China condemns G7 statement censuring Beijing, supporting Taiwan

David Kirton May 6, 2021 7:02 PM HKT

China condemned on Thursday a joint statement by G7 foreign ministers that expressed support for Chinese-claimed Taiwan and cast Beijing as a bully, saying it was a gross interference in China’s internal affairs.

G7 foreign ministers said in a communique after a London summit that China was guilty of human rights abuses and of using “coercive economic policies”, which the G7 would use collective efforts to stop.

In an unusual step, the G7 also said they supported Taiwan’s participation in World Health Organization forums and the World Health Assembly – and expressed concern about “any unilateral actions that could escalate tensions” in the Taiwan Strait.

Speaking in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin condemned the statement saying it made “groundless accusations” that were a gross interference in China’s internal affairs.

“This is the wanton destruction of the norms of international relations,” he said.

The G7 as a group should take concrete action to boost the global economic recovery instead of disrupting it, he added.

Wang also attacked G7 countries for hoarding COVID-19 vaccines and having a “wishy-washy” stance towards helping other countries.

“They should not criticise and interfere in other countries with a high-and-mighty attitude, undermining the current top priority of international anti-pandemic cooperation,” he said.

China regards Taiwan as its own territory and opposes any official Taiwan representation on an international level. China has also stepped up military activities near Taiwan in recent months, trying to assert its sovereignty claims.

The G7 statement was warmly received in Taipei, where the government said this was the first time the foreign ministers had mentioned the island in their joint communique.

Taiwan’s Presidential Office thanked the G7 for its support.

“Taiwan will keep deepening the cooperative partnership with G7 member countries, and continue to contribute the greatest positive force to global health and people’s well-being, as well as the peace, stability, and prosperity of the Indo-Pacific region,” said spokesman Xavier Chang.

Source: Reuters “China condemns G7 statement censuring Beijing, supporting Taiwan”

Note: This is Reuters’ report I post here for readers’ information. It does not mean whether I agree or disagree with the report’ views.

The 7 Ancient Wonders of China

By GavinUpdated Mar. 18, 2021

China had some of the world’s greatest ancient empires and civilizations. They had the skills and manpower to accomplish some amazing feats of architecture, engineering, and art. These seven are arguably the most outstanding…

1. The Army That United China: Qin Shi Huang’s Mausoleum

The Terracotta ArmyThe Terracotta Army

The mausoleum was commissioned by Qin Shi Huang, the emperor who ruled the first Chinese empire (the Qin Empire, 221–206 BC). The best known part of this huge complex is the Terracotta Warriors. It is China’s most impressive mausoleum and unique in the world.

No one has found the entrance to the huge legendary tomb complex, thought to have lots of treasure, and recorded as having hair-trigger crossbows and booby traps. Our Xi’an tours all include Qin’s Mausoleum.

Why and How They the Terracotta Army Was Built

Facts You Won’t Know about the Terracotta Army

How to Visit the Terracotta Army — an Insider’s Guide

2. Greatest Human Feat in History: The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of ChinaThe Great Wall of China

The Great Wall stretches 6,000 km (4,000 miles), and it is recognized around the world as the longest pre-modern megastructure. Emperor Qin Shi Huang began the joining together of this vast structure. It is said that a human died for each foot of the wall.

The Qin-Han earthen wall was replaced by the Ming Dynasty stone and brick wall that tourists see today.

The Great Wall of China – Which Sections to Visit

How Long is the Great Wall of China

Best Time to Visit the Great Wall of China

3. The World’s Largest Ancient Palace: The Forbidden City

The Forbidden CityThe Forbidden City

The Forbidden City was the grand palace of the Ming and Qing emperors for 500 years. It is said to be the biggest surviving imperial palace in the world. It is the size of 80 football fields. Inside, about 9,000 people once lived. The Temple of Supreme Harmony is one of the world’s biggest wooden buildings.

Our main Beijing tours all include the Forbidden City.

4. The World’s “Grandest” Canal: the Hangzhou–Beijing Canal

The Hangzhou-Beijing CanalThe Hangzhou-Beijing Canal

The Grand Canal is by far the world’s longest canal and is still an important waterway. It was built to transport goods and people quickly, and to convey water to the dry north, by the Sui Empire (581–618). Stretching almost 2,000 km (1,400 mile) between Hangzhou and Beijing, it can be seen from Wuzhen Ancient Town.

Visit the Grand Canal as part of a Hangzhou tour.

5. Ancient Agricultural Ingenuity: Dujiangyan Irrigation System

Dujiangyan Irrigation ProjectDujiangyan Irrigation Project

Dujiangyan is another water engineering wonder. Functioning for over 2,200 years, it is known as the world’s oldest large irrigation project still in use. On UNESCO’s heritage list a Water Releasing Festival annually commemorates its engineers. It irrigates 5,000 square kilometers (1,900 square miles) of Sichuan’s plains.

See Dujiangyan as part of a Chengdu tour.

6. Artistically-Advanced Civilization: Sanxingdui and Jinsha Relics

Sanxingdui MuseumSanxingdui Museum

Among the top archeological discoveries anywhere in the world in the last century, the Bronze Age Sanxingdui and Jinsha Civilization existed during the Shang Dynasty. In the museums at Sanxingdui (dated about 1,800 to 1,200 BC), and fifty kilometers away at Jinsha (1,000 BC), tourists can see their beautiful artwork, metallurgy, and ornaments. See Sanxingdui and Jinsha as part of a Chengdu tour.

7. Elegant and Enduring Landmarks: The Dali Pagodas

The Dali PagodasThe Dali Pagodas

Last but not least, the three pagodas of Dali are engineering and artistic wonders. They have survived numerous earthquakes and wars. The tallest pagoda is 16 stories tall, the tallest pagoda in the region from the first millennia, built by the Nanzhao Empire in the year 840. The other two were built about 100 years later, probably by the Kingdom of Dali.

7-Day Yunnan Minorities Tour

8-Day Explore Shangri-La Tour

Source: China Highlights “The 7 Ancient Wonders of China”

Note: This is China Highlights’ article I post here for readers’ information. It does not mean whether I agree or disagree with the article’s views.

Major China Bill Puts Military in a Crunch

Dem’s ‘comprehensive’ China defense bill funds reports, not warships

This photograph taken on October 16, 2019 shows US Navy F/A-18 Super Hornets multirole fighters and an EA-18G Growler electronic warfare aircraft (2nd R) on board USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) aircraft carrier as it sails in South China Sea on its way to Singapore / Getty ImagesJack Beyrer • May 8, 2021 4:58 am

Senate Democrats have billed the Strategic Competition Act as a “comprehensive” check on Chinese aggression, but the legislation fails to deliver on the national security funding necessary to realize its goals, according to former defense officials and Republican critics.

The $7.7 billion spending proposal will pay for dozens of studies of China’s tactics to gain diplomatic and technological influence worldwide, but it offers little in terms of American national defense. The lion’s share of cash in the bill helps promote global press freedom and increases foreign aid. And its defense-related funding focuses on training, arms sales, and cooperation with allies, with little focus on improving the size and readiness of the U.S. military. Instead, the legislation offers $10 million to build democratic institutions in Hong Kong and millions of dollars dedicated to reforming U.S. engagement at the United Nations to counter China, among many other soft-power initiatives.

Members of the House Armed Services Committee argue Senate Democrats are asking the Defense Department to do more with less. The legislation’s funding is enough to close the $7 billion funding gap between the 2021 defense budget and the shrinking 2022 budget after inflation. But Rep. Rob Wittman (R., Va.) said the demands for a modern fighting force will not be realized if Democrats do not increase the defense budget.

“[The bill] is a little bit light on defense policy and spending topics,” Wittman said. “It is going to cause some questions to be asked about how we are going to devote those resources.”

Sen. Bob Menendez (D., N.J.) is spearheading the legislation, which calls for increased technology research, more diplomatic checks on Beijing, as well as larger troop deployments in the region. The majority of the bill’s funding, however, is directed to initiatives outside of the Department of Defense. Menendez, who did not return requests for comment, said he hopes the package will begin a “cascade” of activity to confront the Chinese Communist Party, and that his bill meets the China challenge on every front, including militarily.

David Feith, a former senior State Department official under President Trump and senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security, said the Senate bill amounts to an unfunded mandate unless Congress follows with a robust defense budget.

“There is a mismatch between the generally correct Biden administration diagnosis of the stakes and magnitude of the China challenge on the one hand, but the administration’s unwillingness to increase defense spending on the other—even while blowing out spending in a wide range of domestic areas,” Feith said. “It’s a signal of confusion to our adversaries and our friends…. If you’re not working on the greater investment side, it will complicate and possibly undermine the full range of what’s necessary.”

President Biden’s joint address to Congress in April used the looming threat from China to advance technological and domestic reforms, such as universal preschool and green energy, while devoting little attention to military defense. Rep. Jim Banks (R., Ind.) said Democrats are holding back the United States from standing up to China by failing to invest in the U.S. Navy.

“China has a 360-ship navy, and the U.S. has 297,” Banks said. “Right now, Democrats’ Senate Budget Committee chair wants to cut the Department of Defense’s budget by 10 percent. If congressional Democrats were earnest about pushing back against Chinese influence in the Indo-Pacific, they’d be advocating for more investment in our Navy and industrial shipbuilding base.”

China has increased its military forces in recent months. Beijing commissioned three advanced warships in April, with several more under construction. On Wednesday, multiple reports indicated China is planning to build an airstrip in Kiribati, one of the closest island chains to Hawaii, as well as several other U.S. and allied military installations.

The bill also signals a potential emphasis for the administration: restraining nuclear weapons. Calling for an arms control discussion with China, the bill states the United States and China are not in an arms race even as Beijing stocks up on advanced weaponry. Rep. Don Bacon (R., Neb.) praised much of the bill but said the United States cannot afford to cut defense, especially in the nuclear realm.

“As long as China remains a threat to the U.S. and our allies, we cannot afford to make any cuts to defense, especially to our nuclear triad,” Bacon said. “Within our overarching strategic deterrence framework, both extended nuclear and conventional deterrence must be brought to bear if we are to present a credible challenge to the PRC’s hegemonic ambitions.”

The bill, which has been praised by the White House, will likely receive a vote from the Senate in May.

Source: Washington Free Beacon “Major China Bill Puts Military in a Crunch”

Note: This is Washington Free Beacon’s article I post here for readers’ information. It does not mean whether I agree or disagree with the article’s views.

U.S. bill aimed at countering China aggression clears committee stage

04/22/2021 01:36 AM Listen

Washington, April 21 (CNA) A draft bill that seeks to boost the United States’ capability to counter China’s aggression on the international stage, including its belligerence against Taiwan, cleared the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday (U.S. time).

Titled the “Strategic Competition Act of 2021,” the draft bill was passed by an overwhelming vote of 21 to 1. It calls for the U.S. to reassert its leadership within international organizations and other multilateral arenas and to bolster its diplomacy strategy to address the challenges posed by the Chinese government.

After clearing the committee, the draft bill will be sent to the Senate chamber for further debate. According to information released on the Congress’ website on April 15, the bipartisan bill addresses abuses in Xinjiang such as forced labor and forced sterilization and focuses on confronting China over its “predatory international economic behavior.”

It calls for “enhanced coordination and cooperation with allies on arms control in the face of China’s military modernization and expansion, and requires reporting on Chinese ballistic, hypersonic glide, and cruise missiles, conventional forces, nuclear, space, cyberspace and other strategic domains.”

The draft bill was introduced April 8 by Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez and Ranking Member Jim Risch.

Menendez said the bill is an “unprecedented bipartisan effort to mobilize all U.S. strategic, economic, and diplomatic tools for an Indo-Pacific strategy that will allow our nation to truly confront the challenges China poses to our national and economic security.”

If the bill is passed by the U.S. Congress, it will allow for an allocation of US$655 million to foreign military forces in the Indo-Pacific region and US$450 million to the Indo-Pacific Maritime Security Initiative to ensure that the U.S. and its partners can operate freely in the region and address any threats that may arise.

The programs and allocations listed in the draft legislation also include US$75 million for an ‘Infrastructure Transaction and Assistance Network’ in the Indo-Pacific as a counterweight to China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

On the Taiwan issue, the 281-page bill says it is “a vital part of the United States Indo-Pacific strategy” and there should be no restrictions on American officials’ interaction with their Taiwanese counterparts.

The U.S. State Department and other government agencies should engage with the Taiwanese government “on the same basis, and using the same nomenclature and protocol” as it does with other foreign governments, the bill states.

In terms of military strategy, it asks Washington to help Taiwan execute its asymmetric defense strategy, urges the island to increase its defense spending, and advises regular U.S. transfers of a range of defensive weaponry and military technologies to Taiwan.

It also reiterates the U.S.’ support for Taiwan’s “meaningful participation in the United Nations system” and other global organizations, including the World Health Assembly, International Civil Aviation Organization, and International Criminal Police Organization.

(By Stacy Hsu and Joseph Yeh)

Source: CNA Focus Taiwan “U.S. bill aimed at countering China aggression clears committee stage”

Note: This is CNA’s report I post here for readers’ information. It does not mean whether I agree or disagree with the report’ views.

EXCLUSIVE China urges U.N. states not to attend Xinjiang event next week

Michelle Nichols May 8, 2021

China has urged United Nations member states not to attend an event planned next week by Germany, the United States and Britain on the repression of Uyghur Muslims and other minorities in Xinjiang, according to a note seen by Reuters on Friday.

“It is a politically-motivated event,” China’s U.N. mission wrote in the note, dated Thursday. “We request your mission NOT to participate in this anti-China event.”

China charged that the organizers of the event, which also include several other European states along with Australia and Canada, use “human rights issues as a political tool to interfere in China’s internal affairs like Xinjiang, to create division and turbulence and disrupt China’s development.”

“They are obsessed with provoking confrontation with China,” the note said, adding that “the provocative event can only lead to more confrontation.”

The Chinese mission to the United Nations did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The ambassadors of the United States, Germany and Britain are due to address the virtual U.N. event on Wednesday, along with Human Rights Watch Executive Director Ken Roth and Amnesty International Secretary General Agnes Callamard.

The aim of the event is to “discuss how the U.N. system, member states and civil society can support and advocate for the human rights of members of ethnic Turkic communities in Xinjiang,” according to an invitation.

Western states and rights groups have accused authorities in Xinjiang of detaining and torturing Uyghurs in camps, which the United States has described as genocide. In January, Washington banned the import of cotton and tomato products from Xinjiang over allegations of forced labor.

Beijing denies the accusations and describes the camps as vocational training centers to combat religious extremism.

“Beijing has been trying for years to bully governments into silence but that strategy has failed miserably, as more and states step forward to voice horror and revulsion at China’s crimes against Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims,” Human Rights Watch U.N. director Louis Charbonneau said on Friday.

Source: Reuters “EXCLUSIVE China urges U.N. states not to attend Xinjiang event next week”

Note: This is Reuters’ report I post here for readers’ information. It does not mean whether I agree or disagree with the report’ views.

Adidas, Nike Web Sales Plunge in China Amid Xinjiang Boycott

By Jinshan Hong May 6, 2021 2:19 pm [GMT+8] Updated on 
  •  Local sportswear brands Li Ning, Anta saw revenue jump
  •  Nike has said it wouldn’t source products from western region

Online sales of Adidas AG and Nike Inc. plunged in China after a boycott of international brands that have taken a stand against the treatment of Muslim Uyghurs in the Xinjiang region, reflecting the blow to businesses that cross Beijing’s political lines.

Sales in the Adidas store on Alibaba Group Holding Ltd​​​​.’s Tmall — China’s largest business-to-consumer e-commerce platform — slumped by 78% in April from a year ago, while Nike’s dropped by 59%, according to analysis done by Morningstar Inc. Fast Retailing Co.’s clothing brand Uniqlo, also targeted by the boycott, dropped by more than 20%.

Mainland consumers instead turned to Chinese sportswear competitors, including Anta Sports Products Ltd. and Li Ning Co. Ltd., which have supported using materials from the contentious far west region.

China Lining, Li Ning’s premium fashion arm, was by far the biggest beneficiary of the nationalist turn, with its sales on Tmall jumping more than 800% in April, Morningstar said.

Shoppers’ Shift

Adidas, Nike lose sales in China amid boycott, while Chinese brands win

Adidas, Nike lose sales in China amid boycott, while Chinese brands win

Source: Analysis by Morningstar Inc.

Note: Only includes sales in flagship stores. Anta and Li Ning data combines multiple brands owned by them.

“Tmall is the single largest sales channel for the many brands in mainland China now and a leading indicator to what is selling well,” said Catherine Lim and Eric Zhu, consumer analysts at Bloomberg Intelligence. “Based on our checks with sportswear companies as well as their distributors, contribution from the platform alone accounts for more than 10% of revenue in the country.”

Political Tightrope

The boycott’s impact underscores the dilemma facing foreign brands for which China is an increasingly important market, yet are held to account on human rights issues by consumers in their home countries.

Chinese consumers have become a growth driver for global brands as the country roars ahead economically after stamping out Covid-19. But patriotism among mainland shoppers — benefiting domestic brands — is also at an all-time high given China’s thorny relationship with foreign nations over everything from trade to the pandemic.

Source: Bloomberg “Adidas, Nike Web Sales Plunge in China Amid Xinjiang Boycott”

Note: This is Bloomberg’s report I post here for readers’ information. It does not mean whether I agree or disagree with the report’ views.

The 7 Wonders of China — Truly Breathtaking!

The 7 Wonders of China — Truly Breathtaking!

By Kelly PangUpdated Mar. 18, 2021

What are the most wonderous things about China? This is a varied list of wonders, capturing the most remarkable, impressive, and outstanding aspects of China. We hope you’ll be inspired to see some of them for yourself…

1. The Roof of the World — Transcendent Tibet

From space or for an explorer the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and its surrounding mountain ranges, known as the Roof of the World, must be the most impressive thing about China. Remote, pristine, and transcendent, this is the destination of dreams.

The Roof of the World has all the world’s highest 100+ peaks, including Everest and everything over 7,000 meters, and many other highest things, e.g. the highest railway and temple (Rongbuk), and the largest, deepest canyon — Yarlung Tsangpo. It is the largest highland plateau, remotest place outside the polar regions, and source of more big rivers than anywhere else (Yangtze, Yellow, Tsangpo-Brahmaputra, Ganges, Mekong, Salween, Indus, …).

(The Roof of the World, though technically a multi-country wonder, with e.g. Mount Everest actually being in Nepal, is included as a Chinese wonder as no other country has such a great claim on it.)

Make your travel dreams come true with our Tibet tours.


2. Chinese — The World’s Most Complex and Largest Language

The Chinese language (Mandarin) has the most native users in the world today (1.4+ billion), and worldwide interest in learning it is growing.

The Chinese written language, i.e. Chinese characters, is one of the oldest (about 4,000 years old), and the only pictographic/ideographic language in modern use, with 100,000+ characters, but only 3–4,000 required for functional literacy.

Characters (汉字hanzi) convey meaning often through symbolic units, quite unlike phonetic written languages. Profound and elegant, they lend themselves to beautiful calligraphy and poetic phrase and idiom.

Caligrafía china

3. The Unification of China — “Qin-a” — by Emperor Qin

Who could not be enchanted by First Emperor Qin‘s vision of “peace through unity of a nation”, as portrayed in the film Hero. Qin’s vision paved the way for what is now the largest nation in the world.

First Emperor Qin’s empire (221–206 BC) was short-lived, but his accomplishments were great, and his impact long-lasting. Han, longest ruling dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD) and namesake of the Chinese (majority) people, 汉族 Hanzu, and language, 汉语 Hanyu, i.e. Mandarin, wouldn’t have ruled over a unified China if it weren’t for Qin (pronounced “chin”), whose namesake is China, and neither would subsequent dynasties and governments.

The Greek, Roman, Muslim, Mongol, and British Empires were all bigger than Qin’s, but none of them now remain bigger than China, now or then. The pyramids are bigger than Qin’s tomb, and so is the Taj Mahal, but no mausoleum has anything as remarkable in detail and meaning as the Terracotta Army, representing Qin’s army, who conquered to unite.

See the Terracotta Warriors and Qin’s legacy with our Xi’an Tours.

Xian the terra-cotta warriors and horses

4. The Great Wall of China — the Original Wonder Wall

Nothing remotely like the Great Wall of China exists. It is the greatest human construction project ever, in terms of man hours and lives expended, and it is by far the world’s longest wall.

The Qin-Han Great Wall (another part of Emperor Qin’s vision) ran 5,000 km from North Korea almost to Xinjiang. The linking of the walls of the Zhao, Yan, and Qin states resulted in a longer and more northerly Great Wall than the current Ming Wall.

The great wall

5. The Yangtze Dams — a Massive Harnessing of Nature

The Yangtze Hydroelectric and Flood Control Project eclipses all comparable engineering feats. Once an annual cause of flooding, destruction, and loss of life, the taming of the Yangtze has turned a dangerous river into a major transport artery, electricity producer, and source of tourist revenue.

Envisioned by Sun Yat-sen in 1919, the Gezhou Dam wasn’t completed until 1988, stabilizing the Yangtze for the construction of the Three Gorges Dam upstream (virtually complete in 2012). The world’s largest hydroelectric plant produces 10% of China’s electricity! The two dams allow massive cargo ships 2,400 km (1,500 miles) inland, all the way to Chongqing.

A relaxing Yangtze Cruise is the best way to see, and indeed travel up, this record-breaking colossus and see the beauty of the Yangtze Gorges.

Three gorges dam

6. China’s Last 35 Years of Development — Simply Awesome

In 1978 Deng Xiaoping’s economic reforms awoke the “Sleeping Giant”, and China’s phenomenal economic growth (sustained at around 10% for 30 years) is only just seeing signs of slowing down.

During the last 35 years China’s construction has increased to the point of using nearly half the world’s steel and concrete output; an unprecedented 350+ million people have become urbanized, and even more have been liberated from poverty. China’s development into the “factory of the world” has captured the largest slice of the global supply chain. See more on Developing China.

Take a tour of Beijing and Shanghai to get an impression of China’s modern marvels, and see how much this country has changed in just a third of a century.

The bund

7. Chinese Culture— Last, But by No Means Least

This final wonder is a broad category covering the huge cultural contribution China has brought to the world: Chinese teaChinese foodarchitecture and landscaping, fengshui, DaoismTCMfestivals and customskung futai chiChinese operaChinese music, …

China’s culture is truly one of the world’s most influential cultures and maybe the richest culture in the world.

Tailor-make a tour to discover any aspect of Chinese culture you are interested in. Just let us know what you want and we’ll do the rest.

Morning exercise in guilin

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Source: China Highlights “The 7 Wonders of China — Truly Breathtaking!”

Note: This is China Highlights’ article I post here for readers’ information. It does not mean whether I agree or disagree with the article’s views.

China’s Quality of Life — What It’s Like in China

By Candice SongUpdated Mar. 18, 2021

China’s economic prosperity is spreading. Riding the upsurge of economic success has improved the lives of millions. From more comfortable living standards to staggering raises in salary, life for the average Chinese citizen outclasses many Western nations, and has had a massive impact on the lives of foreign visitors to China.

The amount of things to do and see have increased ten-fold, safety standards have shot through the roof, and the overall level of comfort is rivaled by few. All to say, China’s quality of life has improved, and improved for us all.


Just a mere fifteen years earlier getting from one city to another left travelers, foreign and local alike, with very few options. Underdeveloped provinces and towns lacked basic infrastructure, even paved roads in some places. And now all of that has changed.

Taking a trip from Shanghai to Beijing? For those under the pressures of the clock, the quickest and most convenient mode of travel would be the plane. New airports have sprung up in every major and mid-tier province, opening up access to regions of China left unexplored by previous foreign travels.

But if the price of planes is a bit high or if the fear of heights gets you down, taking a bullet train is a great alternative. The bullet railway is just barely longer than the plane trip and watching city and countryside views blur across in the canvas of the window frame is an experience in itself.

And the options don’t stop there, why not take the wheel yourself; nowadays car rental is easy and inexpensive. The newly paved roads are welcoming and GPS systems are just as advanced as any international locale. Take to the backroads and explore the nooks and crannies of the countryside, all of which have taken a significant jump in living standards; therefore hotel quality and other amenities have also improved.


The Bund in Shanghai

Building a brighter future for the country sometimes means a building with a view and in top tier cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen these buildings are the norm. Four of the world’s nine tallest buildings are in China. This means more ‘celestial real estate’ to accommodate the Chinese population. It also means for more comfortable living for influx of foreign visitors and much more to explore as well.

Hotels have the most immediate benefit from this development. Imagine lounging on the sixtieth floor overlooking the city. Though this comes with a price tag, this type of view is far cheaper than anywhere else in the world.

Visiting sites like the Shanghai World Tower or the Guangzhou TV and Sightseeing Tower can add to any Chinese adventure. Some travelers enjoy the convenience of peering out of the Zifeng tower in Nanjing, then trekking their way to these sites on foot. For better of worse (we’re leaning towards better) these constructions take China’s standard of living and the standard of any visit to towering new heights.

Health Standards

Peking duck

Peking duck is prepared according to strict health and quality standards in the top restaurants.

Of all the improvements to China’s standard of living, the most satisfying may be the cuisine. This is an improvement that visitors can actually taste. For decades China has struggled to keep their massive population fed but that was only one hurdle. The safety of the foods provided caused worries as well. Thankfully, visitors to China today will find that these issues are now becoming Chinese history.

With the improvement of standards of living, so come the stricter requirements on the foods that people eat. Controls on what fertilizers are used and bans on pork and beef steroids have made eating in Chinese restaurant far safer.

Best these improvements aren’t just in quality but also in variety. The variety of foods available have taken a great leap forward from just Chinese to all of Asia. With China being the economic powerhouse of the Orient, chefs from Thailand, Korea, Japan and other Asian countries have descended in on China. The best Malaysian and Indonesian chefs now work out of Beijing and Hong Kong.

Public Safety

China Highlights Customers in Guilin

Along with these new improvements to standards of living, public safety has shot up.

Better laws have been put in place for issues such as violent crime, and people are now punished for not complying with more wide-reaching rules and regulations. China’s stamp down on corruptions on all levels has greatly improved the lives of the lower classes.

Improvements on cracking down on widespread corruption in China has also made it safer for tourists and business people visiting China. Generally speaking China is one of the safest countries for any tourist to visit. As long as tourists comply with the rules of the PRC, traveling to China gives you the freedom to enjoy its nightlife and rural areas with a high assurance of safety.

Better “Quality of Life” for the China Tourist…

Major improvements to living standards in China have benefited not just the local Beijinger or Shanghai resident, but have improved life greatly for visitors and expats alike. And while China has a long way to go in many ways, living in and traveling through China has never been better!

Since we at China Highlights are locals and expats living in China, are committed to corporate social responsibility, and are dedicated to showing you the best of China, we have triple the stake in making your visit of the highest quality possible. Let us improve the standard of your stay.

Source: China Highlights “China’s Quality of Life — What It’s Like in China”

Note: This is China Highlights’ article I post here for readers’ information. It does not mean whether I agree or disagree with the article’s views.

Sorry, Europe Will Not Join the US in Rejecting Chinese Investments

The US is now rejecting Chinese investment in its companies even small startups or non-profitable universities. Not only so, it also rejects supply of Chinese goods with technology it hasn’t, such as Huawei’s 5G equipment.

Indeed the US has to do so as China’s rise may cause the US to lose its world hegemony. However it is unable to make Europe reject Chinese investment., Trump’s “America first” makes Europe realize that the US is not willing to incur the costs of protection for Europe and will conduct a trade war with Europe. US hegemony will hurt instead of benefit Europe.

China does not pursue world hegemony but is making efforts to put an end to US world hegemony. Without US world hegemony there will be a true multi-polar world for Europe to enjoy.

Even if US hegemony is replaced by a Chinese one, Europe may not lose anything. On the contrary, it will be better placed in the Chinese market without the US as a hegemonic competitor. China’s vast and fast growing market will bring much more benefits to Europe compared with a shrinking US market.

That was why US Secretary of State has failed to make Europe join US Cold War against China in G7 foreign minister meeting.

Frustrated, he could only talk some nonsense in his interview with BBC so that BBC cannot but title its report on the interview “West must be ‘very careful’ about Chinese investment, Blinken says”.

That was entirely nonsense. No one is not very careful in accepting investment from the outside. One has to be very careful that the investment must be profitable for both the investor and the invested. That is what China means by win-win cooperation. Without win-win, China would not make and Europe would not accept the investment.

What does Blinken want? To prevent China from making money? But he will also prevent Europe from making money. Will Europe take Blinken’s advice not to make money because it will enable China to make money? It certainly will not take the advice unless the US can replace China to make the investment. Sorry, the US is hard up while China has lots of funds to invest abroad.

What about strategic assets? No one is so stupid as to allow others to invest in its strategic assets unless the investor is only interested in making money and does not want any share of the secret of the technology or know-how of the strategic assets invested in.

The problems for the US are the definition of strategic assets. Some assets are strategic for the US but not Europe. For example, Germany has made lots of money in providing China through an equity joint venture with the technology to make good ship engines, which China has used to make engines for its warships. Such Chinese investment is strategic for the US but not for Germany.

Perhaps, it is also strategic for Germany in another way. The technology provided by Germany may enable China to make ships to facilitate the trade between China and Germany profitable for both countries. The warships may enable China to protect the ships for such trade.

That is also the case of France and Italy making much profits through equity joint ventures in providing China with helicopter technology that has enabled China to make armed helicopters that rival US ones. China will only be able to use the armed helicopters for its defense and certainly has no need or capability to use the armed helicopters to fight France, Italy or the US that locates far away from China.

Comment by Chan Kai Yee on Reuters report, full text of which can be viewed at

Will US Join Philippines in Fighting China

For many years the Philippines has refrained from violating China’s summer fishing ban in the South China Sea, especially after it was banned fishing in areas around the Scarborough Shoal at the Scarborough Standoff.

At that time, Philippine President Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino II started the standoff, mistakenly believing that the US would have given him military support as the US was adopting its policy of pivot to Asia to contain China.

Now, US President Joe Biden has been so hostile to China that many Philippine politicians believe that it is time to induce the US into Philippines’ war with China to enable them to drive China away from the disputed waters.

However, China is not afraid of military conflicts with the Philippines. SCMP’s report “South China Sea: Philippines accuses China of ‘dangerous challenges’ near Scarborough Shoal” says, “In a statement on Tuesday night, Hermogenes Esperon, a national security adviser to President Rodrigo Duterte, said the China Coast Guard conducted ‘shadowing, blocking, dangerous manoeuvres and radio challenges’ to two Philippine Coast Guard vessels in the waters near the shoal late last month.

US Secretary of State Blinken has openly said US will protect the Philippines if China attacks the Philippines even its civilian. Therefore, the danger of war now will be in the South China Sea. The Philippines is now provoking China in order to have a military conflict to draw in the US. Esperon’s above statement proves that China is not scared by Blinken’s words. It is not afraid of a war with the US in the South China Sea as it has geographical advantages there.

Will the US help the Philippines fight China then?

I doubt the US is willing to incur the heavy costs of war without any economic gains. Moreover, it will not be a war out of US affection for the Philippines though the Philippines has been US subordinate ally for a long time. I believe the US still remembers well its humiliation in being driven out of its military bases in the Philippines three decades ago.

What about Blinken’s promise to perform US treaty obligations to help the Philippines counter China? Will the US be humiliated by its failure to honor its promise? The US needs only declare its long-standing position not to take side in other countries’ territorial disputes as it did during the Scarborough standoff. If the worst comes to the worst, Biden can just fire Blinken. That will be quite enough! It will be much cheaper than fighting a war with a world power.

Comment by Chan Kai Yee on SCMP’s report, full text of which can be viewed at