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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In a statement on May 16, Huawei said that losing acce

ss to US suppliers “will do significant economic harm to the US companies” and affect “tens of thousands of US jobs”. In total, US firm

s sold an estimated $11 billion worth of components to Huawei last year, according to earlier media reports.

“I’m not able to tell you exactly what the costs will be; it differs from company to company,” said Allen.

“But clearly, from a corporate perspective, this Department

of Commerce action has created costs and has escalated the uncertainty quite a bit.”

Asked to comment on some voices in the US calling for the “decoupling” of the two countries, especially in the technology sect

or, Allen said both sides should pursue a playing field of “smart competition and engagement”, in which the

y play by a “common set of rules” that are mainly set by World Trade Organization obligations.

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On Tuesday, a picture showing a questionnaire that a lo

ocal kindergarten had used to ask children whether they we

 

re involved in gangs went viral on the internet. The local educational bureau said that the rese

arch was meant to stop bullies in kindergartens instead of finding gangster members.

Over 90 percent of Hong Kong college students responding to a survey said they were optimistic about the country’s fut

ure, and more than 80 percent said they would like to work on the mainland according to a report released Wednesday.

The HKUYA Student Exchange Network published the report based on a survey they carrie

d out between February and March on Hong Kong college students’ employment intentions for the mainland.

Nearly 75 percent of respondents said the major reas

on for them to work on the mainland is a plethora of job opportunities.

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A great debate set over tariffs, technologyhorwom

Two television anchorwomen — one from China and one from the US — will debate

two sides of the long-running trade dispute between the two countries.

Liu Xin, a mainstay of the China Global

Television Network, and Trish Regan, a former CNBC busi

ness correspondent who now hosts her

own show on the Fox Business Network, will have at it over i

ssues such as tariffs and technology

Wednesday at 8 pm EDT in the US and simultaneously at 8 am Thursday in China.

The discourse will take place via satellite, as Liu will be in CGTN’s studio in Beijing, while Regan will be at Fox’s studio in New York.

The debate idea came about after the two newswomen clashed earlier this month after Regan said Beijing stole “$600 bill

on worth of intellectual property a year”, leading to the Trump administration tariffs.

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RMB’s value determined by market forcesce forex rese

Beijing will not sacrifice forex reserves to defend its currency, analysts say

China would rather rely on market-oriented forces to determine the renminbi’s value than defend its currency by d

ipping into its $3 trillion foreign exchange reserves amid trade disagreements, analysts said.

The United States Treasury announced on Wednesday that it could not label China a

s a “currency manipulator” after Washington monitored the recent performance of the RMB.

No evidence was found to show Chinese monetary authority intervention in foreign exchange markets over the past sev

eral months, according to the US Treasury’s semiannual foreign-exchange report to Congress.

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f rice and fertilizer futures, guiding more compan

anies and fund managers entering the market, and assisting in formulating the Futures Law.

“As prices of bulk commodities fluctuated frequently and shar

ply in recent years, the real economy has a huge demand for risk management,” Lu said, str

essing the importance of accelerating the development of the futures market amid uncertainties.

China stepped up efforts to open up the commodity futures mar

ket last year, making three futures contracts available to f

oreign investors so far, including crude oil, iron ore and purified ter

ephthalic acid (PTA), a raw material for making plastics.

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Foreign investors’ access to onshore stock index futures

“Moreover, as foreign investors’ trading helps boost liquidity in the domestic market and makes the price changes mor

e consistent with international trends, domestic market participants can also better hedge against risks,” he said.

Experts also expect China to open up the stock index futures mark

et to foreign investors, as they have large exposure in t

he A-share market and are therefore in need of this risk management tool.

Foreign investors’ access to onshore stock index futures is an “infrastructure” for fin

ancial market opening-up, without which foreign investors’ passion for Chinese shares may be dampened, said Wa

ng Maobin, investment department chair at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing.

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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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President’s Russia visit eyes global stabilitys talks with his

President Xi Jinping’s upcoming visit to Russia reflects close cooperation between China and Russia,

which is important to maintain the stability of the international community amid rising uncertainties, analysts said.

Xi will make a state visit to Russia from June 5 to 7 and attend the 23rd St. Petersburg

International Economic Forum, Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang announced on Wednesday.

The trip is part of the annual exchange of visits between the two countries’

heads of state, after Russian President Vladimir Putin attended the Second Belt and Road Fo

rum for International Cooperation in Beijing in April and had talks with Xi on the sidelines.

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ale Zhang, managing director of Shanghai-based con

nsultancy Automotive Foresight, said SEAT’s smaller cars will help its parent company to reach custo

mers in China’s smaller cities, where electric cars built on Volkswagen’s own platforms would be less affordable.

Volkswagen, as well as its subsidiaries from Audi to Porsche, plan to deliver aro

und 1.5 million electrified vehicles, most of them pure electric cars, in China by 2025.

It also expects global sales of electrified vehicles will total 22 million by 2028, and half of them will be produced in China.

China overtook the United States as the largest producer and market of new energy vehicles in 2015.

The China Association of Automobile Manufacturers expected sales of su

ch vehicles to reach at least 1.6 million this year, up from 1.2 million in 2018.

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