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Central bank vice-governor voices confidence amid currency volatility

The monetary authority vowed to stabilize the renminbi amid escala

ted trade tensions, while continuing to push forward financial opening-up and pr

otecting overseas investors’ legal rights, said a senior official from the central bank on Sunday.

“We have the foundation, confidence and capacity to maintain a stable foreign exchange ma

rket in China, and keep the renminbi exchange rate at a reasonably stable equilibrium,” said Pan Gongsheng, vi

ce-governor of the People’s Bank of China, the central bank, said in a statement on its website.

Before his pledge, the onshore renminbi rate depreciated to 6.9182 per do

llar at Friday’s close, the weakest level since December, and the offshore renminbi rate h

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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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Chinese coffee startup Luckin Coffee will price its initial p

public offering at $17 per share on Nasdaq Stock Exchanges, CNBC reported on Friday.

This price is at the top of its expected range from $15 to $17 in a regulatory filing, indicating the value of the company at about $4.2 billion.

Luckin Coffee raised $150 million in the most recent Series B+ round of financing, lifting the B

eijing-based company’s valuation to about $2.9 billion, the company announced on April 18.

With the aid of new technology, Luckin Coffee provides customers convenient service with innovative business model.

“The old way is people looking for coffee. With us coffee finds the people,” Luckin Coffee’s Co-founder Eric Guo told CNBC.

As a representative of China’s new retail based on mobile app, Luckin Coffee, founded in 2017, has expanded at a rapid pace.

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Festival will mark 80th anniversary of popular cantata

The Central Conservatory of Music will hold a festival from May 23 to 27 to celebrate the 80th anniversary of The Yellow River Cantata.

Written by composer Xian Xinghai (1905–1945) in Yan’an, Shaanxi pro

vince, in early 1939, the piece was inspired by a patriotic poem by Guang Weiran, and the lyrics

were adapted for the cantata. Premiered on April 13 of the same year in Yan’an, the work became, and remains, popular.

The conservatory’s symphony orchestra, choirs and chamber music grou

ps will join in the festival with 20 concerts, including the opening concert on May 23 condu

cted by Yu Feng, president of the university. The Yellow River Cantata will be performed by young singers.

Veteran Chinese musicians and singers, including Guo Shuzhen and Wang Xiufen, will perform during the festival.

Besides concerts, masterclasses and forums will be held in Yan’an.

The music festival will also celebrate the 70th birthday of the country.

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Often these pictures do not represent how these indivi

duals look in real life without the posing, the filters, the photoshopping and the professional hair and make-up,” Martz said.

Pan, the Renmin University researcher, also believes that pi

ctures shared frequently on social media impose peer pressure on women.

“If people around you look thin on WeChat Moments, you are inevi

tably anxious to fit the general profile of having the ‘right look’,” she said.

Articles have also gone viral in summer on WeChat Moments, with sensational headlines such as “Good-looking girls never

weigh more than 50 kilograms” or “If you don’t lose weight in May, you will cry out loud in June”.

Shen Zijiao, a psychological consultant at Beijing Normal University, said: “Women don’t know what kind of beauty is best for th

em; they just thumb through their phone screens and get the notions of ‘being slender’ consciously or uncons

ciously. They always worry if their bodies are inconsistent with the so-called perfect body shape.”

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The Organizing Committee on Friday also unveiled its

 plans for volunteer recruitment and training. International recruit

ment, which will be launched in December through an online system, aims to select 27,000

volunteers to directly serve the Games’ operation, while another 80,000 or so will work as city volunteers.

The Games’ official mascot will be unveiled in the second half of this year.

hina expects to participate in more international assessments of t

he impacts of climate change and human activities on Arctic ecosystems, a senior official said.

Protection of Arctic species and the natural restoration of ecosystems can be a key in such cooperation, said Wang Hong,

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a simple inspection at ports of entry. The administration

was disestablished in the latest government reshuffle and quara

ntine management functions were merged into the General Administration of Customs.

With a rising number of inbound foreign travelers and Chinese students returning home wit

h pets in tow, the administration issued the new rule in January to facilitate entry.

Shanghai Customs inspected 25 cats and 15 other pets at its ports of entry between May 1 and May 5. Twenty-seven of them were all

owed in after on-site inspections. Eleven were put under quarantine, and two were sent back to their original co

untry or region due to the lack of quarantine reports and rabies antibody test results.

Last year alone, 1,577 pets-822 dogs and 755 cats-entered Shanghai from overseas, customs data show.

Shanghai Customs has been publicizing information on the new regulations throu

gh various channels to passengers, including cooperating with more than 60 air carriers, it said.

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Faster checks for inbound pets in placegs, cats to got

No need for dogs, cats to go through quarantine if they meet set conditions

Pets owners no longer need to be separated from their beloved dogs or cats when they ar

rive in China from overseas if they meet certain conditions, under a regulation that took effect on May 1.

Dogs or cats with valid electronic chips arriving from 19 designated c

ountries or regions no longer have to undergo weeklong quarantines if they pass on-site inspe

ctions at ports of entry, according to the regulation released by the General Administration of Customs earlier this year.

The designated countries and regions are New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Hawaii and Guam of the Unite

d States, Jamaica, Iceland, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Cyprus, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, J

apan and Singapore, as well as China’s Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions.

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Horticultural exhibits delve into high-tech magic

The ongoing International Horticultural Exhibition 2019 in Beijing is all about gar

dening, but it doesn’t shy away from high technology that improves visitors’ experience.

To provide visitors with information services, ticket purchasing, parking, travel routes, introductions to scenic sp

ots, medical services, performance arrangements and traveling tips, a mobile phone app called Expo 2019 was developed.

It’s like having a tour guide at hand, said Guo Ziliang, an official at the Beijing World Horticultural Expo Coordination Bureau, the expo’s organizer.

“The app shows people how to conveniently and efficiently make their way through the park,” he said. “It also helps improve the park’s reception capacity.”

The 162-day expo, from April 29 to Oct 7, is expected to receive a total of 16 million visitors.

The app, available in bilingual versions-English and Chinese-can be downloaded for free from online app stores.

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A leak that may have come from the Australian Secu

ty Intelligence Organization suggested that Chinese-Australians contesting local government elections represented securit

y threats because they might have belonged to an organization called the “Australian Council for the Promotion of Peace

ful Reunification of China”. Actually, none of the candidates mentioned has ever been associated with ag

itation or lobbying on issues of concern to Beijing such as the South China Sea, Taiwan or Tibet.

Worst example of anti-China prejudice

One of the worst examples of anti-China prejudices comes from a bo

ok written by a professor of public ethics, Clive Hamilton-Silent Invasion published in earl

y 2018. On pages 280-281 Hamilton writes that up to 40 percent of the Chinese in Australia are disloyal. Speci

fically, he says they are ready “to take to the streets to express their loyalty to Beijing-in other words, to Australia’s enemy”.

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