National Herald Tribune : 2020-09-02

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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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