end of 2017, accounting for about 16 percent of the population, ac
cording to the National Bureau of Statistics. Marriage registrations have fallen every year
since 2014, while the divorce rate has risen for 16 consecutive years, according to the Ministry of Civil Affairs.
Dining, traveling and pursuing activities individually have also become increasingly popular with singles in China.
Tang Chuan, a researcher with Sinolink Securities, said that without family burdens, singles
seem to be less inclined to save money, and their willingness to spend offers great potential for boosting the economy.
Sinolink Securities conducted research on singles born from 1985 to 1995 and found that about 40 percent of those in first- an
d second-tier cities live from paycheck to paycheck, while in lower-tier cities, the proportion is as high as 76 percent.
The Chinese icebreaker Xuelong, carrying the 349 members of China’s 35th research mission to Antarctica, returne
d to Shanghai safely on Tuesday, about a month earlier than originally scheduled due to a collision with an iceberg.
Despite the Jan 19 collision in the Amundsen Sea, the crew managed to carry out com
prehensive research at five stations, including Changcheng, Zhongshan and Taishan, aerial geop
hysical remote sensing observation in the southeast polar ice cap, and marine surveys in the Amundsen Sea.
“Our team obtained valuable data and samples on the expedition, and filled the scientific ga
ps in the investigation of the Amundsen Sea area,” said Li Yuhong, an assistant researcher from No 3 Marine In
stitute of the Department of Natural Resources, who joined the 35th expedition
with tax cuts alone accounting for more than 10 percent of the tax revenue target this year, according to the government budget, Wang said.
The cuts aim to reduce the burden on manufacturing companies, small
and micro-sized enterprises, and the working class, in an effort to stabilize em
ployment, the financial sector, trade, domestic investment and market confidence, Wang said.
He made the comments during an interview at the annua
l meetings of the national legislature and China’s top political advisory body.
“This scale of tax cuts and fee reductions has rarely been seen over the past decades, both
inside and outside China. It demonstrates the resolution, confidence, wisdom and power of our Party and gov
ernment to overcome difficulties and make great efforts to build a strong state,” he said.
indicate, is the emphasis that is now being put on helping private companies and protecting intellectual property rig
hts. The top court’s report, for instance, vowed to “enhance judicial protection for intellectual property rig
hts, promote the transfer of old and new kinetic energies, and serve the economy’s high-quality development”. And
in addition to completing international business dispute resolution mechanisms related to the Belt and Road Initi
ative, it has pledged to offer “equal protection for legal rights and interests of all kinds of market entities”.
This reflects the importance the country has attached to unswervingly encouraging, supporting and guiding the develop
ment of the nonpublic sector and shows the judicial and procuratorial organs will play their due roles in pro
moting the country’s all-around opening-up by ensuring a level and rules-based playing field.
In essence, the two reports made clear that security, democracy, rule of law, fairnes
s and justice, and a better environment are the focus of judicial and procuratorial work in the new era.
en’s rights and speaking out against the death penalty — it is utterly outrageous that Ir
an’s authorities are punishing her for her human rights work,” said Philip Luther, Amnesty Int
ernational’s Middle East and North Africa research and advocacy director, in a statement on Monday.
Last June, Sotoudeh was arrested at her home in Tehran and taken to Evin prison, a notorious jail just outside the capital.
According to Amnesty International, Iran conducted its “worst” crackdown in a decade in 2018, arresting over 7,000 dissidents.
Women in Iran have been protesting the obligatory Islamic headscarf by taking theirs off and waving them on sticks.
Sotoudeh, a winner of the European Parliament‘s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, is serving a jail sentence for a secon
d time. In 2010, she was sentenced to 11 years in prison on charges related to her work defending detained Iranian dem
onstrators during the 2009 Green Movement, a protest movement sparked by widespread accusations of electoral fraud.