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The volunteer team－led by Wu Liangliang, a security guard who has gained online fame for his fluent self-taught En
glish－has also been part of the site’s efforts to provide a more personal management style, in addition to the city go
vernment’s introduction of various measures, including a mobile app, to help tourists.
Larry Goodrich, from Seattle, who has been traveling with his wife
in the Yangtze River Delta for three weeks, lauded the volunteers’ contributions.
Having worked in the computer industry since “the era of brick-si
zed cellphones”, the 65-year-old said that while technology has provided unimaginable con
venience, traveling is about being a part of the destination and interacting with local residents.
“The human connection is always better,” said Goodrich.
pply (M2),” said Sheng Songcheng, a central bank adviser and a former director of the central bank’s statistics department.
The central bank released M2 data on Friday, which recorded a 13-month high of 8.6 percent by the end of March, accelerating from 8 percent by February.
Aggregate social financing, a gauge to measure broader financial activities including trust funds and local govern
ment bonds, also grew faster than market expectations. That total financing amount grew to 2.86 trillion yuan in Mar
ch, or a 11.1 percent growth from a year earlier, compared with 10.6 percent in February, said the central bank.
“According to the latest economic data, there is less necessity for RR
R cuts, but it requires further observation on future changes,” said Sheng.
If the central bank further cuts the RRR, when economic growth is already stabilized, inflation wi
ll surge, and possibly lead to funds flowing into the property sector instead of supporting the real economy, he added.
Like Gray, more women and men in the US are single — more than 45 percent of all Americans age 18 or older, the US Census Bur
eau reported in 2017 — and the number of single households around the world also is increasing.
Singles make up about 14.6 percent — about 200 million — of Chi
na’s population, the largest singles population in the world, People’s Daily reported.
Sweden has the highest rate of people staying single, 51 percen
t of all households, according to 2017 data from the European Union’s Eurostat.
Sweden is followed by Denmark, Finland and Germany, which all have more than 40 percent one-person households.
The never-married population age 16 years and over in England a
nd Wales increased by 3.9 million from 2002 to 2017, while the number of married pe
ple increased only by 1.2 million during the same period, UK Census reported.
so single people think it is a waste of time compared with ordering takeout,” adding that on major food
delivery platform Meituan-Dianping, about 65 percent of the orders are made by singles ages 20 to 30.
Others choose to dine out. A recent report by global market research company Kantar Worldpanel found that 46 percent of interviewees said they had eaten
alone in the past 24 hours, up by 9 percent from 2017. Some 16 percent of respondents said they preferred to eat out alone.
Liu Chang, 24, a postgraduate at Renmin University of China in Beijing, said she likes to ex
perience celebrity restaurants recommended by food review platforms. She has visited them alone many times.
“Finding friends you like to dine with can be difficult sometimes. In view of this, I would rath
er eat alone, which can also be enjoyable and relaxing, as I can do whatever I like,” she said.
ing act in South Asia in the past year, after easing some regional tensions.
In July 2017, for example, there was a heated month-long territorial standoff between Chinese and Indian troops in Doklam, near the borders of India, China and Bhutan.
The two powers nearly came to blows over accusations the Chinese gov
ernment was building a road inside the territory of close Indian ally Bhutan.
Nearby, China also conducted live-fire drills with combat troops.
But a warm, informal summit between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Pri
me Minister Narendra Modi in April 2018 helped put relations back on a positive track.
”The common interests of China and India far outweigh
their differences,” state-run newspaper China Daily said in an editorial at the time.
The situation is much clearer for China across the border. Pakistan is a longtime f
riend and trading partner of Beijing, described by Chin
ese diplomats as enjoying an “all-weather friendship” with the country.
Pakistan is also one of the largest buyers of Beijing’s weapons. Between 2008 and
2017, Islamabad purchased more than $6 billion of Chinese arms, according to think tank CSIS.
It hasn’t all been easy sailing, however. Questions have been raised about the
large debts Pakistan has accrued as a result of Chinese government loans and infrastructure.
But Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has been determined to keep the special rela
tionship with Beijing strong. “We need to use China as an inspiration to lift our people out of poverty,” he said.