Top regulator says economy set for growthand

Top regulator says economy set for growthand

Transformation of traditional industries speeding up, riding wave of high tech

The Chinese economy is poised for more vigorous growth after gathering new strength through upgrad

es in traditional industries and accelerating the growth of high-tech industries and emerging sectors.

The country will further expand market access with a nationally unified, annually released and timely adjusted negative list for m

ore market vitality, according to the National Development and Reform Commission, China’s top economic regulator.

Meng Wei, spokeswoman of the commission, said at a media conference on Fri

day that China has made steady progress in cultivating new momentum and promoting t

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percent, respectively, registering significantly faste

The emerging service sector also grew very fast, Meng said.

In April, the information transmission industry, along with software and inform

ation technology services, grew 25 percent year-on-year, 17.6 percentage points higher than the national index of services.

Online retail sales amounted to 3.04 trillion yuan ($440.2 billion) in the first four m

onths, a year-on-year increase of 17.8 percent. Around 17.07 billion parcels were delivered, up 24.8 percent over last year.

She said the transformation of traditional industries is speeding up as they combine with information technology.

“Through implementing national big data and internet plus strategies, internet, big da

ta, and artificial intelligence technologies have been widely used in China’s real economy,” she said

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Separately, on the same day, the US Commerce Department

said it would be adding Huawei and its 70 affiliates to an Entity List, which will ban the compan

y from buying parts and components of US companies without prior government approval.

Gao Feng, spokesman for the Ministry of Commerce, said at a briefing that the con

cept of national security “should not be used as a tool for trade protectionism”.

“China strongly opposes other countries imposing unilateral sanctions on Chinese entities,” Gao said.

He called on the US to stop its wrongful behavior and make more efforts to create conditions for normal international trade cooperation.

Huawei has been increasing its 5G commercial contracts worldwide, with more countries giving the com

pany a vote of confidence. But it is facing security allegations from the US, which Huawei has said are unfounded.

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The report was based on an experimental survey condu

cted by the China Consumer Association from December to March, which included mor

e than 1,700 students from elementary, junior high and senior high school.

According to the report, most elementary school students were first exposed t

o the internet in third grade, and these 9-year-old students accounted for 32.2 percent of th

e total. For junior high school students, most had their first online experience at the age of 12 years in grade six, a

nd these students comprised 21.7 percent. Among high school students, the peak period to access the internet fell duri

ng their first year in junior high school, with these 13-year-olds representing 19.4 percent.

The report shows over 90 percent of teenagers use electronic devices for study or playing game

s every week. What deserves attention is that the percentage of inevitable exposure to electronic devi

ces among elementary school students is significantly higher than that of the other two groups.

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Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang urged the US gover

 government on Tuesday to consider the costs it would bear through raising tariffs.

He reiterated that China will never capitulate under any external pressure and hopes the US meets China halfway.

The US has no need to “worry about” China’s affairs, Geng said at a daily news conference. The country has made progress i

improving its foreign investment environment and has become a popular investment destination, he sa

id, citing the expansion of US-based Exxon Mobil Corp and Tesla Inc in the market last year.

Geng stressed that China welcomes foreign companies to increase investment in the market and will co

ntinue to establish a more stable, fair, transparent and predictable investment and business environment.

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The downward trend will linger in the first half of th

f the year until July or August, when the market may see a recovery, Xu Haidong, assistant to

the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers’ secretary-general, told the newspaper.

The reason for the slowdown in China’s automotive market lies in the lack of consumer confidence, according to CA

AM. In addition, the upcoming stricter Nation VI emission standards, market expectation for the country’s stimulating spe

nding policy and a strong wait-and-see mood, are all contributing to the bleak picture, the association said.

With the actual policy effects from tax cuts and fees reduction

s, a promising consumer market boosted by infrastructure investment, the country’s a

utomobile market will have a stable development throughout the year, said the association.

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producers or US-based designers. For example, China ma

akes 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 ye

ars ago. But it does mean that these low-skilled, labor-intensive industries will be moving to less-developed nations. US t

ariffs on such products will only serve to hasten the transition to higher value-added industries that China has to make anyway.

Roughly 20 years ago, when China’s admission to the World Trade Organiz

ation was being negotiated, China’s economy was tiny as a portion of world GDP. It was clearly a poor, less-deve

loped country that, except in a few areas, was not able to compete with Western companies in high-value-added products.

As Alexander Hamilton, the first US Treasury secretary, argued, a dev

eloping country may need to protect its “infant industries” from already established foreign

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More nurses sought to treat elderly populationetition at a tra

Health authorities will redouble their efforts to train nurses in eldercare as the proportion of older people in the pop

ulation expands and tens of millions of people struggle with disabilities, a senior health official said on Wednesday.

Jiao Yahui, deputy chief of medical administration and supervision at the National He

alth Commission, said there are not enough nurses to cope with the growing needs of the country’s elderly.

A regulation on the training of healthcare workers and standards of service is being drafted. It i

s expected to boost the number of nurse’s aides, Jiao said ahead of International Nurses Day on Sunday.

The nurse’s aides will complement the work of full-fledged nurses to meet the demand for services for the elderly, she said.

The number of registered nurses in China topped 4 million as of the end of last year. Nearly 70 perc

ent held a junior college degree or above, accounting for almost half of all healthcare professionals, she said.

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Last year, there were 150 million people 60 years or abo

above living with chronic diseases in China. Of those, 44 million

were fully or partially disabled and in need of regular nursing services, she said.

“With more nurses and nurse’s aides, the demand for nursing services from the elderly will be gradually met,” she said.

The commission will also encourage community health centers to provide more nursin

g services for the elderly in neighborhoods, Jiao said. They would include more beds and setting up day-care centers.

Regulations will also be released to encourage community health centers to pro

vide beds to the elderly at home, so family doctors can provide treatment there, she said.

“The disabled, whether fully or partial, will be the priority in nursing services,” Jiao sa

id. “We will release a detailed standard for evaluating nursing services for the disabled elderly

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Not only are there missing links on the causality chai

 between long-term structural factors and actual economic performance, it is also unclear how long those factors would take to constrain GDP growth to a part

cular level. In fact, 20 years ago, the same long-term factors were used to warn of a possible fall in Chinese GDP growth.

Because of the complexity of China’s growth trajectory, many economists seem to base their assessments of potenti

al on performance. After every drop in China’s GDP growth since the second quarter of 2012-when growth fell be

low 8 percent-economists have emerged to declare that performance was in line with potential.

Difficult to determine potential growth rate

To be sure, there are various estimates of China’s potential growth rate, ranging from 5 perc

ent to 8 percent. But it is difficult to determine which is reliable. For one thing, there is reason to believe that

most estimates fail to discount cyclical factors adequately when calculating the long-term trend.

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