Xi to visit Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, attend A summits

President Xi Jinping will pay state visits to Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan f

rom June 12 to 16, a foreign ministry spokesperson announced Sunday.

From June 12 to 14, Xi will pay a state visit to Kyrgyzstan and attend th

e 19th meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Or

ganization (SCO) to be held in the capital city of Bishkek, Spokesperson Lu Kang said in a statement.

From June 14 to 16, Xi will attend the fifth summit of the Conference

on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) in Dushanbe, t

he capital city of Tajikistan, and pay a state visit to the country, Lu added.

Xi is paying the visits at the invitation of Kyrgyz President Soo

ronbay Jeenbekov and Tajik President Emomali Rahmon, according to Lu.

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Fortunately, a growing number of Chinese high net wort

th investors have started to realize the importance of not putting all their eggs in one basket, said Zi Yu

an, head of investment platforms and solutions at UBS Securities. One solution is to hold dif

ferent currencies to avoid the possible risk of the exchange rate fluctuation of one single currency.

“They are looking at more overseas markets. Different markets sometimes are litt

le connected. For example, the Chinese stock market was really disheartening last year. But if an investor all

ocated his assets in the US stock market or other markets with high yield bonds, the loss in the Chinese stock m

arket will be offset and the stability of the entire investment portfolio will be further consolidated,” he said.

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The “good-looking economy” is highlighted throug

h the changes in snack food over the past few years. That is to say, consumers pay more atte

ntion to exterior design, with snacks packed in gift boxes showing a high-end trend.

Meanwhile, there is growing trend toward buying healthy snacks. Data showed th

at natural food, whole grain, sugar-free and additive-free have become “hot tags” for snack food.

The major consumer group for snack food is young people aged 20-30 seeking tasty and health

y food. Sales results from e-commerce platforms also support this conclusion. Last year, sales of lightly bake

d and additive-free nuts jumped nearly 190 percent. Dried fruits and vegetables also saw a surge in sales.

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The phone call took place days after the US Commerce Dep

artment announced on Wednesday it will add telecommunications eq

uipment maker Huawei and its affiliates to the Entity List on Wednesday. Being on the list

bars the company from buying US technology without government approval due to security concerns.

On the same day, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order that bars US companies fr

om using telecom equipment from manufacturers considered a national security risk, without mentioning Huawei by name.

Such moves, as well as the increase of tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods earlier this m

onth, complicated the prospect of continuing the bilateral trade talks that have been ongoing for more than a year.

China has always believed in and hoped to solve trade differences thr

ough talks, but such talks should be equal, Wang said. In any talks, China must protect its legitim

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Festival will mark 80th anniversary of popular cantata

The Central Conservatory of Music will hold a festival from May 23 to 27 to celebrate the 80th anniversary of The Yellow River Cantata.

Written by composer Xian Xinghai (1905–1945) in Yan’an, Shaanxi pro

vince, in early 1939, the piece was inspired by a patriotic poem by Guang Weiran, and the lyrics

were adapted for the cantata. Premiered on April 13 of the same year in Yan’an, the work became, and remains, popular.

The conservatory’s symphony orchestra, choirs and chamber music grou

ps will join in the festival with 20 concerts, including the opening concert on May 23 condu

cted by Yu Feng, president of the university. The Yellow River Cantata will be performed by young singers.

Veteran Chinese musicians and singers, including Guo Shuzhen and Wang Xiufen, will perform during the festival.

Besides concerts, masterclasses and forums will be held in Yan’an.

The music festival will also celebrate the 70th birthday of the country.

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President hails US high school students’ roles

Mandarin learners encouraged to play parts in fostering bilateral friendship

President Xi Jinping encouraged a group of United States high-school students to boost

friendship between China and the US as he replied to their letter written to him in Chinese.

“I hope you will make the best of your time, study hard and contribute y

our part to a deeper friendship between the people of our two countries,” Xi wrote in th

e letter, saying the young generations represent the future of the Sino-US friendship.

Over 40 students from Niles North High School in the state of Illinois who are studyi

ng Mandarin Chinese recently wrote to Xi, asking about his work, life and hobbies.

They told the Chinese leader in the letter that they are studying Mandarin, and they love the Chinese language, music and cuisine.

In his written response, Xi expressed gratitude to the students for their letter, and said he

can feel from the letter their love of the Chinese language as well as their interest in Chinese culture.

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Top economic planner bullish on reaching annual growth

China’s economy, despite headwinds, has enjoyed a good start in the first quarter of 2019, and the country has the confide

nce to achieve the annual projected growth goal, said the country’s top economic planner.

“The first quarter’s stable economic development has laid a solid foundation for the an

nual growth,” said Yuan Da, spokesperson with the National Development and Reform Commission.

“The economy has stayed on the track of steady growth. We have the confidence, conditio

ns and capability to meet the projected targets for economic and social development this year.”

Yuan made the remarks at the NDRC press conference on Thursday in Beijing.

According to data from the National Bureau of Statistics, China’s economy expanded at a faster-than-expected 6.4 perce

nt year-on-year in the first quarter. The growth was unchanged from that in the fourth quarter in 2018.

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The meetings on Thursday and Friday are all part of

f the 8th Summit of Central and Eastern European Countries & China.

At the China-CEEC economy and trade forum before the leaders meeting, Li called for strengthening trade facilitation and exp

anding two-way opening-up of markets. China is willing to expand imports of goods from CEE nations, particu

larly agricultural products that cater to the demand of Chinese consumers, he said. Trade of farm goods, machine

ry and electric devices should be further boosted and logistics sped up between the trading partners, he said.

Li said trade between China and the 16 CEE nations rose by 21 percent to a record high, de

spite a global trade slowdown. China is willing to strengthen cooperation with CEE nations in infrast

ructure based on market rules and following European Union rules and standards, he said.

Li advocated the great potential for trade and economic cooperation between China a

nd the 16 countries. China-CEEC cooperation is a helpful addition to China-EU ties, he said.

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Sending anonymous gifts and sentimental notes has quic

ickly spread across the country as a way to express people’s gratitude toward the firefighters and wishes for their safety.

In Tongxiang, Zhejiang province, the fire and rescue bureau even received a car key, along with a letter.

“The car has been maintained, please feel free to use it. I hope the car will be of use in your work,” it said, accor

ding to a Sina Weibo post by the Fire and Rescue Bureau of the Ministry of Emergency Management.

The letter was signed by “Sichuan citizen”. The officers found the donor, a secondhand

car seller from Sichuan, thanked him and eventually talked him into taking back his car, according to the ministry.

As the gifts and heartwarming notes have become a trending topic on social media, experts said the enhancement of people’s fire s

afety and prevention awareness will help ease firefighters’ burden and better protect their safety.

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But it doesn’t mean marriage is dead. It just means

 that marriage is no longer the only place where people make all their

major financial and personal decisions, or incur obligations to others,” Coontz said.

“First of all, I haven’t met my Mr. Right. Also, I’m extremely responsible with my own finances – I have to pay my rent and my stud

ent loans every month,” said Michelle Yu, a recent graduate of the University of Southern California, who just s

tarted her first job at a publishing company in Los Angeles. Yu has been single for more than four years.

“So, if my partner also has a ton of student loans or is in a bad financial situation, I’d r

ather be alone,” said Yu. “Now, I can well manage my own money and I’m saving the down payment for bu

ying an apartment in my neighborhood. I like to do that on my own pace.”

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