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Urumqi, Ili Kazak autonomous prefecture and Changji Hui autonomous pre
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Yu Fawen, a research fellow at the Institute of Rural Development, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
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he newly-elected Morrison government should help keep Australia’s economy on track, Deloitte Ac
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eed in its design of splitting the country by leading the island authorities down the garden path.
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Bilateral trade ties that increasingly look like the only bond connecting the two countries now should be valued and mad
e the ballast for promoting Sino-US relations, instead of being made a tool to champion American interests. As Xi said, c
ooperation brings benefits for both countries while conflict incurs losses on both sides.
Zhang Monan, deputy director of and a research fellow at the Institute of Eur
opean and American Studies, China Center for International Economic Exchanges
The views don’t necessarily represent those of China Daily.
President Xi Jinping’s meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Osaka las
t week produced a number of consensuses, with both sides agreeing to build Sino-Japanese relations by meeting the
needs of a new era so they can jointly safeguard world peace and promote common development.
The thawing of Sino-Japanese relations last year－after Premier Li Keqiang visited Japan in May and Abe visited China in Oct
ober－was partly due to the rise of unilateralism and protectionism in some parts of the world and the urgent n
eed to oppose them. And since ensuring a free and fair trade order is a shared goal of
the world’s second-and third-largest economies, they need to make greater efforts to realize that goal.
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A series of actions over the past few years has heightened concerns among Chinese and Chinese Amer
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rue or not, we Chinese Americans and Chinese students who are legally here are caught in between,” he said.
Xi Xiaoxing, a physics professor at Temple University, said he believes limitin
g the spirit of open scientific research can only suppress the progress of science in the US.
Four years ago, Xi was accused by the State Department of sharing a US company’s technology with China. The charges were dropped after a few months.
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Xi also met with his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in earlie
r in the day on promoting win-win cooperation, multilateralism and free trade.
Xi arrived in Osaka on Thursday afternoon for the G20 summit at the invitation of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Economic issues, other global concerns on agenda in Osaka
Every year, leaders of the world’s 20 largest economies gather to discuss econo
mic and financial matters and coordinate policies on other issues of global significance.
Jim O’Neill, chairman of Chatham House, a London-based international affairs think tank, said improved effici
ency might be put on the agenda of this year’s G20 Summit, which will be held in Osaka, Japan, on Friday and Saturday.