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unger generation of diners, who are increasingly drawn to personalized products.

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mpaigns-all in a bid to trigger an emotional investment that resonates with customers.

So when Heytea, a milk tea brand known for its rich cheese-foam topping, introduced its fi

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he regular portfolio, the newly opened Shanghai flagship store allows customers to mix cocktails with their tea drinks.

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Neo Nie, founder and CEO of Heytea, said he sees Heytea not上海419论坛

only as a cheese-topped tea store, but a cool brand that has multiple possibilities.

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ore than 250 stores nationwide and Nie is looking to expand to 400 by the end of this year.

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ion yuan in 2018, with huge potential to tap compared with developed countries, accor

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The industry is estimated to develop with compound yearly growth of 22.7 percent throughout t

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Dolls are no longer exclusively for children. Jiang Fan, a 22-year-old college graduate in Shanghai, became captivated by Moll

y dolls two years ago. Now, she has a collection of more than 70, and the number is climbing. 上海419品茶微信

These tiny toys, commonly known as blind box figures, come in sealed packaging and collectors have no idea which specific f

igure from a series they are buying. Many series even feature rare special figures or lucky-draw figures.

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e of cardboard, you get a cool toy,” Jiang said. “The sense of uncertainty intrigues me!”

Molly dolls are little dolls with curly yellow hair, big turquoise eyes and pouting lips. Each one costs 59 yuan ($8.5), which 上海419

means Jiang has to pay at least 708 yuan for an entire series of 12 figures. “My purse really hurts,” she joked.

Jiang is not the only “big kid “who is fascinated with the dolls. In April this year, the biennial 上海419品茶微信

Shanghai Toy Show attracted more than 100,000 fans of designer toys, just like Jiang.

The sponsor of the toy expo is Pop Mart, a leading designer toy company i

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t an emphasis on designer toys in 2017, after the company detected the enormous potential of th

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The company sold about 4 million Molly dolls in 2018 and expects to replicate the sales volume this y

ear, Wang Ning, founder of Pop Mart, said in a speech at the China Central Academy of Fine Arts in April.

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Publishers from home and abroad gathered Monday to discuss C

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Over 200 people including publishers and experts from more than 60 overseas publishin

上海夜生活g houses in 30 plus countries attended the China Book International Foreign Consultants Seminar.

As 2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, various stories about the develo

pment of China over the years could be told, said an official with the Publicity Department of the Communist Part上海夜生活女神会所

y of China Central Committee, who expected publishers from home and abroad to strengthen their exchanges and coope

ration based on these vivid stories, and create more works with global significance.

According to Niels Peter Thomas, managing director of the b上海夜生活女神会所

ook section of Springer Nature, to enhance the global influence of Chinese publications,

further cooperation between Chinese and foreign publishers is the most important step.

Also at the seminar, the “100 Titles of China Books Since 1949 for Translation and Promotion” w上海夜生活

as launched and displayed. The titles, actually 101 in number, include 37 in the hu

manities and social sciences, 34 in science and technology and 30 in literature and art.

上海夜生活女神会所The titles were selected by a panel, who considered the original fine works worth translating a

nd promoting overseas, as they reflect the achievements made in the course of China’s development.

The China Book International (CBI) project was launched in 2006, and currently has 38 member units.上海夜生活

By the end of 2018, the CBI had helped Chinese pub

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ses from 82 countries, covering 4,656 titles which have been translated into 57 languages.

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rvingly opening to the outside world to increase its resilience to risks

and shoulder its responsibility as a major country,” said Wang Xiaosong, a researc 上海千花坊

h fellow with the National Academy of Development and Strategy under Renmin University of China.

 上海千花坊Covestro, a global chemicals giant that has been in China for nearly 20 years, is plannin

g to upgrade its China headquarters in Shanghai to its Asia-Pacific headquarters.

Holly Lei, president of Covestro China, said after the move, the 上海千花坊

company could better coordinate global resources to grow together with China.

 上海千花坊China is Covestro’s biggest single market and Shanghai is hom

e to its largest plant while housing its Asia-Pacific innovation center, said Lei.

Covestro is not alone in terms of expanding its business ambitions in the world’s second-largest economy. 上海千花坊

French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen plans to set up a regional procurement center in Sha

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to Tesla’s gigafactory, which is under construction with an investment of over 50 billion yuan ($7.1 billion).

Investments from the European Union, Singapore, Japan and countries included in t 上海千花坊

he Belt and Road Initiative all grew at double-digit rates in the first half and the investm

ent structure is being optimized, said Hua Yuan, director of the municipal commission of commerce.

The high-tech service industry reported an actual use of foreign investment of $1.7 bil 上海千花坊女神会所

lion in the first six months, posting a hefty annual growth of 29.6 percent, said Hua.

A series of opening-up measures in multiple fields and industries and the impro

ving business environment has ramped up foreign investment interests in China.

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und 10:40 pm local time on Saturday inside the Hotel Shahr-e Dubai’s wedding hall when it was full of g

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French President Emmanuel Macron was scheduled to meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Monday for a rare visit.

Macron would welcome Putin at 5:30 pm at his official holiday resi

dence in Bregancon in southern France, days before he hosts other world leaders in 上海夜生活品茶微信

cluding US President Donald Trump for the August 24-26 G7 summit in Biarritz.

Topping the meeting would be the situation in Ukraine after Ukrainian President

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Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Putin would also discuss with Macron bilateral cooperation.

“The topics are obvious: bilateral Russian-French cooperation, which has a very

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The leaders will also discuss prospects for work on the Normandy Four format, he added.

The Normandy Four consists of Russian, Ukrainian, Fre

nch and German senior representatives who aim to resolve the Ukrainian crisis. 上海夜生活

Kremlin adviser Yuri Ushakov said that the dialogue between France and Russia had “intensified” in the recent months an

d that Putin’s visit was the “logical continuation” of his regular contact with Macron.

Alexander Baunov, a senior fellow at the Carnegie Moscow Center, said Macron would be looki 上海夜生活品茶微信

ng for ways to resuscitate the 2015 Minsk cease-fire deal which Paris and Berlin helped broker.

“The main public issue will be reviving the Minsk accords,” Baunov said.

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上海千花网king for evidence of the origins of creation as far back as four billion years ago, looks u

p at the projection screen and says there was too much light shining on him that he couldn’t see.

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ture of space and time from the Big Bang to black holes, and the origin and fate of life and intelligence in the unive

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A former pop star of the 1980s and ’90s, Cox is today a professor of particle physics at the University of Manchester.

He’s also an author, most recently of Universal: A Guide to the Cosmos (

with Jeff Forshaw), and a broadcaster, known for highly acclaimed BBC science p上海千花网品茶微信

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since I need to spend over 1.5 hours on the subway to get to the Capital airport. But once the Daxing airpo

rt is in operation, it will be cut to 40 minutes,” he said.上海419论坛

“I have bought tickets to my hometown Guangzhou from the new airport for the National Day holi

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The new airport, constructed to meet China’s surging air service demand and take the pr

essure off Beijing Capital International Airport, will serve as the second international airport for Beijing.

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square meters, the new airport is expected to handle 45 million passengers a year by 2021 and 72 million by 2025.

Didi Chuxing, China’s ride-hailing giant, plans to lower its minimum passenger age restricti上海419论坛女神会所

on for teens traveling without a supervising adult from 18 to 16, the company announced Wednesday.

The new adjustment comes months after Didi said in October that children under 18 were not上海419论坛

allowed to use the car-hailing service alone, which later generated heated discussion online.

Some people hold that for users aged between 16 to 18 who have left h上海419论坛

ome for work or study, the age regulation just shut them out of the service that gave

them no alternatives but to turn to illegal cab services, or black cars, the company said.上海419论坛女神会所

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ted children below 18 years old being able to hail a ride without an adult accompanying them.

In another poll, the percentage of support group increased to 80% with the minimum age restriction was changed to 16.

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Generally used to transport goods, “the network will shuttle passengers in a safe, fast, environmentally friendly, cost-efficien

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The company, in cooperation with the Guangzhou government, will open the service to the public in 2021.

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e company has finished the development of an application to allow passengers to pre-order the flying service.

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station downtown, with charges being almost the same as taking a taxi,” Hu said.

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Ehang, based in Guangzhou, has selected the city as its pilo

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cture to support urban air mobility, including by designing safety rules and market entry thresholds.

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British switched tacti上海会所ng for the carrot more

 frequently than the stick. Though it used a lighter touch in administ

ration after World War II — and this approach had limits; see above — Britain never went so fa上海会所品茶微信

r as to risk its own position. Indeed, when push came to shove the cudgel was still happily relied upon; discontent in t

上海会所he 1950s and ’60s was smothered with a force today’s protesters couldn’t begin to imagine.

Police, after all, did nothing to stop the Legislative Council from being

ransacked and defaced with the colonial flag early last month — compare that treatment wi

th the hundreds killed in protests under British rule. What’s more, even limited improvements in governance w上海会所品茶微信

ere done cynically, as a means of pacifying a restive population. “Democratic” reforms were never se

riously pursued until negotiations began between Britain and China for the restoration of Chinese sovereignty. Su

rely we can put two and two together and see this as more than mere coincidence.上海会所

But for some, this strategy worked. With a few token concessions — none of which compare to the rights the po

pulation now enjoys — certain segments were won over to the idea of living as colonial subjects. Thi

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orably as time passed. Sovereignty and self-determination were sacrificed at the altar of getti

ng ahead in a notoriously unequal system, where class divisions only grew more and more pronounced.上海会所

Long-standing inequalities with deep roots in the colonial period are now blamed by nostalgics on post-handover adm

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e contradictions won’t be resolved so long as outside forces attempt to interfere, and th

ere certainly won’t be any progress if the city’s past is viewed through rose-colored glasses.

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China’s pilot free tr上海乌托邦es saw FDI inflow up

percent year-on-year during the seven-month period, accounting for 14.2 percent of the total FDI.

Western China registered the fastest growth of FDI compared with oth上海乌托邦

er regions, with the figure up 25.2 percent year-on-year to reach 39.94 billion yuan.

Foreign investment from Germany and the Republic of Korea climbed quickly in the firs上海乌托邦女神会所

t seven months, posting growth of 72.4 percent and 69.7 percent year-on-year, respectively.

MOC data showed that FDI from the European Union rose 18.3 percent compared with the same period last year.上海乌托邦

FDI from countries participating in the Belt and Road Initiative grew 5 percent in the first seven months of 2019.

There’s been a whole lot of controversy over flags lately.

上海乌托邦女神会所This shouldn’t be surprising — they’re designed to be symbols, after all. B

ut their recent treatment by protesters in Hong Kong shows flagrant mis

understanding of the city’s past. Many demonstrators have taken to waving the colonial flag used for the territory before its r

eturn to China in 1997, and some go a step further, flaunting Great Britain’s current Union Jack or the flag of the Uni

ted States to show their desire for Western-style government or even intervention by those countries.上海乌托邦

Meanwhile, the flag of the People’s Republic of China and its national emblem h

ave been desecrated in a series of attacks as violence in the city escalates. Militants have shown their di上海乌托邦女神会所

ssatisfaction with a proposed extradition amendment by vandalizing these objects, inflaming tensions in a city al

ready reaching its boiling point. Never mind that the amendment was suspended weeks ago; who needs coherence when th上海乌托邦

ere’s stuff to destroy? This isn’t just a destructive, counter-productive approach to enacting change, though — i

t’s an attitude that beggars belief for anyone who knows the history of these nations.上海乌托邦女神会所

Just in case there’s any genuine confusion, I can provide a couple quick reminders.

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