While it is reasonable to assume that women most concern

d with their body shape are those who might be susceptible to obesity or other risks, studies indicate the vast majority of wo

men who engage in “fat talk” can be ranked “average” and “healthy” when it comes to their weight.

Zhang Ran, 28, a senior consultant in the Beijing office of multinational professio

nal services company Ernst & Young, said she was a “fat talker” when she was a college student.

“I felt comfortable when I discovered I was not the only one who was un

happy about my body shape. But then I began to understand that it has nothing to do

with a woman’s actual weight, but everything to do with how she sees herself,” she said.

She added that sharing her fear of being fat with others could trigger feelings of emotional security and being part of a great

er community. Even after she graduated and started a career, “fat talk”-and its related effects-did not stop.

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Xing Ziqiang, chief economist with investment bank Mo

organ Stanley China, said this age group will be a main driver of the consumption upgrade in the next decade, with consum

ption in third- and fourth-tier cities expected to reach 45 trillion yuan in 2030, compared with 15 trillion yuan in 2017.

There were estimated to be about 112 million small-town youths in

China last year, according to mobile internet industry consultancy iiMedia Research.

Chen Ke, a senior partner with global consultancy Roland Berger, said that with lower housing prices in third- and fourth-tier c

ities, small-town youths have sizable disposable income and are more willing to spend a larger proportion of th

eir income on daily consumption, compared with people of the same ages living in bigger cities.

“They also have an increasing desire to live a better material and spir

itual life, are becoming more interested in personal products and are more willing to sp

end on entertainment and hobbies, as they have more spare time than their peers in big cities,” he said.

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hina sees the BRI as a method by wermanent c

hich it can make a substantial and permanent contributi

on to lasting peace, common security and global prosperity.

“While some Westerners may scoff at the impact they think the BRI may have on these is

sues, Xi genuinely sees the BRI as a global development project and will continue to wholeh

eartedly put China’s money, resources and energies into this project,” he said.e of these concerns is the

need for infrastructure projects to be more responsive to the local circumstances of BRI me

Chen Weihua in Brussels, Bo Leung in London,

Zhao Huanxin in Washington, Edith Mutethya in Nairobi and Chen Yingqun in Beijing contributed to this story.

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water resources while one-fourth of provincial regi

gions are facing severe lack of water, the institute said. In the meantime, urbanization has increased the amount of waste

water by 4.2 percent annually, from 48.5 billion metric tons in 2013 to 57.1 billion tons in 2017, it said.

China lags behind leading economies in water-use efficien

cy, said Yuan Da, the NDRC spokesman. Every 10,000 yuan in indu

strial added value consumes 45.6 cu m of water, double that for developed economies, he said.

Water conservation should be promoted from developing, using an

d protecting the natural resource with careful all

ocation, said E Jingping, minister of water resources, in an article published by People’s D

aily late last month. Projects that do not pass water conservation assessments will not be approved, he said.

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The tanks lined up, were kept 50 meters apart and stre

ched for 10 km, making it a memorable scene for a generation.

In October 2016, the bridge was closed for repairs after being open for almost 50 years. The 100,000 vehicles it carried each day far

exceeded its designed capacity of 8,000, causing many cracks to appear in the structure. It has been repaired 12 times since 2002.

Other problems it faced included falling mortar and metal fatigue.

The government decided to spend more than 1.1 billion yuan ($164 million) on the repairs.

The structure’s original concrete deck was replaced by a steel one, which is lighter and h

as greater durability. The replacement work was carried out above the 27,000-volt railway line. Any falling mater

ial, even a screw, would have caused a power failure and disrupted services on the busy Beijing-Shanghai Rail

way. Workers had to erect scaffolding and protective nets when no trains were passing.

The diameter of the lamp bases on the bridge were reduced by 5 ce

ntimeters, making the sidewalk wider and more convenient for pedestrians.

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Additive’ means laying down successive layers of

 material until the object is created, and each of these can be regarded as a sliced, horizon

tal cross-section of the eventual item,” said Michael Agam, president of South Asia at Stratasy

s, an additive manufacturing solution provider based in the United States.

Stratasys provides technologies that are used to create prototype, manufacturing tools and

production parts for industries from aerospace, automotive, healthcare to consumer products.

ou to produce complex (functional) sha

pes using less material than traditional manufacturing methods,” Agam said.

Falling product costs, ease of customization of goods, as well as governm

ent incentives are helping China emerge as an Asia leader in additive manufacturing.

China’s 3D printing industry is expected to reach $7.68 billion in output value, or one-thi

rd of the global market by 2020, according to a forecast by the China Industry Information Institute.

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NDRC unveils guidelines for shrinking citiesor the first tim

The government has for the first time added guidelines on the development of shrinking cities into a document outlin

ing key urbanization tasks this year as the country experiences an unprecedented urban expansion.

The shrinking small and medium cities should adjust their planning to c

ontrol the rise of urban construction land and efficiently use the available land, guiding populat

ion and public resources to concentrate in urban areas, according to the document released on Monday by the N

ational Development and Reform Commission, the country’s top economic planner.

A shrinking city usually means a dwindling population, emerging vacant spaces and t

he underuse of existing urban infrastructure, said researchers from both home and abroad.

National Business Daily reported Wednesday that 22 Chi

nese cities experienced continuous dwindling population in three years, ac

cording to its statistics based on data from the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development.

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China has a series of national laws that go well beyo

nd these international cooperation efforts.

Lee Ho Yin, head of architectural conservation programmes at the University of Hong Kong, said the count

ry has a regulatory framework to protect both tangible and intangible cultural heritage.

The Cultural Relics Protection Law provides statutory protection for the country’s cultur

al relics. It covers both movable and immovable tangible cultural heritage, which can range from buildings to artifacts.

The Intangible Cultural Heritage Law provides statutory protection for cultural heritage, and covers a broader spectrum.

Another piece of legislation, the Urban and Rural Planning Law of the People’s Republic of C

hina, is aimed at strengthening urban and rural planning and promoting the “integrated, harm

onious and sustainable development of urban and rural society and economy”.

Heritage conservation is also included in China’s planning framework in conjunction with the Cultural Relics Protection Law.

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Wow! Do the authors of the books expect a 1-year-ol

d girl to learn what her father did not study until the third year of university? How could I

explain such complex concepts as, say, superposition states, to my 1-year-old daughter?

Yet, as I started this “mission impossible”, I soon realized it might not be as difficult as I first thought. The quantu

m physics book is, like all the books I buy for her, still a cartoon book, containing very few words.

Open the first page and you see a baby running after a cat, drawn in

a simple, colorful style that every infant will fall in love with at first sight.

Then the story became faster-paced. The cat jumped into a box and the box shut automatic

ally. The baby sat next to the closed box, not knowing what his furry friend was doing inside.

“Is the cat asleep or awake?” A question emerged from the book, w

ith the answer on the next page: “It can be both and in quantum physics.

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The places that Chinese consumers can purchase milk

have expanded. Now, bakeries, cinemas, convenience stores, gyms are all channels that dairy makers are try

ing to access,” said Yu Xubo, chairman of the board of directors of Mengniu, and president of COFCO Group, China’s largest food trader.

“We have also found that the purchase of fresh dairy products is increasing in major

cities among middle to higher-income earners,” said Yu, who is also a deputy to the 13th National People’s Congress.

This year, Mengniu said it plans to establish specific cold chain logistics cha

nnels and strengthen its ability to produce and transfer fresh dairy products.

Meanwhile, the dairy maker has developed some niche products. It has introduced sports milk with a high protein

content tailored to those who work out often, and milk that acts as a meal substitute, both of which have seen high

er-than-expected sales, driven by new and more diversified demand from consumers, the company said.

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