Chen Bin, executive vice-president of the China Machi

nery Industry Federation, said the organization’s member companies are optimistic because th

e extension of the March 1 tariff deadline should help both Chinese and US companies restore their ab

ility to trade, while pacifying Chinese companies that have already invested heavily in machinery manufacturing in the US.

“It is increasingly evident that tariffs had negative effects — such as rising unemployment an

d slowing growth rates — not only in China and the US, but also in many parts of the world,” said Xue Ro

ngjiu, deputy director of the Beijing-based China Society for WTO Studies research institute.

The proposed tariff delay indicates economic rationality is preva

iling and both countries are predicted to reach an agreement soon, Xue added.

Asa Hutchinson, governor of the US state of Arkansas, applauded both presidents for

working hard to narrow the differences and reach more consensuses. “I a

m optimistic we will be able to reach an agreement because it is important for both countries,” he said.

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Austrian companies embrace China’s winter sports sector

According to the ambitious plan released by the General Admi

nistration of Sport of China in 2016 to construct winter sports infrastructure and popularize winter spor

ts, at least 650 skating rinks and 800 ski resorts are expected to be build nationwide by 2022.

By 2025, about 300 million people in the country are expected to participate in winter

sports, increasing the market value of the winter sports sector to 1 trillion yuan.

Driven by multiple momentums, China has witnessed rapid growth in the winter sports ind

ustry in recent years, such as venue facilities, training, tourism and equipment sectors, said Peng Weiyong, dep

uty director general of Finance Department at the General Administration of Sports.

Winter sports has become a booster for China’s sports industry and even economic development, Peng added.

By the end of June 2018, the total number of ski resorts in China rose to 738, an increase of 70 or 10.5 percent over

the same period in 2017. The number of indoor ice rinks totaled 334, an increase of 75 or 29 percent year-on-yea

r increase. In 2018, 19.7 million people participated in skiing, up 12.6 percent year-on-year.

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So, while the governments of China and the US may

exhibit discomfort with one another, it is clear that person-to-person education and research diplomacy will continue to provide a

solid foundation for sustaining win-win academic projects. Any significant decoupling of the US and Chi

na in the education and research fields would prove detrimental to both countries.

In the globalized world of the 21st century, where international kn

owledge networks and crossborder collaborations have become the new norm, the US and C

hina should be seeking to build more bridges, not dismantling them.

The author is executive vice-chancellor of Duke Kunshan University, a joint-vent

ure university established by Duke University and China’s Wuhan Uni

versity, and professor of China Business and Technology at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

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This tape leaves no question as to whether R. Kelly is gui

  multiple sexual, illegal acts against a 14-year-old girl,” he told reporters Friday. He said Foxx’s investigation was “very thorough … dedicated and methodical.”

  CNN has seen the VHS tape, which is 42 minutes and 45 seconds, clear and explicit

. It appears to show Kelly having sex with a girl who refers to her body parts as 14 years old.

  In a news conference Friday, his attorney told reporters he did not know what was

on the tape.Greenberg brought a point of contention to one of the cases in the indictment.

  ”One of the charges appears to involve the same alleged victim from the earlier case and double jeopardy should bar that case,” he said.

  Kelly has been associated with accusations of abuse, manipulation and inappropr

iate encounters with girls and young women for more than two decades. He has strongly denied the accusations.

  What is on the latest video mirrors some of the alleged acts for which Kelly was arrest

ed in a child pornography case in 2002 when he was 35 and then acquitted six years later.

  He has been sued by multiple women accusing him of having sex with them when they w

ere underage. Most cases, with the exception of the trial where he was acquitted, have been settled out of court.

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That resolution will not pass the Senate, and you can take that

  back to whoever sent you here,” she says, citing that the deal doesn’t have a

single Republican in favor of the proposal and “the k

ey to good legislation is to tailor something that you write so that it can pass, and you can get a step ahead.”

  When a girl urges her to vote yes anyway, Feinstein replies, “I may do that … but it’s not a good resolution.”

  In a statement Friday night about the confrontation, Feinstein said she “always welcomes the oppo

rtunity to hear from Californians who feel passionately about this issue and it remains a top priority of mine.”

  ”Unfortunately, it was a brief meeting but I want the children to know they were heard loud and clear. I have been and rem

ain committed to doing everything I can to enact real, meaningful climate change legislation,” Feinstein said.

  ”We had a spirited discussion and I presented the group with my draft resolution

that provides specific responses to the climate change crisis, which I plan to introduce soon.”

  The conversation at times grew heated, especially when Feinstein dismissed the group’s request due to their tone and their youth.

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Trump admin pushes for tougher action on Iran, swipes

  US and Israeli leaders continued to push for confrontation with Iran at the Warsaw ministe

rial meeting on Middle East security Thursday, strongly criticizing Europe as they did so.

  Vice President Mike Pence cast Iran as the central driver of all regional instabil

ity as he addressed the 62 countries gathered in Warsaw and ripped in

to Europe for its refusal to leave the Iran nuclear deal and join Washington on increasing sanctions on Tehran.

  ”Sadly, some of our leading European partners have not been nearly as coope

rative” on Iran as countries in the Gulf have been, Pence said in an address to the ministerial.

  Referring to Iranian protests in 2009, the vice president said, “The world missed an opportunity last time to confront the regime, but not this time.”

  ’I don’t rule anything out’

  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, after a public appea

rance with Pence Thursday, told NBC that Iran “has to be countered and it has to be co

untered now.” Asked if that means regime change, Netanyahu said, “I don’t rule anything out.”

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Representatives have until 3 p.m. Thursday to signthe resolution

  which will be introduced Friday, Pelosi wrote. The House will “move swiftly” under the Nat

ional Emergencies Act to pass it before sending it to the Senate, she added.

  Trump declared a national emergency last Friday after he signed a spending bill that would keep the gover

nment open and provide $1.375 billion for a border wall, billions less than he had sought.

  Castro had promised to curtail such a declaration prior to Trump’s announcement as a possible second partial government shutdown loomed.

  ”Historically, Presidents have declared national emergencies for urgent matters of national security. President Trump would u

nconstitutionally usurp congressional authority by declaring an emergency based upon unfounded hype rat

her than any substantive emergency,” the Texas Democrat said last Thursday in a statement.

  Castro added that “such a baseless declaration by President Trump would set a dange

rous precedent regarding the constitutional balance of powers between the executive and legislative branches.”

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The UK government described the plant closure as “a

  ating decision for Swindon and the United Kingdom.”

  Business Secretary Greg Clark said in a statement that it was “deeply disappointing that this decision has been taken now” b

ecause Britain is a leader in developing new technologies needed by the auto industry.

  Britain is set to leave the European Union in less than 40 days, but the details of what happens then are uncertain.

  Car company executives have warned that crashing out of the bloc without a deal

on March 29 would snarl their supply chains and disrupt production.

  BMW (BMWYY) plans to close its Mini factory in England for one month of maintenance imm

ediately after Brexit because it can’t be sure of getting the parts it needs. Ford (F), which has 13,000 wo

rkers in the United Kingdom, has estimated that a disorderly Brexit would cost it $800 million in 2019.

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In short, thanks to changes in the internal and extern

al environment, China’s monetary policy is expected to sail out of the “reefs” in 2019, becoming more flexible in maintaining its prudent, neutral, and marginally loose stance.

We believe that comprehensive and targeted cuts to reserve req

uirement ratios, reductions in open market rates, and increased use of targeted medium-term l

ending facility will become the main policy tools of China’s central bank in 2019. Only when extreme changes happen in the internal and external env

ironment (for example, the Chinese economy fails to stabilize in the middle of 2019 and the Fed doesn’t raise interest rates),

will the possibility of lowering the benchmark deposit and lending interest rates rise significantly.
hina will take measures to help domestic soybe

an and corn farmers, while also seeking to expand imports of certain agricultural products that are considered in s

hortage through diversified channels, according to a central government guideline released on Tuesday.

The plan, came before a new round of trade negotiations between Chinese and US officials set fo

r Thursday and Friday, shows Chinese policymakers’ determination to be le

ss dependent on US agricultural imports such as soybeans even if a deal is likely to be reached, industry analysts said.

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Under the guideline, released by the Central Committee of

the Communist Party of China and the State Council, China’s cabinet, Chinese authorities will consolidate the produc

tion capacity of such products as edible-oil crops and cotton through improving quality and efficiency.

The nation will also improve the subsidy policy for soybean and corn producers this year, while also

scaling up imports of agricultural products in shortage and diversifying import channels, the g

uideline read. China will also cultivate a group of multinational agricultural enterprises.

Jiao Shanwei, editor-in-chief of grain portal cngrain.com in Central China’s Henan Province, told the Global Times that the guide

line, which is issued at the beginning of each year and widely interpreted as laying a policy framework for

China’s agricultural industry, sends a clear signal to the market that China will take measures such as importing from alte

rnative sources like Russia and Brazil as well as encouraging domestic cultivation, to be less reliant on US soybean imports this year.

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