Economic basics will stay positive, interview emphasizes

The Chinese economy has stayed on a trajectory of stable gro

wth, and the country’s economic fundamentals will remain p

ositive in the long run, President Xi Jinping said in a written interview with Russian media.

On the eve of his state visit to Russia, Xi told TASS Russian News Agency and the Rossiyskaya Gazeta newspaper on Tues

day that China has all the necessary conditions, capability and confidence to deal with any risks or challenges.

Despite a slowdown in global growth and trade, the Chinese economy

has had a strong start this year with key economic indicators remaining in a proper range, he said.

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Trade between the two countries “made a major breakthr

rough” and exceeded $100 billion in 2018, and the two permanent members of the United Na

tions Security Council have been coordinating closely on major international issues, Ruan said.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral ties, which are said to have reached their best level in history.

Also, the attendance of the two countries’ leaders at each other’s intern

ational forums shows both sides’ support for an open global economy, Ruan added.

Addressing the plenary session of the Fourth Eastern Economic Foru

m in Vladivostok, Russia, in September, Xi called for regional members to actively alig

n their development strategies and work together for an open regional economy.

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The strategic guiding role of national development plannin

ng should be leveraged to improve coordination mechanisms

for economic policies such as finance, currency, employment, industry, and regional develop

ment to ensure the nation’s economic development stays within a reasonable range, the statement said.

The meeting highlighted the importance of strengthening innovative cap

abilities as well as opening-up and cooperation in this regard, and called for improving the serv

ices and environment for opening-up and cooperation so that development is promoted through opening-up, inn

ovation is advanced through reforms and win-win results are achieved through cooperation, it said.

Tough and newly emerging problems should be resolved through deepening reforms, the state

ment said, adding that the capability of dealing with challenges and preventing risks should be intensified.

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f rice and fertilizer futures, guiding more compan

anies and fund managers entering the market, and assisting in formulating the Futures Law.

“As prices of bulk commodities fluctuated frequently and shar

ply in recent years, the real economy has a huge demand for risk management,” Lu said, str

essing the importance of accelerating the development of the futures market amid uncertainties.

China stepped up efforts to open up the commodity futures mar

ket last year, making three futures contracts available to f

oreign investors so far, including crude oil, iron ore and purified ter

ephthalic acid (PTA), a raw material for making plastics.

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He said through the SAR government’s efforts and a ratio

onal discussion among the people of

Hong Kong, the city will eventually reach a consensus and any doubts over the issue will be dispelled.

Han, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Comm

ittee, hoped that all sectors in Hong Kong will work together to safeguard the image of the city’s rule of law.

The SAR government proposed to amend its Fugitive Offenders Ordinance and Mutual Legal Assista

nce in Criminal Matters Ordinance in March. The proposed amendments will allow Hong Kon

g to surrender fugitive offenders to jurisdictions with which it does not currently have extradition arrangements on

a case-by-case basis, with prior approval from the chief executive before an application is submitted to the courts.

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Liu, who turned himself in, stepped down in Janua

ary as chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission, a position he kept for three years before being replaced by Yi Huiman.

The central commission said in the statement that Liu is cooperating with the probe.

hina’s housing regulator has warned four Chinese cities over price rises in the past three months, the Economic Observer reported.

Local governments of Foshan, Suzhou, Dalian and Nanning were urged by the Ministr

y of Housing and Urban-Rural Development to stabilize land and housing prices as well as market expectations.

This came a month after six other cities were also warned over similar reasons on April 19.

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Moreover, Washington has forbidden US companie

 to sell chips to ZTE, a Chinese multinational telecommunications equipment and

systems company, even after imposing huge fines on the company. By so doing, the US has act

ually encouraged China to increase investment in its high-tech sector. So, even if China and the US were to strike a de

al, China would be prompted to import lower volumes of energy and agricultural products from the US.

In macroeconomic terms, the China-US trade dispute has added h

uge uncertainties to the US economy and raised the likelihood of recession. Which cou

ld thwart the US president’s chances of being re-elected in 2020. And the trade dispute c

ould prevent the US from taking the measures it intends to in order to consolidate its national power.

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Asked whether China will retaliate by targeting certain US co

 companies, Lu said that as for foreign enterprises operating in Chi

na, there is no need for them to worry as long as their businesses are law-abiding.

S President Donald Trump issued an executive order on Wednesd

ay in which he declared a national economic emergency and banned the technology and

services of “foreign adversaries” deemed to pose “unacceptable risks” to US national security.

The US intention is so obvious that media outlets around the world have without exception interpr

eted this as targeting Huawei, by excluding the Chinese telecommunications giant from US networks.

Washington has repeatedly claimed that Huawei’s equipment poses a security threat, but for all the sound and fury, it sign

ifies nothing, as it has never produced any credible evidence, indeed any evidence at all.

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Wang stressed if one side is trying to place extreme press

extreme pressure on the other, it will cause a legitimate counterattack.

“The measures from us are not only to safeguard China’s own rights, b

ut to protect the basic rules of the current multilateral trading mechanism,” Wang said.

Wang made the remark in a joint news conference with his Russian

counterpart Sergei Lavrov during his visit to the Black Sea coastal city of Sochi.

Experts warned that the rising US tariffs on Chinese imports risks a full-blown trade war, which will bring harm to both sides.

Major Wall Street stock indexes declined more than 2 percent on Monday, followi

ng China’s announcement of countermeasures in response to Washington’s latest tariff move.

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Australia and Canada remain the third and fourth most p

popular destinations for overseas study, accounting for 18 percent and 1

6 percent respectively, followed by Hong Kong, Germany and Japan, the report found.

The report was based on a survey conducted by Vision Overseas Consulting Co, a subsidiary of New Oriental Education and Technolo

gy Group and Kantar Millward Brown in January and February. The survey covered 6,228 students who plan to go to school ove

rseas or have returned to China after graduation, and their parents. It is the fifth consecutive year the report was released.

Sun Tao, president of Vision Overseas Consulting Co, said: “More students chose to go to the UK for overseas study b

ecause of its high-quality higher education institutions and relatively lower costs compared with the US.”

Many UK universities now offer one-year master’s program, which can

greatly decrease the students’ cost, he said, adding that the UK government has also im

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