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“China commemorates centenary of end to imperial rule” – 1911 Revolution, Sun Yat-sen praised [Xinhua]

Posted in Beijing, China, Hu Jintao, Jiang Zemin, Reunification, Socialism with Chinese Characteristics, Taiwan on October 9, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

BEIJING, Oct. 9 (Xinhua) — China held a grand ceremony to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the 1911 Revolution, which terminated 2,000 years of imperial rule, on Sunday morning at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

The 1911 Revolution, or Xinhai Revolution, which began on Oct. 10, 1911 with an armed uprising, ended one of the longest autocratic rule in the world established by Emperor Qinshihuang in B.C.221 by toppling the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) and resulting in a republican government, the first in Asia.

Chinese president Hu Jintao, former Chinese President Jiang Zemin and other leaders attended the ceremony. Hu gave a keynote speech.

Hu spoke highly of 1911 Revolution in his speech, saying the revolution “a thoroughly modern, national and democratic revolution” which had shook the world and ushered in unprecedented social changes in China.

Hu eulogized Dr. Sun Yat-sen [Sun Zhongshan], the leader of the revolution, as “a great national hero, a great patriot and a great leader of the Chinese democratic revolution”.

Hu said the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation must be achieved by adhering to socialism with Chinese characteristics, with patriotism, and by upholding peace, development and cooperation.

Further, Hu urged the mainland and Taiwan to work together for the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation, and called for the peaceful reunification of China.

The 1911 Revolution not only rid Chinese men of humiliating ponytails and women of the excruciatingly painful foot-binding, but also removed the people’s blind faith in the emperor, as well as the fear of foreign powers. The event has since been emancipating people’s minds from thousands of years of oppression and self-enclosure.

Since then, the country began to march on the road to become an empowered modern nation.

Article link: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/china/2011-10/09/c_131180784.htm

“Leaders attend National Day reception in Beijing” – Happy 10.1 National Day to Chinese everywhere [People’s Daily]

Posted in China, CPC, CPC Central Committee (CPCCC), Holidays in China, Hong Kong, Macau, Reunification, Taiwan on October 1, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

EIJING, Sept. 29 (Xinhua) — China’s senior Party and state leaders attended a reception at central Beijing’s Great Hall of the People on Thursday to celebrate the 62nd founding anniversary of the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

Jia Qingling, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), addressed the reception in the presence of Vice President Xi Jinping and Vice Premier Li Keqiang. All the three are members of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee.

In his speech, the top political advisor extended, on behalf of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council, or China’s Cabinet, a warm welcome to all the guests, particularly those from the Hong Kong and Macao Special Administrative Regions (SARs), compatriots living in Taiwan, and overseas Chinese.

The CPC, which celebrates its 90th founding anniversary this year, led the Chinese people in a 28-year struggle before the founding of the People’s Republic in 1949, and, in the glorious 62 years since, the Chinese people have made a miracle in building and developing the nation, said Jia.

“We’ll never forget compatriots living in Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and overseas, who have stood together and shared the happiness and woe of the Chinese people from different ethnic groups, regardless of the situation,” he said.

Jia thanked the leaders and governments of Hong Kong and Macao for what they have accomplished since the two SARs returned to the arms of the motherland in 1997 and 1999, respectively.

In securing the central government’s continued assistance to the two SAR governments, Jia expressed his strong support for further upgrading the advantages of Hong Kong and Macao in competitiveness, fostering newly emerging industries, and deepening their cooperation with the mainland.

The central government will continue insisting on the policies of “One Country, Two Systems,” “Hong Kong People Govern Hong Kong” and “Macao People Govern Macao,” as well as a high degree of autonomy for the SAR governments to handle their internal affairs.

Regarding the issue of achieving a “complete, peaceful reunification” of China, Jia reiterated that it is the common aspiration of all Chinese living both at home and abroad.

In his speech, Jia also praised the “unique role” of overseas Chinese in realizing the great reinvigoration of the Chinese nation.

Article link: http://english.people.com.cn/90785/7608382.html

Pentagon stands as bastion of mistrust of China [People’s Daily]

Posted in China, China-bashing, Pentagon, PLA, Psychological warfare, Reunification, South China Sea, Taiwan, US imperialism, USA, USA 21st Century Cold War, Yellow Peril myth on August 26, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

(Global Times)
August 26, 2011

The Pentagon released a report entitled Military and Security Developments Involving the PRC 2011 on Wednesday, an annual paper submitted to Congress that tries to gauge China’s military power projection and intentions.

The Pentagon has published its annual report regarding China’s military for 10 years and the apprehension it tries to convey is increasingly perceived as pathetic by Chinese people.

The 94-page, six-chapter report covers China’s poential new military might, strategy and US-China military contact. Not surprisingly, the latest report raises concerns about Chinese military’s strategic intentions. The report acknowledged China’s improvement in the transparency of its military affairs, but added that “there remains uncertainty about how China will use its growing capabilities.”

The refitting of the aircraft carrier Varyag seems to have exacerbated Pentagon concerns over China’s maritime ambition. However, not owning an aircraft carrier as the world’s largest developing country until now actually reflected more China’s military underdevelopment rather than its sophistication.

The report rightly points out that cross-Straits relationships have made significant progress since 2008, but raises the concern that “the PLA shows no sign of slowing its efforts to develop plans and capabilities for a cross-Strait contingency.” The Pentagon actually needs to answer why US arms sales to Taiwan continue and remain the biggest factor of uncertainty stopping mainland-Taiwan relationship from advancing without a hitch.

The military report also ignored the context of the US strategy of returning to Asia, including the tension the move has created in the South China Sea and East Asia, and what this means for China’s national security. Western-backed military interventions in several countries also serve as a reminder of the need to maintain a necessary military capability. Does the Pentagon really need to ask this question? It is prepared for these uncertain security elements that the PLA has apparent “intentions” on.

China and the US are increasingly interdependent economically and while cooperation is highlighted politically, the Pentagon is still stuck in a suspicious mindset between the two countries. As the world shifts toward a multi-polar power structure, the Pentagon report wrongly paints a picture of Sino-US confrontation. It is sowing the seeds for potential future conflicts.

Article link: http://english.people.com.cn/90780/7580491.html

Senior official urges more efforts to promote China’s peaceful reunification [People’s Daily]

Posted in China, CPC Central Committee (CPCCC), Reunification, Taiwan on March 22, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

March 16, 2011

A senior official on Tuesday called on the China Council for the Promotion of Peaceful National Reunification to continue pushing forward the country’s peaceful reunification.

The council’s executive deputy director, Du Qinglin, told a standing councilors’ meeting that the council should increase its promoting of the central government’s policies concerning Taiwan affairs, so as to boost consensus on safeguarding the country’s core interests.

The council should also deepen and expand exchanges between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan, said Du, who is also head of the United Front Work Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee.

In addition, it should strengthen the force that opposes "independence" and promote reunification. Also, it should deepen its theoretical study on the subject, Du said.

Source: Xinhua

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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

Article link: http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90776/90785/7248197.html

Official: Global power becoming more balanced [People’s Daily]

Posted in Capitalism crisis early 21st century, China, China-US relations, Diplomat, Early 21st Century global capitalist financial crisis' US origins, Economic crisis & decline, Hu Jintao, Reunification, Taiwan, USA on January 6, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

December 28, 2010

A reporter from the Global Times recently interviewed Le Yucheng, director-general of the Policy Planning Department of China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, about China’s diplomacy. The following is the excerpt[ed] transcription of the interview.

Reporter: Some netizens believe China’s diplomacy is too weak and should be strengthened. What do you think of China’s diplomatic work? Does it get easier or more difficult?

Le Yucheng: Currently, there are two tendencies. Some Chinese believe China’s diplomacy is weak, while some foreigners accuse China’s diplomacy of getting increasingly tougher. Actually, neither is right.

China insists on taking the road of peaceful development, pursues peaceful and cooperative diplomacy and seeks mutual benefit, win-win situations and common development. This has never and will never change.

China is in a period of opportunities for development, but it also one of striking contradictions. China’s diplomacy is also gradually wading into the “deep water.” How to deal with a variety of predictable and unpredictable crises and challenges, how to coordinate its domestic and international situations and how to handle the relationships between safeguarding rights and keeping stability are new missions and challenges for diplomatic work to face.

As a large developing country with a population of 1.3 billion, China is developing fast and in an imbalanced way. China is the only country among the world’s large main countries that has not yet realized unification. These features mean the road to China’s rise will be more complicated and more winding.

Reporter: The world financial crisis is still raging and many people believe the United States has not restored its vitality, but despite this, the United States has attempted to expand its role in Asia this year. Is America on a downward slope? From a long-term perspective, what is the trend of American development?

Le: The impact of the global financial crisis is much larger than expected. The recent debt crisis in Europe has shown that the impact has not disappeared and world economic recovery is still uncertain. America’s economy, society and politics have been deeply affected. Due to the accelerating growth of other emerging countries, U.S. dominance is declining.

But the Unites States, after all, accounts for one-fourth of the world economy, and its capability in military, technology and innovation remains unmatched by any state. In particular, we cannot underestimate America’s self-adjustment and restoring capacities. The United States has suffered crises many times, but it overcame them and became more powerful.

Reporter: Nowadays, China often becomes the focus of world public opinion. Many Western media agencies believe world power is shifting eastward. What do you think?

Le: There are two arguments on the changes in the international situation. One is the “transfer theory:” the gravity of world power is shifting from the West to the East. The other is diffusion theory: the gravity of world power is spreading from the West to the emerging forces.

Both views give the impression that the West is declining and the emerging forces are snatching wealth and power from the West.

But it is not true. I much more prefer the “equilibrium theory,” which is namely that the majority of developing countries, especially the emerging countries, are developing rapidly and the distribution of world power is becoming more balanced. The booming development in different regions together causes the world pattern to undergo historic change. But there is still a long way to go before realizing a multi-polar world pattern and the equalization of power.

The international balance of power is not a disaster for the West. On the contrary, emerging countries have brought opportunities, which have helped them step out from the financial crisis and speed up economic recovery.

Reporter: Unexpectedly, in 2010 China’s GDP grew to be the world’s second for the first time. How do you view the relationships between the two major powers?

Le: Whether from the country’s overall strength, military capacity, impact on the international system or quality of economic and social development, China is far behind many developed countries, let alone the United States. China might rank second by GDP, but it still ranks behind 100th pla

Mainland hopes Taiwan opposition party realizes “Taiwan independence” a “dead end” [People’s Daily]

Posted in China, Reunification, Taiwan on December 21, 2010 by Zuo Shou / 左手

December 15, 2010

The Chinese mainland hopes Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) realizes “Taiwan independence” is a dead end, a mainland spokesman said Wednesday.

Yang Yi, spokesman for the State Council’s Taiwan Affairs Office, made the remark at a regular press conference in response to a question concerning the DPP’s possible adjustment of its hostile mainland policy.

“We hope the DPP understands the argument for ‘Taiwan independence’ is not in line with the basic interests of the Taiwanese people,” Yang said.

Peaceful development across the Taiwan Strait is the mainstream, he said.

When commenting on recent remarks by Lai Shin-yuan, Taiwan’s mainland affairs chief, on the island’s core interests, Yang said adhering to the1992 Consensus and opposing “Taiwan independence” are the foundation and prerequisites for improving cross-Strait relations.

The fate of Taiwan is based on the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations, he said.

He expressed hope that the two sides could properly handle disputes and maintain the right direction of peaceful development in the spirit of building mutual trust, shelving dispute, seeking common ground while reserving difference, and creating a mutually beneficial situation.

Source:Xinhua

Article link: http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90776/90785/7232003.html