eign exchange reserves at $3.095 trillion at the end of April. The reserve amount was stable, altho
ugh it slightly retreated from $3.098 trillion at the end of March, according to the State Administration of Foreign Exchange.
Li Yang, director of the National Institution for Finance and Development of the Chinese Academy
of Social Sciences, said that China is unlikely to sacrifice foreign exchange reserves to de
fend its currency, even if depreciation pressure rises amid any escalation in trade tension.
In May, the offshore RMB exchange rate against the US dollar dropped more than 3 percen
t under market pressure as global investors worried about the escalation of trade friction.
Guo Shuqing, Party secretary of the People’s Bank of China, the central bank, said on Monday that higher US tariffs on Chin
a’s imports triggered financial market volatility, and this also affected the offshore RMB.
At least four deaths have been blamed on crowding during the climbs, Agence France-Presse reported.
People should be well prepared to handle Qomolangma’s traffic jams which are common phenomena along climbing paths, said alpinists who had reached the summit.
“Although the news about the jam on Qomolangma this year has gone viral, people should understand that it happens every year during the brief cl
imbing window. Knowing what to do when climbers jam the narrow paths should be incl
uded in their training well in advance,” said Ma Liyamu, who reached the top of Qomolangma, the world’s ta
llest mountain at 8,848 meters, on May 22 and was also held up by the crowds on her descent.
She is the leader of a mountaineering team of three Chinese women w
ho scaled Qomolangma. They launched their expedition from Nepal, which issued 381 cli
mbing permits for the season that concludes this week. Nepal’s permits this season cost $11,000 each.
ng should be leveraged to improve coordination mechanisms
for economic policies such as finance, currency, employment, industry, and regional develop
ment to ensure the nation’s economic development stays within a reasonable range, the statement said.
The meeting highlighted the importance of strengthening innovative cap
abilities as well as opening-up and cooperation in this regard, and called for improving the serv
ices and environment for opening-up and cooperation so that development is promoted through opening-up, inn
ovation is advanced through reforms and win-win results are achieved through cooperation, it said.
Tough and newly emerging problems should be resolved through deepening reforms, the state
ment said, adding that the capability of dealing with challenges and preventing risks should be intensified.
e technologies that it enables, are harnessed for the benefit of mankind while minimizing the risks to devel
opment, peace and security and human rights,” Guterres said in a congratulatory letter to the expo.
Miao Wei, minister of industry and information technology, said China has already made sig
nificant progress in bolstering the big data industry with a string of big data platforms established in sect
ors such as manufacturing, commerce, finance, transportation and medical care.
“We will make a fresh push to integrate cutting-edge information technologies into the re
al economy, including establishing a national industrial data center, to better power the country’s sp
rawling manufacturing sector,” Miao said at the opening ceremony of the big data expo.
icy tools to offset short-term downside pressure, while the financial risks are under control as the country’s debt level has shown signs of stabilizing, Zhang said.
China’s overall debt-to-GDP ratio had dropped to 249.4 percent
by the end of 2018, 1.5 percentage points lower than a year earlier, according to the PBOC.
If trade tensions escalate further, more opening-up policies in the sectors of medical
care and education will help boost global investors’ confidence in the Chinese economy, Zhang added.
By hiking the tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods from 10 percent t
o 25 percent just when it seemed the China-US trade talks would achieve a bre
akthrough, the United States has not only intensified the trade dispute but also ensured both sides take a knock.