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|Chinese President Xi Jinping (2nd R) and his wife Peng Liyuan (1st R) welcome U.S. President Donald Trump (2nd L) and his wife Melania Trump at the Palace Museum jordan 5 wine , or the Forbidden City, in Beijing, capital of China, Nov. 8, 2017. They had an informal afternoon tea in the Baoyun Building, also known as the Hall of Embodied Treasures, in the southwestern corner of the Forbidden City. (XinhuaXie Huanchi)
BEIJING, Nov. 8 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan welcomed their U.S. counterparts with an informal afternoon tea at the Palace Museum Wednesday afternoon.
U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife Melania Trump arrived in Beijing earlier on Wednesday.
They had the afternoon tea in the Baoyun Building, also known as the Hall of Embodied Treasures, in the southwestern corner of the Forbidden City.
Built in 1915, the Baoyun Building is a Western-style building in the former imperial compound. It was used to store antiques, but now serves as an exhibition hall for the museum's history.
Chinese President Xi Jinping (2nd R) and his wife Peng Liyuan (1st R) welcome U.S. President Donald Trump (2nd L) and his wife Melania Trump at the Palace Museum, or the Forbidden City, in Beijing, capital of China, Nov. 8, 2017. They had an informal afternoon tea in the Baoyun Building, also known as the Hall of Embodied Treasures, in the southwestern corner of the Forbidden City. (XinhuaXie Huanchi)
While the Premier League started back in August, soccer actually only starts this weekend. The first game of the amateur game season here in Shanghai takes place on Saturday, and by the end of the day, each team will know how much work they have to do over the next nine or so months.
Like much of the rest of the world, it's not always easy to get 11 players out on a Saturday or Sunday for a game of amateur soccer. While the general trend over the last few years - certainly in the UK - has seen a decline in participation for men's soccer, in stark contrast to the youth and women's game, that is not the only reason.
The nature of work nowadays is a far cry from that of the past, where you slaved all week and had the weekend free. Now many people are as likely to be in the office on Saturdays as any other day or tied to a laptop in a cafe. Similarly, travel for work or pleasure means -players are often unavailable because they are out of town.
There's also the unpredictability of kickoff times. A match could be scheduled to kick off at any two-hour time slot from 9 am to 3 pm, and while these are published in advance, reasons such as family commitments or a heavy night on the town could mean absence - scheduled or otherwise.
Even with the odds stacked against them, small groups of volunteers try to cajole several hundred men out to the pitches every weekend and then get them to pay for the privilege, donating their time for nothing more than making sure grass-roots soccer continues. It's always been this way, there just used to be more teams.
Roles at each of these amateur teams varies, but each side needs someone on top of paperwork for registering -players, enough kit for the players (whether the players bring their own or it is kept in the kit bag and washed by whomever is unlucky enough to take charge of that), and making sure there are enough -players and that they know how to get to the pitch. Most importantly of all, someone must make sure there's enough money to pay the league, the match officials and all the other costs that come with the grass-roots game.
It's not dissimilar to running a real club, albeit one way down the pyramid, but there are similarities to the Premier League. The horse-trading for players is like Sky Sports transfer deadline day on
steroids, while the agonizing over the kit design would grace any top-flight boardroom.
Sure, the soccer is bad and the -clichés shouted during it are even worse. Yes, the only glory is among your friends in your sponsor's pub and on the team WeChat group, but every time 11 line up against 11, anywhere in the world, it is a victory for the grass-roots game.
(Xinhua file photo)
BEIJING, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- Chinese experts say that China's GDP growth may reach 6.9 percent in 2017.
Xu Hongcai, an economist with the China Center for International Economic Exchanges, said such a rate is attainable as performance has exceeded expectations.
The country's economy expanded by 6.9 percent in the first two quarters of 2017 and slowed slightly to 6.8 percent in the third quarter. Overall growth for the first three quarters was 6.9 percent, above the government's annual target at around 6.5 percent.
Foreign trade recovered last year, consumption demand remained steady and high-tech sectors became stronger, Xu said.
Foreign trade rose 14.2 percent year on year in 2017, ending two years of drops, the General Administration of Customs said Friday.
The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) is scheduled to release key economic data of China Thursday.
Ning Jizhe, head of the NBS, said at a forum held in Beijing Saturday that the Chinese economy "showed sound momentum last year and did better than expected."
On Thursday, the bureau will release Q4 and full-year GDP figures along with a series of other economic indicators, including industrial output, fixed asset investment, retail sales and home prices in large cities.
The World Bank last month raised its forecast for China's economic growth in 2017 to 6.8 percent, up from the 6.7 percent it projected in October, citing stronger personal consumption and foreign trade.
The International Monetary Fund also sees China's 2017 growth at 6.8 percent.
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