Big breakthroughs at major events enshrine a generation of

players, especially when they happen at home. I hope that 10 years la

ter this team of players will still be remembered for what they did at the World Cup.”

Around 8,000 spectators packed into the arena to witness the draw, whi

ch was conducted by Chinese pop star Yang Chaoyue, a member of the idol group Rock

et Girls 101, and NBA legend Kobe Bryant, and was staged in conjunction with FIBA’s global partner Tencent Sports.

After going 0-5 at the 2016 Rio Olympics and failing to qualify for the last World Cup, in 2

014 in Spain, Asian Games champion China is under heavy pressure to deliver an improved performance at home.

Should China emerge from Group A, it will face one of the top two

teams from a tougher-looking Group B, which features Argentina, Russia, South Korea and Nigeria.

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We are not here to deliver the Cup and leave. We are here

to stay by making big investments,” said the 38-year-old Greek.

“Of course our sport is very popular in China and organizing the Cup will make it even more popular. A good perfo

rmance by the national team will give it an extra boost. We are harnessing our potential under the leadership of Yao Ming.”

FIBA’s footprint in China has become more noticeable in recent ye

ars. Last June, the governing body unveiled plans to build a “one-of-a-kind” basketball aca

demy in Beijing in conjunction with Beijing Enterprises Group Company Limited to foster young Chinese talent.

And, in collaboration with the CBA, the first-ever FIBA World Basketball Summit was held in Xi’an, Shaanxi province in October.

President Xi Jinping on Monday presided over a symposium in Beijing for teachers of ideological and political theory.

Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee

and chairman of the Central Military Commission, delivered an important speech at the symposium.

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On Feb 28, Starbucks organized an online competition

a flash sale, if you will-for the limited-edition cups. Consumers would wait in front of their com

puters for long hours just to click “buy” several times in quick succession over a period of four days to March 3.

Only, millions of their ilk would also do the same thing at the same time. This meant, most of their attempts were destined to prove unsu

ccessful as buyers vastly outnumbered the special cups on sale. The cat-cups were sold out in nanoseconds after the sale opened.

Disappointed consumers accused Starbucks of resorting to “hunger market

ing”, a strategy to drive up demand by deliberately limiting supply, a charge that the cafe chain denied.

The Starbucks cup episode is the latest proof that pets, particularly cats, are stoking big-ticket

spending among affluent consumers in China, an economy that is witnessing consumption upgrade acr

oss all sectors-a topic close to the hearts of the Chinese lawmakers and political advisers who attended the annu

al sessions of the country’ top legislature and top political advisory body this month.

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It’s essential to always stay close to the latest technology t

better serve the public,” said Shan Jixiang, director of the Palace Museum.

Shan said there is still much room for improvement in the handling of a huge number of cultu

ral relics, such as when the priceless painting Along the River During the Qingming Festival is exhibited again next year.

The Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127) landscape painting is considered the best-known a

ncient Chinese work of art. When it was last exhibited in 2015, visitors stood in long lines until 3 am to get a

glimpse. The museum ended up preparing instant noodles to serve the hungry visitors.

“I don’t want that scenario to recur,” Shan said. “Our operation can be done in a more scientific way.”

The new system will make use of the more than 3,000 closed-circuit television cameras that

are installed all over the Palace Museum. Shan said facial-recognition technology will determine whi

ch areas are most popular with frequent visitors in order to analyze their preferences.

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Premier says drug costs for chronic diseases to be reimbursable

Outpatient drugs for chronic diseases, such as high blood pressure and diabetes, will be reimbursa

ble by 50 percent through China’s basic medical insurance program this year, Premier Li Keqiang said at a news conference on Friday.

The measure will relieve financial burdens on patients with the two diseases, which number 400 million in China, he said.

The government will also take steps this year to further relieve medical expenditure by

patients with serious diseases through adjusting medical insurance policies, Li said.

The government has been making efforts to improve people’s access to quality medical services and reduce their medical expenditure, Li said.

Last year the prices of 17 anti-cancer drugs were cut by more than 50 percent on av

erage, and were included in the basic medical insurance program so they were reimbursable, he said.

China’s basic medical insurance program has covered almost the entire population in China, he said.

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The country has also launched various measures to enha

ce the efficiency of financing services, shortening the approval time from two to three months to five to seven working days, according to Zhu.

To increase financial support for small and micro firms, the country also vows to strengthen control and su

pervision of counter-cyclical adjustment, urge banks to provide better loan services, and improve the financial service enviro

nment, Zhu added.China should step up the construction of underground gas storage facilities to meet increasing dema

nd during the peak consumption period in winter, according to Zhang Mingsen, former deputy chief engineer of the Beijing Research Institute of Che

ical Industry under the State-owned oil giant China Petroleum and Chemical Corp.

The government should provide fiscal and tax subsidies for the construction of underground gas stor

age facilities and improve the pricing mechanism for natural gas to achieve a more open gas market system, said Zhang in his sug

gestions to the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.

China consumed 280.30 billion cubic meters of natural gas in 2018, u

p 18.1 percent year-on-year, according to the National Development and Reform Commissi

on, the nation’s top economic regulator. The increase is in line with the country’s aim to encourage the use of gas instead of coal to combat air pollution.

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It aims to increase the share of gas in its energy mix to

percent of the nation’s primary energy demand by 2020, according to the commission.

“Demand for gas has surged in China in recent years, which has posed a pot

ential threat to the country’s energy security. Underground gas storage, on the other hand, could w

ell meet the peak for gas consumption and is a necessary part of the natural gas industrial chain,” he said.

“Sufficient storage facilities and competent peak load regulation capacity is necessary for a stable supply of natural gas.”

According to Zhang, major gas consumers around the world have set up gas storage sy

stems, with gas in storage contributing more than 10 percent of annual gas consumption.

Bloomberg Intelligence estimated earlier that nationwide gas storage will rise to 4.1 percent of demand in 2020, compared with 2.8 percent in 2015.

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st time voter Eshna Kutty, 22, wants India’s next leader to giv

  a voice to all the nation’s many minorities.

  ”I am Hindu, I come from a privileged background, so for people like me, no matter which part

y comes to power, we aren’t going to face the brunt of it. The most affected are the minorities and

the poor… If a certain party comes to power, these people will face huge problems.

  ”They are the people I want to keep in mind when I choose a party.”

  For Aastha Kulshrestha, a 23-year-old law student from New Delhi, her expectation of the n

ext government is that it should not pit one group or religion against the other. “It is a great impe

diment to the growth of the nation, a nation that is democratic, socialist and a republic,” she told CNN.

  ”If you want to make a change… you vote”oung voters could have a huge influence on the

outcome. For some, casting their ballot is an exciting “coming of age” moment. But many are disenchanted.

  John Simte, 22, a law student in Bengaluru, says he is “thrilled to be a part of the world’s la

rgest democratic project.” He admits a “deep sense of apathy” amongst his peers but is nonetheless optimistic.

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Well, I think he’s got a lot of hand movement. I’ve never see

  so much hand movement. I said is he crazy or is that just the way he acts.”

  ”Study it, I’m sure you’ll agree,” Trump told reporters.

  The jab at O’Rourke was not just a throwaway. It was a return to the forensic targ

eting of political opponents that helped Trump dismantle the Republican primary field in 2016.

  Mocking O’Rourke’s gestures might seem a frivolous at a time of national political angst and wi

th a heavy duty policy debate already under way. But Trump is an expert at trivializing and belittli

ng opponents, to detract from the gravity of their arguments and to feed the conservative media machine.

  His diagnosis of Jeb Bush’s “low energy” four years ago established a narrative about the former Florida govern

or’s campaign that hinted at a grain of truth. The one-time GOP front-runner could never recover.

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At one point in the meeting Tump, said he wasn’t going to

  ”comment on Brexit,” but characteristically unable to constrain himself, could barely leave the topic alone.

  At the start of his meeting, Trump welcomed Varadkar, and pointin

g out that his visitor was in a difficult position over Britain’s tortured attempts to com

plete its withdrawal from the European Union, which could harm Ireland’s peace and prosperity.

  Trump also, as he often does, used his position to slyly shout out one of his businesses, in this case, a golf course in Ireland.

  ”I have a very warm spot for Doonbeg, I will tell you that and it just a great place really.”

  While praising Ireland, Trump promptly switched to a characteristic boast about his own success, his mana

gement of the economy and how he held “all of the records … every single record for the stock market.”

  Trump’s obsession with Obama — a defining characteristic — app

eared like a nervous tick twice in his photo-op, twinned with a willingness to spout untruths.

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