These high net worth individuals each possess inve

Meanwhile, 79 percent of the Chinese high net worth individuals polled said they are optimistic about their inves

tment returns for the next six months, while the average number was 62 percent in the North Asian markets.

Despite the fact that the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index sh

ed nearly 24 percent in 2018, 67 percent of Chinese participants said they will increase their inv

estments in the stock market in the next six months, much higher than the 51 percent registered in North Asia on average.

UBS found that cash still makes up about 30 percent of the investmen

t portfolios of Chinese high net worth individuals, which is the lowest among all surveyed Asi

a-Pacific markets, and even lower than the global average of 32 percent. Although China’s number is relatively lo

w, it is comparatively one of the most significant parts of the investment portfolios of high net worth individuals.

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Wuxi officials punished over kindergarten ‘gang’ question

Three officials in Wuxi, East China’s Jiangsu province, have been gi

ven Party and administrative punishments on Thursday over an inappropriate question about

whether kindergarten children were involved in gangs, the local government said on its official Wechat account.

According to the government of Wuxi’s Xishan district, Feng Dongyan, director and Party chief

of the Xishan Education Bureau, has been given the punishment of warning within the Party.

Wang Zhaoyu, director of the educational bureau’s general office, has been given a serious warni

ng within the Party and removed from office. Lu Zhongxian, director of the bureau’s educational equi

pment and student aid management center, was also given a serious warning and dismissed.

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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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China’s GDP reached 21.34 trillion yuan in the first three

months of 2019, up 6.4 percent year-on-year, according to data released by the National Bureau of Statistics.

Xinjiang is the last province to release its local GDP figures. During the

first quarter, Xinjiang’s GDP reached 217.77 billion yuan, up 5.3 percent year-on-year.

In terms of GDP growth rate, a total of 17 regions saw their GDP numbers exceed the “nation

al line” of 6.4 percent. Among them five came from the eastern region and six each from central and western areas.

All the top three came from China’s western area. Yunnan province posted the fastest

growth rate of 9.7 percent year-on-year, followed by Guizhou (9.2 percent) and Tibet (9.1 percent).

The bottom three are Jilin province, Tianjin municipality and Heilongjiang pro

vince, Jilin province, with a growth rate of 2.4 percent, was the weakest performer.

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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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In particular, we need to strengthen international coop

peration in AI governance including laws and regulations, ethical norms and international rules,” Wang said.

The State Council issued a plan in 2017 that set benchmarks for China’s AI sector, with the value of core AI indu

stries predicted to exceed 1 trillion yuan ($145 billion) and make the country the global leader of AI innovation by 2030.

In December, Tianjin unveiled a three-year plan to boost the innovative development of seven AI-related indust

rial chains including independent and controllable information systems, smart security, big data, advanced co

mmunications, intelligent connected vehicles, industrial robots and intelligent terminals.

According to the plan, the government will build Tianjin into an AI in

novation center and a hub of AI industries and innovative applications by 2020.

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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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hina will provide proposals for World Trade Organ

ization reforms and enhance communication with member countries and regions to deal with trade issues. That will stre

ngthen the WTO and jointly maintain free trade and the multilateral trade system, he said.a

Beijing International Horticultural Exhibition welcomed its first tourist peak by serv

ing more than 320,000 tourists during the four-day May Day holiday, the organizer said Saturday.

Lei Lei, an official with the organizing committee, said the Chinese Pavilion, the Inte

rnational Pavilion, the Life Experience Pavilion, the Botany Pavilion and the Gui

Some 132 activities, including float parades, world ethnic and folk cultural perform

ances, and culture and art carnivals staged by central and eastern European countries, were held during the holiday.

With the theme of “Live Green, Live Better,” the expo opened to the public on M

onday at the foot of the Great Wall in the capital’s Yanqing District and will last until Oct 7.

rui Theater were among the most popular destinations, which h

ave received a total of over 734,000 visitors during the holiday.

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