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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The country will allow overseas investors to trade more

types of onshore commodity futures contracts without registering a Chinese entity, and will continuously improve the relate

d rules, Lu Dongsheng, an official with the China Securities Regulatory Commission, told a forum on Tuesday

Lu also announced other measures to develop China’s commodity fut

ures market, such as accelerating the launch of ricThe Shanghai Futures Exchange will open

up its nonferrous metals futures contracts to foreign investors, Jiang Yan, Party secretary of the exchange, said at the s

ame forum. The bourGuo Shuqing, head of the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commissiose will also list a n

ew type of futures contract, TSR20 Rubber, which will be available to both domestic and foreign investors, he sai

d.Lu also announced other measures to develop China’s commodity futures market, such as accelerating the launch of

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winners will represent them at the European Parliam

ament for the next five years. Each country gets certain seats based on proportional representation and chooses lawmakers based on its own rules.

Tian Dewen, a researcher in European Studies at the Chines

e Academy of Social Sciences, said that the coming elections are important barometers that reflect Eur

opean people’s attitudes toward their own governments as well as EU integration.

He is certain that nationalist and far-right parties will gain ground, but it is still possible that the mainstream groups, which a

re mainly politically center-left and center-right, will be able to effectively control the parliament. “If the current rul

ing parties lose many seats in the election, it indicates that they will face similar difficult situations in the followin

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it has long been prepared for the “extreme scenario” of the US blo

access to some components and technologies.

“We have been developing backup products for years in anticipat

ion. … Such efforts can ensure the strategic safety of most of the company’s products an

d a continuous supply of most products,” said HiSilicon President He Tingbo in an internal letter.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said at a news conferen

ce on Friday that the development and utilization of 5G depends on global cooperation, and inte

rference by the US undermines the principle of fair competition and shows a lack of respect for other countries.

HiSilicon, which was founded in 2004, has designed chipsets like Ki

rin, which has been used in Huawei’s high-end smartphones. In addition to server chips, th

e company has also developed chips for base stations, basebands and chipsets powered by artificial intelligence.

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he transformation and upgrading of existing industries

thanks to measures to stimulate innovation, optimize the business environmen

t and public services, and to strengthen opening-up and cooperation in the digital sector.

“China’s high-tech industries, represented by new technologies, new industr

ies, and new products, have maintained rapid growth in recent months,” she said.

According to the commission, output in the high-tech manufacturing sector rose 8.7 percent ye

ar-on-year from January to April, 2.5 percentage points higher than that of industrial output. High-tech ma

nufacturing output was responsible for 13.6 percent of industrial output, 1 percentage point higher year-on-year.

Output of the electronics and communication equipment manufact

uring sector, pharmaceutical manufacturing and aerospace and equipment manufacturing wer

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wants to share in China’s prosperity vian-elect, deli

British companies are well positioned to benefit from China’s prosperity a

nd to support the country’s growth, through participating in projects in countries inv

olved the Belt and Road Initiative, the China-Britain Business Council chairman-elect said.

If British businesses cannot accompany China on its journey through

the Belt and Road Initiative, Britain cannot be part of China’s pros

perity, CBBC chairman-elect Sherard Cowper-Coles said in Beijing on Tuesday.

Jeff Astle, managing director for China operations at the council, echoed Cow

per-Coles by saying British businesses have seen much more tangible opportunities through the initiative.

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hina to improve online government servicesintegrated

China will speed up building an integrated platform for e-government servi

ces to offer easier access to the online services, according to the Ministry of Justice.

The building of the integrated platform aims to standardize go

vernment services nationwide, according to an official with the ministry.

The country will facilitate information sharing among regions and departments at various levels, the official said.

A system will be set up to enable enterprises and individuals to evaluate the government services they received, accord

ing to the official, who added that efforts will be made to ensure the smooth operation of the integrated platform.

In April, China’s State Council made public a decree on online government services to prompt the integrated platform building.

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Singer created a false profile for Guo, presenting her as

s a competitive soccer player. He paid former Yale women’s soccer coach Rudolph Mered

ith $400,000 to pass Guo off as a recruited player, despite Guo never having played soccer competitively.

Guo has since been expelled by Yale. Meredith resigned and pleaded guilty to federal fraud-related charges.

Neither the Guos nor the Zhaos have been charged in the investigation, which was

made public in March. Federal prosecutors have charged 50 people in six states, inc

luding 33 parents who allegedly paid a total of $25 million to Singer between 2011 and February this year.

The typical sum ranges from $15,000 to $75,000 per child for rigged college entrance exams, and $100,00

0 to $400,000 per child for what Singer called his “side door” to admission-guaranteed access to top institutions. M

ost international students gain admission through the “front door”-doing it on their own.

In court, Singer admitted using his charity, the Key Worldwide Foundation, to collect payments from parents and bribin

g coaches and others. He has pleaded guilty to racketeering and other charges and is awaiting sentencing.

Parents who have pleaded guilty or agreed to do so include the preside

nt of a California real estate company and his wife, and the actress Felicity Huffman.

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A purported doctor who goes by the alias Dahanc

chengxiang recently wrote a WeChat article saying he often encountered patients who fell for the fake adverti

sements, wasted money and treatment time and thus missed the opportunity to be cured.

The netizen also strongly opposed Li’s nomination shortly after the announce

ment, saying in an article that Li was morally unqualified because of Baidu’s insufficient regulation of adver

tising. The article went viral on social media but was removed over complains of libel by Baidu.

Li would not be the first controversial engineer to become an acade

mician, which carries perks such as stipends and medical se

rvices. In 2011, the public was outraged when Xie Jianping, a chemical engineer who created less harmful to

bacco products, became an academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering.

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He urged travel agencies and related units in the pro

ince to introduce more special tourist routes with local features and offer even better services to foreign visitors. He sugg

ested more foreign tourists tour and enjoy the rich Lingnan (South China) culture, cuisines and scenic spots.

Guangdong earned 1.36 trillion yuan ($203 billion) from tourism in 2018, a year-on-year increa

se of 13.5 percent. The province attracted more than 37.47 million tourists who stayed in the prov

ince at least one night in the previous year, up 2.8 percent compared to the year before.

Qi Yaoming, a senior executive from Guangzhou Baiyun Internat

ional Airport, said the 144-hour visa-free policy will help attract more international passe

ngers in the months to come and fortify its status as one of the major international aviation hubs in the world.

The airport, one of the busiest in the mainland, handled more t

han 70 million passenger visits last year. The figure is expected to reach more than 80 million in 2020.

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