so single people think it is a waste of time compared with ordering takeout,” adding that on major food
delivery platform Meituan-Dianping, about 65 percent of the orders are made by singles ages 20 to 30.
Others choose to dine out. A recent report by global market research company Kantar Worldpanel found that 46 percent of interviewees said they had eaten
alone in the past 24 hours, up by 9 percent from 2017. Some 16 percent of respondents said they preferred to eat out alone.
Liu Chang, 24, a postgraduate at Renmin University of China in Beijing, said she likes to ex
perience celebrity restaurants recommended by food review platforms. She has visited them alone many times.
“Finding friends you like to dine with can be difficult sometimes. In view of this, I would rath
er eat alone, which can also be enjoyable and relaxing, as I can do whatever I like,” she said.
Shao Yunxiang, 76, who has been living in Shanghai’s Caojiadu neighborhood for more than 14
years, said life in a modern city as a senior citizen doesn’t necessarily have to be lonely.
People who live in a neighborhood and don’t know their neighbors
is a terrible phenomenon, but it happens a lot in modern cities,” Shao said. “We hope to b
uild our neighborhood into a big, warm family with an excellent environment, culture and spirit.”
Shao attends a newspaper reading activity in the community center every Tuesday, the day when the neighborhood com
mittee prepares lunch for people over 75 years old. On Wednesday, he joins a group to learn singing.
At other times, he becomes a volunteer helping people become familiar with the city’s newly launched garbage sorting.
Shao said he spends one-third of his time on community activities, which contri
butes to making the neighborhood “a harmonious place where people know, help and support each other”.
BARCELONA, Spain – The Chinese technology firm Huawei has issued an “An open letter to the US media”, inviting members of the US media to visit Huawei’s campuses and meet its employees.
“The US is a shining example of how to inspire passion for technological innovation and dev
elopment. We too have been inspired by your history of creativity and hard work,” said the letter, beari
ng the name Catherine Chen, a Director of the Board at Huawei, who is in charge of public and government affairs.
“I am writing to you in the hopes that we can come to understand each other better. In recent years, the US government has developed some mi
sunderstandings about us. We would like to draw your attention to the facts,” the letter said.
“We work with many leading US companies on technology development, business con
sulting, and procurement. In addition, we support university research programs in the US, helping them make sig
nificant progress in communications technologies, which we believe will benefit the whole world,” the letter said.
“On behalf of Huawei, I would like to invite members of the US media to visit our ca
mpuses and meet our employees. I hope that you can take what you see and hear back to your readers, viewers, and lis
teners, and share this message with them, to let them know that our doors are always open.”
“We would like the US public to get to know us better, as we will you,” the letter said, ending with a Huawei email address as a means of contact.
NEW YORK — A Boeing 767 cargo jetliner with three people on board crashed into a bay near Housto
n’s George Bush International Airport on Saturday, said the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
It is unlikely that anybody could have survived, said Brian Hawthorne, sheriff of the Chambers County of the US state of Texas.
Hawthorne told local newspaper Houston Chronicle that police have found human remains at the si
te of the crash and investigators have recovered parts of the plane, the largest at 50 feet (around 15 meters) long.
The twin-engine plane, operated by Atlas Air, was flying from Miami to Houston wh
en it crashed shortly before 12:45 pm local time (1845 GMT), said the FAA, add
ing that radar and radio contact was lost with the aircraft at around 30 miles (48 km) southeast of the airport.
The US National Transportation Safety Board will be in charge of the investigation, it said.
Meanwhile, Atlas Air said the flight was being operated for Amazon.
“Our main priority at this time is caring for those affected and we will ensure we do all
we can to support them now and in the days and weeks to come,” Atlas Air said in a statement.
voters have spent in line to cast their ballots in the crucial election.
The incumbent, Muhammadu Buhari, 76, is running against 71 other ca
ndidates, but his main challenger is Atiku Abubakar, a 72-year-old business tycoo
n and former vice president. They are both Muslim candidates from the north of the country.
When Buhari, a former military ruler, was elected in 2015, it wa
s the first peaceful transition of power in Nigeria. He promised to offer a clean sweep of the old
routine, but many have been left disillusioned and angry at the rising levels of inequality and extreme poverty.
More than 84 million people registered for the vote in Africa’s largest economic p
ower, according to data from the Independent National Electoral Commission.
Videos have surfaced on social media reportedly showing the burni
ng of ballot papers and disruption of the electoral process in various parts of the country.
There has been a new unexpected twist in the case of Gui Minhai, and this time, the Swedish Ambassador to China Anna Lindstedt is involved.
Gui Minhai was born in China and later became a naturalized Swedish citizen. He was a Hong Kong-based bookseller be
fore being sued in the Chinese mainland in 2015. That lawsuit strained relations between China and Sweden.
His daughter, Angela Gui, has recently detailed a bizarre account of her visit to Stockholm, which has
embarrassed the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Angela Gui, who grew up in Sweden, now live
s in Britain where she is studying for a PhD in history at university. She gave her account in a media interview last we
ek and made an announcement Wednesday on her blog. Gui said that Ambassador Lindstedt contacted her in mid-January, inviting her to go to Sto
ckholm to meet two Chinese businessmen, who Lindstedt trusted, to discuss a new approach to her father’s case.
Angela Gui said she went to Stockholm in late January where she met two Chinese businessmen in the presence of Lindstedt. In
her statement, she said that the two businessmen asked her to stop all media engagements and public comment in exch
ange for her father’s release or commutation. According to Gui, Lindstedt supported the plan and said t
hat if not, the relationship between Sweden and China would otherwise be further undermined.
Angela Gui said that after the meeting, she called the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs for confirm
ation. “They told me they hadn’t had the slightest idea this whole affair was taking place. They hadn’t even been informed the amb
assador was in the country,” she wrote. In her account of what happened, she not only gave details of the meeting,
but also described how she was feeling threatened and how the whole arrangement seemed suspicious.