On November 28, 2007, José Manuel Barroso, President of the Eurpoean Commission, an executive branch of the European Union (EU) and José Sócrates, the Prime Minister of Portugal, will visit China for the 10th Annual China-EU summit in Beijing. This meeting between China and European leaders will act as a catalyst to strengthened their relationship.
Recently at a seminar at the Peking University Law School, a well-known law professor, Jiang Ping, said that Chinese companies face many obstacles. The reason is that these businesses came out of an old system, and the standardized legislation that applies to them has only been in existence for about 20 years. He listed 3 major issues.
According to Xinhua, on November 30, 2007, Chinese troops traveled on the high-speed Qinghai-Tibet railway from Mainland China to Lasha. It was the first time they had done so since the world’s highest railway line was officially inaugurated on July 1, 2007.
The Third Session of Advanced Study of Overseas Chinese Language Media was held on November 26 in Beijing. The Culture, Education and Propaganda Department of Overseas Chinese Affair Office of the State Council, China News Services, and the School of Journalism of Renmin University of China sponsored the event.
Western countries are rallying together against China in Africa, warned International Herald Leader of Xinhua on December 27, 2007.
On December 24, 2007, Xinhua published an article under the title "Let’s Learn to Show Contempt for U.S. Pressure." It stated that China can hardly breathe because of the pressure in international trade. The pressure relates to such issues as RMB currency depreciation, product recalls, over 50 anti-China bills presently in the U.S. Congress and escalating demands on China to open up its financial market.