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Yu was elaborating on a guideline released by the State Council on Wednesday regarding intensifying prevention and control of African swine fever.

Outbreaks of the fever have been effectively contained in China in recent months following strict controls and prevent

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untry still faces severe challenges in the disease’s prevention and control, and sustained efforts are needed, he said.

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oring has shown the number of live hogs in China fell by nearly 23 percent year-on-year in May due to the outbreaks.

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easures designed to support hog raising, including offering preferable loans to hog farmers and cash subsidies to those wh

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The ministry will also support cross-regional transport of pork to replace transport of live pigs-which is still co

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As of Wednesday, Yu said, 143 swine fever outbreaks had been reported in China, 44 of them this year. To prevent it spre

ading, nearly 1.2 million hogs were slaughtered. Quarantine measures have been lifted in 25 provincial areas, he added.

“In general, the frequency of swine fever outbreaks has noticeably decreased, and hog p

roduction, transport and distribution are gradually being restored,” Yu said.

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Entrepreneurial activities and innovation will bolster th

e development of the Internet Plus model. This will help foster new drivers of g

rowth, deliver better services, boost consumption and expand employment,” Li said.

A 52-year-old man from Southwest China’s Sichuan province will sit f

or the national college entrance examination, or gaokao, on Friday for the 23rd time.

Liang Shi, who was born in 1967 in Wengong township, Rensh

ou county, Sichuan province, took the gaokao for the

first time in 1983 and also in the two following years, as his teacher parents insisted.

Liang, the fourth child in his family, said he realized his parents wi

shed their five children would study in university, but n

ne of them did. The family’s situation could not support his further studies and Liang started to work.

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The phone call took place days after the US Commerce Dep

artment announced on Wednesday it will add telecommunications eq

uipment maker Huawei and its affiliates to the Entity List on Wednesday. Being on the list

bars the company from buying US technology without government approval due to security concerns.

On the same day, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order that bars US companies fr

om using telecom equipment from manufacturers considered a national security risk, without mentioning Huawei by name.

Such moves, as well as the increase of tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods earlier this m

onth, complicated the prospect of continuing the bilateral trade talks that have been ongoing for more than a year.

China has always believed in and hoped to solve trade differences thr

ough talks, but such talks should be equal, Wang said. In any talks, China must protect its legitim

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Indeed, Premier Li Keqiang, who led China’s negotiati

tions at the Brussels summit, has pledged to intensify discussions on the rules concerning in

dustrial subsidies, a priority for the WTO reform for the EU. This is being seen as a breakthrough by the EU side.

In fact, almost all countries provide subsidies for domestic companies in certain sectors, and i

n most cases, China has given subsidies to Chinese companies in strict accordance with WTO rules as its ultim

ate goal is to achieve complete marketization. Yet intensifying discussions on industrial subsidies and other

sensitive issues, including intellectual property rights protection, is a step that must be taken to not only addre

ss WTO members’ concerns, but also invigorate the organization and the global trading system.

China, US should jointly promote WTO reform

Chen Fengying, a senior researcher in world economy at the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations

The Office of the United States Trade Representative seems to have made dr

iving the WTO reform its priority so that Washington can claim the discourse rights in global t

rade mechanisms and lead the process for making new trade rules and establishing a new global trading system.

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The terraced fields are where my roots are. They are the

 golden rice bowls passed down from our ancestors,” said Lu, 61. “We cannot afford to lose them.”

The local terraced fields have been in existence for about 1,300 years when

the Hani people built a complicated channel system to direct water from the forested hillto

p to nurture paddies on mountain slopes. The natural and cultural wonder was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2013.

It has not always been plain sailing. In the 1960s, a blight caused for

est coverage to drop to just 17 percent, threatening the terraced fields with a devastating drought.

The situation improved in recent decades after China tightened its crackdown on illegal lumb

ering and returned marginal farmland into forest, breathing new life into the local forests as well as terraced paddies.

But as economic takeoff swept across China, the Hani villages faced new trouble, as their old w

ays of farming and the limited output failed to keep young laborers from leaving for better-paying jobs in the cities.

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Since 2015, more than 100 foreign experts and students fr

om countries involved in the BRI have visited Hainan annually to study agricultural technology, including Nanf

an’s breeding program, which is “playing the role of Silicon Valley for the country’s seed industry”, Wang said.

Hainan’s climate and biological resources have made Nanfan an important nati

onal center of seed propagation. Every winter, more than 7,000 domestic agricultural scientists and

workers are busy at the Nanfan centers. More than 70 percent of the country’s 7,000 crop varieties have been cul

tivated in the tropical island province, which is building a global resources center, National Business Daily reported.

“With good stress resistance and higher yields, hybrid rice seeds developed by Nanfan’s cen

ters are being welcomed in Southeast Asian countries,” said Xie Zhenyu, an assistant research fellow at the R

esearch Institute of Tropical Crop Germ Plasm under the Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences.

“We have sent farming experts to hybrid rice growing areas overseas, and we give local farmers guidance, training and planni

ng for future development,” said Xie, who has worked as an expert in Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia and Gambia.

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The two countries should work together to promote free

 trade and facilitate investment, continue to enhance communication on major global issues, help push reform of the Worl

d Trade Organization, fight climate change, safeguard global governance and jointly uphold multilateralism, Xi said.

Conte called Xi’s visit to Italy highly significant, and said it would bring the bilateral relationship to a higher level.

He said Italy firmly supports multilateralism and free trade, and his country would like to enhance commu

nication and coordination with China to promote the healthy and stable development of EU-China relations.

During his Italy visit, Xi also had separate meetings with Itali

an Chamber of Deputies member Roberto Fico and Italian Senate President Maria Elisabetta Alb

erti Casellati, and pledged to strengthen legislative exchanges and cooperation between the two sides.

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Li stressed that autonomous driving, as a rising, cuttin

edge technology, is of great importance to China in terms of safety, efficiency, services and the development of industries.

“China is paying great attention to the development of this technology. Our principle is

to encourage trials, allow failures, ensure safety and oppose monopolies,” he said.

Autonomous driving, although a new concept, has been embraced by many people. A survey re

leased in November 2017 by JD Power, a global marketing information services company based in the

United States, found that almost 80 percent of Chinese consumers welcomed autonomous driving, although they might hav

e concerns about the safety of the technology and the lack of related laws and regulations.

To root out people’s concerns and ensure better development, the Ministry of Transport c

reated China’s first regulations for road testing for autonomous vehicles in April, jointly with

the Ministry of Public Security and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Li said.

In July, the Ministry of Transport released guidance on how to build safe closed test sites for autonomous driving.

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Trade talks expected to finalize dealNG SHUIYU,ZHONG NA

China and the United States are expected to come to an agreement soon over trade frictions, analysts said, as the negotiating teams a

re reported to be discussing the wording of an accord and considering applying the brakes to their tariff standoff.

They made the prediction after Chinese and US officials said there had been concrete p

rogress on multiple issues in the latest round of trade talks in Washington.

During the latest talks, held from Thursday to Sunday in Washington, the seventh round since February of last year, th

e two sides focused on the text of an agreement, the Chinese delegation said, according to a Xinhua News Agency report.

The negotiators also had made substantial progress on such specific issues as technology transfers, protection of i

ntellectual property rights, nontariff barriers, the service industry, agriculture and exchange rates, the delegation said.

On the basis of the latest progress, the two sides are expected to continue their work

into the next stage, in accordance with the instructions of the two countries’ top leaders, according to Xinhua.

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The committee will work to improve the quality and efficie

efficiency of the service to better serve the Belt and Road Initiative,” Li Wenxin, d

eputy general manager of China Railway Corp, said at the launch ceremony.

Measures to be taken include establishing transfer hubs to assemble container cars for a train trip as needed, laun

ching an international information service and opening the hotline number 95306 for clients to check on cargo.

Also, a cold container information center will be launched, allowing customers to rent

cold storage containers and develop a logistics plan.

Li said the new committee could work as “a coordination platform at the enterp

rise level” and promote the development of CR Express.

“The committee will stick to the principles of improving communication and

sharing and improving logistics with the aim of solving challenges in operating CR

Express, such as further reducing logistics costs and improving the service’s quality,” he said.

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