Opinion NewsUPDATED: 09:42, June 25, 2007
On June 5th, China.com published an article titled "Attention: Microsoft Stealing Chinese state secrets,": which immediately became a hot topic for discussion. Is Microsoft's operating system, reported by Norton through the "back door":, built with a secret surveillance program on China by the United States government? Here, I will call it the "Backdoor": Incident. I think Microsoft should give us an explanation.
The news on China's plan to build a road up to a base camp of Mount Qomolangma (known as Mt. Everest in the West) has drawn sustained media attention overseas. Quite a few Western media organs have voiced worries about the environment in their reports, whereas in India, China's giant neighbor to the southwest, there are also a lot of worries for the "security reason" in addition to those concerns about environment protection. Ranking officials of some Indian political parties openly claimed that China wants to erode Indian territories despite the irrefutable fact that the world's highest peak is located on the Sino-Nepalese border instead of being on the Sino-India border.
Since the US Department of Commerce has issued a new regulation on controlling exports of high-tech products to China, experts believe that the progress on the trade surplus issue will be made in vain. The Chinese Ministry of Commerce responded, on Tuesday, that the US should be responsible for any negative consequences. China-US trade relations are facing new variables. Analysts believe that the US would rather forfeit in the trade deficit issue for reasons of "security." It has been difficult to avoid the issue during the fourth China-US strategic dialogue which began on Wednesday.
On the 18th, Palestinian National Authority Chairman, Mahmud Abbas, announced the dismissal of the safety committee, originally set up with the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) in order to solve the issue of the command the security forces.
Some "old debts" of the U.S. army in Iraq have been recently dug out again. Former U.S. army Major General, Antonio M. Taguba, who led investigations of detainee abuse in the Abu Ghraib prison in the suburbs of Baghdad, broke his silence recently with a claim that he was forced by the Pentagon to retire from the army because he was "too enthusiastic" about the investigations. He also accused some senior commanders of being involved in the world-shocking scandal, especially then Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld who, Taguba is convinced, must have known the truth.
Giving and receiving bribes are both crimes, but China's courts traditionally mete out heavy penalties to those who take bribes while letting off the people who give bribes as long as they confess.
There are several explanations for China's economic achievements, but of all of them, a high rate of savings has been the most important factor.
An article on China's Internet politics, published recently in the Learning Times newspaper, has aroused much attention on the Internet. The article explains that Internet politics refers to the phenomenon that the public can participate in politics and discuss politics through the Internet; while the politicians can communicate with the public through the internet. It also points out that the Internet has deeply changed the political environment in China and has provided a new method and channel for the development of democratic politics. Thus, it also calls on Chinese leaders to adapt to the development of Internet politics.
Drastic changes in Gaza have shocked the United States. The media say the recent events indicated the failure of Israel's Palestinian policy, and are also natural outcomes of the Bush administration's six years of negligence. However, the U.S. and Israel seemed to have uncovered an opportunity from this incident, from which they can both avail themselves. Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, arrived in Washington to discuss and coordinate with President Bush, the two nations' new strategies within Palestinian.
Six consecutive years of GDP growth above 12 percent. Double-digit increases in per capita net income for farmers and herdsmen four years in a row.
At the invitation of People's Daily Online, ambassador of the Kyrgyz Republic to China, Sultanov Lamil, paid a visit to the Strong China Forum on June 14th, during which he talked freely about the issues of common concern; from Kyrgyzstan's policy on China to Chinese president Hu Jintao's upcoming visit to the central Asian country, and answered questions posed by netizens.
With the approval of the State Council, or the Chinese central government, the Ministry of Finance, the State Administration of Taxation, the State Development & Planning Commission, the Ministry of Commerce and the General Administration of Customs jointly issued a circular on Monday, or June 18, to adjust downwards tax refund on some export commodities. It specifies that tax refund for some export products will be adjusted as of July 1st, 2007. A Ministry of Finance official Tuesday gave a press interview on the relevant matters on the export tax refund adjustment. The detailed account of the interview is as follows:
On June 17, 1967, a small fighter plane released a parachute above the skies over Xinjiang, in northwestern China. When the parachute was 3000 meters above the ground, it exploded. With a huge "bang", a huge mushroom cloud arose.
On June 11th, claiming that 0.21%-7.5% diethylene glycol was found in three brands of toothpaste made in Chinese mainland (i.e. MAXAM, Sanqi and Tianqi), Hong Kong Customs urged local consumers not to use these three brands of products, and notified sales companies and retailers to recall these products. China's General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, in turn, responded on June 14th with hope that Hong Kong Customs can properly handle this matter, and restore sales of these products in Hong Kong.
Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, or the EU rotary chairman country, has appealed to EU nations to support a roadmap she has proposed after her active consultations with them for the revival of the "EU charter treaty" that had been agrounded in 2005. She will present the roadmap on Thursday, or June 21 to the EU summit for discussion in a hope of having it passed by the EU member nations before the election of the European Parliament in 2009.
After two years of study, scholars of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Bureau of State Land and Resources of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, recently announced that the skeletal remains of a gigantic, surprisingly bird-like dinosaur, Gigantoraptor erlianensis, found in the Erlian Basin in Inner Mongolia and newly classified as a species and genus, is the largest of its kind known to the world. The remains were on display at the news conference held in the Beijing Olympic Media Center on June 13th.
Chinese police have detained 168 people accused of keeping workers in slavery under appalling conditions at small brick kilns and mines in the provinces of Shanxi and Henan.
A new trend of thought with respect to a new trade protectionism has been overflowing in the United States, Europe and Japan in recent years. This trend is designed to retain their dominant status in global economic competition in compliance with the socio-economic features of their respective countries under the conditions of economic globalization. The new trade protectionism is a new form of global economic rivalry in the contemporary world and has wrought relatively great negative impact to the growth of China's external trade. For the past eleven consecutive years, China has become the world's No. one target of anti-dumping investigations, with an ensuing annual loss of anywhere from 30 billion to 40 billion US dollars.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that the control of the world economic system by a few developed countries is outdated; it is necessary to establish a new world economic order to reflect the growing role of rapidly developing emerging nations.
Scene after scene of increasingly bloody fighting between ruling Hamas Islamists and President Mahmoud Abbas's secular faction have been going on in the Gaza strip of Palestine these days.
Mou Xinsheng, director general of the General Administration of Customs of China (GACC), who just returned to Beijing from the second meeting of US-China Strategic Economic Dialogue held in Washington D.C. on May 22-23, has had an exclusive interview with People's Daily reporter Luo Lan on the "Cooperation Memorandum on Strengthening the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Law Enforcement. The questions and answers of the interview are as follow:
Facing the challenge of influential foreign animation and fantasy literature such as the Harry Potter series, China's children's authors have not diverged from their dedication to works of value, cultural responsibility and social awareness. Instead, they have gradually paved a new literary path that relates to the modern era, is relevant to real life scenarios of today's youth and children, and easy for the young readers of the 21st century to accept and embrace; traditional characters such as Nezha and the Monkey King (Sun Wukong) are timeless favorites in Chinese children's reading materials and have touched many children's hearts.
The intensive and extensive exchange of visits recently between Chinese and EU delegations show an intention to establish closer ties in the financial sector after China opened up its service industry.
In 2006, the number of Chinese tourists who traveled abroad reached 34.52 million, a record high in history. From January to March of this year, the number already reached 9.7 million, 14.5% higher than in the same period last year.
In step with deploying missile defense systems in Europe, the United States is also engaging in intensive talks with Japan in the Asia-Pacific region, so as to speed up the construction of a missile defense system in this region.
During their meeting at the G8 Summit in Germany, Russian President Vladimir Putin suddenly proposed a new suggestion to US President George W. Bush: the US could jointly use the radar station in Azerbaijan with Russia if the US wanted to set up an anti-missile system.
During a speech on US foreign policy recently delivered at the New York Economic Club, United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice defined the US diplomatic policy as "American-style pragmatism."
Ten years ago, starting in Thailand, the Asian Financial Crisis swept throughout the entire region of Southeast Asia, and continued on to affect the whole world. Ten years have passed, so how can the Asian financial market shrug off its inner mistakes and continue on a healthy path?
The recent meeting between G-8 leaders and the leaders of five developing countries in a small German town is a true indication that some major changes are taking place in the world. Beginning two years ago, the G8 +5 dialogue model has declared to the world that this stage of globalization is no longer entirely dominated by developed countries.
Ups and downs in the Chinese stock market weeks before have taught domestic investors a lesson that they will never forget: tears, laughs, joy and sorrow. As more and more ordinary Chinese set foot into the overheated stock market, it has been put into question whether the stock watchdog in China has lost control over the domestic market, and whether raising the stamp tax is a kind of black-box operation?
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