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Putin will visit France, Finland; the G7 Summit will be held in France; the Italian Senate will
debate a no-confidence motion in government; the president of Romania will meet his US counterpart.新亚博体育注册419
These are the international events under the spotlight for the week starting August 19.
新亚博体育注册419品茶微信Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit France on Aug 1
9 to discuss with his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, bilateral partnership.
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lk about Ukraine and discuss prospects for work within the Normandy Four.
The Normandy Four consists of Russian, Ukrainian, French a
新亚博体育注册419品茶微信nd German senior representatives and aims to resolve the Ukrainian crisis.
On Aug 21, Putin will also?pay a working visit to Finland at the invitation of Finnish President Sauli Niinisto.
Besides bilateral cooperation, the leaders will discus
s international and regional issues, including Russia’s relations with th新亚博体育注册419品茶微信
e European Union in the context of Finland’s current presidency of the EU Council.
Leaders of the G7 group of industrialized nations gather in Biarritz for their 45th summit on August 24-26.
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nt of Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Under its presidency of the G7, France has set a number of goals and priorities tha
新亚博体育注册419品茶微信t will be addressed at the summit, including the fight against security threats and terro
rism, protection of the planet through climate finance and the promotion of gender equality.
hina will not revise its foreign exchange policies, as the United States labeling it “a currency manipulator” is unre
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Based on available facts and evidence, it is unlikely that the International Monetary Fund — the most authoritative organization to arbitrate currency ma
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rt from the multilateral organization, the US accusation will not hold up, they added.
?新亚博体育注册419品茶微信An IMF spokesperson told China Daily on Thursday that “discussions
with the US Treasury Department are ongoing on a range of issues”. The “range of issues” is not c
onfined to the currency manipulation accusation, the spokesperson added.
The IMF had not yet sent a message requiring Beijing to start related negotiation?新亚博体育注册419
s regarding the accusation, two Chinese officials familiar with the matter told China Daily. The Chinese govern
?新亚博体育注册419品茶微信ment maintains routine coordination and communication with the IMF, said the officials, on condition of anonymity.
The US Treasury Department wrote in a statement on Monday that it will engage with the IMF “to
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ncement, the renminbi weakened beyond 7 per dollar for the first time since May 2008. Washington threatened earlier to sl
ap 10 percent tariffs on an additional $300 billion worth of Chinese goods beginning on Sept 1.
?新亚博体育注册419品茶微信Li Chao, vice-chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission, said it is
“irresponsible” for the US administration to label China as “a currency manipulator”, as it not only viol
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“(The US labeling) triggered drastic fluctuations across g
?新亚博体育注册419lobal financial markets,” Li said in an interview with Xinhua News Agency.
Mark Sobe, a former senior IMF official, told Reuters on T
uesday, “It’s ridiculous that they’ve declared China a currency manipulator. T?新亚博体育注册419品茶微信
hey don’t have any meaningful tools to do anything about it, unless they just want to pile more tariffs on.”
President Xi Jinping has encouraged residents of a mountainous township in Fujian provi
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mmission, made the remark in a letter replying to residents of the township of Xiadang, in the province’s Shou-ning county.
?新亚博体育注册419In a letter to Xi, the villagers wrote they had shaken off poverty and e
xpressed their gratitude to the CPC Central Committee and the general secretary.
Xi’s letter, published on Tuesday, recalled the three arduous
journeys he made to the township, saying he still has vivid memories of the area.?新亚博体育注册419品茶微信
Xi worked in Fujian between 1985 and 2002. He made his first trip to the township to lea
rn about poverty alleviation and provide instructions on the work on July 19, 1989, when he was Par
ty secretary of Ningde. The township was once among the most remote and poorest areas in Ningde.?新亚博体育注册419
It took him a three-hour car ride and a two-hour walk in scorching sum
mer heat to reach the township, which had no paved roads at the time, according to
Xinhua News Agency. He made another two trips to township, later that year and in 1996.?新亚博体育注册419品茶微信
Xi expressed his delight after learning that the township had shaken off poverty, and he offered hearty congratulations to villagers.
After 30 years of unremitting efforts, Xiadang has shifted from being almost inaccessible to being easily reached and has?新亚博体育注册419
been transformed inside and out, with residents having an increasing sense of gains and happiness, Xi said.
It has been a vivid example of the truth of such sayings as, “A slow sp
?新亚博体育注册419品茶微信arrow should make an early start” and “Little strokes fell great oaks”, he said.
Xi said he hopes the villagers will forge ahead with a persistent spirit, enhance their confi
dence and make sustained and arduous efforts to consolidate the outcomes of poverty reduction.
He also encouraged them to explore a path of rural vitalization with the characteristics of eastern Fujian during the process.?新亚博体育注册419品茶微信
The letter to Xi was written by six Party members on behalf of all villagers in the township.
Xinhua contributed to this story.
Countries sign deals for cooperation during prince’s visit to Beijing
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Xi made the remark during a meeting with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sh
新亚博体育注册419品茶微信eikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who is visiting China from Sunday to Tuesday.
China and the UAE should work toward increasing bilateral trade volume to $200 billion by 2030, and expand long-term, stea
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ched $45.9 billion, which was up by 12 percent from the previous year, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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mental protection, artificial intelligence and the peaceful use of nuclear energy. The two countries will con
新亚博体育注册419duct Belt and Road cooperation in production capacity, investment and financing in the Middle East and North Africa.
Recalling his visit to the UAE last July, Xi said the establishment of the bilateral compr
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He urged deeper strategic mutual trust and strategic cooperation, saying that Chin
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China stands ready to step up coordination with the Arab state in firmly safeguarding the interna
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Both sides should uphold multilateralism, fairness and justice and promote the building of a community with a shared
future for mankind, he added. He called for enhanced bilateral cooperation on counterterrorism and security.
President Xi Jinping holds a welcoming ceremony for Sheikh Mohammed
?新亚博体育注册419品茶微信bin Zayed Al Nahyan, crown prince of Abu Dhabi of the United Arab Emirates, o
utside the Great Hall of the People in BeijinPresident Xi Jinping held talks with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al
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Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor on Monday sternly denounced t
?新亚博体育注册419he violence carried out in the city on Sunday, saying violence would never be a solution but to breed more violence.
Such violent acts are vicious, have caused city-wide indignation and should be punished, Lam stressed.?新亚博体育注册419品茶微信
Lam met with the media alongside principal government officials on Monday aftern
?新亚博体育注册419oonfollowing targeted violenceat the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in Sai Wan,
Hong Kong Island, and at passengers in a metro station in Yuen Long, New Territories.
The vandalization to the Liaison Office, including besieging the office an?新亚博体育注册419品茶微信
d defacing the Nation Emblem mounted at the office entrance, is a blatant defiance to
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which is governed by the principle of “one country, two systems”, Lam added.
Meanwhile, the Chief Executive also condemned the “astonishing a
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rts, some wearing masks, assaulted passengers at the Yuen Long metro station with bamboo sticks.?新亚博体育注册419
The SAR government bears zero tolerance to any kind of violence carried out at any time, anywhere and towards an
?新亚博体育注册419品茶微信people. “We thus call on all citizens to safeguard the city’s law and order and never resort to violence”, Lam concluded.
Hong Kong’s Commissioner of Police Lo Wai-chung pledged that the police inve
stigation will begin immediately and pursuethe offenders at all costs to bring them justice
Despite external instabilities and domestic downside risks, the C?新亚博体育注册419品茶微信
hinese economy is likely to record a steady full-year GDP growth of 6.2 percent or higher in 2
019, with policy measures at the ready to combat any challenges, economists said.?新亚博体育注册419品茶微信
China announced 11 measures on Saturday to further open up the financial sector in the latest move to help bolster and stabilize growth.
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he fifth China Children’s Book Expo (CCBE), taking place in Beijing’s Cultural Palace of
Nationalities through July 23, explores new ways of introducing literature to the young in China.新亚博体育注册419
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. In response to a call from the Com
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rough a variety of activities, to open up the world of literature and illustrations to children.
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is kind of attitude is good and will help the country forge a better future. You can build your dreams here.”
President Xi Jinping made an inspection tour to North China’s Inner Mongolia autonomous region on Monday.
At a local community in Songshan district of Chifeng city, Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Commi?新亚博体育注册419品茶微信
ttee, learned about the grassroots party-building work as
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The Gesar epic tradition was listed as a World Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2009.
?新亚博体育注册419品茶微信hina’s Tiangong II space lab will spend its last days in orbit this week before making a controlled fall on
Friday back into Earth’s atmosphere, according to the China Manned Space Agency.
All of the space lab’s assigned tasks have been finished. It is scheduled
to fall out of orbit and reenter the atmosphere under ground control on Friday, the agency said.?新亚博体育注册419
Most of the spacecraft will burn up during the reentry process, with a small amount of de
?新亚博体育注册419品茶微信bris expected to fall in a designated secure area in the South Pacific Ocean, it added.
Preparations for reentry are underway, the agency said, saying China will publish related infor
mation or inform relevant parties in a timely manner to fulfill its international obligations.?新亚博体育注册419
Tiangong II was put into orbit in September 2016 atop a Long March 2F carrier rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite La
unch Center in the Gobi Desert. The space lab is 10.4 meters high, 3.35 m in diameter and weighs 8.6 metric tons.
?新亚博体育注册419品茶微信Two astronauts, Jing Haipeng and Chen Dong, entered the lab that October after the
ir Shenzhou XI spacecraft docked with the lab and remained there for 30 days.
From April to September 2017, Tiangong II and Tianzhou I cargo spacecraft performed several docking and in-orbit refuel
ing operations, which demonstrated resupply and refueling technologies for a space station.?新亚博体育注册419
The space lab also carried out a series of scientific and technological experiments.
?新亚博体育注册419品茶微信Its predecessor, Tiangong I, was launched in September 2011 and was mainly used to test technologies involved in space re
ndezvous and docking. Tiangong I fell back to the Earth in April 2018 in an uncontrolled manner.
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sidelines of the summit could also de-escalate bilateral trade tensions between the world’s two largest economies.
新亚博体育注册419品茶微信Xi will be in Japan from Thursday to Saturday to attend the 14th G20 Summit in Osaka at the in
vitation of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said on Sunday.新亚博体育注册419品茶微信
President underlines two-way cooperation, strategic coordination
China and Turkey should enhance mutual strategic trust and respect each other’s core interests
and major concerns on such issues as sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, President Xi Jinping said on Tuesday.
Xi made the remark while meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Previously, Xi hosted a welcoming ceremony for Erdogan.
Erdogan said that Turkey firmly supports the one-China policy, and that it is a fact that the people of all ethnicities in Xinjian
g are leading a happy life amid China’s development and prosperity. Turkey will not allow anybody to sow dissension among the two countries, he said.
Noting that both China and Turkey are important emerging markets and developin
g countries, Xi said it is of great significance for them to enhance strategic cooperation.
The two countries also should strengthen strategic coordination, consolidate the politica
l foundation of the China-Turkey strategic cooperation and cooperative relationship, a
nd ensure that the bilateral relations always operate on a healthy and stable track, Xi said.
China appreciates that Erdogan has reaffirmed his commitment many times to not allow any forces to carry out anti-Chinese or separatist activities in Turkey, Xi said.
China attaches great importance to Turkey’s stance of supporting China’s fight against te
rrorism, Xi said, adding that China would like to enhance their anti-terrorism cooperation.
Xi said the two sides should enhance connection of development strategies and deepen practical cooperation. Hailing Turkey as an important partner for join
tly building the Belt and Road, Xi said that China would like to speed up connecting the Belt and Road with Turkey’s Middle Corridor plan, and pro
mote the cooperation in areas including trade, investment, science, energy, infrastructure and major projects.