Top regulator says economy set for growthand

Transformation of traditional industries speeding up, riding wave of high tech

The Chinese economy is poised for more vigorous growth after gathering new strength through upgrad

es in traditional industries and accelerating the growth of high-tech industries and emerging sectors.

The country will further expand market access with a nationally unified, annually released and timely adjusted negative list for m

ore market vitality, according to the National Development and Reform Commission, China’s top economic regulator.

Meng Wei, spokeswoman of the commission, said at a media conference on Fri

day that China has made steady progress in cultivating new momentum and promoting t

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Move shows Beijing’s resolve to safeguard its interests

China said late on Monday that it will increase tariffs on the bulk o

$60 billion of US imports to three categories of rates between 10 percent and 25 percent.

For the rest of the US imports, the duty rate remains at 5 percent, acc

ording to a statement released by the Customs Tariff Commission of the State Council.

The tariffs will hit around 5,000 products such as food, chem

icals and auto parts, and are due to take effect on June 1, the commission said.

In a separate statement on Monday, the commission said i

t will be open to tariff exemption applications for part of qualified US imports.

This is China’s latest response to the additional US tariffs on $200

billion of Chinese goods, which were implemented on Friday morning.

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countries work to tackle disastersrs ago during which the s

Scientists from China and other countries involved in the Belt

and Road Initiative will work together to enhance scientific and technological coop

eration in disaster prevention and mitigation, according to a joint declaration.

The collaboration aims to make areas along the initiative safer, more sustainable a

nd disaster-proof, according to the declaration published during the two-day International Conference on Silk-r

oad Disaster Risk Reduction and Development, which concluded in Beijing on Sunday.

Sunday marked China’s 11th National Disaster Prevention and Reduct

ion Day, an annual event which began in 2009 after a devastating earthquake hit Sic

huan and neighboring provinces on May 12, 2008, leaving over 87,000 dead or missing.

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The budgetary restrictions over government investm

ent funds will be further tightened, and government-funded programs m

ust not be constructed with capital advances from contractors, the regulation said.

The regulation, to take effect in July, came after heightened efforts

by the central government to rein in debts raise

d by local authorities, which are estimated to have reached 18.4 trillion yuan ($2.7 trillion) by the end of 2018.

Minister of Finance Liu Kun said in this year’s legislative session in March th

at China will adopt stringent measures to prevent new illegal borrowing by local authorities.

He said there has been action by local authorities to use financi

ng platforms to raise debts in violation of laws and regu

lations, and the ministry will block the way for such illegal debt-raising behavior in the future.

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Sino-US talks on trade seen as productiveets with US Trade

Negotiators from two sides aim to meet next week in Washington to continue

Vice-Premier Liu He, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin met in

Beijing from Tuesday to Wednesday for the 10th round of trade talks between China and the United States.

The two sides are working on putting bilateral trade on a stronger footing, and the lat

est meetings were productive, Mnuchin wrote on his Twitter account, without giving details.

A Chinese team is scheduled to visit Washington next week for another round of talks, Xinhua News Agency reported.

Liu is also a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Co

mmittee and chief of the Chinese side of the China-US comprehensive economic dialogue.

China and the US have been expediting their economic and trade consultations, with a goal of

implementing the consensuses President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump reached in D

ecember, said Xue Rongjiu, deputy director of the China Society for WTO Studies in Beijing.

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