OP-ED >> Counterpoint

Movie not a sole standard measuring media progress

The film being aired on CCTV can be seen as a diversified offering of entertainment programs in today's China.
Source: Global Times | 2012/12/26 20:04:05

Mask of V not hiding instrument of social change

V for Vendetta being aired on Chinese television is a breath of fresh air which will hopefully not be an isolated event. However, it really reflects an increasingly pluralized and diverse Chinese society, ranging from discussions on Weibo to the Party's internal decision-making.
Source: Global Times | 2012/12/26 20:04:04

Customary spanking doesn't cross boundary into abuse

The horrifying case of Lele from Changle county, Shandong Province, a six-year-old girl whose teacher encouraged the other children to take turns hitting her, has shocked Chinese netizens. But the corporal punishment of children continues to be legally and socially sanctioned in China. Does spanking serve to cover up worse abuse? Should the law step in?
Source: Global Times | 2012/8/15 21:40:03

US pivot doesn't affect NATO's Asian partnerships

NATO is not seeking new members in other regions, and NATO's partners in other regions are not seeking NATO membership.
Source: Global Times | 2012/8/14 20:30:03

European powers no longer have role across Pacific

While NATO may have an extra-regional role to play in certain cases such as in fighting piracy off Somalia, it would be a serious mistake for NATO to attempt to intervene in East Asian politics.
Source: Global Times | 2012/8/14 20:30:05

US has shed all credibility over Iranian nuclear issue

A US so wedded to unilateral action is unlikely to feel bound by any agreements made, whether through the P5+1 talks or other parties.
Source: Global Times | 2012/8/9 23:05:03

Washington pushes China to get serious about sanctions

China supports nuclear nonproliferation. It should support all efforts to bring Iran back to the negotiating table.
Source: Global Times | 2012/8/9 23:05:03

Arrival of Chinese fleet rattles EU

Recent visits by the Chinese fifth fleet to Mediterranean ports have left some European commentators wondering if this is a sign of China's growing naval influence. Did the ships have plans to link up with the Russian navy? Are such visits a forerunner of wider Chinese intentions? The Global Times invited two experts to comment.
Source: Global Times | 2012/8/1 22:58:47

Boys in makeup: a threat to social vitality?

China's boys are said to be facing a "crisis of masculinity," as today's society gives more advantages to people who are obedient and docile. Meanwhile, increasing media coverage of boys and men who bend gender roles has left some defenders of the traditional order unsettled. Are China's boys too coddled? Should they grow beards and scratch themselves in public, rather than wearing lipstick and holding hands? The Global Times invited two writers to contribute on this subject.
Source: Global Times | 2012/4/16 20:00:08

TV drains us of ability to make our own decisions

The information provided by TV seems neither up to the minute, nor comprehensive. TV reaches into millions of homes, but its scope is far more limited than is claimed.
Source: Global Times | 2012/4/5 12:43:41

Broadcast advantages still strong in Internet age

TV is playing a less important role now, and the shows do need to be improved. But it's far too early to say it's time for TV to die out.
Source: Global Times | 2012/4/5 12:48:52

Trade war looms as US flounders to find recovery

Trade disputes between China and the US have become increasingly intense lately. Such conflicts will inevitably have an unforeseeable impact on the recovery of the global economy, especially considering the sizes of the two countries’ economies.
Source: Global Times | 2012/3/28 16:18:37

Don't exaggerate range of global protectionism

Protectionism is not the main trend in the global economy, nor is it growing between the US and China. This is shown both by factual economic trends and considering the underlying forces at work. Protectionist measures affect trade at the margins but do not alter the core of world trade which continues to expand.
Source: Global Times | 2012/3/28 16:13:46

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Han in Xinjiang victims of favorable minority policies

For a long time, ethnic minority students have enjoyed preferential policies in the national college entrance exam.
Source: Global Times | 2012/3/18 17:30:03

Whining from majority about affirmative action misplaced

China's ethnic policies were created based on national realities, the country's history and modern practical experiences in ethnic minority governance, as well as Marxist ideology on this matter. The policies are of significant importance in fostering equal, united, mutually beneficial and harmonious ethnic relationships in a socialist society.
Source: Global Times | 2012/3/18 17:23:36

Real-name policy clamps down on freedom to speak

Some may argue that one has to hide if one is speaking the truth. I suggest they first answer, why is democratic voting always anonymous? Why do professionals remain anonymous when giving peer reviews?
Source: Global Times | 2012/3/14 19:53:40

Practical code better than role models

It has been almost 50 years since Chairman Mao Zedong called for learning from Lei Feng on March 5, 1963. However nowadays, we rarely hear about public altruism. Instead, what we often hear about is officials' corrupt behaviors and the nation's moral crisis. The current situation is different from that in the 1960s. At that time, China was undergoing great political and natural difficulties. People needed a spiritual impetus to establish an altruistic and dedicated atmosphere so as to overcome these difficulties. The greatest personal value was to serve others. That's why Lei Feng became an icon of that era. As China battles its way through drastic social changes, the values people used to endorse have changed. Despite various activities designed to remember the selfless soldier, his spirit is distant from people living in today's materialistic society. Since today's young people are taught to be independent and have their own thoughts, the collectivism and altruism for which Lei Feng is highly praised may not fit in today's competitive society. Modern icons are dealmakers and entrepreneurs like late Apple CEO Steve Jobs. People judge others' success by looking at how much money they have made and how different they are from the crowd. The pursuit for personal values makes people too hasty to learn from Lei Feng. The spirit of Lei Feng may only be empty words. We still embrace anything good. That's a moral requirement. But the value of doing good deeds should be accepted by the whole society rather than become alien. An altruistic icon may not be needed anymore. What we need more are basic rules of etiquette. Social morals would be improved faster if we demanded people stop spitting in the street rather than simply calling for learning from Lei Feng. The author is a reporter with the Global Times. wangwenwen@globaltimes.com.cn
Source: Global Times | 2012/3/4 23:35:03

Lei a human being as well as an idol

Lei Feng has been regarded as a role model for decades. His influence is like Mother Teresa in the West. His pure selfless, altruistic attitude, patriotism and modesty sometimes make people feel distant. But in some ways Lei wasn't that unusual a young man. We can find many things shared in common by both Lei and today's young people. Lei turns out to have had a surprising yen for fashion. A few days ago, I went to the Lei Feng Memorial Hall in Fushun, Liaoning Province for the first time. Fushun is where Lei served in the army until he died in a vehicle accident. The photos and materials from Lei's life displayed there could hardly interest me, as I have been quite familiar with Lei's good deeds since my childhood. But one photo of Lei Feng in an old leather jacket impressed me. Lei looked quite handsome in that photo. A guide told me that the jacket was Lei's favorite. The jacket, together with a pair of trousers, a Swiss watch and a leather suitcase, are called “Lei's Four Pieces.” These were all popular luxuries in 1962. I had never seen Lei Feng in such fashionable outfits, as he is usually shown in a green army uniform. To my surprise, he was no different from us in chasing trends and was just an ordinary young person. We were taught to learn from Lei Feng since our primary school education. I firmly believe that the spirit of Lei Feng is never out of date and should be promoted at any time of history. But his noble behavior puts him within our sight but beyond our reach. His spirit is just too far to be followed. What we need nowadays is not only a model Lei Feng, but also a real Lei Feng. If the spirit of Lei Feng is to live on and keep its vitality, a benign and uncontentious image is not enough. As we feel closer to him, we will know that the spirit of Lei Feng is not so far away from us. The author is an editor with China Youth magazine based in Beijing. yinjunguo@126.com
Source: Global Times | 2012/3/4 23:30:04