Month: July 2018

Is local government's hyperloop plan a good investment or vanity project?
Is local government's hyperloop plan a good investment or vanity project?

THE GOVERNMENT OF TONGREN, a city in Southwest China’s Guizhou province, and Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, a US startup, have signed a cooperation framework agreement to build the first hyperloop in China. Qianjiang Evening News comments: The planned hyperloop is to be 10 kilometers long for pods traveling at speeds of…

Has the meeting in Helsinki reset US-Russia relations?
Has the meeting in Helsinki reset US-Russia relations?

It seems few share US President Donald Trump’s optimism that his summit on Monday with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Helsinki helped dispel some of the tensions between the two countries. True, just as Trump said before the summit, the world wants to see him and Putin get along,…

Kindergartens should not be elementary schools
Kindergartens should not be elementary schools

THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION recently issued a notice banning kindergartens from teaching primary school courses. China Youth Daily comments: The notice, which forbids kindergartens teaching elementary school content, is a response to parents’ mounting complaints that kindergartens are becoming more and more examination oriented and focusing on rote memory learning….

Arrogance, bias of IP accusations
Arrogance, bias of IP accusations

As an effort to demonize China and justify its ongoing trade spat with China, the White House issued a report on June 19, 2018, titled How China’s Economic Aggression Threatens the Technologies and Intellectual Property of the United States and the World. Bloomberg described the report as the “latest salvo…

US should behave reasonably, instead of peddling falsehoods
US should behave reasonably, instead of peddling falsehoods

To overcome their fears of what they believe is China’s “economic aggression” and make rational decisions, policymakers in the United States should avoid being misled by distorted reports that demonize China’s intellectual property rights protection. One such report, closely related to the ongoing trade spat initiated by the US against…

Dispute reveals conflicting views
Dispute reveals conflicting views

This is the fourth article that I have had published since April elaborating on China’s position with regard to the trade dispute with the United States and to call on all parties to support free trade and oppose protectionism. Between the first of those articles and this one, a principled…

Japan set to stick to the plan
Japan set to stick to the plan

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia – Keisuke Honda said Japan has a blueprint for the future despite being knocked out of the World Cup in painful fashion by Belgium on Monday. Akira Nishino’s side was leading 2-0 in Rostov-on-Don thanks to goals from Genki Haraguchi and Takashi Inui, and was seemingly headed for…

Tidbits
Tidbits

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No denying Neymar's dramatics
No denying Neymar's dramatics

Brazil’s diving diva enthralls and appalls in Russia Flaunting his flair and his finishing touch wasn’t enough. Neymar had to put his theatrics on show, too. What became clear in Brazil’s 2-0 victory over Mexico on Monday is that the wild side of the striker’s character is going nowhere at…