With all expressway lanes capable of offering ETC servic

vice by October, an increase in the number of China’s ETC users will make the 90 percent passage via ETC

a reality by year-end, the action plan said.

Starting from July 1, 2019, the country will strictly implement the poli

cy of granting a discount of no less than 5 percent off expressway tolls for ETC use

rs. By the end of the year, the number of ETC users is expected to top 180 million, the action plan said.

The plan calls for increased investment in building the ETC infrast

ucture to increase the proportion of ETC lanes, which should be no less than 70 percent by

the end of October for big and medium-sized cities, new towns and sites near scenic spots.

Given that some vehicles may not have installed ETC devices by yea

r-end, expressways will still offer some manned lanes, accepting mobile payment.

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The testbed is co-built by organizations, enterprise

 and research institutes from home and abroad, including the Bench Coun

cil, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China Software Testing Center under the Mini

stry of Industry and Information Technology, Alibaba and Cambricon.

It can simulate the verification environment for future smart devices, said Feng Shengzhong, head of the center.

As a part of the Bench Council’s 2019 International Symposium on Intelligent Computers, an interna

tional AI competition started Friday in Shenzhen, which has made the new testbed the venue.

Feng said the center had taken charge of the operation and maintenance manage

ment together with the Beijing Academy of Frontier Sciences and Technology.

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Measures to stimulate consumption in Guangdong province

Guangdong Provincial Government issued the Implementation Plan for the Improvement of the Consump

tion System in Guangdong Province, which proposes 29 specific measures in nine aspects in response to the current outs

tanding problems of restricting consumption. The Implementation Plan aims to improve consumer expectations, creat

e a good consumer environment, and promote the formation of a strong unified market.

According to the plan, the optimization and upgrading of automobile consumption will be promoted. The provin

ce will focus on promoting the application of new energy vehicles, speeding up the construction of charging site

s and replacing infrastructure, and making clear requirements for the construction of charging facilities in the pr

ovince’s expressway service areas, urban new public parking lots, and communities.

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In May, the offshore RMB exchange rate against the US do

dollar dropped more than 3 percent under market pressure as global investors worried about the escalation of trade friction.

Guo Shuqing, Party secretary of the People’s Bank of China, the central bank, said on Monda

y that higher US tariffs on China’s imports triggered financial market volatility, and this also affected the offshore RMB.

The currency’s depreciation was purely caused by market forces, a

d China has never taken any measures to deliberately devalue the currency to make its exports more

attractive, said Guo, who is also head of the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission.

According to Guo, the short-term fluctuation of the RMB exchange

rate was normal, and the depreciation will not last long given the stable economic growth base.

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The two countries should make further contributions t

 to promoting a new type of international relationship and building a community with a shared future for mankind, Xi said.

Mourao extended President Bolsonaro’s greetings and best wishes, and delivered a letter from the Brazilian president to Xi.

The new Brazilian administration led by Bolsonaro attaches great importance to relations with China, Mourao said.

Brazil speaks highly of China’s important contributions to promot

ing global economic growth and considers China to be a reliable and stable partner, he said.

Brazil would like to connect the country’s investment partners plans

with the Belt and Road Initiative and expand cooperation with China in areas incl

uding trade, technology and innovation, he said, adding that Brazil welcomes investment from China.

Mourao expressed gratitude for China’s support for Brazil’s hosting of the meeting of BRICS leaders. Brazil would like

to enhance coordination with China under multilateral frameworks including BRICS, the WTO and the G20 to maintain multilateralism and t

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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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Financial sector restructuring is also a part of the ongo

oing supply-side structural reform, as it is still dominated by the 268-trillion-yuan banking system, the analysts said.

The restructuring process will accelerate as more foreign capital

moves in, which can boost competition in the domestic market, the analysts added.

In the medium term, continued financial reform and more opening-up measures co

uld boost capital inflows, said Lillian Li, a vice-president at rating agency Moody’s.

But trade disputes between China and the United States and uncertainty over monetary policy in global markets may dam

pen capital inflows, and the pace of capital inflow is likely to fluctuate in the near term, she said.

Having the world’s second-largest equity market and the third-largest bond market, China will likely usher in more inte

rnational capital flows in the longer term, if the nation further liberalizes its financial system, she added.

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China and the US have been expediting their econo

ic and trade consultations, with a goal of implementing the consensuses President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump r

eached in December, said Xue Rongjiu, deputy director of the China Society for WTO Studies in Beijing.

China has made various moves recently to expand the new round of reform and opening-up — such as the approval of the Foreign Investm

ent Law in March and further facilitating trade connectivity under the Belt and Road Initiative. It will cont

inue opening its market in a proactive, steady and orderly manner, in accordance with its own development ne

eds and its own pace and timetable, to benefit Chinese and global consumers across the world, said Tu Xinquan, a pro

fessor of international trade at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing.

James Collins, CEO of Corteva Agriscience, the agricultural division of US-bas

ed DowDuPont, said he hopes the two countries will reach a positive resolution, to benefit both countries and the re

st of the world. Collins said his firm was “not so much affected” in the short term by China-US trade tensions.

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ommunication key to shared future for mankind

China has made various moves recently to expand the new round of reform and opening-up — such as the approval of the For

eign Investment Law in March and further facilitating trade connectivity under the Belt and Road Initiative. It will con

tinue opening its market in a proactive, steady and orderly manner, in accordance with its own development need

s and its own pace and timetable, to benefit Chinese and global consumers across the world, said Tu Xinquan, a pr

ofessor of international trade at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing.

James Collins, CEO of Corteva Agriscience, the agricultural division of US-

based DowDuPont, said he hopes the two countries will reach a positive resolution, to benefit both countries and the r

est of the world. Collins said his firm was “not so much affected” in the short term by China-US trade tensions.

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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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