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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he May report summarized that China’s growth appear

ears to be stabilizing on the back of recently enhanced supportive measures.

The report expanded the number of countries it scrutinizes for curr

ency manipulation to 21 from 12. Countries with a current account surplus with the US e

quivalent to 2 percent of GDP were put on the watch list, compared with 3 percent of GDP before.

China didn’t meet the “currency manipulator” criteria listed by the US Treasury, but Washi

ngton will continue assessing the RMB’s performance given China’s large trade surplus with the US, the report said.

The US Treasury removed India from the watch list, while it added Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam.

“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 macr

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

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Wuxi officials punished over kindergarten ‘gang’ question

Three officials in Wuxi, East China’s Jiangsu province, have been given Party and administrative

punishments on Thursday over an inappropriate question about whether kindergarten children wer

e 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 ch

ief 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 war

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

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

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The postponement certainly will influence the festive atm

tmosphere in the city during the Duanwu Festival, said the official. But the decision has been t

aken for good reasons. It’s all about the children, an investment in the future, the official said.

More than 10 million students across the country will sit for the gaokao this year.

he much-anticipated debate between a Chinese anchorwoman and an A

merican counterpart on a prime-time TV show Wednesday night turned out to be more like

a Q&A session, with the host and her guest disputing everything from tariffs to China’s developing nation status.

But Trish Regan, host of Trish Regan Primetime on the Fox Business N

etwork, and Liu Xin, who anchors The Point on China Global Television Network, or CGT

N, seemed to agree that something must be done to break the impasse between China and the US, which are em

broiled in a protracted trade dispute with the Trump administration escalating tariffs and Beijing retaliating.

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Issoufou attended the Beijing Summit of the FOCAC in S

September. The two countries should continue to understand, trust an

d support each other on issues related to core interests and major concerns, Xi sa

id, adding that the two sides should share more experiences on governance and development. Xi called on the two nat

ions to enhance connections under the frameworks of the Belt and Road Initiative and FOCAC.

China will continue to support Niger to fight terrorism and safeguard regional peace and stabilit

y, Xi said. China would like to help Niger improve its people’s livelihood through such measures as m

edical assistance and via exchanges in areas including culture, youth, women and think tanks.

Mutual understanding between the people of both nations should also

be promoted, Xi said. He stressed that as long as all countries stick to the dev

elopment paths that suit their own national situations, make joint efforts to build the Belt and Road and remain dedi

cated to fulfilling the goal of building a community with a shared future for mankind, they will definitely achieve success.

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The country will allow overseas investors to trade more

types of onshore commodity futures contracts without registering a Chinese entity, and will continuously improve the relate

d rules, Lu Dongsheng, an official with the China Securities Regulatory Commission, told a forum on Tuesday

Lu also announced other measures to develop China’s commodity fut

ures market, such as accelerating the launch of ricThe Shanghai Futures Exchange will open

up its nonferrous metals futures contracts to foreign investors, Jiang Yan, Party secretary of the exchange, said at the s

ame forum. The bourGuo Shuqing, head of the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commissiose will also list a n

ew type of futures contract, TSR20 Rubber, which will be available to both domestic and foreign investors, he sai

d.Lu also announced other measures to develop China’s commodity futures market, such as accelerating the launch of

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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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Cyclists should travel on the right and be aware that rid

t riding against the traffic and parking are not allowed on the bikeway. In t

he event of a bicycle breakdown, cyclists should wheel their bikes to the nearest exi

t and leave the bikeway, keeping to the right side of the road, said the rules. There are eight entrances and exits on th

e 6.5-km bikeway and six of them are equipped with assistive mobility devices for bicycles.

To better meet the needs of commuters, a reversible lane has been introdu

ced on the bikeway, and cyclists should ride in the direction shown on the signs.

Some 11,600 commuters travel between Huilongguan and Shangdi daily, and the ope

ning of the reversible lane is expected to provide convenience to them during rush hours.

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Besides electrified vehicles, Volkswagen and JAC have

also partnered with local authorities in Hefei to test autonomous

driving technologies, including robotaxis and autonomous fleet management, and on-de

mand mobility services, like ride hailing and car sharing, but none of the parties revealed the details.

Kong Xuanyou, vice-foreign minister and special representative of the Chinese government on

Korean Peninsula affairs, will take up his new post as Chinese ambassador to Japan on Thursday.

Kong, 59, is a fluent Japanese speaker. During his 34-year diplomatic care

er, he has spent two-thirds of the time dealing with issues related to Japan.

He has served in Chinese diplomatic missions in Japan on three occasions, and was China’s ambassador to Vietnam from 2011 to 2014.

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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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