Wang said the Sino-US trade talks have made important

and substantive progress thanks to efforts from both sides. Meanwhile the talks face some serious problems which need to be resolved.

The top diplomat said that as long as the negotiations meet the general direction of China’s reform an

d opening-up policy, adhere to China’s basic needs about high-quality development and serve the com

mon interests of the Chinese and US people, the negotiator teams from both sides could have the capability and w

isdom to settle their reasonable demands and eventually achieve a win-win agreement.

Wang said China insists on upholding national sovereignty, safeguarding the inter

ests of its people and defending national honor when negotiating with any country.

According to the General Administration of Customs, trade between

China and the US in the first four months stood at 1.1 trillion yuan ($160 billion).

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Chinese exporters have from 20 to 50 percent of the

 US market in other low-value-added markets, plus electrical machinery and equipment, mechanical

appliances, and iron and steel. In most other categories, China has less than 20 percent of the US market.

China also assembles and then exports a lot of phones, computers and other gadgets to the US. But, most of the profits and

wages go to Japanese or South Korean component producers or US-based designers. For example, China ma

kes less than $9 from each iPhone. The total price of a phone is ridiculously counted as a Chinese export to the US.

It’s a good thing that China is no longer a low-wage country. Most Chinese

are much better off than they were even 10 years ago. But it does mean that these lo

w-skilled, labor-intensive industries will be moving to less-developed nations. US tariffs on such products will only se

rve to hasten the transition to higher value-added industries that China has to make anyway.

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He speaks fluent Mandarin and planned to continue his

 study of Chinese history and religious traditions in college. Horne began studying Ch

inese in fourth grade, and it’s “both a personal journey and an intellectual journey”, he said.

“That diversity — another way to see the world, another way to look at things — has brought so much into my life,” Horne said.

Charlotte Christensen, vice-president of the Oregon China Council, has worked for years with Chinese people and organizations.

Christensen, who took second prize, also witnessed friendships going

beyond the personal level. The state of Oregon developed a sister-state/province rela

tionship with Fujian province 35 years ago and a state/municipality relationship with Tianjin in 2014.

“China raised 800 million of her people from poverty and made it a p

riority to restore her natural environment to become an ecological civilization,” she said.

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Ahmed Hassan Alhammadi, manager of the United Arab

Emirates Pavilion, hasn’t had time yet to visit the China Pavilion as he has been busy with his own pavilion.

“We will have more time later to have a walk in the park, and the China Pavilion will be our first stop for sure,” he said.

The International Pavilion, a venue for international horticultural exhibitions and competitions duri

ng the expo, has a public space with an overhang made of 94 structures representing flowers and umbrellas.

As the exhibition will also be held during the hottest days of the Beijing summer, these o

verhead structures will help reduce muggy conditions for crowds waiting in line for entry.

Using sustainable technologies, including natural ventilation, solar photovoltaics and rainw

ater recycling, the International Pavilion is also a green building with low energy consumption.

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On the China-CEEC leaders’ meeting, Chen said the

mechanism has made good achievements in economic cooperation over the past several years, including freight trains running between C

hina and Europe. The mechanism should continue focusing on concrete projects in infrastructure and other key areas, she said.

People-to-people exchanges, including education and tourism, should also be stren

gthened to improve mutual understanding between their people, Chen added.

China will take key measures in a new push to improve its cities through boosting the urban pop

ulation and bolstering the nation’s high-quality and stable economic growth, the country’s top economic planner said.

Measures include relaxing residency curbs, promoting investmen

t and financing mechanisms and increasing infrastructure spending in cities.

The National Development and Reform Commission issued on Monday key tasks for 2019’s new urbanizatio

n boost, which will help maintain the country’s sustainable and healthy economic growth and overall social stability.

China aims to increase the urbanization rate by at least 1 percentage point by the end of this year, accordi

ng to a document posted on the NDRC’s website. The proportion of urban population to total population reached 59.58 percent in 2018.

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But the underlying trend for the past five years is enc

ncouraging: annual TFP growth of about 3 percent, with especially strong growth in the tertiar

y sector. So, notwithstanding the recent slowdown in aggregate GDP growth, services-led Chi

nese rebalancing is imparting meaningful productivity leverage to the economy as a whole.

The question now is: Can China sustain its recent TFP trajectorya dist

inct possibility in light of an increasingly powerful shift to indigenous innovation and

the sustained services-led productivity of a growing cohort of well-educated knowledge workers-as well as rea

p the benefits of continued upgrading of its capital stock? If it can, the new Chinese study concludes that China’s potential GDP growth rate could hold aro

nd 6 percent over the next five years. Such an outcome would conform quite closely with China’s longer-term ambitions.

So, despite the days of 10 percent Chinese growth being over, which w

as inevitable, there is good reason to believe that the real story is China’s shift from qua

ntitative to qualitative growth. Which suggests China will defy yet again widespread fears of a looming middle-income trap.

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The Italian side looks forward to enhancing cooperati

tion with China on jointly building the Belt and Road, She said.

Noting that the history of Italy-China exchanges for the past 50 years has been a history of dia

logue and friendship, the speaker said the Italian Senate is willing to facilitate exchanges between the two cou

ntries’ legislative institutions, and continue to make contributions to deepening Italy-China friendly cooperation.

Xi arrived in Rome Thursday for a state visit to Italy, the first stop of his three-nation Europe tour, which will also take him to Monaco and France.

hinese authorities have unveiled detailed measures to implement valu

e-added tax reform, a key step to boost market vitality and stabilize economic growth.

Starting April 1 this year, the 16 percent VAT rate that applies to manufa

cturing and other sectors will be lowered to 13 percent, while the rate for construction, tran

sport and other sectors will be reduced from 10 percent to 9 percent, said a joint statement released on Th

ursday by the Ministry of Finance, State Taxation Administration and the General Administration of Customs.

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India’s richest man put his brother out of business. Now he’s

  India’s richest man just helped his cash-strapped younger brother avoid months in prison by paying off debts worth tens of millions of dollars.

  The gesture by Mukesh Ambani to bail out his brother, Anil, is the latest twist in a sibling saga that has gripped India’s t

elecommunications industry. A price war started by Mukesh in 2016 nearly put Anil out of business a year later.

  Last month, India’s top court ordered Anil Ambani and his company, Reliance Communications, to pay a 5.5 billion rupe

es ($80 million) debt to Swedish mobile firm Ericsson (ERIC) by Wednesday or face three months in jail.

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  By Monday, the deadline was looming and the debt remained unpaid. Then Mukesh Ambani, who’s estimated to be worth more than $50 billion, stepped in.

  Reliance Communications said in a statement late Monday that it had made the paym

ent to Ericsson in full, with Anil Ambani thanking his brother and sister-in-law for their help.

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Once implemented, the law will replace three existing

 laws on Chinese-foreign equity joint ventures, non-equity joint ventures and wholly foreign-

owned enterprises, which were mainly legislated between 1979 and 1988 and then revised.

“The draft law reflects experience on foreign investment governance that China has accumulated over the past decade, and

it sets up a comprehensive basic law framework that resonates well with China’s current situation in attract

ing foreign investment,” said Cui Fan, a professor at the University of International Business and Economics.

“When the three old laws were made, foreign investment came to China mainly because of t

he low human resources cost, but now China’s huge market potential is much more alluring.”

In addition, as globalization goes further, competition between countries and regions is intensifying, which has indu

ced China to further adjust laws and regulations to create a better environment for foreign investment, he said.

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A woman in Changde, Hunan, was prosecuted for parking

Wuling Public Security Bureau of Hunan Changde City handled a case of beating others on January 4,

according to a news release from Wuling Public Security Bureau of Hunan Province. A woman beat the police several times because

she was not satisfied with the police’s investigation and punishment of parking violations. At present,

the illegal Tan Mou (49 years old, Wuling District) has been detained for 10 days and fined 500 yuan.

At about 4:30 p.m. on January 4, the Furong Police Station of Wuling Branch of the Municipal Public

Security Bureau was informed of a police incident: Wang Jingsong, a team of assistant policemen directly under the Municipal Traffic Police

Detachment, was beaten while on duty. After receiving the alarm, the police of the police station quickly launched an investigation.

After investigation, at about 4:00 p.m., Dai Jing, a third squadron policeman directly under the traffic

police, led Wang Jun and Wang Jingsong, the assistant policemen, on duty at the Higher Vocational College Section of People’s West Road.

When investigating and dealing with illegal parking vehicles, Liao Mou, the private owner, refused to cooperate and quarreled with Wang

Jingsong, the assistant policeman. Subsequently, Liao’s wife Tan Mou came out of her shop, and

after several minutes of loud noise, she slapped Wang Jingsong in the face because

of emotional excitement. Wang Jingsong immediately retreated and dodged. Tan Mou later caught up

with a slap in the face. Police Dai Jing rushed to the scene and immediately transferred Tan Mou to Furong Police Station for processing.

Wuling Public Security Bureau of Hunan Changde City handled a case of beating others on January 4, according to a news release from Wuling

Public Security Bureau of Hunan Province. A woman beat the police several times because she was not satisfied with the

police’s investigation and punishment of parking violations. At present, the illegal Tan Mou (49 years old, Wuling District) has been detained for 10 days and fined 500 yuan.

At about 4:30 p.m. on January 4, the Furong Police Station of Wuling Branch of the Municipal Public

Security Bureau was informed of a police incident: Wang Jingsong, a team of assistant policemen directly under the Municipal Traffic Police

Detachment, was beaten while on duty. After receiving the alarm, the police of the police station quickly launched an investigation.

After investigation, at about 4:00 p.m., Dai Jing, a third squadron policeman directly under the traffic police, led Wang Jun and Wang Jingsong,

the assistant policemen, on duty at the Higher Vocational College Section of People’s West Road. When investigating and dealing with illegal

parking vehicles, Liao Mou, the private owner, refused to cooperate and quarreled with Wang Jingsong, the assistant policeman.

Subsequently, Liao’s wife Tan Mou came out of her shop, and after several minutes of loud noise, she slapped Wang Jingsong in the face because of emotional excitement. Wang

Jingsong immediately retreated and dodged. Tan Mou later caught up with a slap in the face. Police

Dai Jing rushed to the scene and immediately transferred Tan Mou to Furong Police Station for processing.

First assault

Second assault

Third assault

According to the traffic police law enforcement recorder, during the investigation and punishment of parking violations, Wang

Jingsong treated Liao and Tan politely and communicated civilly, but Tan refused to cooperate

in the whole process and made vicious remarks. During the interrogation, Tan

confessed to the fact that he beat Wang Jingsong, the assistant police officer, in front of the bus station of the higher vocational college.

According to Article 43 of the Law on Administrative Penalties for Public Security, the illegal

Tan Mou was sentenced to administrative detention for 10 days and fined 500 yuan.

At about 11 o’clock that night, Tan Mou was sent to Changde Detention Center.

According to the traffic police law enforcement recorder, during the investigation and punishment of parking violations, Wang Jingsong treated Liao and Tan politely and

communicated civilly, but Tan refused to cooperate in the whole process and made vicious remarks. During the interrogation, Tan confessed to the fact that he beat Wang Jingsong,

the assistant police officer, in front of the bus station of the higher vocational college. According to Article 43 of the Law on Administrative

Penalties for Public Security, the illegal Tan Mou was sentenced to administrative detention for 10 days and fined 500 yuan.

At about 11 o’clock that night, Tan Mou was sent to Changde Detention Center.

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