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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The world’s second-largest economy maintained its fore

eign exchange reserves at $3.095 trillion at the end of April. The reserve amount was stable, altho

ugh it slightly retreated from $3.098 trillion at the end of March, according to the State Administration of Foreign Exchange.

Li Yang, director of the National Institution for Finance and Development of the Chinese Academy

of Social Sciences, said that China is unlikely to sacrifice foreign exchange reserves to de

fend its currency, even if depreciation pressure rises amid any escalation in trade tension.

In May, the offshore RMB exchange rate against the US dollar dropped more than 3 percen

t under market pressure as global investors worried about the escalation of trade friction.

Guo Shuqing, Party secretary of the People’s Bank of China, the central bank, said on Monday that higher US tariffs on Chin

a’s imports triggered financial market volatility, and this also affected the offshore RMB.

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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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At present, 5G has become the driving force to boost Ch

hina’s innovative and high-quality development,” Sui Zhenjiang, vice-mayor of Beijing, said on Wedne

sday during a 5G industrial development and investment summit held in Yizhuang, in southeastern Beijing.

“Beijing is actively transforming itself as a national scientific and tech

nological innovation center. With advantages in complete telecom infrastructure, abunda

nt talent and strong research and development capabilities, we have the resolve to accelerate the push for making brea

kthroughs in 5G technologies and build an independent and innovative 5G industrial system,” Sui said.

As of May 24, the three major telecom operators-China Mobile, Chin

a Telecom and China Unicom-have established 4,700 5G base stations in Beijing, acc

ording to Wang Gang, head of the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Economy and Information Technology.

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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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RMB’s value determined by market forcesce forex rese

Beijing will not sacrifice forex reserves to defend its currency, analysts say

China would rather rely on market-oriented forces to determine the renminbi’s value than defend its currency by d

ipping into its $3 trillion foreign exchange reserves amid trade disagreements, analysts said.

The United States Treasury announced on Wednesday that it could not label China a

s a “currency manipulator” after Washington monitored the recent performance of the RMB.

No evidence was found to show Chinese monetary authority intervention in foreign exchange markets over the past sev

eral months, according to the US Treasury’s semiannual foreign-exchange report to Congress.

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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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Since agricultural products account for a relatively smal

ll percentage of China’s total exports to the US, the tariff hike is expected to have a limited impact on its overall trade. But Chi

na’s export of textiles, chemicals, daily necessities and some other products will be affected. Yet the effect of the h

igher tariffs would be somewhat offset due to the ratio of foreign capital and value-added goods in China’s foreign trade.

In terms of product category, the tariffs are targeted at intermediate and capital goods. Intermediate prod

ucts, capital goods, and consumer goods account for 51 percent, 32 percent and 17 percent of t

he $250 billion of Chinese goods on which the US has imposed higher tariffs (the US had already slapped higher tari

ffs of $50 billion of Chinese goods last year). And since 29 percent of consumer goods, 39 percent of capital goods and 74 perce

nt of intermediate products face higher tariffs, intermediate products will be the most affected by the US tariffs.

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It is time therefore that China and the US addressed ea

ch other’s concerns on the basis of mutual respect and equality, and strived to reach a win-win deal as soon as possible, bec

ause that it would be conducive to the development of not only the two countries but also the whole world.

Little angel, happy children’s day,” reads a note on a wreath laid on the gravestone of Maodou, who died just six days after she was born.

On Saturday, Maodou’s family and staff from the Huzhou Red Cross in East China’s Zhejiang pro

vince presented the wreath and toys at her grave. Her organ donation certificate was given to her fat

her surnamed Mao, who decided to donate the baby’s corneas and kidneys.Maodou, you went away without once

seeing the world. Now the people who have received your corneas will see it for you. I know you would have sup

ported Dad’s decision. And please take care of Mom for me in the afterlife,” Mao whispered in front of the grave.

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At present, more than 20 provincial-level regions have

 completed 5G call tests and more than 500,000 commercial 5G base stations are expected to be

built in South China’s Guangdong, North China’s Hebei, East China‘s Zhejiang and Jiangxi, and Central Chi

na’s Hubei provinces and the cities of Shanghai, Harbin, Tianjin, Chongqing and Wuhan in the future, the report said.

“With technologies and products related to the 5G network maturing, the main parts of the 5G ind

ustrial chain, including systems, chips and terminals, are ready for commercial use,” Wen Ku, a

spokesman for the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, said on Tuesday.

The report said the ministry, having made a general plan fo

r 5G application, is estimated to formally issue 5G licenses at some point this year.

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