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Did the world’s tallest statue bring development to India?

The $430m iconic Statue of Unity in the western state of Gujarat was hailed as a symbol of development in the state. But for those who live near the statue, they’re afraid they will lose their homes and livelihoods.

Source: The BBC


China’s top legislator meets Nigerien president


Li Zhanshu (R), chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC), meets with Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, May 29, 2019. (Xinhua/Pang Xinglei)

BEIJING, May 29 (Xinhua) — China’s top legislator Li Zhanshu met with visiting Nigerien President Mahamadou Issoufou on Wednesday, exchanging views on pushing forward the relationship between the two countries.

Li, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC), said China stands ready to work with Niger to implement the important consensus made by the two heads of state to lift the bilateral ties to a higher level.

Both the Chinese and African people experienced anti-imperialist and anti-colonial struggles in the past, and both face the task of getting rid of poverty and backwardness and achieving development and prosperity, Li said.

China and Africa have created a new model of South-South cooperation, Li said.

The NPC is willing to strengthen exchanges with the National Assembly of Niger and promote state-to-state friendly cooperation, he said.

Issoufou said Niger thanks China for its long-term support and assistance, and is willing to learn from China’s development experience, actively participate in jointly building the Belt and Road and strengthen pragmatic cooperation.

Source: Xinhua


Xi stresses integrated media development


Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, delivers a speech while presiding over a group study session of the CPC Central Committee Political Bureau at the People’s Daily in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 25, 2019. Xi stressed efforts to boost integrated media development and amplify mainstream tone in public communication so as to consolidate the common theoretical foundation for all Party members and all the people to unite and work hard. (Xinhua/Xie Huanchi)

BEIJING, Jan. 25 (Xinhua) — Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, on Friday stressed efforts to boost integrated media development and amplify mainstream tone in public communication so as to consolidate the common theoretical foundation for all Party members and all the people to unite and work hard.

Xi made the remarks at a group study session of the CPC Central Committee Political Bureau.

The move will provide strong spiritual strength and public support for the realization of the two centenary goals and the Chinese dream of national rejuvenation, Xi said.

Led by Xi, members of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee visited the People’s Daily on Friday morning.

During the visit, Xi stressed Party newspapers and periodicals should strengthen the development and innovation of their means of communication.

Efforts should be made to develop websites, microblogs, WeChat, electronic newspaper bulletins, mobile newspapers, internet protocol television and other forms of new media to enable the voice of the Party to directly reach all kinds of user terminals and gain new public opinion fields, he added.

The work of news and public opinion is facing new challenges as profound changes have taken place in the ecology of public opinion, the media landscape and the means of communication, Xi said.

The integrated development of the media should be accelerated to make the penetration, guidance, influence, and credibility of the mainstream media more powerful, said Xi, urging for building of competitive, strongly influential new types of mainstream media.

“Priority should be given to mobile platforms,” he said, calling for the exploration of using artificial intelligence in news gathering, generation, distribution, receiving and feedback.

“We should strengthen the management of new media in accordance with the law to ensure a cleaner cyberspace,” Xi stressed.

Xi also asked the mainstream media to provide more authentic and objective information with clear viewpoints in a timely manner, and called for efforts to improve the online content to safeguard the country’s political, cultural and ideological security.

Party committees and governments at all levels should give greater support to integrated media development in terms of policies, funds and talent, he said.

While stressing the status of the People’s Daily as the CPC Central Committee’s official newspaper, Xi demanded the newspaper improve its work to give full play to its key role in guiding public opinion.


China-Gambia relations see rapid development on all fronts: Chinese FM


Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi (L) meets with his Gambian counterpart Mamadou Tangara in Banjul, capital of Gambia, Jan. 5, 2019. (Xinhua/Lyu Shuai)

BANJUL, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) — China and Gambia have seen rapid development on all fronts in their relations since the resumption of diplomatic ties more than two years ago, said visiting Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Saturday.

During the meeting with his Gambian counterpart Mamadou Tangara, Wang said China and Gambia have restored exchanges in various fields and achieved notable results in cooperation on major infrastructure projects, enabling the bilateral friendship to take root among the two peoples.

Facts have proved that resuming bilateral diplomatic relations fully conforms with the fundamental interests of Gambia and its people, the universal consensus on the one-China principle and the common aspiration for unity and cooperation by the Chinese and African peoples, Wang said.

The Chinese foreign minister said Gambia’s reaffirmed commitment to the one-China policy will help lay a firm political foundation for a comprehensive and healthy development of bilateral ties. He said the two countries should further increase mutual trust as well as mutual support on issues concerning each other’s core interests.

China and Gambia should step up communication and coordination to implement the major consensus between leaders of the two countries and the results from the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Beijing Summit, Wang said.

In this respect, he suggested that Gambia combine the China-Africa cooperation initiatives proposed at the FOCAC Beijing Summit with its national development plans and find priorities, so as to push for progress in various fields of bilateral cooperation to benefit both sides.

Wang noted that China-Africa cooperation in essence is South-South cooperation, and the China-Africa efforts towards common development and prosperity will help promote equality and peace in the world.

China is willing to do everything within its power to help with the economic and social development in Gambia and other African countries based on Africa’s realities and actual needs, he said.

For his part, Tangara thanked China for its help in Gambia’s economic development and improvement of people’s livelihood while voicing the hope that Wang’s visit would lead to a closer bilateral relationship.

The Gambian foreign minister said Gambia firmly adheres to the one-China policy, and will support China on various international occasions as well as on issues of core interest, pushing further development of bilateral ties on the right track.

He said Gambia is ready to strengthen communication with China at various levels, enhance mutual trust and promote cooperation in fields like economy, energy and technology.

Tangara said the major cooperation initiatives proposed at the FOCAC Beijing Summit showed China truly addresses the concerns of African countries and supports their efforts to enhance their own capabilities in national development.

While praising China as a leader in defending multilateralism and the interests of developing countries amid the headwinds of unilateralism in the world, the minister said his country is willing to strengthen coordination and cooperation with China in various international affairs.


Xi holds talks with Ecuadorean president, eyeing steady development of bilateral ties


Chinese President Xi Jinping (L, front) holds a welcoming ceremony for Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno Garces ahead of their talks at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, Dec. 12, 2018. (Xinhua/Li Tao)

BEIJING, Dec. 12 (Xinhua) — President Xi Jinping on Wednesday held talks with Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, calling for the healthy and steady development of the bilateral ties.

Recalling his state visit to the South American country in 2016, Xi said the healthy and steady development of China-Ecuador ties goes with not only the fundamental interests of the two countries and peoples but also the trend of peace, development and win-win cooperation.

During the 2016 visit, the two countries established a comprehensive strategic partnership, ushering in a new chapter for the bilateral relationship, Xi said.

Xi said he appreciates President Moreno’s commitment to deepening the friendly cooperation between the two countries since Moreno took office last year.

Xi stressed that the two sides should increase interactions to intensify their strategic communication and coordination and exchange experience on governance, so as to enhance mutual understanding and support for each other’s path of development and continue backing each other firmly on issues involving their core interests and major concerns.

Noting that Ecuador’s participation in the construction of the Belt and Road is welcomed by the Chinese side, Xi expects the two sides to jointly promote cooperation in areas such as infrastructure, production capacity, agriculture, information technology, new energy and environmental protection.

“China welcomes Ecuador to actively explore the Chinese market and share opportunities brought by China’s development,” Xi said.

China’s financing cooperation with Ecuador is conducted on the basis of equality, mutual benefit and business principles, without attaching any political condition, said Xi.

Noting that the Chinese government requires Chinese enterprises in Ecuador to abide by local laws and regulations and run business fairly in the market, Xi expects the Ecuador side to create a good investment environment and protect their legitimate rights and interests.

He called for closer people-to-people and technology exchanges, urging both sides to carry out law enforcement cooperation to guarantee normal exchanges of personnel, economy and trade.

Xi also said China will continue to support Ecuador’s post-earthquake reconstruction and its disaster prevention work.

China and Ecuador have same or similar positions on major international and regional issues, said Xi, calling on the two sides to collaborate closely to safeguard multilateralism, promote reform of the global governance system and defend the legitimate rights and interests of developing countries.

Moreno expressed gratitude for China’s assistance on Ecuador’s economic and social development, especially for the help offered after Ecuador was hit by an earthquake in 2016.

Moreno said Ecuador is ready to actively take part in the Belt and Road Initiative and expand bilateral cooperation in various fields.

He welcomed and appreciated China’s financing cooperation with Ecuador and expects to expand exports to China. Moreno also expressed the will to enhance coordination and collaboration with China in multilateral affairs such as UN Sustainable Development Goals.

After the talks, the two leaders witnessed the signing of several cooperation documents, including a memorandum of understanding on jointly promoting the construction of the Belt and Road.


China designates marine economic development demonstration zone

HAIKOU, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) — China has designated a national-level marine economic development demonstration zone in its southernmost island province of Hainan.

Meng Qinglei, deputy county chief of Lingshui, said on Sunday that Lingshui Li Autonomous County has been approved by the National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of National Resources to demonstrate an advanced marine economic development.

Lingshui is located in southeastern Hainan, boasting 118.57 km long coastline and 1,898.9 square km of sea areas.

With rich resources of beaches, islands, scenic bays and mangrove forests, the region has assimilated big Chinese firms like China Shipbuilding Industry Corp., China Electronic Technology Group Corp. and R&F Properties.

Meng said Lingshui is eyeing building high-end maritime amusement, deep sea fish farming, ocean fishing and marine high-tech and information industries.

Currently under construction is the R&F Ocean Paradise project and a deep sea fish farm platform measuring 250,000 cubic meters, which is expected to boast highly automated facilities.


Vice premier stresses quality development of Confucius Institute

CHENGDU, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) — The Chinese government encourages cross-cultural exchanges, and supports both Chinese sides and their foreign partners in making Confucius Institute a success, Vice Premier Sun Chunlan said on Tuesday.

Sun, who is also chair of the Council of the Confucius Institute Headquarters, made the remarks at the opening of the 13th Confucius Institute Conference in Chengdu, southwest China’s Sichuan Province.

Sun spoke highly of the contribution made by the Confucius Institute in catering to people’s need of learning Chinese and serving the economic and trade cooperation between China and other countries.

“Through joint efforts of both Chinese sides and their foreign partners, the education quality of the Confucius Institute has steadily increased, with increasingly active cultural exchanges and continuously enhanced service capability,” she said.

To build a community with a shared future for humanity and push forward prosperity of all nations, languages need to play a unique role in enhancing understanding, building consensus, promoting cooperation and deepening friendship, Sun said.

She called on the Confucius Institute to innovate teaching methods, nurture more talent familiar with other countries, and build platforms for country-to-country friendly exchanges.

About 1,500 representatives from 154 countries and regions attended the conference.

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