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Given the current climate of cross-Straits relations, the Chinese mainla

上海楼凤nd suspended issuing individual travel permits for Taiwan on Thursday. What do

es the move suggest? Two experts share their views on the issue with China Daily’s Yao Yuxin. Excerpts follow:

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Taiwan witnessed rapid growth in tourist arrivals from the mai

nland in the eight years before Tsai Ing-wen became the island leader in 2016.

Individual travel to Taiwan was first permitted for residents of Beijin

上海楼凤女神会所g, Shanghai and Xiamen, Fujian province, in 2011 when cross-Straits relations were goo

d thanks partly to Ma Ying-jeou being the Taiwan leader. The arrangement was extended to 47 mainland cities over the fol

上海楼凤lowing three years. As a result, mainland tourist arrivals in Taiwan peaked at more than 4 million in 2015.

But tourist arrivals began dropping after Tsai took office, because she and her Democratic Progressive Party refused to rec

ognize the 1992 Consensus that there is only one China, which soured cross-Straits relations.上海楼凤女神会所

Mainland visitors-a large number of whom are individual travelers-account for ab

out a quarter of Taiwan’s total tourist arrivals, so the new curbs could rattle the island’s tourism industry and上海楼凤

hurt the broader economy. If the situation continues to worsen, the system for mai

上海楼凤nland tourists to apply for group travel to the island might also be affected in the foreseeable future.

But ignoring the mainland’s huge contribution to the island’s tou

rism sector prosperity and economic growth, Tsai and the DPP have more brazenly p上海楼凤女神会所

ushed forward their “Taiwan independence” agenda without thinking that, by fur

上海楼凤ther straining cross-Straits relations, they are compromising the well-being of Taiwan compatriots.

Besides, without any evidence to prove their outrageous claim, Tsai

and her fellow DPP leaders accused the mainland of sending spies and interferi上海楼凤女神会所

ng in the local elections last year, which put the safety of mainland individual travelers at risk.

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The longer she lives in上海楼凤more eager Wu is to pro

omote traditional Chinese music worldwide. She never for

gets her roots — the treasures that define who she is, and from where she comes.

上海楼凤Early in 2006, Wu was overjoyed when officials of Carnegie Hall (one

of the world’s most prestigious music venues, in Midtown Manhattan, in New York City) as

ked her to help them produce two traditional-Chinese- music -themed concerts within two years. Within a short time, s上海楼凤女神会所

he began laying the groundwork for the concerts. She made special trips to remote rural areas in Shanxi (in North China) and

上海楼凤Shaanxi (in Northwest China) provinces, to watch folk musicians’ performances and to explore the origin of the tradi

tional Chinese folk music, so she could display the music’s unique charm to audiences outside of China.

“It was quite an interesting experience when I played, with my pipa at Carnegie Hall, the tunes of Shaanxi opera (Qinqiang) and of上海楼凤女神会所

shadow play in 2009. I invited the Huayin Shadow Puppet Band, from Shaanxi, to perform a shadow play in the hall.

上海楼凤Many of the spectators were fascinated by the unique charm of the traditional Chinese culture,” recalls Wu.

n recognition of her virtuosity and collaborations across di

sciplines, Musical America in 2013 named Wu “Instrumentalist of the Year,” marking t上海楼凤女神会所

he first time the prestigious award was bestowed on a player of a non-Western instrument.

In 2017, Sing Me Home, produced by Wu and other members of Silk Road Ensemble, earned them the上海楼凤

Best World Music Album during the presentation of the 59th Grammy Awards, Wu composed.

上海楼凤女神会所Green (Vincent’s Tune), the album’s first melody, based on a tune created by her son. By drawing inspiration from the tun

e, which her then-four-year-old boy often hummed, Wu created the melody. She named the tune “Green”, to praise the b

eauty and exuberant vitality of spring, a season as vigorous and enthusiastic as a four-year-old.

In February 2015, Our World in Song, which featured 12 folk songs (of different countries), was n上海楼凤女神会所

ominated for the 57th Grammy Award for the Best World Music Album. Wu, along with Hawaiian instr

umentalist Daniel Ho and Cuban percussionist Luis Conte, played more than 50 musical instruments for the so

ngs’ accompaniments, creating an attractive, inspiring and exciting global music tour.

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The country’s GDP grew by 6.4 percent in the first qua

arter, which represented the 14th consecutive quarter in the 6.4 percent to 6.8 percent range.

The country added 4.59 million urban jobs in the first four months, with total imports an

d exports up by 4.3 percent year-on-year and its foreign exchange reserves remaining above $3 trillion.

Xi said there will be ample factors to reinf

orce the steady, healthy and sustainable growth of the Chinese economy.

The president called the country’s large pool of resources a prima

ry factor. China has a population of nearly 1.4 billion, a 900-million-strong workforce, the w

orld’s largest middle-income population and over 100 million market entities.

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Beverages, which used to focus on flavor, have als

so aimed to forge a connection to health. Concepts such as vegetable protein drinks,

MCT, or medium-chain triglyceride, and dietary fiber were unveiled. Riding the wave of nationwide phy

sical fitness, sales of snacks with less sugar and no sugar also showed an obvious increase.

Unique and distinctive snack food is enjoying growing popularity among young people born a

fter 1995, who pay more attention to innovative taste, unique design and clever names.

The Chinese snack industry has entered a fast lane of development. Its gross output value is

expected to grow by about 20 percent a year, hitting 3 trillion yuan by 2020, the report said.

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Hou Kong Middle School, established in 1932, was the firs

I am so excited to receive a reply,” said fifth-grader Dang Wingzi, one of the students who

wrote the initial letter to Xi. “I will study hard to be able to better serve the country.”

Chan Lai-wing, a teacher at the school, said she believes the convictio

n of serving the country had taken root among children and would later blossom and bear fruit.

xpressed his hope that the students could pass on the fine tradition of loving the motherland and loving Macao, and make cont

ributions to Macao’s development and the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation when they grow up.

In a statement, Chief Executive of Macao Special Administrative Region Fernando Chui Sai-on said that the letter has dem

onstrated Xi and the central government’s care and expectations for Macao’s students and youngsters.

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On Friday, State Councilor and Defense Minister Gen

eral Wei Fenghe met with Shanahan and both sides agreed to deepen exchanges and cooperation, pr

operly manage risks and allow military-to-military relations to become a stabilizing factor for bilateral ties.

China launched an investigation into FedEx because the United States express delivery service provider allegedly failed to

deliver parcels to designated addresses, a violation of Chinese postal regulations, a senior official said, adding that

all foreign delivery companies should obey local regulations when operating in China.

The State Post Bureau did not disclose how many parcels were allegedly rerouted, and said it recently received comp

laints from an unspecified number of FedEx clients saying the company rerouted their parcels to destinations other

than the designated addresses without informing them or asking for permission.

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In 2016, Xi wrote a reply to 12 primary school students

 in Taizhou, Zhejiang province. They were the grandchildren of those who cultivated the uninhabited Dachen Islands in the 1950s.

In March 2017, Xi joined with primary students in Beijing to

plant trees and encouraged them to foster a219ccccom-3/nvironmental protection from childhood.

In 2018, replying to a letter from a primary school in Shaanxi provi

nce, Xi expressed hope that the students would learn more about the history of the revolution, follow th

e example of heroes and role models, love the Party, the country and the people and carry on fine revolutionary traditions.

hina has raised additional tariffs to a maximum 25 percent on part of the $60 billion worth of US prod

ucts, effective June 1, according to a statement by the Customs Tariff Commission of the State Council.

The rates of additional tariffs on some of the products will be increased to 25 percent, 20 perc

ent, and 10 percent, respectively. The 5 percent additional tariffs applied to some products remained unchanged.

The move came after the US’ latest tax increase on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods from 10 percent to 25 percent.

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ang said by the end of this year, 5G network construc

The Beijing municipal government plans to invest at least 30 billion yuan by 2022 to build 5G networks, according to a 5G devel

opment plan released in January. In Beijing’s road map for 5G development from 2019 to 2022, the municipal gov

ernment has set a goal to develop its 5G-related industry to realize an income of 200 billion yuan by 2022.

The city said it hopes that by 2022, Beijing-based scientific research

units and enterprises can be a key contributor to global 5G technical standards, acc

ounting for more than 5 percent of all primary and essential international 5G patents.

Huang Jianjun, vice-president of China Jianyin Investment Ltd, said 5G technologies have been deeply integrated with

artificial intelligence, big data, the internet of things and other emerging technologies, ushering in a new era of in

ternet of everything and deep interaction between humans and machines.

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On Tuesday, a picture showing a questionnaire that a local

l kindergarten had used to ask children whether they were involved in gangs went viral on the internet. The local educa

tional bureau said that the research was meant to stop bullies in kindergartens instead of finding gangster members.

A number of regions in China, including Qiannan Buyi and Miao autonomous prefecture in Guizhou, Guangzhou city in Gu

angdong, and the cities of Chizhou and Anqing in Anhui, have decided to reschedule their dragon boat races so as to pr

ovide a quiet environment for gaokaotakers, news portal thepaper.cn reported.

Some places, such as the city of Yueqing in Zhejiang, have banned holding such activities during the gaokao, said the report.

The gaokao, or the national college entrance exam, will take place

on June 7 and 8 this year, coinciding with the Duanwu Festival (aka Dragon Boat F

estival) holiday, when traditionally dragon boat races are held in celebration of the festival.

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he May report summarized that China’s growth appear

ears to be stabilizing on the back of recently enhanced supportive measures.

The report expanded the number of countries it scrutinizes for curr

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

quivalent 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 Washi

ngton will continue assessing the RMB’s performance given China’s large trade surplus with the US, the report said.

The US Treasury removed India from the watch list, while it added Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam.

“Chinese authorities have not used the exchange rate in prior easing

cycles to support growth, and they are unlikely to do so now, as this could pose macr

oeconomic stability risk,” said Andrew Fennell, lead sovereign analyst for China at Fitch Ratings.

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