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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The world’s second-largest economy maintained its fore

eign exchange reserves at $3.095 trillion at the end of April. The reserve amount was stable, altho

ugh it slightly retreated from $3.098 trillion at the end of March, according to the State Administration of Foreign Exchange.

Li Yang, director of the National Institution for Finance and Development of the Chinese Academy

of Social Sciences, said that China is unlikely to sacrifice foreign exchange reserves to de

fend its currency, even if depreciation pressure rises amid any escalation in trade tension.

In May, the offshore RMB exchange rate against the US dollar dropped more than 3 percen

t under market pressure as global investors worried about the escalation of trade friction.

Guo Shuqing, Party secretary of the People’s Bank of China, the central bank, said on Monday that higher US tariffs on Chin

a’s imports triggered financial market volatility, and this also affected the offshore RMB.

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RMB’s value determined by market forcesce forex rese

Beijing will not sacrifice forex reserves to defend its currency, analysts say

China would rather rely on market-oriented forces to determine the renminbi’s value than defend its currency by d

ipping into its $3 trillion foreign exchange reserves amid trade disagreements, analysts said.

The United States Treasury announced on Wednesday that it could not label China a

s a “currency manipulator” after Washington monitored the recent performance of the RMB.

No evidence was found to show Chinese monetary authority intervention in foreign exchange markets over the past sev

eral months, according to the US Treasury’s semiannual foreign-exchange report to Congress.

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Wuxi officials punished over kindergarten ‘gang’ question

Three officials in Wuxi, East China’s Jiangsu province, have been gi

ven Party and administrative punishments on Thursday over an inappropriate question about

whether kindergarten children were involved in gangs, the local government said on its official Wechat account.

According to the government of Wuxi’s Xishan district, Feng Dongyan, director and Party chief

of the Xishan Education Bureau, has been given the punishment of warning within the Party.

Wang Zhaoyu, director of the educational bureau’s general office, has been given a serious warni

ng within the Party and removed from office. Lu Zhongxian, director of the bureau’s educational equi

pment and student aid management center, was also given a serious warning and dismissed.

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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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Issoufou congratulated Xi on the 70th anniversary of the f

 founding of the People’s Republic of China and the great achievements that Chinese people have made under

the leadership of the Communist Party of China. Noting that China’s development has made important contributions to m

ankind, Issoufou said that China’s inclusive economic growth has lifted a huge number of people out of poverty.

Niger supports the goal of building a community with a shared future for mankind, and the BR

I put forward by Xi will bring benefits for the whole world, he said, adding that Niger would like to pro

actively participate in the Belt and Road. While meeting with Issoufou on Tuesday, Premier Li Keqiang said that Chi

na would like to offer a hand to Niger for the country’s economic development and the improvement of people’s lives.

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Foreign investors’ access to onshore stock index futures

“Moreover, as foreign investors’ trading helps boost liquidity in the domestic market and makes the price changes mor

e consistent with international trends, domestic market participants can also better hedge against risks,” he said.

Experts also expect China to open up the stock index futures mark

et to foreign investors, as they have large exposure in t

he A-share market and are therefore in need of this risk management tool.

Foreign investors’ access to onshore stock index futures is an “infrastructure” for fin

ancial market opening-up, without which foreign investors’ passion for Chinese shares may be dampened, said Wa

ng Maobin, investment department chair at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing.

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We must work together to ensure that big data, and the

e technologies that it enables, are harnessed for the benefit of mankind while minimizing the risks to devel

opment, peace and security and human rights,” Guterres said in a congratulatory letter to the expo.

Miao Wei, minister of industry and information technology, said China has already made sig

nificant progress in bolstering the big data industry with a string of big data platforms established in sect

ors such as manufacturing, commerce, finance, transportation and medical care.

“We will make a fresh push to integrate cutting-edge information technologies into the re

al economy, including establishing a national industrial data center, to better power the country’s sp

rawling manufacturing sector,” Miao said at the opening ceremony of the big data expo.

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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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During the team’s 40-day intensive training in Nepal, the

heir Sherpa guides had taught them how to maintain healthy blood circulation and remain safe in crowded conditions, she said.

This spring, 144 foreign and 12 Chinese climbers have also attempted to con

quer Qomolangma from Tibet, according to the Tibet Mountaineering Association. “D

espite having a smaller number of climbers, traffic jams also happened on the Tibetan side,” Ma said.

“Crowds are usual on some mountains. It’s not a new phenomenon. Climbers often lose their live

s when they don’t follow the instructions of Sherpa guides and make decisions on their own,” Kami Ri

ta, an experienced Sherpa who has reached Qomolangma’s summit 24 times, told Xinhua News Agency.

Sherpas are aware of every twist and turn and which paths to follow up mountains, so he urged the Nepali government to dis

courage mountaineers from climbing mountains without guides in order to prevent casualties.

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