administration escalating tariffs and Beijing retaliating.

It is important that we come to an agreement over time that addresses the problems that we have identified. And the sooner the better,” Allen said.

He said the council had opposed the use of tariffs from the very beginning and hop

ed a “mutually acceptable and supportive” agreement could be reached in the near term.

“But, currently, we are moving away from that agreement. We want to get back to moving toward a

n agreement so that our two economies can begin to interact with each other in a more normal manner,” he said.

Allen, who was in Lexington, Kentucky, last week for the Fifth US-China Governors Fo

rum, said he had spoken to a number of Chinese investors in Kentucky and throughout the United St

ates who are bringing jobs and opportunities that did not exist previously.

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The strategic guiding role of national development plannin

ng should be leveraged to improve coordination mechanisms

for economic policies such as finance, currency, employment, industry, and regional develop

ment to ensure the nation’s economic development stays within a reasonable range, the statement said.

The meeting highlighted the importance of strengthening innovative cap

abilities as well as opening-up and cooperation in this regard, and called for improving the serv

ices and environment for opening-up and cooperation so that development is promoted through opening-up, inn

ovation is advanced through reforms and win-win results are achieved through cooperation, it said.

Tough and newly emerging problems should be resolved through deepening reforms, the state

ment said, adding that the capability of dealing with challenges and preventing risks should be intensified.

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The world’s second-largest economy maintained its fore

eign exchange reserves at $3.095 trillion at the end of April. The reserve amount was stable, altho

ugh it slightly retreated from $3.098 trillion at the end of March, according to the State Administration of Foreign Exchange.

Li Yang, director of the National Institution for Finance and Development of the Chinese Academy

of Social Sciences, said that China is unlikely to sacrifice foreign exchange reserves to de

fend its currency, even if depreciation pressure rises amid any escalation in trade tension.

In May, the offshore RMB exchange rate against the US dollar dropped more than 3 percen

t under market pressure as global investors worried about the escalation of trade friction.

Guo Shuqing, Party secretary of the People’s Bank of China, the central bank, said on Monday that higher US tariffs on Chin

a’s imports triggered financial market volatility, and this also affected the offshore RMB.

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The 5G tech will not only improve the way people liv

 live and work, but also accelerate China’s social digital transformation as well as build key competence amid the uphill battle in the global industry,” Huang said.

“There are huge investment opportunities for 5G industries, including materials, chips,

main equipment suppliers, base stations, antenna, cloud computing, internet of vehicles and the internet of things,” Hu

ang said. “5G will bring historic opportunities for China’s economic and social development.”

A new 5G research institute has also been established in Yizhuang, Beijing on Wednesday.

According to a new report by Global System for Mobile Communications Associ

ation, China is set to become the largest 5G market in the globe, with 460 million 5G users by 2025.

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At present, 5G has become the driving force to boost Ch

hina’s innovative and high-quality development,” Sui Zhenjiang, vice-mayor of Beijing, said on Wedne

sday during a 5G industrial development and investment summit held in Yizhuang, in southeastern Beijing.

“Beijing is actively transforming itself as a national scientific and tech

nological innovation center. With advantages in complete telecom infrastructure, abunda

nt talent and strong research and development capabilities, we have the resolve to accelerate the push for making brea

kthroughs in 5G technologies and build an independent and innovative 5G industrial system,” Sui said.

As of May 24, the three major telecom operators-China Mobile, Chin

a Telecom and China Unicom-have established 4,700 5G base stations in Beijing, acc

ording to Wang Gang, head of the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Economy and Information Technology.

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In May, the offshore RMB exchange rate against the US do

dollar dropped more than 3 percent under market pressure as global investors worried about the escalation of trade friction.

Guo Shuqing, Party secretary of the People’s Bank of China, the central bank, said on Monda

y that higher US tariffs on China’s imports triggered financial market volatility, and this also affected the offshore RMB.

The currency’s depreciation was purely caused by market forces, a

d China has never taken any measures to deliberately devalue the currency to make its exports more

attractive, said Guo, who is also head of the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission.

According to Guo, the short-term fluctuation of the RMB exchange

rate was normal, and the depreciation will not last long given the stable economic growth base.

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Xi calls for bolstering reform, developmentonomic gro

Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, called on Wednesday for further efforts to prevent and eliminate major

problems in the nation’s reform and development against the backdrop that uncertainties and instabilities are on the rise.

Xi, also Chinese president and chairman of the Central Military Commission, made the remarks whil

e presiding over a key meeting of the Central Committee for Deepening Overall Reform. He is the director of the committee.

Saying China is facing profound changes in its reform and development against the backdro

p of increasing external uncertain and unstable factors, Xi said the country must maintain a strategic focus.

Substantial and resolute efforts must be made to prevent major contra

dictions and outstanding problems through coordinated planning and targeted mea

sures to make reform better serve the country’s economic and social development, Xi said.

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The Sino-US trade tensions have had a limited impact

mpact on China’s financial markets and the effects will be “even smaller” in the future, Guo said.

Yi Huiman, chairman of the CSRC, also pledged earlier in May to continuously enhance the quality of listed firms as part of s

upply-side reforms in the financial sector to promote the high-quality development of the real economy.

The National Development and Reform Commission, China’s top economic planner, said on

Tuesday that the country is willing to continue supplying rare-earth metals to world markets but is oppo

sed to those who use products made with such rare earths to “suppress and dampen China’s development”.

It also said that the industries of China and the United States are highly compleme

ntary. Cooperation will benefit both countries while confrontation will only undermine their interests, it said.

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China is the world’s largest producer of rare earths, acco

counting for about 80 percent of global supply. However, the country’s rare-earth industry is faced with such pro

blems as rapidly decreasing inventory, inefficient production and environmental pollution.

Analysts also said that the low prices of China’s exports have failed to reflect the real value of the precious resource.

The division of labor of the global rare-earth industry should be coo

rdinated in accordance with the principle of opening-up and sharing, the NDRC said.

While the country prioritizes the domestic use of rare-earth meta

ls, it is willing to see its exports help drive the development of global industries, it said.

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China’s Qomolangma climbing season runs from April 10 t

At least four deaths have been blamed on crowding during the climbs, Agence France-Presse reported.

People should be well prepared to handle Qomolangma’s traffic jams which are common phenomena along climbing paths, said alpinists who had reached the summit.

“Although the news about the jam on Qomolangma this year has gone viral, people should understand that it happens every year during the brief cl

imbing window. Knowing what to do when climbers jam the narrow paths should be incl

uded in their training well in advance,” said Ma Liyamu, who reached the top of Qomolangma, the world’s ta

llest mountain at 8,848 meters, on May 22 and was also held up by the crowds on her descent.

She is the leader of a mountaineering team of three Chinese women w

ho scaled Qomolangma. They launched their expedition from Nepal, which issued 381 cli

mbing permits for the season that concludes this week. Nepal’s permits this season cost $11,000 each.

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