But China should realize that some EU countries have

 become increasingly cautious about deepening cooperation with China because of its rapid developm

ent; in fact, a few EU countries have decided to implement tougher measures for foreign trade. The European Commission even put

forward a 10-point policy package on China on March 11, which the European Council discussed on March 21.

But the fact that the Commission sees China as a “cooperation partner”, “negotiating partner”, “eco

nomic competitor” as well as a “systemic rival” means it wants to build on the partnership of strategic cooperation with China.

The EU’s attempt to coordinate the concerns of its different members and its efforts to continue dialogue with China reflect coope

ration are not a subjective choice of one single EU country but an objective choice for the mutual interest of all the parties involved.

China has addressed many of the EU’s concerns to strengthen coop

eration, including further opening-up. And it should keep taking measures to strengt

hen cooperation and communication to settle the disputes with EU countries and meet the emerging challenges.

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The examination was designed to check and hone the general

capabilities in organizing training and commanding their troops. The results will be taken into consideration

when it comes to promotion or commendation, the statement said. It added that the Ground Force wanted to use this exami

nation to strengthen the notion that commanding officers must take the lead in combat readiness training.

Lu Chuangang, assistant to the Ground Force’s chief of staff, said the examination

‘s content included theory, strategy and command skills. Participants were given different tasks in diffe

rent areas, and were told to analyze their respective situations, determine goals, make plans for troop deployment and d

evelop combat schedules, according to Zhou Bingyi, director of the operations bureau of the Ground Force’s staff department.

Zhou said participants had already taken part in tests on firearm usage and physical strength hosted by their own units before the examination.

“The capabilities of these commanding officers determine wheth

er their troops will be well trained,” Zhou said. “We hope such examinations will help impro

ve the competence of commanders and consequently boost the combat capabilities and preparedness of

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Former vice-minister of public security expelled from Party

Taking a step requires just one second for a typical person. But not for Gao Ziren, whose paral

yzed left leg requires him to first move a crutch forward before his leg, and then balance himself.

For 42 years, Gao, a teacher at Lixin village primary school in a mountainous area of East China’s Jiangxi province, has walked th

is way between his home, the school and his students’ homes. Over the course of his career, he has worn out more than 60 crutches.

Gao, 60, was born in a mountainous area of Meiling township, Wanli district of Nancha

ng. After coming down with polio at the age of 1, his left leg suffered muscular atrophy, which left him unable to walk normally.

He did not give up, relying instead on his mental strength to finish his studies from primary school through high school.

He started his career in 1977 when a village official visited him about being a teacher in the village, as one of the two teachers the

re had left. Gao agreed to take the position, as he knew the importance of a teacher to students, especially those like him.

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n a rainy day, Gao Ziren accompanied the girl home and

comforted her when she was frightened by thunder. Gao has also used his mobile phone to help the girl talk with her parents. Gradually, her performance improved.

“I have taught many students since being a teacher for so many years. Some students wo

uld like to visit during the holidays, and it feels good that someone remembers you,” Gao Ziren said.

“When rural children lack family education, schools and teachers need to do more in psych

ological education,” said Li Wu, a principal of Meiling Central School. He said rural areas need more teachers like Gao Ziren.

Growing the traditional herb on trunks of oak trees has lifted more than a thousand people out of poverty

It is still early spring in southwestern China’s Guizhou province, but the forest in Zhegui

village is already filled with vitality: oak trunks covered with orchid-like stalks, with branches swaying in the breeze.

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The city has abundant sunshine and a mild climate all year

 round. Tourists can explore the old town, hike amid the clouds, cycle around the lake and enjoy bustling street festivals.

Before he settled in Dali, Yang worked for a bank in Chongqing, his

hometown. After moving, he started a business selling hand-made traditional costumes of the loc

al Bai people, one of the ethnic groups in China. Many people from the group live in communities in Dali.

A year after he arrived, Yang opened his small restaurant, which

serves spicy Chongqing cuisine. He has developed a close relationship with his customers.

“I cook the food on my own for my customers, most of whom

are tourists. When I serve them, I often sit and chat with them and listen to their stories,” he said.

“In my spare time, I go with friends to climb Mount Cangshan, or cycle around Erhai Lak

e alone. This is exactly the life that I want to live – having no pressure, but inner peace and freedom.”

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He also had a busy work schedule, and began to w

what life meant to him, Mu said.”I felt I needed a change, so I talked with my wife. She agr

eed with me that we should sell our house in Beijing and move to somewhere we liked,” he said.

The couple searched online and drew up plans to move, finally deciding on Dali, where they bought a villa on an estate at the foot of Mount Cangshan.

In May 2017, Mu left his job and traveled with his wife and son to their new home.

He said he is happy with his new life. “The lifestyle in Dali is slow, easygoing and totally relaxed. The

re are no business phone calls, as there always were in Beijing. This is 100 percent the life I dreamed of,” he said.

Mu is trying to find something he enjoys to begin a new career. “I don’t intend to take up a job to make money – I want to find so

mething I truly love doing to enrich my life,” he said. “Since I decided to move to Dali, making money is no longer a priority.”

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With steady income growth of young Chinese, more peopl

le are paying attention to the quality of products, and they are willing to spend money on prod

ucts that can help improve appearances,” said Neil Wang, president of consultancy Frost& Sullivan in China.

“Fueled by the promotions featuring film stars and internet celebrities online, young consu

mers are increasingly seeking ways to appear more beautiful. Losing hair is something they can’t stand. Exp

enditure toward better looks reflects the ongoing consumption upgrade trend in China,” he said.

Besides, on social media platforms such as Weibo and Little Red Book, a Chinese online platform

to share lifestyle tips, a large number of internet celebrities and makeup bloggers recommend or discuss pro

ducts (like hair line powder and post-natal hair recovery oil) they think are good or useful.

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In addition, sales and marketing efforts of hair transplant sp

t specialists have deepened concerns of consumers troubled by hair loss. From 2016 to 20

17, firms specializing in hair transplants saw an average annual sales growth of over 100 percent.

Beijing-based Yonghe Hair Transplant has 33 outlets nationwide. Its advertisem

ents mark broadcasts of popular TV series in China, and adorn walls of several subway stations.

“With the development of hair transplant and hair care technologies, and amid growing anxiety of consumers suffering ha

ir loss, strategic marketing is helping hair transplant agencies to post continuous growth,” Wang said.

Stress-inducing lifestyles are creating demand for other kinds of products as well. A large n

umber of young Chinese consumers reportedly suffer from insomnia. About 75 percent of those born aft

er 1990 have a habit of staying up late. Inadequate sleep makes them use medicine like sleeping pills, like in the United States.

There, the incidence rate of insomnia is around 32 percent to 50 per

cent, and the sleeping economy has created businesses worth tens of billions of dollars.

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He said he hopes that the Italian Senate will continue to pl

play an active facilitating role, and create better conditions for and inject greater momentum into the development of bilateral relations.

The Italian Senate warmly welcomes Xi for his visit, Casellati said, notin

g that the Italian and Chinese peoples have always trusted each other and maintained pr

ofound friendship, with close ties in such fields as economy and trade, and culture.

The Senate speaker said she agrees with Xi on his remarks about the traditional friendly exchanges betwe

en the two countries dating back over 2,000 years, published in leading Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera ahead of his visit.

China and Italy are major countries that boast a rich culture, she said, adding that Italy is willing to boost communication and co

operation with the Chinese side in such fields as culture, art, language, heritage protection, tourism, science and tec

hnology, and innovation, and encourage their youths to increase exchanges and mutual understanding.

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The Italian side looks forward to enhancing cooperation wit

 China on jointly building the Belt and Road, She said.

Noting that the history of Italy-China exchanges for the past 50 years has been a history of dialo

gue and friendship, the speaker said the Italian Senate is willing to facilitate exchanges between the two coun

tries’ legislative institutions, and continue to make contributions to deepening Italy-China friendly cooperation.

Xi arrived in Rome Thursday for a state visit to Italy, the first stop of his

three-nation Europe tour, which will also take him to Monaco and France.

Prince Albert II has visited China 10 times. As a member of the International Olympic Commi

ttee, he has been actively supporting the development of Olympics in China. He attended the opening cer

emonies of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics and 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games.

Prince Albert II visited China last September. President Xi ex

pressed his appreciation for the long-term commitment of Prince Albert II and Mon

aco’s monarchy to developing bilateral relations, and welcomed him to attend the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in China.

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