Li Rui’s controversial life reflects diversity of opinion

Li Rui, former deputy head of the Organization Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, died i

n Beijing on Saturday. His death grabbed the headlines in many Western media outlets. A report by The New York Times called Li “standard-bea

rer for liberal values in China.” But how to evaluate him divided online public opinion in China.

Li lived for 101 years. His long life span contributed to his influence.

Li’s life was a bumpy ride. He experienced almost all historic events such as the Yan’

an Rectification campaign, and himself became the subject of several political movements.

Li was imprisoned once in Yan’an before the founding of the People’s Republic of China. In the

20 years after 1959, he was either held in confinement or in labor camps. The experiences were even quite unfortunate in that historical context.

Li’s career peaked when he was appointed as the deputy head of the Organization Department of the CPC Central

Committee after the reform and opening-up. His title as the secretary of Chairman Mao Zedong remains controversial.

In general, his positions had not offered him opportunities to exercise an enormous impact on China. His influence was limited until he retired.

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Under the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative, investment

from China has improved local infrastructure, resolved the country’s chronic energy crisis, a

nd made Pakistan a more attractive destination for foreign investment. We cannot give up halfway. Th

e question now is how to maximize the efficiency of Chinese loans to benefit the local people and Chinese investors.

Although Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman has reportedly postponed his trip to Pakistan amid heightened t

ensions between India and Pakistan, Pakistan is still likely to get an economic package from Saudi Arabia to support its economy.

China will be pleased to see the CPEC become leverage for increased economic cooperation betw

een Pakistan and the international community. Closer economic interaction will help maximize th

e efficiency of Chinese investment and promote regional economic integration. As Pakistan further integrates itself into the

global economy, foreign investment is likely to yield more employment benefits and help the country fight poverty. Prob

lems such as security concerns have also posed challenges to the CPEC. If foreign investment can help reduce p

overty and fight terrorism in the South Asian country, it will create a virtuous circle for the development of CPEC.

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Meanwhile, Japan continued signing agreements with

one with the UK in 2017 and another with India the following year. By exploiting the power of these regional countries, Japan aims to secure military provisions for

its SDF in the Indo-Pacific region from the US, Canada, Australia and India and in the North Atlantic region from the US, the UK, France and Canada.

This has laid the foundation for Japan to broaden its SDF activities and ensure military provision with its partners. It is a sm

all-scale bilateral military alliance system centered on Japan. This shows Japan’s long-term strategic plan.

Since the 21st century, Japan has clearly labeled China as its biggest real and potential rival. Esp

ecially since Shinzo Abe took office, he spared no efforts at containing China. During Abe’s first te

rm, the Japanese government raised the idea of the “arc of freedom and prosperity.” When he became prime mini

ster for a second time, the policies advocated by his cabinet, including the values-based alliance, the alliance of m

aritime democracies, the democratic security diamond and the freedom corridor, have all kept China in focus.

Because of the ACSAs with Australia and India, Japan can militarily c

onstrain China’s Belt and Road Initiative in the Pacific and Indian Ocean regions. In the At

lantic, it can also exert forceful intervention in China’s policy in Europe, North Africa and West Africa.

In some areas where China’s military strength has not reached, Japan has crafted its military plan in advance by ut

ilizing its bilateral alliance system, trap-falling China’s military strategy into a passive position.

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What apparently has shattered the confidence of the ruling

its poor performance in recent polls in three key Indian states.

One key factor that apparently sealed the fate of the BJP was prevailing anger among upper castes. So the first thing the prime

minister did was to grant 10 percent job reservation to the less well-off among the upper castes.

The BJP projected the move as a “game changer” which it claimed would win it the support of a certain section of society bu

t now finds itself on the back foot as the Congress came out with a proposal promising “minimum income guarantee” fo

r every poor villager if the party was voted to power. The idea has left the BJP leadership unnerved.

The head of the Pakistan Navy hailed the Chinese navy’s participation in the Aman 19 multinational maritime exercise during a visit to the

warship Kunlunshan on Sunday, saying that the Chinese naval presence in the Indian Ocean is vital to regional ­security.

Pakistan is holding its sixth multinational maritime naval drills, Aman 19, from Friday to Tuesday in Ka

rachi, with navies and observers from 46 countries including China, Russia and the US participating in the exercise.

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLA Navy), which has participated in all

previous Aman exercises, sent two warships from the Task Group 998 for the exercise.

“The PLA Navy has always been a very big participant, we are really grateful for that,” Ch

ief of the Pakistani Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi told the Global Times during his visit.

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Hulu has a special treats on offer for Valentigy eases travSpri

During this year’s Spring Rush (or chunyun), which started on Jan 21 and will end on March 1, Chinese people are expected to make about 2.99 billion trips. Th

is is equivalent to relocating the entire population of Africa, Europe, the Americas and Oceania in 40 days.

That China successfully manages the largest mass migration in the world shows the Chinese e

conomy remains vibrant and the country is moving toward overall prosperity. According to statistics from relevant de

partments, China’s total passenger transport capacity, including the railways, waterways and civil a

viation, during the 2019 chunyun is expected to increase by more than 5 percent over last year’s. Which means C

hina’s transportation authorities have made great efforts to optimize and improve passenger transfer services.

For passengers’ convenience, the authorities are widely applying smart and information tech

nologies to promote closer cooperation among the railways, civil aviation and road networks, and str

engthen the links among different transport modes, in order to provide the passengers with better “last-mile” services.

Hainan Island Circular High-Speed Railway has taken the lead in piloting e-ticket rail travel. The Haina

n railway project is aimed at replacing paper tickets with e-tickets, and making identity cards or certificates the travel vo

ucher, in order to establish a self-service entrance and exit, and self-service ticket change and refund mechanisms.

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education authorities monitor Zhai Tianlin probeorities in B

Education authorities in Beijing have launched an investigation into actor Zhai Tianlin, who has received high-profile plagiarism allegations.

The Education Work Committee of the CPC Beijing Municipal Committee and Beijing Education Commission have sent an investigative team to the Beijing Film Acad

emy, where Zhai obtained a Ph.D., to look into the case, the university said in a statement on Thursday.

Zhai, 32, is also a postdoctoral candidate at Peking University. He found himself in hot water on social media after a Sina Weibo blogger accused him of plagiarism last week.

The university launched its own investigation on Monday. It has finished prelim

inary evidence collection and notified Zhai about the investigation, the statement said.

The university has zero tolerance for academic misconduct and will look into other matters uncovered by netizens.

Zhai raised a flurry of chatter online in August when he said in a live video appearance he did not know what the China National Knowledge Infrastructure w

as. CNKI is the largest and most widely used online academic library in China for university students writing theses and dissertations.

The post by the Sina Weibo blogger claimed one of Zhai’s papers published in an acade

mic journal was uploaded to CNKI and the similarity score for the 2,783-word article was 40.4 percent.

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All of the 606 sewage pits in the new area are now under co

All of the 606 sewage pits in the new area are now under control. The new area has also strengthened

the supervision of 133 water-consuming enterprises and closed 915 polluting enterprises in 2018.

The garbage in rivers of the three counties in Xiongan was also cleaned up, while about 180 million cubic meters of w

ater was supplied to the Baiyangdian Lake as a result of an ecological water supply project last year.

In April 2017, China announced the establishment of the Xiongan N

ew Area, which is about 100 km southwest of Beijing and spans three counties in Hebei Province.

Ecological restoration in Baiyangdian Lake, the largest wetland ecosy

stem in northern China, has been reinforced since Xiongan New Area was set up.

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Australian trade minister expresses confidence in Sino-Austra

CANBERRA – Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Simon Birmingham has said he has confidence tha

t the relationship between Australia and China will continue to prosper in 2019 in his Chinese New Year Message.

In a statement confirmed by the Australian embassy in China on Friday, Birmingham e

xtended his “best wishes of health, happiness, success and prosperity to everyone who is celebrating the Lunar New Year”.

“With over 1.2 million people of Chinese heritage living in Australia, it is a s

pecial time for many communities and families across our nation,” he said.

“As the Australian Minister for Trade, I am very aware of the strong economic re

lationship between our two nations. China is Australia’s largest trading partn

er and both our countries continue to reap the benefits of the landmark China-Australia Free Trade Agreement,” he said.

Birmingham saw “this strong trade and investment relationship in

action” when he visited Shanghai last November for the China International Import Expo.

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Fire Ritual is deeply influenced by worship music and court music in

ancient China, while blending western and modern musical elements. Hand cymbals, resembli

ng those in Peking Opera, were seamlessly merged with a Baroque violin ensemble, and the sound

of bird chirping echoed the hymns of human beings, creating dialogue between mankind and nature.

Various non-musical objects, as a signature style of Tan, were used to imitate cer

tain sounds. For example, the orchestra repeatedly turned pages of their scores to create the sound of wind.

Singaporean conductor Kahchun Wong led the orchestra for the first time. He turned himself

into a Shaman in the ritual with rich body languages, adding to a sense of immersive theatrical ex

perience for some 2,700 spectators, who gave a standing ovation when the piece concluded.

Wong in 2016 became the first Asian to win the prestigious international Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition for young conductors held in Germany.

Other programs during the night included an adapted version of Korean folk song Arirang, and Mozart’s Der H

olle Rachefrom The Magic Flute, both performed by South Korean soprano So Young Park as her Philharmonic debut.

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Chinese contemporary dramas to debut in New York for China Frin

The China Fringe Theater Festival will be held in New York City on Feb 8-16, featuring the prem

iere of three Chinese plays in the United States at the La MaMa Experimental Theater Club (La MaMa).

The international event will give young Chinese artists and China’s contemporary arts more exposure ov

erseas, as one show Two Dogs to be staged is a typical work of contemporary Chinese avant-garde plays, which has enj

oyed high popularity in China especially among the young generation since its premiere in 2007.

Featuring physical comedy and improvisation combined with double act and roc

k music, the drama tells a thought-provoking story of two dogs journeying to a big city to pursue their dreams.

Directed by Meng Jinghui, one of China’s most influential playwrights and theater directors, T

wo Dogs has been performed more than 2,000 times throughout China and at international venues and festivals.

Renowned for his experimental dramas, Chinese director Li Ning and his troupe, the Physical Guerrillas, will bring The Dictionary

of Soul to the festival, a pioneering work of physical theater, which highlights storytelling primarily through physical movements.

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