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on average, while the corresponding number for a dog is 4,723 yuan, said the report.
Much of a pet’s expenses are on food. For a cat, it is about 1,340 yuan, with medical care requiring 742 yuan on average.
“About 41 percent of the 99.8 million pet-keeping Chinese households now have cats,
and the number is still growing,” said Neil Wang, president of Frost & Sullivan China.
In addition to 67 million pet cats, there are more, adopted or given by friends and families, the company’s report said.
This has spawned a cat culture of sorts, spanning a variety of business activities.
For instance, specialist apps offer a service called “cloud petting” for those who
do not own a pet cat. The latter can follow “cat celebrities” on social media platforms.
In less than a month, the world’s biggest democratic exercise begins in India. And out of a total of 900 million eligible v
oters, a staggering 84.3 million — including 15 million aged 18 or 19 — will be casting ballots for the first time.
So what do they want from their politicians?
Tolerance, according to Shreeparna Chatterjee, a 22-year-old arts student in New Delhi going to the polls for the first time.
Voting will be held in seven phases across the vast country, from 11 April to 19 May, with the res
ult announced on May 23. The Hindu nationalist government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which stormed to power at the last gen
eral election in 2014, is battling a challenge led by the secular opposition Congress party
Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) claimed a record-breaking 282 seats in the national parli
ament five years ago. Critics accuse his party of fostering religious polarization to woo support from the country’s Hindu majority.
”With this government, I feel it’s been very heated religion-based and caste-based politics,” Chatterjee told CNN.
She has not yet decided who to support but does want to see a change in an increasingly toxic political climate.
”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.
ional Committee, political advisers submitted 5,113 proposals, covering a wide range of topics that included econom
ics, politics, culture, social development and environmental protection, officials said. Among them, 3,
859 were formally filed and will be forwarded to relevant authorities for handling.
This year, economic issues and social affairs drew more attention from the political advisers during the two sessi
ons, with 1,484 proposals and 1,336 proposals falling in the two categories respectively, officials said.
Some of the typical proposals on economic issues dealt with such matters as preventing financial risks, supporting the
private economy, developing a high-quality manufacturing sector and shoring up market confidence.
hinese officials speak on strengthening market regulation and safeguarding market order
at a news conference during the second Session of the 13th National People’s Congress on March 11, 2019.
Minister of State Administration for Market Regulation Zhang Mao, Head of National Medical Products Admin
istration Jiao Hong and Commissioner of National Intellectual Property Administration Shen Changyu meet the press.
hina will improve its long-term regulatory mechanism for vaccines and implement the toughest possible over
sight on related products, Jiao Hong, head of the National Medical Products Administration, said on Monday.
She said domestically made vaccines were safe overall, affirming comments made by the head of Ch
ina’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention on March 4, who urged the public not to lose trust in the country’s vaccine sector.
Jiao said a new draft law on vaccine management, to tighten the supervision and
management of production, research, and distribution of these products, had
been reviewed by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, and released to solicit public opinion.