It is no surprise that, as a Beijing native who grew up in

n a crowded courtyard house in a traditional alleyway like Lao She, Fang also felt a deep connection to the writer’s works.

上海龙凤1314女神会所As Fang says, he enjoys reading Lao She’s works because the characters appear as familiar as his neighbors.

After performing This Life of Mine in 2011, Fang began to plan other adaptations of Lao She’s works.

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ng adapted two more of the writer’s well-known novels, Divorce and Cat Country, for the stage between 2012 and 2014.

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ndarin teacher at the University of London from 1924 to 1929. Last year, he directed another all-male cast play titled Lao She’s Six Stories, based on six short sto

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icting the plight of a young couple living a hand-to-mouth existence and the relationships between local neighbors.

Fang is working on his latest play, The Story of Niu Tianci, which was written by Lao She in 1934.

“Compared with Lao She’s other works, The Story of Niu Tianci is less well-known. But Shu Ji likes it very much and it’s a pit

y to ignore such a great novel,” he says. “The story is about a young man’s struggle against his social environment, a

上海龙凤1314nd I am sure that audiences will find the story interesting and connect with it. I am very excited about it.”

A park focusing on the innovation and development of intangible cultural heritage opened in Beijing on June 28, the first of its kind in China.

Located in Dongcheng district, Yongyuan park was set up to allow inheritors of intangibl

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Developed by the Hong Kong-listed Beijing Capital Land, Yongyuan is the first park o

f its kind in the country set up to provide an innovation platform for intangible cultural heritage.

The company signed strategic cooperation agreements with a host of tradition上海龙凤1314女神会所

al art workshops, guilds and institutes of higher learning at the opening ceremony.

Yongyuan park also aims to integrate investment, technological resear

ch and retail facilities to promote the integration of intangible cultural heritage.

Authorities expect the park to become a testing ground for national efforts in intangible cultural heritage protection.

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Jim O’Neill, chair of the international think tank Chatham House and former chief econom

i 上海品茶微信st at Goldman Sachs, made the remarks in a speech on Wednesday at the celebration of the 70th anniversary of th

e founding of the People’s Republic of China and the second China-UK Economic and Trade Forum in London.

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South Africa was added to the group nine years later, making it BRICS.

“China remains the only one of the BRICS countries that aft上海品茶微信er 17 years has actually done exactly what we had expected it would achieve,” he said.

His opinion is that the ongoing trade dispute with the Un

ited States is not the most important challenge the country currently faces.

To continue its success, O’Neill said, China ne

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ibutor to the economic growth slowdown, and tackle environmental issues and population control in urban areas.

O’Neill is a former British commercial secretary to the Treasury. He said the Belt and Road Initiative, or BRI, initiated six ye

ars ago, will play a “hugely important” role in global trade, which has been buffeted by rising protectionism and unilateralism.

The BRI aims to build the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road and deliver policies, infra

structure, trade, financial and people-to-people c上海品茶微信女神会所onnectivity via a new platform for a brighter future.

“If it can be implemented collectively, it can transform the trade pattern in Asia, p

articularly between China and India, two of the major BRICS countries,” he added.

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Schools must provide more opportunities for students exp

experience tr上海品茶微信ansformative technologies. Only then will they be able to tackle the challenges of the ‘Intelligent Age’.”

A futuristic vibe permeates the entire campus. One can witness Xi

aoyi, a teaching aid program, answer students’ questions, while Xiaohuang, a self-dr

iving cart, delivers packages to teachers, and Wukong, a service robot, attends to visitors’ needs.

AI has also been integrated into 36 classes, from classical Chinese literature to biology. Li said the classes are meant to s

toke the students’ curiosity and familiarize them with AI technologies and equipment.

The school also provides intermediate classes on programming languages and web

and上海品茶微信 app design, and advanced lessons in robotics and self-driving technology.

Song Yan, director of the school’s information center, said there a

re plans to have 30 percent of students take part in AI-related courses.

“We want our students and teachers to have ample time to freely explore and innovate with AI,” he said.

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But, in general, they have been weaker when compa

red with urban areas, Zhang said. “Problems such as loose organization and lack of ability to provide public ser

vices and governance exist in some rural areas, which urgently requires intensified efforts,” he said.

In recent years, some rural areas have improved governance throu

gh innovative measures based on the reality of their situation, Zhang said.

The ministry released 20 model cases on better governance in rural areas on Wednesday.

They cover aspects such as improving connections and interactions between vil

lage officials and residents, facilitating public participation in decision-making, and

finding solutions to eliminate social problems, such as extravagance and waste in hosting events.

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Health Service, Woody Johnson, US ambassador to th

o the UK, said: “I think probably the entire economy, in a trade deal all things that are traded will be on the table.”

On Wednesday, Trump will attend commemorative events for the 75th annivers

ary of the D-Day landings in Normandy in northern France, one of the pivotal events of World War II. The queen

presented him with a rare Winston Churchill book about the war, and in her speech on Tuesday, May spoke of the two co

untries’ so-called special relationship-”a great partnership, but one I believe we can make greater still”.

Continuing the historical theme of the visit, s

he gave Trump with a framed typescript draft of the Atlantic Charter, agreed by Churchill and US president Roo

sevelt in 1941, setting out the two leaders’ postwar aims and paving the way for the formation of the United Nations.

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Xi calls for bolstering reform and developmentforts to p

Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, called

on Wednesday for further efforts to prevent and eliminate major problems in the nation’s reform and

development against the backdrop that uncertainties and instabilities are on the rise.

Xi, also Chinese president and chairman of the Central Military Commission, made the remarks while presiding over a key meeting

of the Central Committee for Deepening Overall Reform. He is the director of the committee.

Saying China is facing profound changes in its reform and development against the backdro

p of increasing external uncertain and unstable factors, Xi said the country must maintain a strategic focus.

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Tariffs pose threat to global industrial chains, official says

The tariff increases that the United States has placed on Chinese goods affect not only the interests of Chinese companies and consumers, but also their US cou

nterparts and threaten the security of global industrial and supply chains, according to a senior Chinese industrial official.

“We once again urge the US to stop unreasonably suppressing Chin

ese companies. Chinese companies deserve to invest and operate in a fair and just en

vironment in the US and the world,” Vice-Minister of Industry and Information Technology Wang Zhijun said.

Concerning the US decision to further increase tariffs on Chinese imports, Wang s

aid during a recent interview with news media that the total impact is “controllable”.

The nearly $200 billion of Chinese goods hit by additional US tariffs on May 10 acco

unted for 41.8 percent of China’s US exports in 2018, or 8 percent of its total exports.

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Moreover, China’s economic development in the past three de

 decades has prompted a huge rise in urbanization, which has see

n large numbers of unattached young people from rural areas move to large cities in sea

rch of work. Their work-dominated lifestyles mean few have friends to share meals with.

To feed this massive market, catering companies have started providi

ng more options tailored to single customers. Meituan-Dianping, a popular food del

ivery company, told the Financial Times that 65 percent of its orders come from unmarried customers.

On food delivery platforms, many restaurants offer meal deals specifically for singletons. Pizza Hut provides 15-centimeter, o

ne-person bases, while stir-fry restaurants offer reduced portions or meal deals consisting of just one or two dishe

s and a bowl of rice, compared with traditional meals that must contain at least three main dishes plus a soup.

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He said through the SAR government’s efforts and a ratio

onal discussion among the people of

Hong Kong, the city will eventually reach a consensus and any doubts over the issue will be dispelled.

Han, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Comm

ittee, hoped that all sectors in Hong Kong will work together to safeguard the image of the city’s rule of law.

The SAR government proposed to amend its Fugitive Offenders Ordinance and Mutual Legal Assista

nce in Criminal Matters Ordinance in March. The proposed amendments will allow Hong Kon

g to surrender fugitive offenders to jurisdictions with which it does not currently have extradition arrangements on

a case-by-case basis, with prior approval from the chief executive before an application is submitted to the courts.

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While educational evaluation has an important role of

f guidance, such roughly generated and lame evaluations cannot objectively reflect the real

conditions of schools, and have severely disrupted education activities, the statement said.

The MOE will therefore continue to regulate such acti

vities in accordance with law and regulations, according to the statement.

The China Earthquake Administration pledged to enhance its earthquake detection c

apability as it rolls out an experimental project in the country’s tremor-plagued southwestern region.

The administration has established over 360 new monitoring stations in the China Seismic Experimental Site, which spans Sichuan

and Yunnan provinces, since construction of the project was launched about one year ago, Zheng Guoguang, vice-m

inister of emergency management and head of the administration, told a news conference on Friday.

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