China and India are already working together to tackle t

 the impending oil crisis and the rising threat of the Islamic State group. China and India are the world

‘s largest and second-largest importers of oil and also the second-and fourth-largest buyers of liqu

efied natural gas. As such, energy imports are critical to their development. The US’ attempts at regime change in Ira

n and Venezuela-the world’s third-and fourth-largest oil suppliers-by imposing stifling sanctions accompanied by a m

ilitary buildup in the Gulf have raised the specter of the potential closure of the Strait of Hormuz.

China and India have revived their 2005 proposal and formed a “joint w

orking group on energy” to identify avenues for cooperation including how to rein in risi

ng oil prices. They already have a “joint working group on countering terrorism”. A

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The US Treasury removed India from the watch list, whil

Chinese authorities have not used the exchange rate in prior easing cycles to support growth, and they are unlikely to do so now, as this could pose mac

roeconomic stability risk,” said Andrew Fennell, lead sovereign analyst for China at Fitch Ratings.

The world’s second-largest economy maintained its foreign exchange

reserves at $3.095 trillion at the end of April. The reserve amount was stable, although it sli

ghtly retreated from $3.098 trillion at the end of March, according to the State Administration of Foreign Exchange.

Li Yang, director of the National Institution for Finance and Development of th

e Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said that China is unlikely to sacrifice foreign exchange reserves to def

end its currency, even if depreciation pressure rises amid any escalation in trade tension.

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Fertility rates, meanwhile, remain astonishingly high in

n some countries, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa. In a few of the poorest-Niger, Mali and th

e Democratic Republic of Congo-the rate is 6-7 children per woman. The resulting flood of new ent

rants to the labor market is far outstripping the number of jobs available.

Empowering women key to meeting challenge

No known growth model can accommodate or keep up with this k

ind of demographic surge. Even sustained economic growth of around 7 percent per year

won’t be enough. And although fertility tends to decline as incomes rise, that does not happen immediately. Em

powering women, therefore, may be the most effective way of starting to address the challenge.

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The area previously had about 1,000 monitoring stations.

China is the only country that lists forecasting earthquakes as a government responsibility.

Considering our limited knowledge about earthquakes, the forecasting work has to be based on observatio

n. However, the weak signals from underground are often disrupted by electromagnetic interference, he said.

He said that in cooperation with the government of Shenzhen, Guangdong province, his admini

stration has established a research institute to accelerate the development of new app

aratuses for underground detection that could reduce interference from human activity.

“We will also explore carrying out observational experiments in wel

ls from hundred of meters to 1,000 meters deep, and through scientific drilling that will penetr

ate active earthquake faults to gain more information about underground structures,” he said.

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US soy farmers call for cool-down of trade tensions

US soy farmers have urged Washington to work for a positive solution to the current tarif

f dispute with the world’s top oilseed buyer China, and avoid further escalation of trade tensions.

In a statement released late Tuesday, the American Soybean Association (ASA) described the t

hreat by US President Donald Trump’s administration to increase the tariff rate from 10 percent to 25 p

ercent on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods as the “worst case” for US soybean growers.

“This is a predicament for soy growers,” said Davie Stephens, ASA president and a soybean farmer from Kentucky.

“With depressed (soybean) prices and unsold stocks fo

recast to double before the 2019 harvest begins in September, we nee

d the China market reopened to US soybean exports within weeks, not months or longer,” he added.

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With its story set entirely in Shanghai, the English version

 features the voices of action superstar Jackie Chan and Constance W

u, who is best known for the 2018 US romcom Crazy Rich Asians.

South Korean producer Hongjoo Ahn, the creator of The Nub Job franchise and a speaker at the festiva

l’s master class, reveals that he is currently working on two animated films with strong connections to China.

One is Mean Margaret, a China-US production based on the

novel of the same name by American writer Tor Seidler. The other is Songhua, an original sto

ry inspired by the annual ice festival in Harbin, the capital of Heilongjiang province.

“We have been working closely with Chinese animation talents and studios for many years. We have seen an amazing pa

ce of growth in this industry. The cultural and technological advancements are leading us into a golden age where we c

an create content based on Chinese stories that we feel can play globally,” says Ahn.

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Aviators put on spectacular showup in the lap of luxury

Demand for hospitality services grows as number of Chinese travelers surges

While most of the country’s workers enjoy a welcome break in

May, those working in pet hotels will barely have a chance to draw breath.

Every holiday means a heavy workload for people working at pet hotels. As most fami

lies can’t take their pets on holiday with them, a place in a pet hotel can be hard to find during peak times.

“During National Day Holiday and Spring Festival, our resort was fully booked, because we only h

ave 68 guest rooms-although it is a relatively large hotel in the industry,” said Li Chen, founder of Cu

te Beast Pet Resort, a high-end pet hotel of about 5,000 square meters in Beijing, which was established in 2017.

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Regulators seek source of illegal HPV vaccine

Drug regulators in Hainan province are investigating the suspected sources of HPV 9-valent vaccines that were illegally adm

inistered at Boao Yinfeng Healthcare International Hospital, whose business license was revoked as a result.

If a crime is found to have been committed, the case will be handed to public

security departments, according to a statement jointly issued on Sunday by Hainan’s Health Co

mmission, Market Supervision Administration, Drug Administration and Public Security Department.

It said the four departments will form a working group to supervise the investigations and legal enforcement.

The working group will contact people who received the vaccines at

Yinfeng hospital, listen to their opinions and take action to safeguard their rights.

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Li said the sturgeons sent back to the wild include

 both junior and adult fishes with relatively larger sizes to enrich the species’ population of different age groups.

Scientists will also study the data collected on the Chi

nese surgeon’s migration and reproduction activities in means of sonar and other advanced methods.

Chinese experts have started reintroduction events to increase

the population of sturgeons, a rare fish that dates back to the dinosaurs, since 1984.

Six employees of Jiangsu Tianjiayi Chemical Co. and its controlli

ng shareholder Nijiaxiang Group have been put under criminal coercive measures for their roles

in a chemical plant blast in East China’s Jiangsu province, local authorities said Saturday.

So far a total of nine people have been put under criminal coercive m

easures, which may include summons by force, bail, residential surveillance, detention or arrest.

The explosion happened at about 2:48 pm on March 21 followin

g a fire that broke out in a chemical industrial park in Xiangshui c

ounty. Seventy-eight people were killed in the blast, and 187 are still receiving treatment in hospitals.

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It stated that an expulsion will be given to more seve

re forms of academic dishonesty including dissertation plagiarism or fraudulent pap

ers, after a review by the school’s academic committee. This constitutes a much heavier punishment compa

red to the previous measure, which involved recording a demerit on the student’s record in such cases.

The latest revision also added that students with serious acad

emic dishonesty during their education shall be given a warning and put on probation. At the s

ame time, the academic honors and awards previously granted to them will be revoked. Their qualifications for schola

rships and exemptions from admission exams won’t be restored until any punishment has been removed.

Footage of a mother kicking her three-year-old daughter has gone viral on Chinese social media, sparking outcry online.

The video was shot on Monday in Hangzhou

, East China’s Zhejiang province, and began going viral Wednesday.

The daughter has been revealed to be Niuniu, a well-known

child model, who was kicked because she was allegedly “too tired to perform”.

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