China has made great strides in protecting the rights and interests of its senior citizens, said a UN human rights expert, who called for continued efforts in this direction. Rosa Kornfeld-Matte, an independent expert on older people's rights and interests, said the series of policies and measures adopted by the Chinese government on the protection of the rights and benefits of older persons are "commendable". "The complex legal framework at the central and local levels has shown the importance the government attaches to older persons" said the expert at a news conference on Tuesday. China has a comprehensive legal system to protect older people from violence, abuse and harsh treatment. Kornfeld-Matte praised the Chinese government's policies and measures for the elderly in healthcare, transportation, business services and cultural activities. "I would want to say that China has some very good practices regarding the universities for the aged," she said, adding the international … [Read more...] about China’s protection of elderly praised
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'The fact that Modi and Xi exuded confidence to accelerate the negotiations for a border settlement alone underscores that the Russia-India-China triangle has become very dynamic,' notes Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar. IMAGE: Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi meets Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit 2019 in Bishkek. All Photographs: Kind courtesy Ministry of External Affairs/Flickr The Bishkek Declaration, issued after the summit meeting (June 14-15) of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation devotes one sentence praising China's Belt and Road Initiative: 'The Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Tajikistan and the Republic of Uzbekistan reaffirm their support for China's Belt and Road Initiative and praise the results of the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (which was held in April 26).' India kept aloof. Any surprises … [Read more...] about India-China: What’s cooking?
Video PlayerClose SEOUL, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- China and South Korea on Thursday pledged to further boost bilateral cooperation and speed up the building of the China-Japan-South Korea free trade area. The pledges were made during a meeting between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and visiting Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi. During the meeting, Moon said close dialogue and cooperation between South Korea and China is an important force to maintain peace and security in Northeast Asia and promote regional economic development. Moon said South Korea is willing to actively seek convergence between its own development strategies and the Belt and Road Initiative, explore third-party cooperation and further enhance people-to-people exchanges between the two countries. South Korea supports the advancement of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) as scheduled and is ready to accelerate building the South Korea-China-Japan free trade area, Moon said. "I am … [Read more...] about China, South Korea agree to expand cooperation, promote trade
US mass media giant Discovery recently introduced its pre-school education product in China as the company bets big on STEAM education to further expand its presence in the country. The product, dubbed Buddy&DD, offers children from three years and above interactive videos on STEAM, or science, technology, engineering, art, and math, as well as suitable toys. It also marks Discovery's first entry into the nation's STEAM education market. "With the latest product, we want to boost our presence and have a thorough grasp in each vertical area as Discovery is the world's largest documentary channel covering areas from animals, food, sports to vehicles," said Qiu Huang, vice-president and general manager of Discovery China and South Korea. Different from its STEAM education in the US, Qiu noted that its STEAM products in China will target children between two to six years old and focus more on the combination of both education and entertainment. "We have also integrated localized … [Read more...] about Discovery enters China’s STEAM industry
An early claim of the current US Administration was that China has been taking advantage of the US for many decades and previous presidents have failed to tackle it. President Donald Trump even said he did not blame China for it. It is true that the initial stages of China's rise benefited from imports by the US and other Western economies, since domestic incomes were low. However, when Deng Xiaoping telegraphed CEOs of western multinationals to come invest in China in 1979, it was so those MNCs could take advantage of low wages, increase profits and supply the US and others with affordable products which have improved American lifestyles and kept inflation in consumer goods industries low or negative. After China joined the WTO in late 2001, it became even clearer China was a "land of opportunity" for US business. In 2004 the prestigious Harvard Business Review devoted a whole edition to "Doing Business in China" and I thought I'd quote a little from the copy I still have in my … [Read more...] about China’s rise has been win-win, not zero-sum