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All you need to know about China and the dynamics of Sino-US relations
According to UN Food and Agriculture Organization data, as many as 828 million people go to bed hungry every night, an increase of about 46 million from 2020. The worry is that the situation is likely to worsen this year.
China's total low fertility rate and aging population will create some new challenges for its economic development.
Chinese people may not be that familiar with sports tourism but it is one of the fastest growing sectors of tourism, because an increasing number of people are showing interest in sports activities during tours even if sports is not the main objective of their travel.
China achieved a small positive year-on-year growth in the second quarter of this year thanks to a sharp rebound of economic activity in June. The second quarter GDP growth of 0.4 percent year-on-year is broadly in line with our expectations.
Some media reports on the possibility of Nepal joining the US' State Partnership Program triggered speculation about a likely "military alliance" between Washington and Kathmandu. But the storm faded soon after the Nepalese government formally said "no" to the United States recently.
Many places in China have issued a yellow alert for high temperature in the past weeks, with some areas struggling with temperatures as high as 40 degrees Celsius.
The relationship between anti-pandemic measures and socioeconomic development should be fully understood and one-size-fits-all approaches and measures avoided.
The annual inflation rate in the United States surged to 9.1 percent in June, the highest since November 1981, from 8.6 percent in May and above market forecasts of 8.8 percent, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
On July 19, the 9th China-EU High-Level Economic and Trade Dialogue, co-chaired by Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He and Executive Vice-President of the European Commission Valdis Dombrovskis, and attended by more than 20 ministerial-level officials, was successfully held.
When Indonesia assumed the G20 presidency in December 2021, our ambition was clear on what we wanted to achieve on the G20 health track: to make lasting and concrete changes to the global health architecture that would allow us collectively to better prevent and better prepare for, and respond to, global health crises.
The crisis we are facing now is largely the result of polarization around the world and the widening income and wealth inequality. In the United States, for example, there was barely any increase in the incomes of the bottom 50 percent earners from 1978 to 2015, with the middle 40 percent's incomes increasing only 0.9 percent per year on average.
After eradicating absolute poverty at the end of 2020 following the most systematic and extensive poverty alleviation program in history, China achieved its goal of becoming a moderately prosperous society in all respects. This achievement is nothing short of extraordinary, and reflects the enormous commitment of the Chinese leadership, government and people to fundamental human rights.
Editor's note: Despite facing multiple challenges both on the international and domestic fronts, the Chinese economy continues to drive global growth. But can China achieve high-quality, sustainable development and common prosperity? Three experts share their views on the issue.
Thanks to historical factors and political requirements, Western think tanks have established many mechanisms and platforms to expand their influence across the global landscape. No wonder they hold the power to set the topics of discussions and establish international rules and regulations.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea.
A noticeable change seen in recent times is the fall in many central banks’ holdings of US Treasury bonds. The two largest US bond holders, Japan and China, have been reducing their holdings for three and six months. Yet these two countries are not the only ones to do so. At least 19 other governments, including those of Brazil and Vietnam, have also sold significant portions of their US Treasury bonds since May.
In a recent article, Fu Ying, vice-chairperson of China's National People's Congress Foreign Affairs Committee, has written about the possibilities and challenges of long-term relations between China and the United Kingdom. We agree with her that China-UK issues fundamentally revolve around trust.
As an intense heat wave sweeps through China, residents are seeking relief in air raid shelters and swimming pools to stay cool, and dozens of cities, including Shanghai, Chongqing and Hangzhou, have issued their highest-level red alert warnings. The heat wave has even claimed a few lives.
China's GDP grew 2.5 percent year-on-year in the first half of 2022, albeit growth slowed to 0.4 percent in the second quarter. This means the economy needs to grow by at least 7.8 percent in the second half of the year for China to realize the 5.5 percent growth target it set for 2022 at the beginning of the year.
GDP growth slowed to 0.4 percent year-on-year in the second quarter of 2022, from 4.8 percent year-on-year in the first quarter. Yet the economy managed to avoid a contraction, despite the strict anti-pandemic measures, including lockdowns, to contain the sporadic COVID-19 outbreaks in many places in the country in April and May.
There are big differences between China and the United States, but from the business and economics point of view, differences mean complementarity, compatibility and win-win cooperation, so the two countries should strive to ensure that differences become a source of strength, cooperation and common growth, not conflicts.
Editor's note: As the world's two largest economies, China and the United States have common economic and security interests. And faced with uncertainties and challenges, the two countries, keeping aside their differences for the common good, should work together to overcome them. Three experts share their views on the issue with China Daily.
Shinzo Abe, who was assassinated while addressing an election rally in Nara in western Japan on July 8, was not only a former prime minister－the longest-serving prime minister－of Japan but also one of the most powerful and influential figures in Japanese politics.
Editor’s note: There have been increasing reports about job discrimination cases against people who have recovered from COVID-19. Two experts share their views on the issue with China Daily’s Yao Yuxin. Excerpts follow:
The Russia-Ukraine conflict has rekindled the debate on economic dependency and deglobalization, something that haunted the world when previous US president Donald Trump launched trade wars against China and other US trading partners a few years ago. Like some others at the time, Trump also blamed US economic woes on other countries, from China and India to Mexico and Germany.
Global economic uncertainties remain high, despite an easing in concerns about the fallout from the Russia-Ukraine conflict. Evidence suggests risks to growth are significantly greater than prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The global economic situation is extremely grim and likely to further deteriorate. Despite that, the Chinese economy, resilient as it is, has been growing at a relatively stable rate.
Emerging business trends, together with Internet Plus and information and communications technology, are reshaping the way people work, communicate, and create and distribute values. They have helped create new occupations which will trigger revolutionary reform in the labor ecosystem.
Experts, government officials and media outlets in the United States are split on whether to lift the tariffs the Donald Trump administration imposed on Chinese goods. As a result, the White House is yet to make a final decision.
Japan's former prime minister Shinzo Abe died on Friday, hours after he was shot while campaigning for a parliamentary election in Nara. Three experts shared their views on this incident with China Daily's Zhang Xi.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic broke out in early 2020, many students in China have had to attend online classes. In fact, for high school students, "virtual studies" may continue even after they get admitted to a college.
Profound impacts are already being felt by students－and parents and teachers－due to closure of schools in Asia in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and urgent action is needed to limit further damage to students and the broader economy.
In June 1995, Fortune magazine ran a cover story titled "The Death of Hong Kong". Hong Kong's return to China in 1997, Fortune claimed, would sound the death knell for the vibrant international financial and shipping hub. In 2007, though, its sister publication, Time, admitted they got it wrong and that "Hong Kong is more alive than ever".
Latin America faces numerous and growing challenges. From the increase in the number of people living in extreme poverty, from 81 million in 2020 to 86 million in 2021, to a continued lackluster economic performance－an unemployment rate of 9.6 percent, middling wages, and persistently high inequality－and an atmosphere of crime and violence, the region is in many ways worse off than it was before the COVID-19 pandemic.
Back in 2004, everyone started talking about global imbalances. With the United States' current account deficit at an alarming 5.3 percent of GDP, it was feared that the country's net foreign-debt-to-GDP ratio would climb to the point that foreign investors would demand a higher risk premium on dollar-denominated assets.
In the face of an imminent global food crisis, the US' move to use more and more corn to make biofuel is not only selfish but also harmful to the rest of the world, especially the developing countries.
China will, along with other countries, work to make globalization more open, inclusive, balanced and beneficial for all, so as to build a better world.
The Supreme Court of the United States has overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade of 1973 that legalized abortion in the country. By ruling on Friday that the right to abortion was not "deeply rooted in this Nation's history or tradition", the Supreme Court put an end to the nearly 50 years of the federal constitutional right to abortion.
BRICS provides an alternative mode of financing for development, is a platform for South-South cooperation, a game changer in the North-South dialogue, and a balancing mechanism in the context of building a fair global economic order.
In a COVID-wake world of black-swan uncertainties, fluid complexities in power transitions and shifts, and definitive repurposing of global governance compacts, around strategic development portfolios steeped in sustainable and resilient socio-economics, the BRICS, grouping Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, beholds possibilities to condition and showcase alternative trajectories of stakeholder-centric growth models and development paradigms despite its innate limitations.
Older persons are highly visible across Asia and the Pacific: they work in agricultural fields producing our food, peddle their wares as street vendors, drive tuk-tuks, and buses, exercise in our parks, lead some of the region's most successful companies and form an integral part of our families.
The world today is undergoing a profound transformation. Peace and development, which are the goal of the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative, face severe challenges.
Before the G7 Summit in the Bavarian Alps, being held from Sunday to Tuesday, and the NATO Summit scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday in Madrid, many diplomatic meetings followed one another.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have all been reminded of the adage: Health is like money, we never have a true idea of its value until we lose it. Well, as a former banker, current health minister of Indonesia, and this year's chair of the G20 Health Track, I want to emphasize the importance of both health and the economy, and how they are interdependent.
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