I’m excited about the Asian cuisine festival,” said Li Jingy

n, who came to the main venue of the festival on Thursday with four friends.

“We went to Thailand for a vacation last month. The beautiful sunshine and beaches there

are enchanting,” the 54-year-old Beijing native said. “Now, we have a second chance to experience its food.”

Yang Lin, 26, who described herself as a foodie, also went to t

he gala. “I love Korean food most, except for Chi

nese cuisine, and I’m happy that Beijing is holding such a big food exhibition.”

Xu Hejian, a Beijing official in charge of the event, said visitors can see how Asian food i

s made at the venue and sample various cuisines made by more than 200 food enterprises.

Wuyutai Tea is one of the companies.It’s a good opportunity for the younger generati

on to learn more about traditional Chinese delicacies and desserts,” said Chen Huaji, an employee. “Tea is

quite an important element of Chinese culture, and the exhibition offers a stage to show off the essence of Chinese food and Chinese culture.”

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Fretting about weight has become a common topic for

discussion among Chinese women-and not just at the office. Such discussions can be heard

everywhere, from high school classrooms to fitness studios, beauty salons and department stores.

But the issue is not just cause for concern in China. Obsessing over body shape has also emerged in Western countries over the past decade.

The term “fat talk” was coined by United States anthropologist Mimi Nic

hter and her team of researchers in 1994 after they observed the way girls in middle school

spoke about their body shapes-unexpectedly revealing that they invariably focused on the negatives.

Since then, numerous studies have detailed how pervasive “fat talk” has become among women of all ages.

A study published in the Psychology of Women Quarterly in 2011 found that an “overwhelm

ing majority of women”-93 percent-admitted to discussing the issue, with one-third of them doing so frequently.

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It was Washington’s decision to recognize Jerusalem

as the capital of Israel and Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights that fueled the massive protests from Palest

inians and the Arab world and deepened the enmity between the Palestinians and Israelis.

The Trump administration has closely aligned itself with Israel’s right wing, and on Su

nday night, US President Donald Trump reinforced this when he tweeted his “100%” su

pport for Israel’s actions, blaming the violence on “terrorist groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad”.

Israel and Hamas have fought three wars since the Islamic militant group s

eized control of Gaza from Western-backed Palestinian forces in 2007, but its leader Ism

ail Haniyeh said Hamas is “not interested in a new war” and is ready to “return to the state of calm” if Israel stop

s its attacks “and immediately starts implementing understandings about a dignified life”. In the past, Hamas has hal

ted attacks in return for the easing of an Egyptian and Israeli blockade imposed on Gaza.

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He underscored the importance of information technol

ogy to the country and people, and called for propelling the development of cloud computing, big data, artificial intell

igence and the industrial internet in a bid to advance the building of a digital China and a smart society.

He also said more work is needed to promote the integration and sharing of infor

mation resources between urban and rural areas to narrow digital gaps and unleash the vitality of digital sectors.

Zhuang Rongwen, head of the Cyberspace Administration of China, said enterprises are being encouraged to ramp up inve

stments and make breakthroughs in core technologies, and to make full use of international innovative resources.

Zhuang also called for speeding up the commercialization of 5G a

nd the deployment of the Internet Protocol version 6 network, as well as pushing forw

ard the digital economy so as to cultivate new driving forces and promote high-quality development.

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McGuinness identified a great number of opportuni

ties brought by the BRI, which by some estimates could be worth 1.8 billion pounds ($2.33 billion) annually to the British economy.

As a financial hub for international infrastructure investmen

t, British firms and international companies based in the UK stand ready to provide many of the ser

vices required along the Belt and Road, especially as it becomes more of a shared venture, she said.

They can also provide private financing required by the project and support thro

ugh green finance, consultancy, rule of law and foreign exchange, McGuinness added.

Seventy years after the founding of the People’s Republic of China, ties between China and UK h

ave gone from strength to strength, with bilateral trade now worth nearly 70 billion pounds, McGuinness said.

“I look forward to celebrating this long, fruitful relationship with our Chinese counterp

arts, and to marking the next chapter of our partnership in the Belt and Road,” she added.

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China releases report on progress, contributions and pro

China on Monday published a report elaborating on the progress, contributions and prospects of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

The document, prepared by the office of the leading group for promoting the BRI, was released ahead

of the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation to be held from April 25 to 27 in Beijing.

The Belt and Road Initiative is an initiative for peaceful

development and economic cooperation, rather than a geopolitical or military alliance, said the rep

ort. “It is a process of open, inclusive and common development, not an exclusionary bloc or a ‘China club’.”

“It neither differentiates between countries by ideology nor plays the zero-sum

game. Countries are welcome to join the initiative if they so will,” according to the report.

The BRI has turned ideas into actions and vision into reality, and i

tself into a public product widely welcomed by the international community, the report said.

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For me this record shop felt like the right place to pres

nt the album to the public,” Yang says.Yang was talking a couple of weeks before Record Store Day, an eve

nt that a group of record store owners and employees in the United States establishe

d in 2007 aimed at highlighting the importance of record shops to the music industry.

The first Record Store Day took place on April 19, 2008 and is celebrated

by record stores around the globe. This year’s event takes place on Saturday.

Yang, also a producer and chief executive of Maybe Mars, one of the larg

est independent record labels in China – and whose founding in Beijing coincided with that of Reco

rd Store Day – announced that to mark the day this year the company would hold a live show in the capital on Apr

il 21 featuring three indie rock bands: Lonely Leary, Muzzy Mum and Streets Kill Strange Animals.

Three days before the show the record label will release a compilation of vinyls featuring the three

bands’ latest singles, and P.K 14 will contribute two singles to the compilation.When Yang gets to Free

Sound his fans are waiting in a basement room whose walls are adorne

d with concert postures featuring well-known Chinese rockers such as Dou Wei and Ma Tiao.

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Leaders would assess the situation again when they me

et for a regular summit on June 20-21. Britain could have left by then if May succeeds in bu

ilding a coalition for her deal with the Labour opposition — though there is no sign of agreement yet.

n order to continue as an EU member beyond June, May has agreed to organize British elections to

the European Parliament, though it is still unclear if that vote will go ahead and how far it might t

urn into a virtual second referendum on EU membership that some hope could mean Britain cancelling Brexit.

The other 27 had all but ruled out pitching Britain, and parts of the EU economy, into

chaos on Friday. But a drive by Macron to keep London on a tight leash saw the emergency summit bogged d

own in late-night wrangling as German Chancellor Angela Merkel and others argued the merits of a longer lag.

As at a summit last month, which put back Brexit for two weeks, several EU diplomats said May failed to persuade her peer

s that she could definitely break the paralysis of repeated failures to ratify the treaty within the coming months.

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Minor earthquake in Beijing “normal, isolated event”

A 2.9-magnitude earthquake at a depth of 17 kilometers was detected at 1:25 pm on Sunday in Be

ijing’s Haidian district, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center.

Two earthquake experts said the minor quake was a normal activity in the

earth’s crust caused by changes in crustal stress, and th

ere is no need for the public to panic, according to a report on huanqiu.com.

“It is a normal and isolated event,” said Guo Xun, dean of the Civil Engineering

School at the Institute of Disaster Prevention.

“As Beijing is at the junction of the earthquake zones of Shanxi province, the

Hebei Plain and Yanshan Mountain, the city will e

xperience one to two earthquakes at around magnitude-3 degree every year,

according to past exper

ience,” Sun Shihong, a researcher at the

China Earthquake Networks Center, added.

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destinations you can’t miss over Qingming Festival h

Qingming Festival, which falls on April 5 this year, is known as Tomb-Sweeping Day. Chine

se people value it very much because it is the grandest festival for ancestor worship in China.

The festival always appears about the beginning of April when spring has come. Not only is i

t a period for commemorating the dead, it is also a time for people to go out and enjoy nature.

Roman poet Virgil once wrote: Now every field is clothed with grass, and every tree wit

h leaves; now the woods put forth their blossoms, and the year assumes its colorful attire. In such a beau

tiful season, Chinese have a three-day vacation during the festival to go out to enjoy nature after a cold winter.

Where is the best place to go during the festival? Here are 10 popular tourist attractions.Located in Southwest China’s Sichuan

province, the Jiuzhaigou Valley is renowned for its scenic and aesthetic majesty. Its fairyland landscape of num

erous lakes, waterfalls, and limestone terraces with their attractive, clear, mineral-rich waters are set in spe

ctacular alpine mountains with a highly diverse forest ecosystem, demonstrating remarkable natural beauty.

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