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Economic Watch: China's employment stable, policy supports continue******
BEIJING, Nov. 15 (Xinhua) -- China has created 11.33 million new jobs in its urban areas during the first 10 months of this year, achieving the target for the whole year in advance.。
From January to October, the country's surveyed urban unemployment rate averaged 5.1 percent, said Fu Linghui, spokesperson for the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on Monday.。
China's surveyed urban unemployment rate stood at 4.9 percent in October, 0.4 percentage points lower than the same period last year, NBS data shows.。
The surveyed urban unemployment rate is calculated based on the number of unemployed people who have participated in the employment survey in urban areas, including migrant workers in cities.。
"The surveyed unemployment rate among those aged between 16 and 24 has dropped for three consecutive months, showing that the employment situation of young people is gradually improving," Fu said, adding that the main reason is the gradual increase in the employment of college students.。
The rate among those aged between 25 and 59, the majority of the labor market, stood at 4.2 percent in October, the same level as in September.。
The surveyed unemployment rate in 31 major cities was 5.1 percent last month, up 0.1 percentage points from that in September.。
"The policy of stabilizing employment continued, and the employment situation was generally stable," Fu noted.。
The country has promised to fully deliver the tax and fee cuts already introduced and curb arbitrary charges so as to support market entities in preventing unemployment and job losses.。
It also worked to strengthen the employment-first policy, and boost employment for key job-hunting groups, including college graduates, veterans and migrant workers.。
China's State Council has released a plan this year on boosting employment for the 14th Five-Year Plan period (2021-2025), vowing to add over 55 million new urban jobs in the next five years. Enditem。
China's Hunan sees trade growth with Belt and Road countries******
CHANGSHA, Nov. 23 (Xinhua) -- Central China's Hunan Province saw its trade with countries along the Belt and Road increase by 19.8 percent from January to October, Changsha customs said Tuesday.。
The total volume of trade between Hunan and the countries along the Belt and Road reached 138.7 billion yuan (about 21.8 billion U.S. dollars) during the period.。
From January to October this year, Hunan's exports to the region reached about 107.5 billion yuan, up 17.3 percent, while imports totaled nearly 31.2 billion yuan, up 29 percent.。
The three main trade partners in the region were Vietnam, Malaysia and Thailand, with the trade volume totaling 18 billion yuan, 15.6 billion yuan and 14.7 billion yuan, up 10.5 percent, 32.2 percent and 22 percent, respectively.。
Customs statistics showed that the main exports from Hunan to the region included mechanical and electrical products, which reached 42.8 billion yuan, accounting for 39.8 percent of the total value of the province's exports to countries along the Belt and Road.。
Imports of natural and synthetic rubber, as well as metal ore and ore sand from the region, increased 73.3 percent to 3.1 billion yuan and 25.3 percent to about 2.7 billion yuan, respectively.。
During the same period, Hunan's imports and exports to India soared 85.1 percent to 12.7 billion yuan. The figure to Indonesia skyrocketed 90.7 percent to over 10 billion yuan. Enditem。
For Valentine’s Day, Try Being Nice to Yourself
Valentine’s Day prompts many of us to send messages of love to the special people in our lives. But I’d like to propose a new tradition. Why not use this day to start being kinder to ourselves?
Being nice to yourself, particularly during a personal setback or a stressful experience, is known among psychologists as self-compassion. It’s a simple concept — treat yourself as kindly as you would treat a friend who needs support — but it’s one that most people find exceedingly difficult to adopt.
“We tend to give compassion to others much more readily than we do ourselves,” says Kristin Neff, one of the field’s leading researchers and a professor of human development and culture at the University of Texas at Austin. “The good news is that it can be learned. It’s a skill anyone can cultivate.”
Self-compassion is rooted in centuries of Buddhist tradition, but it’s been only within the past decade that researchers, led by Dr. Neff, have subjected the concept to empirical scrutiny. Numerous studies have shown that self-compassion is strongly linked to overall well-being. Practicing self-compassion can reduce depression, stress, performance anxiety and body dissatisfaction. It can lead to increases in happiness, self-confidence and even immune function.
Despite the evidence that self-compassion can be good for us, many people resist it.
“One of the reasons self-compassion is hard is because we’ve been harshly judging ourselves for 20, 30 or 50 years,” said Mark Coleman, a clinical psychologist and popular meditation teacher and author. “The self-compassion perspective, in contrast, is saying, ‘There is a lot of pain in life, but you're doing the best you can.' You're not wrong for feeling the pain."
“人们难以进行自我关怀的一个原因是，20、30 或 50 年来，我们一直在严厉地评判自己，”临床心理学家、广受欢迎的冥想导师和作家马克·科尔曼 (Mark Coleman) 说。 “而自我关怀的观点正好相反，它认为‘生活中有很多痛苦，但你正在尽你所能。’你感觉痛苦并没有错。”
The struggle for self-compassion can be difficult for even the most enlightened among us. Haemin Sunim, a Buddhist monk and best-selling author, tells of his own struggle for self-compassion in his new book, “Love for Imperfect Things: How to Accept Yourself in a World Striving for Perfection.” For most of his life, he had believed it was important to always put the needs of others ahead of his own. During graduate school, he found it difficult to say no when others asked him to take on extra work. A trusted friend gave him this advice: “Be good to yourself first, then to others.”
即使是我们当中最开朗的人，也很难努力做到自我关怀。佛教僧人和畅销书作家 Haemin Sunim 在他的新书《爱不完美的事物：如何在追求完美的世界中接受自己》中讲述了他自己为自我关怀所做的努力。在他一生的大部分时间里，他一直认为始终将他人的需求置于自己之前是很重要的。在读研究生期间，当别人要求他承担额外的工作时，他发现自己很难拒绝。一位值得信赖的朋友给了他这样的建议：“先对自己好，再对别人好。”
“It was like being struck by lightning,” he writes. “Up until then, I had only ever worried about what other people thought of me. I had never once thought properly about caring for myself, or loving myself.”
Dr. Neff notes that she often hears misgivings about practicing self-compassion. Some people worry that self-compassion is a form of self-pity and suggests weakness. They worry it will lead to self-indulgent behavior and undermine motivation. But studies show that when people practice self-compassion they tend to adopt healthier behaviors.
The reality is that by being kind to ourselves, we become stronger, more resilient and less focused on our problems. In one study of military veterans who spent time in Iraq and Afghanistan, those who measured higher on the self-compassion scale were less likely to develop symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. In fact, the presence of self-compassion was a better predictor of long-term mental health than how much combat action they had seen.
Dr. Neff notes that self-compassion does not come naturally to most of us and requires practice. To learn self-compassion, we must first mindfully acknowledge our pain in a nonjudgmental way. Then we need to remind ourselves that we are not alone, that imperfection is part of a shared human experience. Finally, we need to offer ourselves kindness and support, similar to how we would treat a close friend.
Here are some exercises to help you improve your self-compassion skills.
How do I treat a friend?
Close your eyes and think about a time when a close friend came to you because he or she was struggling with a misfortune, failure or feelings of inadequacy. Now write down what you said. What tone did you use? Did your interaction include any nonverbal gestures — touching, hugs or other actions? Now think about a similar situation in which you were struggling. What did you say to yourself? Write it down. Now compare the two answers. Were you as kind to yourself as you were to your friend?
Keep a self-compassion journal
Each evening think about an area where you are struggling and focus on mindfulness, common humanity and self kindness. First mindfully acknowledge your pain. Write down the difficult feelings you have.
Next, remind yourself of the common humanity of the situation. Do you know anyone else at work or in your personal life who has similar struggles?
Finally, write some words of kindness in response to the difficult emotions you are feeling. If you have trouble, imagine you are talking to a friend with a similar struggle. “I’m sorry you’re feeling frightened. It will be O.K. I’m here to support you. You are a good person. I know you did your best.”
You know how good it feels to be hugged or touched when you need comfort. This exercise allows you to provide comfort to yourself. Everyone responds differently to touch, so find a physical touch that feels genuinely supportive during times of stress. As you think about an area of difficulty in your life, try one of these touches.
• Place one or both hands over your heart. Or place one hand on your heart and one on your stomach. Or you can place both hands on your stomach. Do whatever feels most comforting to you.
• Cradle your face in your hands or hold your hands gently in your lap.
• Wrap your arms around yourself as a gentle hug or stroke your arm gently.
Take a self-compassion break
Close your eyes and think of a situation causing you a mild or moderate amount of stress. (Don’t try to tackle your biggest problems right away) Take a mindful moment and acknowledge your suffering. “This is stressful. This is difficult.” Remind yourself that everyone struggles. “Stress is part of life. I’m not alone.” Now soothe yourself by placing your hands on your heart or stomach, or wrap your arms around your body. Now give yourself words of kindness. “May I be kind to myself. May I forgive myself. May I be strong. May I accept myself as I am.”
闭上眼睛，想一想给你带来轻度或中度压力的情况。 （不要试图马上解决你最大的问题）花点心思，承认你的痛苦。 “这很有压力。这是困难的。”提醒自己，每个人都在挣扎。 “压力是生活的一部分。我不孤独。”现在，将双手放在胸口或腹部上，或将手臂环绕自己，给自己带来舒缓。现在跟自己说几句善意的话。 “愿我对自己好一点。愿我原谅自己。愿我坚强。愿我接受自己本来的样子。”
Self-compassion does not mean being selfish. It’s only when we take care of ourselves that we can care for others.
You deserve your care and attention. Treat yourself to a delicious meal, a good book, a nice walk with a lovely view. As you would invest in the person you love, so you should invest in yourself.
China to see double******
BEIJING, Nov. 18 (Xinhua) -- China's vast market has become increasingly attractive to foreign investors, and their expectations and confidence about the country remain stable, an official with the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) said Thursday.。
"China's economy has recovered steadily, and it is still enjoying comprehensive competitive advantages in terms of supporting industries, infrastructure, human resources and business environment," MOC spokesperson Shu Jueting told a virtual press conference.。
Foreign direct investment (FDI) into the Chinese mainland is expected to register "double-digit growth" in 2021, and the country is capable of meeting the target of stabilizing FDI, Shu said.。
FDI, in actual use, rose 17.8 percent year on year to 943.15 billion yuan, or 142.01 billion U.S. dollars, in the first 10 months of the year, MOC data showed.。
During the Jan.-Oct. period, FDI into the service sector increased 20.3 percent year on year, while high-tech industries saw FDI inflow soar 23.7 percent.。
According to a report by the American Chamber of Commerce in China released earlier this year, two-thirds of the member enterprises surveyed said they would increase investment in China.。
The U.S.-China Business Council stated in its Member Survey 2021 that a majority of the surveyed companies have maintained profitability in China, and more than 40 percent of the companies plan to increase investment in China over the next year. Enditem。