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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China said late on Monday that it will increase tariffs on the bulk o

$60 billion of US imports to three categories of rates between 10 percent and 25 percent.

For the rest of the US imports, the duty rate remains at 5 percent, acc

ording to a statement released by the Customs Tariff Commission of the State Council.

The tariffs will hit around 5,000 products such as food, chem

icals and auto parts, and are due to take effect on June 1, the commission said.

In a separate statement on Monday, the commission said i

t will be open to tariff exemption applications for part of qualified US imports.

This is China’s latest response to the additional US tariffs on $200

billion of Chinese goods, which were implemented on Friday morning.

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various social conflicts, and said efforts must be made to address legitimate and lawful concerns to safeguard public int

erests, and also guide the public in voicing their concerns in a law-based manner to maintain social order.

Strong pressure must be maintained to crack down on crimes such as organized gang activity, violent and terroristic cri

mes, as well as those related to fraud, robbery, food and drug safety, and environmental protection, Xi said.

Calling social fairness and justice a lifeline for judicial and law enforcement work, Xi called for improving the mec

hanism of the use of power in law enforcement as well as the supervision over such powers.

Efforts should be made to help the public feel fairness and justice in every case, Xi said.

He also urged public security staff to improve their work so that human rights can be guarant

eed while crime is fought, and fairness can be ensured while efficiency of law enforcement is pursued.

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China and Switzerland should make joint building of the Belt and Road into a new highlight of bilateral cooperation and firm

ly safeguard economic globalization and trade liberalization, President Xi Jinping said on Monday.

Xi spoke during a meeting with Swiss Confederation President U

eli Maurer, who is to conclude his eight-day state visit to China on Tuesday.

Noting that China’s establishment of a bilateral innovative strategic pa

rtnership in 2016 with Switzerland was the first ever created with another country, Xi said

that China is ready to work with the European country to further strategic cooperation.

Xi also underscored the importance of following a pioneering spirit, recalling that Swiss busines

ses began to explore the Chinese market soon after the country’s reform and opening-up began.

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 outcomes belong to the world, Xi said, adding that the second forum sen

ds a clear message to the world: The BRI will have a brighter future as the circle of its

supporters expands, as good partners increase and as the quality of cooperation improves.

Around 5,000 people from some 150 countries and about 90 international organizations attended the forum.

Participants hailed the BRI as a great initiative for economic cooperation, saying it is conducive t

o promoting connectivity and enhancing international cooperation in fields such as trade, investment and sustainable development.Calling Belt and Road con

struction a path to common prosperity, Xi said that early results from the BRI op

en up more space for global economic growth, build a platform for international cooperation and make new co

ntributions to the building of a community with a shared future for mankind.

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Interconnectivity with Latin American countries high on bilateral talks agenda

China and Chile should connect their development strategies and promote interconne

ctivity between Chile and other Latin American countries, President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday.

Xi made the remark while meeting with Chilean President Sebastian Pinera in the Great Hall of th

e People in Beijing. Pinera is on a five-day state visit and planned to attend the Second Belt and Road

Forum for International Cooperation. Premier Li Keqiang also met with him on Wednesday.

Xi said Chile is the first South American country to have established diplomatic relation

s with China, and the first Latin American nation to fully acknowledge China’s status as a market-oriented economy.

Xi said that Chile, the first Latin American country to have signed a bilateral free trade agreement with China an

d to have upgraded the agreement, is an important cooperation partner in jointly building the Belt and Road.

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President outlines goals for improving, protecting country’s natural heritage

President Xi Jinping has called for mobilization at the national level and joint particip

ation from the whole of society to move forward with large-scale campaigns to make the homeland greener.

Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Commit

tee, made the remark as he took part in a voluntary tree planting event in Beijing on Monday.

Working alongside students, Xi shoveled soil and emptied water buckets

before planting seven trees in a forest park in the capital’s Tongzhou district.

He underscored the importance of giving play to China’s honored tradition of loving, pla

nting and protecting trees to ensure that national forestation programs yield concrete results continuously.

He noted that this year marks the 40th anniversary of China’s creation of the tree planting festival on March 12 each year. Over

the past 40 years, China’s forest coverage and its net volume of timber have doubled, he said, adding that Chin

a has made the largest contribution to the world’s increase in the area of vegetation in recent times.

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China said Monday it will ease the requirements for permanent residency in many large cities as part of its new urbanization push.

Restrictions on permanent residence permits should be scrapped in cities with populations betw

een 1 million and 3 million, according to a document outlining key urbanization tasks this year release

d by the National Development and Reform Commission, the country’s top economic planner.

For cities with populations of 3 million to 5 million, the qualifications for such permits should be “fully relaxed,” and the restrict

ions for certain key groups of people to get such permits should be removed, the document said.

Previously, the country has already gradually abolished permanent residency r

estrictions in small and medium-sized cities and towns with populations below 1 million.

The NDRC document also demanded cities with populations abo

ve 5 million to improve their policies and drastically expand the scale of permanent residency.

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ains into service. It said residents in the city would likely make about 340,000 trips by train on Friday.

Other branches of the railway system have also launched more runs to handle the increase of holiday passengers.

Tomb Sweeping Day, also known as Qingming Festival, fell on Friday this year. It i

s a traditional Chinese day on which people pay tribute to deceased family members,

friends and national heroes. Chinese people have used the day for spring outings since ancient times.

In recent years, the number of Chinese travelers, to both domestic and foreign destinations, d

uring the Tomb Sweeping Day holiday has increased annually, and most of them travel by rail for some or all of the j

ourney. For destinations within China, railways offer lower prices and more choices than airlines.

At present, China operates more than 131,000 kilometers of tracks. That fig

ure includes more than 29,000 km of high-speed rail, two-thirds of the global total.

Last year, China invested more than 338 billion yuan ($50 billion) in the construct

ion of 26 new railways and opened new lines totaling 4,683 km, most of them high-speed.

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The State Council said on Sunday that China would continue to suspend additional tariffs on US

vehicles and auto parts after April 1, in a goodwill gesture following a US decision to delay tariff hikes on Chinese imports.

In December, China said it would suspend additional 25 percent tariffs on US-made vehi

cles and auto parts for three months, following a truce in a trade war between the world’s two largest economies.

The State Council, or China’s cabinet, said the move was aimed at “continuing to create a good atmosphere for the ongoing trade negotiations between both sides”.

elt and Road Initiative serves to promote multilateral cooperation: China Daily editorial

t is natural for such a big international project as China’s Belt and Road Initiative to be ta

ken by some with a grain of salt. But the fact that 129 countries and 29 international organizations

have so far signed cooperation documents with China on the initiative shows that such views are in the minority.

The most common charges laid at China’s door are the Belt and Road is a debt trap and it is all about Chi

na’s strategic objectives. It has also been called a “scheme to split European Union”. And other labels will certainly appear.

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