TCM has proved its worth during epidemic

Pharmacists dispense medicines according to Qingfei Paidu Soup prescriptions at Anhui University of Chinese Medicine on Feb 21, 2020. Photo/Xinhua In the process of fighting against the epidemic in the past three years, traditional Chinese medicine has played a very important role. For example in

Bright prospects for Chinese economy: China Daily editorial

An employee works at a plant in Xiaoshan district of Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, on June 27. [Photo/Xinhua] The COVID-19 pandemic's blow to the Chinese economy has been severe, as evidenced in the worse-than-expected economic figures in November. Trade in goods increased by only 0.1 percent comp

Modernization of agriculture crucial task: China Daily editorial


Country requires all able hands on deck: China Daily editorial

A medical worker prepares inhalable COVID-19 vaccine doses at a community health service center in Tianxin District of Changsha, Central China's Hunan province, Dec 22, 2022. [Photo/Xinhua] The National Health Commission stopped disclosing the daily COVID-19 pandemic data on Sunday. That move mar

Better protect rural areas amid infections

A resident consults a medical worker at a fever clinic in Lianhu district of Xi'an, Northwest China's Shaanxi province, Dec 21, 2022. Fever clinics have been set up in cities including Xi'an and Changsha to provide timely treatment to patients with COVID-19 symptoms. [Photo/Xinhua] The sudden sur

World faces uncertainty in 2023, Pakistan's former envoy says

A local resident rides a bike near destroyed houses in the village of Arkhanhelske, Kherson region, Ukraine Nov 8, 2022. [Photo/Agencies]Given the key geopolitical trends and challenges, the world will experience a year of unpredictability and uncertainties in 2023 when global powers shift in an increasingly fragmented international system, and rising geopolitical tensions and global economic volatility are keeping the world in an unstable state, said Maleeha Lodhi, Pakistans former ambassador to the US, UK and UN, in an article published in Pakistani newspaper Dawn on Dec 12, 2022.Actually, unpredictability is seen as the "new normal"in most annual assessments of key global trends in the year ahead by international think tanks, investment firms and others.The Economists "The World Ahead 2023" report was quoted as describing the world today as being "much more unstable, convulsed by the vicissitudes of great-power rivalry, the aftershocks of the pandemic, economic upheaval, extreme weather, and rapid social and technological change".According to the article, the major geopolitical risk that will dominate the coming year is intensifying US-China competition and its ramifications for global geopolitics and economy. Despite China and the US leaders promising to de-escalate tensions in their first in-person meeting in November, the fundamental differences on the contentious issues that divide them remain.Besides, the course of the Ukraine war is another key area to observe in the coming year, it said. The annual Strategic Survey by the London-based International Institute of Strategic Studies said the Ukraine conflict has political and economic consequences that are reshaping the global landscape. The "war is redefining Western security, may change Russia profoundly, and is influencing perceptions and calculations globally".Apart from the political ramifications, the economic fallout unleashed by the conflict is massiv...

Bipartisan politics, democracy, confusion, and COVID-19

The U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. (Photo: CFP)Editors note: Keith Lamb is a University of Oxford graduate with a Master of Science in Contemporary Chinese Studies. His primary research interests are Chinas international relations and "socialism with Chinese characteristics." During the mid-terms, U.S. President Joe Biden declared that the pandemic is "over"; his evidence was that "no ones wearing masks, everybody seems to be in pretty good shape." Missing from the anecdotal "everyone" were the one million dead.The lack of masks reflected the dropping of stricter measures, such as lockdowns and social distancing, and an average of 400 daily deaths hardly signified a "good shape."In place of meaningful political differences, COVID-19 is one topic dividing Democrats and Republicans. Bidens comments, in service of his popularity ratings, were a self-affirmation that he had delivered on his earlier promise to control COVID-19.Biden positioned the Democratic Party as the sensible party vis-a-vis Trumps Republicans who traded in pseudo-science and whose supporters leaned towards conspiracy theories regarding COVID-19, vaccinations and lockdowns, which became global capitals plan to enforce their agenda.Bipartisan bickering led to a bipolar COVID-19 response, balanced between madness and sensible distrust, which reflected U.S. citizens COVID-19 perceptions.In this pressure cooker of infighting and confusion, many citizens would not tolerate strict measures for the greater social good as they doubted their validity. Many U.S. citizens demanded their freedom not due to lockdown fatigue or even because of the culture of U.S. individuality, but as defiance to the class interests of an invisible "cabal" where even the non-wearing of masks became a political statement against them.If the people demanding an end to COVID-19 restrictions were for the public good, figures don&#...

Ukraine crisis is a conflict of attrition

MA XUEJING/CHINA DAILYEditors note: As 2022 is marked by COVID-19, international conflict, economic woes, and an increasingly urgent climate emergency, many agree it has been a challenging year. How will the economy, environment, politics and security look like in 2023? Four experts share their views on the issue with China Daily.The 10-month old Russia-Ukraine conflict has been constantly changing and becoming increasingly complicated. The conflict is playing out on two battlefields: the bloody fighting in Ukraine, and the games being played by different parties, including the US-led West. This means the conflict also involves economic warfare, information warfare or public opinion warfare.To understand the geopolitical games, we need to focus on the behind-the-scene conflict and the instigator of the conflict, the United States.When this conflict will be over depends, to some extent, on Washington and its allies. Emerging and developing countries are closely watching the progress of the conflict, which is the largest geopolitical game being played out since the end of World War II. These countries are looking for a feasible path to boost their national strength and promote economic development, as well as help restore peace and stability.While the open and behind-the-scene conflicts are closely related, the outcome of the face-off between Moscow and Kyiv will largely determine the pattern of the behind-the-scene conflict.One possibility is that Russia will emerge victorious in the conflict, maintain its influence in Crimea and eastern Ukraine, and carve out a geographical buffer zone with Ukraine, creating the necessary security barrier with Europe. This means the partition of Ukraine and establishment of a "cold peace".But neither Ukraine, under the present political dispensation, nor the US-led West will stop targeting Russia in order to undermine its global influence. As such, Russia is more likely to seek development opportunities in Asian cou...

US, Japan hiking defense budgets to target China is dangerous: experts

The US and Japan both announced on Friday increases in their defense budgets for next year, naming Taiwan question among reasons for the spending hikes. This reflects that the two countries are preparing to interfere in the Taiwan question militarily, and it requires China to enhance combat readiness and be ready to defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity, experts said on Sunday.Multiple types of helicopters attached to an army aviation brigade under the PLA 80th Group Army lift off for a routine flight training exercise recently. (Photo: China Military) US President Joe Biden on Friday signed the National Defense Authorization Act into law, authorizing $817 billion spending for the Pentagon for fiscal year 2023, $45 billion more than Bidens budget request earlier this year, CNN reported on Friday.The massive defense spending bill involves fund support for Ukraine and the island of Taiwan, according to CNN.Also on Friday, Japan approved a record-high $51 billion draft defense budget for fiscal 2023, up 26.3 percent from the current fiscal year, rising for the 11th straight year, Kyodo News reported on the day.The move came after Japan pledged to acquire capabilities to strike other countries in a major policy shift under the countrys war-renouncing Constitution, as Japan is facing "severe security challenges from China, North Korea and Russia," Kyodo News said.Raising defense budgets is a method both the US and Japan chose in their schemes to contain China, and the Taiwan question, a pure internal affair of China, is being used by them as a card, Chinese analysts said.With defense spending hikes, it is obvious that the US and Japan are expanding their armed forces and preparing for war, Wei Dongxu, a Beijing-based military expert, told the Global Times on Sunday.Both the US and Japan are becoming more prepared to intervene in the Taiwan question, as they are planning to procure and deploy new weapons and equipment focusing on the Ta...

Japan's new security strategy disconcerting: China Daily editorial

Japan’s new security strategy disconcerting: China Daily editorial。

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GT investigates: US uses IPMDA to stir confrontation in South China Sea, while China seeks blue economy partnerships with ASEAN

Through maintaining provocative cliques, the US keeps creating rivalries in Indo Pacific which drives the global maritime order toward competition and conflict as "Indo-Pacific Partnership for Maritime Domain Awareness (IPMDA)" enters its eighth month since its inception in May among Quad members.A Chinese coast guard ship heads toward the North Pacific to carry out fishery law enforcement patrols on July 18, 2022. (Photo: Xinhua)Experts from China and ASEAN revealed that the nature of IPMDA is intelligence acquisition and surveillance using satellites, a move analysts warn could potentially lead to militarization of the region.Experts also warn that the US is constantly coming up with new tactics to promote its maritime hegemony, spreading the China threat theory, which is in sharp contrast to Chinas inclusive and equity-oriented blue economy partnerships in the region.The US State Department spokesman Ned Price issued a statement on Monday to reiterate "US support for the Philippines in the South China Sea" as their so-called reports found "the increasing number of Chinese boats...has disrupted the livelihoods of Filipino fishermen."Prices groundless accusations were soon refuted by Chinese Embassy in the Philippines which via a Tuesday statement called Prices statement "contains unfounded accusations against China that attempt to stir up troubles and drive a wedge between China and the Philippines."The spokesman of the Chinese embassy pointed out that the US continuous interference in the South China Sea, creating tensions and harming regional peace and stability, is not to help anyone but to serve its own geopolitical interests. China and Philippines share the Asian wisdom of settling differences through dialogue and consultations, and the South China Sea situation has maintained overall stability, said the spokesman.Media sources reported that US Navy reconnaissance ships have been frequently dete...

Desk or house, same policy-making flaws remain

Photo taken on Aug 10, 2021 shows the US Capitol building in Washington, DC, the United States. (Photo: Xinhua)The United States launched the Office of China Coordination at the State Department to replace the previous China Desk on Friday last week.That it took about seven months for the plan of setting up the cross-department "China House" to materialize after it was first proposed indicates the tremendous amount of work it took, if not the wide implications of Sino-US relations that stretch across security, the economy, technology and multilateral diplomacy and strategic exchanges.As some observers said, this represents a core move of the US administration to strengthen its global competition with China, and the Biden administrations making and implementation of China policies will become more coordinated.During that process, the China House is expected to make the adjustment of China policies in case of emergencies more prompt, and reduce the information asymmetry related to China issues among different departments of the US government by promoting effective sharing of China-related information in a timely manner.The founding of the new department also means that, compared with the efficiency and high executive power the Chinese side has demonstrated in dealing with the US, the Biden administration was unhappy with the rigid and sometimes discordant performances of the US government system. That makes many employees of the government crestfallen in dealing with China-related issues. So the Biden administration also hopes the new task force can instill confidence into the government staff and show that it has enough resources and the necessary capacity to properly manage "China-related challenges".However, it is the Biden administrations mind-boggling self-contradictory China policies that simultaneously emphasize confrontation, competition and cooperation that have made it impossible for the US to adopt a coherent approach to China....

A system for everyone to share dividends of digital economy

A visitor experiences a 5G remote controlled cockpit model that can control unmanned trucks at the 1st Global Digital Trade Expo in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, on Dec 12. (Photo: IC)The top authorities recently issued a guideline document, saying China will build a data infrastructure system that conforms to the development law of the digital economy and ensures national data security.Building a data infrastructure system will give full play to the role of data elements and facilitate the development of the digital economy. It will ensure all people share the dividends of the digital economy, and modernize the national governance system and governance capacity.Given that data can be copied infinitely at near-zero cost, it poses new challenges to the traditional systems of property rights, circulation, distribution, and governance. Therefore, a production relationship compatible with the development of digital productivity should be urgently built to constantly liberate and develop digital productivity. According to the guideline document, China will strengthen the top-level design of data circulation transactions in circulation rules, trading markets, and service ecology, establish data circulation access standard rules, and explore the construction of a data quality standardization system.At the same time, it will establish a data property rights system framework with the "separation" of data resource holding right, data processing and use right, and data product management right.The scale of Chinas digital economy has ranked second in the world for many consecutive years. It is expected that by 2025, the total data generated in China will account for about 27.8 percent of the global total.China will build a data property rights system that ensures the use of data in compliance with rules, an efficient data element circulation and trading system, a data element income distribution system that reflects efficiency and promotes fairness, and a data ele...

NEVs are mobile data collectors

Xpeng showcases its electric models in a shopping mall in Beijing earlier this year. (Photo: China Daily)Automobile brand NIO issued an apology on Tuesday, saying part of its customer and sales information before August 2021 had been stolen, and that it received an email on Dec 11, in which the sender threatened to make the data public unless they coughed up $2.25 million in bitcoins.The letter didnt mention how much information was leaked or how, but one can make an estimate from the fact that between January and July 2021, NIO had sold 49,887 cars to consumers and another 43,728 cars in 2020.The stolen data might include sensitive information such as financial details. The smart car segment became big after August 2021 but the fact that such data was leaked means the enterprise has not established a data security mechanism matching its sales, which is why the loopholes were tapped by the illegal chains.Previously, the automobile industry paid more attention to safety of cars than data security. The NIO data leak incident should be a reminder that the latter needs no less, if not equal, attention.Especially, with the new smart automobile brands entering the market one after another, the percentage of cars that collect personal data of consumers is increasingly high.Considering the fact that many people are frequently driving cars, smart cars can be seen as mobile, all-day data collectors, which might include the car owners geographic locations, basic information, conversations in the car, videos, even their biological features.If such information gets leaked, the danger to smart car consumers might be much higher than those buying traditional cars. Which is why the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology together with four ministries issued a guiding document in April, which stresses on new-energy vehicle enterprises responsibility for data security.Time for not only NIO, but also all smart vehicle manufacturers to learn a lesson from this.

NATO's existence detrimental to world peace

​The United States Ambassador to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Julianne Smith, has accused Russia and China of employing a set of strategies to weaken the alliance. She said that there is no doubt that Russia and China are trying to split the alliance partners.

Hostilities in Europe should be ended with reason and restraint

United States President Joe Biden conveyed the unequivocal message to the visiting Ukrainian leader on Wednesday that you'd better fight as long as we support you.

Prepare for virus before things get worse


'We each have our COVID stories...'

A patient takes a COVID-19 antigen test in front of a fever clinic in Shanghai, Dec 15, 2022. (Photo: The Paper)If you live in China, I think it may be easy for us to agree that the last three weeks have been as much of a whirlwind as the last three years. So many things have happened in what would under normal conditions be a series of events that would be expected to occur over a much longer period. Then, without warning, just like that, spinning on that proverbial dime, everything once again has changed.For almost three years, we have been part of China’s Zero-COVID policy that aimed to make sure that we were kept safe during the many different phases of COVID. To say that there are many people with many thoughts about this ever-changing COVID policy, would be something of an understatement. Not only has every person here in China had something to say, but it seems as if every government has had something to say about it as well.In my humble opinion, I don’t think that anything else could have dealt with the enormity of the very grave situation that China successfully faced, but the policy that is now changing with the times, even if it became difficult to deal with as the years went on.On our first Chinese New Year (CNY) in China, my boys and I made our version of dumplings by ourselves, I cleaned our apartment, and I took my boys to have some sweet fried fish from the restaurant in our community. Our second CNY was celebrated with a group gathering the weekend before CNY. An assortment of friends, both Chinese and foreign, came over, and we made hundreds of dumplings for hours, ate them, and enjoyed each other’s company. I was so excited by our third CNY for weeks ahead of time because we were invited to the home of a friend of mine who was entertaining for her son and his wife. My friend’s husband would cook, and my boys and I would for the first time experience a completely authentic CNY celebration. I bought us new outfits, brought over some snacks for the f...

Beijing coming up in world as scientific and innovation center

The skyline of Beijing. [Photo/VCG] According to the 2022 international science and technology innovation index, released by the Center for Industrial Development and Environmental Governance of Tsinghua University and the Natural Group, after evaluating 100 international science and technology i

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