Video Player Close BEIJING, March 5 (Xinhua) -- China on Friday unveiled a draft blueprint for economic and social development over the next five years and clarified the long-range objectives through the year 2035, setting policy priorities for a new development stage that is crucial for the country to achieve socialist modernization. The document, which is being reviewed by the ongoing annual session of the country's top legislature, listed major social and economic goals for the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-2025) period. The five-year plans are an important mechanism initiated in the 1950s, which has navigated the country through economic ups and downs, as well as changes in the external environment, helping China secure a major increase in the strength of the nation and its social and economic development. Last year, the country's gross domestic product exceeded the threshold of 100 trillion yuan (15.4 trillion U.S. dollars) to reach 101.5986 trillion yuan. The figure … [Read more...] about News Analysis: How China’s five-year plans catalyze its rejuvenation
The local labour force is streaming out of the region looking for jobs in peninsular India, creating a vacuum that makes it easier for the Bangladeshis to fill in, says R N Ravi. C ontrary to the state government’s lore -- that the unregulated influx of Bangladeshis in Assam is a thing of the past -- a recent field research by the writer shows that it is a live and kicking phenomenon. More and more Bangladeshis are filling the expanding labour and low-end services sectors in Assam and its neighbouring states in the northeast. Mutation of once visceral existential fears over the unregulated migration of Bangladeshi nationals into an inexorable fatalism has been one of the striking characteristics of contemporary socio-political landscape of Assam. The issue that has seismic implications for national security, the future of Assam and its neighbours and which had once erupted into the historic Assam agitation (between 1979 and 1985) seems to be mourning at the margin today. … [Read more...] about We are in denial, but Bangladeshis are still flooding India’s northeast
Is Trumpism a cult? This question, among other issues, has preoccupied certain psychiatrists and mental health professionals since Donald Trump rose to political prominence in 2016. How could one even begin to approach the question? Ever since the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) asked American psychoanalysts to take Hitler’s measure in the 1940s, there have been two approaches to psychological comment on public figures of concern. Though the two are often intertwined, a mental health professional's emphasis tends to fall on one or the other. One tradition is represented by the psychologist and psychoanalyst Walter C. Langer, who emphasized individual personality , early life, and sexual development. The other tradition, represented by psychoanalyst Erik H. Erikson, explored the “fit” between culture and personality, trying especially to understand (and therefore potentially to weaken) the bond between a leader and his followers. Both traditions are alive and well. … [Read more...] about Donald Trump and His Followers: Are They a Cult?
MELBOURNE: A recent video showing a Chinese jet bomber carrying what appeared to be an air-launched hypersonic missile stirred more than a little interest among defence observers, marking the latest example of how far the Asian economic giant’s air power has come in the past two decades. China’s massive military modernisation effort across all branches of its People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has been impressive, with China’s defence budget growing almost nine times from US$20 billion in 2002 to US$178 billion in 2020. This has fuelled discussions in defence and security circles about when it will catch up to the US military. Perhaps it has already done so without anyone noticing? That the global intelligentsia is even having that conversation is testament to the transformation in the Chinese military, which has gone from a force primarily dedicated to domestic territorial defence to one increasingly capable of projecting power far from its shores since its defence spending … [Read more...] about Commentary: They already have jet bombers and super missiles. Will Chinese fighter jets be more powerful than America’s soon?
Video Player Close BUENOS AIRES, March 6 (Xinhua) -- China's plans to expand and modernize its transport network are "unprecedented" in the world, Argentine economist and sinologist Gustavo Girado has said. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, China's internal development has not stopped, said Girado, director of postgraduate studies in contemporary China at the National University of Lanus. Last month, China unveiled plans to build the country's strength in the transport sector over the next 15 years, setting long-term goals for the industry, with the aim of developing a modern, high-quality and comprehensive national transport network. By 2035, the country's transport network should be convenient, cost-effective, green, intelligent and safe, according to the guidelines jointly released by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and the State Council. Noting the plans envision a green, smart and safe transport network, Girado highlighted the speed of China's … [Read more...] about Interview: China’s transport plans “unprecedented,” says Argentine expert