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  PhototakenonMay29,2020showsthelivebroadcastofU.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpspeakingatapressconferenceattheWhiteHouseinWashingtonDC,theUnitedStates.(Photo/Xinhua)U.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpsaidonMondaythatthenumberofU.S.troopsdeployedinGermanywouldbereducedto25,000duetoGermany'sinsufficientdefensespending.SpeakingtoreportersattheWhiteHouse,TrumpconfirmedthenumberofU.S.soldiersinGermanywouldreduceto25,000."GermanyasyouknowisverydelinquentintheirpaymentstoNATO,"TrumptoldreportersattheWhiteHouse,addingthatU.S.troopswouldredeploytoGermanyuntilitpays.Currently,thereareabout35,000U.S.troopsdeployedinGermany.FormerU.S.AmbassadortoGermanyRichardGrenelltoldGermanmediaoutletBildLivelastweekthat"Americantaxpayersnolongerfeellikepayingtoomuchforthedefenseofothercountries.""Therewillstillbe25,000soldiersinGermany,that'snosmallnumber,"addedtheTrumployalist.U.S.mediareportedearlythismonththatTrumphaddirectedthePentagontoreduceU.S.militarypresenceinGermanybySeptember,whichdrewoppositionsamongU.S.lawmakers.Lastweek22RepublicanmembersofCongresswarnedTrumpthatasignificantforcedrawdowninEuropewouldserveRussia'sinterestsattheexpenseofU.S.nationalsecurity.ThereductionmightfurtherstraintherelationsbetweenWashingtonandBerlin.ThetwoallieshavebeenatoddswitheachotheronIrannuclearissues,NordStream2gaspipelineproject,anddefenseburden-sharing,amongothers.TrumphasbeenrepeatedlycomplainingthatU.S.alliesexploitedhiscountryondefensespending.InhisremarkstograduatesoftheUnitedStatesMilitaryAcademyovertheweekend,TrumpemphasizedtheU.S.militaryisnotthepolicemenoftheworld.PremierLiKeqiangtoursvirtualpavilionsofthe127thsessionoftheChinaImportandExportFairinGuangzhou,Guangdongprovince,viavideolinkfromBeijingonMondayafteropeningthefair.TheeventisalsoknownastheCantonFair.(FENGYONGBIN/CHINADAILY)The127thsessionoftheChinaImportandExportFair,thefirstdigitalfairinits63-yearhistory,willhelpstabilizeglobalsupplyandindustrialchainsamiduncertaintiesinglobaltradeaffectedbyCOVID-19,governmentofficialssaidonMonday.Thetwice-yearlyevent,alsoknownastheCantonFair,openedonlineonMondayandwillcontinuethroughJune24inGuangzhou,Guangdongprovince.IthasdrawnawarmresponsefromforeigncustomerswillingtoengagewithChinesesuppliersdespitethepandemic,whichhasslowedglobaltradeandmanycountries'economicgrowth,saidLiJinqi,deputydirector-generalofthefair'sorganizingcommittee.Thefair,including50exhibitionareasbasedon16categoriesofcommodities,willattractsome25,000Chineseexport-orientedcompaniesthismonth,organizerssaid.Theywillshowcase1.8millionproductsandservicesthroughvariousmediasuchasphotos,videosand3Dformatstopromotematchmakingamongsuppliersandpurchasersandconduct24-hourbusinessnegotiations.Foreignbuyerscanregisteronthe24-hourlivestreamingplatformandstartpurchasenegotiationsatanytimeduringtheexhibitionperiod,asallcompanieshavebeenexemptedfrompayingexhibitionfeesinordertobolsterinternationaltradeandyieldwin-winresults.GuJin,deputygeneralmanageroftheoverseasbusinessdepartmentatChinaGeneralTechnologyGroup,aState-ownedmachineryexporter,saidthecompanydoesn'thavelimitationsintimeorlocationwhenshowingitsproductsandservicesthistime."Wewereonlyabletoshowcertainsmallpiecesofequipmentinpreviousfairsduetotheboothsize,"sadGu."Butnowwecandisplaylargemachineryonthedigitalplatformandshowtheproductionprocessandtechnologiesonline,notjusttheproductsthemselves."PremierLiKeqiangpledgedcontinuouseffortstoboostimportfacilitationandhelpbusinessesfromvariouscountriesshareChina'svastmarketopportunitiesasheannouncedtheopeningofthe127thChinaImportandExportFairatavirtualceremonyonMonday.SpeakingwithbusinessleadersviavideolinkfromBeijing,LisaidChinawillbolsterimportsofproductsthatsellwellinthedomesticmarketandworktogetherwithdifferentcountriestocontributetotheglobaleconomicrecovery.China'sdecisiontohosttheeventonlineisanindicatorofthecountry'sfirmresolvetoexpandopening-upandsafeguardthesecurityofinternationalindustryandsupplychains,hesaid.LivisitedtheonlineshowroomsofseveralbusinessesandspokewithexecutivesfromGreeElectricAppliancesInc,LoctekErgonomicTechnologyCorpandHuidaSanitaryWareCo.Hecalledonbusinessestoimprovethequalityoftheirproductsandboosttheircompetitivenessintheinternationalmarket.Whilemanytradeeventsaroundtheworldhavebeencanceledordelayedandforeignbuyershavebeenreluctanttotravelabroadduetothepandemic,theyhaveexpressedeagernesstoparticipateintheonlineCantonFairasitoffersaconvenientwaytohelpthemresumeproductionandservices,saidZhangLi,deputydirector-generalofthedepartmentofforeigntradeundertheMinistryofCommerce.Becauseofthepandemic,theWorldTradeOrganizationexpectsthisyear'sglobaltradetofallby13percentto32percent.Thecoronavirusisalsotakingatollontheworld'ssecond-largesteconomy,asthecountry'sforeigntradeingoodsdroppedby4.9percentyear-on-yearto11.54trillionyuan(.63trillion)inthefirstfivemonthsofthisyear,Customsofficialssaid.MichaelSchumann,chairmanoftheboardofdirectorsofBerlin-basedFederalAssociationforEconomicDevelopmentandForeignTrade,saiddespitethedecisiveroletheexhibitionindustryplayedinbothcountries,GermanindustryisfacingseverechallengesfromthepandemicandmanylargeexhibitionsinGermanyhavebeencanceledorpostponed."However,theorganizeroftheCantonFairtakesadifferentapproachinholdingitonlineforfreeforexhibitorsandbuyers.ThisiscourageousandworthyofreferenceforGermanexhibitions,"hesaid."ThissessionoftheCantonFairwillcreatemoretradeopportunitiesforglobalexhibitorsandbuyers."TheBritish-SwedishdrugmakerAstraZenecasaysitistalkingtoBrazil,China,Japan,andRussiaaboutsupplyingthepotentialnovelcoronavirusvaccineitdevelopedwithscientistsfromtheUniversityofOxford.ThenewsfolloweditsannouncementontheweekendthatithadreachedadealwithEurope'sInclusiveVaccinesAlliancetodeliver400milliondosesofthepotentialvaccinetoEuropeancountriesbytheendoftheyear.AstraZenecahasalsostruckdealswiththeUnitedKingdomandtheUnitedStatestosupply700milliondosestothosemarkets.Ithasagreedtomake1billiondosesavailabletolowandmiddle-incomecountries,throughtheSerumInstituteofIndia.PascalSoriot,AstraZeneca'schiefexecutive,toldreportersthecompanyhascompletedthelateststageoftestingofthepossiblevaccineandislookingforwardtoPhaseIII."Wehopetomakethevaccineavailablewidelyandrapidly,"Soriotadded.Hesaidthecompanywillimminentlypublishareportonthefindingsfromthelatestphaseoftestingbutinsistedhewas"veryconfident"abouttheproductthattheUKgovernmentsupportedduringthedevelopmentstagewitha65.5-million-pound(-million)granttotheUniversityofOxford.Soriotsaidthecompanywillknowforsurebytheendofthesummerwhetheritsvaccineis100percentsuccessfulinprotectingpeoplefromnovelcoronavirusinfection.TheMedicinesandHealthcareProductsRegulatoryAgency,theUK'sregulatorybodyforproductsincludingvaccines,approvedthevaccineforPhaseIIItrialsbasedonitshowingsufficientefficacyandsafetyinearliertests,Reutersreported.SoriotsaidthecompanywillusemanufacturingfacilitiesinGermany,ItalyandtheNetherlandstoproducedosesofthevaccineforEuropeannations.Itisnotyetknownwherethevaccinewillbeproducedforothernations.ExpertstoldtheBloombergnewsagencythevaccinemaybeuseful,evenifitdoesnotoffertotalprotectionagainstthenovelcoronavirusbecausenationsmaybewillingtoacceptavaccinethatstopspeoplebecomingseriouslyillandthatpreventsdeath,evenifitdoesnotfullyblockthevirus.Suchavaccinewouldatleastallowcountriestoendlockdownsandgettheireconomiesmovingagain.RobinShattock,aprofessoratImperialCollegeLondon,saidnationswillask:"IsthatprotectionagainstinfectionIsitprotectionagainstillnessIsitprotectionagainstseverediseaseIt'squitepossibleavaccinethatonlyprotectsagainstseverediseasewouldbeveryuseful."PharmaTimesOnlinesaidthevaccine,calledAZD1222,willbetestedonaround10,000adultvolunteers.Severalcompanies,includingChina'sCanSinoBiologics,theUnitedStatesmultinationalPfizer,andGlaxosmithklinearealsodevelopingpromisingpotentialvaccines.

  PhototakenonMay29,2020showsthelivebroadcastofU.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpspeakingatapressconferenceattheWhiteHouseinWashingtonDC,theUnitedStates.(Photo/Xinhua)U.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpsaidonMondaythatthenumberofU.S.troopsdeployedinGermanywouldbereducedto25,000duetoGermany'sinsufficientdefensespending.SpeakingtoreportersattheWhiteHouse,TrumpconfirmedthenumberofU.S.soldiersinGermanywouldreduceto25,000."GermanyasyouknowisverydelinquentintheirpaymentstoNATO,"TrumptoldreportersattheWhiteHouse,addingthatU.S.troopswouldredeploytoGermanyuntilitpays.Currently,thereareabout35,000U.S.troopsdeployedinGermany.FormerU.S.AmbassadortoGermanyRichardGrenelltoldGermanmediaoutletBildLivelastweekthat"Americantaxpayersnolongerfeellikepayingtoomuchforthedefenseofothercountries.""Therewillstillbe25,000soldiersinGermany,that'snosmallnumber,"addedtheTrumployalist.U.S.mediareportedearlythismonththatTrumphaddirectedthePentagontoreduceU.S.militarypresenceinGermanybySeptember,whichdrewoppositionsamongU.S.lawmakers.Lastweek22RepublicanmembersofCongresswarnedTrumpthatasignificantforcedrawdowninEuropewouldserveRussia'sinterestsattheexpenseofU.S.nationalsecurity.ThereductionmightfurtherstraintherelationsbetweenWashingtonandBerlin.ThetwoallieshavebeenatoddswitheachotheronIrannuclearissues,NordStream2gaspipelineproject,anddefenseburden-sharing,amongothers.TrumphasbeenrepeatedlycomplainingthatU.S.alliesexploitedhiscountryondefensespending.InhisremarkstograduatesoftheUnitedStatesMilitaryAcademyovertheweekend,TrumpemphasizedtheU.S.militaryisnotthepolicemenoftheworld.PhototakenonMay29,2020showsthelivebroadcastofU.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpspeakingatapressconferenceattheWhiteHouseinWashingtonDC,theUnitedStates.(Photo/Xinhua)U.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpsaidonMondaythatthenumberofU.S.troopsdeployedinGermanywouldbereducedto25,000duetoGermany'sinsufficientdefensespending.SpeakingtoreportersattheWhiteHouse,TrumpconfirmedthenumberofU.S.soldiersinGermanywouldreduceto25,000."GermanyasyouknowisverydelinquentintheirpaymentstoNATO,"TrumptoldreportersattheWhiteHouse,addingthatU.S.troopswouldredeploytoGermanyuntilitpays.Currently,thereareabout35,000U.S.troopsdeployedinGermany.FormerU.S.AmbassadortoGermanyRichardGrenelltoldGermanmediaoutletBildLivelastweekthat"Americantaxpayersnolongerfeellikepayingtoomuchforthedefenseofothercountries.""Therewillstillbe25,000soldiersinGermany,that'snosmallnumber,"addedtheTrumployalist.U.S.mediareportedearlythismonththatTrumphaddirectedthePentagontoreduceU.S.militarypresenceinGermanybySeptember,whichdrewoppositionsamongU.S.lawmakers.Lastweek22RepublicanmembersofCongresswarnedTrumpthatasignificantforcedrawdowninEuropewouldserveRussia'sinterestsattheexpenseofU.S.nationalsecurity.ThereductionmightfurtherstraintherelationsbetweenWashingtonandBerlin.ThetwoallieshavebeenatoddswitheachotheronIrannuclearissues,NordStream2gaspipelineproject,anddefenseburden-sharing,amongothers.TrumphasbeenrepeatedlycomplainingthatU.S.alliesexploitedhiscountryondefensespending.InhisremarkstograduatesoftheUnitedStatesMilitaryAcademyovertheweekend,TrumpemphasizedtheU.S.militaryisnotthepolicemenoftheworld.PremierLiKeqiangtoursvirtualpavilionsofthe127thsessionoftheChinaImportandExportFairinGuangzhou,Guangdongprovince,viavideolinkfromBeijingonMondayafteropeningthefair.TheeventisalsoknownastheCantonFair.(FENGYONGBIN/CHINADAILY)The127thsessionoftheChinaImportandExportFair,thefirstdigitalfairinits63-yearhistory,willhelpstabilizeglobalsupplyandindustrialchainsamiduncertaintiesinglobaltradeaffectedbyCOVID-19,governmentofficialssaidonMonday.Thetwice-yearlyevent,alsoknownastheCantonFair,openedonlineonMondayandwillcontinuethroughJune24inGuangzhou,Guangdongprovince.IthasdrawnawarmresponsefromforeigncustomerswillingtoengagewithChinesesuppliersdespitethepandemic,whichhasslowedglobaltradeandmanycountries'economicgrowth,saidLiJinqi,deputydirector-generalofthefair'sorganizingcommittee.Thefair,including50exhibitionareasbasedon16categoriesofcommodities,willattractsome25,000Chineseexport-orientedcompaniesthismonth,organizerssaid.Theywillshowcase1.8millionproductsandservicesthroughvariousmediasuchasphotos,videosand3Dformatstopromotematchmakingamongsuppliersandpurchasersandconduct24-hourbusinessnegotiations.Foreignbuyerscanregisteronthe24-hourlivestreamingplatformandstartpurchasenegotiationsatanytimeduringtheexhibitionperiod,asallcompanieshavebeenexemptedfrompayingexhibitionfeesinordertobolsterinternationaltradeandyieldwin-winresults.GuJin,deputygeneralmanageroftheoverseasbusinessdepartmentatChinaGeneralTechnologyGroup,aState-ownedmachineryexporter,saidthecompanydoesn'thavelimitationsintimeorlocationwhenshowingitsproductsandservicesthistime."Wewereonlyabletoshowcertainsmallpiecesofequipmentinpreviousfairsduetotheboothsize,"sadGu."Butnowwecandisplaylargemachineryonthedigitalplatformandshowtheproductionprocessandtechnologiesonline,notjusttheproductsthemselves."PremierLiKeqiangpledgedcontinuouseffortstoboostimportfacilitationandhelpbusinessesfromvariouscountriesshareChina'svastmarketopportunitiesasheannouncedtheopeningofthe127thChinaImportandExportFairatavirtualceremonyonMonday.SpeakingwithbusinessleadersviavideolinkfromBeijing,LisaidChinawillbolsterimportsofproductsthatsellwellinthedomesticmarketandworktogetherwithdifferentcountriestocontributetotheglobaleconomicrecovery.China'sdecisiontohosttheeventonlineisanindicatorofthecountry'sfirmresolvetoexpandopening-upandsafeguardthesecurityofinternationalindustryandsupplychains,hesaid.LivisitedtheonlineshowroomsofseveralbusinessesandspokewithexecutivesfromGreeElectricAppliancesInc,LoctekErgonomicTechnologyCorpandHuidaSanitaryWareCo.Hecalledonbusinessestoimprovethequalityoftheirproductsandboosttheircompetitivenessintheinternationalmarket.Whilemanytradeeventsaroundtheworldhavebeencanceledordelayedandforeignbuyershavebeenreluctanttotravelabroadduetothepandemic,theyhaveexpressedeagernesstoparticipateintheonlineCantonFairasitoffersaconvenientwaytohelpthemresumeproductionandservices,saidZhangLi,deputydirector-generalofthedepartmentofforeigntradeundertheMinistryofCommerce.Becauseofthepandemic,theWorldTradeOrganizationexpectsthisyear'sglobaltradetofallby13percentto32percent.Thecoronavirusisalsotakingatollontheworld'ssecond-largesteconomy,asthecountry'sforeigntradeingoodsdroppedby4.9percentyear-on-yearto11.54trillionyuan(.63trillion)inthefirstfivemonthsofthisyear,Customsofficialssaid.MichaelSchumann,chairmanoftheboardofdirectorsofBerlin-basedFederalAssociationforEconomicDevelopmentandForeignTrade,saiddespitethedecisiveroletheexhibitionindustryplayedinbothcountries,GermanindustryisfacingseverechallengesfromthepandemicandmanylargeexhibitionsinGermanyhavebeencanceledorpostponed."However,theorganizeroftheCantonFairtakesadifferentapproachinholdingitonlineforfreeforexhibitorsandbuyers.ThisiscourageousandworthyofreferenceforGermanexhibitions,"hesaid."ThissessionoftheCantonFairwillcreatemoretradeopportunitiesforglobalexhibitorsandbuyers."

  TheBritish-SwedishdrugmakerAstraZenecasaysitistalkingtoBrazil,China,Japan,andRussiaaboutsupplyingthepotentialnovelcoronavirusvaccineitdevelopedwithscientistsfromtheUniversityofOxford.ThenewsfolloweditsannouncementontheweekendthatithadreachedadealwithEurope'sInclusiveVaccinesAlliancetodeliver400milliondosesofthepotentialvaccinetoEuropeancountriesbytheendoftheyear.AstraZenecahasalsostruckdealswiththeUnitedKingdomandtheUnitedStatestosupply700milliondosestothosemarkets.Ithasagreedtomake1billiondosesavailabletolowandmiddle-incomecountries,throughtheSerumInstituteofIndia.PascalSoriot,AstraZeneca'schiefexecutive,toldreportersthecompanyhascompletedthelateststageoftestingofthepossiblevaccineandislookingforwardtoPhaseIII."Wehopetomakethevaccineavailablewidelyandrapidly,"Soriotadded.Hesaidthecompanywillimminentlypublishareportonthefindingsfromthelatestphaseoftestingbutinsistedhewas"veryconfident"abouttheproductthattheUKgovernmentsupportedduringthedevelopmentstagewitha65.5-million-pound(-million)granttotheUniversityofOxford.Soriotsaidthecompanywillknowforsurebytheendofthesummerwhetheritsvaccineis100percentsuccessfulinprotectingpeoplefromnovelcoronavirusinfection.TheMedicinesandHealthcareProductsRegulatoryAgency,theUK'sregulatorybodyforproductsincludingvaccines,approvedthevaccineforPhaseIIItrialsbasedonitshowingsufficientefficacyandsafetyinearliertests,Reutersreported.SoriotsaidthecompanywillusemanufacturingfacilitiesinGermany,ItalyandtheNetherlandstoproducedosesofthevaccineforEuropeannations.Itisnotyetknownwherethevaccinewillbeproducedforothernations.ExpertstoldtheBloombergnewsagencythevaccinemaybeuseful,evenifitdoesnotoffertotalprotectionagainstthenovelcoronavirusbecausenationsmaybewillingtoacceptavaccinethatstopspeoplebecomingseriouslyillandthatpreventsdeath,evenifitdoesnotfullyblockthevirus.Suchavaccinewouldatleastallowcountriestoendlockdownsandgettheireconomiesmovingagain.RobinShattock,aprofessoratImperialCollegeLondon,saidnationswillask:"IsthatprotectionagainstinfectionIsitprotectionagainstillnessIsitprotectionagainstseverediseaseIt'squitepossibleavaccinethatonlyprotectsagainstseverediseasewouldbeveryuseful."PharmaTimesOnlinesaidthevaccine,calledAZD1222,willbetestedonaround10,000adultvolunteers.Severalcompanies,includingChina'sCanSinoBiologics,theUnitedStatesmultinationalPfizer,andGlaxosmithklinearealsodevelopingpromisingpotentialvaccines.PhototakenonMay29,2020showsthelivebroadcastofU.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpspeakingatapressconferenceattheWhiteHouseinWashingtonDC,theUnitedStates.(Photo/Xinhua)U.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpsaidonMondaythatthenumberofU.S.troopsdeployedinGermanywouldbereducedto25,000duetoGermany'sinsufficientdefensespending.SpeakingtoreportersattheWhiteHouse,TrumpconfirmedthenumberofU.S.soldiersinGermanywouldreduceto25,000."GermanyasyouknowisverydelinquentintheirpaymentstoNATO,"TrumptoldreportersattheWhiteHouse,addingthatU.S.troopswouldredeploytoGermanyuntilitpays.Currently,thereareabout35,000U.S.troopsdeployedinGermany.FormerU.S.AmbassadortoGermanyRichardGrenelltoldGermanmediaoutletBildLivelastweekthat"Americantaxpayersnolongerfeellikepayingtoomuchforthedefenseofothercountries.""Therewillstillbe25,000soldiersinGermany,that'snosmallnumber,"addedtheTrumployalist.U.S.mediareportedearlythismonththatTrumphaddirectedthePentagontoreduceU.S.militarypresenceinGermanybySeptember,whichdrewoppositionsamongU.S.lawmakers.Lastweek22RepublicanmembersofCongresswarnedTrumpthatasignificantforcedrawdowninEuropewouldserveRussia'sinterestsattheexpenseofU.S.nationalsecurity.ThereductionmightfurtherstraintherelationsbetweenWashingtonandBerlin.ThetwoallieshavebeenatoddswitheachotheronIrannuclearissues,NordStream2gaspipelineproject,anddefenseburden-sharing,amongothers.TrumphasbeenrepeatedlycomplainingthatU.S.alliesexploitedhiscountryondefensespending.InhisremarkstograduatesoftheUnitedStatesMilitaryAcademyovertheweekend,TrumpemphasizedtheU.S.militaryisnotthepolicemenoftheworld.TheBritish-SwedishdrugmakerAstraZenecasaysitistalkingtoBrazil,China,Japan,andRussiaaboutsupplyingthepotentialnovelcoronavirusvaccineitdevelopedwithscientistsfromtheUniversityofOxford.ThenewsfolloweditsannouncementontheweekendthatithadreachedadealwithEurope'sInclusiveVaccinesAlliancetodeliver400milliondosesofthepotentialvaccinetoEuropeancountriesbytheendoftheyear.AstraZenecahasalsostruckdealswiththeUnitedKingdomandtheUnitedStatestosupply700milliondosestothosemarkets.Ithasagreedtomake1billiondosesavailabletolowandmiddle-incomecountries,throughtheSerumInstituteofIndia.PascalSoriot,AstraZeneca'schiefexecutive,toldreportersthecompanyhascompletedthelateststageoftestingofthepossiblevaccineandislookingforwardtoPhaseIII."Wehopetomakethevaccineavailablewidelyandrapidly,"Soriotadded.Hesaidthecompanywillimminentlypublishareportonthefindingsfromthelatestphaseoftestingbutinsistedhewas"veryconfident"abouttheproductthattheUKgovernmentsupportedduringthedevelopmentstagewitha65.5-million-pound(-million)granttotheUniversityofOxford.Soriotsaidthecompanywillknowforsurebytheendofthesummerwhetheritsvaccineis100percentsuccessfulinprotectingpeoplefromnovelcoronavirusinfection.TheMedicinesandHealthcareProductsRegulatoryAgency,theUK'sregulatorybodyforproductsincludingvaccines,approvedthevaccineforPhaseIIItrialsbasedonitshowingsufficientefficacyandsafetyinearliertests,Reutersreported.SoriotsaidthecompanywillusemanufacturingfacilitiesinGermany,ItalyandtheNetherlandstoproducedosesofthevaccineforEuropeannations.Itisnotyetknownwherethevaccinewillbeproducedforothernations.ExpertstoldtheBloombergnewsagencythevaccinemaybeuseful,evenifitdoesnotoffertotalprotectionagainstthenovelcoronavirusbecausenationsmaybewillingtoacceptavaccinethatstopspeoplebecomingseriouslyillandthatpreventsdeath,evenifitdoesnotfullyblockthevirus.Suchavaccinewouldatleastallowcountriestoendlockdownsandgettheireconomiesmovingagain.RobinShattock,aprofessoratImperialCollegeLondon,saidnationswillask:"IsthatprotectionagainstinfectionIsitprotectionagainstillnessIsitprotectionagainstseverediseaseIt'squitepossibleavaccinethatonlyprotectsagainstseverediseasewouldbeveryuseful."PharmaTimesOnlinesaidthevaccine,calledAZD1222,willbetestedonaround10,000adultvolunteers.Severalcompanies,includingChina'sCanSinoBiologics,theUnitedStatesmultinationalPfizer,andGlaxosmithklinearealsodevelopingpromisingpotentialvaccines.

  PhototakenonMay29,2020showsthelivebroadcastofU.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpspeakingatapressconferenceattheWhiteHouseinWashingtonDC,theUnitedStates.(Photo/Xinhua)U.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpsaidonMondaythatthenumberofU.S.troopsdeployedinGermanywouldbereducedto25,000duetoGermany'sinsufficientdefensespending.SpeakingtoreportersattheWhiteHouse,TrumpconfirmedthenumberofU.S.soldiersinGermanywouldreduceto25,000."GermanyasyouknowisverydelinquentintheirpaymentstoNATO,"TrumptoldreportersattheWhiteHouse,addingthatU.S.troopswouldredeploytoGermanyuntilitpays.Currently,thereareabout35,000U.S.troopsdeployedinGermany.FormerU.S.AmbassadortoGermanyRichardGrenelltoldGermanmediaoutletBildLivelastweekthat"Americantaxpayersnolongerfeellikepayingtoomuchforthedefenseofothercountries.""Therewillstillbe25,000soldiersinGermany,that'snosmallnumber,"addedtheTrumployalist.U.S.mediareportedearlythismonththatTrumphaddirectedthePentagontoreduceU.S.militarypresenceinGermanybySeptember,whichdrewoppositionsamongU.S.lawmakers.Lastweek22RepublicanmembersofCongresswarnedTrumpthatasignificantforcedrawdowninEuropewouldserveRussia'sinterestsattheexpenseofU.S.nationalsecurity.ThereductionmightfurtherstraintherelationsbetweenWashingtonandBerlin.ThetwoallieshavebeenatoddswitheachotheronIrannuclearissues,NordStream2gaspipelineproject,anddefenseburden-sharing,amongothers.TrumphasbeenrepeatedlycomplainingthatU.S.alliesexploitedhiscountryondefensespending.InhisremarkstograduatesoftheUnitedStatesMilitaryAcademyovertheweekend,TrumpemphasizedtheU.S.militaryisnotthepolicemenoftheworld.TheBritish-SwedishdrugmakerAstraZenecasaysitistalkingtoBrazil,China,Japan,andRussiaaboutsupplyingthepotentialnovelcoronavirusvaccineitdevelopedwithscientistsfromtheUniversityofOxford.ThenewsfolloweditsannouncementontheweekendthatithadreachedadealwithEurope'sInclusiveVaccinesAlliancetodeliver400milliondosesofthepotentialvaccinetoEuropeancountriesbytheendoftheyear.AstraZenecahasalsostruckdealswiththeUnitedKingdomandtheUnitedStatestosupply700milliondosestothosemarkets.Ithasagreedtomake1billiondosesavailabletolowandmiddle-incomecountries,throughtheSerumInstituteofIndia.PascalSoriot,AstraZeneca'schiefexecutive,toldreportersthecompanyhascompletedthelateststageoftestingofthepossiblevaccineandislookingforwardtoPhaseIII."Wehopetomakethevaccineavailablewidelyandrapidly,"Soriotadded.Hesaidthecompanywillimminentlypublishareportonthefindingsfromthelatestphaseoftestingbutinsistedhewas"veryconfident"abouttheproductthattheUKgovernmentsupportedduringthedevelopmentstagewitha65.5-million-pound(-million)granttotheUniversityofOxford.Soriotsaidthecompanywillknowforsurebytheendofthesummerwhetheritsvaccineis100percentsuccessfulinprotectingpeoplefromnovelcoronavirusinfection.TheMedicinesandHealthcareProductsRegulatoryAgency,theUK'sregulatorybodyforproductsincludingvaccines,approvedthevaccineforPhaseIIItrialsbasedonitshowingsufficientefficacyandsafetyinearliertests,Reutersreported.SoriotsaidthecompanywillusemanufacturingfacilitiesinGermany,ItalyandtheNetherlandstoproducedosesofthevaccineforEuropeannations.Itisnotyetknownwherethevaccinewillbeproducedforothernations.ExpertstoldtheBloombergnewsagencythevaccinemaybeuseful,evenifitdoesnotoffertotalprotectionagainstthenovelcoronavirusbecausenationsmaybewillingtoacceptavaccinethatstopspeoplebecomingseriouslyillandthatpreventsdeath,evenifitdoesnotfullyblockthevirus.Suchavaccinewouldatleastallowcountriestoendlockdownsandgettheireconomiesmovingagain.RobinShattock,aprofessoratImperialCollegeLondon,saidnationswillask:"IsthatprotectionagainstinfectionIsitprotectionagainstillnessIsitprotectionagainstseverediseaseIt'squitepossibleavaccinethatonlyprotectsagainstseverediseasewouldbeveryuseful."PharmaTimesOnlinesaidthevaccine,calledAZD1222,willbetestedonaround10,000adultvolunteers.Severalcompanies,includingChina'sCanSinoBiologics,theUnitedStatesmultinationalPfizer,andGlaxosmithklinearealsodevelopingpromisingpotentialvaccines.PhototakenonMay29,2020showsthelivebroadcastofU.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpspeakingatapressconferenceattheWhiteHouseinWashingtonDC,theUnitedStates.(Photo/Xinhua)U.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpsaidonMondaythatthenumberofU.S.troopsdeployedinGermanywouldbereducedto25,000duetoGermany'sinsufficientdefensespending.SpeakingtoreportersattheWhiteHouse,TrumpconfirmedthenumberofU.S.soldiersinGermanywouldreduceto25,000."GermanyasyouknowisverydelinquentintheirpaymentstoNATO,"TrumptoldreportersattheWhiteHouse,addingthatU.S.troopswouldredeploytoGermanyuntilitpays.Currently,thereareabout35,000U.S.troopsdeployedinGermany.FormerU.S.AmbassadortoGermanyRichardGrenelltoldGermanmediaoutletBildLivelastweekthat"Americantaxpayersnolongerfeellikepayingtoomuchforthedefenseofothercountries.""Therewillstillbe25,000soldiersinGermany,that'snosmallnumber,"addedtheTrumployalist.U.S.mediareportedearlythismonththatTrumphaddirectedthePentagontoreduceU.S.militarypresenceinGermanybySeptember,whichdrewoppositionsamongU.S.lawmakers.Lastweek22RepublicanmembersofCongresswarnedTrumpthatasignificantforcedrawdowninEuropewouldserveRussia'sinterestsattheexpenseofU.S.nationalsecurity.ThereductionmightfurtherstraintherelationsbetweenWashingtonandBerlin.ThetwoallieshavebeenatoddswitheachotheronIrannuclearissues,NordStream2gaspipelineproject,anddefenseburden-sharing,amongothers.TrumphasbeenrepeatedlycomplainingthatU.S.alliesexploitedhiscountryondefensespending.InhisremarkstograduatesoftheUnitedStatesMilitaryAcademyovertheweekend,TrumpemphasizedtheU.S.militaryisnotthepolicemenoftheworld.

  PhototakenonMay29,2020showsthelivebroadcastofU.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpspeakingatapressconferenceattheWhiteHouseinWashingtonDC,theUnitedStates.(Photo/Xinhua)U.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpsaidonMondaythatthenumberofU.S.troopsdeployedinGermanywouldbereducedto25,000duetoGermany'sinsufficientdefensespending.SpeakingtoreportersattheWhiteHouse,TrumpconfirmedthenumberofU.S.soldiersinGermanywouldreduceto25,000."GermanyasyouknowisverydelinquentintheirpaymentstoNATO,"TrumptoldreportersattheWhiteHouse,addingthatU.S.troopswouldredeploytoGermanyuntilitpays.Currently,thereareabout35,000U.S.troopsdeployedinGermany.FormerU.S.AmbassadortoGermanyRichardGrenelltoldGermanmediaoutletBildLivelastweekthat"Americantaxpayersnolongerfeellikepayingtoomuchforthedefenseofothercountries.""Therewillstillbe25,000soldiersinGermany,that'snosmallnumber,"addedtheTrumployalist.U.S.mediareportedearlythismonththatTrumphaddirectedthePentagontoreduceU.S.militarypresenceinGermanybySeptember,whichdrewoppositionsamongU.S.lawmakers.Lastweek22RepublicanmembersofCongresswarnedTrumpthatasignificantforcedrawdowninEuropewouldserveRussia'sinterestsattheexpenseofU.S.nationalsecurity.ThereductionmightfurtherstraintherelationsbetweenWashingtonandBerlin.ThetwoallieshavebeenatoddswitheachotheronIrannuclearissues,NordStream2gaspipelineproject,anddefenseburden-sharing,amongothers.TrumphasbeenrepeatedlycomplainingthatU.S.alliesexploitedhiscountryondefensespending.InhisremarkstograduatesoftheUnitedStatesMilitaryAcademyovertheweekend,TrumpemphasizedtheU.S.militaryisnotthepolicemenoftheworld.Beijingdisagreeswithcharacterizationofbombersonislandas'militarization'TherecentlandingofbomberaircraftonaSouthChinaSeaislandbythePeople'sLiberationArmyAirForceispartofnormaltrainingthatshouldnotbeover-interpreted,ForeignMinistryspokesmanLuKangsaidonMonday.LumadetheremarkwhenhewasrequestedtocommentonthereactionoftheUnitedStatesandthePhilippinestotheexercises.PentagonspokesmanU.S.MarineLieutenantColonelChristopherLogansaidChina's"continuedmilitarizationofdisputedfeaturesintheSouthChinaSeaonlyservestoraisetensionsanddestabilizetheregion",TheAssociatedPressreported.LurebukedthePentagon'scomments,sayingthetrainingexerciseisnotwhattheU.S.hascalled"militarization"."TheSouthChinaSeaislandsareChina'sterritory.ThetrainingisanormalexerciseconductedbytheChinesemilitary.It'snotnecessaryforotherpartiestomakeanover-interpretation,"Lusaid."Theyaretotallydifferentinnaturethanthebehaviorofdrivingonecountry'sownmilitaryvesselsandaircraftacrossalong,longdistancetotheSouthChinaSeaandposingathreattoregionalcountries,"Luadded.Bombersofdifferenttypes,includinganunspecifiednumberofH-6KsfromadivisionofthePLAAirForce,tookofffromanairportinsouthernChinaandmadeasimulatedstrikebeforelandingonanislandintheSouthChinaSea,accordingtoanAirForcestatementonFriday.ThePhilippineDepartmentofForeignAffairssaidinastatementonMondayitis"closelymonitoringdevelopments"intheSouthChinaSeaand"takingtheappropriatediplomaticactionnecessary",butdidnotnameChina.TheU.S.hasdispatcheditsmilitaryvesselsandaircrafttotheSouthChinaSeaforyears.ItsB-52bomberscarriedouttrainingexercisesinthevicinityoftheSouthChinaSeainlateApril,ReutersquotedtheU.S.AirForceassaying.ThenewscamelessthanamonthaftertheU.S.senttheaircraftcarrierUSSTheodoreRoosevelttotheSouthChinaSea.CountriesneedtogetusedtoChina'straininginitsownterritory,saidTengJianqun,aresearcherattheChinaInstituteofInternationalStudies.Suchtraining,inlinewithinternationallawandnotthreateningthesecurityofothercountries,isnot"militarization",hesaid.TheU.S.shouldstop"pointingitsfingers"atsuchtraining,whichwillnotalterChina'sdeterminationtosafeguarditsterritory,hesaid.  PremierLiKeqiangtoursvirtualpavilionsofthe127thsessionoftheChinaImportandExportFairinGuangzhou,Guangdongprovince,viavideolinkfromBeijingonMondayafteropeningthefair.TheeventisalsoknownastheCantonFair.(FENGYONGBIN/CHINADAILY)The127thsessionoftheChinaImportandExportFair,thefirstdigitalfairinits63-yearhistory,willhelpstabilizeglobalsupplyandindustrialchainsamiduncertaintiesinglobaltradeaffectedbyCOVID-19,governmentofficialssaidonMonday.Thetwice-yearlyevent,alsoknownastheCantonFair,openedonlineonMondayandwillcontinuethroughJune24inGuangzhou,Guangdongprovince.IthasdrawnawarmresponsefromforeigncustomerswillingtoengagewithChinesesuppliersdespitethepandemic,whichhasslowedglobaltradeandmanycountries'economicgrowth,saidLiJinqi,deputydirector-generalofthefair'sorganizingcommittee.Thefair,including50exhibitionareasbasedon16categoriesofcommodities,willattractsome25,000Chineseexport-orientedcompaniesthismonth,organizerssaid.Theywillshowcase1.8millionproductsandservicesthroughvariousmediasuchasphotos,videosand3Dformatstopromotematchmakingamongsuppliersandpurchasersandconduct24-hourbusinessnegotiations.Foreignbuyerscanregisteronthe24-hourlivestreamingplatformandstartpurchasenegotiationsatanytimeduringtheexhibitionperiod,asallcompanieshavebeenexemptedfrompayingexhibitionfeesinordertobolsterinternationaltradeandyieldwin-winresults.GuJin,deputygeneralmanageroftheoverseasbusinessdepartmentatChinaGeneralTechnologyGroup,aState-ownedmachineryexporter,saidthecompanydoesn'thavelimitationsintimeorlocationwhenshowingitsproductsandservicesthistime."Wewereonlyabletoshowcertainsmallpiecesofequipmentinpreviousfairsduetotheboothsize,"sadGu."Butnowwecandisplaylargemachineryonthedigitalplatformandshowtheproductionprocessandtechnologiesonline,notjusttheproductsthemselves."PremierLiKeqiangpledgedcontinuouseffortstoboostimportfacilitationandhelpbusinessesfromvariouscountriesshareChina'svastmarketopportunitiesasheannouncedtheopeningofthe127thChinaImportandExportFairatavirtualceremonyonMonday.SpeakingwithbusinessleadersviavideolinkfromBeijing,LisaidChinawillbolsterimportsofproductsthatsellwellinthedomesticmarketandworktogetherwithdifferentcountriestocontributetotheglobaleconomicrecovery.China'sdecisiontohosttheeventonlineisanindicatorofthecountry'sfirmresolvetoexpandopening-upandsafeguardthesecurityofinternationalindustryandsupplychains,hesaid.LivisitedtheonlineshowroomsofseveralbusinessesandspokewithexecutivesfromGreeElectricAppliancesInc,LoctekErgonomicTechnologyCorpandHuidaSanitaryWareCo.Hecalledonbusinessestoimprovethequalityoftheirproductsandboosttheircompetitivenessintheinternationalmarket.Whilemanytradeeventsaroundtheworldhavebeencanceledordelayedandforeignbuyershavebeenreluctanttotravelabroadduetothepandemic,theyhaveexpressedeagernesstoparticipateintheonlineCantonFairasitoffersaconvenientwaytohelpthemresumeproductionandservices,saidZhangLi,deputydirector-generalofthedepartmentofforeigntradeundertheMinistryofCommerce.Becauseofthepandemic,theWorldTradeOrganizationexpectsthisyear'sglobaltradetofallby13percentto32percent.Thecoronavirusisalsotakingatollontheworld'ssecond-largesteconomy,asthecountry'sforeigntradeingoodsdroppedby4.9percentyear-on-yearto11.54trillionyuan(.63trillion)inthefirstfivemonthsofthisyear,Customsofficialssaid.MichaelSchumann,chairmanoftheboardofdirectorsofBerlin-basedFederalAssociationforEconomicDevelopmentandForeignTrade,saiddespitethedecisiveroletheexhibitionindustryplayedinbothcountries,GermanindustryisfacingseverechallengesfromthepandemicandmanylargeexhibitionsinGermanyhavebeencanceledorpostponed."However,theorganizeroftheCantonFairtakesadifferentapproachinholdingitonlineforfreeforexhibitorsandbuyers.ThisiscourageousandworthyofreferenceforGermanexhibitions,"hesaid."ThissessionoftheCantonFairwillcreatemoretradeopportunitiesforglobalexhibitorsandbuyers."

  PremierLiKeqiangtoursvirtualpavilionsofthe127thsessionoftheChinaImportandExportFairinGuangzhou,Guangdongprovince,viavideolinkfromBeijingonMondayafteropeningthefair.TheeventisalsoknownastheCantonFair.(FENGYONGBIN/CHINADAILY)The127thsessionoftheChinaImportandExportFair,thefirstdigitalfairinits63-yearhistory,willhelpstabilizeglobalsupplyandindustrialchainsamiduncertaintiesinglobaltradeaffectedbyCOVID-19,governmentofficialssaidonMonday.Thetwice-yearlyevent,alsoknownastheCantonFair,openedonlineonMondayandwillcontinuethroughJune24inGuangzhou,Guangdongprovince.IthasdrawnawarmresponsefromforeigncustomerswillingtoengagewithChinesesuppliersdespitethepandemic,whichhasslowedglobaltradeandmanycountries'economicgrowth,saidLiJinqi,deputydirector-generalofthefair'sorganizingcommittee.Thefair,including50exhibitionareasbasedon16categoriesofcommodities,willattractsome25,000Chineseexport-orientedcompaniesthismonth,organizerssaid.Theywillshowcase1.8millionproductsandservicesthroughvariousmediasuchasphotos,videosand3Dformatstopromotematchmakingamongsuppliersandpurchasersandconduct24-hourbusinessnegotiations.Foreignbuyerscanregisteronthe24-hourlivestreamingplatformandstartpurchasenegotiationsatanytimeduringtheexhibitionperiod,asallcompanieshavebeenexemptedfrompayingexhibitionfeesinordertobolsterinternationaltradeandyieldwin-winresults.GuJin,deputygeneralmanageroftheoverseasbusinessdepartmentatChinaGeneralTechnologyGroup,aState-ownedmachineryexporter,saidthecompanydoesn'thavelimitationsintimeorlocationwhenshowingitsproductsandservicesthistime."Wewereonlyabletoshowcertainsmallpiecesofequipmentinpreviousfairsduetotheboothsize,"sadGu."Butnowwecandisplaylargemachineryonthedigitalplatformandshowtheproductionprocessandtechnologiesonline,notjusttheproductsthemselves."PremierLiKeqiangpledgedcontinuouseffortstoboostimportfacilitationandhelpbusinessesfromvariouscountriesshareChina'svastmarketopportunitiesasheannouncedtheopeningofthe127thChinaImportandExportFairatavirtualceremonyonMonday.SpeakingwithbusinessleadersviavideolinkfromBeijing,LisaidChinawillbolsterimportsofproductsthatsellwellinthedomesticmarketandworktogetherwithdifferentcountriestocontributetotheglobaleconomicrecovery.China'sdecisiontohosttheeventonlineisanindicatorofthecountry'sfirmresolvetoexpandopening-upandsafeguardthesecurityofinternationalindustryandsupplychains,hesaid.LivisitedtheonlineshowroomsofseveralbusinessesandspokewithexecutivesfromGreeElectricAppliancesInc,LoctekErgonomicTechnologyCorpandHuidaSanitaryWareCo.Hecalledonbusinessestoimprovethequalityoftheirproductsandboosttheircompetitivenessintheinternationalmarket.Whilemanytradeeventsaroundtheworldhavebeencanceledordelayedandforeignbuyershavebeenreluctanttotravelabroadduetothepandemic,theyhaveexpressedeagernesstoparticipateintheonlineCantonFairasitoffersaconvenientwaytohelpthemresumeproductionandservices,saidZhangLi,deputydirector-generalofthedepartmentofforeigntradeundertheMinistryofCommerce.Becauseofthepandemic,theWorldTradeOrganizationexpectsthisyear'sglobaltradetofallby13percentto32percent.Thecoronavirusisalsotakingatollontheworld'ssecond-largesteconomy,asthecountry'sforeigntradeingoodsdroppedby4.9percentyear-on-yearto11.54trillionyuan(.63trillion)inthefirstfivemonthsofthisyear,Customsofficialssaid.MichaelSchumann,chairmanoftheboardofdirectorsofBerlin-basedFederalAssociationforEconomicDevelopmentandForeignTrade,saiddespitethedecisiveroletheexhibitionindustryplayedinbothcountries,GermanindustryisfacingseverechallengesfromthepandemicandmanylargeexhibitionsinGermanyhavebeencanceledorpostponed."However,theorganizeroftheCantonFairtakesadifferentapproachinholdingitonlineforfreeforexhibitorsandbuyers.ThisiscourageousandworthyofreferenceforGermanexhibitions,"hesaid."ThissessionoftheCantonFairwillcreatemoretradeopportunitiesforglobalexhibitorsandbuyers."LyuMinlivestreamstheartofmakingChineseknotsatherhomeinTianjin.(SONGRUI/XINHUA)Restingherphoneonastandandadjustingtheangleofthelighting,49-year-oldLyuMinstartedherlivestreamingsession-herdailyroutineduringthenovelcoronavirusoutbreak.Cladinaqipao,atraditionalChinesedress,Lyustartedthelivestreamingsessionfromherworkshopat10am,sharingtheartofmakingChineseknotswithmanyhandicraftloversinTianjin.Lyu,aninheritoroftheartofmakingChineseknots,whichislistedasanintangibleculturalheritageinTianjin,becamealivestreaminghostduringtheCOVID-19epidemic."ThoughthesalesofChineseknotshavedroppedalot,I'mstilloptimisticIcanrideoutthepressurebroughtbytheoutbreak.Icanmakefulluseofthisperiodtoimprovemyweavingtechniquesandrevivethistraditionalhandicraftonline,"shesaid.Lyuisquitenewtotheworldoflivestreaming,havingboughtallthenecessaryequipmentafterfollowingherfriends'advice."Ipracticelivestreamingeverydayandrecordahugenumberofeducationalvideos,"Lyusaid.Asface-to-faceinteractionisstillimpracticalformany,evenastheoutbreakhasbeenlargelybroughtundercontrolinChina,LyusaidlivestreamingclassescansatisfyChineseknotlovers'curiosityandtheireagernesstolearnthehandicraft.Duringoneofherclasses,LyuintertwinedthethreadsasshetaughtherfanshowtomakedifferentChineseknotsstepbystep."Ihavemorethan200followersrightnow.IseemoreandmoreChineseknotenthusiastsononlineplatforms,"shesaid.Lyuhasintegratedtheanti-epidemicspiritintoherworks,expressingthedeterminationandconfidenceoftheChinesepeopletodefeattheepidemic."IhaveadeepaffectionforWuhan(inHubeiprovince),whereIexhibitedmyworksin2019.Chineseknotsarepopularamongmanylocalpeople,andImadelotsoffriendsthere,"Lyusaid.ShedesignedaspecialChineseknottoexpresshergratitudetothemedicsofTianjinwhoweredispatchedtoaidWuhan,theChinesecityhithardestbytheepidemic,severalmonthsago."IamusingalengthofcoloredcordandperseverancetokeepthistraditionalartofChineseknotsaliveonlineandhelpmorepeopleunderstandit,"Lyusaid.PremierLiKeqiangtoursvirtualpavilionsofthe127thsessionoftheChinaImportandExportFairinGuangzhou,Guangdongprovince,viavideolinkfromBeijingonMondayafteropeningthefair.TheeventisalsoknownastheCantonFair.(FENGYONGBIN/CHINADAILY)The127thsessionoftheChinaImportandExportFair,thefirstdigitalfairinits63-yearhistory,willhelpstabilizeglobalsupplyandindustrialchainsamiduncertaintiesinglobaltradeaffectedbyCOVID-19,governmentofficialssaidonMonday.Thetwice-yearlyevent,alsoknownastheCantonFair,openedonlineonMondayandwillcontinuethroughJune24inGuangzhou,Guangdongprovince.IthasdrawnawarmresponsefromforeigncustomerswillingtoengagewithChinesesuppliersdespitethepandemic,whichhasslowedglobaltradeandmanycountries'economicgrowth,saidLiJinqi,deputydirector-generalofthefair'sorganizingcommittee.Thefair,including50exhibitionareasbasedon16categoriesofcommodities,willattractsome25,000Chineseexport-orientedcompaniesthismonth,organizerssaid.Theywillshowcase1.8millionproductsandservicesthroughvariousmediasuchasphotos,videosand3Dformatstopromotematchmakingamongsuppliersandpurchasersandconduct24-hourbusinessnegotiations.Foreignbuyerscanregisteronthe24-hourlivestreamingplatformandstartpurchasenegotiationsatanytimeduringtheexhibitionperiod,asallcompanieshavebeenexemptedfrompayingexhibitionfeesinordertobolsterinternationaltradeandyieldwin-winresults.GuJin,deputygeneralmanageroftheoverseasbusinessdepartmentatChinaGeneralTechnologyGroup,aState-ownedmachineryexporter,saidthecompanydoesn'thavelimitationsintimeorlocationwhenshowingitsproductsandservicesthistime."Wewereonlyabletoshowcertainsmallpiecesofequipmentinpreviousfairsduetotheboothsize,"sadGu."Butnowwecandisplaylargemachineryonthedigitalplatformandshowtheproductionprocessandtechnologiesonline,notjusttheproductsthemselves."PremierLiKeqiangpledgedcontinuouseffortstoboostimportfacilitationandhelpbusinessesfromvariouscountriesshareChina'svastmarketopportunitiesasheannouncedtheopeningofthe127thChinaImportandExportFairatavirtualceremonyonMonday.SpeakingwithbusinessleadersviavideolinkfromBeijing,LisaidChinawillbolsterimportsofproductsthatsellwellinthedomesticmarketandworktogetherwithdifferentcountriestocontributetotheglobaleconomicrecovery.China'sdecisiontohosttheeventonlineisanindicatorofthecountry'sfirmresolvetoexpandopening-upandsafeguardthesecurityofinternationalindustryandsupplychains,hesaid.LivisitedtheonlineshowroomsofseveralbusinessesandspokewithexecutivesfromGreeElectricAppliancesInc,LoctekErgonomicTechnologyCorpandHuidaSanitaryWareCo.Hecalledonbusinessestoimprovethequalityoftheirproductsandboosttheircompetitivenessintheinternationalmarket.Whilemanytradeeventsaroundtheworldhavebeencanceledordelayedandforeignbuyershavebeenreluctanttotravelabroadduetothepandemic,theyhaveexpressedeagernesstoparticipateintheonlineCantonFairasitoffersaconvenientwaytohelpthemresumeproductionandservices,saidZhangLi,deputydirector-generalofthedepartmentofforeigntradeundertheMinistryofCommerce.Becauseofthepandemic,theWorldTradeOrganizationexpectsthisyear'sglobaltradetofallby13percentto32percent.Thecoronavirusisalsotakingatollontheworld'ssecond-largesteconomy,asthecountry'sforeigntradeingoodsdroppedby4.9percentyear-on-yearto11.54trillionyuan(.63trillion)inthefirstfivemonthsofthisyear,Customsofficialssaid.MichaelSchumann,chairmanoftheboardofdirectorsofBerlin-basedFederalAssociationforEconomicDevelopmentandForeignTrade,saiddespitethedecisiveroletheexhibitionindustryplayedinbothcountries,GermanindustryisfacingseverechallengesfromthepandemicandmanylargeexhibitionsinGermanyhavebeencanceledorpostponed."However,theorganizeroftheCantonFairtakesadifferentapproachinholdingitonlineforfreeforexhibitorsandbuyers.ThisiscourageousandworthyofreferenceforGermanexhibitions,"hesaid."ThissessionoftheCantonFairwillcreatemoretradeopportunitiesforglobalexhibitorsandbuyers."

  LyuMinlivestreamstheartofmakingChineseknotsatherhomeinTianjin.(SONGRUI/XINHUA)Restingherphoneonastandandadjustingtheangleofthelighting,49-year-oldLyuMinstartedherlivestreamingsession-herdailyroutineduringthenovelcoronavirusoutbreak.Cladinaqipao,atraditionalChinesedress,Lyustartedthelivestreamingsessionfromherworkshopat10am,sharingtheartofmakingChineseknotswithmanyhandicraftloversinTianjin.Lyu,aninheritoroftheartofmakingChineseknots,whichislistedasanintangibleculturalheritageinTianjin,becamealivestreaminghostduringtheCOVID-19epidemic."ThoughthesalesofChineseknotshavedroppedalot,I'mstilloptimisticIcanrideoutthepressurebroughtbytheoutbreak.Icanmakefulluseofthisperiodtoimprovemyweavingtechniquesandrevivethistraditionalhandicraftonline,"shesaid.Lyuisquitenewtotheworldoflivestreaming,havingboughtallthenecessaryequipmentafterfollowingherfriends'advice."Ipracticelivestreamingeverydayandrecordahugenumberofeducationalvideos,"Lyusaid.Asface-to-faceinteractionisstillimpracticalformany,evenastheoutbreakhasbeenlargelybroughtundercontrolinChina,LyusaidlivestreamingclassescansatisfyChineseknotlovers'curiosityandtheireagernesstolearnthehandicraft.Duringoneofherclasses,LyuintertwinedthethreadsasshetaughtherfanshowtomakedifferentChineseknotsstepbystep."Ihavemorethan200followersrightnow.IseemoreandmoreChineseknotenthusiastsononlineplatforms,"shesaid.Lyuhasintegratedtheanti-epidemicspiritintoherworks,expressingthedeterminationandconfidenceoftheChinesepeopletodefeattheepidemic."IhaveadeepaffectionforWuhan(inHubeiprovince),whereIexhibitedmyworksin2019.Chineseknotsarepopularamongmanylocalpeople,andImadelotsoffriendsthere,"Lyusaid.ShedesignedaspecialChineseknottoexpresshergratitudetothemedicsofTianjinwhoweredispatchedtoaidWuhan,theChinesecityhithardestbytheepidemic,severalmonthsago."IamusingalengthofcoloredcordandperseverancetokeepthistraditionalartofChineseknotsaliveonlineandhelpmorepeopleunderstandit,"Lyusaid.PhototakenonMay29,2020showsthelivebroadcastofU.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpspeakingatapressconferenceattheWhiteHouseinWashingtonDC,theUnitedStates.(Photo/Xinhua)U.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpsaidonMondaythatthenumberofU.S.troopsdeployedinGermanywouldbereducedto25,000duetoGermany'sinsufficientdefensespending.SpeakingtoreportersattheWhiteHouse,TrumpconfirmedthenumberofU.S.soldiersinGermanywouldreduceto25,000."GermanyasyouknowisverydelinquentintheirpaymentstoNATO,"TrumptoldreportersattheWhiteHouse,addingthatU.S.troopswouldredeploytoGermanyuntilitpays.Currently,thereareabout35,000U.S.troopsdeployedinGermany.FormerU.S.AmbassadortoGermanyRichardGrenelltoldGermanmediaoutletBildLivelastweekthat"Americantaxpayersnolongerfeellikepayingtoomuchforthedefenseofothercountries.""Therewillstillbe25,000soldiersinGermany,that'snosmallnumber,"addedtheTrumployalist.U.S.mediareportedearlythismonththatTrumphaddirectedthePentagontoreduceU.S.militarypresenceinGermanybySeptember,whichdrewoppositionsamongU.S.lawmakers.Lastweek22RepublicanmembersofCongresswarnedTrumpthatasignificantforcedrawdowninEuropewouldserveRussia'sinterestsattheexpenseofU.S.nationalsecurity.ThereductionmightfurtherstraintherelationsbetweenWashingtonandBerlin.ThetwoallieshavebeenatoddswitheachotheronIrannuclearissues,NordStream2gaspipelineproject,anddefenseburden-sharing,amongothers.TrumphasbeenrepeatedlycomplainingthatU.S.alliesexploitedhiscountryondefensespending.InhisremarkstograduatesoftheUnitedStatesMilitaryAcademyovertheweekend,TrumpemphasizedtheU.S.militaryisnotthepolicemenoftheworld.PhototakenonMay29,2020showsthelivebroadcastofU.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpspeakingatapressconferenceattheWhiteHouseinWashingtonDC,theUnitedStates.(Photo/Xinhua)U.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpsaidonMondaythatthenumberofU.S.troopsdeployedinGermanywouldbereducedto25,000duetoGermany'sinsufficientdefensespending.SpeakingtoreportersattheWhiteHouse,TrumpconfirmedthenumberofU.S.soldiersinGermanywouldreduceto25,000."GermanyasyouknowisverydelinquentintheirpaymentstoNATO,"TrumptoldreportersattheWhiteHouse,addingthatU.S.troopswouldredeploytoGermanyuntilitpays.Currently,thereareabout35,000U.S.troopsdeployedinGermany.FormerU.S.AmbassadortoGermanyRichardGrenelltoldGermanmediaoutletBildLivelastweekthat"Americantaxpayersnolongerfeellikepayingtoomuchforthedefenseofothercountries.""Therewillstillbe25,000soldiersinGermany,that'snosmallnumber,"addedtheTrumployalist.U.S.mediareportedearlythismonththatTrumphaddirectedthePentagontoreduceU.S.militarypresenceinGermanybySeptember,whichdrewoppositionsamongU.S.lawmakers.Lastweek22RepublicanmembersofCongresswarnedTrumpthatasignificantforcedrawdowninEuropewouldserveRussia'sinterestsattheexpenseofU.S.nationalsecurity.ThereductionmightfurtherstraintherelationsbetweenWashingtonandBerlin.ThetwoallieshavebeenatoddswitheachotheronIrannuclearissues,NordStream2gaspipelineproject,anddefenseburden-sharing,amongothers.TrumphasbeenrepeatedlycomplainingthatU.S.alliesexploitedhiscountryondefensespending.InhisremarkstograduatesoftheUnitedStatesMilitaryAcademyovertheweekend,TrumpemphasizedtheU.S.militaryisnotthepolicemenoftheworld.

  PhototakenonMay29,2020showsthelivebroadcastofU.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpspeakingatapressconferenceattheWhiteHouseinWashingtonDC,theUnitedStates.(Photo/Xinhua)U.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpsaidonMondaythatthenumberofU.S.troopsdeployedinGermanywouldbereducedto25,000duetoGermany'sinsufficientdefensespending.SpeakingtoreportersattheWhiteHouse,TrumpconfirmedthenumberofU.S.soldiersinGermanywouldreduceto25,000."GermanyasyouknowisverydelinquentintheirpaymentstoNATO,"TrumptoldreportersattheWhiteHouse,addingthatU.S.troopswouldredeploytoGermanyuntilitpays.Currently,thereareabout35,000U.S.troopsdeployedinGermany.FormerU.S.AmbassadortoGermanyRichardGrenelltoldGermanmediaoutletBildLivelastweekthat"Americantaxpayersnolongerfeellikepayingtoomuchforthedefenseofothercountries.""Therewillstillbe25,000soldiersinGermany,that'snosmallnumber,"addedtheTrumployalist.U.S.mediareportedearlythismonththatTrumphaddirectedthePentagontoreduceU.S.militarypresenceinGermanybySeptember,whichdrewoppositionsamongU.S.lawmakers.Lastweek22RepublicanmembersofCongresswarnedTrumpthatasignificantforcedrawdowninEuropewouldserveRussia'sinterestsattheexpenseofU.S.nationalsecurity.ThereductionmightfurtherstraintherelationsbetweenWashingtonandBerlin.ThetwoallieshavebeenatoddswitheachotheronIrannuclearissues,NordStream2gaspipelineproject,anddefenseburden-sharing,amongothers.TrumphasbeenrepeatedlycomplainingthatU.S.alliesexploitedhiscountryondefensespending.InhisremarkstograduatesoftheUnitedStatesMilitaryAcademyovertheweekend,TrumpemphasizedtheU.S.militaryisnotthepolicemenoftheworld.PremierLiKeqiangtoursvirtualpavilionsofthe127thsessionoftheChinaImportandExportFairinGuangzhou,Guangdongprovince,viavideolinkfromBeijingonMondayafteropeningthefair.TheeventisalsoknownastheCantonFair.(FENGYONGBIN/CHINADAILY)The127thsessionoftheChinaImportandExportFair,thefirstdigitalfairinits63-yearhistory,willhelpstabilizeglobalsupplyandindustrialchainsamiduncertaintiesinglobaltradeaffectedbyCOVID-19,governmentofficialssaidonMonday.Thetwice-yearlyevent,alsoknownastheCantonFair,openedonlineonMondayandwillcontinuethroughJune24inGuangzhou,Guangdongprovince.IthasdrawnawarmresponsefromforeigncustomerswillingtoengagewithChinesesuppliersdespitethepandemic,whichhasslowedglobaltradeandmanycountries'economicgrowth,saidLiJinqi,deputydirector-generalofthefair'sorganizingcommittee.Thefair,including50exhibitionareasbasedon16categoriesofcommodities,willattractsome25,000Chineseexport-orientedcompaniesthismonth,organizerssaid.Theywillshowcase1.8millionproductsandservicesthroughvariousmediasuchasphotos,videosand3Dformatstopromotematchmakingamongsuppliersandpurchasersandconduct24-hourbusinessnegotiations.Foreignbuyerscanregisteronthe24-hourlivestreamingplatformandstartpurchasenegotiationsatanytimeduringtheexhibitionperiod,asallcompanieshavebeenexemptedfrompayingexhibitionfeesinordertobolsterinternationaltradeandyieldwin-winresults.GuJin,deputygeneralmanageroftheoverseasbusinessdepartmentatChinaGeneralTechnologyGroup,aState-ownedmachineryexporter,saidthecompanydoesn'thavelimitationsintimeorlocationwhenshowingitsproductsandservicesthistime."Wewereonlyabletoshowcertainsmallpiecesofequipmentinpreviousfairsduetotheboothsize,"sadGu."Butnowwecandisplaylargemachineryonthedigitalplatformandshowtheproductionprocessandtechnologiesonline,notjusttheproductsthemselves."PremierLiKeqiangpledgedcontinuouseffortstoboostimportfacilitationandhelpbusinessesfromvariouscountriesshareChina'svastmarketopportunitiesasheannouncedtheopeningofthe127thChinaImportandExportFairatavirtualceremonyonMonday.SpeakingwithbusinessleadersviavideolinkfromBeijing,LisaidChinawillbolsterimportsofproductsthatsellwellinthedomesticmarketandworktogetherwithdifferentcountriestocontributetotheglobaleconomicrecovery.China'sdecisiontohosttheeventonlineisanindicatorofthecountry'sfirmresolvetoexpandopening-upandsafeguardthesecurityofinternationalindustryandsupplychains,hesaid.LivisitedtheonlineshowroomsofseveralbusinessesandspokewithexecutivesfromGreeElectricAppliancesInc,LoctekErgonomicTechnologyCorpandHuidaSanitaryWareCo.Hecalledonbusinessestoimprovethequalityoftheirproductsandboosttheircompetitivenessintheinternationalmarket.Whilemanytradeeventsaroundtheworldhavebeencanceledordelayedandforeignbuyershavebeenreluctanttotravelabroadduetothepandemic,theyhaveexpressedeagernesstoparticipateintheonlineCantonFairasitoffersaconvenientwaytohelpthemresumeproductionandservices,saidZhangLi,deputydirector-generalofthedepartmentofforeigntradeundertheMinistryofCommerce.Becauseofthepandemic,theWorldTradeOrganizationexpectsthisyear'sglobaltradetofallby13percentto32percent.Thecoronavirusisalsotakingatollontheworld'ssecond-largesteconomy,asthecountry'sforeigntradeingoodsdroppedby4.9percentyear-on-yearto11.54trillionyuan(.63trillion)inthefirstfivemonthsofthisyear,Customsofficialssaid.MichaelSchumann,chairmanoftheboardofdirectorsofBerlin-basedFederalAssociationforEconomicDevelopmentandForeignTrade,saiddespitethedecisiveroletheexhibitionindustryplayedinbothcountries,GermanindustryisfacingseverechallengesfromthepandemicandmanylargeexhibitionsinGermanyhavebeencanceledorpostponed."However,theorganizeroftheCantonFairtakesadifferentapproachinholdingitonlineforfreeforexhibitorsandbuyers.ThisiscourageousandworthyofreferenceforGermanexhibitions,"hesaid."ThissessionoftheCantonFairwillcreatemoretradeopportunitiesforglobalexhibitorsandbuyers."PremierLiKeqiangtoursvirtualpavilionsofthe127thsessionoftheChinaImportandExportFairinGuangzhou,Guangdongprovince,viavideolinkfromBeijingonMondayafteropeningthefair.TheeventisalsoknownastheCantonFair.(FENGYONGBIN/CHINADAILY)The127thsessionoftheChinaImportandExportFair,thefirstdigitalfairinits63-yearhistory,willhelpstabilizeglobalsupplyandindustrialchainsamiduncertaintiesinglobaltradeaffectedbyCOVID-19,governmentofficialssaidonMonday.Thetwice-yearlyevent,alsoknownastheCantonFair,openedonlineonMondayandwillcontinuethroughJune24inGuangzhou,Guangdongprovince.IthasdrawnawarmresponsefromforeigncustomerswillingtoengagewithChinesesuppliersdespitethepandemic,whichhasslowedglobaltradeandmanycountries'economicgrowth,saidLiJinqi,deputydirector-generalofthefair'sorganizingcommittee.Thefair,including50exhibitionareasbasedon16categoriesofcommodities,willattractsome25,000Chineseexport-orientedcompaniesthismonth,organizerssaid.Theywillshowcase1.8millionproductsandservicesthroughvariousmediasuchasphotos,videosand3Dformatstopromotematchmakingamongsuppliersandpurchasersandconduct24-hourbusinessnegotiations.Foreignbuyerscanregisteronthe24-hourlivestreamingplatformandstartpurchasenegotiationsatanytimeduringtheexhibitionperiod,asallcompanieshavebeenexemptedfrompayingexhibitionfeesinordertobolsterinternationaltradeandyieldwin-winresults.GuJin,deputygeneralmanageroftheoverseasbusinessdepartmentatChinaGeneralTechnologyGroup,aState-ownedmachineryexporter,saidthecompanydoesn'thavelimitationsintimeorlocationwhenshowingitsproductsandservicesthistime."Wewereonlyabletoshowcertainsmallpiecesofequipmentinpreviousfairsduetotheboothsize,"sadGu."Butnowwecandisplaylargemachineryonthedigitalplatformandshowtheproductionprocessandtechnologiesonline,notjusttheproductsthemselves."PremierLiKeqiangpledgedcontinuouseffortstoboostimportfacilitationandhelpbusinessesfromvariouscountriesshareChina'svastmarketopportunitiesasheannouncedtheopeningofthe127thChinaImportandExportFairatavirtualceremonyonMonday.SpeakingwithbusinessleadersviavideolinkfromBeijing,LisaidChinawillbolsterimportsofproductsthatsellwellinthedomesticmarketandworktogetherwithdifferentcountriestocontributetotheglobaleconomicrecovery.China'sdecisiontohosttheeventonlineisanindicatorofthecountry'sfirmresolvetoexpandopening-upandsafeguardthesecurityofinternationalindustryandsupplychains,hesaid.LivisitedtheonlineshowroomsofseveralbusinessesandspokewithexecutivesfromGreeElectricAppliancesInc,LoctekErgonomicTechnologyCorpandHuidaSanitaryWareCo.Hecalledonbusinessestoimprovethequalityoftheirproductsandboosttheircompetitivenessintheinternationalmarket.Whilemanytradeeventsaroundtheworldhavebeencanceledordelayedandforeignbuyershavebeenreluctanttotravelabroadduetothepandemic,theyhaveexpressedeagernesstoparticipateintheonlineCantonFairasitoffersaconvenientwaytohelpthemresumeproductionandservices,saidZhangLi,deputydirector-generalofthedepartmentofforeigntradeundertheMinistryofCommerce.Becauseofthepandemic,theWorldTradeOrganizationexpectsthisyear'sglobaltradetofallby13percentto32percent.Thecoronavirusisalsotakingatollontheworld'ssecond-largesteconomy,asthecountry'sforeigntradeingoodsdroppedby4.9percentyear-on-yearto11.54trillionyuan(.63trillion)inthefirstfivemonthsofthisyear,Customsofficialssaid.MichaelSchumann,chairmanoftheboardofdirectorsofBerlin-basedFederalAssociationforEconomicDevelopmentandForeignTrade,saiddespitethedecisiveroletheexhibitionindustryplayedinbothcountries,GermanindustryisfacingseverechallengesfromthepandemicandmanylargeexhibitionsinGermanyhavebeencanceledorpostponed."However,theorganizeroftheCantonFairtakesadifferentapproachinholdingitonlineforfreeforexhibitorsandbuyers.ThisiscourageousandworthyofreferenceforGermanexhibitions,"hesaid."ThissessionoftheCantonFairwillcreatemoretradeopportunitiesforglobalexhibitorsandbuyers."

  Beijingdisagreeswithcharacterizationofbombersonislandas'militarization'TherecentlandingofbomberaircraftonaSouthChinaSeaislandbythePeople'sLiberationArmyAirForceispartofnormaltrainingthatshouldnotbeover-interpreted,ForeignMinistryspokesmanLuKangsaidonMonday.LumadetheremarkwhenhewasrequestedtocommentonthereactionoftheUnitedStatesandthePhilippinestotheexercises.PentagonspokesmanU.S.MarineLieutenantColonelChristopherLogansaidChina's"continuedmilitarizationofdisputedfeaturesintheSouthChinaSeaonlyservestoraisetensionsanddestabilizetheregion",TheAssociatedPressreported.LurebukedthePentagon'scomments,sayingthetrainingexerciseisnotwhattheU.S.hascalled"militarization"."TheSouthChinaSeaislandsareChina'sterritory.ThetrainingisanormalexerciseconductedbytheChinesemilitary.It'snotnecessaryforotherpartiestomakeanover-interpretation,"Lusaid."Theyaretotallydifferentinnaturethanthebehaviorofdrivingonecountry'sownmilitaryvesselsandaircraftacrossalong,longdistancetotheSouthChinaSeaandposingathreattoregionalcountries,"Luadded.Bombersofdifferenttypes,includinganunspecifiednumberofH-6KsfromadivisionofthePLAAirForce,tookofffromanairportinsouthernChinaandmadeasimulatedstrikebeforelandingonanislandintheSouthChinaSea,accordingtoanAirForcestatementonFriday.ThePhilippineDepartmentofForeignAffairssaidinastatementonMondayitis"closelymonitoringdevelopments"intheSouthChinaSeaand"takingtheappropriatediplomaticactionnecessary",butdidnotnameChina.TheU.S.hasdispatcheditsmilitaryvesselsandaircrafttotheSouthChinaSeaforyears.ItsB-52bomberscarriedouttrainingexercisesinthevicinityoftheSouthChinaSeainlateApril,ReutersquotedtheU.S.AirForceassaying.ThenewscamelessthanamonthaftertheU.S.senttheaircraftcarrierUSSTheodoreRoosevelttotheSouthChinaSea.CountriesneedtogetusedtoChina'straininginitsownterritory,saidTengJianqun,aresearcherattheChinaInstituteofInternationalStudies.Suchtraining,inlinewithinternationallawandnotthreateningthesecurityofothercountries,isnot"militarization",hesaid.TheU.S.shouldstop"pointingitsfingers"atsuchtraining,whichwillnotalterChina'sdeterminationtosafeguarditsterritory,hesaid.  Beijingdisagreeswithcharacterizationofbombersonislandas'militarization'TherecentlandingofbomberaircraftonaSouthChinaSeaislandbythePeople'sLiberationArmyAirForceispartofnormaltrainingthatshouldnotbeover-interpreted,ForeignMinistryspokesmanLuKangsaidonMonday.LumadetheremarkwhenhewasrequestedtocommentonthereactionoftheUnitedStatesandthePhilippinestotheexercises.PentagonspokesmanU.S.MarineLieutenantColonelChristopherLogansaidChina's"continuedmilitarizationofdisputedfeaturesintheSouthChinaSeaonlyservestoraisetensionsanddestabilizetheregion",TheAssociatedPressreported.LurebukedthePentagon'scomments,sayingthetrainingexerciseisnotwhattheU.S.hascalled"militarization"."TheSouthChinaSeaislandsareChina'sterritory.ThetrainingisanormalexerciseconductedbytheChinesemilitary.It'snotnecessaryforotherpartiestomakeanover-interpretation,"Lusaid."Theyaretotallydifferentinnaturethanthebehaviorofdrivingonecountry'sownmilitaryvesselsandaircraftacrossalong,longdistancetotheSouthChinaSeaandposingathreattoregionalcountries,"Luadded.Bombersofdifferenttypes,includinganunspecifiednumberofH-6KsfromadivisionofthePLAAirForce,tookofffromanairportinsouthernChinaandmadeasimulatedstrikebeforelandingonanislandintheSouthChinaSea,accordingtoanAirForcestatementonFriday.ThePhilippineDepartmentofForeignAffairssaidinastatementonMondayitis"closelymonitoringdevelopments"intheSouthChinaSeaand"takingtheappropriatediplomaticactionnecessary",butdidnotnameChina.TheU.S.hasdispatcheditsmilitaryvesselsandaircrafttotheSouthChinaSeaforyears.ItsB-52bomberscarriedouttrainingexercisesinthevicinityoftheSouthChinaSeainlateApril,ReutersquotedtheU.S.AirForceassaying.ThenewscamelessthanamonthaftertheU.S.senttheaircraftcarrierUSSTheodoreRoosevelttotheSouthChinaSea.CountriesneedtogetusedtoChina'straininginitsownterritory,saidTengJianqun,aresearcherattheChinaInstituteofInternationalStudies.Suchtraining,inlinewithinternationallawandnotthreateningthesecurityofothercountries,isnot"militarization",hesaid.TheU.S.shouldstop"pointingitsfingers"atsuchtraining,whichwillnotalterChina'sdeterminationtosafeguarditsterritory,hesaid.  LyuMinlivestreamstheartofmakingChineseknotsatherhomeinTianjin.(SONGRUI/XINHUA)Restingherphoneonastandandadjustingtheangleofthelighting,49-year-oldLyuMinstartedherlivestreamingsession-herdailyroutineduringthenovelcoronavirusoutbreak.Cladinaqipao,atraditionalChinesedress,Lyustartedthelivestreamingsessionfromherworkshopat10am,sharingtheartofmakingChineseknotswithmanyhandicraftloversinTianjin.Lyu,aninheritoroftheartofmakingChineseknots,whichislistedasanintangibleculturalheritageinTianjin,becamealivestreaminghostduringtheCOVID-19epidemic."ThoughthesalesofChineseknotshavedroppedalot,I'mstilloptimisticIcanrideoutthepressurebroughtbytheoutbreak.Icanmakefulluseofthisperiodtoimprovemyweavingtechniquesandrevivethistraditionalhandicraftonline,"shesaid.Lyuisquitenewtotheworldoflivestreaming,havingboughtallthenecessaryequipmentafterfollowingherfriends'advice."Ipracticelivestreamingeverydayandrecordahugenumberofeducationalvideos,"Lyusaid.Asface-to-faceinteractionisstillimpracticalformany,evenastheoutbreakhasbeenlargelybroughtundercontrolinChina,LyusaidlivestreamingclassescansatisfyChineseknotlovers'curiosityandtheireagernesstolearnthehandicraft.Duringoneofherclasses,LyuintertwinedthethreadsasshetaughtherfanshowtomakedifferentChineseknotsstepbystep."Ihavemorethan200followersrightnow.IseemoreandmoreChineseknotenthusiastsononlineplatforms,"shesaid.Lyuhasintegratedtheanti-epidemicspiritintoherworks,expressingthedeterminationandconfidenceoftheChinesepeopletodefeattheepidemic."IhaveadeepaffectionforWuhan(inHubeiprovince),whereIexhibitedmyworksin2019.Chineseknotsarepopularamongmanylocalpeople,andImadelotsoffriendsthere,"Lyusaid.ShedesignedaspecialChineseknottoexpresshergratitudetothemedicsofTianjinwhoweredispatchedtoaidWuhan,theChinesecityhithardestbytheepidemic,severalmonthsago."IamusingalengthofcoloredcordandperseverancetokeepthistraditionalartofChineseknotsaliveonlineandhelpmorepeopleunderstandit,"Lyusaid.

  TheBritish-SwedishdrugmakerAstraZenecasaysitistalkingtoBrazil,China,Japan,andRussiaaboutsupplyingthepotentialnovelcoronavirusvaccineitdevelopedwithscientistsfromtheUniversityofOxford.ThenewsfolloweditsannouncementontheweekendthatithadreachedadealwithEurope'sInclusiveVaccinesAlliancetodeliver400milliondosesofthepotentialvaccinetoEuropeancountriesbytheendoftheyear.AstraZenecahasalsostruckdealswiththeUnitedKingdomandtheUnitedStatestosupply700milliondosestothosemarkets.Ithasagreedtomake1billiondosesavailabletolowandmiddle-incomecountries,throughtheSerumInstituteofIndia.PascalSoriot,AstraZeneca'schiefexecutive,toldreportersthecompanyhascompletedthelateststageoftestingofthepossiblevaccineandislookingforwardtoPhaseIII."Wehopetomakethevaccineavailablewidelyandrapidly,"Soriotadded.Hesaidthecompanywillimminentlypublishareportonthefindingsfromthelatestphaseoftestingbutinsistedhewas"veryconfident"abouttheproductthattheUKgovernmentsupportedduringthedevelopmentstagewitha65.5-million-pound(-million)granttotheUniversityofOxford.Soriotsaidthecompanywillknowforsurebytheendofthesummerwhetheritsvaccineis100percentsuccessfulinprotectingpeoplefromnovelcoronavirusinfection.TheMedicinesandHealthcareProductsRegulatoryAgency,theUK'sregulatorybodyforproductsincludingvaccines,approvedthevaccineforPhaseIIItrialsbasedonitshowingsufficientefficacyandsafetyinearliertests,Reutersreported.SoriotsaidthecompanywillusemanufacturingfacilitiesinGermany,ItalyandtheNetherlandstoproducedosesofthevaccineforEuropeannations.Itisnotyetknownwherethevaccinewillbeproducedforothernations.ExpertstoldtheBloombergnewsagencythevaccinemaybeuseful,evenifitdoesnotoffertotalprotectionagainstthenovelcoronavirusbecausenationsmaybewillingtoacceptavaccinethatstopspeoplebecomingseriouslyillandthatpreventsdeath,evenifitdoesnotfullyblockthevirus.Suchavaccinewouldatleastallowcountriestoendlockdownsandgettheireconomiesmovingagain.RobinShattock,aprofessoratImperialCollegeLondon,saidnationswillask:"IsthatprotectionagainstinfectionIsitprotectionagainstillnessIsitprotectionagainstseverediseaseIt'squitepossibleavaccinethatonlyprotectsagainstseverediseasewouldbeveryuseful."PharmaTimesOnlinesaidthevaccine,calledAZD1222,willbetestedonaround10,000adultvolunteers.Severalcompanies,includingChina'sCanSinoBiologics,theUnitedStatesmultinationalPfizer,andGlaxosmithklinearealsodevelopingpromisingpotentialvaccines.TheBritish-SwedishdrugmakerAstraZenecasaysitistalkingtoBrazil,China,Japan,andRussiaaboutsupplyingthepotentialnovelcoronavirusvaccineitdevelopedwithscientistsfromtheUniversityofOxford.ThenewsfolloweditsannouncementontheweekendthatithadreachedadealwithEurope'sInclusiveVaccinesAlliancetodeliver400milliondosesofthepotentialvaccinetoEuropeancountriesbytheendoftheyear.AstraZenecahasalsostruckdealswiththeUnitedKingdomandtheUnitedStatestosupply700milliondosestothosemarkets.Ithasagreedtomake1billiondosesavailabletolowandmiddle-incomecountries,throughtheSerumInstituteofIndia.PascalSoriot,AstraZeneca'schiefexecutive,toldreportersthecompanyhascompletedthelateststageoftestingofthepossiblevaccineandislookingforwardtoPhaseIII."Wehopetomakethevaccineavailablewidelyandrapidly,"Soriotadded.Hesaidthecompanywillimminentlypublishareportonthefindingsfromthelatestphaseoftestingbutinsistedhewas"veryconfident"abouttheproductthattheUKgovernmentsupportedduringthedevelopmentstagewitha65.5-million-pound(-million)granttotheUniversityofOxford.Soriotsaidthecompanywillknowforsurebytheendofthesummerwhetheritsvaccineis100percentsuccessfulinprotectingpeoplefromnovelcoronavirusinfection.TheMedicinesandHealthcareProductsRegulatoryAgency,theUK'sregulatorybodyforproductsincludingvaccines,approvedthevaccineforPhaseIIItrialsbasedonitshowingsufficientefficacyandsafetyinearliertests,Reutersreported.SoriotsaidthecompanywillusemanufacturingfacilitiesinGermany,ItalyandtheNetherlandstoproducedosesofthevaccineforEuropeannations.Itisnotyetknownwherethevaccinewillbeproducedforothernations.ExpertstoldtheBloombergnewsagencythevaccinemaybeuseful,evenifitdoesnotoffertotalprotectionagainstthenovelcoronavirusbecausenationsmaybewillingtoacceptavaccinethatstopspeoplebecomingseriouslyillandthatpreventsdeath,evenifitdoesnotfullyblockthevirus.Suchavaccinewouldatleastallowcountriestoendlockdownsandgettheireconomiesmovingagain.RobinShattock,aprofessoratImperialCollegeLondon,saidnationswillask:"IsthatprotectionagainstinfectionIsitprotectionagainstillnessIsitprotectionagainstseverediseaseIt'squitepossibleavaccinethatonlyprotectsagainstseverediseasewouldbeveryuseful."PharmaTimesOnlinesaidthevaccine,calledAZD1222,willbetestedonaround10,000adultvolunteers.Severalcompanies,includingChina'sCanSinoBiologics,theUnitedStatesmultinationalPfizer,andGlaxosmithklinearealsodevelopingpromisingpotentialvaccines.Beijingdisagreeswithcharacterizationofbombersonislandas'militarization'TherecentlandingofbomberaircraftonaSouthChinaSeaislandbythePeople'sLiberationArmyAirForceispartofnormaltrainingthatshouldnotbeover-interpreted,ForeignMinistryspokesmanLuKangsaidonMonday.LumadetheremarkwhenhewasrequestedtocommentonthereactionoftheUnitedStatesandthePhilippinestotheexercises.PentagonspokesmanU.S.MarineLieutenantColonelChristopherLogansaidChina's"continuedmilitarizationofdisputedfeaturesintheSouthChinaSeaonlyservestoraisetensionsanddestabilizetheregion",TheAssociatedPressreported.LurebukedthePentagon'scomments,sayingthetrainingexerciseisnotwhattheU.S.hascalled"militarization"."TheSouthChinaSeaislandsareChina'sterritory.ThetrainingisanormalexerciseconductedbytheChinesemilitary.It'snotnecessaryforotherpartiestomakeanover-interpretation,"Lusaid."Theyaretotallydifferentinnaturethanthebehaviorofdrivingonecountry'sownmilitaryvesselsandaircraftacrossalong,longdistancetotheSouthChinaSeaandposingathreattoregionalcountries,"Luadded.Bombersofdifferenttypes,includinganunspecifiednumberofH-6KsfromadivisionofthePLAAirForce,tookofffromanairportinsouthernChinaandmadeasimulatedstrikebeforelandingonanislandintheSouthChinaSea,accordingtoanAirForcestatementonFriday.ThePhilippineDepartmentofForeignAffairssaidinastatementonMondayitis"closelymonitoringdevelopments"intheSouthChinaSeaand"takingtheappropriatediplomaticactionnecessary",butdidnotnameChina.TheU.S.hasdispatcheditsmilitaryvesselsandaircrafttotheSouthChinaSeaforyears.ItsB-52bomberscarriedouttrainingexercisesinthevicinityoftheSouthChinaSeainlateApril,ReutersquotedtheU.S.AirForceassaying.ThenewscamelessthanamonthaftertheU.S.senttheaircraftcarrierUSSTheodoreRoosevelttotheSouthChinaSea.CountriesneedtogetusedtoChina'straininginitsownterritory,saidTengJianqun,aresearcherattheChinaInstituteofInternationalStudies.Suchtraining,inlinewithinternationallawandnotthreateningthesecurityofothercountries,isnot"militarization",hesaid.TheU.S.shouldstop"pointingitsfingers"atsuchtraining,whichwillnotalterChina'sdeterminationtosafeguarditsterritory,hesaid.  

  Beijingdisagreeswithcharacterizationofbombersonislandas'militarization'TherecentlandingofbomberaircraftonaSouthChinaSeaislandbythePeople'sLiberationArmyAirForceispartofnormaltrainingthatshouldnotbeover-interpreted,ForeignMinistryspokesmanLuKangsaidonMonday.LumadetheremarkwhenhewasrequestedtocommentonthereactionoftheUnitedStatesandthePhilippinestotheexercises.PentagonspokesmanU.S.MarineLieutenantColonelChristopherLogansaidChina's"continuedmilitarizationofdisputedfeaturesintheSouthChinaSeaonlyservestoraisetensionsanddestabilizetheregion",TheAssociatedPressreported.LurebukedthePentagon'scomments,sayingthetrainingexerciseisnotwhattheU.S.hascalled"militarization"."TheSouthChinaSeaislandsareChina'sterritory.ThetrainingisanormalexerciseconductedbytheChinesemilitary.It'snotnecessaryforotherpartiestomakeanover-interpretation,"Lusaid."Theyaretotallydifferentinnaturethanthebehaviorofdrivingonecountry'sownmilitaryvesselsandaircraftacrossalong,longdistancetotheSouthChinaSeaandposingathreattoregionalcountries,"Luadded.Bombersofdifferenttypes,includinganunspecifiednumberofH-6KsfromadivisionofthePLAAirForce,tookofffromanairportinsouthernChinaandmadeasimulatedstrikebeforelandingonanislandintheSouthChinaSea,accordingtoanAirForcestatementonFriday.ThePhilippineDepartmentofForeignAffairssaidinastatementonMondayitis"closelymonitoringdevelopments"intheSouthChinaSeaand"takingtheappropriatediplomaticactionnecessary",butdidnotnameChina.TheU.S.hasdispatcheditsmilitaryvesselsandaircrafttotheSouthChinaSeaforyears.ItsB-52bomberscarriedouttrainingexercisesinthevicinityoftheSouthChinaSeainlateApril,ReutersquotedtheU.S.AirForceassaying.ThenewscamelessthanamonthaftertheU.S.senttheaircraftcarrierUSSTheodoreRoosevelttotheSouthChinaSea.CountriesneedtogetusedtoChina'straininginitsownterritory,saidTengJianqun,aresearcherattheChinaInstituteofInternationalStudies.Suchtraining,inlinewithinternationallawandnotthreateningthesecurityofothercountries,isnot"militarization",hesaid.TheU.S.shouldstop"pointingitsfingers"atsuchtraining,whichwillnotalterChina'sdeterminationtosafeguarditsterritory,hesaid.  Beijingdisagreeswithcharacterizationofbombersonislandas'militarization'TherecentlandingofbomberaircraftonaSouthChinaSeaislandbythePeople'sLiberationArmyAirForceispartofnormaltrainingthatshouldnotbeover-interpreted,ForeignMinistryspokesmanLuKangsaidonMonday.LumadetheremarkwhenhewasrequestedtocommentonthereactionoftheUnitedStatesandthePhilippinestotheexercises.PentagonspokesmanU.S.MarineLieutenantColonelChristopherLogansaidChina's"continuedmilitarizationofdisputedfeaturesintheSouthChinaSeaonlyservestoraisetensionsanddestabilizetheregion",TheAssociatedPressreported.LurebukedthePentagon'scomments,sayingthetrainingexerciseisnotwhattheU.S.hascalled"militarization"."TheSouthChinaSeaislandsareChina'sterritory.ThetrainingisanormalexerciseconductedbytheChinesemilitary.It'snotnecessaryforotherpartiestomakeanover-interpretation,"Lusaid."Theyaretotallydifferentinnaturethanthebehaviorofdrivingonecountry'sownmilitaryvesselsandaircraftacrossalong,longdistancetotheSouthChinaSeaandposingathreattoregionalcountries,"Luadded.Bombersofdifferenttypes,includinganunspecifiednumberofH-6KsfromadivisionofthePLAAirForce,tookofffromanairportinsouthernChinaandmadeasimulatedstrikebeforelandingonanislandintheSouthChinaSea,accordingtoanAirForcestatementonFriday.ThePhilippineDepartmentofForeignAffairssaidinastatementonMondayitis"closelymonitoringdevelopments"intheSouthChinaSeaand"takingtheappropriatediplomaticactionnecessary",butdidnotnameChina.TheU.S.hasdispatcheditsmilitaryvesselsandaircrafttotheSouthChinaSeaforyears.ItsB-52bomberscarriedouttrainingexercisesinthevicinityoftheSouthChinaSeainlateApril,ReutersquotedtheU.S.AirForceassaying.ThenewscamelessthanamonthaftertheU.S.senttheaircraftcarrierUSSTheodoreRoosevelttotheSouthChinaSea.CountriesneedtogetusedtoChina'straininginitsownterritory,saidTengJianqun,aresearcherattheChinaInstituteofInternationalStudies.Suchtraining,inlinewithinternationallawandnotthreateningthesecurityofothercountries,isnot"militarization",hesaid.TheU.S.shouldstop"pointingitsfingers"atsuchtraining,whichwillnotalterChina'sdeterminationtosafeguarditsterritory,hesaid.  LyuMinlivestreamstheartofmakingChineseknotsatherhomeinTianjin.(SONGRUI/XINHUA)Restingherphoneonastandandadjustingtheangleofthelighting,49-year-oldLyuMinstartedherlivestreamingsession-herdailyroutineduringthenovelcoronavirusoutbreak.Cladinaqipao,atraditionalChinesedress,Lyustartedthelivestreamingsessionfromherworkshopat10am,sharingtheartofmakingChineseknotswithmanyhandicraftloversinTianjin.Lyu,aninheritoroftheartofmakingChineseknots,whichislistedasanintangibleculturalheritageinTianjin,becamealivestreaminghostduringtheCOVID-19epidemic."ThoughthesalesofChineseknotshavedroppedalot,I'mstilloptimisticIcanrideoutthepressurebroughtbytheoutbreak.Icanmakefulluseofthisperiodtoimprovemyweavingtechniquesandrevivethistraditionalhandicraftonline,"shesaid.Lyuisquitenewtotheworldoflivestreaming,havingboughtallthenecessaryequipmentafterfollowingherfriends'advice."Ipracticelivestreamingeverydayandrecordahugenumberofeducationalvideos,"Lyusaid.Asface-to-faceinteractionisstillimpracticalformany,evenastheoutbreakhasbeenlargelybroughtundercontrolinChina,LyusaidlivestreamingclassescansatisfyChineseknotlovers'curiosityandtheireagernesstolearnthehandicraft.Duringoneofherclasses,LyuintertwinedthethreadsasshetaughtherfanshowtomakedifferentChineseknotsstepbystep."Ihavemorethan200followersrightnow.IseemoreandmoreChineseknotenthusiastsononlineplatforms,"shesaid.Lyuhasintegratedtheanti-epidemicspiritintoherworks,expressingthedeterminationandconfidenceoftheChinesepeopletodefeattheepidemic."IhaveadeepaffectionforWuhan(inHubeiprovince),whereIexhibitedmyworksin2019.Chineseknotsarepopularamongmanylocalpeople,andImadelotsoffriendsthere,"Lyusaid.ShedesignedaspecialChineseknottoexpresshergratitudetothemedicsofTianjinwhoweredispatchedtoaidWuhan,theChinesecityhithardestbytheepidemic,severalmonthsago."IamusingalengthofcoloredcordandperseverancetokeepthistraditionalartofChineseknotsaliveonlineandhelpmorepeopleunderstandit,"Lyusaid.

  PhototakenonMay29,2020showsthelivebroadcastofU.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpspeakingatapressconferenceattheWhiteHouseinWashingtonDC,theUnitedStates.(Photo/Xinhua)U.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpsaidonMondaythatthenumberofU.S.troopsdeployedinGermanywouldbereducedto25,000duetoGermany'sinsufficientdefensespending.SpeakingtoreportersattheWhiteHouse,TrumpconfirmedthenumberofU.S.soldiersinGermanywouldreduceto25,000."GermanyasyouknowisverydelinquentintheirpaymentstoNATO,"TrumptoldreportersattheWhiteHouse,addingthatU.S.troopswouldredeploytoGermanyuntilitpays.Currently,thereareabout35,000U.S.troopsdeployedinGermany.FormerU.S.AmbassadortoGermanyRichardGrenelltoldGermanmediaoutletBildLivelastweekthat"Americantaxpayersnolongerfeellikepayingtoomuchforthedefenseofothercountries.""Therewillstillbe25,000soldiersinGermany,that'snosmallnumber,"addedtheTrumployalist.U.S.mediareportedearlythismonththatTrumphaddirectedthePentagontoreduceU.S.militarypresenceinGermanybySeptember,whichdrewoppositionsamongU.S.lawmakers.Lastweek22RepublicanmembersofCongresswarnedTrumpthatasignificantforcedrawdowninEuropewouldserveRussia'sinterestsattheexpenseofU.S.nationalsecurity.ThereductionmightfurtherstraintherelationsbetweenWashingtonandBerlin.ThetwoallieshavebeenatoddswitheachotheronIrannuclearissues,NordStream2gaspipelineproject,anddefenseburden-sharing,amongothers.TrumphasbeenrepeatedlycomplainingthatU.S.alliesexploitedhiscountryondefensespending.InhisremarkstograduatesoftheUnitedStatesMilitaryAcademyovertheweekend,TrumpemphasizedtheU.S.militaryisnotthepolicemenoftheworld.PremierLiKeqiangtoursvirtualpavilionsofthe127thsessionoftheChinaImportandExportFairinGuangzhou,Guangdongprovince,viavideolinkfromBeijingonMondayafteropeningthefair.TheeventisalsoknownastheCantonFair.(FENGYONGBIN/CHINADAILY)The127thsessionoftheChinaImportandExportFair,thefirstdigitalfairinits63-yearhistory,willhelpstabilizeglobalsupplyandindustrialchainsamiduncertaintiesinglobaltradeaffectedbyCOVID-19,governmentofficialssaidonMonday.Thetwice-yearlyevent,alsoknownastheCantonFair,openedonlineonMondayandwillcontinuethroughJune24inGuangzhou,Guangdongprovince.IthasdrawnawarmresponsefromforeigncustomerswillingtoengagewithChinesesuppliersdespitethepandemic,whichhasslowedglobaltradeandmanycountries'economicgrowth,saidLiJinqi,deputydirector-generalofthefair'sorganizingcommittee.Thefair,including50exhibitionareasbasedon16categoriesofcommodities,willattractsome25,000Chineseexport-orientedcompaniesthismonth,organizerssaid.Theywillshowcase1.8millionproductsandservicesthroughvariousmediasuchasphotos,videosand3Dformatstopromotematchmakingamongsuppliersandpurchasersandconduct24-hourbusinessnegotiations.Foreignbuyerscanregisteronthe24-hourlivestreamingplatformandstartpurchasenegotiationsatanytimeduringtheexhibitionperiod,asallcompanieshavebeenexemptedfrompayingexhibitionfeesinordertobolsterinternationaltradeandyieldwin-winresults.GuJin,deputygeneralmanageroftheoverseasbusinessdepartmentatChinaGeneralTechnologyGroup,aState-ownedmachineryexporter,saidthecompanydoesn'thavelimitationsintimeorlocationwhenshowingitsproductsandservicesthistime."Wewereonlyabletoshowcertainsmallpiecesofequipmentinpreviousfairsduetotheboothsize,"sadGu."Butnowwecandisplaylargemachineryonthedigitalplatformandshowtheproductionprocessandtechnologiesonline,notjusttheproductsthemselves."PremierLiKeqiangpledgedcontinuouseffortstoboostimportfacilitationandhelpbusinessesfromvariouscountriesshareChina'svastmarketopportunitiesasheannouncedtheopeningofthe127thChinaImportandExportFairatavirtualceremonyonMonday.SpeakingwithbusinessleadersviavideolinkfromBeijing,LisaidChinawillbolsterimportsofproductsthatsellwellinthedomesticmarketandworktogetherwithdifferentcountriestocontributetotheglobaleconomicrecovery.China'sdecisiontohosttheeventonlineisanindicatorofthecountry'sfirmresolvetoexpandopening-upandsafeguardthesecurityofinternationalindustryandsupplychains,hesaid.LivisitedtheonlineshowroomsofseveralbusinessesandspokewithexecutivesfromGreeElectricAppliancesInc,LoctekErgonomicTechnologyCorpandHuidaSanitaryWareCo.Hecalledonbusinessestoimprovethequalityoftheirproductsandboosttheircompetitivenessintheinternationalmarket.Whilemanytradeeventsaroundtheworldhavebeencanceledordelayedandforeignbuyershavebeenreluctanttotravelabroadduetothepandemic,theyhaveexpressedeagernesstoparticipateintheonlineCantonFairasitoffersaconvenientwaytohelpthemresumeproductionandservices,saidZhangLi,deputydirector-generalofthedepartmentofforeigntradeundertheMinistryofCommerce.Becauseofthepandemic,theWorldTradeOrganizationexpectsthisyear'sglobaltradetofallby13percentto32percent.Thecoronavirusisalsotakingatollontheworld'ssecond-largesteconomy,asthecountry'sforeigntradeingoodsdroppedby4.9percentyear-on-yearto11.54trillionyuan(.63trillion)inthefirstfivemonthsofthisyear,Customsofficialssaid.MichaelSchumann,chairmanoftheboardofdirectorsofBerlin-basedFederalAssociationforEconomicDevelopmentandForeignTrade,saiddespitethedecisiveroletheexhibitionindustryplayedinbothcountries,GermanindustryisfacingseverechallengesfromthepandemicandmanylargeexhibitionsinGermanyhavebeencanceledorpostponed."However,theorganizeroftheCantonFairtakesadifferentapproachinholdingitonlineforfreeforexhibitorsandbuyers.ThisiscourageousandworthyofreferenceforGermanexhibitions,"hesaid."ThissessionoftheCantonFairwillcreatemoretradeopportunitiesforglobalexhibitorsandbuyers."PremierLiKeqiangtoursvirtualpavilionsofthe127thsessionoftheChinaImportandExportFairinGuangzhou,Guangdongprovince,viavideolinkfromBeijingonMondayafteropeningthefair.TheeventisalsoknownastheCantonFair.(FENGYONGBIN/CHINADAILY)The127thsessionoftheChinaImportandExportFair,thefirstdigitalfairinits63-yearhistory,willhelpstabilizeglobalsupplyandindustrialchainsamiduncertaintiesinglobaltradeaffectedbyCOVID-19,governmentofficialssaidonMonday.Thetwice-yearlyevent,alsoknownastheCantonFair,openedonlineonMondayandwillcontinuethroughJune24inGuangzhou,Guangdongprovince.IthasdrawnawarmresponsefromforeigncustomerswillingtoengagewithChinesesuppliersdespitethepandemic,whichhasslowedglobaltradeandmanycountries'economicgrowth,saidLiJinqi,deputydirector-generalofthefair'sorganizingcommittee.Thefair,including50exhibitionareasbasedon16categoriesofcommodities,willattractsome25,000Chineseexport-orientedcompaniesthismonth,organizerssaid.Theywillshowcase1.8millionproductsandservicesthroughvariousmediasuchasphotos,videosand3Dformatstopromotematchmakingamongsuppliersandpurchasersandconduct24-hourbusinessnegotiations.Foreignbuyerscanregisteronthe24-hourlivestreamingplatformandstartpurchasenegotiationsatanytimeduringtheexhibitionperiod,asallcompanieshavebeenexemptedfrompayingexhibitionfeesinordertobolsterinternationaltradeandyieldwin-winresults.GuJin,deputygeneralmanageroftheoverseasbusinessdepartmentatChinaGeneralTechnologyGroup,aState-ownedmachineryexporter,saidthecompanydoesn'thavelimitationsintimeorlocationwhenshowingitsproductsandservicesthistime."Wewereonlyabletoshowcertainsmallpiecesofequipmentinpreviousfairsduetotheboothsize,"sadGu."Butnowwecandisplaylargemachineryonthedigitalplatformandshowtheproductionprocessandtechnologiesonline,notjusttheproductsthemselves."PremierLiKeqiangpledgedcontinuouseffortstoboostimportfacilitationandhelpbusinessesfromvariouscountriesshareChina'svastmarketopportunitiesasheannouncedtheopeningofthe127thChinaImportandExportFairatavirtualceremonyonMonday.SpeakingwithbusinessleadersviavideolinkfromBeijing,LisaidChinawillbolsterimportsofproductsthatsellwellinthedomesticmarketandworktogetherwithdifferentcountriestocontributetotheglobaleconomicrecovery.China'sdecisiontohosttheeventonlineisanindicatorofthecountry'sfirmresolvetoexpandopening-upandsafeguardthesecurityofinternationalindustryandsupplychains,hesaid.LivisitedtheonlineshowroomsofseveralbusinessesandspokewithexecutivesfromGreeElectricAppliancesInc,LoctekErgonomicTechnologyCorpandHuidaSanitaryWareCo.Hecalledonbusinessestoimprovethequalityoftheirproductsandboosttheircompetitivenessintheinternationalmarket.Whilemanytradeeventsaroundtheworldhavebeencanceledordelayedandforeignbuyershavebeenreluctanttotravelabroadduetothepandemic,theyhaveexpressedeagernesstoparticipateintheonlineCantonFairasitoffersaconvenientwaytohelpthemresumeproductionandservices,saidZhangLi,deputydirector-generalofthedepartmentofforeigntradeundertheMinistryofCommerce.Becauseofthepandemic,theWorldTradeOrganizationexpectsthisyear'sglobaltradetofallby13percentto32percent.Thecoronavirusisalsotakingatollontheworld'ssecond-largesteconomy,asthecountry'sforeigntradeingoodsdroppedby4.9percentyear-on-yearto11.54trillionyuan(.63trillion)inthefirstfivemonthsofthisyear,Customsofficialssaid.MichaelSchumann,chairmanoftheboardofdirectorsofBerlin-basedFederalAssociationforEconomicDevelopmentandForeignTrade,saiddespitethedecisiveroletheexhibitionindustryplayedinbothcountries,GermanindustryisfacingseverechallengesfromthepandemicandmanylargeexhibitionsinGermanyhavebeencanceledorpostponed."However,theorganizeroftheCantonFairtakesadifferentapproachinholdingitonlineforfreeforexhibitorsandbuyers.ThisiscourageousandworthyofreferenceforGermanexhibitions,"hesaid."ThissessionoftheCantonFairwillcreatemoretradeopportunitiesforglobalexhibitorsandbuyers."

  PhototakenonMay29,2020showsthelivebroadcastofU.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpspeakingatapressconferenceattheWhiteHouseinWashingtonDC,theUnitedStates.(Photo/Xinhua)U.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpsaidonMondaythatthenumberofU.S.troopsdeployedinGermanywouldbereducedto25,000duetoGermany'sinsufficientdefensespending.SpeakingtoreportersattheWhiteHouse,TrumpconfirmedthenumberofU.S.soldiersinGermanywouldreduceto25,000."GermanyasyouknowisverydelinquentintheirpaymentstoNATO,"TrumptoldreportersattheWhiteHouse,addingthatU.S.troopswouldredeploytoGermanyuntilitpays.Currently,thereareabout35,000U.S.troopsdeployedinGermany.FormerU.S.AmbassadortoGermanyRichardGrenelltoldGermanmediaoutletBildLivelastweekthat"Americantaxpayersnolongerfeellikepayingtoomuchforthedefenseofothercountries.""Therewillstillbe25,000soldiersinGermany,that'snosmallnumber,"addedtheTrumployalist.U.S.mediareportedearlythismonththatTrumphaddirectedthePentagontoreduceU.S.militarypresenceinGermanybySeptember,whichdrewoppositionsamongU.S.lawmakers.Lastweek22RepublicanmembersofCongresswarnedTrumpthatasignificantforcedrawdowninEuropewouldserveRussia'sinterestsattheexpenseofU.S.nationalsecurity.ThereductionmightfurtherstraintherelationsbetweenWashingtonandBerlin.ThetwoallieshavebeenatoddswitheachotheronIrannuclearissues,NordStream2gaspipelineproject,anddefenseburden-sharing,amongothers.TrumphasbeenrepeatedlycomplainingthatU.S.alliesexploitedhiscountryondefensespending.InhisremarkstograduatesoftheUnitedStatesMilitaryAcademyovertheweekend,TrumpemphasizedtheU.S.militaryisnotthepolicemenoftheworld.LyuMinlivestreamstheartofmakingChineseknotsatherhomeinTianjin.(SONGRUI/XINHUA)Restingherphoneonastandandadjustingtheangleofthelighting,49-year-oldLyuMinstartedherlivestreamingsession-herdailyroutineduringthenovelcoronavirusoutbreak.Cladinaqipao,atraditionalChinesedress,Lyustartedthelivestreamingsessionfromherworkshopat10am,sharingtheartofmakingChineseknotswithmanyhandicraftloversinTianjin.Lyu,aninheritoroftheartofmakingChineseknots,whichislistedasanintangibleculturalheritageinTianjin,becamealivestreaminghostduringtheCOVID-19epidemic."ThoughthesalesofChineseknotshavedroppedalot,I'mstilloptimisticIcanrideoutthepressurebroughtbytheoutbreak.Icanmakefulluseofthisperiodtoimprovemyweavingtechniquesandrevivethistraditionalhandicraftonline,"shesaid.Lyuisquitenewtotheworldoflivestreaming,havingboughtallthenecessaryequipmentafterfollowingherfriends'advice."Ipracticelivestreamingeverydayandrecordahugenumberofeducationalvideos,"Lyusaid.Asface-to-faceinteractionisstillimpracticalformany,evenastheoutbreakhasbeenlargelybroughtundercontrolinChina,LyusaidlivestreamingclassescansatisfyChineseknotlovers'curiosityandtheireagernesstolearnthehandicraft.Duringoneofherclasses,LyuintertwinedthethreadsasshetaughtherfanshowtomakedifferentChineseknotsstepbystep."Ihavemorethan200followersrightnow.IseemoreandmoreChineseknotenthusiastsononlineplatforms,"shesaid.Lyuhasintegratedtheanti-epidemicspiritintoherworks,expressingthedeterminationandconfidenceoftheChinesepeopletodefeattheepidemic."IhaveadeepaffectionforWuhan(inHubeiprovince),whereIexhibitedmyworksin2019.Chineseknotsarepopularamongmanylocalpeople,andImadelotsoffriendsthere,"Lyusaid.ShedesignedaspecialChineseknottoexpresshergratitudetothemedicsofTianjinwhoweredispatchedtoaidWuhan,theChinesecityhithardestbytheepidemic,severalmonthsago."IamusingalengthofcoloredcordandperseverancetokeepthistraditionalartofChineseknotsaliveonlineandhelpmorepeopleunderstandit,"Lyusaid.LyuMinlivestreamstheartofmakingChineseknotsatherhomeinTianjin.(SONGRUI/XINHUA)Restingherphoneonastandandadjustingtheangleofthelighting,49-year-oldLyuMinstartedherlivestreamingsession-herdailyroutineduringthenovelcoronavirusoutbreak.Cladinaqipao,atraditionalChinesedress,Lyustartedthelivestreamingsessionfromherworkshopat10am,sharingtheartofmakingChineseknotswithmanyhandicraftloversinTianjin.Lyu,aninheritoroftheartofmakingChineseknots,whichislistedasanintangibleculturalheritageinTianjin,becamealivestreaminghostduringtheCOVID-19epidemic."ThoughthesalesofChineseknotshavedroppedalot,I'mstilloptimisticIcanrideoutthepressurebroughtbytheoutbreak.Icanmakefulluseofthisperiodtoimprovemyweavingtechniquesandrevivethistraditionalhandicraftonline,"shesaid.Lyuisquitenewtotheworldoflivestreaming,havingboughtallthenecessaryequipmentafterfollowingherfriends'advice."Ipracticelivestreamingeverydayandrecordahugenumberofeducationalvideos,"Lyusaid.Asface-to-faceinteractionisstillimpracticalformany,evenastheoutbreakhasbeenlargelybroughtundercontrolinChina,LyusaidlivestreamingclassescansatisfyChineseknotlovers'curiosityandtheireagernesstolearnthehandicraft.Duringoneofherclasses,LyuintertwinedthethreadsasshetaughtherfanshowtomakedifferentChineseknotsstepbystep."Ihavemorethan200followersrightnow.IseemoreandmoreChineseknotenthusiastsononlineplatforms,"shesaid.Lyuhasintegratedtheanti-epidemicspiritintoherworks,expressingthedeterminationandconfidenceoftheChinesepeopletodefeattheepidemic."IhaveadeepaffectionforWuhan(inHubeiprovince),whereIexhibitedmyworksin2019.Chineseknotsarepopularamongmanylocalpeople,andImadelotsoffriendsthere,"Lyusaid.ShedesignedaspecialChineseknottoexpresshergratitudetothemedicsofTianjinwhoweredispatchedtoaidWuhan,theChinesecityhithardestbytheepidemic,severalmonthsago."IamusingalengthofcoloredcordandperseverancetokeepthistraditionalartofChineseknotsaliveonlineandhelpmorepeopleunderstandit,"Lyusaid.

  TheBritish-SwedishdrugmakerAstraZenecasaysitistalkingtoBrazil,China,Japan,andRussiaaboutsupplyingthepotentialnovelcoronavirusvaccineitdevelopedwithscientistsfromtheUniversityofOxford.ThenewsfolloweditsannouncementontheweekendthatithadreachedadealwithEurope'sInclusiveVaccinesAlliancetodeliver400milliondosesofthepotentialvaccinetoEuropeancountriesbytheendoftheyear.AstraZenecahasalsostruckdealswiththeUnitedKingdomandtheUnitedStatestosupply700milliondosestothosemarkets.Ithasagreedtomake1billiondosesavailabletolowandmiddle-incomecountries,throughtheSerumInstituteofIndia.PascalSoriot,AstraZeneca'schiefexecutive,toldreportersthecompanyhascompletedthelateststageoftestingofthepossiblevaccineandislookingforwardtoPhaseIII."Wehopetomakethevaccineavailablewidelyandrapidly,"Soriotadded.Hesaidthecompanywillimminentlypublishareportonthefindingsfromthelatestphaseoftestingbutinsistedhewas"veryconfident"abouttheproductthattheUKgovernmentsupportedduringthedevelopmentstagewitha65.5-million-pound(-million)granttotheUniversityofOxford.Soriotsaidthecompanywillknowforsurebytheendofthesummerwhetheritsvaccineis100percentsuccessfulinprotectingpeoplefromnovelcoronavirusinfection.TheMedicinesandHealthcareProductsRegulatoryAgency,theUK'sregulatorybodyforproductsincludingvaccines,approvedthevaccineforPhaseIIItrialsbasedonitshowingsufficientefficacyandsafetyinearliertests,Reutersreported.SoriotsaidthecompanywillusemanufacturingfacilitiesinGermany,ItalyandtheNetherlandstoproducedosesofthevaccineforEuropeannations.Itisnotyetknownwherethevaccinewillbeproducedforothernations.ExpertstoldtheBloombergnewsagencythevaccinemaybeuseful,evenifitdoesnotoffertotalprotectionagainstthenovelcoronavirusbecausenationsmaybewillingtoacceptavaccinethatstopspeoplebecomingseriouslyillandthatpreventsdeath,evenifitdoesnotfullyblockthevirus.Suchavaccinewouldatleastallowcountriestoendlockdownsandgettheireconomiesmovingagain.RobinShattock,aprofessoratImperialCollegeLondon,saidnationswillask:"IsthatprotectionagainstinfectionIsitprotectionagainstillnessIsitprotectionagainstseverediseaseIt'squitepossibleavaccinethatonlyprotectsagainstseverediseasewouldbeveryuseful."PharmaTimesOnlinesaidthevaccine,calledAZD1222,willbetestedonaround10,000adultvolunteers.Severalcompanies,includingChina'sCanSinoBiologics,theUnitedStatesmultinationalPfizer,andGlaxosmithklinearealsodevelopingpromisingpotentialvaccines.PhototakenonMay29,2020showsthelivebroadcastofU.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpspeakingatapressconferenceattheWhiteHouseinWashingtonDC,theUnitedStates.(Photo/Xinhua)U.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpsaidonMondaythatthenumberofU.S.troopsdeployedinGermanywouldbereducedto25,000duetoGermany'sinsufficientdefensespending.SpeakingtoreportersattheWhiteHouse,TrumpconfirmedthenumberofU.S.soldiersinGermanywouldreduceto25,000."GermanyasyouknowisverydelinquentintheirpaymentstoNATO,"TrumptoldreportersattheWhiteHouse,addingthatU.S.troopswouldredeploytoGermanyuntilitpays.Currently,thereareabout35,000U.S.troopsdeployedinGermany.FormerU.S.AmbassadortoGermanyRichardGrenelltoldGermanmediaoutletBildLivelastweekthat"Americantaxpayersnolongerfeellikepayingtoomuchforthedefenseofothercountries.""Therewillstillbe25,000soldiersinGermany,that'snosmallnumber,"addedtheTrumployalist.U.S.mediareportedearlythismonththatTrumphaddirectedthePentagontoreduceU.S.militarypresenceinGermanybySeptember,whichdrewoppositionsamongU.S.lawmakers.Lastweek22RepublicanmembersofCongresswarnedTrumpthatasignificantforcedrawdowninEuropewouldserveRussia'sinterestsattheexpenseofU.S.nationalsecurity.ThereductionmightfurtherstraintherelationsbetweenWashingtonandBerlin.ThetwoallieshavebeenatoddswitheachotheronIrannuclearissues,NordStream2gaspipelineproject,anddefenseburden-sharing,amongothers.TrumphasbeenrepeatedlycomplainingthatU.S.alliesexploitedhiscountryondefensespending.InhisremarkstograduatesoftheUnitedStatesMilitaryAcademyovertheweekend,TrumpemphasizedtheU.S.militaryisnotthepolicemenoftheworld.LyuMinlivestreamstheartofmakingChineseknotsatherhomeinTianjin.(SONGRUI/XINHUA)Restingherphoneonastandandadjustingtheangleofthelighting,49-year-oldLyuMinstartedherlivestreamingsession-herdailyroutineduringthenovelcoronavirusoutbreak.Cladinaqipao,atraditionalChinesedress,Lyustartedthelivestreamingsessionfromherworkshopat10am,sharingtheartofmakingChineseknotswithmanyhandicraftloversinTianjin.Lyu,aninheritoroftheartofmakingChineseknots,whichislistedasanintangibleculturalheritageinTianjin,becamealivestreaminghostduringtheCOVID-19epidemic."ThoughthesalesofChineseknotshavedroppedalot,I'mstilloptimisticIcanrideoutthepressurebroughtbytheoutbreak.Icanmakefulluseofthisperiodtoimprovemyweavingtechniquesandrevivethistraditionalhandicraftonline,"shesaid.Lyuisquitenewtotheworldoflivestreaming,havingboughtallthenecessaryequipmentafterfollowingherfriends'advice."Ipracticelivestreamingeverydayandrecordahugenumberofeducationalvideos,"Lyusaid.Asface-to-faceinteractionisstillimpracticalformany,evenastheoutbreakhasbeenlargelybroughtundercontrolinChina,LyusaidlivestreamingclassescansatisfyChineseknotlovers'curiosityandtheireagernesstolearnthehandicraft.Duringoneofherclasses,LyuintertwinedthethreadsasshetaughtherfanshowtomakedifferentChineseknotsstepbystep."Ihavemorethan200followersrightnow.IseemoreandmoreChineseknotenthusiastsononlineplatforms,"shesaid.Lyuhasintegratedtheanti-epidemicspiritintoherworks,expressingthedeterminationandconfidenceoftheChinesepeopletodefeattheepidemic."IhaveadeepaffectionforWuhan(inHubeiprovince),whereIexhibitedmyworksin2019.Chineseknotsarepopularamongmanylocalpeople,andImadelotsoffriendsthere,"Lyusaid.ShedesignedaspecialChineseknottoexpresshergratitudetothemedicsofTianjinwhoweredispatchedtoaidWuhan,theChinesecityhithardestbytheepidemic,severalmonthsago."IamusingalengthofcoloredcordandperseverancetokeepthistraditionalartofChineseknotsaliveonlineandhelpmorepeopleunderstandit,"Lyusaid.

  Beijingdisagreeswithcharacterizationofbombersonislandas'militarization'TherecentlandingofbomberaircraftonaSouthChinaSeaislandbythePeople'sLiberationArmyAirForceispartofnormaltrainingthatshouldnotbeover-interpreted,ForeignMinistryspokesmanLuKangsaidonMonday.LumadetheremarkwhenhewasrequestedtocommentonthereactionoftheUnitedStatesandthePhilippinestotheexercises.PentagonspokesmanU.S.MarineLieutenantColonelChristopherLogansaidChina's"continuedmilitarizationofdisputedfeaturesintheSouthChinaSeaonlyservestoraisetensionsanddestabilizetheregion",TheAssociatedPressreported.LurebukedthePentagon'scomments,sayingthetrainingexerciseisnotwhattheU.S.hascalled"militarization"."TheSouthChinaSeaislandsareChina'sterritory.ThetrainingisanormalexerciseconductedbytheChinesemilitary.It'snotnecessaryforotherpartiestomakeanover-interpretation,"Lusaid."Theyaretotallydifferentinnaturethanthebehaviorofdrivingonecountry'sownmilitaryvesselsandaircraftacrossalong,longdistancetotheSouthChinaSeaandposingathreattoregionalcountries,"Luadded.Bombersofdifferenttypes,includinganunspecifiednumberofH-6KsfromadivisionofthePLAAirForce,tookofffromanairportinsouthernChinaandmadeasimulatedstrikebeforelandingonanislandintheSouthChinaSea,accordingtoanAirForcestatementonFriday.ThePhilippineDepartmentofForeignAffairssaidinastatementonMondayitis"closelymonitoringdevelopments"intheSouthChinaSeaand"takingtheappropriatediplomaticactionnecessary",butdidnotnameChina.TheU.S.hasdispatcheditsmilitaryvesselsandaircrafttotheSouthChinaSeaforyears.ItsB-52bomberscarriedouttrainingexercisesinthevicinityoftheSouthChinaSeainlateApril,ReutersquotedtheU.S.AirForceassaying.ThenewscamelessthanamonthaftertheU.S.senttheaircraftcarrierUSSTheodoreRoosevelttotheSouthChinaSea.CountriesneedtogetusedtoChina'straininginitsownterritory,saidTengJianqun,aresearcherattheChinaInstituteofInternationalStudies.Suchtraining,inlinewithinternationallawandnotthreateningthesecurityofothercountries,isnot"militarization",hesaid.TheU.S.shouldstop"pointingitsfingers"atsuchtraining,whichwillnotalterChina'sdeterminationtosafeguarditsterritory,hesaid.  TheBritish-SwedishdrugmakerAstraZenecasaysitistalkingtoBrazil,China,Japan,andRussiaaboutsupplyingthepotentialnovelcoronavirusvaccineitdevelopedwithscientistsfromtheUniversityofOxford.ThenewsfolloweditsannouncementontheweekendthatithadreachedadealwithEurope'sInclusiveVaccinesAlliancetodeliver400milliondosesofthepotentialvaccinetoEuropeancountriesbytheendoftheyear.AstraZenecahasalsostruckdealswiththeUnitedKingdomandtheUnitedStatestosupply700milliondosestothosemarkets.Ithasagreedtomake1billiondosesavailabletolowandmiddle-incomecountries,throughtheSerumInstituteofIndia.PascalSoriot,AstraZeneca'schiefexecutive,toldreportersthecompanyhascompletedthelateststageoftestingofthepossiblevaccineandislookingforwardtoPhaseIII."Wehopetomakethevaccineavailablewidelyandrapidly,"Soriotadded.Hesaidthecompanywillimminentlypublishareportonthefindingsfromthelatestphaseoftestingbutinsistedhewas"veryconfident"abouttheproductthattheUKgovernmentsupportedduringthedevelopmentstagewitha65.5-million-pound(-million)granttotheUniversityofOxford.Soriotsaidthecompanywillknowforsurebytheendofthesummerwhetheritsvaccineis100percentsuccessfulinprotectingpeoplefromnovelcoronavirusinfection.TheMedicinesandHealthcareProductsRegulatoryAgency,theUK'sregulatorybodyforproductsincludingvaccines,approvedthevaccineforPhaseIIItrialsbasedonitshowingsufficientefficacyandsafetyinearliertests,Reutersreported.SoriotsaidthecompanywillusemanufacturingfacilitiesinGermany,ItalyandtheNetherlandstoproducedosesofthevaccineforEuropeannations.Itisnotyetknownwherethevaccinewillbeproducedforothernations.ExpertstoldtheBloombergnewsagencythevaccinemaybeuseful,evenifitdoesnotoffertotalprotectionagainstthenovelcoronavirusbecausenationsmaybewillingtoacceptavaccinethatstopspeoplebecomingseriouslyillandthatpreventsdeath,evenifitdoesnotfullyblockthevirus.Suchavaccinewouldatleastallowcountriestoendlockdownsandgettheireconomiesmovingagain.RobinShattock,aprofessoratImperialCollegeLondon,saidnationswillask:"IsthatprotectionagainstinfectionIsitprotectionagainstillnessIsitprotectionagainstseverediseaseIt'squitepossibleavaccinethatonlyprotectsagainstseverediseasewouldbeveryuseful."PharmaTimesOnlinesaidthevaccine,calledAZD1222,willbetestedonaround10,000adultvolunteers.Severalcompanies,includingChina'sCanSinoBiologics,theUnitedStatesmultinationalPfizer,andGlaxosmithklinearealsodevelopingpromisingpotentialvaccines.LyuMinlivestreamstheartofmakingChineseknotsatherhomeinTianjin.(SONGRUI/XINHUA)Restingherphoneonastandandadjustingtheangleofthelighting,49-year-oldLyuMinstartedherlivestreamingsession-herdailyroutineduringthenovelcoronavirusoutbreak.Cladinaqipao,atraditionalChinesedress,Lyustartedthelivestreamingsessionfromherworkshopat10am,sharingtheartofmakingChineseknotswithmanyhandicraftloversinTianjin.Lyu,aninheritoroftheartofmakingChineseknots,whichislistedasanintangibleculturalheritageinTianjin,becamealivestreaminghostduringtheCOVID-19epidemic."ThoughthesalesofChineseknotshavedroppedalot,I'mstilloptimisticIcanrideoutthepressurebroughtbytheoutbreak.Icanmakefulluseofthisperiodtoimprovemyweavingtechniquesandrevivethistraditionalhandicraftonline,"shesaid.Lyuisquitenewtotheworldoflivestreaming,havingboughtallthenecessaryequipmentafterfollowingherfriends'advice."Ipracticelivestreamingeverydayandrecordahugenumberofeducationalvideos,"Lyusaid.Asface-to-faceinteractionisstillimpracticalformany,evenastheoutbreakhasbeenlargelybroughtundercontrolinChina,LyusaidlivestreamingclassescansatisfyChineseknotlovers'curiosityandtheireagernesstolearnthehandicraft.Duringoneofherclasses,LyuintertwinedthethreadsasshetaughtherfanshowtomakedifferentChineseknotsstepbystep."Ihavemorethan200followersrightnow.IseemoreandmoreChineseknotenthusiastsononlineplatforms,"shesaid.Lyuhasintegratedtheanti-epidemicspiritintoherworks,expressingthedeterminationandconfidenceoftheChinesepeopletodefeattheepidemic."IhaveadeepaffectionforWuhan(inHubeiprovince),whereIexhibitedmyworksin2019.Chineseknotsarepopularamongmanylocalpeople,andImadelotsoffriendsthere,"Lyusaid.ShedesignedaspecialChineseknottoexpresshergratitudetothemedicsofTianjinwhoweredispatchedtoaidWuhan,theChinesecityhithardestbytheepidemic,severalmonthsago."IamusingalengthofcoloredcordandperseverancetokeepthistraditionalartofChineseknotsaliveonlineandhelpmorepeopleunderstandit,"Lyusaid.

  LyuMinlivestreamstheartofmakingChineseknotsatherhomeinTianjin.(SONGRUI/XINHUA)Restingherphoneonastandandadjustingtheangleofthelighting,49-year-oldLyuMinstartedherlivestreamingsession-herdailyroutineduringthenovelcoronavirusoutbreak.Cladinaqipao,atraditionalChinesedress,Lyustartedthelivestreamingsessionfromherworkshopat10am,sharingtheartofmakingChineseknotswithmanyhandicraftloversinTianjin.Lyu,aninheritoroftheartofmakingChineseknots,whichislistedasanintangibleculturalheritageinTianjin,becamealivestreaminghostduringtheCOVID-19epidemic."ThoughthesalesofChineseknotshavedroppedalot,I'mstilloptimisticIcanrideoutthepressurebroughtbytheoutbreak.Icanmakefulluseofthisperiodtoimprovemyweavingtechniquesandrevivethistraditionalhandicraftonline,"shesaid.Lyuisquitenewtotheworldoflivestreaming,havingboughtallthenecessaryequipmentafterfollowingherfriends'advice."Ipracticelivestreamingeverydayandrecordahugenumberofeducationalvideos,"Lyusaid.Asface-to-faceinteractionisstillimpracticalformany,evenastheoutbreakhasbeenlargelybroughtundercontrolinChina,LyusaidlivestreamingclassescansatisfyChineseknotlovers'curiosityandtheireagernesstolearnthehandicraft.Duringoneofherclasses,LyuintertwinedthethreadsasshetaughtherfanshowtomakedifferentChineseknotsstepbystep."Ihavemorethan200followersrightnow.IseemoreandmoreChineseknotenthusiastsononlineplatforms,"shesaid.Lyuhasintegratedtheanti-epidemicspiritintoherworks,expressingthedeterminationandconfidenceoftheChinesepeopletodefeattheepidemic."IhaveadeepaffectionforWuhan(inHubeiprovince),whereIexhibitedmyworksin2019.Chineseknotsarepopularamongmanylocalpeople,andImadelotsoffriendsthere,"Lyusaid.ShedesignedaspecialChineseknottoexpresshergratitudetothemedicsofTianjinwhoweredispatchedtoaidWuhan,theChinesecityhithardestbytheepidemic,severalmonthsago."IamusingalengthofcoloredcordandperseverancetokeepthistraditionalartofChineseknotsaliveonlineandhelpmorepeopleunderstandit,"Lyusaid.LyuMinlivestreamstheartofmakingChineseknotsatherhomeinTianjin.(SONGRUI/XINHUA)Restingherphoneonastandandadjustingtheangleofthelighting,49-year-oldLyuMinstartedherlivestreamingsession-herdailyroutineduringthenovelcoronavirusoutbreak.Cladinaqipao,atraditionalChinesedress,Lyustartedthelivestreamingsessionfromherworkshopat10am,sharingtheartofmakingChineseknotswithmanyhandicraftloversinTianjin.Lyu,aninheritoroftheartofmakingChineseknots,whichislistedasanintangibleculturalheritageinTianjin,becamealivestreaminghostduringtheCOVID-19epidemic."ThoughthesalesofChineseknotshavedroppedalot,I'mstilloptimisticIcanrideoutthepressurebroughtbytheoutbreak.Icanmakefulluseofthisperiodtoimprovemyweavingtechniquesandrevivethistraditionalhandicraftonline,"shesaid.Lyuisquitenewtotheworldoflivestreaming,havingboughtallthenecessaryequipmentafterfollowingherfriends'advice."Ipracticelivestreamingeverydayandrecordahugenumberofeducationalvideos,"Lyusaid.Asface-to-faceinteractionisstillimpracticalformany,evenastheoutbreakhasbeenlargelybroughtundercontrolinChina,LyusaidlivestreamingclassescansatisfyChineseknotlovers'curiosityandtheireagernesstolearnthehandicraft.Duringoneofherclasses,LyuintertwinedthethreadsasshetaughtherfanshowtomakedifferentChineseknotsstepbystep."Ihavemorethan200followersrightnow.IseemoreandmoreChineseknotenthusiastsononlineplatforms,"shesaid.Lyuhasintegratedtheanti-epidemicspiritintoherworks,expressingthedeterminationandconfidenceoftheChinesepeopletodefeattheepidemic."IhaveadeepaffectionforWuhan(inHubeiprovince),whereIexhibitedmyworksin2019.Chineseknotsarepopularamongmanylocalpeople,andImadelotsoffriendsthere,"Lyusaid.ShedesignedaspecialChineseknottoexpresshergratitudetothemedicsofTianjinwhoweredispatchedtoaidWuhan,theChinesecityhithardestbytheepidemic,severalmonthsago."IamusingalengthofcoloredcordandperseverancetokeepthistraditionalartofChineseknotsaliveonlineandhelpmorepeopleunderstandit,"Lyusaid.PhototakenonMay29,2020showsthelivebroadcastofU.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpspeakingatapressconferenceattheWhiteHouseinWashingtonDC,theUnitedStates.(Photo/Xinhua)U.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpsaidonMondaythatthenumberofU.S.troopsdeployedinGermanywouldbereducedto25,000duetoGermany'sinsufficientdefensespending.SpeakingtoreportersattheWhiteHouse,TrumpconfirmedthenumberofU.S.soldiersinGermanywouldreduceto25,000."GermanyasyouknowisverydelinquentintheirpaymentstoNATO,"TrumptoldreportersattheWhiteHouse,addingthatU.S.troopswouldredeploytoGermanyuntilitpays.Currently,thereareabout35,000U.S.troopsdeployedinGermany.FormerU.S.AmbassadortoGermanyRichardGrenelltoldGermanmediaoutletBildLivelastweekthat"Americantaxpayersnolongerfeellikepayingtoomuchforthedefenseofothercountries.""Therewillstillbe25,000soldiersinGermany,that'snosmallnumber,"addedtheTrumployalist.U.S.mediareportedearlythismonththatTrumphaddirectedthePentagontoreduceU.S.militarypresenceinGermanybySeptember,whichdrewoppositionsamongU.S.lawmakers.Lastweek22RepublicanmembersofCongresswarnedTrumpthatasignificantforcedrawdowninEuropewouldserveRussia'sinterestsattheexpenseofU.S.nationalsecurity.ThereductionmightfurtherstraintherelationsbetweenWashingtonandBerlin.ThetwoallieshavebeenatoddswitheachotheronIrannuclearissues,NordStream2gaspipelineproject,anddefenseburden-sharing,amongothers.TrumphasbeenrepeatedlycomplainingthatU.S.alliesexploitedhiscountryondefensespending.InhisremarkstograduatesoftheUnitedStatesMilitaryAcademyovertheweekend,TrumpemphasizedtheU.S.militaryisnotthepolicemenoftheworld.

  PremierLiKeqiangtoursvirtualpavilionsofthe127thsessionoftheChinaImportandExportFairinGuangzhou,Guangdongprovince,viavideolinkfromBeijingonMondayafteropeningthefair.TheeventisalsoknownastheCantonFair.(FENGYONGBIN/CHINADAILY)The127thsessionoftheChinaImportandExportFair,thefirstdigitalfairinits63-yearhistory,willhelpstabilizeglobalsupplyandindustrialchainsamiduncertaintiesinglobaltradeaffectedbyCOVID-19,governmentofficialssaidonMonday.Thetwice-yearlyevent,alsoknownastheCantonFair,openedonlineonMondayandwillcontinuethroughJune24inGuangzhou,Guangdongprovince.IthasdrawnawarmresponsefromforeigncustomerswillingtoengagewithChinesesuppliersdespitethepandemic,whichhasslowedglobaltradeandmanycountries'economicgrowth,saidLiJinqi,deputydirector-generalofthefair'sorganizingcommittee.Thefair,including50exhibitionareasbasedon16categoriesofcommodities,willattractsome25,000Chineseexport-orientedcompaniesthismonth,organizerssaid.Theywillshowcase1.8millionproductsandservicesthroughvariousmediasuchasphotos,videosand3Dformatstopromotematchmakingamongsuppliersandpurchasersandconduct24-hourbusinessnegotiations.Foreignbuyerscanregisteronthe24-hourlivestreamingplatformandstartpurchasenegotiationsatanytimeduringtheexhibitionperiod,asallcompanieshavebeenexemptedfrompayingexhibitionfeesinordertobolsterinternationaltradeandyieldwin-winresults.GuJin,deputygeneralmanageroftheoverseasbusinessdepartmentatChinaGeneralTechnologyGroup,aState-ownedmachineryexporter,saidthecompanydoesn'thavelimitationsintimeorlocationwhenshowingitsproductsandservicesthistime."Wewereonlyabletoshowcertainsmallpiecesofequipmentinpreviousfairsduetotheboothsize,"sadGu."Butnowwecandisplaylargemachineryonthedigitalplatformandshowtheproductionprocessandtechnologiesonline,notjusttheproductsthemselves."PremierLiKeqiangpledgedcontinuouseffortstoboostimportfacilitationandhelpbusinessesfromvariouscountriesshareChina'svastmarketopportunitiesasheannouncedtheopeningofthe127thChinaImportandExportFairatavirtualceremonyonMonday.SpeakingwithbusinessleadersviavideolinkfromBeijing,LisaidChinawillbolsterimportsofproductsthatsellwellinthedomesticmarketandworktogetherwithdifferentcountriestocontributetotheglobaleconomicrecovery.China'sdecisiontohosttheeventonlineisanindicatorofthecountry'sfirmresolvetoexpandopening-upandsafeguardthesecurityofinternationalindustryandsupplychains,hesaid.LivisitedtheonlineshowroomsofseveralbusinessesandspokewithexecutivesfromGreeElectricAppliancesInc,LoctekErgonomicTechnologyCorpandHuidaSanitaryWareCo.Hecalledonbusinessestoimprovethequalityoftheirproductsandboosttheircompetitivenessintheinternationalmarket.Whilemanytradeeventsaroundtheworldhavebeencanceledordelayedandforeignbuyershavebeenreluctanttotravelabroadduetothepandemic,theyhaveexpressedeagernesstoparticipateintheonlineCantonFairasitoffersaconvenientwaytohelpthemresumeproductionandservices,saidZhangLi,deputydirector-generalofthedepartmentofforeigntradeundertheMinistryofCommerce.Becauseofthepandemic,theWorldTradeOrganizationexpectsthisyear'sglobaltradetofallby13percentto32percent.Thecoronavirusisalsotakingatollontheworld'ssecond-largesteconomy,asthecountry'sforeigntradeingoodsdroppedby4.9percentyear-on-yearto11.54trillionyuan(.63trillion)inthefirstfivemonthsofthisyear,Customsofficialssaid.MichaelSchumann,chairmanoftheboardofdirectorsofBerlin-basedFederalAssociationforEconomicDevelopmentandForeignTrade,saiddespitethedecisiveroletheexhibitionindustryplayedinbothcountries,GermanindustryisfacingseverechallengesfromthepandemicandmanylargeexhibitionsinGermanyhavebeencanceledorpostponed."However,theorganizeroftheCantonFairtakesadifferentapproachinholdingitonlineforfreeforexhibitorsandbuyers.ThisiscourageousandworthyofreferenceforGermanexhibitions,"hesaid."ThissessionoftheCantonFairwillcreatemoretradeopportunitiesforglobalexhibitorsandbuyers."PhototakenonMay29,2020showsthelivebroadcastofU.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpspeakingatapressconferenceattheWhiteHouseinWashingtonDC,theUnitedStates.(Photo/Xinhua)U.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpsaidonMondaythatthenumberofU.S.troopsdeployedinGermanywouldbereducedto25,000duetoGermany'sinsufficientdefensespending.SpeakingtoreportersattheWhiteHouse,TrumpconfirmedthenumberofU.S.soldiersinGermanywouldreduceto25,000."GermanyasyouknowisverydelinquentintheirpaymentstoNATO,"TrumptoldreportersattheWhiteHouse,addingthatU.S.troopswouldredeploytoGermanyuntilitpays.Currently,thereareabout35,000U.S.troopsdeployedinGermany.FormerU.S.AmbassadortoGermanyRichardGrenelltoldGermanmediaoutletBildLivelastweekthat"Americantaxpayersnolongerfeellikepayingtoomuchforthedefenseofothercountries.""Therewillstillbe25,000soldiersinGermany,that'snosmallnumber,"addedtheTrumployalist.U.S.mediareportedearlythismonththatTrumphaddirectedthePentagontoreduceU.S.militarypresenceinGermanybySeptember,whichdrewoppositionsamongU.S.lawmakers.Lastweek22RepublicanmembersofCongresswarnedTrumpthatasignificantforcedrawdowninEuropewouldserveRussia'sinterestsattheexpenseofU.S.nationalsecurity.ThereductionmightfurtherstraintherelationsbetweenWashingtonandBerlin.ThetwoallieshavebeenatoddswitheachotheronIrannuclearissues,NordStream2gaspipelineproject,anddefenseburden-sharing,amongothers.TrumphasbeenrepeatedlycomplainingthatU.S.alliesexploitedhiscountryondefensespending.InhisremarkstograduatesoftheUnitedStatesMilitaryAcademyovertheweekend,TrumpemphasizedtheU.S.militaryisnotthepolicemenoftheworld.PremierLiKeqiangtoursvirtualpavilionsofthe127thsessionoftheChinaImportandExportFairinGuangzhou,Guangdongprovince,viavideolinkfromBeijingonMondayafteropeningthefair.TheeventisalsoknownastheCantonFair.(FENGYONGBIN/CHINADAILY)The127thsessionoftheChinaImportandExportFair,thefirstdigitalfairinits63-yearhistory,willhelpstabilizeglobalsupplyandindustrialchainsamiduncertaintiesinglobaltradeaffectedbyCOVID-19,governmentofficialssaidonMonday.Thetwice-yearlyevent,alsoknownastheCantonFair,openedonlineonMondayandwillcontinuethroughJune24inGuangzhou,Guangdongprovince.IthasdrawnawarmresponsefromforeigncustomerswillingtoengagewithChinesesuppliersdespitethepandemic,whichhasslowedglobaltradeandmanycountries'economicgrowth,saidLiJinqi,deputydirector-generalofthefair'sorganizingcommittee.Thefair,including50exhibitionareasbasedon16categoriesofcommodities,willattractsome25,000Chineseexport-orientedcompaniesthismonth,organizerssaid.Theywillshowcase1.8millionproductsandservicesthroughvariousmediasuchasphotos,videosand3Dformatstopromotematchmakingamongsuppliersandpurchasersandconduct24-hourbusinessnegotiations.Foreignbuyerscanregisteronthe24-hourlivestreamingplatformandstartpurchasenegotiationsatanytimeduringtheexhibitionperiod,asallcompanieshavebeenexemptedfrompayingexhibitionfeesinordertobolsterinternationaltradeandyieldwin-winresults.GuJin,deputygeneralmanageroftheoverseasbusinessdepartmentatChinaGeneralTechnologyGroup,aState-ownedmachineryexporter,saidthecompanydoesn'thavelimitationsintimeorlocationwhenshowingitsproductsandservicesthistime."Wewereonlyabletoshowcertainsmallpiecesofequipmentinpreviousfairsduetotheboothsize,"sadGu."Butnowwecandisplaylargemachineryonthedigitalplatformandshowtheproductionprocessandtechnologiesonline,notjusttheproductsthemselves."PremierLiKeqiangpledgedcontinuouseffortstoboostimportfacilitationandhelpbusinessesfromvariouscountriesshareChina'svastmarketopportunitiesasheannouncedtheopeningofthe127thChinaImportandExportFairatavirtualceremonyonMonday.SpeakingwithbusinessleadersviavideolinkfromBeijing,LisaidChinawillbolsterimportsofproductsthatsellwellinthedomesticmarketandworktogetherwithdifferentcountriestocontributetotheglobaleconomicrecovery.China'sdecisiontohosttheeventonlineisanindicatorofthecountry'sfirmresolvetoexpandopening-upandsafeguardthesecurityofinternationalindustryandsupplychains,hesaid.LivisitedtheonlineshowroomsofseveralbusinessesandspokewithexecutivesfromGreeElectricAppliancesInc,LoctekErgonomicTechnologyCorpandHuidaSanitaryWareCo.Hecalledonbusinessestoimprovethequalityoftheirproductsandboosttheircompetitivenessintheinternationalmarket.Whilemanytradeeventsaroundtheworldhavebeencanceledordelayedandforeignbuyershavebeenreluctanttotravelabroadduetothepandemic,theyhaveexpressedeagernesstoparticipateintheonlineCantonFairasitoffersaconvenientwaytohelpthemresumeproductionandservices,saidZhangLi,deputydirector-generalofthedepartmentofforeigntradeundertheMinistryofCommerce.Becauseofthepandemic,theWorldTradeOrganizationexpectsthisyear'sglobaltradetofallby13percentto32percent.Thecoronavirusisalsotakingatollontheworld'ssecond-largesteconomy,asthecountry'sforeigntradeingoodsdroppedby4.9percentyear-on-yearto11.54trillionyuan(.63trillion)inthefirstfivemonthsofthisyear,Customsofficialssaid.MichaelSchumann,chairmanoftheboardofdirectorsofBerlin-basedFederalAssociationforEconomicDevelopmentandForeignTrade,saiddespitethedecisiveroletheexhibitionindustryplayedinbothcountries,GermanindustryisfacingseverechallengesfromthepandemicandmanylargeexhibitionsinGermanyhavebeencanceledorpostponed."However,theorganizeroftheCantonFairtakesadifferentapproachinholdingitonlineforfreeforexhibitorsandbuyers.ThisiscourageousandworthyofreferenceforGermanexhibitions,"hesaid."ThissessionoftheCantonFairwillcreatemoretradeopportunitiesforglobalexhibitorsandbuyers."

  TheBritish-SwedishdrugmakerAstraZenecasaysitistalkingtoBrazil,China,Japan,andRussiaaboutsupplyingthepotentialnovelcoronavirusvaccineitdevelopedwithscientistsfromtheUniversityofOxford.ThenewsfolloweditsannouncementontheweekendthatithadreachedadealwithEurope'sInclusiveVaccinesAlliancetodeliver400milliondosesofthepotentialvaccinetoEuropeancountriesbytheendoftheyear.AstraZenecahasalsostruckdealswiththeUnitedKingdomandtheUnitedStatestosupply700milliondosestothosemarkets.Ithasagreedtomake1billiondosesavailabletolowandmiddle-incomecountries,throughtheSerumInstituteofIndia.PascalSoriot,AstraZeneca'schiefexecutive,toldreportersthecompanyhascompletedthelateststageoftestingofthepossiblevaccineandislookingforwardtoPhaseIII."Wehopetomakethevaccineavailablewidelyandrapidly,"Soriotadded.Hesaidthecompanywillimminentlypublishareportonthefindingsfromthelatestphaseoftestingbutinsistedhewas"veryconfident"abouttheproductthattheUKgovernmentsupportedduringthedevelopmentstagewitha65.5-million-pound(-million)granttotheUniversityofOxford.Soriotsaidthecompanywillknowforsurebytheendofthesummerwhetheritsvaccineis100percentsuccessfulinprotectingpeoplefromnovelcoronavirusinfection.TheMedicinesandHealthcareProductsRegulatoryAgency,theUK'sregulatorybodyforproductsincludingvaccines,approvedthevaccineforPhaseIIItrialsbasedonitshowingsufficientefficacyandsafetyinearliertests,Reutersreported.SoriotsaidthecompanywillusemanufacturingfacilitiesinGermany,ItalyandtheNetherlandstoproducedosesofthevaccineforEuropeannations.Itisnotyetknownwherethevaccinewillbeproducedforothernations.ExpertstoldtheBloombergnewsagencythevaccinemaybeuseful,evenifitdoesnotoffertotalprotectionagainstthenovelcoronavirusbecausenationsmaybewillingtoacceptavaccinethatstopspeoplebecomingseriouslyillandthatpreventsdeath,evenifitdoesnotfullyblockthevirus.Suchavaccinewouldatleastallowcountriestoendlockdownsandgettheireconomiesmovingagain.RobinShattock,aprofessoratImperialCollegeLondon,saidnationswillask:"IsthatprotectionagainstinfectionIsitprotectionagainstillnessIsitprotectionagainstseverediseaseIt'squitepossibleavaccinethatonlyprotectsagainstseverediseasewouldbeveryuseful."PharmaTimesOnlinesaidthevaccine,calledAZD1222,willbetestedonaround10,000adultvolunteers.Severalcompanies,includingChina'sCanSinoBiologics,theUnitedStatesmultinationalPfizer,andGlaxosmithklinearealsodevelopingpromisingpotentialvaccines.TheBritish-SwedishdrugmakerAstraZenecasaysitistalkingtoBrazil,China,Japan,andRussiaaboutsupplyingthepotentialnovelcoronavirusvaccineitdevelopedwithscientistsfromtheUniversityofOxford.ThenewsfolloweditsannouncementontheweekendthatithadreachedadealwithEurope'sInclusiveVaccinesAlliancetodeliver400milliondosesofthepotentialvaccinetoEuropeancountriesbytheendoftheyear.AstraZenecahasalsostruckdealswiththeUnitedKingdomandtheUnitedStatestosupply700milliondosestothosemarkets.Ithasagreedtomake1billiondosesavailabletolowandmiddle-incomecountries,throughtheSerumInstituteofIndia.PascalSoriot,AstraZeneca'schiefexecutive,toldreportersthecompanyhascompletedthelateststageoftestingofthepossiblevaccineandislookingforwardtoPhaseIII."Wehopetomakethevaccineavailablewidelyandrapidly,"Soriotadded.Hesaidthecompanywillimminentlypublishareportonthefindingsfromthelatestphaseoftestingbutinsistedhewas"veryconfident"abouttheproductthattheUKgovernmentsupportedduringthedevelopmentstagewitha65.5-million-pound(-million)granttotheUniversityofOxford.Soriotsaidthecompanywillknowforsurebytheendofthesummerwhetheritsvaccineis100percentsuccessfulinprotectingpeoplefromnovelcoronavirusinfection.TheMedicinesandHealthcareProductsRegulatoryAgency,theUK'sregulatorybodyforproductsincludingvaccines,approvedthevaccineforPhaseIIItrialsbasedonitshowingsufficientefficacyandsafetyinearliertests,Reutersreported.SoriotsaidthecompanywillusemanufacturingfacilitiesinGermany,ItalyandtheNetherlandstoproducedosesofthevaccineforEuropeannations.Itisnotyetknownwherethevaccinewillbeproducedforothernations.ExpertstoldtheBloombergnewsagencythevaccinemaybeuseful,evenifitdoesnotoffertotalprotectionagainstthenovelcoronavirusbecausenationsmaybewillingtoacceptavaccinethatstopspeoplebecomingseriouslyillandthatpreventsdeath,evenifitdoesnotfullyblockthevirus.Suchavaccinewouldatleastallowcountriestoendlockdownsandgettheireconomiesmovingagain.RobinShattock,aprofessoratImperialCollegeLondon,saidnationswillask:"IsthatprotectionagainstinfectionIsitprotectionagainstillnessIsitprotectionagainstseverediseaseIt'squitepossibleavaccinethatonlyprotectsagainstseverediseasewouldbeveryuseful."PharmaTimesOnlinesaidthevaccine,calledAZD1222,willbetestedonaround10,000adultvolunteers.Severalcompanies,includingChina'sCanSinoBiologics,theUnitedStatesmultinationalPfizer,andGlaxosmithklinearealsodevelopingpromisingpotentialvaccines.Beijingdisagreeswithcharacterizationofbombersonislandas'militarization'TherecentlandingofbomberaircraftonaSouthChinaSeaislandbythePeople'sLiberationArmyAirForceispartofnormaltrainingthatshouldnotbeover-interpreted,ForeignMinistryspokesmanLuKangsaidonMonday.LumadetheremarkwhenhewasrequestedtocommentonthereactionoftheUnitedStatesandthePhilippinestotheexercises.PentagonspokesmanU.S.MarineLieutenantColonelChristopherLogansaidChina's"continuedmilitarizationofdisputedfeaturesintheSouthChinaSeaonlyservestoraisetensionsanddestabilizetheregion",TheAssociatedPressreported.LurebukedthePentagon'scomments,sayingthetrainingexerciseisnotwhattheU.S.hascalled"militarization"."TheSouthChinaSeaislandsareChina'sterritory.ThetrainingisanormalexerciseconductedbytheChinesemilitary.It'snotnecessaryforotherpartiestomakeanover-interpretation,"Lusaid."Theyaretotallydifferentinnaturethanthebehaviorofdrivingonecountry'sownmilitaryvesselsandaircraftacrossalong,longdistancetotheSouthChinaSeaandposingathreattoregionalcountries,"Luadded.Bombersofdifferenttypes,includinganunspecifiednumberofH-6KsfromadivisionofthePLAAirForce,tookofffromanairportinsouthernChinaandmadeasimulatedstrikebeforelandingonanislandintheSouthChinaSea,accordingtoanAirForcestatementonFriday.ThePhilippineDepartmentofForeignAffairssaidinastatementonMondayitis"closelymonitoringdevelopments"intheSouthChinaSeaand"takingtheappropriatediplomaticactionnecessary",butdidnotnameChina.TheU.S.hasdispatcheditsmilitaryvesselsandaircrafttotheSouthChinaSeaforyears.ItsB-52bomberscarriedouttrainingexercisesinthevicinityoftheSouthChinaSeainlateApril,ReutersquotedtheU.S.AirForceassaying.ThenewscamelessthanamonthaftertheU.S.senttheaircraftcarrierUSSTheodoreRoosevelttotheSouthChinaSea.CountriesneedtogetusedtoChina'straininginitsownterritory,saidTengJianqun,aresearcherattheChinaInstituteofInternationalStudies.Suchtraining,inlinewithinternationallawandnotthreateningthesecurityofothercountries,isnot"militarization",hesaid.TheU.S.shouldstop"pointingitsfingers"atsuchtraining,whichwillnotalterChina'sdeterminationtosafeguarditsterritory,hesaid.  

  Beijingdisagreeswithcharacterizationofbombersonislandas'militarization'TherecentlandingofbomberaircraftonaSouthChinaSeaislandbythePeople'sLiberationArmyAirForceispartofnormaltrainingthatshouldnotbeover-interpreted,ForeignMinistryspokesmanLuKangsaidonMonday.LumadetheremarkwhenhewasrequestedtocommentonthereactionoftheUnitedStatesandthePhilippinestotheexercises.PentagonspokesmanU.S.MarineLieutenantColonelChristopherLogansaidChina's"continuedmilitarizationofdisputedfeaturesintheSouthChinaSeaonlyservestoraisetensionsanddestabilizetheregion",TheAssociatedPressreported.LurebukedthePentagon'scomments,sayingthetrainingexerciseisnotwhattheU.S.hascalled"militarization"."TheSouthChinaSeaislandsareChina'sterritory.ThetrainingisanormalexerciseconductedbytheChinesemilitary.It'snotnecessaryforotherpartiestomakeanover-interpretation,"Lusaid."Theyaretotallydifferentinnaturethanthebehaviorofdrivingonecountry'sownmilitaryvesselsandaircraftacrossalong,longdistancetotheSouthChinaSeaandposingathreattoregionalcountries,"Luadded.Bombersofdifferenttypes,includinganunspecifiednumberofH-6KsfromadivisionofthePLAAirForce,tookofffromanairportinsouthernChinaandmadeasimulatedstrikebeforelandingonanislandintheSouthChinaSea,accordingtoanAirForcestatementonFriday.ThePhilippineDepartmentofForeignAffairssaidinastatementonMondayitis"closelymonitoringdevelopments"intheSouthChinaSeaand"takingtheappropriatediplomaticactionnecessary",butdidnotnameChina.TheU.S.hasdispatcheditsmilitaryvesselsandaircrafttotheSouthChinaSeaforyears.ItsB-52bomberscarriedouttrainingexercisesinthevicinityoftheSouthChinaSeainlateApril,ReutersquotedtheU.S.AirForceassaying.ThenewscamelessthanamonthaftertheU.S.senttheaircraftcarrierUSSTheodoreRoosevelttotheSouthChinaSea.CountriesneedtogetusedtoChina'straininginitsownterritory,saidTengJianqun,aresearcherattheChinaInstituteofInternationalStudies.Suchtraining,inlinewithinternationallawandnotthreateningthesecurityofothercountries,isnot"militarization",hesaid.TheU.S.shouldstop"pointingitsfingers"atsuchtraining,whichwillnotalterChina'sdeterminationtosafeguarditsterritory,hesaid.  TheBritish-SwedishdrugmakerAstraZenecasaysitistalkingtoBrazil,China,Japan,andRussiaaboutsupplyingthepotentialnovelcoronavirusvaccineitdevelopedwithscientistsfromtheUniversityofOxford.ThenewsfolloweditsannouncementontheweekendthatithadreachedadealwithEurope'sInclusiveVaccinesAlliancetodeliver400milliondosesofthepotentialvaccinetoEuropeancountriesbytheendoftheyear.AstraZenecahasalsostruckdealswiththeUnitedKingdomandtheUnitedStatestosupply700milliondosestothosemarkets.Ithasagreedtomake1billiondosesavailabletolowandmiddle-incomecountries,throughtheSerumInstituteofIndia.PascalSoriot,AstraZeneca'schiefexecutive,toldreportersthecompanyhascompletedthelateststageoftestingofthepossiblevaccineandislookingforwardtoPhaseIII."Wehopetomakethevaccineavailablewidelyandrapidly,"Soriotadded.Hesaidthecompanywillimminentlypublishareportonthefindingsfromthelatestphaseoftestingbutinsistedhewas"veryconfident"abouttheproductthattheUKgovernmentsupportedduringthedevelopmentstagewitha65.5-million-pound(-million)granttotheUniversityofOxford.Soriotsaidthecompanywillknowforsurebytheendofthesummerwhetheritsvaccineis100percentsuccessfulinprotectingpeoplefromnovelcoronavirusinfection.TheMedicinesandHealthcareProductsRegulatoryAgency,theUK'sregulatorybodyforproductsincludingvaccines,approvedthevaccineforPhaseIIItrialsbasedonitshowingsufficientefficacyandsafetyinearliertests,Reutersreported.SoriotsaidthecompanywillusemanufacturingfacilitiesinGermany,ItalyandtheNetherlandstoproducedosesofthevaccineforEuropeannations.Itisnotyetknownwherethevaccinewillbeproducedforothernations.ExpertstoldtheBloombergnewsagencythevaccinemaybeuseful,evenifitdoesnotoffertotalprotectionagainstthenovelcoronavirusbecausenationsmaybewillingtoacceptavaccinethatstopspeoplebecomingseriouslyillandthatpreventsdeath,evenifitdoesnotfullyblockthevirus.Suchavaccinewouldatleastallowcountriestoendlockdownsandgettheireconomiesmovingagain.RobinShattock,aprofessoratImperialCollegeLondon,saidnationswillask:"IsthatprotectionagainstinfectionIsitprotectionagainstillnessIsitprotectionagainstseverediseaseIt'squitepossibleavaccinethatonlyprotectsagainstseverediseasewouldbeveryuseful."PharmaTimesOnlinesaidthevaccine,calledAZD1222,willbetestedonaround10,000adultvolunteers.Severalcompanies,includingChina'sCanSinoBiologics,theUnitedStatesmultinationalPfizer,andGlaxosmithklinearealsodevelopingpromisingpotentialvaccines.PremierLiKeqiangtoursvirtualpavilionsofthe127thsessionoftheChinaImportandExportFairinGuangzhou,Guangdongprovince,viavideolinkfromBeijingonMondayafteropeningthefair.TheeventisalsoknownastheCantonFair.(FENGYONGBIN/CHINADAILY)The127thsessionoftheChinaImportandExportFair,thefirstdigitalfairinits63-yearhistory,willhelpstabilizeglobalsupplyandindustrialchainsamiduncertaintiesinglobaltradeaffectedbyCOVID-19,governmentofficialssaidonMonday.Thetwice-yearlyevent,alsoknownastheCantonFair,openedonlineonMondayandwillcontinuethroughJune24inGuangzhou,Guangdongprovince.IthasdrawnawarmresponsefromforeigncustomerswillingtoengagewithChinesesuppliersdespitethepandemic,whichhasslowedglobaltradeandmanycountries'economicgrowth,saidLiJinqi,deputydirector-generalofthefair'sorganizingcommittee.Thefair,including50exhibitionareasbasedon16categoriesofcommodities,willattractsome25,000Chineseexport-orientedcompaniesthismonth,organizerssaid.Theywillshowcase1.8millionproductsandservicesthroughvariousmediasuchasphotos,videosand3Dformatstopromotematchmakingamongsuppliersandpurchasersandconduct24-hourbusinessnegotiations.Foreignbuyerscanregisteronthe24-hourlivestreamingplatformandstartpurchasenegotiationsatanytimeduringtheexhibitionperiod,asallcompanieshavebeenexemptedfrompayingexhibitionfeesinordertobolsterinternationaltradeandyieldwin-winresults.GuJin,deputygeneralmanageroftheoverseasbusinessdepartmentatChinaGeneralTechnologyGroup,aState-ownedmachineryexporter,saidthecompanydoesn'thavelimitationsintimeorlocationwhenshowingitsproductsandservicesthistime."Wewereonlyabletoshowcertainsmallpiecesofequipmentinpreviousfairsduetotheboothsize,"sadGu."Butnowwecandisplaylargemachineryonthedigitalplatformandshowtheproductionprocessandtechnologiesonline,notjusttheproductsthemselves."PremierLiKeqiangpledgedcontinuouseffortstoboostimportfacilitationandhelpbusinessesfromvariouscountriesshareChina'svastmarketopportunitiesasheannouncedtheopeningofthe127thChinaImportandExportFairatavirtualceremonyonMonday.SpeakingwithbusinessleadersviavideolinkfromBeijing,LisaidChinawillbolsterimportsofproductsthatsellwellinthedomesticmarketandworktogetherwithdifferentcountriestocontributetotheglobaleconomicrecovery.China'sdecisiontohosttheeventonlineisanindicatorofthecountry'sfirmresolvetoexpandopening-upandsafeguardthesecurityofinternationalindustryandsupplychains,hesaid.LivisitedtheonlineshowroomsofseveralbusinessesandspokewithexecutivesfromGreeElectricAppliancesInc,LoctekErgonomicTechnologyCorpandHuidaSanitaryWareCo.Hecalledonbusinessestoimprovethequalityoftheirproductsandboosttheircompetitivenessintheinternationalmarket.Whilemanytradeeventsaroundtheworldhavebeencanceledordelayedandforeignbuyershavebeenreluctanttotravelabroadduetothepandemic,theyhaveexpressedeagernesstoparticipateintheonlineCantonFairasitoffersaconvenientwaytohelpthemresumeproductionandservices,saidZhangLi,deputydirector-generalofthedepartmentofforeigntradeundertheMinistryofCommerce.Becauseofthepandemic,theWorldTradeOrganizationexpectsthisyear'sglobaltradetofallby13percentto32percent.Thecoronavirusisalsotakingatollontheworld'ssecond-largesteconomy,asthecountry'sforeigntradeingoodsdroppedby4.9percentyear-on-yearto11.54trillionyuan(.63trillion)inthefirstfivemonthsofthisyear,Customsofficialssaid.MichaelSchumann,chairmanoftheboardofdirectorsofBerlin-basedFederalAssociationforEconomicDevelopmentandForeignTrade,saiddespitethedecisiveroletheexhibitionindustryplayedinbothcountries,GermanindustryisfacingseverechallengesfromthepandemicandmanylargeexhibitionsinGermanyhavebeencanceledorpostponed."However,theorganizeroftheCantonFairtakesadifferentapproachinholdingitonlineforfreeforexhibitorsandbuyers.ThisiscourageousandworthyofreferenceforGermanexhibitions,"hesaid."ThissessionoftheCantonFairwillcreatemoretradeopportunitiesforglobalexhibitorsandbuyers."

  PhototakenonMay29,2020showsthelivebroadcastofU.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpspeakingatapressconferenceattheWhiteHouseinWashingtonDC,theUnitedStates.(Photo/Xinhua)U.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpsaidonMondaythatthenumberofU.S.troopsdeployedinGermanywouldbereducedto25,000duetoGermany'sinsufficientdefensespending.SpeakingtoreportersattheWhiteHouse,TrumpconfirmedthenumberofU.S.soldiersinGermanywouldreduceto25,000."GermanyasyouknowisverydelinquentintheirpaymentstoNATO,"TrumptoldreportersattheWhiteHouse,addingthatU.S.troopswouldredeploytoGermanyuntilitpays.Currently,thereareabout35,000U.S.troopsdeployedinGermany.FormerU.S.AmbassadortoGermanyRichardGrenelltoldGermanmediaoutletBildLivelastweekthat"Americantaxpayersnolongerfeellikepayingtoomuchforthedefenseofothercountries.""Therewillstillbe25,000soldiersinGermany,that'snosmallnumber,"addedtheTrumployalist.U.S.mediareportedearlythismonththatTrumphaddirectedthePentagontoreduceU.S.militarypresenceinGermanybySeptember,whichdrewoppositionsamongU.S.lawmakers.Lastweek22RepublicanmembersofCongresswarnedTrumpthatasignificantforcedrawdowninEuropewouldserveRussia'sinterestsattheexpenseofU.S.nationalsecurity.ThereductionmightfurtherstraintherelationsbetweenWashingtonandBerlin.ThetwoallieshavebeenatoddswitheachotheronIrannuclearissues,NordStream2gaspipelineproject,anddefenseburden-sharing,amongothers.TrumphasbeenrepeatedlycomplainingthatU.S.alliesexploitedhiscountryondefensespending.InhisremarkstograduatesoftheUnitedStatesMilitaryAcademyovertheweekend,TrumpemphasizedtheU.S.militaryisnotthepolicemenoftheworld.TheBritish-SwedishdrugmakerAstraZenecasaysitistalkingtoBrazil,China,Japan,andRussiaaboutsupplyingthepotentialnovelcoronavirusvaccineitdevelopedwithscientistsfromtheUniversityofOxford.ThenewsfolloweditsannouncementontheweekendthatithadreachedadealwithEurope'sInclusiveVaccinesAlliancetodeliver400milliondosesofthepotentialvaccinetoEuropeancountriesbytheendoftheyear.AstraZenecahasalsostruckdealswiththeUnitedKingdomandtheUnitedStatestosupply700milliondosestothosemarkets.Ithasagreedtomake1billiondosesavailabletolowandmiddle-incomecountries,throughtheSerumInstituteofIndia.PascalSoriot,AstraZeneca'schiefexecutive,toldreportersthecompanyhascompletedthelateststageoftestingofthepossiblevaccineandislookingforwardtoPhaseIII."Wehopetomakethevaccineavailablewidelyandrapidly,"Soriotadded.Hesaidthecompanywillimminentlypublishareportonthefindingsfromthelatestphaseoftestingbutinsistedhewas"veryconfident"abouttheproductthattheUKgovernmentsupportedduringthedevelopmentstagewitha65.5-million-pound(-million)granttotheUniversityofOxford.Soriotsaidthecompanywillknowforsurebytheendofthesummerwhetheritsvaccineis100percentsuccessfulinprotectingpeoplefromnovelcoronavirusinfection.TheMedicinesandHealthcareProductsRegulatoryAgency,theUK'sregulatorybodyforproductsincludingvaccines,approvedthevaccineforPhaseIIItrialsbasedonitshowingsufficientefficacyandsafetyinearliertests,Reutersreported.SoriotsaidthecompanywillusemanufacturingfacilitiesinGermany,ItalyandtheNetherlandstoproducedosesofthevaccineforEuropeannations.Itisnotyetknownwherethevaccinewillbeproducedforothernations.ExpertstoldtheBloombergnewsagencythevaccinemaybeuseful,evenifitdoesnotoffertotalprotectionagainstthenovelcoronavirusbecausenationsmaybewillingtoacceptavaccinethatstopspeoplebecomingseriouslyillandthatpreventsdeath,evenifitdoesnotfullyblockthevirus.Suchavaccinewouldatleastallowcountriestoendlockdownsandgettheireconomiesmovingagain.RobinShattock,aprofessoratImperialCollegeLondon,saidnationswillask:"IsthatprotectionagainstinfectionIsitprotectionagainstillnessIsitprotectionagainstseverediseaseIt'squitepossibleavaccinethatonlyprotectsagainstseverediseasewouldbeveryuseful."PharmaTimesOnlinesaidthevaccine,calledAZD1222,willbetestedonaround10,000adultvolunteers.Severalcompanies,includingChina'sCanSinoBiologics,theUnitedStatesmultinationalPfizer,andGlaxosmithklinearealsodevelopingpromisingpotentialvaccines.TheBritish-SwedishdrugmakerAstraZenecasaysitistalkingtoBrazil,China,Japan,andRussiaaboutsupplyingthepotentialnovelcoronavirusvaccineitdevelopedwithscientistsfromtheUniversityofOxford.ThenewsfolloweditsannouncementontheweekendthatithadreachedadealwithEurope'sInclusiveVaccinesAlliancetodeliver400milliondosesofthepotentialvaccinetoEuropeancountriesbytheendoftheyear.AstraZenecahasalsostruckdealswiththeUnitedKingdomandtheUnitedStatestosupply700milliondosestothosemarkets.Ithasagreedtomake1billiondosesavailabletolowandmiddle-incomecountries,throughtheSerumInstituteofIndia.PascalSoriot,AstraZeneca'schiefexecutive,toldreportersthecompanyhascompletedthelateststageoftestingofthepossiblevaccineandislookingforwardtoPhaseIII."Wehopetomakethevaccineavailablewidelyandrapidly,"Soriotadded.Hesaidthecompanywillimminentlypublishareportonthefindingsfromthelatestphaseoftestingbutinsistedhewas"veryconfident"abouttheproductthattheUKgovernmentsupportedduringthedevelopmentstagewitha65.5-million-pound(-million)granttotheUniversityofOxford.Soriotsaidthecompanywillknowforsurebytheendofthesummerwhetheritsvaccineis100percentsuccessfulinprotectingpeoplefromnovelcoronavirusinfection.TheMedicinesandHealthcareProductsRegulatoryAgency,theUK'sregulatorybodyforproductsincludingvaccines,approvedthevaccineforPhaseIIItrialsbasedonitshowingsufficientefficacyandsafetyinearliertests,Reutersreported.SoriotsaidthecompanywillusemanufacturingfacilitiesinGermany,ItalyandtheNetherlandstoproducedosesofthevaccineforEuropeannations.Itisnotyetknownwherethevaccinewillbeproducedforothernations.ExpertstoldtheBloombergnewsagencythevaccinemaybeuseful,evenifitdoesnotoffertotalprotectionagainstthenovelcoronavirusbecausenationsmaybewillingtoacceptavaccinethatstopspeoplebecomingseriouslyillandthatpreventsdeath,evenifitdoesnotfullyblockthevirus.Suchavaccinewouldatleastallowcountriestoendlockdownsandgettheireconomiesmovingagain.RobinShattock,aprofessoratImperialCollegeLondon,saidnationswillask:"IsthatprotectionagainstinfectionIsitprotectionagainstillnessIsitprotectionagainstseverediseaseIt'squitepossibleavaccinethatonlyprotectsagainstseverediseasewouldbeveryuseful."PharmaTimesOnlinesaidthevaccine,calledAZD1222,willbetestedonaround10,000adultvolunteers.Severalcompanies,includingChina'sCanSinoBiologics,theUnitedStatesmultinationalPfizer,andGlaxosmithklinearealsodevelopingpromisingpotentialvaccines.

  PhototakenonMay29,2020showsthelivebroadcastofU.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpspeakingatapressconferenceattheWhiteHouseinWashingtonDC,theUnitedStates.(Photo/Xinhua)U.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpsaidonMondaythatthenumberofU.S.troopsdeployedinGermanywouldbereducedto25,000duetoGermany'sinsufficientdefensespending.SpeakingtoreportersattheWhiteHouse,TrumpconfirmedthenumberofU.S.soldiersinGermanywouldreduceto25,000."GermanyasyouknowisverydelinquentintheirpaymentstoNATO,"TrumptoldreportersattheWhiteHouse,addingthatU.S.troopswouldredeploytoGermanyuntilitpays.Currently,thereareabout35,000U.S.troopsdeployedinGermany.FormerU.S.AmbassadortoGermanyRichardGrenelltoldGermanmediaoutletBildLivelastweekthat"Americantaxpayersnolongerfeellikepayingtoomuchforthedefenseofothercountries.""Therewillstillbe25,000soldiersinGermany,that'snosmallnumber,"addedtheTrumployalist.U.S.mediareportedearlythismonththatTrumphaddirectedthePentagontoreduceU.S.militarypresenceinGermanybySeptember,whichdrewoppositionsamongU.S.lawmakers.Lastweek22RepublicanmembersofCongresswarnedTrumpthatasignificantforcedrawdowninEuropewouldserveRussia'sinterestsattheexpenseofU.S.nationalsecurity.ThereductionmightfurtherstraintherelationsbetweenWashingtonandBerlin.ThetwoallieshavebeenatoddswitheachotheronIrannuclearissues,NordStream2gaspipelineproject,anddefenseburden-sharing,amongothers.TrumphasbeenrepeatedlycomplainingthatU.S.alliesexploitedhiscountryondefensespending.InhisremarkstograduatesoftheUnitedStatesMilitaryAcademyovertheweekend,TrumpemphasizedtheU.S.militaryisnotthepolicemenoftheworld.LyuMinlivestreamstheartofmakingChineseknotsatherhomeinTianjin.(SONGRUI/XINHUA)Restingherphoneonastandandadjustingtheangleofthelighting,49-year-oldLyuMinstartedherlivestreamingsession-herdailyroutineduringthenovelcoronavirusoutbreak.Cladinaqipao,atraditionalChinesedress,Lyustartedthelivestreamingsessionfromherworkshopat10am,sharingtheartofmakingChineseknotswithmanyhandicraftloversinTianjin.Lyu,aninheritoroftheartofmakingChineseknots,whichislistedasanintangibleculturalheritageinTianjin,becamealivestreaminghostduringtheCOVID-19epidemic."ThoughthesalesofChineseknotshavedroppedalot,I'mstilloptimisticIcanrideoutthepressurebroughtbytheoutbreak.Icanmakefulluseofthisperiodtoimprovemyweavingtechniquesandrevivethistraditionalhandicraftonline,"shesaid.Lyuisquitenewtotheworldoflivestreaming,havingboughtallthenecessaryequipmentafterfollowingherfriends'advice."Ipracticelivestreamingeverydayandrecordahugenumberofeducationalvideos,"Lyusaid.Asface-to-faceinteractionisstillimpracticalformany,evenastheoutbreakhasbeenlargelybroughtundercontrolinChina,LyusaidlivestreamingclassescansatisfyChineseknotlovers'curiosityandtheireagernesstolearnthehandicraft.Duringoneofherclasses,LyuintertwinedthethreadsasshetaughtherfanshowtomakedifferentChineseknotsstepbystep."Ihavemorethan200followersrightnow.IseemoreandmoreChineseknotenthusiastsononlineplatforms,"shesaid.Lyuhasintegratedtheanti-epidemicspiritintoherworks,expressingthedeterminationandconfidenceoftheChinesepeopletodefeattheepidemic."IhaveadeepaffectionforWuhan(inHubeiprovince),whereIexhibitedmyworksin2019.Chineseknotsarepopularamongmanylocalpeople,andImadelotsoffriendsthere,"Lyusaid.ShedesignedaspecialChineseknottoexpresshergratitudetothemedicsofTianjinwhoweredispatchedtoaidWuhan,theChinesecityhithardestbytheepidemic,severalmonthsago."IamusingalengthofcoloredcordandperseverancetokeepthistraditionalartofChineseknotsaliveonlineandhelpmorepeopleunderstandit,"Lyusaid.PhototakenonMay29,2020showsthelivebroadcastofU.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpspeakingatapressconferenceattheWhiteHouseinWashingtonDC,theUnitedStates.(Photo/Xinhua)U.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpsaidonMondaythatthenumberofU.S.troopsdeployedinGermanywouldbereducedto25,000duetoGermany'sinsufficientdefensespending.SpeakingtoreportersattheWhiteHouse,TrumpconfirmedthenumberofU.S.soldiersinGermanywouldreduceto25,000."GermanyasyouknowisverydelinquentintheirpaymentstoNATO,"TrumptoldreportersattheWhiteHouse,addingthatU.S.troopswouldredeploytoGermanyuntilitpays.Currently,thereareabout35,000U.S.troopsdeployedinGermany.FormerU.S.AmbassadortoGermanyRichardGrenelltoldGermanmediaoutletBildLivelastweekthat"Americantaxpayersnolongerfeellikepayingtoomuchforthedefenseofothercountries.""Therewillstillbe25,000soldiersinGermany,that'snosmallnumber,"addedtheTrumployalist.U.S.mediareportedearlythismonththatTrumphaddirectedthePentagontoreduceU.S.militarypresenceinGermanybySeptember,whichdrewoppositionsamongU.S.lawmakers.Lastweek22RepublicanmembersofCongresswarnedTrumpthatasignificantforcedrawdowninEuropewouldserveRussia'sinterestsattheexpenseofU.S.nationalsecurity.ThereductionmightfurtherstraintherelationsbetweenWashingtonandBerlin.ThetwoallieshavebeenatoddswitheachotheronIrannuclearissues,NordStream2gaspipelineproject,anddefenseburden-sharing,amongothers.TrumphasbeenrepeatedlycomplainingthatU.S.alliesexploitedhiscountryondefensespending.InhisremarkstograduatesoftheUnitedStatesMilitaryAcademyovertheweekend,TrumpemphasizedtheU.S.militaryisnotthepolicemenoftheworld.

  PhototakenonMay29,2020showsthelivebroadcastofU.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpspeakingatapressconferenceattheWhiteHouseinWashingtonDC,theUnitedStates.(Photo/Xinhua)U.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpsaidonMondaythatthenumberofU.S.troopsdeployedinGermanywouldbereducedto25,000duetoGermany'sinsufficientdefensespending.SpeakingtoreportersattheWhiteHouse,TrumpconfirmedthenumberofU.S.soldiersinGermanywouldreduceto25,000."GermanyasyouknowisverydelinquentintheirpaymentstoNATO,"TrumptoldreportersattheWhiteHouse,addingthatU.S.troopswouldredeploytoGermanyuntilitpays.Currently,thereareabout35,000U.S.troopsdeployedinGermany.FormerU.S.AmbassadortoGermanyRichardGrenelltoldGermanmediaoutletBildLivelastweekthat"Americantaxpayersnolongerfeellikepayingtoomuchforthedefenseofothercountries.""Therewillstillbe25,000soldiersinGermany,that'snosmallnumber,"addedtheTrumployalist.U.S.mediareportedearlythismonththatTrumphaddirectedthePentagontoreduceU.S.militarypresenceinGermanybySeptember,whichdrewoppositionsamongU.S.lawmakers.Lastweek22RepublicanmembersofCongresswarnedTrumpthatasignificantforcedrawdowninEuropewouldserveRussia'sinterestsattheexpenseofU.S.nationalsecurity.ThereductionmightfurtherstraintherelationsbetweenWashingtonandBerlin.ThetwoallieshavebeenatoddswitheachotheronIrannuclearissues,NordStream2gaspipelineproject,anddefenseburden-sharing,amongothers.TrumphasbeenrepeatedlycomplainingthatU.S.alliesexploitedhiscountryondefensespending.InhisremarkstograduatesoftheUnitedStatesMilitaryAcademyovertheweekend,TrumpemphasizedtheU.S.militaryisnotthepolicemenoftheworld.Beijingdisagreeswithcharacterizationofbombersonislandas'militarization'TherecentlandingofbomberaircraftonaSouthChinaSeaislandbythePeople'sLiberationArmyAirForceispartofnormaltrainingthatshouldnotbeover-interpreted,ForeignMinistryspokesmanLuKangsaidonMonday.LumadetheremarkwhenhewasrequestedtocommentonthereactionoftheUnitedStatesandthePhilippinestotheexercises.PentagonspokesmanU.S.MarineLieutenantColonelChristopherLogansaidChina's"continuedmilitarizationofdisputedfeaturesintheSouthChinaSeaonlyservestoraisetensionsanddestabilizetheregion",TheAssociatedPressreported.LurebukedthePentagon'scomments,sayingthetrainingexerciseisnotwhattheU.S.hascalled"militarization"."TheSouthChinaSeaislandsareChina'sterritory.ThetrainingisanormalexerciseconductedbytheChinesemilitary.It'snotnecessaryforotherpartiestomakeanover-interpretation,"Lusaid."Theyaretotallydifferentinnaturethanthebehaviorofdrivingonecountry'sownmilitaryvesselsandaircraftacrossalong,longdistancetotheSouthChinaSeaandposingathreattoregionalcountries,"Luadded.Bombersofdifferenttypes,includinganunspecifiednumberofH-6KsfromadivisionofthePLAAirForce,tookofffromanairportinsouthernChinaandmadeasimulatedstrikebeforelandingonanislandintheSouthChinaSea,accordingtoanAirForcestatementonFriday.ThePhilippineDepartmentofForeignAffairssaidinastatementonMondayitis"closelymonitoringdevelopments"intheSouthChinaSeaand"takingtheappropriatediplomaticactionnecessary",butdidnotnameChina.TheU.S.hasdispatcheditsmilitaryvesselsandaircrafttotheSouthChinaSeaforyears.ItsB-52bomberscarriedouttrainingexercisesinthevicinityoftheSouthChinaSeainlateApril,ReutersquotedtheU.S.AirForceassaying.ThenewscamelessthanamonthaftertheU.S.senttheaircraftcarrierUSSTheodoreRoosevelttotheSouthChinaSea.CountriesneedtogetusedtoChina'straininginitsownterritory,saidTengJianqun,aresearcherattheChinaInstituteofInternationalStudies.Suchtraining,inlinewithinternationallawandnotthreateningthesecurityofothercountries,isnot"militarization",hesaid.TheU.S.shouldstop"pointingitsfingers"atsuchtraining,whichwillnotalterChina'sdeterminationtosafeguarditsterritory,hesaid.  PremierLiKeqiangtoursvirtualpavilionsofthe127thsessionoftheChinaImportandExportFairinGuangzhou,Guangdongprovince,viavideolinkfromBeijingonMondayafteropeningthefair.TheeventisalsoknownastheCantonFair.(FENGYONGBIN/CHINADAILY)The127thsessionoftheChinaImportandExportFair,thefirstdigitalfairinits63-yearhistory,willhelpstabilizeglobalsupplyandindustrialchainsamiduncertaintiesinglobaltradeaffectedbyCOVID-19,governmentofficialssaidonMonday.Thetwice-yearlyevent,alsoknownastheCantonFair,openedonlineonMondayandwillcontinuethroughJune24inGuangzhou,Guangdongprovince.IthasdrawnawarmresponsefromforeigncustomerswillingtoengagewithChinesesuppliersdespitethepandemic,whichhasslowedglobaltradeandmanycountries'economicgrowth,saidLiJinqi,deputydirector-generalofthefair'sorganizingcommittee.Thefair,including50exhibitionareasbasedon16categoriesofcommodities,willattractsome25,000Chineseexport-orientedcompaniesthismonth,organizerssaid.Theywillshowcase1.8millionproductsandservicesthroughvariousmediasuchasphotos,videosand3Dformatstopromotematchmakingamongsuppliersandpurchasersandconduct24-hourbusinessnegotiations.Foreignbuyerscanregisteronthe24-hourlivestreamingplatformandstartpurchasenegotiationsatanytimeduringtheexhibitionperiod,asallcompanieshavebeenexemptedfrompayingexhibitionfeesinordertobolsterinternationaltradeandyieldwin-winresults.GuJin,deputygeneralmanageroftheoverseasbusinessdepartmentatChinaGeneralTechnologyGroup,aState-ownedmachineryexporter,saidthecompanydoesn'thavelimitationsintimeorlocationwhenshowingitsproductsandservicesthistime."Wewereonlyabletoshowcertainsmallpiecesofequipmentinpreviousfairsduetotheboothsize,"sadGu."Butnowwecandisplaylargemachineryonthedigitalplatformandshowtheproductionprocessandtechnologiesonline,notjusttheproductsthemselves."PremierLiKeqiangpledgedcontinuouseffortstoboostimportfacilitationandhelpbusinessesfromvariouscountriesshareChina'svastmarketopportunitiesasheannouncedtheopeningofthe127thChinaImportandExportFairatavirtualceremonyonMonday.SpeakingwithbusinessleadersviavideolinkfromBeijing,LisaidChinawillbolsterimportsofproductsthatsellwellinthedomesticmarketandworktogetherwithdifferentcountriestocontributetotheglobaleconomicrecovery.China'sdecisiontohosttheeventonlineisanindicatorofthecountry'sfirmresolvetoexpandopening-upandsafeguardthesecurityofinternationalindustryandsupplychains,hesaid.LivisitedtheonlineshowroomsofseveralbusinessesandspokewithexecutivesfromGreeElectricAppliancesInc,LoctekErgonomicTechnologyCorpandHuidaSanitaryWareCo.Hecalledonbusinessestoimprovethequalityoftheirproductsandboosttheircompetitivenessintheinternationalmarket.Whilemanytradeeventsaroundtheworldhavebeencanceledordelayedandforeignbuyershavebeenreluctanttotravelabroadduetothepandemic,theyhaveexpressedeagernesstoparticipateintheonlineCantonFairasitoffersaconvenientwaytohelpthemresumeproductionandservices,saidZhangLi,deputydirector-generalofthedepartmentofforeigntradeundertheMinistryofCommerce.Becauseofthepandemic,theWorldTradeOrganizationexpectsthisyear'sglobaltradetofallby13percentto32percent.Thecoronavirusisalsotakingatollontheworld'ssecond-largesteconomy,asthecountry'sforeigntradeingoodsdroppedby4.9percentyear-on-yearto11.54trillionyuan(.63trillion)inthefirstfivemonthsofthisyear,Customsofficialssaid.MichaelSchumann,chairmanoftheboardofdirectorsofBerlin-basedFederalAssociationforEconomicDevelopmentandForeignTrade,saiddespitethedecisiveroletheexhibitionindustryplayedinbothcountries,GermanindustryisfacingseverechallengesfromthepandemicandmanylargeexhibitionsinGermanyhavebeencanceledorpostponed."However,theorganizeroftheCantonFairtakesadifferentapproachinholdingitonlineforfreeforexhibitorsandbuyers.ThisiscourageousandworthyofreferenceforGermanexhibitions,"hesaid."ThissessionoftheCantonFairwillcreatemoretradeopportunitiesforglobalexhibitorsandbuyers."

  TheBritish-SwedishdrugmakerAstraZenecasaysitistalkingtoBrazil,China,Japan,andRussiaaboutsupplyingthepotentialnovelcoronavirusvaccineitdevelopedwithscientistsfromtheUniversityofOxford.ThenewsfolloweditsannouncementontheweekendthatithadreachedadealwithEurope'sInclusiveVaccinesAlliancetodeliver400milliondosesofthepotentialvaccinetoEuropeancountriesbytheendoftheyear.AstraZenecahasalsostruckdealswiththeUnitedKingdomandtheUnitedStatestosupply700milliondosestothosemarkets.Ithasagreedtomake1billiondosesavailabletolowandmiddle-incomecountries,throughtheSerumInstituteofIndia.PascalSoriot,AstraZeneca'schiefexecutive,toldreportersthecompanyhascompletedthelateststageoftestingofthepossiblevaccineandislookingforwardtoPhaseIII."Wehopetomakethevaccineavailablewidelyandrapidly,"Soriotadded.Hesaidthecompanywillimminentlypublishareportonthefindingsfromthelatestphaseoftestingbutinsistedhewas"veryconfident"abouttheproductthattheUKgovernmentsupportedduringthedevelopmentstagewitha65.5-million-pound(-million)granttotheUniversityofOxford.Soriotsaidthecompanywillknowforsurebytheendofthesummerwhetheritsvaccineis100percentsuccessfulinprotectingpeoplefromnovelcoronavirusinfection.TheMedicinesandHealthcareProductsRegulatoryAgency,theUK'sregulatorybodyforproductsincludingvaccines,approvedthevaccineforPhaseIIItrialsbasedonitshowingsufficientefficacyandsafetyinearliertests,Reutersreported.SoriotsaidthecompanywillusemanufacturingfacilitiesinGermany,ItalyandtheNetherlandstoproducedosesofthevaccineforEuropeannations.Itisnotyetknownwherethevaccinewillbeproducedforothernations.ExpertstoldtheBloombergnewsagencythevaccinemaybeuseful,evenifitdoesnotoffertotalprotectionagainstthenovelcoronavirusbecausenationsmaybewillingtoacceptavaccinethatstopspeoplebecomingseriouslyillandthatpreventsdeath,evenifitdoesnotfullyblockthevirus.Suchavaccinewouldatleastallowcountriestoendlockdownsandgettheireconomiesmovingagain.RobinShattock,aprofessoratImperialCollegeLondon,saidnationswillask:"IsthatprotectionagainstinfectionIsitprotectionagainstillnessIsitprotectionagainstseverediseaseIt'squitepossibleavaccinethatonlyprotectsagainstseverediseasewouldbeveryuseful."PharmaTimesOnlinesaidthevaccine,calledAZD1222,willbetestedonaround10,000adultvolunteers.Severalcompanies,includingChina'sCanSinoBiologics,theUnitedStatesmultinationalPfizer,andGlaxosmithklinearealsodevelopingpromisingpotentialvaccines.PhototakenonMay29,2020showsthelivebroadcastofU.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpspeakingatapressconferenceattheWhiteHouseinWashingtonDC,theUnitedStates.(Photo/Xinhua)U.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpsaidonMondaythatthenumberofU.S.troopsdeployedinGermanywouldbereducedto25,000duetoGermany'sinsufficientdefensespending.SpeakingtoreportersattheWhiteHouse,TrumpconfirmedthenumberofU.S.soldiersinGermanywouldreduceto25,000."GermanyasyouknowisverydelinquentintheirpaymentstoNATO,"TrumptoldreportersattheWhiteHouse,addingthatU.S.troopswouldredeploytoGermanyuntilitpays.Currently,thereareabout35,000U.S.troopsdeployedinGermany.FormerU.S.AmbassadortoGermanyRichardGrenelltoldGermanmediaoutletBildLivelastweekthat"Americantaxpayersnolongerfeellikepayingtoomuchforthedefenseofothercountries.""Therewillstillbe25,000soldiersinGermany,that'snosmallnumber,"addedtheTrumployalist.U.S.mediareportedearlythismonththatTrumphaddirectedthePentagontoreduceU.S.militarypresenceinGermanybySeptember,whichdrewoppositionsamongU.S.lawmakers.Lastweek22RepublicanmembersofCongresswarnedTrumpthatasignificantforcedrawdowninEuropewouldserveRussia'sinterestsattheexpenseofU.S.nationalsecurity.ThereductionmightfurtherstraintherelationsbetweenWashingtonandBerlin.ThetwoallieshavebeenatoddswitheachotheronIrannuclearissues,NordStream2gaspipelineproject,anddefenseburden-sharing,amongothers.TrumphasbeenrepeatedlycomplainingthatU.S.alliesexploitedhiscountryondefensespending.InhisremarkstograduatesoftheUnitedStatesMilitaryAcademyovertheweekend,TrumpemphasizedtheU.S.militaryisnotthepolicemenoftheworld.LyuMinlivestreamstheartofmakingChineseknotsatherhomeinTianjin.(SONGRUI/XINHUA)Restingherphoneonastandandadjustingtheangleofthelighting,49-year-oldLyuMinstartedherlivestreamingsession-herdailyroutineduringthenovelcoronavirusoutbreak.Cladinaqipao,atraditionalChinesedress,Lyustartedthelivestreamingsessionfromherworkshopat10am,sharingtheartofmakingChineseknotswithmanyhandicraftloversinTianjin.Lyu,aninheritoroftheartofmakingChineseknots,whichislistedasanintangibleculturalheritageinTianjin,becamealivestreaminghostduringtheCOVID-19epidemic."ThoughthesalesofChineseknotshavedroppedalot,I'mstilloptimisticIcanrideoutthepressurebroughtbytheoutbreak.Icanmakefulluseofthisperiodtoimprovemyweavingtechniquesandrevivethistraditionalhandicraftonline,"shesaid.Lyuisquitenewtotheworldoflivestreaming,havingboughtallthenecessaryequipmentafterfollowingherfriends'advice."Ipracticelivestreamingeverydayandrecordahugenumberofeducationalvideos,"Lyusaid.Asface-to-faceinteractionisstillimpracticalformany,evenastheoutbreakhasbeenlargelybroughtundercontrolinChina,LyusaidlivestreamingclassescansatisfyChineseknotlovers'curiosityandtheireagernesstolearnthehandicraft.Duringoneofherclasses,LyuintertwinedthethreadsasshetaughtherfanshowtomakedifferentChineseknotsstepbystep."Ihavemorethan200followersrightnow.IseemoreandmoreChineseknotenthusiastsononlineplatforms,"shesaid.Lyuhasintegratedtheanti-epidemicspiritintoherworks,expressingthedeterminationandconfidenceoftheChinesepeopletodefeattheepidemic."IhaveadeepaffectionforWuhan(inHubeiprovince),whereIexhibitedmyworksin2019.Chineseknotsarepopularamongmanylocalpeople,andImadelotsoffriendsthere,"Lyusaid.ShedesignedaspecialChineseknottoexpresshergratitudetothemedicsofTianjinwhoweredispatchedtoaidWuhan,theChinesecityhithardestbytheepidemic,severalmonthsago."IamusingalengthofcoloredcordandperseverancetokeepthistraditionalartofChineseknotsaliveonlineandhelpmorepeopleunderstandit,"Lyusaid.

  Beijingdisagreeswithcharacterizationofbombersonislandas'militarization'TherecentlandingofbomberaircraftonaSouthChinaSeaislandbythePeople'sLiberationArmyAirForceispartofnormaltrainingthatshouldnotbeover-interpreted,ForeignMinistryspokesmanLuKangsaidonMonday.LumadetheremarkwhenhewasrequestedtocommentonthereactionoftheUnitedStatesandthePhilippinestotheexercises.PentagonspokesmanU.S.MarineLieutenantColonelChristopherLogansaidChina's"continuedmilitarizationofdisputedfeaturesintheSouthChinaSeaonlyservestoraisetensionsanddestabilizetheregion",TheAssociatedPressreported.LurebukedthePentagon'scomments,sayingthetrainingexerciseisnotwhattheU.S.hascalled"militarization"."TheSouthChinaSeaislandsareChina'sterritory.ThetrainingisanormalexerciseconductedbytheChinesemilitary.It'snotnecessaryforotherpartiestomakeanover-interpretation,"Lusaid."Theyaretotallydifferentinnaturethanthebehaviorofdrivingonecountry'sownmilitaryvesselsandaircraftacrossalong,longdistancetotheSouthChinaSeaandposingathreattoregionalcountries,"Luadded.Bombersofdifferenttypes,includinganunspecifiednumberofH-6KsfromadivisionofthePLAAirForce,tookofffromanairportinsouthernChinaandmadeasimulatedstrikebeforelandingonanislandintheSouthChinaSea,accordingtoanAirForcestatementonFriday.ThePhilippineDepartmentofForeignAffairssaidinastatementonMondayitis"closelymonitoringdevelopments"intheSouthChinaSeaand"takingtheappropriatediplomaticactionnecessary",butdidnotnameChina.TheU.S.hasdispatcheditsmilitaryvesselsandaircrafttotheSouthChinaSeaforyears.ItsB-52bomberscarriedouttrainingexercisesinthevicinityoftheSouthChinaSeainlateApril,ReutersquotedtheU.S.AirForceassaying.ThenewscamelessthanamonthaftertheU.S.senttheaircraftcarrierUSSTheodoreRoosevelttotheSouthChinaSea.CountriesneedtogetusedtoChina'straininginitsownterritory,saidTengJianqun,aresearcherattheChinaInstituteofInternationalStudies.Suchtraining,inlinewithinternationallawandnotthreateningthesecurityofothercountries,isnot"militarization",hesaid.TheU.S.shouldstop"pointingitsfingers"atsuchtraining,whichwillnotalterChina'sdeterminationtosafeguarditsterritory,hesaid.  Beijingdisagreeswithcharacterizationofbombersonislandas'militarization'TherecentlandingofbomberaircraftonaSouthChinaSeaislandbythePeople'sLiberationArmyAirForceispartofnormaltrainingthatshouldnotbeover-interpreted,ForeignMinistryspokesmanLuKangsaidonMonday.LumadetheremarkwhenhewasrequestedtocommentonthereactionoftheUnitedStatesandthePhilippinestotheexercises.PentagonspokesmanU.S.MarineLieutenantColonelChristopherLogansaidChina's"continuedmilitarizationofdisputedfeaturesintheSouthChinaSeaonlyservestoraisetensionsanddestabilizetheregion",TheAssociatedPressreported.LurebukedthePentagon'scomments,sayingthetrainingexerciseisnotwhattheU.S.hascalled"militarization"."TheSouthChinaSeaislandsareChina'sterritory.ThetrainingisanormalexerciseconductedbytheChinesemilitary.It'snotnecessaryforotherpartiestomakeanover-interpretation,"Lusaid."Theyaretotallydifferentinnaturethanthebehaviorofdrivingonecountry'sownmilitaryvesselsandaircraftacrossalong,longdistancetotheSouthChinaSeaandposingathreattoregionalcountries,"Luadded.Bombersofdifferenttypes,includinganunspecifiednumberofH-6KsfromadivisionofthePLAAirForce,tookofffromanairportinsouthernChinaandmadeasimulatedstrikebeforelandingonanislandintheSouthChinaSea,accordingtoanAirForcestatementonFriday.ThePhilippineDepartmentofForeignAffairssaidinastatementonMondayitis"closelymonitoringdevelopments"intheSouthChinaSeaand"takingtheappropriatediplomaticactionnecessary",butdidnotnameChina.TheU.S.hasdispatcheditsmilitaryvesselsandaircrafttotheSouthChinaSeaforyears.ItsB-52bomberscarriedouttrainingexercisesinthevicinityoftheSouthChinaSeainlateApril,ReutersquotedtheU.S.AirForceassaying.ThenewscamelessthanamonthaftertheU.S.senttheaircraftcarrierUSSTheodoreRoosevelttotheSouthChinaSea.CountriesneedtogetusedtoChina'straininginitsownterritory,saidTengJianqun,aresearcherattheChinaInstituteofInternationalStudies.Suchtraining,inlinewithinternationallawandnotthreateningthesecurityofothercountries,isnot"militarization",hesaid.TheU.S.shouldstop"pointingitsfingers"atsuchtraining,whichwillnotalterChina'sdeterminationtosafeguarditsterritory,hesaid.  LyuMinlivestreamstheartofmakingChineseknotsatherhomeinTianjin.(SONGRUI/XINHUA)Restingherphoneonastandandadjustingtheangleofthelighting,49-year-oldLyuMinstartedherlivestreamingsession-herdailyroutineduringthenovelcoronavirusoutbreak.Cladinaqipao,atraditionalChinesedress,Lyustartedthelivestreamingsessionfromherworkshopat10am,sharingtheartofmakingChineseknotswithmanyhandicraftloversinTianjin.Lyu,aninheritoroftheartofmakingChineseknots,whichislistedasanintangibleculturalheritageinTianjin,becamealivestreaminghostduringtheCOVID-19epidemic."ThoughthesalesofChineseknotshavedroppedalot,I'mstilloptimisticIcanrideoutthepressurebroughtbytheoutbreak.Icanmakefulluseofthisperiodtoimprovemyweavingtechniquesandrevivethistraditionalhandicraftonline,"shesaid.Lyuisquitenewtotheworldoflivestreaming,havingboughtallthenecessaryequipmentafterfollowingherfriends'advice."Ipracticelivestreamingeverydayandrecordahugenumberofeducationalvideos,"Lyusaid.Asface-to-faceinteractionisstillimpracticalformany,evenastheoutbreakhasbeenlargelybroughtundercontrolinChina,LyusaidlivestreamingclassescansatisfyChineseknotlovers'curiosityandtheireagernesstolearnthehandicraft.Duringoneofherclasses,LyuintertwinedthethreadsasshetaughtherfanshowtomakedifferentChineseknotsstepbystep."Ihavemorethan200followersrightnow.IseemoreandmoreChineseknotenthusiastsononlineplatforms,"shesaid.Lyuhasintegratedtheanti-epidemicspiritintoherworks,expressingthedeterminationandconfidenceoftheChinesepeopletodefeattheepidemic."IhaveadeepaffectionforWuhan(inHubeiprovince),whereIexhibitedmyworksin2019.Chineseknotsarepopularamongmanylocalpeople,andImadelotsoffriendsthere,"Lyusaid.ShedesignedaspecialChineseknottoexpresshergratitudetothemedicsofTianjinwhoweredispatchedtoaidWuhan,theChinesecityhithardestbytheepidemic,severalmonthsago."IamusingalengthofcoloredcordandperseverancetokeepthistraditionalartofChineseknotsaliveonlineandhelpmorepeopleunderstandit,"Lyusaid.

  PremierLiKeqiangtoursvirtualpavilionsofthe127thsessionoftheChinaImportandExportFairinGuangzhou,Guangdongprovince,viavideolinkfromBeijingonMondayafteropeningthefair.TheeventisalsoknownastheCantonFair.(FENGYONGBIN/CHINADAILY)The127thsessionoftheChinaImportandExportFair,thefirstdigitalfairinits63-yearhistory,willhelpstabilizeglobalsupplyandindustrialchainsamiduncertaintiesinglobaltradeaffectedbyCOVID-19,governmentofficialssaidonMonday.Thetwice-yearlyevent,alsoknownastheCantonFair,openedonlineonMondayandwillcontinuethroughJune24inGuangzhou,Guangdongprovince.IthasdrawnawarmresponsefromforeigncustomerswillingtoengagewithChinesesuppliersdespitethepandemic,whichhasslowedglobaltradeandmanycountries'economicgrowth,saidLiJinqi,deputydirector-generalofthefair'sorganizingcommittee.Thefair,including50exhibitionareasbasedon16categoriesofcommodities,willattractsome25,000Chineseexport-orientedcompaniesthismonth,organizerssaid.Theywillshowcase1.8millionproductsandservicesthroughvariousmediasuchasphotos,videosand3Dformatstopromotematchmakingamongsuppliersandpurchasersandconduct24-hourbusinessnegotiations.Foreignbuyerscanregisteronthe24-hourlivestreamingplatformandstartpurchasenegotiationsatanytimeduringtheexhibitionperiod,asallcompanieshavebeenexemptedfrompayingexhibitionfeesinordertobolsterinternationaltradeandyieldwin-winresults.GuJin,deputygeneralmanageroftheoverseasbusinessdepartmentatChinaGeneralTechnologyGroup,aState-ownedmachineryexporter,saidthecompanydoesn'thavelimitationsintimeorlocationwhenshowingitsproductsandservicesthistime."Wewereonlyabletoshowcertainsmallpiecesofequipmentinpreviousfairsduetotheboothsize,"sadGu."Butnowwecandisplaylargemachineryonthedigitalplatformandshowtheproductionprocessandtechnologiesonline,notjusttheproductsthemselves."PremierLiKeqiangpledgedcontinuouseffortstoboostimportfacilitationandhelpbusinessesfromvariouscountriesshareChina'svastmarketopportunitiesasheannouncedtheopeningofthe127thChinaImportandExportFairatavirtualceremonyonMonday.SpeakingwithbusinessleadersviavideolinkfromBeijing,LisaidChinawillbolsterimportsofproductsthatsellwellinthedomesticmarketandworktogetherwithdifferentcountriestocontributetotheglobaleconomicrecovery.China'sdecisiontohosttheeventonlineisanindicatorofthecountry'sfirmresolvetoexpandopening-upandsafeguardthesecurityofinternationalindustryandsupplychains,hesaid.LivisitedtheonlineshowroomsofseveralbusinessesandspokewithexecutivesfromGreeElectricAppliancesInc,LoctekErgonomicTechnologyCorpandHuidaSanitaryWareCo.Hecalledonbusinessestoimprovethequalityoftheirproductsandboosttheircompetitivenessintheinternationalmarket.Whilemanytradeeventsaroundtheworldhavebeencanceledordelayedandforeignbuyershavebeenreluctanttotravelabroadduetothepandemic,theyhaveexpressedeagernesstoparticipateintheonlineCantonFairasitoffersaconvenientwaytohelpthemresumeproductionandservices,saidZhangLi,deputydirector-generalofthedepartmentofforeigntradeundertheMinistryofCommerce.Becauseofthepandemic,theWorldTradeOrganizationexpectsthisyear'sglobaltradetofallby13percentto32percent.Thecoronavirusisalsotakingatollontheworld'ssecond-largesteconomy,asthecountry'sforeigntradeingoodsdroppedby4.9percentyear-on-yearto11.54trillionyuan(.63trillion)inthefirstfivemonthsofthisyear,Customsofficialssaid.MichaelSchumann,chairmanoftheboardofdirectorsofBerlin-basedFederalAssociationforEconomicDevelopmentandForeignTrade,saiddespitethedecisiveroletheexhibitionindustryplayedinbothcountries,GermanindustryisfacingseverechallengesfromthepandemicandmanylargeexhibitionsinGermanyhavebeencanceledorpostponed."However,theorganizeroftheCantonFairtakesadifferentapproachinholdingitonlineforfreeforexhibitorsandbuyers.ThisiscourageousandworthyofreferenceforGermanexhibitions,"hesaid."ThissessionoftheCantonFairwillcreatemoretradeopportunitiesforglobalexhibitorsandbuyers."TheBritish-SwedishdrugmakerAstraZenecasaysitistalkingtoBrazil,China,Japan,andRussiaaboutsupplyingthepotentialnovelcoronavirusvaccineitdevelopedwithscientistsfromtheUniversityofOxford.ThenewsfolloweditsannouncementontheweekendthatithadreachedadealwithEurope'sInclusiveVaccinesAlliancetodeliver400milliondosesofthepotentialvaccinetoEuropeancountriesbytheendoftheyear.AstraZenecahasalsostruckdealswiththeUnitedKingdomandtheUnitedStatestosupply700milliondosestothosemarkets.Ithasagreedtomake1billiondosesavailabletolowandmiddle-incomecountries,throughtheSerumInstituteofIndia.PascalSoriot,AstraZeneca'schiefexecutive,toldreportersthecompanyhascompletedthelateststageoftestingofthepossiblevaccineandislookingforwardtoPhaseIII."Wehopetomakethevaccineavailablewidelyandrapidly,"Soriotadded.Hesaidthecompanywillimminentlypublishareportonthefindingsfromthelatestphaseoftestingbutinsistedhewas"veryconfident"abouttheproductthattheUKgovernmentsupportedduringthedevelopmentstagewitha65.5-million-pound(-million)granttotheUniversityofOxford.Soriotsaidthecompanywillknowforsurebytheendofthesummerwhetheritsvaccineis100percentsuccessfulinprotectingpeoplefromnovelcoronavirusinfection.TheMedicinesandHealthcareProductsRegulatoryAgency,theUK'sregulatorybodyforproductsincludingvaccines,approvedthevaccineforPhaseIIItrialsbasedonitshowingsufficientefficacyandsafetyinearliertests,Reutersreported.SoriotsaidthecompanywillusemanufacturingfacilitiesinGermany,ItalyandtheNetherlandstoproducedosesofthevaccineforEuropeannations.Itisnotyetknownwherethevaccinewillbeproducedforothernations.ExpertstoldtheBloombergnewsagencythevaccinemaybeuseful,evenifitdoesnotoffertotalprotectionagainstthenovelcoronavirusbecausenationsmaybewillingtoacceptavaccinethatstopspeoplebecomingseriouslyillandthatpreventsdeath,evenifitdoesnotfullyblockthevirus.Suchavaccinewouldatleastallowcountriestoendlockdownsandgettheireconomiesmovingagain.RobinShattock,aprofessoratImperialCollegeLondon,saidnationswillask:"IsthatprotectionagainstinfectionIsitprotectionagainstillnessIsitprotectionagainstseverediseaseIt'squitepossibleavaccinethatonlyprotectsagainstseverediseasewouldbeveryuseful."PharmaTimesOnlinesaidthevaccine,calledAZD1222,willbetestedonaround10,000adultvolunteers.Severalcompanies,includingChina'sCanSinoBiologics,theUnitedStatesmultinationalPfizer,andGlaxosmithklinearealsodevelopingpromisingpotentialvaccines.PremierLiKeqiangtoursvirtualpavilionsofthe127thsessionoftheChinaImportandExportFairinGuangzhou,Guangdongprovince,viavideolinkfromBeijingonMondayafteropeningthefair.TheeventisalsoknownastheCantonFair.(FENGYONGBIN/CHINADAILY)The127thsessionoftheChinaImportandExportFair,thefirstdigitalfairinits63-yearhistory,willhelpstabilizeglobalsupplyandindustrialchainsamiduncertaintiesinglobaltradeaffectedbyCOVID-19,governmentofficialssaidonMonday.Thetwice-yearlyevent,alsoknownastheCantonFair,openedonlineonMondayandwillcontinuethroughJune24inGuangzhou,Guangdongprovince.IthasdrawnawarmresponsefromforeigncustomerswillingtoengagewithChinesesuppliersdespitethepandemic,whichhasslowedglobaltradeandmanycountries'economicgrowth,saidLiJinqi,deputydirector-generalofthefair'sorganizingcommittee.Thefair,including50exhibitionareasbasedon16categoriesofcommodities,willattractsome25,000Chineseexport-orientedcompaniesthismonth,organizerssaid.Theywillshowcase1.8millionproductsandservicesthroughvariousmediasuchasphotos,videosand3Dformatstopromotematchmakingamongsuppliersandpurchasersandconduct24-hourbusinessnegotiations.Foreignbuyerscanregisteronthe24-hourlivestreamingplatformandstartpurchasenegotiationsatanytimeduringtheexhibitionperiod,asallcompanieshavebeenexemptedfrompayingexhibitionfeesinordertobolsterinternationaltradeandyieldwin-winresults.GuJin,deputygeneralmanageroftheoverseasbusinessdepartmentatChinaGeneralTechnologyGroup,aState-ownedmachineryexporter,saidthecompanydoesn'thavelimitationsintimeorlocationwhenshowingitsproductsandservicesthistime."Wewereonlyabletoshowcertainsmallpiecesofequipmentinpreviousfairsduetotheboothsize,"sadGu."Butnowwecandisplaylargemachineryonthedigitalplatformandshowtheproductionprocessandtechnologiesonline,notjusttheproductsthemselves."PremierLiKeqiangpledgedcontinuouseffortstoboostimportfacilitationandhelpbusinessesfromvariouscountriesshareChina'svastmarketopportunitiesasheannouncedtheopeningofthe127thChinaImportandExportFairatavirtualceremonyonMonday.SpeakingwithbusinessleadersviavideolinkfromBeijing,LisaidChinawillbolsterimportsofproductsthatsellwellinthedomesticmarketandworktogetherwithdifferentcountriestocontributetotheglobaleconomicrecovery.China'sdecisiontohosttheeventonlineisanindicatorofthecountry'sfirmresolvetoexpandopening-upandsafeguardthesecurityofinternationalindustryandsupplychains,hesaid.LivisitedtheonlineshowroomsofseveralbusinessesandspokewithexecutivesfromGreeElectricAppliancesInc,LoctekErgonomicTechnologyCorpandHuidaSanitaryWareCo.Hecalledonbusinessestoimprovethequalityoftheirproductsandboosttheircompetitivenessintheinternationalmarket.Whilemanytradeeventsaroundtheworldhavebeencanceledordelayedandforeignbuyershavebeenreluctanttotravelabroadduetothepandemic,theyhaveexpressedeagernesstoparticipateintheonlineCantonFairasitoffersaconvenientwaytohelpthemresumeproductionandservices,saidZhangLi,deputydirector-generalofthedepartmentofforeigntradeundertheMinistryofCommerce.Becauseofthepandemic,theWorldTradeOrganizationexpectsthisyear'sglobaltradetofallby13percentto32percent.Thecoronavirusisalsotakingatollontheworld'ssecond-largesteconomy,asthecountry'sforeigntradeingoodsdroppedby4.9percentyear-on-yearto11.54trillionyuan(.63trillion)inthefirstfivemonthsofthisyear,Customsofficialssaid.MichaelSchumann,chairmanoftheboardofdirectorsofBerlin-basedFederalAssociationforEconomicDevelopmentandForeignTrade,saiddespitethedecisiveroletheexhibitionindustryplayedinbothcountries,GermanindustryisfacingseverechallengesfromthepandemicandmanylargeexhibitionsinGermanyhavebeencanceledorpostponed."However,theorganizeroftheCantonFairtakesadifferentapproachinholdingitonlineforfreeforexhibitorsandbuyers.ThisiscourageousandworthyofreferenceforGermanexhibitions,"hesaid."ThissessionoftheCantonFairwillcreatemoretradeopportunitiesforglobalexhibitorsandbuyers."

  TheBritish-SwedishdrugmakerAstraZenecasaysitistalkingtoBrazil,China,Japan,andRussiaaboutsupplyingthepotentialnovelcoronavirusvaccineitdevelopedwithscientistsfromtheUniversityofOxford.ThenewsfolloweditsannouncementontheweekendthatithadreachedadealwithEurope'sInclusiveVaccinesAlliancetodeliver400milliondosesofthepotentialvaccinetoEuropeancountriesbytheendoftheyear.AstraZenecahasalsostruckdealswiththeUnitedKingdomandtheUnitedStatestosupply700milliondosestothosemarkets.Ithasagreedtomake1billiondosesavailabletolowandmiddle-incomecountries,throughtheSerumInstituteofIndia.PascalSoriot,AstraZeneca'schiefexecutive,toldreportersthecompanyhascompletedthelateststageoftestingofthepossiblevaccineandislookingforwardtoPhaseIII."Wehopetomakethevaccineavailablewidelyandrapidly,"Soriotadded.Hesaidthecompanywillimminentlypublishareportonthefindingsfromthelatestphaseoftestingbutinsistedhewas"veryconfident"abouttheproductthattheUKgovernmentsupportedduringthedevelopmentstagewitha65.5-million-pound(-million)granttotheUniversityofOxford.Soriotsaidthecompanywillknowforsurebytheendofthesummerwhetheritsvaccineis100percentsuccessfulinprotectingpeoplefromnovelcoronavirusinfection.TheMedicinesandHealthcareProductsRegulatoryAgency,theUK'sregulatorybodyforproductsincludingvaccines,approvedthevaccineforPhaseIIItrialsbasedonitshowingsufficientefficacyandsafetyinearliertests,Reutersreported.SoriotsaidthecompanywillusemanufacturingfacilitiesinGermany,ItalyandtheNetherlandstoproducedosesofthevaccineforEuropeannations.Itisnotyetknownwherethevaccinewillbeproducedforothernations.ExpertstoldtheBloombergnewsagencythevaccinemaybeuseful,evenifitdoesnotoffertotalprotectionagainstthenovelcoronavirusbecausenationsmaybewillingtoacceptavaccinethatstopspeoplebecomingseriouslyillandthatpreventsdeath,evenifitdoesnotfullyblockthevirus.Suchavaccinewouldatleastallowcountriestoendlockdownsandgettheireconomiesmovingagain.RobinShattock,aprofessoratImperialCollegeLondon,saidnationswillask:"IsthatprotectionagainstinfectionIsitprotectionagainstillnessIsitprotectionagainstseverediseaseIt'squitepossibleavaccinethatonlyprotectsagainstseverediseasewouldbeveryuseful."PharmaTimesOnlinesaidthevaccine,calledAZD1222,willbetestedonaround10,000adultvolunteers.Severalcompanies,includingChina'sCanSinoBiologics,theUnitedStatesmultinationalPfizer,andGlaxosmithklinearealsodevelopingpromisingpotentialvaccines.PremierLiKeqiangtoursvirtualpavilionsofthe127thsessionoftheChinaImportandExportFairinGuangzhou,Guangdongprovince,viavideolinkfromBeijingonMondayafteropeningthefair.TheeventisalsoknownastheCantonFair.(FENGYONGBIN/CHINADAILY)The127thsessionoftheChinaImportandExportFair,thefirstdigitalfairinits63-yearhistory,willhelpstabilizeglobalsupplyandindustrialchainsamiduncertaintiesinglobaltradeaffectedbyCOVID-19,governmentofficialssaidonMonday.Thetwice-yearlyevent,alsoknownastheCantonFair,openedonlineonMondayandwillcontinuethroughJune24inGuangzhou,Guangdongprovince.IthasdrawnawarmresponsefromforeigncustomerswillingtoengagewithChinesesuppliersdespitethepandemic,whichhasslowedglobaltradeandmanycountries'economicgrowth,saidLiJinqi,deputydirector-generalofthefair'sorganizingcommittee.Thefair,including50exhibitionareasbasedon16categoriesofcommodities,willattractsome25,000Chineseexport-orientedcompaniesthismonth,organizerssaid.Theywillshowcase1.8millionproductsandservicesthroughvariousmediasuchasphotos,videosand3Dformatstopromotematchmakingamongsuppliersandpurchasersandconduct24-hourbusinessnegotiations.Foreignbuyerscanregisteronthe24-hourlivestreamingplatformandstartpurchasenegotiationsatanytimeduringtheexhibitionperiod,asallcompanieshavebeenexemptedfrompayingexhibitionfeesinordertobolsterinternationaltradeandyieldwin-winresults.GuJin,deputygeneralmanageroftheoverseasbusinessdepartmentatChinaGeneralTechnologyGroup,aState-ownedmachineryexporter,saidthecompanydoesn'thavelimitationsintimeorlocationwhenshowingitsproductsandservicesthistime."Wewereonlyabletoshowcertainsmallpiecesofequipmentinpreviousfairsduetotheboothsize,"sadGu."Butnowwecandisplaylargemachineryonthedigitalplatformandshowtheproductionprocessandtechnologiesonline,notjusttheproductsthemselves."PremierLiKeqiangpledgedcontinuouseffortstoboostimportfacilitationandhelpbusinessesfromvariouscountriesshareChina'svastmarketopportunitiesasheannouncedtheopeningofthe127thChinaImportandExportFairatavirtualceremonyonMonday.SpeakingwithbusinessleadersviavideolinkfromBeijing,LisaidChinawillbolsterimportsofproductsthatsellwellinthedomesticmarketandworktogetherwithdifferentcountriestocontributetotheglobaleconomicrecovery.China'sdecisiontohosttheeventonlineisanindicatorofthecountry'sfirmresolvetoexpandopening-upandsafeguardthesecurityofinternationalindustryandsupplychains,hesaid.LivisitedtheonlineshowroomsofseveralbusinessesandspokewithexecutivesfromGreeElectricAppliancesInc,LoctekErgonomicTechnologyCorpandHuidaSanitaryWareCo.Hecalledonbusinessestoimprovethequalityoftheirproductsandboosttheircompetitivenessintheinternationalmarket.Whilemanytradeeventsaroundtheworldhavebeencanceledordelayedandforeignbuyershavebeenreluctanttotravelabroadduetothepandemic,theyhaveexpressedeagernesstoparticipateintheonlineCantonFairasitoffersaconvenientwaytohelpthemresumeproductionandservices,saidZhangLi,deputydirector-generalofthedepartmentofforeigntradeundertheMinistryofCommerce.Becauseofthepandemic,theWorldTradeOrganizationexpectsthisyear'sglobaltradetofallby13percentto32percent.Thecoronavirusisalsotakingatollontheworld'ssecond-largesteconomy,asthecountry'sforeigntradeingoodsdroppedby4.9percentyear-on-yearto11.54trillionyuan(.63trillion)inthefirstfivemonthsofthisyear,Customsofficialssaid.MichaelSchumann,chairmanoftheboardofdirectorsofBerlin-basedFederalAssociationforEconomicDevelopmentandForeignTrade,saiddespitethedecisiveroletheexhibitionindustryplayedinbothcountries,GermanindustryisfacingseverechallengesfromthepandemicandmanylargeexhibitionsinGermanyhavebeencanceledorpostponed."However,theorganizeroftheCantonFairtakesadifferentapproachinholdingitonlineforfreeforexhibitorsandbuyers.ThisiscourageousandworthyofreferenceforGermanexhibitions,"hesaid."ThissessionoftheCantonFairwillcreatemoretradeopportunitiesforglobalexhibitorsandbuyers."LyuMinlivestreamstheartofmakingChineseknotsatherhomeinTianjin.(SONGRUI/XINHUA)Restingherphoneonastandandadjustingtheangleofthelighting,49-year-oldLyuMinstartedherlivestreamingsession-herdailyroutineduringthenovelcoronavirusoutbreak.Cladinaqipao,atraditionalChinesedress,Lyustartedthelivestreamingsessionfromherworkshopat10am,sharingtheartofmakingChineseknotswithmanyhandicraftloversinTianjin.Lyu,aninheritoroftheartofmakingChineseknots,whichislistedasanintangibleculturalheritageinTianjin,becamealivestreaminghostduringtheCOVID-19epidemic."ThoughthesalesofChineseknotshavedroppedalot,I'mstilloptimisticIcanrideoutthepressurebroughtbytheoutbreak.Icanmakefulluseofthisperiodtoimprovemyweavingtechniquesandrevivethistraditionalhandicraftonline,"shesaid.Lyuisquitenewtotheworldoflivestreaming,havingboughtallthenecessaryequipmentafterfollowingherfriends'advice."Ipracticelivestreamingeverydayandrecordahugenumberofeducationalvideos,"Lyusaid.Asface-to-faceinteractionisstillimpracticalformany,evenastheoutbreakhasbeenlargelybroughtundercontrolinChina,LyusaidlivestreamingclassescansatisfyChineseknotlovers'curiosityandtheireagernesstolearnthehandicraft.Duringoneofherclasses,LyuintertwinedthethreadsasshetaughtherfanshowtomakedifferentChineseknotsstepbystep."Ihavemorethan200followersrightnow.IseemoreandmoreChineseknotenthusiastsononlineplatforms,"shesaid.Lyuhasintegratedtheanti-epidemicspiritintoherworks,expressingthedeterminationandconfidenceoftheChinesepeopletodefeattheepidemic."IhaveadeepaffectionforWuhan(inHubeiprovince),whereIexhibitedmyworksin2019.Chineseknotsarepopularamongmanylocalpeople,andImadelotsoffriendsthere,"Lyusaid.ShedesignedaspecialChineseknottoexpresshergratitudetothemedicsofTianjinwhoweredispatchedtoaidWuhan,theChinesecityhithardestbytheepidemic,severalmonthsago."IamusingalengthofcoloredcordandperseverancetokeepthistraditionalartofChineseknotsaliveonlineandhelpmorepeopleunderstandit,"Lyusaid.

  PhototakenonMay29,2020showsthelivebroadcastofU.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpspeakingatapressconferenceattheWhiteHouseinWashingtonDC,theUnitedStates.(Photo/Xinhua)U.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpsaidonMondaythatthenumberofU.S.troopsdeployedinGermanywouldbereducedto25,000duetoGermany'sinsufficientdefensespending.SpeakingtoreportersattheWhiteHouse,TrumpconfirmedthenumberofU.S.soldiersinGermanywouldreduceto25,000."GermanyasyouknowisverydelinquentintheirpaymentstoNATO,"TrumptoldreportersattheWhiteHouse,addingthatU.S.troopswouldredeploytoGermanyuntilitpays.Currently,thereareabout35,000U.S.troopsdeployedinGermany.FormerU.S.AmbassadortoGermanyRichardGrenelltoldGermanmediaoutletBildLivelastweekthat"Americantaxpayersnolongerfeellikepayingtoomuchforthedefenseofothercountries.""Therewillstillbe25,000soldiersinGermany,that'snosmallnumber,"addedtheTrumployalist.U.S.mediareportedearlythismonththatTrumphaddirectedthePentagontoreduceU.S.militarypresenceinGermanybySeptember,whichdrewoppositionsamongU.S.lawmakers.Lastweek22RepublicanmembersofCongresswarnedTrumpthatasignificantforcedrawdowninEuropewouldserveRussia'sinterestsattheexpenseofU.S.nationalsecurity.ThereductionmightfurtherstraintherelationsbetweenWashingtonandBerlin.ThetwoallieshavebeenatoddswitheachotheronIrannuclearissues,NordStream2gaspipelineproject,anddefenseburden-sharing,amongothers.TrumphasbeenrepeatedlycomplainingthatU.S.alliesexploitedhiscountryondefensespending.InhisremarkstograduatesoftheUnitedStatesMilitaryAcademyovertheweekend,TrumpemphasizedtheU.S.militaryisnotthepolicemenoftheworld.PremierLiKeqiangtoursvirtualpavilionsofthe127thsessionoftheChinaImportandExportFairinGuangzhou,Guangdongprovince,viavideolinkfromBeijingonMondayafteropeningthefair.TheeventisalsoknownastheCantonFair.(FENGYONGBIN/CHINADAILY)The127thsessionoftheChinaImportandExportFair,thefirstdigitalfairinits63-yearhistory,willhelpstabilizeglobalsupplyandindustrialchainsamiduncertaintiesinglobaltradeaffectedbyCOVID-19,governmentofficialssaidonMonday.Thetwice-yearlyevent,alsoknownastheCantonFair,openedonlineonMondayandwillcontinuethroughJune24inGuangzhou,Guangdongprovince.IthasdrawnawarmresponsefromforeigncustomerswillingtoengagewithChinesesuppliersdespitethepandemic,whichhasslowedglobaltradeandmanycountries'economicgrowth,saidLiJinqi,deputydirector-generalofthefair'sorganizingcommittee.Thefair,including50exhibitionareasbasedon16categoriesofcommodities,willattractsome25,000Chineseexport-orientedcompaniesthismonth,organizerssaid.Theywillshowcase1.8millionproductsandservicesthroughvariousmediasuchasphotos,videosand3Dformatstopromotematchmakingamongsuppliersandpurchasersandconduct24-hourbusinessnegotiations.Foreignbuyerscanregisteronthe24-hourlivestreamingplatformandstartpurchasenegotiationsatanytimeduringtheexhibitionperiod,asallcompanieshavebeenexemptedfrompayingexhibitionfeesinordertobolsterinternationaltradeandyieldwin-winresults.GuJin,deputygeneralmanageroftheoverseasbusinessdepartmentatChinaGeneralTechnologyGroup,aState-ownedmachineryexporter,saidthecompanydoesn'thavelimitationsintimeorlocationwhenshowingitsproductsandservicesthistime."Wewereonlyabletoshowcertainsmallpiecesofequipmentinpreviousfairsduetotheboothsize,"sadGu."Butnowwecandisplaylargemachineryonthedigitalplatformandshowtheproductionprocessandtechnologiesonline,notjusttheproductsthemselves."PremierLiKeqiangpledgedcontinuouseffortstoboostimportfacilitationandhelpbusinessesfromvariouscountriesshareChina'svastmarketopportunitiesasheannouncedtheopeningofthe127thChinaImportandExportFairatavirtualceremonyonMonday.SpeakingwithbusinessleadersviavideolinkfromBeijing,LisaidChinawillbolsterimportsofproductsthatsellwellinthedomesticmarketandworktogetherwithdifferentcountriestocontributetotheglobaleconomicrecovery.China'sdecisiontohosttheeventonlineisanindicatorofthecountry'sfirmresolvetoexpandopening-upandsafeguardthesecurityofinternationalindustryandsupplychains,hesaid.LivisitedtheonlineshowroomsofseveralbusinessesandspokewithexecutivesfromGreeElectricAppliancesInc,LoctekErgonomicTechnologyCorpandHuidaSanitaryWareCo.Hecalledonbusinessestoimprovethequalityoftheirproductsandboosttheircompetitivenessintheinternationalmarket.Whilemanytradeeventsaroundtheworldhavebeencanceledordelayedandforeignbuyershavebeenreluctanttotravelabroadduetothepandemic,theyhaveexpressedeagernesstoparticipateintheonlineCantonFairasitoffersaconvenientwaytohelpthemresumeproductionandservices,saidZhangLi,deputydirector-generalofthedepartmentofforeigntradeundertheMinistryofCommerce.Becauseofthepandemic,theWorldTradeOrganizationexpectsthisyear'sglobaltradetofallby13percentto32percent.Thecoronavirusisalsotakingatollontheworld'ssecond-largesteconomy,asthecountry'sforeigntradeingoodsdroppedby4.9percentyear-on-yearto11.54trillionyuan(.63trillion)inthefirstfivemonthsofthisyear,Customsofficialssaid.MichaelSchumann,chairmanoftheboardofdirectorsofBerlin-basedFederalAssociationforEconomicDevelopmentandForeignTrade,saiddespitethedecisiveroletheexhibitionindustryplayedinbothcountries,GermanindustryisfacingseverechallengesfromthepandemicandmanylargeexhibitionsinGermanyhavebeencanceledorpostponed."However,theorganizeroftheCantonFairtakesadifferentapproachinholdingitonlineforfreeforexhibitorsandbuyers.ThisiscourageousandworthyofreferenceforGermanexhibitions,"hesaid."ThissessionoftheCantonFairwillcreatemoretradeopportunitiesforglobalexhibitorsandbuyers."LyuMinlivestreamstheartofmakingChineseknotsatherhomeinTianjin.(SONGRUI/XINHUA)Restingherphoneonastandandadjustingtheangleofthelighting,49-year-oldLyuMinstartedherlivestreamingsession-herdailyroutineduringthenovelcoronavirusoutbreak.Cladinaqipao,atraditionalChinesedress,Lyustartedthelivestreamingsessionfromherworkshopat10am,sharingtheartofmakingChineseknotswithmanyhandicraftloversinTianjin.Lyu,aninheritoroftheartofmakingChineseknots,whichislistedasanintangibleculturalheritageinTianjin,becamealivestreaminghostduringtheCOVID-19epidemic."ThoughthesalesofChineseknotshavedroppedalot,I'mstilloptimisticIcanrideoutthepressurebroughtbytheoutbreak.Icanmakefulluseofthisperiodtoimprovemyweavingtechniquesandrevivethistraditionalhandicraftonline,"shesaid.Lyuisquitenewtotheworldoflivestreaming,havingboughtallthenecessaryequipmentafterfollowingherfriends'advice."Ipracticelivestreamingeverydayandrecordahugenumberofeducationalvideos,"Lyusaid.Asface-to-faceinteractionisstillimpracticalformany,evenastheoutbreakhasbeenlargelybroughtundercontrolinChina,LyusaidlivestreamingclassescansatisfyChineseknotlovers'curiosityandtheireagernesstolearnthehandicraft.Duringoneofherclasses,LyuintertwinedthethreadsasshetaughtherfanshowtomakedifferentChineseknotsstepbystep."Ihavemorethan200followersrightnow.IseemoreandmoreChineseknotenthusiastsononlineplatforms,"shesaid.Lyuhasintegratedtheanti-epidemicspiritintoherworks,expressingthedeterminationandconfidenceoftheChinesepeopletodefeattheepidemic."IhaveadeepaffectionforWuhan(inHubeiprovince),whereIexhibitedmyworksin2019.Chineseknotsarepopularamongmanylocalpeople,andImadelotsoffriendsthere,"Lyusaid.ShedesignedaspecialChineseknottoexpresshergratitudetothemedicsofTianjinwhoweredispatchedtoaidWuhan,theChinesecityhithardestbytheepidemic,severalmonthsago."IamusingalengthofcoloredcordandperseverancetokeepthistraditionalartofChineseknotsaliveonlineandhelpmorepeopleunderstandit,"Lyusaid.

  Beijingdisagreeswithcharacterizationofbombersonislandas'militarization'TherecentlandingofbomberaircraftonaSouthChinaSeaislandbythePeople'sLiberationArmyAirForceispartofnormaltrainingthatshouldnotbeover-interpreted,ForeignMinistryspokesmanLuKangsaidonMonday.LumadetheremarkwhenhewasrequestedtocommentonthereactionoftheUnitedStatesandthePhilippinestotheexercises.PentagonspokesmanU.S.MarineLieutenantColonelChristopherLogansaidChina's"continuedmilitarizationofdisputedfeaturesintheSouthChinaSeaonlyservestoraisetensionsanddestabilizetheregion",TheAssociatedPressreported.LurebukedthePentagon'scomments,sayingthetrainingexerciseisnotwhattheU.S.hascalled"militarization"."TheSouthChinaSeaislandsareChina'sterritory.ThetrainingisanormalexerciseconductedbytheChinesemilitary.It'snotnecessaryforotherpartiestomakeanover-interpretation,"Lusaid."Theyaretotallydifferentinnaturethanthebehaviorofdrivingonecountry'sownmilitaryvesselsandaircraftacrossalong,longdistancetotheSouthChinaSeaandposingathreattoregionalcountries,"Luadded.Bombersofdifferenttypes,includinganunspecifiednumberofH-6KsfromadivisionofthePLAAirForce,tookofffromanairportinsouthernChinaandmadeasimulatedstrikebeforelandingonanislandintheSouthChinaSea,accordingtoanAirForcestatementonFriday.ThePhilippineDepartmentofForeignAffairssaidinastatementonMondayitis"closelymonitoringdevelopments"intheSouthChinaSeaand"takingtheappropriatediplomaticactionnecessary",butdidnotnameChina.TheU.S.hasdispatcheditsmilitaryvesselsandaircrafttotheSouthChinaSeaforyears.ItsB-52bomberscarriedouttrainingexercisesinthevicinityoftheSouthChinaSeainlateApril,ReutersquotedtheU.S.AirForceassaying.ThenewscamelessthanamonthaftertheU.S.senttheaircraftcarrierUSSTheodoreRoosevelttotheSouthChinaSea.CountriesneedtogetusedtoChina'straininginitsownterritory,saidTengJianqun,aresearcherattheChinaInstituteofInternationalStudies.Suchtraining,inlinewithinternationallawandnotthreateningthesecurityofothercountries,isnot"militarization",hesaid.TheU.S.shouldstop"pointingitsfingers"atsuchtraining,whichwillnotalterChina'sdeterminationtosafeguarditsterritory,hesaid.  Beijingdisagreeswithcharacterizationofbombersonislandas'militarization'TherecentlandingofbomberaircraftonaSouthChinaSeaislandbythePeople'sLiberationArmyAirForceispartofnormaltrainingthatshouldnotbeover-interpreted,ForeignMinistryspokesmanLuKangsaidonMonday.LumadetheremarkwhenhewasrequestedtocommentonthereactionoftheUnitedStatesandthePhilippinestotheexercises.PentagonspokesmanU.S.MarineLieutenantColonelChristopherLogansaidChina's"continuedmilitarizationofdisputedfeaturesintheSouthChinaSeaonlyservestoraisetensionsanddestabilizetheregion",TheAssociatedPressreported.LurebukedthePentagon'scomments,sayingthetrainingexerciseisnotwhattheU.S.hascalled"militarization"."TheSouthChinaSeaislandsareChina'sterritory.ThetrainingisanormalexerciseconductedbytheChinesemilitary.It'snotnecessaryforotherpartiestomakeanover-interpretation,"Lusaid."Theyaretotallydifferentinnaturethanthebehaviorofdrivingonecountry'sownmilitaryvesselsandaircraftacrossalong,longdistancetotheSouthChinaSeaandposingathreattoregionalcountries,"Luadded.Bombersofdifferenttypes,includinganunspecifiednumberofH-6KsfromadivisionofthePLAAirForce,tookofffromanairportinsouthernChinaandmadeasimulatedstrikebeforelandingonanislandintheSouthChinaSea,accordingtoanAirForcestatementonFriday.ThePhilippineDepartmentofForeignAffairssaidinastatementonMondayitis"closelymonitoringdevelopments"intheSouthChinaSeaand"takingtheappropriatediplomaticactionnecessary",butdidnotnameChina.TheU.S.hasdispatcheditsmilitaryvesselsandaircrafttotheSouthChinaSeaforyears.ItsB-52bomberscarriedouttrainingexercisesinthevicinityoftheSouthChinaSeainlateApril,ReutersquotedtheU.S.AirForceassaying.ThenewscamelessthanamonthaftertheU.S.senttheaircraftcarrierUSSTheodoreRoosevelttotheSouthChinaSea.CountriesneedtogetusedtoChina'straininginitsownterritory,saidTengJianqun,aresearcherattheChinaInstituteofInternationalStudies.Suchtraining,inlinewithinternationallawandnotthreateningthesecurityofothercountries,isnot"militarization",hesaid.TheU.S.shouldstop"pointingitsfingers"atsuchtraining,whichwillnotalterChina'sdeterminationtosafeguarditsterritory,hesaid.  Beijingdisagreeswithcharacterizationofbombersonislandas'militarization'TherecentlandingofbomberaircraftonaSouthChinaSeaislandbythePeople'sLiberationArmyAirForceispartofnormaltrainingthatshouldnotbeover-interpreted,ForeignMinistryspokesmanLuKangsaidonMonday.LumadetheremarkwhenhewasrequestedtocommentonthereactionoftheUnitedStatesandthePhilippinestotheexercises.PentagonspokesmanU.S.MarineLieutenantColonelChristopherLogansaidChina's"continuedmilitarizationofdisputedfeaturesintheSouthChinaSeaonlyservestoraisetensionsanddestabilizetheregion",TheAssociatedPressreported.LurebukedthePentagon'scomments,sayingthetrainingexerciseisnotwhattheU.S.hascalled"militarization"."TheSouthChinaSeaislandsareChina'sterritory.ThetrainingisanormalexerciseconductedbytheChinesemilitary.It'snotnecessaryforotherpartiestomakeanover-interpretation,"Lusaid."Theyaretotallydifferentinnaturethanthebehaviorofdrivingonecountry'sownmilitaryvesselsandaircraftacrossalong,longdistancetotheSouthChinaSeaandposingathreattoregionalcountries,"Luadded.Bombersofdifferenttypes,includinganunspecifiednumberofH-6KsfromadivisionofthePLAAirForce,tookofffromanairportinsouthernChinaandmadeasimulatedstrikebeforelandingonanislandintheSouthChinaSea,accordingtoanAirForcestatementonFriday.ThePhilippineDepartmentofForeignAffairssaidinastatementonMondayitis"closelymonitoringdevelopments"intheSouthChinaSeaand"takingtheappropriatediplomaticactionnecessary",butdidnotnameChina.TheU.S.hasdispatcheditsmilitaryvesselsandaircrafttotheSouthChinaSeaforyears.ItsB-52bomberscarriedouttrainingexercisesinthevicinityoftheSouthChinaSeainlateApril,ReutersquotedtheU.S.AirForceassaying.ThenewscamelessthanamonthaftertheU.S.senttheaircraftcarrierUSSTheodoreRoosevelttotheSouthChinaSea.CountriesneedtogetusedtoChina'straininginitsownterritory,saidTengJianqun,aresearcherattheChinaInstituteofInternationalStudies.Suchtraining,inlinewithinternationallawandnotthreateningthesecurityofothercountries,isnot"militarization",hesaid.TheU.S.shouldstop"pointingitsfingers"atsuchtraining,whichwillnotalterChina'sdeterminationtosafeguarditsterritory,hesaid.  

  PhototakenonMay29,2020showsthelivebroadcastofU.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpspeakingatapressconferenceattheWhiteHouseinWashingtonDC,theUnitedStates.(Photo/Xinhua)U.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpsaidonMondaythatthenumberofU.S.troopsdeployedinGermanywouldbereducedto25,000duetoGermany'sinsufficientdefensespending.SpeakingtoreportersattheWhiteHouse,TrumpconfirmedthenumberofU.S.soldiersinGermanywouldreduceto25,000."GermanyasyouknowisverydelinquentintheirpaymentstoNATO,"TrumptoldreportersattheWhiteHouse,addingthatU.S.troopswouldredeploytoGermanyuntilitpays.Currently,thereareabout35,000U.S.troopsdeployedinGermany.FormerU.S.AmbassadortoGermanyRichardGrenelltoldGermanmediaoutletBildLivelastweekthat"Americantaxpayersnolongerfeellikepayingtoomuchforthedefenseofothercountries.""Therewillstillbe25,000soldiersinGermany,that'snosmallnumber,"addedtheTrumployalist.U.S.mediareportedearlythismonththatTrumphaddirectedthePentagontoreduceU.S.militarypresenceinGermanybySeptember,whichdrewoppositionsamongU.S.lawmakers.Lastweek22RepublicanmembersofCongresswarnedTrumpthatasignificantforcedrawdowninEuropewouldserveRussia'sinterestsattheexpenseofU.S.nationalsecurity.ThereductionmightfurtherstraintherelationsbetweenWashingtonandBerlin.ThetwoallieshavebeenatoddswitheachotheronIrannuclearissues,NordStream2gaspipelineproject,anddefenseburden-sharing,amongothers.TrumphasbeenrepeatedlycomplainingthatU.S.alliesexploitedhiscountryondefensespending.InhisremarkstograduatesoftheUnitedStatesMilitaryAcademyovertheweekend,TrumpemphasizedtheU.S.militaryisnotthepolicemenoftheworld.TheBritish-SwedishdrugmakerAstraZenecasaysitistalkingtoBrazil,China,Japan,andRussiaaboutsupplyingthepotentialnovelcoronavirusvaccineitdevelopedwithscientistsfromtheUniversityofOxford.ThenewsfolloweditsannouncementontheweekendthatithadreachedadealwithEurope'sInclusiveVaccinesAlliancetodeliver400milliondosesofthepotentialvaccinetoEuropeancountriesbytheendoftheyear.AstraZenecahasalsostruckdealswiththeUnitedKingdomandtheUnitedStatestosupply700milliondosestothosemarkets.Ithasagreedtomake1billiondosesavailabletolowandmiddle-incomecountries,throughtheSerumInstituteofIndia.PascalSoriot,AstraZeneca'schiefexecutive,toldreportersthecompanyhascompletedthelateststageoftestingofthepossiblevaccineandislookingforwardtoPhaseIII."Wehopetomakethevaccineavailablewidelyandrapidly,"Soriotadded.Hesaidthecompanywillimminentlypublishareportonthefindingsfromthelatestphaseoftestingbutinsistedhewas"veryconfident"abouttheproductthattheUKgovernmentsupportedduringthedevelopmentstagewitha65.5-million-pound(-million)granttotheUniversityofOxford.Soriotsaidthecompanywillknowforsurebytheendofthesummerwhetheritsvaccineis100percentsuccessfulinprotectingpeoplefromnovelcoronavirusinfection.TheMedicinesandHealthcareProductsRegulatoryAgency,theUK'sregulatorybodyforproductsincludingvaccines,approvedthevaccineforPhaseIIItrialsbasedonitshowingsufficientefficacyandsafetyinearliertests,Reutersreported.SoriotsaidthecompanywillusemanufacturingfacilitiesinGermany,ItalyandtheNetherlandstoproducedosesofthevaccineforEuropeannations.Itisnotyetknownwherethevaccinewillbeproducedforothernations.ExpertstoldtheBloombergnewsagencythevaccinemaybeuseful,evenifitdoesnotoffertotalprotectionagainstthenovelcoronavirusbecausenationsmaybewillingtoacceptavaccinethatstopspeoplebecomingseriouslyillandthatpreventsdeath,evenifitdoesnotfullyblockthevirus.Suchavaccinewouldatleastallowcountriestoendlockdownsandgettheireconomiesmovingagain.RobinShattock,aprofessoratImperialCollegeLondon,saidnationswillask:"IsthatprotectionagainstinfectionIsitprotectionagainstillnessIsitprotectionagainstseverediseaseIt'squitepossibleavaccinethatonlyprotectsagainstseverediseasewouldbeveryuseful."PharmaTimesOnlinesaidthevaccine,calledAZD1222,willbetestedonaround10,000adultvolunteers.Severalcompanies,includingChina'sCanSinoBiologics,theUnitedStatesmultinationalPfizer,andGlaxosmithklinearealsodevelopingpromisingpotentialvaccines.LyuMinlivestreamstheartofmakingChineseknotsatherhomeinTianjin.(SONGRUI/XINHUA)Restingherphoneonastandandadjustingtheangleofthelighting,49-year-oldLyuMinstartedherlivestreamingsession-herdailyroutineduringthenovelcoronavirusoutbreak.Cladinaqipao,atraditionalChinesedress,Lyustartedthelivestreamingsessionfromherworkshopat10am,sharingtheartofmakingChineseknotswithmanyhandicraftloversinTianjin.Lyu,aninheritoroftheartofmakingChineseknots,whichislistedasanintangibleculturalheritageinTianjin,becamealivestreaminghostduringtheCOVID-19epidemic."ThoughthesalesofChineseknotshavedroppedalot,I'mstilloptimisticIcanrideoutthepressurebroughtbytheoutbreak.Icanmakefulluseofthisperiodtoimprovemyweavingtechniquesandrevivethistraditionalhandicraftonline,"shesaid.Lyuisquitenewtotheworldoflivestreaming,havingboughtallthenecessaryequipmentafterfollowingherfriends'advice."Ipracticelivestreamingeverydayandrecordahugenumberofeducationalvideos,"Lyusaid.Asface-to-faceinteractionisstillimpracticalformany,evenastheoutbreakhasbeenlargelybroughtundercontrolinChina,LyusaidlivestreamingclassescansatisfyChineseknotlovers'curiosityandtheireagernesstolearnthehandicraft.Duringoneofherclasses,LyuintertwinedthethreadsasshetaughtherfanshowtomakedifferentChineseknotsstepbystep."Ihavemorethan200followersrightnow.IseemoreandmoreChineseknotenthusiastsononlineplatforms,"shesaid.Lyuhasintegratedtheanti-epidemicspiritintoherworks,expressingthedeterminationandconfidenceoftheChinesepeopletodefeattheepidemic."IhaveadeepaffectionforWuhan(inHubeiprovince),whereIexhibitedmyworksin2019.Chineseknotsarepopularamongmanylocalpeople,andImadelotsoffriendsthere,"Lyusaid.ShedesignedaspecialChineseknottoexpresshergratitudetothemedicsofTianjinwhoweredispatchedtoaidWuhan,theChinesecityhithardestbytheepidemic,severalmonthsago."IamusingalengthofcoloredcordandperseverancetokeepthistraditionalartofChineseknotsaliveonlineandhelpmorepeopleunderstandit,"Lyusaid.

  Beijingdisagreeswithcharacterizationofbombersonislandas'militarization'TherecentlandingofbomberaircraftonaSouthChinaSeaislandbythePeople'sLiberationArmyAirForceispartofnormaltrainingthatshouldnotbeover-interpreted,ForeignMinistryspokesmanLuKangsaidonMonday.LumadetheremarkwhenhewasrequestedtocommentonthereactionoftheUnitedStatesandthePhilippinestotheexercises.PentagonspokesmanU.S.MarineLieutenantColonelChristopherLogansaidChina's"continuedmilitarizationofdisputedfeaturesintheSouthChinaSeaonlyservestoraisetensionsanddestabilizetheregion",TheAssociatedPressreported.LurebukedthePentagon'scomments,sayingthetrainingexerciseisnotwhattheU.S.hascalled"militarization"."TheSouthChinaSeaislandsareChina'sterritory.ThetrainingisanormalexerciseconductedbytheChinesemilitary.It'snotnecessaryforotherpartiestomakeanover-interpretation,"Lusaid."Theyaretotallydifferentinnaturethanthebehaviorofdrivingonecountry'sownmilitaryvesselsandaircraftacrossalong,longdistancetotheSouthChinaSeaandposingathreattoregionalcountries,"Luadded.Bombersofdifferenttypes,includinganunspecifiednumberofH-6KsfromadivisionofthePLAAirForce,tookofffromanairportinsouthernChinaandmadeasimulatedstrikebeforelandingonanislandintheSouthChinaSea,accordingtoanAirForcestatementonFriday.ThePhilippineDepartmentofForeignAffairssaidinastatementonMondayitis"closelymonitoringdevelopments"intheSouthChinaSeaand"takingtheappropriatediplomaticactionnecessary",butdidnotnameChina.TheU.S.hasdispatcheditsmilitaryvesselsandaircrafttotheSouthChinaSeaforyears.ItsB-52bomberscarriedouttrainingexercisesinthevicinityoftheSouthChinaSeainlateApril,ReutersquotedtheU.S.AirForceassaying.ThenewscamelessthanamonthaftertheU.S.senttheaircraftcarrierUSSTheodoreRoosevelttotheSouthChinaSea.CountriesneedtogetusedtoChina'straininginitsownterritory,saidTengJianqun,aresearcherattheChinaInstituteofInternationalStudies.Suchtraining,inlinewithinternationallawandnotthreateningthesecurityofothercountries,isnot"militarization",hesaid.TheU.S.shouldstop"pointingitsfingers"atsuchtraining,whichwillnotalterChina'sdeterminationtosafeguarditsterritory,hesaid.  PremierLiKeqiangtoursvirtualpavilionsofthe127thsessionoftheChinaImportandExportFairinGuangzhou,Guangdongprovince,viavideolinkfromBeijingonMondayafteropeningthefair.TheeventisalsoknownastheCantonFair.(FENGYONGBIN/CHINADAILY)The127thsessionoftheChinaImportandExportFair,thefirstdigitalfairinits63-yearhistory,willhelpstabilizeglobalsupplyandindustrialchainsamiduncertaintiesinglobaltradeaffectedbyCOVID-19,governmentofficialssaidonMonday.Thetwice-yearlyevent,alsoknownastheCantonFair,openedonlineonMondayandwillcontinuethroughJune24inGuangzhou,Guangdongprovince.IthasdrawnawarmresponsefromforeigncustomerswillingtoengagewithChinesesuppliersdespitethepandemic,whichhasslowedglobaltradeandmanycountries'economicgrowth,saidLiJinqi,deputydirector-generalofthefair'sorganizingcommittee.Thefair,including50exhibitionareasbasedon16categoriesofcommodities,willattractsome25,000Chineseexport-orientedcompaniesthismonth,organizerssaid.Theywillshowcase1.8millionproductsandservicesthroughvariousmediasuchasphotos,videosand3Dformatstopromotematchmakingamongsuppliersandpurchasersandconduct24-hourbusinessnegotiations.Foreignbuyerscanregisteronthe24-hourlivestreamingplatformandstartpurchasenegotiationsatanytimeduringtheexhibitionperiod,asallcompanieshavebeenexemptedfrompayingexhibitionfeesinordertobolsterinternationaltradeandyieldwin-winresults.GuJin,deputygeneralmanageroftheoverseasbusinessdepartmentatChinaGeneralTechnologyGroup,aState-ownedmachineryexporter,saidthecompanydoesn'thavelimitationsintimeorlocationwhenshowingitsproductsandservicesthistime."Wewereonlyabletoshowcertainsmallpiecesofequipmentinpreviousfairsduetotheboothsize,"sadGu."Butnowwecandisplaylargemachineryonthedigitalplatformandshowtheproductionprocessandtechnologiesonline,notjusttheproductsthemselves."PremierLiKeqiangpledgedcontinuouseffortstoboostimportfacilitationandhelpbusinessesfromvariouscountriesshareChina'svastmarketopportunitiesasheannouncedtheopeningofthe127thChinaImportandExportFairatavirtualceremonyonMonday.SpeakingwithbusinessleadersviavideolinkfromBeijing,LisaidChinawillbolsterimportsofproductsthatsellwellinthedomesticmarketandworktogetherwithdifferentcountriestocontributetotheglobaleconomicrecovery.China'sdecisiontohosttheeventonlineisanindicatorofthecountry'sfirmresolvetoexpandopening-upandsafeguardthesecurityofinternationalindustryandsupplychains,hesaid.LivisitedtheonlineshowroomsofseveralbusinessesandspokewithexecutivesfromGreeElectricAppliancesInc,LoctekErgonomicTechnologyCorpandHuidaSanitaryWareCo.Hecalledonbusinessestoimprovethequalityoftheirproductsandboosttheircompetitivenessintheinternationalmarket.Whilemanytradeeventsaroundtheworldhavebeencanceledordelayedandforeignbuyershavebeenreluctanttotravelabroadduetothepandemic,theyhaveexpressedeagernesstoparticipateintheonlineCantonFairasitoffersaconvenientwaytohelpthemresumeproductionandservices,saidZhangLi,deputydirector-generalofthedepartmentofforeigntradeundertheMinistryofCommerce.Becauseofthepandemic,theWorldTradeOrganizationexpectsthisyear'sglobaltradetofallby13percentto32percent.Thecoronavirusisalsotakingatollontheworld'ssecond-largesteconomy,asthecountry'sforeigntradeingoodsdroppedby4.9percentyear-on-yearto11.54trillionyuan(.63trillion)inthefirstfivemonthsofthisyear,Customsofficialssaid.MichaelSchumann,chairmanoftheboardofdirectorsofBerlin-basedFederalAssociationforEconomicDevelopmentandForeignTrade,saiddespitethedecisiveroletheexhibitionindustryplayedinbothcountries,GermanindustryisfacingseverechallengesfromthepandemicandmanylargeexhibitionsinGermanyhavebeencanceledorpostponed."However,theorganizeroftheCantonFairtakesadifferentapproachinholdingitonlineforfreeforexhibitorsandbuyers.ThisiscourageousandworthyofreferenceforGermanexhibitions,"hesaid."ThissessionoftheCantonFairwillcreatemoretradeopportunitiesforglobalexhibitorsandbuyers."PremierLiKeqiangtoursvirtualpavilionsofthe127thsessionoftheChinaImportandExportFairinGuangzhou,Guangdongprovince,viavideolinkfromBeijingonMondayafteropeningthefair.TheeventisalsoknownastheCantonFair.(FENGYONGBIN/CHINADAILY)The127thsessionoftheChinaImportandExportFair,thefirstdigitalfairinits63-yearhistory,willhelpstabilizeglobalsupplyandindustrialchainsamiduncertaintiesinglobaltradeaffectedbyCOVID-19,governmentofficialssaidonMonday.Thetwice-yearlyevent,alsoknownastheCantonFair,openedonlineonMondayandwillcontinuethroughJune24inGuangzhou,Guangdongprovince.IthasdrawnawarmresponsefromforeigncustomerswillingtoengagewithChinesesuppliersdespitethepandemic,whichhasslowedglobaltradeandmanycountries'economicgrowth,saidLiJinqi,deputydirector-generalofthefair'sorganizingcommittee.Thefair,including50exhibitionareasbasedon16categoriesofcommodities,willattractsome25,000Chineseexport-orientedcompaniesthismonth,organizerssaid.Theywillshowcase1.8millionproductsandservicesthroughvariousmediasuchasphotos,videosand3Dformatstopromotematchmakingamongsuppliersandpurchasersandconduct24-hourbusinessnegotiations.Foreignbuyerscanregisteronthe24-hourlivestreamingplatformandstartpurchasenegotiationsatanytimeduringtheexhibitionperiod,asallcompanieshavebeenexemptedfrompayingexhibitionfeesinordertobolsterinternationaltradeandyieldwin-winresults.GuJin,deputygeneralmanageroftheoverseasbusinessdepartmentatChinaGeneralTechnologyGroup,aState-ownedmachineryexporter,saidthecompanydoesn'thavelimitationsintimeorlocationwhenshowingitsproductsandservicesthistime."Wewereonlyabletoshowcertainsmallpiecesofequipmentinpreviousfairsduetotheboothsize,"sadGu."Butnowwecandisplaylargemachineryonthedigitalplatformandshowtheproductionprocessandtechnologiesonline,notjusttheproductsthemselves."PremierLiKeqiangpledgedcontinuouseffortstoboostimportfacilitationandhelpbusinessesfromvariouscountriesshareChina'svastmarketopportunitiesasheannouncedtheopeningofthe127thChinaImportandExportFairatavirtualceremonyonMonday.SpeakingwithbusinessleadersviavideolinkfromBeijing,LisaidChinawillbolsterimportsofproductsthatsellwellinthedomesticmarketandworktogetherwithdifferentcountriestocontributetotheglobaleconomicrecovery.China'sdecisiontohosttheeventonlineisanindicatorofthecountry'sfirmresolvetoexpandopening-upandsafeguardthesecurityofinternationalindustryandsupplychains,hesaid.LivisitedtheonlineshowroomsofseveralbusinessesandspokewithexecutivesfromGreeElectricAppliancesInc,LoctekErgonomicTechnologyCorpandHuidaSanitaryWareCo.Hecalledonbusinessestoimprovethequalityoftheirproductsandboosttheircompetitivenessintheinternationalmarket.Whilemanytradeeventsaroundtheworldhavebeencanceledordelayedandforeignbuyershavebeenreluctanttotravelabroadduetothepandemic,theyhaveexpressedeagernesstoparticipateintheonlineCantonFairasitoffersaconvenientwaytohelpthemresumeproductionandservices,saidZhangLi,deputydirector-generalofthedepartmentofforeigntradeundertheMinistryofCommerce.Becauseofthepandemic,theWorldTradeOrganizationexpectsthisyear'sglobaltradetofallby13percentto32percent.Thecoronavirusisalsotakingatollontheworld'ssecond-largesteconomy,asthecountry'sforeigntradeingoodsdroppedby4.9percentyear-on-yearto11.54trillionyuan(.63trillion)inthefirstfivemonthsofthisyear,Customsofficialssaid.MichaelSchumann,chairmanoftheboardofdirectorsofBerlin-basedFederalAssociationforEconomicDevelopmentandForeignTrade,saiddespitethedecisiveroletheexhibitionindustryplayedinbothcountries,GermanindustryisfacingseverechallengesfromthepandemicandmanylargeexhibitionsinGermanyhavebeencanceledorpostponed."However,theorganizeroftheCantonFairtakesadifferentapproachinholdingitonlineforfreeforexhibitorsandbuyers.ThisiscourageousandworthyofreferenceforGermanexhibitions,"hesaid."ThissessionoftheCantonFairwillcreatemoretradeopportunitiesforglobalexhibitorsandbuyers."

  LyuMinlivestreamstheartofmakingChineseknotsatherhomeinTianjin.(SONGRUI/XINHUA)Restingherphoneonastandandadjustingtheangleofthelighting,49-year-oldLyuMinstartedherlivestreamingsession-herdailyroutineduringthenovelcoronavirusoutbreak.Cladinaqipao,atraditionalChinesedress,Lyustartedthelivestreamingsessionfromherworkshopat10am,sharingtheartofmakingChineseknotswithmanyhandicraftloversinTianjin.Lyu,aninheritoroftheartofmakingChineseknots,whichislistedasanintangibleculturalheritageinTianjin,becamealivestreaminghostduringtheCOVID-19epidemic."ThoughthesalesofChineseknotshavedroppedalot,I'mstilloptimisticIcanrideoutthepressurebroughtbytheoutbreak.Icanmakefulluseofthisperiodtoimprovemyweavingtechniquesandrevivethistraditionalhandicraftonline,"shesaid.Lyuisquitenewtotheworldoflivestreaming,havingboughtallthenecessaryequipmentafterfollowingherfriends'advice."Ipracticelivestreamingeverydayandrecordahugenumberofeducationalvideos,"Lyusaid.Asface-to-faceinteractionisstillimpracticalformany,evenastheoutbreakhasbeenlargelybroughtundercontrolinChina,LyusaidlivestreamingclassescansatisfyChineseknotlovers'curiosityandtheireagernesstolearnthehandicraft.Duringoneofherclasses,LyuintertwinedthethreadsasshetaughtherfanshowtomakedifferentChineseknotsstepbystep."Ihavemorethan200followersrightnow.IseemoreandmoreChineseknotenthusiastsononlineplatforms,"shesaid.Lyuhasintegratedtheanti-epidemicspiritintoherworks,expressingthedeterminationandconfidenceoftheChinesepeopletodefeattheepidemic."IhaveadeepaffectionforWuhan(inHubeiprovince),whereIexhibitedmyworksin2019.Chineseknotsarepopularamongmanylocalpeople,andImadelotsoffriendsthere,"Lyusaid.ShedesignedaspecialChineseknottoexpresshergratitudetothemedicsofTianjinwhoweredispatchedtoaidWuhan,theChinesecityhithardestbytheepidemic,severalmonthsago."IamusingalengthofcoloredcordandperseverancetokeepthistraditionalartofChineseknotsaliveonlineandhelpmorepeopleunderstandit,"Lyusaid.PhototakenonMay29,2020showsthelivebroadcastofU.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpspeakingatapressconferenceattheWhiteHouseinWashingtonDC,theUnitedStates.(Photo/Xinhua)U.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpsaidonMondaythatthenumberofU.S.troopsdeployedinGermanywouldbereducedto25,000duetoGermany'sinsufficientdefensespending.SpeakingtoreportersattheWhiteHouse,TrumpconfirmedthenumberofU.S.soldiersinGermanywouldreduceto25,000."GermanyasyouknowisverydelinquentintheirpaymentstoNATO,"TrumptoldreportersattheWhiteHouse,addingthatU.S.troopswouldredeploytoGermanyuntilitpays.Currently,thereareabout35,000U.S.troopsdeployedinGermany.FormerU.S.AmbassadortoGermanyRichardGrenelltoldGermanmediaoutletBildLivelastweekthat"Americantaxpayersnolongerfeellikepayingtoomuchforthedefenseofothercountries.""Therewillstillbe25,000soldiersinGermany,that'snosmallnumber,"addedtheTrumployalist.U.S.mediareportedearlythismonththatTrumphaddirectedthePentagontoreduceU.S.militarypresenceinGermanybySeptember,whichdrewoppositionsamongU.S.lawmakers.Lastweek22RepublicanmembersofCongresswarnedTrumpthatasignificantforcedrawdowninEuropewouldserveRussia'sinterestsattheexpenseofU.S.nationalsecurity.ThereductionmightfurtherstraintherelationsbetweenWashingtonandBerlin.ThetwoallieshavebeenatoddswitheachotheronIrannuclearissues,NordStream2gaspipelineproject,anddefenseburden-sharing,amongothers.TrumphasbeenrepeatedlycomplainingthatU.S.alliesexploitedhiscountryondefensespending.InhisremarkstograduatesoftheUnitedStatesMilitaryAcademyovertheweekend,TrumpemphasizedtheU.S.militaryisnotthepolicemenoftheworld.PremierLiKeqiangtoursvirtualpavilionsofthe127thsessionoftheChinaImportandExportFairinGuangzhou,Guangdongprovince,viavideolinkfromBeijingonMondayafteropeningthefair.TheeventisalsoknownastheCantonFair.(FENGYONGBIN/CHINADAILY)The127thsessionoftheChinaImportandExportFair,thefirstdigitalfairinits63-yearhistory,willhelpstabilizeglobalsupplyandindustrialchainsamiduncertaintiesinglobaltradeaffectedbyCOVID-19,governmentofficialssaidonMonday.Thetwice-yearlyevent,alsoknownastheCantonFair,openedonlineonMondayandwillcontinuethroughJune24inGuangzhou,Guangdongprovince.IthasdrawnawarmresponsefromforeigncustomerswillingtoengagewithChinesesuppliersdespitethepandemic,whichhasslowedglobaltradeandmanycountries'economicgrowth,saidLiJinqi,deputydirector-generalofthefair'sorganizingcommittee.Thefair,including50exhibitionareasbasedon16categoriesofcommodities,willattractsome25,000Chineseexport-orientedcompaniesthismonth,organizerssaid.Theywillshowcase1.8millionproductsandservicesthroughvariousmediasuchasphotos,videosand3Dformatstopromotematchmakingamongsuppliersandpurchasersandconduct24-hourbusinessnegotiations.Foreignbuyerscanregisteronthe24-hourlivestreamingplatformandstartpurchasenegotiationsatanytimeduringtheexhibitionperiod,asallcompanieshavebeenexemptedfrompayingexhibitionfeesinordertobolsterinternationaltradeandyieldwin-winresults.GuJin,deputygeneralmanageroftheoverseasbusinessdepartmentatChinaGeneralTechnologyGroup,aState-ownedmachineryexporter,saidthecompanydoesn'thavelimitationsintimeorlocationwhenshowingitsproductsandservicesthistime."Wewereonlyabletoshowcertainsmallpiecesofequipmentinpreviousfairsduetotheboothsize,"sadGu."Butnowwecandisplaylargemachineryonthedigitalplatformandshowtheproductionprocessandtechnologiesonline,notjusttheproductsthemselves."PremierLiKeqiangpledgedcontinuouseffortstoboostimportfacilitationandhelpbusinessesfromvariouscountriesshareChina'svastmarketopportunitiesasheannouncedtheopeningofthe127thChinaImportandExportFairatavirtualceremonyonMonday.SpeakingwithbusinessleadersviavideolinkfromBeijing,LisaidChinawillbolsterimportsofproductsthatsellwellinthedomesticmarketandworktogetherwithdifferentcountriestocontributetotheglobaleconomicrecovery.China'sdecisiontohosttheeventonlineisanindicatorofthecountry'sfirmresolvetoexpandopening-upandsafeguardthesecurityofinternationalindustryandsupplychains,hesaid.LivisitedtheonlineshowroomsofseveralbusinessesandspokewithexecutivesfromGreeElectricAppliancesInc,LoctekErgonomicTechnologyCorpandHuidaSanitaryWareCo.Hecalledonbusinessestoimprovethequalityoftheirproductsandboosttheircompetitivenessintheinternationalmarket.Whilemanytradeeventsaroundtheworldhavebeencanceledordelayedandforeignbuyershavebeenreluctanttotravelabroadduetothepandemic,theyhaveexpressedeagernesstoparticipateintheonlineCantonFairasitoffersaconvenientwaytohelpthemresumeproductionandservices,saidZhangLi,deputydirector-generalofthedepartmentofforeigntradeundertheMinistryofCommerce.Becauseofthepandemic,theWorldTradeOrganizationexpectsthisyear'sglobaltradetofallby13percentto32percent.Thecoronavirusisalsotakingatollontheworld'ssecond-largesteconomy,asthecountry'sforeigntradeingoodsdroppedby4.9percentyear-on-yearto11.54trillionyuan(.63trillion)inthefirstfivemonthsofthisyear,Customsofficialssaid.MichaelSchumann,chairmanoftheboardofdirectorsofBerlin-basedFederalAssociationforEconomicDevelopmentandForeignTrade,saiddespitethedecisiveroletheexhibitionindustryplayedinbothcountries,GermanindustryisfacingseverechallengesfromthepandemicandmanylargeexhibitionsinGermanyhavebeencanceledorpostponed."However,theorganizeroftheCantonFairtakesadifferentapproachinholdingitonlineforfreeforexhibitorsandbuyers.ThisiscourageousandworthyofreferenceforGermanexhibitions,"hesaid."ThissessionoftheCantonFairwillcreatemoretradeopportunitiesforglobalexhibitorsandbuyers."

  PhototakenonMay29,2020showsthelivebroadcastofU.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpspeakingatapressconferenceattheWhiteHouseinWashingtonDC,theUnitedStates.(Photo/Xinhua)U.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpsaidonMondaythatthenumberofU.S.troopsdeployedinGermanywouldbereducedto25,000duetoGermany'sinsufficientdefensespending.SpeakingtoreportersattheWhiteHouse,TrumpconfirmedthenumberofU.S.soldiersinGermanywouldreduceto25,000."GermanyasyouknowisverydelinquentintheirpaymentstoNATO,"TrumptoldreportersattheWhiteHouse,addingthatU.S.troopswouldredeploytoGermanyuntilitpays.Currently,thereareabout35,000U.S.troopsdeployedinGermany.FormerU.S.AmbassadortoGermanyRichardGrenelltoldGermanmediaoutletBildLivelastweekthat"Americantaxpayersnolongerfeellikepayingtoomuchforthedefenseofothercountries.""Therewillstillbe25,000soldiersinGermany,that'snosmallnumber,"addedtheTrumployalist.U.S.mediareportedearlythismonththatTrumphaddirectedthePentagontoreduceU.S.militarypresenceinGermanybySeptember,whichdrewoppositionsamongU.S.lawmakers.Lastweek22RepublicanmembersofCongresswarnedTrumpthatasignificantforcedrawdowninEuropewouldserveRussia'sinterestsattheexpenseofU.S.nationalsecurity.ThereductionmightfurtherstraintherelationsbetweenWashingtonandBerlin.ThetwoallieshavebeenatoddswitheachotheronIrannuclearissues,NordStream2gaspipelineproject,anddefenseburden-sharing,amongothers.TrumphasbeenrepeatedlycomplainingthatU.S.alliesexploitedhiscountryondefensespending.InhisremarkstograduatesoftheUnitedStatesMilitaryAcademyovertheweekend,TrumpemphasizedtheU.S.militaryisnotthepolicemenoftheworld.Beijingdisagreeswithcharacterizationofbombersonislandas'militarization'TherecentlandingofbomberaircraftonaSouthChinaSeaislandbythePeople'sLiberationArmyAirForceispartofnormaltrainingthatshouldnotbeover-interpreted,ForeignMinistryspokesmanLuKangsaidonMonday.LumadetheremarkwhenhewasrequestedtocommentonthereactionoftheUnitedStatesandthePhilippinestotheexercises.PentagonspokesmanU.S.MarineLieutenantColonelChristopherLogansaidChina's"continuedmilitarizationofdisputedfeaturesintheSouthChinaSeaonlyservestoraisetensionsanddestabilizetheregion",TheAssociatedPressreported.LurebukedthePentagon'scomments,sayingthetrainingexerciseisnotwhattheU.S.hascalled"militarization"."TheSouthChinaSeaislandsareChina'sterritory.ThetrainingisanormalexerciseconductedbytheChinesemilitary.It'snotnecessaryforotherpartiestomakeanover-interpretation,"Lusaid."Theyaretotallydifferentinnaturethanthebehaviorofdrivingonecountry'sownmilitaryvesselsandaircraftacrossalong,longdistancetotheSouthChinaSeaandposingathreattoregionalcountries,"Luadded.Bombersofdifferenttypes,includinganunspecifiednumberofH-6KsfromadivisionofthePLAAirForce,tookofffromanairportinsouthernChinaandmadeasimulatedstrikebeforelandingonanislandintheSouthChinaSea,accordingtoanAirForcestatementonFriday.ThePhilippineDepartmentofForeignAffairssaidinastatementonMondayitis"closelymonitoringdevelopments"intheSouthChinaSeaand"takingtheappropriatediplomaticactionnecessary",butdidnotnameChina.TheU.S.hasdispatcheditsmilitaryvesselsandaircrafttotheSouthChinaSeaforyears.ItsB-52bomberscarriedouttrainingexercisesinthevicinityoftheSouthChinaSeainlateApril,ReutersquotedtheU.S.AirForceassaying.ThenewscamelessthanamonthaftertheU.S.senttheaircraftcarrierUSSTheodoreRoosevelttotheSouthChinaSea.CountriesneedtogetusedtoChina'straininginitsownterritory,saidTengJianqun,aresearcherattheChinaInstituteofInternationalStudies.Suchtraining,inlinewithinternationallawandnotthreateningthesecurityofothercountries,isnot"militarization",hesaid.TheU.S.shouldstop"pointingitsfingers"atsuchtraining,whichwillnotalterChina'sdeterminationtosafeguarditsterritory,hesaid.  PhototakenonMay29,2020showsthelivebroadcastofU.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpspeakingatapressconferenceattheWhiteHouseinWashingtonDC,theUnitedStates.(Photo/Xinhua)U.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpsaidonMondaythatthenumberofU.S.troopsdeployedinGermanywouldbereducedto25,000duetoGermany'sinsufficientdefensespending.SpeakingtoreportersattheWhiteHouse,TrumpconfirmedthenumberofU.S.soldiersinGermanywouldreduceto25,000."GermanyasyouknowisverydelinquentintheirpaymentstoNATO,"TrumptoldreportersattheWhiteHouse,addingthatU.S.troopswouldredeploytoGermanyuntilitpays.Currently,thereareabout35,000U.S.troopsdeployedinGermany.FormerU.S.AmbassadortoGermanyRichardGrenelltoldGermanmediaoutletBildLivelastweekthat"Americantaxpayersnolongerfeellikepayingtoomuchforthedefenseofothercountries.""Therewillstillbe25,000soldiersinGermany,that'snosmallnumber,"addedtheTrumployalist.U.S.mediareportedearlythismonththatTrumphaddirectedthePentagontoreduceU.S.militarypresenceinGermanybySeptember,whichdrewoppositionsamongU.S.lawmakers.Lastweek22RepublicanmembersofCongresswarnedTrumpthatasignificantforcedrawdowninEuropewouldserveRussia'sinterestsattheexpenseofU.S.nationalsecurity.ThereductionmightfurtherstraintherelationsbetweenWashingtonandBerlin.ThetwoallieshavebeenatoddswitheachotheronIrannuclearissues,NordStream2gaspipelineproject,anddefenseburden-sharing,amongothers.TrumphasbeenrepeatedlycomplainingthatU.S.alliesexploitedhiscountryondefensespending.InhisremarkstograduatesoftheUnitedStatesMilitaryAcademyovertheweekend,TrumpemphasizedtheU.S.militaryisnotthepolicemenoftheworld.

  Beijingdisagreeswithcharacterizationofbombersonislandas'militarization'TherecentlandingofbomberaircraftonaSouthChinaSeaislandbythePeople'sLiberationArmyAirForceispartofnormaltrainingthatshouldnotbeover-interpreted,ForeignMinistryspokesmanLuKangsaidonMonday.LumadetheremarkwhenhewasrequestedtocommentonthereactionoftheUnitedStatesandthePhilippinestotheexercises.PentagonspokesmanU.S.MarineLieutenantColonelChristopherLogansaidChina's"continuedmilitarizationofdisputedfeaturesintheSouthChinaSeaonlyservestoraisetensionsanddestabilizetheregion",TheAssociatedPressreported.LurebukedthePentagon'scomments,sayingthetrainingexerciseisnotwhattheU.S.hascalled"militarization"."TheSouthChinaSeaislandsareChina'sterritory.ThetrainingisanormalexerciseconductedbytheChinesemilitary.It'snotnecessaryforotherpartiestomakeanover-interpretation,"Lusaid."Theyaretotallydifferentinnaturethanthebehaviorofdrivingonecountry'sownmilitaryvesselsandaircraftacrossalong,longdistancetotheSouthChinaSeaandposingathreattoregionalcountries,"Luadded.Bombersofdifferenttypes,includinganunspecifiednumberofH-6KsfromadivisionofthePLAAirForce,tookofffromanairportinsouthernChinaandmadeasimulatedstrikebeforelandingonanislandintheSouthChinaSea,accordingtoanAirForcestatementonFriday.ThePhilippineDepartmentofForeignAffairssaidinastatementonMondayitis"closelymonitoringdevelopments"intheSouthChinaSeaand"takingtheappropriatediplomaticactionnecessary",butdidnotnameChina.TheU.S.hasdispatcheditsmilitaryvesselsandaircrafttotheSouthChinaSeaforyears.ItsB-52bomberscarriedouttrainingexercisesinthevicinityoftheSouthChinaSeainlateApril,ReutersquotedtheU.S.AirForceassaying.ThenewscamelessthanamonthaftertheU.S.senttheaircraftcarrierUSSTheodoreRoosevelttotheSouthChinaSea.CountriesneedtogetusedtoChina'straininginitsownterritory,saidTengJianqun,aresearcherattheChinaInstituteofInternationalStudies.Suchtraining,inlinewithinternationallawandnotthreateningthesecurityofothercountries,isnot"militarization",hesaid.TheU.S.shouldstop"pointingitsfingers"atsuchtraining,whichwillnotalterChina'sdeterminationtosafeguarditsterritory,hesaid.  TheBritish-SwedishdrugmakerAstraZenecasaysitistalkingtoBrazil,China,Japan,andRussiaaboutsupplyingthepotentialnovelcoronavirusvaccineitdevelopedwithscientistsfromtheUniversityofOxford.ThenewsfolloweditsannouncementontheweekendthatithadreachedadealwithEurope'sInclusiveVaccinesAlliancetodeliver400milliondosesofthepotentialvaccinetoEuropeancountriesbytheendoftheyear.AstraZenecahasalsostruckdealswiththeUnitedKingdomandtheUnitedStatestosupply700milliondosestothosemarkets.Ithasagreedtomake1billiondosesavailabletolowandmiddle-incomecountries,throughtheSerumInstituteofIndia.PascalSoriot,AstraZeneca'schiefexecutive,toldreportersthecompanyhascompletedthelateststageoftestingofthepossiblevaccineandislookingforwardtoPhaseIII."Wehopetomakethevaccineavailablewidelyandrapidly,"Soriotadded.Hesaidthecompanywillimminentlypublishareportonthefindingsfromthelatestphaseoftestingbutinsistedhewas"veryconfident"abouttheproductthattheUKgovernmentsupportedduringthedevelopmentstagewitha65.5-million-pound(-million)granttotheUniversityofOxford.Soriotsaidthecompanywillknowforsurebytheendofthesummerwhetheritsvaccineis100percentsuccessfulinprotectingpeoplefromnovelcoronavirusinfection.TheMedicinesandHealthcareProductsRegulatoryAgency,theUK'sregulatorybodyforproductsincludingvaccines,approvedthevaccineforPhaseIIItrialsbasedonitshowingsufficientefficacyandsafetyinearliertests,Reutersreported.SoriotsaidthecompanywillusemanufacturingfacilitiesinGermany,ItalyandtheNetherlandstoproducedosesofthevaccineforEuropeannations.Itisnotyetknownwherethevaccinewillbeproducedforothernations.ExpertstoldtheBloombergnewsagencythevaccinemaybeuseful,evenifitdoesnotoffertotalprotectionagainstthenovelcoronavirusbecausenationsmaybewillingtoacceptavaccinethatstopspeoplebecomingseriouslyillandthatpreventsdeath,evenifitdoesnotfullyblockthevirus.Suchavaccinewouldatleastallowcountriestoendlockdownsandgettheireconomiesmovingagain.RobinShattock,aprofessoratImperialCollegeLondon,saidnationswillask:"IsthatprotectionagainstinfectionIsitprotectionagainstillnessIsitprotectionagainstseverediseaseIt'squitepossibleavaccinethatonlyprotectsagainstseverediseasewouldbeveryuseful."PharmaTimesOnlinesaidthevaccine,calledAZD1222,willbetestedonaround10,000adultvolunteers.Severalcompanies,includingChina'sCanSinoBiologics,theUnitedStatesmultinationalPfizer,andGlaxosmithklinearealsodevelopingpromisingpotentialvaccines.LyuMinlivestreamstheartofmakingChineseknotsatherhomeinTianjin.(SONGRUI/XINHUA)Restingherphoneonastandandadjustingtheangleofthelighting,49-year-oldLyuMinstartedherlivestreamingsession-herdailyroutineduringthenovelcoronavirusoutbreak.Cladinaqipao,atraditionalChinesedress,Lyustartedthelivestreamingsessionfromherworkshopat10am,sharingtheartofmakingChineseknotswithmanyhandicraftloversinTianjin.Lyu,aninheritoroftheartofmakingChineseknots,whichislistedasanintangibleculturalheritageinTianjin,becamealivestreaminghostduringtheCOVID-19epidemic."ThoughthesalesofChineseknotshavedroppedalot,I'mstilloptimisticIcanrideoutthepressurebroughtbytheoutbreak.Icanmakefulluseofthisperiodtoimprovemyweavingtechniquesandrevivethistraditionalhandicraftonline,"shesaid.Lyuisquitenewtotheworldoflivestreaming,havingboughtallthenecessaryequipmentafterfollowingherfriends'advice."Ipracticelivestreamingeverydayandrecordahugenumberofeducationalvideos,"Lyusaid.Asface-to-faceinteractionisstillimpracticalformany,evenastheoutbreakhasbeenlargelybroughtundercontrolinChina,LyusaidlivestreamingclassescansatisfyChineseknotlovers'curiosityandtheireagernesstolearnthehandicraft.Duringoneofherclasses,LyuintertwinedthethreadsasshetaughtherfanshowtomakedifferentChineseknotsstepbystep."Ihavemorethan200followersrightnow.IseemoreandmoreChineseknotenthusiastsononlineplatforms,"shesaid.Lyuhasintegratedtheanti-epidemicspiritintoherworks,expressingthedeterminationandconfidenceoftheChinesepeopletodefeattheepidemic."IhaveadeepaffectionforWuhan(inHubeiprovince),whereIexhibitedmyworksin2019.Chineseknotsarepopularamongmanylocalpeople,andImadelotsoffriendsthere,"Lyusaid.ShedesignedaspecialChineseknottoexpresshergratitudetothemedicsofTianjinwhoweredispatchedtoaidWuhan,theChinesecityhithardestbytheepidemic,severalmonthsago."IamusingalengthofcoloredcordandperseverancetokeepthistraditionalartofChineseknotsaliveonlineandhelpmorepeopleunderstandit,"Lyusaid.

  PhototakenonMay29,2020showsthelivebroadcastofU.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpspeakingatapressconferenceattheWhiteHouseinWashingtonDC,theUnitedStates.(Photo/Xinhua)U.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpsaidonMondaythatthenumberofU.S.troopsdeployedinGermanywouldbereducedto25,000duetoGermany'sinsufficientdefensespending.SpeakingtoreportersattheWhiteHouse,TrumpconfirmedthenumberofU.S.soldiersinGermanywouldreduceto25,000."GermanyasyouknowisverydelinquentintheirpaymentstoNATO,"TrumptoldreportersattheWhiteHouse,addingthatU.S.troopswouldredeploytoGermanyuntilitpays.Currently,thereareabout35,000U.S.troopsdeployedinGermany.FormerU.S.AmbassadortoGermanyRichardGrenelltoldGermanmediaoutletBildLivelastweekthat"Americantaxpayersnolongerfeellikepayingtoomuchforthedefenseofothercountries.""Therewillstillbe25,000soldiersinGermany,that'snosmallnumber,"addedtheTrumployalist.U.S.mediareportedearlythismonththatTrumphaddirectedthePentagontoreduceU.S.militarypresenceinGermanybySeptember,whichdrewoppositionsamongU.S.lawmakers.Lastweek22RepublicanmembersofCongresswarnedTrumpthatasignificantforcedrawdowninEuropewouldserveRussia'sinterestsattheexpenseofU.S.nationalsecurity.ThereductionmightfurtherstraintherelationsbetweenWashingtonandBerlin.ThetwoallieshavebeenatoddswitheachotheronIrannuclearissues,NordStream2gaspipelineproject,anddefenseburden-sharing,amongothers.TrumphasbeenrepeatedlycomplainingthatU.S.alliesexploitedhiscountryondefensespending.InhisremarkstograduatesoftheUnitedStatesMilitaryAcademyovertheweekend,TrumpemphasizedtheU.S.militaryisnotthepolicemenoftheworld.PhototakenonMay29,2020showsthelivebroadcastofU.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpspeakingatapressconferenceattheWhiteHouseinWashingtonDC,theUnitedStates.(Photo/Xinhua)U.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpsaidonMondaythatthenumberofU.S.troopsdeployedinGermanywouldbereducedto25,000duetoGermany'sinsufficientdefensespending.SpeakingtoreportersattheWhiteHouse,TrumpconfirmedthenumberofU.S.soldiersinGermanywouldreduceto25,000."GermanyasyouknowisverydelinquentintheirpaymentstoNATO,"TrumptoldreportersattheWhiteHouse,addingthatU.S.troopswouldredeploytoGermanyuntilitpays.Currently,thereareabout35,000U.S.troopsdeployedinGermany.FormerU.S.AmbassadortoGermanyRichardGrenelltoldGermanmediaoutletBildLivelastweekthat"Americantaxpayersnolongerfeellikepayingtoomuchforthedefenseofothercountries.""Therewillstillbe25,000soldiersinGermany,that'snosmallnumber,"addedtheTrumployalist.U.S.mediareportedearlythismonththatTrumphaddirectedthePentagontoreduceU.S.militarypresenceinGermanybySeptember,whichdrewoppositionsamongU.S.lawmakers.Lastweek22RepublicanmembersofCongresswarnedTrumpthatasignificantforcedrawdowninEuropewouldserveRussia'sinterestsattheexpenseofU.S.nationalsecurity.ThereductionmightfurtherstraintherelationsbetweenWashingtonandBerlin.ThetwoallieshavebeenatoddswitheachotheronIrannuclearissues,NordStream2gaspipelineproject,anddefenseburden-sharing,amongothers.TrumphasbeenrepeatedlycomplainingthatU.S.alliesexploitedhiscountryondefensespending.InhisremarkstograduatesoftheUnitedStatesMilitaryAcademyovertheweekend,TrumpemphasizedtheU.S.militaryisnotthepolicemenoftheworld.Beijingdisagreeswithcharacterizationofbombersonislandas'militarization'TherecentlandingofbomberaircraftonaSouthChinaSeaislandbythePeople'sLiberationArmyAirForceispartofnormaltrainingthatshouldnotbeover-interpreted,ForeignMinistryspokesmanLuKangsaidonMonday.LumadetheremarkwhenhewasrequestedtocommentonthereactionoftheUnitedStatesandthePhilippinestotheexercises.PentagonspokesmanU.S.MarineLieutenantColonelChristopherLogansaidChina's"continuedmilitarizationofdisputedfeaturesintheSouthChinaSeaonlyservestoraisetensionsanddestabilizetheregion",TheAssociatedPressreported.LurebukedthePentagon'scomments,sayingthetrainingexerciseisnotwhattheU.S.hascalled"militarization"."TheSouthChinaSeaislandsareChina'sterritory.ThetrainingisanormalexerciseconductedbytheChinesemilitary.It'snotnecessaryforotherpartiestomakeanover-interpretation,"Lusaid."Theyaretotallydifferentinnaturethanthebehaviorofdrivingonecountry'sownmilitaryvesselsandaircraftacrossalong,longdistancetotheSouthChinaSeaandposingathreattoregionalcountries,"Luadded.Bombersofdifferenttypes,includinganunspecifiednumberofH-6KsfromadivisionofthePLAAirForce,tookofffromanairportinsouthernChinaandmadeasimulatedstrikebeforelandingonanislandintheSouthChinaSea,accordingtoanAirForcestatementonFriday.ThePhilippineDepartmentofForeignAffairssaidinastatementonMondayitis"closelymonitoringdevelopments"intheSouthChinaSeaand"takingtheappropriatediplomaticactionnecessary",butdidnotnameChina.TheU.S.hasdispatcheditsmilitaryvesselsandaircrafttotheSouthChinaSeaforyears.ItsB-52bomberscarriedouttrainingexercisesinthevicinityoftheSouthChinaSeainlateApril,ReutersquotedtheU.S.AirForceassaying.ThenewscamelessthanamonthaftertheU.S.senttheaircraftcarrierUSSTheodoreRoosevelttotheSouthChinaSea.CountriesneedtogetusedtoChina'straininginitsownterritory,saidTengJianqun,aresearcherattheChinaInstituteofInternationalStudies.Suchtraining,inlinewithinternationallawandnotthreateningthesecurityofothercountries,isnot"militarization",hesaid.TheU.S.shouldstop"pointingitsfingers"atsuchtraining,whichwillnotalterChina'sdeterminationtosafeguarditsterritory,hesaid.  

  PremierLiKeqiangtoursvirtualpavilionsofthe127thsessionoftheChinaImportandExportFairinGuangzhou,Guangdongprovince,viavideolinkfromBeijingonMondayafteropeningthefair.TheeventisalsoknownastheCantonFair.(FENGYONGBIN/CHINADAILY)The127thsessionoftheChinaImportandExportFair,thefirstdigitalfairinits63-yearhistory,willhelpstabilizeglobalsupplyandindustrialchainsamiduncertaintiesinglobaltradeaffectedbyCOVID-19,governmentofficialssaidonMonday.Thetwice-yearlyevent,alsoknownastheCantonFair,openedonlineonMondayandwillcontinuethroughJune24inGuangzhou,Guangdongprovince.IthasdrawnawarmresponsefromforeigncustomerswillingtoengagewithChinesesuppliersdespitethepandemic,whichhasslowedglobaltradeandmanycountries'economicgrowth,saidLiJinqi,deputydirector-generalofthefair'sorganizingcommittee.Thefair,including50exhibitionareasbasedon16categoriesofcommodities,willattractsome25,000Chineseexport-orientedcompaniesthismonth,organizerssaid.Theywillshowcase1.8millionproductsandservicesthroughvariousmediasuchasphotos,videosand3Dformatstopromotematchmakingamongsuppliersandpurchasersandconduct24-hourbusinessnegotiations.Foreignbuyerscanregisteronthe24-hourlivestreamingplatformandstartpurchasenegotiationsatanytimeduringtheexhibitionperiod,asallcompanieshavebeenexemptedfrompayingexhibitionfeesinordertobolsterinternationaltradeandyieldwin-winresults.GuJin,deputygeneralmanageroftheoverseasbusinessdepartmentatChinaGeneralTechnologyGroup,aState-ownedmachineryexporter,saidthecompanydoesn'thavelimitationsintimeorlocationwhenshowingitsproductsandservicesthistime."Wewereonlyabletoshowcertainsmallpiecesofequipmentinpreviousfairsduetotheboothsize,"sadGu."Butnowwecandisplaylargemachineryonthedigitalplatformandshowtheproductionprocessandtechnologiesonline,notjusttheproductsthemselves."PremierLiKeqiangpledgedcontinuouseffortstoboostimportfacilitationandhelpbusinessesfromvariouscountriesshareChina'svastmarketopportunitiesasheannouncedtheopeningofthe127thChinaImportandExportFairatavirtualceremonyonMonday.SpeakingwithbusinessleadersviavideolinkfromBeijing,LisaidChinawillbolsterimportsofproductsthatsellwellinthedomesticmarketandworktogetherwithdifferentcountriestocontributetotheglobaleconomicrecovery.China'sdecisiontohosttheeventonlineisanindicatorofthecountry'sfirmresolvetoexpandopening-upandsafeguardthesecurityofinternationalindustryandsupplychains,hesaid.LivisitedtheonlineshowroomsofseveralbusinessesandspokewithexecutivesfromGreeElectricAppliancesInc,LoctekErgonomicTechnologyCorpandHuidaSanitaryWareCo.Hecalledonbusinessestoimprovethequalityoftheirproductsandboosttheircompetitivenessintheinternationalmarket.Whilemanytradeeventsaroundtheworldhavebeencanceledordelayedandforeignbuyershavebeenreluctanttotravelabroadduetothepandemic,theyhaveexpressedeagernesstoparticipateintheonlineCantonFairasitoffersaconvenientwaytohelpthemresumeproductionandservices,saidZhangLi,deputydirector-generalofthedepartmentofforeigntradeundertheMinistryofCommerce.Becauseofthepandemic,theWorldTradeOrganizationexpectsthisyear'sglobaltradetofallby13percentto32percent.Thecoronavirusisalsotakingatollontheworld'ssecond-largesteconomy,asthecountry'sforeigntradeingoodsdroppedby4.9percentyear-on-yearto11.54trillionyuan(.63trillion)inthefirstfivemonthsofthisyear,Customsofficialssaid.MichaelSchumann,chairmanoftheboardofdirectorsofBerlin-basedFederalAssociationforEconomicDevelopmentandForeignTrade,saiddespitethedecisiveroletheexhibitionindustryplayedinbothcountries,GermanindustryisfacingseverechallengesfromthepandemicandmanylargeexhibitionsinGermanyhavebeencanceledorpostponed."However,theorganizeroftheCantonFairtakesadifferentapproachinholdingitonlineforfreeforexhibitorsandbuyers.ThisiscourageousandworthyofreferenceforGermanexhibitions,"hesaid."ThissessionoftheCantonFairwillcreatemoretradeopportunitiesforglobalexhibitorsandbuyers."PhototakenonMay29,2020showsthelivebroadcastofU.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpspeakingatapressconferenceattheWhiteHouseinWashingtonDC,theUnitedStates.(Photo/Xinhua)U.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpsaidonMondaythatthenumberofU.S.troopsdeployedinGermanywouldbereducedto25,000duetoGermany'sinsufficientdefensespending.SpeakingtoreportersattheWhiteHouse,TrumpconfirmedthenumberofU.S.soldiersinGermanywouldreduceto25,000."GermanyasyouknowisverydelinquentintheirpaymentstoNATO,"TrumptoldreportersattheWhiteHouse,addingthatU.S.troopswouldredeploytoGermanyuntilitpays.Currently,thereareabout35,000U.S.troopsdeployedinGermany.FormerU.S.AmbassadortoGermanyRichardGrenelltoldGermanmediaoutletBildLivelastweekthat"Americantaxpayersnolongerfeellikepayingtoomuchforthedefenseofothercountries.""Therewillstillbe25,000soldiersinGermany,that'snosmallnumber,"addedtheTrumployalist.U.S.mediareportedearlythismonththatTrumphaddirectedthePentagontoreduceU.S.militarypresenceinGermanybySeptember,whichdrewoppositionsamongU.S.lawmakers.Lastweek22RepublicanmembersofCongresswarnedTrumpthatasignificantforcedrawdowninEuropewouldserveRussia'sinterestsattheexpenseofU.S.nationalsecurity.ThereductionmightfurtherstraintherelationsbetweenWashingtonandBerlin.ThetwoallieshavebeenatoddswitheachotheronIrannuclearissues,NordStream2gaspipelineproject,anddefenseburden-sharing,amongothers.TrumphasbeenrepeatedlycomplainingthatU.S.alliesexploitedhiscountryondefensespending.InhisremarkstograduatesoftheUnitedStatesMilitaryAcademyovertheweekend,TrumpemphasizedtheU.S.militaryisnotthepolicemenoftheworld.LyuMinlivestreamstheartofmakingChineseknotsatherhomeinTianjin.(SONGRUI/XINHUA)Restingherphoneonastandandadjustingtheangleofthelighting,49-year-oldLyuMinstartedherlivestreamingsession-herdailyroutineduringthenovelcoronavirusoutbreak.Cladinaqipao,atraditionalChinesedress,Lyustartedthelivestreamingsessionfromherworkshopat10am,sharingtheartofmakingChineseknotswithmanyhandicraftloversinTianjin.Lyu,aninheritoroftheartofmakingChineseknots,whichislistedasanintangibleculturalheritageinTianjin,becamealivestreaminghostduringtheCOVID-19epidemic."ThoughthesalesofChineseknotshavedroppedalot,I'mstilloptimisticIcanrideoutthepressurebroughtbytheoutbreak.Icanmakefulluseofthisperiodtoimprovemyweavingtechniquesandrevivethistraditionalhandicraftonline,"shesaid.Lyuisquitenewtotheworldoflivestreaming,havingboughtallthenecessaryequipmentafterfollowingherfriends'advice."Ipracticelivestreamingeverydayandrecordahugenumberofeducationalvideos,"Lyusaid.Asface-to-faceinteractionisstillimpracticalformany,evenastheoutbreakhasbeenlargelybroughtundercontrolinChina,LyusaidlivestreamingclassescansatisfyChineseknotlovers'curiosityandtheireagernesstolearnthehandicraft.Duringoneofherclasses,LyuintertwinedthethreadsasshetaughtherfanshowtomakedifferentChineseknotsstepbystep."Ihavemorethan200followersrightnow.IseemoreandmoreChineseknotenthusiastsononlineplatforms,"shesaid.Lyuhasintegratedtheanti-epidemicspiritintoherworks,expressingthedeterminationandconfidenceoftheChinesepeopletodefeattheepidemic."IhaveadeepaffectionforWuhan(inHubeiprovince),whereIexhibitedmyworksin2019.Chineseknotsarepopularamongmanylocalpeople,andImadelotsoffriendsthere,"Lyusaid.ShedesignedaspecialChineseknottoexpresshergratitudetothemedicsofTianjinwhoweredispatchedtoaidWuhan,theChinesecityhithardestbytheepidemic,severalmonthsago."IamusingalengthofcoloredcordandperseverancetokeepthistraditionalartofChineseknotsaliveonlineandhelpmorepeopleunderstandit,"Lyusaid.

  PhototakenonMay29,2020showsthelivebroadcastofU.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpspeakingatapressconferenceattheWhiteHouseinWashingtonDC,theUnitedStates.(Photo/Xinhua)U.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpsaidonMondaythatthenumberofU.S.troopsdeployedinGermanywouldbereducedto25,000duetoGermany'sinsufficientdefensespending.SpeakingtoreportersattheWhiteHouse,TrumpconfirmedthenumberofU.S.soldiersinGermanywouldreduceto25,000."GermanyasyouknowisverydelinquentintheirpaymentstoNATO,"TrumptoldreportersattheWhiteHouse,addingthatU.S.troopswouldredeploytoGermanyuntilitpays.Currently,thereareabout35,000U.S.troopsdeployedinGermany.FormerU.S.AmbassadortoGermanyRichardGrenelltoldGermanmediaoutletBildLivelastweekthat"Americantaxpayersnolongerfeellikepayingtoomuchforthedefenseofothercountries.""Therewillstillbe25,000soldiersinGermany,that'snosmallnumber,"addedtheTrumployalist.U.S.mediareportedearlythismonththatTrumphaddirectedthePentagontoreduceU.S.militarypresenceinGermanybySeptember,whichdrewoppositionsamongU.S.lawmakers.Lastweek22RepublicanmembersofCongresswarnedTrumpthatasignificantforcedrawdowninEuropewouldserveRussia'sinterestsattheexpenseofU.S.nationalsecurity.ThereductionmightfurtherstraintherelationsbetweenWashingtonandBerlin.ThetwoallieshavebeenatoddswitheachotheronIrannuclearissues,NordStream2gaspipelineproject,anddefenseburden-sharing,amongothers.TrumphasbeenrepeatedlycomplainingthatU.S.alliesexploitedhiscountryondefensespending.InhisremarkstograduatesoftheUnitedStatesMilitaryAcademyovertheweekend,TrumpemphasizedtheU.S.militaryisnotthepolicemenoftheworld.PhototakenonMay29,2020showsthelivebroadcastofU.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpspeakingatapressconferenceattheWhiteHouseinWashingtonDC,theUnitedStates.(Photo/Xinhua)U.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpsaidonMondaythatthenumberofU.S.troopsdeployedinGermanywouldbereducedto25,000duetoGermany'sinsufficientdefensespending.SpeakingtoreportersattheWhiteHouse,TrumpconfirmedthenumberofU.S.soldiersinGermanywouldreduceto25,000."GermanyasyouknowisverydelinquentintheirpaymentstoNATO,"TrumptoldreportersattheWhiteHouse,addingthatU.S.troopswouldredeploytoGermanyuntilitpays.Currently,thereareabout35,000U.S.troopsdeployedinGermany.FormerU.S.AmbassadortoGermanyRichardGrenelltoldGermanmediaoutletBildLivelastweekthat"Americantaxpayersnolongerfeellikepayingtoomuchforthedefenseofothercountries.""Therewillstillbe25,000soldiersinGermany,that'snosmallnumber,"addedtheTrumployalist.U.S.mediareportedearlythismonththatTrumphaddirectedthePentagontoreduceU.S.militarypresenceinGermanybySeptember,whichdrewoppositionsamongU.S.lawmakers.Lastweek22RepublicanmembersofCongresswarnedTrumpthatasignificantforcedrawdowninEuropewouldserveRussia'sinterestsattheexpenseofU.S.nationalsecurity.ThereductionmightfurtherstraintherelationsbetweenWashingtonandBerlin.ThetwoallieshavebeenatoddswitheachotheronIrannuclearissues,NordStream2gaspipelineproject,anddefenseburden-sharing,amongothers.TrumphasbeenrepeatedlycomplainingthatU.S.alliesexploitedhiscountryondefensespending.InhisremarkstograduatesoftheUnitedStatesMilitaryAcademyovertheweekend,TrumpemphasizedtheU.S.militaryisnotthepolicemenoftheworld.PremierLiKeqiangtoursvirtualpavilionsofthe127thsessionoftheChinaImportandExportFairinGuangzhou,Guangdongprovince,viavideolinkfromBeijingonMondayafteropeningthefair.TheeventisalsoknownastheCantonFair.(FENGYONGBIN/CHINADAILY)The127thsessionoftheChinaImportandExportFair,thefirstdigitalfairinits63-yearhistory,willhelpstabilizeglobalsupplyandindustrialchainsamiduncertaintiesinglobaltradeaffectedbyCOVID-19,governmentofficialssaidonMonday.Thetwice-yearlyevent,alsoknownastheCantonFair,openedonlineonMondayandwillcontinuethroughJune24inGuangzhou,Guangdongprovince.IthasdrawnawarmresponsefromforeigncustomerswillingtoengagewithChinesesuppliersdespitethepandemic,whichhasslowedglobaltradeandmanycountries'economicgrowth,saidLiJinqi,deputydirector-generalofthefair'sorganizingcommittee.Thefair,including50exhibitionareasbasedon16categoriesofcommodities,willattractsome25,000Chineseexport-orientedcompaniesthismonth,organizerssaid.Theywillshowcase1.8millionproductsandservicesthroughvariousmediasuchasphotos,videosand3Dformatstopromotematchmakingamongsuppliersandpurchasersandconduct24-hourbusinessnegotiations.Foreignbuyerscanregisteronthe24-hourlivestreamingplatformandstartpurchasenegotiationsatanytimeduringtheexhibitionperiod,asallcompanieshavebeenexemptedfrompayingexhibitionfeesinordertobolsterinternationaltradeandyieldwin-winresults.GuJin,deputygeneralmanageroftheoverseasbusinessdepartmentatChinaGeneralTechnologyGroup,aState-ownedmachineryexporter,saidthecompanydoesn'thavelimitationsintimeorlocationwhenshowingitsproductsandservicesthistime."Wewereonlyabletoshowcertainsmallpiecesofequipmentinpreviousfairsduetotheboothsize,"sadGu."Butnowwecandisplaylargemachineryonthedigitalplatformandshowtheproductionprocessandtechnologiesonline,notjusttheproductsthemselves."PremierLiKeqiangpledgedcontinuouseffortstoboostimportfacilitationandhelpbusinessesfromvariouscountriesshareChina'svastmarketopportunitiesasheannouncedtheopeningofthe127thChinaImportandExportFairatavirtualceremonyonMonday.SpeakingwithbusinessleadersviavideolinkfromBeijing,LisaidChinawillbolsterimportsofproductsthatsellwellinthedomesticmarketandworktogetherwithdifferentcountriestocontributetotheglobaleconomicrecovery.China'sdecisiontohosttheeventonlineisanindicatorofthecountry'sfirmresolvetoexpandopening-upandsafeguardthesecurityofinternationalindustryandsupplychains,hesaid.LivisitedtheonlineshowroomsofseveralbusinessesandspokewithexecutivesfromGreeElectricAppliancesInc,LoctekErgonomicTechnologyCorpandHuidaSanitaryWareCo.Hecalledonbusinessestoimprovethequalityoftheirproductsandboosttheircompetitivenessintheinternationalmarket.Whilemanytradeeventsaroundtheworldhavebeencanceledordelayedandforeignbuyershavebeenreluctanttotravelabroadduetothepandemic,theyhaveexpressedeagernesstoparticipateintheonlineCantonFairasitoffersaconvenientwaytohelpthemresumeproductionandservices,saidZhangLi,deputydirector-generalofthedepartmentofforeigntradeundertheMinistryofCommerce.Becauseofthepandemic,theWorldTradeOrganizationexpectsthisyear'sglobaltradetofallby13percentto32percent.Thecoronavirusisalsotakingatollontheworld'ssecond-largesteconomy,asthecountry'sforeigntradeingoodsdroppedby4.9percentyear-on-yearto11.54trillionyuan(.63trillion)inthefirstfivemonthsofthisyear,Customsofficialssaid.MichaelSchumann,chairmanoftheboardofdirectorsofBerlin-basedFederalAssociationforEconomicDevelopmentandForeignTrade,saiddespitethedecisiveroletheexhibitionindustryplayedinbothcountries,GermanindustryisfacingseverechallengesfromthepandemicandmanylargeexhibitionsinGermanyhavebeencanceledorpostponed."However,theorganizeroftheCantonFairtakesadifferentapproachinholdingitonlineforfreeforexhibitorsandbuyers.ThisiscourageousandworthyofreferenceforGermanexhibitions,"hesaid."ThissessionoftheCantonFairwillcreatemoretradeopportunitiesforglobalexhibitorsandbuyers."

  Beijingdisagreeswithcharacterizationofbombersonislandas'militarization'TherecentlandingofbomberaircraftonaSouthChinaSeaislandbythePeople'sLiberationArmyAirForceispartofnormaltrainingthatshouldnotbeover-interpreted,ForeignMinistryspokesmanLuKangsaidonMonday.LumadetheremarkwhenhewasrequestedtocommentonthereactionoftheUnitedStatesandthePhilippinestotheexercises.PentagonspokesmanU.S.MarineLieutenantColonelChristopherLogansaidChina's"continuedmilitarizationofdisputedfeaturesintheSouthChinaSeaonlyservestoraisetensionsanddestabilizetheregion",TheAssociatedPressreported.LurebukedthePentagon'scomments,sayingthetrainingexerciseisnotwhattheU.S.hascalled"militarization"."TheSouthChinaSeaislandsareChina'sterritory.ThetrainingisanormalexerciseconductedbytheChinesemilitary.It'snotnecessaryforotherpartiestomakeanover-interpretation,"Lusaid."Theyaretotallydifferentinnaturethanthebehaviorofdrivingonecountry'sownmilitaryvesselsandaircraftacrossalong,longdistancetotheSouthChinaSeaandposingathreattoregionalcountries,"Luadded.Bombersofdifferenttypes,includinganunspecifiednumberofH-6KsfromadivisionofthePLAAirForce,tookofffromanairportinsouthernChinaandmadeasimulatedstrikebeforelandingonanislandintheSouthChinaSea,accordingtoanAirForcestatementonFriday.ThePhilippineDepartmentofForeignAffairssaidinastatementonMondayitis"closelymonitoringdevelopments"intheSouthChinaSeaand"takingtheappropriatediplomaticactionnecessary",butdidnotnameChina.TheU.S.hasdispatcheditsmilitaryvesselsandaircrafttotheSouthChinaSeaforyears.ItsB-52bomberscarriedouttrainingexercisesinthevicinityoftheSouthChinaSeainlateApril,ReutersquotedtheU.S.AirForceassaying.ThenewscamelessthanamonthaftertheU.S.senttheaircraftcarrierUSSTheodoreRoosevelttotheSouthChinaSea.CountriesneedtogetusedtoChina'straininginitsownterritory,saidTengJianqun,aresearcherattheChinaInstituteofInternationalStudies.Suchtraining,inlinewithinternationallawandnotthreateningthesecurityofothercountries,isnot"militarization",hesaid.TheU.S.shouldstop"pointingitsfingers"atsuchtraining,whichwillnotalterChina'sdeterminationtosafeguarditsterritory,hesaid.  TheBritish-SwedishdrugmakerAstraZenecasaysitistalkingtoBrazil,China,Japan,andRussiaaboutsupplyingthepotentialnovelcoronavirusvaccineitdevelopedwithscientistsfromtheUniversityofOxford.ThenewsfolloweditsannouncementontheweekendthatithadreachedadealwithEurope'sInclusiveVaccinesAlliancetodeliver400milliondosesofthepotentialvaccinetoEuropeancountriesbytheendoftheyear.AstraZenecahasalsostruckdealswiththeUnitedKingdomandtheUnitedStatestosupply700milliondosestothosemarkets.Ithasagreedtomake1billiondosesavailabletolowandmiddle-incomecountries,throughtheSerumInstituteofIndia.PascalSoriot,AstraZeneca'schiefexecutive,toldreportersthecompanyhascompletedthelateststageoftestingofthepossiblevaccineandislookingforwardtoPhaseIII."Wehopetomakethevaccineavailablewidelyandrapidly,"Soriotadded.Hesaidthecompanywillimminentlypublishareportonthefindingsfromthelatestphaseoftestingbutinsistedhewas"veryconfident"abouttheproductthattheUKgovernmentsupportedduringthedevelopmentstagewitha65.5-million-pound(-million)granttotheUniversityofOxford.Soriotsaidthecompanywillknowforsurebytheendofthesummerwhetheritsvaccineis100percentsuccessfulinprotectingpeoplefromnovelcoronavirusinfection.TheMedicinesandHealthcareProductsRegulatoryAgency,theUK'sregulatorybodyforproductsincludingvaccines,approvedthevaccineforPhaseIIItrialsbasedonitshowingsufficientefficacyandsafetyinearliertests,Reutersreported.SoriotsaidthecompanywillusemanufacturingfacilitiesinGermany,ItalyandtheNetherlandstoproducedosesofthevaccineforEuropeannations.Itisnotyetknownwherethevaccinewillbeproducedforothernations.ExpertstoldtheBloombergnewsagencythevaccinemaybeuseful,evenifitdoesnotoffertotalprotectionagainstthenovelcoronavirusbecausenationsmaybewillingtoacceptavaccinethatstopspeoplebecomingseriouslyillandthatpreventsdeath,evenifitdoesnotfullyblockthevirus.Suchavaccinewouldatleastallowcountriestoendlockdownsandgettheireconomiesmovingagain.RobinShattock,aprofessoratImperialCollegeLondon,saidnationswillask:"IsthatprotectionagainstinfectionIsitprotectionagainstillnessIsitprotectionagainstseverediseaseIt'squitepossibleavaccinethatonlyprotectsagainstseverediseasewouldbeveryuseful."PharmaTimesOnlinesaidthevaccine,calledAZD1222,willbetestedonaround10,000adultvolunteers.Severalcompanies,includingChina'sCanSinoBiologics,theUnitedStatesmultinationalPfizer,andGlaxosmithklinearealsodevelopingpromisingpotentialvaccines.PhototakenonMay29,2020showsthelivebroadcastofU.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpspeakingatapressconferenceattheWhiteHouseinWashingtonDC,theUnitedStates.(Photo/Xinhua)U.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpsaidonMondaythatthenumberofU.S.troopsdeployedinGermanywouldbereducedto25,000duetoGermany'sinsufficientdefensespending.SpeakingtoreportersattheWhiteHouse,TrumpconfirmedthenumberofU.S.soldiersinGermanywouldreduceto25,000."GermanyasyouknowisverydelinquentintheirpaymentstoNATO,"TrumptoldreportersattheWhiteHouse,addingthatU.S.troopswouldredeploytoGermanyuntilitpays.Currently,thereareabout35,000U.S.troopsdeployedinGermany.FormerU.S.AmbassadortoGermanyRichardGrenelltoldGermanmediaoutletBildLivelastweekthat"Americantaxpayersnolongerfeellikepayingtoomuchforthedefenseofothercountries.""Therewillstillbe25,000soldiersinGermany,that'snosmallnumber,"addedtheTrumployalist.U.S.mediareportedearlythismonththatTrumphaddirectedthePentagontoreduceU.S.militarypresenceinGermanybySeptember,whichdrewoppositionsamongU.S.lawmakers.Lastweek22RepublicanmembersofCongresswarnedTrumpthatasignificantforcedrawdowninEuropewouldserveRussia'sinterestsattheexpenseofU.S.nationalsecurity.ThereductionmightfurtherstraintherelationsbetweenWashingtonandBerlin.ThetwoallieshavebeenatoddswitheachotheronIrannuclearissues,NordStream2gaspipelineproject,anddefenseburden-sharing,amongothers.TrumphasbeenrepeatedlycomplainingthatU.S.alliesexploitedhiscountryondefensespending.InhisremarkstograduatesoftheUnitedStatesMilitaryAcademyovertheweekend,TrumpemphasizedtheU.S.militaryisnotthepolicemenoftheworld.

  PremierLiKeqiangtoursvirtualpavilionsofthe127thsessionoftheChinaImportandExportFairinGuangzhou,Guangdongprovince,viavideolinkfromBeijingonMondayafteropeningthefair.TheeventisalsoknownastheCantonFair.(FENGYONGBIN/CHINADAILY)The127thsessionoftheChinaImportandExportFair,thefirstdigitalfairinits63-yearhistory,willhelpstabilizeglobalsupplyandindustrialchainsamiduncertaintiesinglobaltradeaffectedbyCOVID-19,governmentofficialssaidonMonday.Thetwice-yearlyevent,alsoknownastheCantonFair,openedonlineonMondayandwillcontinuethroughJune24inGuangzhou,Guangdongprovince.IthasdrawnawarmresponsefromforeigncustomerswillingtoengagewithChinesesuppliersdespitethepandemic,whichhasslowedglobaltradeandmanycountries'economicgrowth,saidLiJinqi,deputydirector-generalofthefair'sorganizingcommittee.Thefair,including50exhibitionareasbasedon16categoriesofcommodities,willattractsome25,000Chineseexport-orientedcompaniesthismonth,organizerssaid.Theywillshowcase1.8millionproductsandservicesthroughvariousmediasuchasphotos,videosand3Dformatstopromotematchmakingamongsuppliersandpurchasersandconduct24-hourbusinessnegotiations.Foreignbuyerscanregisteronthe24-hourlivestreamingplatformandstartpurchasenegotiationsatanytimeduringtheexhibitionperiod,asallcompanieshavebeenexemptedfrompayingexhibitionfeesinordertobolsterinternationaltradeandyieldwin-winresults.GuJin,deputygeneralmanageroftheoverseasbusinessdepartmentatChinaGeneralTechnologyGroup,aState-ownedmachineryexporter,saidthecompanydoesn'thavelimitationsintimeorlocationwhenshowingitsproductsandservicesthistime."Wewereonlyabletoshowcertainsmallpiecesofequipmentinpreviousfairsduetotheboothsize,"sadGu."Butnowwecandisplaylargemachineryonthedigitalplatformandshowtheproductionprocessandtechnologiesonline,notjusttheproductsthemselves."PremierLiKeqiangpledgedcontinuouseffortstoboostimportfacilitationandhelpbusinessesfromvariouscountriesshareChina'svastmarketopportunitiesasheannouncedtheopeningofthe127thChinaImportandExportFairatavirtualceremonyonMonday.SpeakingwithbusinessleadersviavideolinkfromBeijing,LisaidChinawillbolsterimportsofproductsthatsellwellinthedomesticmarketandworktogetherwithdifferentcountriestocontributetotheglobaleconomicrecovery.China'sdecisiontohosttheeventonlineisanindicatorofthecountry'sfirmresolvetoexpandopening-upandsafeguardthesecurityofinternationalindustryandsupplychains,hesaid.LivisitedtheonlineshowroomsofseveralbusinessesandspokewithexecutivesfromGreeElectricAppliancesInc,LoctekErgonomicTechnologyCorpandHuidaSanitaryWareCo.Hecalledonbusinessestoimprovethequalityoftheirproductsandboosttheircompetitivenessintheinternationalmarket.Whilemanytradeeventsaroundtheworldhavebeencanceledordelayedandforeignbuyershavebeenreluctanttotravelabroadduetothepandemic,theyhaveexpressedeagernesstoparticipateintheonlineCantonFairasitoffersaconvenientwaytohelpthemresumeproductionandservices,saidZhangLi,deputydirector-generalofthedepartmentofforeigntradeundertheMinistryofCommerce.Becauseofthepandemic,theWorldTradeOrganizationexpectsthisyear'sglobaltradetofallby13percentto32percent.Thecoronavirusisalsotakingatollontheworld'ssecond-largesteconomy,asthecountry'sforeigntradeingoodsdroppedby4.9percentyear-on-yearto11.54trillionyuan(.63trillion)inthefirstfivemonthsofthisyear,Customsofficialssaid.MichaelSchumann,chairmanoftheboardofdirectorsofBerlin-basedFederalAssociationforEconomicDevelopmentandForeignTrade,saiddespitethedecisiveroletheexhibitionindustryplayedinbothcountries,GermanindustryisfacingseverechallengesfromthepandemicandmanylargeexhibitionsinGermanyhavebeencanceledorpostponed."However,theorganizeroftheCantonFairtakesadifferentapproachinholdingitonlineforfreeforexhibitorsandbuyers.ThisiscourageousandworthyofreferenceforGermanexhibitions,"hesaid."ThissessionoftheCantonFairwillcreatemoretradeopportunitiesforglobalexhibitorsandbuyers."TheBritish-SwedishdrugmakerAstraZenecasaysitistalkingtoBrazil,China,Japan,andRussiaaboutsupplyingthepotentialnovelcoronavirusvaccineitdevelopedwithscientistsfromtheUniversityofOxford.ThenewsfolloweditsannouncementontheweekendthatithadreachedadealwithEurope'sInclusiveVaccinesAlliancetodeliver400milliondosesofthepotentialvaccinetoEuropeancountriesbytheendoftheyear.AstraZenecahasalsostruckdealswiththeUnitedKingdomandtheUnitedStatestosupply700milliondosestothosemarkets.Ithasagreedtomake1billiondosesavailabletolowandmiddle-incomecountries,throughtheSerumInstituteofIndia.PascalSoriot,AstraZeneca'schiefexecutive,toldreportersthecompanyhascompletedthelateststageoftestingofthepossiblevaccineandislookingforwardtoPhaseIII."Wehopetomakethevaccineavailablewidelyandrapidly,"Soriotadded.Hesaidthecompanywillimminentlypublishareportonthefindingsfromthelatestphaseoftestingbutinsistedhewas"veryconfident"abouttheproductthattheUKgovernmentsupportedduringthedevelopmentstagewitha65.5-million-pound(-million)granttotheUniversityofOxford.Soriotsaidthecompanywillknowforsurebytheendofthesummerwhetheritsvaccineis100percentsuccessfulinprotectingpeoplefromnovelcoronavirusinfection.TheMedicinesandHealthcareProductsRegulatoryAgency,theUK'sregulatorybodyforproductsincludingvaccines,approvedthevaccineforPhaseIIItrialsbasedonitshowingsufficientefficacyandsafetyinearliertests,Reutersreported.SoriotsaidthecompanywillusemanufacturingfacilitiesinGermany,ItalyandtheNetherlandstoproducedosesofthevaccineforEuropeannations.Itisnotyetknownwherethevaccinewillbeproducedforothernations.ExpertstoldtheBloombergnewsagencythevaccinemaybeuseful,evenifitdoesnotoffertotalprotectionagainstthenovelcoronavirusbecausenationsmaybewillingtoacceptavaccinethatstopspeoplebecomingseriouslyillandthatpreventsdeath,evenifitdoesnotfullyblockthevirus.Suchavaccinewouldatleastallowcountriestoendlockdownsandgettheireconomiesmovingagain.RobinShattock,aprofessoratImperialCollegeLondon,saidnationswillask:"IsthatprotectionagainstinfectionIsitprotectionagainstillnessIsitprotectionagainstseverediseaseIt'squitepossibleavaccinethatonlyprotectsagainstseverediseasewouldbeveryuseful."PharmaTimesOnlinesaidthevaccine,calledAZD1222,willbetestedonaround10,000adultvolunteers.Severalcompanies,includingChina'sCanSinoBiologics,theUnitedStatesmultinationalPfizer,andGlaxosmithklinearealsodevelopingpromisingpotentialvaccines.Beijingdisagreeswithcharacterizationofbombersonislandas'militarization'TherecentlandingofbomberaircraftonaSouthChinaSeaislandbythePeople'sLiberationArmyAirForceispartofnormaltrainingthatshouldnotbeover-interpreted,ForeignMinistryspokesmanLuKangsaidonMonday.LumadetheremarkwhenhewasrequestedtocommentonthereactionoftheUnitedStatesandthePhilippinestotheexercises.PentagonspokesmanU.S.MarineLieutenantColonelChristopherLogansaidChina's"continuedmilitarizationofdisputedfeaturesintheSouthChinaSeaonlyservestoraisetensionsanddestabilizetheregion",TheAssociatedPressreported.LurebukedthePentagon'scomments,sayingthetrainingexerciseisnotwhattheU.S.hascalled"militarization"."TheSouthChinaSeaislandsareChina'sterritory.ThetrainingisanormalexerciseconductedbytheChinesemilitary.It'snotnecessaryforotherpartiestomakeanover-interpretation,"Lusaid."Theyaretotallydifferentinnaturethanthebehaviorofdrivingonecountry'sownmilitaryvesselsandaircraftacrossalong,longdistancetotheSouthChinaSeaandposingathreattoregionalcountries,"Luadded.Bombersofdifferenttypes,includinganunspecifiednumberofH-6KsfromadivisionofthePLAAirForce,tookofffromanairportinsouthernChinaandmadeasimulatedstrikebeforelandingonanislandintheSouthChinaSea,accordingtoanAirForcestatementonFriday.ThePhilippineDepartmentofForeignAffairssaidinastatementonMondayitis"closelymonitoringdevelopments"intheSouthChinaSeaand"takingtheappropriatediplomaticactionnecessary",butdidnotnameChina.TheU.S.hasdispatcheditsmilitaryvesselsandaircrafttotheSouthChinaSeaforyears.ItsB-52bomberscarriedouttrainingexercisesinthevicinityoftheSouthChinaSeainlateApril,ReutersquotedtheU.S.AirForceassaying.ThenewscamelessthanamonthaftertheU.S.senttheaircraftcarrierUSSTheodoreRoosevelttotheSouthChinaSea.CountriesneedtogetusedtoChina'straininginitsownterritory,saidTengJianqun,aresearcherattheChinaInstituteofInternationalStudies.Suchtraining,inlinewithinternationallawandnotthreateningthesecurityofothercountries,isnot"militarization",hesaid.TheU.S.shouldstop"pointingitsfingers"atsuchtraining,whichwillnotalterChina'sdeterminationtosafeguarditsterritory,hesaid.  

  Beijingdisagreeswithcharacterizationofbombersonislandas'militarization'TherecentlandingofbomberaircraftonaSouthChinaSeaislandbythePeople'sLiberationArmyAirForceispartofnormaltrainingthatshouldnotbeover-interpreted,ForeignMinistryspokesmanLuKangsaidonMonday.LumadetheremarkwhenhewasrequestedtocommentonthereactionoftheUnitedStatesandthePhilippinestotheexercises.PentagonspokesmanU.S.MarineLieutenantColonelChristopherLogansaidChina's"continuedmilitarizationofdisputedfeaturesintheSouthChinaSeaonlyservestoraisetensionsanddestabilizetheregion",TheAssociatedPressreported.LurebukedthePentagon'scomments,sayingthetrainingexerciseisnotwhattheU.S.hascalled"militarization"."TheSouthChinaSeaislandsareChina'sterritory.ThetrainingisanormalexerciseconductedbytheChinesemilitary.It'snotnecessaryforotherpartiestomakeanover-interpretation,"Lusaid."Theyaretotallydifferentinnaturethanthebehaviorofdrivingonecountry'sownmilitaryvesselsandaircraftacrossalong,longdistancetotheSouthChinaSeaandposingathreattoregionalcountries,"Luadded.Bombersofdifferenttypes,includinganunspecifiednumberofH-6KsfromadivisionofthePLAAirForce,tookofffromanairportinsouthernChinaandmadeasimulatedstrikebeforelandingonanislandintheSouthChinaSea,accordingtoanAirForcestatementonFriday.ThePhilippineDepartmentofForeignAffairssaidinastatementonMondayitis"closelymonitoringdevelopments"intheSouthChinaSeaand"takingtheappropriatediplomaticactionnecessary",butdidnotnameChina.TheU.S.hasdispatcheditsmilitaryvesselsandaircrafttotheSouthChinaSeaforyears.ItsB-52bomberscarriedouttrainingexercisesinthevicinityoftheSouthChinaSeainlateApril,ReutersquotedtheU.S.AirForceassaying.ThenewscamelessthanamonthaftertheU.S.senttheaircraftcarrierUSSTheodoreRoosevelttotheSouthChinaSea.CountriesneedtogetusedtoChina'straininginitsownterritory,saidTengJianqun,aresearcherattheChinaInstituteofInternationalStudies.Suchtraining,inlinewithinternationallawandnotthreateningthesecurityofothercountries,isnot"militarization",hesaid.TheU.S.shouldstop"pointingitsfingers"atsuchtraining,whichwillnotalterChina'sdeterminationtosafeguarditsterritory,hesaid.  PhototakenonMay29,2020showsthelivebroadcastofU.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpspeakingatapressconferenceattheWhiteHouseinWashingtonDC,theUnitedStates.(Photo/Xinhua)U.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpsaidonMondaythatthenumberofU.S.troopsdeployedinGermanywouldbereducedto25,000duetoGermany'sinsufficientdefensespending.SpeakingtoreportersattheWhiteHouse,TrumpconfirmedthenumberofU.S.soldiersinGermanywouldreduceto25,000."GermanyasyouknowisverydelinquentintheirpaymentstoNATO,"TrumptoldreportersattheWhiteHouse,addingthatU.S.troopswouldredeploytoGermanyuntilitpays.Currently,thereareabout35,000U.S.troopsdeployedinGermany.FormerU.S.AmbassadortoGermanyRichardGrenelltoldGermanmediaoutletBildLivelastweekthat"Americantaxpayersnolongerfeellikepayingtoomuchforthedefenseofothercountries.""Therewillstillbe25,000soldiersinGermany,that'snosmallnumber,"addedtheTrumployalist.U.S.mediareportedearlythismonththatTrumphaddirectedthePentagontoreduceU.S.militarypresenceinGermanybySeptember,whichdrewoppositionsamongU.S.lawmakers.Lastweek22RepublicanmembersofCongresswarnedTrumpthatasignificantforcedrawdowninEuropewouldserveRussia'sinterestsattheexpenseofU.S.nationalsecurity.ThereductionmightfurtherstraintherelationsbetweenWashingtonandBerlin.ThetwoallieshavebeenatoddswitheachotheronIrannuclearissues,NordStream2gaspipelineproject,anddefenseburden-sharing,amongothers.TrumphasbeenrepeatedlycomplainingthatU.S.alliesexploitedhiscountryondefensespending.InhisremarkstograduatesoftheUnitedStatesMilitaryAcademyovertheweekend,TrumpemphasizedtheU.S.militaryisnotthepolicemenoftheworld.PremierLiKeqiangtoursvirtualpavilionsofthe127thsessionoftheChinaImportandExportFairinGuangzhou,Guangdongprovince,viavideolinkfromBeijingonMondayafteropeningthefair.TheeventisalsoknownastheCantonFair.(FENGYONGBIN/CHINADAILY)The127thsessionoftheChinaImportandExportFair,thefirstdigitalfairinits63-yearhistory,willhelpstabilizeglobalsupplyandindustrialchainsamiduncertaintiesinglobaltradeaffectedbyCOVID-19,governmentofficialssaidonMonday.Thetwice-yearlyevent,alsoknownastheCantonFair,openedonlineonMondayandwillcontinuethroughJune24inGuangzhou,Guangdongprovince.IthasdrawnawarmresponsefromforeigncustomerswillingtoengagewithChinesesuppliersdespitethepandemic,whichhasslowedglobaltradeandmanycountries'economicgrowth,saidLiJinqi,deputydirector-generalofthefair'sorganizingcommittee.Thefair,including50exhibitionareasbasedon16categoriesofcommodities,willattractsome25,000Chineseexport-orientedcompaniesthismonth,organizerssaid.Theywillshowcase1.8millionproductsandservicesthroughvariousmediasuchasphotos,videosand3Dformatstopromotematchmakingamongsuppliersandpurchasersandconduct24-hourbusinessnegotiations.Foreignbuyerscanregisteronthe24-hourlivestreamingplatformandstartpurchasenegotiationsatanytimeduringtheexhibitionperiod,asallcompanieshavebeenexemptedfrompayingexhibitionfeesinordertobolsterinternationaltradeandyieldwin-winresults.GuJin,deputygeneralmanageroftheoverseasbusinessdepartmentatChinaGeneralTechnologyGroup,aState-ownedmachineryexporter,saidthecompanydoesn'thavelimitationsintimeorlocationwhenshowingitsproductsandservicesthistime."Wewereonlyabletoshowcertainsmallpiecesofequipmentinpreviousfairsduetotheboothsize,"sadGu."Butnowwecandisplaylargemachineryonthedigitalplatformandshowtheproductionprocessandtechnologiesonline,notjusttheproductsthemselves."PremierLiKeqiangpledgedcontinuouseffortstoboostimportfacilitationandhelpbusinessesfromvariouscountriesshareChina'svastmarketopportunitiesasheannouncedtheopeningofthe127thChinaImportandExportFairatavirtualceremonyonMonday.SpeakingwithbusinessleadersviavideolinkfromBeijing,LisaidChinawillbolsterimportsofproductsthatsellwellinthedomesticmarketandworktogetherwithdifferentcountriestocontributetotheglobaleconomicrecovery.China'sdecisiontohosttheeventonlineisanindicatorofthecountry'sfirmresolvetoexpandopening-upandsafeguardthesecurityofinternationalindustryandsupplychains,hesaid.LivisitedtheonlineshowroomsofseveralbusinessesandspokewithexecutivesfromGreeElectricAppliancesInc,LoctekErgonomicTechnologyCorpandHuidaSanitaryWareCo.Hecalledonbusinessestoimprovethequalityoftheirproductsandboosttheircompetitivenessintheinternationalmarket.Whilemanytradeeventsaroundtheworldhavebeencanceledordelayedandforeignbuyershavebeenreluctanttotravelabroadduetothepandemic,theyhaveexpressedeagernesstoparticipateintheonlineCantonFairasitoffersaconvenientwaytohelpthemresumeproductionandservices,saidZhangLi,deputydirector-generalofthedepartmentofforeigntradeundertheMinistryofCommerce.Becauseofthepandemic,theWorldTradeOrganizationexpectsthisyear'sglobaltradetofallby13percentto32percent.Thecoronavirusisalsotakingatollontheworld'ssecond-largesteconomy,asthecountry'sforeigntradeingoodsdroppedby4.9percentyear-on-yearto11.54trillionyuan(.63trillion)inthefirstfivemonthsofthisyear,Customsofficialssaid.MichaelSchumann,chairmanoftheboardofdirectorsofBerlin-basedFederalAssociationforEconomicDevelopmentandForeignTrade,saiddespitethedecisiveroletheexhibitionindustryplayedinbothcountries,GermanindustryisfacingseverechallengesfromthepandemicandmanylargeexhibitionsinGermanyhavebeencanceledorpostponed."However,theorganizeroftheCantonFairtakesadifferentapproachinholdingitonlineforfreeforexhibitorsandbuyers.ThisiscourageousandworthyofreferenceforGermanexhibitions,"hesaid."ThissessionoftheCantonFairwillcreatemoretradeopportunitiesforglobalexhibitorsandbuyers."

  PhototakenonMay29,2020showsthelivebroadcastofU.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpspeakingatapressconferenceattheWhiteHouseinWashingtonDC,theUnitedStates.(Photo/Xinhua)U.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpsaidonMondaythatthenumberofU.S.troopsdeployedinGermanywouldbereducedto25,000duetoGermany'sinsufficientdefensespending.SpeakingtoreportersattheWhiteHouse,TrumpconfirmedthenumberofU.S.soldiersinGermanywouldreduceto25,000."GermanyasyouknowisverydelinquentintheirpaymentstoNATO,"TrumptoldreportersattheWhiteHouse,addingthatU.S.troopswouldredeploytoGermanyuntilitpays.Currently,thereareabout35,000U.S.troopsdeployedinGermany.FormerU.S.AmbassadortoGermanyRichardGrenelltoldGermanmediaoutletBildLivelastweekthat"Americantaxpayersnolongerfeellikepayingtoomuchforthedefenseofothercountries.""Therewillstillbe25,000soldiersinGermany,that'snosmallnumber,"addedtheTrumployalist.U.S.mediareportedearlythismonththatTrumphaddirectedthePentagontoreduceU.S.militarypresenceinGermanybySeptember,whichdrewoppositionsamongU.S.lawmakers.Lastweek22RepublicanmembersofCongresswarnedTrumpthatasignificantforcedrawdowninEuropewouldserveRussia'sinterestsattheexpenseofU.S.nationalsecurity.ThereductionmightfurtherstraintherelationsbetweenWashingtonandBerlin.ThetwoallieshavebeenatoddswitheachotheronIrannuclearissues,NordStream2gaspipelineproject,anddefenseburden-sharing,amongothers.TrumphasbeenrepeatedlycomplainingthatU.S.alliesexploitedhiscountryondefensespending.InhisremarkstograduatesoftheUnitedStatesMilitaryAcademyovertheweekend,TrumpemphasizedtheU.S.militaryisnotthepolicemenoftheworld.PremierLiKeqiangtoursvirtualpavilionsofthe127thsessionoftheChinaImportandExportFairinGuangzhou,Guangdongprovince,viavideolinkfromBeijingonMondayafteropeningthefair.TheeventisalsoknownastheCantonFair.(FENGYONGBIN/CHINADAILY)The127thsessionoftheChinaImportandExportFair,thefirstdigitalfairinits63-yearhistory,willhelpstabilizeglobalsupplyandindustrialchainsamiduncertaintiesinglobaltradeaffectedbyCOVID-19,governmentofficialssaidonMonday.Thetwice-yearlyevent,alsoknownastheCantonFair,openedonlineonMondayandwillcontinuethroughJune24inGuangzhou,Guangdongprovince.IthasdrawnawarmresponsefromforeigncustomerswillingtoengagewithChinesesuppliersdespitethepandemic,whichhasslowedglobaltradeandmanycountries'economicgrowth,saidLiJinqi,deputydirector-generalofthefair'sorganizingcommittee.Thefair,including50exhibitionareasbasedon16categoriesofcommodities,willattractsome25,000Chineseexport-orientedcompaniesthismonth,organizerssaid.Theywillshowcase1.8millionproductsandservicesthroughvariousmediasuchasphotos,videosand3Dformatstopromotematchmakingamongsuppliersandpurchasersandconduct24-hourbusinessnegotiations.Foreignbuyerscanregisteronthe24-hourlivestreamingplatformandstartpurchasenegotiationsatanytimeduringtheexhibitionperiod,asallcompanieshavebeenexemptedfrompayingexhibitionfeesinordertobolsterinternationaltradeandyieldwin-winresults.GuJin,deputygeneralmanageroftheoverseasbusinessdepartmentatChinaGeneralTechnologyGroup,aState-ownedmachineryexporter,saidthecompanydoesn'thavelimitationsintimeorlocationwhenshowingitsproductsandservicesthistime."Wewereonlyabletoshowcertainsmallpiecesofequipmentinpreviousfairsduetotheboothsize,"sadGu."Butnowwecandisplaylargemachineryonthedigitalplatformandshowtheproductionprocessandtechnologiesonline,notjusttheproductsthemselves."PremierLiKeqiangpledgedcontinuouseffortstoboostimportfacilitationandhelpbusinessesfromvariouscountriesshareChina'svastmarketopportunitiesasheannouncedtheopeningofthe127thChinaImportandExportFairatavirtualceremonyonMonday.SpeakingwithbusinessleadersviavideolinkfromBeijing,LisaidChinawillbolsterimportsofproductsthatsellwellinthedomesticmarketandworktogetherwithdifferentcountriestocontributetotheglobaleconomicrecovery.China'sdecisiontohosttheeventonlineisanindicatorofthecountry'sfirmresolvetoexpandopening-upandsafeguardthesecurityofinternationalindustryandsupplychains,hesaid.LivisitedtheonlineshowroomsofseveralbusinessesandspokewithexecutivesfromGreeElectricAppliancesInc,LoctekErgonomicTechnologyCorpandHuidaSanitaryWareCo.Hecalledonbusinessestoimprovethequalityoftheirproductsandboosttheircompetitivenessintheinternationalmarket.Whilemanytradeeventsaroundtheworldhavebeencanceledordelayedandforeignbuyershavebeenreluctanttotravelabroadduetothepandemic,theyhaveexpressedeagernesstoparticipateintheonlineCantonFairasitoffersaconvenientwaytohelpthemresumeproductionandservices,saidZhangLi,deputydirector-generalofthedepartmentofforeigntradeundertheMinistryofCommerce.Becauseofthepandemic,theWorldTradeOrganizationexpectsthisyear'sglobaltradetofallby13percentto32percent.Thecoronavirusisalsotakingatollontheworld'ssecond-largesteconomy,asthecountry'sforeigntradeingoodsdroppedby4.9percentyear-on-yearto11.54trillionyuan(.63trillion)inthefirstfivemonthsofthisyear,Customsofficialssaid.MichaelSchumann,chairmanoftheboardofdirectorsofBerlin-basedFederalAssociationforEconomicDevelopmentandForeignTrade,saiddespitethedecisiveroletheexhibitionindustryplayedinbothcountries,GermanindustryisfacingseverechallengesfromthepandemicandmanylargeexhibitionsinGermanyhavebeencanceledorpostponed."However,theorganizeroftheCantonFairtakesadifferentapproachinholdingitonlineforfreeforexhibitorsandbuyers.ThisiscourageousandworthyofreferenceforGermanexhibitions,"hesaid."ThissessionoftheCantonFairwillcreatemoretradeopportunitiesforglobalexhibitorsandbuyers."PhototakenonMay29,2020showsthelivebroadcastofU.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpspeakingatapressconferenceattheWhiteHouseinWashingtonDC,theUnitedStates.(Photo/Xinhua)U.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpsaidonMondaythatthenumberofU.S.troopsdeployedinGermanywouldbereducedto25,000duetoGermany'sinsufficientdefensespending.SpeakingtoreportersattheWhiteHouse,TrumpconfirmedthenumberofU.S.soldiersinGermanywouldreduceto25,000."GermanyasyouknowisverydelinquentintheirpaymentstoNATO,"TrumptoldreportersattheWhiteHouse,addingthatU.S.troopswouldredeploytoGermanyuntilitpays.Currently,thereareabout35,000U.S.troopsdeployedinGermany.FormerU.S.AmbassadortoGermanyRichardGrenelltoldGermanmediaoutletBildLivelastweekthat"Americantaxpayersnolongerfeellikepayingtoomuchforthedefenseofothercountries.""Therewillstillbe25,000soldiersinGermany,that'snosmallnumber,"addedtheTrumployalist.U.S.mediareportedearlythismonththatTrumphaddirectedthePentagontoreduceU.S.militarypresenceinGermanybySeptember,whichdrewoppositionsamongU.S.lawmakers.Lastweek22RepublicanmembersofCongresswarnedTrumpthatasignificantforcedrawdowninEuropewouldserveRussia'sinterestsattheexpenseofU.S.nationalsecurity.ThereductionmightfurtherstraintherelationsbetweenWashingtonandBerlin.ThetwoallieshavebeenatoddswitheachotheronIrannuclearissues,NordStream2gaspipelineproject,anddefenseburden-sharing,amongothers.TrumphasbeenrepeatedlycomplainingthatU.S.alliesexploitedhiscountryondefensespending.InhisremarkstograduatesoftheUnitedStatesMilitaryAcademyovertheweekend,TrumpemphasizedtheU.S.militaryisnotthepolicemenoftheworld.

  Beijingdisagreeswithcharacterizationofbombersonislandas'militarization'TherecentlandingofbomberaircraftonaSouthChinaSeaislandbythePeople'sLiberationArmyAirForceispartofnormaltrainingthatshouldnotbeover-interpreted,ForeignMinistryspokesmanLuKangsaidonMonday.LumadetheremarkwhenhewasrequestedtocommentonthereactionoftheUnitedStatesandthePhilippinestotheexercises.PentagonspokesmanU.S.MarineLieutenantColonelChristopherLogansaidChina's"continuedmilitarizationofdisputedfeaturesintheSouthChinaSeaonlyservestoraisetensionsanddestabilizetheregion",TheAssociatedPressreported.LurebukedthePentagon'scomments,sayingthetrainingexerciseisnotwhattheU.S.hascalled"militarization"."TheSouthChinaSeaislandsareChina'sterritory.ThetrainingisanormalexerciseconductedbytheChinesemilitary.It'snotnecessaryforotherpartiestomakeanover-interpretation,"Lusaid."Theyaretotallydifferentinnaturethanthebehaviorofdrivingonecountry'sownmilitaryvesselsandaircraftacrossalong,longdistancetotheSouthChinaSeaandposingathreattoregionalcountries,"Luadded.Bombersofdifferenttypes,includinganunspecifiednumberofH-6KsfromadivisionofthePLAAirForce,tookofffromanairportinsouthernChinaandmadeasimulatedstrikebeforelandingonanislandintheSouthChinaSea,accordingtoanAirForcestatementonFriday.ThePhilippineDepartmentofForeignAffairssaidinastatementonMondayitis"closelymonitoringdevelopments"intheSouthChinaSeaand"takingtheappropriatediplomaticactionnecessary",butdidnotnameChina.TheU.S.hasdispatcheditsmilitaryvesselsandaircrafttotheSouthChinaSeaforyears.ItsB-52bomberscarriedouttrainingexercisesinthevicinityoftheSouthChinaSeainlateApril,ReutersquotedtheU.S.AirForceassaying.ThenewscamelessthanamonthaftertheU.S.senttheaircraftcarrierUSSTheodoreRoosevelttotheSouthChinaSea.CountriesneedtogetusedtoChina'straininginitsownterritory,saidTengJianqun,aresearcherattheChinaInstituteofInternationalStudies.Suchtraining,inlinewithinternationallawandnotthreateningthesecurityofothercountries,isnot"militarization",hesaid.TheU.S.shouldstop"pointingitsfingers"atsuchtraining,whichwillnotalterChina'sdeterminationtosafeguarditsterritory,hesaid.  LyuMinlivestreamstheartofmakingChineseknotsatherhomeinTianjin.(SONGRUI/XINHUA)Restingherphoneonastandandadjustingtheangleofthelighting,49-year-oldLyuMinstartedherlivestreamingsession-herdailyroutineduringthenovelcoronavirusoutbreak.Cladinaqipao,atraditionalChinesedress,Lyustartedthelivestreamingsessionfromherworkshopat10am,sharingtheartofmakingChineseknotswithmanyhandicraftloversinTianjin.Lyu,aninheritoroftheartofmakingChineseknots,whichislistedasanintangibleculturalheritageinTianjin,becamealivestreaminghostduringtheCOVID-19epidemic."ThoughthesalesofChineseknotshavedroppedalot,I'mstilloptimisticIcanrideoutthepressurebroughtbytheoutbreak.Icanmakefulluseofthisperiodtoimprovemyweavingtechniquesandrevivethistraditionalhandicraftonline,"shesaid.Lyuisquitenewtotheworldoflivestreaming,havingboughtallthenecessaryequipmentafterfollowingherfriends'advice."Ipracticelivestreamingeverydayandrecordahugenumberofeducationalvideos,"Lyusaid.Asface-to-faceinteractionisstillimpracticalformany,evenastheoutbreakhasbeenlargelybroughtundercontrolinChina,LyusaidlivestreamingclassescansatisfyChineseknotlovers'curiosityandtheireagernesstolearnthehandicraft.Duringoneofherclasses,LyuintertwinedthethreadsasshetaughtherfanshowtomakedifferentChineseknotsstepbystep."Ihavemorethan200followersrightnow.IseemoreandmoreChineseknotenthusiastsononlineplatforms,"shesaid.Lyuhasintegratedtheanti-epidemicspiritintoherworks,expressingthedeterminationandconfidenceoftheChinesepeopletodefeattheepidemic."IhaveadeepaffectionforWuhan(inHubeiprovince),whereIexhibitedmyworksin2019.Chineseknotsarepopularamongmanylocalpeople,andImadelotsoffriendsthere,"Lyusaid.ShedesignedaspecialChineseknottoexpresshergratitudetothemedicsofTianjinwhoweredispatchedtoaidWuhan,theChinesecityhithardestbytheepidemic,severalmonthsago."IamusingalengthofcoloredcordandperseverancetokeepthistraditionalartofChineseknotsaliveonlineandhelpmorepeopleunderstandit,"Lyusaid.PhototakenonMay29,2020showsthelivebroadcastofU.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpspeakingatapressconferenceattheWhiteHouseinWashingtonDC,theUnitedStates.(Photo/Xinhua)U.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpsaidonMondaythatthenumberofU.S.troopsdeployedinGermanywouldbereducedto25,000duetoGermany'sinsufficientdefensespending.SpeakingtoreportersattheWhiteHouse,TrumpconfirmedthenumberofU.S.soldiersinGermanywouldreduceto25,000."GermanyasyouknowisverydelinquentintheirpaymentstoNATO,"TrumptoldreportersattheWhiteHouse,addingthatU.S.troopswouldredeploytoGermanyuntilitpays.Currently,thereareabout35,000U.S.troopsdeployedinGermany.FormerU.S.AmbassadortoGermanyRichardGrenelltoldGermanmediaoutletBildLivelastweekthat"Americantaxpayersnolongerfeellikepayingtoomuchforthedefenseofothercountries.""Therewillstillbe25,000soldiersinGermany,that'snosmallnumber,"addedtheTrumployalist.U.S.mediareportedearlythismonththatTrumphaddirectedthePentagontoreduceU.S.militarypresenceinGermanybySeptember,whichdrewoppositionsamongU.S.lawmakers.Lastweek22RepublicanmembersofCongresswarnedTrumpthatasignificantforcedrawdowninEuropewouldserveRussia'sinterestsattheexpenseofU.S.nationalsecurity.ThereductionmightfurtherstraintherelationsbetweenWashingtonandBerlin.ThetwoallieshavebeenatoddswitheachotheronIrannuclearissues,NordStream2gaspipelineproject,anddefenseburden-sharing,amongothers.TrumphasbeenrepeatedlycomplainingthatU.S.alliesexploitedhiscountryondefensespending.InhisremarkstograduatesoftheUnitedStatesMilitaryAcademyovertheweekend,TrumpemphasizedtheU.S.militaryisnotthepolicemenoftheworld.

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