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上海千花网女神会所America Institute (US), Shanghai Institutes for International Studies (China) a

nd the EU Centre (Singapore). The views of the article do not necessarily represent those of China Daily.

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China’s A-share market, together with other Asian peers, tumbled on Friday, after the

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nd South Korea’s Kospi losing 2.35 percent, 2.11 percent and 0.95 percent, respectively.

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