China, U.N., Plans to End Poverty World Wide By 2030

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China’s blueprint to end poverty

CHINA’S national plan for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was released at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on Monday when Premier Li Keqiang chaired a roundtable on sustainable development goals (SDGs).

The plan consists of five parts, including China’s achievements and experience in implementing the Millennium Development Goals, and the challenges and opportunities, guiding principles, roadmap and detailed plans of implementing SDGs.

As the first national plan that specifies various domains and goal-oriented concrete measures, the plan expounds China’s development policy and its efforts to help other developing countries implement the goals.

The 2030 Agenda, endorsed and launched at the UN Summit for Sustainable Development last year, is a blueprint for eradicating poverty across the world in the years leading up to 2030.

Implementation of the agenda, including its 17 SDGs and 169 targets, is high on the agenda of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly, which opened last week.

Leaders attending the G20 summit, in east China’s Hangzhou earlier this month, also pledged to actively implement the 2030 Agenda.

Pursuing sustainable development is the fundamental solution to all kinds of global problems, said Li, adding that accelerating implementation of the agenda is of great significance for now and in the long-term amid a weak global economic recovery and increasing difficulties and risks.

While deeming eradicating poverty and hunger as the top priority, he called for more efforts to promote robust, sustainable, balanced and inclusive growth.

In the past 15 years, China had made remarkable achievements in poverty reduction, health service and education, he said.

Over the period, China had lifted over 400 million people out of poverty, reducing the mortality of children under 5 by two-thirds and that of pregnant women by three-quarters.

As a responsible developing country, China is willing to participate in relevant international cooperation, continuously increase investment in South-South cooperation, and share development experience and opportunities, Li said.

In order to support a bigger UN role in the implementation of the agenda, China is pledging an additional US$100 million in annual aid to UN development agencies by 2020 on top of the amount in 2015, Li said.

He also announced that China’s donation to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria will reach US$18 million in the next three years.

The round table, hosted by the Chinese government, was attended by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UN General Assembly President Peter Thomson and the heads of 16 international organizations.

They highlighted the important role China has played in carrying forward the 2030 Agenda within the G20 framework.

The international organizations present at the round table expressed their willingness to strengthen cooperation with China, popularize China’s development experience, and jointly address challenges so as to push forward the sustainable development of China and the rest of the world.

China Catching Up With Nations Most Wanted Criminals

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33 most wanted returned to China

CHINA has brought a third of its list of 100 most-wanted corruption suspects back to the country from overseas, its top anti-graft body said yesterday.

The list of suspects subject to an Interpol “red notice” — the closest thing to an international arrest warrant — was issued in 2014. Since then, 33 of them had been caught, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said in a statement.

Over the past two years, since setting up a team to chase graft suspects across the globe, the commission has returned to China 1,915 suspects from more than 70 countries, along with 7.47 billion yuan (US$1.12 billion), it said. It gave no other details.

China has been seeking more international cooperation to hunt down suspects who had fled overseas since the government began a drive against deep-rooted graft almost four years ago.

It has turned to persuasion to get suspects back from countries such as Canada and the United States, where many corrupt officials are believed to have gone.

G20 leaders who attended the recent summit in Hangzhou agreed on a document on cooperation with regard to suspects who had fled abroad.

An important principle in the document was appropriate measures against “safe havens.”

The commission’s Liu Jianchao, director of its international cooperation bureau, said the principles agreed in the document would “help overcome political and legal barriers to treaties on extradition and criminal judicial assistance.”

They will help establish a cooperation system involving law enforcers, prosecutors and diplomats, Liu said.

At an APEC meeting in Beijing in 2014, a declaration on fighting corruption described how extradition, judicial assistance and more flexible legal measures could be used to recover stolen money.

“Compared with that declaration, these principles will have more extensive influence,” said Cai Wei, the bureau’s deputy head.

Many G20 countries are popular destinations for corrupt Chinese officials and the measures should reduce the scope for criminals to hide out there and in the world at large, Cai added.

The document states that members will investigate, prosecute, and refuse entry to individuals sought by law enforcers in other G20 countries while helping one another recover stolen money.

There will be improvements to both public and private sector transparency.

G20 leaders also agreed to set up a research center in China to look at the issue of returning corrupt officials and their assets.

A communique said the center would “be operated in line with international norms.”

Cai said the center would help China’s global efforts to fight corruption. It would be based at Beijing Normal University and experts from other G20 countries would be invited to join and look at issues such as legal mechanisms for extradition.

China’s Xi Instructs Japan’s Abe On How Japan Should Behave

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Xi tells Abe ‘disruptions’ should be put aside

CHINA and Japan should “put aside disruptions” and bring relations back on a normal track as soon as possible, President Xi Jinping told Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe yesterday.

At their meeting following the two-day G20 summit in Hangzhou, Xi said China and Japan are close and important neighbors. Long-term, healthy and stable development of bilateral ties is conducive to the benefit of people from both countries and to regional peace and stability, Xi said.

He said Sino-Japanese ties are currently still “troubled by complications at times.”

The two countries should put aside such disruptions and propel bilateral relations back on the track of normal development as soon as possible.

Xi said China’s basic standpoint in improving its relations with Japan had not changed. Bilateral ties have entered a key phase, where “no progress means regression.”

“Both sides should bolster their sense of responsibility and crisis awareness, and work to build on the positive elements of bilateral ties while putting a lid on negative ones, in order to ensure stable improvement of relations,” Xi said.

They should also make the most of the 45th anniversary of normalization of Sino-Japanese ties in 2017, and the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Peace and Friendship between China and Japan the year after, to push forward Sino-Japanese ties, he said.

Xi stressed that China and Japan should adhere to their four political documents and the four-point principled agreement reached in late 2014, in a bid to ensure their political foundation of bilateral relations will stand firm.

The two countries should properly “manage historical issues and prevent new issues from emerging” in a bid to cut back on the “stumbling blocks,” Xi added.

He noted that the two countries’ economies are highly complementary and they could strengthen macroeconomic communication and raise the level of practical cooperation in all sectors.

The two sides should also carry forward the tradition of people-to-people friendship and boost exchanges at local levels.

“Both countries should follow the new concept featuring win-win cooperation, make joint efforts to advance regional cooperation and address global challenges,” he said.

Xi said China and Japan should properly handle the East China Sea issue via dialogue and consultation to jointly safeguard peace and stability in the region.

Japan, he said, should “exercise caution in its words and deeds” on the South China Sea issue, so as not to disrupt the improvement of Sino-Japanese ties.

Abe, who congratulated China on the success of the G20 summit, said Japan attached great importance to its relations with China, noting the two countries are “neighbors that cannot be parted.”

Tokyo is willing to establish political trust with Beijing and will work to improve bilateral ties in the spirit of consensus reached between the two countries, and maintain dialogue on relevant issues.

Abe added that Japan hopes to step up cooperation with China in finance, trade and environmental protection.

China Will Be Patient With UK Government On New Trade Agreement

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China will be patient, UK’s May told

PRESIDENT Xi Jinping told British Prime Minister Theresa May he was open to a bilateral trade agreement between the two countries, a British official told reporters at the G20.

“Xi said that they wanted to look at how we could strengthen our trading and economic relationship and that China was open to a bilateral trade arrangement with the UK,” the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said.

The official also said Xi told May that China would remain patient while her government gets to grips with decisions taken by her predecessor.

Since taking office, May has delayed a decision on whether to back a nuclear project at Hinkley Point that is being partly financed by the Chinese.

“He recognized the new government would need to take some time before reaching decisions on some agreements pushed by the last government. President Xi said that they had the patience to wait for a resolution on those issues.”

Asked whether that was a reference to Hinkley Point, the official said it was implicit that Xi was referencing decisions of that nature, but that Hinkley was not specifically mentioned.

China’s First Lady Peng, G-20 First Ladies Bring Attention To HIV/AIDS Prevention

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Peace and harmony with Peng

PENG Liyuan, wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping, invited the wives of leaders attending the G20 summit to visit the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou yesterday. She invited her guests to write the Chinese character “he,” meaning peace or harmony.

Peng also invited the wives to an anti-AIDS advocacy tour at Zhejiang University in the tourist city.

Peng, a World Health Organization goodwill ambassador for tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS, said such activities had been carried out in many Chinese universities to good effect and that the foreign guests’ attendance would have a positive influence.

Peng called on countries to work together in improving the level of HIV/AIDS prevention and the search for a cure.

Is China, Russia, And Turkey The Next Axis Power Grid?

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Russia, Turkey agree to closer ties with China

CHINESE President Xi Jinping called for firm support in each other’s efforts to safeguard sovereignty, security and development interests when he met his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin yesterday.

He called for strengthening all-round strategic cooperation, and urged both countries to push forward the alignment of their development strategies, as well as dovetailing the Belt and Road Initiative with the Eurasian Economic Union.

Meeting ahead of the G20 summit in Hangzhou, Xi said the two countries should deepen pragmatic cooperation in infrastructure, energy, aviation, aerospace and advanced technology. He also called for stronger military and security cooperation.

Xi said the two countries should cooperate more closely on international and regional issues, as well as safeguarding the principles of the UN Charter, the basic norms of international relations, and international equity and justice to promote peace, stability and prosperity.

Putin said Russia should join with China to ensure the political trust and friendship between the nations can boost economic cooperation. The two countries should push for broader cooperation in trade, investment, finance, energy and technology, he said.

China and Turkey have agreed to advance cooperation in fields of counter-terrorism, energy and infrastructure.

In the meeting with Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday, Xi said China appreciates Turkey’s affirmation that it will never allow any activities that could undermine China’s security to take place on Turkish soil.

He called on both sides to adhere to the core issue of political mutual trust, and to achieve more substantial results on anti-terrorism and security cooperation

Both should consider concrete means and projects to link the Belt and Road initiative with Turkey’s development strategy, to achieve substantial progress in cooperation in infrastructure, energy, quarantine and other fields, Xi said.

Erdogan expressed hopes that the two countries could increase collaboration in investment, energy, infrastructure, aviation, agriculture, tourism and counter-terrorism.

A series of cooperation agreements in energy, inspection and quarantine and other fields were signed after the meeting.

China, Russia, U.S., Can Alpha Males Or Females Ever Truly Get Along?

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US cooperation could lead to ‘great things,’ says Xi

CHINA and the United States have far more common interests than differences, President Xi Jinping told US President Barack Obama on the eve of the G20 summit, and he hoped that bilateral ties would stay on the right track.

Xi said cooperation between China and the US could lead to “great things” conducive to both countries and to the world at large.

He said the two countries should manage and control their differences in a constructive manner, in order to push forward the continuous, sound and stable development of bilateral ties.

A statement from China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the two leaders compared notes on Sino-US relations and on major international and regional issues of mutual concerns in a “candid, in-depth and friendly manner,” with a series of “important consensus” reached.

Xi spoke highly of his previous meetings with Obama.

In particular, the building of a new type of major-country relations between China and the US had witnessed substantial progress over the past three years, he said.

Two-way trade, investment and personnel exchanges are at historic highs, and both countries have worked together in combating climate change, advancing negotiations on a bilateral investment treaty, and establishing mutual trust between their militaries.

Important progress was also made in fighting cyber crimes, coping with the Ebola epidemic in Africa, and facilitating a comprehensive agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue, Xi said.

“All these have showcased the strategic importance and global influence of Sino-US relations,” he said.

Xi said China hopes to work with the US and other parties to achieve fruitful results during the summit to inject momentum to the world economy while lifting confidence.

He told Obama China will stick to the direction of opening up and reform, and further facilitate access for foreign investment.

China welcomes foreign enterprises to invest in the country, and will continue to provide them with a favorable business environment, Xi said, calling for efforts to reach a reciprocal bilateral investment treaty as soon as possible.

Xi said both countries should expand cooperation in fields including energy conservation and clean energy.

They should also continue to expand practical collaboration between their militaries and local authorities, and in areas of counter corruption, law enforcement, cyber security, culture and UN peacekeeping, he said.

Obama said the US hopes to build stronger trade and investment ties with China, and make joint efforts with China on a wider range of fields, including regional and global security.

On the issue of Taiwan, Xi said China will resolutely safeguard its sovereignty and territorial integrity, and curb “Taiwan independence” activities in all forms. Xi also hoped the US would honor its commitment in Tibet-related issues, and not support secessionist activities.

Obama said the US opposes attempts aimed at seeking “Taiwan independence,” and reaffirmed Tibet belongs to China.

He said the US and China should make sure both countries could carry out fruitful cooperation in fields with common interests, while working to control differences so as not to impact bilateral ties.

Is China’s Economic Policy A Copy Of Wal-Mart’s Economic Policy?

 

When I was in college a decade ago I learned that in the U.S. that Wal-Mart, (Sam’s Club) (Lowe’s) (Walton family) had one dollar out of every nine dollars going through their hands each year according to the GDP. This is great if you are a person that holds a whole bunch of Wal-Mart stock, or is it? That would depend on if you are a person who loves this country, or if you are a person whom does not. I learned back in the mid and late 1980’s that the Wal-Mart slogan of them only selling American made products was a total lie. Back then I drove a truck for a living and when trucks going into the docks of North New Jersey to pick up loads going to Wal-Mart Distribution Centers it was a normal thing that the material we were to pick up would be staged on the docks waiting to be put onto the trailers yet we would have to wait for several hours to get it loaded. The reason was that the dock employees first had to remove all of the stickers saying where the products originated, like China, and then put on stickers saying “made in the U.S.A..” In my opinion Wal-Mart grew the way it did through lies, deceptive marketing, and fraud.

 

I really liked radio commentator Paul Harvey a lot, I really liked listening to his stories, the only trouble I had with him was that he was very naive. He used to talk about how we couldn’t have a better neighbor than when your community got a Wal-Mart store in their town. We the people and the small business people of these towns knew better. When a Wal-Mart store moved into a town pretty much all of the small store and all of the ‘Mom and Pop’ store quickly got put out of business. When this happened then the town’s people pretty much ended up having to shop at that Wal-Mart store or travel long distances to places that didn’t yet have one. Do you remember how it used to be a normal thing for a new Wal-Mart store to be built across the street from a K-Mart store and how then most of those K-Mart stores went out of business? Wal-Mart did finally quit the lies about only buying made in America products as we the people learned that we were buying items laced with poisons, they didn’t have American companies to blame it on, they had to come clean to the public about where the products really came from. In most cases it was coming from China. This poison was in may things, like baby food, pet food, and the pain on children’s toys. Many other U.S. companies are guilty of these actions as it is they whom closed their factories here in the States and Canada so that they could reap higher profit margins by using the much cheaper labor markets in Asian countries like China. If you noticed when a company moved their factories to a cheap labor market when those products showed up on store shelves here in America the prices did not go down for the consumers. The game is all about profit margins.

 

As companies here in North America put our workers on the unemployment lines destroying our own country, China started to boom. Wal-Mart had multiple half a billion dollar cargo ships (made in China) built that are too large to go through either the Panama Canal or the Suez Canal. These ships were built to sail from China to the west coast ports of North America. For Wal-Mart it is a win-win situation as they do not have to pay other companies to haul their freight for them. Just like they are phasing out their own truck drivers and started contracts with the lowest bidders, it is about maximum profits, period. Folks, when we buy products that are made in China we are putting money into the Chinese coffers and raising our dept to them. How much longer will it be until the Chinese Government calls in the loan on the 13 trillion dollars we owe them? How much longer will the dollar be the world standard-bearer? How much longer until the world currency is China’s Yuan (Renminbi (RMB))? Have you ever went around your local stores and checked where the products were made? Is it any wonder that now the U.S.Congress is trying to pass a bill making it where the people aren’t even allowed to know where the meat they buy comes from? Wal-Mart years ago got rid of the grocery packers forcing the customers to load their own groceries. Then they started putting in self checkout isles for the purpose of getting rid of the register checker employees. Last evening on the news I heard where they are now going to be replacing almost all of their office people with computers and robotics. If you have no employees you have higher profits, not lower priced products!

It is no wonder to me that as the U.S. is declining and that China’s military power along with their Leaders arrogance is increasing. Yesterday in China at the G-20 conference did you see how disgracefully and how arrogantly our President and his personnel were treated by the Chinese Government and their Officials? President Obama and those with him were treated as enemies, not as trading partners or as friends or even as someone they hoped to have as a friend someday. Yesterday the Chinese Government, (and you know damn well that their President Mr. Xi Jinping okay-ed those actions, they treated our President and the people of our Country as though He (President Obama and Us) did not deserve any courteousness. Yesterday the Chinese Government basically took a piss in the face of our President and our Nation!

 

Folks, every time you or I buy an object here in the U.S. (OR ANY PLACE THAT IS NOT IN CHINA) we are putting bullets in their guns that they will use against the U.S. and against the rest of the world. For years their policy has been to make things for the foreign markets as cheaply as possible. The ideology is simple, play on the greed of the people and companies in the open world markets. This gives work and wages to their own people while taking jobs away from other countries, closing up their factories and their industrial center capabilities. This also takes tax revenues away from other Nations making it impossible for other countries to afford to buy or build weapon systems even for self-defense. Just like with Wal-Mart ideology of putting everyone else out of business so that they rule where people can buy any product and what that price it is allowed to be, China is using that same philosophy. Pretty soon China will enforce its domain over the South China Sea and they will give Taiwan the option of surrender or be blockaded from all outside trade and revenue. They will do this as Russia weakens NATO’s resolve to their west, just like Turkey (a NATO country) is dividing NATO via courting Russia, the EU, and the U.S. concerning the Kurdish people. How many fronts are the people of the U.S. willing to go to war with? Russia believes they can break NATO and China believes that the U.S. does not have the will to go to war with them. As China makes the U.S. weaker economically, they believe they make the will of our people to go to war weaker. Unfortunately I believe that these actions will come about in less than one decade. Wal-Mart has used China well, or, is it that China has used Wal-Mart well?