Chinese President Hu Jintao shakes hand with US Vice-President Joe Biden before their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing August 19, 2011.[Photo/Xinhua]
Vice-President Xi says Chinese economy will avoid hard landing
BEIJING - China's leaders on Friday expressed confidence in the fundamentals of the US economy and its prospects as the two countries reaffirmed their commitment to a strong and enduring relationship.
In the opening remarks of a roundtable discussion with US and Chinese political and business leaders earlier in the day, Vice-President Xi Jinping said China views the US economy as "highly resilient, and it has a strong capacity to repair itself. We believe that the US economy will achieve even better development as it rises to its challenges."
He said China would seek a "proactive fiscal and monetary policy" to manage growth and rein in inflation.
"We are confident that we are able to maintain steady and fast economic growth," Xi said. "There will never be a so-called hard landing for the Chinese economy."
Xi also urged the US side to lift its restriction on the export of high-tech products to China and take substantive measures at an early date in offering a fair environment for Chinese enterprises to invest in the United States.
During the discussion, US Vice-President Joe Biden said his country welcomed more Chinese direct investment.
Biden also hinted at an announcement of $1 billion worth of commercial deals between companies in the two countries during his visit to China. No details were available by press time.
During their respective meetings with Biden, both President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao said China will unswervingly push forward mutually beneficial economic cooperation with the US to enhance market confidence and stabilize the international financial system.
Wen said he is "fully confident" that the US economy could overcome difficulties and return to a track of healthy growth as it possesses advanced science and technology, high-quality talent and a strong economic foundation.
"It is important that you've sent a very clear message to the Chinese public that the US will keep its word and obligations with regard to its government debt, that is, to preserve the integrity of its public debt, including its safety, liquidity and inflation-resistance," Wen told his guest.
China is the largest foreign holder of US debt.
Biden said the US will ensure the safety of its debt not only for China.
"Very sincerely, I want to make clear you have nothing to worry about," Biden told Wen.
The premier said he appreciated the US commitment to address its current debt and budget problems.
"China and the US have many occasions to sign a contract. This choice of timing shows the friendly atmosphere of this visit," said Shi Yinhong, a professor of US studies at Renmin University of China.
"Blaming each other won't solve any problems. China can hardly get rid of concerns over its large holding of US debt, but it's necessary for both sides to take a positive view toward the economic difficulties," Shi added.
Yuan Peng, director of the Institute of American Studies under the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, told People's Daily that from an international perspective, the US debt crisis has seriously jeopardized the world economy. China has maintained close economic ties with the US, and both countries have practical needs to coordinate interests through dialogue.
Biden began his six-day visit to China on Wednesday.
The visit has been dominated by discussion of global economic concerns and the turbulence in stock markets.
On Saturday, Biden will fly to Southwest China's Sichuan province, where he is going to deliver a speech at Sichuan University and visit the newly constructed buildings in the earthquake-hit area of Dujiangyan.
"China will show its miracle that was made within three years, encouraging the US and the rest of the world to unite and work hard to overcome difficulties," said Men Jing, professor on international relations with the Belgium-based College of Europe, referring to the US and Europe facing the risk of a double dip recession.
Ma Liyao, Zhao Shengnan and Fu Jing contributed to this story.
The North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il has arrived in Russia on a visit.
He is scheduled to meet President Dmitry Medvedev, says the RIA-Novosti news agency in a report with reference to the Kremlin’s press service.
The North Korean leader is due to visit Russia’s Far Eastern and Siberian Federal Districts.
This is the third time that Kim Jong-Il has arrived in Russia. Earlier, he visited Russia in 2001 and 2002. His first visit resulted in signing the Moscow Declaration by the Russian and North Korean leaders, who said in the document that they would promote friendship and cooperation between the two countries, and would interact in foreign policy.
President Barack Obama on Aug. 18 demanded that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad step down, saying that the Syrian leader’s days are numbered. The governments of Britain, France and Germany joined in this demand. This statement is ablatant imperialist interference in Syria’s internal affairs. Morethan that, it is an open threat to intervene militarily in another country in that region, just as the U.S. and its European allies have done already in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Somalia, with rockets and bombs. It is a threat against the Syrian peopleof something like the last five months of slaughter of the Libyan people.
Two weeks earlier, on Aug. 5, Russia's envoy to NATODmitry Rogozin told the media that NATO is planning a military campaign against Syria to overthrow the Assadregime. In an interview with Russia's Izvestia daily newspaper, Rogozin said the North Atlantic Treaty Organization is also probably establishing a long-reaching goal of preparing an attack on Iran. (Reported in Xinhua, Aug. 5)
When U.S. imperialism engages in an attack on any government or movement, as it is now on Syria, it is cowardly to be neutral. It is rank betrayal to stand on the same side as the imperialist octopus, which seeks to dominate the world. This has been an ABC for workers’ movements through 150 years of class-conscious struggles. It is the very basis of Marxism. Whatever one’s assessment of the government under attack, any attempt at imperialist intervention, whether through sanctions or through armed attack, must be opposed.
Obama’s double standard
The Obama administration has called out only for the governments of Libya and Syria to resign. You would think there are no other governments that are using the force of the state against a portion of the population.
Look across the Atlantic to Washington’s closest ally, in London. That government just sent 16,000 police against the rebellious people of the capital city. They sent people to jail for four years for sending messages with blackberries. These same police killed 333 civilians in England over the last 13 years. And the state power in Spain fired rubber bullets at demonstrators camped out on Plaza Catalunya in Barcelona. In Greece they repress strikers and demonstrators. AndWashington cheers on the state power in all three allied capitals for punishing these legitimate rebellions.
Even more blatant is the repression in Bahrain, a country of a half-million people where the U.S. Fifth Fleet is stationed. With dozens of protestors killed and hundreds arrested and tortured, the monarchy there has received no criticism from Washington. And that’s even after Saudi troops invaded the island to help put down the uprising.
Syria’s internal situation may be difficult to understand, but in this unfolding struggle clear statements against U.S. destabilization efforts have come from Hugo Chávez in Venezuela, Hezbollah Secretary General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah in Lebanon and several exiled leaders of Hamas, the Palestinian organization that was elected by the people of Gaza. These political leaders have experienced first-hand U.S. destabilization campaigns that used corporate media fabrications, externally financed opposition groups, targeted assassinations, “special operations” sabotage and well-trained Internet operatives.
The threat to Syria is connected to the social explosion shaking the Arab world. U.S. imperialism and all the old regimes tied to it in the region are trying desperately to manage and contain this still unfolding mass upheaval into channels that do not threaten imperialist domination of the region.
The U.S. and its collaborators are also trying to divide and undermine the two main wings of the forces resisting imperialist domination — the Islamic forces and the secular nationalist forces — which together overthrew the U.S.-backed dictatorships in Egypt and Tunisia. There is now a concerted U.S. effort to turn these same political forces against two regimes in the region that have opposed U.S. domination in the past — Libya and Syria.
Both Libya and Syria have their own developmental problems, which are exacerbated by the general global capitalist crisis and decades of compromise imposed on them as they tried to survive in a hostile environment of unrelenting attacks —political, sometimes military and including economic sanctions.
The U.S./NATO bombing of Libya has clarified where imperialism stands regarding that country. Syria is also targeted by imperialism — because of its refusal to recognize the Zionist occupation, its assistance to Hezbollah in their struggle to end the Israeli occupation of Lebanon and its strategic alliance with Iran.
On the side of the supposedly “democratic opposition” are such reactionaries as Sen. Joseph Lieberman, chair of the powerful Senate Homeland Security Committee, who called on the U.S. to bomb Syria next, after Libya. Outspoken supporters of the opposition in Syria include James Woolsey, former CIA director and adviser to Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign.
Wikileaks exposes U.S. role
An article entitled “U.S. secretly backed Syrian opposition groups” in the April 18 Washington Post described the Wikileaks report on U.S. diplomatic cables. The article summarizes what these State Department cables reveal about the secret funding of Syrian political opposition groups, including the beaming of anti-government programming into the country via satellite television.
The article describes the U.S.-funded efforts as part of a “long-standing campaign to overthrow the country’s autocratic leader, Bashar al-Assad,” which began under President George W. Bush and continued under President Barack Obama. Now Obama’s open declaration against Assad makes it no longer necessary to see secret cables to know where U.S. imperialism stands.
The Syrian government has charged that snipers fired into demonstrations, shooting army and police in an effort to have police open fire on demonstrators. Weapons have been smuggled in from Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq. Rumors, anonymous Internet postings and satellite television reports aimed at heightening sectarian differences are part of the destabilization campaign.
Dual character of Syria
It is not difficult to see why U.S. imperialism and its pawns in the region, including Israel and the corrupt dependent monarchies of Jordan, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, would want to see “regime change’ in Syria.
Syria is one of the few Arab states that have no relations with Israel. Several Palestinian resistance organizations have offices-in-exile in Syria, including Hamas. Syria is allied closely with Iran and with the Hezbollah organization in Lebanon.
Syria today is not socialist nor a revolutionary country. Capitalism with its resulting inequality has not been overturned. There is a capitalist class in Syria. Many within it have benefited from “reforms” that sold formerly state-owned industries to private capital. Thus, the Syrian state represents contradictory forces.
Years of U.S. sanctions and past destabilization efforts have also had a cumulative effect. The state apparatus, ever fearful of continuing outside intervention, has become fearful of change.
Impact of Iraq war
To escape the last eight years of U.S. occupation, more than 1.5 million Iraqis have flooded into Syria, whose population in 2006 was 18 million. According to a 2007 report by the office of the U.S. High Commissioner for Refugees, this influx impacted all facets of life in Syria, particularly the services offered by the state to all citizens and refugees.
The unexpected arrival of these Iraqi refugees has strained Syria’s infrastructure, including guaranteed free elementary and high schools, free health care, housing availability and other areas of the economy and has increased costs across the board. The prices of foodstuffs and basic goods have gone up by 30 percent, property prices by 40 percent and housing rentals by 150 percent.
Iraqi refugees also benefited from Syrian state subsidies in gasoline, food, water and other essential goods provided to everyone. Such a large mass of unemployed people led to the lowering of wages and increased competition for jobs. The impact of the global economic downturn during this difficult period added to the problems. (Middle East Institute, Dec. 10, 2010, report on Refugee Cooperation)
The diverse nationalities, religions and cultural groupings in Syria, the unemployed youth and impoverished sectors of the population, have every right to be part of this process. But what they need most is an end to constant, unrelenting U.S.and other imperialist intervention. U.S. and Europe: Hands offSyria!
Sara Flounders is co-director of the International Action Center
If a small group of psychiatrists and other mental health professionals have their way at a conference this week, pedophiles themselves could play a role in removing pedophilia from the American Psychiatric Association’s bible of mental illnesses — the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), set to undergo a significant revision by 2013. Critics warn that their success could lead to the decriminalization of pedophilia.
The August 17 Baltimore conference is sponsored by B4U-ACT, a group of pro-pedophile mental health professionals and sympathetic activists. According to the conference brochure, the event will examine “ways in which minor-attracted persons [pedophiles] can be involved in the DSM 5 revision process” and how the popular perceptions of pedophiles can be reframed to encourage tolerance.
Researchers from Harvard University, the Johns Hopkins University, the University of Louisville, and the University of Illinois will be among the panelists at the conference.
B4U-ACT has been active attacking the APA’s http://members.shaw.ca/pdg/pedophilia_is_defined.htmldefinition of pedophilia in the run up to the conference, denouncing its description of “minor-attracted persons” as “inaccurate” and “misleading” because the current DSM links pedophilia with criminality.
And We’re Off: Obama Boards The Magical Misery Tour Bus — Update: Secret Service Buys Two New $1.1 Million Buses For Three-Day Trip…
US President Barack Obama (C) walks to his bus as he arrives in Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, Minnesota, August 15, 2011, where he is to begin his three-day bus tour in the Midwest centering on ways to grow the economy. (AFP PHOTO/Jim WATSON)
This 3-day bus tour is being touted as The Magical Mystery Tour, or The "STIMUBUS"..........bought and paid for by the American taxpayer.
He FLYS into an airport somewhere in the midwest, hops into a brand new 1.1 Million $ bus, paid for by you and I, for a “bus tour” ‘around the midwest’, and after an hour or so, gets driven back to the airport for ANOTHER FLIGHT, lands at another airport where another 1.1 Million $ brand new black bus is waiting for him… and repeats all that until his midwest bus‘tour’ is done?? Oh yes......and THEN he leaves on a 12 day vacation to Martha's Vineyard.......to REST UP from this campaign bus tour!
And don't forget........those brand new shiny black buses aren’t DRIVEN to the location where they meet Obama. Those buses are loaded up on one or more C-17s. Then, they are flown to the destination ahead of AirForce-1.
AND!.......this is REPEATED FOR EVERY CAMPAIGN STOP.
On this 'bus tour', the Prez will lecture the 'little people' on how they need to live within their means and cut-back! Remember when very recently Obama told that family man to GO BUY A HYBRID VAN when he said he couldn’t afford to fill up his truck????
Obama's 'carbon footprint' must be as large as most cities by now.
All of this on the taxpayer's dime.....
Nikola Aleksic about GMO and Chemtrails - english subtitles
Serbia's citizens - look up the egünkre "(in Serbian and English subtitles)
The green movement in Serbian leader Nikola Aleksic calls on the Serbian government and the army's attention to the possible negative effects, if not stopped the importation of GMOs into the country and the deliberate dissemination of toxic substances in the country's airspace! If you fail to meet the expectations of protest will encourage Serbia's people and ask them to go out into the street! ...
In Plane Site, the Power Hour documentary, Complete in it's Entirety, that was on the air in Canada in 2004!
When most of the world knows the truth about 911 it's a shame that American citizens are left in the dark. The military-industrial coalition has a vested interested in promoting discontent and war around the world. It's done at your expense and at the cost of your sons and daughters.