EU harming itself by clinging to US: China Daily editorial

The European Union flags in front of EU headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. [Photo/Xinhua] Europe is now heading toward a recession. European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde on Monday described the eurozone's economic outlook as "darkening", and expects business activity to "slow substant

Washington behaves like a gangster who's judge and jury of rule-breaking behavior: China Daily editorial

US Vice President Kamala Harris talks to the media at Yokosuka Naval Base, in Yokosuka, Japan, Sept 28, 2022. [Photo/Agencies] Power has not endowed the United States government with the decency and dedication to global responsibility that its claims to the moral high ground warrant. Instead, it

What to expect from Colombo Port City?

Aerial photo taken on May 5, 2021 shows the Colombo Port City in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Photo/Xinhua The Port City Colombo is an important section of China's Belt & Road Initiative, in midst of CPEC in the Arabian Sea and the Myanmar corridor in the Bay of Bengal, it connects the world's biggest

The era for Pompeo is over, not for others


Zero-tolerance attitude toward food safety a must

Consumers check out vegetables at a supermarket in Handan, Hebei province, on Aug 10, 2022. HAO QUNYING/FOR CHINA DAILYThe State Administration for Market Regulation recently issued a regulation urging food production enterprises to fulfill their main responsibility on food safety, strengthen the sense of responsibility of their principal officials and standardize the behavior of their food safety management personnel.The food safety work in China today still faces some dominant and potential risks, including microbial and heavy metal pollution and non-standardized use of food additives, apart from the impact of environmental pollution.The food producing enterprise plays a fundamental role in ensuring food safety. The SAMR regulation puts emphasis on perfecting enterprises responsibility system, improving their risk prevention and control mechanism, clarifying their safeguards for duty fulfillment, and improving the relevant legal responsibilities. It also clarifies that the main person behind the enterprise is fully responsible for its food safety work.A large number of cases in the past show that some food production enterprises have no clear identification of food safety risks, and lack improper management measures, precise screening of hidden dangers, or timely rectification measures.The SAMR regulation makes it clear that food production and marketing enterprises above a certain scale should be equipped with food safety directors and set up a sound work mechanism based on safety analysis, screening and management on a daily, weekly and monthly basis.This requires enterprises to increase inputs and strengthen safety training and management, establish a food safety responsibility system in which the chief persons take overall responsibility, and food safety directors and other personnel are responsible for food safety at different levels.Facts show that the occurrence of food safety problems is largely related to excessive pursuit of profits and weak law a...

US climate vows inane for Pacific Island states

(Image: China Daily)That US President Joe Biden is hosting the first-ever US-Pacific Island Country summit on Wednesday and Thursday shows Washington is desperate to strengthen relations with the Pacific Island countries after removing them from its priority list in the 1990s.As the White House statement issued on Sept 2 said, the first US-Pacific Island Country summit will seek to deepen cooperation between the US and the Pacific Island countries on key issues such as climate change, pandemic response, global economic recovery, maritime security, environmental protection, and building a free and open "Indo-Pacific region".This pivotal reach-out of the US to the Pacific Island countries suggests the United States not only acknowledges the strategic importance of the region but also is worried that its dominance of the Pacific since the end of World War II could be undermined by Chinas growing relations with the Pacific Island countries.Rattled by rising Chinese investment in the Pacific Island countries and Chinas growing naval power in the Pacific, the US has accused China of building "military bases" in the Pacific while ignoring the fact that Washington has been intensifying military activities around the Pacific Island countries such as Guam, the Federated States of Micronesia and Palau.However, the Pacific Island countries dont seem interested in the US zero-sum game of geopolitical rivalry. So far, their response to the summit has been mixed. Although the leaders of the island nations have welcomed the summit, as they expect the US to make some concrete commitments on mitigating the threats faced by the region and hope the US accords priority to their needs, but they also fear that Washington may instead force them to choose sides between China and the US.For the Pacific Island countries, the US geopolitical approach to engage the region is questionable for two specific reasons. First, it is contrary to the value ...

Meloni's victory another sign of public discontent in Europe: China Daily editorial

Leader of Brothers of Italy Giorgia Meloni holds a sign at the party's election night headquarters, in Rome, Italy Sept 26, 2022. [Photo/Agencies] With her party, Brothers of Italy, winning the most votes in the country's national election, Giorgia Meloni is set to become Italy's first female pri

West's sanctions have badly backfired: China Daily editorial


San Diego Zoo's CEO: Relationship with china 'has been extraordinary'

Giant panda cub Xiao Liwu (R) and its mother Bai Yun stay together during his first birthday celebration at the San Diego Zoo, California, the United States, July 29, 2013. (Photo: Xinhua)Researchers at the San Diego Zoo understand the powerful role that partnerships could play in conservation."The relationship that our organization has with our partners in China has been extraordinary. Its led to many achievements and accomplishments we couldnt have done alone," said San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliances President and CEO Paul Baribault during an exclusive interview with China Daily.Giant pandas Bai Yun and Shi Shi arrived at the San Diego Zoo in 1996 from China under a 12-year loan program that was later extended to last more than 23 years.The animals were on the brink of extinction at the time of their arrival. Slightly more than 1,100 giant pandas lived in Chinas wilderness in the 1980s, according to Xinhua. By 2021, that number had increased to more than 1,800. The growth prompted the International Union for Conservation of Nature to remove giant pandas from its list of endangered species in 2016.Baribault said a lasting partnership that the zoo has forged with its Chinese conservation partners over the years contributed to the giant pandas growing population."It speaks to the power of collaboration, what can be done together," he said.Giant pandas are known for their low reproductive rate. In addition, when baby pandas are born, mother pandas care for only one of the cubs. To help keep the newborns alive, the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance partnered with Chinese scientists at panda reserves to develop a milk formula that boosted nursery-reared panda cubs survival rates from 0 to 95 percent."Its one of the things that through the work together, by identifying the nutritional needs, we were then able to really meet the pandas where they were," Baribault said.The zoo also conducted the first successfu...

Observer: China joins hands with rest of world to advance international process of firearms control

China has decided to launch its domestic procedure to ratify the UN Firearms Protocol, announced the country at the general debate of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly on Sept. 24.The UN Firearms Protocol is one of the important protocols of the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, as well as an important international legal document regarding the control of small arms and light weapons.Chinas decision fully indicated the countrys firm determination to implement the Global Security Initiative and safeguard international and regional peace, and mirrored the countrys sense of responsibility in safeguarding true multilateralism and commitment to enhancing global security governance.The abuse of guns is becoming an increasingly serious problem across the world. Illegal manufacturing and smuggling of firearms has not only killed massive civilians, but also encouraged armed conflicts, terrorism and transnational organized crime. It directly concerns the social stability and safety of all countries.African and Latin American countries, long troubled with the abuse of guns, are calling for the international community to enhance gun control.UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres once said disarmament of conventional weapons could "save lives," and a substantial reduction in illicit financial arms flows is taken as a benchmark in the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.With a high sense of mission and responsibility, China has always put guns and explosives under strict control and has been cracking down on related crimes. The Chinese government addresses both the symptoms and root causes and implements multifaceted measures. It adopts a "zero tolerance" attitude toward crimes related to guns and explosives. Besides, the Chinese people also play an important role in eliminating the threats from guns and explosives.Thanks to the countrys ceaseless efforts, China has made remarkable achievements in gun cont...

Culture and English teaching can go hand in hand

Students at Dongmeng High School in Nanning, Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, prepare for the gaokao. (Photo: YU XIANGQUAN/FOR CHINA DAILY)The Ministry of Education recently addressed a National Peoples Congress deputys academic concerns. The deputy had advised reducing the percentage of English courses and increasing that of traditional Chinese courses in school, so as to strengthen cultural confidence.Replying on its official website, the ministry said that foreign language courses account for 6-8 percent of the total, Chinese language courses 20-22 percent and mathematics 13-25 percent. It said they will strengthen teaching of traditional Chinese culture but English language courses will be kept at the necessary 7 percent.The deputys concern is understandable. After all, tradition is what defines the Chinese culture and its importance can never be overestimated. It is by reading ancient poems that Chinese children grow up with a good taste in literature; by imbibing traditional lessons, Chinese children build ethics. Modern China would not have prospered without traditional values.However, strengthening teaching of traditional values should not necessarily interfere with the teaching of foreign languages. A healthy mind is open and welcomes good values from all civilizations, combining their good parts with ones own.Because of the language barrier between the East and the West as well as the Wests dominance in most spheres, English is the preferred language for communication when it comes to science and engineering. Some of the best papers and essays in the fields of astronautics, biology, and mathematics are written in English, making the language an essential tool for their understanding. Chinese scholars, scientists and engineers can communicate with their counterparts around the world only by writing essays in English or reading those by others. All this cannot be achieved without a grasp of English, which is taught around the worl...

EU fractures exposed in squabbles over gas

A person stands at escalators near the Uniper logo at the utilitys firm headquarters in Duesseldorf, Germany, July 8, 2022. Photo/AgenciesA recent dispute on energy in Europe has once again made people feel that interconnection is not so easy, and unity even less so.The dispute is between France and Portugal and Spain. The focus is whether they should resume the Midcat natural gas project, which was suspended in 2019 due to objections from France. The proposed 3 billion euro ($2.89 billion) gas pipeline would connect Spains gas pipeline network with that of France and the rest of Europe. When completed, the energy interconnection capacity between Spain and France would reach 14 billion cubic meters per year. However, the project has been stalled as the central part of the pipeline, which would pass through the eastern Pyrenees mountains, failed to win French support.No one knows whether the pipeline was revived for political correctness or energy security. But France remains negative about the construction cost and the environmental impacts of the pipeline.While the EU regulations mandate that member states make the necessary technical and legal arrangements to achieve "gas solidarity", it is clear that countries have their own considerations and do not want to follow the regulations.Hungary stopped exporting all its fossil fuels to neighboring countries from August and took steps to increase domestic gas production by 33 percent. Hungary is the first European Union country to explicitly declare that it will not export fossil fuels. After that, a succession of other countries refused to enter into bilateral negotiations on the flow of gas. As of July, only six bilateral gas solidarity agreements had been signed between EU countries.Since the onset of the energy crisis, the call for solidarity has become the key word at EU meetings and conferences. But solidarity will not be strengthened until the EU members agree on the fair sharing of responsi...

How RMB stays safe from the Fed's rate hike 'trap'

A cashier counts renminbi notes at a bank in Nantong, Jiangsu province. (Photo: Sipa)The opening-up of Chinas financial market continues and the renminbi assets still remain highly attractive to global investors, says a recent report released by the Peoples Bank of China.By the end of 2021, the total amount of renminbi-denominated financial assets held by foreign entities was 10.83 trillion yuan ($1.52 trillion), up 20.5 percent year-on-year. More than 80 foreign central banks or monetary authorities include RMB in their foreign exchange reserves; in the first quarter of 2022, the RMB accounted for 2.88 percent of global foreign exchange reserves. The RMBs share in international payments increased to 2.7 percent in December 2021, overtaking the Japanese yen to become the fourth most used global payment currency, and further increased to 3.2 percent in January, a record high.The RMBs spot rate against the US dollar has maintained a downward momentum ever since the US Federal Reserve began aggressively raising interest rates, but compared with other currencies, the RMBs exchange rate has remained relatively stable, thanks to the resilience of Chinas economy and the strong attractiveness of the Chinese market.The Feds continuing rate hikes worsen the global economic outlook, but that cannot change Chinas economic fundamentals and reduce its global attractiveness. The Feds aggressive rate hikes and a resultant stronger dollar is a routine ploy used by the US to loot the wealth of the world. Because of the dominant position of the dollar, many countries have to follow the Fed in raising interest rates in order to maintain macroeconomic stability. Such forced rate hikes raise funding costs and worsen the fundamentals of the global economy.However, the Chinese economy is not afraid of the Feds "rate hike trap". Moreover, after nearly two years of continuous appreciation, the US dollar is likely to face periodic ...

True heroes must be placed on nation's pedestal

Editors note: We should be grateful to the nations real heroes, including war heroes — rather than merely film and online celebrities. All the Chinese people, especially the young, should cherish the heroic deeds of our true national heroes, writes a senior journalist with China Daily. Chinese Peoples Volunteers veteran Cui Longfu salutes those listed on the memorial wall of CPV martyrs at the martyrs cemetery in Shenyang, Liaoning province. (Photo: Xinhua)After being removed from Chinese school textbooks 20 years ago, the article on a fierce battle between US troops and the Chinese Peoples Volunteers during the War to Resist US Aggression and Aid Korea (1950-53) found its way back into textbooks last year.The article, titled "Who Are the Most Lovable Persons", narrates the heroism of the Chinese volunteers who sacrificed their lives to defend the motherland. Their valor and sacrifice touched the hearts of millions of Chinese people and found their way into textbooks in 1950. I still remember how my classmates and I were moved to tears after reading the account of the battle.But in 2001, then education authorities removed the article from school textbooks, saying that the description of the battlefield in the article was too gory and that the message of heroism it conveys is no longer necessary in these changed times. Based on the same logic, the educators also removed several articles about the war heroes who had been idolized by people for generations.With the stories of national heroes not being taught in school or discussed by people in general, entertainment stars started being seen as "heroes" by youngsters. For years, we have been bombarded with gossips about movie and singing stars adored by millions of young fans. However, the fans were disappointed to learn that some of their idols did not deserve their admiration after a dozen-odd celebrities faced legal charges for tax evasion, drug consumption or being invol...

Strong leadership helps overcome challenges


Real Xinjiang contradicts West's lies

JIN DING/CHINA DAILY A six-day visit to the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region which ended on Sept 20 was an eye-opener for 11 journalists from Macao's Portuguese — and English-language media. The trip was also the Macao-based journalists' expression of solidarity with the people of Xinjiang whose

Making iPhones in India won't mean fall of Chinese production


Pursuing joint development can help avoid opening Pandora's box in region


Global efforts for peace and prosperity needed: China Daily editorial


Japan asking world to pay too high a cost: China Daily editorial

File photo of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. [Photo/Agencies] The president of the Pacific island state of Micronesia vehemently denounced Japan's decision to discharge nuclear-contaminated water from its Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station into the Pacific Ocean at the United N

OHCHR's report on Xinjiang emerges as highly dubious

Local people perform dancing for tourists in the Kazanqi folk tourism village, a popular scenic spot in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region. [Photo provided to China Daily] A United Nations human rights body has released a sham assessment report on Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region. The report, r

Roger T. Ames: Confucianism has a family-centered spirituality

Editors Note: The 2022 China (Qufu) International Confucius Cultural Festival and the eighth Nishan Forum on World Civilizations will be held in Qufu, a county-level city in Jining, East Chinas Shandong province, from Sept 26 to 28, to promote excellent traditional Chinese culture and enhance communications and mutual learning between different civilizations. Participants expectations for this years forum and their insights into Confucianism and traditional Chinese culture are being featured in a series of reports by China Daily. Roger Thomas Ames, Humanities Chair Professor at Peking University, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at University of Hawaii at Manoa (Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn)Q: What is your favorite famous saying from The Analects of Confucius, and how do you interpret it?A: There is a passage in The Analects of Confucius that I find truly inspirational: "It is better to cherish knowledge than simply to know it, and it is better to find happiness in it than simply to cherish it." This is the difference between knowledge and wisdom. This is the traditional "知行合一" (zhi xing he yi).Q: Why did you choose to study Confucianism, and what sparked your interest?A: When I was 18 years old, I had an opportunity to go to Hong Kong to study at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. And for me, Confucianism is really something that is transformative for people. Therefore, I discovered my Confucianism not so much in my books as I did in my classmates and university professors. I discovered that Confucianism is civilized and that it is a way of being in a world where people are respectful to one another. Confucianism is a way of being in a world where people pay attention to relationships.Confucianism is a way of being in a world where your own quality, the quality of your ownself, is a function of the quality of the relationships that youre able to cultivate in your family, in your community, and with your neighbo...

Taiwan question key to Sino-Japanese ties


After economic storm, a bright future beckons

CAI MENG/CHINA DAILY At present, the nation's economy is facing many serious challenges. Externally, the Russia-Ukraine conflict, global supply chain woes and disputes with the United States are weighing on sentiment. Internally, COVID-19 resurgences and various long-term factors such as debt ris

Inclusive finance conducive to SMEs

A staff member works on the production line of a semiconductor manufacturer in Binzhou, Shandong province. (Photo by Chu Baorui/For China Daily)Small and medium-sized enterprises are the main force of national economic and social development, and play an important role in promoting growth, ensuring employment, and improving peoples livelihoods.According to the State Administration for Market Regulation, a total of 14.54 million new market entities were established in the first half of the year, 4.3 percent higher than in the same period last year.SMEs are the largest and most dynamic group of enterprises. However, because of their small size, they are vulnerable to risks. It is important that the financial sector make greater efforts to better help and support SMEs to help promote the vitality of the economy as a whole. Finance is the life blood of the real economy. Banking and insurance institutions should provide targeted and effective relief measures to support temporarily distressed SMEs to help tide them over the difficulties.By continuously optimizing and improving the financial services provided to SMEs to relieve their burdens, the financial institutions will be consolidated as an important foundation for stable and healthy economic development. It is therefore in their interests as well.In some sense, the relationship between the financial sector and SMEs is like fish in a river. The better the quality of the river water is, the more fish there are, which in turn promotes the circulation of the water and prevents it from becoming stagnant.The National Development and Reform Commission has established a national comprehensive credit service platform for SME financing to help alleviate the problem of information asymmetry between banks and enterprises. This is having an effect.Data from the Peoples Bank of China, the central bank, shows that by the end of the second quarter of this year, the balance of small and micro loans was 21.96 trillion yuan...


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