Mattarella said that Italy supports the Belt and Road Initiati

 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.

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China is willing to enhance high-level guidance with the

Italian side, respect each other’s major concerns, jointly build the Belt and Road, explore cooperation with third parties, boost

cultural exchanges and local-level cooperation, and strengthen popular support for bilateral relations, Xi said.

The Chinese president stressed that in recent years, China’s National People’s Con

gress and the Italian Senate have established a regular exchange mechanism.

China supports the two countries’ legislative bodies to carry out multi-level, wide-ranging and multi-c

hannel exchanges and cooperation, and share successful experience on major issues such as legislative supervision, state gov

erning, national economy and the people’s livelihood, on the basis of mutual respect and mutual learning, Xi said.

He said he hopes that the Italian Senate will continue to play an active facilitating role, and cr

eate better conditions for and inject greater momentum into the development of bilateral relations.

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And if parliament *actually* says what it wantsad to ask, didn’t yo

  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.

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Short Brexit delay possible, but conditionalonald Tusk has said

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
Labour’s Sha

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.”

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Crews around Platte Valley were rescuing residents from

  Fifteen volunteers were stranded on the lake, eventually rescued themselves with the help of the Nebraska National Guard, which brought in a Black Hawk helicopter, according to CNN affiliate KETV.

  The National Weather Service predicts “much calmer” weather in most areas this we

ekend,. However, flooding will persist throughout the Mississippi and Missouri river.

  ”Anyone with interests along impacted rivers should monitor closely/take action,” the weather service said.

  Ice jams possible north of Hwy 30 this weekend. Generally minor/moderate river flooding i

nto next week on many central Iowa rivers. #iawx pic.twitter.com/m0ydybyPuJ

  Many central Iowa rivers may see moderate flooding into next week from the rain and snowmelt runoff, the weather serv

ice said. A flood warning for northern and parts of central Iowa has been extended through Saturday evening as “l

ocal creeks and streams, as well as the main river branches are running high,” according to the weather service.

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cel Hirscher has won eight straight World Cup overall titles but

  On the men’s circuit, Marcel Hirscher is arguably the greatest ski

racer there has ever been, but he hinted in Andorra his stellar career could be nearly over.

  The Austrian great has sealed an unprecedented eighth World Cup season

overall title as well as a sixth giant slalom season crown and fifth in a row.

  But the 29-year-old was unimpressed with his lackluster sixth place in the final

World Cup giant slalom of the season Saturday.

  ”If I ski further I have a lot of work to do,” he told Eurosport in the finish area in Soldeu.

  ”Before I have to have a clear mind and maybe as well I have to make the

right decision for the future what are my plans for the upcoming season.”

  Hirscher, whose wife Laura gave birth to the couple’s first child last year, has won 67 Wo

rld Cup races to sit third on the all-time list behind American Lindsey Vonn (82)

and Sweden’s Ingemar Stenmark (86).

  The Austrian star, who has also wrapped up a third straight slalom crown and sixth in to

tal, admitted at last month’s World Championships in Sweden that it could

be his last appearance at the biennial event.

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Mocking O’Rourke’s gestures might seem a frivolous at a time

  of national political angst and with a heavy duty policy debate already under way. But Trump is an expert at trivializing and belittling opponents, to de

tract from the gravity of their arguments and to feed the conservative media machine.

  His diagnosis of Jeb Bush’s “low energy” four years ago established a narrative about the former Florida gove

rnor’s campaign that hinted at a grain of truth. The one-time GOP front-runner could never recover.

  Trump vs. Brexit — and Obama

  At one point in the meeting Tump, said he wasn’t going to “comment on Bre

xit,” but characteristically unable to constrain himself, could barely leave the topic alone.

  At the start of his meeting, Trump welcomed Varadkar, and poin

ting out that his visitor was in a difficult position over Britain’s tortured attempts to comp

lete its withdrawal from the European Union, which could harm Ireland’s peace and prosperity.

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This generation has grown up in an era when China

has made tremendous economic achievements, and they have enjoyed affluent material conditions since childho

od. So they set higher standards for life and ask for better quality and unique experiences,” Tang said.

“Compared with the older generation, they are more willing to pay for conveni

ence, entertainment, mental stimulation, companionship and education that will benefit their future careers.”

George Ren, a senior partner with global consultancy Roland Berger, said many companies have star

ted to respond to this demographic shift in recent years, as they have seen great potential in the singles’ economy.

“They have made products of smaller size, in smaller packages or with more divided functions. They have also deve

loped unique and personalized services to cater to the diversified demands from single people,” he said.

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Tang said, “Chinese food is quite complicated to mak

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.

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Song Yu, 34, a freelance writer in Beijing, said he traveled a

“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.

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