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Chinese president receives IAAF Golden Order of Merit

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Beijing: Chinese President Xi Jinping received the IAAF Golden Order of Merit from IAAF president Lamine Diack, a media report said. Xi met the world athletics head on Saturday, roughly an hour before he formally opened the 15th IAAF World Championships, Xinhua reported.

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During the meeting at the Bird’s Nest National Stadium, the venue for the world championships, Xi praised the IAAF’s efforts to promote athletics around the globe and to enhance the friendship between different peoples. Xi noted that China hopes to contribute to world athletics by hosting the biennial world championships, saying the country will continue to support the world athletics movement and to make greater contribution in the future. Diack spoke highly of China’s contribution to the overall development of world sports, athletics in particular, and expressed the IAAF’s wish to strengthen cooperation with China

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Xi Jinping Lays Out New Vision for Communist China

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Security personnel stand guard after the opening session of China's 19th Party Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. VOA

At the opening of a top-level political meeting Wednesday, Chinese President Xi Jinping gave a sober assessment of the challenges facing the world’s second-largest economy and its ruling Communist Party, laying out an ambitious vision that stretches forward to the middle of this century and pledging to build what he called a “modern socialist country” for a “new era.”

In a nearly three-and-a-half hour speech at the opening session of the 19th Party Congress, Xi spoke confidently about the country’s future and its opportunities. He also stressed that an increasingly strong Communist Party would continue to chart the path forward.

But such an effort is not without its challenges.

Xi has overseen a massive anti-corruption drive since rising to power five years ago, which has punished more than one million officials and led to the downfall of several high-ranking party members as well. He said the fight against corruption will always be in progress and is still the party’s biggest threat.

In his speech, he spoke frequently about the struggles China’s leadership faces, mentioning the word “struggle” more than two dozen times.

Growing demands 

Xi said the demands of China’s near 1.4 billion people are becoming increasingly broad.

“Not only have their material and cultural needs grown; demands for democracy, rule of law, fairness and justice, security, and a better environment are also increasing each day,” he said.

But much like other topics Xi spoke about in his address, which left some struggling to stay awake and hungry as it pushed past noon, it was unclear how China’s ruling party would do just that.

Although the Chinese leader mentioned growing demands for democracy, he made it clear that no major political reforms were on the horizon.

“A political system cannot be criticized abstractly without consideration for social and political circumstances, and historical cultural traditions. It cannot look up to one man as the highest authority or blindly copy foreign political systems without regard for specific conditions,” Xi said.

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Security personnel stands guard after the opening session of China’s 19th Party Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. VOA

Tighter controls 

Xi’s first five years as China’s top leader has been marked by an ever-increasing tightening of expression both online and in society. As Xi has sought to forward his vision for China, he has led a sweeping crackdown on civil society and locked up dissidents and lawyers.

He has shown little signs of loosening that grip. In fact, the 19th Party Congress is expected to further expand his power.

During the twice-a-decade gathering, China’s Communist Party rulers will reshuffle their leadership and install a new Politburo Standing Committee, a top group of leaders that will rule the country for the next five years. The body is expected to be filled with more members who are loyal to Xi and part of his faction within the party.

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An attendee waits for passengers to board the Fuxing, China’s latest high-speed train with a sticker reads “Incredible, my country” parked at Hongqiao Railway Station in Shanghai, China. VOA

Economic development 

On the economy, Xi said that China’s development is not a threat to any country and that it would continue to open its doors to foreign companies. He said that China would expand access to its services sector and deepen market-oriented reforms while strengthening state-owned companies.

In his speech, Xi tried to balance his emphasis on socialism and state control with promises of fair play towards foreign companies who can bring in the new and innovative technologies his government eagerly wants.

“All businesses registered in China will be treated equally,” he said while promising to “protect the legitimate rights and interests of foreign investors.”(VOA)

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Technology tops Modi agenda on West Coast

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Washington: As Prime Minister Narendra Modi heads to Silicon Valley, the US media noted that like Chinese president Xi Jinping, the technology industry will play a central role in his discussions there.

Xi who started his US visit in Seattle with a meeting with tech leaders on Wednesday, the day Modi landed in New York to woo investors, was hosted for a state dinner by President Barack Obama Friday after two days of talks.

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But unlike Xi, Modi’s “whirlwind tour of Silicon Valley, including visits to Tesla, Stanford, Google and Facebook,” according to the New York Times , “is more likely to be a celebration than tense discussions about hacking and security restrictions.”

“A number of tech leaders, including top executives of Microsoft and Google and several influential venture capitalists, are Indian-American,” it noted.

“And Indians are a fast-growing part of Silicon Valley’s engineering and business circles.”

“Modi, a technophile who regularly posts on Facebook and Twitter, is expected to spend much of his time courting Silicon Valley to do business in India even as he calls attention to his country’s influence on the technology industry,” the Times said.

The USA Today said Modi “swinging through Silicon Valley …was looking to raise his country’s profile on the global stage.

“Modi sees technology as vital to bringing more economic growth to India,” it said.

He has “launched an ambitious set of ‘Digital India’ initiatives to create more tech jobs, increase electronics manufacturing, expand internet access to thousands of Indian villages and develop mobile apps to improve government services.”

“Some of those efforts have raised concerns about digital privacy,” USA Today said calling them “a faint echo of the concerns that swirled around” Xi’s visit with US tech leaders this week.

“Modi is capitalising on growing interest and investment by global investors in Indian start-ups,” it said.

“His visit also affords Facebook and Google the opportunity to press him on issues such as India’s unreliable infrastructure, slow Internet speeds, bureaucratic red tape and confusing tax laws, all of which have slowed investment,” USA Today said.

Milpitas Patch reported that a community reception Sunday at the SAP Centre organized by Indo American Community of West Coast will be attended by several elected officials. They include House Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Representatives Eric Swalwell and John Garamendi.

“This visit really amplifies San Jose’s opportunity to take the city to the next level, to play on an international stage,” Mayor Sam Liccardo was quoted as saying. “We’re proud to be a community in Silicon Valley where over 200,000 Indian-Americans have enriched our community,” he said.

Ash Kalra, the first Indian-American to serve on the City Council, said Silicon Valley should play a role in the prime minister’s vision for a ‘digital India’.

Kalra said, he sees Modi’s visit as the start of a partnership between India and the city of San Jose.

“The key goal of the visit is to bring the innovation mindset, innovation culture that we have here in the valley to India,” entrepreneur and event co-chair Naren Gupta said.

Arun Kumar, IANS

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China, US should cooperate, not confront: China daily

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Beijing: A state-run Chinese daily confirmed what experts on ‘Sino-American bi-lateral relations‘ were telling all this while; that US and China know better than to confront each other. Contrary to the beliefs, China and US profit from symbiotic relations; and must avoid hostility in their relations, wrote the daily.

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“Cooperation is the only option before the two,” said a state-run Chinese daily on Thursday. Both China and the US announced on Wednesday that Chinese President Xi Jinping will make a state visit to the US from September 22 to 25.

An editorial “Progression in Sino-US ties despite friction” said: “This event, even before it was officially announced, has already become one of the most anticipated on the world stage this year.”

The daily said that recently, friction between the two “over cyber security, the South China Sea, human rights and the economy has increased”.

“Some US strategists have suggested adopting tougher policies on China. Chinese society is becoming more vigilant toward the US,” it added.

The editorial said that there are major questions surrounding relations between the two countries as to “how they can remain stable when friction instantly occurs and strategic distrust lingers”.

Xi and US President Barack Obama have met several times and talked extensively. These meetings have

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encouraged both countries to send goodwill to the other and emphasized the necessity and possibility of cooperation, despite disputes.

“…But the top strategic issue between the two is whether they are both willing and capable of maintaining a peaceful cooperative atmosphere. The benefits of cooperation matter to both countries and they should seek to maximize these benefits.”

The daily went on to say that “the two should be clear about the losses brought about by non-cooperation or even confrontation”.

“If these two powerful sides fall into a strategic confrontation, one would be hard-pressed to say who could be victorious, so cooperation has become the only option for the two,” it added.

On some people comparing China-US relations with ties between the US and the Soviet Union in the past, the editorial said: “…there are much more differences than similarities between the two.”

“Both know that concepts such as containment and challenge will burden bilateral ties. Their relationship should proceed with expanding communications,” it added.

With inputs from IANS