There are signs that the central government will not cha

ange its resolution to control house prices, Zhang said, adding that in the future the real estate market will continue to crack down on speculation.

On May 11, Suzhou tightened housing policies further, China Daily ea

rlier reported. The down payment ratio for a family’s first home purchase has been rais

ed from 20 percent to 30 percent.China may grant official 5G licenses, instead of the interim licenses prev

iously planned, to telecom carriers this year and is likely to start commercial use of the superfast wireless technology nat

ionwide in the near future, possibly as soon as October, according to people familiar with the matter.

Newly built property in certain parts of the city cannot

be traded for a three-year period after purchase, and for five years in the case of pre-owned property.

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Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang urged the US gover

 government on Tuesday to consider the costs it would bear through raising tariffs.

He reiterated that China will never capitulate under any external pressure and hopes the US meets China halfway.

The US has no need to “worry about” China’s affairs, Geng said at a daily news conference. The country has made progress i

improving its foreign investment environment and has become a popular investment destination, he sa

id, citing the expansion of US-based Exxon Mobil Corp and Tesla Inc in the market last year.

Geng stressed that China welcomes foreign companies to increase investment in the market and will co

ntinue to establish a more stable, fair, transparent and predictable investment and business environment.

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population, including psychological needs, so the servi

services will aim precisely at those most in need,” she said.Shan Jixiang, former director and curator of the Palace Muse

um, has been hired as Palace Museum Research Institute chief, one month after his retirement.

Wang Xudong, current director of the Palace Museum, on Wednesday handed the offer letter, dated May 6, to Shan.

Xi Huan, vice-president of Beijing Hospital, said major medical institutions need to mak

e more efforts to improve services for the elderly, including the promotion of disease prevention educ

ation and increased follow-up visits for elderly patients who have been discharged from the hospital.

“Big hospitals should provide more help for elderly patients, and more follow-up nursing services after they leave the ho

spital, so they can get timely help if problems occur at home or at community health centers,” he said.

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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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In the years since, the country has continued to maint

tain a breakneck pace of economic development, which has brought booming economic prosperity.

Unfortunately, it has also brought a deteriorating environment. Seeing heavy smog, for ex

ample, many people feel that a worsening environment will destroy the happiness brought by economic growth.

Since 2012, the new leadership under President Xi Jinping has put forward a series of ecol

ogical ideas. On Sunday, Xi said at the opening ceremony of the exhibition that “green mountains and cle

ar waters are indeed mountains of gold and silver, and environmental improvement means great productivity”.

This idea, dubbed the theory of two mountains, enjoys immense popular support in China.

Xi, who is also general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party o

f China, urged officials at all levels never to sacrifice the environment for economic growth.

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Oh Ei Sun, a senior fellow at the Singapore Institut

e of International Affairs, noted Xi’s emphasis on high-quality development, free t

rade and people-to-people bonds, “all of which are sorely needed around the world”.

“The shift toward high-quality development is a natural extension of what China has been doing for the past few ye

ars. Now that the BRI is five years old, it’s about time to upgrade quality joint development,” he said.

“China is trying to address the concerns that have been raised sinc

e the last Belt and Road Forum two years ago. One of these concerns is the need for infr

astructure projects to be more responsive to the local circumstances of BRI member countries.”

Duncan Freeman, a research fellow at the EU-China Research Centre at t

he College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium, said infrastructure is important for economic gro

wth, so building infrastructure and building connectivity and efficient infrastructure are important.

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Fixed-asset investment growth was 6.3 percent in the first

 quarter, compared with 6.1 percent in the first two months, the National Bureau of Statistics reported.

As favorable policies are implemented at all levels of government in the sec

ond quarter, manufacturers will start seeing concrete financial benefits and industrial out

put is expected to at least maintain a steady expansion from April to June, said Qin H

ailin, a senior industrial economy researcher at the China Center for Information Industry Development.

At the news conference, ministry officials also denied market rumors that China’s telecom carrie

rs are slowing down their investments in 5G, the fifth-generation mobile communication technology.

They said 5G is recognized as a fundamental digital infrastructu

re for societal and economic development, but it will take time to build a nationwide 5G netw

ork. China’s plan is to roll out the superfast technology step by step, the officials said.

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But she insisted Britain could still secure a deal and leav

e before Britons would have to vote in a May 23-26 election to the European Parliament — a condit

ion for the country to remain a member of the bloc beyond June 1 under the EU’s accord.

Many leaders had wanted a much longer extension, to the end of the year or even next March, but French President Emma

nuel Macron mounted stiff resistance throughout the evening, eventually forcing the compromise.

Macron questioned May’s ability to persuade parliament to her treaty, EU officials sa

id, and said that a tighter deadline would focus British minds. Others argued that an even longer exten

sion could spook May’s pro-Brexit critics into backing her deal for fear Brexit might stall.

Leaving at midnight on Oct 31 — Halloween, as social media commentators wer

e quick to note — would correspond with the end of the mandate of the present EU executive Commission.

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Xu said the country’s urbanization may hit 70 percent by

“China’s urban development should take the road of sustainable development,” Xu said. “We sh

ould pay more attention to green city construction, green industrial development and low-carbon energy-saving de

velopment. And we should also ensure that migrant workers have the same social rights as native residents.”

The NDRC proposed the introduction of various monetary policies to reso

lutely curb the rise in hidden local government debt, encourage commercial financial institut

ions to appropriately increase the credit supply and support qualified enterprises to issue bonds for financing.

To implement the new urbanization tasks, China will improve the appro

priate positioning of different cities in various fields, develop high-end manufacturing and p

roducer services in big cities and guide small and medium-sized cities to consolidate manufacturing centers.

Xu Lin said with rapid urbanization, 80 percent of China’s urban citizens will live in some 20 city clusters in the future.

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The core of Beijing’s high-quality development is to

 better deal with the relationship between ‘capital’ and ‘city’, which is to strengthen the four funct

ions of Beijing — the national center of politics, culture, international communications and scient

ific innovation,” said Cai Qi, Party secretary of Beijing, last month during the two sessions.

According to the municipal authority, the new economy — industries with intensive innovation a

nd knowledge — now makes up 33 percent of the city’s economy, and this ratio is expected to keep growing.

President Xi Jinping’s three-nation visit to Europe last month prod

uced tangible fruits and showed that despite any differences that may exist between China and

the European Union, they have the common desire to strengthen cooperation.

Thanks to mutual efforts from both sides, China-EU interaction has been displaying good momentum. Over the years, their economic

interests have become increasingly intertwined, and people-to-people exchanges have flourished, formin

g a solid foundation on which bilateral ties have been able to grow and prosper in an all-around way.

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