hina promises to counter US tariffsay urged tes to c

China’s Ministry of Commerce on Thursday urged the United States to correct its use of tariffs, and vo

wed to take necessary countermeasures if the US’ new tariff plan targeting $300 billion in Chinese imports takes effect.

The US government’s bullying behavior and maximum pressure regime on China violate mu

ltilateral trade rules, ministry spokesman Gao Feng said at a regular news conference.

The office of the United States Trade Representative proposed to take further action by imposing 25 percent of addition

al tariffs on Chinese imports with an annual trade value of approximately $300 billion. The USTR is seek

ing comment and will hold a public hearing regarding the proposed modification on June 17.

Gao said the impact of US tariffs imposed on Chinese products starting last year was “completely controllable.”

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countries work to tackle disastersrs ago during which the s

Scientists from China and other countries involved in the Belt

and Road Initiative will work together to enhance scientific and technological coop

eration in disaster prevention and mitigation, according to a joint declaration.

The collaboration aims to make areas along the initiative safer, more sustainable a

nd disaster-proof, according to the declaration published during the two-day International Conference on Silk-r

oad Disaster Risk Reduction and Development, which concluded in Beijing on Sunday.

Sunday marked China’s 11th National Disaster Prevention and Reduct

ion Day, an annual event which began in 2009 after a devastating earthquake hit Sic

huan and neighboring provinces on May 12, 2008, leaving over 87,000 dead or missing.

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President mourns plane tragedyafter an emerg enemetyevo

Investigation underway to find out cause of fire that claimed 41 lives at Moscow airport

President Xi Jinping extended condolences to his Russian counterpart Vladimir

Putin on Monday over the victims of a fire on a passenger plane on Sunday in Moscow.

The landing plane was engulfed in flames, leaving at least 41 dead on Sunday at Sheremetyevo Airport.

Xi said in his message that he was shocked that the plane burst into flames as it ma

de an emergency landing at She­remetyevo Airport in Moscow, which led to major casualties.

On behalf of the Chinese government, the Chinese people and himself, Xi extended deep co

ndolences to the victims and his sincere sympathy to the bereaved families and the injured.

Also on Monday, Premier Li Ke­qiang sent a condolence message to Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev over the accident.

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delivers keynote speech at second B&R forum

President Xi Jinping delivered a keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the Second Belt

and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing on Friday. Here are the highlights.

Belt and Road opens up new space for global economic growth

Joint building of the Belt and Road has opened up new space for the world’s economic grow

th. It also created a new platform to boost international trade and investment, expanded new practices to optim

ize the global economic governance, and made new contributions to improving people’s well-being of all countries.

High-quality development of Belt and Road stressed

The principle of extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits should be uphel

d. The open, green and clean approaches should be adhered to. The goals of high-standard, livelihood-impro

ving and sustainable development should be achieved.High-quality, sustainable infrastructure under BRI highlighted

Infrastructure is the cornerstone of connectivity

and a bottleneck of development confronting many countries. Bui

lding infrastructure with such standards can help countries give full play to their advantages in resources and b

etter integrate into the global supply, industry and value chains for interconnected development.

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Customs makes its biggest tusk bustuangpu Customs Distri

China’s customs officers have seized 2,748 ivory tusks weighing a combined 7.48 metric tons after cracking a major smuggling case.

It was the biggest haul of tusks ever recorded in an anti-smuggling bust conducted in

dependently by customs officers, the General Administration of Customs said on Monday.

The case was solved in March after a combined operation of differ

ent customs offices lasting three months. A total of 238 custo

ms officers took part from cities around the country, including Hefei, Nanjing, Beijing, Fuzhou and Qingdao.

Twenty suspects were detained for further investigation, accor

ding to Sun Zhijie, director of the administration’s anti-smuggling bureau.

Sun said the tusks, illegally shipped from African countries, were imported into China labeled as wood.

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The meetings on Thursday and Friday are all part of

f the 8th Summit of Central and Eastern European Countries & China.

At the China-CEEC economy and trade forum before the leaders meeting, Li called for strengthening trade facilitation and exp

anding two-way opening-up of markets. China is willing to expand imports of goods from CEE nations, particu

larly agricultural products that cater to the demand of Chinese consumers, he said. Trade of farm goods, machine

ry and electric devices should be further boosted and logistics sped up between the trading partners, he said.

Li said trade between China and the 16 CEE nations rose by 21 percent to a record high, de

spite a global trade slowdown. China is willing to strengthen cooperation with CEE nations in infrast

ructure based on market rules and following European Union rules and standards, he said.

Li advocated the great potential for trade and economic cooperation between China a

nd the 16 countries. China-CEEC cooperation is a helpful addition to China-EU ties, he said.

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Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said Saturday that it w

was “extremely unlikely” any of the 27 countries would veto a delay.

AP”If one country was to veto an extension and, as a result, impose hardship on us, real problems for the Dutch and Belgians

and French as neighboring countries (to the UK)…they wouldn’t be forgiven for it,” he told Ireland’s RTE radio.

magnitude earthquake at a depth of 17 kilometers was detected at 1:25 pm on Sund

ay in Beijing’s Haidian district, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center.

Two earthquake experts said the minor quake was a normal activity in the earth’s crust caused by chan

ges in crustal stress, and there is no need for the public to panic, according to a report on huanqiu.com.

“It is a normal and isolated event,” said Guo Xun, dean of the Civil Engineering School at the Institute of Disaster Prevention.

“As Beijing is at the junction of the earthquake zones of Shanxi province, the Hebei Plain

and Yanshan Mountain, the city will experience one to two earthquakes at around magnitude-3 degree ev

ery year, according to past experience,” Sun Shihong, a researcher at the China Earthquake Networks Center, added.

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In Nanjing, the local railway authority has put more tra

ains into service. It said residents in the city would likely make about 340,000 trips by train on Friday.

Other branches of the railway system have also launched more runs to handle the increase of holiday passengers.

Tomb Sweeping Day, also known as Qingming Festival, fell on Friday this year. It i

s a traditional Chinese day on which people pay tribute to deceased family members,

friends and national heroes. Chinese people have used the day for spring outings since ancient times.

In recent years, the number of Chinese travelers, to both domestic and foreign destinations, d

uring the Tomb Sweeping Day holiday has increased annually, and most of them travel by rail for some or all of the j

ourney. For destinations within China, railways offer lower prices and more choices than airlines.

At present, China operates more than 131,000 kilometers of tracks. That fig

ure includes more than 29,000 km of high-speed rail, two-thirds of the global total.

Last year, China invested more than 338 billion yuan ($50 billion) in the construct

ion of 26 new railways and opened new lines totaling 4,683 km, most of them high-speed.

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calls on civil affairs authorities to improve publi

President Xi Jinping called upon civil affairs authorities to focus their efforts on meeting the requirements of poverty red

uction, special groups and matters of public concern in an instruction released on Tuesday.

The remark by Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of Central Mil

itary Commission, came as the 14th National Conference on Civil Affairs began in Beijing on Tuesday.

Xi said work related to civil affairs is related to the public’s well-being and the hearts a

nd minds of the people, and it is also fundamental work that extends a helping hand to those most in need.

Party committees and governments at various levels should stay committed to a people-cent

ered approach and improve their capacities in civil affairs services at the primary level, he said.

He also urged civil affairs authorities to enhance their Party building, stay comm

itted to advancing reform and innovations, better assume their responsibilities in ensur

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I want to go to school in another province. That way, I won’t

feel like an orphan,” he wrote in the letter, referring to special classes established for Tibetan students in schools

outside the region that allow them to share equal teaching resources with their “inland” counterparts.

“All my classmates would be separated from their parents, so I wouldn’t want to have parents.”

Nyima Gyaltsan rarely shares his feelings, fearing that he may be mocked and treated differently, but Qian, who arrived from

affluent Jiangsu province five years ago, is an exception, even though he only began teaching the boy last semester.

“When Teacher Qian learned I was an orphan, he tried to ease my mental stress and help me

study,” Nyima Gyaltsan said, adding that he has spoken privately with Qian several times.

As the boy has no family members to help with his school work, Qian told him to high

light anything he didn’t understand in any subject and he would find teachers to help him.

“Teacher Qian told me I can always turn to him, or talk with him every Wednesday at noon if I come across any difficulties or stress,” he said.

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