We bring the best wishes of President Trump. He’s aske

ed us to state that he also places great importance on his personal relationship with you,” Lighthizer said.

“We have had two very good days of negotiations. We feel that we have made headway on some very

, very important and very difficult issues,” he said. “We have additional work we have to do but we are hopeful.”

Xi asked Lighthizer and Mnuchin to extend his sincere greetings to President Trump, saying that he cherishes their good wor

king relationship and would like to keep in contact with him.
Cooperation based on fully respecting mutual interests is the best way for the two c

ountries to renew their trade and economic relations with a deal that is in line with the interests of both countries. If that has been the shared und

erstanding during this week’s talks, and it is carried forward in the negotiations in Washington next week, hopef

ully the two sides will be able to narrow the differences between them sufficiently so that the two leaders can pe

ncil in a date for a meeting at which they can shake hands on a deal that sets the right course for future relations.

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Easing likely with slowing of economiespected to move

na may move more toward monetary easing, joining a group of other major economies prone to dovish policy typified by more accommodative measures that stimulate growth, analysts said.

This comes at a time when global central bank governors have become more concerned about an economic slowdown and put tightening measures on hold.

Central bankers in the United States, European Union, Japan and Oceania have had a change in

mood in the past month, given worries that a too tight monetary environment may not cushion the

ir economies from shocks from trade tensions, Brexit and financial vulnerabilities. They sounded the alarm ov

er global uncertainties after the International Monetary Fund downgraded its forecast of the world’s economic growth in January.

With bank governors delivering dovish speeches one after another, the Chinese mo

netary authority is considering an adjustment to financial institutions’ “act

ual” lending rate for companies in order to remove the “obstacle” that constrains credit flowing into the co

untry’s production sector, according to Sun Guofeng, head of the PBOC Monetary Policy Department

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That the festival triggers such huge human movements eac

ch year is linked to how rapid urbanization has driven and been driven by China’s historically

high annual economic growth rates over the past four decades of reform and opening-up.

With the benefits of migration increasingly visible, and the main obstacles to rural-to-urban migration removed (including through massively ex

panded transport infrastructures), the number of internal migrants has increased by 35 times between 1982 and 2018.

However, China’s household registration system complicates the migration process. For m

any reasons, a major unintended effect of migration has been the creation of large populations of left-beh

ind family members-elderly parents, spouses and children, each of these subsets totaling tens of millions.

Beyond the gift-sharing and merrymaking of family reunions, Spring Festival pr

ovides opportunities for improving care arrangements for left-behind parents, spouses and children.

This social value of the festival is important since we know that despite on

going improvements, left-behind children and elderly people have poorer ac

cess to quality education, health and social protection services, compared with their peers in the big towns and cities.

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Mentality of US poses biggest threat to humanity from space

Forget asteroids, it is the United States and its pathological need to maintain its he

gemony at any cost that pose the biggest threat to humanity from space.

In its latest Defense Intelligence Agency report, the US claims that Russia and Chi

na have taken steps to challenge the US in space technology, blatantly ig

noring the fact that space does not belong to it, and every country has the right to peacefully explore it.

The report says that “long-standing technological and cost barriers to

space are falling, enabling more countries and commercial firms to participate in sa

tellite construction, space launch, space exploration and human spaceflight”.

But from the way it talks about what China and Russia or other countries have a

chieved in their development of space technology, it seems as if the US believes th

at when it planted a flag on the moon it staked the claim to have the sole use of space.

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Despite China’s reiteration about it being committed to pea

ceful exploration of space and its openness to cooperation with any country in its development of space technology, the US will not give up its desire to hav

e dominance in this domain, and it is devoting a great deal of effort to presenting China and Russia as threats to serve this purpose.

Its huge investment in the development of a “Space Force” will, as a result, inevitably give rise

to an arms race off the Earth, which will shatter the human dream of the peaceful exploration of space.Be

ijing’s environmental watchdog is considering adopting the National VI (B) emission standards ahead of the cou

ntry’s scheduled time, aiming to reduce vehicle emissions and enhance air pollution control in the capital.

According to a draft plan published by the Beijing Municipal Ecological Environment Bureau on Monday, the new st

andard would come into effect first for diesel-powered trucks in public transportation and environmental sa

nitation industries and heavy-duty vehicles powered by gas in July, and then extend to other vehicles beginning in 2020.

Sales of these vehicles would be banned after the respective deadlines, but owners could

still register vehicles that meet the current standard one month after these deadlines, according to the draft.

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Zheng Wen, director-general of the ministry’s department of

circulation industry development, said online sales have become an important engine to stimulate domestic spending and i

mports. “Durable consumer goods with high-tech features and branded foreign products have huge commercial potential,” Zheng said.

Chinese e-commerce giant JD reported robust sales between Feb 3 and Friday, with sales revenue jumpi

ng 42.74 percent year-on-year. Smartphones, computers and home appliances were the top three items on JD in terms of sales value.

Chinese consumers tend to buy high-quality and diversified products, the comp

any said. Kitchenware sales posted the strongest growth — 399 percent year-on-year. That was followed by furniture and

luggage, with their respective sales revenue up 185 percent and 148 percent, JD reported.

China UnionPay, the country’s largest bank card operater by market share, saw its total transaction volume over the ho

liday period reach 1.16 trillion yuan, jumping 71.4 percent year-on-year, the company said on Monday.

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Tiantongyuan redevelopment set to improve livesy station

The region to the north of Beijing’s Fifth Ring Road is dominated by Tiantongy

uan, an enormous neighborhood reputed to be the largest residential area in Asia that houses approximately 700,000 people.

The area, which is home to more than 3 percent of the city’s population, mainly migrant work

ers, is nicknamed “Sleeper Town” because a lack of amenities and entertainment facilities mean most of the residents only go there to rest.

Located at the end of subway line 5, a major route connecting the downtown to the northern

suburbs, Tiantongyuan attracted its huge population as a result of its low property prices and relatively convenient location.

However, its dilapidated condition is a major headache for the city and the area faces a ho

st of problems, including a lack of infrastructure, both social and industrial, allied to heavy traffic congestion.

Priced at 2,650 yuan per square meter in 1999, Tiantongyuan was built to provide affordable housing

. Nearly 20 years later, property prices in the community have risen more than fourteenfold to 38,000 yuan ($5,600) per sq m.

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Air NZ flight to Shanghai turns back due to lack of lan

An Air New Zealand flight from Auckland to Shanghai had to turn back midway on Sunday morni

ng after the aircraft was found to be lacking the required permission to land in China’s mainland.

The Boeing 787-9, operating as Flight NZ289, took off from Au

kland, New Zealand, around midnight on Saturday local time but turned back after flying for a

bout 4.5 hours. The flight was scheduled to land at Pudong International Airport at 7:05am Beijing time.

In a short message sent to passengers later, the airline said the “aircraft operating the flight did not have reg

ulatory approval to land in Chinese mainland and was required to return to Auckland.”

The B787-9, the bigger version of the Dreamliner, with the registration ZK-NZQ, has been flying wit

h the airline for five months, but has never landed in the Chinese mainland, according to its flying records.

According to China’s civil aviation regulation, foreign carriers are required to

submit a list of the type, nationality and registration mark of aircraft sch

eduled to land in Chinese mainland to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) before operating the flight.

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The fourth opportunity is the Belt and Road Initiative, Liu

said. In 2018, trade in goods between China and countries within the re

gion covered by the BRI stood at $1.3 trillion, a 16.3 percent increase year-on-year. It w

as 3.7 percentage points higher than the growth rate of China’s overall external trade.

More than 13,000 China Railway Express trains have traveled along the BRI routes to date, l

inking cities in China with 49 cities in 15 European countries, including London, he added.

Rona Fairhead, the UK’s minister of state for trade and export promotion, said trade be

tween the two countries is worth more than 66 billion pounds ($86 billion) annually.

“UK exports to China continue to go from strength to strength,” she said. “In this n

ew year, I very much look forward to continuing our close level of engagement w

ith China. It is clear that there is still untapped demand for British goods and services in the Chinese market.”

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Chinese researchers in Antarctica arrive at Zhongshan Station after

ANTARCTICA — A total of 37 members on China’s 35th Antarctic research mission on Friday night arrived at the Zhongshan Station after a six-day 520-km journey amid storms.

They started off from the Taishan Station on Feb 3, which, at an altitude of 2,621 meters, is located between the Zhongshan and the Kunlun Stations. The sta

tions are the latest three out of the four scientific research bases on the Antarctic ice sheet built by China since 1964.

The Chinese researchers, 21 of them from the Taishan team and 16 from the Kunlun team, came to Zhongshan after successfully completing their tasks. The two te

ams together departed on Dec 18 from near Zhongshan for their missions.A helicopter transfers fuel oil to the Zhongshan Station, a Chinese res

earch base in Antarctica, Feb 9, 2019.
The Taishan team completed the construction project of the supporting facilities at Taishan in 38 days, a week ah

ead of schedule. Taishan was put into operation in February 2014 after its main building on the ground was completed.

The Kunlun team conducted research works on astronomy, ice berg and surveying and

mapping, among other things. For instance, they on Feb 7 set up a new automatic meteorological station, so

me 100 km away from Zhongshan. The team members arrived at Taishan on Jan 31 to join the researchers there.

The members of the two teams are scheduled to board on China’s icebreaker Xuelong

on Feb 15, leaving Antarctica for home. They are expected to arrive in Shanghai on March 10.

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