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However, the temperature now is about 30 C, much hig

higher than in previous years,” she said. “Also, the rainy season is supposed to begin after the May Day holiday, but I haven’t seen a drop of rain so far.”

Data from the National Climate Center shows that the average rainfall from April 1 to May 17 is 35.3 millim

eters, down almost two-thirds from the same period last year, the least recorded rainfall over that period since 1961.

In addition to the drought, the average temperature is 1.9 C higher than average for the period, the highest since 1961.

Chen, the chief forecaster, said that according to the mid- to long-term forecast ra

infall will relieve drought in the eastern part of Yunnan province, though its western part will still be plagued by the drought.

Surveillance from the National Climate Center shows that

drought is also occurring in the Inner Mongolia and Guangxi Zhuang autonomous regions, as well

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Recent monetary and fiscal stimulus measures are expe

cted to bolster domestic demand, partially offsetting the adverse impact of trade tariffs on overall growth,” the report said.

The US recently signaled its intention to impose additional tariffs on the European Union, primarily targeted at the

aircraft and food industries. It is in addition to the imposition of steel and aluminum tariffs that are already in place.

Amid unresolved trade disputes and higher tariffs, the projected growth of world tra

de has been revised downwards to 2.7 percent in 2019, slowing markedly from 3.4 percent in 2018.

The report warns that “the impact of a spiral of additional tariffs and retalia

tions would not only dampen growth of these large economies, but also have severe spi

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Last week, two central government authorities on Hong

 Kong affairs, the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Counc

il, and the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Hong Kong SAR, have also

expressed their support for the proposed amendments to Hong Kong’s extradition law.

A new United Nations report concludes that high trade tensions

and policy uncertainty are damaging global economic growth prospects.

A further escalation of the trade dispute between the US and China threatens both short- and mediu

m-term global growth prospects, according to the United Nations World Economic Situation and Pro

spects (WESP) mid-2019 report released Tuesday at UN headquarters in New York.

The report said that global merchandise trade-volume growth has slo

wed more sharply than expected, particularly in late 2018 and early

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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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Renminbi to remain stable, regulator saysknotes at a ba

Central bank vice-governor voices confidence amid currency volatility

The monetary authority vowed to stabilize the renminbi amid escala

ted trade tensions, while continuing to push forward financial opening-up and pr

otecting overseas investors’ legal rights, said a senior official from the central bank on Sunday.

“We have the foundation, confidence and capacity to maintain a stable foreign exchange ma

rket in China, and keep the renminbi exchange rate at a reasonably stable equilibrium,” said Pan Gongsheng, vi

ce-governor of the People’s Bank of China, the central bank, said in a statement on its website.

Before his pledge, the onshore renminbi rate depreciated to 6.9182 per do

llar at Friday’s close, the weakest level since December, and the offshore renminbi rate h

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It currently plays a leading role in the network. All the oth

her telescopes have diameters of 20 meters at most. Tianma can receive more signals than all of them combined,” Shen said.

Tianma has also played an indispensable role in determining orbits for China’s moon an

d deep space explorations. It will also determine orbits for the country’s first Mars exploration in 2020, Shen said.

The government is tackling illegal disposal of lead-acid fuel cells, w

hich has resulted in pollution and higher health risks. Hou Liqiang reports from Pizhou, Jiangsu.

China is the world’s largest manufacturer of lead-acid batteries, which are widely us

ed to power electric bikes and supply the ignition spark for conventional automobiles.

However, spent batteries, which are officially designated as hazardous waste, are often dispose

d of illegally, squandering large amounts of valuable lead and causing pollution that is costly to remedy.

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Even before the ruling, scholars had said Trump’s legal ar

Degree holders turn their backs on mega cities for better lifestyle choices

The population of college graduates is projected to reach a record high this year, turning an

already tough job market into a pressure cooker and intensifying the scramble for talent nationwide.

To many new graduates, mega cities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, Guangdong province, are less attractive beca

use of their high cost of living and greater peer pressure in the job market. And so the graduates are looking elsewhere.

The trend is changing the employment landscape in China, but it’s good news for sec

ond- and third-tier cities. The mega cities’ loss could be their gain in the brain drain game.

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The US’ trade deficit stems from its extremely low natio

nal savings rate and has to be compensated by other countries’ national savings, which in tu

rn adds to the trade deficit. On the other hand, China’s efficiency in the manufacturing industry makes it a lar

ge exporter of manufactured goods to the US and helps it sustain its high savings rate.

A high growth rate means higher trade deficit for US

Given that the US economy is driven by domestic demand, consumpt

ion in particular, instead of exports, a high rate of ec

onomic growth will widen the trade deficit, as it would have to import more products than it exports. In such a sit

uation, the implementation of large-scale infrastructure construction projects would further increase the trade deficit.

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n 2018, the handling capacity of the Port of Dunkerqu

 reached 51.6 million tons, with ore and container freight volumes breaking records. Aut

horities said that the port’s investment budget for 2019 would reach 48 million euros.

Situated at the heart of a triangle between Brussels, London, and P

aris, the Port of Dunkerque is the third largest port in France after Port Le Havre and Port Marseille.

The port has 18 professional terminals and a logistics park with storage facilities for food, hydrocarbons, chemicals and cereals.

Public security authorities have destroyed over 200 cross-re

gional criminal networks and more than 400 peer-to-peer lending platforms suspected of i

llegal fundraising between the beginning of 2018 and the first quarter of 2019, according to the Ministry of Public Security.

They have also filed 19,000 illegal fundraising cases involving 410 billion yuan ($59 billion), the ministry said in a news release.

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The phone call took place days after the US Commerce Dep

artment announced on Wednesday it will add telecommunications eq

uipment maker Huawei and its affiliates to the Entity List on Wednesday. Being on the list

bars the company from buying US technology without government approval due to security concerns.

On the same day, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order that bars US companies fr

om using telecom equipment from manufacturers considered a national security risk, without mentioning Huawei by name.

Such moves, as well as the increase of tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods earlier this m

onth, complicated the prospect of continuing the bilateral trade talks that have been ongoing for more than a year.

China has always believed in and hoped to solve trade differences thr

ough talks, but such talks should be equal, Wang said. In any talks, China must protect its legitim

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