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China hopes for stability, reconstruction in Libya
Beijing said yesterday that it is willing to see a peaceful and orderly power transition in Libya, and it hopes to see the establishment of an interim government in Tripoli at an early date.
Italy bond purchase may be on the cards
BEIJING - China's potential purchase of Italian bonds may help diversify the world's largest foreign exchange reserves and boost investor confidence in European markets, some analysts said.
But others doubted whether China would actually go ahead with the purchase.
Chinese premier calls for confidence in world economic recovery
DALIAN, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Tuesday called for consolidated confidence in the process of world economic recovery during his meeting with World Economic Forum (WEF) Chairman Klaus Schwab in Dalian.
Wen said the world economy still faces many uncertain and unstable factors that have caused tremendous challenges and demanded further courage as well as wisdom to deal with them.
"Most of all, we need to consolidate our confidence," Wen said while meeting with Schwab prior to the Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2011, also known as the Summer Davos, in the northeast Chinese city.
See Kaixin's - Economic China
University to cover less-commonly taught languages
BEIJING - With an expanding economy and increasing global role, China's need for speakers of less-commonly taught languages will soar over the next decade, and the leading foreign language university has pledged to meet the rising demand.
"The current number of languages we cover, 48, can't meet future need, so we plan to cover 89 less-commonly taught languages by 2020," Chen Yulu, president of Beijing Foreign Studies University, said.
Its initial target is to offer 73 of these languages by the end of the 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-2015). The first step will concentrate on five Central Asian, and several South Asian, languages.
China to diversify Latin America investment
Beijing – More Latin American countries besides Brazil and Argentina will obtain foreign direct investment from China, said Zhu Xinqiang, vice-governor of the Export-Import Bank of China.
Currently, most, if not all, of China's investment in the continent went to Brazil and Argentina, with the former getting 59.2 percent.
At the same time, more investment will be put into infrastructure construction, high-tech and agricultural projects in Latin America. In the past three years, China's investment in Latin America mainly centered on nature resources.
Foreign investments flood into new Chinese industries
The 2011 International Investment Forum opened on Sept. 8 in Xiamen, Fujian province with the theme "The 10th Anniversary of China's Accession to the WTO: Openness, Cooperation and Mutual Benefit."
This forum has attracted nearly 500 leading investors from 108 countries who are closely watching the investment environment of China.
China to establish fund for investment in Russia
IRKUTZSK, Russia, Sept. 12 (Xinhua) -- China has planned to establish a special fund to support its investment in Russia and is willing to develop it into a joint project, said a senior Chinese official at an international economic forum here Monday.
China and Russia held talks on the first day of the seventh Baikal Economic Forum, discussing current bilateral trade and investment environment.
Contracts worth 130 bln U.S. dollars clinched at first China-Eurasia Expo
URUMQI, Sept. 5 (Xinhua) -- The first China-Eurasia Expo that concluded Monday in Urumqi, capital of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, has clinched trade and technical cooperation contracts worth about 130 billion U.S. dollars, expo organizer said.
Among all contracts, 5.5 billion dollars are clinched between Chinese and foreign companies, while 124 billion dollars are among Chinese companies, the organizer said.
About 50,000 officials and business people from China and about 30 countries, regions and international organizations attended the trade fair, which also attracted an audience of more than 300,000 people.
China, UK to co-work on yuan services in London
London – China and the UK welcome private-sector interest in developing an offshore market in London to trade the yuan.
Following a press conference on Thursday afternoon by Chinese Vice-Premier Wang Qishan and U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, the two governments issued a statement confirming the agreement.
"We agreed to collaborate on the development of renminbi-denominated financial products and services in London, and our regulators stand ready to support this market," the Chancellor said.
The agreement will reinforce London's position as a global currency hub, whilst the yuan expands its offshore trading. Hong Kong is the only place permitted by China to act as a centre for deposits in the yuan, as the Chinese currency slowly becomes more flexible.
See Kaixin's - Yuan Revaluation & Internationalisation
HK to boost yuan's internationalization
XIAMEN-- Hong Kong is exerting efforts to build itself into an offshore center for RMB or yuan, China's currency, which, experts say, will accelerate the currency's internationalization process.
Hong Kong will be dedicated to developing cross-border settlement in RMB and establishing an offshore center accordingly, Hong Kong Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah said Wednesday at a forum in the southeastern city of Xiamen.
"Hong Kong will make it more convenient for mainland enterprises to trade and invest in Hong Kong," he said at the 15th China International Fair for Investment and Trade, which opened Wednesday and will end on Sunday.
Central authorities have supported Hong Kong becoming an offshore RMB center in an effort to strengthen the city's status as a global financial hub and push forward the internationalization of the yuan.
Love and fear of Chinese investment
XIAMEN-- "Select USA!" A US commerce delegation chief told participants at China's largest investment and trade fair. For the debt-ridden Uncle Sam, China may represent money and hope.
At the 15th China International Fair for Investment and Trade (CIFIT), which opened Wednesday in the southeastern city of Xiamen, nations are extending their "olive twigs" to Chinese investors.
US targets more trade in green energy sector
XIAMEN, Fujian - The United States is seeking to expand bilateral trade and investment with China in energy market and energy efficiency technologies, as the US government plans to direct its economy toward clean energy, Brian L. Goldbeck, US consul general in Guangzhou, said on Friday.
More Chinese ODI urged
XIAMEN, Fujian province - A larger outflow of Chinese overseas direct investment (ODI) could help the global economy regain and sustain its growth momentum, even as uncertainties remain over the strength of the global recovery, said officials from both China and overseas.
"The deeper impact of the global financial crisis has expanded, and new uncertainties about the world economic recovery constantly appear," said Chen Deming, the Chinese minister of commerce, at the opening ceremony of the 15th China International Fair for Investment & Trade (CIFIT) on Wednesday.
"The enhancement of international cooperation and encouragement and support for Chinese ODI would be an effective way of adding vigor to the global economy and help to achieve robust, sustainable and balanced growth," said Chen.
Held in Xiamen, the five-day investment fair has attracted 636 international organizations and 482 high-profile visitors from foreign governments, companies and institutions.
Crisis creating ODI opportunities
Countries 'more receptive' to investment amid global downturn
XIAMEN, Fujian - The global debt crisis presents opportunities for Chinese companies planning to invest overseas amid enticing prospects for outbound direct investment (ODI), the Ministry of Commerce said on Sept 6.
Attendants Huang Tingting (right) and He Jiao share a light-hearted moment on Tuesday ahead of the opening on Wednesday of the 15th China International Fair for Investment & Trade in Xiamen, Fujian province.
Long-term view of history
Pace of technological change will make mockery of differences between East and West, says historian
Ian Morris seems too nice to be a harbinger of doom. As we sit at a pavement coffee bar, just off Piccadilly during the week of the London riots with police sirens sounding nearby, apocalyptic warnings don't seem too much out of context.
The Stanford University historian is the latest to weigh in on the debate as to whether the East is about to take over from the West with his book Why The West Rules - for Now.
He is confident China will take over from the United States as the richest economy in the world some time in the 21st century but that it might not matter that much because we might very soon all blow ourselves up anyway.
The powder keg, according to Morris, could be a combination of nuclear proliferation and global warming - as it is predicted to do - affecting a politically unstable Middle East worse than any other region.
The myth buster
An outsider's look at china's leaders is updated and expanded
The 90th anniversary of the Communist Party of China in July coincided with a spate of writing in the Western press most notably Fareed Zakaria (CNN), and Ian Bremmer (Wall Street Journal) - reiterating that China was unlikely to be the next superpower.
Typically, these writers took a skeptical view of the projections that China might push past America's economic hegemony in the next five years or so, or build the political capacity to assume the position of global leadership.
"China is already an economic and political superpower in the perception of many people," says Robert Lawrence Kuhn, international corporate strategist, media personality and adviser to Chinese companies on capitalist markets for more than 20 years. "In today's world, where media makes news more than reports it, perceptions are realities."
As far as he can see "China will only grow in its relative power". He hastens to add that for China's leaders this growth may turn out to be "more a burden than a blessing".
Kuhn is probably at an advantage over fellow China watchers from the Western media to comment on how Chinese leaders may handle this exponential growth and its inevitable side-effects, having interviewed more than a hundred-odd Chinese officials holding key positions in the government and/or the Party, up, close.
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PARIS, Aug. 20 (Xinhua) — A French writer’s book put on sale recently has disclosed another side, including opportunism and tricks, of the Dalai Lama deified by some Western politicians and armchair pundits.
China establishes 615 rural financial institutions by June
BEIJING, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- China's banking regulator said Tuesday that the nation had established 615 rural financial institutions as of the end of June in an effort to improve rural financial services.
Among them 369 are located in central and western regions, where financial services in rural areas lag behind the prosperous eastern region, the China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC) said in a report.
China, Mongolia vow to further promote ties
BEIJING, Sep. 13 (Xinhua) -- China and Mongolia vowed to further promote bilateral ties as Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang met with his Mongolian counterpart Tuesday afternoon.
China, France vow to further promote bilateral ties
BEIJING, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- China and France on Tuesday pledged to expand their bilateral relationship during a visit to China by French Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Alain Juppe.
2011 Summer Davos opens in northeast China city
DALIAN, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) -- The Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2011, also known as the Summer Davos, opened in Dalian City of northeast China's Liaoning Province on Wednesday morning.
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao delivered a speech at the opening ceremony.
The forum, scheduled on Sept. 14-16, has attracted some 1,700 participants from 90 countries and regions.
Preparation for Summer Davos Forumwell underway in China's Dalian - SLIDESHOW
The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting of the New Champions, also known as the Summer Davos Forum, will kick off in Dalian on Sept. 14. The theme of this year's meeting is "Mastering Quality Growth". Over1600 participants from 90 countries and regions are expected to participate in the forum.
China pushes for construction of Northeast Asia free trade area
CHANGCHUN, Sept. 7 (Xinhua) -- China is seeking to push forward the establishment of a free trade area among Northeast Asian countries in order to further boost the economic and trade exchanges in the region, a senior political advisor said Wednesday.
"All countries in Northeast Asia should make efforts in building a regional cooperative framework and exploring the construction of a free trade area under the backdrop of global and regional economic integration," said Bai Lichen, vice chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).
Bai made the remarks at the ongoing 7th China Jilin Northeast Asia Investment and Trade Expo in Jilin's capital city Changchun.
Why govt cannot spend FX at home
The Italian government is reportedly seeking for Beijing to buy colossal amounts of Italian bonds. Should China make this purchase? This is not only a financial issue, but has becomes a “political” issue at home.
Some plausible but odd questions have been raised. More than a few netizens questioned: Why not use the money to improve lives, rather than to buy foreign bonds? Mounting anger and doubt are now questioning the legitimacy of government decision-making in using foreign exchange reserves. It is high time for the government to provide a complete, straightforward explanation.
Public fury deepens over oil drama
COPC, the operator of the Penglai 19-3 oilfield, issued a statement Saturday evening accusing CCTV of making up an interview with an alleged employee of the oil producer in a report aired Friday.
In the report, a CCTV crew revisited the leakage site near platforms B and C with inspectors from the State Oceanic Administration (SOA).
The crew said it saw at least 20 ships cleaning oil at the site, contradicting a previous claim from COPC that the company had finished clearing the area before the August 31 deadline set by the SOA.
Through a wireless radio channel, a man claiming to be a COPC employee working in the area told CCTV that the cleaning work had been delayed due to bad weather.
When asked why the company claimed to have finished the cleaning process before the deadline, the employee replied, "We just lied."
A war of words between ConocoPhillips China (COPC) and China Central Television (CCTV) over the weekend added more drama to the oil spill incident in the Bohai Bay, outraging the public that is demanding COPC actively take responsibility for the crisis.
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The 2011 China Tourism Equipment Expo concluded on Monday in the northern port city of Tianjin. Exhibitors from home and abroad displayed their latest products for travellers. Let's take a look at some of the creative ideas.
Enjoying viewers passing you, chatting with friends and you can also burn your calories at the same time. The group bicycle is just one of some 300 creative tourism products that might make your trip easier or add some fun even after you are back home.
Musical Play-Love U, Teresa on Center Stage
"Love U, Teresa" is a Broadway-style musical play commemorates late Taiwan singer Teresa Teng (1953-1995). The musical is about Teng in heaven helping young musician Zhou Mengjun to pursue her dream with her music. The musical uses the simple values of love and loyalty celebrated in Teng’s songs. More than 30 of Teng’s greatest hits sung by two actresses who play Teng, including “I Only Care About You,” “The Long Road of Life” and “The Moon Represents My Heart.” The musical made its debut in Hong Kong in 2010 and was well-received. Many people said they could not believe the two singers/actresses looked so much like Teng.
The Wall Street Journal
Senators: Selling F-16s to Taiwan Equals Jobs
In a statement, Sen. Cornyn described the sale as a “win-win” that would bolster Taiwan’s security, while providing much-needed U.S. manufacturing jobs.
No Chinese White Knight for European Damsels in Distress
A new way for indebted European governments to relieve the pressure: Hint that China will ride to the rescue with its mountain of foreign-exchange reserves.
Brazil, Others May Join on Aid for Europe
Brazilian Finance Minister Guido Mantega said Tuesday the world's big developing economies may propose joint aid to help resolve Europe's debt crisis, underscoring worries Europe's problems may become a headache for global capitals from Beijing to Brasilia.
Italian Officials Hold Talks Asking China to Buy Bonds
ROME–Italy's Finance Ministry has held talks with China's sovereign wealth fund and other Chinese officials in a bid to persuade Beijing to buy large amounts of Italian bonds, a person familiar with the matter said Monday, as the Italian government searches for ways to meet its financing needs and pull the peninsula out of the euro-zone debt crisis.
Stocks Bounce on Talk of Temporary China Bailout of Italy
Well, that was a crazy day. The Dow went from down about 150 points to up about 70, apparently sparked by a news report, citing anonymous sources, that Italy is in talks to get China to buy a bunch of Italian sovereign debt.
Arrests Made in China ‘Gutter Oil’ Scandal
Police have arrested 32 people suspected of producing and selling old cooking oil that has been illegally collected from restaurant gutters, according to a Ministry of Public Security statement Tuesday.
Son’s Scandal Engulfs Chinese General
Thousands of other Weibo users have also piled on, with many taking the episode as yet another example of the brazen behaviour of the country’s privileged elite.
“Second-generation rich, second-generation officials, second-generation celebrities…before you learn to make money, you should probably learn how to be human,” added another Weibo user, Xiaowang Tiankong888.
Kaixin OpEd - This is indeed a problem in China. It is good to see that the Chinese people are voicing their concern and that the authorities are listening, or, at least, being forced to listen.
The China Debate Continues: Rodrik Answers Subramanian
One of the biggest questions in the international economy is whether China can continue its astonishing 30-year record of growing 10% a year. Arvind Subramanian, an economist at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, argues in a new book, “Eclipse: Living in the Shadow of China’s Dominance,” that China is bound to become the world’s number one economy even if it’s growth rate slows substantially. That’s because China is still likely to grow faster than the U.S. for years to come and its population is four times the U.S.
Going Green in China
Getting lost on a biking trip led Grant Horsfield to Moganshan, a bamboo mountain outside Hangzhou, a second-tier city two hours from Shanghai. Just below the mountain’s peak was a tiny, 14-person farming village called Shanjiuwu, the future site of luxury resort Naked Retreats (now Naked Home Village), which opened in 2007.
‘Mooncake Tax’ Sours Mid-Autumn Mood in Beijing
Another Mid-Autumn Festival, another mooncake controversy.
The story harvesting hype this year: That employees gifted mooncakes by their employers, as is tradition for the holiday, will have to pay personal income tax on the baked goods — and that the value of the cakes could bump some into a higher taxable-income bracket.
See Kaixin's - The Mooncake Festival
The New York Times
China’s Rise Isn’t Our Demise
By JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.
The United States can and will flourish from its competition with China.
‘Made in China,’ but Still Profiting Americans
A new study finds that a majority of the price consumers pay for goods labeled "Made in China" goes to American businesses, not Chinese ones.
I.H.T. Op-Ed Contributor
Why China Wants a G-3 World
By PARAG KHANNA AND MARK LEONARD
While the world focuses on U.S.-China relations, Europe is increasingly overlooked.
I.H.T. Special Report: Net Worth
Investing in Chinese Currency
By SONIA KOLESNIKOV-JESSOP
While diversifying into the renminbi has its benefits, investors should be aware of the risks involved.
See Kaixin's - Yuan Revaluation & Internationalisation
China Says It Will Tighten Arms Sales Procedures
A Foreign Ministry statement came after the disclosure last week that state-owned arms manufacturers had negotiated arms sales to Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s government.
An exhibition at the Capital Museum reassesses the paradoxical life of Wan Li, who refused to rule for nearly 30 years, but whose reign saw prosperity and creativity flourish across China.
Letter from China
Chinese Law Could Make Divorced Women Homeless
By DIDI KIRSTEN TATLOW
In a move that critics say ignores womens’ work within the home, a new interpretation of the 1980 Marriage Law now grants sole ownership to the buyer — usually the husband — in cases of divorce.
China’s New Cultural Revolution: A Surge in Art Collecting
A growing wealthy class is aggressively pursuing a costly passion for both Western and Asian works.
Militant Band Claims Role In Western China Attacks
An Islamic group said to be tied to Al Qaeda has claimed responsibility in an online video for recent violent attacks that killed dozens in China’s western Xinjiang region.
China Pork Imports from U.S. Rise Fivefold
According to recent figures from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, China is now the fifth largest market for U.S. pork exports
China now is the fifth largest market for U.S. pork exports, up from the 10th position last year, according to the USDA.
An Oil Spill Too Slick for Accountability
Everyone agrees leaking oil polluted Bohai Bay, but the public learned late and confusion over compensation remains
Months have passed since crude trickled and then poured from China's worst-ever offshore oil rig leak, but trying to trace the lines of public accountability for the disaster has proven as messy as sopping up pollution slicks.
Indebted Governments and the Power of Bonds
Local government bonds could open a door to fiscal responsibility, but existing debt barriers are high
China's policymakers have spent more than a decade debating whether local governments should be allowed to issue bonds. The global financial crisis put the debate on hold while counties, cities and provinces borrowed from banks to finance stimulus projects. As a result, like many western countries, local governments in China are now mired in debt.
The Poisoning of the Nanpan River Basin
Chromium pollution on Pearl River Tributary has killed a number of livestock in Yunnan Province, and continues to contaminate water supplies
In Sanbao Town, the water isn't safe to drink anymore. After a light rain on June 11, Lu Jicai took his sheep into the mountains, located by the Nanpan River Basin. The sheep drank from a pond and soon began bleating. That night, Lu's wife made an inventory. Of the 51 sheep on the mountain that day, 38 had died and 13 were on the verge of death. A veterinarian at the local Animal Husbandry Station determined that the sheep had been poisoned.
Following Ji Xianlin's River West, Then East
Eastern thought offers a valuable perspective of economic and ecological issues, proving that culture ebbs and flows
This past summer holiday, I finally read a 2006 book in Chinese written by the grand, old man of Chinese cultural linguistics, Professor Ji Xianlin (1911-2009). The title of his book crystallizes his view that culture and civilization are like a river that flows east for 30 years and then west for the next 30.
Maurits C. Boas professor of international economics at Harvard University
China's economic dynamism has been propelled by four primary drivers, each of which are set to undergo mild changes which could lead to slower development.
We can examine the five factors mentioned above as accounting for China's extraordinary rate of growth in recent decades....
Not Too Late for Fujian's Tulou Buildings
The 400-year-old Chengqi clan home in Fujian Province's Yongding County is known as the "king of earthen Hakka buildings." Known locally as ‘tulou,’ it received World Cultural Heritage status from the United Nation’s World Heritage Centre in 2008.
Asia Times Online
The myth of the 'China model' in Africa
By Jian Junbo
The United States has taken aim at a so-called "China model" of authoritarian, state-led capitalism it says is catching on in Africa, while indirectly accusing Beijing of neo-colonialism. African nations indeed want to emulate China's rise, but lack its centralized politics and history of unification, and the West's fears are simply linked to helplessness over its dwindling influence on the continent.
China's elderly offer opening for West's healthcare companies
By Benjamin A Shobert
Western operators of places where old people see out their days are recognizing the opportunities in China, where it is acknowledged that a "demographic tsunami" is about to hit the country. Before profits flow, considerable cultural and local barriers have to be overcome, not least the cost of real estate.
Clausewitz and Sun Tzu after the neo-cons
By Andreas Herberg-Rothe
Battles and even campaigns can be won following Sun Tzu, but it is difficult to win a war by applying his Art of War principles which, unlike Carl von Clausewitz's theories, didn't consider the post-war political-social landscape. Military prowess, neo-conservative desires and the application of some Sun Tze principles have been factors in the United States Army's military successes and likewise in its obvious failures
Inward look at Chinese outward investment
By Jean-Marc F Blanchard
Fear of being displaced by China tops off many claims that its companies' overseas investments bring wanton damage to the environment, the abuse of local workers, and disregard for traditional customs. Such anxieties are based on an ignorance of the facts or context amid China's dramatically changing profile as an outward investor.
Jean-Marc F Blanchard, PhD is associate professor of international telations and associate director of the Center for US-China Policy Studies at San Francisco State University.
New Thinking about the Taiwan Issue: Theoretical insights into its origins, dynamics, and prospects (Politics in Asia)
By Jean-Marc F. Blanchard (Editor), Dennis V. Hickey (Editor)
The "Taiwan question" has long been considered one of the most complicated and explosive issues in global politics. In recent years, however, relations between Taiwan and the Chinese mainland have improved substantially to the surprise of many. In this ground-breaking collection, distinguished contributors from the US, Asia, and Europe seek to go beyond the standard "recitation of facts" that often characterizes studies focusing on the Beijing-Taipei dyad. Rather, they employ a variety of theories as well as both quantitative and qualitative methodologies to analyze the ebbs and flows of the Taiwan issue. Their discussions clearly illuminate why there is a "Taiwan Problem," why conflict did not escalate to war between 2000 and 2008, and why cross-Strait relations improved after 2008. The book further reveals the limits of realism as a device to gain traction into the Taiwan issue, demonstrates the importance of taking into account domestic political variables, and shows how theory can be used to advance the cause of better China-Taiwan relations and to analyze the potential for future conflict over Taiwan.
New Thinking about the Taiwan Issue is essential reading not only for students, scholars and practitioners with an interest in studying relations across the Taiwan Strait, but also for any reader interested in economics, international relations, comparative politics or political theory.
Moon cakes get an unsavory makeover
By Wu Zhong
In recent years, the centuries-old Chinese tradition of giving moon cakes to friends and relatives to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival has been marred by scandals of unscrupulous makers loading up the additives to preserve shelf-life and recycle unsold products. This year, the government is clamping down, but not without the addition of an unsavory tax ingredient into the mix.
Crouching dragon, rising sun
By Yong Kwon
With the completion of its aircraft carrier, China's capacity to further up the ante in disputed East Asian waters has drastically increased. Japan's deep reach into the East China Sea, a capability to contribute to the security of Northeast Asia, and above all an increasingly predominant political role in the region, give Tokyo the power to be a natural counterweight to the growing influence of China.
A criminal missed opportunity in China
By Kent Ewing
After eight years, China's parliament has published 99 draft amendments to the Criminal Procedure Law. Under the guise of protecting the nation against terrorism and other security threats, the proposed changes would enshrine into law human-rights violations that have long been the norm among the police and security forces.
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