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intercepts Russian bombers, fighter jets off the coast of Alaska

Russian Tu-95MS strategic missile-

carrying bombers made an observa

tion flight along the western coast of Alaska and the Aleutian Islands and were shado

wed by F-22 fighter jets of the US Air

Force at some sections of their flight, according to Russia’s Tass News Agency.

“Four Tu-95MS strategic missile carriers of the Aerospace Force performed planned flig

hts in the airspace over the neutral

waters of the Chukotsk, Bering and Okhotsk Seas, and also along the we

stern coast of Alaska and the northern

coast of the Aleutian Islands,” Russia’s Defense Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

At some sections of the flight, the Russian strategic bombers were shadowed by US Air Force F-22 fighter jets, the statement said.

The Tu-95MS strategic bombers spent over 12 hours in the air, the ministry specified.

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Sichuan-Tibet Railway to see high-speed trains at 200 kmh

he Sichuan-Tibet Railway, the second railway line linking the Tibet autonomous region to other parts of China, will opera

te high-speed trains with a designed running speed of 200 kilometers per hour, thecover.cn reported.

China Railway Eryuan Engineering Group Co Ltd, which is designing the line, revealed a draft plan on Wednesday that tra

ins on the whole Sichuan-Tibet line will travel with a designated speed of 200 km/h, with some segments limited to 160 km/h.

The 1,600-kilometer-long line under construction is designed to start from Chengdu, pass through Ya’an and Kan

gding, then enter Tibet via Qamdo and end at Lhasa. The 140-kilometer Chengdu-Ya’an high-speed railway, whic

h serves part of the Sichuan-Tibet Railway, started operation last year with a maximum speed of 200 km/h.

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The corn kernels burst out even in the cornstalk, just like

 popcorn,” said Liu Yueming, a technician in the promotion of scientific cultivation i

n the province. “It felt like the surface temperature was as high as 60 C. It’s a catastrophe.”

He said that some springs in a village called Haikou had drie

d up and the villagers didn’t have enough drinking water. “The village has 29 small water res

ervoirs, however, 14 of them have been used up so far. The drought is beyond imagination.”

“The villagers are doing everything they can to have enough drinki

ng water and then to also save as much as possible for their crops,” he added.

The region is also at greater risk of forest fires because of the high temperatures and low humidity.

The Yunnan Meteorological Bureau warned the public on May 13 about more dry

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Footwear makers: cut and run from tariffsrtment at the

US sneaker giant Nike and fancy shoemaker Allen Edmonds have joined the chorus of busines

s groups calling for the White House to hit the brakes on its move to raise duties on Chinese shoes an

d other products, further challenging President Donald Trump’s claim that China is paying for the tariffs.

A week after Trump threatened to impose tariffs on the remaining $300 billion of goods imported from Chi

na, more than 100 American shoe and sneaker companies, brands and retailers signed an open letter to the president saying the p

olicy “would be catastrophic” for consumers, businesses and the US economy.

“Your proposal to add tariffs on all imports from China is ask

ing the American consumer to foot the bill,” said the letter, dated on Monday and signed by

the companies. It was posted on the website of the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA).

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China has to walk a fine balance between local govern

nment debt management and stable economic growth, especially at a time when trade te

nsions with the United States have imposed more downward pressure, said economists.

More financial resources and investors will be involved in the debt resolution process, said Qiao Baoyun, head of the Acad

emy of Public Finance and Public Policy at the Central University of Finance and Economics.

The last round of local government debt swaps started in 2015 and ended in August 2018, w

hich saw 14.34 trillion yuan ($2.08 trillion) of local government debt being swapped into bonds.

Local governments are set to face more debt burden in the next three ye

ars, as many of the previously issued bonds are set to expire, income from land sales has

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The supply of high-end talent, government investmen

t in culture and education, attractiveness for foreign investment and consumption scale are also indicators under consideration.

Shanghai has the highest infrastructure and cultural environment indexes, and the financi

al hub’s talent, technological innovation and financing indexes are in the top three of the country.

Although Beijing’s soft environment index ranked first among all Chinese cities, its hard environment index lagged behind

due to restriction of natural resources such as air quality, climate and forest coverage rate, the report said.

With the best hard environment, South China’s Shenzhen also leads on the country’s technological innovation index.

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Wang stressed if one side is trying to place extreme press

extreme pressure on the other, it will cause a legitimate counterattack.

“The measures from us are not only to safeguard China’s own rights, b

ut to protect the basic rules of the current multilateral trading mechanism,” Wang said.

Wang made the remark in a joint news conference with his Russian

counterpart Sergei Lavrov during his visit to the Black Sea coastal city of Sochi.

Experts warned that the rising US tariffs on Chinese imports risks a full-blown trade war, which will bring harm to both sides.

Major Wall Street stock indexes declined more than 2 percent on Monday, followi

ng China’s announcement of countermeasures in response to Washington’s latest tariff move.

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Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang urged the US gover

 government on Tuesday to consider the costs it would bear through raising tariffs.

He reiterated that China will never capitulate under any external pressure and hopes the US meets China halfway.

The US has no need to “worry about” China’s affairs, Geng said at a daily news conference. The country has made progress i

improving its foreign investment environment and has become a popular investment destination, he sa

id, citing the expansion of US-based Exxon Mobil Corp and Tesla Inc in the market last year.

Geng stressed that China welcomes foreign companies to increase investment in the market and will co

ntinue to establish a more stable, fair, transparent and predictable investment and business environment.

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Disaster-proofing the world’s largest infrastructure ini

nitiative is a challenge, but achievable,” she said, adding that at the heart of this challenge lies great potenti

al for innovation and creativity, such as new disaster risk prediction and analysis, and disaster-resilient infrastructures.

Huang Runqiu, vice-minister of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, said dis

aster risk reduction of natural hazards along the initiative is crucial for its success and sustainability.

Regions at the heart of the initiative, such as the Tianshan-Pamir Platea

u, the Himalayas, eastern parts of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and South Asia, are facing serio

us disaster threats due to tectonic movements, fragile ecosystems and extreme weather, he said.

Henrik Slotte, a senior disaster management expert from the UN Environm

ent Program, said poorly managed infrastructure projects can damage the ecosystem.

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Trade agreements can affect the types of goods being

traded and they can redirect trade toward one country, away

from others. They cannot directly affect any country’s worldwide current account balance. A count

ry that saves less than it invests will have to borrow foreign funds to import foreign goods to make up that difference.

There are two ways to reduce the US trade deficit. A serious recession would reduce investme

nt, but nobody advocates that as a strategy. The only other path is to change the US financial and gove

rnment system to encourage increased savings. China has almost nothing to do with it.

Ironically, the disputes between the US and China center around both nations’ legitimate desires to

protect some current low-skilled jobs, or at least to allow an easier transition to new jobs and industries.

US administration’s economic policy has rightly focused on the need to

retain jobs for working-class people in the US. And, China’s companies that export to the U

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