China is on the move and the world is entering a new economic era. One example that the U.S. may be getting left behind is the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, something the U.S. did not join and advised allies that they should stay out of. The advisement was not successful, and traditional economic allies like Italy, France and Germany joined.
The Great Wall is famous worldwide for its long history and heritage, but unfortunately in recent weeks, it has also become a scene of tragedy. The first involved a Canadian visitor accidentally running into a Chinese senior causing the latter’s death, and the second saw a Chinese woman die after falling down. The first story attracted some attention due to the fact a foreigner was involved and raised a debate about how sometimes improper behavior does not just come from the Chin…
In China, Internet is a network of a million little communities. The number of people online at any given moment may exceed the population of many European countries. Each user feels a sense of belonging to his or her own little community in QQ, Weixin, Weibo and many other platforms.
Recently, two reports about China dominated the foreign media coverage. While they are apparently unrelated to each other, if one takes a closer look, the inter-connection becomes quite clear.
For many years, as China grew stronger and more influential, the United States has been pressuring it to assume more global responsibilities.
As a large country with a long and eventful history, China would seem to be one of the most attractive places for travelers. And it is indeed, with its booming metropolises, historic sites and majestic mountains. There is a lot of tourism potential but in reality, it is far from being fully realized. The tourism industry is plagued by serious problems related to maintenance of facilities and availability of services. The National Tourism Administration in April removed the ratings of doz…
Shanghai was the most liberal of the 29 provinces and municipalities analyzed, followed by the wealthy coastal provinces of Guangdong and Zhejiang. Photo: Globaltravelalliance.com Recently, Chinese friends have been posting maps on popular Internet platforms. These maps are mainly colored in red, blue, purple and grey. My first thought was that it looked quite similar to those election poll maps the US media brings out during presidential election. Apparently it was not. In fact,…
The future of the US-China relationship is not predetermined but for the leaders to shape.
During the second quarter of 2014, China’s official GDP performed its usual quarterly miracle, growing at exactly the government’s target rate of 7.5%. Through the prism of Beijing’s data, it was an unremarkable period, like many before it. But a closer look reveals it may have been the single most important quarter for China this decade.
Selling a free-trade agreement at home is hard work, given public scepticism about their effect on American jobs. So as supporters of the Trans-Pacific Partnership try to round up backers, they increasingly emphasise the geopolitical case for concluding a deal.
It is exactly this danger of chemical spillover, pollution and accidents, let alone explosions, which leads many Chinese citizens in second or third tier cities to oppose the construction of chemical plants close to their homes.
One of Asia’s greatest statesmen Lee Kuan-Yew passed away on March 23. As Singapore’s Prime Minister from 1959 to 1990, Lee led the tiny nation from independence to its rise as one of the world’s wealthiest nations. Lee’s iron rule combined authoritarian rule with economic liberalization policies, earning him widespread admiration.
Congress should back the TPP trade pact as way to engage with Asia.
What do we actually mean, when we talk about charity? Generally speaking, charity refers to an act of benevolence, it is done out of a certain humanitarian spirit to voluntarily contribute something to people in need. Charitable work can include giving money or other things to the ones in need or to a surrogate organization, normally known as charity trusts or just charities. In most cases, when we talk about charity, we normally mean public charity – this means, charity which benefit…
Contrary to popular notion, most young mainland Chinese tourists are traveling by themselves overseas and not with tour groups. A report on mainland travel website Qyer.com showed that 77 million out of 109 million outbound trips planned or made in 2014 were by individual tourists. The main factors behind this welcome trend were an increase in online travel information and the growing convenience in booking flights, hotel stay and obtaining travel documents. As the number of Chinese …
Reading President Xi’s mind has become a staple of international relations and global power-plays.
If you are wondering why the sky in Beijing has been relatively clear recently despite the absence of strong wind, here is a possible explanation – an inspection visit by the International Olympic Committee Evaluation Commission.
The United Kingdom’s decision on March 12 to apply to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), despite opposition from its traditional ally the US, lends further credibility to the China-backed initiative, and shows China is making some progress in the field of multilateralism. The UK’s move also showed that even major countries are eager to embrace alternatives to the current, and often US-dominated, multilateral structures. The AIIB is intended to help fund inf…
Chinese investors have a powerful attraction to companies in the European Union, and their targets are increasingly high-profile. In recent days, they've shown interest in an 18-building compound on Berlin's Potsdamer Platz and in the Italian tire-maker Pirelli. For some unfathomable reason, Europe considers Chinese investors, even state-owned ones, more benign than, say, Russian ones.
In a recent football development plan published by the Xinhua News Agency, the Chinese government has set a blueprint for a glorious football future.