Wang, the Chinese think tank member, said many of

nternational relations scholars of his generation think of the US

as an example of the value of “freedom, democracy, fairness and human rights”.

“But those words are no longer applicable to describe the US today,” he said.

Wang said that for him, cancellation of the visa is nothing m

ore than a short-term absence from US academic activities, and “it is the US’ loss, not ours”.

He also said the decision would not affect the Chinese think tank he leads in continuing aca

demic exchanges with the US, and he suggests that China should not take countermeasures over such matters.

“No matter how petty the US becomes, China should still stick to its open attitude rather compete for who’s worse,” he said.

The China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative is not a geopolitical tool or a debt trap for particip

ating countries, but a platform for cooperation, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Friday.

Wang made the remark at a press conference ahead of the second Belt and Road F

orum on International Cooperation, which will be held in Beijing next week.

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Innovation links with Japan encouragedForeign Minis

Premier Li Keqiang called on China and Japan to boost cooperation in innovation to see more pra

gmatic outcomes, and to further work together in areas including finance, third-party markets and tourism.

The two countries should also create a fair and unbiased business environment for each other’s en

terprises, Li said in a meeting with visiting Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono in Beijing on Monday.

The meeting came after a China-Japan high-level economic dialogue,

co-chaired on Sunday by State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Kono. The dia

logue, also attended by ministers of agriculture, industry, commerce and environ

mental protection from both countries, was also the first to be held in China between the two nations since 2010.

Li congratulated attendees on the successful hosting of the dialogue in his opening remarks, noting that bilateral relation

s are back on the right track and have seen new progress thanks to joint efforts of the two sides starting last year.

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According to the Shanghai Municipal Commission of E

conomy and Informatization, the trade-in program targets the 603,000

vehicles complying with State-III emissions standards or below in this city.

Shanghai also encourages owners of public service vehicles — such as buses, sanitation vehi

cles, postal cars, taxis and light logistics vehicles — to replace their current vehicles with electric ones.

The city will improve auto financing, leasing and used car trading, as well as the construction of charging poles and hydrogen

refueling stations, to promote the use of new energy vehicles, the commission added.

The Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation G

roup (SAIC), China’s largest automobile manufacturer, has set up a 3 billion yuan fu

nd to support the trade-in program, with trade-in models limited to its Roewe, MG and Maxus brands.

A gasoline vehicle trade-in would enjoy a subsidy of 10,000 yuan per vehicle, while a new en

ergy vehicle trade-in would receive a subsidy of 15,000 yuan, the manufacturer said.

In fact, the group had lowered prices of its Roewe- and MG-branded

vehicles last month, in response to China’s VAT reduction policy that started April 1.

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There has always been a fixation on Chinese economic grow

growth-and with good reason. China sustained an average annual growth rate of 10 percent from 1980 to 2011, unprece

dented for a large economy. Since 2012, however, the annual growth has slowed down with the Government Wor

k Report presented recently by Premier Li Keqiang setting a growth target of 6-6.5 percent for 2019.

For China doubters, this is a “gotcha” moment. After all, the premier’s grow

th target implies a 40 percent deceleration from the “miracle” trend. This seems to vin

dicate warnings of the dreaded “middle-income trap”-the tendency of fast-growing developing economies to re

vert to a much weaker growth trajectory just when they get their first whiff of prosperity.

The early work on this phenomenon was precise in terms of what to expect: as per capita inco

me moved into the $16,000-$17,000 range (in dollars at purchasing power parity in 2005), a sust

ained growth deceleration of around 2.5 percentage points can be expected. With China having hit that income thr

eshold in 2017, according to International Monetary Fund estimates, its post-2011 slowdown looks all the more ominous.

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Much work’ awaits new Sino-US trade talksnited Stat

hina and the United States will hold their eighth round of high-level economic and trade cons

ultations in Beijing on Friday, with “much work” remaining to be done, the Ministry of Commerce said.

Ministry spokesman Gao Feng said on Thursday that the two nations have made some progre

ss through recent phone discussions between Vice-Premier Liu He and US Trade Representative Robert Ligh

thizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. “But there remains much work to be done,” he said.

To iron out differences over certain economic and trade issues, China and the US have b

een intensifying their consultations. Next week, Liu will visit Washington for the ninth round of talks.

Negotiators from both sides are striving to implement consensuses reached betw

een the countries’ leaders in December, Gao said at a regular news conference.

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North Korea withdraws from DMZ joint liaison office after new US

  North Korea is withdrawing from a joint liaison office near the demilitarized zone (DMZ) with Sout

h Korea, a key symbol of the rapprochement and ongoing peace process between the two countries.

  The move comes after the US slapped two Chinese firms with sanctions for doing busin

ess with Pyongyang, the first action taken by Washington against North Korea since the second summit bet

ween North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump in Hanoi ended early with no agreement.

  South Korea’s Unification Ministry announced the move Friday, say

ing the decision had been taken by the North on “instructions from the superior authority.”

  In its communication with the South, Pyongyang said it would not mind Seoul’s representatives “remaining in the office,” whi

ch is based in Kaesong, a part of North Korea near the de facto border between the two countries.

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Amnesty International in a statement on Tuesday calle

  d on foreign governments and international aid agencies to”ramp up” resources and assistance for thousands of pe

ople that have been displaced, and those that are still trapped in the aftermath of the disaster.

  The international human rights organization urged authorities in Mozambique and Malawi, countries that are p

rone to flooding to adopt climate change policies that could reduce the impact of such occurrences.

  ”As the effects of climate change intensify, these ext

reme weather conditions can be expected to revisit us more frequently. The devastation wro

ught by Cyclone Idai is yet another wake-up call for the world to put in place ambitious climate change mitigation me

asures,” said Muleya Mwananyanda, Amnesty Deputy Regional Director for Southern Africa.

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National quantum info lab construction urgedn will contact th

The administration will contact the US Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing Company and resume the com

mercial operation of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft after it is convinced about the safety of the model.

According to report by caijing.com, Boeing 737-800 models will replace many of the domestic Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets.

There are over 60 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft that have been delivered to Chinese

carriers, including Air China, China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines, caijing.com reported.

a quantum information specialist from the University of Science and Technology of China and a national political adviser, atte

nds a news conference on Sunday in Beijing with other members of the 13th CPPCC National Committ

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Still, a new Quinnipiac University poll shows a public appetite

  for investigations. Some 64% of respondents thought Trump had committed crimes before he became President. Even 33% of Republicans thought so. B

ut Trump’s approval rating among GOP voters still stood at 82%, suggesting that some of their numbers think he’s a criminal but don’t care.

  But only 35% of those polled thought that Democrats should initiate impeachment pro

ceedings against the President — a number that explains the party’s caution in the messaging around its inv

estigations.Multiple presidential aides told CNN’s Kaitlan Collins on Tuesday that they were surprised at the expan

sive nature of House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler’s document request. The belief is that Democrats — bla

sting the White House on multiple fronts — miscalculated by not making a more targeted opening burst.

  Officials are already planning to push back on the expansive witness demands and to preserve w

hat they say is the President’s right to confidentiality, a sign that grueling fights are looming over executive privilege.

  There were already signs of that strategy rolling into action on Tuesday.

  House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings complained that the White House had refus

ed requests for documents and witnesses for an inquiry into what he says are security clearance “abuses” in the West Wing.

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Thailand and Japan are the most popular destinations o

  the Chinese mainland for Chinese travelers, with 30 percent of the total visiting one

of the two destinations during this Spring Festival holiday, online travel agency Ctrip said.

  Tourists from Beijing spent the most during outbound travel, ne

arly 9,000 yuan ($1,344.59) per trip, followed by Shanghai at around 8,500 yuan.

  Here are the 10 destinations attracting the most tourists from the Chinese mainland.

  Thanks to artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT) and

big data, an old couple in Wuhan, Central China’s Hubei province, is enjoying better life.

  Engineers from Aliyun, the cloud computing subsidiary of e-com

merce giant Alibaba Group, introduced a set of customized remote nursing program for th

e old couple to provide them 24-hour remote care. The 81-year-old husband suffers from Alzheimer’s disease.

  year-old woman wears a smartwatch for 24-hour remote care, which can mon

itor his health condition, as well as real-time position and one-button calling functions.

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