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Xinjiang prefecture promotes multi-ethnic communities


Aksu Prefecture in Northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region is encouraging residents of different ethnic groups to live in the same residential communities to promote communications and ethnic unity.

Smartphone apps and tourism replace traditional forms of Lunar New Year celebrations

My Spring Festival holidays this year mainly featured smartphones. While perfectly aware that the ubiquity of smartphones has changed ordinary Chinese people's lives, I was still amazed by how deeply ...

Xinjiang center brings Przewalski's horse back from brink of extinction

A wild horse protection center in Northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region has seen success in its efforts to breed and release the Przewalski's horse, which was once near extinction, ...


Why anti-China spy wave starts in Europe?

The Chinese Embassy in Lithuania issued a statement expressing outrage at recent accusations of espionage. Lithuanian intelligence has released the annual National Threat Assessment 2019 report this week, published by the Department of State Security and Military Intelligence; it alleges the activity of Chinese special services in the country. Lithuania is not the only NATO member state to express concerns about alleged Chinese spying. What is the reason for these accusations and how are they related to the deterioration of Sino-US relations? Commenting on the report published by Vilnius, the Chinese newspaper Global Times drew attention to the absurdity of the very idea of increased Chinese intelligence activity in the country. The publication expressed doubt that a country with a population of 3 million people far from China's borders would interest Chinese intelligence. It must also be noted that the scientific potential of Lithuania isn't high enough to justify espionage. So why did Lithuania follow a number of Western countries in promoting the espionage theme? Global Times believes that this is due to the subordinate position of Lithuania in NATO and the desire of this Baltic state to impress Washington. Chinese expert Yang Mian, a professor at the Institute of International Relations of China University of Communications, told Sputnik that he shares the views of Global Times and noted that Russia has also been targeted in the unwinding scandal. Namely, these two countries have been named as America's main geopolitical rivals in the official documents of the United States ever since Donald Trump came to power. "European countries, such as Germany and France, have recently once again began promoting the idea of the Chinese threat, they've even declared that a total of '450 Chinese and Russian spies are in the heart of Europe'." Lithuania is a "junior partner" in NATO. The report of the Lithuanian intelligence services, in which China is accused of espionage and activities that threaten Lithuanian national security, primarily demonstrates loyalty to the EU and the United States. It demonstrates enthusiasm in fighting a common enemy of Europe and the United States. A small country such as Lithuania needs support from the EU and the United States, and adherence to the anti-China wave, driven by a desire to gain recognition and to be seen. Of course, acting this way means being on the side of an unjust cause." News regarding the activities of Chinese and Russian spies in Europe continue to make headlines. The latest, the articlein of Germany's Welt am Sonntag newspaper seems to be intended to really scare European officials about Chinese and Russian threats. According the publication's sources, diplomats are being discouraged from visiting certain cafes and restaurants in and around the European Union headquarters neighborhood in Brussels, where they risk being overheard by Chinese and Russian spies. This news piece, in particular, is referring to a popular steak restaurant and cafe just a few minutes on foot from the main building of the European Commission and the office building of the European External Action Service. Will this atmosphere of hysteria be able to influence cooperation between China and the EU, because normal commercial activity is possible only in an environment of trust? This is what Professor Yang Mian believes: "Spreading the 'concept of the Chinese threat' and denigrating China is one of the long-standing methods used by some countries. These false statements will certainly have some effect on cooperation between China and the European Union, but they still will not have a fundamental impact. With regard to the long-term interests of European countries, their relations with China are unlikely to be seriously affected by these dubious rumors. I don't think that any country can break off relations with another country or curtail cooperation only because of the risks associated with espionage." According to Yang Mian, the current wave of accusations against China is not directly related to the difficult state of Sino-US relations, although the expert still sees an indirect connection there. "I cannot say that China's European espionage accusations are directly related to the current state of China-US relations, although coordination and cooperation with the United States cannot be ruled out, so that Europeans can show their loyalty. After all, Europe has always been an important region for spreading the idea of the Chinese threat. On this issue, Europe and the United States act in unison," Professor Yang Mian concluded.
Source: sputniknews.com | 2019/2/15 16:39:57

China-aided state house handed over to Burundi

Chinese Ambassador to Burundi Li Changlin and Burundian Foreign Affairs Minister Ezechiel Nibigira on Thursday signed a handover document on the China-aided Burundian state house.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/2/15 15:54:53

Xinjiang to invest over 10 bln yuan in railway projects

Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region will spend more than 10 billion yuan (1.48 billion US dollars) on railway construction this year, local authorities said Friday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/2/15 14:14:13

Platinum wedding anniversary

Fei Zhonghua (right), 93, and his wife, Wu Caixian, 88, hold a ceremony to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary on Thursday, Valentine's Day, in Tongxiang, East China's Zhejiang Province.
Source: VCG | 2019/2/14 23:08:40

Party theory learning app a hit in China

Learning Party theory through phone applications has apparently become a new trend in China, as Xuexiqiangguo, an educational application developed by the Publicity Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, has been a hit on operating systems in China, including Apple's IOS and Android platforms.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/14 23:03:40

China played no role in US opioid crisis, say officials

Later this week US Senator Charles Schumer is scheduled to introduce sanctions legislation to "hold China accountable" for fentanyl abuse problems in the US. In an exclusive interview with Global Times reporter Guo Yuandan (GT), two drug control officials at China's Ministry of Public Security noted that the US would do better examining its domestic failure to handle the problem than blaming China.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/14 22:53:40

Governments help Xinjiang preserve traditional music

A singer from Northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region was declared the winner of one of the most popular Chinese talent shows in early February for the first time in 15 years, attributing her success to the Xinjiang regional government's efforts to protect and cultivate excellent musicians.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/14 22:48:41

Japanese college exhibits 35,000 rare photos from WWII aggression

About 35,000 rare photos of China's transportation and culture during the War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression (1931-45) were exhibited at Kyoto University, and many Chinese netizens were shocked to see them and considered them hard evidence of Japan's invasion of China.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/14 22:48:41

China-US trade talks light up

Chinese social media had a field day, as they make lighthearted note about the latest round of high-level trade negotiations between China and the US that opened in Beijing on Thursday, offering some indication of shift in mood toward the tense relations between the world's two biggest economies amid a months-long trade war.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/14 22:48:40

Chinese stars among highest-earning worldwide

A recent report on the taxes entertainment companies of celebrities paid in 2018 has sparked speculations on how much Chinese celebrities actually earn and a comparison with their foreign peers.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/14 22:43:34

Shaanxi vows to restore mountain environment

The government of Northwest China's Shaanxi Province has developed a plan to solve the problem of illegal villas and environment damage in the Qinling Mountains before June and fully restore the mountains' environment by 2020.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/14 22:03:40

China builds expansive system for the needy

After 40 years of development, China has built a social assistance system that covers people with low subsistence, the disabled, homeless and underage.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/14 21:58:40

Chinese films galore at Berlin Film Festival

Some 10 Chinese films, featuring topics including China's ethnic groups in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and homosexuality, are scheduled to be screened at the Berlin International Film Festival, with many Chinese movie goers excitedly calling the festival “a big year for Chinese films.”
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/14 18:58:40