powerful it is,” he once said.

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