Separately, on the same day, the US Commerce Department

said it would be adding Huawei and its 70 affiliates to an Entity List, which will ban the compan

y from buying parts and components of US companies without prior government approval.

Gao Feng, spokesman for the Ministry of Commerce, said at a briefing that the con

cept of national security “should not be used as a tool for trade protectionism”.

“China strongly opposes other countries imposing unilateral sanctions on Chinese entities,” Gao said.

He called on the US to stop its wrongful behavior and make more efforts to create conditions for normal international trade cooperation.

Huawei has been increasing its 5G commercial contracts worldwide, with more countries giving the com

pany a vote of confidence. But it is facing security allegations from the US, which Huawei has said are unfounded.

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“Learning to work together in an orderly, high trust

level, and supported by diverse interest groups will prevent conflicts among stakeholders in the South China Sea,” Santarita said.

Scientists from China and other countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative will work together to enhance scientifi

c and technological cooperation in disaster prevention and mitigation, according to a joint declaration.

He said Asia’s emphasis on “respect for authority, respect for the environment and the discipli

ne to control the use of resources” will also see Asian leaders pursuing a more eco-friendly dev

elopment path and honor their commitments to the Paris climate agreement.

“If there is harmony, discipline, stability and the primacy of family and com

munity over the individual, then any problem can be easily addressed,” Santarita said.

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he premier attached great importance to such measur

asures as reducing the rate of the value-added tax, increasing the

tax exemption for research costs and reforming individual income tax.

The measures should not only ease the tax burden for manufacturing com

panies but also reduce taxes for construction enterprises, which provide a great num

ber of jobs, Li said, adding that all industries should be covered by the benefits of tax cuts.

Li pledged more efforts to urge government departments and State-owned e

nterprises to pay off their debts so that the effects of tax reduction are not diminished.

The government will take further measures to deepen reform and opening-up, en

courage innovation and entrepreneurship and promote fair competition, Li said, adding that com

panies should also seize the opportunity to promote high-quality growth.

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Taylor said the US will ultimately “pay the price for

this”, in the form of an incomplete and inaccurate understanding of China by barring scholars wh

o have great familiarity with US politics and policymaking and have the ear of Chinese officials.

Douglas H. Paal, vice-president of the Asia Program at the Carn

egie Endowment for International Peace, said it appears that the scholars who best unders

tand the US and communicate well with China’s leaders are being denied visas or threatened with denial.

“I don’t see how this is in America’s interest,” Paal said.

Some US media have mentioned that China also denies visas to

US academics, but Taylor and Paal said that has not been

their experience when applying for Chinese visas to visit China for academic exchanges.

In a news conference on Thursday, when asked if China rejected a visa application fr

om an adviser to US President Donald Trump, Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang

said Chinese embassies and consulates overseas always handle visa applications according to law.

China welcomes cultural exchanges between China and the US an

d will actively promote mutual understanding between the two countries, Lu said.

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Employees have been working according to the che

edule in some companies, including some well-known internet enterprises. Earlier this year, Youzan, an e-commerce compa

ny based in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, triggered controversy by introducing the “996” schedule in its annua

l meeting. The move even prompted the labor authorities to conduct an investigation against Youzan.

Workers have been working overtime in many industries for yea

rs. But now, many programmers in internet companies are opposing the “996” schedu

le because the extra work does not come with any compensation or bonus. To reduce the labor cost, many high-tech and int

ernet companies are laying off workers. That means, there are fewer people left to shoulder the extra work. Tha

t’s a reason why the overloaded IT programmers have now burst out with complaints.

Alibaba chairman Jack Ma has said that only by working harder

and longer than others can an employee achieve success in life. He h

as also said that those who want to join Alibaba should be prepared to work for 12-hour work a day. This not only goe

s against the Labor Law but also violates the rights and interests of the employers, and could harm their health.

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IMF upbeat on China’s 2019 growth in Zhuhai, Guangdong

The International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday that it expects China’s economy to grow 6.3 percent in 2019-up 0.1 perce

ntage point from its prediction in January. Analysts said the world’s second-large

st economy is set to remain stable as authorities continue to implement supportive policies.

The latest World Economic Outlook, released at the start of the sp

ring meetings of the IMF and the World Bank in Washington, also predicted the United States e

conomy would grow 2.3 percent this year, 0.2 percentage point lower than the IMF’s earlier forecast.

The outlook for China falls within the range of the country’s targeted goal of securing between 6 p

ercent and 6.5 percent growth for this year, and is very close to that of Chinese researchers.

On April 1, Zhang Ping, a researcher at the Institute of Economics of the Chinese Acad

emy of Social Sciences, said China’s GDP growth should remain at 6.2 percent in the fir

st half, and average 6.3 percent for the whole year, thanks to incentives including tax and fee cuts.

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China has set a goal of making itself a developed count

ntry in the forest sector by the middle of this century in a guideline on promoting the greening of the homeland issued in November. The count

ry also aims to increase its percentage of forest cover from 21.7 percent in 2018 to about 23 percent in 2020, and 26 percent in 2035.

China’s digital trade is expected to lead global trade development, with the economic value of di

gital trade-enabled productivity benefits to the Chinese economy estimated to reach 37 trillion yu

an ($5.5 trillion) by 2030,according to a report on how China can capture digital trade opportunities at home and abroad.

Digital trade has become increasingly important; there are a lot of definitions of digital trade going on, with

the most common one being e-commerce, including monetary transactions and exchanges of goods and services, said re

search project head Konstantin Matthies, noting the report studies digital trade with a much broader approach.

“Digital trade” refers to the production, distribution, marketing, sale or delivery of goods and servi

ces – domestically and abroad – supported by cross-border digital flows. This consists of trade in digi

tally enabled products and services and cross-border data flows that create economic value in the domestic economy, acc

ording to the report jointly released by the Center for China and Globalization as well as the Hinrich Foundation.

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The panda house at the Copenhagen Zoo, designed by

 Danish architectural firm Bjarke Ingels Group, is inspired by the Chinese yin and yang symbol. The facility allows the male and fe

male pandas to live apart most of the year, yet in proximity and with easy access to a common area when the female is in heat.

Copenhagen Zoo CEO Jorgen Nielsen hailed the impending

arrival of the two pandas as one of the biggest events in the zoo’s 160-year history.

China’s Belt and Road Initiative, proposed by President Xi Jin

ping nearly six years ago, has made practical progress, with 125 countries and 29 inter

national organizations having signed 173 cooperation agreements under the initiative framework as of March 27.

Under the initiative’s five cooperation priorities of policy coordination, facilities connectivity, unimpeded trade, finan

cial integration and people-to-people bond, there are a batch of projects, such as transportation const

ruction and industrial infrastructure, in full swing or already having yielded fruitful results.

Here are some of the amazing projects achieved worldwide under the initiative.

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Wudang Mountain attracts foreign martial arts ap

About 20 Chinese martial arts schools in the Wudang Mountain region have tra

ined about 30,000 kung fu enthusiasts from around the world.

Yuan Xiugang, a member of the Wudang Martial Arts Association, has taugh

t over 60 foreign students since 1995. One of his apprentices, Jack, a 29-year-old from Ill

inois in the US, first arrived in Wudang 10 years ago. Now Jack has become a kung fu coach.

“My goal is to open a school in the US, letting more Americans appreciate authentic Chinese martial arts,” he said.

Thomas, another of Yuan’s students, is from France and explores tea culture. He leases about

two acres of a tea garden at Wudang Mountain. After mastering the technique of processing tea leaves, Th

omas decided to sell his products to European countries, like France and Austria.

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What really matters is what the initiative is all about and

 how the cooperation it has been bringing about can benefit those countries and regions involved and the world economy at large.

Being proposed by China, it is natural that China should have taken the lead in advancing the

Belt and Road, but it has always sought to make clear that the initiative is open and inclusive.

With more countries and international organizations getting involved, the initiative will undoubted

ly become a bigger and more diversified platform with increasing opportunities for multilateral cooperation.

Those who continue to speak ill of it, rather than presenting an obst

acle to it, actually do it a service by highlighting its possible shortcomings and the diffi

culties it may encounter ahead, which will better help the participants address them.

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