Tap opportunities of population trends


Freight railway workers' strike would be costly


People-first should be guide for any adjustment of COVID policy


Listen to people's voice on Sino-Japanese ties

Photo/IC A public opinion survey on China-Japan relations, conducted by the China International Communications Group and Japanese think tank Genron NPO, and released on Wednesday, shows there is a broad consensus among Chinese respondents on the importance of China-Japan relations. According to th

European energy resilience needed to counter hegemony

JIN DING/CHINA DAILY Europe is facing a severe energy shortage this winter because of the months-long military conflict between Ukraine and Russia. The European Commission has tried to introduce a gas price cap to ease the energy pressure but is still faced with the long-term challenge of energy

Multipolar world needs China and EU


Cannot lower the guard against AIDS

Photo/IC Thursday marks the 35th World AIDS Day. It's been 41 years since the deadliest epidemic known to mankind was detected. According to World Health Organization data, in 2021 the human immunodeficiency virus infected 1.5 million people and 650,000 people died after contracting AIDS globally;

For a world thriving with life

SONG CHEN/CHINA DAILY This year marks the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on Biological Diversity. The second part of the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the CBD will be held in Montreal, Canada, in December. COP 15, under the theme of"Ecological Civilization:

China-EU climate cooperation good for global governance

Flags of China and the European Union are seen in this photo. [Photo/VCG] At the invitation of President Xi Jinping, European Council President Charles Michel visited China on Dec 1. This is the resumption of face-to-face exchanges between Chinese and European Union leaders after a two-year hiatu

When democracy becomes who-is-worse game

BEIJING, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- Seventy-five years ago, Winston Churchill touted Western democracy as the "less worse" among all forms of government. Today, a race-to-the-bottom ambiance is becoming more explicit on mainstream media in the United States and Britain.(File photo: Xinhua) A few weeks ago, The New York Times published an op-ed titled "The ruination of Britain." The Financial Times later responded, mercilessly, with a catching sentence -- "the next presidential election could be the last democratic election in US history."It seems both countries find relief in bashing the other as a diversion from their own grievance: given all the institutions and procedures both countries have been proud of, democracy has failed to deliver. Instead, the United States and Britain are undergoing an unbridled competition where winners are the underperformers.In the United States, people have had to choose between the devil and the deep blue sea. Donald Trump was once considered an "interruption" to the democratic process and, when he is gone, all the damage to the political system -- erosion of federal institutions, distrust in the electoral system, radicalization and political violence -- was expected to go with him. However, democracy remains in deterioration even after Trump left the White House. From the Jan. 6 committee to the reversal of Roe v. Wade to the Mar-a-Lago search, a number of federal institutions, including the US Congress, the Supreme Court and the FBI, have all been caught in partisan rivalry. The midterm campaigns have been another who-is-worse game, where few serious policy debates happened, be it the economy, immigration or crimes and guns. During the first seven months of this year, the share of Americans thinking civil war likely within a decade increased from 34 percent to more than 40 percent.In Britain, the disastrous ending of Liz Trusss 45-day tenure and change of leadership did not automatically bring ...

GDI, a beacon in the dark for humanity


CPC leadership essential for Chinese modernization

As President Xi Jinping said in his report to the 20th National Congress of the CPC, Chinese modernization is modernization of a huge population, of common prosperity for all, of material and cultural-ethical advancement, of harmony between humanity and nature, and of peaceful development.

DPP defeat shows desire for peace

The Taipei 101 skyscraper in Taipei, Southeast China's Taiwan. [Photo/Xinhua] The ruling Democratic Progressive Party suffered a heavy defeat in Taiwan's local elections on Saturday. Of the 21 county and city chief positions contested, the opposition Kuomintang won 13, the DPP won five, the Taiwa

Underlying defect of US' all-fronts competition

Chinese and US flags flutter outside the building of an American company in Beijing, Jan 21, 2021. (Photo: Agencies)"We are pushing on all fronts, all at once," United States Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said of her countrys ongoing efforts to outcompete China in a speech at MIT on Wednesday. "And we need to do it all together."While the Joe Biden administration is making "whole-of-government" endeavors for that purpose, Raimondo called for closer, broader engagement, with the private sector and US allies and partners, because "competing effectively with China isnt going to be easy". Neither is decoupling. So the US is not seeking to decouple its economy from that of Chinas in any way, Raimondo said.Instead, as has been reiterated repeatedly by others, from President Joe Biden to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the US administration seeks to collaborate with China on such key global concerns as climate change and public health.Although there hardly is anything new in the US Commerce Secretarys remarks — which were typical of the present US administration regarding China — she did display precious awareness of the self-defeating nature of the "decoupling" rhetoric. Keeping that in perspective will prove of great significance to the repositioning of the US China policies.A core problem hindering any improvement in China-US economic and trade ties has been the one-sided, thus unfair, emphasis on the "losses" the US side has suffered — mostly job losses and its trade deficit — and total disregard of the far greater corresponding benefits.The US commerce chief made an important point in observing that bilateral trade, which stands at $750 billion today, "provides revenues for American companies, jobs for American workers, and connectivity with the Chinese people".In her own words, "China is now our third-largest export market, and those exports directly support 750,...

China-Laos Railway transforming lives and livelihoods

The Lane Xang EMU train arrives at the northern Laos border town of Boten, after passing by the China-Laos borderline, October 15, 2021. (Photo: Xinhua)Editors note: Lee Pei May is an assistant professor at the Department of Political Science, International Islamic University Malaysia. Being geographically disadvantaged due to its landlocked position, Laos is one of the least developed economies in the region. In 2019, before the pandemic outbreak, its GDP per capita was approximately $2614, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic caused its GDP per capita to drop slightly to $2551 in 2021. To put things into perspective, Laos, a landlocked country, has a GDP per capita 4 times lower than Malaysia, a coastal country.As such, the Laotian government sees the only way to pursue development is to transform itself into a land-linked country. Despite that, for more than two decades, there was little progress. Laos continued to lack the connectivity and accessibility that can spur growth. The unrealized land-linked strategy promoted by the Laotian government took a better turn when China proposed the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and encouraged countries to be its BRI partners.The Lao government jumped in at the opportunities and managed to secure loans from China for the China-Laos Railway project under BRI. The megaproject is a testament that China is determined and sincere in offering help to the Global South in its pursuit of development. Thanks to the loan from the Export–Import Bank of China, it was possible for Laos to have the railway because of the enormous capital needed to complete the project.The willingness of China to finance infrastructure development in developing countries comes from its own developmental experience. Chinese leaders always prioritize infrastructure development and see infrastructure building as the precondition for development. Based on its own successful experience, China wishes to help other countries grow by giving loans and ...

NATO should stop fueling Ukraine conflict: China Daily editorial

Ukraines Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba looks on as he meets with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (not seen) at the NATO foreign ministers meeting in Bucharest, Romania, Nov 30, 2022. [Photo/Agencies]For anyone wishing for an early end of the nearly 10-month Russia-Ukraine conflict, the message from the two-day NATO foreign ministers meeting that ended in Bucharest, Romania, on Wednesday was not very encouraging.This is because the worlds largest security alliance, rather than exploring the possibilities to realize a negotiated settlement of the crisis by trying to create conditions for peace talks at an early date, seems to be intent on prolonging the hostilities despite the sufferings in Ukraine and the fact the conflict-induced global food and energy crises are pushing more people around the world into extreme poverty and hunger.NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Tuesday pledged to drum up support for Ukraine aimed at ensuring the defeat of Russia, "because we know that the only way to achieve an outcome of this war which ensures that Ukraine prevails as a sovereign independent nation is to strengthen its position on the battlefield". He also said Moscow cannot stop the alliances expansion to include Ukraine.Given that NATOs continuous eastward expansion has been at least partly responsible for the ongoing conflict, Stoltenbergs remarks only serve to make a settlement at the negotiation table even more difficult.Moreover, NATOs confirmation at the meeting that deliveries of more sophisticated missile systems such as Patriot missiles are being considered risks escalating the war into a direct military conflict between NATO and Russia. Dmitry Medvedev, deputy chairman of the Russian Security Council, said on Tuesday on his Telegram channel: "If, as Stoltenberg hinted, NATO supplies … Patriot complexes along with NATO personnel, they will immediately become a legitimate target of our armed forces....

Biden, Macron talking from different scripts: China Daily editorial

US President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron attend the G7 leaders summit at the Bavarian resort of Schloss Elmau castle, near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, June 27, 2022. [Photo/Agencies]At a news conference on Monday, while taking a question on why French President Emmanuel Macron was undertaking his first state visit to the United States since 2018 at this moment, which is also the first state visit of Joe Bidens presidency, US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said it was intended to underscore Bidens goal of bolstering relations with allied countries to shape foreign policy.The strength and power of the US alliances is the "long pole in the tent" for President Bidens approach to foreign policy, Kirby said, adding that France is the countrys oldest ally. He stressed that France is really "at the center" of things. That, however, begs the question why the visit is happening almost two years after Biden entered the White House.Although the historical ties between the two countries still give relations a certain warmth, it has not been plain sailing for this transatlantic alliance even after Biden replaced the previous "America first" occupant of the White House, and there are quite a few icebergs that the two sides need to steer their way around.Macrons hopes for outcomes from the visit are different from those of his host, which merely wants to pull France closer to the US side in its geopolitical games. Addressing the negative impacts of the US Inflation Reduction Act, which entitles the US administration to provide large subsidies to companies operating in the US and North America, will be one of the priorities on the French leaders agenda.Martin Quencez, deputy director of the Paris office of think tank GMF, told the media that Macron will tell Biden theres a contradiction between an administration that constantly talks of alliances and at the same time ...

Independence in EU's China policy essential to deepen mutual trust: China Daily editorial

Flags of China and the European Union are seen in this photo. (Photo: VCG)Despite their differences, the pendulum of Sino-EU relations has never swung out of the rational range of serving their common interests. As such, the US administrations attempts to hijack their relations has gained little traction with the bloc as a whole.Particularly, since the European Union has been paying a heavy price for the Ukraine crisis that the United States has instigated. The EU is now well aware, if it wasnt before, that the US is only using it for its own ends.Having tasted the true flavor of the America-is-back wine brewed by the Joe Biden administration, the European Council, the blocs legislature, held a strategic discussion on the EUs China policy in October, emphasizing that the bloc should have an independent China policy rather than doing the US bidding. That is a drastic adjustment from the pre-Ukraine crisis state when warnings of a "China threat" were prevalent.Rather than effectively driving a wedge between China and the EU as the Biden administration wanted to do, it appears merely to have pushed the EU further away from the US. Especially after the German and French leaders had respective face-to-face meetings with President Xi Jinping last month that generated fresh momentum to translate the EUs newly agreed "independence" in its China policy into practical actions.That being said, European Council President Charles Michels visit to Beijing on Monday, during which the EU chief lawmaker will be meeting with President Xi, offers another opportunity to inject renewed vigor into relations by deepening mutual understanding and trust.The EU and China have a solid foundation on which to do that, as both uphold multilateralism in the face of unilateralism and have common ambitions in their respective efforts to address climate change. They have also fostered close economic and trade cooperation over the years.Over th...

Will air conditioning for the Qatar World Cup cause pollution?

The 22nd FIFA World Cup is now in full swing. Qatar has built seven large new soccer stadiums in preparation for the World Cup, which has been described as one of the most extravagant.(Photo: CFP)Located on the southwestern coast of the Persian Gulf, the Qatar Peninsula has a tropical desert climate with long, hot summers and cool, dry winters. But even in winter, the maximum daily temperature exceeds 30 degrees Celsius. To allow everyone to be in a comfortable environment, the World Cup organizers also installed the first-ever air conditioning for the stadium.With such a large population base, small land area and high intensity of energy consumption, will there be any impact on Qatars air pollution problem?First of all, from the construction of the stadium, the stadium is shaped like a cold air bubble, with the top opening in a slightly closed form. This not only reduces the solar radiation it receives, but also retains the cold air inside the stadium. Some stadiums are also equipped with retractable roofs, which can adjust the amount of light intake according to the weather, and can also close the roof in case of bad weather. The tops of the venues are mostly made of light-colored materials to maximize the reflection of solar radiation and avoid absorbing too much heat, Dr. Saud Abdulaziz Abdul Ghani, Professor, Faculty of Engineering, Tar University, said.Ghani said there is not much to worry about because each cooling system only works on specific areas at specific times. Cooling technology is 40 percent more sustainable than before, and the stadium only needs to be cooled two hours before the event, greatly reducing the energy consumption of the arena. In addition, the energy used in the Qatar World Cup, from a solar panel farm outside Doha, is also clean and environmentally friendly green energy.Wang Fei, a staff member in China Haier air conditioning R&D Department said Qatars stadium air conditioners are converted from solar energy to electrici...

China safeguards climate justice, boosts global confidence in climate governance at COP27

The 27th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP27) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) recently concluded in the Egyptian coastal city of Sharm El-Sheikh.

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