Huawei launched its 5G smartphone in London on Thu

rsday as mobile network operators prepare to switch on 5G network in parts of the United Kingdom, Xinhua reported.

Also in Saturday’s call, Wang Yi urged the US to observe the one-China policy and the three joi

nt communiques between the two countries, and handle Taiwan-related issues carefully and properly.

The US House of Representatives passed a resolution reaffirmin

g the US commitment to Taiwan and the Taiwan Assurance Act of 2019 earlier this month.

Wang noted that China has expressed its firm opposition to the US recent negative remarks and actions related to Taiwan.

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Zhang Dawei, chief analyst with Centaline Property, sai

id the main reason behind this is the real estate market in some cities is at risk of going out of control, and the land market shows signs of overheating.

China’s house prices continued to stabilize despite slight increa

ses in April, according to the National Bureau of Statistics. Sixty-seven out of the 70 major Chi

nese cities saw an increase in the number of newly built homes that were sold in April.

On a month-on-month basis, new home prices in Dalian and Nanning rose 0.7 percent and 0.9 percent, re

spectively. On a year-on-year basis, new house prices in these cities grew 13.2 percent and 11.5 percent, respectively.

Although excluded from the 70 major Chinese cities surveyed by the N

ational Bureau of Statistics, Foshan and Suzhou also saw a surge in home prices in April.

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Also on Friday, shortly after the US said it would ban Hu

awei from buying US technology without special approval, Huawei’s chipmaking arm, HiSilicon, said it has long been prepar

ed for the “extreme scenario” of the US blocking access to some components and technologies.

“We have been developing backup products for years in anticipa

tion. … Such efforts can ensure the strategic safety of most of the company’s products and

a continuous supply of most products,” said HiSilicon President He Tingbo in an internal letter.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said at a news conference on F

riday that the development and utilization of 5G depends on global cooperation, and int

erference by the US undermines the principle of fair competition and shows a lack of respect for other countries.

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hipmakers including Intel, Qualcomm, Xilinx and Broad

roadcom will not supply Huawei until further notice, the report said.

However, blocking components to Huawei could also disrupt the businesses of American ch

ip heavyweights like Micron Technology and slow down the rollout of 5G wireless networks, Blo

omberg said, which in turn could hurt US companies that rely on the Chinese market.

In a Reuters report on Sunday, it said that Google has also suspended business with Huawei requiring the transfer of hard

ware, software and technical services, except those with open-source licenses publicly available.

Google China replied via email that the company is “complying with the order and reviewing the implications”, The Beijing News said.

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Huawei earlier said it had been preparing a contingency

ncy plan for such a block to Android by developing its own technology, of

which some is already being used in products sold in China, said the Reuters report.

The impact is limited in the Chinese market, as most of Go

ogle’s services have alternatives offered by domestic competitors like Tencent and Baidu.

However, Huawei’s European market could be affected as Huawei licenses these serv

ices from Google in Europe.A radio telescope in Shanghai that has made significant contributions to ast

ronomy for nearly a decade and participated in long-term observations used to confirm data in the first image of a b

ack hole in deep space, won the top prize on Wednesday at the 2018 Shanghai Science and Technology Awards.

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winners will represent them at the European Parliam

ament for the next five years. Each country gets certain seats based on proportional representation and chooses lawmakers based on its own rules.

Tian Dewen, a researcher in European Studies at the Chines

e Academy of Social Sciences, said that the coming elections are important barometers that reflect Eur

opean people’s attitudes toward their own governments as well as EU integration.

He is certain that nationalist and far-right parties will gain ground, but it is still possible that the mainstream groups, which a

re mainly politically center-left and center-right, will be able to effectively control the parliament. “If the current rul

ing parties lose many seats in the election, it indicates that they will face similar difficult situations in the followin

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it has long been prepared for the “extreme scenario” of the US blo

access to some components and technologies.

“We have been developing backup products for years in anticipat

ion. … Such efforts can ensure the strategic safety of most of the company’s products an

d a continuous supply of most products,” said HiSilicon President He Tingbo in an internal letter.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said at a news conferen

ce on Friday that the development and utilization of 5G depends on global cooperation, and inte

rference by the US undermines the principle of fair competition and shows a lack of respect for other countries.

HiSilicon, which was founded in 2004, has designed chipsets like Ki

rin, which has been used in Huawei’s high-end smartphones. In addition to server chips, th

e company has also developed chips for base stations, basebands and chipsets powered by artificial intelligence.

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Another major problem is that the return on equity in the

infrastructure sector is a mere 3 percent while that in the US capital market is about 12 percent. So how can the US attract more private capital to the infr

astructure sector without guaranteeing a return on equity equal to that in the capital market?

US suffering from a financial Dutch disease

The US’ monetary hegemony is itself a big impediment to the reindustria

lization process, which could be viewed as a sort of financial Dutch disease-the apparent causal

relationship between the increase in the economic development of a specific sector and a decline in other sectors. The mor

e heated the US stock market gets, the more serious the Dutch disease will become. And, ironically, the US leader is k

een on strengthening the stock market to showcase his political and economic track record.

Besides, the US administration cannot launch large-scale infrastructure construction projects, significantly redu

ce the trade deficit with China and deny Chinese investors access to its market all at the same time.

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As for China, the significant deviation in the US’ stanc

es and objectives in the trade talks should be a warning for it to more strictly stick to its principles. And t

he fact that the US wants to challenge the laws of economics should not be reason for China to try to do the same.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said his go

vernment had delivered a miracle result in Saturday’s election where it

unexpectedly looks set to retain office, saying the victory was for the “quiet Australians” who supported him.

“I have always believed in miracles!” Morrison told an e

xuberant room of Liberal Party supporters around midnight.

The coalition government is in position to remain in power with mor

e than half the votes counted on Saturday, though it is uncl

ear whether it can govern with an outright majority and final results may not be known this weekend.

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Many countries along the Belt and Road have high moun

tains, deserts, oceans and a lack of accurate meteorological information. The number o

f meteorological disasters in the regions is more than double the global average, the administration said.

Wei Caiying, deputy general-director of the National Satellite Meteoro

logical Center, said that real-time disaster monitoring by meteorological satellites coul

d provide these countries with a scientific basis for disaster prevention and reduction.

“Weather-related disasters such as typhoons pose a threat to life and property. T

racking their path could help local authorities decide how to proceed with evacuations,” she said.

In addition to real-time monitoring, the China Meteorological Administration set up the Emergency Support Mechanism for int

ernational users of Fengyun satellites last April, which covers disaster prevention and mitigation.

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