China pledges resolute measures to root out poverty by 2020 – People’s Daily Online

English: Logo of the People's Daily 中文: 人民日报题字

English: Logo of the People’s Daily 中文: 人民日报题字 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of China’s leading newspapers reports that China‘s top leadership on Saturday pledged resolute measures to help the remaining 70 million poor people shake off poverty and enjoy essential social services by 2020

Source: China pledges resolute measures to root out poverty by 2020 – People’s Daily Online

The article cites analysts claiming that China’s experience in poverty alleviation could be used in helping the world complete the poverty reduction target through cooperation with other nations and foreign aid.

This is an important development and could strengthen China’s geo-political position.

It’s a shame that the UK did not reform its public healthcare system to best practice because it could have made billions of pounds in helping China with this ambitious program.


Politics may eclipse anti-terror alliance – Editorial – Global Times

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Logo of Global Times (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is a powerful editorial from China’s leading paper, the Global Times. According to the article, terrorism should foremost be defined by the act of killing innocents, not the reasons that led to their killings or the tools they used.

Source: Politics may eclipse anti-terror alliance – Global Times

The article hints that China’s support for an anti-terror alliance would be difficult whilst the West and China differ as to an effective definition of terrorism.

Judge for yourself with the following citation:

Amnesty International and other Western human rights groups have shown more sympathy to the attackers than to people they killed, regardless of the feelings of the Chinese public. These groups have disgusted Chinese people.

Personally, I think the Global Times editorial has a point. The World needs the UN Security Council behind any war on terrorism. This would be difficult with the West not moving towards China’s viewpoint on terrorism.

I worry that human rights groups, like Amnesty International, have been hijacked by the hard-left and have moved away from their traditional human rights territory. A good example is Amnesty International’s accusing George Bush of war crimes. 



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