Last week, two central government authorities on Hong

 Kong affairs, the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Counc

il, and the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Hong Kong SAR, have also

expressed their support for the proposed amendments to Hong Kong’s extradition law.

A new United Nations report concludes that high trade tensions

and policy uncertainty are damaging global economic growth prospects.

A further escalation of the trade dispute between the US and China threatens both short- and mediu

m-term global growth prospects, according to the United Nations World Economic Situation and Pro

spects (WESP) mid-2019 report released Tuesday at UN headquarters in New York.

The report said that global merchandise trade-volume growth has slo

wed more sharply than expected, particularly in late 2018 and early

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Also, these new first-tier cities have preferential po

policies for residence permits and financial incentives to lure more talent.

For example, Zhenjiang in Jiangsu province, promised bonuses of 150,000 and 200,000 yuan for house purchases to gradua

tes with master’s and doctoral degrees, respectively, after they work in the city for three years.

Haikou, capital of Hainan province, is attracting college students with a monthly rent s

ubsidy of 1,500 yuan, with an 18,000-yuan allowance to graduates who decide to buy an apartment there.

Employment, especially some groups such as college gradu

ates and demobilized military staff, remains a priority to the government.

Premier Li Keqiang said at a teleconference on May 13 that employme

nt pressure will be felt this year by a larger number of college graduates. However, promotin

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There are signs that the central government will not cha

ange its resolution to control house prices, Zhang said, adding that in the future the real estate market will continue to crack down on speculation.

On May 11, Suzhou tightened housing policies further, China Daily ea

rlier reported. The down payment ratio for a family’s first home purchase has been rais

ed from 20 percent to 30 percent.China may grant official 5G licenses, instead of the interim licenses prev

iously planned, to telecom carriers this year and is likely to start commercial use of the superfast wireless technology nat

ionwide in the near future, possibly as soon as October, according to people familiar with the matter.

Newly built property in certain parts of the city cannot

be traded for a three-year period after purchase, and for five years in the case of pre-owned property.

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Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang urged the US gover

 government on Tuesday to consider the costs it would bear through raising tariffs.

He reiterated that China will never capitulate under any external pressure and hopes the US meets China halfway.

The US has no need to “worry about” China’s affairs, Geng said at a daily news conference. The country has made progress i

improving its foreign investment environment and has become a popular investment destination, he sa

id, citing the expansion of US-based Exxon Mobil Corp and Tesla Inc in the market last year.

Geng stressed that China welcomes foreign companies to increase investment in the market and will co

ntinue to establish a more stable, fair, transparent and predictable investment and business environment.

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The future growth prospects of today’s early-stage (that is

lower-income-some growing and others not) developing countries will be of huge importance in red

ucing poverty further. Although these countries face significant headwinds, they could also seize imp

ortant new growth opportunities-especially with the help of digital platforms.

The headwinds are certainly considerable. For starters, advances in digital technolo

gies-robotics, machine learning, sensors, and vision-directly threaten the labor-intensive manu

facturing and assembly upon which lower-income, nonresource-rich economies have traditionally relied.

Moreover, climate change has had its greatest economic impact on the tropical and subtropical regio

ns where most of the lower-income countries are located. The effects of global warming are highly disrup

tive in fragile economies, and, taken together, constitute a major new obstacle to growthle

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In the past several months, China has announced and

started to implement a “negative list” program that allows foreign co

mpanies to have 100 percent ownership in investments in all areas of the economy, excep

t 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 C

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

The Chinese government has also recently announced tax cuts and financial regulations desi

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

Most Chinese State-owned enterprises are not relevant to trade negotiations. Many are in non-tradable sectors such as p

roperty development, infrastructure, or concrete. Others are basically public utilities in telecoms or power.

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The overall stability of China-US relations over the pa

four decades has been a blessing to not only our two countries, but the whole world,” said Cui Ti

ankai, Chinese ambassador to the US, in his remarks during the awards presentation.

“And the essence of the 40-year story is amity between the peoples, which lays the foundation for

and shapes the future of our relations,” he said, adding that the stories shared by peoples from the two cou

ntries through the My China Album series will always “be a source of inspiration and motivation for us”.

Hundreds of US citizens participated in the series from Feb 6 to April 19, sharing their personal stories about China thro

ugh photos and captions. Ten of the participants were recognized for their genuine and touching stories.

“I was so honored to win first place in this year’s My China Album,” said

Max Horne, an incoming Harvard University freshman who visited Yunnan province years a

go and studied the Naxi culture, a local ethnic group. “There’s endless culture for us to appreciate.”

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President calls on think tanks to boost teamwork, Belt, Roa

President Xi Jinping called on Wednesday for exchanges and cooperation between Chinese and foreign think

tanks for more high-quality research results to push Belt and Road construction to a higher level.

Xi made the remark in a congratulatory letter to the i

naugural meeting of the Belt and Road Studies Network held in Beijing on Wednesday.

The launch of the think tank network took place ahead of the Second Belt and Road Fo

rum for International Cooperation being held from Thursday to Saturday in the capital.

Xi said in the letter that the development of history, the prosper

ity of civilizations and the progress of mankind are closely connected with the guidance of advanced thought.

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trade hitting $682 billion last year, said Zhang Min

 head of the Chinese Mission to the EU. So far, 22 European countries have signed memorandums of understanding with Chi

na to promote the Belt and Road Initiative, with Italy and Luxembourg the most recent examples, he said.

Chen Fengying, a senior researcher at the China Institutes of Contemporary International

Relations, said that Li’s European trip is to further enhance high-level exchanges and political trust between

China and the EU, following President Xi Jinping’s visit to Italy, Monaco and France last month.

Both sides support the multilateral trading system and face challenges posed by risin

g protectionism and unilateralism to economic globalization and multilateralism, Chen said. On the global geopoliti

cal stage, China is developing at a very fast pace with an enormous economic scale, Chen said.

“As a huge market, China has reiterated its opening-up (policy) to the ou

tside world, including to European countries. Therefore, both sides should strengthen cooper

ation and exchanges in areas such as trade, investment and the Belt and Road Initiative,” she said.

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government and China Communication Constru

Piraeus Port is the largest port in Greece. On Aug 10, 2016, COSCO Shipping (Hong Kong) Co Ltd, a subsidiary of China COSC

O Shipping Group, became a controlling shareholder of the port and started operating the facility.

Around 290 million euros are expected to be invested by the company for the expansion of a crui

se terminal, improvement of a ship repair wharf and a new multi-storey garage of roll-on roll-off ship wharf.

The port, as an important meeting point of the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Cent

ury Maritime Silk Road, has become one of the fastest-growing container ports in the world in recent years.

Under the joint operation of Chinese and Greek enterprises, the port’s infrastruct

ure conditions and operational capabilities have been greatly improved. The freight hub has become increas

ingly prominent, not only providing more jobs, but also promoting local economic development and be

coming a model of win-win cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative.

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