The United States and China make up close to 40 per cent of the world's GDP. Open, export-led economies like those of Latin America and the Caribbean need strong ties with both giants to prosper and make the great leap forward to the condition of fully developed nations. Developments in 2018 seem to confirm that there is little that can be done to change that hard fact.
A female pedestrian was sentenced to 10 months in jail and a year's probation recently by a court in Zhongshan, South China's Guangdong Province. She had been in a collision with a motorcyclist, who fell off his bike and later died. What was unusual was placing the blame for the accident on the pedestrian rather than the driver of the faster, heavier motorized vehicle. In this case, not only was the woman jaywalking, but she was also glued to her smartphone.
The phone conversation between President Xi and President Trump, including the tone of Trump's subsequent tweet, fits the logic in terms of the general direction for developing Sino-US relations. And this talk will definitely play a positive role in boosting confidence in Sino-US negotiations. It is sincerely hoped that the power of logic is stronger than that of uncertainty.
Japan has approved its new National Defense Program Guidelines (NDPG) and the accompanying Mid-Term Defense Plan on December 18, according to an Asahi Shimbun report. The guidelines, approved by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet, involve considerable weapon procurements, the upgrade of Izumo, a self-defense force ship, into what would effectively be an aircraft carrier, along with highlighting the "China threat theory". The revised plans display Abe's reckless efforts to expand armaments and focus on perceived threats.
The year of 2018 marks the special commemoration and practice of China's reform and opening-up. It is the 40th anniversary of the Third Plenary Session of the 11th Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, when the decision of carrying out reform and opening-up was made. It is also the fifth anniversary of the Third Plenary Session of the 18th CPC Central Committee. The 40th anniversary has been frequently discussed while the fifth anniversary also has its own great historical significance.
In late November, America and the world said goodbye to former President George H.W. Bush. His passing marked not only the end of a life richly lived, but also the end of an era in US-China relations.
After this tough year, China has more adequate policy and mental preparations, no matter how 2019 turns out. China needs to be well-prepared for difficulties. No external force can bring China down and those who try will pay a hard price. This is the confidence that 2018 has brought China.
2019 is coming.
Huawei is already the favorite of a large number of people who rely on its superior quality. The treatment Huawei has received in some countries is unreasonable, but China should be reasonable in not discriminating against foreign products.
Lanzhou in northwest China's Gansu Province will have one person on every bus to shield the driver from unruly passengers.
China has not abolished the death penalty based on its own history and current conditions. It is China's sovereignty and Beijing has the right to enact and enforce its own laws. Chinese courts are exercising increasing prudence in giving death penalty, yet it won't give the wrongdoer a way out simply because the criminal is a foreigner.
Lee Hsien Loong once said the PAP's new committee was a “major step forward in our political renewal.” As the potential leader and “a safe pair of hands,” Heng Swee Keat shoulders great responsibility.
Every movement, even when it is overwhelmingly for the good of society, has its negative side.
Some in the West call the BRI China's Marshal Plan. They are two different things that are not comparable.