Partisan battle heating up prior to 2024

The members of the US House Select Committee investigating the January 6 Attack on the US Capitol sit beneath a video of former US President Donald Trump talking about the results of the 2020 US Presidential election as they hold their final public meeting to release their report on Capitol Hill in

Canberra should not be swayed by US in handling its relations with China

Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong's visit to China this week, the first ministerial visit in three years between the two sides, which coincides with the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries on Wednesday, was a rare opportunity

Africa not a geopolitical pawn

For years, US leaders have been wasting no time in slandering China during their trips to Africa or when meeting visiting African leaders. But that didn't seem to be the case during the US-Africa Summit in Washington last week.

Fate of Europe should be in its own hands: China Daily editorial

When commenting on the Ukraine crisis at a news briefing on Friday, United Nations Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said the world body would like to see peace in Ukraine, not the deployment of new weapons in the region.

DPP selling Taiwan's interests to Washington

Citing security concerns, the Democratic Progressive Party administration of Taiwan island said on Saturday that it is considering fining Foxconn for one of its branches operating on the Chinese mainland holding some shares of Tsinghua Unigroup

Pioneering move to sort out powers and responsibilities

An aerial photo of a riverside park in Sanya, Hainan province. (Photo: China Daily)With the approval of the central government, Hainan has set up the countrys first provincial business environment construction department, which is responsible for coordinating efforts to improve the business environment in the province, providing relevant government services and promoting data sharing.The provincial business environment construction department integrates the relevant responsibilities of the provincial governments e-government office, the provincial development and reform commission, the provincial government service center, and the provincial big data management bureau, among others. It will be responsible for dealing with business environment issues in six aspects, including supervision, and strive to achieve a domestic first-class business environment in general by 2025, and to optimize the business environment by 2035.Hainan has already issued more than 40 regulations and important policies related to the improvement of its business environment, and released 29 demonstration cases of business environment innovation.These have been well-received. By the end of the third quarter of this year, the growth rate of market entities in Hainan had been the highest in China for 31 consecutive months. The establishment of the new department in Hainan can be seen as a result of these previous explorations. It will straighten out the rights and responsibilities in terms of institutional mechanisms and in so doing provide reference experience for solving the prominent problems existing in the current business environment.For instance, in the case of data sharing, various government departments in a local area own a large amount of government data. The existence of administrative barriers makes it difficult for the data to be shared. The new department can help break the barriers so that the data can be efficiently shared. It will keep an eye on the first-class busin...

US extends tariff exclusions on 352 Chinese goods for nine months

The US’ latest move in extending tariff exclusions on 352 Chinese import categories has sent positive signs as it is beneficial to normalizing bilateral trade and helping trade ties get back on a normal track, Chinese experts said, while urging Washington to scrap all punitive tariffs on Chinese products that are unreasonable.The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced on Friday a nine-month extension of 352 product exclusions in the China Section 301 Investigation that had been scheduled to expire at the end of 2022. The products ranged from pumps and motor vehicle components to backpacks.The exclusions were initially reinstated on March 28, 2022, and the extension will help align further consideration of the exclusions with the ongoing comprehensive four-year review of the Section 301 tariffs imposed by former US President Donald Trump on some $350 billion worth of Chinese imports, according to the website of the USTR.“The USTR may consider further extensions and/or additional modifications as appropriate,” it said in a statement.The extended tariff exclusion indicated the US’ reliance on Chinese-made products, especially when the US is addressing challenges such as elevated inflation and the pandemic, and it once again proved that ‘decoupling’ is not practical, Gao Lingyun, an expert at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing, told the Global Times on Sunday.“The US is sending some positive signals in normalizing bilateral trade — meanwhile, we should bear in mind that we want the US to scrap all the punitive and unreasonable tariffs as soon as possible,” Gao said.In November, the USTR extended tariff exclusions for some Chinese medical products, including pump bottles for hand sanitizers, plastic containers for sanitizing wipes, blood pressure monitors and X-ray tables, for an additional three months in order to continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic in the US.The repeated extensions of tariff exemptions showed that the unrea...

Toward a golden age of China-Arab relations

Li Min/China Daily The recent three-day visit of President Xi Jinping to Saudi Arabia has revealed many astonishing factors while building greater cooperation in many fields. While President Xi attended summits and met with leaders of the Gulf countries, the Chinese side signed multiple memorandu

Promoting TCM to benefit more people

  Jin Ding/China Daily In the three-year-long fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, more Chinese people have become aware of the importance of traditional Chinese medicine, which has proven to be quite effective in treating the disease. The authorities have explicitly applied TCM treatment

Traders go out to ink new deals as China hugs post-COVID era

A Yemeni trader selects tea pots at the Yiwu International Trade Market in Yiwu city of East China's Zhejiang province, Jan 14, 2021. Photo/Xinhua The first chartered flight of an economic and trade delegation from Suzhou, Jiangsu province, to Europe, recently arrived in Paris, taking for the host

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Olaf Scholz: China's rise does not warrant isolating Beijing

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz arrives at the Ngurah Rai International Airport ahead of the G20 Summit in Bali, Indonesia, Nov 14, 2022. (Photo: Agencies)German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has warned of a new Cold War that would divide the world into competing blocs, and called for more diplomatic efforts to resolve problems in todays multipolar world.In an op-ed entitled The Global Zeitenwende: How to Avoid a New Cold War in a Multipolar Era published by Foreign Affairs magazine on December 5, he concluded that "New powers have emerged or reemerged, including an economically strong and politically assertive China. In this new multipolar world, different countries and models of government are competing for power and influence"."Chinas rise does not warrant isolating Beijing or curbing cooperation," the chancellor said.Scholz stressed the need for enhancing relations with China on issues of mutual interest. "During my recent visit to Beijing, I expressed firm support for the rules-based international order, as enshrined in the UN Charter, as well as for open and fair trade," he stressed.Scholz reaffirmed that Germany will be in solidarity with its Western partners to address the geopolitical challenges, and will continue to advocate for "multilateral solutions" to global problems."Germany and its partners in the EU, United States, Group of Seven and NATO must protect our open societies, stand up for our democratic values, and strengthen our alliances and partnerships," he said."But we must also avoid the temptation to once again divide the world into blocs. This means making every effort to build new partnerships, pragmatically and without ideological blinders".

Tired old trick to paint China in bad light

Chinese and US flags flutter outside the building of an American company in Beijing, Jan 21, 2021. [Photo/Agencies] The United States is fond of portraying itself as a champion of human rights and pointing an accusing finger at what it alleges are human rights abuses in countries that are in its

Loosening curbs brightens 2023


Hiccups of optimized control measures treatable

Prompting sighs of relief from residents, the adjustment of the COVID-19 pandemic prevention and control measures in the country earlier this month was regarded as a thoughtful optimization of the public health policy.

21 years in WTO: China stands by its commitments

Photo: VCGEditors note: Azhar Azam works in a private organization as a market and business analyst and writes about geopolitical issues and regional conflicts. This years December 11 marks the 21st anniversary of Chinas entry into the World Trade Organization (WTO). When China was not a member of the WTO, its exports were subject to discriminatory treatment from the overseas markets. The country saw its exporting enterprises facing anti-dumping actions. After 15 years of negotiations, China acceded to the WTO.Before entering the WTO, China was making a rapid transition to a market economy. According to a study by the International Monetary Fund, China from 1979-1994 recorded an average real economic growth rate of more than 9 percent per annum, exceeding 13 percent in some years.The IMF recognized that the sustained increase in productivity (increased worker efficiency), started from 1978.Washington supported Beijings candidacy for WTO membership and urged Congress to approve Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) with China that had been passed every year since 1980 to "choose" economic growth for the country.Chinas ambitious reforms, opening up of its economy and innovations boosted productivity and raised living standards for all Chinese. Hence, Beijing joined the WTO to emerge as one of the world leading trading nations.Beijings WTO membership and PNTR status allowed the U.S. and other foreign companies to produce goods in China and export them back and to the world. A study by the National Bureau of Economic Research in 2017 found Chinas entry to the WTO reduced prices of Chinese manufactured goods in the U.S. by an estimated 7.6 percent between 2000 and 2006. It saved roughly $340 billion for the domestic manufacturing sector in 2014.Two analyses in 2017 and 2019 claimed that Chinas development supported $216 billion, or 1.2 percent of U.S. GDP in 2015, as well as a total of 2.6 million jobs with Chinese impo...

Beijing expects daily flights to return to 70% of 2019 number

A flight loading cargoes at the Beijing Daxing International Airport, Beijing, China, November 19, 2022. (Photo: CFP)The Chinese capital Beijing has reported a surge in the number of flights recently after the country fine-tuned its COVID-19 response.Two major airports in the city, the Beijing Capital International Airport and the Beijing Daxing International Airport, are expected to see the daily number of flights return to 70 percent of the 2019 level in the near future, data from the north China branch of the countrys civil aviation regulator showed.The total number of flights soared by 169 percent on Sunday from the beginning of December at the two airports.China has recently announced a new set of measures to optimize its epidemic control, ranging from proposing home quarantine for mild and asymptomatic cases to reducing nucleic acid testing to make it easier for people to travel and enter public venues.In accordance with the new measures, passengers are no longer required to present their health codes and negative nucleic acid test results or undergo temperature checks when entering the two airports.

Observer: China, Arab states drawing blueprint for future development

Chinese President Xi Jinping departed Saturday for home after attending the first China-Arab States Summit and the China-Gulf Cooperation Council Summit and paying a state visit to Saudi Arabia.During his visit, he had in-depth exchanges of views with leaders of Arab states on comprehensive cooperation as well as major international and regional issues.Together, they jointly charted the course for China-Arab states, the China-GCC and China-Saudi Arabia relations, and worked to build a China-Arab community with a shared future in the new era.A commercial port constructed by China Harbor Engineering Company in Jazan, Saudi Arabia. (Photo provided by China Harbor Engineering Company)China and Arab states have deepened and consolidated their political mutual trust. China firmly supports Arab states in upholding their sovereignty, security and stability, and supports them in pursuing a development path suited to their national conditions. Arab states have always shown their staunch support for China on issues related to its core interests and major concerns.Both sides support and safeguard the international system with the United Nations at its core and the international order underpinned by international law. They stand against all forms of hegemony and power politics.Employees of Chinese oilfield services company Zhongman Petroleum and Natural Gas Group work at a drilling site of a deep-water well at Siwa Oasis, Egypt. (Photo: Peoples Daily)Arab states have actively responded to the vision of building a community with a shared future for mankind, the Global Development Initiative (GDI) and the Global Security Initiative proposed by Xi. As of October 2022, 17 Arab states have voiced support for the GDI, and 12 have joined the Group of Friends of the GDI.China and Arab states have yielded fruitful achievements in mutually beneficial cooperation.China is the largest trading partner of Arab states. Their trade volume reached $330 billion in 2021. To date, China has si...

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