Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said on Thursda

that enterprises in any country will not disregard their own interests and blindly follow other countries’ “political command”.

“Most countries have always been highly alert to US government acts of

resorting to state power to crack down on companies in other countries, disrupt m

arkets and obstruct mutually beneficial cooperation between other countries,” Lu said.

But the positive development is also accompanied by some concerns. A string of Japanese

carriers, including NTT Docomo, said they were also considering delaying the launch of Huawei’s new sma

rtphones. Their hesitance is due to uncertainty about Google’s previous announcement that it would restrict H

uawei’s access to updates of the Android operating system in compliance with a US ban.

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iners developing a taste for table-for-one tren

A growing number of people are eating alone, whether at home or in restaurants, and overturning traditional etiquette. Zhang Yangfei reports.

In China, food has always played a major role in promoting social cohesion. Communal eating is not on

ly familybased and deeply rooted in the nation’s cultural heritage, but is also regarded as an indicator of society’s health and stability.

Given that background, it is little wonder that eating alone, publicly or privately, has long been considered taboo.

However, in recent years things have started to change as a r

esult of demographic shifts and the growing influence of modern lifestyles.

According to a report released last year by the global market researcher

Kantar, 46 percent of people interviewed said they had eaten alone in the previous 24 ho

urs, a rise of 9 percent from 2017, and about 16 percent expressed a preference for eating solo.

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In Shanghai, Mi Jia Kao Cai Fan, a restaurant that serves a tra

 traditional local cuisine-rice with salted pork and greens, the Cai Fan in the name-has ga

ined a good reputation for its traditional flavors and its striking interior design.

Instead of rows of tables that can seat four or more people, the restaurant has just one long table

divided into individual booths by boards. When seated, diners face a small curtain-covered window, wh

ere the food is served anonymously. Each booth contains coat hangers and charging sockets.

“I wanted to let our customers know that a single person also needs to eat well, so I designed things this wa

y to make them feel less ashamed about eating alone. One person can eat out and enjoy it,” said Li Le, the owner.

Many diners have left supportive comments about the eatery on Dazhong Dianping, an online restaurant review platf

orm. “With one person, one booth, eating alone is no longer embarrassing. A bowl of fragrant rice with a bowl of re

freshing mung bean soup provides a very comfortable dinner here,” commented a customer called Kobayashi1214.

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numbers exceed the “national line” ofpercent in the first qu

Of China’s 31 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions that h

ave released their GDP figures for the first quarter, South China’s Guangdong pro

vince takes the top spot with 2.39 trillion yuan ($345.94 billion), The Paper reported.

Besides Guangdong, four other provinces exceeded the one trillion yuan mark: Jiangsu

(2.29 trillion yuan), Shandong (2.02 trillion yuan), Zhejiang (1.31 trillion yuan), and Henan (1.16 trillion yuan).

A total of 13 regions witnessed their GDP top more than 700 billion yuan in the first quar

ter, among which seven came from the eastern region, four from central area and one from western.

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The IMF report warned that the additional impact of the r

 recent and future tariffs will cut about 0.3 percent of global GDP in the short ter

m, with half stemming from negative effects on business and market confidence.

Failure to resolve the trade differences and further escalation in other areas, such as the auto

industry, which would cover several countries, “could further dent business and financial market se

ntiment, negatively impact emerging market bond spreads and currencies, and slow investment and trade“, the research said.

Experts urged the US government to stop its protectionism and proposed options for a resolution between the two countries.

Chen Wenling, chief economist of the China Center for International Economic Exchanges, said the US needs to correct moves that have

already added pressure to global economic prospects. Otherwise, it will “pay the price” for its protectionist behavior, she said.

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He cautioned that the government should have a clear

outlook on the long-term and complex characteristics of all unfavor

able factors both at home and abroad, and should prepare for all possible difficulties.

The most important thing for China is to focus on its own issues, X

i said, adding that joint efforts are needed to push forward reform and development.

Xi required governments in the central region to promote the high-quality development o

f the manufacturing sector and speed up the application of digital, internet and intelligent technologies in all areas.

More efforts are needed to promote independent innovation capabilities in key are

as, speed up developing core technologies with independent intellectual property rights, enc

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Ministry: Foreign firms won’t disregard own interests

Enterprises in any country will not disregard their own interests and blindly follow other cou

ntries’ “political command”, Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said on Thursday, after comp

anies confirmed cooperation with Chinese telecommunications equipment maker Huawei will continue.

Panasonic made a “solemn statement” on Thursday that it is supplying Huawei normally, rebukin

g reports that it will cut parts of the component supply. British Telecom, parent group of telecom oper

ator EE, said on Wednesday Huawei will continue to supply their 5G radio network infrastructure, Xinhua reported.

China hopes that the US can take a serious attitude about going back to the negotiating table and ensure that negotiations are meaningful, said Lu.

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Man sentenced to death for murder of Shanghai schoolchildren

The man who stabbed and killed two 10-year-old students in Shanghai was senten

ced to death by the Shanghai No 1 Intermediate People’s Court on Thursday.

On the morning of June 28, 2018, Huang Yichuan, a native of Shaoyan

g city, Hunan province, killed two boys near the gate of the Shanghai World Foreign Lan

guage Primary School on Pubei Road in Xuhui district, Shanghai. He also injured another boy and a woman.

The court, which had heard the case on Dec 6, said on Thursday that Hua

ng, who was then 29, committed the crime as he was frustrated by problems at work. He t

raveled to Shanghai on June 6 and bought a kitchen knife at a supermarket on June 12.

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The climber was brought to an altitude of 7,028 meters

Wednesday night, and for safety concerns, the team stayed one night at this location.

On Thursday morning the climber was then brought to a camp at an

altitude of 6,500 meters, the association’s general secretary, Pema Trinley, said.

The association sent ten locals and one riding yak for support, and the climber was transferred to the 5,200-meter base cam

p by 4 am Thursday. He was sent to Gyrong Port by midnight, which he left Friday morning in good condition, Tri

nley said.This year, the region started its annual spring mountain climbing activities in early April, and since then 144

overseas and 12 domestic climbers have been approved to attempt to conquer the mountain.

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irths, while the maternal mortality rate decreased from

births, said the government statistics.The communique also reported improvements in medi

cal reform as more people seek treatment at primary-level clinics and the number of medical workers in China increases.

People’s right to social security, especially in healthcare, has been extended, said a white paper titled “Progr

ss in Human Rights over the 40 Years of Reform and Opening Up in China,” published in 2018.

The coverage of the basic medical insurance has been expanding and the per capit

a basic medical insurance subsidy for urban and rural residents has been rising, it said.

China has been promoting the Healthy China initiative, which aims to improve the na

tional health policy and ensure the delivery of comprehensive lifecycle health services for Chinese people.

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