The meeting required Shanxi province, a coal-abundan

t area in North China, to conduct pilot reforms in its energy industry and take the lead in the whole country in areas suc

h as promoting clean and low-carbon energy use and enhancing innovation in energy technologies, it said.

Efforts should be stepped up to build a higher-level, higher-quality food s

ecurity system that is more efficient and more sustainable to guarantee the nation’s grain

reserves, the statement saidThe head of the US-China Business Council, whose members include major US chip

makers that are suppliers to Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, said that the ban on the Chinese telecom giant would come at a co

st to US businesses, and that fair engagement across technologies would be better than decoupling.

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he May report summarized that China’s growth appear

ears to be stabilizing on the back of recently enhanced supportive measures.

The report expanded the number of countries it scrutinizes for curr

ency manipulation to 21 from 12. Countries with a current account surplus with the US e

quivalent to 2 percent of GDP were put on the watch list, compared with 3 percent of GDP before.

China didn’t meet the “currency manipulator” criteria listed by the US Treasury, but Washi

ngton will continue assessing the RMB’s performance given China’s large trade surplus with the US, the report said.

The US Treasury removed India from the watch list, while it added Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam.

“Chinese authorities have not used the exchange rate in prior easing

cycles to support growth, and they are unlikely to do so now, as this could pose macr

oeconomic stability risk,” said Andrew Fennell, lead sovereign analyst for China at Fitch Ratings.

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China you picked the wrong fight!” Regan tweeted on

On May 22, on her own program, The Point With Liu Xin, Liu a top anchor on the English-languag

e channel of CGTN, said the $600 billion figure is an estimate by a nonprofit organization that had not been verified.

Liu said it refers to the US’ possible IP loss to the world in a year, according to the organization’s report, China Daily reported.

She said Regan’s points were “all emotion” with “little substance”.

Regan responded on Twitter: “Hey #China State TV – let’s have an HONEST debate on #trade. You

accuse me of being ’emotional’ and not knowing my facts – wrong! You name the time and place, and I’ll be there!”

In accepting the challenge, Liu wrote on Twitter: “My name is not #China State TV. It’s LIU Xin and ple

ase, feel free to call me Xin. … But I don’t want to play any mud throwing game, if that’s what you prepare to do.”

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ang said by the end of this year, 5G network construc

The Beijing municipal government plans to invest at least 30 billion yuan by 2022 to build 5G networks, according to a 5G devel

opment plan released in January. In Beijing’s road map for 5G development from 2019 to 2022, the municipal gov

ernment has set a goal to develop its 5G-related industry to realize an income of 200 billion yuan by 2022.

The city said it hopes that by 2022, Beijing-based scientific research

units and enterprises can be a key contributor to global 5G technical standards, acc

ounting for more than 5 percent of all primary and essential international 5G patents.

Huang Jianjun, vice-president of China Jianyin Investment Ltd, said 5G technologies have been deeply integrated with

artificial intelligence, big data, the internet of things and other emerging technologies, ushering in a new era of in

ternet of everything and deep interaction between humans and machines.

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The two TV anchorwomen met “face to face” for the firs

t time after exchanging a flurry of Twitter messages over the past week, in which one challenged the other, and both agreed, to hav

e an “honest debate” and “meaningful discussion” on the trade issues that are perplexing their countries.

Liu joined Regan’s show at Fox’s studio in New York via satellite from CGTN’s studio in Beijing.

“I would stress that trade wars are never good. They’re not good for anyone,” Regan said

on the show. “So I want to believe, Xin, I want to believe that something can get done.”

Regan, who addressed Liu on a first-name basis, contrasted what she said on her show two weeks ago, when she said th

at US tariffs were a “necessary response” to China “stealing” billions worth of intellectual property a year.

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The global market share for Huawei witnessed an incre

 increase from 10.5 percent to 15.7 percent over the same period last year.

Huawei’s smartphone sales grew in all regions and the company did particularly well in the European market, with sales up 69 percent.

Apple ranked third on the list with sales declining to 44.56 million and market share down to 11.9 percent in the first quarter of 2019.

China’s smartphone vendors OPPO and Vivo ranked fourth and fifth, respectively, on th

e list released by Gartner, indicating a 2.7 percent decline in global smartphone sales in the first quarter of this year.

According to another market research firm IDC, shipments by Huawei increased by 50 percent to 59.1 million uni

ts in the first quarter of this year, replacing Apple to grab the second spot again since the second quarter of last year.

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Wu Hongwei, a researcher of China-Russia relation

s at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said bilateral cooperation plays a prominent role

in guaranteeing 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 more stable and multipolar world, Wu said, adding that they ha

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

China would rather rely on market-oriented forces to determine the renminbi’s value than defend its currency by di

pping into its $3 trillion foreign exchange reserves amid trade disagreements, analysts said.

The United States Treasury announced on Wednesday that it could not label Chin

a as a “currency manipulator” after Washington monitored the recent performance of the RMB.

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Accelerating the opening up of China’s commodity futu

ures market will help foreign investors optimize their renminbi-denominated asset portfolios as they can inc

orporate investment targets of a wider variety, said Wang Tingting, an associate pro

fessor of finance with the Central University of Finance and Economics in Beijing.

“Moreover, as foreign investors’ trading helps boost liquidity in the domestic market and makes the price changes mor

e consistent with international trends, domestic market participants can also better hedge against risks,” he said.

Experts also expect China to open up the stock index futures market to foreign invest

ors, as they have large exposure in the A-share market and are therefore in need of this risk management tool.

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ue to encouraging weather forecasts, many teams decid

ed to scale the summit from the Nepali side on May 22 and 23. As a result, crowded conditions form

ed about 100 to 150 meters from the peak, Ma said in Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital. “I was force

d to wait in a line for about 20 minutes on my way down. Such circumstances can be fatal to climbers if the

y panic and consume more oxygen than planned. Also, they can easily get frostbite if they don’t keep moving.”

This year, about 90 percent of the climbers at Qomolangma are

first-timers. Lack of professional training and experience as well as undetected health issue

s should be mainly blamed for the casualties on the mountain rather than the traffic jam, Ma added. “Some expe

dition companies failed to prepare the climbers for crowded conditions which is really irresponsible.”

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rche which, under threat from Marine le Pen’s National

has taken a tougher line on protection of agriculture. France, for example, is opposed to including agriculture in transatlantic trade talks.

The Greens are one of the big winners in the elections (even beating Germ

any’s Social democrats into second place), and they will seek to impose strict conditions reg

arding climate change, the environment and human rights on future trade deals. This attitude will also make it dif

ficult to agree a new trade deal with the US, as it has not endorsed the 2015 Paris climate agreement.

Although the nationalist and populist parties now have more seats, it does not mean they will form a united front in the EP. Th

ere are divisions on trade, on the environment and on dealing with China. Some of these parties, such as the Na

tional Front, are seen as firm opponents of free trade, whereas Alternative for Germany and Matteo Sal

vini’s Lega Nord in Italy tend to be more supportive (depending on the content of the trade agreement).

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