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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

USDefenceSecretaryLloydAustinattendsaNATODefenceMinistersmeetingattheAllianceheadquartersinBrussels,Belgium,Oct21,2021。

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

Tap opportunities of population trends

JINDING/CHINADAILYTherearealwaystwosidesofthesamecoinforapopulouscountry:alargepopulationmaypropupgrowth,butwillalsoimposepressureonresourcesandenvironment.AccordingtothelatestforecastoftheUnitedNations,China'spopulationwillremainabove1。

Freight railway workers' strike would be costly

AnaerialviewofshippingcontainersandfreightrailwaytrainsattheBNSFLosAngelesIntermodalFacilityrailyardinLosAngeles,California,US,Sept15,2022。

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

AnelderlymanreceivesaCOVID-19vaccineshotinZhengzhou,Henanprovince,onOct14,2022.[Photo/VCG]"Wearemuchclosertobeingabletosaythattheemergencyphaseofthepandemicisover–butwe'renotthereyet。

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

FlagsofChinaandtheEuropeanUnionareseeninthisphoto.[Photo/VCG]ThevisitbyEuropeanCouncilPresidentCharlesMicheltoBeijingonThursdaycomesatacriticaltimeforChinaandtheEuropeanUnionaswellastheentireworld。

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;

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