US transferring Russian assets to Ukraine will hollow out US credibility

(llustration: GT)According to US media reports, US Attorney General Merrick Garland announced on Friday the first transfer of forfeited assets from sanctions against a Russian oligarch during an appearance with Ukrainian Prosecutor General Andriy Kostin at the US Justice Department. The assets, confiscated from Russian oligarch Konstantin Malofeyev after his indictment on sanctions evasions in April, will go toward aiding Ukraine. US sanctions against Russia are illegal and are unilateral moves unauthorized by the United Nations. Now the US is even transferring the personal assets of Russian individuals to others, which highlights the plundering nature of the US as a robber.The transfer of assets is a high-profile political stunt, which the US government is pretty good at. The $5.4 million assets can be just pocket money for the US - it offers to Ukraine as aid, while Ukraine would use it to buy weapons from the US to feed the US military-industrial complex. This reminds people of how the US dealt with the $7 billion in frozen funds from Afghanistans central bank. In February 2022, US President Joe Biden signed an executive order allowing approximately half of the $7 billion to be reserved for victims of 9/11 attacks, which means the US keeps the money for its own. This is the very US - robbing money while at the same time appearing to be compassionate for others. On the one hand, the US makes a profit from war. On the other, it aims to achieve its geopolitical goal through war. Recently, the US and some Western countries said they will ship a huge, wide-ranging package of heavy weapons to Ukraine, a move that obviously will intensify the situation. Xu Liang, an associate professor at the School of International Relations of Beijing International Studies University, told the Global Times that the US transferring the assets of a Russian oligarch is extending actions of supporting Ukraine from military aid to the economic sphere, which can be seen as another mo...

The Wandering Earth 2: Global vision and Chinese wisdom

A man passes a poster of Wandering Earth II at a cinema in Shenyang, Liaoning province, on Jan 23, 2023. (Photo: VCG)Unsurprisingly, The Wandering Earth 2 has been a blockbuster since its release on the first day of the Chinese New Year, taking in an eye-watering 2.9 billion yuan in 11 days, breaking 36 records and achieving 91 milestones in Chinese film. Ever since the genre-defining The Wandering Earth established China as a truly viable producer of large-scale and ambitious sci-fi films in the spring of 2019, sci-fi film production has truly taken off in China and matured itself with numerous mind-blowing attempts in film and television with works such as The Cataclysm and the newly-released Three Body TV series.Directed by Frant Gwo and based on Liu Cixins novel, The Wandering Earth 2 is a prequel, the backstory that leads up to the first film. The rapidly expanding Sun is devouring the entire solar system, posing imminent crises and existential threats that put mankind on the brink of extinction. To cling to the chance of survival, people start looking for solutions under the leadership of the United Earth Government, but their plans to save humanity begin to diverge and conflicts between different parties arise, mainly around the hesitation between the Moving Mountain Project which aims at moving Earth away from its current solar system and the Digital Life Project that looks to preserving human consciousness on computers. Clinging to the belief that "A civilization without men is meaningless", China insists on supporting the former one despite mounting tensions and succeeds in feasibility trials that convince the rest of the world and unite different nations into one human nation to implement the Moving Mountain Project.As a sequel, The Wandering Earth 2 is more than just filling for the first films blanks, connecting plot line dots and unfolding the full picture. In my opinion, unlike most sequel movies, it progresses greatly compared to ...

DPP can't play possum on further resumption of direct flights

A view of the Taipei city, Taiwan island. (Photo: GT)During Spring Festival, the partial restoration of the "mini three links" across the Taiwan Straits offered a lot of convenience for Taiwan businessmen and compatriots. With the ending of the Spring Festival holidays, there is debate over whether the "mini three links" can remain open. The mainlands aviation authorities recently sent a letter to Taiwan island hoping the two sides can meet each other halfway to promote the normal operation of cross-Straits air routes. It was suggested that priority should be given to the restoration of direct flights to 16 destinations such as Guangzhou, where there is a high concentration of Taiwan compatriots. However, even though polls show that their cross-Straits policy has aroused the dissatisfaction of more than half of the people on the island, the DPP authorities, who suffered a disastrous defeat in the "nine-in-one" local elections, have still offered only perfunctory gestures toward cross-Straits issues, ignoring the real expectations and needs of Taiwan businessmen and compatriots.From the recent moves of the DPP authorities on cross-Straits issues, we can get a glimpse of their true attitude toward cross-Straits relations and the characteristics of their future cross-Straits policy. Since the DPP has not given up on the "Taiwan independence" line, promoting cross-Straits political, economic, social and cultural decoupling is an inevitable path to implementing "gradual Taiwan independence." The DPP authorities do not want cross-Straits exchanges to fully resume. They are well aware that intensifying cross-Straits economic, trade, social and cultural exchanges will inevitably put more and more pressure on their cross-Straits line, prompting them to make further adjustments in the direction of the "1992 Consensus."On the other hand, the DPP authorities are unwilling to and will never admit that the "pro...

US long-arm jurisdiction harms int'l order, rule of law

Photo taken on March 25, 2020 shows the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C., the United States. (File photo: Xinhua)BEIJING, Feb. 3 (Xinhua) -- The United States has a longstanding practice of exerting frequent long-arm jurisdiction over other countries, which severely harms the international political and economic order and the rule of law.In essence, long-arm jurisdiction is an arbitrary judicial practice wielded by the U.S. government on the strength of the U.S. hegemony to enforce extraterritorial jurisdiction over entities and individuals of other countries on the ground of its domestic law.In line with international law, the exercise of a countrys jurisdiction over an extraterritorial person or entity generally requires that the person or entity or its conduct has a real and sufficient connection to that country. Yet the United States exercises long-arm jurisdiction on the basis of the "minimum contacts" rule, constantly lowering the threshold for application.Meanwhile, to exercise long-arm jurisdiction, the U.S. government has further developed the "effects doctrine," meaning that jurisdiction may be exercised whenever an act occurring abroad produces "effects" in the United States, regardless of whether the actor has U.S. citizenship or residency, and regardless of whether the act complies with the law of the place where it occurred.Long-arm jurisdiction has become a means by which the United States abuses unilateral sanctions, especially secondary sanctions. According to the Treasury 2021 Sanctions Review, by fiscal year 2021, the number of active U.S. sanctions designations had increased to more than 9,400.U.S. sanctions have strained relations between countries and undermined the international order. So far, the "long arm" of U.S. jurisdiction has reached China, Russia, Iran, Syria, the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea, Cuba, France, Britain, Germany, Japan, among others.Long-arm jurisdiction has become a ...

Military-industrial complex helms US

The US Capitol building is seen in Washington, D.C., the United States, Nov. 4, 2022. (Photo: Xinhua)It seems that there are still wise people in the United States.For example, anti-war activist Jimmy Dore, who, commenting on US Air Force General Mike Minihans prediction about "a war with China in 2025", said: "Your enemy is not China or Russia. Your enemy is the military industrial complex fleecing this country to the tunes of hundreds of billions and trillions of dollars."That comment shows that the wise in the US know clearly that it is the industrial-military complex that threatens US citizens with fears of a non-existent war, takes taxpayers money and sends young men and women to battlefields on foreign soil.The wise also know that the annual military budget of $800 billion serves no one but the arms dealers. It is the rich and the powerful who manufacture weapons, sell them to certain regions in the world and make money out of blood.The wise people in the US know who their enemies and friends are. Sadly, these people do not happen to be on Capitol Hill, in the White House, or in the Pentagon. Or maybe they are not allowed to be. After all, the military-industrial complex in the US provides, directly or indirectly, about a quarter of the nations jobs; maintains business relations with about 30 percent of the nations companies; and wields enormous influence.It is so powerful that even former US president Donald Trump, who tried to cut military spending, ended up raising it to almost $750 billion. President Joe Biden raised it further, to over $800 billion. Arms sales and blaming China might be the only two things the two parties in the US see eye to eye on.In the interests of the military-industrial complex, the US needs to create an enemy where there is none, and China is No 1 on that imagined list, which is why General Minihan predicted the war in 2025.

Observer: Decoupling from China is not the answer

The U.S. has been addicted to slowing and even cutting Chinas development through decoupling from China over the recent years.It increased tariffs on imported goods from China and maintained the policy to date. It not only restricted investment from Chinese enterprises in the U.S., but also attempted to limit U.S. companies investment in China for political purposes.Besides, the U.S. oppressed Chinese high-tech firms with political means, abused export controls, and coerced and incited other countries to form cliques to contain China.These practices have severely undermined market rules and international economic and trade order, threatened the stability of global industrial and supply chains, and impeded global recovery.The U.S. should realize that its impractical to decouple from China.Based on their comparative strengths and the choices of the market, China-U.S. economic and trade ties are a mutually beneficial relationship featuring structural synergy and convergence of interests, which enjoy strong internal dynamics through win-win cooperation.China-U.S. trade has set record highs in the recent two years, reaching $750 billion in 2021 and nearly $760 billion last year, much higher than the $583.7 billion in 2017.Trade between the U.S. and China is on track to break records, a signal of resilient links between the worlds top economies amid fears of "decoupling," Bloomberg has reported.China boasts a complete industrial supporting system and well-developed infrastructure. It has more than 1.4 billion people including over 400 million middle-income earners, and is the worlds largest market with huge consumption potential.Due to the enormous attractiveness of the Chinese market, its been a consensus in the business world that investing in China is investing in the future.U.S. attempts to move industrial chains out of China are not in line with the interests of American enterprises. According to the 2022 American Business in C...

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Observer: China, US need to explore right way of interaction

Since Chinese President Xi Jinping had a meeting with his U.S. counterpart Joe Biden in Bali, Indonesia last year, Chinese and American diplomatic and national security teams, as well as financial and trade teams have maintained close contact to follow up on the major issues the two leaders discussed and implement the important common understandings they came to.The international society hopes that the two major countries can make joint efforts to find the right way of interaction so as to serve as an anchor of stability in the fast-changing world and play a major role in promoting global economic recovery after the pandemic, tackling climate change and solving regional hotspot issues.In recent years, the U.S. hasnt let go of its obsession with treating China as a so-called strategic competitor, which not only traps China-U.S. relations, but also makes world peace and development unstable.Stephen Roach, a senior fellow at Yale University, recently warned that the two countries "ability to tackle these enormous and important global issues will be severely constrained" if they remain conflicted.What the U.S. side should understand is that there is competition in the world at any time, but competition should be to learn from each other, catch up with each other, and make progress together, not "If you lose and I win; You die and I live." Blind anti-China approaches will not work.Xi said that it would be problematic if two major countries like China and the U.S. do not have overarching principled common understandings. Only with principles can there be a direction, and only with a direction can the two sides properly handle differences and expand cooperation.During the meeting between Xi and Biden, the two presidents agreed on the importance of working out the guiding principles for China-U.S. relations, and further explored the topic with constructive discussions.The Chinese side proposed that China and the U.S. should respect each other, ...

US politicians harm citizens more than guns

The US Capitol building is seen in Washington, D.C., the United States, Nov 4, 2022. (Photo: Xinhua)US Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer last week blamed the JR-15 rifle, a gun developed by arms dealer WEE1 Tactical in Illinois in early 2022, as a "disgusting and morally bankrupt new low" and vowed to ask the Federal Trade Commission to investigate its marketing together with his Democratic colleagues.The US legislator is right in defending the safety of US citizens. A month into the new year, the US has already seen several shootings involving children. On Jan 6, a 6-year-old boy injured his teacher with a gun; on Jan 16, a shooting led to six deaths in Tulare county, California; on Jan 29, a 19-year-old shot dead a 14-year-old girl in New Orleans.If children are tricked into buying such deadly weapons, a massacre might just be waiting to happen on campuses. The sight of children running around and gunning down children is so bloody that it must be stopped despite all opposition from interest groups such as the National Rifle Association.A healthy society should have identified this evil product right away, and not a year later. Lawmakers should have opposed the JR-15 the moment it entered the market in early 2022, blamed its manufacturer and filed public-interest litigation against it. Its manufacturer WEE1 Tactical should go down in history as an entity that profited from selling a deadly weapon that snuffed out so many young lives for a year or even longer.There should be laws and regulations that effectively ban the manufacture of such weapons, even research on why arms dealers come up with such deadly weapons.It is no less absurd that lawmakers did not condemn the JR-15 until almost a year later. US politicians stubbornness hurts US citizens more than the guns themselves.

PMI's return to expansion range indicative of economic recovery

The purchasing managers index released by the statistical authorities on Tuesday shows that with the adjustment of Chinas epidemic prevention and control policy and the gradual recovery of production and life, the PMI in the manufacturing sector returned to the expansion range, hitting 50.1 percent in January. A heavy truck is assembled on the assembly line of the heavy truck capacity expansion project at the Shaanxi Automobile Holding Group in Xian, Northwest Chinas Shaanxi Province, Sept 27, 2022. Photo/XinhuaDriven by policies, technologies and the market, high-tech manufacturing represented by electronic information, aerospace and biomedicine has maintained upward development against headwinds, creating multiple drivers for the "double upgrading" of industry and consumption and the countrys unimpeded economic circulation.For example, the growth rate of production and investment, and efficiency of high-tech manufacturing are far ahead of the development of the whole manufacturing sector, with the optimization of the investment structure accelerating, accelerating improvement in profits, accelerated formation of industrial clusters and significant enhancement of their leading role.Given the high degree of external uncertainty and multiple challenges, investment, especially new infrastructure investment, has more potential space in China. To promote manufacturing recovery and industrial upgrading, the country should focus on the key variable of scientific and technological innovation, and strengthen the digital economy, infrastructure investment and other related areas.However, it should be noted that the foundation of Chinas manufacturing recovery is not solid, and it will take time to build Chinas original technology motivation, promote the smooth conversion of scientific and technological achievements for practical purposes, and remove the factors that hinder its innovation ability. Therefore, the country must contin...

Hollywood has no monopoly on heroes

A man passes a poster of Wandering Earth II at a cinema in Shenyang, Liaoning province, on Jan 23, 2023. Photo/VCG Expectedly, The Wandering Earth II, a science fiction movie released during the recent Chinese New Year holiday, aroused fierce discussions on both domestic and overseas platforms, wi

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Greater R&D spending helping to boost high-quality development


Police violence shows racism only getting worse

As a white police officer in Minneapolis choked George Floyd to death by kneeling on his neck in 2020, the African American cried out "I cant breathe" but that didnt move his oppressor one bit. Cai Meng/China DailyWorse, even the nationwide protests that followed Floyds death in the United States could not deter similar crimes from taking place, as police violence claimed another African American, Tyre Nichols, this month. According to a CNN report, Nichols family attorney claimed he suffered "extensive bleeding caused by a severe beating" from five policemen.On social media platforms, some argue that the Nichols incident does not constitute racism because it was five black policemen who beat him up. However, it only goes to show that colored people, African Americans in particular, suffer discrimination not only from white people, but also from people of the same color.Racial discrimination is so deeply rooted in US society that it is impossible to end it overnight. Despite the civil rights movement in the 1960s and colored peoples rising sense of equality in recent years with the popularity of social media, the status of colored people in the US remains below that of their white counterparts, be it in economy, opportunities, development and everything.According to the Mapping Police Violence website, of the 1,186 people who lost their lives to police violence in the US in 2022, African Americans accounted for 26 percent, although the community accounts for 13 percent of the countrys population. From 2013 to 2022, an African American has faced 2.9 times greater possibility of encountering police violence than a white American.Fifty-five years ago, renowned civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. was killed in Memphis. Now Nichols, another African American, succumbed to violence in the same city. It is time the US curbed its racial inequality as the number of killings continues to grow.

Improved holiday consumption good for economic turnaround


Deluge of positive data signals that China's economy is back on track

Vehicles run on Jianguo Road during morning peak hours in Chaoyang District of Beijing, capital of China, January 3, 2023. (Photo: Xinhua)Chinas decision to downgrade its COVID-19 management in December and to reopen its borders with the rest of the world in January has led to important implications on the path to recovery of the worlds second largest economy, starting in the early days of 2023. Soaring outbound travel bookings over the weeklong Spring Festival holidays with southern China destinations as the biggest winners, record rail passenger journeys as millions of Chinese people traveled back to their homes to celebrate the Chinese New Year, the second highest-grossing to date box office numbers with Chinese-made blockbusters scoring massive profits, and surging sales in the 12 offshore duty-free shops in Hainan Province.The tourism, film market, and retail sectors represent just the tip of the iceberg of a series of positive data that have surprised analysts and bankers who had previously delivered gloomy economic forecasts and have now promptly upgraded their outlook of the worlds second largest economy and that of the global economy. The optimization of the COVID response right before the Spring Festival holidays has had the effect of "re-energize" the Chinese market, along with a convergence of companies stock valuations surge on capital markets, of the countrys opening-up its domestic financial markets to foreign investors, and of the vitality of domestic consumption stemming from restored consumer confidence.As consumption represents the largest component in the calculation of a countrys gross domestic product (GDP), as well as one of the biggest determinants of economic health for a nation, it is easy to understand why China experts and analysts share optimistic outlook in respect of an economy that although only grew 3 percent for the full year of 2022, it is projected to expand to at least 5.5 percent this yea...

Domestic tourist industry needs to raise its bar

Tourists take photos while visiting the Terracotta Warriors in Xian, Shaanxi province, on Monday. During the Spring Festival holiday, the famous historic site attracted a large number of visitors. (Photo: China Daily)During the seven-day Lunar New Year holiday that ended on Friday, mainland travelers made a total of 308 millions trips, up 23.1 percent year-on-year, generating tourism revenue of 375.84 billion yuan ($55.4 billion) according to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.Despite that growth, the number of trips and level of spending were still below the pre-pandemic level. The number of trips was 88.6 percent of that of 2019, and the tourism revenue 73.1 percent of that of 2019. Although the strict novel coronavirus control measures had only been lifted earlier this month, the fewer trips and lower revenue still indicate the weaker spending power of tourists.Another notable problem is that after being in suspended animation for three years, the services and management of the tourism and the catering industry, as well as the supervision of them, lag markedly behind the demands of the people.To avoid stampedes, some tourist attraction spots had to cancel their activities at the last minute. Tourists also complained about exorbitant prices, the hotels and traffic during the long-awaited holiday.That means some chronic maladies of the tourism industry have remained, if not become more prominent, after three years of hibernation. The tourism administrative departments and industry associations — whose hindsight in helping tourists address their concerns also appears unchanged — should be aware that the domestic tourism industry will soon face fierce competition from overseas.If the services and management of the domestic tourism industry always fall behind the Chinese tourists expectations, not only will the country fail to attract tourists from overseas, but also Chinese tourists will unavoidably vote with their feet, with many tourist resort countrie...

Observer: China's economic diplomacy pursues mutual benefit, win-win results

China is the worlds second-largest economy, largest trader in goods and top recipient of foreign investment. The Chinese economy is deeply integrated with the global economy, and the countrys economic diplomacy has become an important part of major-country diplomacy with Chinese characteristics.Chinas economic diplomacy not only serves the development of China, but also safeguards the common interests of the international community. It pursues mutual benefit and win-win results."Opening up" is a keyword of Chinas economic diplomacy. In the past more than 20 years after Chinas accession into the WTO, Chinas overall tariff level has dropped to below 7.4 percent from 15.3 percent, much lower than what the country promised when entering the organization.Last year, Chinas annual foreign trade value, seeing improvement in its scale, quality and efficiency, for the first time exceeded 40 trillion yuan (about $5.94 trillion). The country has maintained the worlds top trading nation in goods for six years in a row.Amid mounting global protectionism, China has made important contributions to building an open world economy with concrete actions.In the next step, the country will steadily expand institutional opening-up with regard to rules, regulations, management and standards, further widen market access, reasonably shorten the negative lists for foreign investment access, and improve the system of pre-establishment national treatment plus a negative list for foreign investment, so as to foster a market-oriented and world-class business environment governed by a sound legal framework.China has worked to build a globally-oriented network of high-standard free trade areas and to promote the negotiation and conclusion of high-standard free trade agreements.Since establishing the first pilot free trade zone (FTZ) in 2013, the country has so far set up 21 pilot FTZs and the Hainan Free Trade Port.China will advance its free trade ...

Healthy competition can spur innovation

A worker assembles a fluid handling system at a factory in Haizhou Industrial Park in Lianyungang, Jiangsu province. CHENG YUHE/ FOR CHINA DAILY Thirty-one provincial-level regions recently disclosed their gross domestic product and related data for last year. The statistics provide much food for

WTO ruling makes it clear who is doing trade bullying

A logo is seen at the World Trade Organization (WTO) headquarters before a news conference in Geneva, Switzerland, Oct 5, 2022. Photo/Agencies At a meeting on Friday in Geneva on trade disputes shortly after the United States lodged an appeal against a series of World Trade Organization rulings in

How China's reopening will help global economic recovery

Robots conduct welding work at the workshop of an automobile manufacturing factory in Qingdao, east Chinas Shandong Province, January 14, 2023. (Photo: Xinhua)Editors note: An Zidong is an associate professor at the School of Applied Economics, Renmin University of China. He previously worked as a senior researcher at the International Monetary Fund. The COVID-19 pandemic was mostly seen as a demand shock when it just started, then people realized that its impacts on the supply side are far more severe and persistent. As the pandemic unfolded and the Russian-Ukraine conflict broke out, supply chain disruption, labor constraints and energy shortage grew in breadth and intensity, impacting the ability of firms to meet the strong surge in demand and pushing up inflation. Central banks across the world simultaneously raised interest rates in response to severe inflation. As global inflation slowly entered a downward trend after peaking in late 2022 and European natural gas prices dropped to pre-conflict levels, weak and divergent recovery, or worse, the recession in many countries gradually took priority and became the main concern in 2023.Chinas reopening could be this years biggest economic event. A consensus is immediately reached that this reopening will boost Chinas economy, but what does it mean to the world economy?Most are optimistic. Some express concerns that increased demand, especially for energy, could add to global inflation pressure. The energy shortage due to the Russian-Ukraine conflict further disrupted the slow recovery raising fears of high energy prices that could trigger high inflation. However, abundant research has shown these concerns have been overstated, and energy prices have limited and short-lived impacts on inflation. For example, a recent World Bank cross-country study found that oil prices accounted for about 4 percent of inflation variation. Despite these concerns, most believe Chinas reopening will help li...

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Open, Cooperative and Responsible: China Sends Cordial Message to WEF

The World Economic Forum provides a podium for open dialogue and for countries to work together to "lay the groundwork" for a more sustainable and resilient world. (Photo: CFP)Editors note: Zhao Zhirong is Dean and chair professor of School of Public Affairs, Zhejiang University. China sent an open, cooperative, and responsible message to the 53rd World Economic Forum (WEF). Resuming its original in-person gathering for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the event brought more than 2,700 leaders from government, business and civil society to Davos, under the theme of Cooperation in a Fragmented World.Chinese Vice Premier Liu He addressed the Forum on Tuesday, announcing that China is returning to normal more quickly than expected after lifting its Zero-COVID policies last month. Liu projected a rosy economic picture for this year and outlined Chinas firm commitment to a market economy. He also called for strengthening of international collaboration, and said China remained committed to carbon neutrality and green development.Lius speech came against the backdrop of some concerning statistics involving slow economic growth in 2022 and a recent population decline. However, the Vice Premier conveyed an upbeat tone concerning the economy as China has "drawn up an ambitious blueprint for advancing Chinese modernization in the coming five years and beyond."He declared that China would stick to establishing a socialist market economy as the focus of its reforms, stressing that the country would never return to a planned economy.Liu sought to reassure his audience that China was still a good place to do business. "If we work hard enough," he said, "we are confident that growth will most likely return to its normal trend and the Chinese economy will make a significant improvement in 2023."The official emphasized five lessons that China has learned from rapid growth in the past decade -- placing e...

Baseless accusations turn restrictions on tourists arriving from China into sand castles

The US has always boasted that it is the nation of the future. However, if we zoom in for a close-up of the US, we can see its penchant for being old-fashioned. For instance, its legislative building is called the "Capitol," which is associated with the Capitoline Hill in Rome, and you can see the Latin motto E Pluribus Unum and crossed fasces on the seal of the US Senate. In addition to their love for cosplaying Rome, they also seem to be fond of old-fashioned smearing and playing dirty. Recently, the US and its coterie have been setting traps for China by spreading fake news about Chinas COVID situation and strong-arming its footmen to restrict tourists arriving from China. While the US has drawn upon the thousand-year-old, most obsolete trick of smearing to bully China, its baseless accusations will not hurt China and only drain its own credibility.Lies dont make a deer a horseAbout 2,000 years ago, Zhao Gao, the chancellor of the Qin Dynasty (221BC-206BC) and the most powerful man at the time, took a deer to court. He presented it to the emperor as a tribute, but claimed that it was a horse. The emperor didnt accept his statement, so Zhao asked the court whether it was a deer or a horse. Afraid of Zhaos political muscle, most officials took the chancellors side. In this story, Mr. Zhao proved his overwhelming power; However, no matter how many officials are forced to tell lies, a deer cannot be turned into a horse.China has always held high the banner of transparency and international cooperation. These days, some countries have repeatedly tried to pin the label of not being transparent on China. Knowing that it doesnt hold water, they also attempted to make non-transparency a pillar to restrict normal people-to-people exchanges. What these countries turn a blind eye to is the fact that China has been sharing relevant information and data in an open and transparent manner with the international community, including the WHO...

State of Union address reflects a US that unsettles world

At a time when pessimism spreads widely in the US, Biden used many parts of his address to portray the current administration's economic and social achievements over the past year.

Aftershocks of quakes could rock the global economy

Two powerful earthquakes that rocked Turkiye and Syria on Monday have so far killed more than 5,000 people, with the death toll continuing to rise.

Blocking chip sale to China will only serve US hegemony

Honoring the United States' China-containment policy, the Japanese government has decided to impose semiconductor export controls on China to prevent the products from being used for military purposes, Japanese media have reported.

Raise a glass at prospect of family reunion


China will be a determining factor in achieving peace and a just new international economic order in 2023

Europe and the United States are headed for an economic, military and political disaster, stemming from wrong decisions made around the conflict in Ukraine, the aftermath of COVID-19 on the economy and the very bankruptcy of the NATO global economies.

World needs China-US ties back on track in 2023

BEIJING, Jan. 20 (Xinhua) -- Chinas Foreign Ministry said this week that China welcomes U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinkens upcoming visit and is in communication with the U.S. side on specific arrangements.(File photo: CGTN)The China-U.S. relationship, as one of the worlds most important bilateral relations, influences the welfare of both countries and the whole world. Across the globe, there is a growing call against containing or decoupling from China, and for stable U.S.-China ties.The world is now at a crossroads. When viewing and handling China-U.S. relations, both sides should see the bigger picture, and not just a zero-sum game. Chinas advancement or Americans progress presents opportunities, rather than poses challenges, for each other.Regrettably, such common sense has been abandoned in recent years by certain Washington politicians, who have been tirelessly making trouble or threatening to decouple from China, casting a cloud over bilateral ties.In a report published last November, the Brookings Institution said the United States must forge a "durable, productive relationship" with China, adding that both sides share common interests in both bilateral and multilateral areas and that cooperation is needed.Economic and trade cooperation is the bedrock of China-U.S. relations. Bilateral economic and trade ties are built on mutual benefit, not zero-sum games. Decoupling from or breaking economic links with China, a major trading partner of America, will hurt others and America itself.Decoupling isnt yet happening in any significant way, not by a long shot, and isnt likely to, Foreign Policy magazine said in an analysis. It quoted U.S. business insiders as saying that the U.S.-China economic relationship remains profound and is growing deeper in many sectors, and that a decoupling will undercut U.S. global competitiveness.Despite a lingering pandemic and an uncooperative Washington, China-U.S. trade surged 20.2 ...

Please don't repeat mistake of 1882, Texas

People denouncing hatred against the Asian American communities rally before San Gabriel Mission Playhouse in City of San Gabriel, Los Angeles County, California, the United States, March 20, 2021. Photo/Xinhua "I will sign it," Greg Abbott, freshly re-elected Texas governor for the third time, tw

Restrictions on Chinese tourists discriminatory, will do no good

An Air China plane takes off from Beijing Daxing International Airport. (Photo by Zou Hong/chinadaily.com.cn)Most countries have welcomed China's move to optimize its pandemic prevention and control measures, but some have adopted discriminatory entry measures against Chinese tourists in violation o

In pursuit of progress, peace and harmony

Editor's Note: At a symposium on China's foreign relations held in Beijing on Sunday, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi delivered a speech on major-country diplomacy with Chinese characteristics. The following is an excerpt: Aerial photo taken on May 26, 2021 shows the Yangpu inter

Better coordination reflected in clear blue skies over Beijing


Door shut to those who have shut their door

A view of the Huangpu River in Shanghai. Photo/VCG Editor's Note: At a think tank forum held in Beijing on Monday, Vice-Foreign Minister Xie Feng delivered a keynote speech on promoting opening-up and deepening win-win cooperation for the purpose of building a community with a shared future for hu

'China's green train carries a small society'


Japan's water discharge will pollute sea of all mankind


Kids unsafe in world's only superpower

Gun control activists rally near the US Capitol calling for a federal ban on assault weapons on July 13, 2022 in Washington, DC. Photo/Agencies In which country are toddlers threatened by guns? In the United States, the world's only superpower, they are. In a security camera video that has gone vi

Countries politicizing COVID-19 response harm others without benefiting themselves

After China entered a new phase of its COVID-19 response, many countries welcomed its optimization and are expecting visits from Chinese tourists.Chinese passengers are welcomed by Thai officials at the Suvarnabhumi Airport in Samut Prakan, Thailand, January 9, 2022. (Photo: Xinhua)The Thai deputy prime minister and other senior officials greeted the first group of Chinese tourists with flowers and gift bags at the airport. The Maldives foreign ministry published a statement on its website saying the country welcomes Chinas adjustment of exit and entry measures and looks forward to receiving Chinese tourists soon. Switzerland, New Zealand and other countries made clear that they would not impose new restrictions on visiting Chinese tourists.China has always optimized its COVID-19 response in light of the evolving situation in a science-based and targeted manner. Its provisional measures on cross-border travel were formulated based on the decision to manage COVID-19 with measures against Class-B infectious diseases. The measures can better coordinate COVID-19 control and socioeconomic development, and make cross-border travel more convenient, safe, orderly and efficient.With the utmost sincerity and in a fact-based manner, China has carried out adequate communication with relevant countries, explaining in detail the current COVID-19 situation in China and how the optimization of its COVID-19 response is science-based and reasonable.However, a few countries, turning a blind eye to science, facts and even their COVID-19 situations at home, have arbitrarily imposed discriminatory entry restrictions on travelers from China. This is completely politicizing COVID-19 prevention and control.Health experts from multiple international organizations and countries have pointed out that no new variant or dangerous mutation of the novel coronavirus has been detected in China, so tightening the entry policy toward travelers from China is neither science-based nor necessary.Ste...

When elections are expensive, democracy goes cheap?

Abraham Lincoln once said a most famous triplet -- three fundamental precepts he believes should undergird American democracy -- "government of the people, by the people, for the people". Three decades later, Ohio senator Mark Hanna also said something remarkable about American democracy -- "There are two things that are important in politics. The first is money and I cant remember what the second one is." More than 100 years on, which description has won the day is already a settled debate. American democracy, exercised in one highly priced election after another, is now an out-and-out "game of money politics".Whopping numbers and dodgy usesUS elections have always been expensive, but the 2022 midterm elections still stand out as the most extravagant in the countrys history. According to OpenSecrets, a Washington-based nonprofit tracking the flow of political contributions in the US, total spending in the jostle for federal seats and state offices during the elections exceeded $16.7 billion. Not only is the 2018 record of $14 billion smashed. This amount also eclipses the 2021 GDP of more than 70 countries. In particular, the senatorial race in Georgia, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Wisconsin, and Ohio averaged more than $200 million each.Where did the money go?Statistics from US Federal Election Commission show candidates were quite liberal with their funds. Apparently, tickets to go-kart races and a whimsical buy at an airport souvenir store, among many others, were considered a worthy use of money.Of the rich, by the rich, and for the richLincoln believes that in order to govern, one should first have the consent of the governed. Yet today, Americans are not actively choosing the candidates they want, but are forced to settle for one of those who are either rich enough or can mobilize riches to be in the ring. For an individual to campaign for a seat in the House, in 1990 the cost was $407,500; in 2020, it was $2.35 million. For ...

'China threat' fallacy brews Asian hatred

People attend a rally against racism and violence on Asian Americans in Flushing of New York, the United States, March 27, 2021. Photo/Xinhua An 18-year-old Asian student was brutally stabbed by a fellow bus passenger in Bloomington, Indiana on Saturday. The suspect was quoted as saying she though

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Washington should disclose epidemic info

People walk on Times Square in New York, the United States, Nov 23, 2021. PhotoXinhua The XBB.1.5 subvariant of Omicron strain of the novel coronavirus has been spreading so quickly in the United States that infections caused by it now account for 43 percent of the fatal infections nationwide. Acc

COVID restrictions on travelers from China another political farce

BEIJING, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) -- After China downgraded its COVID management, a few of countries imposed entry restrictions on travelers from China. These discriminatory policies are futile for public health, detrimental to a global economic recovery and performative at best.Chinese passengers are welcomed by Thai officials at the Suvarnabhumi Airport in Samut Prakan, Thailand, Jan. 9, 2023. (Photo: Xinhua) The United States, Japan, South Korea and several in Europe have imposed additional border rules only on passengers from the Chinese mainland, ranging from testing requirements and mask mandates to suspension of short-term visas, citing a possible infection surge and potential new variants.Such reasoning is faulty at best.In an article published in The New York Times, emergency physician Leana S. Wen opined that the coronavirus load from any infected traveler would be just "a drop in the bucket" for the United States. Tom Frieden, former head of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, estimated his country had had "at least 200 million infections" by the end of 2022.Also, an existing strain isnt a concern. Consider the predominant variants in China for now, BF.7 and BA.5.2, two offshoots of the Omicron subvariant BA.5. They have all circulated in the United States and many countries for quite a while and failed to exhibit an evolutionary advantage over other variants.Among the roughly 900 variants and subvariants documented in the SARS-CoV-2 lineages system "Pango" by researchers from the University of Edinburg, the single-digit number of variants found in China pales in comparison to more than 600 in the United States, 500 in Britain, over 240 in France, 150 in Japan, 50-plus in Italy.If those countries were sincerely committed to limiting imported cases, why not impose controls for all inbound travelers, not just from China? Furthermore, if saving lives is crucial, why were restrictions lax during the spread of the more...

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