Month: May 2019

Over 80 percent believed internship experience on the

e mainland will improve their competitiveness, and most expected to learn more of the vocational culture and work environment.

The HKUYA Student Exchange Network, an organization unde

r the Hong Kong United Youth Association, launched this year’s summer internship program on Wednesday.

More than 200 Hong Kong college students will go to Beijing, Shanghai, Harbin and Dalian to take part in a six-week

program. They will work in government organs, State-owned enterprises, cultural and business institutions.

Stanley Choi Tak Shing, honorary chairman of the student exchange network, said he hoped students would learn

more about the country’s development through the internship, especially those who want to work on the mainland.

A student who will work in the Mei Lanfang Theater in Beijing this summer vacation said she wanted to work in the art indu

stry after graduation, and expected to learn more about the industry through the internship.

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Chinese investment in the United States is creating go

ood jobs in areas that are poor, where good jobs are needed,” he said. “We should celebrate that advancement of econ

omic opportunity in the United States. And similarly, we should expand US investment in China.”

US goods exports to China declined by 7 percent in 2018, as trade disputes between

the two economies began to bite, but still outpaced growth in exports to the rest of the world over the past decade, ac

cording to the 2019 State Export Report released earlier this month by the US-China Business Council.

The report said China continued to be important to US economic growth, supporting more than 1.1 million jobs.

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he May report summarized that China’s growth appear

ears to be stabilizing on the back of recently enhanced supportive measures.

The report expanded the number of countries it scrutinizes for curr

ency manipulation to 21 from 12. Countries with a current account surplus with the US e

quivalent to 2 percent of GDP were put on the watch list, compared with 3 percent of GDP before.

China didn’t meet the “currency manipulator” criteria listed by the US Treasury, but Washi

ngton will continue assessing the RMB’s performance given China’s large trade surplus with the US, the report said.

The US Treasury removed India from the watch list, while it added Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam.

“Chinese authorities have not used the exchange rate in prior easing

cycles to support growth, and they are unlikely to do so now, as this could pose macr

oeconomic stability risk,” said Andrew Fennell, lead sovereign analyst for China at Fitch Ratings.

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video of Liu competing in an international English spee

ech competition in 1996 in London was sent around Chinese social media, the US website qz.com reported.

“While the Western world views Liu as an unapologetic champion of China’s agenda, many mai

nland citizens regard her as a national heroine defending her country from hostile foreign influences,” Newsweek reported.

On Monday, Regan tweeted: “I look forward to hosting Ms Liu – in a FIRST OF ITS KIND debate on trade – LIVE from Beijing & New York.”

Beijing on Wednesday set up a 5 billion yuan ($724 million) fund to spur development of the fift

h-generation or 5G mobile technology industry, its latest effort to gain an edge in the commercialization of 5G tech.

The fund was established jointly by the Beijing Science and Technology Innovation Investment Management Co Ltd, Beijing

Yizhuang International Investment and Development Co Ltd and State-owned China Jianyin Investment Lt

d. It will focus on investing in leading high-tech firms across the entire 5G industrial chain.

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The NDRC said in the recent media interview that Chin

na will adhere to the principle of fair and free trade in its management of rare-earth ex

ports, but “the Chinese people will be unhappy” if the country’s exported rare-earth metals are used against China.

Since the start of the China-US trade friction more than a year ago, Washington has taken many measures, includin

g taking advantage of its edge in high-end chip making, to stymie Chinese high-tech firms, the NDRC said.

The NDRC added that in its latest move to dampen China’s industrial development, the US governme

nt has used an executive order to effectively ban products of Chinese tech giant Huawei from being use

d in the US, which has been widely seen as unreasonable and unfair. Having been increasingly used in high-tech ind

ustries, rare-earth metals are critical in making products from advanced weaponry to chips and hybrid cars.

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President Xi Jinping visited the JL MAG rare-earth Co

 on May 20 in Ganzhou, Jiangxi province, during a three-day inspection tour.

Xi learned about the rare-earth industry’s development in Ganzhou, a major producer of rare-earth resources and products

in China. During the seven trading days from May 20 to Tuesday, the A-share listed company hit the 10 percent da

ily upside limit six times, with its share price rising by 90 percent after closing on Tuesday.

xperienced climbers and guides called for alpinists without adequate training to think tw

ice before taking on the world’s highest peak, especially during a crowded climbing season.

As of Tuesday, the death toll of climbers attempting to reach the summit of Qomolan

gma — known as Mount Everest in the West — reached 11 during this climbing season. Nine died on the Nepali s

ide and two on the north face of the mountain in China’s Tibet autonomous region, according to media reports.

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The results of the elections for the European Parliame

nt are broadly in line with expectations. Although pro-European Union parties have won a majori

ty of the seats, the EP is more fragmented than before with traditional center-right and center-left par

ties losing seats to Liberals and Greens, and Euroskeptic parties increasing their vote share. This is likely to

make it more difficult for the EU to agree new trade deals and choose new leaders for EU institutions.

The heads of government of EU states met on Tuesday to discuss who will fill the top jobs.

The new EP and the EU leadership face a difficult international environment, especially on th

e trade front. The United States administration, already engaged in a tariff war with China, has its sights on the

EU as well, describing the bloc as “a foe”. The US has imposed 25 percent tariffs on European steel and aluminum an

d threatened to slap similar tariffs on European cars unless the EU opens up its agricultural market.

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rche which, under threat from Marine le Pen’s National

has taken a tougher line on protection of agriculture. France, for example, is opposed to including agriculture in transatlantic trade talks.

The Greens are one of the big winners in the elections (even beating Germ

any’s Social democrats into second place), and they will seek to impose strict conditions reg

arding climate change, the environment and human rights on future trade deals. This attitude will also make it dif

ficult to agree a new trade deal with the US, as it has not endorsed the 2015 Paris climate agreement.

Although the nationalist and populist parties now have more seats, it does not mean they will form a united front in the EP. Th

ere are divisions on trade, on the environment and on dealing with China. Some of these parties, such as the Na

tional Front, are seen as firm opponents of free trade, whereas Alternative for Germany and Matteo Sal

vini’s Lega Nord in Italy tend to be more supportive (depending on the content of the trade agreement).

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The visit will further display the strength of bilateral tie

ties, which are developing “very good” momentum both politically and econom

ically, said Ruan Zongze, vice-president of the China Institute of International Studies.

Trade between the two countries “made a major breakthrough” and exceeded $100 billion in 2018, and the two permanent mem

bers of the United Nations Security Council have been coordinating closely on major international issues, Ruan said.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral ties, which are said to have reached their best level in history.

Also, the attendance of the two countries’ leaders at each other’s internat

ional forums shows both sides’ support for an open global economy, Ruan added.

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These parties tend to look at trade agreements purely from

m a nationalist point of view and if a trade agreement is seen as overall beneficial for their co

untry, they could support it. For instance, Italy voted in favor of the EU agreement with Japan but again

st the agreement with Canada. The content of the agreement is key. For instance, these parties do not like clauses tha

t curtail the powers of single EU member states, such as the establishment of new regulatory or arbitration bodies.

Another uncertainty is Brexit. Whether it will happen or not? And what might change under

a new British prime minister? The new Brexit Party under Nigel Farage was the clear leader in the EP

election in the United Kingdom, but the UK’s 73 EP members have to leave the EP as soon as Brexit takes place.

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