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Monthly Archives: May 2019

In April last year, China announced the decision to supp

port Hainan in developing the whole island into a pilot free trade zone, the 12th and the largest in the

country, to gradually explore and steadily promote the establishment of a free trade port with Chinese characteristics.

The Haikou Jiangdong New District covers 298 square kilometers o

n the east coast of Haikou, and will have two parts: a 106-sq-km ecological region boasting a key n

ational wetland natural reserve, and a 192-sq-km area that will serve both industrial and urban purposes.

The provincial government said Haikou should pay great attenti

on to ensure that environmental quality is advanced in an all-round way while developing the new ben

chmark area. This will integrate such new features as headquarters economy, commercial and financial business, inter

national consumption, cultural exchanges, and scientific and technological innovation.

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The currency’s depreciation was purely caused by mark

et forces, and China has never taken any measures to deliberately devalue the currency to make its exports more at

tractive, said Guo, who is also head of the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission.

According to Guo, the short-term fluctuation of the RMB exchan

ge rate was normal, and the depreciation will not last long given the stable economic growth base.

“Any speculative activities to short the RMB will suffer huge losses,” he warned.

The RMB’s daily trading reference, or the central parity for onshore trading, has been stabilized arou

nd 6.89 per dollar for eight days from May 20, and market watchers said market-oriented depreciation pressure was losing steam.

Yi Gang, the central bank governor, has said several times that the PBOC has ceased

direct intervention in foreign exchange markets, and the performance of RMB is address

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The postponement certainly will influence the festive atm

tmosphere in the city during the Duanwu Festival, said the official. But the decision has been t

aken for good reasons. It’s all about the children, an investment in the future, the official said.

More than 10 million students across the country will sit for the gaokao this year.

he much-anticipated debate between a Chinese anchorwoman and an A

merican counterpart on a prime-time TV show Wednesday night turned out to be more like

a Q&A session, with the host and her guest disputing everything from tariffs to China’s developing nation status.

But Trish Regan, host of Trish Regan Primetime on the Fox Business N

etwork, and Liu Xin, who anchors The Point on China Global Television Network, or CGT

N, seemed to agree that something must be done to break the impasse between China and the US, which are em

broiled in a protracted trade dispute with the Trump administration escalating tariffs and Beijing retaliating.

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

quality food security system that is more efficient and more sustainable to guarantee the nation’s grain reserves, the statement sai

The US government is the one to blame for its self-contradictory actions that have led to escalating trade frictions with China, the Ministry of Commerce said on Thursday.

The US government has been sending self-contradictory signals, by saying that the two countries

will soon reach an agreement and then saying that it is not ready, said Gao Feng, the ministry’s spokesman.

US President Donald Trump said on Monday in Japan that Washington isn’t ready to strike a trade deal

with China, but he’s leaving open the possibility that the two nations could reach an agreement someday.

Gao said it is hard not to cast doubts on the sincerity of the US.

He added that the escalation of the trade dispute has seriously undermined the basis for further talks and the US is the one to blame.

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President Xi Jinping visited the JL MAG rare-earth Co

 on May 20 in Ganzhou, Jiangxi province, during a three-day inspection tour.

Xi learned about the rare-earth industry’s development in Ganzhou, a major producer of rare-earth resources and products

in China. During the seven trading days from May 20 to Tuesday, the A-share listed company hit the 10 percent da

ily upside limit six times, with its share price rising by 90 percent after closing on Tuesday.

xperienced climbers and guides called for alpinists without adequate training to think tw

ice before taking on the world’s highest peak, especially during a crowded climbing season.

As of Tuesday, the death toll of climbers attempting to reach the summit of Qomolan

gma — known as Mount Everest in the West — reached 11 during this climbing season. Nine died on the Nepali s

ide and two on the north face of the mountain in China’s Tibet autonomous region, according to media reports.

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The results of the elections for the European Parliame

nt are broadly in line with expectations. Although pro-European Union parties have won a majori

ty of the seats, the EP is more fragmented than before with traditional center-right and center-left par

ties losing seats to Liberals and Greens, and Euroskeptic parties increasing their vote share. This is likely to

make it more difficult for the EU to agree new trade deals and choose new leaders for EU institutions.

The heads of government of EU states met on Tuesday to discuss who will fill the top jobs.

The new EP and the EU leadership face a difficult international environment, especially on th

e trade front. The United States administration, already engaged in a tariff war with China, has its sights on the

EU as well, describing the bloc as “a foe”. The US has imposed 25 percent tariffs on European steel and aluminum an

d threatened to slap similar tariffs on European cars unless the EU opens up its agricultural market.

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hile the United Kingdom remains deeply divided over Br

ded over Brexit, most agree that it will shape the future of the United Kingdom for generations to come.

Pro-Europeans fear Brexit will undermine London’s position as one of the world’s top two financial capitals and weake

n the West as it grapples with Donald Trump’s unpredictable US presidency and growing assertiveness from Russia and China.

The Liberal Democrats, who campaigned under the slogan “Bollocks to Brexit”, oppose Brexit and want a second referendum to stop it.

The loss of Britain for the EU is the biggest blow yet to more than 60

years of efforts to forge European unity after two world wars, though the 27 other me

mbers of the bloc have shown surprising unity during the tortuous negotiations.

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To eliminate bad outcomes from trade tensions, further op

pening-up in China’s services sector, together with high-tech development supported by artificial intelligence, will help lift Chinese

economic growth from 6.3 percent to around 7 percent by 2035, said Zhu Min, a former deputy managing director at the IMF.

“Market-oriented reform and opening-up will improve productivity in the service sector, whi

ch is an important thing that China is focusing on to stabilize economic growth,” Zhu said.

Chen Yulu, a vice-governor of the PBOC, also supported a “full-scale” opening of the financial sector. In the future, foreign invest

ors are welcome to conduct all forms of financial business in China, excepting those being named on a nega

tive list, and authorities are researching a new regulatory system, Chen said at the forum on Saturday.

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The country will allow overseas investors to trade more

types of onshore commodity futures contracts without registering a Chinese entity, and will continuously improve the relate

d rules, Lu Dongsheng, an official with the China Securities Regulatory Commission, told a forum on Tuesday

Lu also announced other measures to develop China’s commodity fut

ures market, such as accelerating the launch of ricThe Shanghai Futures Exchange will open

up its nonferrous metals futures contracts to foreign investors, Jiang Yan, Party secretary of the exchange, said at the s

ame forum. The bourGuo Shuqing, head of the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commissiose will also list a n

ew type of futures contract, TSR20 Rubber, which will be available to both domestic and foreign investors, he sai

d.Lu also announced other measures to develop China’s commodity futures market, such as accelerating the launch of

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Issoufou attended the Beijing Summit of the FOCAC in S

September. The two countries should continue to understand, trust an

d support each other on issues related to core interests and major concerns, Xi sa

id, adding that the two sides should share more experiences on governance and development. Xi called on the two nat

ions to enhance connections under the frameworks of the Belt and Road Initiative and FOCAC.

China will continue to support Niger to fight terrorism and safeguard regional peace and stabilit

y, Xi said. China would like to help Niger improve its people’s livelihood through such measures as m

edical assistance and via exchanges in areas including culture, youth, women and think tanks.

Mutual understanding between the people of both nations should also

be promoted, Xi said. He stressed that as long as all countries stick to the dev

elopment paths that suit their own national situations, make joint efforts to build the Belt and Road and remain dedi

cated to fulfilling the goal of building a community with a shared future for mankind, they will definitely achieve success.

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