ROME, Nov. 17 (Xinhua) -- China's experience in eradicating hunger can be learned by other developing countries, the president of the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) said on Tuesday. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the World Summit on Food Security, Kanayo Nwanze said China has done a lot both in increasing national funds for agriculture and in supporting other developing countries through strategic rural investments. "I have seen firsthand progress," he said. "China was able in 30 years, from 1978 to 2007, to reduce rural poverty from 30 percent to 1.6 percent through massive investments in rural development and rural areas, focusing on women, right policies andl and access." For Nwanze China can be a role-model for other developing countries. "Through her own experience China is able to collaborate with others in bringing its knowledge and technology to other parts of the world," he said. However, "it is then the recipient country's responsibility to ensure that these experiences are properly used," he added. "China's partnership with developing countries, in particular Africa, is able to assist these countries but it is imperative that the developing countries have themselves the right policies to ensure that the investments reach the rural population," Nwanze said.
BEIJING, Dec. 15 (Xinhua) -- Senior officials of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) pledged here Tuesday to improve relations between the two states and parties. "As neighboring socialist countries, China and Vietnam share broad strategic interest, and are capable of improving bilateral ties," said He Guoqiang, a Standing Committee member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and head of the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection. During a one-hour meeting at the Great Hall of the People in downtown Beijing, He briefed To Huy Rua, a member of the Political Bureau of the CPV Central Committee, on CPC's experiences and latest decisions on party building. He Guoqiang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee Political Bureau and also secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of CPC, meets with To Huy Rua, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee,in Beijing, China, Dec. 15, 2009 To Huy Rua said exchanges between the two parties were important to bilateral relations and he hoped the two parties would continue to share experiences and learn from each other. The CPC and the CPV held a seminar on theories and practice in coping with financial crisis in Xiamen of Fujian Province on Dec. 12.
BEIJING, Oct. 30 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping said here Friday that members of the Communist Party of China (CPC) should better comprehend the Scientific Outlook on Development and use it to guide their work. Xi, who is also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, called for intensified efforts of CPC members to study the gist of the recently concluded Fourth Plenary Session of the 17th CPC Central Committee and incorporate the requirements of Scientific Outlook on Development into daily work and life. Xi made the remarks at a meeting on further studying and implementing the Scientific Outlook on Development. The Scientific Outlook on Development stresses people-oriented, comprehensive, coordinated and sustainable economic and social development. The Fourth Plenary Session of the 17th CPC Central Committee, which concluded on Sept. 18, decided to expand democracy within the Party and further fight corruption.
MANILA, Nov. 19 (Xinhua) -- China's top political adviser, Jia Qinglin, and Philippines Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile pledged to boost cooperation between the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and the Philippine Senate when they met here Thursday. Jia, chairman of the CPPCC National Committee, said China-Philipines ties had witnessed healthy development since the two countries established diplomatic ties in 1975. "China and the Philippines share broad common interests," Jia said, highlighting the enhanced mutual political trust, booming economic and trade ties, frequent humanitarian and cultural exchanges and close coordination on international and regional issues. Jia Qinglin (R Front), chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, meets with Juan Ponce Enrile, president of the Philippine Senate, in Manila on Nov. 19, 2009. Jia Qinglin arrived in Manila on Nov. 19 for a two-day official goodwill visit to the Philippines China appreciated the Philippine parliament's firm adherence to the one-China policy on the Taiwan issue, Jia noted. He said China and the Philippines could further cooperate in fighting the global economic crisis and China would like to enhance cooperation with the Philippines in such sectors as trade, two-way investment, tourism, education and culture with the principle of equality and mutual benefit, he said. Jia spoke highly of the close contact and exchange between the CPPCC and the Philippines Senate, pledging to step up exchanges and learn from each other to promote the social development of the two countries. Enrile said the Philippines enjoyed great benefits from the friendly and cooperative ties with China. He appreciated China's aid to the typhoon-hit areas of the Philippines and vowed to unswervingly stick to the one-China policy. After their talks, Jia and Enrile witnessed the signing of several agreements on economic, education and disaster relief cooperation. Jia arrived in Malina Thursday afternoon for a two-day official visit as guest of Enrile. He will also visit Peru, Ecuador and Brazil.
BEIJING, Dec. 8 (Xinhua) -- China's exchange rate regulator said Tuesday it would work to promote balance of payment next year by stabilizing exports while expanding imports. The promotion of balance of payment should be the fundamental of the work in 2010 in order to safeguard the nation's economic and financial security, said Yi Gang, head of the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE). He said SAFE would continue to diversify the investment of foreign reserves, and ensure the safety, liquidity and the value of the mounting assets, which have ballooned to more than 2 trillion U.S. dollars. The authority would also step up supervision of the cross-border money flow to protect national financial safety, he said. Yi also noted SAFE would seek chances to push forward reforms in key areas and links of the foreign exchange management but didn't elaborate.
SANTIAGO, Nov. 20 (Xinhua) -- China is a dynamo of the world economy and is playing a central role in helping a global economic recovery, said Alicia Barcena, executive secretary of the Economic Commission for the Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), on Friday. "China is part of the world trade of wheat, rice, soya, sugar and others, playing a very important role in the increase of those product exports. The same happens in the case of the minerals and oil," Barcena told Xinhua in an interview. He said China is one of the most important market for Latin American and the Caribbean products. "China is being a blessing for the exports of raw materials from Latin America and the Caribbean. But it is also a great exporter (to the region). So, it competes with the countries of this region, mainly with Mexico and the Central American nations," said Barcena. Trade between China and Latin America has grown tremendously, he noted. He said Mexico, for example, is beginning to see China as a partner rather than a competitor. Mexico has given priority to trade relations with China. As a result, the Asian country is now the fifth largest overseas market for Mexican products. Meanwhile, South America has also improved ties with China. "All producers see the opportunity of reaching the Chinese market," said Barcena.
BEIJING, Dec. 1 (Xinhua) -- China's manufacturing sector continued to grow for the ninth straight month in November, according to a survey by the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing (CFLP) on Tuesday. The Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) of China's manufacturing sector stood at 55.2 percent in November, unchanged from the previous month, the CFLP said. It was the ninth straight month that the PMI reading stayed above 50. A reading of above 50 suggests expansion, while one below 50 indicates contraction. The PMI includes a package of indices that measure economic performance. Zhang Liqun, a researcher with the Development Research Center of the State Council, said the unchanged PMI index from the month before might suggest a stable recovery of China's economy. He expected government investment would see gradual reduction, while investment from the private sector might increase. Exports would go up, but not in a drastic rise, he said. In November, new order index and output index both held steady from figures in the previous month at 58.4 percent and 59.4 percent, respectively, according to the CFLP. New export order index was 53.6 percent, down by 0.9 percentage points compared to November while purchasing price index rose by 6.5 percentage points to 63.4 percent. Only three out of the 20 surveyed sectors reported a PMI index reading below 50, which were paper making and printing, oil processing, and beverages making.
BEIJING, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) -- Xiao Wu, now a student at Oxford University, recalls her life in Britain started off with "depression" six years ago in a renowned board school. Fresh from China, the reality of the new country failed to meet her expectations. "I was disappointed to find many of my British classmates just spent plenty of time on parties, instead of study," Xiao Wu says, a straight-A student in China, who struck her teachers and peers as "extraordinarily diligent." It has taken her long to come to terms with the fact that British students just could be academically excellent as well without "excess hardworking" that was often held dear by their Chinese peers, she says. "It seems that they could better balance school work and entertainment than most of us," she says. But for younger Chinese, such culture shock is much less likely as they increasingly share a common international culture and make friends abroad. Ding Kaiyan, 15, recalls making friends with Ayumi Saito during the latter's school excursion in China in August, 2008. "We are both veteran players of Popcart (a popular racing game designed in South Korea), fans of NEWS (a Japanese boy band), and lovers of literature," she says. "Although I had not fully mastered Japanese, we hit it off at our first meeting." One year later, Ding called on Ayumi Saito in Japan's Toyama Prefecture. Before her trip, Ding had glimpsed Japanese pop culture and customs through her Japanese teacher, Matsushita Hiroshi, and on the Internet. Ding is one of dozens of students at the Northeast Yucai School, in the northeastern Liaoning Province, who have traveled to Japan to meet children their own age over the past six years. "Globalization is a buzzword for scholars, but for children it just means how they live their lives," said Professor Shi Jinghuan, executive dean of the Institute of Education of the Tsinghua University. Their favorite foods, clothes and pop stars and cartoon characters can come from any corner of the world, and many of them start to speak English at kindergarten, she says. "That may explain how they develop familiarity. "The media, especially the Internet, have presented children all over the world with a colorful global village, and brought them closer," she says. "As long as you want to know, the information is at your fingertips." Shi Junhao, 10, a fifth-grader at Beijing Fangcaodi International School, has just finished a six-week school trip to the U.K. with eight other students. He made friends with Oliver after establishing that they shared a lot in common. "We were partners on the basketball court, and we both like U.S. President Obama," he says. In the past four years, about 400 students from Fangcaodi International School have traveled abroad and more than 3,000 others had contact with foreign peers, says Yang Yuan, a teacher at the school. "Our children have shown strong interest in knowing more about the rest of the world." "For toddlers, smiles and eye contact are enough to initiate friendship," says Cindy Li, a teacher at the SMIC School and Kindergarten in Shanghai, which has 1,800 students from 22 countries and regions, and about 100 foreign teachers. Respect for other cultures and smashing stereotypes are crucial steps for nurturing open minds in children, says Professor Shi Jinghuan. Understanding, respect and tolerance can cement friendships between children from all ethnic groups, says Shi. "Children should know that being different isn't bad."
GENEVA, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- China will maintain the stability of its Renminbi (RMB) exchange rate all along, which does good for the world economic recovery, Commerce Minister Chen Deming said on Monday. China's exchange rate reform has continued smoothly, and the value of RMB has risen by some 20 percent against the U.S. dollar since 2005, Chen told reporters in Geneva, where he is attending a ministerial conference of the World Trade Organization. Despite the impact of the global financial crisis and all kinds of other difficulties, the Chinese government has actively tried to boost domestic consumption and stimulate imports, Chen said. Visiting Chinese Commerce Minister Chen Deming attends a launching ceremony of China-Swiss joint study to examine the feasibility of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in Geneva, Switzerland, Nov. 30, 2009 Maintaining a relatively stable RMB exchange rate serves the need of China's economic development as well as the world's economic stability, he added. According to the minister, China's foreign trade surplus is expected to drop by more than a third to 190 billion dollars this year from last year's 290 billion dollars. Chen also urged the world's major reserve currencies to remain stable. He said the continuous depreciation of these currencies had caused much difficulty for the world economy, and that the attempts to transfer the difficulty to other countries are unjustifiable.
SHIJIAZHUANG, Nov. 12 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao went to the snow-ravaged Shijiazhuang City, capital of north China's Hebei Province, by train on Thursday afternoon to oversee relief work. In a work conference held while on the train from Beijing to Shijiazhuang, the Premier urged authorities to put people's livelihood as top priority when dealing with the snow and blizzards. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (R) speaks during a meeting held on the train as he travels to Shijiazhuang, capital of north China's Hebei Province, Nov. 12, 2009. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao went to snow-ravaged Shijiazhuang on Thursday afternoon to oversee relief work.Noting that China was in a critical phase to deal with the global financial crisis and the A/H1N1 influenza, Wen called for stepped-up efforts to mitigate negative impacts the blizzards imposed on people's lives. Authorities should ensure the supply of heating, gas, water, power and other necessities to the public, ease traffic jams in the cities, and strengthen monitoring and control over commodity prices in order to safeguard people's livelihood, he said. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (front) inspects the disaster situation at a border section between Hebei and Shanxi provinces on the Shijiazhuang-Taiyuan expressway, in north China's Hebei Province, Nov. 12, 2009They must also ensure supply of coal, power and fuel for production purposes, he said, adding that regions that had not been affected by the snow and blizzards so far should also make preparations for possible bad weather. Local government should perfect their emergency plans in accordance with the changing weather conditions, and ensure proper implementation of the plans at grassroot levels. He urged relevant authorities to cooperate with each other and do a better job when making weather forecasts. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (L, front) shakes hands with a worker during his inspection in Xijiao Heating Co. Ltd. in Shijiazhuang, capital of north China's Hebei Province, Nov. 12, 2009.Upon arrival in Shijiazhuang, Wen visited passengers in the waiting room of the city's railway station. He also went to a border section of the Shijiazhuang-Taiyuan expressway between Hebei and Shanxi provinces to visit stranded passengers on the Shijiazhuang-Taiyuan expressway and to inspect the disaster situation. The premier asked local authorities to provide food and water to the stranded passengers, and to make sure the expressway resume function as soon as possible. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao gets on a stranded truck at a border section between Hebei and Shanxi provinces on the Shijiazhuang-Taiyuan expressway, in north China's Hebei Province, Nov. 12, 2009