WASHINGTON Cheap Nike Air Max 2018 , Sept. 28 (Xinhua) -- China and the United States on Thursday vowed to push for renewal of their wide-ranging ties in scientific and technological cooperation, as part of efforts to advance social and people-to-people exchange between the two countries.

The agreement was reflected in an action plan of the first China-U.S. Social and People-to-people Dialogue, co-chaired here by Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

The scientific and technological cooperation between the two partners dated back to 1979 when they signed the China-U.S. Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement (S&T Agreement), under which the two countries have since reached nearly 50 inter-agency agreements and jointly supported thousands of cooperative programs.

The cooperation in terms of science and technology have benefited researchers and governmental agencies of both countries as they have been able to share with each other research data, resources Cheap Nike Air Max , equipment and expertise of their own.

The action plan said China and the United States are committed to concertedly pushing forward the renewal of the S&T Agreement, while strengthening joint scientific research, exploiting ways for province-state cooperation on technological innovation, and promoting dialogue and cooperation between scientific and technological personnel of both countries.

Besides, the two countries Cheap Air Max 1 , added the action plan, will conduct exchange and dialogue in terms of cooperation mechanism and policy between scientific and technological agencies, encourage businesses of both sides to cooperate in areas of innovation and entrepreneurship, and move forward cooperation between technology-driven think tanks.

China and the United States held their first Social and People-to-people Dialogue on Thursday in Washington D.C. It is one of the four high-level dialogue mechanisms established during a meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and his U.S. counterpart, Donald Trump.

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CHINA’S rice, wheat and corn subsidies are in line with WTO rules, the commerce ministry said after Washington launched legal action against what it says are “unfair” trade incentives worth US$100 billion.

The United States alleges China, the world’s largest producer of wheat and rice Cheap Air Max 2018 , doled out “market price support” for the grains above levels agreed at the Geneva-based WTO, making Chinese farmers more competitive around the world.

The Chinese commerce ministry said it had received the US request for consultations under the World Trade Organization dispute settlement mechanism but insisted its policy was legal.

“Agriculture is a fundamental industry in any country and is key to the economic interests of the mass of agricultural producers,” an unnamed commerce ministry official said in a statement on Tuesday.

Government support for the sector was a “common international practice,” said the official.

According to US officials, China has been paying higher subsidy levels than the internationally agreed 8.5 percent above reference prices for grain commodities.

Electoral politics

US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said that “if China is willing to operate a WTO-consistent trade regime” US agricultural exports to China could rise above their current US$20 billion a year level Cheap Air Max , which accounts for 200,000 US jobs.

Many of those jobs are in states like Iowa and Kansas which, because of peculiarities of the US electoral system, have an outsized role in deciding presidential elections. The 2016 election race has seen presidential candidates take a much more protectionist line on trade.

China has been the target of tough campaign rhetoric.

The official quoted in the commerce ministry statement said China “regrets the US request for the consultation... and will actively protect China’s industrial and trade interests.”

“China has always respected WTO rules, consistently supported Chinese agricultural production and development in ways in line with the rules and maintained the international trading system of farm produces Cheap Nike Air Max 1 Sale ,” the official said.

Security personnel is seen at Nairobi Terminus of Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway (SGR), in Nairobi, capital of Kenya, May 31, 2017. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday launched the passenger train service of the 480-km Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) Cheap Nike Air Max 2017 Sale , paving way for the nation's endeavor for industrialization and prosperity.

MOMBASA, Kenya, May 31 -- Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday launched the passenger train service of the 480-km Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway (SGR).

Kenyatta said the railway marks a new chapter in the history of Kenya.

The modern railway will replace the meter-gauge railway that was constructed more than 100 years ago during the British colonial rule, Kenyatta said.

"Today we celebrate the laying of one of the key cornerstones to Kenya's journey of transformation to an industrial, prosperous and middle income country Cheap Nike Air Max 2018 Sale ," he said ahead of embarking on the inaugural trip from Mombasa to Nairobi.

The launch came one day after the Kenyan leader launched the first SGR cargo service between the two cities.

Kenyatta said that the SGR was made possible due to the close Sino-Kenya friendship.

"I want to thank our partner a.