Pacts mulled in president’s visit to Central Asia

Trip will includ上海千花网女神会所e bilateral talks with leaders of nations at regional organization’s meeting

China will sign an array of cooperation agreements with Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan during President Xi Jinping’s state visits to the

two Central Asian countries to further strengthen their ties, a senior diplomat said on Monday.

As an important outcome of Xi’s visits, Beijing will also sign a joint statement with each country on furthering their com

prehensive strategic partnerships, Vice-Foreign Minister Zhang Hanhui said at a news briefing.

Xi will also attend the 19th meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Bishkek, the Kyrgyz

capital, during his stay from Wednesday to Friday, as well as the fifth summit of the Conference on Interaction and

Confidence Building Measures in Asia in the Tajik capital of Dushanbe during his visit from Friday to Sunday.

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mier Li Keqiang presides over a State Council meeting on

上海会所品茶微信Premier Li Keqiang called for greater strides in reform and opening-up to stimulate market vitality and to tra

nsform and upgrade economic structure in revitalizing the rust belt in Northeast China.

Li’s remarks came as he presided over a State Council meeti

ng on Thursday on revitalizing the country’s traditional industrial bases.

He underscored the importance of transforming government functions a

nd bettering the business environment, and urged government departments to offer m

ore support to provinces in the Northeast in streamlining administration.

The tax cuts and fee reduction policies must be implemented in full, and the country w

ill make the region a priority in special transfer payments to localities, he said.

The reform of State-owned enterprises must be moved forwa

rd, and more work must be done to expand the private sector, he said.

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After a half-month visit to China, a team from the IMFled by

 Asia and Pacific Department Deputy Director Kenneth Kang, summarized that “China can play an important role and wou

ld benefit from further opening up and other structural reforms that enhance competition.”

The previously issued policy is sufficient to stabilize growth by 2020, desp

ite the recent US tariff hike, according to the fund’s report. “No additional policy ea

sing is needed, provided there are no further increases in tariffs or a significant slowdown in growth.”

Only if the trade tensions further escalate and threatChina’s Dragon Boat Fes

tival, or Duanwu, is just around the corner. Also called the Double Fifth Festival, the hol

iday, which falls on June 7 this year, is celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month of the lunar calendar.en economic and

financial stability, additional policy easing, such as fiscal expansion, could be used to stabilize the economy, it said.

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In addition to the basic knowledge of Chinese medicine, he a

also learned to do acupuncture and cupping therapy. He said that he likes to study the philosophy contained in Chin

ese medicine, the balance of yin and yang and the five elements, which is also helpful for practicing tai chi.

Haase has been to many cities in China, including Beijing, Xi’an, Shanghai and Harbin. He found that every city in China has its ow

n characteristics. Haase’s hometown Victoria and Changsha have a longstanding friendship. He has made m

any local friends in Changsha, where also met his tai chi teachers, Chinese medicine teachers and his wife.

Haase thinks the most attractive aspect of Chinese culture is Chinese philosophy and Taoism. He has adapted the slow-pace

d lifestyle described in the Tao Te Ching, a book written by Lao Zi, the founder of Taoism. “The pace of life for mod

ern people is too fast. I think everyone should learn from the Tao Te Ching,” he said.

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The country’s GDP grew by 6.4 percent in the first quar

uarter, which represented the 14th consecutive quarter in the 6.4 percent to 6.8 percent range.

The country added 4.59 million urban jobs in the first four months, with total imports and expo

rts up by 4.3 percent year-on-year and its foreign exchange reserves remaining above $3 trillion.

Xi said there will be ample factors to reinfo

rce the steady, healthy and sustainable growth of the Chinese economy.

The president called the country’s large pool of resources a primary factor. C

hina has a population of nearly 1.4 billion, a 900-million-strong workforce, the w

orld’s largest middle-income population and over 100 million market entities.

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Minister General Wei Fenghe speaks at the Shangri-La Dialo

The People’s Liberation Army will adamantly support regional and world peace, but will not be

“bullied or preyed upon” by foreign powers into giving up national sovereignty and legitimate int

erests, State Councilor and Defense Minister General Wei Fenghe said on Sunday in Singapore.

Experts said Wei’s speech at the Shangri-La Dialogue, a key defense summ

it, marked a milestone in Chinese military diplomacy as Wei showcased the PLA’s confide

nce, positions on key issues and its sincerity and willingness to exchange and cooperate with other countries.

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 an

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

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hina’s revised civil servant law takes effect

China’s civil servant law, newly revised in December 2018, took effect Saturday.

The revised law clarifies systems of civil servant promotion and asses

sment, and includes statutes to improve rewards and benefits such as pension schemes.

It also tightens supervision over civil servants, keeping its statutes in

line with the supervision law and disciplinary rules of the Communist Party of China.

The revised law bans civil servants from working as leaders of industry regulators or administrati

ve departments in charge of supervising businesses run by their spouses, children or in-laws.

The civil servant law first took effect in 2006.

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Pacts set to be signed during Xi’s state visitbal strateg

Pragmatic cooperation, global strategic stability high on Sino-Russian agenda

Beijing and Moscow will sign around 30 cooperation documents d

uring President Xi Jinping’s state visit to Russia next week, including two joint statements on bilateral t

ies as well as on global strategic stability, Vice-Foreign Minister Zhang Hanhui said on Thursday.

Xi will kick off a three-day state visit to Russia on Wednesday at the invitation of Russian President

Vladimir Putin, and attend the 23rd St. Petersburg International Economic Forum to be held between June 6 and June 8.

The two presidents will witness the signing of an array of agreements on business d

eals in areas such as trade, investment and energy, Zhang said at a media briefing in Beijing.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of diplomatic ties between

China and Russia, and Xi’s visit will mark a milestone for both countries, Zhang said.

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Ameesha Chauhan, who is in a hospital in Kathmandu

andu recovering from frostbite she contracted during crowded conditions, told AFP that cli

mbers without basic skills should be barred to prevent a recurrence of this year’s deadly season.

The 29-year-old Indian had to wait 20 minutes to come down from the peak. She saw some clim

bers without basic skills fully relying on their Sherpa guides. Officials should change the qualification cri

teria. Poorly trained climbers put their own lives at risk and also the lives of the Sherpas, Chauhan said.

Some climbers died due to their own negligen

ce. They insisted on reaching the top even when their oxygen was running out, she added.

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Before his retirement, Wang irrigated farmland for de

nd for decades and witnessed local farmers’ continuous battles against sandstorms.

“It didn’t just feel like a black storm, it was as if the whole desert was approachi

ng,” recalls Liu Conghui, a writer who was born, and still lives, near the farm Wang once worked.

As the menacing sandstorms made the area increasingly inhospitable, Liu’s whole community planned to up sticks.

To restore the local ecosystem, the Chinese government launched

a 10.7 billion yuan ($1.6 billion) project in 2001. A set of measures were adopted such as sav

ing water, converting farmland into grassland, providing treatment for dry riverways and building dams. In addition to t

hose measures, industrial and agricultural use of water in cities and counties along the river was limited.

Over the past two decades, Xinjiang has infused 7.7 billion cubic meters of water into

the dry trunk stream of the lower reaches of the Tarim River in 19 rounds of water diversion.

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