essure, and psychological experts say that thinking of nothing is a mental
adjustment for people, which is
good for health as it can reduce the risk
of anxiety and depression by 25 percent, according to Workers’ Daily.
If people can’t manage their emotions effectively under high pressure, it will
harm their family life, work and social life, experts say.
The suggestion sparked reaction from netizens, with Sina Weibo user
Happy little witch123 asking, “Is it ok if I
accumulate the daily five minutes and me
ditate a hour on one day?” A WeChat user named yuenyuen said, “I’m not
bragging but I can meditate for a whole day.”
Just 20 days after the opening of a
museum of broken relationships in Taiyuan, capit
al of North China’s Shanxi province, its owner joked that it was turning into a blind date site, thecover.cn reported.
Since it opened to the public on April 25, the museum has received 500 visitors every day, aged between 16 and 25.
lliance on international disaster risk reduction, which included around 30 institution
s and universities from countries including Italy, Belgium, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
The alliance will serve as a new platform for international coordinati
on and provide scientific support for disaster relief and sustainable development.
The conference was co-hosted by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the China Association for Science and Technology, the U
nited Nations Environment Program, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Alliance of Int
ernational Science Organizations, a group created to connect the scientific communities of BRI participants.
Bai Chunli, president of the academy, said in the conference’s opening ceremony on Saturday that areas along the Si
lk Road are prone to various natural disasters that have resulted in massive loss of life and economic damage.
growth－and with good reason. China sustained an average annual growth rate of 10 percent from 1980 to 2011, unprece
dented for a large economy. Since 2012, however, the annual growth has slowed down with the Government Wor
k Report presented recently by Premier Li Keqiang setting a growth target of 6-6.5 percent for 2019.
For China doubters, this is a “gotcha” moment. After all, the premier’s grow
th target implies a 40 percent deceleration from the “miracle” trend. This seems to vin
dicate warnings of the dreaded “middle-income trap”－the tendency of fast-growing developing economies to re
vert to a much weaker growth trajectory just when they get their first whiff of prosperity.
The early work on this phenomenon was precise in terms of what to expect: as per capita inco
me moved into the $16,000-$17,000 range (in dollars at purchasing power parity in 2005), a sust
ained growth deceleration of around 2.5 percentage points can be expected. With China having hit that income thr
eshold in 2017, according to International Monetary Fund estimates, its post-2011 slowdown looks all the more ominous.
Companies upbeat on 2-year-old new area as goals in place for development
Xiongan New Area, which was first announced two years ago, has been attracting
increasing attention from foreign companies given its huge development potential.
Located about 100 kilometers southwest of Beijing, Xiongan is aiming to become a significant part
of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei cluster, and plans to take over Beijing’s noncapital functions and pr
ovide a Chinese solution to “big city malaise”, including overcrowding, pollution and traffic congestion.
On April 1, 2017, China announced plans to establish Xiongan New Area, which an official statemen
t called “a strategy that will have lasting importance for the millennium to come, and a significant national event”.
Massimo Bagnasco, vice-president of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China, said tha
t there are many opportunities for foreign companies to benefit from Xiongan.
for a “high-income country” — above $12,736 in per capital GDP — set by the World Bank in 2015.
However, a productivity slowdown, aging population and unbalanced regional developme
nt could be among the “bottlenecks” that constrain China in becoming a high-income country, economists said.
Given the pressure of the slowing global economy, a high degree of leveraging maintains the top risk for China’s econ
omy, thus measures should continue to reduce the debt-to-GDP ratio “in proper order”, said Lou Jiwei, chairman of
the National Council for Social Security Fund and a former finance minister.
It is necessary to build a long-term and efficient mechanism for financial regula
tion and fiscal supervision, and to prevent potential risks in the property sector, Lou said.
The three-day China Development Forum has a guest list of more than 150 international delegates, including global industry leaders.
The site had more than 4,000 members, 97 of whom paid a $44.95 monthly fee to access extra features, such as the ability to replay certa
in live streams. Between November 2018 and this month, police said, the service brought in upwards of $6,000.
“There was a similar case in the past where illegal cameras were (secretly installed) and were consistently and secretly
watched, but this is the first time the police caught where videos were broadcast live on the internet,” police said.
South Korea has a serious problem with spy cameras and illicit filming. In 2017, more than
6,400 cases of illegal filming were reported to police compared to around 2,400 in 2012.
Last year, tens of thousands of women took to the streets of Seoul and other cities to p
rotest against the practice and demand action, under the slogan “My Life is Not Your Porn.”
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In response, Seoul launched a special squad of women inspectors, w
ho have been conducting regular inspections of the city’s 20,000 or so public toilets to searc
h for spy cameras, though some critics have denounced the move as a superficial response to a societal issue.