percent, respectively, registering significantly faste

The emerging service sector also grew very fast, Meng said.

In April, the information transmission industry, along with software and inform

ation technology services, grew 25 percent year-on-year, 17.6 percentage points higher than the national index of services.

Online retail sales amounted to 3.04 trillion yuan ($440.2 billion) in the first four m

onths, a year-on-year increase of 17.8 percent. Around 17.07 billion parcels were delivered, up 24.8 percent over last year.

She said the transformation of traditional industries is speeding up as they combine with information technology.

“Through implementing national big data and internet plus strategies, internet, big da

ta, and artificial intelligence technologies have been widely used in China’s real economy,” she said

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Separately, on the same day, the US Commerce Department

said it would be adding Huawei and its 70 affiliates to an Entity List, which will ban the compan

y from buying parts and components of US companies without prior government approval.

Gao Feng, spokesman for the Ministry of Commerce, said at a briefing that the con

cept of national security “should not be used as a tool for trade protectionism”.

“China strongly opposes other countries imposing unilateral sanctions on Chinese entities,” Gao said.

He called on the US to stop its wrongful behavior and make more efforts to create conditions for normal international trade cooperation.

Huawei has been increasing its 5G commercial contracts worldwide, with more countries giving the com

pany a vote of confidence. But it is facing security allegations from the US, which Huawei has said are unfounded.

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screenshot of the “father sharing” mini programher” is also

While some netizens praised the story, others felt cheated for the home decoration advertisement afte

r the video. Jiang Luxian, a lawyer from Chengdu, Sichuan province, said the advertisement probably violates relevant provisions of the A

dvertising Law, and the creativity of “sharing father” is also improper for public order and traditions.

Oppein, the creator behind the promotion, however, said on social media that

it hoped everyone would pay attention to the lack of father figures, and return to the family for love.

“Everything can be shared in this era, apart from family love,” the company said.

China’s foreign direct investment climbed 6.4 percent year-on-year to 305.24 billio

n yuan ($44.38 billion) in the first four months, the Ministry of Commerce said Thursday.

Meanwhile, investment from South Korea, the United States and Germany in Chin

a grew 114.1 percent, 24.3 percent and 101.1 percent year-on-year, respectively.

In April alone, FDI amounted to 62.95 billion yuan, up 6.3 percent year-on-year.

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Intensified law enforcement also benefits overseas ent

erprises in China. Last year, intellectual property authorities punished violators in more

than 6,000 cases of infringing on rights of trademark registrants from overseas, with a t

otal value of 151 million yuan ($22 million), an increase of 50.1 percent over the previous year, the report said.

An agreement to support young scholars’ research into the Silk Road was signed between China and UNESCO during a ses

sion of the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations in Beijing on Wednesday.

Under the agreement, an international academic program will be launched with funding of $1 mill

ion from the Chinese government to scholars under 35 years of age from around the world.

Hosted by the Ministry of Education and UNESCO, the session – entitled “Safeguardin

g the Diversity of Asian Civilizations” – focused on cultural interactions among Asian people and disc

ussed challenges in terms of revitalizing the multiple cultures of Asian countries and regions.

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He said that it’s of great importance to promote such philos

philosophies to enhance the exchanges and mutual learning of diverse civilizations.

Frederick W. Russell-Rivoallan, a program specialist and head of social and human sciences for UNESCO, hailed the dialogue of Asian civilizations.

“It’s a great way to concentrate in this part of world, but it’s also

a global inspiration – bringing countries together, understanding other cultures, respecting each

other and sharing with each other,” he said. “That’s the way that we can understand each other better and live together better.”

China will extend 1,000-Megabyte broadband connection to more than 300 cities and cut the

average service rates by 15 percent for small and midsized enterprises this year. The measures are desi

gned to achieve multiplying effects of expanding domestic demand, boosting employment and improving people’s lives.

The decision was made at the State Council’s executive meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang on May 14.

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Henrik Slotte, a senior disaster management expert fro

m the UN Environment Program, said poorly managed infrastructure projects can damage the ecosystem.

He said it is key for scientists to communicate with government officials to create better planning and new solut

ions, and more interdisciplinary research into natural disasters and risk management is also helpful.

Guanxi, compadrazgo and bapakism. Three words from China, the Philip

pines and Indonesia that encapsulate the same values of the vast continent through the ag

es-a shared belief in the importance of the family and the community over the individual.

These values, rooted on Asia’s culture and history and centered on consens

us, social harmony, stability and discipline, are more important and relevant than ever i

n the face of challenges-such as protectionism and terrorism-confronting the world today.

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This is a predicament for soy growers,” American

American Soybean Association President Davie Stephens said on Tuesday.

President Donald Trump threatened in a tweet on Sunday to increase tariffs.

Stephens, a grower from Clinton, Kentucky, said that US farmers are in a tough situation, and with depressed prices

and unsold stocks forecast to double before the 2019 harvest begins in September, farmers urgently need the China market.

“We need a positive resolution of this ongoing tariff dispute, not further escalation of tensions,” he said in a release posted on the ASA web site.

Nicole Kaeding, vice-president of federal and special projects at the Washington-based Tax Foun

dation, said that if the Trump administration follows through on the president’s threat, it’s US taxp

ayers, not Chinese taxpayers, who will pay the price — thanks to higher prices and fewer job opportunities.

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Not only are there missing links on the causality chai

 between long-term structural factors and actual economic performance, it is also unclear how long those factors would take to constrain GDP growth to a part

cular level. In fact, 20 years ago, the same long-term factors were used to warn of a possible fall in Chinese GDP growth.

Because of the complexity of China’s growth trajectory, many economists seem to base their assessments of potenti

al on performance. After every drop in China’s GDP growth since the second quarter of 2012-when growth fell be

low 8 percent-economists have emerged to declare that performance was in line with potential.

Difficult to determine potential growth rate

To be sure, there are various estimates of China’s potential growth rate, ranging from 5 perc

ent to 8 percent. But it is difficult to determine which is reliable. For one thing, there is reason to believe that

most estimates fail to discount cyclical factors adequately when calculating the long-term trend.

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died and 24 were injured in a fire in Guilin, the Guangxi Zh

According to a news release from the local fire department, the battery of an electric bicycle parked beside a building for s

tudents ignited, starting the fire. The incident is still being investigated and some people have been detained.

This is not the first fatal fire caused by an electric bicycle. In December 2017, five people were killed and nine injured when an electric bike started a fire in Beijing, and

in July last year, one person was killed and another injured in Wuxi, Jiangsu province. In fact, type “electric bicy

cle” and “fire” into any online searching engine and you will get hundreds of pages recording them.

How could that happen?

The all-too fast expansion of the industry is to bla

me. There are already 300 million electric bicycles in China, roughly one for every four persons.

However, when it comes to charging the bikes, a big proble

m has emerged. As a growing number of people live in residential buildings without separa

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Financial sector restructuring is also a part of the ongo

oing supply-side structural reform, as it is still dominated by the 268-trillion-yuan banking system, the analysts said.

The restructuring process will accelerate as more foreign capital

moves in, which can boost competition in the domestic market, the analysts added.

In the medium term, continued financial reform and more opening-up measures co

uld boost capital inflows, said Lillian Li, a vice-president at rating agency Moody’s.

But trade disputes between China and the United States and uncertainty over monetary policy in global markets may dam

pen capital inflows, and the pace of capital inflow is likely to fluctuate in the near term, she said.

Having the world’s second-largest equity market and the third-largest bond market, China will likely usher in more inte

rnational capital flows in the longer term, if the nation further liberalizes its financial system, she added.

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