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that was put forward by Xi, and the initiative is expected to promote the interconnectivity of the Eurasian continent.
The BRI is also a road of cultural exchanges, he said, adding that Italy would like to enhance cooperation with China in tourism and culture. Italy ad
mires China’s achievements in economic development, and it appreciates China’s opening-up policies, he said.
Both Italy and China are ancient civilizations, and the people of the two countries have sufficient wisdom to deal with
challenges nowadays, he said, adding that China’s rejuvenation will bring new contributions to peace and prosperity.
China will take a solid step toward becoming a high-income country this year,
reating more space to deepen reform and expand opening-up, economists said on Friday.
A more balanced growth pattern will help the world’s second-largest ec
onomy pass the “middle-income trap”, with consumption and high-tech man
ufacturing leading growth, they said at a Beijing seminar leading up to the 2019 China Development Forum, which starts on Saturday.
It’s very likely that any consensus that could be reached across the Commons would be a softer Brexit than the one May is currently pursuing.
That, I am afraid, is still a fairly open-ended answer. It might mean the need to renegotiate, which would mean a longer exten
sion, which would mean being in the EU elections, which could mean a second referendum, ultimately.
The key point here is that cross-party consensus might soun
d nice, but on an issue as divisive as Brexit, it’s as likely as anything to blow up both main parties.
While things are far from rosy and three weeks is not enough t
ime to sort much, it’s worth noting that while Brexit might not be going terribly well, the last thr
ee years have been a huge learning curve for the entire UK. We know more now than we did.
So while the next bit of the Brexit process might look crunchy, the decisions made in the coming days will not be made lightly.
short delay to Brexit is possible, but will be conditional on the House of Commons passing the Withdrawal Agreement.
“The question remains open as to the duration of such an extension,” Tusk, the President of the European Council, said.
Tusk said he spoke to Theresa May on the phone earlier this afternoon.
“May’s proposal of the 30 June, which has its merits, creates a series of questions of a leg
al and political nature,” he added. “Leaders will discuss this tomorrow.”1 hr agoDona
ld Tusk speaking nowThe President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, is giving a press conference in Brussels.
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MPs surprised by “downright reckless” strategy, Starmer says
dow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer has opened the emergency debate into the Brexit delay by quoting Ther
esa May’s de facto deputy David Lidington, who said last week that if May’s divorce deal was not passed by parl
iament, seeking “a short and, critically, one-off extension would be downright reckless.”
Starmer says those statements led MPs to believe that May would reques
t a long extension if she hadn’t passed her plan — but May has asked for a delay only until June 30.
He adds that the confusion is symptomatic of May’s Brexit strategy to date — to “put parliament as far away as possible from the process.”
end of 2017, accounting for about 16 percent of the population, ac
cording to the National Bureau of Statistics. Marriage registrations have fallen every year
since 2014, while the divorce rate has risen for 16 consecutive years, according to the Ministry of Civil Affairs.
Dining, traveling and pursuing activities individually have also become increasingly popular with singles in China.
Tang Chuan, a researcher with Sinolink Securities, said that without family burdens, singles
seem to be less inclined to save money, and their willingness to spend offers great potential for boosting the economy.
Sinolink Securities conducted research on singles born from 1985 to 1995 and found that about 40 percent of those in first- an
d second-tier cities live from paycheck to paycheck, while in lower-tier cities, the proportion is as high as 76 percent.
“I was about to be 30 and wanted to celebrate this special birthday in Europe, but I couldn’t find any companion to go with
me,” he said. “So, I visited Europe on my own and found doing so could be pleasant, as it enabled me to change my rou
te and meet interesting travelers. I even met a backpacker who guided me to the Alps.”
Xu Xiaolei, a spokesman for China Youth Travel Service, said the number of people traveling alone has grown steadily in rec
ent years. Last year, 10 percent of the company’s revenue came from single travelers, mostly ages 18 to 30.
“For the younger generation, experiencing unique cultu
res and relaxing their minds and bodies are the main reasons for traveling, rather than con
necting with others or sightseeing. So they won‘t stop travelling because they lack a companion,” Xu said.
In tour groups, guides will usually pay more attention to solo travelers, making them feel less lonely or embarrassed, he said.
hinese women are buying more for themselves than they have in the past, according to a new report on Chinese women’s consumption.
The report was released one day before this year’s International Women’s Day by Alibaba’s e-commerce platform, Tmall.
More women are spending to please themselves instead of other
people, the report said. Tmall’s data showed that women’s consumption of books, tourism expe
riences, wire-free bras, flat shoes, flowers and other “treat-yourself” products continues to grow significantly.
Women born in the 1980s placed a total of 48.06 million book orders on
Tmall in the past year, while according to data from Fliggy, Alibaba’s travel arm, the same
group spent most on travel, China’s Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand, China’s Macao and Singapore their favorite destinations.