I recently received messages from Myanmese friends urging me to publish views on China’s stance on Myanmar. Well, please first read this article from REUTERS

In fast changing world views such as from Xu Zeyu are a must for better understand between people and leaders.

” Xu Zeyu

I recently received messages from Myanmese friends urging me to publish views on China’s stance on Myanmar. Well, please first read this article from REUTERS, a Western news agency that usually doesn’t align with China in interest or ideology, and see for yourself the fact that the military takeover in Myanmar is NOT in China’s best interest and there is no solid reason for China to back this kind of act.


As the Reuters story articulated, total monthly trade volume between the two countries has quadrupled since the military stepped down in 2011. A military takeover would certainly jeopardize Myanmar’s opening-up to global economy, and by extension undermine the two countries’ signature project of China-Myanmar Economic Corridor under Belt and Road Initiative, around which China has already invested immensely in Kyaukpyu Port and other infrastructure projects. And I know a lot of Myanmese friends would fixate on China’s phrasing on the takeover, “cabinet reshuffle.” If you look closely at China’s records in responding to foreign regime changes and military coup’ etats, you would find that China was never eager to make a stance because of the “non-intervention” foreign policy. It is a policy based on the belief that what happens to another country’s political evolution is their own business, and it is not for us to presume to play God and decide who are the bad guys. If all this doesn’t suffice, please provide a concrete evidence of China’s meddling in Myanmar’s politics. By concrete evidence, I mean direct proofs, not some second-hand quotes or assumptive speculations.
I myself visited Naypidaw last January amid the country leaders’ state visit and I saw a country with potential for prosperity and yearning for change. It is my personal wish that the country get back on its feet soon enough and forge a future with its own visions.”

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-myanmar

 

CEE countries were among the first European countries to recognize the People’s Republic of China

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China and Central and Eastern European countries, bound by history, deepen cooperation (1/3)
CEE countries were among the first European countries to recognize the People’s Republic of China, and the profound traditional friendship has offered a solid basis for bilateral cooperation, said Zhao Gang, vice president of Beijing Foreign Studies University.
Since the outbreak of #COVID19, China and CEE countries have worked hand in hand in the fight against the epidemic.
Traditional friendship
In March 2020, #Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic greeted Chinese medical experts who arrived with medical supplies at the Belgrade Airport, kissing the Chinese flag in a show of gratitude for China’s timely support against the pandemic.
In January this year at the same airport, Vucic welcomed the first batch of China’s Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines.
At a welcoming ceremony, Vucic said the vaccine is “proof of the great friendship between Serbia and China.”
Huo Yuzhen, special representative for China-#CEEC cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, said that understanding and people-to-people exchanges between China and CEE countries have been increasing. She said that there are 212 paired sister provinces, states and cities between China and CEE countries.
#Bulgaria, #Croatia and other CEE countries have become destinations for Chinese tourists. #Serbia, #Albania, and #Bosnia and #Herzegovina allow Chinese citizens with ordinary passports to enter the country visa-free.
All 17 CEE countries have Confucius Institutes and Chinese has become a popular course at CEE universities. In Romania, Chinese was even included in its primary and secondary syllabus.

Every year for nine years since he became general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee in 2012

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Why did Xi choose to tour Guizhou this year ahead of Spring Festival? (1/3)
Every year for nine years since he became general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee in 2012, #XiJinping has gone on inspection tours ahead of the Spring Festival. #XiInspection
Through tours across the country, Xi sees people and officials to learn about their livelihoods and extend New Year’s greetings.


Why did Xi choose Guizhou Province this year?
The government of Southwest China’s #Guizhou Province, which is one of the least developed provinces known for its many ethnic groups, has lifted more than 9 million people out of extreme poverty since 2012 with GDP topping 1.78 trillion yuan ($276 billion) in 2020. #OutofPoverty
How did Guizhou accomplish this? How will the province consolidate its achievements? Xi showed great concern for these questions.
On the afternoon of February 3, Xi visited Zhao Yuxue, a Miao ethnic minority villager at his home in the village of Huawu, Bijie city.
Zhao’s household used to be the registered recipients of targeted poverty alleviation measures. Zhao, 38, told Xi he now lives in a two-story house with water, electricity and roads connected to his house. Xi seemed gratified to hear this.
“Employment is the basic measure to consolidate poverty relief results,” Xi said.
Rural industries should be developed to make it easier for people to find jobs at home and allow people to earn an income while they take care of their families and have their children educated, Xi said.
During his Guizhou visit, Xi made one requirement clear.
“We need to effectively link poverty relief results and rural revitalization,” he said.
Xi stressed that poverty alleviation was not an end, but a starting point for a new life and struggle.
In the first year of the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-2025), Xi sought to “check and verify” the results of poverty alleviation and rural revitalization policies.
He exhorted the villagers with these policies.
“After poverty alleviation, we will continue to push forward rural revitalization and work faster to achieve agricultural and rural modernization,” Xi said.
He assigned them an important task to make “new advances in rural revitalization.”

President Xi Jinping’s remarks at the World Economic Forum Virtual Event of the Davos Agenda on Monday

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Xi’s speech on multilateralism bolsters joint response to challenges, say experts Davos 2021
President Xi Jinping’s remarks at the World Economic Forum Virtual Event of the Davos Agenda on Monday have boosted confidence in upholding multilateralism and injected impetus into joint response to global challenges, experts said.
In his special address entitled “Let the Torch of Multilateralism Light up Humanity’s Way Forward,” Xi said that the problems facing the world are intricate and complex, adding that the way out of them is through upholding multilateralism and building a community with a shared future for mankind.
The Chinese president called for staying committed to openness and inclusiveness instead of closeness and exclusion; staying committed to international law and international rules instead of seeking one’s own supremacy; staying committed to consultation and cooperation instead of conflict and confrontation; and staying committed to keeping up with the times instead of rejecting change.
“Multilateralism, international cooperation in (not only) vaccine policy but also in employment and financial policy needs to be on top of the policy agenda as we start this new year,” said International Labour Organization Director-General Guy Ryder.
Meanwhile, “there’s no way the world can defeat issues such as the pandemic without any multilateralism,” said Jannie Rossouw, head of the School of Economic and Business Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa.
“Countries have to cooperate in terms of the vaccine and in improving conditions in the world especially following the pandemic,” he said, adding that China has been making great strides in promoting global cooperation.
Likewise, Sonia Bressler, French writer and sinologist, said Xi’s speech has reaffirmed China’s commitment to cooperation in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and creation of space for openness and dialogue between China and other countries.
“It is good to hear leaders of nations expressing long-term commitment to development of global trade and multilateralism. President Xi has expressed such views constantly, and it is good to hear this being restated,” echoed Stephen Perry, chairman of Britain’s 48 Group Club.
The world needs “a much better coordination” for dealing with COVID-19 and economic recovery, Perry added. (Xinhua)

President Xi Jinping on Monday expounded on China’s stance over how to improve multilateralism against the backdrop of the COVID19 pandemic

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President Xi Jinping on Monday expounded on China’s stance over how to improve multilateralism against the backdrop of the COVID19 pandemic and world economic recession, when attending his first international virtual gathering in 2021. #Davos2021


“Every choice and move we make today will shape the world of the future,” said Xi in his special address at the World Economic Forum (WEF) Virtual Event of the Davos Agenda. https://bit.ly/3qODeMk

Shah Mahmood Qureshi Holds Telephone Conversation with China’s State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi

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Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi Holds Telephone Conversation with China’s State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi
In order to reaffirm the depth and breadth of Pakistan and China’s “All-Weather Strategic Co-operative Partnership”, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held a telephone call, today. During the conversation, views were exchanged on COVID-19, bilateral relations, and regional and international issues of mutual interest. The call lasted for an hour.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi reiterated that Pakistan was committed to ‘One-China’ policy and firmly supported China on issues of its core interest including Taiwan, Xinjiang, Tibet, Hong Kong and South China Sea. The Foreign Minister underscored that the deep-rooted relationship between China and Pakistan was aimed at promoting peace, stability and prosperity in the region.


The Foreign Minister underlined that both Pakistan and China were making strenuous efforts to contain and combat the COVID-19 and, in that regard, had established various mechanisms which were playing a useful role in controlling the pandemic, resuming economic growth and restoring supply chains across the region.
Foreign Minister Qureshi emphasized that China had made remarkable achievement in developing COVID-19 vaccines, adding that the Phase-III clinical trials of China’s vaccine were progressing well in Pakistan. He maintained that the government had approved Sinopharm vaccine for emergency use in Pakistan and expressed hope for its early availability from China. Foreign Minister Wang Yi assured that China would work to provide over one million doses of the vaccine to Pakistan for emergency use.
Foreign Minister Qureshi briefed State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi about India’s aggressive posture in the region and how New Delhi’s bellicose and irresponsible policies were imperiling regional peace and stability.
The Foreign Minister also emphasized that Pakistan and China must continue to closely coordinate efforts to advance the shared objectives of peace, stability and economic development in Afghanistan.
Foreign Minister Qureshi underscored that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was a transformational project, and BRI and CPEC would become the hub of trade and economic activity, sustainable development and greater people-to-people exchanges. He underlined that Pakistan and China were taking relevant measures for timely completion of CPEC projects. He underscored that the 10th JCC meeting, to be held shortly, would play an instrumental role in this regard.
Foreign Minister Wang Yi expressed satisfaction over Pakistan and China’s cooperation on regional and international issues and reaffirmed the vitality of the time-tested All-Weather Strategic Cooperative Partnership which remained unaffected by the vicissitudes of the regional and international developments and continued to move from strength to strength. He expressed hope that the next year would witness further deepening of Pakistan-China time-tested relationship.
Both Foreign Ministers agreed to maintain strategic communication and consultation, at all levels, to promote mutual goals of peace and stability in the region and beyond, and expressed commitment to further strengthening all-round cooperation and taking the bilateral relationship to a higher level for shared benefit of the two countries.
With a view to maintaining momentum of high-level exchanges, Foreign Minister Wang Yi extended an invitation to Foreign Minister Qureshi to visit China at his earliest convenience. Foreign Minister Qureshi accepted the gracious invitation.
Islamabad
31 December 2020
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Pakistan and China deepen cooperation to promote CPEC’s expansion
The Second Meeting of CPEC Joint Working Group on International Cooperation and Coordination was held in Urumqi, China. The meeting was co-chaired by Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood and Chinese Vice-Foreign Minister Luo Zhaouhi. The meeting reviewed the progress of the JWG since its inaugural meeting held on 9 April 2019 in Beijing.
The Foreign Secretary underscored that the CPEC is a transformational project and has opened up significant and far-reaching economic opportunities for Pakistan. There is complete national consensus on CPEC’s indispensability for our national development efforts. In the first phase of CPEC, we have made major advancement in the domain of energy and infrastructure.
The Foreign Secretary added that the CPEC had entered its second phase with vigorous focus on industrialization, agriculture and socio-economic development. Pakistan hoped that the Special Economic Zones (SEZs) being developed under CPEC will rejuvenate Pakistan’s process of industrialization and further spur economic development. He reaffirmed the government’s resolve to complete CPEC projects in a timely manner.
The Foreign Secretary hoped that the 10th JCC, to be held in the near future, will help create more economic opportunities and contribute to further expansion of CPEC projects. He reiterated that Pakistan would welcome relocation of industry from China and in that regard was instituting a regime to encourage inflow of Chinese investments to Pakistan.
Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood highlighted efforts made by the Pakistan government, think-tanks, academia, and the media to promote a factual, objective, and coherent view of the CPEC projects carefully and transparently designed through mutual consultations. He particularly underlined that there was a need for the international community to comprehensively and objectively analyze the impact of CPEC on Pakistan and the regional economy. Emphasizing that CPEC was a fiscally responsible project, he reiterated that both sides will welcome third party participation in CPEC projects through mutual consultations.
It was reaffirmed in the meeting that China and Pakistan will continue to work closely to promote CPEC’s positive contributions and would encourage think-tanks, media and opinion-makers to understand and examine it as a case-study for international co-operation, economic development, and people-to-people exchanges. Foreign Secretary also welcomed efforts of academia community and policy experts to enhance sharing of best practices and experience in CPEC and BRI development through greater international communication and cooperation.
The next round of JWG will be held in 2021 on mutually agreed dates.
Islamabad
31 December 2020

President Xi Jinping delivered a #NewYear speech Thursday evening in Beijing to ring in 2021. Here is the full text: Comrades, friends, ladies and gentlemen, greetings to you all

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President #XiJinping delivered a #NewYear speech Thursday evening in Beijing to ring in 2021. Here is the full text:


Comrades, friends, ladies and gentlemen, greetings to you all!
The year 2021 is arriving. From China’s capital Beijing, I extend my New Year wishes to you all!
2020 was an extraordinary year. Facing the sudden coronavirus pandemic, we put people and their lives first to interpret the great love among humans. With solidarity and resilience, we wrote the epic of our fight against the pandemic.
During the days when we addressed the hardships together, we saw the heroic spirit of marching straight to the frontlines, holding posts with tenacity, taking responsibility to get through thick and thin, sacrifices with bravery, and touching moments of helping each other.
From medical workers to the people’s army, from scientific researchers to community workers, from volunteers to those who built the projects, from seniors to youths born after the 1990s and 2000s, numerous people fulfilled their missions at the cost of their lives and protected humanity with sincere love.
They pooled their drops of strength into tremendous power and built an iron wall to safeguard lives. Many figures marched ahead without hesitation, many relays were accomplished hand in hand, many scenes showed touching moments, all these vividly illustrate the great spirit of fighting against the pandemic.
Greatness is forged in the ordinary. Heroes come from the people. Every person is remarkable!
Our sympathy goes to all the unfortunate ones infected with the coronavirus! We salute all the ordinary heroes!
I am proud of our great motherland and people, as well as the unyielding national spirit. Only in hard times can courage and perseverance be manifested. Only after polishing can a piece of jade be finer. We overcame the impact of the pandemic, and made great achievements in coordinating prevention and control and in economic and social development.
The 13th Five-Year Plan has been accomplished in full. The 14th Five-Year Plan is being comprehensively formulated. We are accelerating the pace to set up a new pattern for development, and are deeply implementing high-quality development.
China is the first major economy worldwide to achieve positive growth, and its GDP in 2020 is expected to step up to a new level of 100 trillion yuan. China has seen a good harvest in grain production for 17 years in a row. China has seen breakthroughs in scientific explorations like the Tianwen-1 (Mars mission), Chang’e-5 (lunar probe), and Fendouzhe (deep-sea manned submersible). Construction of the Hainan Free Trade Port is proceeding with vigor.
We also defeated severe flooding. With the military and civilians heedless of danger and difficulty, and standing in unity, we managed to minimize the damage of the floods.
I inspected 13 provincial-level regions and was glad to see people carefully implementing coronavirus prevention and control measures, racing against time to resume work and production, and sparing no efforts to advance innovation.
Everywhere were vibrant scenes of confident, resilient people making the most of every minute. In 2020, China made the historic achievement of establishing a moderately prosperous society in all respects and achieved decisive success in eradicating extreme poverty.
We launched the final assault on the fortress of entrenched rural poverty, and cracked this “hardest nut.”
Through 8 years, under the current standard, China has eradicated extreme poverty for the nearly 100 million rural people affected, and all the 832 impoverished counties have shaken off poverty.
These years, I have visited 14 contiguous areas of dire poverty. The unremitting efforts of the folks and the wholehearted contribution of the poverty-eradication cadres often come to my mind.
We still need to stay tenacious like a bamboo deeply rooted in the rocks, keep our feet on the ground, and work hard to paint a magnificent picture of rural vitalization, and steadily march ahead towards the goal of common prosperity.
This year, we celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone, among others, and 30 years of the development and opening-up of Pudong in Shanghai. As I stood on the southern coast as the spring tide surged and on the colorful bank of the Huangpu River, my mind was filled with a myriad of thoughts.
Pilot trials have become models and leading forces, and explorations to innovate have become leading forces of innovation. The opening-up and reform has created miracles of development. In the future, we should further deepen reform and expand opening-up with greater courage, and create more “Stories of Spring.”
We are not alone on the Great Way and the whole world is one family. After a year of hardship, we can understand more than ever the significance of a community with a shared future for mankind.
I had many phone calls with friends from the international community, both old and new, and attended many “cloud conferences.” What we discussed most was staying united to combat the pandemic.
We still have a long way to go in pandemic prevention and control. People from all over the world should join hands and support each other to early dispel the gloom of the pandemic and strive for a better “Earth home.”
2021 will see the 100th birthday of the Communist Party of China. Its 100-year journey surges forward with great momentum. Its original aspiration remains even firmer one hundred years later.
From Shikumen in Shanghai to the South Lake in Jiaxing City, the small red boat (where the first CPC congress concluded) bore the great trust of the people and the hope of the nation. The boat has sailed through turbulent rivers and treacherous shoals, and has voyaged across violent tidal waves, becoming a great ship that navigates China’s stable and long-term development.
The CPC bears its eternal great cause in mind, and the centenary only ushers in the prime of life. We adhere to putting people at the center, stay true to our original aspiration, keep our mission well in mind, break the waves and sail out for our journey ahead, and we will certainly realize the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.
At the historic crossroad of the “Two Centenary Goals,” the new journey of comprehensively building a modern socialist country is about to start. The road ahead is long; striving is the only way forward. We have strived, broken through brambles and thorns, and crossed ten thousand rivers and thousands of mountains.
We will continue to strive, march ahead with courage, and create brighter glory! At just this moment, the festive lanterns have been lit, and family members gather for reunion. The New Year is coming. I wish our land to be splendid, our country to be prosperous, and our people to live in peace. I wish you all a harmonious, smooth and auspicious year, full of happiness!
Thank you!

This initiative is from China, but it belongs to the world. It is rooted in history, but it is oriented toward the future

This initiative is from China, but it belongs to the world. It is rooted in history, but it is oriented toward the future   

  President Xi Jinping

BRI initiative to promote Asia-Pacific Cooperation

The Belt and Road Initiative calls for joint contribution and it has a clear focus, which is to promote infrastructure construction and connectivity, strengthen coordination on economic policies, enhance complementarity of development strategies and boost interconnected development to achieve common prosperity. This initiative is from China, but it belongs to the world. It is rooted in history, but it is oriented toward the future. It focuses on the Asian, European and African continents, but it is open to all partners. I am confident that the launch of the Belt and Road Initiative will create a broader and more dynamic platform for Asia-Pacific cooperation.

To Foster Partnership   APEC has fostered a partnership featuring mutual trust, inclusiveness and win-win cooperation, something we all hold dear. As we Asia-Pacific countries vary in national conditions, differences among us are normal. What is important is for us to stay committed to the shared goal of common development, address differences through consultation and explore solutions to common challenges in the spirit of partnership.

To adhere to the development

We should focus on development to deliver more benefits to our peoples. More than anything else, we should strive to deliver better lives to our people. Every country is entitled to an equal right to development; and no one has the right or the power to stop people in developing countries from pursuing a better life. We should strengthen development cooperation and help developing countries eliminate poverty so that people in all countries will live better lives. This is what fairness is essentially about; it is also a moral responsibility of the international community.

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