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Huanqiu Comments on German Nationality, Advocates Export of Values

A recent Huanqiu article analyzed German netizens’ responses to a Der Spiegel report about the German government’s investigation of four Chinese spy suspects. The state media believed that Der Spiegel was “inducing” the German public to criticize the Chinese government. Although readers did not react as expected, Germans may not be “tired of the media’s anti-China attitude,” added Huanqiu

Said Zhu Yutong, Huanqiu’s reporter in Germany, “The honeymoon period when Western media praise China for favors may be gone forever.… Now China is strong; they cannot control it – at least economically. They need to find a political, moral, and psychological high ground. As long as China remains so strong that any noise cannot disturb it (China), this voice will weaken, as if they had surrendered.” “Germany is bullying the weak and fearing the strong.” 
Zhu added, “China should, with the language and approaches that they understand, export its own values. It is a new challenge.” 
Source: Huanqiu, December 2, 2009

China Daily: Harper Gave up Hugh Rights for Economic Development

China Daily commented on Harper’s visit to China, saying that after years of being firm concerning human rights issues, Harper finally saw the light, became realistic and traded it for economic cooperation with China.

The commentary said that Canada’s support for Falun Gong, the Taiwan question, and the Tibet issue has greatly hurt the Sino-Canada relationship. On the contrary, the U.S. was quite pragmatic. Bush raised Sino-US ties to their best period in history, and Obama downplayed ideology and declared to respect other countries’ choices concerning internal matters. Finally, the economic pressure drew Harper to mend his China policy.

The commentary said “… if Canada respects China over issues concerning China’s core interests, bilateral ties could realize sound development.”

The Chinese version listed meeting the Dalai Lama in 2007 and refusing to attend the Beijing Olympic Games as Harper’s transgressions, which were not mentioned in the English version.

Source: People’s Daily, December 2, 2009
China Daily, December 2, 2009

Chinese Language Rises Amid Financial Crisis

The fourth annual Confucius Institute will be held in Beijing December 11 to 13. As a press conference for the event, Xu Lin, the Director of the state agency Hanban, and The Chinese Language Council International under Ministry of Education, commented that the impact on Confucius Institutes and overseas Chinese language promotion is counter-cyclical. 

Xu, also the Executive Director of the Headquarters of the Confucius Institute, explained that as China has not been hit hard by the financial crisis, and many foreigners wanted to learn how Chinese deal with the crisis, the demand for Chinese language learning has been increasing. 
According to the data provided by Hanban, by the end of 2008, 249 Confucius Institutes have been established in 78 countries. Within the crisis year of 2009, 33 more Confucius Institutes and 10 more countries were added. The theme of this year’s annual conference is “Confucius Institutes and Community Service.” 
Source: Huanqiu, December 4, 2009

Outlook Magazine: China’s Role in the U.S-India Relationship

According to Outlook Magazine, among China, the U.S. and India’s relationship, the U.S. has the largest advantage, while China must nurture its relationship with India, “India believes that the U.S. apathy toward India is largely because the United States pays more attention to China. If the U.S. and China get closer, it will undermine India’s interests.” “In the trilateral relationships among China, the U.S. and India, the U. S. is the most powerful with the greatest initiative, while the relationship between China and India is marginalized and needs careful nurturing.”

The article holds that the U.S. fosters tension in the Sino-Indian relationship in order to lure India into the U.S encirclement to contain China. The article warns that if the Indian government chooses to blindly follow the U.S., acting as its pawn to contain China, then it will have a negative impact on Sino-Indian relations.

Source: Legal Daily, December 1, 2009

Strategic Cooperation between Ex-Im Bank and Ministry of Culture

On November 27, China Arts & Entertainment Group (CAEG) signed a strategic cooperation pact with the Export-Import Bank of China. This is the first instance of a state policy bank providing preferential financing to a large cultural enterprise, said Xinhua

Earlier in March of this year, the Ex-Im Bank and the Ministry of Culture signed the Cooperation Agreement on Nurturing Key Export Oriented Culture Enterprises and Projects. According to the agreement, the Ex-Im Bank is to provide preferential financing to China’s culture industry with at least 20 billion yuan or equivalent foreign exchanges within five years.
Parties present at the signing ceremony, according to Xinhua, believe the cooperation will boost CAEG’s international competitiveness, expand its market share, and promote China’s soft power around the globe. 
Source: Xinhua, November 27, 2009

CCP Sent Representative to Congress of United Russia Party

The Chinese Communist Party Central Committee sent the Deputy Director of the International Liaison Department, Chen Fengxiang, to attend the 11th Congress of the United Russia Party held on November 21 in Saint Petersburg. Chen also delivered a speech in the forum entitled “Party Responsibilities During A Period of Crisis.”

Source: People’s Daily, November 21, 2009 

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