The visit will further display the strength of bilateral tie

ties, which are developing “very good” momentum both politically and econom

ically, said Ruan Zongze, vice-president of the China Institute of International Studies.

Trade between the two countries “made a major breakthrough” and exceeded $100 billion in 2018, and the two permanent mem

bers of the United Nations Security Council have been coordinating closely on major international issues, Ruan said.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral ties, which are said to have reached their best level in history.

Also, the attendance of the two countries’ leaders at each other’s internat

ional forums shows both sides’ support for an open global economy, Ruan added.

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Multiple channels needed to keep job market healthy

The Chinese government has accorded priority to achieving stable and expanding employment

among its six stabilization tasks. The importance of stable employment has also been highligh

ted in this year’s Government Work Report. And the State Council, China’s Cabinet, recently established the Emp

loyment Work Leading Group headed by Vice-Premier Hu Chunhua to deal with employment issues.

The government is making special efforts to stabilize and expand employment, especially be

cause of the intensifying Sino-US trade dispute and the increasing uncertainties in international trade.

The China Institute for Employment Research of Renmin University

of China has calculated the employment market index, which shows the health of th

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he May report summarized that China’s growth appear

ears to be stabilizing on the back of recently enhanced supportive measures.

The report expanded the number of countries it scrutinizes for curr

ency manipulation to 21 from 12. Countries with a current account surplus with the US e

quivalent to 2 percent of GDP were put on the watch list, compared with 3 percent of GDP before.

China didn’t meet the “currency manipulator” criteria listed by the US Treasury, but Washi

ngton will continue assessing the RMB’s performance given China’s large trade surplus with the US, the report said.

The US Treasury removed India from the watch list, while it added Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam.

“Chinese authorities have not used the exchange rate in prior easing

cycles to support growth, and they are unlikely to do so now, as this could pose macr

oeconomic stability risk,” said Andrew Fennell, lead sovereign analyst for China at Fitch Ratings.

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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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Accelerating the opening up of China’s commodity futu

ures market will help foreign investors optimize their renminbi-denominated asset portfolios as they can inc

orporate investment targets of a wider variety, said Wang Tingting, an associate pro

fessor of finance with the Central University of Finance and Economics in Beijing.

“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 market to foreign invest

ors, as they have large exposure in the A-share market and are therefore in need of this risk management tool.

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In April, the CSRC pledged to promote the opening-up

 of stock index futures. At present, onshore stock index futures are unavailable to overseas invest

ors, and they can only hedge risks associated with investing in A shares through offshore instruments.

“After the stock index futures market opens up, investor bases will dive

rsify, helping China’s capital market achieve a higher efficiency in asset pricing,” Wang sai

d, adding that capital market reform and opening-up is part of China’s moves to promote quality development.

“One of the key priorities this year is to accelerate the development o

f direct financing and the capital market, to strengthen the capital market’s capacity to pr

omote economic growth,” Guo Shuqing, the People’s Bank of China’s Party secretary and head of the China Ban

king and Insurance Regulatory Commission, said in an interview with China Central Television on Monday.

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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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Cyclists should travel on the right and be aware that rid

t riding against the traffic and parking are not allowed on the bikeway. In t

he event of a bicycle breakdown, cyclists should wheel their bikes to the nearest exi

t and leave the bikeway, keeping to the right side of the road, said the rules. There are eight entrances and exits on th

e 6.5-km bikeway and six of them are equipped with assistive mobility devices for bicycles.

To better meet the needs of commuters, a reversible lane has been introdu

ced on the bikeway, and cyclists should ride in the direction shown on the signs.

Some 11,600 commuters travel between Huilongguan and Shangdi daily, and the ope

ning of the reversible lane is expected to provide convenience to them during rush hours.

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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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“It looks like it’s going to be a big win for the Brexit

Party,” Farage told reporters in Southampton in southern E

ngland where vote tallies from across the southeast region were being collated.

“The intelligence I get is that the Brexit party is doing pretty well,” sa

id Farage, who headed one of the two Brexit campaigns in the 2016 referendum.

While May was forced to delay Brexit after agreeing a deal that the British parliament and much of her party reject

ed, the Labour Party has voiced both support for another referendum and a promise to honour the result of the 2016 vote.

The impact of such a severe election drubbing for the major parties is

unclear though potential successors to May are calling for a more decisive Brexit, while L

abour leader Jeremy Corbyn is under pressure to openly support another referendum.

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