Belt, Road high on China-Niger agendaming ceremoident

China and Niger should enhance Belt and Road cooperation and implemen

t major projects in areas such as infrastructure, energy and agriculture, President Xi Jinp

ing said on Tuesday. Xi made the remark while meeting with Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou at the Gre

at Hall of the People in Beijing. Issoufou is paying a state visit to China from Sunday to Thursday.

Witnessed by the two leaders, China and Niger signed a number of cooperation documents after their talks. Xi appre

ciated Issoufou’s efforts in promoting the China-Niger and China-Africa friendship over the past few years. Not

ing that China and Niger are good friends, partners and brothers, Xi said that the two countries have enhanced mu

tual political trust and have achieved fruitful outcomes in practical cooperation in several areas.

China would like to work with Niger to jointly implement the outcomes of the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Afri

ca Cooperation, strengthen strategic cooperation and bring more benefits to the people of both countries.

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envisions cooperation on big dataXi said inthe

President’s message calls for tackling legal, security, governance challenges

President Xi Jinping called on Sunday for strengthened cooperation among countries to explo

re opportunities of digital, internet-based intelligent development and to properly address le

gal, security and governance challenges arising from big data industry development.

He made the remarks in a congratulatory letter to the China Internati

onal Big Data Industry Expo 2019, which kicked off in Guiyang, Guizhou province.

The new generation of information technology, represented by the internet, big data an

d artificial intelligence, is booming at present and has significant and profound influence on various cou

ntries’ economic development, social progress and people’s lives, Xi said in the letter.

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Mainstream will prevail in EU electionsballoon depicting the

Mainstream political groups will continue to dominate in elections to the European Parli

ament this week but probably will lose some seats to nationalist and far-right parties, analysts predict.

“There is no fear for the solidity of the EU-decision-making system”, said Sven Biscop, director of the Euro

pe in the World Program at the Egmont-Royal Institute for International Relations, a think tank based in Brussels.

But he urged “those who favor the European project” to not be complacent, as the rise of

populist and far-right parties has already become a major concern for the EU and its member states.

About 400 million people from the EU’s 28 member countries – includi

ng for now the United Kingdom – are eligible to vote in polls to be held from Ma

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Move shows Beijing’s resolve to safeguard its interests

China said late on Monday that it will increase tariffs on the bulk o

$60 billion of US imports to three categories of rates between 10 percent and 25 percent.

For the rest of the US imports, the duty rate remains at 5 percent, acc

ording to a statement released by the Customs Tariff Commission of the State Council.

The tariffs will hit around 5,000 products such as food, chem

icals and auto parts, and are due to take effect on June 1, the commission said.

In a separate statement on Monday, the commission said i

t will be open to tariff exemption applications for part of qualified US imports.

This is China’s latest response to the additional US tariffs on $200

billion of Chinese goods, which were implemented on Friday morning.

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The budgetary restrictions over government investm

ent funds will be further tightened, and government-funded programs m

ust not be constructed with capital advances from contractors, the regulation said.

The regulation, to take effect in July, came after heightened efforts

by the central government to rein in debts raise

d by local authorities, which are estimated to have reached 18.4 trillion yuan ($2.7 trillion) by the end of 2018.

Minister of Finance Liu Kun said in this year’s legislative session in March th

at China will adopt stringent measures to prevent new illegal borrowing by local authorities.

He said there has been action by local authorities to use financi

ng platforms to raise debts in violation of laws and regu

lations, and the ministry will block the way for such illegal debt-raising behavior in the future.

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Detailed information on the foundation and the laurea

Peng Yuxing, vice-governor of Southwest China’s Sichuan province, is under disciplinary and supe

rvisory investigation for suspected severe violations of disciplines and laws, an official statement said Sunday.

The investigation is being conducted by the Communist Party of China Central Co

mmission for Discipline Inspection and the National Supervisory Commission.

Peng, a Sichuan native, was born in 1962. He graduated from Sichuan University with a master’s degree in 1985 and in July 1992 r

eceived his science doctorate from Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris, specializing in polymers and materials.

He pursued a postdoctoral degree at ExxonMobil Chemical France from July 1992 to December 1993.

Peng then served in leadership positions at the Chengdu Institute of Organic Chemistry under the Chinese Academy of Sciences from 1997 to 2009.

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