All you need to know about China and the dynamics of Sino-US relations
China's recent efforts to reform the legal and judicial system, in order to promote more effective rule of law reflect its longstanding commitment to pursue modernization and foster a rules-based society.
As a born optimist, I consider 2021 as the year of recovery. The pandemic is not yet over, but there is a ray of hope for a better tomorrow both in the health sector and the economy.
The only thing certain about the future is uncertainty.
Global economic recovery in 2021 faces many challenges, not least because of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, emergence of new variants of the novel coronavirus and vaccine inequity.
As the world observes International Day of Persons with Disabilities on Friday, we honor the leadership of persons with disabilities and their tireless efforts to build a more inclusive, accessible and sustainable world. At the same time, we resolve to work harder to ensure a society that is open and accommodating of all.
The China-Laos Railway was inaugurated on Friday, with President Xi Jinping, who is also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, and Thongloun Sisoulith, general secretary of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party Central Committee and Lao president, watching the opening ceremony via video link, and congratulating each other on the success of the project.
A Chinese national living in Germany told me recently that, as a college student in Shanghai back in the 1980s, he used to admire US democracy, but added that he has since become extremely baffled by many of the US' actions.
The US Department of Commerce announced on Nov 24 that it had added to its exports blacklist, formally Entity List, 27 new entities－12 from China, 13 from Pakistan, and one each from Japan and Singapore－because they did not meet the country's national security or foreign policy requirements.
Making COVID-19 vaccines accessible to all is crucial. But it's just as important to ensure that as many people as possible feel confident enough to take them. While access to COVID-19 vaccines remains an obstacle in many low- and middle-income countries, another challenge looms: vaccine hesitancy.
The recent Sixth Plenary Session of the Communist Party of China Central Committee was not a mere domestic political event charting the course of China's future. Its impact has rippled beyond the borders of the country. The session attracted global attention, not least because it issued a historical resolution only for the third time since the founding of the Party 100 years ago. Its significance is visibly pronounced to the international community as the second largest economy is now assuming an increasingly pivotal role impacting the world.
The two-day Eighth Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, which concluded on Tuesday, reviewed the FOCAC's achievements since its establishment in 2000 and vowed to take China-Africa cooperation to a higher level in accordance with the theme of the conference, "Deepen China-Africa Partnership and Promote Sustainable Development to Build a China-Africa Community with a Shared Future in the New Era".
Environmental activist Greta Thunberg and other campaigners were quick to label the recently-concluded two weeks of climate change hand-wringing at COP26 in Glasgow as little more than "blah, blah, blah".
Following his meeting with Rafael Grossi, director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian tweeted on Nov 25 that an agreement between Teheran and the global nuclear watchdog is possible.
At their summit in June, the G7 leaders endorsed US President Joe Biden's global infrastructure initiative, "Build Back Better World Framework" and agreed to form a partnership led by "major democracies" to help narrow the $40 trillion infrastructure need in the developing world, which has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The ongoing Eighth Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in Dakar, Senegal, could offer a strategic framework for deepening China-Africa relations.
The ongoing Eighth Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in Dakar, Senegal, is likely to see the two sides agreeing on a joint action plan to contain the COVID-19 pandemic and build a China-Africa community with a shared future.
Editor's note: The ongoing Eighth Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation will assess the implementation of the plans announced at the two previous conferences and chart the future course of Sino-African relations. Three experts share their views with China Daily on how the FOCAC has helped both sides to strengthen cooperation and what can we expect from it in the future:
China will provide more resources and opportunities for Africa's development. And that is the significance of the Eighth China-Africa Cooperation Forum being held at this time.
The China-US Joint Glasgow Declaration on Enhancing Climate Action in the 2020s issued at the recent UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, could inject new vitality into the global fight against climate change and help ensure the implementation of the Paris Agreement.
The Eighth Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation will be held in Dakar, Senegal, on Monday and Tuesday.
The transitory inflation debate in the United States is over. The upsurge in US inflation has turned into something far worse than the Federal Reserve expected. Perpetually optimistic financial markets are taking this largely in stride. The Fed is widely presumed to have both the wisdom and the firepower to keep underlying inflation in check. That remains to be seen.
Combating climate change by, among other things, achieving carbon neutrality is necessary to not only protect our planet but also build a community with a shared future for mankind.
Common prosperity is a catchphrase used to emphasize that a responsible government should make efforts to ensure that every citizen gets a fair share of the nation's wealth. Sharing is a human trait. For example, toddlers playing together share their toys.
After the talks between President Xi Jinping and US President Joe Biden, via video link, on Nov 16, The New York Times and other Western media summed up the achievements of the meeting, with one media outlet saying: "The US and Chinese leaders spoke about human rights, Taiwan and trade."
Gina Raimondo's first visit to Asia as US Secretary of Commerce from Nov 15 to 18 came after the considerable disappointment in the Asia-Pacific region over the United States' perceived lack of engagement with Asia during the Donald Trump presidency (2017-20).
Sharing China's progress in greening development can spread and deepen awareness and knowledge about the challenges, innovations and best practices in pursuing a more environmentally sustainable future.
The RCEP is expected to lead and promote free trade, and boost economic globalization at a time when globalization is facing headwinds and the world is battling the COVID-19 pandemic and economic slowdown.
Learning from history before planning for the future explains why China has the longest continuous history (5,000 years) of any country in the world and why the Communist Party of China has been governing the country successfully since the founding of the People's Republic in 1949.
The COVID-19 pandemic has not only changed the world. It has also made us realize that since we are all connected to each other, we need to rise above our nationality, race, ethnicity, religion and level of development to uphold the common cause of humanity.
In his speech to mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China on July 1, Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, said: "At the fundamental level, the capability of our Party and the strengths of socialism with Chinese characteristics are attributable to the fact that Marxism works."
Editor's note: The Resolution of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China on the Major Achievements and Historical Experience of the Party over the Past Century, which was adopted by the recent Sixth Plenary Session of the 19th CPC Central Committee, is an action plan aimed at achieving the Chinese Dream of national rejuvenation. How will the resolution guide the nation forward? Four experts share their views on the issue with China Daily:
The 26th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change concluded in Glasgow, Scotland, on Nov 13 without making any significant movement forward. There is no clarity on whether limiting the global temperature rise to below 1.5 degrees Celsius remains a practical objective. One participant probably put it right: Though there was no progress, the process isn't dead yet. We're hanging in there.
Among the many statements incorrectly attributed to Winston Churchill, former British prime minister, perhaps none is as frequently quoted as his alleged quip on diplomacy as “the art of telling people to go to hell in such a way that they ask for directions”. This is hardly the only witticism for which there exists no evidence that it was ever uttered, but it nonetheless contains a deeper wisdom that seems to have been ignored in current times.
China's accession to the World Trade Organization in 2001 dramatically changed the structure of global trade. Twenty years later, digital technology, especially in the services trade, is changing the global trade landscape once again.
Direct and candid conversation between Chinese and US presidents has always been an indispensable source of stability and guidance in navigating bilateral ties through rough waters.
The just concluded Sixth Plenary Session of the 19th Communist Party of China Central Committee in Beijing considered and adopted policy approaches to address these global challenges, build a community with a shared future for mankind and realize national rejuvenation.
The Sixth Plenary Session of the 19th Communist Party of China Central Committee, held from Nov 8 to 11, passed a resolution on the Party's major achievements and historical experience in the past century. The resolution comes at a critical juncture, and charts the path of the country's future.
Nearly 200 participating countries adopted the Glasgow Climate Pact at the end of 26th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which concluded Saturday after a one-day extension. Meanwhile, developed countries, whose industrialization is responsible for most of today's climate change impacts, were urged to meet their funding pledge.
Democracy is derived from two Greek words－demos meaning people, and kratos meaning rule. In the West, elections are held to decide which party and/or individual should lead the country. Which is a key element of Western democracy. And campaigns for state leadership and seats in parliaments dominate their politics.
Editor’s Note: The Sixth Plenary Session of the 19th CPC Central Committee is a historic meeting. According to the communique released on Thursday, the Central Committee considered and adopted the “Resolution on the Major Achievements and Historical Experience of the Party over the Past Century”. What do these achievements and experiences in the past century mean for the country? Eight experts share their views on the issue with China Daily. Excerpts follow:
The speed, scale and span of the economic and social transformation of China during the past 40-odd years have been unprecedented in human history.
How does China's achievement of building a moderately prosperous society in all respects compare with the Western pronouncements at the ongoing UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, which Greta Thunberg, Swedish teen environmental activist, said amounted to "blah blah, blah".
When US President Joe Biden recently proclaimed at the UN that the United States "is not seeking a new Cold War", many countries must have felt a sense of relief. But with his words still echoing, the United States has moved to piece together AUKUS, upgrade the Quad and enhance the Five Eyes.
It is said development is a flame many countries touch yet few can hold. China belongs to the latter group. Long before the centenary of the founding of the Communist Party of China, it had become apparent that the CPC's leadership would transform many aspects of life in China and the world.
Recently, some observers said that growth deceleration and continued regulatory scrutiny could dampen e-commerce in 2021. Yet the full-year results may prove not that different from last year, especially given the enthusiastic response of consumers to this year's Singles Day (Nov 11) e-shopping gala.
Long before the ongoing UN Climate Change Conference began in Glasgow on Oct 31, US President Joe Biden vowed to restore the US' climate leadership through a "new climate deal".
Some might say the world is at a crossroad? But the road ahead is clearly marked "global peace and multilateral global trade". The problem is that not everyone can clearly see the road ahead and has the determination to press on.
Since its founding a century ago, the Communist Party of China has led the Chinese people to make remarkable achievements, and since the late 1970s, it has implemented reform in all sectors, at all levels, and across the country while opening up the economy to the outside world.
Serving the Chinese people and achieving national rejuvenation have been the top priority of the Communist Party of China since its founding. As the Party embarks on a new journey toward realizing the second centenary goal of building a modern socialist country, how can it continue contributing to development?
The ongoing Fourth China International Import Expo in Shanghai, which opened on Friday and will continue till Wednesday, is expected to boost global economic recovery despite the disruptions in the global supply chains due to the COVID-19 pandemic and other risks to the world economy. Especially because the United States, which once led international trade and financial systems, is struggling to overcome myriad problems at home.
Japan's ruling coalition of the Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito has retained its majority in the lower house of parliament in the 49th general election. Although the LDP, led by Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, won 261 of the 465 seats in the lower house (House of Representatives), its number of seats fell from 276 in the previous house. The LDP's coalition partner, Komeito, won 32 seats.
The ongoing United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, has been billed as a global effort to adapt to climate change.
The Earth is heating up at a rapid rate. Glaciers and icebergs are melting. Wild fires have become common. Bird and marine species are declining. Farmed sea food production is increasing as natural stocks diminish. In some regions seasonal fruits are "changing". And big cities such as Cape Town have had a near-encounter with day-zero as water sources dry up.
China has made great achievements in improving people's livelihoods, as described in the white paper titled "China's Epic Journey from Poverty to Prosperity", published by the State Council Information Office in September.
The real challenge with the current approach to climate policy is that as long as cutting emissions remains expensive, leaders will talk a lot but can do little.
Despite the high rate of vaccination and strict prevention and control measures, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the tourism industry.
China is having an eventful month, marked by proliferating power supply disruptions and the debt crisis of the country's second-largest property developer, Evergrande.
Fifty years ago, China restored its lawful seat at the United Nations. The Somalis were as proud and excited as the Chinese, because Somalia was not only one of the 23 countries co-sponsoring the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 2758 supporting China, but also had submitted similar proposals twice to the UN General Assembly before.
At the height of the supply chain crisis in the United States about two weeks ago, according to The Washington Post, 79 container ships were anchored in the sea off the coasts of Los Angeles and Long Beach waiting to dock at the already crowded berths of the two ports to unload cargo worth an estimated $8 billion.
For relatively arid Shanxi province, located on the Loess Plateau in Central China, floods are a rare kind of natural disaster. But a few days ago Shanxi received record-breaking rainfall that triggered devastating floods and landslides, which destroyed about 19,000 houses and affected more than 1.75 million people, of whom over 120,000 had to be evacuated.
Since the Industrial Revolution, particularly in the past 100 years, the world's dependence on fossil fuels has been associated with climate change, which has had a profound impact on natural resources, ecosystems, and economic and social development. Worse, in recent years, warming-induced extreme weather events have become increasingly frequent.
Editor's note: The ongoing UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, United Kingdom, could prompt countries to make concerted efforts to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. How will the countries ramp up renewable energy generation and strengthen the natural systems to tackle climate change? Five experts share their views on the issue with China Daily:
The novel coronavirus has already killed more than 4.94 million people and infected more than 244 million people worldwide. So countries need to set aside their geopolitical interests and work together to contain the pandemic. But there is lack of concerted efforts by countries to strengthen the global fight against the pandemic.
Epidemiologists tell us that COVID-19 was not a "black swan". In our lifetime, there will be pandemics that are equally if not more severe. And when the next one comes, China, Singapore, and maybe Vietnam will be better prepared because they have learned from this terrible experience. Pretty much every other country, including most of the G20, will be just as vulnerable as they were when COVID-19 hit.
The G20 Summit to be held in Rome this weekend faces the daunting task of tackling unprecedented challenges, from climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic to global governance and economic recovery, in an increasingly divided world.
Whether and how the G20 countries should provide humanitarian aid to Afghanistan is a very important item on the agenda of the upcoming G20 summit. It also provides an opportunity for people to reflect on what is truly human rights protection.
As we approach the United Nations Climate Change Conference amid the growing imperatives for sustainable development and climate action, the international community must make the most of the opportunity to ensure ambitious results in Glasgow, the conference venue, and beyond.
In the recently released World Economic Outlook, the International Monetary Fund has warned that uneven COVID-19 vaccine rollout could divide the global economy with high-income countries continuing the recovery momentum, and low-income countries risking further downturn.
To mark the 50th anniversary of the People's Republic of China's restoration of its lawful seat in the UN, Wu Hailong, the president of China Public Diplomacy Association, in his commentary, says the world should support the UN-led international order.
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a pronounced effect on international relations, including Chinese public opinion on Japan, and vice versa. Amid such developments, the 2021 annual survey on China-Japan relations conducted recently by the Beijing-Tokyo Forum, a public diplomatic communication platform between China and Japan, has become a key channel for the two countries to gauge what people on one side think about the other, and use it to promote mutual understanding.
In a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies early this month, United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai outlined the Joe Biden administration's approach to trade with China, and distancing the incumbent administration from previous president Donald Trump's "de-coupling" efforts, she called for US-China "re-coupling".
United States President Joe Biden announced a $2 trillion "American Jobs Plan" on March 31, saying it is mainly in response to the "climate crisis" and "the ambitions of China". According to Biden's plan, the administration will spend $621 billion to build or improve the country's transportation infrastructure including highways, bridges, roads and airports, and $689 billion on community infrastructure including providing drinking water, housing and broadband connection for residents, and building schools and Veterans Health Administration hospitals in the next eight years.
Eighty-five years ago, on Oct 22 the three main forces of the Chinese Workers' and Peasants' Red Army met in the northern part of Shaanxi province, symbolizing the success of the Long March (October 1934 to October 1936).
The International Monetary Fund issued a statement last week, saying that "having looked at all the evidence presented, the Executive Board reaffirms its full confidence in the Managing Director's leadership and ability to continue to effectively carry out her duties. The Board trusts in the Managing Director's commitment to maintaining the highest standards of governance and integrity in the IMF".
Editor's Note: China has made great achievements in building a favorable environment for people with disabilities, and the medal haul of the Chinese team at the recent Tokyo Paralympic Games is proof of that. Two experts share their views on the issue with China Daily. Excerpts follow:
Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party leader Fumio Kishida took office as the country's 100th prime minister on Oct 4, but his government will not be in office for even one month as he has called the general election on Oct 31.
In its recent Regional Economic Outlook, the International Monetary Fund notes that the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a turn for the worse in Asia since the spring, along with the region's growth outlook. The growth projection for the Asia and Pacific region has been downgraded by more than 1 percent to 6.5 percent compared with the April 2021 forecasts－more than for any other region.
Climate change poses the biggest existential threat to humanity. As world leaders prepare to renew their pledge to combat the crisis amid increasingly frequent natural hazards and the raging pandemic, one measure that so far remains grossly under-tapped is the transformative role that education can play in mitigating climate change.
Editor’s note: This year marks the 110th anniversary of the 1911 Revolution. Zheng Yongnian, Professor of political science at the Chinese University of Hong Kong，Shenzhen, shares his views with China Daily’s Yao Yuxin on the significance of the path China has chosen for peaceful reunification and national rejuvenation, and why it is important for the world. Excerpts follow:
It is a very old story. Even when slave owing was legal in the United States before the American Civil War (1861-65), the country insisted on presenting itself as a democratic model to the world. Not even the bloodiest civil war ever fought to that point by any European or North American country changed its self-regard in this respect.
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