Huawei has more than 13,000 component and service su

uppliers worldwide. In November, it unveiled a list of its 92 core suppliers for the first ti

me. Thirty-three of them are from the US, including chip giants Qualcomm Inc and Intel Corp.

Wang Yanhui, secretary-general of the Mobile China Alliance, said, “Huawei has also been pre

paring for such a situation for some time and has hoarded chips to handle a worst-case scenario.”

The company became the world’s third-largest buyer of semiconductors last year.

China will definitely safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of its businesses, and Trump’s executive order is n

ot a “constructive and friendly” gesture, Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said on Thursday.

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Britain’s May to agree departure after latest Brexit deal bid

 British Prime Minister Theresa May will set out a timetable for her departure in early June after the latest attempt to get her Br

exit deal approved by parliament, the chairman of a powerful Conservative committee said on Thursday.

Three years after Britain voted to leave the European Union, there is littl

e clarity over when, how and even whether Brexit will happen, prompting some in her party to c

all for a new approach to the country’s biggest policy shift in more than 40 years.

May has promised to step down after her Brexit deal is approved by lawma

kers. But many in her party want her to set out clearly when she will quit if the agr

eement is rejected for a fourth time, and others are demanding her immediate departure.

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The prime minister is determined to secure our departu

e from the European Union,” Graham Brady, chair of the 1922 Committee that

can make or break party leaders, said following a meeting between his co

mmittee’s executive and May in parliament which he described as a “very frank exchange”.

The government has said lawmakers will be able to debate and vote on the Withdrawal Agre

ement Bill, the legislation required to enact May’s Brexit deal, in the week starting June 3.

“We have agreed that she and I will meet following the second reading of the Bill to agree a timetable for the el

ection of a new leader,” Brady said, adding that the conversation would take place whether the bill was passed or not.

May, who became prime minister in the chaos that followed the 2016 referendum when Brit

ons voted 52% to 48% to leave the EU, survived a no-confidence vote of her Conservative lawmakers in December.

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hina plans steps to unearth hidden debtments’ hidde

Minister: Innovative financial tools, swaps to help tackle growing problem

Local governments will be urged to leverage financial resources for reducing “hidden debt” and make use

of market-oriented financial instruments for debt swaps, a senior government official said on Thursday.

In a signed article, Finance Minister Liu Kun said it was imperative to bring down the contingent liabilities of local gove

rnments. The minster’s comments also marks a change in the government’s perception about local government debt. The

earlier stance of the ministry was on “controlling the incremental part of the hidden debt”, which is usually debt borrow

ed by State-owned companies and local government financing vehicles, but implicitly guaranteed by the government.

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A possible measure to reduce the hidden debt wou

uld be to separate the government-owned assets from that of the companies and let the State-owned businesses run by thems

elves, said experts close to the matter. This is particularly so for some public and infrastructure construction proj

ects. But it also means that the local governments will not be undertaking the default risks.

Experts said the minister‘s viewpoint is a signal that the authori

ties are determined to solve the vexed debt issue with more details set to emerge later and star

t a national campaign for preventing systemic financial risks, amid rising external trade challenges.

Other measures could include selling part of the State-owned assets, rest

ructuring the State-owned enterprises, or reorganizing projects, said Liu.

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International Museum Day celebrated at Palace M

Wang Xudong, director of the Palace Museum, says it’s a duty for museums to provide a platfo

rm for scholars to exchange their academic findings, for artists from different cultural back

grounds to show their work and boost mutual respect, and for children to pass traditions into the future.

The latest figures from the National Cultural Heritage Administration show China had 5,354 mu

seums by the end of 2018, and museums across the country held some 26,000 exhibitions in 2018 and

received 1.126 billion people, an increase of 30 percent and 16 percent, respectively.

The International Council of Museums organized the annual Inte

rnational Museum Day in 1977 to address the changing roles of museums.

Museums across the world are reinventing their roles to become more interact

ive, audience focused and active in delivering creativity and knowledge to their communities.

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he transformation and upgrading of existing industries

thanks to measures to stimulate innovation, optimize the business environmen

t and public services, and to strengthen opening-up and cooperation in the digital sector.

“China’s high-tech industries, represented by new technologies, new industr

ies, and new products, have maintained rapid growth in recent months,” she said.

According to the commission, output in the high-tech manufacturing sector rose 8.7 percent ye

ar-on-year from January to April, 2.5 percentage points higher than that of industrial output. High-tech ma

nufacturing output was responsible for 13.6 percent of industrial output, 1 percentage point higher year-on-year.

Output of the electronics and communication equipment manufact

uring sector, pharmaceutical manufacturing and aerospace and equipment manufacturing wer

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Health authorities suggest meditation every dayakes part in

China’s health authorities are advising people to meditate for five

minutes a day with the recent launch of a health knowledge promotion project.

The project has been jointly initiated by the disease prevention and cont

ol and promotion centers under the National Hea

lth Commission, China Health Education Center and All-China Journalists Association.

They advise a “5125” healthy living concept, suggesting people meditate f

ive minutes every day, do physical exercise for one hour every day, master one sport, join

one exercise community, take in at least 12 types of food every day and 25 types of food every week.

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The number of its exhibits, ranging from train tickets an

d an unfinished self-knitted sweater to a wedding dress and a tie with a lipstick mark, has in

creased by threefold to more than 200. All the objects are left behind from breakups and donated by the public.

People seem to find closure for a broken relationship by donating souvenir

s from former lover, Kang Shidong, owner of the museum, told Shanxi’s news portal sxrb

.com. He said a young man brought a bracelet and spent a whole afternoon writing a note, elaborating his love story.

Besides closure, what surprises Kang is that some visitors fell in love after coming across each other at the museum. “As f

ar as I know, some have entered romantic relationships,” said Kang. “I’m happy to see that. The purpose of estab

lishing such a museum is for people to say goodbye to their old relationship and stride into a new one.”

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Lee Byong-hyun, chairman of the executive board of UNE

said at the session’s opening ceremony that multilateral cooperation is crucial in tackling local, regional and global issues.

“My experience has taught me that the key for the success of international cooperation is dialog

ue,” he said. “This requires being curious about others, willing to open up and ready to listen with real engagement.”

Chen Baosheng, minister of education, said civilizations are enriched by exchanges, in which people learn from each other.

“To promote the world’s peaceful development, we need to see more and think more in light of protecting diverse Asian civiliza

tions. It’s encouraging to hold a more inclusive and modest attitude about equal dialogue among Asian civilizations.

“We need to keep the principle of amity, sincerity, mutual benefits and inclusive

ness in mind to make the dialogue among Asian civilizations an inspiration to the world an

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