So far, up to 14,000 students in the district have tak

n skating and skiing lessons, said Zheng Shiyong, deputy director of Yanqing district’s education commission.

“We will continue supporting and encouraging more people to participate in winter

sports,” he said, adding that around 17,000 students will experience winter activities by the end of this year.

Some professional winter sports activities have also been designed into the distr

ict’s education plans, with more professional instruction to students, according to Zheng.

The district’s education authorities also cooperated with its sports bu

reau to make winter ice and snow sports available to all residents in the area.

“We will have 110,000 people participating in winter ice and snow acti

vities by 2022 in Yanqing,” said Ma Zhiyong, deputy director of the sports bureau.

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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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Meanwhile, China is willing to jointly promote the mo

nitoring and evaluation of Arctic climate and environmental changes, develop platforms for po

lar scientific research, and promote the sharing of Arctic observation data and international work pr

ojects, Wang said during the Arctic Circle China Forum in Shanghai on Friday.

“We look forward to working with other countries to smooth the economic channel that conn

ects the European and American continents through the Arctic Ocean and jointly create a ‘Polar Silk Roa

d’ to facilitate connectivity and sustainable economic and social development of the Arctic,” he said.

Wang said that Arctic affairs, especially those regarding climate c

hange, environmental protection, scientific research and the use of waterways, are closel

y related to the well-being of people living in the polar region and the survival and development of all humankind.

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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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Democrats have said they may issue a subpoena to

try to force Barr to testify before their committee.

“The failure of Attorney General Barr to come to the hearing today is sim

ply another step in the administration’s growing attack on American democracy an

d its attack on the right of Congress” as a co-equal branch of government, Nadler said.

Barr spent four hours before a Republican-led Senate committee on Wednesday defen

ding his handling of Mueller’s report on Russia’s interference in the election to boost Trump’s ca

ndidacy and whether the president subsequently tried to obstruct Mueller’s probe.

Representative Doug Collins, the House Judiciary Committee’s top Republican, s

aid Barr did not appear before that panel because Nadler had insisted on an aggr

essive format with an extra hour of questioning from its own lawyers, in addition to those from the committee’s

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Affordable, quality preschools will be the priority, the m

inistry said. Governments at all levels are encouraged to establish public kindergartens,

aiming to get about 50 percent of all preschool children into public education by 2020, it said.

Communities, State-owned enterprises and public institutions

such as universities are also encouraged to establish their own kindergartens, it said.

Lyu Yugang, director of the ministry’s basic education department, said the cent

ral government will allocate 16.8 billion yuan to support preschool education.

Construction work has begun on the athletes’ village for the 2

021 Summer Universiade in Chengdu, located at Chengdu University.

Covering an area of around 37 hectares, the Universiade Village consists of eight specific buil

dings, including apartments for athletes, service center, health center, administrative affairs center, inter

national communication center, gymnasiums, aquatic center and the College of Chinese & ASEAN Arts.

In addition, construction is continuing on the tournament stadium, main gymnasium

and ball game gymnasiums. Major transportation projects, such as a new expressway, are also underway.

The 2021 Summer Universiade was officially awarded to

Chengdu, capital city of Sichuan Province, this March. The proposed dates for the tournament are August

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If not this year, we can achieve that ambition next year

ar,” Yu said. “Our market share is still growing very rapidly.” Ac

cording to him, currently, one of every three smartphones sold in China is from Huawei an

d he hopes that in the near future, two out of every three smartphones sold in China are from Huawei.

The company is also expanding its presence in overseas markets, with it already beco

ming the top smartphone vendor in several European countries, Yu added.

Huawei knocked Apple Inc off its second-place seat in the second quarter of 2018. The two are

in fierce competition. Currently, Samsung Electronics Co is the largest smartphone vendor in the world.

Yu also said that Huawei is open to selling its 5G modems, a key component of smartphones, to

Apple, as the United States tech giant is having difficulty in finding an appropriate supplier.

In 2018, Huawei shipped over 200 million smartphones and it said earlier that

the Shenzhen-based company is likely to ship about 230 to 250 million smartphones this year.

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BAIC sold 1.46 million vehicles BAIC last year, dow

percent with its joint venture brands- Beijing Benz, Beijing Hyundai

and Fujian Benz selling 485,000 vehicles,790,000 vehicles, and 29,000 vehicles, an increa

se of 14.8 percent, 0.7 percent and 27.3 percent, respectively; while its self-owned brands sold 156, 000 vehicles last year.

Beijing Benz becomes backbone in BAIC’s revenue with the figure reaching 135.41 billion yuan in 2018 from 116.77 billion yuan

in 2017, jumping 16 percent year-on-year, that accounted for 89.1 percent of BAIC revenue in 2018.

A pair of giant pandas will leave Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province, on Thursday for Denmark.

They will stay in the Copenhagen Zoo for 15 years as part of a joint research project between the

Chinese Association of Zoological Gardens and Copenhagen Zoo to protect and breed giant pandas.

A grand farewell ceremony for the duo, Xing Er, a 6-year-old male, and Mao Er, a 5-year-old fe

male, was held at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding on Wednesday.

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According to him, the country’s accommodation sharin

ng industry will maintain high-speed growth this year, and might make a breakthro

ugh in legalization. For instance, owners of short-term rental houses will have a lega

l identity, and safety standard of the shared homes will be in accordance with that of hotels.

“However, there is no law to regulate home-sharing services at present, which is the biggest challeng

es we face,” Yang said, adding that the Chinese government has a positive attitude toward the sharing economy.

In October, the State Council released an action plan for 2018-20 to further stimulate domestic consumption.

Market access should be relaxed in several service-related fields, such as tourism, and efforts to boost the develo

pment of short-term rental services, such as rental apartments and guesthouses, are encouraged.

Launched in 2011, Tujia lists 1.4 million online homes, including apartments, home

stays and villas across 400 Chinese cities and more than 1,000 overseas destinations.

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Shared accommodation industry can boost housing marke

The shared accommodation industry should follow a “platform plus” model to inject new impetus in China’s pre-owned hou

sing market, said the co-founder of Beijing home-sharing company Xiaozhu during the Boao Forum for Asia in Hainan.

‘Platform plus’ is a reference to China’s Internet Plus strategy t

o integrate new technologies, such as AI, big data, and cloud computing, in traditional industries.

Chen Chi, also the company’s CEO, made the remarks while discussing future trends in Chi

na’s sharing economy with founders from other industry players, such as Booking.com, Grab, and VIPKid.

“The ‘platform plus’ strategy is to complete the missing links in the service industry chain,” Chen said.

“Xiaozhu has been offering numerous value-added services, ranging from housekeeping, ho

me interior photography to smart devices, so as to provide shared home users with a more convenient living environment.”

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