Now, 65 large framed photos by Rock, which captur

ure Bowie in his dressing room, his transformation into Ziggy Stardust, shots of his live performances and candid, private moments between the shows, are bein

g displayed as an exhibition, entitled Bowie by Mick Rock, at 798 Space in Beijing’s 798 Art Zone from May 29 to Aug 4.

The exhibition, which is supported by Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture, or MoPOP, a no

nprofit museum dedicated to reflecting contemporary popular culture, and co-organized by Beijing-based i

ndie record label, Modern Sky, also showcases performance footage of Bowie, interviews with Rock, who talks abou

t directing Bowie’s first four music videos, as well as photos of other music legends of the era taken by Rock, i

ncluding Lou Reed, Iggy Pop and Debbie Harry. It’s MoPOP’s first exhibition to be staged in Asia.

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pending on health, education, and social protection coul

State Councilor and Defense Minister General Wei Fenghe will attend the Shangri-La Dialogue w

hich is set to open on Friday in Singapore, said Senior Colonel Wu Qian, spokesman for the Defense Ministry.

Wei’s attendance will be the second time China has sent its defense minister to the internati

onal security forum held by London-based think tank the International Institute for Strategic St

udies. The first time was in 2011, when General Liang Guanglie took part and delivered a speech.

General Wei is scheduled to speak on China’s security cooperation

with the international community and will meet heads of several foreign delegations to dis

cuss a wide range of topics, Wu said at a news conference in Beijing on Thursday.

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Li Daokui, director of the Academic Center for Chine

se Economic Practice and Thinking at Tsinghua University, said China “should be more confident” in accelerating open

ing-up of its financial sector, which will help global investors seize numerous opportunities in the Chinese market.

Domestic financial institutions are now capable of engaging i

n fiercer competition with global peers as their service abilities in many aspe

cts, such as banking and insurance, have improved a lot over the past years, Li said.

Despite headwinds from the trade tensions, global investors are still optimistic about China’s economic pro

spects, said Zhang Zhiwei, Deutsche Bank’s chief China economist and head of China equity strategy.

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llover effects on the developing economies, particularly tho

with high export exposure to the impacted economies

. A more protracted period of weak international trade activity could also harm investment pr

ospects and adversely affect productivity growth in the medium term.”

The report indicated that the entire global economy is experiencing a broad-based growth slowdown amid unresolved tra

de tensions, high international policy uncertainty and softening business confidence.

The forecast for weaker global growth casts a shadow over efforts to im

plement the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which has set universal go

als for eliminating poverty, promoting prosperity and social well-being while protecting the environment.

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developed chips for base stations, basebands and chipsets

powered by artificial intelligence.Services will be provided based on the results of a survey of 81 countries

China will offer customized data services for disaster prevention thr

ough its Fengyun meteorological satellites for more countries along the Belt and Road, said a

senior official of the China Meteorological Administration’s National Satellite Meteorological Center.

The services will be provided based on the results of a survey of 81 countries. By the end

of April, 22 countries, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Russia, Libya and Sudan, had responded to the survey.

“From chips to its self-developed operating system, Huawei has long been preparing for in

dependent research and development in core technologies. It has the ability to adjust to changes in the glo

bal market,” said Xiang Ligang, director-general of the Information Consumption Alliance.

Huawei has also made preparations with core chipsets. Existing stocks

are thought to provide the company with a buffer of six months to a year, he said.

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In the statement, the ASA urged Washington to hold off

f on additional tariffs and rapidly conclude negotiations with China, including lifti

ng the existing Section 301 tariffs in exchange for China removing its retaliatory 25 percent tariff on US soybeans.

“We need a positive resolution of this ongoing tariff dispute, not further escalation of tensions,” Stephens was quoted as saying.

The United States announced Wednesday that it would raise tariffs on $200

billion worth of Chinese goods from 10 percent to 25 percent, effective on May 10.

China on Wednesday expressed regrets over the planned measures in a statement, saying “Ch

ina deeply regrets this, and will be forced to take necessary countermeasures if the US side puts the tariff measures into effect.”

The Chinese Commerce Ministry also confirmed earlier this week

that at the invitation of US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secr

etary Steven Mnuchin, Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, who is also chief of the Chinese side of the China-US com

prehensive economic dialogue, will visit the United States on Thursday and Friday to attend the 1

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Some analysts held a more prudent opinion that a sustai

ainable recovery in earnings growth may come later, as a large portion of the recovery in the firs

t quarter is attributable to financial stocks, and notable improvements in revenue growth have not emerged.

During the first quarter, the aggregate revenue of A-share companies grew by 10.9 pe

rcent year-on-year, compared with 11.5 percent for the whole of 2018, according to Wind Info.

Analysts from Huatai Securities pointed that liquidity condition of l

isted companies has improved in the first quarter, with nonfinancial companies’ ca

sh flow generated from business operations having begun to cover the cash flow needed by investments.

This positive change could mean that capital expenditure of listed companies may acc

elerate in the second half of this year, spurring fixed-asset investment from a macro perspective.

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Shanghai alone generated 509.2 billion yuan in touris

m revenue last year, up 13.5 percent year-on-year. Out of it, 447.7 billion yuan was contributed by 340 million passenger trips by domestic travelers.

Shanghai’s abundant cultural and tourism resources, its high lev

el of internationalization, convenient public transportation, fine public service, rapi

dly improving level of intelligent urban infrastructure are attracting travelers from home and abroad, said He.

Last year, 135 products sought official recognition to be sold as city souvenirs. Only 43 made

it to the shortlist, out of which 24 were eventually selected as they featured distinctive Shanghai elements.

Many of the products are made by time-honored brands including White Rabbit creamy candy, Park Hotel’s butterfly cooki

es, local patisserie Xing Hua Lou’s sweetened bean paste moon cake, Bee & Flower sandalwood soap, Liushen Fl

orida Water, as well as Shanghai Museum’s creative jewelry box, silk scarves, teacup sets and table flags.

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Akihito walks for a ritual called Taiirei-Toashikodokoro

Earlier in the day, Akihito reported his abdication in sanctuaries i

nside the Imperial Palace, including one honouring the sun goddess Amaterasu Omikami, from

whom mythology says the imperial line is descended, and two others for departed emperors and Shinto gods.

Video aired on NHK public television showed Akihito, wearing a dark orange traditional robe and black headdress, wal

king slowly into the first sanctuary as a courtier in a white robe walked behind holding the train and another carried a sword.

Era names, or “gengo” as they are known in Japanese, are used in Japan for the length of a monarch’s reign.

The new era name, Reiwa, meaning beautiful harmony, was announced by the government on April 1.

New era names are usually announced after the accession of the new monarch, but the

government decided to announce the new name in advance of the accession of the new emperor.

Crown Prince Naruhito conducted a similar ceremony, NHK said.

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Messi shines as Barca secure their 8th league title in year

Leo Messi scored the only goal of the game as FC Barcelona

beat Levante 1-0 to assure the 2018-19 Liga Santander title on Saturday night.

Barca coach Ernesto Valverde again rotated his starting 11 for the game and Messi spent the fir

st 45 minutes watching from the sidelines. Barca controlled the first half with Luis Suarez and Philippe Cou

tinho testing Levante keeper Aitor Fernandez, who was his side’s best player in the opening 45 minutes.

Despite Barca’s dominance, they were unable to open the scorin

g and Messi replaced Coutinho at the start of the second half to try and find a way through.

He was on target for the 34th time in the league this season in the 62n

d minute as he fired home a left foot shot following a headed pass from Arturo Vidal.

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