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China iSample Texts a role model to all developing nations around the globe.

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China vows to help developing countries improve reproductive health
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China's family planning authority agreed here on Wednesday to help developing countries increase their awareness of reproductive health and improve population management.

The National Population and Family Planning Commission of China signed three agreements at an on-going international conference on population and development with Partners in Population and Development (PPD), offering to provide training programs in population management and contraceptive supplies to developing countries.

PPD, a Bangladesh-based inter-governmental organization of developing countries, now has 21 members including China, India, Pakistan, and Egypt, covering more than 54 percent of the world's population.

According to the three agreements, China will provide two training programs for developing countries, likely in Africa, every year for the next four years. It will also donate 10 million yuan (1.3 million U.S. dollars) worth of contraceptives to PPD member countries.

The agreements also invite China's relatively developed coastal provinces to offer technology, training, and reproductive health products and equipment to some PPD member countries.

Gill Greer, Director General of the International Planned Parenthood Federation said at the conference that China's help is of great value, as developing countries, especially in South Sahara African countries, are suffering high maternal and infant mortality and an AIDS epidemic.

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Post time 2007-7-29 17:05:33 |Display all floors
China: $100 million to help developing countries attend Expo
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Secretary General of the BIE (Bureau of International Expositions), Vicente Gonzalez Loscertales confirmed in Shanghai recently that China has promised a $100 million assistance program to help developing countries participate in 2010 World Expo in Shanghai in line with its Registration Report for the event approved by the BIE General Assembly last December.

Loscertales said the BIE noticed that China has long kept good relations with other developing nations across the world. Especially, it has traditional friendly ties with some developing countries in Africa and Southeast Asia.

He believes that China's funds for aiding other nations to participate will help to do a good job in hosting the event.

Loscertales noted the assistance program will help various developing countries optimize their demonstration plans fundamentally to ensure their successful shows. It is expected, he said, China will make effective and wise use of the money.

Loscertales also reveals that China's successful application has encouraged many other developing countries in the past more than three years to join the bidding. For example, Morocco of Africa is planning to apply for a special world exposition.
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Post time 2007-7-29 17:09:41 |Display all floors
China to help farmers, fishermen in developing countries

Friday, May 19, 2006

Director General of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Jacques Diouf (R) and Chinese Vice Agriculture Minister Zhang Baowen sign an agreement during FAO's 28th Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific Region in Jakarta, Indonesia, May 18, 2006. The Chinese government would provide at least 3,000 experts and technicians over a six-year period to help improve the productivity of small-scale farmers and fishermen in developing countries, according to the agreement.

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Post time 2007-8-1 17:21:10 |Display all floors
China’s Unique Cash Pool for Building Africa
2007-07-26   Caijing Magazine
Combining market principles with a desire to promote progress in Africa, the Beijing government’s China Development Bank has patterned its huge China-Africa Development Fund after private equity funds.

By staff reporter Zhang Yuzhe  

China’s recent US$ 3 billion injection into the U.S. private equity firm Blackstone Group may have attracted more media attention, but the Beijing government also turned heads by creating a huge, PE hybrid designed to accelerate development in Africa.

The China-Africa Development Fund was launched in June with an initial US$ 1 billion and a goal of expanding the pool to US$ 5 billion. Sponsored by the state but targeting private enterprise, the fund was formed with a unique structure that blends the practices of global PE firms and China’s industrial development funds.

At the helm is Beijing’s policymaking China Development Bank (CDB), which forecasts a 50-year lifespan for what’s being called the world’s largest, single fund aimed at African development.  

But fund managers are not seeking purely capital returns. Building on CDB’s previous experience with six industrial funds, the China-Africa fund will continue the bank’s development model by combining commercial interests with political and economic needs.

Gao Jian, chairman of the new China-Africa Development Fund Co. and vice president of CDB, told Caijing that “profits are not the fund's first priority. The China-Africa Fund first seeks to advance economic, political, and societal development.

“At the same time, this is an independently managed fund operating on market principles and incurring a certain degree of risk,” Gao said. “If managed appropriately, the fund could realize significant gains.”  

Gao's confidence is backed by CDB's previous investments. In recent years, the CDB has created a development lending model which, in terms of loans for basic construction, has exceeded those of commercial banks. Although CDB’s industrial fund has had extensive policy implications, it has provided valuable opportunities to accumulate experience and resources.  

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And support for the fund comes from the very top. The proposal was first advanced by President Hu Jintao 2006 at the China-Africa Summit Forum as one of his “Eight Actions for Africa.” Even though the China-Africa Fund operates according to market principles, it is different from purely private funds.  

Gao drew a distinction between the fund and international assistance, saying aid programs usually only invest in a few projects and shoulder no risks. The new fund would neither focus on resources in Africa nor increase those nations' debts.

'Profiting from investments is not the fund's main aim,” Gao said. “The goal is integrating the Chinese and African economies in a way that is mutually beneficial to both countries.

'For instance, in recent years, Chinese companies had excess production capacity and started to climb the value chain, whereas African companies in the development stage had a hard time producing enough consumer goods.”  

The fund's main purpose will be assisting in the recovery and development of African economies. One goal is to invest in projects to improve people’s lives, another is to invest in basic infrastructure -- housing, city infrastructure, water conservation, irrigation projects, and industrial zones.  

“We will synthesize the relationship between risk and reward, improve companies' administrative structures, and gradually improve the level and efficiency of operations,” said Gao. The CDB also plans to appoint professional teams to handle management operations and risk control.

Gao told Caijing that, in the past two years, the CDB has provided traditional loans as part of China's outreach program to encourage Chinese companies to invest overseas. While these loans were small, totaling less than US$ 1 billion, they gave the bank invaluable experience.  

Reportedly, CDB is currently tracking 50 projects in Africa involving more than US $2 billion. Gao emphasized that CDB's outreach work could be beneficial to the China-Africa Fund as well. For example, some projects previously handled by traditional loans from the CDB might need additional equity funding that could be provided by the fund. Conversely, some projects could also benefit from CDB's loans.  

“Adhering to national policy and economic goals is of greater importance than commercial benefit,” Gao said. “We have to be aware of international norms while satisfying domestic interests. We have to be aware of political and economic requirements, but also the requirements CDB places on us as a commercial organization.'

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Post time 2007-8-4 02:44:20 |Display all floors
China makes commitments to global literacy efforts
       
20:28, July 31, 2007


China reiterated its commitment to the United Nations Literacy Decade initiatives and UNESCO's global literacy campaign.

State Councilor Chen Zhili said in her speech on July 31 at the opening ceremony of the UNESCO Regional Conference in Support of Global Literacy held in Beijing that China would work with the UNESCO and other countries in the Asia-Pacific region to make persistent efforts on promoting literacy.

Chen noted that China would offer the UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy to government agencies, NGOs and individuals in recognition of their remarkable contribution to rural education and literacy and education of women and children.

From 2006, local government of China's Shandong province would offer 150,000 USD a year to fund the project. The first phase will be five years.

Chen also promised to make the support for the literacy education in the Asia-Pacific region a part of Chinese government's commitment to the bilateral and multi-lateral programs on promoting human resources capacity building in developing countries.

Support will also be given to China-based UNESCO International Research and Training Centre for Rural Education so that the institution will be brought into full play.

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Post time 2007-8-4 02:48:16 |Display all floors
Why the United States studies China vigorously
       
16:10, July 12, 2007

The United States is a super power. What has made it so? The reasons include economic strength, financial dominance, scientific innovation, military advancement, and cultural diffusion. Education and research are two others. The U.S. puts numerous funds into education and research in the sciences, with strong strategic foresight.

With national interests always in mind, the United States, in search of global dominance, spares no expense when studying international relations. The research of major international issues is carried out within government organizations, think tanks, institutions of higher learning, and media; and involves both government and non-governmental (NGO) personnel and resources. Consumers of research data are also diverse in background. They include officials, scholars, media personnel, students and the general public. We can see that researchers themselves are also consumers of such research.

The large amount of attention the U.S. dedicates to the study of international issues, and its solid foundation, stem from the global scale of its national interests. The results of broad studies have provided a theoretical policy guide for the way Washington handles of global affairs.

In the past decade, American studies of China advanced quickly with a national craze to learn the Chinese language. Many parents and students are aware that speaking Chinese is not only a skill but also a prerequisite for expansion in their careers. There is more media coverage of China, and Beijing has become the most ideal location for U.S. correspondents. Many U.S. journalists, at the end of their term as correspondents in Beijing, would rather quit and act as correspondents for another foreign media company so that they can stay in China's capital.

All these instances result from China's fast development and the importance of Chinese studies. Both governmental and NGO institutions are devoted to Chinese studies. In addition to more traditional departments, a large number of new research centers and projects have emerged, all of which are rich in personnel and funds from state and private firms. A common consensus from Americans is that China's development represents human progress and offers opportunities to all countries; and is, therefore, irreversible. China's advancement will change the image of the human kind, and international political and economic biology. This change is an outcome of the U.S.'s choice to strategically cooperate with China's reform and opening up; but would also probably affect Washington's long-term dominance of world affairs. Concern about the influence of China is the greatest motive behind the U.S.'s current vigorous research into China.

Being the only super power, the U.S. does not relax; so what shall we do? Of course, we must study the U.S. and the world with the same earnestness that the U.S. studies China. From an objective point of view, along with the international cooperation China has been seeking for its modernization drive, the U.S. has become and will continue to be, an important collaborative partner of ours. We need to study the experiences and lessons the U.S. had when building its nation. During the course of China's development, the U.S. often sets barriers out of concern around the potential impact of a fast-moving China. We need to understand and overcome this. Therefore, it is important for us, in the new century, to study the U.S.'s outlook on national development and interests; and find common ground for both countries to work together and take up their responsibilities in the world. In this area, we need to foster a new generation of experts on international and U.S. affairs, learn from the advantages of the U.S., and prevent harm, so as to benefit the peaceful development of China and the world.



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