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et forces, and China has never taken any measures to deliberately devalue the currency to make its exports more at
tractive, said Guo, who is also head of the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission.
According to Guo, the short-term fluctuation of the RMB exchan
ge rate was normal, and the depreciation will not last long given the stable economic growth base.
“Any speculative activities to short the RMB will suffer huge losses,” he warned.
The RMB’s daily trading reference, or the central parity for onshore trading, has been stabilized arou
nd 6.89 per dollar for eight days from May 20, and market watchers said market-oriented depreciation pressure was losing steam.
Yi Gang, the central bank governor, has said several times that the PBOC has ceased
direct intervention in foreign exchange markets, and the performance of RMB is address
has taken a tougher line on protection of agriculture. France, for example, is opposed to including agriculture in transatlantic trade talks.
The Greens are one of the big winners in the elections (even beating Germ
any’s Social democrats into second place), and they will seek to impose strict conditions reg
arding climate change, the environment and human rights on future trade deals. This attitude will also make it dif
ficult to agree a new trade deal with the US, as it has not endorsed the 2015 Paris climate agreement.
Although the nationalist and populist parties now have more seats, it does not mean they will form a united front in the EP. Th
ere are divisions on trade, on the environment and on dealing with China. Some of these parties, such as the Na
tional Front, are seen as firm opponents of free trade, whereas Alternative for Germany and Matteo Sal
vini’s Lega Nord in Italy tend to be more supportive (depending on the content of the trade agreement).
uled to become a shareholder of the joint venture by the end of 2019, holding at least 1 percent of i
ts equity. According to Chinese norms, it is mandatory for international brands to produce vehicles in China bearing its names.
Luca de Meo, CEO of SEAT, said: “China is the benchmark country for electric vehicles. We aim to be a part of this ecos
ystem in order to exchange knowledge and make progress in achieving global mobility that is more sustainable.”
Currently, JAC, Volkswagen and SEAT are building a 4 billion yuan ($579 million) research and development center in Hefei, which is expected to open in 2021.
JAC and SEAT also plan to develop their own platform for smaller electric cars, a segment that is growing faster than the large-sized ones in China.
“The close cooperation between SEAT and JAC will allow us to create synergies, which wil
l significantly increase our market coverage,” said Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess, who is also chairman of SEAT.
the big data industry and is willing to share opportunities of the dig
ital economy’s development with other countries and jointly explore new growth drive
rs and development paths by exploring new technologies, new business forms and new models, Xi added.
With increasingly wider applications of digital technologies in China, the country is expected to genera
te and store 27.8 percent of global online data by 2025, up from 23.4 percent last year, according to a re
port by market researcher International Data Corp and data storage firm Seagate.
In comparison, the US share will stand at 17.5 percent by 2025, a drop from its 21 percent share in 2018, the report added.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that f
rom medicine to transportation to farming, big data presents the world with a r
emarkable tool to advance global progress, but with that opportunity also comes risk.