inping before their talks at the Kremlin in Moscow, Ru

In a written statement released after his arrival in Moscow for the three-

day visit to Russia, Xi said China and Russia have created a role model of peaceful coex

istence and win-win cooperation between neighboring countries as well as between major world powers.

In a joint interview with the TASS Russian News Agency a

nd the Rossiyskaya Gazeta newspaper ahead of the visit, Xi said the two countries have alw

ays firmly supported each other on issues regarding their respective core interests and major concerns.

The president called on the two countries to enhance support for each other, seek greater synergy between their dev

elopment strategies, expand areas of cooperation, and play a more constructive role in international aff

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One aim of the literature festival is to improve the cul

ltural appeal of the countryside so as to attract people back, Jia says. The organizers are als

o working to promote communication between the authors and the villagers, and encourage more reading activities.

Rural resident Ren Chunhua, 63, who now works as a narrator at a local history gallery, was list

ening to Ge Fei’s lecture in her gallery neighboring the festival venue and wanted to buy his work and got the write

r’s signature. She thought Ma’s work inspired by village life in the 1950s was well-written and accurately reflected the reality there.

Literature aficionado Cao Liang drove for two hours from Taigu county to attend the lectures. Having coll

ected all of Su’s books and being familiar with many of the guest authors’ works, he is currently writing his own novel.

Villagers took turns to attend the festival, a move which Ren believes will in

vigorate the local cultural environment and raise Jiajiazhuang’s profile.

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While many people doubt whether Mo could top the s

success of winning the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2012, Zhang Qinghua, professor at Beijing Normal University, believes that Mo’s way of dealing with this h

as been to make a return to his hometown, a village in Gaomi, Shandong province, both in reality and spiritually.

Mo didn’t publish any new work in the five years following the award, when in 2017 he

released several short stories, poems and theater works, mainly reminiscing about his hometown.

Unlike Mo’s former novels, Peking University professor Chen Xiaoming notes th

at his new works are more reserved, realistic stylistically and employ more simple language. Literary cri

tic Li Jingze is impressed that Mo has remained acutely sensitive to the realities of urban and rural life.

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White paper: US backtracks on its pledgesington’s dema

The United States should take responsibility for the setback in economic and tra

de consultations with China, a government white paper said, warning that “red lines” cannot be crossed.

The US government has backtracked on its commitments three times in the trade negotiations with

China and should bear sole responsibility for the stalled progress, the paper said on Sunday.

The white paper, “China’s Position on the China-US Economic and Trade Consultations”, was

released by the State Council Information Office. It came amid ongoing tension between the world’s two largest economies.

Speaking at a news conference on Sunday, Vice-Minister of Commerce Wang Shouw

en said China is willing to work together with the US to find solutions concerning differences on the eco

nomic and trade fronts, and to reach a mutually beneficial and win-win agreement.

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This topic has gone viral among Chinese netizens, an

d turned into a red-hot search item on Sina Weibo, China’s equivalent to Twitter.

The gross output value of the Chinese snack industry has reached 2.22 trill

ion yuan, according to a report released in December by the Circulation Industry Pro

motion Center, which is affiliated with the Ministry of Commerce.

Online e-commerce has accelerated the market penetration rate of snack food, cultivating and promoting purchasing habits of

customers, the report said, adding that snacks accounted for nearly 30 percent of the total online food sales.

A total of 15 tons of mahua (fried dough twists) and 10,769 pieces of subing (crispy cookies) sold out

in just four days. An 8-year-old snack company predicted its revenue would top 10 billion yuan this yea

r. All these have shown China’s snack industry is developing at an unprecedented speed.

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hina to issue white paper on China-US economic, trade

 China will issue a white paper about its stance on economic and trade talks with the United States Sunday morning.

The white paper, titled China’s Position on the China-US Economic and Trade Consultat

ions, will be released at 10 am on June 2 by the State Council Information Office, which will also hold a press conference.

China has raised additional tariffs to a maximum 25 percent on part of the $60 billion worth of US pr

oducts, effective June 1, according to a statement by the Customs Tariff Commission of the State Council.

The rates of additional tariffs on some of the products will be increased to 25 percent, 20 percent, and 10 percent, re

spectively. The 5 percent additional tariffs applied to some products remained unchanged.

The move came after the US’ latest tax increase on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods from 10 percent to 25 percent.

 

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In 2018 alone, 8.5 metric tons of mountaineering-relat

ted trash was collected over the region’s spring climbing season. In 2019, 8.21 metric tons of various d

omestic waste and 2.46 metric tons of sanitary sewage was collected after the mountaineering season,” said Tashi Gyatso.

According to Nyima Tsering, the head of the region’s sport bureau,

the Tibet Mountaineering Guide School has been playing an important role in mountain rescue.

“Founded in 1999, it is world’s second and China’s first such school, for training mountaineeri

ng talent,” said Tsering, vice-chairman of the China Mountaineering Association. “Teams from

the school have performed 29 high-altitude rescues in recent decades, and have set the rescue record above 8,500 meters.”

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The Guangdong government will optimize the autom

obile consumption environment. Automobile plate lotteries and bidding indicators in Guan

gzhou and Shenzhen will be broadened, and no other cities in Guangdong province may introd

uce automobile purchase restriction regulations. The government will strengthen the supervision of automobile sales, the maintenance and acc

essories industry, and establish a public notice system for automobile sales. Meanwhile, the used car consumer mar

ket will be improved and procedures for used car transactions will be simplified.

The Implementation Plan clearly states its aim to stabilize housing co

nsumption. The province will expand the supply of rental housing and the coverage of perma

nent residents in public rental housing, and housing provident fund systems.

The province will promote the upgrading of rural consumption in building rural tourism brands and improving infrastru

cture such as rural networks, communications, h

ydropower, logistics and highways. It will also vigorously encourage new modes of cons

umption, including accelerating the development of new information consumer products such as 5G-base

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The escalation in trade tensions between China and the

he United States, may lead to weaker business confidence and slower

global trade growth, which is expected to weigh on investment and exports in 2020. But in the n

ear term, as China shows positive surprise in GDP growth in the first quarter, and the macroeconomic policies hav

e taken effects on stabilizing the growth, the GDP growth rate is likely to stay at 6.2 percent, the report said.

“In response to the growth moderation and less favorable external conditions, the government in

troduced a fiscal stimulus emphasizing tax incentives,” said Martin Raiser, World Bank Country director for China.

“While the central government has fiscal space to further increase spending, if necessary, the additional stimulus should be ap

propriately funded either directly at the central level or through additional fiscal transfers to the provinces. Highe

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Pacts set to be signed during Xi’s state visitbal strateg

Pragmatic cooperation, global strategic stability high on Sino-Russian agenda

Beijing and Moscow will sign around 30 cooperation documents d

uring President Xi Jinping’s state visit to Russia next week, including two joint statements on bilateral t

ies as well as on global strategic stability, Vice-Foreign Minister Zhang Hanhui said on Thursday.

Xi will kick off a three-day state visit to Russia on Wednesday at the invitation of Russian President

Vladimir Putin, and attend the 23rd St. Petersburg International Economic Forum to be held between June 6 and June 8.

The two presidents will witness the signing of an array of agreements on business d

eals in areas such as trade, investment and energy, Zhang said at a media briefing in Beijing.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of diplomatic ties between

China and Russia, and Xi’s visit will mark a milestone for both countries, Zhang said.

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