Mired in Brexit deadlock and forced to delay Britain’s M

 March 29 exit from the EU, May’s Conservatives suffered major losses in local election

s this month and are trailing in opinion polls before May 23 European Parliament elections.

With Labour and Brexit-supporting rebels in the Conservatives p

lanning to vote against her deal, it is unlikely to be approved as things stand.

Pro-Brexit Conservative lawmakers were unimpressed with May’s failure to set a firm date to quit. One, who declined to be na

med, described it as “yet further procrastination which is causing appalling damage to the Conservative Party.”

Another, Andrew Bridgen, said May was “an increasingly beleaguered and isolated prim

e minister who is desperate to salvage something from her premiership and is prepared to drive thro

ugh an agreement that would fatally hamstring any future prime minister in negotiations with the EU.”

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Chinese exporters have from 20 to 50 percent of the

 US market in other low-value-added markets, plus electrical machinery and equipment, mechanical

appliances, and iron and steel. In most other categories, China has less than 20 percent of the US market.

China also assembles and then exports a lot of phones, computers and other gadgets to the US. But, most of the profits and

wages go to Japanese or South Korean component producers or US-based designers. For example, China ma

kes less than $9 from each iPhone. The total price of a phone is ridiculously counted as a Chinese export to the US.

It’s a good thing that China is no longer a low-wage country. Most Chinese

are much better off than they were even 10 years ago. But it does mean that these lo

w-skilled, labor-intensive industries will be moving to less-developed nations. US tariffs on such products will only se

rve to hasten the transition to higher value-added industries that China has to make anyway.

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The danger here lies in the fact that excessively low

growth targets, based on excessively low estimates of potential growth, lead to lower actual growth. Fo

r an economy the size of China’s, a difference of even 1 percentage point has a huge impact on welfare.

Many economists would counter that a conservative growth target is useful-or even necessary-to create space for struct

ural adjustment. But this claim is unconvincing. Reducing China’s excessive reliance on investment in real es

tate-one of the economy’s most serious structural problems-does not necessarily require a reduction in FAI gro

wth, let alone GDP growth. Nor is slower GDP growth a prerequisite for improving financial stability.

China must pursue as high a growth rate as possible

In my view, because no one is sure what exactly China’s potential growth rate is, the best strategy is to try to achieve as high a g

rowth rate as possible, so long as it doesn’t worsen inflation and hinder structural adjustment.

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Government pledges more red tape cuts of items requiri

China will further cut the number of items requiring certificatio

n and refine the procedures through institutional inno

vation to improve government services and foster a more enabling business environment.

The decision was made at the State Council’s executive meeting, chaired by Premier Li Keqiang on Sunday.

Participants at the meeting agreed that the government’s efforts in recent years to repeal unwarranted certification requ

irements and deepen the reform of government functions have produced notable results.

“These are crucial steps benefiting both companies and individuals

,” Li said. “At a time when the economy still faces uncertainties, removing these unjustified cer

tification requirements will help boost market vitality and improve the business environment.”

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hina’s growth a source of hope for allong proclaimi

With Chairman Mao Zedong proclaiming the founding of the People’s Republic of China on

Oct 1, 1949, the Chinese people began leaving behind a century of colonial humiliation and building a new life.

What remains poorly understood by the wider world even seven decades later is how dire were

the conditions in China during those days. While China sustained its triumph, Chinese people’s living stan

dard 70 years ago was barely 5 percent relative to their counterparts in the United States.

It was a dire starting point.

Transitions that raised China’s living standard

In the late 1970s, Deng Xiaoping introduced “reform and opening-up” policies

and established special economic zones, which ultimately facilitated China’s entry int

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Chan also said that trade secrets at times were diffic

cult to legally protect in the past, causing “huge trouble for American tech

nology companies in protecting core and critical technologies” that they could not patent.

The latest amendments to the Anti-Unfair Competition Law, which unde

rwent a substantial revision in 2017, have emphasized protecting trade secrets.

He said in that in January, China’s Supreme People’s Cour

t set up an IPR court to handle complex appeals on patent litigation.

Chan said “all these measures” have led to progress for 59 percent of t

he US companies operating in China in protecting trademarks and brands in the pa

st five years, according to the American Chamber of Commerce in China.

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It’s more than just dance: both consider the ball a

 window to Viennese social traditions, classical music, and Austrian culture.

While recommending three must-see Austrian cities for first-time visitors, ambass

ador Stift gave a surprising answer. While well-known cities like capital Vienna with its iconic concert hall, Mus

ikverein, and Salzburg , once home to Mozart, both make the cut, that doesn’t tell the full story.

Brice Péan, who studied at ski resort Innsbruck, showed his know

ledge of China, mentioning Hallstatt, a small Austrian town modeled on a Chi

nese housing development, as an increasingly popular destination for Chinese tourists.

Consider this video a warm-up for tonight’s ball. If you can’t ma

ke it, stay with China Daily’s app and you’ll have a chance to win a guest gift bag.

We’re sending 10 of these gift bags to readers in our next episode. Stay tuned.

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Shanghai Astronomical Observatory, which leads the

 country in very-long-baseline interferometry, the technique the telescope array used for

the black hole image, took the lead in organizing and coordinating Chinese researchers particip

ation in the EHT observations and studies, Shen said. That allowed Shanghai to b

e one of the six cities worldwide involved in the simultaneous news conferences on Wednesday.

No Chinese telescope-including the Five-hundred-meter Ape

rture Spherical Telescope, the world’s largest filled-apertur

e radio telescope, in Guizhou province-was involved in the EHT observations.

Yuan Yefei, a professor in the University of Science and Technology of Chi

na’s astronomy department, also an EHT team member, said the Guizhou telesco

pe did not take part mainly because its wavelength band was not what EHT needed for this observation.

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We are very proud to have the opportunity to be with

 them for the past 20-odd years,” she said.Currently, the zoo is busy preparing for the pandas’

travel back to China and trying its best to make them feel comfortable during the trip, Thomas added.

Many zoo visitors lined up to say goodbye to the pandas, and wrote down their best wishes on cards

and posted them on a friendship wall set up in front of the panda exhibition halls.

The farewell celebration will run through April 27.

The San Diego Zoo is globally recognized and a San Diego ic

on by hosting more than 4 million guests each year.

Late civil servant on ‘long march’ fighting poverty

Female civil servant Ma Xinjuan died, at the age of 39, only a

few months before Shangyan Village was lifted out of poverty in 2018.

“She was like the peach blossoms,” said Ma Caiqin, a villager of Shangyan. Peach blossoms are common during spring scene

ry at this once impoverished village in northwest China’s Ningxia Hui autonomous region.

But when Ma Xinjuan, former Party secretary of Huangh

ua Township, first came to the village, she received antipathy from some villagers.

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But the underlying trend for the past five years is enc

ncouraging: annual TFP growth of about 3 percent, with especially strong growth in the tertiar

y sector. So, notwithstanding the recent slowdown in aggregate GDP growth, services-led Chi

nese rebalancing is imparting meaningful productivity leverage to the economy as a whole.

The question now is: Can China sustain its recent TFP trajectorya dist

inct possibility in light of an increasingly powerful shift to indigenous innovation and

the sustained services-led productivity of a growing cohort of well-educated knowledge workers-as well as rea

p the benefits of continued upgrading of its capital stock? If it can, the new Chinese study concludes that China’s potential GDP growth rate could hold aro

nd 6 percent over the next five years. Such an outcome would conform quite closely with China’s longer-term ambitions.

So, despite the days of 10 percent Chinese growth being over, which w

as inevitable, there is good reason to believe that the real story is China’s shift from qua

ntitative to qualitative growth. Which suggests China will defy yet again widespread fears of a looming middle-income trap.

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