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so single people think it is a waste of time compared with ordering takeout,” adding that on major food
delivery platform Meituan-Dianping, about 65 percent of the orders are made by singles ages 20 to 30.
Others choose to dine out. A recent report by global market research company Kantar Worldpanel found that 46 percent of interviewees said they had eaten
alone in the past 24 hours, up by 9 percent from 2017. Some 16 percent of respondents said they preferred to eat out alone.
Liu Chang, 24, a postgraduate at Renmin University of China in Beijing, said she likes to ex
perience celebrity restaurants recommended by food review platforms. She has visited them alone many times.
“Finding friends you like to dine with can be difficult sometimes. In view of this, I would rath
er eat alone, which can also be enjoyable and relaxing, as I can do whatever I like,” she said.
ing act in South Asia in the past year, after easing some regional tensions.
In July 2017, for example, there was a heated month-long territorial standoff between Chinese and Indian troops in Doklam, near the borders of India, China and Bhutan.
The two powers nearly came to blows over accusations the Chinese gov
ernment was building a road inside the territory of close Indian ally Bhutan.
Nearby, China also conducted live-fire drills with combat troops.
But a warm, informal summit between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Pri
me Minister Narendra Modi in April 2018 helped put relations back on a positive track.
”The common interests of China and India far outweigh
their differences,” state-run newspaper China Daily said in an editorial at the time.
The situation is much clearer for China across the border. Pakistan is a longtime f
riend and trading partner of Beijing, described by Chin
ese diplomats as enjoying an “all-weather friendship” with the country.
Pakistan is also one of the largest buyers of Beijing’s weapons. Between 2008 and
2017, Islamabad purchased more than $6 billion of Chinese arms, according to think tank CSIS.
It hasn’t all been easy sailing, however. Questions have been raised about the
large debts Pakistan has accrued as a result of Chinese government loans and infrastructure.
But Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has been determined to keep the special rela
tionship with Beijing strong. “We need to use China as an inspiration to lift our people out of poverty,” he said.