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On behalf of our hundreds of millions of footwear cons

sumers and hundreds of thousands of employees, we ask that you im

mediately stop this action to increase their tax burden,” the group said.

The group’s reasoning echoes an earlier comment from David French,

senior vice-president for government relations at the Nat

ional Retail Federation, who said, “Saying that China is paying these tariffs doesn’t hold water.”

About 99 percent of all shoes sold in the US are imported. Last year alo

ne, it imported 2.5 billion pairs, nearly 70 percent of which came from China, ma

king the Asian country the largest source for US shoe imports, according to statistics provided by the FDRA.

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Intensified law enforcement also benefits overseas ent

erprises in China. Last year, intellectual property authorities punished violators in more

than 6,000 cases of infringing on rights of trademark registrants from overseas, with a t

otal value of 151 million yuan ($22 million), an increase of 50.1 percent over the previous year, the report said.

An agreement to support young scholars’ research into the Silk Road was signed between China and UNESCO during a ses

sion of the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations in Beijing on Wednesday.

Under the agreement, an international academic program will be launched with funding of $1 mill

ion from the Chinese government to scholars under 35 years of age from around the world.

Hosted by the Ministry of Education and UNESCO, the session – entitled “Safeguardin

g the Diversity of Asian Civilizations” – focused on cultural interactions among Asian people and disc

ussed challenges in terms of revitalizing the multiple cultures of Asian countries and regions.

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ctive investment and harness the digital economy’s role in driving

le in driving China’s economic and social development.

“We need to upgrade our internet services. This is a key measure t

o boost consumption and meet the needs of our massive cellphone users,” Premier Li said.

Participants at the meeting agreed that upgrading and expanding the cap

acity of internet infrastructure should be an important area in boosting effective inves

tment. By the end of this year, fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) ports relative to all broadband ports will be raised to more th

an 90 percent, 1,000M broadband will be extended to more than 300 cities, and base stations for mobile internet will be upg

raded with expanded capacity. The goal is to raise the speed of both fixed-line and mobile internet services to 1,000M.

Broadband networks will cover 97 percent of primary and middle schools nationwide this year, and dedicated inter

net services will be made available over time in hospitals and medical consortiums above the county level.

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According to the latest plan, the new line will extend north

ward underground to Lize Financial Business Area, which is about 3.5 km from Caoqiao Statio

n, so passengers can transfer to Line 14 and Line 16, which are under construction, and Line 11, which is planned.

Masood Khalid, Pakistani ambassador to China, said Chinese culture is a reflection of the cou

ntry’s long and rich history. “It is a civilization that has made an imprint on global culture,” he said.

The ambassador listed a variety of manifestations of Chinese culture, which include Chinese cuisine, dance, art, and costume.

“The way Chinese people attach importance to their family and their children, lookin

g after the elderly – all these practices and traditions have been inherited over time,” he said. “Then after har

d work, they come together with their families and friends.”

A city terminal will be established in the Lize Financial Business Area, p

roviding check-in and luggage check services. Passengers will enjoy more convenience with

the ability to check their luggage and get their boarding passes before they arrive at the new airport.

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In the past several months, China has announced and

started to implement a “negative list” program that allows foreign co

mpanies to have 100 percent ownership in investments in all areas of the economy, excep

t for a small number of areas, such as telecoms and defense, that are explicitly prohibited.

Also, foreign investment has been simplified by creating a one-stop regulatory shop and a single application process.

These new policies will lead to greater competition within China, forcing C

hina’s companies to become more efficient and to produce higher quality products.

The Chinese government has also recently announced tax cuts and financial regulations desi

gned to help private companies. This will hasten the ongoing transition to a market-driven economy.

Most Chinese State-owned enterprises are not relevant to trade negotiations. Many are in non-tradable sectors such as p

roperty development, infrastructure, or concrete. Others are basically public utilities in telecoms or power.

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producers or US-based designers. For example, China ma

akes less than $9 from each iPhone. The total price of a phone is ridiculously counted as a Chinese export to the US.

It’s a good thing that China is no longer a low-wage country. Most Chinese are much better off than they were even 10 ye

ars ago. But it does mean that these low-skilled, labor-intensive industries will be moving to less-developed nations. US t

ariffs on such products will only serve to hasten the transition to higher value-added industries that China has to make anyway.

Roughly 20 years ago, when China’s admission to the World Trade Organiz

ation was being negotiated, China’s economy was tiny as a portion of world GDP. It was clearly a poor, less-deve

loped country that, except in a few areas, was not able to compete with Western companies in high-value-added products.

As Alexander Hamilton, the first US Treasury secretary, argued, a dev

eloping country may need to protect its “infant industries” from already established foreign

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Uber was the biggest of a group of Silicon Valley startu

ups that have spent years raising money in private rounds at record prices. Many of these com

panies are now looking to follow with their own IPO. Some, like Uber and Lyft, are unprofitable.

Workplace messaging company Slack Technologies Inc plans to hold an investor presentation on Monday in adv

ance of its direct listing next month. Grocery and food delivery platform Postmates, WeWork owner The We Co

mpany and online mattress retailer Casper Sleep are among startups seeking to launch IPOs this year.

“If a venture capital investor wants to burn cash they can do that as long as they want, bu

t once you get to the public markets you have to show profitability or a path to it,” said Jordan Stuart, a po

rtfolio manager at Federated Kaufmann who often purchases companies’ shares during an IPO.

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Not only are there missing links on the causality chai

 between long-term structural factors and actual economic performance, it is also unclear how long those factors would take to constrain GDP growth to a part

cular level. In fact, 20 years ago, the same long-term factors were used to warn of a possible fall in Chinese GDP growth.

Because of the complexity of China’s growth trajectory, many economists seem to base their assessments of potenti

al on performance. After every drop in China’s GDP growth since the second quarter of 2012-when growth fell be

low 8 percent-economists have emerged to declare that performance was in line with potential.

Difficult to determine potential growth rate

To be sure, there are various estimates of China’s potential growth rate, ranging from 5 perc

ent to 8 percent. But it is difficult to determine which is reliable. For one thing, there is reason to believe that

most estimates fail to discount cyclical factors adequately when calculating the long-term trend.

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The overall stability of China-US relations over the pa

four decades has been a blessing to not only our two countries, but the whole world,” said Cui Ti

ankai, Chinese ambassador to the US, in his remarks during the awards presentation.

“And the essence of the 40-year story is amity between the peoples, which lays the foundation for

and shapes the future of our relations,” he said, adding that the stories shared by peoples from the two cou

ntries through the My China Album series will always “be a source of inspiration and motivation for us”.

Hundreds of US citizens participated in the series from Feb 6 to April 19, sharing their personal stories about China thro

ugh photos and captions. Ten of the participants were recognized for their genuine and touching stories.

“I was so honored to win first place in this year’s My China Album,” said

Max Horne, an incoming Harvard University freshman who visited Yunnan province years a

go and studied the Naxi culture, a local ethnic group. “There’s endless culture for us to appreciate.”

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He speaks fluent Mandarin and planned to continue his

 study of Chinese history and religious traditions in college. Horne began studying Ch

inese in fourth grade, and it’s “both a personal journey and an intellectual journey”, he said.

“That diversity — another way to see the world, another way to look at things — has brought so much into my life,” Horne said.

Charlotte Christensen, vice-president of the Oregon China Council, has worked for years with Chinese people and organizations.

Christensen, who took second prize, also witnessed friendships going

beyond the personal level. The state of Oregon developed a sister-state/province rela

tionship with Fujian province 35 years ago and a state/municipality relationship with Tianjin in 2014.

“China raised 800 million of her people from poverty and made it a p

riority to restore her natural environment to become an ecological civilization,” she said.

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