The “good-looking economy” is highlighted throug

h the changes in snack food over the past few years. That is to say, consumers pay more atte

ntion to exterior design, with snacks packed in gift boxes showing a high-end trend.

Meanwhile, there is growing trend toward buying healthy snacks. Data showed th

at natural food, whole grain, sugar-free and additive-free have become “hot tags” for snack food.

The major consumer group for snack food is young people aged 20-30 seeking tasty and health

y food. Sales results from e-commerce platforms also support this conclusion. Last year, sales of lightly bake

d and additive-free nuts jumped nearly 190 percent. Dried fruits and vegetables also saw a surge in sales.

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Pacts set to be signed during Xi’s state visitbal strateg

Pragmatic cooperation, global strategic stability high on Sino-Russian agenda

Beijing and Moscow will sign around 30 cooperation documents d

uring President Xi Jinping’s state visit to Russia next week, including two joint statements on bilateral t

ies as well as on global strategic stability, Vice-Foreign Minister Zhang Hanhui said on Thursday.

Xi will kick off a three-day state visit to Russia on Wednesday at the invitation of Russian President

Vladimir Putin, and attend the 23rd St. Petersburg International Economic Forum to be held between June 6 and June 8.

The two presidents will witness the signing of an array of agreements on business d

eals in areas such as trade, investment and energy, Zhang said at a media briefing in Beijing.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of diplomatic ties between

China and Russia, and Xi’s visit will mark a milestone for both countries, Zhang said.

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ale Zhang, managing director of Shanghai-based con

nsultancy Automotive Foresight, said SEAT’s smaller cars will help its parent company to reach custo

mers in China’s smaller cities, where electric cars built on Volkswagen’s own platforms would be less affordable.

Volkswagen, as well as its subsidiaries from Audi to Porsche, plan to deliver aro

und 1.5 million electrified vehicles, most of them pure electric cars, in China by 2025.

It also expects global sales of electrified vehicles will total 22 million by 2028, and half of them will be produced in China.

China overtook the United States as the largest producer and market of new energy vehicles in 2015.

The China Association of Automobile Manufacturers expected sales of su

ch vehicles to reach at least 1.6 million this year, up from 1.2 million in 2018.

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Xi envisions cooperation on big data development

resident’s message calls for tackling legal, security, governance challenges

President Xi Jinping called on Sunday for strengthened cooperation among countries to explor

e opportunities of digital, internet-based intelligent development and to properly address leg

al, security and governance challenges arising from big data industry development.

He made the remarks in a congratulatory letter to the China Intern

ational Big Data Industry Expo 2019, which kicked off in Guiyang, Guizhou province.

The new generation of information technology, represented by the

internet, big data and artificial intelligence, is booming at present and has significant and

profound influence on various countries’ economic development, social progress and people’s lives, Xi said in the letter.

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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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Festival will mark 80th anniversary of popular cantata

The Central Conservatory of Music will hold a festival from May 23 to 27 to celebrate the 80th anniversary of The Yellow River Cantata.

Written by composer Xian Xinghai (1905–1945) in Yan’an, Shaanxi pro

vince, in early 1939, the piece was inspired by a patriotic poem by Guang Weiran, and the lyrics

were adapted for the cantata. Premiered on April 13 of the same year in Yan’an, the work became, and remains, popular.

The conservatory’s symphony orchestra, choirs and chamber music grou

ps will join in the festival with 20 concerts, including the opening concert on May 23 condu

cted by Yu Feng, president of the university. The Yellow River Cantata will be performed by young singers.

Veteran Chinese musicians and singers, including Guo Shuzhen and Wang Xiufen, will perform during the festival.

Besides concerts, masterclasses and forums will be held in Yan’an.

The music festival will also celebrate the 70th birthday of the country.

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Xi calls for co-existence of various civilizationselivered a key

President Xi Jinping delivered a keynote speech at the opening of the Conference on Dialogue of Asia

n Civilizations. With the theme of “Exchanges and mutual learning among Asian civilizations and a com

munity with a shared future,” the conference aims to deepen cooperation among Asian countries. Here are the highlights:

Humanity needs cultural strength to address challenges ahead

Humanity needs cultural strength, besides economic and techn

ological strength, to cope with common challenges and head toward a bright future.

The intensifying global challenges humanity is facing now require concerted effort from countries across the world.

Asian civilizations write ‘brilliant chapter’ in human civilization

Asian civilizations have written a brilliant chapter in human civilization.

Being one of the earliest human settlements and a major birthp

lace of human civilization, Asia takes up one third of the total land on Earth, has two th

irds of the global population, and consists of 47 countries and more than 1,000 ethnic groups.

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Pilot project to eradicate urban waste gets underway in

China officially launched the “no-waste city” pilot program in 16 area

s on Monday as it steps up efforts to recycle its increasing waste stockpile.

The pilot program covers the entirety of 11 cities, including Shenzhen, Guangdong pr

ovince, and Weihai, Shandong province, and sections of the other five cities.

The central government has made arrangements to offer support to

the pilot areas in policy, technology and funding, said Zhuang Guotai, vice-mi

nister of ecology and environment, at the launch ceremony in Shenzhen on Monday.

He said an expert committee has been established to guide the pilot program and

evaluate progress, and seven groups have been put in place to offer technical support.

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market confidence in outstanding ways and promoted the stab

le growth of the economy, he said, adding that the positive factors for economic growth are increasing.

Noting that the uncertainties in the global economic environment are also rising and there remai

n downward pressures on the domestic economy, Li called for both attention and confidence from the entrepreneurs.

Related departments should follow the guidance of Xi Jinping Though

t on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, invigorate the market thro

ugh deepening reform and opening-up and ensure the stable growth of the economy, Li said.

He said that tax reduction is the key to improving the business environm

ent and invigorating the market, which will not only stabilize growth and employment bu

t also encourage companies to invest more in innovation for long-term development.

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He underlined the importance of properly mitigating

various social conflicts, and said efforts must be made to address legitimate and lawful concerns to safeguard public int

erests, and also guide the public in voicing their concerns in a law-based manner to maintain social order.

Strong pressure must be maintained to crack down on crimes such as organized gang activity, violent and terroristic cri

mes, as well as those related to fraud, robbery, food and drug safety, and environmental protection, Xi said.

Calling social fairness and justice a lifeline for judicial and law enforcement work, Xi called for improving the mec

hanism of the use of power in law enforcement as well as the supervision over such powers.

Efforts should be made to help the public feel fairness and justice in every case, Xi said.

He also urged public security staff to improve their work so that human rights can be guarant

eed while crime is fought, and fairness can be ensured while efficiency of law enforcement is pursued.

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