All you need to know about China and the dynamics of Sino-US relations
The outcome of the seventh national population census released on Tuesday has attracted wide attention. Three experts shared their views with China Daily's Zhang Xi on how China should better adapt to population trends.
Editor's Note: From railways including high-speed trains and aviation including state of the art airports to a comprehensive road network including world-class expressways, China has become a global leader in transportation in just four decades. How did this come about? In the fourth of a series of commentaries, a senior journalist with China Daily searches the answers.
By making the development of the Hainan Free Trade Port a national strategy, the central government hopes to break through the blockade imposed by the United States and other Western countries, offset the effects of their attempts to decouple the Chinese economy from some Western economies, and explore a better development model, which could be used as reference for other Chinese cities to better promote national economic development.
The decision announced on Friday by the World Health Organization in Geneva to grant emergency use listing (EUL) to a COVID-19 vaccine manufactured in China represents a milestone achievement. The successful EUL application is built on years of training and research by Chinese scientists, and decades of investment, coordinated efforts, and reform on the part of the government, national regulators, and the manufacturers themselves.
The United States has started the final troops withdrawal from Afghanistan, and has pledged to complete the process by September this year.
With the rollout of several efficacious vaccines in more and more countries and the concerted efforts of people to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic and return to normalcy, the issue of vaccination passport is being discussed across the world.
As massive online platforms have given rise to numerous virtual marketplaces, a gap has opened between the real and the digital economies.
Read tourism is booming, as was seen during just concluded May Day holiday. Why has red tourism become so popular, especially among youths? Three experts share their views on the issue with China Daily's Yao Yuxin.
China successfully launched the core module of its space station on Thursday, giving humankind a new foothold in space.
The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on rich economies such as the United States and European countries. But what has been happening in India over the past weeks is a cause for great concern for not only India but also the rest of the world, as the pandemic is out of control in the large and densely populated developing country.
El Salvador established diplomatic relations with China on the basis of the one-China principle in August 2018, becoming the 178th country in the world to establish diplomatic ties with China.
This April marks the 50th anniversary of the Chinese government sending the country's first medical team to Sudan, opening a glorious chapter for bilateral health cooperation that has lasted half a century.
The United States has not only been more frequently interacting with Ukraine since President Joe Biden assumed office in January but has also stressed that it strongly supports Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Addressing the Leaders Summit on Climate on Earth Day (April 22), President Xi Jinping reaffirmed China's pledge that its carbon dioxide emissions will peak before 2030 and the country will achieve carbon neutrality before 2060.
The personnel policy of the Joe Biden administration is different from that of the previous administration in that it has been recruiting young "political elites" with special expertise.
The Japanese government earlier this month decided to discharge radioactive water from the now crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant into the sea in two years, causing grave concern at home and abroad and evoking strong opposition from the international community, especially neighboring countries such as China and the Republic of Korea.
The race between the novel coronavirus, which is still raging in some countries, and the global vaccination drive to effectively contain the virus is tough.
The United States President Joe Biden is still struggling to get the $2.25 trillion-stimulus package passed by the Congress, while the Republicans insist on their less-costly version.
There has been renewed interest and firm international commitment to address the devastating impacts of climate change. The virtual Leaders Summit on Climate hosted by US President Joe Biden last week captured the world's attention with 40 global leaders participating and Chinese President Xi Jinping and others agreeing to take stronger collective action to address the climate crisis. And as UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said, 2021 is a critical year to address the climate emergency.
Editor's Note: Will China and the United States fall into the Thucydides' trap? Graham T. Allison, founding dean of Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, Wang Huiyao, president of the Center for China and Globalization, and Li Chen, director of the Center for International Security and Strategy at Renmin University of China's School of International Studies, try to find an answer to this most important question of our times at a dialogue organized by the CCG earlier this month. Excerpts from their conversation follow:
President Xi Jinping addresses the Leaders Summit on Climate via video link from Beijing on Thursday. Xi delivered an important speech titled "For Man and Nature: Building a Community of Life Together" at the two-day event hosted by the United States. [Photo/Xinhua]
The United States, in general, and Minneapolis, in particular, held its collective breath earlier this week－while the jury in the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin deliberated－fearing that an acquittal would again set US cities alight because "justice has been denied" many times in the country before.
One of the best ways to capture the prevailing geopolitical zeitgeist is by pinning down the latest cliché among strategic thinkers. Over the past five years, the term "Thucydides' trap" has come to dominate the discourse about the most consequential bilateral relationship in the 21st century, namely between the United States and China.
In this pivotal year for humanity, now is the time for bold climate action. The science is irrefutable and globally agreed: to stop the climate crisis from becoming a permanent catastrophe, we must limit global heating to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
US President Joe Biden, during his election campaign, promised to hold a world leaders' summit on climate change within 100 days of assuming office. He is about to fulfill that promise by holding the Leaders Summit on Climate on Thursday and Friday.
The Japanese government has decided to start releasing 1.25 million tons of radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant into the sea in two years, saying it would ensure that the tritium in the water is one-fortieth of Japan's national drinking water standard and one-seventh of the World Health Organization's standard.
Addressing the Boao Forum for Asia through video link on Tuesday, President Xi Jinping said
In the first quarter of 2020, China's economy contracted by 6.8 percent because of the impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic. In the West, it was widely seen as the "end of China's growth story".
The central government's strategic goal is to make the Hainan Free Trade Port a torchbearer of China's opening-up in the new era. And to help realize this goal, Hainan province should expand its cooperation and exchanges with Southeast Asian countries to transform itself into a regional market and meet the economic demands of the member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
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.
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