Archive May 2019

The currency’s depreciation was purely caused by mark

et forces, and China has never taken any measures to deliberately devalue the currency to make its exports more at

tractive, said Guo, who is also head of the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission.

According to Guo, the short-term fluctuation of the RMB exchan

ge rate was normal, and the depreciation will not last long given the stable economic growth base.

“Any speculative activities to short the RMB will suffer huge losses,” he warned.

The RMB’s daily trading reference, or the central parity for onshore trading, has been stabilized arou

nd 6.89 per dollar for eight days from May 20, and market watchers said market-oriented depreciation pressure was losing steam.

Yi Gang, the central bank governor, has said several times that the PBOC has ceased

direct intervention in foreign exchange markets, and the performance of RMB is address

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ang said by the end of this year, 5G network construc

The Beijing municipal government plans to invest at least 30 billion yuan by 2022 to build 5G networks, according to a 5G devel

opment plan released in January. In Beijing’s road map for 5G development from 2019 to 2022, the municipal gov

ernment has set a goal to develop its 5G-related industry to realize an income of 200 billion yuan by 2022.

The city said it hopes that by 2022, Beijing-based scientific research

units and enterprises can be a key contributor to global 5G technical standards, acc

ounting for more than 5 percent of all primary and essential international 5G patents.

Huang Jianjun, vice-president of China Jianyin Investment Ltd, said 5G technologies have been deeply integrated with

artificial intelligence, big data, the internet of things and other emerging technologies, ushering in a new era of in

ternet of everything and deep interaction between humans and machines.

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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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Chinese investment in the United States is creating go

ood jobs in areas that are poor, where good jobs are needed,” he said. “We should celebrate that advancement of econ

omic opportunity in the United States. And similarly, we should expand US investment in China.”

US goods exports to China declined by 7 percent in 2018, as trade disputes between

the two economies began to bite, but still outpaced growth in exports to the rest of the world over the past decade, ac

cording to the 2019 State Export Report released earlier this month by the US-China Business Council.

The report said China continued to be important to US economic growth, supporting more than 1.1 million jobs.

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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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A spokesperson at Volkswagen China said SEAT is schedu

uled to become a shareholder of the joint venture by the end of 2019, holding at least 1 percent of i

ts equity. According to Chinese norms, it is mandatory for international brands to produce vehicles in China bearing its names.

Luca de Meo, CEO of SEAT, said: “China is the benchmark country for electric vehicles. We aim to be a part of this ecos

ystem in order to exchange knowledge and make progress in achieving global mobility that is more sustainable.”

Currently, JAC, Volkswagen and SEAT are building a 4 billion yuan ($579 million) research and development center in Hefei, which is expected to open in 2021.

JAC and SEAT also plan to develop their own platform for smaller electric cars, a segment that is growing faster than the large-sized ones in China.

“The close cooperation between SEAT and JAC will allow us to create synergies, which wil

l significantly increase our market coverage,” said Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess, who is also chairman of SEAT.

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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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hich means even if Beijing does not take countermeasures

ch means even if Beijing does not take countermeasures equal in scale to Washington’s, the US economy will not be left unscathed.

Tariff hike will harm both China and US

The list of products subject to US tariff hike covers daily necessities, light industry and machinery, with the main targets

being agricultural and food products, and general manufacturing goods produced by light industries.

In terms of agricultural and food products, China is the third-largest supplier to the US, with processed fruits and

vegetables; fruit and vegetable juice; fast food and snacks; fresh vegetables and tea leaves being the main items.

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China attaches great importance to the development of the

 big data industry and is willing to share opportunities of the digital economy’s development with other countries and jointly explore new

growth drivers 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 generate

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

eport 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 th

at from medicine to transportation to farming, big data presents the world with a re

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

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Despite headwinds from the trade tensions, global investors

s are still optimistic about China’s economic prospects, said Z

hang Zhiwei, Deutsche Bank’s chief China economist and head of China equity strategy.

Foreign investors believe that China has enough policy tools to offset short-term downside pressure, while th

e financial risks are under control as the country’s debt level has shown signs of stabilizing, Zhang said.

China’s overall debt-to-GDP ratio had dropped to 249.4 percent by the

end of 2018, 1.5 percentage points lower than a year earlier, according to the PBOC.

If trade tensions escalate further, more opening-up policies in the sectors of medical care

and education will help boost global investors’ confidence in the Chinese economy, Zhang added.

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