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He said it does no one any favors to delink over poss

ssible national security concerns. Fair engagement across technologies is a better way to secure national security than delinking.

“The cost of decoupling will be very high for both economies,” he said. “Engage

ment in a fair competition with common rules is a far better outcome than decoupling.”

If there has to be some “decoupling” due to “valid national security conc

erns” in both countries, that should be kept to a minimum and not exaggerated, he said.

“Normal commerce is in the interest of both of our countries. And we should pursue it vigorously,” he added.

Allen also said members of the council are worried that they are now i

n a “very uncertain time” when the already tense situation could potentially deteriorate, as th

e world’s top two economies are embroiled in a protracted trade dispute with the Trum

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The visit will further display the strength of bilateral tie

ties, which are developing “very good” momentum both politically and econom

ically, said Ruan Zongze, vice-president of the China Institute of International Studies.

Trade between the two countries “made a major breakthrough” and exceeded $100 billion in 2018, and the two permanent mem

bers of the United Nations Security Council have been coordinating closely on major international issues, Ruan said.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral ties, which are said to have reached their best level in history.

Also, the attendance of the two countries’ leaders at each other’s internat

ional forums shows both sides’ support for an open global economy, Ruan added.

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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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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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video of Liu competing in an international English spee

ech competition in 1996 in London was sent around Chinese social media, the US website qz.com reported.

“While the Western world views Liu as an unapologetic champion of China’s agenda, many mai

nland citizens regard her as a national heroine defending her country from hostile foreign influences,” Newsweek reported.

On Monday, Regan tweeted: “I look forward to hosting Ms Liu – in a FIRST OF ITS KIND debate on trade – LIVE from Beijing & New York.”

Beijing on Wednesday set up a 5 billion yuan ($724 million) fund to spur development of the fift

h-generation or 5G mobile technology industry, its latest effort to gain an edge in the commercialization of 5G tech.

The fund was established jointly by the Beijing Science and Technology Innovation Investment Management Co Ltd, Beijing

Yizhuang International Investment and Development Co Ltd and State-owned China Jianyin Investment Lt

d. It will focus on investing in leading high-tech firms across the entire 5G industrial chain.

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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 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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These parties tend to look at trade agreements purely from

m a nationalist point of view and if a trade agreement is seen as overall beneficial for their co

untry, they could support it. For instance, Italy voted in favor of the EU agreement with Japan but again

st the agreement with Canada. The content of the agreement is key. For instance, these parties do not like clauses tha

t curtail the powers of single EU member states, such as the establishment of new regulatory or arbitration bodies.

Another uncertainty is Brexit. Whether it will happen or not? And what might change under

a new British prime minister? The new Brexit Party under Nigel Farage was the clear leader in the EP

election in the United Kingdom, but the UK’s 73 EP members have to leave the EP as soon as Brexit takes place.

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A spokesperson at Volkswagen China said SEAT is schedu

uled to become a shareholder of the joint venture by the end of 2019, holding at least 1 percent of i

ts equity. According to Chinese norms, it is mandatory for international brands to produce vehicles in China bearing its names.

Luca de Meo, CEO of SEAT, said: “China is the benchmark country for electric vehicles. We aim to be a part of this ecos

ystem in order to exchange knowledge and make progress in achieving global mobility that is more sustainable.”

Currently, JAC, Volkswagen and SEAT are building a 4 billion yuan ($579 million) research and development center in Hefei, which is expected to open in 2021.

JAC and SEAT also plan to develop their own platform for smaller electric cars, a segment that is growing faster than the large-sized ones in China.

“The close cooperation between SEAT and JAC will allow us to create synergies, which wil

l significantly increase our market coverage,” said Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess, who is also chairman of SEAT.

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China attaches great importance to the development of th

 the big data industry and is willing to share opportunities of the dig

ital economy’s development with other countries and jointly explore new growth drive

rs and development paths by exploring new technologies, new business forms and new models, Xi added.

With increasingly wider applications of digital technologies in China, the country is expected to genera

te and store 27.8 percent of global online data by 2025, up from 23.4 percent last year, according to a re

port by market researcher International Data Corp and data storage firm Seagate.

In comparison, the US share will stand at 17.5 percent by 2025, a drop from its 21 percent share in 2018, the report added.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that f

rom medicine to transportation to farming, big data presents the world with a r

emarkable tool to advance global progress, but with that opportunity also comes risk.

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