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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decline from 85 million in 2018 to 42 million in 2040. In th

he next five to seven years, China’s policy support for new energy vehicles will drive g

lobal growth,” said Kou Nannan, head of research at Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

As early as in 2012, the State Council introduced a pipeline to guide the development of the natio

n’s EVs, with a goal of producing 2 million units and selling 5 million EVs by 2020. Later on, cent

ral and local governments carried out a series of subsidy policies in the NEV industry, such as purchase tax exemption an

d purchase subsidies, to offer greater support to the industrialization of China’s NEV industry.

According to the agency, China will specifically lead in the e-bus market. It is estimated that by

2025, China’s e-bus fleet share will reach 50 percent, and by 2040, the ratio will rise to roughly 80 percent.

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I must stress that Taiwan is an inseparable part of Chin

na, and the one-China principle is the foundation of China-US relations and an international consensus,” Shao said.

“The US side has conducted a series of negative rhetoric and actions regarding the Taiwan questi

on, violated the one-China principle and the three China-US joint communiques,” he said.

“This has undermined China’s sovereignty and security, sent a seriously wrong message to

Taiwan secessionists, and disrupted regional peace and stability,” Shao said, adding that China must, and will be, reunified.

“If anyone tries to separate Taiwan from the mainlan

d, the Chinese military will adamantly protect its territorial integrity at all costs,” he said.

As for the South China Sea, Shanahan accused China of undermini

ng freedom of navigation and overflight in the region, and militarizing the local islands.

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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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The capital issued blue alert for strong winds on Sunda

with five suburban districts of Tongzhou, Yanqing, Changping, Huairou and Shunyi upgrading it to yello

w alert later. These areas were hit with strong winds as high as 8-9 grades, with gales reaching 10 grade

at some places. According to forecast, the wind could still be as high as 7-8 grades on Monday.

The gale toppled a wall near Dongzhimen Bridge in downtown Beijing, hitting three pedestrians,

two males and one female. Two of them died at the scene and one at hospital, Dongcheng District said via Sina Weibo.

Food delivery service Meituan said one of its deliverymen was hit and killed by a fallen tree when delivering food.

The speed of wind reached 10-15 meters per second at the Capital International Airport starting from 10 a

m Sunday, with gales as fast as 20-25 meters per second, the airport said. Due to the strong wind, th

e operational ability of the airport dropped and remained low until 7 pm Sunday.

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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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gdong province, his administration has established a resea

arch institute to accelerate the development of new apparatuses for underground detection that could reduce interference from human activity.

“We will also explore carrying out observational experiments

in wells from hundred of meters to 1,000 meters deep, and through scientific drilling that will p

enetrate active earthquake faults to gain more information about underground structures,” he said.

Currently, 13 countries have been involved in the project, includ

ing Russia, Egypt and Algeria, and 17 domestic research teams, including one from U

niversity of Science and Technology of China, have started research on the site, Zheng noted.

The site will “offer research teams with observa

tion equipment, support for outdoor observation and data sharing services”, he said.

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Ministry: No winners in China-US trade wartrade war, and C

There is no winner in a trade war, and China hopes to solve the issue through dialogue rather than unilateral mea

sures, said Gao Feng, Commerce Ministry spokesperson at a news conference on Thursday.

The two countries should meet each other halfway and resolve problems through cooperation and discussion, Gao said.

Qin Guangrong, former Party chief of southwest China’s Yunnan Province, is being investigated for suspe

cted serious violations of Party disciplinary rules and laws, according to the country’s top anti-graft body Thursday.

Qin is being investigated by the Communist Party of China Central Com

mission for Discipline Inspection and the National Supervisory Commission.

He voluntarily surrendered.The peaceful resolution of Sino-US tra

de tensions is the expectation of the whole world, the spokesman added.

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More nurses sought to treat elderly population

Health authorities will redouble their efforts to train nurses in eldercare as the

proportion of older people in the popula

tion expands and tens of millions of

people struggle with disabilities, a senior health official said on Wednesday.

Jiao Yahui, deputy chief of medical administration and supervision at the Nation

al Health Commission, said there are not

enough nurses to cope with the growing needs of the country’s elderly.

A regulation on the training of healthcare workers and standards of service is being drafted.

It is expected to boost the number of nurse’s aides, Jiao said ahead of

International Nurses Day on Sunday.

The nurse’s aides will complement the work of full-fledged nurses to meet the demand for services for the elderly, she said.

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