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Pete Seeger performs “What Did You Learn In School Today” 《今天在学校学了什么?》[ / Sweet & Sour Socialism Songs]]

Posted in Sweet & Sour Socialism Songs, 中文-英文 / Bilingual ~ English-Chinese on January 31, 2014 by Zuo Shou / 左手

A classic tune, particularly in 2014 as war-mongering Anglo imperialists are going to horrifying lengths to try to rehabilitate their mad criminal butchery of WWI. – Zuo Shou

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Lyrics —

What did you learn in school today,
Dear little boy of mine?
What did you learn in school today,
Dear little boy of mine?

I learned that Washington never told a lie.
I learned that soldiers seldom die.
I learned that everybody’s free,
And that’s what the teacher said to me.
That’s what I learned in school today,
That’s what I learned in school.

What did you learn in school today,
Dear little boy of mine?
What did you learn in school today,
Dear little boy of mine?
I learned that policemen are my friends.
I learned that justice never ends.
I learned that murderers die for their crimes
Even if we make a mistake sometimes.

What did you learn in school today,
Dear little boy of mine?
What did you learn in school today,
Dear little boy of mine?
I learned our Government must be strong;
It’s always right and never wrong;
Our leaders are the finest men
And we elect them again and again.

What did you learn in school today,
Dear little boy of mine?
What did you learn in school today,
Dear little boy of mine?
I learned that war is not so bad;
I learned about the great ones we have had;
We fought in Germany and in France
And someday I might get my chance.


Full Text: Report on the Work of the Government / 政府工作报告 [Xinhua]

Posted in China, CPC, Premier Wen Jiabao, Reform and opening up, Socialism with Chinese Characteristics, 中文-英文 / Bilingual ~ English-Chinese on March 17, 2012 by Zuo Shou / 左手



国务院总理 温家宝


Delivered at the Fifth Session of the Eleventh National People’s Congress on March 5, 2012

Wen Jiabao

Premier of the State Council



Fellow Deputies,

On behalf of the State Council, I now present to you my report on the work of the government for your deliberation and approval and for comments and suggestions from the members of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).




I. Review of Work in 2011

Last year, China faced a complex and volatile political and economic environment abroad and arduous and challenging reform and development tasks at home. Working hard with one heart and one mind under the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC), the Chinese people of all ethnic groups made significant achievements in reform, opening up, and socialist modernization. China’s GDP reached 47.2 trillion yuan, an increase of 9.2% over the previous year; government revenue was 10.37 trillion yuan, an increase of 24.8%; and the country’s grain output reached a record high of 571.21 million tons. A total of 12.21 million new urban jobs were created. The per capita disposable income of urban residents and the per capita net income of rural residents rose in real terms by 8.4% and 11.4%, respectively. We consolidated and built upon our achievements in responding to the global financial crisis, and got the Twelfth Five-Year Plan period off to a good start.

We accomplished the following in our work last year.


1. Strengthening and improving macro-control, preventing fast price rises, and achieving steady and robust economic development


We followed a proactive fiscal policy and a prudent monetary policy, and maintained a balance between ensuring steady and robust economic development, adjusting the economic structure, and managing inflation expectations. We paid greater attention to implementing policies with the proper focus, force, and pace; conducted prudent and flexible macro-control on a moderate scale and in a timely fashion; and constantly made our policies more targeted, flexible, and forward-looking. Amid worsening inflation expectations worldwide, fluctuating and high prices of major commodities on the world market, significantly higher costs of factors of production at home, and a shortage of some agricultural products, we made ensuring general price stability our top priority in macro-control, pursued policies in an integrated way, rationally used monetary policy tools to regulate the supplies of money and credit, vigorously developed production to ensure supply, boosted distribution, and strengthened supervision. As a result, increases in the consumer price index (CPI) and the producer price index (PPI) began falling in August, thus reversing the trend of rapid inflation. In the second half of the year, when the global economy faced greater instability and uncertainty and when new developments and problems occurred in China’s economy, we kept the basic orientation of macro-control unchanged, maintained the basic continuity of our macroeconomic policies, and continued to curb inflation. In addition, we carried out timely and appropriate anticipatory adjustments and fine-tuning, strengthened coordination between credit and industrial policies, and increased structural tax reductions. We focused on supporting the real economy, especially small and micro businesses; improving the people’s wellbeing, especially by building low-income housing projects; and ensuring funding for key projects that are under construction or expansion. These well-targeted measures were taken to solve major economic problems. We steadfastly tightened regulation of the real estate market and ensured that control policies were fully carried out and achieved real progress. Consequently, speculative or investment-driven housing demand has been significantly curbed, housing prices in most Chinese cities have fallen month on month, and the results of our control measures are beginning to show. We attached great importance to guarding against and eliminating latent risks which exist in the banking and public finance sectors. We fully audited local government debt in a timely manner, and obtained a clear picture of the total amount, due dates, geographic distribution, and causes of the debts local governments incurred over the years. These debts have played a positive role in promoting economic and social development and produced a large amount of quality assets. However, they also contained risks and hidden dangers, and some localities with poor ability to pay their debts were at risk of default. We sorted out and standardized these debts, imposed a cap on their increase, and actively yet prudently solved problems related to the repayment of such debts and additional funding for ongoing projects. Government debt in China now is at a controllable and secure level. China’s economy as a whole continues to grow as we anticipated in our exercise of macro-controls and has become more resilient. Economic growth is robust, prices are stabilizing, economic returns are good, and the people’s wellbeing is improving…

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China, Japan vow to promote bilateral ties amid disputes / 习近平会见日本外相松本刚明 [People’s Daily / 人民日报]

Posted in Beijing, China, CPC, Diaoyu Islands, Japan, Natural disaster, South China Sea, 中文-英文 / Bilingual ~ English-Chinese on July 7, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

July 5, 2011

China and Japan on Monday pledged to enhance bilateral ties, as territorial and other disputes linger.

“The development of Chinese-Japanese relations conforms with the fundamental interests of the two peoples,” Vice President Xi Jinping told visiting Japanese Foreign Minister Matsumoto Takeaki.

As major trade and economic partners, China and Japan are becoming more dependent on each other, Xi said during an hour-long meeting with Matsumoto at the Great Hall of the People in downtown Beijing.

Xi also mentioned the important responsibilities borne by the two states in safeguarding and promoting peace and development in Asia and the world at large.

The two countries share broad common interests on international and regional issues, Xi told Matsumoto who is on his first visit to China since he took office in March.

Xi talked with Matsumoto about the rebuilding effort in Japan following the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

“I believe that the Japanese people, through their unremitting efforts, can overcome difficulties, rebuild their homes and achieve new economic and social progress,” Xi said.

Matsumoto said Japan appreciated China’s condolences over the disaster, especially those from President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao, as well as the aid the country had provided.

He said Japan hoped to enhance cooperation with China in various fields, including post-disaster reconstruction, to push forward the mutually beneficial strategic relations.

Matsumoto talked with his counterpart Yang Jiechi prior to the meeting with Xi. And Yang reiterated to Matsumoto that the Diaoyu Islands are China’s “inherent territory.”

Also Monday afternoon, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei voiced the demand that some Japanese boats fishing in the waters of the Diaoyu Islands should be immediately withdrawn.

Reportedly the fishing boats have already moved away from waters of the islands, known as Senkaku in Japan, Hong said.

Yang also called on the two sides to work together to implement the principled consensus on the East China Sea through practical activities.

Yang expressed China’s concern over the China-related issues being raised by the U.S.-Japan military alliance, and elaborated China’s stance on the South China Sea.

Japan and the United States issued a joint statement late June, which involved calls for China to play a constructive role in regional stability.

During Monday’s talks, China and Japan agreed that continuously pushing forward their bilateral cooperation conforms with the fundamental interests of the two countries and the two peoples, as well as the regional and global peace and stability.

In the current and following period, China and Japan should work together to fully implement the consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries, deepen pragmatic cooperation in various fields, and promote the bilateral ties through commemorating the next year’s 40th anniversary of the normalization of bilateral diplomatic ties, Yang said…

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本报北京7月4日电 (记者王莉)国家副主席习近平4日在人民大会堂会见了来访的日本外相松本刚明。





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Radiation leak would not affect China over next three days / 日本核泄漏近期不会影响我国(深阅读·当日新闻的背后) [People’s Daily / 人民日报]

Posted in Beijing, China, Environmental disaster, Japan, Nukes, 中文-英文 / Bilingual ~ English-Chinese on March 16, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

March 16, 2011

China’s meteorological authority announced Tuesday the nuclear radiation leakage following explosions at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan would not affect China over the next three days.

The China Meteorological Administration (CMA) forecast that quake-hit regions in Japan would mostly see rainy weather starting from Tuesday night to Wednesday.

Experts with the Beijing-based Regional Specialized Meteorological Center with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said that rains would be conducive to the fallout of radioactive leakages, and thus would help reduce the impact.

China’s nuclear watchdog, the National Nuclear Safety Administration, said earlier that China remains unaffected by the leak.

According to weather forecasts from the CMA, the Japanese capital city of Tokyo would be cloudy and see showers on Wednesday. In Sendai and Fukushima, rain and snow are predicted for Wednesday and Thursday.

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Dyed seafood for sale / 染色黄花鱼危害健康 []

Posted in China, Food safety, 中文-英文 / Bilingual ~ English-Chinese on February 26, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

Since customers assume if the Croakers are yellow they should be fresh, some vendors dye the fish with a yellow powder after they buy them from wholesalers to boost sales.

 Since customers assume if the Croakers are yellow they should be fresh, some vendors dye the fish with a yellow powder after they buy them from wholesalers to boost sales.




Dyed Yellow Croakers and Sauries on sale

A majority of the Yellow Croakers and Sauries sold in the Chinese market have been dyed with a powder that is harmful to humans, the Peninsula Morning Post reports.

Since customers assume if the Croakers are yellow they should be fresh, some vendors dye the fish with a yellow powder after they buy them from wholesalers to boost sales. However, the powder can damage the brain if eaten often, especially in pregnant women and babies.

The silver powder used to dye Sauries is the same powder commonly used to paint radiators and contains large amounts of lead which can cause liver, kidney and nervous system damage.

( February 24, 2011)

Chinese President Hu congratulates Nguyen Phu Trong on election as CPV general secretary / 胡锦涛致信祝贺阮富仲当选越共中央总书记 [News of CPC / People’s Daily]

Posted in China, CPC, Hu Jintao, Sino-Vietnamese friendship, Vietnam, 中文-英文 / Bilingual ~ English-Chinese on February 2, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

January 21, 2011

Chinese President Hu Jintao on Thursday sent a congratulatory letter to Nguyen Phu Trong for becoming the general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV).

Wang Jiarui, head of the International Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, who is currently visiting Vietnam, delivered the letter to Trong during a meeting in Hanoi.

In the message, Hu congratulated Trong on his election of the CPV general secretary during the 11th CPV National Party Congress, saying Vietnam will record greater achievements in its reform and socialist construction under the new leadership elected on the occasion.

Hu said during the past two decades, the country bordering China on the south, is enjoying political stability, economic development and social harmony.

He praised the Vietnamese leader’s contributions to consolidate and promote the traditional friendly and good neighborly ties between the two parties, the two countries and the two peoples.

During the meeting, Trong thanked the Chinese President for his letter, saying the CPV, Vietnamese government and people have always attached importance to their long friendship with the CPC, Chinese government and people.  The new central leadership will cherish and strengthen the mutual trust and understanding, and bilateral relations with China.

Source: Xinhua

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新华社河内1月20日电  (记者李勍、杨翊)越共中央总书记阮富仲20日上午在河内会见了正在越南访问的胡锦涛总书记特使、中联部部长王家瑞。王家瑞当面转交了中共中央总书记胡锦涛致阮富仲的贺信。

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China says “long-term friendship” only option for Sino-Japanese relations / 习近平会见日本客人 [People’s Daily / 人民网]

Posted in China, CPC, Diaoyu Islands, Japan, Sino-Japanese Friendship, 中文-英文 / Bilingual ~ English-Chinese on December 21, 2010 by Zuo Shou / 左手

December 15, 2010

A senior Chinese leader said Wednesday that “long-term friendship” was the only way for China and Japan to coexist, adding that disputes between the countries should be solved through dialogue and consultation.

Vice President Xi Jinping’s remarks came during his meeting with a delegation from Japan’s New Komeito party headed by its new chief Natsuo Yamaguchi, in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

“History already proved that cooperation with mutual benefit serves the fundamental interests of the two sides and developing the long-term friendship is the only option available for the two nations,” said Xi.

The vice president called on the two sides to advance their strategic and reciprocal relations by carrying out the consensus reached between the two leaders in the four political documents.

The four political documents, namely the China-Japan joint statement on comprehensively advancing strategic and reciprocal relations, the Sino-Japanese Joint Statement, the China-Japan Treaty of Peace and Friendship and the Sino-Japanese Joint Declaration, serve as the bedrock for developing friendly and cooperative relations between the two countries.

China-Japan relations have been strained since a collision between two Japanese Coast Guard patrol ships and a Chinese trawler on Sept. 7 in waters off the Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea.

China took countermeasures against Japan after Japan illegally detained the trawler’s captain, halting bilateral exchanges at and above the provincial and ministerial levels and suspending talks on expanding aviation services between the two countries.

Xi spoke positively of the contribution that the New Komeito party had made in promoting China-Japan relations.

The vice president expressed his hope that the political party could continue to expand mutual understanding and trust and foster friendship between the two peoples.

Echoing Xi’s views, Yamaguchi said the New Komeito party would further implement its friendly China policy.

The stable development of relations between Japan and China is conducive to maintaining peace and prosperity in the world, Yamaguchi said.

The New Komeito party delegation’s China visit is at the invitation of the International Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China.

Source: Xinhua

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新华社北京12月15日电 (记者徐松)中共中央政治局常委、国家副主席习近平15日在人民大会堂会见了以党首山口那津男为团长的日本公明党代表团。