China showcases naval might with largest display in South China Sea
China showcases naval might with largest display in South China Sea
Illustration of Zhuge Liang by Sng Chen Chen Epoch Times
14 April, 2018, 21:58
The live-fire drill, scheduled for 18 April, is both "a message to Taipei and a show of geopolitical support for Russian Federation during its time of friction with the United States", says The South China Morning Post.
During the first quarter, the levels of PM2.5 in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, which has been under heavy political pressure to tackle pollution, dropped 22.1% to 74 micrograms per cubic metre, down from near-record highs in the same period of past year.
New vehicle sales in China returned to growth in March, with deliveries to dealers rising by 4.7% to 2.66m units from 2.54m units a year earlier, according to data released by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM).
China's exports to the USA rose 14.8 per cent in the first quarter from a year earlier, while imports rose 8.9 per cent.
Imports rose 14.4 percent to US$179.1 billion, although that was down from 21.7 percent growth in January and February.
With the threat of tariffs hanging over almost a third of China's exports to the United States, economists at Nomura say its companies may have front-loaded shipments early this year before any measures kick in. The main reason is a shift to natural gas.
Each side has slapped tariffs of $3 billion in goods so far, but the USA has threatened to impose duties on more products and China has vowed to retaliate.
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Meanwhile, China's trade surplus with the 28-nation European Union, its biggest trading partner, shrank by half from the previous year to US$3.6 billion.
Xi "said he's going to open up China".
Analysts have cautioned that any Chinese concessions on autos, while welcome, would be a relatively easy win for China to offer the United States, as plans for opening that sector had been under way well before Trump took office.
For Jan-March, imports rose a strong 18.9 percent on-year.
China's armed forces, the world's largest, are in the midst of an ambitious modernisation program, which includes investment in technology and new equipment such as stealth fighters and aircraft carriers, as well as cuts to troop numbers.
Washington says China's $375 billion trade surplus with the United States is unacceptable, and has demanded Beijing reduce it by $100 billion immediately. Both countries have the world's fastest growing economies and it is pragmatic to use that as leverage on the global strategic chessboard. China exported US$137.8 billion worth of high-tech products in the first quarter, up 20.5 per cent on-year.
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Analysts and investors keep close tabs on Facebook's user statistics as a way to gauge the company's financial health. The fallout from the scandal also precipitated Mark Zuckerberg's appearance before the US Congress this week.
Mourners followed the coffin in procession into the stadium, where the funeral began with the singing of the national anthem. Thunder rumbled and it started to rain because the casket left the 40,000-seat stadium - a blessing, witnesses mentioned.
Every year on the anniversary of their daughters' disappearance, the parents gather in Chibok to pray for their safe return. She said that the remaining girls in captivity were suffering untold anguish that could be better imagined than experienced.
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He's now represented Canada in three Commonwealth Games and five World Outdoor Championships, medalling in each event. Elated at being India's first woman boxer to claim a CWG gold, Mary Kom said scripting history makes her happy.
The opinion poll also predicts that the HD Deve Gowda's Janata Dal (Secular) will be in the position of kingmaker in Karnataka. The question of the State Congress chief and Chief Minister contesting from two seats is also under review.
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