Tariffs pose threat to global industrial chains, official says

The tariff increases that the United States has placed on Chinese goods affect not only the interests of Chinese companies and consumers, but also their US cou

nterparts and threaten the security of global industrial and supply chains, according to a senior Chinese industrial official.

“We once again urge the US to stop unreasonably suppressing Chin

ese companies. Chinese companies deserve to invest and operate in a fair and just en

vironment in the US and the world,” Vice-Minister of Industry and Information Technology Wang Zhijun said.

Concerning the US decision to further increase tariffs on Chinese imports, Wang s

aid during a recent interview with news media that the total impact is “controllable”.

The nearly $200 billion of Chinese goods hit by additional US tariffs on May 10 acco

unted for 41.8 percent of China’s US exports in 2018, or 8 percent of its total exports.

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The spike in trade tensions has already rattled financial

markets. The yuan has weakened by 2 percent to its lowest level since January.

“We expect stock markets and the yuan to remain under pressure in the near term, though they c

ould be supported by an expected stabilization in the domestic economy later this year,” Wu said.

Sheng Songcheng, the former director of the Survey and Statistics Department in the Peo

ple’s Bank of China, said the truth is that imposing more tariffs on Chinese goods has not yet reduced US trade deficits.

The long-lasting US trade deficits in goods was formed from the US

dollar’s international status, its domestic low deposit rate and the US position in the glo

bal value chain, and those factors cannot be changed by protectionist measures, Sheng said.

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rvices will be provided based on the results of a sur

China will offer customized data services for disaster prevention throug

h its Fengyun meteorological satellites for more countries along the Belt and Road, said a

senior official of the China Meteorological Administration’s National Satellite Meteorological Center.

The services will be provided based on the results of a survey of 81 countries. By the end

of April, 22 countries, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Russia, Libya and Sudan, had responded to the survey.

All of the respondents said they wanted to install the application software platforms

of the Fengyun satellites for weather forecasting, as well as climate and environment monitoring.

They also requested a range of services, especially in monitoring rainf

all, droughts, dust storms, heavy fog and lightning, in addition to training courses on F

engyun meteorological satellite data analysis, remote-sensing applications and data collection.

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hina, International Pavilion big expo drawsing distr

As landmarks of the International Horticultural Exhibition 2019 Beijing China, the China Pavilion and the Inter

national Pavilion are attracting large numbers of visitors thanks to their unique designs and functions.

Covering an area of 5 square kilometers, the expo is being held in the capital’s Yanqing district.

Following the ancient wisdom of the Chinese people, the China Pavilion takes the shape of a green b

uilding that can “breathe” and has “life”, as described on the exhibition’s official website.

Core portions of the pavilion are composed of terraced fields. Fun

ctions of both irrigation and insulation are at play, and th

e fields help reduce energy consumption of the building while also offering heating or cooling functions.

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Before the start of the China Cup, Cannavaro said that fans

 and media need to focus on long term development of Chinese soccer instead of what happens at the tournament.

“It’s like building a house-the first job is to build a solid foundation,” he said

“Based on that, we can have success. Compared to Japan and South Korea, their plans started decades ago.

“They are 20 to 25 years ahead of China in terms of their soccer development.”

Another factor was that Cannavaro did not recall China’s best striker, Wu Lei, who is now playing for Espanyol in La Liga.

Other experienced veterans, such as captain Zheng Zhi, were passed over in order to make way for younger players.

Cannavaro said he sought out the opinion of Lippi, who now serves as an adviser, including player selection.

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talian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has said he may sig

  a series of memorandums of understanding on Belt and Road infrastructure investments during Xi’s upcoming visit to Italy, Reuters reported. If the

y are signed, Italy would be the first one of the Group of Seven industrialized nations to participate in the BRI.

  Speaking at a news conference in Beijing on Wednesday, Vice-Foreign Mi

nister Wang Chao said the country appreciates Italy’s active involvement in the BRI.

  ”We believe the signing of relevant cooperation documents conforms to the common interests of both countries,” Wa

ng said, adding that Belt and Road cooperation aims to generate mutually beneficial and win-win results.

  Regarding skepticism about the BRI, Wang said practice will prove that the initia

tive will have positive effects on countries’ economic development and bilateral cooperation.

  He added that the infrastructure investment of Chinese companies in Europe is purely business practice and will ab

ide by market rules and business principles on the basis of equality, mutual benefit and transparency.

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To address the increasingly fierce international competitio

in the field of quantum information science, China should initiate the building o

f a national laboratory as soon as possible to maintain its competitiveness, according to a top scientist.

Pan Jianwei, a quantum information specialist from the Universi

ty of Science and Technology of China, made the remark during a news conference at the seco

nd session of the 13th Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference National Committee on Sunday.

The European Union, the United States and Britain have all launched strategic planning f

or quantum information science development, said Pan, a member of the 13th CPPCC National Committee.

“International competition is fierce,” Pan said, and he urged rapid

construction of a national lab in China to conduct research and development in the field.

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According to the report, job choice is the biggest contributo

 the gender pay gap. Men generally are more inclined to take jobs with high work intensity and high sala

ries, such as technician or salesman, for example. Women, on the other hand, prefer jobs with average work intensity and

moderate salaries, such as administrative, operational and marketing positions. In the past two ye

ars, more and more women have taken up senior technical, senior management and other senior posts. How

ever, in most well-paid positions, the ratio of men to women is still seriously unbalanced.

In terms of industries, the engineering and manufacturing industries, including mining, smelting and chemistry, have a bigg

er gender pay gap. In the science and tech industries, such as the internet, medical care and electronic co

mmunications, large differences in earnings between women and men also exist, the report said.

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The White House’s argument defies the Constitutional separ

  ration of powers, decades of precedent before this Committee, and

just plain common-sense,” Cummings said in a statement.

  A White House official, however, told CNN’s Jim Acosta that the Maryland

Democrat was demanding documents he was not entitled to under the law.

  The swift escalation of the dispute left the committee to consider whether to issue subp

oenas to get information, a step that could spark a legal scenario that could be

repeated scores of times in the coming months.

  Prolonged legal tussles will not just frustrate Democrats. They will take

months, churn all th

way through the court system and delay any final accounting for the President —

possibly until the heat of the 2020 campaign.

  Executive privilege — the idea that the President has a right to confidential counsel from top officials — has not been widely litigated

in the courts, meaning that legal cases might eventually make their laborious way all the way to the Supreme Court.

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ending by banks surges in Januaryasures fend off nega

hina’s credit growth surged unexpectedly to a record pace in January, strengthening production in the real econo

my and easing overall downward pressure, People’s Bank of China, the country’s central bank, said on Friday.

Bank lending in domestic currency increased by 3.23 trillion yuan ($476.8 billion) last month, the fastest single-month growth

since the figure was first tracked in 1992. It increased by 2.9 trillion yuan in January 2018, the bank said.

Total social financing, a broader measure comprising all money the real economy receives from the fi

nancial sector, including off-balance-sheet financing activities, rose by 4.64 trillion yuan in Ja

nuary, which was also the fastest monthly growth ever, according to the central bank.

The month’s rapid credit growth was a result of a series of precauti

onary measures to ease the negative effects of slowing domestic demand and external h

eadwinds, according to Sun Guofeng, head of the bank’s monetary policy department, at a news conference.

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