As of now, he has released 92 videos, and has won mor

e than 25 million thumbs-up, and the number of his fans is 2.92 million.

In order to make more interesting short videos, Lao Ma brainstorms w

ith his team every day and recreates “small encounters” he has in his daily life in China.

And through the scripts, roles, shooting, editing, soun

dtrack and subtitles, he shows his understanding and love of Chinese culture.

Since he has become popular, he also uses his leisure time to integra

te into local cultural and sporting activities; study traditional arts such as paper-cut

ting and calligraphy and learn to cook Chinese food items such as wontons and fried spring rolls.

Lao Ma says that he will not only add more elements of Chinese culture, but also bring in African songs and dances in his new videos.

In the future, he wants to be a professional actor and chase his “Chinese Dream”.

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Supply chain finance gets tech edge, to boost private

Chinese commercial banks are strengthening supply chain finance with the help of tech

nology to solve difficulties at private enterprises, especially small and micro-sized businesses.

Supply chain finance allows a supplier to sell its invoices to a bank at a discount as soon as they ar

e approved by the buyer. This allows the buyer to pay later and the supplier to secure its money earlier.

China Minsheng Banking Corp, a national joint-stock commercial lender – a business entity in which shares

of the company’s stock can be bought and sold by shareholders – is providing comprehensive financial and nonfin

ancial services to private enterprises in the upstream and downstream supply chains.

Downstream supply chain management refers to coordinating the flow of information and goods with clients. It cont

rasts with upstream SCM, which involves coordinating buying activities with suppliers.

The Beijing-based bank has offered solutions adapted to the features and needs of private companies in six industr

ies, including home appliances and pharmaceuticals, since setting up a supply chain finance department last year.

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He was to negotiate a business dispute with a seller i

 in Guilin face to face after a consultation via phone failed and, if the negotiation came to noth

ing, to threaten the seller and seek revenge, according to the Hunan provincial public security department.

Chen was killed in the coach fire triggered accidentally by the inflammables on the way, the department said.

The 59-seater bus caught fire on a highway in Hanshou County in the city of Changde, Hu

nan Province. There were 56 people on board, including 53 passengers, two drivers and a tour guide.

It is illegal in China to carry inflammable or explosive substances on public transportation vehicles.

China’s top securities regulator said Friday that it had approved J.P. Morgan and Nomura to set up respective securities joint ventures in the country.

Last year, the two companies both applied to set up securities joint ventures, in which each will hold a 51-percent stake.

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Internet celebrities and some KOLs (key opinion leaders) shar

user experiences and give good ratings for some niche products, so consumers get to know the

m, and young consumers tend to consider such recommendations. But product quality and personal pre

ferences ultimately influence consumer decision whether or not to buy a product,” Wang said.

The Alibaba report stated that among people who searched online

using the keywords “hair loss”, nearly 80 percent were male consumers. The largest nu

mber of buyers of hair care products came from Guangdong, Zhejiang, and Jiangsu provinces.

Online searches for hair care and hair growth products fluctuate through the year. In Ma

rch, they tend to rise a bit; in August, they tend to surge, and peak in November, the report found.

Last year, sales of anti-hair loss products on Tmall, Alibaba’s e-commerce platform for established brands, soared 100 percent, according to Tmall.

For instance, Hairmax, a hightech comb that boosts hair growth through use of laser beams, wa

s launched last year. It proved to be one of the best-selling items during the Singles Day shopping festival on

Nov 11. An anti-hair loss shampoo made in France, priced 888 yuan ($132.50), sold out fast.

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Reasons abound as to why the cat economy is flourish

ing in China. For one, pet cats are good stress-busters. And in these hectic, stressful times in urban areas, they could prove very useful, experts said.

Agreed Huang Xinyi, 28, a Beijing-based film producer. “Every time my cat purrs at me

, head-butts my face, and rubs against my leg, I want to hug him and kiss him all over.”

Many of her generation, aged 25 to 35, are busy pursuing busy careers in cities, far from their

hometowns. “I get lonely sometimes, but my cat has always been good company,” Huang said.

“Moreover, cats are more independent. I don’t have to walk my cat every day, but I play with him whenever I find some spare time.”

That is important for most young people struggling to find work-life balance in urban areas due to hectic lifestyles.

According to a report from Frost & Sullivan China, keeping cats for pets costs a little less than maintaining dogs.

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The young soldiers in the new era are passionate, ambit

itious, and knowledgeable, with many holding a bachelor’s or master’s degree, he said.

The young people enlisted in recent years are, in general, well-rounded, he

said. In 2018, university graduates accounted for 60 percent of the intake, he added.

They are also more skilled and qualified with more qualifications, including academic degr

ees, vocational skills certificates and other awards for participating in various competitions, he said.

In addition, he said, their willingness to serve the countr

y is growing increasingly intense and the generation born after 2000 are a major force.

“They are cheerful, aspirational and energetic. Talking with them you will feel that they have an

urgent desire to thrive in the military and contribute to making our country and military stronger,” he said.

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Despite a growing number of countries suspending use of

  f their aircraft, Boeing said they have “full confidence” in the safety of the 737 MAX, in a statement tweeted from their official account on Tuesday.

  Boeing said they “understand” the decisions made by customers, but reiterated that “safety” remains their “number one” priority.

  ”The United States Federal Aviation Administration is not mandating any further action at this ti

me, and based on the information currently available, we do not have any basis to issue new guidance to operators,” the statement also

said.hile there is no evidence of a link between the incidents in Ethiopia and Indonesia, similarities between the tw

o have prompted some airlines to take extra safety precautions while both crash investigations are ongoing.

  ”Given in both air crashes, the aircrafts were newly deli

vered Boeing 737 MAX 8, and both accidents occurred during the take-off, they share certain simil

arities,” the Chinese aviation administration said in a statement Monday. It added that it would contact Boei

ng and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to confirm “flight safety” issues before allowing the planes to fly again.

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ijing Jiangong Hospital was once an enterprise-owned hospital

Statistics from Beijing-headquartered think tank iyiou.com revealed that by last September, there were a total of 20,011 private hosp

itals in China, accounting for nearly half of the country’s medical institutions. According to Hao Deming, exec

utive vice-president and secretary-general of the Chinese Nongovernment Medical Institutions Association, starting from

2013, the number of China’s private hospitals has grown at an annual rate of 15 percent.

Capital also favors private hospitals. “The number of private hospitals in China accounts f

or half of the total, and is growing at a much higher rate than the number of public hospitals. The invest

ment from the capital market into the sector is an unprecedented blockbuster expansion,” said Xia Xia

oyan, a partner and managing director of Boston Consulting Group, during an interview with pppod.net.

The report from BCG showed that since 2012, investment in medical in

stitutions has grown at a compound annual growth rate of 80 percent, realizing a fiftyfold incr

ease from 2012 to 2018. Between 2015 and 2016 a record number of deals took place.

From the beginning of 2017 to May 2018, China’s private healthcare institutions had attracted roughly 11 billion yuan of inve

stment, and each deal surpassed 200 million yuan, according to the report issued by iyiou.com.

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Anatomy of a failed summit: At Hanoi, all or nothing ends

  In the most important sense, the Hanoi summit failed for a very simple reason: North Korea will not eliminate its nuclear arsenal ov

er the next months or years. However, this does not mean that negotiations are doomed to fail or misgu

ided — just the opposite. It is more important than ever that negotiations succeed in limiting the threat from a nu

clear-armed North Korea. Without a decisive shift in course, a third summit would only end up like the first two.

  Pyongyang’s conduct over the last year and decade should leave no doubt about its in

tention to retain its nuclear arsenal. Pyongyang has made unreasonable requests for compensation, obfuscate

d or stonewalled during talks and has continued to expand, conceal, and deploy its arsenal even as they co

ntinued. The Hanoi summit failed to disarm North Korea because North Korea won’t disarm.

  But in another sense, the summit failed because the Trump administration has main

tained an inflexible insistence that immediate disarmament is the only acceptable outcome.

  When Pyongyang refuses an implausible proposal to han

d over a down payment of warheads, the administration goes off in search of the next

implausible proposal that might happen to work. Trump is unprepared and unequipped to negotiate a

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Folorunsho Amsat, a journalist, told Xinhua one of the

 of the polls postponement is that it would cause many voters to be depressed and the country might record a low turnout of electorates when the election eventually holds.

“The momentum is dying. I hope it’s not dead in one week,” he said.

According to the electoral chief, shifting the polls was “a difficult decision for the Commission to take.”

For more than seven hours, the electoral chief and the 12 nation

al commissioners of the INEC were in a closed-door meeting on Friday night.

The elections were supposed to hold at 119,973 polling units across the country while collation of res

ults was to take place in 8,809 registration areas or wards, 774 local government areas in 36 states and the capital Abuja.

Sources had hinted a possible postponement of the election due to logistic challenges in some parts of the country.

The official News Agency of Nigeria, citing official sources in the north-central state of Niger

had reported that ballot papers for two of the state’s three senatorial districts were missing as of Friday evening.

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