Solana hailed the development of relations between China and the Europea
n Union, saying they could work together to uphold the existing international system.
“I think cooperation between China and the European Union is very impor
tant. And fortunately, that relationship now is in a good direction,” said Solana, who se
rved as the EU’s high representative for common foreign and security policy between 1999 and 2009.
He expected China to play a bigger role in the upcoming Group of 20 summit in Osa
ka, Japan, saying that leaders of major powers should sit down and have productive talks.
He hailed the Belt and Road Initiative, and said it is a good platform for international cooperation.
philosophies to enhance the exchanges and mutual learning of diverse civilizations.
Frederick W. Russell-Rivoallan, a program specialist and head of social and human sciences for UNESCO, hailed the dialogue of Asian civilizations.
“It’s a great way to concentrate in this part of world, but it’s also
a global inspiration – bringing countries together, understanding other cultures, respecting each
other and sharing with each other,” he said. “That’s the way that we can understand each other better and live together better.”
China will extend 1,000-Megabyte broadband connection to more than 300 cities and cut the
average service rates by 15 percent for small and midsized enterprises this year. The measures are desi
gned to achieve multiplying effects of expanding domestic demand, boosting employment and improving people’s lives.
The decision was made at the State Council’s executive meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang on May 14.
traded and they can redirect trade toward one country, away
from others. They cannot directly affect any country’s worldwide current account balance. A count
ry that saves less than it invests will have to borrow foreign funds to import foreign goods to make up that difference.
There are two ways to reduce the US trade deficit. A serious recession would reduce investme
nt, but nobody advocates that as a strategy. The only other path is to change the US financial and gove
rnment system to encourage increased savings. China has almost nothing to do with it.
Ironically, the disputes between the US and China center around both nations’ legitimate desires to
protect some current low-skilled jobs, or at least to allow an easier transition to new jobs and industries.
US administration’s economic policy has rightly focused on the need to
retain jobs for working-class people in the US. And, China’s companies that export to the U
Health authorities will redouble their efforts to train nurses in eldercare as the proportion of older people in the pop
ulation expands and tens of millions of people struggle with disabilities, a senior health official said on Wednesday.
Jiao Yahui, deputy chief of medical administration and supervision at the National He
alth Commission, said there are not enough nurses to cope with the growing needs of the country’s elderly.
A regulation on the training of healthcare workers and standards of service is being drafted. It i
s expected to boost the number of nurse’s aides, Jiao said ahead of International Nurses Day on Sunday.
The nurse’s aides will complement the work of full-fledged nurses to meet the demand for services for the elderly, she said.
The number of registered nurses in China topped 4 million as of the end of last year. Nearly 70 perc
ent held a junior college degree or above, accounting for almost half of all healthcare professionals, she said.
Concern over the recent escalation of tensions between Palestinians and Israelis have been temporarily relieved after Palestin
ian leaders in Gaza agreed a cease-fire with Israel early on Monday. Right now, nothing is more important than u
pholding the cease-fire as the atmosphere between the two rivals has not been so combustible since 2014.
Since Friday, militant groups in Gaza have fired more than 600 rockets a
nd other projectiles at southern Israeli cities and villages, killing four Israeli civilians, wit
h Israel retaliating with air and artillery strikes, killing 27 people, including 14 civilians, in Gaza.
The latest border clashes, the most deadly since 2014, have occurred against the backdrop of the changing Middle East po
licy of the United States, which has seen the US drop any pretense of impartiality and make clear its support of Israel.
tain a breakneck pace of economic development, which has brought booming economic prosperity.
Unfortunately, it has also brought a deteriorating environment. Seeing heavy smog, for ex
ample, many people feel that a worsening environment will destroy the happiness brought by economic growth.
Since 2012, the new leadership under President Xi Jinping has put forward a series of ecol
ogical ideas. On Sunday, Xi said at the opening ceremony of the exhibition that “green mountains and cle
ar waters are indeed mountains of gold and silver, and environmental improvement means great productivity”.
This idea, dubbed the theory of two mountains, enjoys immense popular support in China.
Xi, who is also general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party o
f China, urged officials at all levels never to sacrifice the environment for economic growth.
ton-based Institute for China-American Studies, specifically praised the new Foreign Investm
ent Law－passed in March by China’s national legislature and effective in 2020－which he said is “a far
sighted piece of legislation” that “will firmly usher in a new round of reform and opening-up”.
“Strong measures to deal with political, regulatory and administrative noncompliance are envisaged. A robust wor
king mechanism to promptly address foreign businesses’ complaints is also envisaged,” said Gupta, who believes the p
rovisions are a big step in assuring foreign businesses that the playing field is leveled in China.
“It is the predictability, transparency and nondiscrimination bent of the law which, in my view, will lead to a significant inw
ard flow of foreign capital in key services and advanced manufacturing sectors,” he said.
nland, there was little effective therapy for the disease, and patients depended mainly on treat
ment such as respiratory and nutrition supports, said Xiong Hui, Beijing Medical Association rare disease c
ommittee member and Peking University First Hospital deputy director of pediatrics.
Spinraza debuted on the Chinese mainland having been fast-tracked through the marke
t approval process for rare disease drugs, which, available overseas since July, are urgently needed in China.
The drug began the approval process in September and was issued a license in February.
Premier Li Keqiang said in February that the government will step up efforts to gua
rantee more than 20 million rare disease patients have access to required medication.
of the 55 rare disease medicines available on the Chinese mainland
have been partly or fully covered by the country’s medical insurance system.
The average medical bill for rare disease patients is 200,000 yuan ($
29,700) a year and more than 40 percent of patients have received no medical tre
atment due to the high prices, according to Li Linkang, China Alliance of Rate Diseases executive director.
Biogen, the United Sates-based pharmaceutical compa
ny that developed the drug, said that it is talking to the C
hinese government, the medical and patient communities, and charitable orga
nizations in a bid to establish a co-payment system to make the drug available to more patients.
delegations, which was preceded by a one-on-one meeting between Putin and Kim.