Beverages, which used to focus on flavor, have als

so aimed to forge a connection to health. Concepts such as vegetable protein drinks,

MCT, or medium-chain triglyceride, and dietary fiber were unveiled. Riding the wave of nationwide phy

sical fitness, sales of snacks with less sugar and no sugar also showed an obvious increase.

Unique and distinctive snack food is enjoying growing popularity among young people born a

fter 1995, who pay more attention to innovative taste, unique design and clever names.

The Chinese snack industry has entered a fast lane of development. Its gross output value is

expected to grow by about 20 percent a year, hitting 3 trillion yuan by 2020, the report said.

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Speaking at a regular news conference, Lu said the US sid

de has made various remarks about trade negotiations, with some saying the agreement w

ill come out soon while others saying it’s still difficult to reach an agreement, from time to time.

China’s position has been consistent, Lu said. “The trade frictions should be resolved through friendly con

sultations and negotiations, which must be based on mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit,” he added.

SOUTHAMPTON, England – Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party was se

t to storm to victory in a European election, riding a wave of anger at the failure of Prime Min

ister Theresa May to take the United Kingdom out of the European Union, early results showed.

The country’s two main parties, May’s Conservatives and the opposition Labour Party, hemorrhaged support while sm

aller pro-EU parties did well: the Liberal Democrats were in second place, according to a BBC projection.

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5G is not just a faster 4G. It will fundamentally reshape

?how enterprises run businesses and overhaul a wide range of industries by using data to create more value,” Lu said.

Greater access to China’s financial sector will encourage global investors and dispel the gloom clouding the global econo

my amid Beijing’s trade tensions with Washington, according to senior officials and economists.

Chinese financial regulators are preparing a comprehensive opening-up, with more new measures in the pipeline. Forei

gn institutions with advanced performance in risk management, credit rating, consumer finance, endowments an

d health insurance are especially welcome, senior officials stressed over the weekend.

The opening measures will offset part of the negative impacts of trade friction on economic

recovery, and enable China to reach its GDP growth target of above 6 percent this year, they said.

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He visited China for the first time in 2001, where he noticed tha

“It’s such a difference visiting today to see so many different animate

d productions being done in China. Chinese writers, directors and animators ha

ve really jumped into rich storytelling and created really fascinating worlds that the global audience will enjoy seeing,” he says.

Over the past eight years, D’Ambrosia has overseen production of such popular Disney Junior’s shows such as the Emmy Awar

d-winning Sophia the First and The Lion Guard, which is based on Disney’s Oscar-winning 1994 film The Lion King.

Speaking about the key to appealing to children aged between 2 and 7

, he reveals that the tales his team creates are built on down-to-earth research.

“We actually do go into preschools and talk to children about the stori

es and the characters. So we find their words very valuable and adapt our stories to make su

re that they not only comprehend the stories but also relate to the aspirations of the characters,” says D’Ambrosia.

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Xi’s speech draws positive reactions at Second Belt and Road

Editor’s note:?President Xi Jinping delivered a keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing

on Friday.China is going to open much more as it did before f

or foreign investment, and this is quite important for the whole initiative.

Here is a collection of comments from foreign ministers, delegates, and reporters attending the forum.

President Xi offered a vision of the Belt and Road Initiative t

hat inspires confidence in us, especially as small island developing states.

Facing challenges such as global warming and lack of development

financing, we in the Caribbean region welcome the opportunities presented by the initiative.

President Xi must be commended for his visionary leadership an

d his boldness in offering a new path for a brighter and shared future.

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Alibaba Group led China’s best employer list this yea

?followed by Baidu and ByteDance, according to the employment-oriented social networking platform LinkedIn.

The ranking list is based on feedback from LinkedIn’s more than 40 million users in China, taking fo

ur aspects into consideration — interest in the company, engagement with employees, job demands and employee retention.

Qualified companies must have had at least 500 employees as of Feb 1, 2018, and demonst

rate flat or positive employee growth over the following 12 months, based on LinkedIn’s data.

Among the top 25 companies to work for in 2019, 15 of them are technology companies, as the results showed.

Here is the top 10 list for best employers in China.

A traditional craft maker in Qinzhou, a city in South China’s Guangxi Zhuang autonomous

region, found a clue to boost popularity of its more-than-1,300-year-old workmanship. That is tourism.

Long Shaorong, vice-general manager with Qinzhou Nixing Pottery Arts Co Ltd, bets big on

tourism to beef up sales of Nixing pottery, one of the top four potteries in China, which originates from Tang Dynasty.

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It is the duty of car dealers to deliver qualified autom

obile products, and those who refuse to bear responsibility or compensate consumers for

unqualified automobiles violate the law and will be punished, said the China Consumers Association.

The discussion heard that some dealers force consumers to purchase insurance or ask for financial serv

ice fees without issuing invoices, both illegal acts that should be severely punished according to the law, the association said.

During the discussion an unnamed womaen complained that she was sold a defective Mercedes-Benz car.

The woman said the engine of the CLS300 she bought from Xi’an, Shaanxi province dealership Lizh

ixing Co developed problems soon after she bought it March 27, but she failed to get a refund or exchange.

She also said she was asked to pay a “financial service fee” of 15,000 yuan to an employee without knowing what the money was for.

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Jia Mo, an analyst from global market research compan

?Canalys, said it is possible for Huawei to achieve its ambitious revenue target if it can maintain its current growth rate and everything goes well.

“Huawei is also increasing the average selling price of its smartphones and expan

ding its presence in the premium segment, which will significantly boost revenue,” Jia said.

But the global smartphone market is reaching saturation point, so Huawei has to encroa

ch on other smartphone vendors’ market share to maintain a good momentum, Jia added.

On Thursday, Yu also unveiled the P30 smartphone series in Shanghai. Priced from 3,988 yuan ($594) in China, the P30 Pro co

mes with optimized photo-shooting capabilities. By leveraging artificial intelligence and a new light sensor, th

e new model would significantly boost light absorption to create better photos, even in near darkness.

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hinese firms to sponsor, serve Beijing horticultural expo

Chinese firms are expected to play bigger roles than sponsorship at the the upcoming 2019 Beijing International Horticultural Exhibition.

The expo has finished its sponsorship work, signing contracts worth about 1 billion yuan ($148.8 million) with 25 Chinese f

irms, including Air China and China Mengniu Dairy Company Limited, a record high sum for similar events in the field.

The firms will not only sponsor, but also serve the expo with

products, services and technologies, according to a consultant for the event.

Artificial intelligence firm Baidu will build a high-tech ecology experience pavillon to highlight the importance of environme

ntal protection, while China Telecom will showcase the country’s development in 5G technology.

Slated to kick off on April 29, the 162-day expo is poised to impress an expected 16 million visitors from hom

e and abroad, with a huge collection of plants, flowers and eye-catching pavilions, as well as ideas for green development.

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According to data released by the US Federal Bureau of

Prisons last year, 93 percent of inmates in the US are men. The nation’s incarceration rate peaked at 1,000 inma

tes per 100,000 adults during the three-year period between 2006 and 2008; the number was 310 in 1980.

When men are confined to jail or prison, or when a criminal record trails

them following their release, they may become less attractive candidates for marriage.

A 2018 study conducted by the University of Nicosia in Cyprus, based on an

analysis of 13,429 responses on Reddit, a popular social media website in the US, shows that th

e most frequent reasons that men indicated for being single included poor looks, low self-esteem and confidence, low

effort, not interested in relationships, no available women and poor flirting skills.

“To be honest, sometimes I do get lonely, but it’s never strong enough to make me think I wish I had someone,” said Martin W

est, a 34-year-old self-employed small business owner in New York. “I do enjoy relationships, but being single has some perks th

at a relationship can’t give you – so much disposable income, so much freedom in every aspect, no conflict or drama.”

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