At a meeting held in Nanchang, capital of Jiangxi, on

n Tuesday afternoon, Xi called for efforts to make new advances in the development of the countr

y’s central region. Xi presided over the meeting, at which he was briefed by the Party secretaries of Shanxi, Anhui, Jiangxi, He

nan, Hubei and Hunan provinces, as well as He Lifeng, head of the National Development and Reform Commission.

Promoting the rise of the central region is an important strategic decis

ion made by the CPC Central Committee, Xi said, adding that it has great significance in ac

hieving the goal of building a moderately prosperous society in all respects.

Xi said that although China is still in an important period of strategic opp

ortunity for its development, the country faces an increasingly complicated international situation.

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Lu’s comment followed US Treasury Secretary Steven Mn

nuchin’s comments on Wednesday that he is hopeful that both countries can “go back to the table”.

Lu told a Foreign Ministry news briefing that China has reiterated that it

s door is always open, but negotiations must be meaningful and conducted with sincerity.

“A mutually beneficial deal must be based on mutual respect, equality and win-win outcomes,” he said.

The US, out of political purposes, has used its state power to groundlessly suppress Chinese te

ch firms, which has severely affected the global development and cooperation in science and technology, he said.

It has also damaged the interests of businesses of relevant countri

es and will not win the approval and support of the international society, he added.

“Apparently it will not help create a good atmosphere for the negotiations,” he said.

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Father of slain student petitions court for death penalty

It’s been nearly a year since Xie Diao, a postgraduate student of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, was stabbed seven tim

es to death by his high school classmate Zhou Kaixuan at a restaurant outside the school.

Xie Zhonghua, father of Xie Diao, has been immersed in grief in the past year: He often

dreamed of his son, but then would suddenly awaken and start sobbing uncontrollably.

The case will finally be heard in Beijing First Intermediate People’s Court on May 24. To get justice for his son, Xie Zhon

ghua took to the streets and publicized the case, gathering tens of thousands of signatures that he has su

bmitted to the court. He hopes that, through his petition, the court would sentence Zhou to death.

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also said it is delaying its launch of Huawei’s 5G smartphones.

Jia Mo, an analyst at Singapore-based market research company Canalys, said the delayed prod

uct releases in certain markets will harm Huawei‘s smartphone business, but Huawei is working on its ow

n mobile operating system, which can help relieve some pressure in the domestic market.

On Thursday, in response to media reports that UK chip firm Arm Holdings told its staff to suspend dealin

gs with Huawei, Ren Zhengfei, CEO of Huawei, said in an interview with Chinese financial media website Caixin that his co

mpany has acquired a permanent licensing of the ARM architecture, the basis for Huawei to design its chips.

Arm China also said in a reply to China Daily that “we are in active com

munication to find appropriate solutions that comply with current laws and regulations”.

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Universities were urged to strengthen regulation of indepen

 independent enrollment of students with special talents.

Independent enrollment was added as an admission alternative a decade ago to allow some key uni

versities to enroll students they choose fit. Tests of academic competence and interviews are usually required.

However, the rise of fraud cases in independent enrollment in re

cent years has tainted the practice’s reputation and caught the authorities’ attention.

Huawei Technologies Co is securing support from some key suppliers and custome

rs amid the announced United States government restrictions on the Chinese telecom giant.

Panasonic Corp said on its China website on Thursday that it is continui

ng to supply components to Huawei despite reports that it will cut cooperation.

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He said through the SAR government’s efforts and a ratio

onal discussion among the people of

Hong Kong, the city will eventually reach a consensus and any doubts over the issue will be dispelled.

Han, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Comm

ittee, hoped that all sectors in Hong Kong will work together to safeguard the image of the city’s rule of law.

The SAR government proposed to amend its Fugitive Offenders Ordinance and Mutual Legal Assista

nce in Criminal Matters Ordinance in March. The proposed amendments will allow Hong Kon

g to surrender fugitive offenders to jurisdictions with which it does not currently have extradition arrangements on

a case-by-case basis, with prior approval from the chief executive before an application is submitted to the courts.

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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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intercepts Russian bombers, fighter jets off the coast of Alaska

Russian Tu-95MS strategic missile-

carrying bombers made an observa

tion flight along the western coast of Alaska and the Aleutian Islands and were shado

wed by F-22 fighter jets of the US Air

Force at some sections of their flight, according to Russia’s Tass News Agency.

“Four Tu-95MS strategic missile carriers of the Aerospace Force performed planned flig

hts in the airspace over the neutral

waters of the Chukotsk, Bering and Okhotsk Seas, and also along the we

stern coast of Alaska and the northern

coast of the Aleutian Islands,” Russia’s Defense Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

At some sections of the flight, the Russian strategic bombers were shadowed by US Air Force F-22 fighter jets, the statement said.

The Tu-95MS strategic bombers spent over 12 hours in the air, the ministry specified.

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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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ponds and lakes dotting the pasture, but thanks to an im

anks to an improved ecosystem, fish are returning to those waters.

The 38-year-old says his father once grazed his flock in this area of northwest China’s X

injiang Uygur autonomous region, which he described as being “barren and more like a desert back in the day”.

The Tarim River runs 1,321 kilometers along the rim of the barren Tarim Basin, a sparsely populated area about the size of Poland.

Excessive irrigation in the past used up too much water, which caused the lower 400 km of t

he Tarim River to run dry in the early 1970s and pushed surrounding trees to the verge of disappearance.

Born in the village of Yengisu by the dried-up river, Ahmat never saw the water as a child. Sa

nd would slowly cover the caked riverbed. To find water, Ahmat’s family and flock had to move 200 km north.

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