on Monday stressed the need to promote the intensive and economical utilization of the water resources of the Yellow River to ensure its highquality development. The meeting of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, presided over by Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, reviewed a guideline on development planning for the Yellow River basin. The ecological protection and high-quality development of the Yellow River, known as China's Mother River, "concern the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation", read a statement released after the meeting. Efforts should be made to improve its environment, optimize the allocation of water resources, facilitate high-quality development of the whole basin, improve people's lives and promote the inheritance of Yellow River culture, it said. "It is important to respect natural laws and taking targeted measures according to local circumstances to improve the environment in the Yellow River basin," the statement read. It mandated efforts to reduce floods and droughts along the Yellow River for the long run and to improve the country's capabilities in dealing with various kinds of natural disasters by strengthening scientific research. To boost the high-quality development of the Yellow River basin, meeting participants decided that effective measures Political party leaders from around the world have firmly opposed some U.S. politicians' smear against China, and objected to their interference in China's internal affairs and severe undermining of China-U.S. relations. In their messages sent recently to the International Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, they called on all parties to strengthen communication and cooperation, and jointly safeguard world peace, stability and development. Iran's Islamic Coalition Party said in a message that attacks on China by some U.S. politicians are groundless, which are obviously intended to divert the U.S. public dissatisfaction with and pressure on the government. China has repeatedly and explicitly stated its position to the international community, and shown through concrete actions that China has always been a builder of world peace, contributor to global development and defender of the international order, the party noted, adding that the anti-China rhetoric of U.S. politicians will make the Chinese people more united and more cooperative with the people of the world. Cevdet Yilmaz, deputy chairman of Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party, said the COVID-19 pandemic has posed a grave challenge to the world, which requires the international community to find a solution together. Turkey appreciates China's efforts to achieve global stability and prosperity, closely follows the current development of China-U.S. relations, and hopes that the two sides can resolve relevant differences through peaceful and constructive dialogues, he said. Gennady Zyuganov, chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, said the COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating economic and social problems in many countries around the world. The U.S. administration is resorting to the same trick again, trying to solve its own problems with an aggressive foreign policy. The United States has taken various measures to suppress China, but such attempts have failed one after another, said Zyuganov. Vojtech Filip, leader of the Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia and also the first deputy speaker of the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Republic, expressed his strong disapproval of the U.S. acts that politically attack China and cripple regional peace and stability. Presently the COVID-19 pandemic continues raging worldwide, considerably threatening the humankind's life and safety as well as global economic development, Filip noted, calling on all the countries to work together to safeguard peace and security, uphold international trade rules, respect the authority of international laws and build equal and win-win international relations. Ivona Ladjevac, head of the center for the Belt and Road Initiative at the Institute of International Politics and Economics in Serbia, said that the U.S. plan to block WeChat and TikTok was to put its selfish political interests prior to market principles on the pretext of national security threat. This act harms others without benefiting itself, Ladjevac said, adding that it will backfire on the United States at last. - Xinhua With a mixture of nerves and excitement, many students in China kicked off a new school year on Tuesday. For about 200 first-graders at Chengdu Garden (International) Primary School, southwest China's Sichuan Province, a brief ceremony was held Tuesday morning to mark a special moment -- their first day at school. Each pupil has a ribbon tied on their left wrist symbolizing hope for the new beginning. "It's like a little rabbit is in me today, and it is jumping up and down all the time," whispered a little girl. Sitting with hands folded on the desk, she sometimes gently bit her lower lip, waiting anxiously for her first class. "Dad gave me the balance bike I've been dreaming of for entering school," she said. "I will definitely study hard." "I'm already missing my baby, and I don't know if he can adapt well," said a parent surnamed Ma. Besides a full set of stationery, she also purchased masks, paper towels and hand sanitizer for her son. "I am worried about him and hope he will have a good day." At 7:40 a.m., a kindergarten in Wuhan, a city once-hit hard by the novel coronavirus, welcomed its first batch of kindergartners. Hu Meng, a teacher, greeted every one of the 18 kids in her class. "Hello, Ms. Hu!" The lively kids cheered back. "I'm so excited! I have missed them so much!" she said. According to Hu, she and four other teachers began preparing for the new semester since May. After rounds of disinfection and epidemic prevention drills, the kindergarten finally opened on Tuesday, and comics and light-hearted slogans on epidemic prevention can be seen everywhere in public areas. Official data show that a total of 2,842 kindergartens, primary and secondary schools in Wuhan opened their doors Tuesday to welcome about 1.4 million students. According to Wang Chifu, deputy director of the city's education bureau, primary and secondary school students in Wuhan should carry masks with them, but they do not have to wear them at school. - Xinhua should be adopted to accelerate the transformation of driving forces, to establish the modern industrial system with distinctive local features and advantages and to advance rural vitalization. The meeting also stressed the need to protect and carry forward Yellow River culture and explore its value in modern times to strengthen Chinese people's confidence in Chinese culture. The 5,464-kilometer-long river feeds about 12 percent of China's population, irrigates about 15 percent of arable land, supports 14 percent of national GDP and supplies water to more than 60 cities. The Yellow River basin has a drainage area of over 752,000 sq km and covers seven provinces and two autonomous regions. Since Xi became general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, he has made many visits to inspect the environmental conservation and high-quality development of the Yellow River basin, with the most recent in June, when he inspected the Ningxia Hui autonomous region. Monday's meeting also reviewed a report on the latest round of disciplinary inspections by the 19th CPC Central Committee. It said that results of the inspections showed that central Party and government organs should be more consciously implementing various kinds of decisions and arrangements of the CPC Central Committee on comprehensively deepening reform, thus pushing forward the country's modernization of its governance system and governance capabilities. - CHINA DAILY more than those born in the 1990s (82 percent) and those born in the 1980s (81.5 percent), the survey showed. "Frugality is a traditional virtue of the Chinese nation, and we should still promote it even in an age of abundance," Zhu Yi, an associate professor at the China Agricultural University, was quoted by the newspaper as saying. On cultivating a habit of saving food, 70.5 percent of the respondents thought it will help children develop respect for the work of others, while 58 percent said it can help shape a reverence for nature and life. Some 96.2 percent of those surveyed believed that improvement in livelihood is not in conflict with frugality. - Xinhua China will further beef up its capacity of nucleic acid testing of novel coronavirus, according to a newly released work plan. A total of 100 public testing laboratories will be set up across the country, with each being able to handle 10,000 samples daily, said the document released by the State Council joint prevention and control mechanism against COVID-19. It stressed efforts to promote the development of third-party laboratories in accordance with laws to allow them to participate in nucleic acid testing through government service procurement. The country will be divided into eight districts to plan for greater testing capacities, with each district being able to handle between 500,000 and 700,000 samples every day. - Xinhua About 82.2 percent of Chinese do not waste food in daily life, the China Youth Daily reported citing a recent survey. The survey polled 2,004 people born between the 1960s and 2000s from both urban and rural areas. About 84.1 percent of respondents born in the 2000s said they are used to saving food, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi has urged China and the European Union (EU) to jointly uphold the trend of peace and development, while calling for solidarity, cooperation, openness and inclusiveness. In his speech at the French Institute of International Relations here on Sunday, Wang said that China's development has not only benefited the Chinese people, but also the whole world. Commitment to peace and harmony, he added, is deeply rooted in the mindset of the Chinese and has also been the cultural inspiration behind China's active pursuit of a community with a shared future for mankind. Over the past more than 70 years since the People's Republic of China was founded, especially the past over 40 years since the country's reform and opening up, the Chinese people have made remarkable achievements along the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics. China has accomplished leapfrog development with its comprehensive national strength growing continuously, and the Chinese people have become the true masters of their country with their livelihoods improving incessantly, Wang said. Wang said that China has always been a constructor of world peace, constantly injecting positive energy into the evolution of the international situation, a defender of the international order, constantly adding stability to the global governance system, and a promoter of globalization, making important contributions to building an open world. The development path chosen by the Chinese people, Wang said, meets their aspirations and the trend of peaceful development, which is beneficial not only to China but also to the world. China will stick to it unswervingly, he diversified patterns of open cooperation. Also, on cooperative development, Wang said that China will pursue greater security, better development and meet common challenges through cooperation. On win-win development, Wang noted that China has always adhered to the global governance concept based on the principle of extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits. China, he added, will work with other added.Facing an ever-changing international environment, China has decided to give full play to the advantages of its super-large market and the potential of its domestic demand, so as to build a new development pattern marked by the domestic cycle as the main body and the mutual reinforcing of both the domestic and international cycles, said Wang. China will further expand domestic demand and open up wider, share more humanity needs to once again make a crucial choice, a choice between progress and regression, between solidarity and division, and between openness and seclusion, he said. China and the EU, he said, should take a responsible attitude toward the future of mankind, take the fundamental interests of the people of both sides into consideration, jointly resist the adverse tides of hatred and confrontation instigation and stand firm on the right side of history, so as to provide more stability for the complex and fluid world. Firstly, China and the EU should resolutely safeguard peaceful development and oppose global division, he said. He stressed that China opposes firmly any attempt to start a new "Cold War" and will never allow any force to deprive the Chinese people and the people of the world of the right to seek development and a good life. Wang said that China hopes to send a strong message together with Europe: a message for solidarity and against division, for progress and against regression, for peace and development and against conflict and confrontation. Secondly, China and the EU, he added, should strongly uphold multilateralism and jointly oppose unilateral bullying. Wang pledged that China will uphold firmly multilateralism, and advocate and implement global governance based on extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits, no matter how the international situation changes. China regards the EU as an important force in the process of multi-polarization and stands ready to work with the EU to safeguard the effectiveness and authority of the multilateral system, and a fair and just international order, Wang said. Thirdly, China and the EU should continue to promote mutually beneficial cooperation and jointly oppose seclusion and decoupling, said the Chinese foreign minister. China and the world today have long been intertwined, and that trying to decouple with China means to decouple with development opportunities and the most dynamic market, he said. As two major economies of the world, China and the EU should stick to free trade and jointly protect the stability of the global industrial and supply chains, so as to play a key role in promoting global development and prosperity in the post-pandemic era, Wang said. Fourthly, China and the EU should jointly respond to global challenges and oppose the "beggar-thy-neighbor" strategy, Wang added. China and the EU should set an example for promoting global governance, work together to enhance the coordinating role of the United Nations in international affairs, oppose the practice of putting one's own country first at the expense of others, and join hands to build a community with a shared future for mankind, he said. Noting that this year marks the 45th anniversary of the establishment of China-EU diplomatic ties, Wang said that over the past 45 years, an important message from the development of ChinaEU relations is that there is no conflict of fundamental interests between the two sides, cooperation is far greater than competition, and consensus is far greater than difference. During the past 45 years, the growth of China-EU relations has shown that it is entirely possible for the two sides to enhance mutual trust through equal dialogue, to achieve win-win results through mutually beneficial cooperation, to properly handle differences through constructive communication, and to jointly meet global challenges through enhanced coordination. - Xinhua of China's development dividends with the world so as to drive the world's common recovery with China's recovery and drive the world's common development with China's development, he said. China will continue to adhere to the path of peaceful development, Wang said. Adhering to the new model of state-tostate relations featuring dialogue and partnership, not confrontation or alliance, China will build more extensive global partnerships, he said. On open development, Wang said that China will build an open economy of a higher level with all-range, multi-level, countries to make the pie of cooperation bigger and turn the vision of common development into reality. On inclusive development, Wang said China does not seek to export its system or model of development, and has no interest in ideological confrontation with any country. With concrete actions, China will continue to safeguard the diversity of civilizations in the world and promote exchanges and mutual learning between development models, he added. With the world facing changes unseen in a century and also a raging pandemic, National Herald Tribune, Wednesday, September 2, 2020
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