This topic has gone viral among Chinese netizens, an

d turned into a red-hot search item on Sina Weibo, China’s equivalent to Twitter.

The gross output value of the Chinese snack industry has reached 2.22 trill

ion yuan, according to a report released in December by the Circulation Industry Pro

motion Center, which is affiliated with the Ministry of Commerce.

Online e-commerce has accelerated the market penetration rate of snack food, cultivating and promoting purchasing habits of

customers, the report said, adding that snacks accounted for nearly 30 percent of the total online food sales.

A total of 15 tons of mahua (fried dough twists) and 10,769 pieces of subing (crispy cookies) sold out

in just four days. An 8-year-old snack company predicted its revenue would top 10 billion yuan this yea

r. All these have shown China’s snack industry is developing at an unprecedented speed.

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Pacts set to be signed during Xi’s state visitbal strateg

Pragmatic cooperation, global strategic stability high on Sino-Russian agenda

Beijing and Moscow will sign around 30 cooperation documents d

uring President Xi Jinping’s state visit to Russia next week, including two joint statements on bilateral t

ies as well as on global strategic stability, Vice-Foreign Minister Zhang Hanhui said on Thursday.

Xi will kick off a three-day state visit to Russia on Wednesday at the invitation of Russian President

Vladimir Putin, and attend the 23rd St. Petersburg International Economic Forum to be held between June 6 and June 8.

The two presidents will witness the signing of an array of agreements on business d

eals in areas such as trade, investment and energy, Zhang said at a media briefing in Beijing.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of diplomatic ties between

China and Russia, and Xi’s visit will mark a milestone for both countries, Zhang said.

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hina to remain steadfast protecting national security

First, China has undisputable sovereignty over islands and their surrounding waters in the South China Sea, backed by a wealth of historical and legal basis,” Shao said.

For a long period of time, various nations’ normal passage and flight in the region have never been obstructed. “There i

s no issue over the freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea,” he said.

However, the US has frequently sent vessels and aircraft to trespass into Chinese mar

itime territory and airspace, and has conducted intense intelligence gathering and special drills in the region.

“These actions damage the peace and security of the region,” Shao said. “As a result, the PLA

has installed necessary defense equipment on the islands in accordance with security needs. This is within

the natural rights of a sovereign state, and a necessary measure to counter those provocative actions.”

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Lieutenant General Shao Yuanming, deputy chief of

f the Joint Staff Department of China’s Central Military Commission, said in an afternoon media briefing on behalf of the Chinese delegation that the People’s Lib

eration Army appreciates the US’ willingness to communicate and maintain a stable China-US military relationship.

However, Shao said Shanahan also made some inaccurate claims on China’s military d

evelopment and strategic intentions in his speech, “and the PLA resolutely opposes these accusations”.

Regarding the Taiwan question, the US side has reiterated its

military support to the island based on the so-called Taiwan Relation Act.

“I must stress that Taiwan is an inseparable part of China, and the one-China p

rinciple is the foundation of China-US relations and an international consensus,” Shao said.

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Local government authorities said the races may disturb g

 Chen Xiang, head of the sports bureau of Qiannan prefecture in Guizhou, t

old the thepaper.cn. It was agreed after meetings with education authorities and parents of stud

ents that the large crowd gathered during dragon boat races will create noise, Chen said.

Therefore, the dragon boat racing activities in the city, previ

ously scheduled on June 5-7, were postponed to June 9-11. Teams participating in the races were cont

acted and told the reason for the delay. They understood the reasons, Chen added.

An official at the sports bureau of Chizhou city, Anhui, said they have received letters and calls f

rom parents of examinees and people, expressing their concerns (that noise generated by dragon boa

t races may disturb students sitting the gaokao). So the bureau decided to postpone the races until June 9-10.

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No evidence was found to show Chinese monetary

 authority intervention in foreign exchange markets over the past se

veral months, according to the US Treasury’s semiannual foreign-exchange report to Congress.

The May report summarized that China’s growth appears to be stabilizing on the back of recently enhanced supportive measures.

The report expanded the number of countries it scrutinizes for curre

ncy manipulation to 21 from 12. Countries with a current account surplus with the US

equivalent to 2 percent of GDP were put on the watch list, compared with 3 percent of GDP before.

China didn’t meet the “currency manipulator” criteria listed by the US Treasury, but Washington will continue asse

ssing the RMB’s performance given China’s large trade surplus with the US, the report said.

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A great debate set over tariffs, technologyhorwom

Two television anchorwomen — one from China and one from the US — will debate two sides of the long-running trade dispute between the two countries.

Liu Xin, a mainstay of the China Global Television Network, and Trish Regan, a former CNBC busi

ness correspondent who now hosts her own show on the Fox Business Network, will have at it over i

ssues such as tariffs and technology Wednesday at 8 pm EDT in the US and simultaneously at 8 am Thursday in China.

The discourse will take place via satellite, as Liu will be in CGTN’s studio in Beijing, while Regan will be at Fox’s studio in New York.

The debate idea came about after the two newswomen clashed earlier this month after Regan said Beijing stole “$600 bill

on worth of intellectual property a year”, leading to the Trump administration tariffs.

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In a statement on May 16, Huawei said that losing acce

ss to US suppliers “will do significant economic harm to the US companies” and affect “tens of thousands of US jobs”. In total, US firm

s sold an estimated $11 billion worth of components to Huawei last year, according to earlier media reports.

“I’m not able to tell you exactly what the costs will be; it differs from company to company,” said Allen.

“But clearly, from a corporate perspective, this Department

of Commerce action has created costs and has escalated the uncertainty quite a bit.”

Asked to comment on some voices in the US calling for the “decoupling” of the two countries, especially in the technology sect

or, Allen said both sides should pursue a playing field of “smart competition and engagement”, in which the

y play by a “common set of rules” that are mainly set by World Trade Organization obligations.

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The strategic guiding role of national development plannin

ng should be leveraged to improve coordination mechanisms

for economic policies such as finance, currency, employment, industry, and regional develop

ment to ensure the nation’s economic development stays within a reasonable range, the statement said.

The meeting highlighted the importance of strengthening innovative cap

abilities as well as opening-up and cooperation in this regard, and called for improving the serv

ices and environment for opening-up and cooperation so that development is promoted through opening-up, inn

ovation is advanced through reforms and win-win results are achieved through cooperation, it said.

Tough and newly emerging problems should be resolved through deepening reforms, the state

ment said, adding that the capability of dealing with challenges and preventing risks should be intensified.

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Britain took part in the European Parliament elections b

because it had delayed the date of its exit from the EU, but its MEPs will leave the parliament when Brexit happens.

In total, Britain will elect 73 MEPs (Members of the European Parliament) to the 751-seat parliament

. They will not contribute directly to British policymaking on domestic issues like Brexit, but will have a say in EU-wide policy.

Farage casts Britain’s political system as broken and says parliament a

nd the government are trying to thwart Brexit. He wants the United Kingdom to leave th

e EU as soon as possible and says the damage of a no-deal departure has been blown out of proportion.

Farage, who as UKIP leader persuaded May’s predecessor, David Came

ron, to call the Brexit referendum and then helped lead the campaign to leave the EU, h

as said that failure to implement Brexit would show Britain not to be a democracy.

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