At present, 5G has become the driving force to boost Ch

hina’s innovative and high-quality development,” Sui Zhenjiang, vice-mayor of Beijing, said on Wedne

sday during a 5G industrial development and investment summit held in Yizhuang, in southeastern Beijing.

“Beijing is actively transforming itself as a national scientific and tech

nological innovation center. With advantages in complete telecom infrastructure, abunda

nt talent and strong research and development capabilities, we have the resolve to accelerate the push for making brea

kthroughs in 5G technologies and build an independent and innovative 5G industrial system,” Sui said.

As of May 24, the three major telecom operators-China Mobile, Chin

a Telecom and China Unicom-have established 4,700 5G base stations in Beijing, acc

ording to Wang Gang, head of the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Economy and Information Technology.

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Wuxi officials punished over kindergarten ‘gang’ question

Three officials in Wuxi, East China’s Jiangsu province, have been gi

ven Party and administrative punishments on Thursday over an inappropriate question about

whether kindergarten children were involved in gangs, the local government said on its official Wechat account.

According to the government of Wuxi’s Xishan district, Feng Dongyan, director and Party chief

of the Xishan Education Bureau, has been given the punishment of warning within the Party.

Wang Zhaoyu, director of the educational bureau’s general office, has been given a serious warni

ng within the Party and removed from office. Lu Zhongxian, director of the bureau’s educational equi

pment and student aid management center, was also given a serious warning and dismissed.

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Foreign investors’ access to onshore stock index futures

“Moreover, as foreign investors’ trading helps boost liquidity in the domestic market and makes the price changes mor

e consistent with international trends, domestic market participants can also better hedge against risks,” he said.

Experts also expect China to open up the stock index futures mark

et to foreign investors, as they have large exposure in t

he A-share market and are therefore in need of this risk management tool.

Foreign investors’ access to onshore stock index futures is an “infrastructure” for fin

ancial market opening-up, without which foreign investors’ passion for Chinese shares may be dampened, said Wa

ng Maobin, investment department chair at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing.

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RMB’s value determined by market forcesce forex rese

Beijing will not sacrifice forex reserves to defend its currency, analysts say

China would rather rely on market-oriented forces to determine the renminbi’s value than defend its currency by d

ipping into its $3 trillion foreign exchange reserves amid trade disagreements, analysts said.

The United States Treasury announced on Wednesday that it could not label China a

s a “currency manipulator” after Washington monitored the recent performance of the RMB.

No evidence was found to show Chinese monetary authority intervention in foreign exchange markets over the past sev

eral months, according to the US Treasury’s semiannual foreign-exchange report to Congress.

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So far EU ministers have only agreed a modest mandat

 to discuss reductions in tariffs in industrial goods and to seek agreement on conformity assessments. EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom is opp

osed to any quota agreement on cars and has lambasted the national security excuse put forward by the White House.

The most prominent supporter of free trade is the center-right European People’s Party which lost sea

ts largely to right-wing parties opposed to free trade, and to the Greens which want tougher conditions attached to trade deals.

The center-left Socialists are also broadly in support of free trade but lo

st seats, while the pro-trade Liberals (the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe) gai

ned seats. But the Liberals are now aligned with French President Emmanuel Macron’s En Ma

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Spain’s SEAT set to make China comeback by 2021

Spain’s largest carmaker SEAT is set to make a comeback in China around 2021, a move that will help its parent

company Volkswagen AG secure a larger share in the world’s largest new energy vehicle market.

“The Spanish brand aims to enter the Chinese market in the coming two to three years,” said Volkswagen in a stat

ement on Tuesday, citing an agreement it signed with SEAT and Chinese carmaker JAC Motors.

SEAT pulled out of China in 2014 after two years of poor sales of its gasoline vehicles.

This time, it will enter the Chinese market through JAC Volks

wagen, a 50-50 joint venture established in Hefei, Anhui pr

ovince, in 2017 to develop, produce and sell pure battery vehicles.

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to see that with the right structure, we can get tons of be

Lu Yong, vice-president of Huawei Technologies Co, said China’s d

igital economy has thrived on the basis that China has built the world’s largest 4G network.

“5G is not just a faster 4G. It will fundamentally reshape how enterprises run busine

sses and overhaul a wide range of industries by using data to create more value,” Lu said.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang reiterated on Monday that China

has been holding a consistent position in trade frictions with the United States, say

ing the differences should be resolved through friendly consultations and negotiations.

Lu’s remarks came as US President Donald Trump said in Japan that the US isn’t ready to make a trade deal with Ch

ina, but he’s leaving open the possibility that the two nations could strike an agreement someday.

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Britain took part in the European Parliament elections b

because it had delayed the date of its exit from the EU, but its MEPs will leave the parliament when Brexit happens.

In total, Britain will elect 73 MEPs (Members of the European Parliament) to the 751-seat parliament

. They will not contribute directly to British policymaking on domestic issues like Brexit, but will have a say in EU-wide policy.

Farage casts Britain’s political system as broken and says parliament a

nd the government are trying to thwart Brexit. He wants the United Kingdom to leave th

e EU as soon as possible and says the damage of a no-deal departure has been blown out of proportion.

Farage, who as UKIP leader persuaded May’s predecessor, David Came

ron, to call the Brexit referendum and then helped lead the campaign to leave the EU, h

as said that failure to implement Brexit would show Britain not to be a democracy.

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Ameesha Chauhan, who is in a hospital in Kathmandu

andu recovering from frostbite she contracted during crowded conditions, told AFP that cli

mbers without basic skills should be barred to prevent a recurrence of this year’s deadly season.

The 29-year-old Indian had to wait 20 minutes to come down from the peak. She saw some clim

bers without basic skills fully relying on their Sherpa guides. Officials should change the qualification cri

teria. Poorly trained climbers put their own lives at risk and also the lives of the Sherpas, Chauhan said.

Some climbers died due to their own negligen

ce. They insisted on reaching the top even when their oxygen was running out, she added.

New European Parliament reflects divided policy options

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The huge domestic consumer market in China will dige

est most of the unsalable exports, and many of China’s exports will also shift to other foreign markets. The US will continu

e to purchase China-made goods if there are no substitutes, but US consumers will need to pay more, Guo said.

Research released by the International Monetary Fund on Friday showed that some of these tariffs have

been passed on to US consumers, while others have been absorbed by importers leading to lower profit margins.

US restrictions on high-tech exports to China will push up Washington’s trade deficit with China, and

rising prices could also reverse the low inflation in the US. Meanwhile, any speculative trading on the Chin

ese currency amid its depreciation pressure will “inevitably suffer from a huge loss”, Guo said in his speech.

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