duals look in real life without the posing, the filters, the photoshopping and the professional hair and make-up,” Martz said.
Pan, the Renmin University researcher, also believes that pi
ctures shared frequently on social media impose peer pressure on women.
“If people around you look thin on WeChat Moments, you are inevi
tably anxious to fit the general profile of having the ‘right look’,” she said.
Articles have also gone viral in summer on WeChat Moments, with sensational headlines such as “Good-looking girls never
weigh more than 50 kilograms” or “If you don’t lose weight in May, you will cry out loud in June”.
Shen Zijiao, a psychological consultant at Beijing Normal University, said: “Women don’t know what kind of beauty is best for th
em; they just thumb through their phone screens and get the notions of ‘being slender’ consciously or uncons
ciously. They always worry if their bodies are inconsistent with the so-called perfect body shape.”
fied. Shortly after the attack, the US government introduced the Patriot Act, the Accuracy Act and
the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which formed a comprehensive intelligence surv
eillance network. According to a survey by Privacy International in 2007 covering 47 countries, the United States ran
ked first in the monitoring index. But the United States didn’t stop there. In 2013, Edward Snowden, a technical an
alyst at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), exposed the Prism program. In this seven-year top-secret electronic sur
veillance, monitored individuals include non-Americans who use related company services, or any US citizen who co
mmunicates with foreigners, including email, video and voice conversations, and social network details, and so on, can be descr
ibed as large-scale indiscriminate monitoring. Surveillance states were finally formed.
m in which airborne particulate matter is present. The lower the ceilin
g is, the higher the density of pollutants which then mix with the cleaner air.
With a low mixing layer, Taihang mountain range to the west and the Yanshan mountai
n range to the north serve as walls that form a semi-closed “room” in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei cluster.
The high level of emissions is the major reason for air pollution in th
e greater Beijing area, and meteorological conditions also play a key role as an exte
rnal factor, said Xu Xiangde, a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences.
Zhang Xiaoye, Xu’s colleague, said the “marked effect” of continuous pollutant accu
mulation on meteorological conditions could make overall pollution even worse.
“After the accumulation reaches a certain level, it will further wor
sen the meteorological conditions, which then will further affect air quality, causing explosive
ight examinations, and counselling services, he said.
Education departments will supervise schools to take concrete measures and eval
uate their performance, Minister of Education Chen Baosheng said at the meeting.
The State Council, China’s cabinet, said Wednesday it was necessary to amend laws and sup
porting regulations and policies to ensure the implementation of the foreign investment law.
Draft amendments for administrative licensing law, trademark law, construction law a
nd electronic signature law were passed Wednesday at a State Council executive meeting presided over by Premier Li Keqiang.
It was also decided at the meeting to submit the draft amendments to the Standing Committee of th
e National People’s Congress, China’s top legislature, for deliberation, according to a statement after the meeting.
Suggestions for revisions include adding the principle of “non-discrimination” in administrative licensi
ng, substantially raising the amount of compensation for infringing exclusive rights to use trade
marks, and cutting approval time for applications for qualified construction permits.
Hainan is offering housing incentives to attract talent to the tropical isla
nd province, where the country’s 12th free trade zone－its largest－is being created.
A notice from the provincial government on Friday said the employ
ees of companies that move their headquarters to the island will enjoy the same housing polici
es and credit support as locals when buying a house, even though they don’t have household registration in Hainan.
The supplementary measure, which is intended to address problems of new em
ployees settling in the Hainan FTZ, will improve the business environment, attract investo
rs, promote opening-up and development of headquarters, and optimize the living environment, local officials said.
In April last year, after the central government said Hainan would become a pilot free trade zone, the island announ
ced it would attract 1 million skilled workers. To accomplish that, it has adopted measures to support free hou
sing for topnotch personnel, child education, spousal employment, medical insurance and car purchases.