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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
detour before reaching a deal sooner or later, then the economic impact for consumers in China and t
he US, as well as other parts of the world, will be fairly costly, said Chen Wenling, chief econ
omist at the China Center for International Economic Exchanges.
Whether they buy finished products or goods made from r
aw materials and components, the tariffs still exist, Chen said.
The escalation will make goods produced by both countries less co
mpetitive and cause large-scale job losses, said Chen.
Wei Jianguo, former vice-minister of commerce, said economic conflict
s and trade friction between China and the US that draw global attention will happen fro
m time to time in the future, and these should be rationally regarded and prepared for.
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.