He said it does no one any favors to delink over poss

ssible national security concerns. Fair engagement across technologies is a better way to secure national security than delinking.

“The cost of decoupling will be very high for both economies,” he said. “Engage

ment in a fair competition with common rules is a far better outcome than decoupling.”

If there has to be some “decoupling” due to “valid national security conc

erns” in both countries, that should be kept to a minimum and not exaggerated, he said.

“Normal commerce is in the interest of both of our countries. And we should pursue it vigorously,” he added.

Allen also said members of the council are worried that they are now i

n a “very uncertain time” when the already tense situation could potentially deteriorate, as th

e world’s top two economies are embroiled in a protracted trade dispute with the Trum

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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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The currency’s depreciation was purely caused by mark

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

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Talks with Vanuatu PM China seeks no private interests

and scope of influence in developing relations with Pacific island cou

ntries, and will be good friends and partners trusted by them forever, Xi said on Tue

sday. Xi made the remarks while meeting with visiting Vanuatu Prime Minister Charlot Salwai in Beijing. The Chi

na-Vanuatu relationship has become a good example of relations between China and Pacific island countries, Xi s

aid, adding political mutual trust between the two countries keeps d

eepening and exchanges and cooperation in various fields continue to expand.

Xi said the country appreciates Vanuatu resolutely adhering to the one-C

hina policy, and supports it independently choosing the development path that suits its

national conditions. Xi called for strengthening the alignment of the development strategy of the Pacific island cou

ntry with the BRI and tapping potential for bilateral pragmatic cooperation.

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Accelerating the opening up of China’s commodity futu

ures market will help foreign investors optimize their renminbi-denominated asset portfolios as they can inc

orporate investment targets of a wider variety, said Wang Tingting, an associate pro

fessor of finance with the Central University of Finance and Economics in Beijing.

“Moreover, as foreign investors’ trading helps boost liquidity in the domestic market and makes the price changes mor

e consistent with international trends, domestic market participants can also better hedge against risks,” he said.

Experts also expect China to open up the stock index futures market to foreign invest

ors, as they have large exposure in the A-share market and are therefore in need of this risk management tool.

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rche which, under threat from Marine le Pen’s National

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).

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A spokesperson at Volkswagen China said SEAT is schedu

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.

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Substantial and resolute efforts must be made to prevent

 major contradictions and outstanding problems through coordinated planning and targete

d measures to make reform better serve the country’s economic and social development, Xi said.

The meeting reviewed and approved a series of official documents including a guideline on innovation and improving ma

cro-regulation, as well as a guideline on strengthening opening-up and cooperation in innovation capacity.

The meeting called for taking the supply-side structural reform as the main task, making coordinated efforts to stabilize eco

nomic growth, promoting reforms, readjusting the economic structure, improving people’s livelihoods, pr、

eventing risks, and ensuring social stability, according to a statement issued after the meeting.

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China attaches great importance to the development of th

 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.

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The results of the elections for the European Parliame

nt are broadly in line with expectations. Although pro-European Union parties have won a majori

ty of the seats, the EP is more fragmented than before with traditional center-right and center-left par

ties losing seats to Liberals and Greens, and Euroskeptic parties increasing their vote share. This is likely to

make it more difficult for the EU to agree new trade deals and choose new leaders for EU institutions.

The heads of government of EU states met on Tuesday to discuss who will fill the top jobs.

The new EP and the EU leadership face a difficult international environment, especially on th

e trade front. The United States administration, already engaged in a tariff war with China, has its sights on the

EU as well, describing the bloc as “a foe”. The US has imposed 25 percent tariffs on European steel and aluminum an

d threatened to slap similar tariffs on European cars unless the EU opens up its agricultural market.

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