The country’s GDP grew by 6.4 percent in the first qua

arter, which represented the 14th consecutive quarter in the 6.4 percent to 6.8 percent range.

The country added 4.59 million urban jobs in the first four months, with total imports an

d exports up by 4.3 percent year-on-year and its foreign exchange reserves remaining above $3 trillion.

Xi said there will be ample factors to reinf

orce the steady, healthy and sustainable growth of the Chinese economy.

The president called the country’s large pool of resources a prima

ry factor. China has a population of nearly 1.4 billion, a 900-million-strong workforce, the w

orld’s largest middle-income population and over 100 million market entities.

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hina to realize full electronic toll coverage by year-end

More than 90 percent of vehicles on expressways in China should

be able to use the electronic toll collection (ETC) system by year-end, according to the Na

tional Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Transport.

The move is part of an effort to reach the goal of essentially re

moving all tollgates in two years, as laid out in the Gov

ernment Work Report in March. The brick-and-mortar tollgates will finally be rep

laced with the virtual ETC system, partly to reduce emissions and logistics costs.

In an action plan released on Tuesday, the commission and

ministry outlined a timetable for establishing the ETC syst

em, which allows drivers to pass electronic tollgates on expressways without stopping.

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The festival was held in an open square at a cultural zone

 redeveloped from a local cement plant, a former symbol of its economic boo

m. And the locals are working together to turn the venue into a cultural landmark tha

t will eventually include a cinema, a creative writing residence and a cultural center named after Jia.

A special thesis oral defense was held for a seriously injured third-year graduate student at a hospital in Central China’s Henan province on Sunday.

The student, Cheng Yanfang, who was about to graduate this year from East China Univ

ersity of Political Science and Law, became a paraplegic after a car accident in April.

“Finishing her thesis, getting her master’s degree and becoming a teacher is my sister’s biggest dream,” Cheng Hao, Cheng Yanfang

‘s younger brother, told thepaper.cn. He said even though the accident left her with no feeling below he

r chest, she maintained her rehabilitation training and read papers in her spare time.

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Cheng passed the oral defense with “excellent” grade.

After voting by all members of the defense committee, it is suggested that the university academic degree comm

ittee award her the master’s degree,” the chairman of the defense committee announced.

Cheng Hao said he was deeply touched watching his sister’s over 40-minute of thesis defense. “T

he doctors said others would have collapsed due to the unbearable pain and a body that can’t move.”

“My sister was exhausted yet excited after the defense. It gave her enormous confidence. She will keep on reha

bilitation training, get up someday and get back on track,” said Cheng Hao.Chinese people consume 2 trillion y

uan ($289.85 billion) of snack food every year, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

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Presented in parallel, work by contemporary artist Cai Gu

oqiang gives visitors a glimpse of modern Chinese art. Created specially for this exhibition, hig

hlight pieces include the monumental installation of 10,000 suspended porcelain birds.

Spiraling over visitors’ heads, the birds create a three-dimensional impression of a calligraphic drawing o

f the sacred Mount Lishan, the site of the ancient tomb of China’s first emperor, Qin Shihuang, and his warriors.

Cheng Jingye, Chinese ambassador to Australia, said at the preview ceremony that the exhib

tion represents another highlight in this year’s China-Australia cultural-and-arts exchange.

“I know that the Terracotta Warriors are very familiar with the

journey to Australia,” he says. “In 1982, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the establishment of d

iplomatic relations between China and Australia, Australia was chosen as the destinatio

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to reroute two other packages sent from Vietnam to

addresses elsewhere in Asia without authorization.

“Express service providers should never interrupt normal services for noncommercial purposes,” Ma said.

“FedEx values our business in China. Our relationship with Huawei Technologies and our relationships with all of our custom

ers in China are important to us,” the company said in a statement posted on its website on Saturday.

“FedEx holds itself to a very high standard of service. FedEx will fully cooper

ate with any regulatory investigation into how we serve our customers,” it said.

On Tuesday, FedEx China said in a statement that a small number of Huawei parcels were rerouted by mistake.

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On Friday, State Councilor and Defense Minister Gen

eral Wei Fenghe met with Shanahan and both sides agreed to deepen exchanges and cooperation, pr

operly manage risks and allow military-to-military relations to become a stabilizing factor for bilateral ties.

China launched an investigation into FedEx because the United States express delivery service provider allegedly failed to

deliver parcels to designated addresses, a violation of Chinese postal regulations, a senior official said, adding that

all foreign delivery companies should obey local regulations when operating in China.

The State Post Bureau did not disclose how many parcels were allegedly rerouted, and said it recently received comp

laints from an unspecified number of FedEx clients saying the company rerouted their parcels to destinations other

than the designated addresses without informing them or asking for permission.

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he two heads of state will take part in part in strategic

he two heads of state will take part in strategic planni

ning to upgrade bilateral ties, and “jointly usher in a new era of high-level development of China-Russia relations”, he said.

In response to a question about the influence of ongoing Sino-US trade friction on coopera

tion between Chinese and Russian enterprises, Zhang said Beijing and Moscow share a broad conse

nsus and common interests, and will work together to deal with external challenges.

“We have the confidence, resolve and ability to safeguard ou

r country’s sovereignty, security and dignity as well as its development interests,” he added.

“The China-Russia relationship neither targets

a third party, nor will it be weakened by discord sowed by any third party,” Zhang said.

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One of the most valuable companies in Washington, and

d the United States, Microsoft, has a long and deep relationship with China that has led to both business benefits and collab

orative innovations – like the launch of the Global Innovation Exchange project in 2017 brought toge

ther by Microsoft, China’s Tsinghua University and the University of Washington, he said.

Habib said relations with China have also benefited Boeing, another major company in Washington.

“There’s no question that China is the most significant destination

for aerospace,” said Habib, as China “has the biggest middle class and it’s growing. Along

with that comes a tremendous increase in demand for both passenger travel and freight mobility.”

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China and India are already working together to tackle t

 the impending oil crisis and the rising threat of the Islamic State group. China and India are the world

‘s largest and second-largest importers of oil and also the second-and fourth-largest buyers of liqu

efied natural gas. As such, energy imports are critical to their development. The US’ attempts at regime change in Ira

n and Venezuela-the world’s third-and fourth-largest oil suppliers-by imposing stifling sanctions accompanied by a m

ilitary buildup in the Gulf have raised the specter of the potential closure of the Strait of Hormuz.

China and India have revived their 2005 proposal and formed a “joint w

orking group on energy” to identify avenues for cooperation including how to rein in risi

ng oil prices. They already have a “joint working group on countering terrorism”. A

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