All you need to know about China and the dynamics of Sino-US relations
As China's trading partners contemplate economic recovery in the post-pandemic period, the last thing the world needs are new barriers to trade. However, this is exactly what the European Commission is proposing with its plan to unilaterally extend the European Union's Emissions Trading System to international shipping, including Chinese ships calling at EU ports.
To tackle climate change, rich countries are promising to end fossil fuel use in 29 years. As this becomes excruciatingly costly, the G7 is now thinking about making the world's poor pay for it. That will go badly.
Editor's Note: Climate change is one of the biggest challenges of our times and there is a global consensus that the international community should unitedly reduce carbon emissions to overcome this challenge. Three experts from three different fields share their views with China Daily on how to combat climate change.
With the 20th Bo'ao Forum for Asia set to open on Sunday, it's time to reflect on how to promote economic cooperation in Asia in the post-pandemic period.
John Kerry, US President Joe Biden's Special Climate Envoy, was in New Delhi between April 5 and 8, holding talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and in China between April 14 and 17, meeting his Chinese counterpart Xie Zhenhua on reconfiguring the global emissions-control regime. The talks came ahead of the Leaders Summit on Climate Biden will host on April 22-23, to which he's invited 40 world leaders.
Japan announced on Tuesday that it would discharge radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant into the sea, claiming it was the best option despite strong opposition from both home and abroad, especially from neighboring countries including China and the Republic of Korea.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's scheduled meeting with US President Joe Biden in Washington on Friday, the US leader's first face-to-face talks with another country's leader since taking office in January, is aimed at rebuilding the US-Japan alliance which was strained due to previous US president Donald Trump's "America first" policy.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said that "2021 is a make or break year" to confront the global climate emergency. After rejoining the Paris Agreement, the Joe Biden administration must now rise to the climate challenge and commit to an ambitious and achievable 2030 Nationally Determined Contribution of reducing the US' greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at least 50 percent below 2005 levels by 2030 to set the stage for the forthcoming UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, in November.
The damage caused to Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant by the tsunami triggered by the massive earthquake on March 11, 2011, was debilitating and tragic. The Tokyo Electric Power Company, which owns the Fukushima plant, has been, according to reports, trying to minimize the impact of the radiation from the now crippled facility on the environment.
The global economy would not exist without the ocean. Ocean-based industries contribute $1.5 trillion annually and hundreds of millions of jobs in fishing, shipping, marine tourism, and renewable energy. These economic services, however, are at risk due to unsustainable marine practices and overexploitation of ocean resources.
The decision of the Japanese government on Tuesday to proceed with plans for discharging radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean is a direct threat to the marine environment, public health and fisheries, and violates the human rights of people in Japan as well as other countries.
Over the past years, China has emerged as a science and technology powerhouse, and it is fast catching up with the developed world, including the United States.
Indeed, Sino-US cooperation is essential to the success of the global fight against climate change.
The Japanese government has totally disregarded the human rights of its own people, and the interests of neighboring countries in the Asia-Pacific region.
Mundell is known as the "Father of the Euro", the common currency used by 19 European Union member states.
China eradicated extreme poverty in 2020, a giant achievement given that the annual economic growth of the country last year was only 2.3 percent.
Within a span of 40 years, China has lifted about 800 million people out of absolute poverty and become the second-largest economy in the world.
The Party's leadership and the Chinese people's hard work will help the country realize this dream of national rejuvenation.
Australian trade minister Dan Tehan asked Australian businesses on Wednesday to "step up to the plate" in repairing ties with China as bilateral ties hit the lowest point in decades.
The Ministry of Education published a draft regulation on its website on Tuesday soliciting public opinions, which includes banning faculty members from having a romantic or sexual relationship with students.
US system can't end its human rights violations
China launched reform and opening-up more than four decades ago essentially to boost economic development, lift hundreds of millions of Chinese people out of poverty, and improve people's lives and livelihoods. It has achieved those three goals: rapid economic development, eradication of absolute poverty last year, and higher per capita income.
China eradicated extreme poverty in 2020, a giant achievement given that the annual economic growth of the country last year was only 2.3 percent. This fact is important not only for China but for the whole world, because for the past decade and a half, China has been the prime driver of global economic growth.
China's history is a history of the nation's struggle against poverty. No wonder the Chinese people have always dreamed of a society free of poverty. As such, the eradication of abject poverty in China last year is an important step toward realizing the Chinese dream of national rejuvenation.
Thomas L. Friedman, author, political commentator and weekly columnist for The New York Times, and Wang Huiyao, president of the Center for China and Globalization, discussed online the future of globalization and China-US relations on March 29.
With COVID-19 vaccination programs rolling out in different countries, the global economic and business environment is expected to start improving in the second half of this year. But China has already shown a more apparent growth momentum and is set to lead the economic recovery of Asia and even the world.
Qingming Festival, also known as Tomb Sweeping Day, is a traditional festival when people clean the tombs of their ancestors and pay respects to them by burning joss sticks and joss paper.
April 1 marks the 4th anniversary of President Xi Jinping announcing the plan to transform Xiong'an in Hebei province into a green and innovation-oriented city and China's 19th national-level district and economic zone.
Many expect domestic tourism to rebound during Qingming Festival, especially because the health code now enables people to travel safely and conveniently within China.
China and Iran have inked a 25-year blueprint to enhance bilateral comprehensive strategic cooperation, which follows a joint statement issued in 2016 that they would establish a strategic cooperation partnership. The agreement, signed on Saturday, reflects both sides' need to pursue development based on the principle of mutual benefit and win-win results.
Before flying to Beijing from Singapore, a low-risk country that has used an all-of-society approach to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, I was required to submit to the Chinese embassy negative results for polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and serology tests taken less than 72 hours before my flight.
It wasn't just the weather that was cold when senior US and Chinese officials convened recently in Anchorage, Alaska, to try to reset Sino-US relations after four years of mounting tension. Sadly, the meeting was more reminiscent of the Cold War era than of a fresh start. Which needs to change quickly－before it is too late.
Editor's Note: Three international scholars analyze the role of a rising China in the world order in the new era. The articles are abridged versions of three chapters from a book, China and the World, edited by David Gosset and published by Societa Editrice in Mulino.
Thirty years ago, the fall of the Berlin Wall fuelled a debate on the new world order in the making. Practically, nobody foresaw then that in the immediate future China would become one of the main players of the global geopolitical changes.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unimaginable devastation and suffering around the world, demonstrating our fragility despite all the technological and scientific advances we have made.
The COVID-19 pandemic has jolted the global economy, including the US economy. Indeed, the collateral rapid economic recession has made it extraordinarily difficult to ascertain the risk on US corporations and the inability of people to pay all the debt which they will incur. This is a profound challenge facing the Joe Biden administration.
With much of the developed world battered by the pandemic, it is time for the two neighbors to streamline their mutual equations to fulfil their historic mandate in crafting post-pandemic global resilience.
China has become the first country to ratify the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership agreement, the Ministry of Commerce said on Monday. With Thailand, too, ratifying the trade deal and the 13 other RCEP member states stressing they will ratify it before the end of this year to ensure it goes into effect on Jan 1, 2022.
The world has been waiting for US President Joe Biden to reverse the protectionist policies of his predecessor and normalize the United States' relations with other countries, including Russia and China. Russia-US relations hit another low when Biden said "I do" when asked if he thought Russian President Vladimir Putin was a "killer" in an interview broadcast on March 17. Moscow responded by recalling its ambassador in Washington on Thursday, and Putin pointing at the US' history of slavery, massacring Native Americans and dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II.
The two-day meeting in Anchorage, Alaska, between the Chinese and US top diplomats has been reported with much fanfare. The opening cross-fire, the longer than expected sessions, the mixed messages. There were moments of welcome and pleasantries, chills and barbs, heat and spat. Headlines aside, let's take a calm and closer look at the high-level face-to-face dialogue between the biggest developing country and the biggest developed country in the world, the first since the Joe Biden administration took office in the year the Communist Party of China celebrates its 100th birthday.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov's visit to Beijing on Monday and Tuesday closely follows the just concluded high-level talks between senior Chinese and US officials in Anchorage, Alaska. For his part, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited Japan and the Republic of Korea before the Anchorage talks, while US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin held talks with Indian officials in New Delhi.
March 22 marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the State of Kuwait and the People's Republic of China.
The two-day dialogue between the top diplomats of China and the United States, which concluded on Friday, proceeded according to the expectations of the two sides and defined bilateral relations in terms of cooperation, competition and confrontation.
“Stop Asian hate” movement has erupted protests across the United States over this weekend in the wake of the Atlanta spa shootings.
Across the world, politicians are going out of their way to promise fantastically expensive climate policies. US President Joe Biden has promised to spend $500 billion each year on climate policies－about 13 percent of the entire federal revenue. And the European Union has vowed to spend 25 percent of its budget to combat climate change.
Following the tenfold growth of Tesla's stock between March 2020 and January 2021, the company's founder, Elon Musk, has emerged as the avatar of green innovation. The Tesla phenomenon has spilled over into the rest of the nascent electric vehicle industry, sprinkling stardust on a host of green start-ups with unproven technologies and minimal revenues.
The Chinese term for martial arts is wushu. Actually "martial" is a mis-translation. The Chinese character wu is composed of two radicals zhi which means to stop or halt, and ge which means a weapon.
A proposal to remove English (as a foreign language) as a core subject in primary and secondary schools at this year's two sessions has triggered a fierce public debate online.
China has raised its defense budget by 6.8 percent year-on-year to 1.35 trillion yuan ($208 billion) this year, slightly more than the 6.6 percent increase in 2020 and the lowest in two decades. Yet as soon as China unveiled the defense budget, cries of China posing an even bigger military threat became louder in some parts of the world.
The US treasury market is the largest, deepest and most liquid bond market in the world.
China's demand-side management boasts far more significance than merely a series of macroeconomic policies aimed at sustaining growth.
The United States seems desperate to include India into its Indo-Pacific strategy, especially after China-India relations suffered a setback due to the border clash last year.
Former US president Donald Trump launched a trade war against China on July 6, 2018, by imposing 25 percent tariff on $34 billion of Chinese imports, the first in a series of such punitive tariffs. In 2019, the US administration increased tariffs on practically all imports from China.
Since the novel coronavirus broke out more than a year ago, China and Zimbabwe have been working hand in hand to fight against the pandemic.
The integration of the primary, secondary and tertiary industries in rural areas is an important way to promote the transformation and upgrading of agriculture, enable the flourishing of the rural economy and increase the incomes of farmers.
By eradicating extreme poverty in the country last year, China not only achieved the targets of poverty reduction, one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, a decade in advance but also solved the differential regional poverty problem.
Having suffered a severe economic downturn due to the violence unleashed by local radicals in 2019 and then the novel coronavirus epidemic in 2020, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region will further integrate its development with that of the country's on the basis of the "patriots administering Hong Kong" principle.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Henry Kissinger's visit to China. In July 1971, Kissinger, as national security adviser to then US president Richard Nixon, held several rounds of talks with Premier Zhou Enlai in Beijing. The Chinese and US sides addressed many thorny issues, including the Taiwan question, in a manner that was candid and discerning. Kissinger's visit paved the way for Nixon's visit to China in February 1972 and the subsequent normalization of ties between the two countries.
The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on the United States economy, creating a big hole in the job market probably on the scale of the Great Depression. There have been many reports about people without jobs for months now. It is dreadful to see single mothers with children facing eviction and having difficulty putting food on the table.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin will visit the Republic of Korea on Wednesday, once again putting the global spotlight on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, especially since Blinken has said that the new US administration plans to conduct a comprehensive review of the policies toward the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and find ways to increase pressure on Pyongyang in order to bring it back to the negotiating table.
In an article published in Qiushi journal on Tuesday, President Xi Jinping once again emphasized the importance of innovation to modern economy, and said that China should become a global center for science and innovation.
During the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-25) period, the statutory retirement age will be raised in a phased manner, according to recently released documents. Two scholars share their views with China Daily on why and how the retirement age should be raised.
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Northeast Asia had enjoyed phenomenal growth in intra-regional travel. In 2019, the share of inbound visitors from other Northeast Asian countries ranged from 11 percent in the Russian Federation, 35 percent in China, 48 percent in Japan, 56 percent in the Republic of Korea to 76 percent in Mongolia.
Vaccinating the world against COVID-19 is one of humankind's most critical non-wartime efforts ever. Many countries have developed ambitious, politically sensitive and carefully sequenced vaccination plans, but executing them successfully will be a challenge. To succeed, policymakers should include three realistic assumptions into their vaccination planning for 2021 and beyond.
While the novel coronavirus pandemic continues to affect almost all countries, some Western politicians and media are trying to smear China by calling its vaccine supply to other countries "vaccine diplomacy", and thus undermining global cooperation against the pandemic. Three experts share their views on how to strengthen the global fight against the pandemic.
The Grisons Peak, a consultancy firm based in London, and the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies (SIIS), a leading foreign policy think tank based in Shanghai, published their joint report titled "Health Silk Road 2020: A Bridge to the Future of Health for All" on Feb 28, 2021
Jiang Shouliang is 59 years old and has paralysis of his lower limbs due to an accident. He lives in Jiebei village, Miao autonomous county in Hunan province, and his livelihood is beekeeping. For years, he lived in poverty, struggling to support his family with the limited income he earned from selling honey.
Premier Li Keqiang reiterated China's need to achieve high-quality economic growth at a news conference on Thursday, the concluding day of the annual session of the National People's Congress. And although economists and market analysts, in general, have forecast 8-10 percent for China's economy for 2021, Premier Li once again emphasized a target of "above 6 percent" will better help China's economy grow more steadily.
The Government Work Report Premier Li Keqiang presented on the opening day of the annual session of the National People's Congress is especially significant in that it not only reviews the government's work in 2020 and lays out the main tasks for 2021, but also provides an account of the achievements during the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20) period and an outline of the main targets and tasks for the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-25) period.
China-EU cooperation in combating climate change has a profound history. Being formalized in 2005, the cooperation mechanism has been strengthened several times. For example, climate change figured on the agendas of the talks between the European Union and China in July and September, the last being organized by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, where the two sides agreed to hold "High-level Environment and Climate Dialogue" to pursue joint commitments in the fight against global warming.
The COVID-19 pandemic has dealt one of the hardest blows to the aviation industry. According to the International Air Transport Association, passenger demand in 2020 slumped by a whopping 65.9 percent compared with 2019, making 2020 the worst year in recent aviation history.
In the Government Work Report he delivered on Friday, Premier Li Keqiang once again highlighted the importance of seeds and cultivable land in safeguarding China's food security. That China attaches great importance to food security is evident in the fact that it has been highlighted in the No 1 Central Document for the last 18 years.
Young graduates may face more challenges in getting a suitable job this year because of the impact of the novel coronavirus outbreak on the Chinese economy, especially the imbalance in the number of job seekers and job openings.
International Women's Day, March 8, is celebrated in many countries around the world.
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