Monthly ArchiveMay 2019

administration escalating tariffs and Beijing retaliating.

It is important that we come to an agreement over time that addresses the problems that we have identified. And the sooner the better,” Allen said.

He said the council had opposed the use of tariffs from the very beginning and hop

ed a “mutually acceptable and supportive” agreement could be reached in the near term.

“But, currently, we are moving away from that agreement. We want to get back to moving toward a

n agreement so that our two economies can begin to interact with each other in a more normal manner,” he said.

Allen, who was in Lexington, Kentucky, last week for the Fifth US-China Governors Fo

rum, said he had spoken to a number of Chinese investors in Kentucky and throughout the United St

ates who are bringing jobs and opportunities that did not exist previously.

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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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Xi calls for bolstering reform and developmentforts to p

Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, called

on Wednesday for further efforts to prevent and eliminate major problems in the nation’s reform and

development against the backdrop that uncertainties and instabilities are on the rise.

Xi, also Chinese president and chairman of the Central Military Commission, made the remarks while presiding over a key meeting

of the Central Committee for Deepening Overall Reform. He is the director of the committee.

Saying China is facing profound changes in its reform and development against the backdro

p of increasing external uncertain and unstable factors, Xi said the country must maintain a strategic focus.

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Addressing the plenary session of the Fourth Eastern Eco

n Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia, in September, Xi called for regional memb

ers to actively align their development strategies and work together for an open regional economy.

Wu Hongwei, a researcher of China-Russia relations at the Chin

ese Academy of Social Sciences, said bilateral cooperation plays a prominent role in guar

anteeing world peace and security at a time when the global situation is clouded by tensions and turmoil.

The two countries share the same position in promoting a mo

re stable and multipolar world, Wu said, adding that they

have sent such signals through supporting and coordinating with each other on international occasions.

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The Global Times called the face-off of the two ancho

orwomen “friendly, meaningful talks. Both agreed: trade war is bad! (For Trish, that’s a change of hea

rt, since she had tried to justify the US trade war against China.)”, it said on its Twitter account.

A Twitter user, Ryan Bryant @RayCaiYan, said in a reply to Regan’s tweet, “That was not even a DEBATE, more like a Q&A session

. I thought Trish could leverage some of Liu’s answers to discuss the issues further, but sadly she couldn’t.”

FionaXu tweeted: The American hostess is talking about free market. Tell me how American

market is “free” under Trump’s government? You mean protectionism equals free market???”

Jon Taylor, a professor of political science of the University of St. Thomas in Houston, said that while they pretty muc

h disagreed on everything, it offered US viewers the chance to actually hear the Chinese side of the issues.

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Wuxi officials punished over kindergarten ‘gang’ question

Three officials in Wuxi, East China’s Jiangsu province, have been gi

ven Party and administrative punishments on Thursday over an inappropriate question about

whether kindergarten children were involved in gangs, the local government said on its official Wechat account.

According to the government of Wuxi’s Xishan district, Feng Dongyan, director and Party chief

of the Xishan Education Bureau, has been given the punishment of warning within the Party.

Wang Zhaoyu, director of the educational bureau’s general office, has been given a serious warni

ng within the Party and removed from office. Lu Zhongxian, director of the bureau’s educational equi

pment and student aid management center, was also given a serious warning and dismissed.

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Cooperation has principles, and the bottom line needs to be dra

All foreign companies’ legitimate rights will be protected by the Chinese government, the Ministry of Commerce said.

In a response to a question about whether China would take certain actions against Apple Inc after

the US government restricted Huawei’s business operations, which has harmed the inter

ests of companies and financial markets on both sides, the ministry’s spokesman Gao Feng said the legitimate righ

ts and interests of all foreign enterprises in China will be protected by the Chinese government.

China will stand firmly on further opening-up and reform, as w

ell as creating a stable, predictable and fair commercial environment for all bus

inesses operating in China, he said.hina will not allow any countries to use rare earth materials to make pr

oducts that will suppress China’s development, the Ministry of Commerce stressed.

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Lu Yong, vice-president of Huawei Technologies Co, said China’s d

igital economy has thrived on the basis that China has built the world’s largest 4G network.

“5G is not just a faster 4G. It will fundamentally reshape how enterprises run busine

sses and overhaul a wide range of industries by using data to create more value,” Lu said.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang reiterated on Monday that China

has been holding a consistent position in trade frictions with the United States, say

ing the differences should be resolved through friendly consultations and negotiations.

Lu’s remarks came as US President Donald Trump said in Japan that the US isn’t ready to make a trade deal with Ch

ina, but he’s leaving open the possibility that the two nations could strike an agreement someday.

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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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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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