As the world is struggling to recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the devastating global repercussions of the conflict in Ukraine, and intensifying effects of the ongoing climate crisis, effective pathways must be found to overcome the multiple challenges facing the world. There have been setbacks on the path toward achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, particularly to eliminating poverty (Goal 1) and realizing zero hunger (Goal 2).
The Olympic Games have become a modern sporting festival celebrated the world over. With 206 members, the Olympic family shows its youth and passion through the Games, inspiring generations of young people and boosting billions of people's enthusiasm.
A bunch of US tech companies that have led the tech stocks boom over the past 10 years are announcing workforce cuts one after another. Twitter has reportedly decided to fire about 4,400 contract workers following the layoff of 50 percent of its employees, while Meta (originally Facebook Inc) is laying off more than 11,000 employees, about 13 percent of the total.
Replacing fossil fuels with clean energy has become an irreversible trend in China, and with the introduction of a series of policies to peak its carbon emissions before 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality before 2060, its low-carbon energy transformation is constantly accelerating.
The economic barometer between Mauritius and China started rising 50 years ago when more than 100 Mauritian businessmen flew to China on a chartered plane to participate in the world renowned Canton Fair.
This year is especially significant for two reasons: it marks the 50th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between China and the Democratic Republic of the Congo and witnessed the convening of the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China.
Artificial Intelligence is one of the most representative disruptive technologies that enable the development of society at the global level. AI has advantages for humankind, while also bringing with it safety and security challenges. The Position Paper of the People's Republic of China on Strengthening Ethical Governance of Artificial Intelligence (AI) released on Nov 16 highlights China's vision, practices and views for ethical governance of the technology from the perspective of global cooperation and coordination. It calls for global consensus with mutual respect, and actions for the good of humanity.
Qatar has attracted worldwide attention because it will host the Football World Cup from Sunday. On the other hand, China was in the global spotlight early this year for successfully hosting the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games. And not unexpectedly, China used the panda as the Winter Games mascot, as it has done for almost every major sports event, including the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, it has hosted.There is a reason for that: Giant pandas are found in the wild only in China. In fact, the panda has become the symbol of China’s friendly diplomacy, and promotes the country’s relations with the rest of the international community.From the Tang Dynasty (618-907) to the present, the panda has traveled from the forests to the rest of the world as a friendly envoy of China, contributing to the development of friendly relations between China and other countries.Qatar’s warm welcome for two pandas, named “Suhail” after one of the brightest visible stars in the Gulf region and “Thuraya” which is the Arabic name for one of the most famous and brightest star clusters, reflects the extent of the growing Sino-Qatari relationship.It seems the recent changes in the regional and international landscapes (the “Arab Spring” which began 2011, the 2017 Gulf crisis, the China-US tensions and the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict) have had a direct impact on the rapprochement between the two countries toward strengthening their strategic partnership and expanding their circle of cooperation. An ambitious country like Qatar, whose regional role has been growing in recent years, has found in China — a global power with global interests and global influence — a suitable partner that can help it expand its political and economic reach beyond its traditional sphere in the Gulf region and the Middle East. Thus, Qatar can demonstrate its regional and international standing, and expand its diplomacy in Asia, which is awash with conflicts and tensions. Perhaps the success of Qatar’s foreign policy in mediating between the Taliban regime and the United States months ago, and Qatar’s becoming a dialogue partner in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization confirm this trend. This may help Qatar benefit from the efforts of the SCO members, led by China, to fight the three evils (terrorism, separatism and extremism) and successfully host the Football World Cup. Moreover, Qatar realizes the importance of China as one of the important markets for Qatari gas. Therefore, expanding its gas market in Asia would be one of the most important moves toward expanding cooperation with China in the next stage, especially because Western sanctions against Russia could affect energy supplies to many countries.Chinese foreign policy, in effect, is no different from Qatari foreign policy. China wants to ensure smooth energy supplies from the Middle East, many Chinese investment companies are active in Qatar, and China is trying to implement various promising economic projects in the Middle East. And Qatar is one of the emerging economic powers that could be a reliable partner in this regard. In this context, we should not forget that Qatar welcomes China’s political and economic role in the Middle East. It shares China’s perspective on many development initiatives such as the Belt and Road Initiative and helping build a community with a shared future.Despite their historical, cultural, political and economic differences, Qatar and China can work together to maintain world peace and promote joint development, as well as strengthen bilateral relations, especially given their economic, commercial and energy interdependence, which brought the two sides together in the first place. No doubt, there are many cooperation prospects that could enhance bilateral strategic relations, the most important being expanding trade relations, particularly in the field of energy and technology, and increasing the volume of mutual investments. Moreover, strengthening political coordination and deepening security cooperation to combat international terrorism, drug trafficking and organized crime could also elevate Qatar-China ties to higher levels of effective interdependence in various fields.
The report submitted to the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China on Oct 16 said that as a collaborative endeavor, the Belt and Road Initiative has been welcomed by the international community both as a public good and a cooperation platform, and that China will promote the high-quality development of the initiative.
Transition finance, which provides financing to high carbon-emitting industries, should be part of a broad range of innovative financing options to address climate change. Addressing climate change and taking action to overcome its impacts and effects remain an urgent concern worldwide. There has been a consensus that the financial sector should go beyond supporting purely green activities to effectively transform the existing carbon emitters.
China is the largest trading partner of Thailand, both in terms of exports and imports. And before the outbreak of COVID-19, Chinese nationals comprised the largest tourist group (about 10 million) visiting Thailand every year.
The world's population will reach 8 billion in the middle of November — a testament to scientific breakthroughs and improvements in nutrition, public health and sanitation. But as our human family grows larger, it is also growing more divided.
Editor's note: The G20 Summit, to be held in Bali on Tuesday and Wednesday, will focus on the global health architecture, and clean energy and digital transformations. Due to the devastating economic and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the lack of many countries to address the health crisis, the summit is likely to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines, and promote sustainable and inclusive development. Four experts share their views on the issue with China Daily.
The global economy faces steep challenges. Lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, inflation, high food and energy prices, a strong US dollar, and monetary tightening in key advanced economies are all influencing the outlook. And, in terms of global growth, the worst is yet to come. In our (IMF's) most recent global forecasts, we expect growth to drop from 3.2 percent this year to 2.7 percent next year. Also, the downside risks to the global outlook are elevated.
The revised Law on the Protection of Rights and Interests of Women will come into force on Jan 1 next year. One of the highlights of the law is that it provides greater protection to women against sexual harassment.
Just this year we've seen the increasingly devastating effects of climate change — human tragedy and economic upheaval with typhoons in Bangladesh, unprecedented floods in Pakistan, heat waves in Europe, wildfires in North America, dry rivers in China, and droughts in Africa.
The friendship between China and Pakistan has become much stronger since the establishment of diplomatic relations between them 71 years ago, with the two states supporting each other on every international platform, despite the efforts of non-regional powers to drive a wedge between them.
The term gongxiaoshe, or supply and marketing cooperatives, has attracted wide attention since a report by Hubei Daily in late October said Hubei province has restored and reconstructed 1,373 local gongxiaoshe in almost every county and town.
The millions of people who work for courier and food delivery firms and sweat it out to make our lives more convenient as well as boost retail sales deserve respect and appreciation, writes a veteran journalist with China Daily.
Phrases such as "most trusted friend", "a friend in need is a friend indeed", "ironclad friendship", "comprehensive strategic partnership" and "China-Cambodia community of shared future" are often used to describe Cambodia-China relations and cooperation.
The 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China has sent a strong signal that China is committed to widening higher-level opening-up in the coming years. The congress also, for the first time, proposed to steadily widen institutional opening-up with regard to rules, regulations, management and standards, and called for preserving the diversity and maintaining the stability of the international economic landscape and trade relations.
In the 10 years since the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, the development of the Tibet autonomous region has been remarkable. Tibet has not only maintained social harmony and stability, but also realized macroeconomic growth of 9.5 percent a year, among the highest in the country. More important, it has eradicated absolute poverty despite the harsh natural conditions and weak development base, strengthened ecological protection, and taken measures to ensure traditional culture survives and people adapt to the changing times.
The Fifth China International Import Expo, to be held in Shanghai from Saturday to Thursday, is expected to help boost China's high-quality economic development, widen opening-up, and achieve win-win results for both importers and exporters.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is on a much-debated visit to Beijing on Friday, his first in his new role as head of the German government. Also, Scholz becomes the first G7 leader to visit China since the COVID-19 pandemic broke out in early 2020.
In his report to the just-concluded 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, called for practicing law-based governance and advancing the rule of law in the country.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s visit to China on Friday has been welcomed as well as criticized, as the visit comes amid worsening China-European Union relations due to the EU’s response to reports of Beijing’s “unfair” trade practices and “human rights abuses”.
Climate change has become an undeniable reality. It's not just obvious in the poles where ice caps are melting at an unprecedented pace, nor is it an issue of the future. It's what's happening now in our own backyards here in Asia.
In its 22 years, the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation has facilitated the progress of Africa in many fields including trade, economy, infrastructure development and industrialization. The FOCAC's successes can be seen in the shared benefits and the most-talked-about South-South diplomatic engagement.
The just-concluded 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China was held at a time when the Chinese nation has embarked on a new journey toward building a modern socialist country in all respects while upholding socialism with Chinese characteristics.
China has made remarkable achievements in building a modern socialist country under the leadership of the Communist Party of China, which can help other countries to chart their own path to modernization.
Britain and the People's Republic of China established full diplomatic relations on March 13, 1972. Britain had recognized the PRC on Jan 6, 1950, soon after its founding. But for more than two decades thereafter, the relationship was only at the charge d'affaires interim level. That meant that both countries had diplomatic representation in each other's capital, but no representation at ambassador level.
The visit of Nguyen Phu Trong, general secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee, to China from Sunday to Wednesday is expected to deepen China-Vietnam relations and boost regional economic recovery and cooperation.
China is one of the most powerful economies in the world, and its fast economic growth was made possible by the government's organized and structured plans, and the positive impact of foreign direct investment (FDI) on the economy. The Chinese government is determined to maintain a healthy growth momentum.
China's efforts to eradicate absolute poverty, promote development and social equity, achieve technological independence, and improve public education and health care are incontrovertible proof that achieving these goals is not a utopian pursuit.
The Great Way refers to the values of humanity such as fairness and justice. And the "Universal Harmony" proposed by Confucius means harmonious coexistence, common development, and respecting the diversity among civilizations.
China's peaceful pursuit of national rejuvenation is embodied in its second centenary goal of developing China into "a great modern socialist country that is prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced, harmonious, and beautiful" by the middle of this century (2049 being the centenary year of the founding of the People's Republic).
In the report he submitted to the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China on Oct 16, Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, said: "We must remain confident in our history, exhibit great historical initiative, and write an even more magnificent chapter for socialism with Chinese characteristics in the new era."
China will launch extensive public fitness initiatives, improve physical education for young people, promote all-around development of recreational and competitive sports, and move faster to build China into a country strong in sports, said the report to the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China on Oct 16.
The 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China convened in Beijing on Sunday. In the report Xi Jinping delivered at the opening session, he called for building cultural confidence and strength and securing new successes in developing socialist culture.
Editor's Note: Yao Yang, dean of the National School of Development, Peking University, shares his views with China Daily's Liu Jianna on the Chinese path to modernization. Excerpts from the interview follow:
The emergence of China as a key player in global governance and its trajectory of development have attracted much attention worldwide. The ongoing 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China is being followed by the world, because it could be a trendsetter for China and the rest of the world.
In the report he delivered to the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, Xi Jinping said China has advanced reform, opening-up and socialist modernization, and has written a new chapter of miraculous fast economic growth and long-term social stability.
Editor's note: Rural residents' livelihoods have greatly improved in recent years mainly because of the poverty alleviation program of the central leadership. And the increase in the per capita disposable income of rural people has led to the growth of rural consumption, writes a veteran journalist with China Daily.
The Communist Party of China attaches great importance to intra-Party elections, which are based on five factors. First, intra-Party elections follow the principle of democratic centralism — a fundamental organizational principle of the Party. The Party decided that democratic centralism would be the golden rule for intra-Party elections and democracy after the Red Army reached Yan'an, Shaanxi province, at the end of the Long March in 1935.
In the report delivered to the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China on Sunday, Xi Jinping said that from this day forward, the central task of the CPC will be to lead the Chinese people of all ethnic groups in a concerted effort to realize the second centenary goal of building China into a great modern socialist country in all respects and to advance the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation on all fronts through a Chinese path to modernization.
President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, has reiterated that the country will promote whole-process people's democracy, which is the result of the Chinese people's pursuit of socialist democracy with Chinese characteristics under the Party's leadership, as well as the application of Marxism to China's real conditions.
The past 10 years have seen China make rapid and remarkable progress in the field of science and technology, and rigorously promote innovation. No wonder China is now one of the leading nations in the field of innovations.
From a minor player in international sports to a major sports power in a couple of decades, China's rise on the global sports stage has been dramatic but not unexpected thanks to the huge amount of resources it has invested in the sports sector.
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