industrial internet and the internet of vehicles are am

ong the country’s top development priorities in the telecommuni

cations industry,” Zhang Feng, chief engineer of the Ministry of Industry and Information Te

chnology, said on Friday during the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day.

Zhang called for accelerated efforts to set standards in key areas, including 5G, to expedit

e the commercialization of this forefront technology and bolster the nation’s core competitiveness.

Major Chinese smartphone maker Huawei Technologies Co has a

lready unveiled its first 5G chip and first 5G foldable smartphone, the Mate X, which is

expected to hit the market in June, despite challenges involving the United States.

Also on Friday, shortly after the US said it would ban Huawei from buying US t

echnology without special approval, Huawei’s chipmaking arm, HiSilicon, said

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Top regulator says economy set for growthand

Transformation of traditional industries speeding up, riding wave of high tech

The Chinese economy is poised for more vigorous growth after gathering new strength through upgrad

es in traditional industries and accelerating the growth of high-tech industries and emerging sectors.

The country will further expand market access with a nationally unified, annually released and timely adjusted negative list for m

ore market vitality, according to the National Development and Reform Commission, China’s top economic regulator.

Meng Wei, spokeswoman of the commission, said at a media conference on Fri

day that China has made steady progress in cultivating new momentum and promoting t

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We believe that these things are major issues of prin

ciple. So every country has important principles, and we absolutely c

annot make concessions on such issues of principle,” the vice-premier said.

Liu, however, added that he hoped both sides would exhibit flexibility in the talks.

He refuted the criticism of the US side that China reneged on its promises in the draft trade text.

“We believe that it is only natural to have changes before a final deal; it is something that surely occurs in the process, so we

don’t think the Chinese side has back-walked,” he said, adding that he disagreed with the wording of “renege”.

“We just had differing views on how to phrase some things in t

he text, and we hope to resolve it, so it’s unnecessary to overreact to the issue,” he said.

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He underlined the importance of properly mitigating

various social conflicts, and said efforts must be made to address legitimate and lawful concerns to safeguard public int

erests, and also guide the public in voicing their concerns in a law-based manner to maintain social order.

Strong pressure must be maintained to crack down on crimes such as organized gang activity, violent and terroristic cri

mes, as well as those related to fraud, robbery, food and drug safety, and environmental protection, Xi said.

Calling social fairness and justice a lifeline for judicial and law enforcement work, Xi called for improving the mec

hanism of the use of power in law enforcement as well as the supervision over such powers.

Efforts should be made to help the public feel fairness and justice in every case, Xi said.

He also urged public security staff to improve their work so that human rights can be guarant

eed while crime is fought, and fairness can be ensured while efficiency of law enforcement is pursued.

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President mourns plane tragedyafter an emerg enemetyevo

Investigation underway to find out cause of fire that claimed 41 lives at Moscow airport

President Xi Jinping extended condolences to his Russian counterpart Vladimir

Putin on Monday over the victims of a fire on a passenger plane on Sunday in Moscow.

The landing plane was engulfed in flames, leaving at least 41 dead on Sunday at Sheremetyevo Airport.

Xi said in his message that he was shocked that the plane burst into flames as it ma

de an emergency landing at She­remetyevo Airport in Moscow, which led to major casualties.

On behalf of the Chinese government, the Chinese people and himself, Xi extended deep co

ndolences to the victims and his sincere sympathy to the bereaved families and the injured.

Also on Monday, Premier Li Ke­qiang sent a condolence message to Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev over the accident.

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delivers keynote speech at second B&R forum

President Xi Jinping delivered a keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the Second Belt

and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing on Friday. Here are the highlights.

Belt and Road opens up new space for global economic growth

Joint building of the Belt and Road has opened up new space for the world’s economic grow

th. It also created a new platform to boost international trade and investment, expanded new practices to optim

ize the global economic governance, and made new contributions to improving people’s well-being of all countries.

High-quality development of Belt and Road stressed

The principle of extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits should be uphel

d. The open, green and clean approaches should be adhered to. The goals of high-standard, livelihood-impro

ving and sustainable development should be achieved.High-quality, sustainable infrastructure under BRI highlighted

Infrastructure is the cornerstone of connectivity

and a bottleneck of development confronting many countries. Bui

lding infrastructure with such standards can help countries give full play to their advantages in resources and b

etter integrate into the global supply, industry and value chains for interconnected development.

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The bond pricing mechanism will be further improv

Under a pilot scheme, the first group of six provinces and cities sold 6.8 billion yuan in bonds

at commercial bank counters to individual buyers between March 22 and early April.

The coupon rates are between 3.01 percent and 3.33 percent, higher than treasury b

onds issued by the central government as well as bank deposits with the same maturity.

Gross local bond issuances hit 1.18 trillion yuan in the first qua

rter, compared with only 219.5 billion yuan in the same period last year.

The total quota for 2019 local government bond issuances is 3.08 trillion yuan, according to the Ministry of Finance.

“About 60 percent of the bonds were issued for ongoing construction, especially

for shantytown renovation projects, railways and roads,” said Hao Lei, head of the ministry’s Budget Department.

While debt financing continues to grow, the government is experiencing sharp declin

es in fiscal revenue growth, especially from tax and land sales, official data showed.

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The meetings on Thursday and Friday are all part of

f the 8th Summit of Central and Eastern European Countries & China.

At the China-CEEC economy and trade forum before the leaders meeting, Li called for strengthening trade facilitation and exp

anding two-way opening-up of markets. China is willing to expand imports of goods from CEE nations, particu

larly agricultural products that cater to the demand of Chinese consumers, he said. Trade of farm goods, machine

ry and electric devices should be further boosted and logistics sped up between the trading partners, he said.

Li said trade between China and the 16 CEE nations rose by 21 percent to a record high, de

spite a global trade slowdown. China is willing to strengthen cooperation with CEE nations in infrast

ructure based on market rules and following European Union rules and standards, he said.

Li advocated the great potential for trade and economic cooperation between China a

nd the 16 countries. China-CEEC cooperation is a helpful addition to China-EU ties, he said.

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Guns, tanks are modified to fight forest firesguishing guns h

Fire departments across China are on high alert each spring, when forests are prone to erupt in flames.

At least eight forest fires have occurred since the start of this year, with the deadliest killing 30 people who were fighting it.

In an attempt to improve the efficiency of firefighting operations and reduce safety risks, fire depa

rtments have begun to adopt machines such as specially modified artillery guns and tanks.

According to China North Industries Group Corp, commonly kn

own as Norinco, eight long-range fire-extinguishing guns designed and built by the com

pany arrived in Guojiaping village in Changzhi, Shanxi province, on Sunday at the request of provincial auth

orities to help quench the fire that had raged on a nearby mountain for several days.

The guns were used on Monday to launch shells containing fire-exti

nguishing agents onto the hill. With their assistance, firefighters were able to put out

the blaze by afternoon, the State-owned defense conglomerate said on Wednesday.

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Xi urges civil affairs authorities to better fulfill duties

Chinese President Xi Jinping has urged civil affairs authorities to focus on poverty alleviation, special groups and issues of public concern to better fulfill their duties.

Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commis

sion, made the statement in an instruction read at a national civil affairs conference held in Beijing Tuesday.

Editor’s Note: While Boeing struggles with the crisis following the crash of two 737 Max aircraft in

less than half a year, European aerospace heavyweight Airbus inked a record deal during President Xi Jinpin

g’s recent visit to France to sell 300 aircraft to China. Will Boeing‘s struggles prove to be a boon for Chinese airplane manu

facturers, as some media outlets claim? Two experts share their views on the issue with China Daily’s Liu Jianna. Excerpts follow:

A very long way to go for China

Ning Zhenbo, lead consultant for the Center of Information Technology, Aviation Industry Corporation of China, Ltd.

Boeing’s loss does not mean Chinese aircraft manufacturers’ gain, simply because China la

gs far behind the West in the aerospace industry. The fierce competition between Boeing and Airbus, the t

wo aerospace heavyweights, will not have any impact, positive or negative, on China because it is not a player in the field.

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