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In a written instruction released on Friday, President Xi Jinping called on society to carry fo
rward the spirit and dedication of 95-year-old war hero Zhang Fuqing as China forges ahead in the new era.
Xi is also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission.
Zhang, a native of Shaanxi province, behaved courageously in the Liberation War i
n 1948, repeatedly achieving military glory. He retired from active service in 1955.
Over the following decades, he kept his battle achievements a secret, even from his children. His story
was made public at the end of last year, as information about veterans nationwide was being collected by the authorities.
Xi hailed Zhang’s deeds, saying the elderly hero hid them for more than 60 years and stayed true t
o his original aspirations. As a soldier, Zhang defended the country; as a civilian, he works for the people’s well-being, Xi said.
big data industry and is willing to share opportunities of the digital economy’s development with other countries and jointly explore new
growth drivers and development paths by exploring new technologies, new business forms and new models, Xi added.
With increasingly wider applications of digital technologies in China, the country is expected to generate
and store 27.8 percent of global online data by 2025, up from 23.4 percent last year, according to a r
eport by market researcher International Data Corp and data storage firm Seagate.
In comparison, the US share will stand at 17.5 percent by 2025, a drop from its 21 percent share in 2018, the report added.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said th
at from medicine to transportation to farming, big data presents the world with a re
markable tool to advance global progress, but with that opportunity also comes risk.
traditional local cuisine－rice with salted pork and greens, the Cai Fan in the name－has ga
ined a good reputation for its traditional flavors and its striking interior design.
Instead of rows of tables that can seat four or more people, the restaurant has just one long table
divided into individual booths by boards. When seated, diners face a small curtain-covered window, wh
ere the food is served anonymously. Each booth contains coat hangers and charging sockets.
“I wanted to let our customers know that a single person also needs to eat well, so I designed things this wa
y to make them feel less ashamed about eating alone. One person can eat out and enjoy it,” said Li Le, the owner.
Many diners have left supportive comments about the eatery on Dazhong Dianping, an online restaurant review platf
orm. “With one person, one booth, eating alone is no longer embarrassing. A bowl of fragrant rice with a bowl of re
freshing mung bean soup provides a very comfortable dinner here,” commented a customer called Kobayashi1214.
The topic “Hotpot can be eaten by one person” has attracted about 56 million hits and more than 17,000 posts.
Cai Yani started dining alone in 2012, just after she quit her job as a maga
zine editor. During her period without work, she ate alone, but she discovered that ma
ny restaurants, especially those serving stir-fry, were reluctant to receive solo diners.
In response, Cai started filming her Solo Dining series. Each episode lasts about three minute
s and features one meal made by one person. The short series has attracted millions of views on Youku, a vid
eo-sharing platform in China, and its social media account has more than 1 million followers.
She believes the growing popularity of her films, as well as many othe
r videos and publications dedicated to eating alone, is not only due to the rising number
of singletons in China, but also the growing stress of living in big cities that pushes people to seek comfort in food.