China: Studying instead of Playing
15 December 2019 | 4:06 pm
For many Chinese children, time spent in school is just part of their learning. That and after-school activities and extra tuition may well add up to 12 hours. That leaves little time to play and relax.
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During a trip to Beijing, the French president and the EU's von der Leyen are seeking to get Xi Jinping to pressure his ally Russia for peace in Ukraine. China has so far steered clear of condemning Moscow's invasion.
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The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and a US conservative think-tank were among the organizations sanctioned by China. The move comes after Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen met with US House Speaker Kevin McCarthy.
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China's three-day "Joint Sword" exercise has seen warships and fighter jets simulate targeted strikes on Taiwan. Experts say Beijing's drills may increase the risk of military escalation across the Taiwan Strait.
Donald Trump walked into a Manhattan courthouse on Tuesday to become the first-ever criminally indicted former US president. Meanwhile, a couple of weeks ago, the Chinese president was in Moscow. Now Xi Jinping is rolling out the red carpet for French President Emmanuel Macron, who is on his first state visit to China since Covid.
The French president called for the EU to implement its stated policy of "strategic autonomy" and argued the bloc could become a "third pole" alongside China and the US.
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