We simply do not have the luxury of weeks of navel

l gazing or days and days of whittling candidates down to the fi

nal two,” Brokenshire said in a speech at the Policy Exchange, a center-right think tank.

Elder statesman and former chancellor of the exchequer Ken Clarke said on BBC Radio 4’s Today program that the contest ha

d become a “shambles”and was “in danger of becoming a rather tragic farce, unless some order is brought into it”.

Hopefuls have been seeking high-profile endorsements and unveiling policy proposals ahead of May’s resignation on Friday.

Former foreign secretary Boris Johnson, who is seen by many as a fron

trunner, got a thumbs-up from United States President Donald Trump on the weekend an

d was further boosted by Liz Truss, chief secretary to the Treasury, and Kwasi Kwarteng, the Brexit min

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Keeping with their “Wuhan spirit” and their June 2017″A

Astana consensus” on “not allowing differences to become disputes”, their “strategic guidanc

e” to their armed forces have ensured peace on their borders. This has prompted bilateral tra

de to finally cross its decade-long volume of $70-75 billion. For this year, China-India trade is set to cross $100 billion.

Likewise, China’s investments in India have witnessed a sharp upsur

ge from $688 million in 2016 to $5.6 billion last year. The United States’ decision to raise tariffs

on Chinese, as well as Indian, products is expected n Sino-Indian trade and invest

ment partnership. Critics may describe this as China’s tactical move triggered by its intensifying trade dispute w

ith the US. Yet there is no denying that the past two years have seen a marked shift in China-India relations.

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tinue to purchase China-made goods if there are no substitut

Research released by the International Monetary Fund on Friday showed that some of these tariffs hav

e been passed on to US consumers, while others have been absorbed by importers leading to lower profit margins.

US restrictions on high-tech exports to China will push up Washington’s trade deficit with China, an

d rising prices could also reverse the low inflation in the US. Meanwhile, any speculative trading on the

Chinese currency amid its depreciation pressure will “inevitably suffer from a huge loss”, Guo said in his speech.

To eliminate bad outcomes from trade tensions, further opening-up in China’s services sec

tor, together with high-tech development supported by artificial intelligence, will help lift Chinese eco

nomic growth from 6.3 percent to around 7 percent by 2035, said Zhu Min, a former deputy managing director at the IMF.

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A recent report by the Beijing Municipal Education

 Commission said that more than 231,000 college students graduated from universities in

Beijing last year, but 37.5 percent of employed graduates chose to work outside the capital.

A female college student surnamed Zhang said that she chose to w

ork in Wuhan, Hubei province, after graduating from Tsinghua University in June, 2018.

“The biggest reason driving me away from Beijing was the living cost,” she said. “Tho

ugh I can earn 8,000 ($1,160) or even 10,000 yuan a month in Beijing, the rent may cost me 3,000 yuan or more ea

ch month, let alone other expenses such as meals, transportation and getting together with friends.”

In contrast, some so-called new first-tier cities like Chengdu, Sichua

n province; Hangzhou, Zhejiang province; and Wuhan have sprung up as new at

tractions to college graduates for their cheaper living costs and preferential policies to newcomers.

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With its key role in the national economy, the integrated dev

velopment of the region could play a vital part in leading regional growth, the statement said.

It noted that the elevation of the integrated development of the Yangtze River Delta t

o the status of a national strategy is a major decision adopted by the CPC Central Committee.

Authorities in the four provincial areas must enhance their awareness

of integrated development and boost their interaction and cooperation, it added.

The meeting also decided to start a thematic education campaign of Party member

s on the subject of remaining true to the Party’s original aspirations and keeping their mission firmly in mind.

It called for struggles against all problems that affect the Party’s purity and ad

vanced nature, and for efforts to make the Party even stronger, the statement said.

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ime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s championing of Asian value

the ideal way to govern their countries.Lee and Mahathir maintained that i

n Asia, social order and strong governance are keys to a stable and wealthy society.

This type of governance succeeded in fostering rapid growth in Singap

ore, Malaysia, South Korea and China. Santarita said strong Asian leaders are effe

ctive because they serve their constituents and value mutual respect and discipline.

Analysts said the Asian emphasis on community and harmony can help resolve some of the world’s most pressing intern

ational issues such as territorial disputes, climate change and sustainable economic development.

Santarita cited the current dispute over the South China Sea which somet

imes strains relations between nations. He said the claimants can opt to work t

ogether to develop and share resources offered by the South China Sea’s blue economy.

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Huang Jing, 25, from Jiangyin, Jiangsu province, said

 she buys cosmetics, handbags and clothing from top brands through cross-border e-commer

ce platforms every month. Sometimes, she drives for one to two hours to neighboring bigger cities, such a

s Wuxi in Jiangsu, and Shanghai for shopping. She also plans two or three overseas trips every year.

“I don’t have any housing or car loans, and don’t have to worry about daily costs, as I live with my parents. I usually spend all my sa

lary on daily consumption and entertainment, which is quite common for people such as myself,” she said.

Jason Yu, managing director of Kantar Worldpanel, said small-to

wn youths look to the internet for the latest information, products and lifest

yles. The gap between young people in lower-tier cities and those in metropolises has narrowed greatly.

“Small-town youths now have broader horizons, are well informed, and some have even started to lead ‘avant-garde’ lifestyles,” he said.

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Democrats have said they may issue a subpoena to

try to force Barr to testify before their committee.

“The failure of Attorney General Barr to come to the hearing today is sim

ply another step in the administration’s growing attack on American democracy an

d its attack on the right of Congress” as a co-equal branch of government, Nadler said.

Barr spent four hours before a Republican-led Senate committee on Wednesday defen

ding his handling of Mueller’s report on Russia’s interference in the election to boost Trump’s ca

ndidacy and whether the president subsequently tried to obstruct Mueller’s probe.

Representative Doug Collins, the House Judiciary Committee’s top Republican, s

aid Barr did not appear before that panel because Nadler had insisted on an aggr

essive format with an extra hour of questioning from its own lawyers, in addition to those from the committee’s

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hina to issue millions of electronic social security cards

hina has planned to issue at least 100 million electronic social security cards in cities acros

s the country this year, according to a recent notice from the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security.

The notice also shows that China would like to fulfill the full use of the electronic social security cards within three years, form

ing a comprehensive application mode for social security cards for both online and offline purposes.

According to the recent notice, all cities should open mobile payment services for the e-cards.

So far, China has 1.25 billion social security card holders, acc

ounting for 89.6 percent of the total population, according to the MHRSS.

By Jan 23, electronic social security cards were issued in 230 cities in 26 provinces across th

e country, according to data from the ministry. Social security card holders can apply for an e-card through 58 apps.

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The Belt and Road Initiative is now running for a coupl

of years and has achieved success even in Europe, but it is not finished yet and it should be a win-wi

n situation for China and Europe. China is a very big market and an important global player.

China is Germany’s biggest trading partner, so I think there will be a good future for the two countries.

The Belt and Road Initiative has been a very successful integration proj

ect which is bringing China closer to the world. President Xi Jinping’s speech today is outli

ning that more and more countries can participate, share prosperity, as well as win-win results.

I think that the future will be bright and that especially t

he West needs to better understand what this Belt and Road Initia

tive means and why this shared prosperity can be created and benefit people across the world.aime Irachande Gouv

eia, coordinator of Belt and Road Initiative Research Center at University Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambiqu

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