The currency’s depreciation was purely caused by mark

The currency’s depreciation was purely caused by mark

et forces, and China has never taken any measures to deliberately devalue the currency to make its exports more at

tractive, said Guo, who is also head of the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission.

According to Guo, the short-term fluctuation of the RMB exchan

ge rate was normal, and the depreciation will not last long given the stable economic growth base.

“Any speculative activities to short the RMB will suffer huge losses,” he warned.

The RMB’s daily trading reference, or the central parity for onshore trading, has been stabilized arou

nd 6.89 per dollar for eight days from May 20, and market watchers said market-oriented depreciation pressure was losing steam.

Yi Gang, the central bank governor, has said several times that the PBOC has ceased

direct intervention in foreign exchange markets, and the performance of RMB is address

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The global market share for Huawei witnessed an incre

The global market share for Huawei witnessed an incre

 increase from 10.5 percent to 15.7 percent over the same period last year.

Huawei’s smartphone sales grew in all regions and the company did particularly well in the European market, with sales up 69 percent.

Apple ranked third on the list with sales declining to 44.56 million and market share down to 11.9 percent in the first quarter of 2019.

China’s smartphone vendors OPPO and Vivo ranked fourth and fifth, respectively, on th

e list released by Gartner, indicating a 2.7 percent decline in global smartphone sales in the first quarter of this year.

According to another market research firm IDC, shipments by Huawei increased by 50 percent to 59.1 million uni

ts in the first quarter of this year, replacing Apple to grab the second spot again since the second quarter of last year.

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Talks with Vanuatu PM China seeks no private interests

Talks with Vanuatu PM China seeks no private interests

and scope of influence in developing relations with Pacific island cou

ntries, and will be good friends and partners trusted by them forever, Xi said on Tue

sday. Xi made the remarks while meeting with visiting Vanuatu Prime Minister Charlot Salwai in Beijing. The Chi

na-Vanuatu relationship has become a good example of relations between China and Pacific island countries, Xi s

aid, adding political mutual trust between the two countries keeps d

eepening and exchanges and cooperation in various fields continue to expand.

Xi said the country appreciates Vanuatu resolutely adhering to the one-C

hina policy, and supports it independently choosing the development path that suits its

national conditions. Xi called for strengthening the alignment of the development strategy of the Pacific island cou

ntry with the BRI and tapping potential for bilateral pragmatic cooperation.

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The NDRC said in the recent media interview that Chin

The NDRC said in the recent media interview that Chin

na will adhere to the principle of fair and free trade in its management of rare-earth ex

ports, but “the Chinese people will be unhappy” if the country’s exported rare-earth metals are used against China.

Since the start of the China-US trade friction more than a year ago, Washington has taken many measures, includin

g taking advantage of its edge in high-end chip making, to stymie Chinese high-tech firms, the NDRC said.

The NDRC added that in its latest move to dampen China’s industrial development, the US governme

nt has used an executive order to effectively ban products of Chinese tech giant Huawei from being use

d in the US, which has been widely seen as unreasonable and unfair. Having been increasingly used in high-tech ind

ustries, rare-earth metals are critical in making products from advanced weaponry to chips and hybrid cars.

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These parties tend to look at trade agreements purely from

These parties tend to look at trade agreements purely from

m a nationalist point of view and if a trade agreement is seen as overall beneficial for their co

untry, they could support it. For instance, Italy voted in favor of the EU agreement with Japan but again

st the agreement with Canada. The content of the agreement is key. For instance, these parties do not like clauses tha

t curtail the powers of single EU member states, such as the establishment of new regulatory or arbitration bodies.

Another uncertainty is Brexit. Whether it will happen or not? And what might change under

a new British prime minister? The new Brexit Party under Nigel Farage was the clear leader in the EP

election in the United Kingdom, but the UK’s 73 EP members have to leave the EP as soon as Brexit takes place.

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He said it does no one any favors to delink over poss

He said it does no one any favors to delink over poss

ssible national security concerns. Fair engagement across technologies is a better way to secure national security than delinking.

“The cost of decoupling will be very high for both economies,” he said. “Engage

ment in a fair competition with common rules is a far better outcome than decoupling.”

If there has to be some “decoupling” due to “valid national security conc

erns” in both countries, that should be kept to a minimum and not exaggerated, he said.

“Normal commerce is in the interest of both of our countries. And we should pursue it vigorously,” he added.

Allen also said members of the council are worried that they are now i

n a “very uncertain time” when the already tense situation could potentially deteriorate, as th

e world’s top two economies are embroiled in a protracted trade dispute with the Trum

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According to the ministry, China’s digital economy reach

According to the ministry, China’s digital economy reach

ched a total volume of over 31 trillion yuan ($4.5 trillion), or 34.8 percent of its GDP, in 2018.

Yang Xiaowei, deputy head of the Cyberspace Administration of China, also called for more efforts to develop the homegr

own 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 profe

ssor 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 reg

ulate 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 chance

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To eliminate bad outcomes from trade tensions, further op

To eliminate bad outcomes from trade tensions, further op

pening-up in China’s services sector, together with high-tech development supported by artificial intelligence, will help lift Chinese

economic growth from 6.3 percent to around 7 percent by 2035, said Zhu Min, a former deputy managing director at the IMF.

“Market-oriented reform and opening-up will improve productivity in the service sector, whi

ch is an important thing that China is focusing on to stabilize economic growth,” Zhu said.

Chen Yulu, a vice-governor of the PBOC, also supported a “full-scale” opening of the financial sector. In the future, foreign invest

ors are welcome to conduct all forms of financial business in China, excepting those being named on a nega

tive list, and authorities are researching a new regulatory system, Chen said at the forum on Saturday.

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Li Daokui, director of the Academic Center for Chine

Li Daokui, director of the Academic Center for Chine

se Economic Practice and Thinking at Tsinghua University, said China “should be more confident” in accelerating open

ing-up of its financial sector, which will help global investors seize numerous opportunities in the Chinese market.

Domestic financial institutions are now capable of engaging i

n fiercer competition with global peers as their service abilities in many aspe

cts, such as banking and insurance, have improved a lot over the past years, Li said.

Despite headwinds from the trade tensions, global investors are still optimistic about China’s economic pro

spects, said Zhang Zhiwei, Deutsche Bank’s chief China economist and head of China equity strategy.

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The country will allow overseas investors to trade more

The country will allow overseas investors to trade more

types of onshore commodity futures contracts without registering a Chinese entity, and will continuously improve the relate

d rules, Lu Dongsheng, an official with the China Securities Regulatory Commission, told a forum on Tuesday

Lu also announced other measures to develop China’s commodity fut

ures market, such as accelerating the launch of ricThe Shanghai Futures Exchange will open

up its nonferrous metals futures contracts to foreign investors, Jiang Yan, Party secretary of the exchange, said at the s

ame forum. The bourGuo Shuqing, head of the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commissiose will also list a n

ew type of futures contract, TSR20 Rubber, which will be available to both domestic and foreign investors, he sai

d.Lu also announced other measures to develop China’s commodity futures market, such as accelerating the launch of

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