It is the first time in eight years that a Chinese defense

 minister has participated in the event.Building a community with a shared future for mankind is the right path forward and the

trend of the times amid growing uncertainty and instability around the world, he said.

“No approaches to regional issues should resort to military blocs, nor should they undermine the interests of others,” Wei said.

He called out the United States for its military support to Taiwan and naval operations in

the South China Sea, saying they have undermined China’s national sovereignty and territorial integrity.

China resolutely follows the path of peaceful development and this commitment is en

shrined in the constitutions of both the Communist Party of China and the People’s Republic of C

hina, Wei said. “If this is not convincing enough for some people, nothing will be.”

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Measures to stimulate consumption in Guangdong province

Guangdong Provincial Government issued the Implementation Plan for the Improvement of the Consump

tion System in Guangdong Province, which proposes 29 specific measures in nine aspects in response to the current outs

tanding problems of restricting consumption. The Implementation Plan aims to improve consumer expectations, creat

e a good consumer environment, and promote the formation of a strong unified market.

According to the plan, the optimization and upgrading of automobile consumption will be promoted. The provin

ce will focus on promoting the application of new energy vehicles, speeding up the construction of charging site

s and replacing infrastructure, and making clear requirements for the construction of charging facilities in the pr

ovince’s expressway service areas, urban new public parking lots, and communities.

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Yang Xiaowei, deputy head of the Cyberspace Administra

stration of China, also called for more efforts to develop the homegrown big data sector and

highlighted that stepping up research and development is key to mastering core technologies.

Paul Romer, co-recipient of the 2018 Nobel Prize in economics and p

rofessor of economics at New York University, said he is impressed by China’s proposal in cyb

er sovereignty which he understands as: Each nation must be able to write and enforce its own laws that regu

late cyberspace, and ensure that cyberspace works to the benefit of everyone in the nation.

“China’s articulation and implementation of cyber sovereignty means it is

a chance for the world to see a different kind of organization for cyberspace, and a cha

nce to see that with the right structure, we can get tons of benefits,” Romer added.

Lu Yong, vice-president of Huawei Technologies Co, said China’s digi

tal economy has thrived on the basis that China has built the world’s largest 4G network.

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Ren said Europe maintains close communications wit

th Huawei and some features of 5G are very suitable for the rollout of the superfast techn

ology in Europe. For instance, 5G capacity is 20 times that of 4G, and its power consumption 10 times l

ess. “We also use materials that will not corrode for decades, and these characteristics are very suitable for Europe.”

Ren said the US technologies are still worth learning in both their depth and width. Many small US companies have super-precision products.

“But in our business (5G), Huawei is at the forefront, though when

it comes to comparison between countries, we are still far behind the United States,”Ren added.

“We will not go through an extreme shortage of supplies. We have made sound preparati

ons,” Ren said, adding that the company’s employees are working overtime to prepare for such situations.

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Renminbi to remain stable, regulator saysknotes at a ba

Central bank vice-governor voices confidence amid currency volatility

The monetary authority vowed to stabilize the renminbi amid escala

ted trade tensions, while continuing to push forward financial opening-up and pr

otecting overseas investors’ legal rights, said a senior official from the central bank on Sunday.

“We have the foundation, confidence and capacity to maintain a stable foreign exchange ma

rket in China, and keep the renminbi exchange rate at a reasonably stable equilibrium,” said Pan Gongsheng, vi

ce-governor of the People’s Bank of China, the central bank, said in a statement on its website.

Before his pledge, the onshore renminbi rate depreciated to 6.9182 per do

llar at Friday’s close, the weakest level since December, and the offshore renminbi rate h

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Yet the US expends huge amounts of its resources just to m

 maintain its monetary hegemony and thus ensure its financial sector offers higher pay and retur

n on investment compared with the real economy sectors, which helps it to maintain its advantage in at

tracting talents and capital. This in turn prompts the authorities to introduce more favorable policies and regulations for

the enterprises based in the US, which is essentially a combination of representative democracy and market eco

nomy. Under such circumstances, how can the US promote sustainable reindustrialization?

Besides, reindustrialization is not possible without rebuilding or strengthening infrastructure facilities. And

although the US leader has been claiming to implement a trillion-dollar infrastructure plan-and even made it on

e of the pillars of his “Make America Great Again” campaign-not much has come of it.

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In particular, we need to strengthen international coop

peration in AI governance including laws and regulations, ethical norms and international rules,” Wang said.

The State Council issued a plan in 2017 that set benchmarks for China’s AI sector, with the value of core AI indu

stries predicted to exceed 1 trillion yuan ($145 billion) and make the country the global leader of AI innovation by 2030.

In December, Tianjin unveiled a three-year plan to boost the innovative development of seven AI-related indust

rial chains including independent and controllable information systems, smart security, big data, advanced co

mmunications, intelligent connected vehicles, industrial robots and intelligent terminals.

According to the plan, the government will build Tianjin into an AI in

novation center and a hub of AI industries and innovative applications by 2020.

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f the escalation of the bilateral trade dispute is not a short det

detour before reaching a deal sooner or later, then the economic impact for consumers in China and t

he US, as well as other parts of the world, will be fairly costly, said Chen Wenling, chief econ

omist at the China Center for International Economic Exchanges.

Whether they buy finished products or goods made from r

aw materials and components, the tariffs still exist, Chen said.

The escalation will make goods produced by both countries less co

mpetitive and cause large-scale job losses, said Chen.

Wei Jianguo, former vice-minister of commerce, said economic conflict

s and trade friction between China and the US that draw global attention will happen fro

m time to time in the future, and these should be rationally regarded and prepared for.

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Santarita said a similar concept can also be found in other

Asian countries, citing the Philippines’ compadrazgo and Indonesia’s bapakism as examples.

Compadrazgo, a Spanish word that literally translates to “co-fatherhood”, is based

on a kinship ritual that is formed after a child gets baptized into the Roman Catholic faith.

For the predominantly Catholic and close-knit Philippine society, t

he godfather (known as the padrino) is part of one’s extended family and is expected to he

lp and protect his godchild. The godchild is expected to respect and be loyal to the padrino.

Bapakism is derived from the Indonesian word for “father”. When us

ed in Indonesian business, bapakism demands great respect and obedience to one’s su

perior. The manager in his role as the company’s bapak is expected to look after and care for his employees.

Although Asian values are steeped in an ancient culture and tradition, it was only in t

he 1990s that this concept drew global attention. This was partly due to Asian leaders like the la

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Efforts should be made to give people a more solid and

sustained sense of security, Xi said.Beijing blasts US Congress for Taiwan defense bill

Xi called for reforms in public security work and said big data should be used as a major engine to promote innovation in the sector. More

measures for higher-quality services should be implemented to give the public a substantial sense of fulfillment, he added.

While demanding that high discipline be exercised within the public security forc

es, Xi said there will be zero tolerance for violations of laws and Party discipline.

He also urged Party committees at all levels to suppo

Beijing resolutely opposes the United States House of Representatives for passing a bill on Tues

day to bolster Taiwan’s defense capability, calling it “boorish interference” in China’s domestic affairs.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang made the comment on Wedn

esday after the House voted to pass a nonbinding resolution reaffirming the US commitment to Taiwan. It also backed the

so­-called Taiwan Assurance Act of 2019, which supports Taiwan increasing its defense spending.

rt public security staff in exercising power and fulfilling their responsibilities in accordance with the law.

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