Pompeo said in an interview with CNBC that, “We’ve been

working at the State Department to make sure that everyone understands the risks.”

“Recently, some US politicians have repeatedly made rumors about Huawei but canno

t provide any evidence that other countries have requested,” Lu told a daily news conference.

He noted that the US public is having more and more doubts over the market turbulen

ce and undermined industrial cooperation caused by the trade war and technology war initiated by the US.

“So some US politicians have continually created rumors, tr

ying to mislead the public and stir up ideological opposition, which is illogical,” Lu said.

Ideological differences do not necessarily impede tra

de, industrial and technological cooperation between countries, he said.

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then to 0.20, together with the inclusion of Mid Cap China

 A shares, in the final step as part of the November 2019 Semi-Annual Index Review, according to the report.

About 109 companies will be added and three removed from the MSCI China A Onshore Index, whic

h will take place as of the close of May 28, and the three largest additions to this index would be the

Wens Foodstuff Group A, Contemporary A and Shenzhen Mindray A, the MSCI said.

In addition, the MSCI China A Onshore Small Cap Index will see 503 stocks added and 49 cut, with most of the new addi

tions coming from newly eligible ChiNext stocks, according to an official statement of MSCI.

MSCI also updated the list of China A Mid Cap securities that may potentially be adde

d to the MSCI China and the MSCI Emerging Markets Indexes as part of the third step of th

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The company will consider adding employees, researc

ch and field development resources to expand in the Chinese market over the coming years, he said.

Ministry of Commerce spokesman Gao Feng said last month that the two countries’ negotiating teams are hashing out the text of a deal, including an enforcem

ent mechanism, based on mutual respect and benefit. Both countries, the world’s two biggest ec

onomies, have been intensifying their consultations and aiming to break the deadlock in a timely manner.

In the ninth round of trade consultations, negotiators discussed tec

hnology transfers, protection of intellectual property rights, non-tariff measures, the s

ervice sector, agriculture, trade imbalances and enforcement mechanisms.

Trade between China and the US amounted to 815.86 billion yuan ($121.7 billion) in t

he first quarter of the year, an 11 percent year-on-year decline, according to the General Administration of Cus

toms. In March, Sino-US trade climbed 0.1 percent to 291.35 billion yuan, according to the administration.

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He described the Belt and Road as a grand and peace

ful initiative, and credited the initiative for connecting countries from different regions, with different nationalities and cultures.

The BRI will provide a strong impetus for global economic growth and prosperity, he added.

Switzerland supports the BRI and commits to promoting the initiative in Europe, Maurer said.

He added that the country hopes to deepen bilateral cooperation in trade, investment and innovation with the initiative’s framework.

China and Portugal signed a series of cooperation documents on Monday — includin

g a framework agreement on third-party market cooperation — to strengthen their bilateral ties.

President Xi Jinping and Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sou

sa witnessed the signing of the documents in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

In talks with Rebelo de Sousa, Xi said China and Portugal are important strategic partn

rs for each other, with great convergence in their interests and strong complementary aspects in their economies.

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Regarding the second Belt and Road Forum for Intern

ational Cooperation, to be held in Beijing on Thursday through Saturday, S

ong said the ministry will help deepen economic and trade cooperation with other coun

tries. “China will build more free trade zones with countries that are willing to do so,” Song added.

“As for the existing free trade zones, we will reduce administrative barriers in trade

and investment and push the formation of a big Belt and Road marketplace.”

While some critics have argued that the initiative will lead countries i

nto debt traps, Song said debt can be solved through joint efforts to promote the devel

opment of BRI economies. “Even though some countries may have high debt levels, as their pace of indus

trialization, urbanization and modernization accelerates, their debts will gradually decrease.”

Joe Kaeser, president and CEO of Siemens AG, said, “If an initiative like the BRI unifies more than two-thirds of the global

population, it will create massive infrastructure and economic movement that will build its own rules.”

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Two Chinese nationals were confirmed killed, the

Chinese Embassy in Colombo said.The embassy is verifying the number of Chinese injured in the attacks.

Earlier information from the embassy said that four Chinese nationals were injured

in the multiple church and hotel explosions that ripped through the island nation on the Easter day.

The Chinese Embassy has activated an emergency response mechanism immediately a

fter the blasts, and embassy officials have visited the injured who were in hospital for treatment.

Curfew and ban on social media imposed

The government has imposed a nationwide curfew from 6 pm Sunday to 6 am local time on Monday.

The Sri Lankan government has also imposed a temporary ban on social media to prevent the spread of false information.

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Bolstering high-end sectors part of capital’s plan to see

After 40 years of high-speed growth, China’s economy ha

s entered a high-quality development phase. Starting today, China Daily will feature a series of reports to sh

ow the new landscape across the country. This is the first installment of the series.

Beijing’s municipal government has been making efforts to develop high-end industries suc

h as 5G, artificial intelligence and the industrial internet in order to build the city into the nation’s scientific and innova

tion center, which is a core strategy of the capital’s high-quality growth plan, a senior officials said recently.

Lin Keqing, executive vice-mayor of Beijing, said the city is aimin

g to make new information technology and medical health twin drivers of the municipality’s growth.

“Beijing will make better use of resources to develop the biomedical indus

try and extend its value chain,” Lin said. “We have unveiled an international medical-use ro

botics innovation center in Zhongguancun, China’s Silicon Valley, and a group of companies in the sector.”

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Mei Xinyu, a researcher at the International Trad

The trouble that Boeing has encountered, albeit because of its own irresponsible practices tow

ard the safety of passengers and aircraft, has helped its main competitor Airbus to grab so

me orders to supply new aircraft. Airbus’ gain and Boeing’s loss in stock market since the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash on March 10 re

flects a duopoly market’s sentiment, and demand and supply relations. Yet it would be too farfetched, as well as in

humane, to say Boeing’s loss would benefit China, which lost eight of its nationals in the Ethiopian Airlines crash.

Nonetheless, the plane crash could help end the world’s obsession with

aerospace giants. Which in turn could indirectly benefit China-but decades later when its aer

ospace industry becomes mature enough to compete with Airbus and Boeing and grab a slice of the market fro

m them. Also, China should learn a lesson from the 737 Max crash to focus more on passengers’ safety.

What China should do now is to cultivate more talents who specialize in aviation and aircraft manufacturing, by deepe

ning its education reform. The road ahead is as bumpy as, maybe bumpier than, that for Boeing and Airbus given t

e US-led West’s increasing wariness with China and attempts to contain its peaceful rise.

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Environment officers detected benzene concentrations i

the air of 2.04 milligrams per cubic meter at a monitoring point 1 kilometer downwin

d from the explosion site at 10 am on Wednesday, a level about 17.5 times more than the national standard.

But at 10 am on Thursday and Friday, the benzene concentration at the same point was w

ithin the standard, according to the Ecology and Environment Department of Jiangsu.

While many human mothers pay big money for nannies to take care of their children, female golden snub-nosed monk

eys are happy to mother each other’s offspring, according to a new study by Chinese scientists.

What’s more, the practice has effectively saved the species from e

xtinction, according to the study recently published in the journal Science Advances.

Nearly 90 percent of golden snub-nosed monkey infants evaluated

over five years in Shennongjia National Park in Hubei province were nursed by their biological mot

hers and other females, usually relatives of the biological mothers such as grandmothers or aunts.

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“If Thailand had not missed several good opportunities, the

 Chinese squad would be in an even more embarrassing position.

“Chinese soccer is no longer among the best in Asia … for a long time now, we have been in the sec

ond tier. Although we call our league the Chinese Super League, the word ‘super’ only exists in the name.”

Retired Chinese international Li Yi, who helped Shenzhen win the 2004 CSL title, also expressed his concern online.

“The current Thailand national team players are all in their prime, and they will be strong opponents for Team China for the next few years,” said Li.

“Now the old generation of Chinese players is retiring, but the young guns still cannot

shoulder the responsibility. The qualifying games for the next World Cup are coming. We must try harder!”

Fans have now seen the home side lose its opening game of the China Cup in three c

onsecutive years-2-0 to Iceland at the inaugural edition in 2017, and 6-0 to Wales last year.

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