Feed aggregator

Clinton Warns China on Iran Sanctions

China/Japan | YP - Sat, 01/30/2016 - 05:00

The secretary of state told China on Friday that it would face diplomatic isolation if it did not fall in line.

Categories: China/Japan News

GMP website in denial-of-service attack

BBC Technology - 3 hours 6 min ago

Greater Manchester Police's (GMP) website was attacked on Wednesday, the force say.

Categories: Technology

The village that is cut off from the UK

BBC Technology - 4 hours 2 min ago

The village that is cut off from the UK

Categories: Technology

Chinese Shares Extend Their Drop After U.S. Sell-Off

China/Japan | YP - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 04:00

A fall in oil prices, coupled with weak data on manufacturing in China and America, heightened concerns over global economic growth, undercutting shares.

Categories: China/Japan News

Govt denies prodding students to invest

China Daily - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 01:15

The bureau of education in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, has denied it is encouraging students to invest in the stock and securities markets after a pilot project that took the lead in establishing finance and wealth management courses in primary and middle schools starting this fall.

"We never simply encourage students to directly purchase stocks or other security products, but we hope to popularize financial knowledge and guide the students to acquire correct wealth and consumption concepts and cultivate a good habit of money management through establishing the special course," said a statement released by the city's education bureau.

The statement was published at the end of August after questions were raised about teaching students to buy and sell stocks.

More than 10,000 students from 36 primary and middle schools in Guangzhou, will study the financing courses starting this new school term beginning in September.

According to the statement, the primary students will be taught about money and money's functions, while junior high school students learn about banks and wealth management.

The course for senior high school students includes financial and economic crises.

The textbooks have been compiled by local university professors, experts and senior high school teachers.

Pan Xuzhao, a senior teacher from Guangzhou No 16 High School, said the courses will help students learn financial terms and give them basic knowledge of finance.

"The course does not teach students to simply buy and sell stocks. It is new, but interesting to students," said Pan, who participated in compiling the textbooks.

"In addition to having the financing classes in their classrooms, students will visit banks and related financial organizations to learn how financial products change hands," said Pan.

Financial experts and residents have expressed their support for establishing the course.

Ren Zhihong, director of the Financial Research Institute at the Guangdong Academy of Social Sciences, said the course will teach students skills that will help them find employment.

"I don't think the course will affect students' normal studies and I don't think the course will have any negative impact on the students," Ren said.

"The course is good for students even it simply teaches them how to invest in the stock markets," he said.

"Many Chinese people have poor financial knowledge and poor awareness in preventing financial crises when compared with their western counterparts," Ren said.

Huang Liangcan, a bank clerk, said the course is good for students.

"I found that my financial knowledge was really poor after I was employed by the bank a decade ago, and China is now lacking many special financial experts, as Chinese students seldom study financial knowledge when they are in primary and high schools," he said. "China should popularize financial knowledge among primary and high schools earlier," Huang added.

Huang Min contributed to this story.

Categories: Chinaganda

Cool under fire, captain leads by example

China Daily - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 01:15

Ship's commander proves importance of paying attention to the little details

Gao Ke, captain of the missile frigate Linyi. CHINA DAILY

It was 6 am one day in July, and Gao Ke, captain of the missile frigate Linyi, rose from his bunk and began his routine daily inspection. A rusted screw was spotted behind a gangway door and he ordered it to be replaced immediately.

"Attention to detail is the most basic requirement for a navy soldier," the 39-year-old said.

After a long voyage, the Linyi had returned to its home port in Qingdao, headquarters of China's North Sea Fleet.

The next day, Gao led his crew into a new battle against Typhoon Chan-hom.

Since January, the Linyi has participated in a number of high-profile missions, including evacuating citizens from conflict-ridden Yemen, joining the 19th Escort Navy Fleet in the Gulf of Aden and conducting joint drills with the Russian navy in the Mediterranean.

On Jan 20, extremist Houthi rebels swept Yemen's presidential palace. The country had been suffering unrest and clashes between the rebels and forces loyal to President Abd-Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who fled the country.

The Linyi was dozens of miles off the coast of Yemen, escorting Chinese merchant ships in the Gulf of Aden.

Gao sensed the crisis and began to draw up evacuation plans with fellow captains. On March 26, they received the order to evacuate Chinese people from the port of Aden, where the US missile destroyer Cole was attacked by al-Qaida suicide boats in October 2000.

Fully aware of the danger, Gao laid out emergency plans covering logistics, weapons and defense. He also ordered several drills to address a number of special scenarios.

With unidentified armed boats flitting around in the nearby sea, and the sounds of gunfire and heavy shelling ringing out, the crew moored the boat to a berth at 6:45 pm on March 29. Four kilometers away, an airport was bombarded, and a heavy trail of smoke shot into the sky. In front of the ship, a stray bullet struck a tower crane on the dock.

Gao directed the evacuation while watching every move at the port and assessing the battle in the city. Within 39 minutes, 124 people went aboard, passing through security checks. Then the frigate left for Djibouti Harbor.

The Linyi entered Yemen to pick up evacuees twice more over the next eight days. A total of 163 Chinese and 269 foreign nationals from 13 countries were moved out of the war zone.

The Linyi sails in the Gulf of Aden to escort commercial ships near Somalia, where pirates are rampant. XIONG LIBING/CHINA DAILY

Xia Ping, a naval political commissar who worked with Gao said he was impressed during the evacuation mission.

"I saw a real commander who didn't shudder and who commanded the troops to evacuate refugees in supremely efficient order, even with heavy fire around on that day. He's got guts and wit beneath the mild look," Xia said.

Gao dreamed of being a warship captain since he was a boy.

"My father was a Korean War veteran, and I wanted to be a hero like him, protecting my country," he said.

When he was small, he liked watching movies about submarines, such as The Hunt for Red October, about a Russian vessel.

When PLA recruiters came to his university in Tianjin, he signed up without hesitation.

After completing studies at the Dalian Naval Academy in 2000, Gao was assigned to the navy. He rose through the ranks, with excellent training scores. From mariner to quartermaster, he has worked in many roles on military vessels through the years, and finally became captain of the Linyi, China's newest missile frigate, in 2012.

When crew members were assigned to the ship, 90 percent of them had never seen the new equipment. Gao asked them to work closely with ship construction workers during the day, and to focus particular attention on maintenance and troubleshooting. At night, the crew took classes to learn the theory and technology at the heart of the ship.

Gao also led the crew in a thorough shakedown of every piece of equipment and made nearly 5,500 suggestions for improvements. Within nine months-record time-the Linyi passed its final exam.

The ship won first place for equipment inspection among all ships in the North Sea Fleet just one year after it joined the force.

In April 2012, the Linyi fired five missiles during a live-ammunition drill. That was also a record for the same type of ships within the same service time.

Gao aims for perfection both for his crew and for himself. To fully understand the ship's operation, he studied all the major components, including the maneuvering, weapons, mechanical, electronics and communication systems.

Through years of practice, he learned to diagnose malfunctions from unusual noises. During a drill, he heard a sound rustling in the entertainment room and called for the mechanic to check every compartment to rule out causes. At last they found it was a fishing net that had been caught on the ship's propeller.

Last year, the Linyi was assigned to join a Chinese convoy to escort commercial ships in the Gulf of Aden near Somalia, where pirates are rampant.

Gao said he had long expected such a mission in the blue sea far from home waters.

"A warship without the test of the vast ocean is like a fledgling eagle that doesn't know how to spread its wings," Gao said.

Quick Bio

Name: Gao Ke

Age: 39

Hometown: Binzhou, Shandong province

Education: University degree

Job: Missile frigate captain

Hobbies: Basketball, guitar

Categories: Chinaganda

Online course seeks to protect children from sexual assault

China Daily - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 01:15

An online course designed to help children protect themselves from sexual assault and molestation will be offered for the first time in the upcoming semester to fourth-and fifth-grade students in Shanghai primary schools.

The course, created with cartoon images and interactives, provides simulations to educate children on appropriate responses should someone try to touch or talk to them inappropriately, offer them rides or introduce them to pornography.

The course also includes an introduction to puberty and the physical and mental changes children undergo.

More than 500 cases of sexual assault of children younger than 14 were reported last year in the country, a fourfold increase over the previous year, according Protecting Girls, a project of the China Social Assistance Foundation.

"The cases that have been exposed may be just the tip of the iceberg from our understanding of the situation," Ni Chunxia, an officer of relief management at the Ministry of Civil Affairs, said in March at a meeting seeking more attention for child safety.

The online course shows children how to defend themselves, how to report incidents to authorities and how to seek medical treatment. It urges children to call for help right away and try to remember details that will help police catch an assailant.

Child protection experts said such lessons are important because some children are not aware of the seriousness of a sexual harassment or molestation, or are afraid and do not inform their parents.

The course was developed with student input from a school curriculum created in 2011 by a primary school affiliated with the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology. It was promoted to all elementary schools in the municipality's Yangpu district in 2013.

Ding Limin, headmaster of the primary school that developed the course, said most students and their parents have been satisfied with the project.

"We're the first school in China that launched such a course, which all the parents and education experts believe is significant. We want to make an evaluation of its impact on the children's personality, their attitude toward sex and their understanding of life in the long term," she said.

Another online course for students in grades one to three focusing on "telling the kids where they come from", will also be available next year, said Zhang Zhiyun, an editor at Shanghai Education Press and the project planner for the online course.

Zhou Wenshu, a public relations specialist in Shanghai, said the access to such education is enviable.

"All of the six women in my university dorm had encountered various kinds of sexual harassment, but nobody told us how to react even when someone laid hands on our private parts. Most of us kept it quiet," Zhou said.

"It should be a part of school education officially," she said.

Categories: Chinaganda

Teen with HIV gets OK to go to school

China Daily - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 01:15

An 18-year-old female student who is HIV-positive will be allowed into a high school with reduced tuition fees after she was refused by another school that she applied to in Wu'an, Hebei province, last month, according to an official government micro blog on Tuesday.

"The girl, nicknamed Ting Ting, had been directed to an appropriate school where she could receive education, and her tuition and living expenses would be reduced," the official micro blog of Wu'an posted.

The post also said the high school that declined her had been criticized for not treating AIDS/HIV students the same as others.

The No 10 High School in Wu'an, didn't accept her because it was worried parents of other students couldn't accept their children studying with a student who is HIV-positive, China Youth Daily reported on Tuesday.

"We had sympathy for her, but we still couldn't take her," an official from the school was quoted as saying.

The student had been ostracized from schools and society since she was diagnosed with HIV at age 2 after her mother died from AIDS, her father, Wang Weijun, said.

Her mother got the virus from a blood transfusion conducted by a hospital that used forbidden self-collected blood.

The disease alienated most of her classmates when she was in primary and middle school.

"I have had no desk mates since the third grade," she said, adding that she seldom left her home and spoke little to others.

Even so, Ting Ting hadn't been rejected by a school before this.

"I tried to send her to an out-of-town school where no one would know she was a student with HIV," said her father.

Wang also tried to find a high school established especially for people with HIV/AIDS, but he found none.

Under a regulation on HIV/AIDS that took effect in 2006, no HIV/AIDS-related discrimination is allowed and those who are infected can enjoy the same marriage, work, medical care and education as others.

"The school's behavior was understandable. Although people would not catch HIV through normal behavior in everyday life, the disease is horrible after all," a netizen nicknamed Hyunbaisetaidi said, adding that most people don't know much about HIV/AIDS.

Liang Liang, an HIV/AIDS health worker in Hebei, said that schools should promote reasonable HIV/AIDS awareness and methods of preventing the spread of the virus so that discrimination could be gradually mitigated.

Categories: Chinaganda

Rules eased for foreign tourists on road trips

China Daily - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 01:15

A self-drive tour group arrives in Chengdu, Sichuan province, after traveling for more than 40 days from Paris. JIANG HONGJING/XINHUA

China has simplified procedures for international travelers who drive cars through the country, making it more practical.

The ministries of Public Security, Foreign Affairs and the National Tourism Administration jointly released a notice in late August to manage international tourists' driving trips in China, effective Oct 1.

"Public security bureaus and tourism administrations at all levels are no longer issuing approval documents for international tourists' self-driving trips in China. Organizations should not require these documents to issue driving permits for international travel," the notice said.

According to the notice, all international tourists' driving trips must be arranged by a certain number of tourism agencies with approval licenses. Agencies must arrange tour guides to follow the entire trip. No individual trip is allowed.

"It is a sign that China's tourism is going global and becoming more open, aiming to link to the world," said Wei Xiao'an, China Tourism Leisure Association secretary-general, adding that the regulation is not for foreigners who reside in China but for tourists only.

"Under current policy, it is very complicated to have a self-driving trip for international tourists, including going through public securities and customs. The complex procedure makes foreigners' self-driving hardly possible in China," Wei said, adding that the new policy might be a signal to gradually nurture the market of foreigner's driving trips.

However, Wei said it is hard to predict the potential of the market. "It depends heavily on the tourism products and season," he said, adding that the notice is only a start for the market to grow.

"Currently, foreign travelers' driving business accounts for less than 1 percent of the company's inbound tourism business," said Yu Liangbing, deputy general manager of inbound tourism under China CYTS Tours, adding that many countries have complicated procedures regarding foreigners' driving, not only in China.

He also hopes that the future policies regarding foreigners' driving can continue to be simplified.

"For instance, if international travelers rent vehicles in China, there will be more specific policies to manage their trips," he said.

A British couple drive through Pingyao, Shanxi province, in 2013. Their road trip included France, Gemany, Russia and other places. FAN MINDA/XINHUA

Categories: Chinaganda

China's lunar orbiter gets close-up pictures of the Moon

China Daily - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 01:15

An image of a planned Moon landing site captured by an orbiting service module put in place by China's returned unmanned lunar orbiter launched in October last year.[Photo/Xinhua]

BEIJING - China obtained detailed images of a planned Moon landing site on Wednesday, where a future Chang'e-5 mission is expected to conduct a soft landing and collect samples.

The pictures, with a resolution of 1 meter, were captured by an orbiting service module put in place by the country's returned unmanned lunar orbiter launched in October last year, according to a statement by the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence (SASTIND).

The SASTIND said the pictures were taken at a point 30 km from the Moon between Sunday and Wednesday.

The module also simulated moves and the controlling process expected to be conducted by the orbiting and ascender modules of the Chang'e-5 probe prior to a scheduled rendezvous by the two modules in the Moon's orbit.

The statement said the current service module is in good condition and will carry out further scientific experiments to study the lunar gravity field.

The latest mission is to obtain data for the Chang'e-5 probe scheduled for 2017, which will see an unmanned spacecraft land on the Moon, collect samples and return to Earth.

The picture is taken at a point 30 km from the Moon.[Photo/Xinhua]


Categories: Chinaganda

A war of words

China Daily - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 01:15

Ye Junjian signs autographs for readers in Europe in the 1940s. [Photo provided to China Daily]

During World War II, a young Chinese scholar was selected to undertake a lecture tour of Britain, where he traveled the length and breadth of the country delivering speeches to packed houses, detailing the horrors of Japan's occupation of China and urging the British people to stand steadfast in the fight against Nazi Germany, as Peng Yining reports from London.

As China fought for its life during the Japanese occupation and World War II, Ye Junjian, a Chinese professor of English literature, joined the fray, but his battleground was Europe, not China, and his weapon was the spoken word, not the gun.

In 1944, Yeh Chun Chan, or Ye Junjian in pinyin, was invited by the British Ministry of Information to visit the United Kingdom and speak about China's war to help the British government's mobilization campaign in preparation for the Allied landings in Normandy.

Over the course of a year, with a small suitcase in hand, the Chinese scholar, born in a remote village in Central China's Hubei province in 1914, traveled to every part of the UK, staying with families or in hotels or bed and breakfast establishments, and delivered more than 600 public speeches.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Allied victory in World War II, and a series of memorial events have been launched, including a grand parade in Tian'anmen Square on Sept 3.

One of those events is a photographic exhibition dedicated to Ye's life and wartime work, which opened on July 20 at the University of Cambridge, where Ye researched English literature after the war. Staged in the antechapel of King's College, the exhibition is also part of the 2015 China-UK Year of Cultural Exchange.

In 1931, Ye was in high school in Shanghai when Japan invaded China's northern provinces. During the winter vacation the following year, he heard the sound of bombing and knew the Japanese were moving toward Shanghai.

"There was such thunder from the clear sky. No matter how poor and weak China was, we never thought the Japanese would forcibly occupy such a large part of Chinese territory," he wrote. "Those Japanese militarists and fascists despised the Chinese people so much."

Those reflections made him determined to fight his own, private war of words against the occupiers.

Bridging cultures

"Ye was a geographical bridge between China and the West in both directions," said Professor Alan Macfarlane, curator of the exhibition and a fellow of anthropological sciences, at the opening ceremony, which was attended by Liu Xiaoming, China's ambassador to the United Kingdom, members of Ye's family and Leszek Borysiewicz, the vice-chancellor of the university.

In an introduction to the exhibition, Macfarlane wrote that Ye brought news of China to the West, and on his return, his fluency in 12 languages, including French, Spanish, Danish and English, enabled him to take the West to China through his translations of European literary classics.

Ye (seventh from left, second row from back) with classmates at King's College, Cambridge, in 1945. [Photo Provided to China Daily]

"My father never had a gun in his hands, and never stepped onto a real battlefield, but he experienced the bombings carried out by both the German and Japanese fascists and fought his battle with a pen and his words," said Ye Nianlun, Ye Junjian's son.

Ye was one of the few Chinese scholars at the time who was fluent in English, and his linguistic skills led to him being selected to tour Britain by the UK Ministry of Information.

Although he had a comfortable job teaching European literature at a university in Chongqing, the wartime capital, he packed his bags and traveled for two months, by mail boat and military plane, through Southeast Asia, India and North Africa before finally arriving in Britain.

After a week of rest, Ye began touring the UK to make speeches. His first audience was a group of volunteer firefighters and the theme of the lecture was "The life of the Chinese people at war."

Shortly after he arrived in the UK, Ye's hotel was hit by a "Doodlebug", a German V1 missile. "A loud sound woke me in the night. A corner of my hotel had collapsed," Ye wrote in his memoir. "I went back to sleep. I had no time to be scared. There was a lot of work to do the next day."

He traveled across Britain and Northern Ireland, delivering two speeches a day on average and often at different locations. He lectured at middle schools, farms, military camps, workers' associations, businesses, juvenile correction facilities, chapels and US military camps, and his audiences came from all walks of life.

Ye wrote that the British authorities didn't censor the content of his lectures, so he chose five themes: the life of the Chinese people at war; how the Chinese army overpowered the Japanese; the war efforts of intellectuals; why China would definitely win the war; and the Chinese people's hopes for the future.

"My aim was to work with the staff at the information department to encourage the British people in the fight against the fascists. To boost the confidence of the British people," he wrote in his memoir. "An impoverished country like China was still able to pin down the modernized Japanese army, so with the joint efforts of Britain, the United States and the Soviet Union, we could defeat the fascists."

Although the British people knew the basic facts about China's fight against the Japanese, Ye's lectures put flesh on the bones as he described people's living conditions, the agonies and humiliations they suffered and their hopes for the future.

Resilience and unity

After a day spent lecturing, Ye used his evenings to write articles detailing China's desperate struggle in the War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression (1937-45), which started two years before the outbreak of World War II. They were published by the British media to boost morale, and he was frequently invited to broadcast to the nation on the BBC.

Professor Alan Macfarlane and China's ambassador to the United Kingdom Liu Xiaoming at the photographic exhibition dedicated to Ye Junjian's life and wartime work at the University of Cambridge.  Peng Yining / China Daily

During his trip, Ye endured the same tight rationing as his hosts - only 100 grams of tea and sugar and half a kilo of meat a month. "I have one egg every week. I always save the precious egg and enjoy it on a Sunday," he wrote in his diary.

He was deeply impressed by the resilience and unity of the British government and the people in their fight against the Third Reich. While most of the mobilized men were fighting in mainland Europe and elsewhere, the women worked in munitions factories, ran the transportation system and arranged the logistics for battlefield supplies.

Ye wrote that he was deeply impressed by the humor and fearless spirit of the British forces. He told the story of how he made a speech at a military airfield and later fell into conversation with some of the pilots. They told him that one of their comrades had failed to return after a sortie and was presumed to have been killed. One of the pilots simply shrugged and commented that it was "a poor show".

In his memoir, Ye wrote that he not only spread the story of China's resistance, but also learned a great deal about the British people and their lives, thoughts and ambitions.

"I also knew the strong empathy they felt for the Chinese people," he wrote. "Several times during my speeches people helped to hand out leaflets, and they voluntarily collected donations and gave them to the British China Aid Committee. It was very moving."

On Aug 15, 1945, Ye spent the evening preparing a speech at an Edinburgh hotel. He was just about to go to bed when he heard the sound of shouting in the streets below.

"I rushed downstairs and discovered that people were singing and dancing. Suddenly they spotted me, a young Chinese man. They ran over and kissed me on the cheeks. Some people lifted me up and cheered," he wrote. "It was then I realized that Japan had surrendered and World War II was officially over."

In recognition of his contribution to the war effort, the British Council awarded Ye a fellowship to conduct research into English literature at King's College, Cambridge.

He stayed at the university for four years, before returning to China in 1949. For the next 30 years he translated a wealth of European literature, including the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen. He died in 1999, at age 85.

"My father used to say: 'My whole life is about trying to make a little contribution to the mutual understanding and love between all nations', " said Ye Nianlun, his son. "He didn't leave a penny, but as one of his literary critics commented, 'Ye Junjian is a giant book, a rich treasure that has yet to be discovered'. "

Contact the writer at pengyining@chinadaily.com.cn

Ye Junjian with his wife Yuan Yin at their home in Beijing. [Photo provided to China Daily]


Part of works by Ye. [Photo Provided to China Daily]

Categories: Chinaganda

Li Keqiang meets Egypt president

China Daily - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 01:15

BEIJING - Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Wednesday met with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, who is in Beijing for events marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.

Li said during the meeting that China and Egypt, which will celebrate 60 years of diplomatic ties next year, "share a profound friendship."

He said China will continue to support Egypt in its efforts to maintain stability, and that it is willing to deepen cooperation in the economy,trade, people-to-people and cultural exchanges.

China is also ready for closer coordination with Egypt on international and regional affairs, the premier added.

Li said the two countries have achieved much progress in industrial cooperation.

Al-Sisi said Egypt and China enjoy a close partnership with broad prospects for cooperation.

The president expressed appreciation for China's support to his country, saying Egypt is willing to cooperate more with China.

Egypt will take Chinese enterprises' investment as a priority in building the New Suez Canal economic development zone, he added.

Categories: Chinaganda

Xi meets Tajikistan president

China Daily - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 01:15

BEIJING - President Xi Jinping on Wednesday met Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon, who is in Beijing for events marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.

"China and Tajikistan are good neighbors, friends and partners and have built up a good level of political trust and strategic coordination," said Xi.

Under the principles of consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits, China would like to push forward cooperation regarding the Silk Road Economic Belt in line with Tajikistan's energy, transport and grain strategies, he said.

China will encourage domestic firms to help Tajikistan develop the economy and support financial cooperation between the two sides, according to the Chinese president.

The two countries have been supporting each other on issues related to their core interests and China is willing to maintain communication and coordination in this regard, said Xi.

Rahmon said the Chinese people made great contributions to World War II.

The two leaders witnessed the signing of agreements concerning the economy, technology and cultural exchange.

Categories: Chinaganda

Fund set up to support minors in lawsuits

China Daily - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 01:15

A fund to support financially challenged minors involved in lawsuits and criminal cases has been launched by Shanghai High People's Court and the Children's Foundation of Shanghai.

The court said it is imperative to assist disadvantaged young people involved in civil cases or having fallen victim to crime in recent years.

A judicial relief system was established in 2008 to support minors, such as those with serious diseases or injury needing long-term medical treatment or those unable to obtain compensation in fraud cases. But many are still not covered.

The Children's Foundation of Shanghai will be responsible for making sure assistance reaches more children.

It is the first attempt in the country to establish a cohesive mechanism involving judicial aid and social assistance to support such cases.

Categories: Chinaganda

China extends mutual political trust to Serbia

China Daily - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 01:15

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang met with Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse ahead of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and victory in the War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression (1937-45).

Both China and Serbia were in the battlefields of the world's anti-Fascism war, and both countries have fought for national independence and people's freedom, Li said.

China is willing to enhance mutual political trust, deepen cooperation in areas including economics, trade and manufacture, and promoting the strategic partner relationship between the countries, he added.

Li said the mechanism of China–Central and Eastern European Countries (16+1) has become an important platform to boost friendship and enhance cooperation.

As a symbolic cooperative project, the Hungary-Serbia railway will promote the connection between the countries along its route. China is willing to work with Hungarian and Serbian authorities to make substantial progress on the project, Li said.

China will hold "16+1" talks this year and Chinese authorities will make joint efforts with countries including Serbia to make the talks fruitful, said he added.

Nikolic said friendship between Serbia and China has been enhanced and Serbia would like to learn the development experiences of China.

He welcomed Chinese companies to participate in the infrastructure construction of Serbia and make joint efforts to enhance cooperation.

Serbia supports China hosting the "16+1" summit this year and expects it to be successful.

State Councilor Yang Jing also attended the meeting.

Categories: Chinaganda

China's biggest tourism fair just keeps growing

China Daily - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 01:15

Guangzhou will host the International Tourism Industry Expo 2015 at the Pazhou International Exhibition and Convention Center from Sept 10 to 13.

The annual event in Guangdong's capital, launched in 2005, has become China's largest tourism fair, attracting a growing number of visitors from home and abroad, said Li Jianyi, director of the marketing development department with the Guangdong provincial bureau of tourism on Wednesday.

More than 36,500 buyers and around 500,000 visitors from more than 50 nations and regions are expected.

The expo will include seminars, lectures, tourism presentations and cuisine fairs.

Last year's event saw more than 122.7 billion yuan ($19.17 billion) worth of co-operative and trade contracts signed.

Categories: Chinaganda

Quake surviving giant panda becomes a mom

China Daily - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 01:15

Photo taken on Sept 1, 2015 shows a giant panda cub at Chimelong Safari Park in Guangzhou, South China's Guangdong province. The cub was born on Aug 9. It is the fifth newborn giant panda of the park over the past three years. Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn

A giant panda that survived a devastating earthquake seven years ago gave a birth to a cub at a zoo in Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong province, last month, according to the zoo.

Tingting, translated as "being slim", was transferred to the Guangzhou Chimelong Safari Park in June 2008 after an earthquake destroyed its home in Wolong, Sichuan province.

Born in 2005, she delivered a female cub on August 9, which now weighs 865 grams.

"The baby giant panda is in healthy condition as the mother looks after it very carefully," said Dong Guixin, general manager of the safari park.

The cub is the fifth to be born in the Guangzhou zoo since 2013.

In July last year, Juxiao gave birth to triplets creating a world first given the animals' notoriously low reproductive rate.

After the latest birth the Guangzhou zoo has 14 giant pandas in total.

Categories: Chinaganda

Diplomat optimistic on production capacity cooperation

China Daily - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 01:15

Promoting international collaboration on production capacity will "inject new impetus into world economic growth" and it shows China's advantages in the new stage of development, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Monday.

Zhang Jun, director-general of the Foreign Ministry's Department of International Economic Affairs, made the remarks when addressing the Opening Ceremony of the 4th Global Economic Leaders Summit & Forum of International Collaboration on Production Capacity in Changchun in Jilin province.

International collaboration on production capacity will allow countries to speed up structural reforms, rely more on the real economy and promote sustainable development, he said.

"International collaboration can dovetail with the needs of certain countries in advancing industrialization, improving global industry layout, optimizing both value chains and supply chains so as to boost world economic growth," he said.

As for China, the diplomat noted that such collaboration will optimize the industry structure, push forward economic structural reform and help developing countries rely more on themselves in development.

"By leveraging our comparative advantages, we could bring development to the whole global industry chain. In this sense, promoting international collaboration on production capacity is another contribution made by China to the world economy," Zhang said.

He also said promoting such collaboration will unleash the potential for development in Northeast China, which "has enormous space and potential for development".

The diplomat proposed principles for promoting such collaboration, including forming synergy with the Belt and Road Initiative through coordination, making full use of the geographical advantages of the northeast through carrying forward its strengths and highlighting key areas to promote infrastructure interconnectivity.

 Zhang also addressed recent attention from the international community and some concerns and discussions over the economy as he said "China's economy is maintaining a good momentum with huge growth potential".

"The difficulties ahead for China's economy are temporary in nature, while in the long run, it will be of better quality and efficiency," he said.

He observed that the RMB depreciation will not last long. "Some people overreacted to the short-term depreciation of the currency and ignored the long-term positive consequences. This kind of argument is apparently weak and not objective," he said.

"We have every reason to be confident in China's economy, and with our cooperation in tackling challenges, we also have every reason to be confident with the world economy," he added.

Categories: Chinaganda

Chinese netizens praise ROK President Park Geun-hye's arrival in Beijing

China Daily - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 01:15

Park Geun-hye arrives at Beijing Capital International Airport on Sept 2 for a three-day visit to China. [Photo/Xinhua]

On the morning of September 2, the Republic of Korea (ROK) President Park Geun-hye arrived at Beijing Capital International Airport for three-day visit to China. During the visit, she will attend commemorative activities marking the 70th anniversary of the victory of Chinese People's War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression and the World Anti-Fascist War. This is her third visit to China since Park Geun-hye took office as ROK President.

ROK President Park Geun-hye always enjoys a good reputation among Chinese netizens, and they give high praise to her attendance of the V-Day parade in Beijing this time. As Chinese netizens always give people who they like a nickname, they call her "Elder Sister Park" which means that they take her as an elder sister for her easy manner.

Here are some netizens' comments:

Xiaoluge: Welcome, peace-loving president!

Dandandewenrou: Long live China-ROK friendship!

Linghunwuchubuzai: Wow, she has an easy manner!

User 2478303357: Welcome to Beijing! For justice.

Netizen from Hubei Province: If President Park Geun-hye sees my message on Weibo, you are invited to visit central China’s Hubei Province where people all love you!

MaojindaoZJ: Elder sister Park will shine at the Tiananmen Gate tomorrow.

User 6mfmqctg7v: Elder sister Park, welcome to China!

FengkuagnxiaomayiJ20: Her political wisdom makes her become one of the most respectful foreign leaders among Chinese people! Welcome to China! Welcome to Beijing!

User k21q4zijc0: I like her free and easy manner.

Lavigne7: I just make a decision that I will travel to ROK.

Zhaiaiwu24398: The most beautiful lady of ROK. So shining!

Categories: Chinaganda

China and Japan: Between love and hate

China Daily - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 01:15

BEIJING -- After hearing that Iwao Tsuyoshi, his Japanese friend, would be visiting China, Yang Haihui, 35, booked some time off work.

"I will take him to the Forbidden City," Yang, who works for Japanese semiconductor manufacturer Renesas Electronics, said.

Back in 2002, Yang was sent to Japan for training, and Iwao was his supervisor. "He took me out in his spare time and showed me around," Yang recalled. Before he left, Iwao gave his Chinese colleague gifts.

Yang grew up listening to his grandfather's stories about his time as a soldier during China's War against Japanese Aggression. This colored his opinion of the country.

"Had I been told that Renesas was a Japanese company, I might not have accepted the job," he admitted. Gradually, however, he discovered that the Japanese people were not as he had imagined. "I have visited Japan more than ten times," he said. "I found the people to be mostly polite, friendly and diligent."


China and Japan, although sharing many similarities, have a fractious relationship. Confucianism and Buddhism travelled to Japan from China, and even the characters used in Japanese are derived from the Chinese script.

Although these shared cultural characteristics have led to many Chinese having an affinity toward their eastern neighbor, the eight-year Sino-Japanese war has left a scar in the hearts of Chinese.

Ma Jiangang's uncle died fighting the Japanese Imperialist Army in the 1940s. Ma, 58, however, does not hate Japan because of this.

On the contrary, he has great memories of watching the Japanese movies and TV dramas of the 1980s, the honeymoon period between China and Japan following the normalization of diplomatic relations in 1972.

He also liked Japanese electronic appliances. "Everyone wanted a Japanese color television," he recalled. His first TV was Hitachi.

In the 1990s, however, Ma's feelings changed due to the rise of the Diaoyu Islands dispute. His daughter Huixin went through a similar change.

"I hate their leaders' visiting the Yasukuni Shrine [where war criminals are worshipped] and the denial of the Nanjing Massacre," said the 34-year-old civil servant.

A joint poll by "China Daily" and the Japanese non-profit think tank Genron NPO last year showed that 86.8 percent of the Chinese viewed Japan unfavorably, while 93 percent of Japanese had a negative impression of China, the worst since 2005.


At the same time, however, the two countries seem to be inseparable.

China is Japan's largest trading partner. In 2014, China provided 22.3 percent of Japan's imports. More than 23,500 Japanese enterprises have invested in China.

However hard she tried, it was not easy for Ma Huixin to eliminate all the Japanese elements from her life. Her son liked Japanese animations. Her family recently watched the movie "Doraemon: Stand by Me". The blue cat-like robot was part of the mother's childhood memories, too.

Yang Haihui said that at least one of every 10 automobiles that roll off production lines in China used chips produced by his company.

Perhaps Nanjing in Jiangsu Province, east China, is a place where anti-Japan sentiment is highest. The Rape of Nanking massacre in the winter of 1937 left at least 300,000 people dead at the hands of the Japanese. The death toll has never been officially recognized by Japan.

Taxi driver Wu Qifeng in Nanjing has a rule: Never carry Japanese. Once he discovered that two of his three passengers were Japanese, he stopped the cab immediately. "I ordered them to get out," he said. "In Nanjing, I am not the only driver to do so."

In the shopping malls, however, Japanese cosmetics still line the shelves, and books by Japanese authors are also available. "There are always people asking me 'why are there Japanese cars on the roads of Nanjing',"Wu said. He felt ashamed.

The situation was no different in Japan.

Xinhua interviewed three Japanese: A 41-year-old civil servant, a 27-year-old lawyer and a 52-year-old manager. They expressed a preference for Chinese cuisine, trust in traditional Chinese medicine and good impressions of clothes and electrical appliances made in China.

"But if I had the choice, I would only eat food made in Japan, because I always see reports of bad food quality in China," said the manager.


Many Chinese, especially the young, have tried to embrace Japan.

Han Feng likes Japan. She watches Japanese movies, and buys Japanese brands.

"I even visited the Yasukuni Shrine, but the overt denial of aggression just made me really angry," she said. Han is from northeast China, where the Japanese set up the puppet regime Manchukuo.

"We really want to let go of the past," said Jiang Yicong, 22, whose great grandfather led the No. 19 Army against the Japanese in Shanghai. "But if they stop the attempt to temper with history, we could get on much better."

Last month, three Japanese cabinet ministers and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's wife visited the Yasukuni Shrine. In July, Japan's Lower House passed a controversial security bill that would give the Self-Defense Force a greater role worldwide; this is a violation of the country's post-war constitution.

Despite these trying circumstances, the people of both countries never stopped moving closer to each other.

By April 2013, 60 percent of Japan's international students were from China. Similarly, Japan was China's fourth biggest foreign student origin country.

Yano Koji first came to China in the early 2000s to study Chinese, and is now one of the most popular Japanese actors in China.

At first, he played many Japanese soldiers -- the archetypal "bad guys".

Gradually he was accepted by the Chinese audience, and now has tens of thousands of fans. He also has a Chinese wife and a daughter.

"As an actor, I am a conduit," he said. "Everyone who works between China and Japan could be a channel, and we could unite to make a difference, so that in spite of politics, the exchanges between Chinese and Japanese people continue."

Chinese director Lu Chuan was glad to see his movie "City of Life and Death" (2009) shown by Japan's largest online video platform niconico.jp. The film focuses on the Nanjing Massacre.

When the film was shown four years ago in a cinema in Tokyo, more than 40 police officers and several police cars safeguarded the event in case right-wing extremists caused trouble, Lu recalled.

The screening was a good start, Lu said, adding that he hoped the people from China and Japan could have more exchanges "to understand each other better."

Yang Haihui observed that in Japan, elderly people who knew the war better tend to be more friendly toward China than the younger generation.

"There might be many people in both countries who were like me in the past: disliking each other but without really knowing each other," he said.

A book written by Chinese TV host Bai Yansong, who made a program about Japan several years ago, reads: "Love or hatred, put it aside [...] Understand each other first. With enough understanding, everything is possible."

Categories: Chinaganda

The Tank Man 6-4

Mark Roswell aka Da Shan

Best Friends Forever: Canada and China