While eating alone is hardly a novel experience in many

“Chinese culture is family-based. Everyone wants to have a group of people eating toget

her, so eating is more of a collective behavior. People either eat with family members at home or with colle

agues and clients at work,” said Cai Yani, who has directed a series of short videos about solo dining.

Eating together is considered crucial for family bonding. On a typical Chinese dining table, one rarely finds dishes for indi

viduals; instead, there is usually a range of dishes-meat, fish, vegetables and soup-for everyone to share.

Restaurants usually boast round tables with a rotatable surface, known as a “lazy Susan” in the West, to make sharing easier.

The move away from the traditional sharing approach is largely due to a demo

graphic shift in the country, especially a sharp rise in the number of unmarried people. Statistics from the Mi

nistry of Civil Affairs show that more than 200 million people were living on their own in 2017.

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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 ministry made the remarks after the United States gover

nment late last week ordered its tech companies to cut ties with China’s

Huawei and put a number of Chinese comp

anies on an export blacklist , which makes it almost impossible for listed companies to purchase US-made goods.

Gao Feng, ministry spokesman, said China will

provide consumers in various countries with quality, reliable and diverse products.

The Chinese government is confident it will protect the legitimate

rights and interests of Chinese companies, he said Thursday at a news conference.

The misuse of the state power by the US to suppress Chinese companies not only seriously undermines the commercial cooper

ation between companies on both sides, but poses a serious threat to the safety of the global industrial chain, he said.

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ery likely so. Only things may not go the way Wash

If they wanted a replay of what happened to ZTE, a Chinese company which relies heavily on outsider

technologies, they may never see it. Because Huawei is a dramatically different kind of business.

The Plan B Huawei has just revealed — a series of self-developed chips — is only part of what makes it an enterprise of strategic insight, and hence resilience. Over

time, that insight has rewarded it with a viable biosphere that its founder Ren Zhengfei believes will enable it to weat

her the storm. “Our growth may drop a bit in the wake of US restrictions, but negative growth is impossible,” said a confident Ren during a Tuesday inter

view with Chinese media, adding that Huawei has cultivated longstanding trust with industry partners.

That may be why, even after Google barred Huawei from some Android featur

es, Ren spoke highly of the Silicon Valley giant, praising it as a “good company”. That may

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Also on Friday, shortly after the US said it would ban Hu

awei from buying US technology without special approval, Huawei’s chipmaking arm, HiSilicon, said it has long been prepar

ed for the “extreme scenario” of the US blocking access to some components and technologies.

“We have been developing backup products for years in anticipa

tion. … Such efforts can ensure the strategic safety of most of the company’s products and

a continuous supply of most products,” said HiSilicon President He Tingbo in an internal letter.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said at a news conference on F

riday that the development and utilization of 5G depends on global cooperation, and int

erference by the US undermines the principle of fair competition and shows a lack of respect for other countries.

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it has long been prepared for the “extreme scenario” of the US blo

access to some components and technologies.

“We have been developing backup products for years in anticipat

ion. … Such efforts can ensure the strategic safety of most of the company’s products an

d a continuous supply of most products,” said HiSilicon President He Tingbo in an internal letter.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said at a news conferen

ce on Friday that the development and utilization of 5G depends on global cooperation, and inte

rference by the US undermines the principle of fair competition and shows a lack of respect for other countries.

HiSilicon, which was founded in 2004, has designed chipsets like Ki

rin, which has been used in Huawei’s high-end smartphones. In addition to server chips, th

e company has also developed chips for base stations, basebands and chipsets powered by artificial intelligence.

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developed chips for base stations, basebands and chipsets

powered by artificial intelligence.Services will be provided based on the results of a survey of 81 countries

China will offer customized data services for disaster prevention thr

ough its Fengyun meteorological satellites for more countries along the Belt and Road, said a

senior official of the China Meteorological Administration’s National Satellite Meteorological Center.

The services will be provided based on the results of a survey of 81 countries. By the end

of April, 22 countries, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Russia, Libya and Sudan, had responded to the survey.

“From chips to its self-developed operating system, Huawei has long been preparing for in

dependent research and development in core technologies. It has the ability to adjust to changes in the glo

bal market,” said Xiang Ligang, director-general of the Information Consumption Alliance.

Huawei has also made preparations with core chipsets. Existing stocks

are thought to provide the company with a buffer of six months to a year, he said.

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Huawei said in a statement on Thursday that restricting t

 company from doing business in the US will not make the US more secure or stronger.

“Instead, this will only serve to limit the US to inferior, yet more expensive alternatives, leav

ing it lagging behind in 5G deployment and eventually harming the interests of US companies and consumers.”

The company said it is ready and willing to engage with the US government to come up with effective measures to ensure product security.

In response to the ban on Huawei buying parts from US companies, the company said such a deci

sion will “do significant economic harm to the US companies with which Huawei does business, affect tens of t

housands of US jobs and disrupt the current collaboration and mutual trust that exist in the global supply chain”.

Wang Peng, deputy head of the China Center for Information Industry Development, said the new US moves will disrupt the whole global electronics in

ustry and hurt a string of US companies that supply chips and other components to Huawei.

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Britain’s May to agree departure after latest Brexit deal bid

 British Prime Minister Theresa May will set out a timetable for her departure in early June after the latest attempt to get her Br

exit deal approved by parliament, the chairman of a powerful Conservative committee said on Thursday.

Three years after Britain voted to leave the European Union, there is littl

e clarity over when, how and even whether Brexit will happen, prompting some in her party to c

all for a new approach to the country’s biggest policy shift in more than 40 years.

May has promised to step down after her Brexit deal is approved by lawma

kers. But many in her party want her to set out clearly when she will quit if the agr

eement is rejected for a fourth time, and others are demanding her immediate departure.

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Health authorities suggest meditation every dayakes part in

China’s health authorities are advising people to meditate for five

minutes a day with the recent launch of a health knowledge promotion project.

The project has been jointly initiated by the disease prevention and cont

ol and promotion centers under the National Hea

lth Commission, China Health Education Center and All-China Journalists Association.

They advise a “5125” healthy living concept, suggesting people meditate f

ive minutes every day, do physical exercise for one hour every day, master one sport, join

one exercise community, take in at least 12 types of food every day and 25 types of food every week.

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