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...

Observer: Foreign investors confident in China's economic resilience, potential

The Chinese government recently issued a series of policies to better attract and utilize foreign capital, which further boosted the confidence of foreign enterprises in their future development in China.According to these policies, China will advance high-level opening up, expand market access, ensure national treatment for all foreign-invested enterprises, continue to advance its accession into the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and the Digital Economy Partnership Agreement (DEPA), and provide convenient conditions for foreign enterprises and individuals that visit China for investment and trade negotiations.Enterprises will "vote with their feet" if the business environment of a country is poor, said Matthew Ye from Michelin, a multinational tire manufacturing company."Over the past more than three decades, Michelin has witnessed Chinas reform and opening up and the constant optimization of the business environment in the country," Ye told the Peoples Daily, adding that foreign enterprises are gaining more and more confidence in the Chinese market as China works to ensure national treatment for all foreign-invested enterprises, and joins hands with relevant parties to build an open market and promote trade and investment facilitation.Ruan Linjuan, vice president of Ikea China, told the Peoples Daily that the enactment and implementation of the Foreign Investment Law in China has made the business environment more stable, equal, transparent and predictable, and enhanced Ikeas confidence in investing in China."In the past years, we saw the efforts of the Chinese government at all levels to help foreign enterprises integrate into the new development paradigm of China, which was very beneficial to our business development in the country," she noted.Gong Anming, executive vice president of Elekta, a leader in precision radiation therapy, said Chinas Foreign Investment...

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

Observer: Chinese market enjoys advantages in its size, vitality for innovation

The year 2022 was the International Year of Glass, and Albert Chen, managing director of Schott in China, one of the leading specialty glass companies in the world from Germany, shared with the Peoples Daily a story about glass.Over the past 30 years, the German manufacturer has been consistently committed to improving its manufacturing and processing technologies for ultra-thin glass. However, Schott lacked an opportunity to massively launch its products in the market, until it learned from negotiations with its Chinese partners that many Chinese tech firms were seeking solutions for producing curved screens."The success of our technologies and products came from not only the demand of Chinese tech firms for new technologies but also the strong industrial chain of the Chinese electronics industry and its vital consumption market," Chen said.He noted that the potential of the Chinese market is obvious to all, and expanding investment in China is an important strategy adopted by many multinational companies, including Schott.Schott started its business in China in 2002. So far, its total sales volume in the country has hit 2.55 billion yuan ($381 million).Chen told the Peoples Daily that Schott has enjoyed prosperous development in China over the past two decades, and with the general expectation of the Chinese economy picking up in 2023, it is believed that the investment environment for foreign companies in the country will keep being optimized.Glass products developed by Schott are displayed at the third China International Import Expo. (Photo provided by Schott)Over the recent years, Schott has continuously expanded its investment in China, introducing high-end production lines and establishing an Asia-Pacific research and development center.Many new products were delivered in China by the German manufacturer, including mobile phone screens made of curved ultra-thin glass, a transistor outline header for 5G fronthaul, and an encapsulation desi...

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...

Observer: China circle of friends expanding for Belt and Road Initiative

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping.At the beginning of 2023 China signed a Memorandum of Understanding on BRI construction with Turkmenistan and signed an updated BRI memorandum with the Philippines.This fully demonstrated that the initiative meets the needs of world development, conforms to the expectations of the international community and always enjoys strong resilience and vitality.Visitors eye Belt and Road Initiative products from participating countries at the 19th China-ASEAN Expo held in Nanning, South Chinas Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on September 16. (Photo by Yu Xiangquan/Peoples Daily Online)Belt and Road cooperation embraces the historical trend of economic globalization, responds to the call for improving the global governance system and meets peoples longing for a better life, which is the fundamental reason why it always has strong resilience and vitality.So far China has signed more than 200 BRI cooperation agreements with 151 countries and 32 international organizations.In its latest Global Economic Prospects report released on January 10, the World Bank slashed its 2023 global economic growth forecast to 1.7 percent, 1.3 percentage points lower than projected in June.As economic globalization is encountering headwinds and global economic recovery is in the doldrums, BRI construction is playing a more important role in boosting the economic growth of relevant countries and regions and promoting the common development of all countries.Containers are loaded into a China-Europe freight train at a platform of the Yiwu-Xinjiang-Europe cargo line in Jinhua city, East Chinas Zhejiang Province on January. 6. (Photo by Hu Xiaofei/Peoples Daily Online)A research report released by the World Bank in 2019 showed that BRI transportation infrastructure projects, if fully implemented, would generate $1.6 trillion in benefits annually in global revenue...

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...

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