Belt, Road high on China-Niger agendaming ceremoident

China and Niger should enhance Belt and Road cooperation and implemen

t major projects in areas such as infrastructure, energy and agriculture, President Xi Jinp

ing said on Tuesday. Xi made the remark while meeting with Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou at the Gre

at Hall of the People in Beijing. Issoufou is paying a state visit to China from Sunday to Thursday.

Witnessed by the two leaders, China and Niger signed a number of cooperation documents after their talks. Xi appre

ciated Issoufou’s efforts in promoting the China-Niger and China-Africa friendship over the past few years. Not

ing that China and Niger are good friends, partners and brothers, Xi said that the two countries have enhanced mu

tual political trust and have achieved fruitful outcomes in practical cooperation in several areas.

China would like to work with Niger to jointly implement the outcomes of the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Afri

ca Cooperation, strengthen strategic cooperation and bring more benefits to the people of both countries.

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It currently plays a leading role in the network. All the oth

her telescopes have diameters of 20 meters at most. Tianma can receive more signals than all of them combined,” Shen said.

Tianma has also played an indispensable role in determining orbits for China’s moon an

d deep space explorations. It will also determine orbits for the country’s first Mars exploration in 2020, Shen said.

The government is tackling illegal disposal of lead-acid fuel cells, w

hich has resulted in pollution and higher health risks. Hou Liqiang reports from Pizhou, Jiangsu.

China is the world’s largest manufacturer of lead-acid batteries, which are widely us

ed to power electric bikes and supply the ignition spark for conventional automobiles.

However, spent batteries, which are officially designated as hazardous waste, are often dispose

d of illegally, squandering large amounts of valuable lead and causing pollution that is costly to remedy.

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hina promises to counter US tariffsay urged tes to c

China’s Ministry of Commerce on Thursday urged the United States to correct its use of tariffs, and vo

wed to take necessary countermeasures if the US’ new tariff plan targeting $300 billion in Chinese imports takes effect.

The US government’s bullying behavior and maximum pressure regime on China violate mu

ltilateral trade rules, ministry spokesman Gao Feng said at a regular news conference.

The office of the United States Trade Representative proposed to take further action by imposing 25 percent of addition

al tariffs on Chinese imports with an annual trade value of approximately $300 billion. The USTR is seek

ing comment and will hold a public hearing regarding the proposed modification on June 17.

Gao said the impact of US tariffs imposed on Chinese products starting last year was “completely controllable.”

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President mourns plane tragedyafter an emerg enemetyevo

Investigation underway to find out cause of fire that claimed 41 lives at Moscow airport

President Xi Jinping extended condolences to his Russian counterpart Vladimir

Putin on Monday over the victims of a fire on a passenger plane on Sunday in Moscow.

The landing plane was engulfed in flames, leaving at least 41 dead on Sunday at Sheremetyevo Airport.

Xi said in his message that he was shocked that the plane burst into flames as it ma

de an emergency landing at She­remetyevo Airport in Moscow, which led to major casualties.

On behalf of the Chinese government, the Chinese people and himself, Xi extended deep co

ndolences to the victims and his sincere sympathy to the bereaved families and the injured.

Also on Monday, Premier Li Ke­qiang sent a condolence message to Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev over the accident.

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The budgetary restrictions over government investm

ent funds will be further tightened, and government-funded programs m

ust not be constructed with capital advances from contractors, the regulation said.

The regulation, to take effect in July, came after heightened efforts

by the central government to rein in debts raise

d by local authorities, which are estimated to have reached 18.4 trillion yuan ($2.7 trillion) by the end of 2018.

Minister of Finance Liu Kun said in this year’s legislative session in March th

at China will adopt stringent measures to prevent new illegal borrowing by local authorities.

He said there has been action by local authorities to use financi

ng platforms to raise debts in violation of laws and regu

lations, and the ministry will block the way for such illegal debt-raising behavior in the future.

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Xi congratulates Thai king on coronationorn is crowned

Chinese President Xi Jinping congratulated Thai King

Maha Vajiralongkorn on being crowned officially on Saturday.

On behalf of the Chinese government and people, and in his own name, Xi express

ed in a message sincere congratulations and good wishes to the king and the Thai people.

The king is an old friend of the Chinese people and has been attending to and supp

orting the cause of friendship between the two countries for long, Xi said in the message.

“I attach great importance to the development of China-Thailand rel

ations and stand ready to make joint efforts with you to carry forward the traditional C

hina-Thailand friendship, deepen cooperation in building the Belt and Road jointly, and push forward the comp

rehensive strategic cooperative partnership between the two countries to make bigger headway,” Xi said.

The Chinese president wished the Kingdom of Thailand flourishing and prosperity, and the people happiness and good health.

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enter in New York by performing two famous end

Peking Opera pieces, The Legend of the White Snake and The Jewelry Pouc

h. She now spends much of her time teaching Peking Opera at the National Academy of Chin

ese Theater Arts, one of the top academies of traditional Chinese operas, to pass on the ancient art to younger gene

rations.he Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation will be held in Beijing from April 25 to 27. This

summit will be highly important in terms of its participation and depth of issues under discussion. It is expected tha

t representatives from 100 countries and regions will attend the event. Preparations are at their peak, as it will be

a major diplomatic event in Beijing and the Chinese government grants it very high importance.

Peking Opera is a 200-year-old Chinese theat

er art dating back to the 18th century, which combines speech, song, dance and

martial arts. In 2010, UNESCO inscribed it as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

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