In high spirits

In Discussion on Tea and Wine, an article written by literati Wang Fu during the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and discovered in 1900 in the Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang, Gansu province, an imaginary debate between tea and wine, each trying to…

Japan's House of Representatives dissolved for general election

TOKYO - Japan's House of Representatives was dissolved after the reading out the rescript of dissolution at the plenary meeting on Thursday for a general election.The general election will be held on Oct 31 after the four-year term of lower…

Japan's intent to increase military costs opposite to 'pacifist' vow

Japan's intention of doubling its defense budget is a concrete move to shake off its postwar shackles, and the international community should stay alert for Tokyo's possible return to its old path of military expansion, warned an expert.Yu Qiang, a…

Putin says AUKUS harms regional stability

MOSCOW - The AUKUS, a security partnership between Australia, Britain and the United States, "undoubtedly" undermines regional stability, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said."In my opinion, it is good to be friends with each other, but bad to be friends…

US GDP growth forecasts lowered, inflation risk in limelight

NEW YORK - Investment bank Goldman Sachs Group has recently cut its forecast for US GDP growth in 2021 and 2022 while industry experts have warned of risks posed by inflation.The US economy would expand 4 percent in 2022 rather…

China winning hearts with people-to-people exchanges

As a global player in the arena of public diplomacy, China has continued to promote people-to-people diplomacy, cultural exchanges with other civilizations and bilateral and multilateral cooperation.China's commitment to advancing people-to-people diplomacy and enhancing cultural exchanges was evident at two…

Abdulrazak Gurnah wins Nobel Prize in literature

he Nobel Prize in literature has been awarded to the novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah, for his "uncompromising and passionate" portrayals of the effects of colonialism.Gurnah was born in Tanzania in 1948 but moved to England at a young age. He has…