Weaker economic growth puts at risk essential invest

ments in areas such as education, health, climate change adaptation and sustainable infrastructure.

The growth outlook in all major developed economies and most developin

g regions has weakened due to a confluence of both domestic and external factors, the report said.

Following an expansion of 3 percent in 2018, world gross product growth is now projected to moderat

e to 2.7 percent in 2019 and 2.9 percent in 2020, reflecting a downward revision from the forecasts released in January.

The report identifies several downside risks that could trigger a sharper or more prolonged growth slowdown, potentially infl

icting significant damage on development progress. Those risks include a further escalation in trade te

nsions, a sudden deterioration in financial conditions, and the accelerating effects of climate change.

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intercepts Russian bombers, fighter jets off the coast of Alaska

Russian Tu-95MS strategic missile-

carrying bombers made an observa

tion flight along the western coast of Alaska and the Aleutian Islands and were shado

wed by F-22 fighter jets of the US Air

Force at some sections of their flight, according to Russia’s Tass News Agency.

“Four Tu-95MS strategic missile carriers of the Aerospace Force performed planned flig

hts in the airspace over the neutral

waters of the Chukotsk, Bering and Okhotsk Seas, and also along the we

stern coast of Alaska and the northern

coast of the Aleutian Islands,” Russia’s Defense Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

At some sections of the flight, the Russian strategic bombers were shadowed by US Air Force F-22 fighter jets, the statement said.

The Tu-95MS strategic bombers spent over 12 hours in the air, the ministry specified.

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There are signs that the central government will not cha

ange its resolution to control house prices, Zhang said, adding that in the future the real estate market will continue to crack down on speculation.

On May 11, Suzhou tightened housing policies further, China Daily ea

rlier reported. The down payment ratio for a family’s first home purchase has been rais

ed from 20 percent to 30 percent.China may grant official 5G licenses, instead of the interim licenses prev

iously planned, to telecom carriers this year and is likely to start commercial use of the superfast wireless technology nat

ionwide in the near future, possibly as soon as October, according to people familiar with the matter.

Newly built property in certain parts of the city cannot

be traded for a three-year period after purchase, and for five years in the case of pre-owned property.

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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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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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Top regulator says economy set for growthand

Transformation of traditional industries speeding up, riding wave of high tech

The Chinese economy is poised for more vigorous growth after gathering new strength through upgrad

es in traditional industries and accelerating the growth of high-tech industries and emerging sectors.

The country will further expand market access with a nationally unified, annually released and timely adjusted negative list for m

ore market vitality, according to the National Development and Reform Commission, China’s top economic regulator.

Meng Wei, spokeswoman of the commission, said at a media conference on Fri

day that China has made steady progress in cultivating new momentum and promoting t

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percent, respectively, registering significantly faste

The emerging service sector also grew very fast, Meng said.

In April, the information transmission industry, along with software and inform

ation technology services, grew 25 percent year-on-year, 17.6 percentage points higher than the national index of services.

Online retail sales amounted to 3.04 trillion yuan ($440.2 billion) in the first four m

onths, a year-on-year increase of 17.8 percent. Around 17.07 billion parcels were delivered, up 24.8 percent over last year.

She said the transformation of traditional industries is speeding up as they combine with information technology.

“Through implementing national big data and internet plus strategies, internet, big da

ta, and artificial intelligence technologies have been widely used in China’s real economy,” she said

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Liu’s article was published in Qiushi Journal, a flagship m

magazine of the Communist Party of China Central Committee. He said more efforts a

re needed to implement the proactive fiscal policy and boost efficiency this year.

Preventing and defusing local governments’ hidden debt risks is key to controlling major risks, he said.

Innovative financial tools will be introduced for debt swaps, and the indebted comp

anies will be allowed to choose the same way, under guidance from the local governments, Liu Shangxi, hea

d of the Chinese Academy of Fiscal Sciences, the Ministry of Finance’s think tank, told China Daily.

“The total amount of hidden debt waiting to be swapped has not yet been calculated, as this

round of debt swaps will not involve the government’s administrative orders, but depends on the ma

rket’s appetite based on the evaluation of the potential default risks and the companies’ solvency,” he said.

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China has to walk a fine balance between local govern

nment debt management and stable economic growth, especially at a time when trade te

nsions with the United States have imposed more downward pressure, said economists.

More financial resources and investors will be involved in the debt resolution process, said Qiao Baoyun, head of the Acad

emy of Public Finance and Public Policy at the Central University of Finance and Economics.

The last round of local government debt swaps started in 2015 and ended in August 2018, w

hich saw 14.34 trillion yuan ($2.08 trillion) of local government debt being swapped into bonds.

Local governments are set to face more debt burden in the next three ye

ars, as many of the previously issued bonds are set to expire, income from land sales has

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He said that it’s of great importance to promote such philos

philosophies to enhance the exchanges and mutual learning of diverse civilizations.

Frederick W. Russell-Rivoallan, a program specialist and head of social and human sciences for UNESCO, hailed the dialogue of Asian civilizations.

“It’s a great way to concentrate in this part of world, but it’s also

a global inspiration – bringing countries together, understanding other cultures, respecting each

other and sharing with each other,” he said. “That’s the way that we can understand each other better and live together better.”

China will extend 1,000-Megabyte broadband connection to more than 300 cities and cut the

average service rates by 15 percent for small and midsized enterprises this year. The measures are desi

gned to achieve multiplying effects of expanding domestic demand, boosting employment and improving people’s lives.

The decision was made at the State Council’s executive meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang on May 14.

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