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Mired in Brexit deadlock and forced to delay Britain’s M

 March 29 exit from the EU, May’s Conservatives suffered major losses in local election

s this month and are trailing in opinion polls before May 23 European Parliament elections.

With Labour and Brexit-supporting rebels in the Conservatives p

lanning to vote against her deal, it is unlikely to be approved as things stand.

Pro-Brexit Conservative lawmakers were unimpressed with May’s failure to set a firm date to quit. One, who declined to be na

med, described it as “yet further procrastination which is causing appalling damage to the Conservative Party.”

Another, Andrew Bridgen, said May was “an increasingly beleaguered and isolated prim

e minister who is desperate to salvage something from her premiership and is prepared to drive thro

ugh an agreement that would fatally hamstring any future prime minister in negotiations with the EU.”

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ctive investment and harness the digital economy’s role in driving

le in driving China’s economic and social development.

“We need to upgrade our internet services. This is a key measure t

o boost consumption and meet the needs of our massive cellphone users,” Premier Li said.

Participants at the meeting agreed that upgrading and expanding the cap

acity of internet infrastructure should be an important area in boosting effective inves

tment. By the end of this year, fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) ports relative to all broadband ports will be raised to more th

an 90 percent, 1,000M broadband will be extended to more than 300 cities, and base stations for mobile internet will be upg

raded with expanded capacity. The goal is to raise the speed of both fixed-line and mobile internet services to 1,000M.

Broadband networks will cover 97 percent of primary and middle schools nationwide this year, and dedicated inter

net services will be made available over time in hospitals and medical consortiums above the county level.

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The supply of high-end talent, government investmen

t in culture and education, attractiveness for foreign investment and consumption scale are also indicators under consideration.

Shanghai has the highest infrastructure and cultural environment indexes, and the financi

al hub’s talent, technological innovation and financing indexes are in the top three of the country.

Although Beijing’s soft environment index ranked first among all Chinese cities, its hard environment index lagged behind

due to restriction of natural resources such as air quality, climate and forest coverage rate, the report said.

With the best hard environment, South China’s Shenzhen also leads on the country’s technological innovation index.

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I’m excited about the Asian cuisine festival,” said Li Jingy

n, who came to the main venue of the festival on Thursday with four friends.

“We went to Thailand for a vacation last month. The beautiful sunshine and beaches there

are enchanting,” the 54-year-old Beijing native said. “Now, we have a second chance to experience its food.”

Yang Lin, 26, who described herself as a foodie, also went to t

he gala. “I love Korean food most, except for Chi

nese cuisine, and I’m happy that Beijing is holding such a big food exhibition.”

Xu Hejian, a Beijing official in charge of the event, said visitors can see how Asian food i

s made at the venue and sample various cuisines made by more than 200 food enterprises.

Wuyutai Tea is one of the companies.It’s a good opportunity for the younger generati

on to learn more about traditional Chinese delicacies and desserts,” said Chen Huaji, an employee. “Tea is

quite an important element of Chinese culture, and the exhibition offers a stage to show off the essence of Chinese food and Chinese culture.”

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Wang stressed if one side is trying to place extreme press

extreme pressure on the other, it will cause a legitimate counterattack.

“The measures from us are not only to safeguard China’s own rights, b

ut to protect the basic rules of the current multilateral trading mechanism,” Wang said.

Wang made the remark in a joint news conference with his Russian

counterpart Sergei Lavrov during his visit to the Black Sea coastal city of Sochi.

Experts warned that the rising US tariffs on Chinese imports risks a full-blown trade war, which will bring harm to both sides.

Major Wall Street stock indexes declined more than 2 percent on Monday, followi

ng China’s announcement of countermeasures in response to Washington’s latest tariff move.

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Wang said the Sino-US trade talks have made important

and substantive progress thanks to efforts from both sides. Meanwhile the talks face some serious problems which need to be resolved.

The top diplomat said that as long as the negotiations meet the general direction of China’s reform an

d opening-up policy, adhere to China’s basic needs about high-quality development and serve the com

mon interests of the Chinese and US people, the negotiator teams from both sides could have the capability and w

isdom to settle their reasonable demands and eventually achieve a win-win agreement.

Wang said China insists on upholding national sovereignty, safeguarding the inter

ests of its people and defending national honor when negotiating with any country.

According to the General Administration of Customs, trade between

China and the US in the first four months stood at 1.1 trillion yuan ($160 billion).

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ggested necessary reforms of the WTO be made so as to ove

China expressed concern over an unprecedented “existential crisis” confronting the World Trade Orga

nization and has submitted a proposal on WTO reform, according to the Ministry of Commerce on Tuesday.

The proposal was submitted by China’s delegation to the General Council of the WTO in Geneva on Monday.

According to the documents released on the ministry’s website, China said rising unilateralist and protectionist practices cou

ld lead to an “existential crisis” at the WTO and sabotage multilateralism and the free trade system.

The abuse of using national security as an exception, unilateral mea

sures inconsistent with WTO rules, as well as misuse or abuse of existing trade remedy meas

ures have severely damaged the rules-based, free and open international trade order, it said.

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China’s new energy vehicle sales performed well in Ap

 April, despite the continuing downward trend of the automotive market, Securities Daily reported on Wednesday.

From January to April, the country’s NEVs market experienced strong gro

wth of sales and production, recording a year-on-year increase of 59.8 percent and 58.5 p

ercent, respectively, according to China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM).

China sold 97,000 NEVs last month, an increase of 18.1 percent year-on

-year, while the output reached 102,000, up 25 percent compared with a year earlier.

Pure electric vehicles saw a rise in both sales and output by 9.6 percent and 28.2 percent, respectively, to 71,000 units and 82,000 u

nits in April. Besides, about 26,000 plug-in hybrid vehicles were sold during the same period, surging by 50.9 p

ercent from a year earlier, and the output increased 13.6 percent to 20,000 units.

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He said those who are interested in doing business with

Chinese partners in countries involved the Belt and Road Initiative should work together to create a

n ecosystem of a “one-stop shop”, providing diversified services to share in China’s prosperity along the Belt and Road.

President Xi Jinping asked countries to create conditions for other civilizations to develop while keep

ing their own vibrant. His keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the Conference on Dialo

gue of Asian Civilizations on Wednesday has aroused global interest. Here’s what some experts think.

As you know, I work for UNESCO and the general feelin

g I had after President Xi Jinping’s speech was that there were convergences on

many levels between his comments and the work UNESCO does in the world of dialogue among civilizations thro

ughout the world and also the work that we do specifically in relation to the ancient and modern Silk Road.

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They will also increase the number of personnel exchan

anges to improve the experience and effectiveness of customs officers, Jin said.

China will continue to conduct joint law enforcement operations with other countries targeti

ng IPR violations, including Russia and the US. Customs officials of the EU, Japan and South Kore

a have responded positively to China’s proposal for law enforcement operations, he said.

“We have been encouraging domestic and overseas enterprises to conduct exchanges on t

echnology and protecting the lawful intellectual property rights of overseas enterprises in China,” Jin said. “We a

lso want other countries to intensify IPR protections for Chinese enterprises on their soil.”

Jin made the comments at a news conference organized by the State Council Infor

mation Office in Beijing for the release of an IPR protection report by the Chinese government.

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