Beverages, which used to focus on flavor, have als

so aimed to forge a connection to health. Concepts such as vegetable protein drinks,

MCT, or medium-chain triglyceride, and dietary fiber were unveiled. Riding the wave of nationwide phy

sical fitness, sales of snacks with less sugar and no sugar also showed an obvious increase.

Unique and distinctive snack food is enjoying growing popularity among young people born a

fter 1995, who pay more attention to innovative taste, unique design and clever names.

The Chinese snack industry has entered a fast lane of development. Its gross output value is

expected to grow by about 20 percent a year, hitting 3 trillion yuan by 2020, the report said.

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Some foreign entities have violated the market princ

nciple and spirit of contract and taken measures to block Chinese companies for non-commerci

al purposes, threatening the safety and benefit of China as well as the global industrial chain.”

“To fight trade protectionism and safeguard China’s national securit

y and legitimate interest of the public, China has decided to make such a list,” Gao said.

The ministry will disclose more details regarding the list in the near future, Gao said.Starting his seco

nd term in office, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has proposed a second China-India infor

mal summit in Varanasi later this year. Varanasi is not only a culturally important city for Indians and one of the olde

st cities in the world but also the constituency that elected Modi to parliament.

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The ministry made the remarks after the United States gover

nment late last week ordered its tech companies to cut ties with China’s

Huawei and put a number of Chinese comp

anies on an export blacklist , which makes it almost impossible for listed companies to purchase US-made goods.

Gao Feng, ministry spokesman, said China will

provide consumers in various countries with quality, reliable and diverse products.

The Chinese government is confident it will protect the legitimate

rights and interests of Chinese companies, he said Thursday at a news conference.

The misuse of the state power by the US to suppress Chinese companies not only seriously undermines the commercial cooper

ation between companies on both sides, but poses a serious threat to the safety of the global industrial chain, he said.

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n April 2017, for example, the company took technol

ogy giant Tencent to court and asked for 180,000 yuan in compensation after Tencent us

ed nine Visual China Group images without permission, Beijing Youth Daily reported.

Tencent said the images involved could also be found on other webs

ites, or the company could not prove it had authorization for the photos. The court fina

lly ordered Tencent to pay 40,000 yuan to Visual China, the report added.

Wang Weiwei, a lawyer from the Beijing Zhongwen Law Firm, sai

d, “Mushrooming copyright-related disputes can be acceptable if a stock-ima

ge agency, such as Visual China Group, gets authorization for images from copyright owners.

“Any litigation caused by true copyright infringement is no problem and is justifie

d, as it is also to help protect the legitimate rights and interest of the copyright owners,” he said.

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Turtle species nears extinction as last known female dies

The female turtle died after an artificial insemination procedure at the

Suzhou Zoo in Jiangsu province on Saturday. Though Chinese and foreign experts confir

med that it was healthy before the surgery, the animal went into a coma and never woke up.

The operation went well, according to the zoo. The f

emale turtle was more than 90 years old and had gone through four such procedures.

The experts harvested the turtle’s ovarian tissue and stored it in liquid nitr

ogen for future research. They are working on the carcass to determine the cause of death.

The turtle came from Changsha Zoo in Hunan province in 2008 to meet

the only male specimen in China, which continues to live at the Suzhou Zoo.

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Unlike Wang, Zheng, 37, runs his record storeusio

on Music, outside the Eastern Fourth Ring Road. Despite the location, far from downtown, Fusi

on Music says it has a firm fan base with more than 80,000 vinyls in the two-story store.

Zheng, also a Beijing native, says his passion for record shops was kindled when he was a child. He g

raduated from the Communication University of China, majoring in English, in 2003, and opened his rec

ord store in the same year. He also runs a shop on the e-commerce platform Taobao and sells more than 1,000 albums a month, he says.

One week after the 2019 Record Store Day, an event bringing together lo

cal record store owners, including Wang and Zheng, will be held at Blue Note Beijing, the first b

ranch in China of the renowned Blue Note Jazz Club in New York. The event will bring a vinyl market of a diversity

of music genres from jazz, soul, hip-hop to rock, as well as lectures on vinyls targeting those aged under 15. Celebratin

g Record Store Day last year Blue Note Beijing’s vinyl event attracted more than 400 people.

Camo Lin, a Taiwan designer who co-launched a Shenzhen-headq

uartered vinyl audio brand, HYM Originals, in 2015, says vinyl sales and turnt

able sales on Taobao were worth about 1 billion yuan ($148 million) last year.

“It shows that vinyl culture is back,” says Lin, who graduated from Tainan Universi

ty of Technology, with a master’s degree from visual communication design department.

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Jia Mo, an analyst from global market research compan

 Canalys, said it is possible for Huawei to achieve its ambitious revenue target if it can maintain its current growth rate and everything goes well.

“Huawei is also increasing the average selling price of its smartphones and expan

ding its presence in the premium segment, which will significantly boost revenue,” Jia said.

But the global smartphone market is reaching saturation point, so Huawei has to encroa

ch on other smartphone vendors’ market share to maintain a good momentum, Jia added.

On Thursday, Yu also unveiled the P30 smartphone series in Shanghai. Priced from 3,988 yuan ($594) in China, the P30 Pro co

mes with optimized photo-shooting capabilities. By leveraging artificial intelligence and a new light sensor, th

e new model would significantly boost light absorption to create better photos, even in near darkness.

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The report also found out that in the choice of prope

perty, unlike men, women showed stronger preference to those that were close to premium education resources and transport infrastructure.

The changing trend has to some extent affected the marketing strategy of some property developers. Liu Ce, research direc

tor of Kaisa Group Holdings Ltd, a Hong Kong listed property developer, said the look of the property, inc

luding interior design and views, was becoming an important factor, while location and price were less decisive.

“The gender gap in the workplace is shrinking. Thus more women are financially capable of buying properties on th

eir own, especially those living in first and second-tier cities,” said Pan Helin, an economic commentator.

He said as the divorce ratio remained relatively high, owning property provided a sense of security for women.

“Growing salaries of women professionals have changed their perceptions about marriage,” he added. “More

women have come to realize the importance of having their own place and gaining independence.”

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Baidu match the latest road test report by the Calif

 km on all kinds of road conditions with no accidents, presenting the leading position of Baidu’s Apollo system.

The results of Baidu match the latest road test report by the Califor

nian Department of Motor Vehicles in the United States in February. They show that t

he Apollo system helped cars travel up to 29,117 km in 2018, a growth of 818 percent from the previous year.n addit

ion, Baidu’s test fleet traveled some However, since China has more complicated driving and road conditions than

the US, the DMV report has its limitations in terms of testing China’s autonomous cars. The main items tested by the

DMV include the total miles traveled and the miles per intervention, which means the frequency of manual takeo

vers. According to auto portal Gasgoo, the miles per intervention is an important technical index measuring the com

pany’s technology research and development. It is not a gauge for compariso

n among the enterprises, since the complexity of the cars and road conditions varies. k

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World’s widest immersed channel takes shape

The first tube of the world’s widest immersed channel is expected to be put in position of a mega bridge across the Lin

gding Bay at the mouth of the Pearl River in South China soon, according to an assistant chief engineer of the project.

Yang Runlai from CCCC First Harbor Engineering Co Ltd said Thursday that workers are preparing

for the connection of a tunnel end on an island with the first immersed tube, the Science and Technology Daily reported.

Yang’s company took charge of constructing an island and major part of the tunnel of the Shenzhen-Zhongshan Bri

dge, another mega project of bridge, island and tunnel after the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge (HZMB).

The new project, 38 kilometers from the HZMB, is 24 kilometers long. It has the immer

sed tunnel in the east and the bridge section in the west to ensure the sea routes there.

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