There were 215 million single people in China at the

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.

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At a royal foundation event in February 2018, Harry and William

  suggested that if there were any disagreements, they were between the brothers, and not the wives.

  The royal press pack has pushed back against accusations that they are b

iased against Meghan. They say they are just doing their job, covering the news witho

ut prejudice, and they claim they do far more positive stories about Meghan than negative ones. But online trolls have exp

loited the “othering” of Meghan on online news sites and gossip pages and reports of a feud between her and Kate

.Hope Not Hate researcher Patrik Hermansson said he was surprised to see discussions about Meghan, which he des

cribed as “pure conspiracy theories,” suggesting she isn’t really pregnant but is wearing a fake baby bump.

  ”The way I understand that … it’s an attempt to distrust and make her seem unreliable and distrustful,” he said.

  Meghan and Harry’s forthcoming child will be the first known mixed-race baby in the roy

al family’s thousand-year history. Adegoke, the author, said speculation is rife about his or her likely appearance.

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He clarified that the total government debt ratio stood at

percent of the national GDP at the end of 2018, a little higher than the

36.2 percent for 2017, but still much lower than the globally accepted warning level of 60 percent.

Given that the ratio is more than 200 percent for Japan and aro

und 100 percent for other major economies such as the United States and France, it is hard to un

derstand why China, with a much higher economic growth rate, is so often identified as cause for concern.

Some might point to China’s growth-obsessed local governments, which have long been criticized for their opaque ways

of raising funds to invest in massive infrastructure projects, often using financing institutions known as “local gove

rnment financing vehicles”. Much of the so-called hidden debts have been raised through such vehicles.

Yet thanks to deleveraging, the curbing of irregularities and the st

andardizing of government financing, among other measures that have been taken to rein in the hi

dden debts and prevent systemic debt risks, China’s local government debts are under control.

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Defense spending poses no threat to other nations, spokesm

China’s defense expenditure is for the protection of the nation’s sover

eignty, security and territorial integrity and does not pose any threat to other countries, ac

cording to Zhang Yesui, spokesman for the second session of the 13th National People’s Congress.

Zhang said at a news conference on Monday in Beijing that China always sticks

to the path of peaceful development and follows policies that are purely defensive in nature.

“To judge whether a country poses threat to other

nations, the key lies in its foreign and defense policies rather than the increase in its defense budget,” he said.

He made the remarks in response to a question on China’s perspective change to its defense budget this year.

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But the US would also like an agreement from Kim that

he will agree to dismantle the DPRK’s enrichment facilities and access for internat

ional experts to verify the dismantling of a rocket launch site and a nuclear testing site.

Of course, the process to make the Korean Peninsula nuclear-free could be a long drawn ou

t process given that the US and the DPRK are yet to fully agree on what “complete denuclearization” me

ns, which makes it difficult for them to agree on how to turn that vision into reality.

And while Washington has been seeking “complete, verifiable and irreversible” denuclearization before it lifts its san

ctions on the DPRK, Pyongyang has insisted on a process carried out “stage-by-stage” in a “simultaneous way”.

Despite all this, the peace process must never be allowed to stall o

r be reversed. Peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula is the common aspiration of all pe

ace-loving people, and conforms to the interests of all the parties concerned, including China, which has played an in

dispensable role in maintaining the momentum of engagement between Pyongyang and Washington.

Kim and Trump are on the right track toward realizi

ng the goal of a denuclearized peninsula. The end of the nearly 70-year hostility between the two cou

ntries, if realized with a peace deal, would in itself be no small feat, and it will def

initely pave the way for more concrete actions taken by the two sides to rid the peninsula of the threat of nuclear war.

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Beyond “Black Panther,” Marvel’s highlights included “Spider

  Man: Into the Spider-Verse” swinging off with best animated movie, as the Sony release topped a pair of Disney sequels, “Ralph

Breaks the Internet” and “Incredibles 2.” “Free Solo,” a hit documentary about daredevil climber Al

ex Honnold, topped the documentary feature category, which also included the Ruth Bader Ginsburg biography “RBG.” In th

eir enthusiasm, one of the filmmakers blurted out an expletive that was promptly bleeped.

  ”Bohemian Rhapsody’s” other wins came in both sound categories as

well editing. Notably, none of the “Rhapsody” winners thanked credited director, Bryan Si

nger, who was accused of sexual abuse in January, allegations that the filmmaker has denied.

  In one of the more expected victories, the team that transformed Christian Bale into former Vice Pr

esident Dick Cheney won in makeup/hairstyling for “Vice.” Visual effects, however, were something of a

surprise, going to “First Man,” the moon-landing drama about Neil Armstrong.

  Lacking a host, the producers relied on music and comedy bits to enlive

n the evening, including a duet from “A Star is Born” by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga — la

ter the winner for best song — which drew a standing ovation from the Hollywood crowd.

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It is easy to feel the influence of the US when dealing with region

al affairs in Southeast Asia. Although Duterte’s strategies differ in some ways fro

m those of his predecessors, the US still has strong influence on the Philippines. It is understandable that M

anila may worry that the takeover of strategic facilities by Chinese companies could affect its relationship with the US. So

me US politicians may also use the South China Sea issue to instigate reckless moves against Chinese investment.

Politicizing investment is a pervasive problem faced by China as the country pushes forward the BRI. China and the Philippines need to make join

t efforts to resolve the issue. China should back the establishment of mechanisms such as the South China Sea Code of Conduct to sa

feguard the interests of all parties and build the foundation for win-win cooperation. As for the Philippines, the c

ountry needs to rid itself of US influence with a new understanding of the Chinese investment. We hope the Philippines can p

rovide fair treatment to Chinese enterprises and abandon its old idea that it has to take sides between China and the US.

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Thailand’s political changes mirror those of Southeast Asiawhich

 is a region in transition. Since the beginning of the 21st century, thi

s region has come across political struggle between new capitalistic groups and old b

ureaucratic factions, as well as political turmoil as a result of the huge gap between the rich and poor.

Indonesia is also going to hold a presidential election in April. These upcoming electi

ons have sent a clear signal that Southeast Asian countries long for political stability and development.

The Thai election can give confidence to other countries in the region. After all, with very few exc

eptions, the junta can return power to the people through elections.

As for China-Thailand relations, historically, no matter which

government came to power after several coups, the direction of bilateral ties has never chang

ed. The cooperation between China and Thailand has become the common  aspiration  of the  two peoples and is in their mutual interest.

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With the proscription of Azhar becoming a contentious

t impedes China-India relations, some Chinese scholars advise that China take India’s concern more into account. But Liu Zongyi, a senior fellow of the Shanghai I

nstitutes for International Studies, told the Global Times that India should, first of all, mind its approach. Should New Delhi resort to quiet dipl

omacy instead of extensively directing aggressive rhetoric to pressure Beijing, the Azhar issue could have been better addressed.

Terrorism in India poses a significant threat to Indians. Without solid evidence, India has long accu

sed Pakistan of sponsoring terrorist attacks by Jaish-e-Mohammed and other militant groups and China

of providing uncritical support for Pakistan. Instead of simply blaming other countries, especially Pakistan and China, shouldn’t the Indian government ma

ke more self-introspection on its anti-terrorism policy and dwell more on how to better administer the India-controlled part of Kashmir?

China and Pakistan are not enemies of India in countering terrorism. Despite the India-Pakistan dispute, New Delhi has comm

on interests in fighting terrorism with Islamabad and Beijing. It’s suggested India abandon suspicions and the three countries enhance consult

ations on regional security and strengthen anti-terrorism cooperation. Last August for the first time the militaries of India and Pakistan took part in

a mega anti-terror drill of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Russia aimed at expanding cooperation among member countries to de

al with the growing menace of terrorism and extremism. Such momentum shouldn’t be disrupted.

With the approaching general election in India, nationalism could be easi

ly fanned and used by politicians to woo support. Blaming China and Pakistan for the terr

orist attack will arouse Indians’ anxieties over neighboring countries. A tough stance by the BJP government may help the

ruling party win more support. But this will risk anti-terrorism cooperation being sabotaged for the political interests of parties in India.

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the 4th warmest year amid continued warming trend

  BEIJING — Seven out of 10 fugitives bearing class-A wanted orders had been caught by the end of January, the Ministry of Public Security said over the weekend.

  The 10 wanted orders, all targeting suspects of major economic crimes, were issued on Jan 11.

  Among the seven detained, two turned themselves in as suspects of cattle stealing and telecom fraud, respectively.

  The ministry called on the public to give information on the wanted and pledged to re

ward those offering effective leads.The picture show a polar bear leaping across the water from one block of i

ce to another, gazing up at the drone and feeding on a fresh kill, Devon Island, North of Canada。

  WASHINGTON — The global surface temperature in 2018 was the fourth wa

rmest in the modern record, showed an annual analysis released on Wednesday.

  Global temperatures in 2018 rank behind those of 2016, 2017 and 2015 and the past five years are, collectively, the war

mest years since 1880, according to scientists at the United States space agency NASA.

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