Chinese citizens up for debate over healthcare reform

China Daily article BEIJING, Oct. 15 (Xinhua) — China’s new healthcare reform plan, which aims to provide universal medical service to 1.3 billion people, has triggered nationwide debate since it was publicized on Tuesday morning. News articles on healthcare reform showed up in major newspapers and online forums were swarmed with netizens eager to express … [Read more…]

UN hails China’s role in south-south cooperation

Xinhua article UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 13 (Xinhua) — “China has been in the forefront in forging South-South cooperation,” UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro told Xinhua in a recent interview, when asked about her comment on China’s development since it embraced an open and reform policy in the late 1970s. In the last 30 years, there … [Read more…]

China leads developing countries on health list

Xinhua article BEIJING, Oct. 9 — China ranked 13th on a list ranking international health conditions released by a Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) study group on Wednesday. The tally uses a Nation Health Index (NHI) combining four branch indexes measuring populations’ metabolisms, immunities, nervous systems and behavior, and determined China to be “qualified healthy”. … [Read more…]

Trade union official: Overseas firms must unionize

(Source: China Daily) BEIJING, Oct. 8– All foreign-funded companies in China will be unionized by the end of next year, an official with China’s top trade union body said Tuesday. Wang Ying, a division chief of the grassroots organizations and capacity building department of the All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU), said more than 4,100 … [Read more…]

Meeting report: China’s National Day

On Saturday 4 October, a diverse audience of over 80 people packed into Southall’s Saklatvala Hall to attend a highly spirited meeting organised by Hands off China and the CPGB-ML celebrating the 59th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. In addition to the representatives from the Chinese Embassy and the Xinhua … [Read more…]

Reminder: HoC meeting in Bristol, 12 October

We will be holding a public meeting in Bristol on 12 October 2008, 1-4pm. Venue: Malcolm X Community Centre, 141 St Pauls Road, Bristol BS2 8HY Speaker: Keith Bennett, Expert in Asian politics The main presentation will be followed by questions and discussion. Download leaflet (PDF)

Venezuela and China Expand Joint Oil and Investment Accords

Venezuela Analysis Venezuela and China signed accords Tuesday to increase the flow of Venezuelan oil to China, increase Chinese investments in Venezuelan telecommunications and agriculture, and double the size of a previously established joint investment fund. “Our relationship with China has become highly strategic on the political, economic, scientific, and military fronts, a very intense … [Read more…]