g to “negotiate with the Obama administration” about trade. In fact, the prev
ious administration sought to conclude a Transatlantic Trade and Investm
ent Partnership — or TTIP — with Europe, though was unable to get the deal across the line. Trump’s own talks on t
rade with Europe have been inconclusive, after he threatened to spark a trade war.
Trump vs. his global counterparts
Trump’s comments on Brexit also illustrated the tendency of a Pre
sident who admires dictators to throw allied leaders under the bus.
He criticized Prime Minister Theresa May, whose credibility has been shredded by parliamentary defeats.
”She didn’t listen to that and that’s fine, I mean, she’s got to do what she’s got to do,” said Trump, who was forced into
a rare apology last year after hammering May’s Brexit strategy on the eve of meeting her in the UK.
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.
many Chinese leave their hometowns to make a living in big cities, where they live alone. This makes it inevitable that they will do things on their own at times.
“Due to life’s stresses, sometimes they will actively look for the chance to escape from social interaction to enjoy solitude. As a re
sult, dining, traveling and singing karaoke or watching movies alone has become more common,” she said.
Chen added that the perception of single people has witnessed profound
changes, as there is no longer any stigma attached to them and many prefer to remain alone.
“Whether in TV shows or movies, there are increasing scenarios that tell people they sho
uld remain independent, and it is possible to live a nice life without getting married, especially for women,” she said.
munity, China should more actively participate in the process to make rules for global academic research.
Li Xiaohua, a researcher at the Institute of Industrial Economics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
Clear red lines must be drawn
Given that uncertainties and risks abound in the early st
ages of the development of cutting-edge technologies, the process is bound to involve some c
ontroversies. Still, there is a lack of strict regulations, especially those related to some emerging industries and technologies. Which me
ans the authorities need to expedite legislation for relevant laws and rules for research in science and technology.
But that should not prompt the authorities to forbid sch
olars from conducting research for the fear that they would violate the existing norms and invite
public ire. After all, progress made in science and technology in one country will propel the development of people acr
oss the world. The key is to set clear red lines to remove all confusions over scientific research.
ouses in terms of investment in basic research due to several factors. But that should not prevent Chinese researchers from wo
rking to achieve breakthroughs that could change the world.
With further economic development and strengthened emphasis
on scientific innovation, the funding for basic research, that is, investment in research and d
evelopment, will undoubtedly rise. And when R&D investment increases, science and technology development ente
rprises will be encouraged to play a much bigger role in the scientific and economic development of the country.
Chen Zhi, director of the Institute of Science and Techno
logy for Industrial Development of the Chinese Academy of Science and Technology for Development
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resentment against a ruling civilian and military cabal, and an economy in crisis have sparked mass protests across Algeria in recent weeks.
President Abdelaziz Bouteflika praised the peaceful nature of the ongoing demo
nstrations and “maturity of our citizens, notably youth” in a message to mark International Women’s Day on Friday.
Bouteflika also warned Algerians over “possible infiltration of misleading partie
s” who may seek to “provoke chaos” in a statement published by the Algeria Press Service.
Why is everyone sick of Bouteflika?
Protesters have been hitting the streets in the capital, Algiers, and other cities across the
North African country for weeks, demanding Bouteflika withdraw from contending forthcoming elections. The
announcement on Sunday that the octogenarian will seek a fifth term in office has sparked fury among Algerians.
hina will accelerate efforts to develop advanced manufacturing and strengthen its innovation
and competitiveness, while renovating and upgrading traditional industries, said Miao Wei, minister of industry and information technology.
To promote high-quality manufacturing development, the country will simultaneously f
oster and develop emerging industries and new technologies, addressing industry ove
rcapacity and push forward the intelligent manufacturing, Miao said on the sidelines of the ongoing two sessions.
In addition, Miao said by the end of February this year, 1.56 bill
ion mobile phones were in use in China, surpassing the total population of the country.
Authorities overseeing the market place will implement new regulations this year to more effective
ly impose the strictest punishment on violators found guilty of the production and selling of fake or su
bstandard goods, Zhang Mao, minister in charge of the State Administration for Market Regulation said on Tuesday.
China will establish systems to subject such violators to more
severe punishment, including hefty fines and compensation for consumers, Zhang sa
id. Violators will have all fake or substandard products identified, confiscated and destroyed, he said.
A whistle blower system will be established to more effectively deter such violations, he added.
before the man punches Williams in the face, knocking his hat off.
The suspect is then seen getting close to Williams’ face and shouting profanities at him. He punches Williams in the face once more before walking away.
Williams was at UC Berkeley to recruit students for a yet-to-be-formed chapter of Turning Point USA, a conser
vative advocacy group that bills itself as the right’s alternative to liberal activism on college campuses.
A spokesperson for Williams said that he was a field re
presentative for the Leadership Institute, a group that helps train conservative leaders.
Neither Williams nor the man suspected of punching him are students at UC Berkeley.
The University of California Police Department said they had identifi
ed the suspect as Zachary Greenberg, and that he had been arrested and booked. Police added that t
he case would be presented to the district attorney’s office for “consideration of the filing of criminal charges.”
As tensions between India and Pakistan escalate yet again wit