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Biden admin, DPP authority want to make use of each other via 'Summit for Democracy,' but with no concrete gains for Taiwan

China has expressed firm opposition to a US move to invite the secessionist DPP authority which rules Chinas Taiwan to participate in a US-initiated "Summit for Democracy," after the US State Department released a list of "participants" which included the Taiwan region with other sovereign countries. Taiwan. (Photo: Unsplash via Global Times)Analysts said on Wednesday that the Biden administration and the DPP authority are trying to make use of each other for political interests, but in fact Washington offers nothing concrete to benefit the people on the island. The US invitation just serves the conspiracy of Taiwan secessionists - to ruin any possible recovery of intense China-US ties, and to ruin a potential improvement in China-US cooperation which is desperately demanded by the Biden administration at the moment. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said at a routine press conference on Wednesday that Taiwan has no other status in international law except as part of China. "Those offering platform to Taiwan independence forces will find themselves in an embarrassing place. Those playing with fire with Taiwan independence forces will end up getting burned." As to the "Summit for Democracy", Zhao said, "we have repeatedly stated our position. Democracy is a common value of all humanity, not the patent of a few countries. What the US has done shows exactly that it is only using democracy as a cover and tool to advance its geostrategic goals, suppress other countries, divide the world, and serve its selfish agenda of maintaining hegemony." Its acts of practicing bloc politics and inciting confrontation under the guise of democracy are reincarnation of the Cold War mentality and have been widely questioned and rejected by visionary people of the international community, Zhao remarked.Chinas response shows that the US invitation to Taiwan is a provocative move challenging Chi...

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Europe's inept governance creates vicious COVID-19 fight cycle

A photo shows a fire in a street of The Hague during a demonstration against the Dutch governments coronavirus measures, on November 20, 2021. Fresh rioting broke out late November 20 over the Dutch governments coronavirus measures, with rioters pelting police with stones and fireworks as protests turned violent for a second night in the Netherlands. (Photo: AFP)The recent COVID-19 epidemic rebound in Europe has led many countries to tighten quarantine measures, but these measures have been strongly opposed by some of its citizens. Protests are taking place in many European countries, including the Netherlands, Belgium and Austria - and the Europe is filled with fireworks in the streets.Continuous demonstrations and increased violence have highlighted the hidden governance dilemma in European society since the COVID-19 epidemic started. The number of coronavirus cases has once again spiked across the European Union despite high vaccination rates across the bloc. With winter approaching and the economy in decline, the concept of "freedom" and "equality" advocated by most European countries has become the biggest obstacle to European social governance.Reasons behind the increased violence in anti-epidemic prevention protests in Europe are complicated. It first is the result of the gradual exhaustion of all parties over a long period of time. Second, the public is becoming disappointed due to the lack of attention and remedial measures taken by European governments at the beginning of the epidemic, and their trust of government has gradually collapsed. Whats more, it is the result of the changes in the political pattern that led to some extremists using protest marches to create chaos. Germany just completed its election and France and Hungary will hold elections next year. This decides that the COVID-19 epidemic is bound to be a major issue. The restrictions this time, at the risk of hitting voters most sensitive nerves, reflect...

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China, ASEAN embark on new chapter with comprehensive strategic partnership

MANILA, Nov. 22 (Xinhua) -- China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) elevated their relations to a comprehensive strategic partnership on Monday, a step forward towards building a closer community with a shared future.File photo: CFPThis milestone development in bilateral ties, announced at the ASEAN-China Special Summit to Commemorate the 30th Anniversary of ASEAN-China Dialogue Relations held virtually, is expected to promote peace, stability and prosperity not only in the region, but also across the world.Since the establishment of the dialogue 30 years ago, China and ASEAN have embarked on a path of friendship and win-win cooperation with positive outcomes in various fields, becoming a model of dynamic cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region.As Chinese President Xi Jinping said at the special summit via video link, the gains in China-ASEAN cooperation over the past 30 years are attributable to their unique geographical proximity and cultural affinity and, more importantly, to the fact that the two sides have actively embraced the development trend of our times and made the right historic choice.Over the past three decades, China and ASEAN have supported each other to prosper. China and ASEAN became each others largest trading partner for the first time in 2020 despite global trade being hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.According to Chinese customs data, the two sides have seen bilateral trade skyrocket from 8.36 billion US dollars in 1991 to 685.28 billion dollars in 2020, an average annual growth of 16.5 percent.The two sides have jointly pushed for the signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, the worlds largest free trade agreement. Expectations are high to tap the regions market potential and inject momentum into the global economy.China and ASEAN have stuck together through thick and thin over the past three decades, demonstrating solid mutual trust and support.The lifting of the relations comes as the world i...

Collection of US actions inconsistent with words on China

Photo taken on Nov. 19, 2021 shows the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., the United States. (Photo by Ting Shen/Xinhua)BEIJING, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- At the international arena, Washington has long been well-known for its hypocrisy of saying one thing while doing another. As for Washingtons policies on China, its actions stand in stark contrast to its words in the following aspects:Photo taken on July 21, 2019 from Xiangshan Mountain shows the Taipei 101 skyscraper in Taipei, southeast Chinas Taiwan. (Xinhua/Zhu Xiang)On TaiwanIn words:The United States has clearly stated in the three China-U.S. joint communiques that it "recognized the Government of the Peoples Republic of China as the sole legal Government of China" and "acknowledged the Chinese position that there is but one China and Taiwan is part of China."In a telephone conversation in June, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken told Yang Jiechi, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the CPC Central Committee, that the United States adheres to the one-China policy and abides by the three Sino-U.S. joint communiques.During a press briefing in February, the U.S. Department of State spokesperson Ned Price said that the United States supports the one-China policy.In action:The United States announced a 750-million-U.S.-dollar military sale to Taiwan earlier this year, and in 2020, Washington approved a total of 5 billion dollars in arms sales to the region.U.S. vessels have repeatedly flexed their muscles to stir up trouble in the Taiwan Strait, threatening cross-Strait peace and stability and sending erroneous signals to "Taiwan independence" forces.On Oct. 26, Blinkens clamor for Taiwans "robust, meaningful participation throughout the United Nations system" once again crossed Chinas red line over the Taiwan question.Wash...

Four false Western assumptions about China

Western media and politicians make some routine working assumptions about China. These four false assumptions have been repeated so many times that they have become an accepted truth.

China in the last decade

Editors note: Donald Guadagni is a U.S. educator and an internationally published author. The article reflects the authors opinions and not necessarily those of CGTN.A constructor works at a construction site in Wuhan, central Chinas Hubei Province, August 11, 2020. /XinhuaWe live in a time of great changes, and geopolitical opinions can be caustic and perhaps self-serving. It is important to remember that sovereignty and social stability, regardless of exterior influence and opinions, is the sole responsibility of each countrys government and political system.Over the last decade, I have been privileged to have witnessed the historical changes that have shaped China into the country it has become today. From a historical perspective, it has been a tremendous balancing act between development and preservation of social customs and cultural dynamics.I have found that contrary to popular belief, constructive opinions are given measured weight and consideration when they produce positive gains in social values and stability, benefiting both the state and the people therein. The government is not the deaf ear it is often portrayed as in the media or vilified.There is also a great sense of personal safety and freedoms that are afforded to the citizens – no matter how counterintuitive these words might seem to those who have been made to believe otherwise. The Chinese government, like most governments and often better than some, ensures a great degree of personal liberty for the citizens, who conduct their lives without pervasive paternalism that seems to plague many countries that tout the rule of law as a corner stone of their societies.When it comes to law enforcement in the U.S. and China, the differences in approaches are remarkable, both in construction and application. It is my opinion based on the observable contrasts that neither system is superior and they have both achieved similar ends towards maintaining order and social stability.At the s...

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Import expo reflects economy's vitality and boosts mutual benefit

People walk past a garden with an image of Jinbao, the panda mascot of the China International Import Expo, in Shanghai, on Oct 29, 2021. (Photo: IC)The $70.72 billion worth of deals reached at the Fourth China International Import Expo, which concluded on Wednesday, the participation of 281 of the worlds top 500 enterprises and the showcasing of 422 new products, technologies and services indicate both the expos attractiveness and success.The expo has helped China recover from the economic slowdown caused by the novel coronavirus outbreak last year by not only facilitating the increase in imports, especially high-quality goods and services, and improving consumption quality but also boosting the confidence of enterprises in the Chinese economy.In doing so, it has also promoted higher-quality development and contributed to the global economic recovery.With a population of 1.4 billion and a middle-income group of more than 400 million people, China imports about $2.5 trillion worth of goods and services every year, creating business opportunities for the rest of the world.Nearly 3,000 enterprises displayed their products and technologies, including new daily-use products and eco-friendly technologies at the expo.The fact that the transaction volume at the expo has exceeded $70 billion highlights the huge potential and vitality of the Chinese market.At a time when China-US relations are at a critical juncture, about 200 companies and business groups from the United States, a record high, participated in the expo.So it is no surprise that in the first nine months of this year, China-US trade reached $543.1 billion, up 35.4 percent year-on-year.The import expo also demonstrated Chinas commitment to further open up its economy, and promote win-win cooperation and economic globalization.From further shortening the negative list for foreign investment, opening up the telecommunications, healthcare and other service sectors, and revising and expanding the l...

Rittenhouse case 'exposes illness of US political system'

An activist chants in front of City Hall in the Loop to protest the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse on November 20, 2021, in Chicago. Rittenhouse was acquitted of all charges one day earlier after testifying he acted in self-defense in the deadly Kenosha shootings that became a flashpoint in the debate over guns, vigilantism and racial injustice in the US. (Photo: VCG) The Kyle Rittenhouse case has resulted in a new wave of protests across the US, some of which have escalated into riots, after the judicial case became deeply politicized under the intense political struggle between the Democrats and the Republicans. The fallout from the not-guilty verdict in the jury trial exposes that the "democratic political system" in the US has failed to heal the "illness of social polarization and racial divergence," said Chinese experts on Sunday, predicting that similar cases and riots could increase during the 2022 midterm elections and the 2024 presidential election. Chinese analysts said that cases such as this which could spark conflicts and violence in the US will increase as both the Democrats and the Republicans want to make the best use of the divergence between left and right, black and white, rather than heal and unify the society, because the two parties survive on and profit from worsening social divisions. This is an illness that is deeply rooted in the bones of the US two-party political system. "US democracy" is losing the ability to solve such a problem and more similar cases will take place in the future, observers noted.Rittenhouse was acquitted of all charges Friday after testifying he acted in self-defense in the deadly Kenosha shootings that became a flashpoint in the debate over guns, vigilantism and racial injustice in the US, the AP reported on Saturday US time.According to US media NPR, on Friday evening, protests broke out in several cities across the country. Authorities in Portland, Oregon, referred to one incident...

Lithuania must bear for all consequences arising from act of perfidy

A night view of Taipei, southeast Chinas Taiwan region, June 20, 2019. (Photo: Xinhua)Despite Chinas strong opposition and repeated efforts to dissuade it, the Lithuanian government recently approved the opening of the so-called "Taiwan Representative Office in Lithuania" by the Taiwan authorities. This egregious act of the Lithuanian side is a blatant violation of the one-China principle, gross interference in Chinas internal affairs and a reneging of its political commitment in the communique on the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. China will take all necessary measures to defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity. The Lithuanian side must be responsible for all consequences arising from its act of perfidy.According to the communique on the establishment of diplomatic relations signed by China and Lithuania in 1991, Lithuania clearly recognizes the Government of the Peoples Republic of China as the sole legitimate government of China, and Taiwan as an inseparable part of Chinas territory, and undertakes not to establish official relations or conduct official contacts with Taiwan. Moreover, as a member of the European Union, Lithuania must respect the consensus reached by China and Europe on the one-China principle.Since earlier this year, Lithuania has been following the so-called "values-based foreign policy" of the United States based on its own demands and has frequently provoked China by playing the "Taiwan card." Lithuanias state radio and television once stated that Lithuania "hopes that its position on China will attract the attention of Washington."In July, Lithuania agreed to the establishment of a so-called "representative office" by the Taiwan authorities in its capital Vilnius, breaching the bottom line of no official contacts with the Taiwan authorities. As a warning, China withdrew its ambassador to Lithuania in August and a...

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US may export its own crisis to thwart development of others

File photo: GTJapan is considering releasing oil from its strategic reserve to help stabilize soaring international crude oil prices, the Kyodo News reported on Saturday, citing Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.The move came days after the Biden administration asked the worlds largest oil consuming nations, including China, to consider releasing crude stockpiles to lower global oil prices.While it is understandable that the Biden administration, against the backdrop of the skyrocketing oil prices and inflationary pressure in the US, is trying all ways to increase market supplies to lower prices, whats weirdly missing from media coverage on this issue is whether the US would also release oil from its reserve. The US has the worlds largest strategic reserve at more than 600 million barrels.If the US doesnt release its own crude reserves but instead "instructs" others to release theirs, it could invite cynicism as to whether the US governments requests are to serve the purpose of shifting the burden of its own economic problems to other economies.Energy reserves are of great importance in terms of national security, so caution is needed for any oil consuming nation when it comes to releasing reserves. For instance, it is conceivable that the Japanese government would face pressure if it decided to release its oil reserve only for lowering market prices.From Chinas perspective, ensuring adequate oil supply is important for maintain economic and social stability, the principle of using strategic oil reserve to mainly alleviate acute supply shortage or tackle with other emergency situations, will not change too easily.Despite the US call for coordinated efforts from China on issues such as curbing surging oil prices, the Biden administration is still sending mixed signals by continuing its suppression on Chinas high-tech companies.There is no denying that the virtual meeting between the leaders of the two countries last week has cr...


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