Xi hailed Zhang’s deeds, saying the elderly hero hid the

 for more than 60 years and stayed true to his original aspirations. As a s

oldier, Zhang defended the country; as a civilian, he works for the people’s well-being, Xi said.

Zhang lives a life of simplicity, purity and indifference to fame and fortune, serving as a role

model for military officers, rank-and-file soldiers and veterans across the country, Xi said.

Zhang, a member of the CPC, was a soldier of Brigade 359 of the Northwest Field Ar

my, one of the main forces of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army during the Liberation War between 1945 and 1949.

He was honored by the Northwest Field Army sever

al times for performing meritorious deeds as he braved enemy fire. He was twice given the honorary title of C

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also said it is delaying its launch of Huawei’s 5G smartphones.

Jia Mo, an analyst at Singapore-based market research company Canalys, said the delayed prod

uct releases in certain markets will harm Huawei‘s smartphone business, but Huawei is working on its ow

n mobile operating system, which can help relieve some pressure in the domestic market.

On Thursday, in response to media reports that UK chip firm Arm Holdings told its staff to suspend dealin

gs with Huawei, Ren Zhengfei, CEO of Huawei, said in an interview with Chinese financial media website Caixin that his co

mpany has acquired a permanent licensing of the ARM architecture, the basis for Huawei to design its chips.

Arm China also said in a reply to China Daily that “we are in active com

munication to find appropriate solutions that comply with current laws and regulations”.

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Moreover, China’s economic development in the past three de

 decades has prompted a huge rise in urbanization, which has see

n large numbers of unattached young people from rural areas move to large cities in sea

rch of work. Their work-dominated lifestyles mean few have friends to share meals with.

To feed this massive market, catering companies have started providi

ng more options tailored to single customers. Meituan-Dianping, a popular food del

ivery company, told the Financial Times that 65 percent of its orders come from unmarried customers.

On food delivery platforms, many restaurants offer meal deals specifically for singletons. Pizza Hut provides 15-centimeter, o

ne-person bases, while stir-fry restaurants offer reduced portions or meal deals consisting of just one or two dishe

s and a bowl of rice, compared with traditional meals that must contain at least three main dishes plus a soup.

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According to the latest information from the Tibet Himal

alaya Expedition Co, by Thursday morning, 12 climbers from the company and 21 mou

ntaineering guides successfully reached the summit of the mountain from the northern slope.

Tsering Samdrub, general manger of the company, said with significa

nt training long for 43 days, 12 Chinese climbers made it to the summit.

“The weather on Thursday was so nice. Thanks to this, the climbers were all in very good

condition,” said Tsering Samdrub, commander-in-chief of ongoing spring climbing.

“Hampered by weather factors this year, the final climbing period to the summit was later than the previous year, and clim

bers from different countries all take this opportunity to complete their climbing,” said Samdrub.

Samdrub also said more than 200 climbers are huddled together, which has led to one-two hour postponements of climbing times.

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The first time Lippi took over, the national team showe

ed “a very positive attitude and great perseverance” in competitions, the association s

aid on Friday. “We are confident that Team China will again try its best to chase their World Cup dream,” it said.

The association also announced that it has set up a preparatory gro

up for the upcoming election of new leadership, which is scheduled for next month.

Chen Xuyuan, chairman of Shanghai International Port (Group) Co, which owns th

e Chinese Super League’s Shanghai SIPG, has been appointed to lead the group.

According to Beijing Youth Daily, Lippi will arrive in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, on Tuesday. His first task will be to

compile a new list of 25 candidates for Team China, which will assemble on June 3 for training. Lippi’s assistants are curr

ently scouting matches in the Chinese Super League and the second-tier China League One.

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China’s GDP reached 21.34 trillion yuan in the first three

months of 2019, up 6.4 percent year-on-year, according to data released by the National Bureau of Statistics.

Xinjiang is the last province to release its local GDP figures. During the

first quarter, Xinjiang’s GDP reached 217.77 billion yuan, up 5.3 percent year-on-year.

In terms of GDP growth rate, a total of 17 regions saw their GDP numbers exceed the “nation

al line” of 6.4 percent. Among them five came from the eastern region and six each from central and western areas.

All the top three came from China’s western area. Yunnan province posted the fastest

growth rate of 9.7 percent year-on-year, followed by Guizhou (9.2 percent) and Tibet (9.1 percent).

The bottom three are Jilin province, Tianjin municipality and Heilongjiang pro

vince, Jilin province, with a growth rate of 2.4 percent, was the weakest performer.

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The resident of Chengdu, Sichuan province, is a popular vlogge

and his reviews of digital appliances have won him more than 124,000 fans on social media.

He had never eaten hotpot alone before. However, he happened to be in

Beijing on business and when he heard the restaurant offered stuffed toys as co

mpanions for solo diners he decided to visit and produce a vlog so his fans would know how it felt.

Knowing that a large number of unattached people often

spend festivals alone, Pu hoped his vlog would help them enjoy their solitude.

Even though he was the only solo diner in the restaurant, Pu said he didn’t feel at all awk

ward eating with a toy companion. The vlog showed him eating casually, occasionally scrolling through his phone, an

d having a video chat with his family. The restaurant was full of diners, but no one gave him a second glance.

“Overall, it was very enjoyable; the only thing was that I can’t eat too much so I only ordered a small amount of food,” he said.

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Xinjiang to launch up to 100 trains for tourists

As tours to Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region have become increasingly popular among tourists from home and abroad, local

authorities have announced a plan recently to launch as many as 100 special trains for tourists from May to October.

The local railway authorities will step up cooperation with other part

s of the country to boost Xinjiang’s tourism development, according to Huang Ti

ngfen, deputy general manager of Xinjiang Railway Tourism Development Group.

The trains will provide easier access to both the southern and northern parts of Xinjia

ng, said Huang. It will also be more convenient for Xinjiang residents to travel to other parts of the country.

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ponds and lakes dotting the pasture, but thanks to an im

anks to an improved ecosystem, fish are returning to those waters.

The 38-year-old says his father once grazed his flock in this area of northwest China’s X

injiang Uygur autonomous region, which he described as being “barren and more like a desert back in the day”.

The Tarim River runs 1,321 kilometers along the rim of the barren Tarim Basin, a sparsely populated area about the size of Poland.

Excessive irrigation in the past used up too much water, which caused the lower 400 km of t

he Tarim River to run dry in the early 1970s and pushed surrounding trees to the verge of disappearance.

Born in the village of Yengisu by the dried-up river, Ahmat never saw the water as a child. Sa

nd would slowly cover the caked riverbed. To find water, Ahmat’s family and flock had to move 200 km north.

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Before his retirement, Wang irrigated farmland for de

nd for decades and witnessed local farmers’ continuous battles against sandstorms.

“It didn’t just feel like a black storm, it was as if the whole desert was approachi

ng,” recalls Liu Conghui, a writer who was born, and still lives, near the farm Wang once worked.

As the menacing sandstorms made the area increasingly inhospitable, Liu’s whole community planned to up sticks.

To restore the local ecosystem, the Chinese government launched

a 10.7 billion yuan ($1.6 billion) project in 2001. A set of measures were adopted such as sav

ing water, converting farmland into grassland, providing treatment for dry riverways and building dams. In addition to t

hose measures, industrial and agricultural use of water in cities and counties along the river was limited.

Over the past two decades, Xinjiang has infused 7.7 billion cubic meters of water into

the dry trunk stream of the lower reaches of the Tarim River in 19 rounds of water diversion.

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