However, some said US criticisms are commercially d

driven, as part of US-China trade tensions, rather than based on security fears. British governm

ent sources have indicated that no final decision on Huawei will be made this week, which wo

uld mean it would be the responsibility of whoever ends up succeeding May in Downing Street.

hina’s State Administration for Market Regulation announced Wednesday that it has fi

ned Changan Ford 162.8 million yuan ($23.6 million) for violating China’s anti-monopoly laws.

The automaker entered into vertical monopoly agreements, which according to news outlet ThePaper, refers to a

greements between different operators in the same industrial chain to exclude and limit competition.

Common vertical monopoly agreements include establishing minimum resale pric

es for third parties and setting up exclusive dealing or purchase agreements.

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“It’s quite unusual for FedEx to reroute all four par

cels by mistake. If they did, they will be held responsible for contract infringement,” sai

d Yin Shaocheng, an associate professor of law at Capital University of Economics and Business.

Huawei was among the Chinese tech companies recently entered on

to the US’ Entity List which bans US companies from selling components and software to them.

Vice-Minister of Commerce Wang Shouwen said there is no need to over-interpret the cas

e, since “foreign companies will be investigated when possible violations occur in accordance with Ch

inese laws”. Wang said China always protects the legitimate interests of foreign investors.

The strength of China’s economy is propelling its cities toward

s greater prominence on the global stage, a report has shown.

China is gaining ground on both Europe and North America as its impro

vement in performance and potential outpace those of Western cities, accordin

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he Malaysian king said his country is happy to see the

fruitful bilateral ties over the past 45 years, as well as the deepened friendship between the two peoples. Malaysia looks forward to

sustained prosperity and development of the countries’ relations to benefit the two peoples, he said.

Premier Li Keqiang and Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad also exchanged con

gratulations on the Friday anniversary. They vowed to expand practical cooperation.Beijing opened its first

bicycle-only road at 7 am Friday morning, and our reporter Cao Zinan became one of the first cyclists to try it out.

Follow Cao in this video, and get a glimpse of the 6.5-kilometer-long bikeway in northern Beijing.

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Responding to a question on China’s considerations behin

 behind sending Wei to this year’s Shangri-La Dialogue, Wu said that China chooses the head of its delegation in accordance with the situation.

He added that China and the United States are in active talks on whether Wei will meet Patrick M. Sha

nahan, acting US secretary of defense, during the event and information on that will be published later.

Wei has been in Singapore since Tuesday and has met with leaders of the Singaporea

n government as part of his visit to the Southeast Asian nation, Singapore media reported.

Zhao Xiaozhuo, a senior researcher of international military relatio

ns at the PLA Academy of Military Science, said that the attendance of Wei, as the second part

icipation of a Chinese defense minister to the Shangri-La Dialogue, shows that China plac

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Weaker economic growth puts at risk essential invest

ments in areas such as education, health, climate change adaptation and sustainable infrastructure.

The growth outlook in all major developed economies and most developin

g regions has weakened due to a confluence of both domestic and external factors, the report said.

Following an expansion of 3 percent in 2018, world gross product growth is now projected to moderat

e to 2.7 percent in 2019 and 2.9 percent in 2020, reflecting a downward revision from the forecasts released in January.

The report identifies several downside risks that could trigger a sharper or more prolonged growth slowdown, potentially infl

icting significant damage on development progress. Those risks include a further escalation in trade te

nsions, a sudden deterioration in financial conditions, and the accelerating effects of climate change.

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All of the respondents said they wanted to install the app

pplication software platforms of the Fengyun satellites for weather forecasting, as well as climate and environment monitoring.

They also requested a range of services, especially in monitoring rainfall, droughts, dust stor

ms, heavy fog and lightning, in addition to training courses on Fengyun meteorological satellite data ana

lysis, remote-sensing applications and data collection.

Many countries along the Belt and Road have high mountains, deserts, oc

eans and a lack of accurate meteorological information. The number of me

teorological disasters in the regions is more than double the global average, the administration said.

Wei Caiying, deputy general-director of the National Satellite Meteorol

ogical Center, said that real-time disaster monitoring by meteorological satellites co

uld provide these countries with a scientific basis for disaster prevention and reduction.

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he scholars suggested that authorities such as th

 National Health Commission should monitor all gene-editing centers and IVF clinics in China to ensure trials are in line with regulations.

A national registry dedicated to clinical trials involving cell technologies should be established to pro

mote greater transparency, they said, so that before a trial begins scientists would need to pass an

ethics review and provide a list of names of all participating scientists and institutions.

Universities and research institutes should strengthen education and

training in bioethics and scientific and medical professionalism, covering research sci

entists and students of science, medicine and the humanities at all levels, they said.

In addition, more efforts should be undertaken to eliminate prejudice against people wi

th disabilities, which exists in the minds of some scholars, they said. Following the gene-edited baby incid

ent, government departments have vowed to improve supervision, and new regulations are being made or revised.

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Opening up of film market leads to vibrancy

the 22nd film of Marvel Cinematic Universe, has made more than $2 billion globally wit

h over $576 million, nearly a third of the total, being contributed by the Chinese market.

The percentage of Hollywood films contributing to China’s box office has witnessed a gradual decline in recent years

thanks to the rise of successful Chinese films including The Wandering Earth and Dying to Survive.

Due to its explosive growth in third-and fourth-tier cities, the Chinese movie market is certainly poised to become the larg

est in the world in the not too distant future. Last year, China’s total box office exceeded 60 billion yuan ($8.9 billion), gra

dually closing the gap with the United States whose box office was about $11.6 billion. China has become such a form

idable force in the global film industry that international film producers cannot afford to overlook it.

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Medical experts said bills for patients requiring 29

of the 55 rare disease medicines available on the Chinese mainland

have been partly or fully covered by the country’s medical insurance system.

The average medical bill for rare disease patients is 200,000 yuan ($

29,700) a year and more than 40 percent of patients have received no medical tre

atment due to the high prices, according to Li Linkang, China Alliance of Rate Diseases executive director.

Biogen, the United Sates-based pharmaceutical compa

ny that developed the drug, said that it is talking to the C

hinese government, the medical and patient communities, and charitable orga

nizations in a bid to establish a co-payment system to make the drug available to more patients.

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The book includes 42 articles drawn from speeches an

 public remarks made by Xi from September 2013 to July 2018.

Since Xi proposed the BRI in 2013, he has spoken about the initiative on many occasions.

The discourses have provided guidance for the country to develop international cooperation, i

mprove global economic governance and promote the building of a community with a shared future for mankind.

Russia – There is no alternative to the peaceful solution of nuclear and

other issues on the Korean Peninsula, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday, follow

ing a meeting with top leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong-un.

Russia, for its part, is ready to continue cooperation to reduce tensions on the peninsu

a, and to strengthen security in Northeast Asia as a whole, said Putin at a reception in honor of Kim.

Putin said he was convinced that with active participation of the international community and all inte

rested states, the goal of ensuring lasting peace, stability and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula can be achieved.

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