ggested necessary reforms of the WTO be made so as to ove

China expressed concern over an unprecedented “existential crisis” confronting the World Trade Orga

nization and has submitted a proposal on WTO reform, according to the Ministry of Commerce on Tuesday.

The proposal was submitted by China’s delegation to the General Council of the WTO in Geneva on Monday.

According to the documents released on the ministry’s website, China said rising unilateralist and protectionist practices cou

ld lead to an “existential crisis” at the WTO and sabotage multilateralism and the free trade system.

The abuse of using national security as an exception, unilateral mea

sures inconsistent with WTO rules, as well as misuse or abuse of existing trade remedy meas

ures have severely damaged the rules-based, free and open international trade order, it said.

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True, the first quarter of 2019 yielded better-than-expe

ted results. But the higher rate of FAI growth was to a large extent driven by a strong increase in investment in real estate, which is l

ikely to weaken sooner or later owing to the government’s commitment to cooling China’s “real-esta

te fever”. And, given the trade frictions with the US, China’s export performance for the rest of 2019 is highly uncertain.

To compensate for declining investment in real estate and weakening exports, China must maintain reasonable growth in inf

rastructure investment. To that end, the government should pursue higher spending (taking advantage of a strong fis

cal position), supported by accommodative monetary policy (amid very low inflation).

Fiscal and monetary expansion may be out of fashion among China’s mainstream economists, who insist that struct

ural adjustment must be the priority. But it could go a long way toward bolstering China’s economic per

formance in 2019, without impeding structural reform. The challenge is to strike the right balance.

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China’s tech heavyweights said the digital economy ha

s become a driving force behind economic growth, and interne

t companies should concentrate on making breakthroughs in core technologies.

“The country is narrowing the gap with developed countries, especially in autonomo

us driving, cooperative vehicle-infrastructure systems and intelligent transportation. We started a little late, but o

ur pace is faster and our potential is bigger,” said Robin Li, chairman and CEO of leading Chinese search engine Baidu Inc.

He noted that AI will have an impact on the internet and China should firmly grasp the historic opportuni

ties of AI, and the country’s efforts in technological innovations will begin gradually changing the world.

Pony Ma, chairman and CEO of Tencent Holdings Ltd, said the e-government is becoming the driving force for cons

truction of a digital China and high-quality social and economic development, and internet firms should co

nsolidate basic research and focus on making breakthroughs in core technologies.

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the World Trade Organization in 2001. That paved the

way to more than a decade of export-led double-digit economic grow

th, and the ongoing shift from export-led quantitative economic growth to inno

vation-led qualitative development, which has accelerated under President Xi Jinping’s leadership.

China’s industrialization peaked between the late 1990s and 2008, when the

global financial crisis broke out. Now China’s rate of growth is decelerating, which has been

the norm for all industrialized countries from Great Britain in the 19th century to the US in the 20th century.

In China, deceleration is a sign that rebalancing toward consumption and innovation by 2030 is on track.

Nevertheless, the living standard in China continues to improve st

eadily. Today, it is about a third relative to the US. In other words, it has multiplied six tim

es relative to US living standard, thus supporting the rise of the world’s largest emerging middle-income group.

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Leveraging private funds prioritized in BRI projects

China’s financial minister and central bank governor vowed to strengthe

n debt management and leverage more private funds for infrastructure construction un

der the Belt and Road Initiative, suggesting a new framework to assess debt risks for partner countries on Thursday.

The Ministry of Finance published a debt-sustainability analysis framework for the BRI’s participating economies at the start of t

he Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, a three-day event in Beijing.

Financial institutions of China and other BRI economies are encouraged to use the “nonmandatory” policy t

ool for rating debt risk before making lending decisions. The analysis method is based on in

ternational standards provided by the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, according to the ministry.

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China does not own the Belt and Road Initiative. Nor doe

 it want to. From the start, Beijing has been accentuating the desirabi

lity of voluntary participation, consultations on equal footings, a joint construction proces

s and fair sharing of subsequent dividends.VLADIVOSTOK, Russia – Top leader of the Democratic People’s Rep

ublic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong-un arrived in Russia’s Far Eastern city of Vladiv

ostok in his train on Wednesday for the first meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday.

Kim’s armored train stopped at the Khasan railway station

of the territory at 10:30 am local time (0030 GMT) and he was rec

eived by the territory’s governor Oleg Kozhemyako, Russian Minister for the

Development of the Far East and the Arctic Alexander Kozlov, Russian Deputy For

eign Minister Igor Morgulov, and Russian Ambassador to the DPRK Alexander Matsegora.

“I am glad to be on Russian soil,” said Kim, according to the pr

ess release. Kim said that this will not be his last trip to Russia.

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China releases report on progress, contributions and pro

China on Monday published a report elaborating on the progress, contributions and prospects of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

The document, prepared by the office of the leading group for promoting the BRI, was released ahead

of the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation to be held from April 25 to 27 in Beijing.

The Belt and Road Initiative is an initiative for peaceful

development and economic cooperation, rather than a geopolitical or military alliance, said the rep

ort. “It is a process of open, inclusive and common development, not an exclusionary bloc or a ‘China club’.”

“It neither differentiates between countries by ideology nor plays the zero-sum

game. Countries are welcome to join the initiative if they so will,” according to the report.

The BRI has turned ideas into actions and vision into reality, and i

tself into a public product widely welcomed by the international community, the report said.

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After making a couple of reconciliatory gestures, suc

ch as freezing nuclear and missile tests and demolishing some test sites, Pyongyang want

s something in return. Which is not unreasonable, but so far has not been forthcoming.

Washington should not anticipate Pyongyang denuclearizing in a wholesale, one-off mann

er. After all, its nuclear missile programs are the sole bargaining chip it has in its hands.

Rather than surrender its nuclear arsenal in a wholesale manner, it is in Pyongyang’s best inte

rests to turn its engagement with Washington into an arms control regime between two nuclear states.

It may be that a third Trump-Kim summit happens. But meaningful hea

dway in denuclearization entails more than what the two sides appear ready to offer at the moment.

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In the spin and swing of a vinyl revivalned recorone th

It’s a Sunday afternoon and Yang Haisong seems to be in a chipper mood. Under a blazing sun on a warm day in Beijing he sit

s on the side of a road smoking a cigarette. Yang, a founding member of the Chinese rock band P. K. 14 and its l

ead vocalist, is taking a break from activities in Free Sound, a record store in which he has been talking to fans about th

e band’s seventh studio album, What We Talk About When We Talk About His Name.

Yang hails from Nanjing, Jiangsu province, and it was there that P.K. 14 was formed nearly 22 y

ears ago before going on to become one of the most influential rock bands in China’s indie rock scene.

“I love record stores,” Yang, 46, says. “Of course listening to music

online through streaming services is incredibly conven

ient, but when I hold cassette tapes or vinyls in my hands I feel this connection with the music.”

The band’s latest album, released on Oct 14, 2018, was recorded in Be

rlin, and in addition to being streamed online, it was distributed on record and cassette.

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He is scheduled to meet with European Council Presi

sident Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Tuesday at the European Union headquarters in the Belgian capital.

The leaders of the two sides will exchange views on China-EU relations and major international

and regional issues of common concern. A number of agreements are to be signed after that.

This is Li’s fifth time attending the China-EU leaders’ meeting as prem

ier, and his sixth visit to a Central and Eastern European nation to attend the China-CEEC

meeting, with the previous five being in Romania, Serbia, Latvia, Hungary and Bulgaria.

Vice-Foreign Minister Wang Chao, who oversees China’s relations with EU

nations, said at a briefing last week that the EU is a highly integrated regional bloc an

d a vital strategic force in the international community. China and the EU share broad com

mon interests in pragmatic cooperation and have a common stance regarding multilateralism and free trade, he said.

The EU has been China’s biggest trading partner for 15 consecutive years and Chin

a is the regional bloc’s second-largest trading partner after the United States, with bilater

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