The US’ trade deficit stems from its extremely low natio

nal savings rate and has to be compensated by other countries’ national savings, which in tu

rn adds to the trade deficit. On the other hand, China’s efficiency in the manufacturing industry makes it a lar

ge exporter of manufactured goods to the US and helps it sustain its high savings rate.

A high growth rate means higher trade deficit for US

Given that the US economy is driven by domestic demand, consumpt

ion in particular, instead of exports, a high rate of ec

onomic growth will widen the trade deficit, as it would have to import more products than it exports. In such a sit

uation, the implementation of large-scale infrastructure construction projects would further increase the trade deficit.

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Winter Games: 1,000 days to gontdown activity unfolds in Be

With 1,000 days to go before the 2022 Winter Olympics, pr

eparations are well underway for a successful and sustainable event.

Built for the 2008 Summer Games, Olympic Park in Beijing’s north

ern downtown area entered the spotlight again on Friday as the country began its cou

ntdown. The 2022 Winter Olympics, will be held in Beijing and co-host Zhangjiakou in adjacent Hebei province.

As the symbolic “1,000” flashed on a digital clock on the park’s Lin

glong Tower, a broadcasting facility for the 2008 Games, expectations were heig

htened for the winter sports extravaganza, which will run from Feb 4 to 20 in 2022. Three zones will feature athl

etic events — downtown Beijing, the city’s northwest Yanqing district and Zhangjiakou’s mountain district Chongli.

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The company will consider adding employees, researc

ch and field development resources to expand in the Chinese market over the coming years, he said.

Ministry of Commerce spokesman Gao Feng said last month that the two countries’ negotiating teams are hashing out the text of a deal, including an enforcem

ent mechanism, based on mutual respect and benefit. Both countries, the world’s two biggest ec

onomies, have been intensifying their consultations and aiming to break the deadlock in a timely manner.

In the ninth round of trade consultations, negotiators discussed tec

hnology transfers, protection of intellectual property rights, non-tariff measures, the s

ervice sector, agriculture, trade imbalances and enforcement mechanisms.

Trade between China and the US amounted to 815.86 billion yuan ($121.7 billion) in t

he first quarter of the year, an 11 percent year-on-year decline, according to the General Administration of Cus

toms. In March, Sino-US trade climbed 0.1 percent to 291.35 billion yuan, according to the administration.

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Shanghai aims to rev up car sales with trade-in subsidies

The city of Shanghai has become the first local government to answer the call of the central gove

rnment to promote automobile consumption by providing subsidies, since 10 mi

nistries and commissions of the country released six major methods of promoting car sales in January.

The official WeChat account of the Shanghai Municipal Government announced yesterday it will launch a car trade-i

n program, encouraging car owners to trade in their vehicles for new gas-powered cars complying with State-VI emi

ssions standards or new energy vehicles, according to a report by the 21st Century Business Herald.

The government will provide a subsidy of 10,000 yuan ($1,489) for a trade-in gas-powered

vehicle and 15,000 yuan for a trade-in new energy vehicle, the announcement said.

China’s automobile market saw a sales decline in 2018 for the first time

in 28 years, with passenger vehicle sales slumping for 10 consecutive months from last y

ear to March, according to the China Passenger Car Association. As the central government halved subsidies for new energy

vehicles this year, the promotion of car consumption depends more on local governments and enterprises.

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IMF upbeat on China’s 2019 growth in Zhuhai, Guangdong

The International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday that it expects China’s economy to grow 6.3 percent in 2019-up 0.1 perce

ntage point from its prediction in January. Analysts said the world’s second-large

st economy is set to remain stable as authorities continue to implement supportive policies.

The latest World Economic Outlook, released at the start of the sp

ring meetings of the IMF and the World Bank in Washington, also predicted the United States e

conomy would grow 2.3 percent this year, 0.2 percentage point lower than the IMF’s earlier forecast.

The outlook for China falls within the range of the country’s targeted goal of securing between 6 p

ercent and 6.5 percent growth for this year, and is very close to that of Chinese researchers.

On April 1, Zhang Ping, a researcher at the Institute of Economics of the Chinese Acad

emy of Social Sciences, said China’s GDP growth should remain at 6.2 percent in the fir

st half, and average 6.3 percent for the whole year, thanks to incentives including tax and fee cuts.

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een the Chinese and American people, but also

ard the bilateral collaboration and joint research on protection and conservation of endangered species of wildlife and biodiversity,” he said.

Erica Kohler, director of operations of the San Diego Zoo, told Xinhua it

is sad to see the two pandas leaving for China. However, it is also a time to celebrate the successful coll

aboration with China on the joint research of panda breeding and wild life protection.

Dubbing the pandas “the friendship ambassadors” from China, she said Bai Yun and Xiao Liwu attracted about 2 million visitors to the zoo each year.

As the first panda on loan, Bai Yun, arrived at the San Diego Zoo in 1996. The cuddly panda soon became an iconic imag

e of the zoo and one of the most popular animals. The name of her son, Xiao Liwu, means Little Gift in English.

Gaylene Thomas, animal care supervisor of the San Diego Zoo, told Xi

nhua that they learned a lot from the giant pandas and gathered data from them.

Thomas said as a great mother of six baby pandas, Bai Yun has a very good character, is very easy-going.

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Currently, all special purpose local government bonds are

domestically rated “AAA”, the safest level. The sale to individual investors is mainly of project-link

ed special-purpose bonds, a type of local government bond vigorously promoted by the government in re

cent years. The cash flows generated from the underlying projects will be used as the primary repayment sources.

In China, there are two types of local government bonds: general bonds and special purpose bonds. According to the country’s 2019 budget repor

t, which was approved by the top legislature earlier this month, the budgeted deficit for local governments is 930 billion yuan, up 100 billi

on yuan compared with 2018, and this fund gap will be supplemented by general bonds.

In the meantime, 2.15 trillion yuan of special purpose bonds will be issued to support la

rge infrastructure projects, such as shantytown renovation projects and railways, said the ministry.

Letting individual buyers invest in local government bonds is a way to narrow the government’s financin

g gap, said Hu Yijian, a tax professor at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. The gap is expected to expand, as policym

akers decided to cut about 2 trillion yuan in taxes and fees this year while at the same time increase spending on investment.

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year-old woman arrested after elementary school student

  Swiss police have arrested a 75-year-old woman in connection with the fatal stabbing of a seven-year-old boy on his way home from school.

  The child, who has not been named, was attacked while walking alone in the north

ern city of Basel around midday local time on Thursday, police said in a statement.

  The boy’s class teacher, who was passing on a bicycle, found him lying seriously injured on the sidewalk and call

ed for an ambulance. The boy died shortly after emergency surgery in hospital, the statement added.

  Soon after the stabbing, a 75-year-old woman turned herself in to the police. She admitt

ed attacking the boy and was arrested, police said, but did not explain the motive for the attack.

  Police said investigations were continuing and appealed for witnesses.

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Responding to news of Sotoudeh’s sentencing, campaigners ag

  the compulsory hijab were defiant. “By creating fear and putting people in prison or forcing th

em to leave the country and live in exile, or threatening them, they cannot stop the compulsory hijab

protest in Iran,” New York-based Iranian activist Masih Alinejad, who has previously been represented by Sotoudeh, told CNN.

  In January, Sotoudeh’s husband, who is also a human rights lawyer, was convicted of security-related charges and sent

nced to six years in jail. He has appealed while waiting to serve his prison sentence.The inventor of the world

wide web has called for global efforts to tackle state-sponsored hacking, criminal behavior and abusive language on t

he internet, in an open letter marking the 30th anniversary of the revolutionary technology.

  Tim Berners-Lee acknowledged that “many people feel afraid and unsure if the we

b is really a force for good,” in a letter published for his World Wide Web Foundation on Monday.

  ”While the web has created opportunity, given marginalize

d groups a voice, and made our daily lives easier, it has also created opportunity for scam

mers, given a voice to those who spread hatred, and made all kinds of crime easier to commit,” the letter added.

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elt and Road Initiative fulfills developing nations investment

Developing countries are in need of investment, and in the past five years through Belt and Road Initiative, China has helped many developing economies in i

nfrastructure construction and production capacity cooperation, said Qian Keming, vice-minister of commerce.

The Belt and Road Initiative does not increase the debt pressure of countries involved, and

as a matter of fact it helps the related economies get more investment they need, Qian said.The Min

istry of Commerce said on Saturday it noticed some countries have tightened the security review of foreign investment in r

ecent years, which may obstruct the investment activities of Chinese companies in the overseas markets.

“We are closely watching this issue and seeing how it develops,” Qian Keming, vice-minister of commerce, told at a pre

ss conference from the sidelines of the two sessions. “We are firmly against protectionism in any form, and do not wa

nt to see the abuse of security review as a way to obstruct the normal investment activities.”

“We are willing to work with relevant countries, creating an open and transpa

rent business environment and making the world economy an open one,” Qian added.

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