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Only days after an earthquake struck, 12-year-old Hu Yibing got up 6 am excited about going back to

school in a makeshift classroom in Shuanghe town of Changning, Sichuan province.

“My school was damaged in the earthquake and we were told on Thursd

ay to attend a tent classroom that opened today,” said the boy, a sixth grader from Shuanghe Central Primary School.

With its epicenter in Shuanghe, the earthquake struck at 10:55 pm on Monday, killing 13 people and injuring 226. Estimated direct economic losses have

reached 8.89 billion yuan ($1.29 billion), according to the latest number from the Yibin city government.

Like Hu, many students have had classes suspended after the quake. By Thur

sday, over 11,000 students had resumed the classes, while more than 33,000 students in

the counties of Gongxian and Changning, the areas hit most severely by the quake, were still waiting.

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After a half-month visit to China, a team from the IM

led by Asia and Pacific Department Deputy Director Kenneth Kang, summarized that “China can play an impor

tant role and would benefit from further opening up and other structural reforms that enhance competition.”

The previously issued policy is sufficient to stabilize growth by 2020, despite the rec

ent US tariff hike, according to the fund’s report. “No additional policy easing is ne

eded, provided there are no further increases in tariffs or a significant slowdown in growth.”

Only if the trade tensions further escalate and threaten economic and financial stability, a

dditional policy easing, such as fiscal expansion, could be used to stabilize the economy, it said.

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This topic has gone viral among Chinese netizens, an

d turned into a red-hot search item on Sina Weibo, China’s equivalent to Twitter.

The gross output value of the Chinese snack industry has reached 2.22 trill

ion yuan, according to a report released in December by the Circulation Industry Pro

motion Center, which is affiliated with the Ministry of Commerce.

Online e-commerce has accelerated the market penetration rate of snack food, cultivating and promoting purchasing habits of

customers, the report said, adding that snacks accounted for nearly 30 percent of the total online food sales.

A total of 15 tons of mahua (fried dough twists) and 10,769 pieces of subing (crispy cookies) sold out

in just four days. An 8-year-old snack company predicted its revenue would top 10 billion yuan this yea

r. All these have shown China’s snack industry is developing at an unprecedented speed.

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White paper: US backtracks on its pledgesington’s dema

The United States should take responsibility for the setback in economic and tra

de consultations with China, a government white paper said, warning that “red lines” cannot be crossed.

The US government has backtracked on its commitments three times in the trade negotiations with

China and should bear sole responsibility for the stalled progress, the paper said on Sunday.

The white paper, “China’s Position on the China-US Economic and Trade Consultations”, was

released by the State Council Information Office. It came amid ongoing tension between the world’s two largest economies.

Speaking at a news conference on Sunday, Vice-Minister of Commerce Wang Shouw

en said China is willing to work together with the US to find solutions concerning differences on the eco

nomic and trade fronts, and to reach a mutually beneficial and win-win agreement.

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hina to issue white paper on China-US economic, trade

 China will issue a white paper about its stance on economic and trade talks with the United States Sunday morning.

The white paper, titled China’s Position on the China-US Economic and Trade Consultat

ions, will be released at 10 am on June 2 by the State Council Information Office, which will also hold a press conference.

China has raised additional tariffs to a maximum 25 percent on part of the $60 billion worth of US pr

oducts, effective June 1, according to a statement by the Customs Tariff Commission of the State Council.

The rates of additional tariffs on some of the products will be increased to 25 percent, 20 percent, and 10 percent, re

spectively. The 5 percent additional tariffs applied to some products remained unchanged.

The move came after the US’ latest tax increase on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods from 10 percent to 25 percent.

 

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Habib also applauded China’s interest in Washington’s agric

ricultural products such as apples and cherries, and specifically mentioned tourists and students from China.

With the current trade disputes between China and the US, however, Habib is seeing some frustration in his state.

“I’m of course frustrated at the effects of some of the Chinese-im

posed tariffs on our exporters – that’s a huge problem first for our growers, and companies in our

aerospace supply chain, and definitely our fish and seafood – they’ve been affected by Chinese tariffs,” said Habib.

With the Trump administration gradually imposi

ng 25 percent tariffs on $250 billion worth of Chinese imports over the past year, China has already retaliated with

tariffs on $110 billion worth of US products, and has planned a tariff hike on $60 billion worth of US goods on June

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n hindsight, their 73-day-long border standoff in the sum

ummer of 2017 is now seen as a watershed which made b

oth sides ever more pragmatic in building their partnership. This explains why, during his fir

st term as India’s prime minister, Modi visited China five times while Xi Jinping visited India twice. The two lea

ders also met at many multilateral meetings, several of which saw them showcasing joint statesmanship.

Since his Shangri-La Dialogue speech in June last year, Modi has propagated engaging China in Indo-Pacific disco

urses as well as ensured that the “Quad” (the grouping of the US, Japan, Australia and India) does not become a mili

tarized or “exclusive” club of a few. Breaking out of the myopic preoccupation of seeking parity with Ch

ina in the limited bandwidth of their expanding economic prowess-where China is five times taller th

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The strategic guiding role of national development plannin

ng should be leveraged to improve coordination mechanisms

for economic policies such as finance, currency, employment, industry, and regional develop

ment to ensure the nation’s economic development stays within a reasonable range, the statement said.

The meeting highlighted the importance of strengthening innovative cap

abilities as well as opening-up and cooperation in this regard, and called for improving the serv

ices and environment for opening-up and cooperation so that development is promoted through opening-up, inn

ovation is advanced through reforms and win-win results are achieved through cooperation, it said.

Tough and newly emerging problems should be resolved through deepening reforms, the state

ment said, adding that the capability of dealing with challenges and preventing risks should be intensified.

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During the team’s 40-day intensive training in Nepal, the

heir Sherpa guides had taught them how to maintain healthy blood circulation and remain safe in crowded conditions, she said.

This spring, 144 foreign and 12 Chinese climbers have also attempted to con

quer Qomolangma from Tibet, according to the Tibet Mountaineering Association. “D

espite having a smaller number of climbers, traffic jams also happened on the Tibetan side,” Ma said.

“Crowds are usual on some mountains. It’s not a new phenomenon. Climbers often lose their live

s when they don’t follow the instructions of Sherpa guides and make decisions on their own,” Kami Ri

ta, an experienced Sherpa who has reached Qomolangma’s summit 24 times, told Xinhua News Agency.

Sherpas are aware of every twist and turn and which paths to follow up mountains, so he urged the Nepali government to dis

courage mountaineers from climbing mountains without guides in order to prevent casualties.

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At present, more than 20 provincial-level regions have

 completed 5G call tests and more than 500,000 commercial 5G base stations are expected to be

built in South China’s Guangdong, North China’s Hebei, East China‘s Zhejiang and Jiangxi, and Central Chi

na’s Hubei provinces and the cities of Shanghai, Harbin, Tianjin, Chongqing and Wuhan in the future, the report said.

“With technologies and products related to the 5G network maturing, the main parts of the 5G ind

ustrial chain, including systems, chips and terminals, are ready for commercial use,” Wen Ku, a

spokesman for the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, said on Tuesday.

The report said the ministry, having made a general plan fo

r 5G application, is estimated to formally issue 5G licenses at some point this year.

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