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

Testament to vibrancy of Sino-African friendship


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...

US taxpayers' money funds such lies

An American flag waves outside the US Department of Justice Building in Washington, Dec 15, 2020. (Photo: Agencies)Q: Which film star can give up his career in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region to become a policeman in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region?A: If a database is to be believed, then even Chow Yun-fat and Andy Lau Tak-wah.On Jan 6, an entity called "Xinjiang Victims Database" posted on its Twitter handle what it claimed was a list of over 2,000 Urumqi police officers who it blamed for "thousands of documented victims". Yet among the mugshots, were those of the two Hong Kong stars.The propaganda fell flat only because Chow and Lau are too famous for anyone to miss them. That leaves one in no doubt that many of the other photographs must also be fake.The handle even claimed that "Another 8,000+ have been added but remain invisible as they have not been linked to anyone". One wonders as to how they got the photographs. After all, it does not look like a rumor any more, but a lie being spread intentionally.After the tweet became viral as a joke, the handle disabled the comments zone, letting only a few handles it follows to reply.The lies dont come for free. The database claims its efforts are crowdfunded through social networking sites, but it is hard to imagine anyone with a rational mind wants to fund such a group. Without doubt organizations of its kind are spreading lies about China to gain influence so that the West will bankroll them for political reasons.The management teams of such funding groups, of which the US-based National Endowment for Democracy is a typical example, are either too foolish to believe the lies or just evil enough to join them in spreading lies. Their money comes from the US government, which in turn comes from taxpayers in the United States.

China enters a new stage of COVID-19 response

China released the 10th COVID-19 prevention and control protocol Jan. 7, outlining regular disease surveillance requirements and ramped-up measures to counter an emergency. It has also downgraded its management of COVID-19 from Class A to Class B since Jan. 8, 2023, entering a new stage of COVID-19 response.Doctors guide villagers of Shuangzhuang village,Huaiyin district, Huaian city, east Chinas Jiangsu province, on how to takemedicines safely, Jan. 4, 2023. (Photo by Zhao Qirui/Peoples Daily Online)Over the past three years, China has always maintained its strategic initiative in its fight against COVID-19. It has withstood the impact of five rounds of global COVID-19 outbreaks and effectively handled more than 100 cluster outbreaks, buying precious time for the research, development and application of vaccines and medicines, and the preparation of medical resources.China has been optimizing and adjusting its COVID prevention and control measures in light of the evolving situation. It has effectively avoided widespread infections with the original strain and the Delta variant, which are relatively more pathogenic than the other variants.The country also kept its rates of infection and mortality at the worlds lowest level. Despite the pandemic, the average life expectancy of the Chinese population rose from 77.3 years in 2019 to 78.2 years in 2021.After China downgraded its management of COVID-19 from Class A to Class B, the country has shifted its focus from infection prevention to medical treatment and prevention of severe cases. It has taken relevant measures to safeguard peoples life and health to the greatest extent possible and minimize the impact of COVID-19 on economic and social development.As the COVID-19 pandemic has raged across the globe, almost all countries have been affected to some extent.In China, putting peoples lives and health first has been the primary consideration in formulating policies for the prevention and c...

China continues to bring new opportunities globally

A view of the Huangpu River in Shanghai. (Photo: VCG)Foreign media outlets have successively predicted that with the implementation of favorable economic policies, Chinas ultra-large market will release more dividends and bring new opportunities for the recovery of the world economy, and a number of foreign investment banks have also raised their forecast for Chinas economic growth this year.Due to intensified geopolitical tensions, pandemic outbreaks and high inflation, the prospect for the global economy is not optimistic. In this context, the international community is shifting more attention eastward, especially to China. China is committed to keeping its economy on the track of high-quality development driven by innovation and new growth drivers, while trying to expand domestic demand.Chinas high-tech industry is becoming a hotspot for global investment. Despite its economic downturn and pandemic pressure, China has made remarkable achievements in electric vehicles, artificial intelligence, the digital economy, aerospace technology, deep-sea exploration and other fields, and its high-quality development has enhanced its economic innovation and sustainability and injected new impetus into world economic development.With a population of over 1.4 billion and a middle-income group of over 400 million, China imports about $2.5 trillion in goods and services every year, making it the worlds mega-large market. In the long run, Chinas consumer market is still resilient and its overall trend of consumption expansion and upgrading has not changed. Chinas top authorities have repeatedly stressed that the country will focus on expanding domestic demand and prioritize consumption. This will release more dividends for other countries. That is why Goldman Sachs and other international banks have raised their forecasts for Chinas economic growth in 2023.China began to lower its overall tariffs again on Jan 1, and 1,020 categories of goods n...

Washington's abuse of monetary and fiscal policies in spotlight


US taxpayers' money funds lies

Chinese and US flags flutter outside the building of an American company in Beijing, Jan 21, 2021. Photo/Agencies What film star would give up their career in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region to become a policeman in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region? If a database is to be believed,

Recuperation space for firms boon for economic recovery

People enjoy leisure time at a business center in Beijing, Dec 24, 2022. (Photo: Xinhua)In a recent interview, Beijings acting mayor Yin Yong said the government should increase support for enterprises and give them space to recuperate so that they can see further development.It is necessary for the authorities to implement some policies to reduce the burden on enterprises that have experienced economic shocks and to give them more assistance, so that they resume production and promote sustainable development once the pandemic has peaked.In the more than three years since the pandemic broke out, Beijings economic development has suffered considerably. Only 12 of the 38 major industrial categories saw a year-on-year profit growth from January to November last year, the rest suffering varying degrees of losses. For example, in the first three quarters of 2022, the operating revenue of small and medium-sized enterprises above the designated size in Beijing fell by 1.7 percent year-on-year, with the total profit decreasing by 2.4 percent, and the jobs offered by them declining by 4.3 percent.Beijing has introduced a series of policy measures to stabilize growth and ensure peoples livelihood. Last year, Beijing launched a number of policy measures to help enterprises, including by further reducing their operating costs, increasing financial support, stabilizing industry and supply chains, and optimizing the business environment.In 2022 alone, the extra tax reduction and tax rebates in Beijing reached nearly 200 billion yuan ($29.53 billion). The implementation of these measures has not only made a positive contribution to Beijing stabilizing its overall macroeconomic market but also boosted the confidence of its market players.However, it should be noted that although the pandemic has peaked, the fundamentals underpinning economic development have not fundamentally changed. The overall environment for Chinas economic development remains severe, and de...

Localizing drug production a win-win solution

Paxlovid, Pfizers anti-viral medication to treat the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), is displayed in this picture illustration taken Oct 7, 2022. (Photo: Agencies)Albert Bourla, CEO of US-based pharmaceutical company Pfizer, reportedly said at a conference on Monday that they had signed agreements with a Chinese enterprise for localized production of the anti-COVID-19 drug Paxlovid.The announcement came just one day after the National Healthcare and Security Administration officially finalized the 2022 national healthcare list, which Paxlovid failed to enter because of its very high price. There is no information on the price that was quoted and the price the NHSA expected, but the fact that the drug failed to make it to the list implies there was an unbridgeable gap, big or small.The announcement on Monday further restores hope that Chinese patients, like their counterparts in the United States and elsewhere, have convenient, protected access to effective drugs in their fight against COVID-19. Even though Paxlovid failed to make it to the national healthcare security list, China, Chinese companies and Pfizer are working to ensure stable supply of drugs for Chinese patients.Apart from the possibility of producing Paxlovid in China, the NHSA has temporarily included the drug in its healthcare security list and will pay for it until March 31, by which time infections will have peaked in most cities. In other words, Paxlovid will be available when Chinese people are most in need of it.Azvudine, developed by a domestic company, and Qingfei Paidu granules, a widely used traditional Chinese medicine, have both made it to the list. So, if Paxlovid is too expensive for some families to afford in the absence of support from the national medical security fund after March 31, Chinese patients will still have two other drugs to choose from.

Rigorous self-governance crucial for Party

General secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee Xi Jinping, also Chinese president and chairman of the Central Military Commission, addresses the second plenary session of the 20th CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection in Beijing, capital of China, Jan 9, 2023. Li Qiang, Zhao Leji, Wang Huning, Cai Qi, Ding Xuexiang and Li Xi attended the meeting. (Photo: Xinhua)Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, has stressed the need for ceaseless efforts to promote full and rigorous Party self-governance and ensure the implementation of decisions and plans made at the 20th CPC National Congress. Xi made the remarks while addressing the second plenary session of the 20th CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection on Monday.The conference has made it clear that the Party should continue to uphold strict principles, apply strict measures and foster a rigorous environment for its self-governance, and the Partys self-reform should be carried forward staunchly. While pushing forward strict self-governance, efforts should also be made to encourage enthusiasm, initiative and creativity among Party members and officials.To do a good job of governing the country, the Party should do a good job of governing itself, and the country will become strong only if the Party maintains its strength.Therefore, full and rigorous self-governance should be an unceasing endeavor, and the Party should remain alert and determined to tackle the special challenges that it faces.With 96.71 million members — as of the end of 2021 — the Party has become one of the largest ruling parties in the world, and therefore it is important that it can be run with effective systems and regulations, which should be continuously improved to ensure rigorous self-governance.Prominent problems should be found in a timely manner. These problems, Xi noted, include, but are not limited to, failures to implement the decisions and prohibiti...

How China sees the world — Qin Gang publishes an article on the National Interest

Screenshot of the articleChinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang has published an article “How China Sees the World” in US bimonthly international relations magazine The National Interest. “It has been reaffirmed at the 20th Party Congress that China is committed to its foreign policy goals of upholding world peace and promoting common development, and it remains dedicated to building a community with a shared future for mankind,” the text reads. “Such an official, open declaration of the CPC (Communist Party of China)’s worldview sheds light on the way it engages with the world,” Qin wrote.Here is the full text of the article, published on December 26:How China sees the worldThe 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) was held in October. The CPC has thus started on a new journey, and so has China’s development. The thinking of Chinese Communists, as stated at this Party Congress, not only determines China’s direction but also has a sure impact on the world’s future.Just as people’s worldviews fundamentally shape the ways they choose to engage with the world, the same holds true for countries and political parties. It has been reaffirmed at the Party Congress that China is committed to its foreign policy goals of upholding world peace and promoting common development, and it remains dedicated to building a community with a shared future for mankind. Such an official, open declaration of the CPC’s worldview sheds light on the way it engages with the world.Looking at the world as a community with a shared future naturally leads to a path of reform, opening up, and win-win cooperation. In the past decade, China has established twenty-one pilot free trade zones and increased the Free Trade Agreements (FTA) it has signed from ten to nineteen, which include the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), the biggest FTA in the world. Pre-establishment national treatment has been given to foreign investors across the board, and the items on the nega...

China's pandemic fight praiseworthy

LI MIN/CHINA DAILY A detailed analysis of China’s efforts and innovative medical actions shows that the Chinese leadership has left no stone unturned to safeguard people’s lives and health in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has disrupted the socioeconomic structures of econo

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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...

Secessionists see fear in a pack of noodles


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...

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 ...

Firecrackers, consensus and festival safety

People select decorations for Spring Festival in Beijing, Jan 7, 2023. (Photo by Zou Hong /chinadaily.com.cn)On the eve of Spring Festival, on Jan 30 last year, Jishuitan Hospital in Beijing, which specializes in treating burns and external injuries, received just two patients with burn injuries from firecrackers, a huge drop from 25 in 2021.Of course, it was because in 2022 Beijing prohibited firecrackers during Spring Festival. While reducing noise pollution, the move also saved people from injuries.It is heartening to see the Beijing municipal governments recent announcement about continuing the policy in 2023. When it comes to securing peoples lives and health, a ban on firecrackers is never too tight.Besides health, there are several other reasons why the ban is worth supporting. As a city with a 3,000-year history that served as capital under five dynasties, Beijing has a large number of ancient buildings. Firecrackers pose a big challenge to these buildings, and banning them is one way of protecting the capitals architectural heritage.Besides, Beijing has finally improved its air quality, getting rid of the heavy smog, thanks to efforts from all sides, factories included. There is no reason to allow firecrackers to bring the smog back.On Sunday, Dongying in Shandong province, Dalian in Liaoning province and Yanchuan in Shaanxi province announced that firecrackers will be allowed in certain areas during the festival, but then the conditions there are different. Dongying, for example, has a small population and it will be possible to minimize the danger from firecrackers.Therefore, the policy allowing each city to make its own decisions is suitable. However, it should be noted that persuasion is an important part of the policy-making process, and that municipal governments need to explain their decision to the public. However, those breaking rules by burning firecrackers at the wrong place or time should be punished.

Loopholes for foreign meddling must be plugged: China Daily editorial


Recession not moderation after sabotaging of trade

People shop at a Target store during Black Friday sales in Chicago, Illinois, US, November 25, 2022. (Photo: Agencies)There is no doubt that the United States will continue to raise interest rates in the first half of 2023, but its stubbornly high inflation will not be easily tamed and the risk of economic recession looms large despite the introduction of the CHIPS and Science Act to rejuvenate its hard-hit manufacturing sector.The US Fed raised interest rates seven times in 2022, pushing the rate to the highest level in 15 years. In an attempt to rein in double-digit inflation in the early 1980s, then Fed chairman Paul Volcker aggressively raised interest rates, ushering in an era for the "great moderation" of the US economy. Incumbent Fed Chairman Jerome Powell has tried to follow Volckers example, but when Volcker took over as Fed chairman in August 1979, the US was in an era of rapid expansion, which provided him with solid external conditions to fight inflation. In contrast, Powell now faces not only a US which is seeing excessive money printing, but also a foreign trade system sabotaged by the US itself.When the US embraced the world with an open and inclusive mind, Volcker certainly had the resources to fight inflation. However, as the US now treats other countries unequally, Powell lacks Volckers strength, and what awaits him is not the "great moderation" of the US economy, but various forms of recession. Now, the US housing market is in decline, banks are tightening lending standards, and demand has weakened to recession levels.US economic circles admire the economic models of Germany, Japan and China, which boost economic development by implementing industrial policies. However, in the US the term "industrial policies" is seen as taking the road to socialism, when it is in the nature of US-style capitalism to implement the market economy. The US wants to resort to industrial policies to rejuvenate its feeble manufact...

Pfizer prices Paxlovid off the healthcare list

Paxlovid, Pfizers anti-viral medication to treat the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), is displayed in this picture illustration taken Oct 7, 2022. (Photo: Agencies)The National Healthcare and Security Administration officially ended its negotiations for the 2022 national healthcare list on Sunday. Three anti-COVID-19 drugs that were discussed include Azvudine developed by a domestic company; Qingfei Paidu granules, a widely used traditional Chinese medicine; and Paxlovid, developed by Pfizer.While the first two drugs made it to the list, Paxlovid failed to do so because of its high price, prompting some to blame the administration for being too stingy in its spending.However, it is right for the NHSA to be tightfisted with the budget.A pack of Paxlovid costs between 1,980 yuan ($291.93) to 2,300 yuan. Considering the fact that the average disposable income per capita in China in 2021 was 35,128 yuan, the price is almost more than half an individuals monthly income, which is rather expensive.Including it in the basic medical security drug list will be a good way to make it affordable. However, unlike commercial insurance, the basic medical security fund is to cover peoples basic medical needs. If Paxlovid is added to the list, it will ultimately be paid for from money contributed by the people, and drain public funds.The NHSA is obliged to ensure the money people pay is spent in a way that best serves their purpose.A win-win result would have been for Pfizer to lower Paxlovids price to make it acceptable for the NHSA. In order to cope with the pandemic, the NHSA has, however, said that it will continue to pay for Paxlovid till March 31 to meet peoples needs. That shows the country is doing all it can to protect peoples health.

Observer: Fallacies of Western media won't reduce international community's confidence in Chinese economy

The Baihetan hydropower station, the worlds second-largest in terms of total installed capacity, was recently put into full operation, which marked the completion of the worlds largest clean energy corridor on Chinas Yangtze River.During the three-day New Year holiday, hustle-and-bustle returned to Chinas consumption market, and multiple provinces sent business delegations overseas to seek new opportunities.These all indicate enhanced confidence of enterprises in the Chinese market and accelerated steps of work resumption in China, which comes from the optimization of countrys COVID-19 response measures.The international community is now more optimistic about Chinas economic prospects, believing that Chinas optimized COVID-19 response will inject more impetus into the countrys economic recovery and growth.Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase & Co. all lifted their forecast on Chinas economic growth in 2023.According to a survey by the Bank of America, three quarters of its portfolio managers hold that China will see higher growth after it optimized its COVID-19 response.WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said Chinas optimization of COVID-19 response "will help remove one set of uncertainties" in a world reeling from the impacts of the pandemic.Secretary-General of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Mathias Cormann noted that the optimization will inject more impetus into the recovery of China and the world.However, some western media outlets have shut their eyes to the positive changes of the Chinese economy and the authoritative judgement by international economic organizations and commercial institutions, groundlessly talking down the Chinese economy.When China was following a dynamic zero-COVID approach, these media outlets fanned up the negative impacts from Chinas COVID-19 response on the world economy. However, after China optimized its response...

China reopens tourism to boost the economy and cultural exchanges

Fireworks light up the sky over Big Ben during the New Year celebration in central London, United Kingdom, January 1, 2023. (Photos: CFP)As the world becomes more connected and globalized, the role of tourism in improving relations between countries is much more important. With the rise of the internet and social media, it has never been easier for people from different countries to learn about one anothers cultures and ways of life.Tourism puts a human face on that, which allows people from different countries to come together and learn from each other. It allows for first-hand experiences and personal connections to be made that can break down barriers and improve relations between nations. Nonetheless, the European Union has urged its member countries to require a negative COVID-19 test for Chinese tourists and China had previously required quarantine for international arrivals. The overall levels of mistrust and stereotyping have increased. When tourists from one country visit another, they can see how people there live and work, and to learn about their customs and traditions. This helps to break down stereotypes and prejudices, and would lead to a greater appreciation of other cultures.As we learn to live with the COVID-19 pandemic, the tourism industry has been hit hard. Borders were closed, and travel restrictions were put in place. Although that was done to save lives, it could not continue on indefinitely. In China, the opening up is taking place this week when it comes to tourism and international travel. In Western countries, travel was permitted before – but until the last few months, many people were reluctant to travel.What weve seen in the West is a hesitant re-opening followed by a surge in tourist visits. People, who had put off a vacation in 2020, and again in 2021, were desperate in 2022 to re-book their trips. Suddenly, everyone wants to travel – and not even the economic slowdown in the West has stopped that. We have, in effect, three...

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Overcoming demographic challenges

MA XUEJING/CHINA DAILY Editor's note: The Chinese path to modernization is in line with its national conditions and is the modernization of a huge population. And China's achievements have inspired many developing countries to seek their own path to development and prosperity. Three experts share

Responsible initiatives in contrast to West's exploitations

The Great Hall of the People in Beijing. [Photo/IC] The 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China held in October demonstrated the viability, legitimacy and sustainability of socialism with Chinese characteristics and the socialist market economy, which the Party has established to p

House speaker fiasco exposes the rot in US political system

US House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) hugs his Floor Director John Leganski as he celebrates being elected the next Speaker of the US House of Representatives while Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik (R-NY) applauds in a late night 15th round of voting on the fourth session of the

Observer: It's irresponsible for history to ignore China's contributions to COVID-19 fight

Chinas National Health Commission and National Bureau of Disease Control and Prevention recently held a virtual meeting themed around technical exchange for COVID-19 prevention and control with the World Health Organization (WHO).The two sides communicated on the current state of the epidemic, medical treatment, acute care and continued vaccination. The two sides agreed to maintain technical exchanges to facilitate early end of the pandemic.China has convened multiple meeting with the WHO on technical exchanges less than a month after it optimized its COVID-19 response measures, which mirrors the countrys sense of responsibility in coping with global public health crisis.China follows a science-based approach in preventing and controlling COVID-19 and has been constantly fine-tuning its response measures in light of the evolving situation.Facing the wide spread of the original strain and the Delta variant, which had high virulence, China took strict measures and earned valuable opportunities for the international community to fight the disease. It has made important contributions to the global COVID-19 fight.Given the significantly weakened pathogenicity and virulence of the Omicron variant, as well as Chinas expanded capacity in treatment, testing and vaccination, the country downgraded its management of COVID-19 from Class A to Class B.This is expected to make COVID-19 response more scientific, targeted and effective, better ensure normal work and life and meet peoples demand for medical services, and reduce the impacts from the disease on economic and social development to the fullest extent.It is generally believed by international personages that Chinas COVID-19 response is based on its understanding of the laws of how the virus evolves and spreads, and mirrors the countrys commitment to seeking truths through scientific approaches.China places people and their lives in the first place and works to ensure their safety and health to...

McCarthy's embarrassing victory in speaker election not the end of mess in Washington: analysts

Kevin McCarthy (Photo: VCG)The US House of Representatives has finally elected Republican Congressman Kevin McCarthy as the new speaker early Saturday morning after a historic and embarrassing deadlock and 15 rounds of voting that kept the lower chamber from being fully functional for days after the new Congress convened.Chinese analysts said this proves that the power struggle in Washington is not only between the Democrats and the Republicans, but also among the politicians from the same party, and those American politicians with extreme political stance are becoming increasingly willing to hijack the interests of the whole party and are able to force the majority or the pro-establishment elites to compromise on almost any issue.This will create more uncertainty in Washington into the future, because there is no strong and reliable political leader, neither US President Joe Biden nor former president Donald Trump or new Speaker McCarthy are able to completely unite their own party or to speak with one voice. In the future, the US internal governance will still be a mess and fail to effectively solve economic and social problems, and its foreign policy may swerve into more chaotic and dangerous areas, experts claimed.According to CNBC, in a tense showdown on the House floor in the middle of the 14th failed vote at around 11 pm local time Friday, McCarthy personally confronted Republican Representatives Matt Gaetz of Florida and Lauren Boebert of Colorado.Despite making numerous concessions to win support from the pair and other far right Republicans over the course of the week, they still refused to pledge outright support to McCarthy. They, instead, joined four other Republicans in the 15th and final vote by voting "present," which helped him clinch the gavel by reducing the number of votes he needed to get to a majority. He won with 216 out of 428 possible votes, according to the report.Some observers had contended that far-right politicians supported b...

From prevention to treatment, COVID diagnosis and treatment protocol pursues 'optimal solution'

Long lines are seen back at a train station in Jinan, East Chinas Shandong Province, on December 7, 2022, as China further optimized COVID response and relaxed controls. (Photo: IC)Chinas National Health Commission (NHC) and National Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine published the 10th edition of the diagnosis and treatment protocol for COVID-19 on Friday. This is the NHCs first national guiding protocol after China announced to downgrade management of COVID from Class A to Class B from January 8. The 10th edition fully embodies the principle of Class B management for Class B infectious diseases. It lays an important foundation for further scientific and standardized COVID diagnosis and treatment, ensuring the smooth and orderly transition of epidemic prevention and control into a new period after going through its peak.It has been nearly a year since the 9th edition of the diagnosis and treatment protocol for COVID-19 was released. The focus of Chinas epidemic prevention and control has changed from preventing infection to protecting health and preventing severe cases. Prior to this, many hospitals in Shanghai, Beijing, Southwest Chinas Sichuan Province and other places had successively released their own diagnosis and treatment plans to further optimize the clinical process. At the same time, many medical professionals expressed their hope for a nationwide version of the diagnosis and treatment protocol. It should be said that the 10th edition released by the NHC has brought together the strengths of different versions, helping to promote good experiences and practices to the whole country. It has important guiding significance for small cities and remote rural areas.Compared with the previous nine editions, the biggest change in the 10th edition is the shift from prevention to treatment. It has several outstanding features. First, it emphasizes efficiency. For example, according to the new edition, hospitals will no longer ta...

With McCarthy's win, US democracy has already failed

Incoming House Speaker Kevin McCarthy of Calif., holds the gavel on the House floor at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, early Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023. (Photo: AP)BEIJING, Jan. 7 (Xinhua) -- The drama over the U.S. House speakership, which ended in the wee hours of Saturday with Kevin McCarthys winning after 15 rounds of voting, is clear testimony of the failing U.S. democracy.The drama features an unprecedentedly divided and paralyzed Washington, and one of its effects is making it clear to all how undemocratic the American democracy actually is.What started as a political novelty, with the first time in 100 years having a nominee not win the gavel on the first vote, has devolved into bitter partisan battles and endless in-fighting, where there is no shortage of backroom deal-making and shrewd political calculation. It appears to be an astonishing lack of concern and attention to the countrys and peoples best interests.The once-in-a-century political stalemate has made people see the true extent of the failure of the U.S. political system, as well as the fact that the U.S. government is not, or has never been, a government "by the people.""Speaker Kevin McCarthys dream job could turn into a nightmare for the American people," Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement following McCarthys win. "To get the votes, he surrendered to demands of a fringe element of the Republican party."Schumer warned that the concessions McCarthy made to become House speaker "will cause a government shutdown or a default with devastating consequences to our country."Americans, who have already been choked by political polarization and partisan feud, are quite downbeat about how Washington politicians would handle their job after such a rough start in a divided Congress.Public trust in the U.S. Congress has reached an all-time low, with only 7 percent of Americans expressing "a great deal" or "quit...

China-Philippines relations expected to reach new heights

Photo: CFPChina-Philippines relationship has entered a new stage. On January 4, 2023, Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Philippine President Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos Jr. in Beijing during Marcos three-day state visit to China. This is the first foreign head of state hosted by China in 2023. And this state visit is also President Marcos first trip to China and his first official visit to a non-ASEAN country.At the meeting, President Xi alluded to the thousand-years-long engagement between the two countries, and said that despite the differences in national condition and political system, the two countries share similar goals in its developmental path. The two countries have set agriculture, infrastructure, energy and people-to-people engagement as the fundamental pillars of China-Philippines cooperation. And that China is willing to help and work with the Philippines to advance the development in these areas.The recent years have laid a solid foundation for China and the Philippines. Over the past six years, China-Philippine trade doubled its volume, surpassing $82 billion in 2021. China remained the Philippines largest trading partner for six consecutive years. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, China was the Philippines second largest source of tourism income, an industry that contributed 12.7 percent to the Philippine economy in 2018. A total of 1.74 million Chinese tourists visited the Philippines in 2019, an increase of 38.58 percent from 2018."We have to show and demonstrate to the rest of the world how important the relationship is between the Philippines and China," President Marcos said during the meeting.The most important demonstration from the meeting is how the two countries, despite having sensitive problems and conflicting interests on certain issues, could still work together and insulate the overall development of the relationship from these differences. China and the Philippines do have contentious arguments over the S...

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