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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Chen Jingxue, a researcher with Kantar Worldpanel, sai

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.

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Luan Shengjun, founder of the restaurant chain Kum

Canteen, which specializes in Japanese food, said that in each of its outlets about 10 seats are spec

ially designed for solo diners, where they can watch chefs making sushi and sashimi at close hand. The r

estaurants also offer small-sized portions of classic dishes so that solo diners can taste a variety of food.

“If solo customers feel like talking, we encourage our chefs to respond enthusiastically. For example, they intro

duce customers to the process of making food and sometimes even have a drink with them,” he said.

Chinese singles, many of whom are well-educated and financially independent, also like traveling alone.

Figures from travel service provider Tuniu.com show that solo travel h

as become increasingly popular with those born in the 1990s. Last year, the number of pe

ople born in that decade who traveled alone rose by 10 percent compared with 2017.

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His remarks came after Richard Grenell, US ambassad

or to Germany, explicitly warned in a letter to German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier date

d Friday that the country faces consequences if Huawei participates in its 5G infrastructure.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Grenell wrote that allowing

the participation of Huawei or other Chinese equipment vendors in the 5G project woul

d mean the US won’t be able to maintain the same level of cooperation with German security agencies.

Lu said that some people in the US should not count on any other country catering

to Washington’s self interest or political calculations by sacrificing their own reasonable development rights and interests.

According to Reuters, Altmaier said earlier that Germany did not want to ban Huawei, b

ut would change its laws to ensure all components used in the 5G networks are secure.

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Icebreaker returns home early after hitting iceberg

The Chinese icebreaker Xuelong, carrying the 349 members of China’s 35th research mission to Antarctica, returne

d to Shanghai safely on Tuesday, about a month earlier than originally scheduled due to a collision with an iceberg.

Despite the Jan 19 collision in the Amundsen Sea, the crew managed to carry out com

prehensive research at five stations, including Changcheng, Zhongshan and Taishan, aerial geop

hysical remote sensing observation in the southeast polar ice cap, and marine surveys in the Amundsen Sea.

“Our team obtained valuable data and samples on the expedition, and filled the scientific ga

ps in the investigation of the Amundsen Sea area,” said Li Yuhong, an assistant researcher from No 3 Marine In

stitute of the Department of Natural Resources, who joined the 35th expedition

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Rule of law strengthens social stability in new era: Editorial

Among all the reports submitted for review to the national legislature at its annual session, those by the Supreme Peop

le’s Court and Supreme People’s Procuratorate have been a focus of attention in the past.

Their comparatively high rates of disapproval have corresponded to the dissatisfacti

on with such hated phenomena as the corruption, inaction and inability of officials. The pressure has

thus been heavy on the two institutions to improve both their performance and reports.

This year, not only have they been more serious about the documents — the Supreme Pe

ople’s Court set up a drafting panel as early as October, and the less than 11,000 character text reportedly unde

rwent 35 “major revisions” before it was delivered to the National People’s Congress on Tuesday — but they also sho

wed that they have made targeted efforts to alleviate public concerns.On its part, the procuratorat

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Tucker Carlson defiant against outrage over audio clips: ‘We w

  ucker Carlson portrayed himself as the victim of a “mob” on Monday night. And he said Fox News has his back.

  ”We will never bow to the mob. Ever. No matter what,” he said.

  At the exact same time, on MSNBC, the progressive group Media Matters for America

shared even more examples of offensive remarks made by Carlson on a shock jock radio show.

  The “Bubba the Love Sponge Show” audio clips are from 2006 to 2011. Media Matt

ers is circulating them now as part of a pressure campaign against Fox’s advertisers.

  Without naming the anti-Fox group, Carlson said on Monday nig

ht that “they’ve been working hard to kill this show” ever since it premiered in 2016.

  When Carlson handed off to Sean Hannity, the two men complained about the scrutiny.

  ”There is a mob that wants to destroy only Fox,” Hannity said.

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In one clip, Carlson joked about wanting to invade Canad

  while Iraq, on the other hand, “is a crappy place filled with a bunch of, you know, semiliterate primitive monkeys — that’s why it wasn’t worth invading.”

  In another clip from the same year, 2006, he said he had “zero sympathy for them or th

eir culture” in Iraq, calling it “a culture where people just don’t use toilet paper or forks.”

  In a third clip, Carlson — evidently joking — used a pejorative term for homosexua

ls to express his respect for the radio show’s host that he loved him “in a completely f****t way.”

  Carusone told Hayes on MSNBC that Carlson seemed casual and comfortable in these radio chats.

  ”It sounds like you’re actually getting to see the real Tucker Carlson” in these clips, he said.

  Carlson responded earlier in the day to the first batch of audio clips by urging people to tune into his show.

  He opened on Monday night by describing what it’s like to be caught in “the great American outrage machine.”

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The Addis Ababa-Nairobi route links East Africa’s two

largest economic powers and is popular with tourists making their way to safari and other destinations. Sunburned travel

ers and tour groups crowd the Addis Ababa airport’s waiting areas, along with businessmen from China and elsewhere.

“I came to the airport to receive my brother but I have been to

ld there is a problem,” Agnes Muilu said. “I just pray that he is safe or he was not on it.”

Kenya’s transport minister, James Macharia, said that authorities had not yet r

eceived the passenger manifest. He said an emergency response had been set up for family and friends.

“My prayers go to all the families and associates of those on board,” Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta said.

In a statement, Boeing said it was “deeply saddened” to hear of the crash and that a techni

cal team was ready to provide assistance at the request of the US National Transportation Safety Board.

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In October, another Boeing 737-8 MAX plunged into the Jav

Sea just minutes after taking off from Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital, killing all 189 people on

board the Lion Air flight. The cockpit data recorder showed that the jet’s airspeed indicator had mal

functioned on its last four flights, though Lion Air initially claimed that problems with the aircraft had been fixed.

China’s civil aviation authority asked domestic airlines to temporarily suspend operatio

n of Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft after a model operated by Ethiopian Airlines crashed on Sunday.

All 157 people on board the aircraft from Addis Ababa to Nairobi died in the accident, according to Ethiopian Airlines. It i

s the second time in less than five months that Boeing 737 MAX 8 was involved in such a deadly crash.

The authority said since both aircraft went down in min

utes just after taking off, it will ground the Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets till 6 pm on Monday out of safety concerns.

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