Central Committee decided to launch a campaign on th

he subject of remaining true to the Party’s original aspirations and keeping its mission firmly in mind.

On Monday afternoon, Xi also visited the home of Sun Guanfa, a 71-year-old veter

an who is also a descendant of a Red Army martyr, at Tantou village, Zishan township.

Hearing that Sun’s family members had no difficulties in employment and education, Xi said as long as the people follow th

e Party’s leadership, China will definitely achieve great rejuvenation and the people will enjoy a better life.

“The Communist Party is dedicated to making the people happy, and the CPC Central Committee is making all efforts to b

ring about better lives for the people,” Xi said while visiting a greenhouse in the township.

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If those in Washington wonder why their European allies

re reluctant to answer their calls for excluding Huawei from their 5G networks, Ren had an answer: “For every base station

site, Huawei can save the Europeans 10,000 euros ($11,192). Instead of following the US, they have communicated with us closely”.

Huawei is not ZTE. And is unlikely to become the kind of vulnera

ble hostage the latter has been. The US tactic will not work second time around.ice-Premier Han Z

heng, who is also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Ce

ntral Committee, meets with representatives of the Hong Kong Federation of Fujian Associations on Tuesday in

Vice-Premier Han Zheng said the central government supports the amendments to Hong Kong’

s extradition law proposed by the government of the special administrative region.

Han made the remark while meeting on Tuesday with more than

100 representatives from the Hong Kong Federation of Fujian Associations in Beijing.

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urged to avoid more damage to China tiesonly

Beijing urged Washington on Saturday “not to go too far” in harming China’s interest

s, and called for it to change course to avoid further damaging bilateral ties.

China firmly opposes the United States’ recent remarks and actions that harmed China’s interests, in

cluding its resorting to political means to suppress normal operations of Chinese companies, State Coun

cilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said in a phone call with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

History and reality show that China and the US both benefit f

rom cooperating with each other, while both suffer from bilate

ral conflicts, and cooperation is the only proper choice for the two major countries, Wang said.

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The US administration’s more often than not conflicti

conflicting goals have resulted in the trade conflicts with China an

d other countries. For instance, China’s exports to the US grew 11.3 percent

and its trade surplus with the US increased to $323 billion in 2018, up 17.3 percent year-on-year.

Moreover, Washington has forbidden US companies to sell chips to ZTE, a Chinese multinational telecommunications equip

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

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Huawei has more than 13,000 component and service su

uppliers worldwide. In November, it unveiled a list of its 92 core suppliers for the first ti

me. Thirty-three of them are from the US, including chip giants Qualcomm Inc and Intel Corp.

Wang Yanhui, secretary-general of the Mobile China Alliance, said, “Huawei has also been pre

paring for such a situation for some time and has hoarded chips to handle a worst-case scenario.”

The company became the world’s third-largest buyer of semiconductors last year.

China will definitely safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of its businesses, and Trump’s executive order is n

ot a “constructive and friendly” gesture, Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said on Thursday.

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With its key role in the national economy, the integrated dev

velopment of the region could play a vital part in leading regional growth, the statement said.

It noted that the elevation of the integrated development of the Yangtze River Delta t

o the status of a national strategy is a major decision adopted by the CPC Central Committee.

Authorities in the four provincial areas must enhance their awareness

of integrated development and boost their interaction and cooperation, it added.

The meeting also decided to start a thematic education campaign of Party member

s on the subject of remaining true to the Party’s original aspirations and keeping their mission firmly in mind.

It called for struggles against all problems that affect the Party’s purity and ad

vanced nature, and for efforts to make the Party even stronger, the statement said.

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One standard goal is to create a “level playing field” so

 that foreign companies can compete against domestic companies in each country.

In the past several months, China has announced and started to implement a “negative list” program

that allows foreign companies to have 100 percent ownership in investments in all areas of the ec

onomy, except for a small number of areas, such as telecoms and defense, that are explicitly prohibited.

Also, foreign investment has been simplified by creating a

one-stop regulatory shop and a single application process.

These new policies will lead to greater competition within China, forcing Chi

na’s companies to become more efficient and to produce higher quality products.

The Chinese government has also recently announced tax cuts and financial regulation

s designed to help private companies. This will hasten the ongoing transition to a market-driven economy.

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Liu said that at the level of trade representatives, both side

both sides have the sincerity to solve the existing problems.

“The purpose decides everything,” Liu said, in English. “China wants a very equal and dignif

ied deal, and under this premise, a good, cooperative deal,” he said. “I hope our US colleagues would understand this.”

Liu said he believed both sides have a strong desire to reach a deal. “We need to work hard tog

ether to surpass the temporary difficult period of time, and then we’ll have a bright future,” he said.

Asked by China Daily how China and the US could help world economic growth, whose p

rospects have been already compromised by the escalation of trade tensions between the two countries, Liu said co

operation serves the interests of the two sides and the whole world, while conflict hurts both.

“We have tremendous common interests and many commo

n foes, only through cooperation could we solve these problems,” Liu said.

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US soy farmers call for cool-down of trade tensions

US soy farmers have urged Washington to work for a positive solution to the current tarif

f dispute with the world’s top oilseed buyer China, and avoid further escalation of trade tensions.

In a statement released late Tuesday, the American Soybean Association (ASA) described the t

hreat by US President Donald Trump’s administration to increase the tariff rate from 10 percent to 25 p

ercent on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods as the “worst case” for US soybean growers.

“This is a predicament for soy growers,” said Davie Stephens, ASA president and a soybean farmer from Kentucky.

“With depressed (soybean) prices and unsold stocks fo

recast to double before the 2019 harvest begins in September, we nee

d the China market reopened to US soybean exports within weeks, not months or longer,” he added.

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In recent years, sales in many sectors in lower-tier cit

ities have grown more quickly than in big cities, including clothing, food, beverages and home appliances, Chen added.

During Spring Festival in February, small-town youths in third- an

d lower-tier cities outperformed their peers in bigger centers of population in consu

mption across major e-commerce platforms, including the number of orders placed and the range of products bought.

In third- and fourth-tier cities, total online spending during Spring Festival rose by 55 percent year-on-year, comp

ared with 51 percent in first-tier metropolises. Spending by small-town youths on beauty products rose by 7.8 perc

ent year-on-year, compared with a 5.4 percent increase among their peers in larger cities, according to a report rel

eased by Tmall-Alibaba’s e-commerce platform-and market research company Kantar Worldpanel.

Small-town youths have also boosted the movie industry. For example, in the first quarter of this year, some

56 percent of the box office for The New King of Comedy came from lower-tier cities, as did 46 percent for Crazy Alien.

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