nds because all my saved money has been spent on building a new home for the yo
上海千花坊ung couple and buying new necessities for them, such as household appliances,” Shan said.
Luckily, Shan had reason to celebrate because he was saved by a new rule.
Right before the wedding, a specific standard was established banning high-priced betrothal gifts, or caili in上海千花坊
Chinese. Other extravagant customs, including holding grand wedding ceremonies or funeral rites as well as inviting an e
xorbitant number of guests and using lots of cars to pick up the bride and her relatives, were also prohibited.上海千花坊
The government of Feixiang district – which covers 265 villages, including Shan’s, with a population of 410,000 – found the competitio
上海千花坊n to see who could give the best betrothal gifts and hold the grandest wedding ceremonies had become a big headache for villagers.
Families of young women envied those who gave lots of money to a bride’s family and held ex
pensive ceremonies with many guests, said Cai Fuhai, Party chief of Nanduqi village.上海千花坊女神会所
They would ask parents of their soon-to-be sons-in-law for similar treatment, Cai said.
According to the standard, no more than six cars can be used for picking up the bride and her rela
tives. Previously, up to 40 cars would be used as part of a grand and impressive wedding ceremony.上海千花坊
Furthermore, guests are served a simple meal – a vegetable and meat stew, or daguocai in Chinese – rather than a meal wit
上海千花坊女神会所h dozens of courses. Finally, group wedding ceremonies are encouraged and betrothal gifts are discouraged.
Families who obey the standard may enjoy benefits such as free physical examinations for parents and
newborns at local hospitals. Pregnant women may also receive discounts for examinations during pregnancy, Cai said.
Families who do not obey the rules are required to make a self-critical s
peech during a meeting attended by villagers and local government officials. Those wh上海千花坊女神会所
o refuse to make the speech and admit their wrongdoings are exposed on local television and other media platforms.
Villagers fall in line
According to the Feixiang district government, more than 1,000 families of young wom
en have refrained from demanding betrothal gifts from their bridegrooms’ families since 2017. About 1
00,000 households in the district have signed commitment letters promising to obey the standard.
Government statistics show that the cost of a wedding has been cut to less than 30,000 yuan, down b
y about 80 percent, and the current cost for a funeral is less than 5,000 yuan, just a sixth of the previous cost.
he region’s prepar上海千花坊女神会所ations against cross-border diseases. This week, the East African
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rimination bent of the law which, in my view, will lead to a significan
t inward flow of foreign capital in key services and advanced manufacturing sectors,” he said.
Overholt said “the list of issues that President Xi has addr
essed are the issues that the business community is concerned about”.
“It is excellent that President Xi recognized some problems,” especially those associated with its Belt and Road Ini
tiative, such as transparency and corruption, said Craig Allen, president of the US-China Business Council.
Experts also were interested in how the reform policies and laws would be implemented, something Xi addressed in his speech.
“People are very positive about the direction, but they need t
o know the details” of how the promises would be delivered, Overholt said.
versity of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas, in the United States, said Xi
wants to convey a specific message: that China sees the BRI as a method by which it can make
a substantial and permanent contribution to lasting peace, common security and global prosperity.
“While some Westerners may scoff at the impact they think the BRI m
ay have on these issues, Xi genuinely sees the BRI as a global development project and will cont
inue to wholeheartedly put China’s money, resources and energies into this project,” he said.
Chen Weihua in Brussels, Bo Leung in London, Zhao Huanxin in Washington, Edith Muteth
ya in Nairobi and Chen Yingqun in Beijing contributed to this story.The profits of China’s major indu
strial firms surged by 13.9 percent in March, a drastic rebound compared to the 14-percent decline in January-Febru
ary period, official data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed Saturday.