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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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 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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Besides electrified vehicles, Volkswagen and JAC have

also partnered with local authorities in Hefei to test autonomous

driving technologies, including robotaxis and autonomous fleet management, and on-de

mand mobility services, like ride hailing and car sharing, but none of the parties revealed the details.

Kong Xuanyou, vice-foreign minister and special representative of the Chinese government on

Korean Peninsula affairs, will take up his new post as Chinese ambassador to Japan on Thursday.

Kong, 59, is a fluent Japanese speaker. During his 34-year diplomatic care

er, he has spent two-thirds of the time dealing with issues related to Japan.

He has served in Chinese diplomatic missions in Japan on three occasions, and was China’s ambassador to Vietnam from 2011 to 2014.

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Substantial and resolute efforts must be made to prevent

 major contradictions and outstanding problems through coordinated planning and targete

d measures to make reform better serve the country’s economic and social development, Xi said.

The meeting reviewed and approved a series of official documents including a guideline on innovation and improving ma

cro-regulation, as well as a guideline on strengthening opening-up and cooperation in innovation capacity.

The meeting called for taking the supply-side structural reform as the main task, making coordinated efforts to stabilize eco

nomic growth, promoting reforms, readjusting the economic structure, improving people’s livelihoods, pr、

eventing risks, and ensuring social stability, according to a statement issued after the meeting.

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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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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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Li Daokui, director of the Academic Center for Chine

se Economic Practice and Thinking at Tsinghua University, said China “should be more confident” in accelerating open

ing-up of its financial sector, which will help global investors seize numerous opportunities in the Chinese market.

Domestic financial institutions are now capable of engaging i

n fiercer competition with global peers as their service abilities in many aspe

cts, such as banking and insurance, have improved a lot over the past years, Li said.

Despite headwinds from the trade tensions, global investors are still optimistic about China’s economic pro

spects, said Zhang Zhiwei, Deutsche Bank’s chief China economist and head of China equity strategy.

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