CGTN: Seeking happiness for the people: China’s journey to common prosperity

BEIJING, Jan. 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Back in the 1980s, China allowed some people to get rich first to help others gradually achieve the national goal of common prosperity. Now common prosperity is the priority route to delivering happiness to all the people. In 2021, China realized the goal of building a moderately prosperous society […]

BEIJING, Jan. 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Back in the 1980s, China allowed some people to get rich first to help others gradually achieve the national goal of common prosperity. Now common prosperity is the priority route to delivering happiness to all the people.

Seeking happiness for the people: China's journey to common prosperity

In 2021, China realized the goal of building a moderately prosperous society in all respects (known as “Xiaokang” in Chinese) and got off to a good start during the 14th Five-Year Plan (FYP) period (2021-2025).

“To ensure that everyone leads a better life, we must never rest on what we have achieved, and there is still a long way to go,” Chinese President Xi Jinping said in his New Year address on Friday.

Following the blueprint

In the first year of the 14th FYP period, China implemented the blueprint with a focus on the people-centered philosophy and prioritized efforts to foster a new development paradigm, strengthen the role of innovation, and advance the green transformation of the social and economic development.

The people-centered philosophy has been the key to China’s remarkable achievements in the past decades and will guide the country toward common prosperity. After eliminating extreme poverty across the country and accomplishing the “Xiaokang” goal, China embarked on a new journey toward socialist modernization and national rejuvenation.

“On the journey ahead, we must rely closely on the people to create history,” Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, said in a speech at a gathering marking the centenary of the CPC on July 1. He vowed that the CPC would address the people’s concerns and promote common prosperity for all.

Chinese leaders have stressed the importance of creating and accumulating social wealth on the one hand, and preventing polarization on the other. First, all Chinese people need to work together to make the “cake” bigger and better; then efforts should be made to divide the “cake” well through proper institutional arrangements, according to a statement released after the Central Economic Work Conference in December.

While putting more emphasis on the domestic market, China also reiterated its pledge to open wider and share development opportunities with the world.

Putting innovation at the center of its modernization drive, China made various scientific and technological breakthroughs such as the launch of the crewed spaceship Shenzhou-13, the landing of the Mars probe Tianwen-1 on the red planet, advancement in the chipmaking industry and leaps in quantum computing.

As green development becomes a priority, China repeatedly stressed its pledges to peak carbon emissions by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2060, and released a series of policies to realize the goals.

In 2021, the country saw an odyssey of Asian elephants that caught global attention, pledged more investment to protect biodiversity, launched wind power and photovoltaic projects in desert areas, and reiterated its commitment to fighting climate change.

Xi’s top concerns in domestic tours

President Xi made 11 inspection tours around China during the past year, leaving his footprints in dozens of places. There were a number of key issues that Xi highlighted at these stops, which reflected some priority areas of the country’s development in the 14th FYP period and beyond.

From the 2022 Winter Olympics venues and remote villages to nature reserves and small companies, his visits demonstrated China’s commitment to advancing ecological progress and pursuing innovative, green and high-quality development.

“People,” “ecology,” “innovation,” “high-quality,” “security,” “culture,” “service,” “education,” “technology” and “rural areas” are among the top words and phrases Xi mentioned during his visits in 2021, according to CGTN analysis.

In each of his visits, Xi showed deep concern towards the people. He went to old revolutionary bases, ethnic minority regions, and places with poor infrastructure, fragile environmental conditions and victims of frequent natural disasters. He visited the poor, talked with local officials, inspected the conditions and reviewed the poverty alleviation work.

When visiting Guizhou Province in southwest China in February, he emphasized the importance of blazing a new path that prioritizes ecological conservation and green development.

He also highlighted protection of biodiversity on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and the ecological environment in the Yellow River basin and Saihanba – the once barren land located in north China’s Hebei Province that has turned into one of the world’s largest man-made forests – during his visits to Qinghai, Henan, Shandong and Hebei provinces and the Tibet Autonomous Region.

Amid an increasingly complex external environment, he called for efforts to deepen supply-side structural reform, build a new development paradigm and advance high-quality development on many occasions.

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‫”إعمار” تستقبل 2022 باحتفالات “أمسية الروائع” المبهرة ليلة رأس السنة في “وسط مدينة دبي”

– إعمار تستقبل العام الجديد باحتفالات مذهلة أرادتها تحيّة تقدير إلى دولة الإمارات ودبي من خلال عرض رائع للألعاب النارية، والليزر، والأضواء، والموسيقى. – العرض المميّز الذي نقلته وسائل الإعلام حول العالم ليشاهده قرابة 3 مليارات شخص، يحتفي بكّل ما تمثّل دبي من حيوية، وانفتاح وإبداع. دبي، الإمارات العربية المتحدة, 1 يناير / كانون الثاني 2022 […]

– إعمار تستقبل العام الجديد باحتفالات مذهلة أرادتها تحيّة تقدير إلى دولة الإمارات ودبي من خلال عرض رائع للألعاب النارية، والليزر، والأضواء، والموسيقى.

العرض المميّز الذي نقلته وسائل الإعلام حول العالم ليشاهده قرابة 3 مليارات شخص، يحتفي بكّل ما تمثّل دبي من حيوية، وانفتاح وإبداع.

دبي، الإمارات العربية المتحدة, 1 يناير / كانون الثاني 2022 /PRNewswire/ —

نظّمت “إعمار”، شركة تطوير العقارات المتكاملة الرائدة في دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة، احتفالات مبهرة ليلة رأس السنة في “وسط مدينة دبي” أطلق عليها اسم “أمسية الروائع”، احتفاءً بحلول العام الجديد 2022. حيث شهد برج خليفة عروضاً مذهلة للألعاب النارية مصحوبة بلوحات إبداعية من الضوء والليزر والموسيقى، تناغمت مع عروض “نافورة دبي” الآسرة، لتشكلّ مجتمعة عرضاً متكاملاً ومشوّقاً أدهش الحضور والمشاهدين حول العالم.

EMAAR WELCOMES 2022 WITH SENSATIONAL NEW YEAR'S 'EVE OF WONDERS' CELEBRATIONS

وهذه الاحتفالات الرائعة التي شهدها “برج خليفة” وأنارت سماء دبي، لقيت اهتماماً عالمياً واسعاً، حيث تابعها قرابة 3 مليارات شخص حول العالم بواسطة البثّ المباشر، ما جعلها واحدة من أكثر احتفالات ليلة رأس السنة مشاهَدة في العالم.

وفي هذا الصدد، قال محمد العبّار، مؤسِّس شركة “إعمار”: “تفخر “إعمار” باستعراض ما تمتاز به دبي من ابتكار وإبداع أمام الجمهور العالمي، ليس فقط من خلال احتفالات ليلة رأس السنة، بل ومن خلال تجارب عالمية المستوى أيضاً نعمل على ابتكارها على مدار العام. فدولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة هي تجسيد لرؤية وقيادة حكيمة حقّقت من خلالهما على مدى السنوات الخمسين الماضية إنجازات مشهودة في شتّى المجالات والميادين، وشركة “إعمار” إنما تتطلّع قُدُماً للاضطلاع بدور بارز في مسيرة التقدّم والازدهار باتجاه مزيدٍ من الإنجازات خلال السنوات الخمسين القادمة بإذنه تعالى.”

ومن ناحية أخرى، احتلّت صحّة وسلامة جميع الحاضرين في احتفالات “إعمار” لليلة رأس السنة قمّة الأولويات بالنسبة إلى المنظّمين. حيث امتازت الاحتفالات بدقّة تنظيمها بفضل التعاون الوثيق بين مختلف الفرقاء المعنيين، ودعم ومساعدة الهيئات الحكومية في دبي، بما في ذلك “دائرة الاقتصاد والسياحة” في دبي، و”هيئة الطرق والمواصلات”، و”شرطة دبي”، و”الدفاع المدني”، و”هيئة الصحة بدبي” وجميع أعضاء “لجنة تأمين الفعاليات”، بالإضافة إلى كامل فريق عمل “إعمار”، والمورّدين، وعدد كبير من المتطوّعين.

وعلاوة على ذلك، أعلنت “إعمار” عن تمديد عروض الضوء والليزر الأروع على الإطلاق، حيث سيكون بإمكان الزوّار الاستمتاع بمشاهدة عروض احتفالات رأس السنة الجديدة يومياً على واجهة برج خليفة وذلك لغاية 31 مارس. وأما الأشخاص الذين لم يتمكّنوا من حضور الاحتفالات في “وسط مدينة دبي” أو متابعتها مباشرة ليلة رأس السنة، فباستطاعتهم الآن مشاهدتها عبر قنوات “إعمار” على منصّات التواصل الاجتماعي.

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CGTN: Looking forward to 2022, China vows never to rest on what it has achieved, ready for a long way ahead

BEIJING, Dec. 31, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — As China strides toward the second centenary goal of building a great modern socialist country in all respects, 2022 will be another important year. “To ensure that everyone leads a better life, we must never rest on what we have achieved, and there is still a long way to […]

BEIJING, Dec. 31, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — As China strides toward the second centenary goal of building a great modern socialist country in all respects, 2022 will be another important year.

“To ensure that everyone leads a better life, we must never rest on what we have achieved, and there is still a long way to go,” said Chinese President Xi Jinping on the last day of 2021.

Since the year 2014, Xi has delivered New Year addresses for nine consecutive years, leading the Chinese people to look back at achievements and looking to the journey ahead.

China fulfills responsibility to history

After sending greetings to the Chinese people, the president continued his address with describing the year 2021 as “exceptionally significant”.

“At the historical convergence of the Two Centenary Goals, we have set out on a new journey of building a modern socialist country in all respects and are making confident strides on the path toward the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation,” he said.

In 2021, China realized the first centenary goal of building a moderately prosperous society in all respect, the Communist Party of China (CPC) celebrated its centenary, and the resolution on major achievements and the historical experience of CPC over the past century was adopted.

He announced on July 1 that China has realized its first centenary goal of building a moderately prosperous society in all respects. Poverty eradication is considered the “bottom-line task” in attaining this milestone development goal.

Realization of a moderately prosperous society in all respects and elimination of extreme poverty is what the CPC has delivered to the Chinese people, and it is also a contribution to the world, Xi said on Friday.

China’s fight against COVID-19 and contribution to the global COVID-19 response is another highlight.

Reviewing phone calls and virtual meetings with foreign leaders and heads of international organizations, he said that only through unity, solidarity and cooperation can countries around the world write a new chapter in building a community with a shared future for mankind.

To date, China has provided two billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines to more than 120 countries and international organizations.

China ready for a long way ahead

“The world is turning its eyes to China, and China is ready,” Xi said when eyeing the coming year.

The Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games are about a month away, making Beijing the first city in the world to host both Summer and Winter Olympics.

Noting that realizing the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation will be no easy task, he stressed the importance of carrying out “bold self-revolution so as to gain the historical initiative”.

The sixth plenary session of the 19th CPC Central Committee held in November reviewed the Party’s endeavors over the past century, setting a guideline for the Party to achieve national rejuvenation by learning from history.

The plenum also decided to convene the 20th CPC National Congress in the second half of 2022, a highly important event of great political significance for both the Party and the country.

“The concerns of the people are what I always care about, and the aspirations of the people are what I always strive for,” Xi said.

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UN Food Agency Halts Work in North Darfur, Affects 2 Million

CAIRO — The World Food Program has suspended its operations across Sudan’s province of North Darfur following recent attacks on its warehouses, a decision expected to affect about 2 million local people.A statement released by the U.N. food agency Thur…

CAIRO — The World Food Program has suspended its operations across Sudan’s province of North Darfur following recent attacks on its warehouses, a decision expected to affect about 2 million local people.

A statement released by the U.N. food agency Thursday said all three of its warehouses in the area were attacked and looted. More than 5,000 tons of food apparently were stolen, the group said.

Earlier in the week, the WFP said an unidentified armed group had attacked one of its warehouses in North Darfur’s provincial capital of el-Fasher. In response, local authorities imposed a curfew across the province.

However, the attacks continued until early Thursday, said the statement. Hundreds of looters have also dismantled warehouse structures, WFP added.

“This theft has robbed nearly 2 million people of the food and nutrition support they so desperately need,” said WFP Executive Director David Beasley. “Not only is this a tremendous setback to our operations across the country, but it endangers our staff and jeopardizes our ability to meet the needs of the most vulnerable families.”

The agency said it cannot divert assistance from other parts of the East African country to the looted warehouses without compromising the needs of vulnerable Sudanese living outside the province.

Sudan is one of the poorest counties in the world, with nearly 11 million people in need of food security and livelihood assistance in 2022, said the WFP.

The agency urged Sudanese authorities to recover the looted stocks and guarantee the security and safety of the WFP operations in North Darfur.

On Thursday, the country’s state-run news agency reported that a number of suspects were arrested in el-Fasher after they were seen riding trucks and animal-drawn carts loaded with food stocks that were allegedly stolen from the WFP warehouses. SUNA news agency did not say how many were arrested.

The WFP decision comes amid political upheaval that followed the October military coup.

On Friday, a doctor’s group said that five people were killed in anti-coup protests that erupted a day earlier in several provinces across the country. Security forces fired tear gas and live ammunition to disperse thousands of protesters, the group said. With Thursday’s fatalities, the total death toll since the coup has risen to 53.

Meanwhile, the Sudanese police acknowledged in a statement issued Friday that four protesters were killed and more than 290 were wounded in the protests. The statement posted on SUNA made no mention of police using tear gas or live ammunition. The police added that more than 40 policemen were wounded in clashes with protesters.

Source: Voice of America

US Takes Ethiopia, Mali, Guinea Off Africa Duty-free Trade Program

WASHINGTON — The United States on Saturday cut Ethiopia, Mali and Guinea from access to a duty-free trade program, following through on President Joe Biden’s threat to do so over accusations of human rights violations and recent coups.”The United State…

WASHINGTON — The United States on Saturday cut Ethiopia, Mali and Guinea from access to a duty-free trade program, following through on President Joe Biden’s threat to do so over accusations of human rights violations and recent coups.

“The United States today terminated Ethiopia, Mali and Guinea from the AGOA trade preference program due to actions taken by each of their governments in violation of the AGOA Statute,” the U.S. Trade Representative’s office said in a statement.

Biden said in November that Ethiopia would be cut off from the duty-free trading regime provided under the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) because of alleged human rights violations in the Tigray region, while Mali and Guinea were targeted because of recent coups.

The suspension of benefits threatens Ethiopia’s textile industry, which supplies global fashion brands, and the country’s nascent hopes of becoming a light manufacturing hub. It also piles more pressure on an economy reeling from the conflict, the coronavirus pandemic, and high inflation.

“The Biden-Harris administration is deeply concerned by the unconstitutional change in governments in both Guinea and Mali, and by the gross violations of internationally recognized human rights being perpetrated by the government of Ethiopia and other parties amid the widening conflict in northern Ethiopia,” the trade office statement said.

The AGOA trade legislation provides sub-Saharan African nations with duty-free access to the United States if they meet certain eligibility requirements, such as eliminating barriers to U.S. trade and investment and making progress toward political pluralism.

“Each country has clear benchmarks for a pathway toward reinstatement and the administration will work with their governments to achieve that objective,” it added.

The Washington embassies of the three African countries did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Ethiopia’s Trade Ministry said in November it was “extremely disappointed” by Washington’s announcement, saying the move would reverse economic gains and unfairly impact and harm women and children.

Source: Voice of America

A Final Farewell to South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu

CAPE TOWN — The state funeral for Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu has taken place in Cape Town, South Africa, with only 100 mourners allowed inside St. George’s Cathedral because of COVID-19 rules. The anti-apartheid hero and human r…

CAPE TOWN — The state funeral for Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu has taken place in Cape Town, South Africa, with only 100 mourners allowed inside St. George’s Cathedral because of COVID-19 rules. The anti-apartheid hero and human rights activist who died December 26 at the age of 90 had been suffering with prostate cancer.

Desmond Tutu, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his campaign against apartheid, said he wanted the cheapest coffin. And he requsted that money intended for flowers should instead be donated to good causes.

The South African Broadcasting Corporation, airing his funeral Saturday in Cape Town, showed his widow, Leah Tutu, sitting in a wheelchair, listening to the tributes to her famous husband.

There was a televised message from the archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, who said it was like a mouse giving a tribute to an elephant. He said most messages he’s been receiving from people around the world say that when they were in the dark, Desmond Tutu brought light.

“He never ceased to speak prophetically, he never ceased to speak powerfully, he never ceased to shed light. Many Nobel prize winners’ light fades in time, his grew brighter,” he said.

South Africa’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa, gave the eulogy. He said among those Tutu spoke up for were the Palestinians and members of the LGBTQ-plus community.

“One of the causes that was dear to him and less well known to many of us was campaigning together with Her Royal Highness Mable from Organje, who is here with us today, against child marriage across the globe. I have learned how the arch traveled to villages in Ethiopia, in India and Zambia to understand the circumstances under which young girls were being forced into marriage. Such was his stamina. Such was his commitment,” he said.

Ramaphosa credited Tutu with being South Africa’s spiritual father. He said the cleric, along with the country’s first democratically elected president, Nelson Mandela, preached hope and forgiveness.

Tutu chaired the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that sought to heal the victims and perpetrators of apartheid’s atrocities.

He coined the term “Rainbow Nation,” referring to people of all colors who lived in South Africa, and of the beauty that could come after the storm.

In recent years, Tutu was critical of South Africa’s ruling party because of rampant crime and corruption in the country.

Ramaphosa alluded to this, “There are times when he felt let down, and yet, he never lost hope. The most fitting tribute we can pay to him, whoever and wherever we are, is to take up the cause of social justice for which he tirelessly campaigned throughout his life. Archbishop Tutu has left a formidable legacy, and we are enormously diminished by his passing.”

Tutu’s daughter, the Reverend Naomi Tutu, also addressed mourners.

“Many of the messages we’ve received have said, ‘thank you for sharing him with the world.’

“Well, it actually is a two-way street because we shared him with the world. You shared part of the love you held for him, with us. And so, we are thankful, and we are thankful that all of you have gathered in your many places. In person or via the wonders of technology, to be a part of celebrating daddy’s life throughout this week.

“And lastly, to him, who has gathered us here, uDaddy, uTata (Xhosa language for daddy). We say thank you, Daddy, for the many ways you showed us love, for the many times you challenged us. For the many times you comforted us,” she said.

Archbishop Tutu is being cremated in a private ceremony and his ashes will be interred in St. George’s Anglican Cathedral.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, their four children, and nine grandchildren.

Source: Voice of America