Chinese President Xi Jinping emphasizes meritocracy and would like to apply it to every corner of public governance in China. Can meritocracy, which looks set to be regenerated by China, enlighten public governance in China and beyond?
Following the astonishing display of violence in Paris on the third weekend of the hitherto peaceful gilets jaunes (yellow vest) protests in France, the movement has suddenly been transformed into a major crisis for the presidency of Emmanuel Macron.
In January 2010, Google shut down its Chinese search engine. In August 2018, the Twitter account of the People’s Daily announced that: “Google is welcome to the mainland, but it’s a prerequisite that it must comply with the requirements of the law.”
For John Hancock’s policyholders, the Vitality program offers them recurring incentives to complete routine short-term fitness challenges such as taking a minimum of 10,000 daily steps as measured by a wearable fitness tracker.
While humankind is generally lulled by its technological mastery and regularization of the forces of nature, natural disasters such as the one which struck Sulawesi reveal the efficacy of such technological apparatuses to be radically contingent on forces that are beyond anybody’s control.
During the recent floods in Kerala, a number of countries offered assistance, but two GCC countries, the UAE and Qatar, were the fastest to react. The UAE offered aid to the tune of INR 7 billion while Qatar pledged USD 5 million.
A Chinese start-up claimed to have developed an original web browser Redcore totally on its own and thus to have broken the US monopoly in this area. However, some Chinese engineers found that the browser was actually heavily based on Google’s Chrome browser
In 2016, the Chinese government provided over RMB 33 million for the Pilot Project for Poverty Reduction Cooperation in East Asia which is based on technical and financial support from China for the specific purpose of poverty alleviation in Laos.
One under-discussed aspect of the Belt and Road Initiative is how ancient Chinese wisdom can help facilitate regional cooperation. It might be interesting to find out how ancient Chinese philosophy can better facilitate the BRI’s implementation in its culturally-diverse setting.