mental protection, science and technology innovation,

end manufacturing, finance, sharing economy, medical care and elderly care indust

ries,” Osuga said, adding Japan and China will push forward cooperation in more areas this year.

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said at the dialogue on Sunday that Ch

ina hopes the two sides can make steady headway in promoting bilateral investments and trade coope

ration, and actively explore third-party market cooperation as well as local cooperation.

Osuga said the Japanese government’s position on the Belt and Road Initiative remains unchan

ged, as it expects to conduct cooperation with China in a third market, promote trade and invest

ment liberalization and facilitation and uphold a business environment of fairness, justice and non-discrimination.

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China’s foreign trade climbs in 2019’s first quarter

China’s foreign trade climbed 3.7 percent year-on-year to 7.01 trillion

yuan ($1.04 trillion) in the first quarter of this year, customs data showed on Friday.

During this period exports grew 6.7 percent to 3.77 trillion yuan, while imports increased 0.3 percent to 3.24 tri

llion, according to the General Administration of Customs.Editor’s Note: The United Stat

es has repeatedly called on the World Trade Organization to cancel China’s and some other members’ developing

country status and the special and differential treatments that come with it. Does the US’ dema

The steady expansion of trade can be attributed to stable domestic economic growth and an

increase in import and export prices, customs authority spokesman Li Kuiwen told reporters.

Trade with the United States stood at 815.86 billion yuan

between January and March, down 11 percent year-on-year, according to the data.

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The move could also boost economic development, espe

ecially the development of the tourism sector, a pillar industry of China.

In fact, after the four-day holiday was announced on March 22, tourism-related stocks rose sharpl

y. Also, the number of tourists and tourism revenue during May Day holiday this year are set to increase by ab

out 8 and 9 percent year-on-year, respectively, according to China Tourism Academy.

But the actual number of holidays has not increased because April 28 and

May 5 being Sundays are make-up working days. And since there is a debate on whether t

he government should put people’s demand for longer holidays above economic development, the four-day hol

iday without reducing the number of working days will help the government and companies to strike a balance bet

ween maintaining economic development and meeting people’s need for longer holidays.

But why do Chinese people crave for longer holidays? They do so be

cause some employers, especially in some underdeveloped regions, have not given (or

have been reluctant to give) the paid leave to their employees. Besides, national holidays put

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As the new area will be built to the highest standards, ther

will be significant demand for top-quality goods and services,” he told China Daily.

Noting that many European companies are renowned for their innovation and reliability, Bagnasco said that “there shou

ld be plenty of business to be done” in Xiongan. In June, Mats Harborn, chamber president, paid a visit to Xiongan and wa

s received by Chen Gang, vice-governor of Hebei province and director of Xiongan’s management committee.

Chen said he hopes the chamber will take an active role in such areas as green developm

ent, intelligent technologies and innovation in Xiongan, an official news release from the new area said.

“The EU Chamber of Commerce in China has been building relationships in Xiongan for some time now, and the me

eting in June was just one part of that,” Bagnasco said, adding that the meeting was a good opportunity to furt

her develop relationships and deal with more concrete matters, such as specific investment mechanisms.

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More European countries expected to follow its lead as h

With Italy becoming the first of the Group of Seven industrialized nations to

sign on to the Belt and Road Initiative during President

Xi Jinping’s state visit to the country, the China-proposed connectivity plan might gain more participants, observers said.

Xi and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte witnessed the signing of the intergovernmental me

morandum of understanding on joint construction of the Belt and Road after they held talks in Rome on Saturday.

The two sides realize the huge potential of the BRI in promoting connectivity, and stand ready to strengthen the alignment of th

e BRI and the European Union’s Trans-European Transport Networks and deepen cooperation in ports, logistics, mar

ine transportation and other areas, according to a joint communique issued by the two countries.

During his talks with Conte, Xi said China’s and Italy’s historical status as nati

ons at either end of the ancient Silk Road made it natural for them to cooperate on building the Belt and Road

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Countries strive to replicate historic Silk Road’s world-changi

China would like to make joint efforts with Italy to revive the ancient Silk Road and bring more benefits for the people, President Xi Jinping said on Friday.

Xi made the remark while speaking to the media with Italian President Sergio Mattarella

in Rome. Xi left Beijing on Thursday for state visits to Italy, Monaco and France. His trip will conclude on Tuesday.

The ancient Silk Road boosted interconnectivity between Asia and Europe, and it encouraged exchanges between civilizations, Xi said.

Xi told reporters that his discussion with Mattarella was fruitful and the two leaders reached a wide range of consensuses.

China and Italy should connect their developmental strategies and enhance cooperation in such areas as infra

structure, seaports, logistics and maritime transport while promoting practical cooperation under the Belt and Road, Xi said.

China would like to increase trade and investment with Italy, Xi said, adding that Ita

ly is welcome at the second China International Import Expo as an honored guest. China would like to import more prod

ucts of high quality from Italy, and more domestic companies are being encouraged to invest in Italy, he said.

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And while it was perhaps the most blatant attempt by the

  ministration to wade into a foreign contest, it was not the only time the President or his tea

m has weighed in on the domestic politics of other countries. From undercutting British Prime Minis

ter Theresa May during a visit to the United Kingdom to calling attention to protests against French President Emm

anuel Macron, Trump has repeatedly sought to influence the internal affairs of the US’s closest allies — in full public view.

  ”It’s not without precedent that United States leaders have said things that affect politics in other countries, but it is without prece

dent for them to do it as brazenly as Trump has done,” said Joseph Nye, the former dean of Harvard Uni

versity’s Kennedy School of Government. “His style and the degree to which he intervenes are both unprecedented.”

  American administrations have long sought to quietly sway the domestic politics of other countries, whether throu

gh covert influence campaigns or military support. But rarely has a US president so eagerly voiced his opinions or

taken steps to influence another country’s internal affairs, particularly among close US allies.

  Instead — even when an administration’s preferred outcome was widely known or assumed — the White Hou

se maintained an officially neutral stance. A country’s internal affairs were off-limits, at least as a matter of stated position.

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The deal is the latest in a series of patent license agreements

with key industry partners such as Qualcomm, Dolby and Nokia. This strategy is expected

to clear the patent obstacles for Oppo to better serve global consumers in the 5G era, said Fu Liang, an independent telecom analyst.

“Talent is what we are in dire need of, to explore overseas market,” Wu said.

Oppo aims to have 90 percent of its Europe-based staff sourced from the local talent po

ol, so as to better tap into the design and art scholars from local universities.

The company said it currently has over 40,000 emplo

yees globally, with 10 manufacturing facilities and six research institutes across the world.

Its mobile operating system ColorOS commands 250 million users w

orldwide. To expand its reach, Oppo has also set up over 400,000 points of sale worldwide.

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Icebreaker returns home early after hitting iceberg

The Chinese icebreaker Xuelong, carrying the 349 members of China’s 35th research mission to Antarctica, returne

d to Shanghai safely on Tuesday, about a month earlier than originally scheduled due to a collision with an iceberg.

Despite the Jan 19 collision in the Amundsen Sea, the crew managed to carry out com

prehensive research at five stations, including Changcheng, Zhongshan and Taishan, aerial geop

hysical remote sensing observation in the southeast polar ice cap, and marine surveys in the Amundsen Sea.

“Our team obtained valuable data and samples on the expedition, and filled the scientific ga

ps in the investigation of the Amundsen Sea area,” said Li Yuhong, an assistant researcher from No 3 Marine In

stitute of the Department of Natural Resources, who joined the 35th expedition

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China reports new African swine fever case in Shaanxi

BEIJING — China’s agriculture ministry said Wednesday that a new case of African swine fever had been confirmed in Shaanxi province.

The outbreak occurred on a farm with a total of 11,334 pigs in the city of Yulin, the Ministry of A

griculture and Rural Affairs said, citing a China Animal Disease Control Center report.

Up until now, 62 pigs on the farm have died from the viral disease, while 150 have been infected, the ministry said.

A team was dispatched to the area immediately, and local authori

ties have initiated an emergency response to block, cull and disinfect affected pigs.

Transport of all pigs and related products out of or into the blockaded region is forbidden, the ministry said.

African swine fever is believed to only infect pigs, and no humans or other species have thus far been infected.

China reported its first case of the disease in August 2018 in the northeastern province of Liaoning.

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