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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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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hina has a large youth population, with more than 248 mil

Despite a busy schedule, Xi still tries to find time to interact with children.

He has extended greetings to children nationwide every International Children‘s Day since he became

president in 2013, showing his care for their growth and his hope for them to carry on endeavors to realize the nation’s dreams.

International Children’s Day falls on June 1 every year.

In May 2013, while inspecting a school devastated by an earthquake in Sichuan province, Xi t

old students to turn their trauma into a source of strength, urging them to be strong, brave and united.

When visiting a primary school in Beijing’s Haidian district in 2014, Xi spoke of the

need to guide children to set high goals and create conditions for them to grow into adulthood.

On June 1, 2015, when speaking to members of the Young Pioneers of China in Bei

jing, Xi called on all Chinese children to learn to be people of integrity, knowledge and responsibility from an early age.

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We have never bullied or preyed upon others, and we

rs, and we will not let others bully or prey upon us either,” he added.

Lieutenant General He Lei, former vice-president of the PLA Academy of Military Science, said Wei’s

speech clearly and objectively articulated the purposes, positions and aspirations of the Chinese military.

“Wei’s speech demonstrates the confidence of the PLA and the Chinese people. Som

e might think his tone is a bit tough, but I think it is perfectly appropriate,” He said.

Wei also “honestly answered all 22 very sensitive and difficult” questions from the audience

, further cementing the PLA’s image as a confident and responsible force, he added.

Major General Jin Yinan, a retired professor of international relations at PLA National D

efense University, said Wei has highlighted the fact that China is a nation that promotes inclusive and coo

perative relations between cultures, but it also has principles and bottom lines that should not be crossed.

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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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The region’s measures for mountaineering safety mana

nagement include controlling the number of climbers, limiting the climbing sea

son, setting high requirements and maintaining the high-traffic climbing routes.

“Seasonally, since 2017, we have only allowed climbers on Moun

t Qomolangma in spring due to favorable weather conditions of the northern slope,” Trinley said.

“Controlling the number of climbers is another key measure to ensure both mountaineering safety and ecological protection,” he said.

In 2019, the north face routes had a total of 362 people, including 142 foreign climbers fr

om 33 countries, 12 domestic climbers and 208 Nepali Sherpa mountaineering guides, the association said.

Within the last few years, the overall number of climbers has averaged 290, the association said.

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Development of huge shale oil field goes full steam

This year, PetroChina’s Xinjiang Oilfield Company has been fully develop

ing the Jimsar shale oil field, which boasts 1 billion tons of shale oil reserves, Xinhua reported.

The company has mobilized 36 drilling rigs, started drilling on 47 wells and completed eight wells till now. The daily drille

d footage surpassed 2,000 meters and the total drilled footage reached 160,000 meters.

PetroChina has ramped up exploration efforts on Bohai Bay Basin, Songliao Basin, Ordo

s Basin and Junggar Basin in recent years and shale oil was listed as one of the four exploration goals. Dagang Oilfi

eld, Xinjiang Oilfield, Tuha Oilfield and Changqing Oilfield have been set as important demonstration zones.

Xinjiang Oilfield Company said it planned to mobilize 45 drilling rigs this year to finish drilling nearly 100 wells.

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General Wei is scheduled to give a speech on China’s se

ecurity cooperation with the international community and will meet heads of several

foreign delegations, Wu said at a news conference in Beijing on Thursday afternoon.

hina’s tech giant Huawei Technologies Co maintained its ranking as the w

orld’s No 2 smartphone vendor, continuing to narr

ow the gap with Samsung, the first on the list, market research company Gartner Inc reported.

With 71.62 million in smartphone sales, the world’s top vendor Sam

sung saw its market share reduce from 20.5 percent to 19.2 percent in the first quarter of this year.

Huawei sold 58.4 million units of smartphones in the same p

eriod, up 44.5 percent year-on-year, the highest growth among the world’s top five.

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Cooperation has principles, and the bottom line needs to be dra

All foreign companies’ legitimate rights will be protected by the Chinese government, the Ministry of Commerce said.

In a response to a question about whether China would take certain actions against Apple Inc after

the US government restricted Huawei’s business operations, which has harmed the inter

ests of companies and financial markets on both sides, the ministry’s spokesman Gao Feng said the legitimate righ

ts and interests of all foreign enterprises in China will be protected by the Chinese government.

China will stand firmly on further opening-up and reform, as w

ell as creating a stable, predictable and fair commercial environment for all bus

inesses operating in China, he said.hina will not allow any countries to use rare earth materials to make pr

oducts that will suppress China’s development, the Ministry of Commerce stressed.

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employment market, based on big data of online recruit

 this year was 1.68, down from 1.91 in the first quarter of 2018. Although the figure was above 1, the balance line, it was the first decline since the beginning of 2018.

About 8.34 million new college graduates and 2 million migrant workers are expected to enter the job market this year. Added to the list of job seekers woul

d be those who lose their jobs because of the industrial structural transformation and special type of job see

kers such as veterans. This means at least 12 million urban jobs have to be created this year.

Still, the employment pressure this year is not overbearing for two re

asons. First, the number of job seekers has not increased considerably from last year.

In fact, the number and ratio of China’s working-age people have both d

eclined for the seventh consecutive year. Over the past seven years, China’s working-age

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