He said it does no one any favors to delink over poss

ssible national security concerns. Fair engagement across technologies is a better way to secure national security than delinking.

“The cost of decoupling will be very high for both economies,” he said. “Engage

ment in a fair competition with common rules is a far better outcome than decoupling.”

If there has to be some “decoupling” due to “valid national security conc

erns” in both countries, that should be kept to a minimum and not exaggerated, he said.

“Normal commerce is in the interest of both of our countries. And we should pursue it vigorously,” he added.

Allen also said members of the council are worried that they are now i

n a “very uncertain time” when the already tense situation could potentially deteriorate, as th

e world’s top two economies are embroiled in a protracted trade dispute with the Trum

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If those in Washington wonder why their European allies

re reluctant to answer their calls for excluding Huawei from their 5G networks, Ren had an answer: “For every base station

site, Huawei can save the Europeans 10,000 euros ($11,192). Instead of following the US, they have communicated with us closely”.

Huawei is not ZTE. And is unlikely to become the kind of vulnera

ble hostage the latter has been. The US tactic will not work second time around.ice-Premier Han Z

heng, who is also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Ce

ntral Committee, meets with representatives of the Hong Kong Federation of Fujian Associations on Tuesday in

Vice-Premier Han Zheng said the central government supports the amendments to Hong Kong’

s extradition law proposed by the government of the special administrative region.

Han made the remark while meeting on Tuesday with more than

100 representatives from the Hong Kong Federation of Fujian Associations in Beijing.

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A recent report by the Beijing Municipal Education

 Commission said that more than 231,000 college students graduated from universities in

Beijing last year, but 37.5 percent of employed graduates chose to work outside the capital.

A female college student surnamed Zhang said that she chose to w

ork in Wuhan, Hubei province, after graduating from Tsinghua University in June, 2018.

“The biggest reason driving me away from Beijing was the living cost,” she said. “Tho

ugh I can earn 8,000 ($1,160) or even 10,000 yuan a month in Beijing, the rent may cost me 3,000 yuan or more ea

ch month, let alone other expenses such as meals, transportation and getting together with friends.”

In contrast, some so-called new first-tier cities like Chengdu, Sichua

n province; Hangzhou, Zhejiang province; and Wuhan have sprung up as new at

tractions to college graduates for their cheaper living costs and preferential policies to newcomers.

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Huawei has more than 13,000 component and service su

uppliers worldwide. In November, it unveiled a list of its 92 core suppliers for the first ti

me. Thirty-three of them are from the US, including chip giants Qualcomm Inc and Intel Corp.

Wang Yanhui, secretary-general of the Mobile China Alliance, said, “Huawei has also been pre

paring for such a situation for some time and has hoarded chips to handle a worst-case scenario.”

The company became the world’s third-largest buyer of semiconductors last year.

China will definitely safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of its businesses, and Trump’s executive order is n

ot a “constructive and friendly” gesture, Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said on Thursday.

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ei Jianguo, a former vice-minister of commerce, said US bus

inesses and consumers will pay the cost amid hefty levies, which will eventually add significant pressure on the US economy.

The US government’s moves risk sparking a full-blown trade

war with China, and China is fully prepared for any possibility, Wei said.

Economists at Goldman Sachs said in a research note that recent data showed the costs of Washington’s tariffs on China last year

had fallen “entirely” on US businesses and households, with no clear reduction in prices charged by Chinese exporters.

The bank said that US consumer prices are higher, partly because Chinese exporters have not low

ered their prices to better compete in the US market. In addition, some US producers “op

portunistically” increased prices in response to protection from Chinese competitors, it said.

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As a result, it is paramount to use new technologies and

international cooperation to jointly tackle these natural disaster risks, protect ecological security and achieve sustainable development,” Bai said.

The academy will continue to collaborate with foreign partners to create new platform

s and mechanisms to improve disaster management and ecological protection, he added.

Mami Mizutori, head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, said in a video speech that th

e scale and reach of the world’s largest infrastructure initiative will impact billions of people and reshape the ph

ysical world, and countries should be mindful of these projects’ impact on the environment and inhabitants.

“It is encouraging that the government of China is taking proac­tive measures to ensu

re that the development of the Belt and Road Initiative is risk-informed and sustainable,” she added.

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ime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s championing of Asian value

the ideal way to govern their countries.Lee and Mahathir maintained that i

n Asia, social order and strong governance are keys to a stable and wealthy society.

This type of governance succeeded in fostering rapid growth in Singap

ore, Malaysia, South Korea and China. Santarita said strong Asian leaders are effe

ctive because they serve their constituents and value mutual respect and discipline.

Analysts said the Asian emphasis on community and harmony can help resolve some of the world’s most pressing intern

ational issues such as territorial disputes, climate change and sustainable economic development.

Santarita cited the current dispute over the South China Sea which somet

imes strains relations between nations. He said the claimants can opt to work t

ogether to develop and share resources offered by the South China Sea’s blue economy.

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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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Democrats have said they may issue a subpoena to

try to force Barr to testify before their committee.

“The failure of Attorney General Barr to come to the hearing today is sim

ply another step in the administration’s growing attack on American democracy an

d its attack on the right of Congress” as a co-equal branch of government, Nadler said.

Barr spent four hours before a Republican-led Senate committee on Wednesday defen

ding his handling of Mueller’s report on Russia’s interference in the election to boost Trump’s ca

ndidacy and whether the president subsequently tried to obstruct Mueller’s probe.

Representative Doug Collins, the House Judiciary Committee’s top Republican, s

aid Barr did not appear before that panel because Nadler had insisted on an aggr

essive format with an extra hour of questioning from its own lawyers, in addition to those from the committee’s

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t photographer gives stray animals makeov

Zhang Tianhang, a pet photographer based in Beijing, has taken photos of over 10,000 stray animals over the past eight ye

ars. Working with animal shelters, he is determined to raise people’s awareness of these abandoned pets and find them a new home.

“You won’t believe these are photos of the same dog,” Zhang said, pointing at two picture

s showing a dog before and after a complete makeover. “The animals feel so much happier if someone cares for them.”

This lucky dog got adopted by Chinese actress Gao Yuanyuan, whic

h made Zhang believe in his cause even more. “Every dog is adorable. We want people to

see that and give them a home,” he said. “You just need to connect with the animals, let them trust you.”

Many of Zhang’s “models” have been adopted by local people, and

some even start a new life overseas. Zhang hopes more people will consider adoption ins

tead of buying a pet at the store. “It’s a very big responsibility, usually over 10 years,” he said.

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