Substantial and resolute efforts must be made to prevent

 major contradictions and outstanding problems through coordinated planning and targete

d measures to make reform better serve the country’s economic and social development, Xi said.

The meeting reviewed and approved a series of official documents including a guideline on innovation and improving ma

cro-regulation, as well as a guideline on strengthening opening-up and cooperation in innovation capacity.

The meeting called for taking the supply-side structural reform as the main task, making coordinated efforts to stabilize eco

nomic growth, promoting reforms, readjusting the economic structure, improving people’s livelihoods, pr、

eventing risks, and ensuring social stability, according to a statement issued after the meeting.

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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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Issoufou attended the Beijing Summit of the FOCAC in S

September. The two countries should continue to understand, trust an

d support each other on issues related to core interests and major concerns, Xi sa

id, adding that the two sides should share more experiences on governance and development. Xi called on the two nat

ions to enhance connections under the frameworks of the Belt and Road Initiative and FOCAC.

China will continue to support Niger to fight terrorism and safeguard regional peace and stabilit

y, Xi said. China would like to help Niger improve its people’s livelihood through such measures as m

edical assistance and via exchanges in areas including culture, youth, women and think tanks.

Mutual understanding between the people of both nations should also

be promoted, Xi said. He stressed that as long as all countries stick to the dev

elopment paths that suit their own national situations, make joint efforts to build the Belt and Road and remain dedi

cated to fulfilling the goal of building a community with a shared future for mankind, they will definitely achieve success.

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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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new college graduates aged up to 24 years old increased by

ed by 8.4 percentage points, as the global financial crisis caused demands to fall drastically. It i

s possible that the Sino-US trade dispute could have a similar impact on the job market.

So the government should implement an expansionary macroeconomic policy to create a loose em

ployment environment and better implement social security measures to cope with frictional u

nemployment and the structural employment problem of college graduates.

To offset the possible negative impact of the Sino-US trade dispute on college graduates’ employment, the government sho

uld also expand post-graduate enrollment, increase internships for unemployed college graduates and imp

lement favorable policies to ease the enterprises’ financial burden so they can recruit more employees.

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Chinese investment in the United States is creating go

ood jobs in areas that are poor, where good jobs are needed,” he said. “We should celebrate that advancement of econ

omic opportunity in the United States. And similarly, we should expand US investment in China.”

US goods exports to China declined by 7 percent in 2018, as trade disputes between

the two economies began to bite, but still outpaced growth in exports to the rest of the world over the past decade, ac

cording to the 2019 State Export Report released earlier this month by the US-China Business Council.

The report said China continued to be important to US economic growth, supporting more than 1.1 million jobs.

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A spokesperson at Volkswagen China said SEAT is schedu

uled to become a shareholder of the joint venture by the end of 2019, holding at least 1 percent of i

ts equity. According to Chinese norms, it is mandatory for international brands to produce vehicles in China bearing its names.

Luca de Meo, CEO of SEAT, said: “China is the benchmark country for electric vehicles. We aim to be a part of this ecos

ystem in order to exchange knowledge and make progress in achieving global mobility that is more sustainable.”

Currently, JAC, Volkswagen and SEAT are building a 4 billion yuan ($579 million) research and development center in Hefei, which is expected to open in 2021.

JAC and SEAT also plan to develop their own platform for smaller electric cars, a segment that is growing faster than the large-sized ones in China.

“The close cooperation between SEAT and JAC will allow us to create synergies, which wil

l significantly increase our market coverage,” said Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess, who is also chairman of SEAT.

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China attaches great importance to the development of th

 the big data industry and is willing to share opportunities of the dig

ital economy’s development with other countries and jointly explore new growth drive

rs and development paths by exploring new technologies, new business forms and new models, Xi added.

With increasingly wider applications of digital technologies in China, the country is expected to genera

te and store 27.8 percent of global online data by 2025, up from 23.4 percent last year, according to a re

port by market researcher International Data Corp and data storage firm Seagate.

In comparison, the US share will stand at 17.5 percent by 2025, a drop from its 21 percent share in 2018, the report added.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that f

rom medicine to transportation to farming, big data presents the world with a r

emarkable tool to advance global progress, but with that opportunity also comes risk.

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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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These parties tend to look at trade agreements purely from

m a nationalist point of view and if a trade agreement is seen as overall beneficial for their co

untry, they could support it. For instance, Italy voted in favor of the EU agreement with Japan but again

st the agreement with Canada. The content of the agreement is key. For instance, these parties do not like clauses tha

t curtail the powers of single EU member states, such as the establishment of new regulatory or arbitration bodies.

Another uncertainty is Brexit. Whether it will happen or not? And what might change under

a new British prime minister? The new Brexit Party under Nigel Farage was the clear leader in the EP

election in the United Kingdom, but the UK’s 73 EP members have to leave the EP as soon as Brexit takes place.

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