percent, respectively, registering significantly faste

The emerging service sector also grew very fast, Meng said.

In April, the information transmission industry, along with software and inform

ation technology services, grew 25 percent year-on-year, 17.6 percentage points higher than the national index of services.

Online retail sales amounted to 3.04 trillion yuan ($440.2 billion) in the first four m

onths, a year-on-year increase of 17.8 percent. Around 17.07 billion parcels were delivered, up 24.8 percent over last year.

She said the transformation of traditional industries is speeding up as they combine with information technology.

“Through implementing national big data and internet plus strategies, internet, big da

ta, and artificial intelligence technologies have been widely used in China’s real economy,” she said

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Roads and buildings were illuminated Tuesday evening befor

I hope all Asian countries will respect and trust each other, co-exist in harmony, expand cross-border, cross-time-and-space as well as cross-civ

ilization exchanges, and jointly maintain the peaceful time that is more valuable than gold.

Asian people expect Asia of common prosperity

I hope all Asian countries will jointly promote economic globalization that is open, inclusiv

e, balanced, and beneficial to all, and work together to eliminate poverty and backwardness in some countries.

Asian people expect open, integrated Asia

Civilizations will lose vitality if countries go back to isolation and cut themselves off from the rest of the world.

Mutual respect, equal treatment among civilizations stressed

It is foolish to believe that one’s race and civilization are superior to

others, and it is disastrous to willfully reshape or even replace other civilizations.

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This is a predicament for soy growers,” American

American Soybean Association President Davie Stephens said on Tuesday.

President Donald Trump threatened in a tweet on Sunday to increase tariffs.

Stephens, a grower from Clinton, Kentucky, said that US farmers are in a tough situation, and with depressed prices

and unsold stocks forecast to double before the 2019 harvest begins in September, farmers urgently need the China market.

“We need a positive resolution of this ongoing tariff dispute, not further escalation of tensions,” he said in a release posted on the ASA web site.

Nicole Kaeding, vice-president of federal and special projects at the Washington-based Tax Foun

dation, said that if the Trump administration follows through on the president’s threat, it’s US taxp

ayers, not Chinese taxpayers, who will pay the price — thanks to higher prices and fewer job opportunities.

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Services are growing rapidly. The value-added of th

 tertiary sector, which is mainly services, grew from 56.7 to 57.3 percent of GDP from the same period last year. The

Index of Services Production increased 7.4 percent year-on-year, higher than the growth rate of overall GDP.

Overall retail sales of consumer goods also grew at 8.3 percent. Sales of upgraded consumer goods witnessed fast gro

wth, with the highest rates concentrated in upgraded products such as cosmetics, phones and computers.

And, high-tech services grew at an astonishing rate of 21.2 percent. In prepa

ring for consumer 5G telecoms next year, the output of mobile communications base stations grew 153.7 percent.

The data also show strong movement toward the government’s goal

of creating an ecological civilization. New energy automobiles and solar cells grew by 48.2 percen

t and 18.2 percent, respectively. Sales of urban rail vehicles grew by 54.1 percent, showing the

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The forum helped countries upgrade their concept

 of cooperation, defined key areas and strengthened the mechanism to seek high-quality development of the BRI, he said.

Leaders reached wide-ranging agreement on high-quality cooperation on the BRI at the leaders’ roundtable on Saturday after an i

n-depth exchange of views on issues such as connectivity, policy integration and sustainable development.

They supported comprehensive infrastructure connectivity as a way to foster economic growth and to build high-q

uality, reliable, resilient and sustainable infrastructure, according to a joint communique issued after the roundtable.

All parties involved supported strengthening synergies in development policies using the principle

of extensive consultations, joint contributions for shared benefits and building even closer partnerships, the joint communique said.

The leaders also upheld green and sustainable growth and agreed to enhance cooperation in areas such as environ

mental protection, circular economy and clean energy, according to the communique.

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China to support 5,000 people for BRI innovation excha

China will support 5,000 people from innovation sector in Belt and Road countries i

n conducting exchanges, training programs and joint researches in the next five years.

Sustainable development under BRI stressed

China will work with other parties to promote a coalition of sustainab

le cities and an international coalition for green development under the Belt and Road Initiative.

China to invite 10,000 representatives of political parties, think tanks, NGOs from B&R countries

A total of 10,000 representatives of political parties, think ta

nks and non-governmental organizations from count

ries participating in the Belt and Road Initiative will be invited to China for exchanges in the next five years.

China to allow foreign businesses in more sectors with controlling or full stake

China will allow foreign investors to operate businesses in more sec

tors with controlling or full stake. China will roll out a new batch of pilot free trade zones.

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Investment spurs BRI countries’ growthTwo-way investment

tween China and economies related to the Belt and Road Initiative ex

ceeded $130 billion between 2013 and 2018, injecting new growth momentum into BRI-rela

ted countries and contributing to recovery of the global economy, senior Chinese officials said on Monday.

China’s direct investment in BRI-related countries grew by 5.2 percent a

nnually on average to surpass $90 billion between 2013 and 2018, Song Lihong, an officia

l in the Ministry of Commerce’s Comprehensive Department, said at a news conference.

Song said that in the same period, China had received a total of

$40 billion in inbound investment from BRI countries as two-way investment deepened.

Within the five years, the value of the projects completed

by Chinese companies in BRI economies amounted to $400 billion, Song said.

The value of trade in goods between China and BRI-related economies exceeded $6 trillion in the same period, an av

rage annual growth of 4 percent, higher than the overall growth of China’s foreign trade, he added.

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Xi shared some of his personal life. He said he has a dee

 interest in philosophy, history, literature, culture, music and sports, and that he first cul

tivated many of these interests back in middle school and they have stayed with him ever since.

His job is serving the people, and he works hard with a busy schedule, but takes great pleasure in his work, Xi wrote.

The Niles North students also inquired whether Xi likes the US.

Xi answered in the letter that he has visited their country many times and is impressed with the “beautiful landscape, hos

pitable people and diverse culture”, and he made a lot of friends, including some young people.

He said the students are “wonderful” and expressed hope that they will make greater progress in studying Chinese.

Learning Chinese will help them better understand China, a

d get acquainted with more Chinese friends and Chinese-speaking friends across the world, Xi said.

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Television footage also showed blasts in three hotels

the Cinnamon Grand, Shangri-La and Kingsbury hotels in the capital, which occurred following the church blasts.

2 more explosions hit Sri Lanka

A Sri Lankan military spokesman has confirmed two more explosions just outsi

de the capital, hours after six nearly simultaneous blasts rocked churches and luxury hotels.

The spokesman, Brig. Atapattu, says a 7th blast occurred at a guestho

use in Dehiwala, killing at least two people. Atapattu says an 8th blast occurred in Dem

atagoda on the outskirts of Colombo. He did not have details on the Dematagoda blast.

7 suspects have been arrested

State Minister of Defense Ruwan Wijewardene says seven suspects have been arrested.

Security has been beefed up across the countr

y. Wijewardene said all necessary precautions had been taken to keep citizens safe.

“As a government all necessary action will be taken agains

t any extremist group that is operating in our country,” Wijewardene said.

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Qian is one of 47 teachers who arrived on the southweste

rn plateau in 2015 from Jiangsu, whose students regularly post some of the best exam result

s in China. Some members of the original teaching group have left and been replaced by new arrivals.

As experts in teaching methods and education theory, they we

re keen to bring their experience and knowledge to Tibet, where education was once exclusive to the ar

istocracy. Their efforts are paying off, as both students and local teachers are benefiting from their presence.

The school, a secondary boarding establishment, was establ

ished by the Jiangsu government in 2014 with an investment of 263 million yuan ($39 million).

It is home to 2,890 students, more than 90 percent of whom are Tibetan, and the 316 teachers provide 63 classes. Exc

uding the 47 educators from Jiangsu, the teachers are locals of both Han and Tibetan ethnicity.

The students, from juniors to seniors, said the Jiangsu teachers ar

e more patient and softer-tempered than those at their old schools and the classes are more interesting.

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