China Praises Historic Summit’s Progress
CHINA praised the decision made by Democratic People’s Republic of Korea top leader Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump at their historic Singapore summit on June 12 to start to resolve problems in the Korean Peninsula.
“It is important progress made in pushing forward the denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula as well as its political settlement,” the Foreign Ministry said on June 12 in a statement after the summit concluded.
China spoke positively of related parties’ efforts in making the meeting a success, and “it is also the common appeal of the international community,” the statement said.
Trump and Kim concluded the summit by citing meaningful progress toward achieving peace and denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
A document signed after the summit by the two leaders affirmed Kim’s commitment to complete denuclearization of the peninsula and Trump’s commitment to provide security guarantees to the DPRK. That, Trump pledged, would include freezing U.S. military exercises with the Republic of Korea while negotiations continue.
“We are prepared to start a new history and we are ready to write a new chapter between our nations,” Trump said at a news conference after the summit. Trump praised the role China and President Xi Jinping have played.
“History has proven over and over again that adversaries can indeed become friends,” Trump said.
Kim, speaking in Korean, said after the signing ceremony, “We had a historic meeting and decided to leave the past behind.” He added, “The world will see a major change.”
Kim left Singapore in the afternoon after signing the document. Before his private session with Trump in the morning, Kim said, “The path leading here was not easy.”
“The old prejudices and practices worked as obstacles on our way forward, but we overcame all of them and we are here today.”
The Foreign Ministry said that China is committed to realizing the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, maintaining peace and stability on the peninsula and peacefully resolving the peninsula issue through political talks between all relevant parties, and it has made unremitting efforts, it said.
“We hope and support the two countries to implement the consensus made by their leaders, promote follow-up negotiations, and further consolidate and expand the achievement, making the political settlement of the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue a sustainable and irreversible process,” it said.
As a close neighbor and an important party involved, China stands ready to work with relevant parties and continue to be dedicated to realizing denuclearization on the peninsula as well as establishing the peace mechanism there, it said.
State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said earlier on June 12 that it is important and positive for the top leaders of the two countries to sit down and conduct equal talks, which is creating history. China welcomes and supports the meeting and hopes the two leaders will avoid disruptions, build mutual trust and overcome difficulties, he said.
The summit started with a one-onone session between the two leaders, accompanied only by translators, and was followed by an expanded session with the attendance of advisers and then a working lunch.
While the document mentions no details about denuclearization, Trump said the two sides have agreed to vigorous negotiations for the implementation of the agreement as soon as possible. He said sanctions will remain until nuclear weapons are no longer a factor.
The U.S. had earlier insisted on a rapid process of complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, but has tapered down the expectation recently. Trump indicated on June 12 that it will take a long time, even from a scientific standpoint.
The U.S. president said that at an appropriate time he is looking forward to visiting Pyongyang and will also invite Kim to visit the White House.
The cordial mood on June 12 and the smiles on the faces of the two leaders pose a big contrast to the war of words they engaged and the war threats they made and alarmed the world just months ago. C
(Source: China Daily)The “Shanghai Approach” to Math Going Global
Issue No. 7, 2018
An assessment of students’ mastery of the Chinese version of a multiplication table entered British primary schools in March this year. Around 7,000 grade-four pupils from 300 schools took the exam. Great Britain will make this version compulsory for primary school students from 2020.
Sino-British educational cooperation started 30 years ago, when China was primarily the one learning from Great Britain. In 1987, with the support of Deng Xiaoping, the People’s Education Press introduced Longman company’s textbooks. Today, China has become a major exporter of textbooks owing to its reform and opening-up policy, which has brought with it a surge of development.
In 2015, a practice book for students (as a supplement to math textbooks) was translated into English. It has been adopted by over 400 schools in Great Britain.
In 2016, British Prime Minister Teresa May established exchange programs between Chinese and British math teachers. In July, a four-year program backed by 41 million British pounds was announced by the British Department for Education to promote the “Shanghai approach” in math in 8,000 primary schools.Sharing Traditions in Small Families
Issue No. 19, 2018
In China, family has always played an important role in daily life.
Family traditions are carried on from generation to generation. In the old patriarchal society where big families lived together, family traditions and rules were important for keeping order in the group and improving the family image. Now, three or four generations living together under one roof is a rare sight. Instead, people live in small families scattered across the country, which makes it difficult to create or recite family rules as a way of disciplining.
Yet today, it’s still important to carry on family traditions as many are beneficial to both our families and society.
In recent years, more and more small families are seeking out their roots. In their re-discovery of their family history, traditions are recalled, recognized, and carried forward.
The inheritance of family traditions is a good basis for discipline and education. They teach us what we can do and how to do it in society. Moreover, family traditions are inherited and built in a much more diversified, open, democratic, and law-abiding society, so more contemporary core values need to be infused. A Battle for Top Talent in China
Issue No. 12, 2018
2017 saw a “talent scramble battle” among Chinese cities.
With an adjusting economy, human resources for new industries in China are badly needed in most cities. Many officials have realized that talents and innovation are the impetus to economic development. With this in mind, many cities began a fierce battle to attract the best and brightest among Chinese youth.
In fact, over the past four decades, several waves of battles for talents have been put on in the country. Early in the 1980s when China’s policy of reform and opening-up was first introduced, talents from inland cities scrambled to special economic zones. In the 1990s, the east coast introduced favorable policies to attract talents, making the phrase “the peacock flies to the Southeast” a popular saying. But nothing compares to the talent battle of 2017. He Huichao, director of the service department in Wuhan’s recruitment bureau, said, “We wanted to make use of the second wave of China’s demographic dividend to optimize our demographic structure.”
People, whether they are producers or consumers, are the basic elements of any great city. The battle to attract talents is to brace for the future development of a city, while making them stay still remains a challenge.
The Secret of “New Retail”
China Economic Weekly
Issue No. 21, 2018
On October 13, 2016, at the Yunxi Conference, Alibaba founder and chairman Jack Ma raised the concept of “new retail” (the integration of online, offline, logistics, big data, and other new technologies) for the first time and predicted that e-commerce will be reduced to a traditional business and replaced by “new retail,” which will change the entire business world within 10 to 20 years.
Jack Ma’s remarks evoked many responses. In the 600 days that followed, the concept of new retail developed so fast in the retail industry that it is no exaggeration to say that literally everyone was talking about it.
“New retail” brings the potential to change life as we know it. The brand-new shopping experience is having an impact on our lifestyles, and forging what many think to be an ideal life. It has grown from a vague concept to something we can touch and feel, with retail sample rooms being built and effective retailing methods being practiced.
In 2017, when “new retail” was first introduced, statistics from the Department of Commerce showed that for the first time in five years, China’s physical retail business saw a surge in business. This is an important statistic because this industry is linked with people’s lives, manufacturing, logistics, and peer-to-peer sales.
- Xiadang Village: Tackling Poverty with the Tea Business
- Xi Jinping’s Thought on Diplomacy and China’s Position in the New Era
- Widening the Circle
- Tracing the Origin of China’s Targeted Poverty Alleviation Efforts
- The Protection and Development of Mount Fanjing
- Tai Chi: A Much-Loved Symbol of China
- Summer Delicacies
- Shenyang: An Old Industrial Base
- SCO Qingdao Summit Draws up Blueprint for Shared Future
- Revival of Zhenru
- Resettlement Brings Danmin People a Happy Life
- One Day, Our Children May Give Us a Lecture
- Mining China’s E-commerce Opportunities
- Jizhou Ware, Joyous, Jaunty, and Folksy
- Heart-to-heart Exchanges Make for Lasting Friendships
- From Shepherd to Anthropologist
- Following Trends of the Times and Seeking Common Progress
- Enriching the People
- Decisive Progress Made in China’s Fight against Poverty
- Cultural Exchanges Reinforce Mutual Confidence Between France and China
- Chixi Village’s Progress in Poverty Reduction
- Chinese People’s Dreams
- Chinese Classical Furniture: Antique and Ingenious
- Chinese Sturgeon
- China Praises Historic Summit’s Progress
- A Breakthrough in the Theories of International Relations