Economic basics will stay positive, interview emphasizes

The Chinese economy has stayed on a trajectory of stable gro

wth, and the country’s economic fundamentals will remain p

ositive in the long run, President Xi Jinping said in a written interview with Russian media.

On the eve of his state visit to Russia, Xi told TASS Russian News Agency and the Rossiyskaya Gazeta newspaper on Tues

day that China has all the necessary conditions, capability and confidence to deal with any risks or challenges.

Despite a slowdown in global growth and trade, the Chinese economy

has had a strong start this year with key economic indicators remaining in a proper range, he said.

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With joint efforts of all parties, China has built a founda

ation for commercialization of 5G,” the ministry said, adding it will issue commercial 5G licens

es in the near future, a clear sign China will soon officially enter the first year of 5G.

“As always, we welcome domestic and foreign enterprises to actively participate in China’s 5G network construction and effort

to promote application of the technology, and jointly share 5G development opportunities,” the ministry added.

China’s big three telecom carriers are forecast to spend 900 billi

on to 1.5 trillion yuan ($134 billion to $223 billion) in total on 5G network construction from 2020

to 2025, according to a report from the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology. In co

mparison, Chinese telecom operators spent 720 billion yuan on 4G network construction from 2014 to 2018.

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To achieve the government target of bringing down the

the percentage of adult smokers to 20 percent by 2030, we have a lot of work to do,” he said.

The biggest obstacle to tobacco control in China is the powerful toba

cco industry, which is one of the biggest tax contributors to the government, he said.

Despite an increasing number of cities having local regulations on tobacco control,

national legislation is still lacking, due to causes including influence from the industry, he said.

“Only a few big cities, such as Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen h

ave strict tobacco control regulations and law enforcement, but in most areas in China suc

h regulations are absent,” he said. “The prevalence of tobacco has caused serious health conseque

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Trade between the two countries “made a major breakthr

rough” and exceeded $100 billion in 2018, and the two permanent members of the United Na

tions Security Council have been coordinating closely on major international issues, Ruan said.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral ties, which are said to have reached their best level in history.

Also, the attendance of the two countries’ leaders at each other’s intern

ational forums shows both sides’ support for an open global economy, Ruan added.

Addressing the plenary session of the Fourth Eastern Economic Foru

m in Vladivostok, Russia, in September, Xi called for regional members to actively alig

n their development strategies and work together for an open regional economy.

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Market-oriented reform and opening-up will improve pr

roductivity in the service sector, which is an important thing that China is focusing on to stabilize economic growth,” Zhu said.

Chen Yulu, a vice-governor of the PBOC, also supported a “full-scale” opening of the financial sector. In the future, foreign invest

ors are welcome to conduct all forms of financial business in China, excepting those being named on a neg

ative list, and authorities are researching a new regulatory system, Chen said at the forum on Saturday.

Li Daokui, director of the Academic Center for Chinese Economic Practice and Thinking at Tsing

hua University, said China “should be more confident” in accelerating opening-up of its financial sec

tor, which will help global investors seize numerous opportunities in the Chinese market.

Domestic financial institutions are now capable of engaging in fiercer competition with global peers as their serv

ice abilities in many aspects, such as banking and insurance, have improved a lot over the past years, Li said.

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The IMF research, citing official data, found that the

 revenue collected by the US government through hefty tariffs on Chinese imports, has been paid almost entirely by US importers.

“Some of these tariffs have been passed on to US consumers, such as those on washing machines, wh

ile others have been absorbed by importing firms through lower profit margins,” the research said.

Any further increase in tariffs will likely be passed through to consumers, it said.

China and the US, the world’s two largest economies, have been embroi

led in a tit-for-tat trade confrontation over the past few months. Washington threatened to fur

ther escalate a tariff war and increased tensions by tightening restrictions on Chinese companies.

Earlier this month, the US raised tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese imports from 10 percent to 25 percent, and China took coun

termeasures. Then the US administration listed about $300 billion more of Chinese goods for possible tariff hikes.

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Asked whether China will retaliate by targeting certain US co

 companies, Lu said that as for foreign enterprises operating in Chi

na, there is no need for them to worry as long as their businesses are law-abiding.

S President Donald Trump issued an executive order on Wednesd

ay in which he declared a national economic emergency and banned the technology and

services of “foreign adversaries” deemed to pose “unacceptable risks” to US national security.

The US intention is so obvious that media outlets around the world have without exception interpr

eted this as targeting Huawei, by excluding the Chinese telecommunications giant from US networks.

Washington has repeatedly claimed that Huawei’s equipment poses a security threat, but for all the sound and fury, it sign

ifies nothing, as it has never produced any credible evidence, indeed any evidence at all.

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China has exercised great restraint and goodwill in

trying to maintain stable relations with the US,” he said.

Li Haidong, a professor of US studies at China Foreign Affairs Universi

ty, said Washington has pushed a hard line in relations with Beijing in recent years.

“The Taiwan question is much more complicated and nonnegotiable,” Li said.

“If the US side continues to misinterpret the one-­China policy, it will irreparably damage Sino­-US ties,” he warned.

The US Senate will have to vote on the act before it can become law. The time of the vote is unknown.

“The consensus among US officials is to be tough on China, and room for rational option

s is rapidly shrinking as overconfidence and rash actions become the new norm,” he said.

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rime scene officials inspect the explosion area at Shangri-La

Of the dead in the blasts, there are 35 foreigners, the police confirmed. Hospital sources

had earlier said nine foreigners were among those killed while 13 others have been injured.

Airline says flights continue despite curfew

SriLankan Airlines is telling passengers boo

ked on flights out of the country that they will be able to fly despite the curfew imposed.

The carrier says in a statement that travelers on all airlines operating out of Bandaranai

ke International Airport can access the airport by showing their tickets and passports at checkpoints.

The airline says security has been tightened at the airp

ort, and it advises passengers to arrive four hours before their scheduled flights.

Both Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Mi

nister Ranil Wickremesinghe have condemned the attacks and appealed for calm.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said t

he tri-forces and the police are conducting a thorough probe into the explosions.

In a special statement, the police urged the publi

c to stay indoors and not gather at the explosion sites which had been sealed off.

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Digital trade enabled up to 3.2 trillion yuan of econo

omic value in the domestic economy in 2017, equivalent to nearly 4 percent of China’s 82.08 trillio

n yuan GDP that year.This is significant, considering the economic value estimated for other Asia-Pacific economi

es ranges between 1 and 3 percent, said the Hinrich Foundation’s Director of Public Affairs and Strategy Berenice Voets.

The potential economic value of digital trade is expected to be the equivalent of 22 percent of China’s projected GDP in 2030, accor

ding to the report, outlining an optimistic outlook for digital trade development in China in the following years.

Li is scheduled to have talks with EU leaders, attend high-level meetings

Premier Li Keqiang touched down at Brussels Airport on Monday, beginning a five-day trip aimed at sending a clear signal to t

he world of the growing mutual trust and deepening strategic cooperation between China and European nations.

Li is in Belgium for the 21st China-EU Leaders’ Meeting. He will also make an official visit to Croatia and at

tend the eighth Leaders’ Meeting of China and Central and Eastern European Countries in the coastal city of Dubrovnik.

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