up more than half of the market size. The online users dou

e online users double from 5.7 million in 2017 to 15.3 million in 2018.

Insiders say as Chinese parents increase their spending on education, online education gets more recog

nition and China’s internationalization progresses, online course users will keep growing, The Beijing News reports.

The report echoes their opinion. Data from the report shows that the penetration rate of online education rose from 0.8 percen

t in 2015 to 9.1 percent in 2018, up 11 folds within four years. It’s projected that the penetration rate will reach 12 percent in 2019.

New users go for top brand

Data from the report shows the market share of VIPKID is 68.4 percent, follow

ed by 51Talk (11.6 percent), DaDa English (7.8 percent) and vipJr (5.7 percent).

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According to a Palace Museum statement, Shan retired

April 8 and was succeeded by Wang, former director of the Dunhuang Academy.

Shan is well known for his innovative changes to the Palace Museu

m, such as the introduction of a light show during the Lantern Festival.

By the end of 2018 over 80 percent of the Forbidden City had opened to visitors, compared with only 52 percent in 2014.

The Palace Museum established the Palace Museum Research Institute in Nove

mber 2013 as an unincorporated organization for scholarly inquiry and exchange.

The institute includes Palace Museum Institute researchers, scholars in the Palace Museum, and oth

er Chinese and international scholars, all coming together in an atmosphere of open scholarly exchange.

With a sustainable approach, the academy seeks to lead in scholarly developme

nt, formulate research strategies, evaluate scholarly writings, realize Palace Museum research goals, tra

in talent, publish quality material, and conduct international academic exchange.

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The 20-year-old said she first learned about the history

The volunteer team-led by Wu Liangliang, a security guard who has gained online fame for his fluent self-taught En

glish-has also been part of the site’s efforts to provide a more personal management style, in addition to the city go

vernment’s introduction of various measures, including a mobile app, to help tourists.

Larry Goodrich, from Seattle, who has been traveling with his wife

in the Yangtze River Delta for three weeks, lauded the volunteers’ contributions.

Having worked in the computer industry since “the era of brick-si

zed cellphones”, the 65-year-old said that while technology has provided unimaginable con

venience, traveling is about being a part of the destination and interacting with local residents.

“The human connection is always better,” said Goodrich.

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It was Washington’s decision to recognize Jerusalem

as the capital of Israel and Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights that fueled the massive protests from Palest

inians and the Arab world and deepened the enmity between the Palestinians and Israelis.

The Trump administration has closely aligned itself with Israel’s right wing, and on Su

nday night, US President Donald Trump reinforced this when he tweeted his “100%” su

pport for Israel’s actions, blaming the violence on “terrorist groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad”.

Israel and Hamas have fought three wars since the Islamic militant group s

eized control of Gaza from Western-backed Palestinian forces in 2007, but its leader Ism

ail Haniyeh said Hamas is “not interested in a new war” and is ready to “return to the state of calm” if Israel stop

s its attacks “and immediately starts implementing understandings about a dignified life”. In the past, Hamas has hal

ted attacks in return for the easing of an Egyptian and Israeli blockade imposed on Gaza.

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China’s foreign trade climbs in 2019’s first quarter

China’s foreign trade climbed 3.7 percent year-on-year to 7.01 trillion

yuan ($1.04 trillion) in the first quarter of this year, customs data showed on Friday.

During this period exports grew 6.7 percent to 3.77 trillion yuan, while imports increased 0.3 percent to 3.24 tri

llion, according to the General Administration of Customs.Editor’s Note: The United Stat

es has repeatedly called on the World Trade Organization to cancel China’s and some other members’ developing

country status and the special and differential treatments that come with it. Does the US’ dema

The steady expansion of trade can be attributed to stable domestic economic growth and an

increase in import and export prices, customs authority spokesman Li Kuiwen told reporters.

Trade with the United States stood at 815.86 billion yuan

between January and March, down 11 percent year-on-year, according to the data.

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So, I think I won’t get married until I’m 33,” Gray said

Like Gray, more women and men in the US are single — more than 45 percent of all Americans age 18 or older, the US Census Bur

eau reported in 2017 — and the number of single households around the world also is increasing.

Singles make up about 14.6 percent — about 200 million — of Chi

na’s population, the largest singles population in the world, People’s Daily reported.

Sweden has the highest rate of people staying single, 51 percen

t of all households, according to 2017 data from the European Union’s Eurostat.

Sweden is followed by Denmark, Finland and Germany, which all have more than 40 percent one-person households.

The never-married population age 16 years and over in England a

nd Wales increased by 3.9 million from 2002 to 2017, while the number of married pe

ple increased only by 1.2 million during the same period, UK Census reported.

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According to Li, the project drew to a close recently as

sponsorship from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation ended as scheduled. “However, more gre

en super rice species are expected to be rolled out, thanks to funds from the bilateral collaborations und

er the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative and South-South Cooperation.”

Gary Atlin, a senior program officer for the Gates Foundation, said the p

roject demonstrates a new collaboration model in which rice scientists from different cou

ntries can work together to understand local needs and develop solutions on a global basis.

“Expertise of Chinese scientists in rice breeding and cultivation is a tremendous resou

rce for the developing world,” he said. “I believe it will continue to have an impact for years to come.”

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But a customs union would ensure UK businesses can cont

ontinue to trade with the EU, and would solve many of the problems that bedevil May’s deal. In partic

ular, it would remove the need for customs posts and border checks between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

There’s a good chance a withdrawal agreement that included a

customs union pledge would be approved by Parliament, and welcomed by the EU.

But some hard-line Conservative Party lawmakers have written to May, insisting that she not agree to a Brexit extension beyond M

ay 22, which would force the U.K. to take part in the next European Parliament election, the Sun newspaper reported.

The letter urged the prime minister to bring her Brexit deal back to Parliament for

a fourth vote, with the threat of a general election if it is rejected again, the Sun said.

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tainers carrying goods for export are seen in Qingdao Port

hina aims to reduce logistics costs by nearly 121 billion yuan ($17.8 billion) this year, the Ministry of Transport anno

unced on Thursday at a news conference of the State Council Information Office.

Spokesman Wu Chungeng said the ministry will unveil a string of m

easures not only to cut costs but to promote innovative development of the industry.

China will continue to increase railway freight volume, upgrade its w

ater transportation system, regulate highway freight transport and speed up mult

imodal transport in a bid to improve its logistics network and optimize its structure, Wu said.

It will also further integrate important ports and harbors into the inland multimodal transport and logistics net

work, which will connect them with more railways and highways and enable improved cargo interoperability, he said.

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More European countries expected to follow its lead as h

With Italy becoming the first of the Group of Seven industrialized nations to

sign on to the Belt and Road Initiative during President

Xi Jinping’s state visit to the country, the China-proposed connectivity plan might gain more participants, observers said.

Xi and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte witnessed the signing of the intergovernmental me

morandum of understanding on joint construction of the Belt and Road after they held talks in Rome on Saturday.

The two sides realize the huge potential of the BRI in promoting connectivity, and stand ready to strengthen the alignment of th

e BRI and the European Union’s Trans-European Transport Networks and deepen cooperation in ports, logistics, mar

ine transportation and other areas, according to a joint communique issued by the two countries.

During his talks with Conte, Xi said China’s and Italy’s historical status as nati

ons at either end of the ancient Silk Road made it natural for them to cooperate on building the Belt and Road

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