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Yao said that there is no end to learning and that he hopes to achieve a passing score this year so he can become a literature student.
He has written a number of articles on his life in retirement and in 2001 finished a 300,000-word novel.
His favorite universities are Peking University and Beijing Normal University.
For the test, Yao reviewed all subjects by himself and didn’t take any tutorial classes, saying that books are the best teacher.
He studied for about four hours a day, always during the day: “I have to d
o housework. I watch TV at night, paying attention to the current affairs,” he said.
The most difficult subject for him is mathematics. “If I can overcome math, the other subjects are much easier,” he said.
His children support him. He now lives by himself, and isn’t nervous about the ex
am. The test venue is about a kilometer away from his house, and he plans to get there by bus.
ciple. So every country has important principles, and we absolutely c
annot make concessions on such issues of principle,” the vice-premier said.
Liu, however, added that he hoped both sides would exhibit flexibility in the talks.
He refuted the criticism of the US side that China reneged on its promises in the draft trade text.
“We believe that it is only natural to have changes before a final deal; it is something that surely occurs in the process, so we
don’t think the Chinese side has back-walked,” he said, adding that he disagreed with the wording of “renege”.
“We just had differing views on how to phrase some things in t
he text, and we hope to resolve it, so it’s unnecessary to overreact to the issue,” he said.