He said it does no one any favors to delink over poss

ssible national security concerns. Fair engagement across technologies is a better way to secure national security than delinking.

“The cost of decoupling will be very high for both economies,” he said. “Engage

ment in a fair competition with common rules is a far better outcome than decoupling.”

If there has to be some “decoupling” due to “valid national security conc

erns” in both countries, that should be kept to a minimum and not exaggerated, he said.

“Normal commerce is in the interest of both of our countries. And we should pursue it vigorously,” he added.

Allen also said members of the council are worried that they are now i

n a “very uncertain time” when the already tense situation could potentially deteriorate, as th

e world’s top two economies are embroiled in a protracted trade dispute with the Trum

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video of Liu competing in an international English spee

ech competition in 1996 in London was sent around Chinese social media, the US website qz.com reported.

“While the Western world views Liu as an unapologetic champion of China’s agenda, many mai

nland citizens regard her as a national heroine defending her country from hostile foreign influences,” Newsweek reported.

On Monday, Regan tweeted: “I look forward to hosting Ms Liu – in a FIRST OF ITS KIND debate on trade – LIVE from Beijing & New York.”

Beijing on Wednesday set up a 5 billion yuan ($724 million) fund to spur development of the fift

h-generation or 5G mobile technology industry, its latest effort to gain an edge in the commercialization of 5G tech.

The fund was established jointly by the Beijing Science and Technology Innovation Investment Management Co Ltd, Beijing

Yizhuang International Investment and Development Co Ltd and State-owned China Jianyin Investment Lt

d. It will focus on investing in leading high-tech firms across the entire 5G industrial chain.

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The global market share for Huawei witnessed an incre

 increase from 10.5 percent to 15.7 percent over the same period last year.

Huawei’s smartphone sales grew in all regions and the company did particularly well in the European market, with sales up 69 percent.

Apple ranked third on the list with sales declining to 44.56 million and market share down to 11.9 percent in the first quarter of 2019.

China’s smartphone vendors OPPO and Vivo ranked fourth and fifth, respectively, on th

e list released by Gartner, indicating a 2.7 percent decline in global smartphone sales in the first quarter of this year.

According to another market research firm IDC, shipments by Huawei increased by 50 percent to 59.1 million uni

ts in the first quarter of this year, replacing Apple to grab the second spot again since the second quarter of last year.

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The US Treasury removed India from the watch list, whil

Chinese authorities have not used the exchange rate in prior easing cycles to support growth, and they are unlikely to do so now, as this could pose mac

roeconomic stability risk,” said Andrew Fennell, lead sovereign analyst for China at Fitch Ratings.

The world’s second-largest economy maintained its foreign exchange

reserves at $3.095 trillion at the end of April. The reserve amount was stable, although it sli

ghtly 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 th

e Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said that China is unlikely to sacrifice foreign exchange reserves to def

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

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Accelerating the opening up of China’s commodity futu

ures market will help foreign investors optimize their renminbi-denominated asset portfolios as they can inc

orporate investment targets of a wider variety, said Wang Tingting, an associate pro

fessor of finance with the Central University of Finance and Economics in Beijing.

“Moreover, as foreign investors’ trading helps boost liquidity in the domestic market and makes the price changes mor

e consistent with international trends, domestic market participants can also better hedge against risks,” he said.

Experts also expect China to open up the stock index futures market to foreign invest

ors, as they have large exposure in the A-share market and are therefore in need of this risk management tool.

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President Xi Jinping visited the JL MAG rare-earth Co

 on May 20 in Ganzhou, Jiangxi province, during a three-day inspection tour.

Xi learned about the rare-earth industry’s development in Ganzhou, a major producer of rare-earth resources and products

in China. During the seven trading days from May 20 to Tuesday, the A-share listed company hit the 10 percent da

ily upside limit six times, with its share price rising by 90 percent after closing on Tuesday.

xperienced climbers and guides called for alpinists without adequate training to think tw

ice before taking on the world’s highest peak, especially during a crowded climbing season.

As of Tuesday, the death toll of climbers attempting to reach the summit of Qomolan

gma — known as Mount Everest in the West — reached 11 during this climbing season. Nine died on the Nepali s

ide and two on the north face of the mountain in China’s Tibet autonomous region, according to media reports.

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ue to encouraging weather forecasts, many teams decid

ed to scale the summit from the Nepali side on May 22 and 23. As a result, crowded conditions form

ed about 100 to 150 meters from the peak, Ma said in Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital. “I was force

d to wait in a line for about 20 minutes on my way down. Such circumstances can be fatal to climbers if the

y panic and consume more oxygen than planned. Also, they can easily get frostbite if they don’t keep moving.”

This year, about 90 percent of the climbers at Qomolangma are

first-timers. Lack of professional training and experience as well as undetected health issue

s should be mainly blamed for the casualties on the mountain rather than the traffic jam, Ma added. “Some expe

dition companies failed to prepare the climbers for crowded conditions which is really irresponsible.”

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The results of the elections for the European Parliame

nt are broadly in line with expectations. Although pro-European Union parties have won a majori

ty of the seats, the EP is more fragmented than before with traditional center-right and center-left par

ties losing seats to Liberals and Greens, and Euroskeptic parties increasing their vote share. This is likely to

make it more difficult for the EU to agree new trade deals and choose new leaders for EU institutions.

The heads of government of EU states met on Tuesday to discuss who will fill the top jobs.

The new EP and the EU leadership face a difficult international environment, especially on th

e trade front. The United States administration, already engaged in a tariff war with China, has its sights on the

EU as well, describing the bloc as “a foe”. The US has imposed 25 percent tariffs on European steel and aluminum an

d threatened to slap similar tariffs on European cars unless the EU opens up its agricultural market.

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The meeting required Shanxi province, a coal-abundan

t area in North China, to conduct pilot reforms in its energy industry and take the lead in the whole country in areas suc

h as promoting clean and low-carbon energy use and enhancing innovation in energy technologies, it said.

Efforts should be stepped up to build a higher-level, higher-quality food s

ecurity system that is more efficient and more sustainable to guarantee the nation’s grain

reserves, the statement saidThe head of the US-China Business Council, whose members include major US chip

makers that are suppliers to Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, said that the ban on the Chinese telecom giant would come at a co

st to US businesses, and that fair engagement across technologies would be better than decoupling.

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China attaches great importance to the development of th

 the big data industry and is willing to share opportunities of the dig

ital economy’s development with other countries and jointly explore new growth drive

rs and development paths by exploring new technologies, new business forms and new models, Xi added.

With increasingly wider applications of digital technologies in China, the country is expected to genera

te and store 27.8 percent of global online data by 2025, up from 23.4 percent last year, according to a re

port by market researcher International Data Corp and data storage firm Seagate.

In comparison, the US share will stand at 17.5 percent by 2025, a drop from its 21 percent share in 2018, the report added.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that f

rom medicine to transportation to farming, big data presents the world with a r

emarkable tool to advance global progress, but with that opportunity also comes risk.

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