Relaxation requires responsible behavior


Ottawa inviting new wounds before old ones heal: China Daily editorial

The Asia-Pacific region has remained one of the most peaceful and stable regions in the world for decades thanks to the joint efforts of regional players. That is why the region has been able to serve as a global growth engine for so long. The Canadian flag is seen in this picture. (Photo: IC)Someone should explain the correlation between the two to Ottawa.After Canada published its China-targeted "Indo-Pacific" strategy late last month, the provocative statements regarding China by Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joly in a series of interviews on the sidelines of the NATO foreign ministers meeting in Bucharest this week show the Canadian government is in urgent need of a reality check and some history lessons.While countries in Asia have made it crystal-clear that they are not willing to make a choice between China and the United States, Ottawa is keen to throw its gloves into the ring in support of Washington.Describing Beijing as an "increasingly disruptive" power, Joly vowed that Canada will send more frigates to the Taiwan Straits, "along with the Americans", to "enforce the international rules-based order" there.The "new military assets" Canada is committing in the "Indo-Pacific" to help ensure peace and stability include 400 million Canadian dollars (US$298 million) in military support and two more warships, increasing the number of frigates deployed in the region from one ship to three. Given the size of the region, that is comparable to throwing three needles into a lake.In the same interviews, Joly also made no secret of Ottawas commitment to almost all the mechanisms Washington is using for the purpose of containing China, ranging from the Five-Eye intelligence alliance to the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue and economic decoupling.Instead of providing reassurance to countries in the region, Jolys remarks have only served to put them on the alert to the troublemaking nature of O...

US fans the flames of turmoil and disaster wherever it goes

​No need to beat around the bush. One thing should be clear right from the start — It is the United States that is the world's No 1 warmonger.

West barking up wrong tree in New Delhi

India's close relationship with Russia, especially in terms of energy cooperation, was reportedly top of German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock's agenda during her two-day visit to New Delhi that started on Monday.

Testing times for the test companies

A resident takes a COVID-19 nucleic acid test at a testing point in Beijing, May 26, 2022. [Photo/VCG] Editor's note: Nucleic acid testing companies have been widely criticized recently for profiteering and faking test results in China. Does the supervision of these companies need to be strengthe

Reorient funding to boost agricultural sustainability

JIN DING/CHINA DAILY China has made remarkable progress in agriculture over the past few decades. It produces 95 percent of its own staple crops, particularly rice and wheat. Over the past 40 years, inflation-adjusted agricultural GDP increased by an annual average of 4.5 percent, well ahead of t

Watchdogs protecting farmland must bite


Antagonistic China policies benefit none

Prior to and during both French President Emmanuel Macron's state visit to the United States and the third US-EU Trade and Technology Council Ministerial Meeting, there have been plenty of signs of European discontent with the US' disregard of its allies' interests.

Relaxing of prevention and control measures in line with current situation

The relaxing of China's pandemic prevention and control policy is in line with the weakening of the virus' lethality, the high vaccination rate in the nation and people's psychological readiness.

Nation contributes to biodiversity via COP 15

China has a clear vision for protecting its own rich biodiversity, much of it endemic, which is encapsulated in the goal of realizing an ecological civilization that has been written into the country's Constitution.

Swedish scholar: How China is outpacing the US in Africa

This photo taken on Oct 31, 2022 shows a view of the Lekki Deep Sea Port in Lagos, Nigeria. (Photo: Xinhua)An opinion piece titled “How China is outpacing the US in Africa” published by Gulf News on November 29 shows that as a giant economy and global superpower, China has a solid footprint all over Africa.The author, Ashok Swain, is a professor of peace and conflict research at Uppsala University, Sweden. He says that China has not only become a key trading power in Africa, but it has also become a contractor, a financier, a service provider, a donor, and an investor.According to the author, China is already the fourth-largest investor in Africa after the Netherlands, the UK, and France, and it has moved ahead of the US since 2014.Swain said that Africa’s trade with China is also growing at an equally phenomenal speed. “In the 1980s, trade between China and Africa only totaled $12 million per year, but by 2021, it reached $254 billion. Compared to it, the US-Africa trade was only $64.3 billion last year.”The author believes that investment from China supports the long-term potential for the development of African economies and Beijing’s official development assistance is explicitly non-prescriptive and has no strings attached.“China’s increasing presence in Africa has also made other emerging economies take an active interest in the African continent. Its engagement across the continent is helping to create local jobs,” the author said.Swain said that Chinese investments have provided African countries with modern know-how and technology. Chinese investments in African infrastructure have enhanced the overall productive capacity of African economies.When talking about the US’ presence in Africa, Swain wrote ”Instead of blaming China, the US should work toward getting more economically engaged in Africa.”Swain said that the gradual economic withdrawal by the US from Africa is harming America’s financial and strategic interests, and Africa has enough opportunities ...

Eyes on the future: China-Arab relations in the new era

The main venue of fifth China-Arab States Expo in Yinchuan, northwest Chinas Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, August 19, 2021. (Photo: Xinhua)Editors note: Hannan Hussain is a foreign affairs commentator and author. He is a Fulbright recipient at the University of Maryland, the U.S., and a former assistant researcher at Islamabad Policy Research Institute.The Chinese Foreign Ministry recently released a comprehensive report titled "China-Arab Cooperation in the New Era." It drew on a multitude of historic strengths that have made this relationship a model for South-South cooperation, with all the potential to power a China-Arab community with a shared future.Necessary pushback against a so-called "power vacuum" theory in the Middle East, and joint support against external interference, demonstrates time-honored common-ground that aligns with the views of many China-Arab observers. This is all welcome momentum ahead of the first ever China-Arab summit in Saudi Arabia, which could serve as a new mechanism to step-up trade, cultural and political engagements after decades of cohesion. All without any geopolitical self-interest at play.The "mutually-beneficial" nature of cooperation shows in Chinas determination to play a constructive role in the region, having prioritized Arab states strategic autonomy in the past. The report gives meaningful context to many of those contributions, treating economic and trade imperatives as the core of Chinas strategic focus in the region.More deeply, that sense of strategic autonomy has been observed and acknowledged by Arab partners on hot-spot issues. Strengthened communication, and responsible coordination with Arab countries, have allowed China to promote credible peace in the region, while exploring new growth points to deepen future win-win development.Recent progress stands demonstrated by a two-way direct investment volume that reached $27 billion last year (a 2.6 times incr...

Only complete reboot can save Chinese soccer

[Photo/IC] Even if Japan and the Republic of Korea are knocked out when they play Croatia and Brazil respectively for a position in the final eight of the 2022 Qatar World Cup on Monday, their dazzling performances in the group games-Japan defeated Germany and Spain, and the ROK beat Portugal wit

Private sector plays key role in foreign trade

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and decreasing external demand, China's foreign trade has registered steady growth, with trade in goods surging 9.5 percent year-on-year to 34.62 trillion yuan ($4.79 trillion) in the first 10 months of this year.

When democracy becomes who-is-worse game

For Americans, they are discouraged from expecting any major progress in their priority concerns in the next two years, as the Democrats have to struggle with a Republican-dominated House.

Yin Kaipu: Why did a plant hunter call China 'the Mother of World Gardens'?

Yin Kaipu, researcher, Chengdu Institute of Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. (Photos provided by Zhang Lang to chinadaily.com.cn)Lilies are popular in European and American courtyards, but almost all the mother plants of European and American lilies originated from Lilium regale in China. The rose, which in the West symbolizes love, is actually a hybrid of the European rose and the Chinese rose. Kiwifruit, a New Zealand calling card , was born in China and is also known as the Chinese gooseberry.How have plant hunters, whose mission is to collect exotic flowers and rare herbs, changed the distribution of plants in the world for thousands of years? Why did Ernest Henry Wilson, a famous plant hunter, call China "the mother of world gardens"? China News Service interviewed Yin Kaipu, author of Tracing One Hundred Years of Changes: Illustrating the Environmental Changes in Western China and a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Sciences Chengdu Institute of Biology, for an in-depth interpretation. A group of people go on field trips.Excerpts from the interview:China News Service (CNS): How do the humble, mysterious and little-known plant hunters who collect exotic flowers and rare herbs change the distribution of plants in the world?Yin Kaipu: It is generally believed that plant hunters originated in Europe in the 17th century. Such a profession has been controversial since its appearance, with many negative comments, suggesting that practitioners steal rare plants from other countries and damage the environment. However, that is not what plant hunters mean to do.Plant resources are the common wealth of all mankind. Since their emergence, plant hunters have brought about the great migration of plants worldwide. The lily is popular in European and American courtyards, but almost all the mother plants of European and American lilies originate from Lilium regale in China. The rose, which symbolizes love in the West, is actually a hybrid of the Euro...

US speculating on aggression with its 'China threat' scares


No excuse for mistake over national anthem

Photo taken on July 14, 2020 shows the Golden Bauhinia Square in Hong Kong. Photo/Xinhua Instead of the Chinese national anthem, a song associated with the anti-government forces in Hong Kong in 2019 was wrongly played at the Asian Classic Powerlifting Championship in Dubai on Friday. The mistake

Security, development mutually reinforcing

LI MIN/CHINA DAILY In 2022, quite a few "black swan" events have occurred including the resignation of Boris Johnson and Liz Truss as British prime ministers, the assassination of former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, and the collapse of the Sri Lankan economy. Add to these the scorching hea

Two outlooks for 2030. Will it be heads or tails?

The skyline of Beijing. [Photo/VCG] China's economy has been going through a tumultuous time so far in 2022. GDP growth in the first three quarters was only 3 percent. After growing 2.5 percent in the first two quarters, growth rebounded to 3.9 percent in Q3. Many expect further acceleration in Q

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