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CPC constantly creates ‘China legends’ – Commentary [People’s Daily]

Posted in 2010 World Expo, China, CPC, Economy, Reform and opening up, Shanghai, Socialism with Chinese Characteristics on July 11, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

July 14, 2011

When the Communist Party of China was founded on a sightseeing boat on Nanhu Lake of Jiaxing 90 years ago, the Party had only more than 50 members and faced a disaster-ridden, disunited Old China on the verge of extinction. Today’s Party has more than 80 million members and is leading an increasingly prosperous, democratic and civilized New China to move forward on the path of socialist modernization.

When international observers regard the Party as a “golden key” to interpreting the “China miracle,” and 1.3 billion Chinese mark 90 years of unity and struggle of the Chinese people under the leadership of the Party through various means, people are aware that the Party’s course of struggle has so deeply changed China’s course of history and determined a nation’s fate of development.

Over the past 90 years, the Party has closely relied on its solidarity with the Chinese people of all ethnic groups to topple the “three big mountains of imperialism, feudalism and bureaucrat-capitalism;” founded New China where the people are in power, established the basic socialist democratic system and developed an independent, relatively completed industrial system and national economic system from scratch; and carried out reform and opening-up and pioneered a socialist path with Chinese characteristics. The three major events have fundamentally changed the future and destiny of the Chinese people, determined the development direction of China’s history and extended profound and widespread influence around the world.

Under the leadership of the Communist Party of China, the Chinese people have worked together to save their motherland and have greatly improved the nation’s overall strength by implementing the reform and opening-up policy. China has undergone dramatic and remarkable social transformations in the past 90 years, with democracy replacing feudal autocracy, unity and harmony replacing disunity, overall well-being replacing widespread poverty, confidence and opening-up replacing ignorance and seclusion, the world’s second largest economy replacing a severely war-torn country, and a key player in the international arena replacing a weak country bullied by major powers. China has climbed out of the most desperate situation and now enjoys a bright future. As Mao Zedong pointed out, China has undergone an unprecedented change in the history of the world.

Under the leadership of the Communist Party of China, the Chinese people have created numerous miracles in the long process of pursuing national independence and overall modernization over the past 90 years. The CPC relied on the people’s support and inferior weaponry to defeat the Kuomintang that had a regular army of 8 million well-armed soldiers, and China’s national economy started recovering quickly after 1949. Under the Party’s leadership, the Chinese people completed the socialist transformation within seven years, achieved rapid economic growth through the reform and opening-up policy, overcame unexpected natural disasters and the global financial crisis and successfully held the exceptional Beijing Olympic Games and Shanghai World Expo. Every miracle China has made in the past 90 years proves the Party’s extraordinary governing capacity, the great strength of a socialist country, and the vigorous vitality of socialism with Chinese characteristics.

It has become a common understanding in the international community that China’s rise is among the most significant events in the 21st century. With 90 years of hard exploration, 90 years of storms and achievements, China is either said to have led one of the greatest political wonders on earth, or to be the protagonist of the largest economic revolution in the history of mankind.

During its 90-year history, the Party has fought tirelessly for the independence, liberation and prosperity of the Chinese nation and for the freedom, democracy and happiness of the Chinese people, and continuously pushed forward the fundamental tenets of Marxism integrated with the practice of socialism in China. During the 90 years, China has left behind a history of humiliation and backwardness and welcomed national reconstruction. The Chinese people has taken control of their own destinies and strived for modernization. During that period, the Communist Party of China has withstood various tests and opened new chapters for all undertakings. With its exploration and achievements, the Party has altered the course of world history, enriched the diversity of the global civilization and created a far-reaching “Chinese legend.”

The 90-year history of evolution has proven that there would have been no New China without the Party, and without the Party, there would have not been a great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. History will never pause, and the great march is moving on.

By Commentator of People’s Daily, translated by People’s Daily Online

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China now world’s third-biggest tourist attraction [People’s Daily]

Posted in 2010 World Expo, China, France, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Macau, Russia, Shanghai, Spain, Taiwan, Tourism, USA, Vietnam on April 17, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

April 11, 2011

China has overtaken Spain on the list of the world’s top tourism destinations, becoming the third-largest attraction, a senior tourism official said at the weekend.

Man Hongwei, director of the international coordination department at the China National Tourism Administration, said at a press conference that the number of international arrivals staying at least one night reached 55.66 million last year, up 9.4 percent on 2009.

China’s appearance in the top three was its first.  It follows France, which had 78.95 million arrivals, and the United States, which had 60.88 million, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization. Continue reading

CPC Central Committee hosts gala to celebrate Lantern Festival – PHOTOS [People’s Daily]

Posted in 2010 World Expo, Beijing, China, CPC, CPC Central Committee (CPCCC), Holidays in China, Hu Jintao, Premier Wen Jiabao, Shanghai on February 18, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

February 18, 2011

China’s leaders Hu Jintao, Wu Bangguo, Wen Jiabao, Jia Qinglin, Li Changchun, Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, He Guoqiang and Zhou Yongkang pose for a group photo with performers at the end of a gala to celebrate the traditional Lantern Festival at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, on Feb. 17, 2011. The Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee on Thursday night hosted a gala to celebrate the traditional Lantern Festival. (Xinhua/Li Xueren)

The Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee on Thursday night hosted a gala to celebrate the traditional Lantern Festival.

Chinese President and General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee Hu Jintao and eight other members of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee attended the event, along with representatives from Beijing’s intellectual circle.

The eight CPC leaders included Wu Bangguo, Wen Jiabao, Jia Qinglin, Li Changchun, Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, He Guoqiang and Zhou Yongkang.

The gala was presided over by Li Changchun, who extended warm regards to the participants on behalf of the CPC Central Committee.

Mentioning 2010 as an extraordinary year for China’s development, Li said the CPC Central Committee, with Hu Jintao as the General Secretary, led the Party and nation to successfully host the Shanghai World Expo and Guangzhou Asian Games.

Chinese President and General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee Hu Jintao (3rd L) talks with representatives from Beijing’s intellectual circle during a gala to celebrate the traditional Lantern Festival at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, on Feb. 17, 2011.

He lauded the country’s victory in combating natural disasters such as the earthquake in Yushu in Qinghai Province and the landslide in Zhouqu in Gansu Province in the northwest.

Noting that the year 2011 marks the 90th anniversary of the CPC’s founding and the beginning of the country’s 12th Five Year Plan period, Li called for all-around efforts to boost the country’s development.

He also called on Chinese intellectuals to contribute more to the building of a well-off society in an all-round way.

Artistic performances were staged at the gathering while the participants were tasting rice dumplings, the traditional food for the Lantern Festival.

Chinese artists perform during an evening party hosted by the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee to celebrate the traditional Lantern Festival in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 17, 2011. (Xinhua/Pang Xinglei)

Source:Xinhua

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China’s influence in U.S. rising, says U.S. expert [People’s Daily]

Posted in 2010 World Expo, Beijing, China, China-US relations, Economy, Shanghai on January 30, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

January 16, 2011

China’s image has improved in recent years and its influence in the United States is rising, with more Americans viewing it favorably, says an American expert on China.

Clayton Dube, associate director of the U.S.-China Institute at the University of Southern California, told Xinhua in an interview Friday that China had made efforts in recent years to improve its image abroad, and those efforts had been productive.

He said China had made enormous efforts to demonstrate how far it had come in a very short period of time and at the same time those efforts had been tied to reminders of the country’s rich cultural heritage.

He said Americans saw this at the Olympics held in Beijing, where the opening ceremony touched on Chinese history and the beauty and glory of the Tang Dynasty (618-907).  Then, at the Shanghai World Expo, people saw many achievements made by the Chinese both in the past and at present, he said.

China’s endeavors could not be measured immediately, but a U.S. opinion poll showed Americans holding favorable views of China increased from 38 percent in 2009 to 41 percent in the spring of 2010, he said.

He said the increase was not big, but the poll was taken before the Shanghai World Expo, which, he believed, would have pushed the number higher.

“The Chinese economy is thriving.  Its influence is enormous.  (That) China’s economy was the second in the world attracted a lot of headlines in 2010,” he said.

“It’s important to note that the 2008 Olympics and the 2010 World Expo were not just about telling the world about China. They were also intended to remind the Chinese people that China truly mattered and that the world respected and honored Chinese achievements,” Dube said.

“In those terms, they were hugely successful,” he said.

It was obvious, he said, that Americans appreciated Chinese culture in many aspects.  Chinese restaurants were everywhere in U.S. cities, no matter big or small.  He said he once went to teach in a small town of 10,000 people in Kentucky and found three Chinese restaurants there.

That is important because ordinary Americans are paying money to consume Chinese food and products, and that symbolized American acceptance of Chinese culture, he said.

Dube said Chinese food had become so increasingly popular in the United States that books devoted to Chinese cooking were sold in almost all mainstream bookstores.

He said there was no question that there was a curiosity about China everywhere.  For example, chambers of commerce in many U.S. cities had sent delegations to China and had invited experts to tell them more about China.

Not only college students were enthusiastic about learning the Chinese language and things about China.  Elementary and secondary schools also had an enormous interest in learning about China.

Dube said he was once invited by a school in Oklahoma to teach students and teachers about China, which showed the enthusiasm was not restricted to big cities.

Dube said he even received a note Thursday from one of the teachers he trained some years ago, which said he was very proud because his school was now offering Chinese lessons.

He said newspapers here no longer put the opening of a new Chinese restaurant in the city as headline news but people in the country could sense the change and that showed “the long-term, sustained attention to China from the American public is increasing.”

On the Chinese factor in Hollywood movies, Dube said there was almost nothing Chinese in American films before the 1980s [sic].  In the 1980s, foreign film makers began to make films in China or had topics related to China and ethnic Chinese actors began to get roles in American movies.  Now, he said, he had seen some readiness by the American film industry to embrace the Chinese legend and Chinese culture.

Dube cited the Hollywood movie Mulan as an example that curiosity about China among the American public was strong and increasing.  Mulan tells the story of a legendary heroine from Chinese folkore, who secretly joined an all-male army in place of her aging father, and emerged as a great general at the end of the war.

In the interview, Dube said some politicians criticized China, but there were no systematic efforts to stop Chinese culture from coming into the United States and stop cultural exchanges between the two countries.

Source: Xinhua(by George Bao)

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Shanghai claims world’s busiest container port [People’s Daily]

Posted in 2010 World Expo, China, Shanghai, Singapore on January 19, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

January 9, 2011

Shanghai replaced Singapore as the world’s busiest container port in 2010, thanks to the growing Chinese trade and booming business generated by the World Expo held in Shanghai last year, China Daily reported Saturday.

Shanghai’s port handled 29.05 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in 2010, China Daily cited a statement by the municipal government as reporting.

That compared with the 28.4 million TEUs handled by the Port of Singapore in 2010, which was up 9.9 percent from 2009, according to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore.

Shanghai’s cargo throughput rose to around 650 million tonnes in 2010, maintaining its top global spot, according to the statement.

China’s State Council, or cabinet, has set an aim of making Shanghai a leading shipping center by 2020 — the same year by which the government hopes the city will become a global financial center.

Shanghai’s port is operated by Shanghai International Port (Group) Co.

Source: Xinhua

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People’s Republic of China with new posture in 2011 [People’s Daily]

Posted in 2010 World Expo, Beijing, China, Economy, Hu Jintao, Premier Wen Jiabao, Reform and opening up, Science, Special Economic Zones, Tianjin on January 9, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

January 4, 2010

Resplendent China, a giant developing nation with a population of 1.3 billion, filled the world with immense admirations [sic] in 2010, even if the nation is viewed at whatever angle.

People can pick up at least two symbolic pictures to illustrate this point: First, the United States released a striking astronaut photograph featuring the glittering night scene around two of China’s most populous cities — Beijing and Tianjin, both located the northern part of the country near Bohai Gulf. It quietly tells the world the rapid modernization and urbanization of an ancient Oriental nation. This photo was acquired by astronauts from the International Space Station on December 14, 2010. Secondly, another gorgeous night scene of the 2010 Shanghai World Expo Park, with a dazzling, splendid firework display that foreigners said could almost match a fireworks show at the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

It “lasted for six month”, [sic] and “more than 200 countries, regions and international organizations participated in the Shanghai World Expo, the largest ever.” And when this century-old dream finally came true, note some Western media, China is in “quest almost yearning [sic] — for the admiration and the respect of the rest of the world…”

In addition to a vivid and lively World Expo and the ensuing successful Asia Games, we can at least enumerate the seventh consecutive year of good grain yield, the China-made supercomputer “Milky No.1”, with the fastest speed in the world, and Chang’e II, which was lifted off from the launch pad at Xichang Satellite Launch Station the Long March 3C rocket carrying China’s second unmanned lunar probe…

However, as Premier Wen Jiabao said in a report “Recognizing a True China” he delivered at the 65th Session of the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 13 October, “Today went to China’s modernization, advanced behind the coexistence of old and new conflicts interwoven, facing many unprecedented challenges…”

True indeed, there are a lot of “things not good” behind the “highlights”. For instance, a catastrophic fire at the intersection of Jiaozhou Road and Yuyao Road in downtown Shanghai, which had left 53 residents dead, also sternly admonished people that there is a long, torturous journey to go to achieve the goal “Better City, Better Life”. Again, an increased food production, a rapid economic recovery and domestic demand expansion on the one hand and the not-so-optimistic macroeconomic control and the recent price hike of non-staple food coexist side by side, and netizens across the Taiwan straits spontaneously selected or brought up the world “swelling” to represent, sum up or describe the year 2010 with their implied frustration “at banter” [sic].

Moreover, according to figures released by the SAWS in July, work place accidents had killed 33,876 people across China over the first half of 2010; the toll for such accidents in the whole year could be six to seven thousand [sic] people even though the figure is yet to be available from SAWS and even if this number may be less than casualties in the previous years, and [sic] it is still stunning and shocking nevertheless.

This also represents a true China, one in the throes of transformation, and also one painfully [sic] to look forward to a profound and in-depth change.

In 2010, what made people incline to blink most is neither the Chinese economy which some people took as the “life-saving straw” for driving global economy out of the crisis nor a real “feat” in which China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group purchased Volvo Unite for 1.8 billion US dollars. But it was Internet users in China who, using micro-blog, forums and other forms at their service to explore the occurrence of every public event or the occasion of a humanitarian disaster, doggedly seek for press coverage and dual questions for public official strata and the general public.

What echoes or coordinates with Chinese Internet users is the new statements or enunciations of their decision makers for an in-depth reforms [sic]. In activities to market the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone (SEZ), President Hu Jintao said that breakthroughs should be made in major realms and key links with regard to the promotion of the comprehensive economic system, the political system, the cultural system, and the social reform.

The latest Central Economic Working Conference held at the year [sic] end of 2010 focused far beyond the economic domain with lengthy details on “top-level designing” of the reform. This indicates fully both the resolve and courage of the central decision making quarters for directing or guiding the in-depth reform and coordinated support.

On top of this, the year we have ushered in is the first year of the 12th Five-Year Plan period (2011-2015). More importantly, it marks the centennial of the 1911 Revolution, the Chinese bourgeois democratic revolution led by Forerunner [sic] Dr. Sun Yat-sen toppled the imperial Qing dynasty (1644-1911) and overthrew the 3,000 year-old Chinese feudal system. At this crucial historical juncture, we rest assured that the People’s Republic will surely advance forward in the reform with a brand-new posture…

By People’s Daily Online and its author is PD desk editor Li Hongbing

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Chinese president delivers New Year address, economic work on top agenda [People’s Daily]

Posted in 2010 World Expo, Beijing, Capitalism crisis early 21st century, China, CPC, Economy, Hong Kong, Hu Jintao, Macau, Natural disaster, Reform and opening up, Reunification, Shanghai, Taiwan on January 6, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

December 31, 2010

Chinese President Hu Jintao put the country’s economic tasks on top of next year’s agenda in a New Year address broadcast Friday.

In his address to domestic and overseas audience via state TV and radio broadcasters, Hu said to accelerate the transformation of economic development pattern will be a consistent thread of China’s work in 2011, the first year of the country’s 12th Five-Year Program.

China will adopt a “proactive” fiscal policy and “prudent” monetary policy, speed up economic restructuring, improve people’s livelihood and push forward reform and opening-up, he said in the speech titled “Jointly Improve the Welfare of People from All Countries,” broadcast by the China Radio International, China National Radio and China Central Television.

The country will stick to the guidelines of “one country, two systems”, “Hong Kong people governing Hong Kong”, “Macao people governing Macao” and a high degree of autonomy to maintain long-term prosperity and stability of Hong Kong and Macao, he said.

“We will adhere to the principles of ‘peaceful reunification’ and ‘one country, two systems,’ firlmly hold on to the theme of peaceful development of cross-Strait relations, continue to advance exchanges and cooperation, and ceaselessly work for the benefit of the compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Strait,” he said.

In 2010, in face of complicated domestic and international situations, Chinese people successfully hosted the Shanghai World Expo and the Asian Games in Guangzhou while bravely fighting against deadly natural disasters including the earthquake in Qinghai Province and the landslide in Gansu Province, he said.

China fulfilled the targets set by the 11th Five-Year Program (2006-2010) and increased its economic and comprehensive strength, Hu said.

The country was also actively engaged and played a constructive part in international cooperation to cope with global financial crisis, climate change [sic] and nuclear issues, he said.

“On behalf of the Chinese government and people, I would like to extend sincere acknowledgement to governments and people who offered great help to us this year,” Hu said.

~ WORKING TOGETHER WITH OTHER COUNTRIES ~

The world currently is witnessing multipolarization and globalization while science and technological development is on the edge of breakthrough, Hu said.

But the global economy is still moving on a long and winding path towards recovery and issues like climate change [sic], energy, food security and public health security become more serious, Hu said.

“International and regional hot issues have cropped up one after another, while peace and development of the world are facing unprecedented opportunities and challenges.”

China will hold high the flag of peace, development and cooperation, adhere to the independent foreign policy, maintain world peace and promote common development, Hu said.

The country will stick to the principle of mutual benefits when opening up itself, he said.

China will develop friendly cooperation with all other countries on the basis of the five principles of peaceful co-existence and continue to actively participate in international cooperation on global issues, Hu said.

“(We) will continue to work with the people of all countries to jointly promote the building of a harmonious world of lasting peace and common prosperity,” said Hu.

He also extended sympathy to people who have been suffering from war, poverty, diseases and natural calamities and promised that China will do all it can to help them as it has done before.

“I believe, as long as the people from all countries make efforts hand in hand, the world will have a better future and the welfare of the people from all countries will be improved,” Hu said.

An article by Hu on implementing the guiding principles of the Fifth Plenum of the 17th Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee will be published in Qiu Shi (Seeking Truth), an official magazine of the CPC Central Committee, on Jan. 1.

Source: Xinhua

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