Archive May 2019

In a statement on May 16, Huawei said that losing acce

ss to US suppliers “will do significant economic harm to the US companies” and affect “tens of thousands of US jobs”. In total, US firm

s sold an estimated $11 billion worth of components to Huawei last year, according to earlier media reports.

“I’m not able to tell you exactly what the costs will be; it differs from company to company,” said Allen.

“But clearly, from a corporate perspective, this Department

of Commerce action has created costs and has escalated the uncertainty quite a bit.”

Asked to comment on some voices in the US calling for the “decoupling” of the two countries, especially in the technology sect

or, Allen said both sides should pursue a playing field of “smart competition and engagement”, in which the

y play by a “common set of rules” that are mainly set by World Trade Organization obligations.

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On Tuesday, a picture showing a questionnaire that a lo

ocal kindergarten had used to ask children whether they we

re involved in gangs went viral on the internet. The local educational bureau said that the rese

arch was meant to stop bullies in kindergartens instead of finding gangster members.

Over 90 percent of Hong Kong college students responding to a survey said they were optimistic about the country’s fut

ure, and more than 80 percent said they would like to work on the mainland according to a report released Wednesday.

The HKUYA Student Exchange Network published the report based on a survey they carrie

d out between February and March on Hong Kong college students’ employment intentions for the mainland.

Nearly 75 percent of respondents said the major reas

on for them to work on the mainland is a plethora of job opportunities.

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The debate seems to be generating wide interest in Chi

 China, with related hashtags getting more than 150 million views on Weibo.

Eunice Yoon, Beijing bureau chief and Inside China host at CNBC Interna

tional, tweeted to Regan that 120 million people viewed a Chinese hashtag that she tran

slated to: “Fox News female anchor challenges debate after being accused by CCTV for being emotional”.

Yoon, incidentally, was a former classmate of Regan’s at Phillips Exeter Academy, a prep school in New Hampshire.

“Seeing the kind of reaction online, I want to say, it’s important for us to have a meaningfu

l discussion to try to understand each other better. I appreciate the opportunity,” Liu wrote on May 24.

Liu has been working at CCTV since 1997, after graduating from Nanjing University’s English studies program.

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Liu told Regan that China has made its position very cl

lear that if the US treats the Chinese negotiating team with respect and shows the willingness to talk wit

hout using outside pressure, there is a high possibility that there could be a productive trade deal.

“Otherwise, I think we might be facing a prolonged period of problems for both sides,” she said.

Regan, at the close of their 15-minute talk, said again, “No one wan

ts trade wars. But we have to think long hard about the right next steps.”

Liu, however, did counter an assertion by Regan that China’s government controls its entire economy.

“Everybody thinks that China’s economy is state-owned, state-controlled, every

thing is state, state, state. Let me tell you that is not the true picture,” Liu said. “We are a

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Belt, Road high on China-Niger agendaming ceremoident

China and Niger should enhance Belt and Road cooperation and implemen

t major projects in areas such as infrastructure, energy and agriculture, President Xi Jinp

ing said on Tuesday. Xi made the remark while meeting with Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou at the Gre

at Hall of the People in Beijing. Issoufou is paying a state visit to China from Sunday to Thursday.

Witnessed by the two leaders, China and Niger signed a number of cooperation documents after their talks. Xi appre

ciated Issoufou’s efforts in promoting the China-Niger and China-Africa friendship over the past few years. Not

ing that China and Niger are good friends, partners and brothers, Xi said that the two countries have enhanced mu

tual political trust and have achieved fruitful outcomes in practical cooperation in several areas.

China would like to work with Niger to jointly implement the outcomes of the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Afri

ca Cooperation, strengthen strategic cooperation and bring more benefits to the people of both countries.

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The world’s second-largest economy maintained its fore

eign exchange reserves at $3.095 trillion at the end of April. The reserve amount was stable, altho

ugh it slightly retreated from $3.098 trillion at the end of March, according to the State Administration of Foreign Exchange.

Li Yang, director of the National Institution for Finance and Development of the Chinese Academy

of Social Sciences, said that China is unlikely to sacrifice foreign exchange reserves to de

fend its currency, even if depreciation pressure rises amid any escalation in trade tension.

In May, the offshore RMB exchange rate against the US dollar dropped more than 3 percen

t under market pressure as global investors worried about the escalation of trade friction.

Guo Shuqing, Party secretary of the People’s Bank of China, the central bank, said on Monday that higher US tariffs on Chin

a’s imports triggered financial market volatility, and this also affected the offshore RMB.

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Still, the victory of the Brexit Party could prompt the Cons

servatives to choose a new leader to campaign on a “no-deal” Brexit. But

this has little or no chance of being accepted by the British parliament, which means the B

rexit stalemate will continue until there is a general election or a second referendum. In any case, the normally pr

ofree trade voice of the UK will be reduced in the new European Parliament.

Beijing‘s first bikeway, which connects Huilongguan in Changping district and Shangdi in

Haidian district for cyclists, has finished the colored pavement and is about to open this week.

The bicycle-only road has a maximum speed of no more than 15 kilom

eters per hour and is forbidden to entry by pedestrians, electric bicycles and other vehi

cles, according to traffic rules on the bikeway released by the Beijing Municipal Commission of Transport.

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Nearly three years after the United Kingdom voted by per

rcent to 48 percent to leave the EU, it remains a member and its politicians are still argui

ng over how, when or even whether the country will leave the club it joined in 1973.

May quit on Friday, saying it was a matter of deep regret that she had been unable to deliver Brexit and

arguing that the decision of the 2016 referendum should be honoured. That opened up a period of furt

her uncertainty as the Conservatives decide on who will take over as party leader and prime minister.

BBC projections put the Conservatives on around 10 to 12 percent, down fr

om 23 percent in 2014, likely to be one of the party’s worst results in a nationwide election ever.

The Brexit Party was in first place, and was likely to do better than

the UK Independence Party did in 2014, according to BBC projections.

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So far EU ministers have only agreed a modest mandat

 to discuss reductions in tariffs in industrial goods and to seek agreement on conformity assessments. EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom is opp

osed to any quota agreement on cars and has lambasted the national security excuse put forward by the White House.

The most prominent supporter of free trade is the center-right European People’s Party which lost sea

ts largely to right-wing parties opposed to free trade, and to the Greens which want tougher conditions attached to trade deals.

The center-left Socialists are also broadly in support of free trade but lo

st seats, while the pro-trade Liberals (the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe) gai

ned seats. But the Liberals are now aligned with French President Emmanuel Macron’s En Ma

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Ameesha Chauhan, who is in a hospital in Kathmandu

andu recovering from frostbite she contracted during crowded conditions, told AFP that cli

mbers without basic skills should be barred to prevent a recurrence of this year’s deadly season.

The 29-year-old Indian had to wait 20 minutes to come down from the peak. She saw some clim

bers without basic skills fully relying on their Sherpa guides. Officials should change the qualification cri

teria. Poorly trained climbers put their own lives at risk and also the lives of the Sherpas, Chauhan said.

Some climbers died due to their own negligen

ce. They insisted on reaching the top even when their oxygen was running out, she added.

New European Parliament reflects divided policy options

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