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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While early-stage Uber investors such as Benchmark, Men

 Ventures, First Round Capital and Lowercase Capital made a killing in the IPO, some late-stage backers did not fare as well.

Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp <9984.T >, for example, invested in Uber in early 2018 at $48.

77 per share. It also bought shares at a much lower price in a large secondary transaction.

To be sure, other IPOs have traded well so far in 2019, including online scrapbook company Pinterest Inc, vegan burger

maker Beyond Meat Inc and video-conferencing startup Zoom Video Communications Inc. But these were mu

ch smaller startups than Uber that did not execute as many frothy fundraising rounds.

Uber Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi, who was on the NYSE trading floor to mark the debut, tried to cal

m investors by pointing to the company’s growth prospects and expansion plans.

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od films. This fact is attested by Chinese films’ soari

ring box office and increasingly impressive performance at major international film

festivals including the Berlin International Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival and Venice Film Festival.

But there is still a wide gap between the Chinese film industry and the Eu

ropean and US movie industries, be it in the art of filmmaking or in the publicity strat

egies and methods. That some Hollywood filmmakers spend nearly half of their budget on publicity and ad

vertising should give Chinese filmmakers some food for thought, especially since some Chinese movies, de

spite being well made and highly rated by movie critics and viewers alike, fail at the box office.

A wine-maker needs to get people to know his wine is good to make his business a success, so do Chinese filmmakers.

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In the years since, the country has continued to maint

tain a breakneck pace of economic development, which has brought booming economic prosperity.

Unfortunately, it has also brought a deteriorating environment. Seeing heavy smog, for ex

ample, many people feel that a worsening environment will destroy the happiness brought by economic growth.

Since 2012, the new leadership under President Xi Jinping has put forward a series of ecol

ogical ideas. On Sunday, Xi said at the opening ceremony of the exhibition that “green mountains and cle

ar waters are indeed mountains of gold and silver, and environmental improvement means great productivity”.

This idea, dubbed the theory of two mountains, enjoys immense popular support in China.

Xi, who is also general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party o

f China, urged officials at all levels never to sacrifice the environment for economic growth.

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Oh Ei Sun, a senior fellow at the Singapore Institut

e of International Affairs, noted Xi’s emphasis on high-quality development, free t

rade and people-to-people bonds, “all of which are sorely needed around the world”.

“The shift toward high-quality development is a natural extension of what China has been doing for the past few ye

ars. Now that the BRI is five years old, it’s about time to upgrade quality joint development,” he said.

“China is trying to address the concerns that have been raised sinc

e the last Belt and Road Forum two years ago. One of these concerns is the need for infr

astructure projects to be more responsive to the local circumstances of BRI member countries.”

Duncan Freeman, a research fellow at the EU-China Research Centre at t

he College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium, said infrastructure is important for economic gro

wth, so building infrastructure and building connectivity and efficient infrastructure are important.

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Facts and figures: Belt and Road Initiativetive, proposed

The Belt and Road Initiative, proposed by China in 2013, aims at building a

trade and infrastructure network connecting Asia with Europe and Africa along the an

cient trade routes of the Silk Road to seek common development and prosperity.

Let’s take a look at some key figures about the initiative.

A new remake of Peking Opera classic Farewell My C

oncubine is expected to premiere for opera lovers in Beijing in late May.

A representative opera piece of the late Chinese theater

mogul Mei Lanfang, Farewell My Concubine tells a love

story based on the legend of Xiang Yu – the warlord of the ancient Chu Kingdom – an

d his beloved consort Yu. Xiang lost a battle for the throne, and Yu committed suicide with his sword.

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Ruwan Wijewardene, Sri Lankan state defense min

nister, said on Tuesday that Islamic extremists staged the attacks in

Sri Lanka in retaliation to the shootings in two New Zealand mosques in March that claimed 50 lives.

And the blasts lay bare several threats confronting the whole world. First

of all, the reflux of IS terrorists formerly active in Iraq and Syria to countries that have not su

ffered large-scale serial terrorist strikes in a while poses a serious threat to their people’s safety.

Sri Lanka had enjoyed relative peace after the Liberation Tige

rs of Tamil Eelam, a militant organization demandin

g a separate homeland for Tamils in northeastern Sri Lanka, was defeated in 2009.

Governments have been keeping a close watch on the small nu

mber of people that have returned to their countries after atten

ding IS training camps. Yet the lack of coordination mechanisms among countries seemin

gly helps the terrorists evade surveillance and collude with extremist forces outside their countries.

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It handed over 124 tons of hazardous waste in late 2012 to

 two local farmers who simply buried it and caused severe environmental degra

dation, according to a local court verdict reached in January of 2017. The company w

as fined 1 million yuan ($148,850), and two senior executives were given suspended jail terms.

In July 2017, a local environmental watchdog fined the company 280,000 yuan for va

rious violations including misconduct in hazardous waste management.

Hazardous waste could potentially be radioactive, toxic, highly corrosive or otherwise ha

rmful to people and the environment. Therefore, these materials require special treatment.

At a news conference in late March, Qiu Qiwen, head of the sol

id waste and chemicals management department of the Mini

stry of Ecology and Environment, said that the proper treatment of hazardous waste and other solid

waste is of great significance as it’s fundamental to improving air, water and soil quality.

Qiu’s department was newly established in the ministry’s latest institutional reshuffle in the second h

alf of last year — a move meant to strengthen governance over hazardous waste treatment.

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The move could also boost economic development, espe

ecially the development of the tourism sector, a pillar industry of China.

In fact, after the four-day holiday was announced on March 22, tourism-related stocks rose sharpl

y. Also, the number of tourists and tourism revenue during May Day holiday this year are set to increase by ab

out 8 and 9 percent year-on-year, respectively, according to China Tourism Academy.

But the actual number of holidays has not increased because April 28 and

May 5 being Sundays are make-up working days. And since there is a debate on whether t

he government should put people’s demand for longer holidays above economic development, the four-day hol

iday without reducing the number of working days will help the government and companies to strike a balance bet

ween maintaining economic development and meeting people’s need for longer holidays.

But why do Chinese people crave for longer holidays? They do so be

cause some employers, especially in some underdeveloped regions, have not given (or

have been reluctant to give) the paid leave to their employees. Besides, national holidays put

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Zhao, the middle school teacher in Beijing, said th

t although he donated organs, many of his friends would not register as donors, sin

ce the traditional belief still exists that the body should be kept intact after death.

“I think more education and publicity should be made at colleges

to promote the awareness of students, who accept the idea more easily,” he said.

Chen, the transplant center director, said more efforts should be made to ensure the quality o

f harvested organs, especially those harvested at smaller hospitals or clinics.

“No doctor would dare to use substandard organs, since th

at may cost lives,” he said. “We hope all organs distributed are equally up to standard.”

Huang, chairman of the donation and transplantation commit

tee, said there are 182 hospitals certified in organ transplant surgeries around the country.

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