ic importance to Huawei. “TSMC produces most of H

uawei’s chips. Only with its cooperation is it possible for Huawei to have a Plan B in stocking

in-house processors in order to offset fallout from the US ban on its access to US chips,” Xiang said.

He said the move by Panasonic also showcases that the Japanes

e tech company is not willing to surrender to political pressure from Washington, after ear

lier reports that it had stopped shipments of certain components to Huawei. The firm bought $6.3 billion wort

h of products including batteries and electronic components from Panasonic in 2018, according to Nikkei Asian Review.

United Kingdom-based mobile operator EE said on We

dnesday that its 5G network in the UK would rely on equipment made by Huawei.

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At a meeting held in Nanchang, capital of Jiangxi, on

n Tuesday afternoon, Xi called for efforts to make new advances in the development of the countr

y’s central region. Xi presided over the meeting, at which he was briefed by the Party secretaries of Shanxi, Anhui, Jiangxi, He

nan, Hubei and Hunan provinces, as well as He Lifeng, head of the National Development and Reform Commission.

Promoting the rise of the central region is an important strategic decis

ion made by the CPC Central Committee, Xi said, adding that it has great significance in ac

hieving the goal of building a moderately prosperous society in all respects.

Xi said that although China is still in an important period of strategic opp

ortunity for its development, the country faces an increasingly complicated international situation.

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ourage the innovation of original technologie

 and enhance intellectual property right protection, Xi said. He called on

the governments to build a stable, fair and transparent business environment, and to he

lp private enterprises and small and medium-sized companies to address their difficulties in finance.

Governments in the central region should attract advanced manufacturing enterprises moved from the coastal reg

ion, take part in Belt and Road international cooperation, enhance the protection of the environment, create m

ore jobs for poverty reduction and make relevant policies to support the rise of the central region, Xi said.

hina will further open and reform its markets, as well as facilitate a predictable busin

ess environment to help companies improve their ability to respond to risks, said the Ministry of Commerce.

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ietnam surpassed India to become the largest buyer of Chin

a’s photovoltaic products. Export value to Vietnam rose 239 times to $739 million in the fi

rst quarter, taking up 16.8 percent of China’s total photovoltaic export value.

With the European Union ending its anti-dumping and anti-subsidy meas

ures, photovoltaic exports from China to Europe also saw large increase in Q1.

The country’s photovoltaic products export volume to the Netherlands and Spain increased 1,049.6 percent and 158.3 perc

ent, respectively, in the first quarter, said the report. It predicted that the emerging markets, such as Mexico, Aus

tralia, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates will further boost the export of China’s photovoltaic modules.

The export of China’s photovoltaic products to the United States dropped 28.9 pe

rcent to just 0.01 GW in the first quarter, the report said. The Section 201, Section 3

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Qingdao debuts high-speed maglev train prototype

hina rolled off the production line a prototype magnetic-levitation train with a designed maxim

um speed of 600 kilometers per hour in Qingdao on Thursday, filling the gap in travel speed bet

ween aviation and high-speed rail passenger transport in the country, according to its manufacturer.

Launched in July 2016, the train is designed and manufactured in CRRC Qingdao Sifan

g Co Ltd in the eastern coastal city of Qingdao, Shandong province. The company is a wholly owned su

bsidiary of Beijing-headquartered China Railway Rolling Stock Corp, the largest rolling stock manufacturer in the world.

The debut of the country’s first high-speed maglev train testing protot

ype marks a major breakthrough for the nation in the high-speed maglev transit system.

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On Monday morning, Xi visited the JL MAG Rare-Earth

 Co and learned about the company’s production of rare earths and the development of the rare earth industry in Ganzhou.

On the heels of the United States government announcement it will ban unauthorized exports of US technology to Hua

wei, by Monday, a number of major US tech giants, including Google, had reportedly stopped supplies.

Amid the escalating tit-for-tat trade blows between the world’s tw

o largest economies, the US putting Huawei, the face of Chinese hi-tech progress, on its Ent

ity List is no doubt a calculated blow to hit China and Huawei where it hurts. “America will probably use its ability to with

hold components from Huawei as a bargaining chip in a future trade deal with China,” The Economist reckons.

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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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It indicated that nearly 70 percent of tourists traveled over

d overseas to see wildlife at least twice a year. Asia, Africa and Europe are the top three destinations.

About 60 percent of interviewees said they would refuse to take part in tours that migh

t interrupt the normal life of animals in the wild or be harmful to them, even if such a tour might be exclusive.

More than 70 percent of tourists said they are glad to choose tours wit

h higher prices and which take more time in order to be more in touch with the wildlife.

“Wildlife watching has attracted millions of tourists annually and many travelers are driven by the affection of animals. Ho

wever, some activities on such tours have had an adverse impact on the wildlife,” Zhao said.

He said hundreds of thousands of wild animals across the world are taken away from natural habitats, forced into cap

tivity and subjected to abuse, both mentally and physically, in the name of entertainment and profit.

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nd information technology, had confirmed at the Boao Fo

oao Forum for Asia, that China will grant 5G licenses this year, but didn’t disclose a specific date.

“5G, industrial internet and the internet of vehicles are among the country’s top development priorities

in the telecommunications industry,” Zhang Feng, chief engineer of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, sa

id on Friday during the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day.

Zhang called for accelerated efforts to set standards in key areas, including 5G, to expedite the com

mercialization of this forefront technology and bolster the nation’s core competitiveness.

Major Chinese smartphone maker Huawei Technologies Co has already unveiled its first 5G chip and first 5G fold

able smartphone, the Mate X, which is expected to hit the market in June, despite challenges involving the United States.

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Asked whether China will retaliate by targeting certain US co

 companies, Lu said that as for foreign enterprises operating in Chi

na, there is no need for them to worry as long as their businesses are law-abiding.

S President Donald Trump issued an executive order on Wednesd

ay in which he declared a national economic emergency and banned the technology and

services of “foreign adversaries” deemed to pose “unacceptable risks” to US national security.

The US intention is so obvious that media outlets around the world have without exception interpr

eted this as targeting Huawei, by excluding the Chinese telecommunications giant from US networks.

Washington has repeatedly claimed that Huawei’s equipment poses a security threat, but for all the sound and fury, it sign

ifies nothing, as it has never produced any credible evidence, indeed any evidence at all.

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