President Xi Jinping is paying great attention to poverty reductio
n work during his inspection tour of the mountainous Chongqing municipality.
Immediately after Xi got off his plane on Monday he boarded a train and then traveled by road,
heading to a primary school and a village in the Shizhu Tujia autonomous county, in a remote part of Southwest China.
To build a moderately prosperous society, it is crucial to raise rur
al living standards, Xi said while visiting the home of Ma Peiqing, an 85-year-old farmer
in the village of Huaxi, Zhongyi township, who joined the Communist Party of China 45 years ago.
“Seeing that the people are guaranteed the basic necessities of food and clothing, as well as bet
ter and better access to education, medical care and safe housing, I feel relieved,” Xi told the villagers.
We hang out together every weekend, and I enjoy being with my friends more than going on a date with
someone I just met — that’s why I think I will be not actively looking for a relationship in the next few years,” she added.
Coontz said one reason people are waiting longer to get married is because more of them, es
pecially women, are going to college. Even after graduation, most people want to wait until they have paid
off at least a good portion of their college debt and acquired a steady job, she said.
Two earners are increasingly necessary for people to establish a middle-class lifestyle, so mos
t individuals want to make sure that they and their partner have decent earnings prospects.
“Another part of the answer is that our expectations of marriage — especially women’s expec
tations — are much higher than in the past, and their options outside marriage are greater,” said Coo
ntz. “So, they can be more ‘picky’ about their mates, and they can afford to wait until they find one who suits them.”