hina-US trade has benefited both countries: report

hina-United States trade has been mutually beneficial, and the

US has reaped substantial benefits from bilateral econo

mic and trade cooperation, the Ministry of Commerce said on Thursday in a research report.

“China-US economic and trade cooperation has reached unprecedented depth and breadth,” said the report, noti

ng that bilateral trade surged last year by roughly 252 times since 1979 to $633.5 billion.

Bilateral trade in services exceeded $125 billion in 2018, and two-wa

y direct investment has totaled nearly $160 billion in the past four decades.

Since the current US administration came to power, it has ignored the mutual econ

omic and trade cooperation between two nations, said Gao Feng, the ministry’s spokesman.

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The visit will further display the strength of bilateral tie

ties, which are developing “very good” momentum both politically and econom

ically, said Ruan Zongze, vice-president of the China Institute of International Studies.

Trade between the two countries “made a major breakthrough” and exceeded $100 billion in 2018, and the two permanent mem

bers of the United Nations Security Council have been coordinating closely on major international issues, Ruan said.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral ties, which are said to have reached their best level in history.

Also, the attendance of the two countries’ leaders at each other’s internat

ional forums shows both sides’ support for an open global economy, Ruan added.

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Sales of Saky products in the lower-tier market only accou

unt for about 20 percent of the total, but they have quadrupled in the past two years.

“If you can prove to small-town youths that the products are useful, they are willing to pay,” Lan said. “Some inno

vative Saky products have also seen rapid growth in lower-tier markets, including one that removes stains from teeth.”

Chen, from Roland Berger, said that while small-town youths are narrowing the gap with their count

erparts in bigger cities in many ways, they still have many distinct demands. If companies want to win t

hem over, it is important for them to have a deep understanding of lower-tier markets and to draw up strategies acc

ordingly, whether in building brand awareness, or providing specialized products and distribution channels.

For example, while helping a jewelry company to access lower-tier markets, he found tha

t jade inlaid with gold is very popular, although it is considered unfashionable by consumers in large cities.

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Some of those countries selected and submitted their

candidates to the space technology academy, which then reviewed their qualifications and selected who would be admitted.

“Whether the candidates can get this opportunity depends on two fac

tors. First, their English proficiency is supposed to be good enough to handle our c

ourses-all of them are taught in English,” Li said. “And second, an ideal candidate should have at least a bac

helor’s degree as well as background in or some knowledge of the space industry.”

Candidates who pass the qualification screening are also required to write a research pr

oposal and provide an endorsement document signed by the space authority of their nation, he said.

Li said the program does not charge the students or their countries any fees. Ins

tead, the Shenzhou Institute gives each student 3,000 yuan ($445) per month as a stipend.

Cui Yufu, a senior designer of small satellites at the academy and a professor at the insti

tute, said the program has some advantages that other domestic and foreign space organizations don’t offer.

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Buses are expected to be added along the 919 bus lin

 from downtown Beijing to Yanqing. In Yanqing district, citizens can take bus lines Y44, Y20, Y4, Y9, Y10 and Y46 to the expo site.

Besides, during the event, 18 pairs of trains will run on the S2 rail line on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays and h

olidays, and the trains will leave every hour. Non-stop trains will run from Huangtudian Station to Yanqing Station.

From Tuesday, visitors can take the S2 rail line to Yanqing Station where they can take free shuttle buses to the expo site directly.

Also, the S2 rail line allows visitors to scan a QR code to pay and pass to shorten the travel time.

At present, 11 temporary parking lots for the expo have been complet

ed and ready to be operational, with more than 20,000 parking spaces provided.

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Sudan defense minister sworn in as head of transitional

Sudan’s Defense Minister Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf on T

hursday was sworn in as head of the transitional council in Sudan, official Sudan TV reported.

“Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf took the constitutional oath as chairman of the Trans

itional Military Council and Kamal Abdul-Marouf Al-Mahi as his deputy,” the report said.

Earlier on Thursday, Ibn Auf announced the ousting of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and his government.

He further declared a state of emergency for three months and a curfew for one month.

The defense minister said that a military council would be formed to run the country during a transitional period of two years.

He also announced suspension of the interim constitution of the Republic of Sudan, and clo

sure of the Sudanese air space for 24 hours together with border passages all over Sudan until further notice.

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Strong measures have been taken to avoid subsequent disasters

 particularly to prevent polluted water in the chemical park from flowing out.

Cao said that thorough inspections have been conducted in chemical plants on the site to prevent further pollution.

He said that these plants stored a large amount of chemical substances, and some sulfuric acid and nitric acid was leaked from the storage tanks due to the explosion.

“Environmental experts and managers of the chemical park have been summoned to research the water treatment and environmental protection issues,” said Cao.

“Details of the categories, amounts and storage methods of chemicals are being careful

ly examined and they’ll be handled with great caution to prevent secondary disasters,” he said.

Li Ganjie, minister of Ecology and Environment, also held a m

eeting on pollution control after the blast. He demanded a comprehensive monitoring of th

e local environment, and all-out efforts to clean solid waste in the park and prevent polluted waters in the park from enterin

g the Guanhe River, which runs into the Yellow Sea. The river’s estuary is only a little more than 10 km away from the park.

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In an interview with China Daily Website on Tuesday

 Jesus Madrazo, a member of Bayer’s executive leadership team and head of Agricultural Affai

rs and Sustainability for the Crop Science division of Bayer, said the company, sensing tremendous op

portunities in China, is constantly looking for opportunities to expand its operations in China.

“There is a broad recognition that China has made tremendous prog

ress in not only advancing food security, but also about the quality of what is grown, and gro

w it not only more but also better, better for the consumers and better for the environment.”

He said Bayer, having been operating in the Chinese market for more than 30 years, plans to be here for many decades to co

me to support the agricultural development and introduce the best products and technologies.

Bayer Crop Science Greater China Country Head Huang Weidong said China has bee

n vigorously supporting the development and upgrading of agricultural industry and opening the doo

r to new technologies, new business models, digital agriculture and digital-related applications.

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He also noted that China and Australia see strong people-to-people

connections through education and tourism.

“Currently there are around 185,000 Chinese students studying in Australia and we welcome over 1.4 million Chinese visitors to o

ur shores every year,” he said. “China is also an attractive destination for many Australians, with more than 400,000 visiting in the last year.”

“I have every confidence that the relationship between Australia and China will continue to

prosper in 2019 and well beyond,” he said.The New York Philharmonic on Wednesday presented its eighth edition of Lunar New Year c

oncert, featuring the U.S. premiere of Chinese composer Tan Dun’s violin concerto Fire Ritual.

Opening the celebration with Spring Festival Overture, a well-known piece in C

hina, the orchestra instantly kindled an air of festivity in the David Geffen Hall at Li

coln Center, as audience, mostly from local Chinese community, started to nod and hum the jubilant melodies.

South Korean violinist Bomsori Kim then entered the stage from among the audien

ce, playing the core role as a oracle in Fire Ritual, a violin concerto created by Oscar Winner Tan Dun.

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As the Spring Festival is approaching, many Chinese are bu

ying lots of goodies like fruit, but many can’t afford cherries.Tagged at almost 120 yuan per kilogr

am, boxes of cherries are seen as high-end fruit in terms of price compared with other seasonal fr

uits, according to a Global Times reporter’s observation at a Jingkelong Supermarket in Beijing on Friday.

“Almost all the boxes of cherries are sold out every day,” a worker at the s

upermarket surnamed Liu told the Global Times. “Even though cherries are ve

ry expensive, many people still buy them as gifts for relatives and friends during the Chinese New Year.”

The price of cherries rose 30 percent year-on-year in Hefei, East China’s Anhui P

rovince, the Anhui Business Daily reported in January. Even so, inspired by hype

on Chinese social media and the festive season, many people have posted online videos of the cherries they bought.

“It proves that Chinese consumption is upgrading,” said Dong Dengxin, director of

the Finance and Securities Institute at Wuhan University of Science and Technology.

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