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ong the country’s top development priorities in the telecommuni
cations industry,” Zhang Feng, chief engine
er of the Ministry of Industry and Information Te chnology, said on Friday during the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day.
lled 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
veiled 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 F
riday, shortly after the US said it would ban Huawei from buying US t echnology without special approval, Huawei’s chipmaking arm, HiSilicon, said
Xi reviewed 18 vessels from 13 countries invited to participate in a naval parade on Tuesday afternoon.
The foreign vessels in the waters off eastern Ch
ina’s coastal city of Qingdao saluted Xi, who was on board the destroyer Xining, in their traditional manners as they passed by.
The vessels whistled and officers and soldiers stood in a ceremonial formation, saluting Xi as they passed by.
o you, comrades,” Xi called out to the officers and soldiers. “Hail to you, chairman,” they replied.
Xi alternated the greeting with “Comrades, thanks f
or your hard work,” to which the officers and soldie
rs replied “Serve the peop urn the salute, and Xi waved to the naval officers and soldiers aboard the vessels
i onboard the destroyer Xining gave an order to commence the naval parade on the sea off Qingdao at about 2:30 pm Tuesday.
A total of 32 vessels of the People’s Liberation Army Navy sailed in six groups, and 39 warplanes of the navy flew in ten echelons.
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 Comm
ittee 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.
Chinese local government bonds worth 1.4 billion yuan ($208.5 million) were snapped up by retail investors within a single day, after counter sales in banks we
re made available for the first time. The fundra
ising will help supplement a broader fiscal deficit this year, analysts said. On Monday, individuals in China were able to purchase bonds issued by t
ng provincial government (five-year term, 3.32 percent coupon rate) and the N ingbo city government (three-year term, 3.04 percent coupon rate). Proceeds from the sales will be used for land purchases (300 million yuan) and shantytown renovations (1.1 billion yuan), acc
ording to a notice on the website of China Central Depository and Clearing, a clearingh
ouse under the central bank. The minimum investment amount for retail investors is 100 yuan, lower than most wealth management products issu
ed by commercial banks. Previously, individual investors could only purchase bonds iss
ued by the central government, kno wn as treasury bonds. And before Monday, local government bonds were traded mainly in the interbank market.
It’s very likely that any consensus that could be reached across the Commons would be a softer Brexit than the one May is currently pursuing.
That, I am afraid, is still a fairly open-ended answe
r. It might mean the need to renegotiate, which would mean a longer exten sion, which would mean being in the EU elections, which could mean a second referendum, ultimately.
y point here is that cross-party consensus might soun d nice, but on an issue as divisive as Brexit, it’s as likely as anything to blow up both main parties.
While things are far from rosy and three we
eks is not enough t ime to sort much, it’s worth noting that while Brexit might not be going terribly well, the last thr
ee years ha
ve been a huge learning curve for the entire UK. We know more now than we did. So while the next bit of the Brexit process might look crunchy, the decisions made in the coming days will not be made lightly.
At least 49 people were killed and 20 seriously injured in two mass shootings at mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch.
The victims: Forty-one people were killed at the al Noor mosque. Seven people d
ied at the Linwood mosque, and one person died from their injuries in hospital. The suspect: Police said a male in his late 20s has been charged with murder and will appear at the Christchurch court Saturday morning local time.
ifesto: In a social media post just before the attack, an account that is believed to belong to one of the attackers posted a l ink to an 87-page manifesto that was filled with anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim ideas and e
xplanations for an attack. The manifesto was not signed. National security advisor John Bolton expanded upon the White House’s statement on the
attack on New Zealand mosques, which he characterized as “what seems to be a terrorist attack” and a “hate crime.”
Bolton said the US is “very concerned” and is following the events “very closely.”
“We’re obviously greatly disturbed on what seems to be a terror attack, this hate crime in New Zealand. We’ve been in touch
with our embassy overnight, we’re still getting details, but the State Department and others are following up on it.”
Bolton continued, “We’re very concerned, we’re going to cooperate with New Zealand authori
ties to the extent we can if there’s any role we can play, but we’re obviously following the events there very closely.”