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China, US Trade Barbs After Paper Refuses to Carry Envoy’s Op-Ed

China and the United States traded attacks about who best understands press freedom as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo criticized the official newspaper of China's ruling Communist Party for refusing to carry an op-ed by the U.S. ambassador.

The strongly worded comments from both sides come amid rapidly deteriorating relations between the world's two largest economies ahead of November's U.S. presidential election, with arguments over trade, human rights and the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The People's Daily's response once again exposes the Chinese Communist Party's fear of free speech and serious intellectual debate – as well as Beijing's hypocrisy when it complains about lack of fair and reciprocal treatment in other countries," Pompeo said in a statement late on Wednesday.

The refusal by the People's Daily comes after a U.S. decision to revoke more than 1,000 visas of Chinese nationals this week, and as both countries restrict or revoke visas for each others' journalists.

Titled "Resetting the Relationship Based on Reciprocity," Ambassador Terry Branstad's article referred to an imbalance in the U.S.-China relationship, noting that U.S. companies, journalists, diplomats, and even civil society suffered unequal access in China.

"While U.S. journalists face restrictions on reporting and even entering China, Chinese state media workers have long enjoyed open access in the United States," Branstad wrote.

Issuing its response in a letter, the People's Daily said the U.S. envoy's article failed to meet its standards.

"In our opinion, the op-ed in the name of Ambassador Branstad is full of loopholes and seriously inconsistent with facts," the paper said, in a letter released by the State Department.

In a statement on Thursday, the paper said it had the right, like U.S. media, to decide what it publishes and to make necessary edits, decrying Pompeo's remarks as a vicious attack on Chinese media.

"It is extremely ironic that on the one hand the U.S. side rudely and unreasonably suppresses Chinese media like the People's Daily as Communist Party 'propaganda machines', and on the other demands they disseminate wrong points of view for the United States."

Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said China's ambassador in Washington, who frequently appears in U.S. media, has never smeared his host country and is committed to promoting friendly exchanges and cooperation.

Pompeo said China must respect the free press.

"Their refusal to do so shows just how much China's unelected Party elites fear their own people's free-thinking and the free world's judgment about their governance practices inside China."

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Coronavirus Covid-19 Update – Cases Quarantine Deaths Stats to Gansu Province, Covid-19


Gansu (甘肃; Gānsù) is a province in the North West region of China. Historically, it is the combination of the two regions, gan (甘) and su (肃). On the Silk Road Gansu marked the end or beginning of China proper depending upon if you were traveling east towards Xi’an or west towards Central Asia and Europe. Gansu’s western frontier thus juts right into the borders of the vast steppes of Mongolia, the unforgiving deserts of Xinjiang and the high mountain wastelands of the Tibetan Plateau.

The Province of Gansu in the People’s Republic of China has a population of 26 million inhabitants. The Yellow River passes through the southern section of the province of Gansu and the province is located between the Huangtu and the Qinghai Plateaus, at the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

Gansu Province has Mongolia to the north and Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region to the west. The capital city of Gansu Province is Lanzhou City which is in the southeastern part of Gansu Province.


Lanzhou – 2,000 years of history, the capital of Gansu Province Dunhuang – Buddhist grottoes, colossal treasure trove Jiayuguan – Fort at the western end of the Great Wall, nicknamed “Last Fort Under Heaven” Jiuquan Linxia – colorful market town known as the Mecca of China for its mosques and madrasahs Longxi Pingliang Tianshui – more Buddhist grottoes, 194 cave shrines, nicknamed “Gallery of Oriental Sculpture” Xiahe (Sangqu) – a little piece of Tibet for those who don’t get to Tibet Wuwei – former garrison town on the Great Wall of China Zhangye – former garrison headquarters on the Great Wall of China

  • Qingyang

Other destinations

  • Kongtongshan National Park – important site in the Taoist religion
  • Maijishan National Park – Buddhist statues, botanical gardens
  • Mingshashan—Yueyaquan National Park – Singing sand amid oases


Gansu spans the Qinghai-Tibet, Inner Mongolia and loess plateaus in the upper reaches of the Yellow River. The topography is complex and the climate unpredictable. The river valleys in the south belong to a subtropical zone while the north is an arid temperate zone. The province was a centre for East-West cultural exchanges as early as the Han and Tang dynasties. Many people go to Gansu to seek out the roots of world civilization. The Silk Road of the Han and Tang dynasties brings visitors to such places as the grottoes at Dunhuang (a world-class treasure house of art), the Jiayu Pass on the Great Wall of China, Majiishan Grottoes of Tianshui, the Labrang Temple of Xiahe, the Great Buddha Temple at Zhangeye and the bronze sculpture of galloping horse in Wuwei.

Gansu contains some of the largest and most important Tibetan monasteries outside of Tibet. Travel by local bus across high, frigid plateaus to reach them. Ride horses across the plateaus past yurts. Share lunch with Tibetan monks. Share yak butter tea with monks. This part of China bears almost no resemblance to Eastern, Han China. Empty, wild, culturally and ethnically distinct, it offers some of the most exhilarating travel in the world.

Imagine seven hours of travel across a high plateau in a rickety bus dating from 1970. Every few hours, one of your neighbours, swathed in yak wool, stops the bus, dismounts and starts walking to the horizon. You can see for 30 km in all directions, with no towns in sight. It is an empty and riveting land.

Beware of the time of year you travel there. It is cold even in May. In rural areas, which are the most interesting areas are rural, very few housing options are available. Probably, there will be no heat so bring layers or buy a yak wool coat.


There is a Tibetan region in Southwest Gansu bordering Qinghai province, where both Chinese and Amdo Tibetan are spoken. Local dialects are used across the province, but in general most people can talk standard Chinese.

The History of Gansu Province

Gansu Province has a great history of the former Chinese Empire during the Han and the Ming Dynasty.

The Great Wall of China was extended through Gansu during the Han Dynasty. The Yangguan Fort and the strategic Jade Gate Pass was also constructed during the Ming Dynasty.

In the past, many residents of the Province of Gansu embraced Islam from 848 to 1036AD when a Uyghur nation was founded.

Due to to the fact that Gansu was situated along the Silk Route it was converted into a very important economically province.

Local Economy of Gansu Province

The Province of Gansu has been well known throughout the years for Chinese medicinal herbs. Agricultural production in Gansu are melons, millet, maize, wheat and as well cotton but a large part of the economy in Gansu relies heavy on mining.

Today the Province of Gansu has a large amount of zinc, tungsten, platinum, chromiu. The oil producing fields of Changqing and Yumen are contributing to the economy of China’s Gansu Province.

Tourist Attraction in Gansu Province

There are many tourist attractions in the Province of Gansu for both international and as well local tourists.

The Jiayuguan Pass
The Jiayuguan Pass is the largest entrance to the Great Wall of China. The Jiayuguan Pass was built during the Early Ming Dynasty around 1370AD.

The Mogao Grottoes of Lo-Tsun
A monk by the name of Lo-Tsun came near the Echoing Sand Mountain. One day he had a vision with golden rays of light that shined on him and that looked like a thousand Buddhas. The monk in the year of 336AD started the carving of this grotto.

The ancient Silk Road of China
The ancient Silk Road of China started in the province of Gansu and ended in Constantinople. The Silk Road was the only way for merchants to travel from the East to the West world. Merchants would get fresh supply and travel across the Taklamakan Desert.

Bingling Temple
The Bingling Temple which are also known locally as the Grottoes is a complex of caves at the Yellow River. The large Maitreya Buddha is more than 25 meters tall and the only way to access the Bingling Temple is by boat from Yongjing during the summer months.

The Labrang Tibetan Monastery

The Labrang Tibetan Monastery is one of the main monasteries of the Tibetan tradition. The Labrang Tibetan Monastery is located in the Prefecture Autonomous Region of Gannan in the Xiahe County in the south of Gansu Province.

  • Water Curtain Thousand Buddha Caves – located at Luomen, temple built in a cave and a 30 m high Sakyamuni Buddha carved into the cliffside.

What to do in Gansu

  • South Ride horses for days on a trek; hike through the hills; hang out in monasteries. If you don’t like the outdoors, this is not the place for you.
  • North Camels are an option for short trips in tourist locations.

Get around

The main airport of Gansu is Lanzhou. Some train access, but to get to the interesting sites local buses are a necessity. Best to consider it as an adventure, and get ready to use non-verbal communication.

Foreign tourists are supposed to get insurance for bus trips and are normally charged twice the regular fare paid by locals. This occurs in the main parts of Gansu with many visitors, but less so in the outlying areas. CITS sells a policy as well as the Peoples Insurance Company of China.


Southern Gansu: Yak meat, butter, yogurt. In places catering to foreigners they often have scrambled eggs with tomatoes. Beware of local rice whisky.

The most famous food not just in Gansu, but all around China is 兰州拉面 (Lánzhōu lāmiàn), noodles: available everywhere in Gansu from ¥2.

Another choice is lamb (羊肉; yángròu).


Yak milk. Zhangye local spirits.

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Coronavirus Covid-19 Update – Cases Quarantine Deaths Stats to Heilongjiang Province, Covid-19


Heilongjiang was the first Chinese communist controlled province. The major city of the province of Heilongjiang is Harbin which is also the capital city of Heilongjiang. The province of Heilongjiang was given to the Chinese by the Soviet forces. It was conceded by the Japanese who lost the battle in 1945 to the Soviet forces. The communist’s were then able to control the beginning of the Chinese Civil War from Manchuria in Heilongjiang.

Heilongjiang province has grown with time in terms of area. It included only the western parts of the present province then and Qiqihar was the capital of the province. Songjiang occupied the rest of the province then and the capital was Harbin. It was only in 1954 the provinces were clubbed to form the present day Heilongjiang territory. Heilongjiang later also occupied the then inner portions of Mongolia namely Hulunbuir League. This took place during the Cultural Revolution of China under Mao.

Heilongjiang Province (黑龙江省; Hēilóngjiāng) is in the far northeast of China. The province is famous for its fierce winters, snow and ice festivals and Russian influence.

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  • Harbin – capital of Heilongjiang Province and a city with Russian influence and a winter snow festival
  • Acheng
  • Beiji Village – northernmost settlement in China
  • Daqing – a city famed for the nearby oilfields
  • Heihe – a port on the Black Dragon River facing Blagoveshchensk
  • Jiamusi
  • Jixi – an industrial city in the east of the province
  • Mohe
  • Mudanjiang – gateway to Eastern Heilongjiang Province
  • Qiqihar
  • Shuangyashan (双鸭山)
  • Suifenhe
  • Yichun

Other destinations

  • Ilan Boo – the last area in China where the Manchu language is spoken natively
  • Jingpohu National Forest Park – clear reflections of the tree-lined coast and small islands gives this lake the nickname of Mirror lake
  • Wudalianchi National Forest Park – nature reserve and health spa destination
  • Yabuli – one of the largest skiing areas in China and venue for the 1996 Asian Winter Games
  • Zhalong National Nature Reserve – peaceful wetlands home to 260 species of birds


This northeast province derived its name from the river (Black Dragon River) flowing along the border China has with Russia. A distinctive geological land form and peculiar climate combine to turn Heilongjiang into a fabulous tourism destination.


Landmarks and buildings

  • Russian buildings — most prominent in Harbin shows the strong Russian influence in the area.
  • Temple of Heavenly Bliss — in Harbin is an active Buddhist temple.

Parks and nature

  • Siberian Tiger Preserve — in the outskirts of Harbin is home to hundreds of tigers and is a must see.
  • Zhaolin Park — in Harbin is home to the city’s famous ice sculptures in the winter.

Museums and exhibitions

  • Heilongjiang Provincial Museum — in Harbin is not great but big

What to do in Heilongjiang

  • Harbin Festivals — Harbin International Snow and Ice Festivals (from 5 January until warm weather) are the main events in the province and worth planning for if you can stand the cold. Harbin is also home to a beer festival (late August) and a music festival (every two years, next one in 2020)
  • Heilongjiang River — cruises on the river from Mohe and Heihe. Mohe has the best Aurora Borealis viewing in winter. It is also possible to take a swim in the river
  • Skiing — there are a number of skiing resorts in the province, one of the best is in Wofoshan near Jiamusi


Heilongjiang food is part of the northeastern cooking tradition with many dishes originating from Manchu cuisine. The food here is influenced by the long winters and relies on preserved foods and hearty fare. The staple crop is wheat and not rice and more raw vegetables and fish than elsewhere in China are eaten here.

The most famous specialty from Heilongjiang is the fish banquet based on fish from Heilongjiang River.

The many different types of Russian-style bread.

Heilongjiang Climate

The winters are long and bitter in Heilongjiang and it has a sub-arctic climate. January is the coldest with the temperatures ranging between -31o Celsius to -15o Celsius. It is summers in July and yet the temperature averages between 18o Celsius to 23o Celsius. The summers are short and some times cool. Rain occur mostly during the months of summer.

Geographical conditions of Heilongjiang

Heilongjiang mostly comprises the mountain ranges like the Zhangguangcai Mountains, Laoye Mountains, Lesser Khingan Range, Greater Khingan Range and the Wanda Mountains. Mount Datudingzi is the highest peak among all the mountain ranges and it is 1690 m or 5545 ft in height. It is located in the border of Jilin province. Greater Khingan Range is the largest of the remaining forests in China and the forestry department operates mainly from this area.

The Amur valley is found in the northern border. The other interior parts are mostly in the low altitudes and are flat lands. Many rivers like the Nen River, the Songhua River and the Mudan River and all tributaries of the Amur flow on these flatlands. Along with Russia’s Primorsky Krai in the border, you can see the Khanka Lake or the Xingkai Lake.

Heilongjiang province has some major cities. They are namely Daqing, Harbin, Mudanjiang, Shuangyashan, Jiamusi, Yichun, Heihe, Qiqihar and Hegang

The local Economy of Heilongjiang

The crops which grow in Heilongjiang are the ones which can sustain the extreme cold climate. The main agricultural crops are wheat, maize and soybeans. Sunflower, flax and beets are the commercial crops which grow in this area.

Heilongjiang is heavily forested area and is the chief source of lumber in China. Usually Korean pines and other pines are the chief forms of lumber. You can also find larch which another good source of lumber. Daxingan Mountains and Xiaoxingan Mountains which house the endangered Siberian tiger, the lynx and the red crowned cranes are the main forest areas in Heilongjiang.

The common herds found in Heilongjiang are the cattle and the horses. The cattle of this area are very fertile and provide highest source for the milk amongst all the other province divisions in China.

Heilongjiang is rich with natural resources like gold, coal and graphite and other natural minerals. There are oil fields in Daqing which are the important source for the petroleum for China. Heilongjiang is also a very important location of windmills which are used to generate power.

Heilongjiang is the northern most part of China. This part of China is an original base for the industries in the People’s Republic of China. The industries located here are associated with lumber, coal, the food products, machinery and petroleum. Heilongjiang opens the gates for the trade and commerce between Russia and China.

This year the per capita disposable income among the residents in the urban area of Heilongjiang has reached 10,245 Yuan. This is a significant rise of 11.6% when compared to that of previous year. In the year 2007 residents of Heilongjiang had a nominal GDP of 708 billion Yuan. It had an annual growth rate of 12.1% and it’s per capita GDP was 18,500 Yuan.

What to visit in Heilongjiang

Harbin is the most important cities of Heilongjiang. This provincial capital has a lot of mixed cultural variety. Apart from the traditional Chinese and Russian culture, you get to see a lot of modern cultures as well. There are a lot of Christian churches such as the, Catholic, Russian Orthodox and Protestant churches throughout Harbin.

The natural ice formations gives opportunity to plenty of fun and talents in Heilongjiang, It is very famous for the ice sculpture exhibitions. There were more than 2000 ice sculptures for display in the 8th ice and snow world competitions which took place in 2007.

Between 1719 and 1721 the volcanic eruptions caused one section of the Amur to form a series of 5 lakes. These lakes are interconnected to each other. The geological view of the second lake is very spectacular and is very famous. The Jingbo lake is a part of Mudan river which resulted in beautiful shape during the volcanic eruptions. It is found in the Ning’an County and is a beautiful sight with Diaoshuilou waterfalls.

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Coronavirus Covid-19 Update – Cases Quarantine Deaths Stats to Zhejiang Province, Covid-19


On the eastern side of China lies the Zhejiang Province of which Hangzhou is the capital. Zhejiang shares its northern borders with the Jiangsu province and Shanghai Municipality, its northwestern borders with Anhui province, the western borders with the Jiangxi province and the southern borders with Fujian province. On the east lies the great East China Sea and beyond the East China Sea are situated the Ryukyu Islands of Japan.

Zhejiang (浙江) is in a province in East China, very close to the major city of Shanghai.


Main cities

  • Hangzhou – Zhejiang’s capital, former capital of China, China’s busiest destination for domestic tourism, famous for tea, silk and the great West Lake.
  • Huzhou – borders Lake Tai to its south, includes the historic district of Anji.
  • Ningbo – former treaty port, clean and compact with interesting islands nearby
  • Shaoxing (绍兴市) – traditional Chinese cultured city
  • Wenzhou (温州市) – major industral center, near the sea and Fujian border
  • Yiwu  (义乌市) – vibrant with Middle Eastern flavour due to large Islamic business community.
  • Zhoushan  (舟山市)

Other destinations

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Yu’ao, a typical fishing village on the rugged coast of the Dayu Bay, in Zhejiang’s southernmost Cangnan County.

  • Mount Dalei
  • Mount Putuo (普陀山)
  • Lake Tai] (太湖)
  • Qiandaohu (千岛湖) – a scenic lake known for its clear water and 1,000+ islands (hence its nickname Thousand Island Lake)
  • Yandangshan (雁荡山)
  • Moganshan  (莫干山) – a mountain getaway from Shanghai
  • Tiantaishan (Zhejiang)|Tiantaishan  (天台山) – Rocks, waterfalls, and an ancient temple


Get in

  • Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport
  • Ningbo Lishe Airport
  • Taizhou Luqiao airport
  • Wenzhou Longwan International Airport

Get around

By plane

Zhejiang is a very small province, it usually makes sense to prefer train over plane whenever possible considering both money and time.

By train

High-speed rail is most recommended. Most of the cities and towns in Zhejiang has at least one fast train station.

By taxi

Most cities have taxi providers, though online taxing platforms like Didi may be preferred.

History of Zhejiang

The province of Zhejiang came to be well known during the period of the Southern Song and Yuan dynasty. The province of Zhejiang gained recognition for its production of a particular celadon ceramic. The Southern Song Longquan celadon consisted of a delicately potted body of porcelain which was primarily an uninteresting color of light gray but would be then made to look unique by covering it with a substantial greasy layer of glaze of a particular bluish green tint. The Yuan Longquan celadon wares were larger which had their decoration styles and shapes drawn from the styling of the Middle Eastern ceramic and metal wares. The Yuan Longquan celadon wares were covered in a relatively thinner layer of green glaze.

Geography of Zhejiang

The frayed and ragged coastline of Zhejiang has over three thousand islands situated alongside it. The largest island along the coastline of Zhejiang is the Zhoushan Island and it is the third largest island of the territory of China. The first and second largest islands of china are Hainan and Chongming respectively. The Hangzhou Bay is the largest of all the bays that surround the coastline of Zhejiang. Some of the largest and most prominent cities in Zhejiang are Hangzhou, Haining, Wenzhou, Shaoxing, Yiwu and Taizhou.

Climate of Zhejiang

The climate of Zhejiang is a humid subtropical type with four distinctive seasons. The seasons of Spring starts in the month of March with significant rain and changing weather. Summer lasts from June to September and is hot, humid and sultry. The Fall season is by and large dry, temperate and bright. The Winter season in Zhejiang lasts for a short time but is very cold and frigid. The Winters in the southern region are not as pronounced. On an average, the annual temperature is around 15 to 19oC. The average temperature in the winters, in January is around 2 to 8oC while the average in the summers, in the month of July is recorded to be around 27 to 30oC. the level of annual rainfall and precipitation in Zhejiang is about 1000 to 1900 mm. There is copious amount of rainfall in Zhejiang in the Summer months and by the end of the summers, Zhejiang is threatened significantly by typhoons which begin forming in the Pacific ocean.

Economy of Zhejiang

The Zhejiang province has for ages of tradition been known primarily as the “Land of Fish and Rice”. Some of the important commercial ports are Zhoushan, Wenzhou, Taizhou and Ningbo. between the Haiyan County and Cixi the Hangzhou Bay Bridge is being built and once the construction is complete, the bridge will be the longest sea crossing bridge in the world.

The industries in Zhejiang are focused upon electromechanical industries, chemical industries, food, and construction materials and textiles. The administration in Zhejiang follows a particular model which has earned the moniker the “Zhejiang model”. The model lays emphasis on prioritization by encouraging entrepreneurship, with importance to smaller businesses which are highly responsive to the changes in the market, promoting large scale investments by the public sector into infrastructure and highlighting the need for production of low cost goods for the double purpose of domestic consumption and for exports. Following this scheme has made Zhejiang one of the richest and most prosperous provinces.

In 2007 the nominal GDP of Zhejiang was recorded to be 1.86 trillion Yuan and a per capita of US$4,885. In comparison to many other provinces of China, the development and progress rate in the varying regions of Zhejiang is more balanced and stable. Even though the areas of the county side are relatively lagging behind, in 2006 the per capita disposable incomes of eleven major cities in Zhejiang have been given ranks in the top 30 Chinese cities.

Cuisine of Hangzhou

One of the most esteemed and celebrated teas of China, the Longjing tea originated in Hangzhou. The Longjing tea is also known as the Dragon Well tea. The cuisine of Zhejiang is divided into many sub divisions including the cuisine of Hangzhou and is one of the eight great traditions of cuisine in China. The region of Hangzhou is also well known for its exquisite silk umbrellas and folding fans.

Music of Zhejiang

One of the most outstanding styles of Chinese opera, the Yueju is known to have been celebrated and promoted in Zhejiang. The Yueju is a form of opera which originated in Shengzhou. According to tradition, only actresses performed the Yueju in both the male and the female parts. Some of the other important traditions of opera associated with the region of Zhejiang include the Wuju of Jinhua, the Ouju of Wenzhou, the Yongju of Ningbo and the Zhuji Luantan of Zhuji.

Zhejiang Province: Sightseeing Options

Planation around Hangzhou15km north of Ningbo the Baoguo Temple is located. The Baoguo Temple is the oldest intact wooden structure in Southern China and tops the list of all must visit tourist spots. Another cultural and historical place of interest is the Putuo Shan which is one of the most famous Buddhist mountains of China. Also of tourist interest is the Qita Temple. Other places which are of great fascination and appeal to tourists are the Tiantai Shan which is a mountain important to the traditions of Zen Buddhism, West Lake, in Hangzhou, the Thousand-island lake and also the Guoqing Temple which was developed during the Sui dynasty and is celebrated to be the founding place in the establishment of the traditions of Tiantai Buddhism.

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The U.S. says it has revoked the visas of more than 1,000 Chinese citizens considered "high risk” to U.S. security...