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From the beginning until the last game of the Asian Cup

we never doubted him, despite all the ups and downs.”

What players will be chosen by Lippi remains uncertain, but seeking younger talent will be a priority. Lippi led the oldest

team at the Asian Cup this year, with an average age of 30.2 years, and many veterans will retire before the next World Cup.

Lippi’s best shot now is Espanyol striker Wu Lei, who joined La Liga

immediately after the Asian Cup and became the first Chinese player to score in the league.

Government in Nanyang city, Central China’s Henan province, has denied reports that vehic

les driven by water-hydrogen engines have been produced, according to a Beijing News report on Friday.

A Nanyang Daily report on Thursday said that such a vehicle has been produced, saying that the vehic

le consumes water in its engine, and with the help of special catalyst then produces hydrogen to fuel the vehicle.

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The spike in trade tensions has already rattled financial

markets. The yuan has weakened by 2 percent to its lowest level since January.

“We expect stock markets and the yuan to remain under pressure in the near term, though they c

ould be supported by an expected stabilization in the domestic economy later this year,” Wu said.

Sheng Songcheng, the former director of the Survey and Statistics Department in the Peo

ple’s Bank of China, said the truth is that imposing more tariffs on Chinese goods has not yet reduced US trade deficits.

The long-lasting US trade deficits in goods was formed from the US

dollar’s international status, its domestic low deposit rate and the US position in the glo

bal value chain, and those factors cannot be changed by protectionist measures, Sheng said.

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Share planning with Brazil

China would like to have a shared planning process with Brazil to achieve coordinated development, President Xi Jin

ping said on Friday during a meeting with Brazilian Vice-President Hamilton Mourao at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

Calling the two countries highly complementary, Xi said China welcomes Brazil’s participation in the building of the Belt and Road.

He said China supports the prosperity and development of B

razil and believes that China-Brazil cooperation will produce great outcomes.

Xi asked Mourao to extend his sincere greetings to Brazil’s P

resident Jair Bolsonaro, who took office in January. Ch

ina appreciates the efforts made by the new government to promote the comprehensive strategic partnership, he said.

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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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Li’s restaurant isn’t the only one to feature “isolated dining” Eater

ries boasting the concept, which originated in Japan, have sprung up in many cities includi

ng Shanghai, Xi’an, capital of Shaanxi province, and Shenzhen and Guangzhou, both in Guangdong province.

Kong Yanling is a big fan of singles-friendly restaurants. The 25-year-old unattached Xi’an res

ident remembers passing a Korean-style chicken restaurant a few years ago and deciding to drop in.

However, the waitress at the door told her the restaurant only served large, shared platters. Kong took the hint and left.

She has also found herself dining with strangers involuntarily when waiters have asked if she minded other people sharing her table.

“I don’t mind eating alone, but sometimes things like that really bugged me. I am ve

ry happy to see more singles-friendly restaurants appearing so there is more choice when eating out,” she said.

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However, the temperature now is about 30 C, much hig

higher than in previous years,” she said. “Also, the rainy season is supposed to

begin after the May Day holiday, but I haven’t seen a drop of rain so far.”

Data from the National Climate Center shows that the average rainfall from April 1 to May 17 is 35.3 millim

eters, down almost two-thirds from the same period last year, the least recorded rainfall over that period since 1961.

In addition to the drought, the average temperature is 1.9 C higher than average for the period, the highest since 1961.

Chen, the chief forecaster, said that according to the mid- to long-term forecast ra

infall will relieve drought in the eastern part of Yunnan province, though its western part will still be plagued by the drought.

Surveillance from the National Climate Center shows that

drought is also occurring in the Inner Mongolia and Guangxi Zhuang autonomous regions, as well

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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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intercepts Russian bombers, fighter jets off the coast of Alaska

Russian Tu-95MS strategic missile-carrying bombers made an observa

tion flight along the western coast of Alaska and the Aleutian Islands and were shado

wed by F-22 fighter jets of the US Air Force at some sections of their flight, according to Russia’s Tass News Agency.

“Four Tu-95MS strategic missile carriers of the Aerospace Force performed planned flig

hts in the airspace over the neutral waters of the Chukotsk, Bering and Okhotsk Seas, and also along the we

stern coast of Alaska and the northern coast of the Aleutian Islands,” Russia’s Defense Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

At some sections of the flight, the Russian strategic bombers were shadowed by US Air Force F-22 fighter jets, the statement said.

The Tu-95MS strategic bombers spent over 12 hours in the air, the ministry specified.

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Last week, two central government authorities on Hong

 Kong affairs, the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Counc

il, and the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Hong Kong SAR, have also

expressed their support for the proposed amendments to Hong Kong’s extradition law.

A new United Nations report concludes that high trade tensions

and policy uncertainty are damaging global economic growth prospects.

A further escalation of the trade dispute between the US and China threatens both short- and mediu

m-term global growth prospects, according to the United Nations World Economic Situation and Pro

spects (WESP) mid-2019 report released Tuesday at UN headquarters in New York.

The report said that global merchandise trade-volume growth has slo

wed more sharply than expected, particularly in late 2018 and early

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underlines legacy of Long Marchnping visits a museum mark

President Xi Jinping encouraged the Chinese people to be prepared for a new Long March to

ward national rejuvenation during a visit to a revolutionary base in Jiangxi province on Monday.

“We came here to the starting point of the Long March to exper

ience the situation of the Red Army’s departure during those years. Now there is a new Long

March, and we should make a new start,” Xi said at a memorial park in Yudu county, Ganzhou.

The Long March covered over 12,500 kilometers from October 1934 to October 1936. It was a military

maneuver carried out by the Red Army and led by the Communist Party of China to combat the Ku

omintang regime. The expedition, beginning in Yudu, laid the foundation for the Party’s victory.

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