Remarks by Trump, ambassador follow concerns about spate of visa rejections China hopes the United States will put its words into action, be sincerely welcoming to Chinese students and create more favorable conditions for bilateral education cooperation and people-to-people exchanges, Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said on Monday. Student exchanges between the two nations have long promoted communication and mutual understanding, Geng told a daily news briefing. Geng's remarks came after Terry Branstad, the US ambassador to China, published a Chinese article in China Youth Daily on Monday, expressing that the US welcomes Chinese students to its universities. The US has made no change to its student visa policies. Around 360,000 Chinese students studied at US universities last year, the highest among all nationalities, which clearly signals that US higher education is open to Chinese students, the ambassador said. He noted that it is difficult to build bridges between the two … [Read more...] about China hopeful as US trumpets support for student exchanges
Over the past six years, Sun Lin has cycled more than 20,000 kilometers around China. Sun, 69, a retired carpenter from a state-owned enterprise in Harbin, capital city of Northeast China's Heilongjiang province, began to cycle in 2014 to fulfill a childhood dream. "When I was in primary school in early 1960s, I had heard that some people cycled around China and even cycled abroad," he said. "I really envied them and hoped to cycle freely, but for most families, a bicycle was one of the rare luxuries at that time." With a bicycle that his father assembled using some waste materials, Sun learned to ride, but wasn't until 1975 when he began working that he saved up and bought his own bicycle. In the following decades, cycling became his only commuting tool for work. After retirement in 2010, Sun began to take some part-time jobs. "The jobs could bring me extra money," he said. "More importantly, I am not a man who enjoys having nothing to do." In 2014, he quit his … [Read more...] about Retired carpenter bikes 20,000 km around China
Hong Kong has experienced weeks of unrest now, sparked by opposition to an extradition bill, with increasing outbreaks of violence and strikes causing major disruption. The Chinese government has strongly criticised the protesters, but many are wondering whether it will eventually lose patience and take more direct action.What legal options does Beijing have to intervene, and could we ever see Chinese military action in Hong Kong? Could China send in the army? The Basic Law - Hong Kong's mini constitution since the UK handed the territory back to China in 1997 - is very clear. Unless China declares an all-out state of emergency or war in Hong Kong, Chinese military intervention can only come at the request of the Hong Kong government, and for the "maintenance of public order and in disaster relief".But most analysts say at this stage is almost unthinkable that PLA troops will be seen in Hong Kong. "It would bring dramatic change to the structural and economic environment," said Prof … [Read more...] about Hong Kong protests: How could China intervene?
China has accused U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of “outdated Cold War thinking” after the diplomat warned that China posed a fundamental threat to Western democratic freedoms. Pompeo – who spoke in Germany on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall – said the Chinese Communist Party “uses tactics and methods to suppress its own people that would be horrifyingly familiar to former East Germans”.He added Washington has made clear to Beijing they should “honor their commitment” to the “one country, two systems” policy that allows Hong Kong rights unseen in the mainland. As Breitbart News reported, Pompeo’s address was titled “The Lessons of 1989: Freedom and Our Future.” He said 30 years after East and West Germany were reunited, authoritarianism is once again rising and it must be challenged by the free world: In response Beijing slammed Pompeo’s “baseless … [Read more...] about China Tells Mike Pompeo to Address His ‘Incorrect’ Cold War Thinking
Photo: Reiner Bajo Photo: Reiner Bajo Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Photo: Reiner Bajo China Box Office: ‘Midway’ Shot Down by Local Drama ‘Better Days’ 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Roland Emmerich’s big-budget World War II film “Midway” was no match for local drama “Better Days” at China’s box office, bringing in $3 million less than the top-earning Chinese title, which is already in its third weekend in theaters. One of the more expensive independent films ever made on a budget of $98 million, the American blockbuster took in a meager $15.7 million during its opening weekend in China, signaling that it will likely struggle to be profitable. Instead, “Better Days,” Hong Kong … [Read more...] about China Box Office: ‘Midway’ Shot Down by Local Drama ‘Better Days’