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Xi calls for bolstering reform and developmentforts to p

Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, called

on Wednesday for further efforts to prevent and eliminate major problems in the nation’s reform and

development against the backdrop that uncertainties and instabilities are on the rise.

Xi, also Chinese president and chairman of the Central Military Commission, made the remarks while presiding over a key meeting

of the Central Committee for Deepening Overall Reform. He is the director of the committee.

Saying China is facing profound changes in its reform and development against the backdro

p of increasing external uncertain and unstable factors, Xi said the country must maintain a strategic focus.

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When asked if China will stop exporting rare earth mat

aterials to the US, Gao Feng, the ministry’s spokesman, said China

has been the world’s largest supplier of rare earth materials and has always been keen to m

eet the demand of its trade partners on this material to promote the rare earth industry.

The ministry made the remarks after the Trump administration starting May 10 raised tariffs on Chinese goods and rest

ricted Huawei’s business operations, which has harmed the interests of companies and financial markets on both sides.

“While satisfying domestic demand, China is always willing to fulfill other coun

tries’ rightful needs for rare earth materials,” he said. “But if any country plans to use the rare earth materials that Ch

ina exports to make products that will suppress China’s development, it is not acceptable.”

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The meeting highlighted the importance of strengthen

?innovative capabilities as well as opening-up and cooperation in this regard, and called for improving the services and

environment for opening-up and cooperation so that development is promoted through opening-up, inn

ovation is advanced through reforms and win-win results are achieved through cooperation, it said.

Tough and newly emerging problems should be resolved through deepening reforms, the statement said, adding that the

capability of dealing with challenges and preventing risks should be intensified.

The meeting required Shanxi province, a coal-abundant area in North Ch

ina, to conduct pilot reforms in its energy industry and take the lead in the whole cou

ntry in areas such as promoting clean and low-carbon energy use and enhancing innovatio

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Belt, Road high on China-Niger agendaming ceremoident

China and Niger should enhance Belt and Road cooperation and implemen

t major projects in areas such as infrastructure, energy and agriculture, President Xi Jinp

ing said on Tuesday. Xi made the remark while meeting with Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou at the Gre

at Hall of the People in Beijing. Issoufou is paying a state visit to China from Sunday to Thursday.

Witnessed by the two leaders, China and Niger signed a number of cooperation documents after their talks. Xi appre

ciated Issoufou’s efforts in promoting the China-Niger and China-Africa friendship over the past few years. Not

ing that China and Niger are good friends, partners and brothers, Xi said that the two countries have enhanced mu

tual political trust and have achieved fruitful outcomes in practical cooperation in several areas.

China would like to work with Niger to jointly implement the outcomes of the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Afri

ca Cooperation, strengthen strategic cooperation and bring more benefits to the people of both countries.

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President’s Russia visit eyes global stabilitys talks with his

President Xi Jinping’s upcoming visit to Russia reflects close cooperation between China and Russia,

which is important to maintain the stability of the international community amid rising uncertainties, analysts said.

Xi will make a state visit to Russia from June 5 to 7 and attend the 23rd St. Petersburg

International Economic Forum, Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang announced on Wednesday.

The trip is part of the annual exchange of visits between the two countries’

heads of state, after Russian President Vladimir Putin attended the Second Belt and Road Fo

rum for International Cooperation in Beijing in April and had talks with Xi on the sidelines.

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Nearly three years after the United Kingdom voted by per

rcent to 48 percent to leave the EU, it remains a member and its politicians are still argui

ng over how, when or even whether the country will leave the club it joined in 1973.

May quit on Friday, saying it was a matter of deep regret that she had been unable to deliver Brexit and

arguing that the decision of the 2016 referendum should be honoured. That opened up a period of furt

her uncertainty as the Conservatives decide on who will take over as party leader and prime minister.

BBC projections put the Conservatives on around 10 to 12 percent, down fr

om 23 percent in 2014, likely to be one of the party’s worst results in a nationwide election ever.

The Brexit Party was in first place, and was likely to do better than

the UK Independence Party did in 2014, according to BBC projections.

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So far EU ministers have only agreed a modest mandat

?to discuss reductions in tariffs in industrial goods and to seek agreement on conformity assessments. EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom is opp

osed to any quota agreement on cars and has lambasted the national security excuse put forward by the White House.

The most prominent supporter of free trade is the center-right European People’s Party which lost sea

ts largely to right-wing parties opposed to free trade, and to the Greens which want tougher conditions attached to trade deals.

The center-left Socialists are also broadly in support of free trade but lo

st seats, while the pro-trade Liberals (the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe) gai

ned seats. But the Liberals are now aligned with French President Emmanuel Macron’s En Ma

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n the 2014 EU Parliament election, what was then Fara

ge’s UK Independence Party won with 26.8 percent, followed by Labour on 24.7?percent and the Conse

rvatives on 23.3 percent. The Greens won 7.7?percent in 2014 and the Liberal Democrats 6.7 percent. Turnout was 35.6 percent.

Greater access to China’s financial sector will encourage global investors and dispel the gloom clouding the g

lobal economy amid Beijing’s trade tensions with Washington, according to senior officials and economists.

Chinese financial regulators are preparing a comprehensive opening-up, with more new measures in the pipeline. Foreig

n institutions with advanced performance in risk management, credit rating, consumer finance, endowments and

health insurance are especially welcome, senior officials stressed over the weekend.

The opening measures will offset part of the negative impacts of trade friction on economic re

covery, and enable China to reach its GDP growth target of above 6 percent this year, they said.

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Foreign investors believe that China has enough policy

icy tools to offset short-term downside pressure, while the financial risks are under control as the country’s debt level has shown signs of stabilizing, Zhang said.

China’s overall debt-to-GDP ratio had dropped to 249.4 percent

by the end of 2018, 1.5 percentage points lower than a year earlier, according to the PBOC.

If trade tensions escalate further, more opening-up policies in the sectors of medical

care and education will help boost global investors’ confidence in the Chinese economy, Zhang added.

By hiking the tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods from 10 percent t

o 25 percent just when it seemed the China-US trade talks would achieve a bre

akthrough, the United States has not only intensified the trade dispute but also ensured both sides take a knock.

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The Sino-US trade tensions have had a limited impact

mpact on China’s financial markets and the effects will be “even smaller” in the future, Guo said.

Yi Huiman, chairman of the CSRC, also pledged earlier in May to continuously enhance the quality of listed firms as part of s

upply-side reforms in the financial sector to promote the high-quality development of the real economy.

The National Development and Reform Commission, China’s top economic planner, said on

Tuesday that the country is willing to continue supplying rare-earth metals to world markets but is oppo

sed to those who use products made with such rare earths to “suppress and dampen China’s development”.

It also said that the industries of China and the United States are highly compleme

ntary. Cooperation will benefit both countries while confrontation will only undermine their interests, it said.

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