Month: May 2019

administration escalating tariffs and Beijing retaliating.

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It is important that we come to an agreement over time that addresses the problems that we have identified. And the sooner the better,” Allen said.

He said the council had opposed the use of tariffs from the very beginning and hop

ed a “mutually acceptable and supportive” agreement could be reached in the near term.

“But, currently, we are moving away from that agreement. We want to get back to moving toward a

n agreement so that our two economies can begin to interact with each other in a more normal manner,” he said.

Allen, who was in Lexington, Kentucky, last week for the Fifth US-China Governors Fo

rum, said he had spoken to a number of Chinese investors in Kentucky and throughout the United St

ates who are bringing jobs and opportunities that did not exist previously.

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The world’s second-largest economy maintained its fore

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eign exchange reserves at $3.095 trillion at the end of April. The reserve amount was stable, altho

ugh it slightly retreated from $3.098 trillion at the end of March, according to the State Administration of Foreign Exchange.

Li Yang, director of the National Institution for Finance and Development of the Chinese Academy

of Social Sciences, said that China is unlikely to sacrifice foreign exchange reserves to de

fend its currency, even if depreciation pressure rises amid any escalation in trade tension.

In May, the offshore RMB exchange rate against the US dollar dropped more than 3 percen

t under market pressure as global investors worried about the escalation of trade friction.

Guo Shuqing, Party secretary of the People’s Bank of China, the central bank, said on Monday that higher US tariffs on Chin

a’s imports triggered financial market volatility, and this also affected the offshore RMB.

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At present, 5G has become the driving force to boost Ch

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hina’s innovative and high-quality development,” Sui Zhenjiang, vice-mayor of Beijing, said on Wedne

sday during a 5G industrial development and investment summit held in Yizhuang, in southeastern Beijing.

“Beijing is actively transforming itself as a national scientific and tech

nological innovation center. With advantages in complete telecom infrastructure, abunda

nt talent and strong research and development capabilities, we have the resolve to accelerate the push for making brea

kthroughs in 5G technologies and build an independent and innovative 5G industrial system,” Sui said.

As of May 24, the three major telecom operators-China Mobile, Chin

a Telecom and China Unicom-have established 4,700 5G base stations in Beijing, acc

ording to Wang Gang, head of the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Economy and Information Technology.

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Liu told Regan that China has made its position very cl

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lear that if the US treats the Chinese negotiating team with respect and shows the willingness to talk wit

hout using outside pressure, there is a high possibility that there could be a productive trade deal.

“Otherwise, I think we might be facing a prolonged period of problems for both sides,” she said.

Regan, at the close of their 15-minute talk, said again, “No one wan

ts trade wars. But we have to think long hard about the right next steps.”

Liu, however, did counter an assertion by Regan that China’s government controls its entire economy.

“Everybody thinks that China’s economy is state-owned, state-controlled, every

thing is state, state, state. Let me tell you that is not the true picture,” Liu said. “We are a

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China is the world’s largest producer of rare earths, acco

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counting for about 80 percent of global supply. However, the country’s rare-earth industry is faced with such pro

blems as rapidly decreasing inventory, inefficient production and environmental pollution.

Analysts also said that the low prices of China’s exports have failed to reflect the real value of the precious resource.

The division of labor of the global rare-earth industry should be coo

rdinated in accordance with the principle of opening-up and sharing, the NDRC said.

While the country prioritizes the domestic use of rare-earth meta

ls, it is willing to see its exports help drive the development of global industries, it said.

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During the team’s 40-day intensive training in Nepal, the

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heir Sherpa guides had taught them how to maintain healthy blood circulation and remain safe in crowded conditions, she said.

This spring, 144 foreign and 12 Chinese climbers have also attempted to con

quer Qomolangma from Tibet, according to the Tibet Mountaineering Association. “D

espite having a smaller number of climbers, traffic jams also happened on the Tibetan side,” Ma said.

“Crowds are usual on some mountains. It’s not a new phenomenon. Climbers often lose their live

s when they don’t follow the instructions of Sherpa guides and make decisions on their own,” Kami Ri

ta, an experienced Sherpa who has reached Qomolangma’s summit 24 times, told Xinhua News Agency.

Sherpas are aware of every twist and turn and which paths to follow up mountains, so he urged the Nepali government to dis

courage mountaineers from climbing mountains without guides in order to prevent casualties.

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Addressing the plenary session of the Fourth Eastern Eco

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n Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia, in September, Xi called for regional memb

ers to actively align their development strategies and work together for an open regional economy.

Wu Hongwei, a researcher of China-Russia relations at the Chin

ese Academy of Social Sciences, said bilateral cooperation plays a prominent role in guar

anteeing world peace and security at a time when the global situation is clouded by tensions and turmoil.

The two countries share the same position in promoting a mo

re stable and multipolar world, Wu said, adding that they

have sent such signals through supporting and coordinating with each other on international occasions.

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So far EU ministers have only agreed a modest mandat

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 to discuss reductions in tariffs in industrial goods and to seek agreement on conformity assessments. EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom is opp

osed to any quota agreement on cars and has lambasted the national security excuse put forward by the White House.

The most prominent supporter of free trade is the center-right European People’s Party which lost sea

ts largely to right-wing parties opposed to free trade, and to the Greens which want tougher conditions attached to trade deals.

The center-left Socialists are also broadly in support of free trade but lo

st seats, while the pro-trade Liberals (the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe) gai

ned seats. But the Liberals are now aligned with French President Emmanuel Macron’s En Ma

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n the 2014 EU Parliament election, what was then Fara

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ge’s UK Independence Party won with 26.8 percent, followed by Labour on 24.7 percent and the Conse

rvatives on 23.3 percent. The Greens won 7.7 percent in 2014 and the Liberal Democrats 6.7 percent. Turnout was 35.6 percent.

Greater access to China’s financial sector will encourage global investors and dispel the gloom clouding the g

lobal economy amid Beijing’s trade tensions with Washington, according to senior officials and economists.

Chinese financial regulators are preparing a comprehensive opening-up, with more new measures in the pipeline. Foreig

n institutions with advanced performance in risk management, credit rating, consumer finance, endowments and

health insurance are especially welcome, senior officials stressed over the weekend.

The opening measures will offset part of the negative impacts of trade friction on economic re

covery, and enable China to reach its GDP growth target of above 6 percent this year, they said.

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Foreign investors believe that China has enough policy

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icy tools to offset short-term downside pressure, while the financial risks are under control as the country’s debt level has shown signs of stabilizing, Zhang said.

China’s overall debt-to-GDP ratio had dropped to 249.4 percent

by the end of 2018, 1.5 percentage points lower than a year earlier, according to the PBOC.

If trade tensions escalate further, more opening-up policies in the sectors of medical

care and education will help boost global investors’ confidence in the Chinese economy, Zhang added.

By hiking the tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods from 10 percent t

o 25 percent just when it seemed the China-US trade talks would achieve a bre

akthrough, the United States has not only intensified the trade dispute but also ensured both sides take a knock.

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