After a year of not setting specific growth targets, Beijing has planned for more than 6% economic growth in 2021, according to documents submitted at the National People’s Congress on Friday. China’s national legislature has convened its annual session in Beijing, at which it sets the core spending priorities for the year and signs off on government plans in various fields. Premier Li Keqiang submitted budgetary documents for the NPC’s approval on Friday that included “above 6%” growth in gross national product and a 6.8% growth in the country’s defense budget this year - a goal the Global Times , a subsidiary of the Communist Party of China-owned paper People's Daily, described as "conservative." At this time last year, China was gripped by the worst of the COVID-19 outbreak, which was declared a global pandemic just weeks later. As a result, the NPC was reluctant to set definitive economic goals for the year - the first time it has ever abstained from the practice. "In … [Read more...] about China Returns to Form With ‘Conservative’ Economic Growth Target of ‘Above 6%’ for 2021
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During an online address at a prominent American think-tank earlier this month, Chas Freeman, a veteran US diplomat and writer on international diplomacy, urged a serious rethinking of Washington’s approach toward China. “If this were a game of chess, we’d be easy to spot. We’re the player with no plan beyond an aggressive opening move. That is not just not a winning strategy. It’s no strategy at all,” Freeman told the Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs. Freeman’s career includes postings as US ambassador to Saudi Arabia during the Persian Gulf war and, immediately relevant to his February 11 talk, the principal interpreter for US President Richard Nixon on his 1972 trip to China that paved the way for normalization of relations between Beijing and Washington. He is also the lifetime director of the Atlantic Council, one of the preeminent Washington foreign policy think-tanks. “The US focus has been on tripping up China rather than improving our own international … [Read more...] about Former US Diplomat Urges ‘Serious Repairs’ at Home Before Biden Tries to ‘Trip Up China’
Kindly Share This Story: *We can’t leave Nigeria’s peace in terrorists hands—Irabor *We will restore peace in 100 days By Johnbosco Agbakwuru PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, charged the newly appointed service chiefs to speed up their actions in freeing the country from the current state of insecurity. President Buhari gave the charge at a ceremony to decorate the new service chiefs with their ranks at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja. According to him, “During our four-hour security meeting, on Tuesday, I had taken the responsibility as Commander-in-Chief for you to go out into the field and secure the country. “You have got a few weeks to do that because by the rainy season, we expect people to develop confidence and go back to the land, so that we don’t get into trouble by being away from the field and therefore unable to produce enough food for the nation.” He told the service chiefs to see their appointment, … [Read more...] about Insecurity: You have few weeks to deliver, Buhari tells Service Chiefs
Avid steamer “TheGrefg” Martínez recently set a new viewing record on the Twitch platform. Image: courtesy of Twitch and David “TheGrefg” Martínez via AFP Relaxnews While Twitch has seen a significant increase in viewer numbers over the last 12 months, this trend appears to be digging in for 2021. David “TheGrefg” Martínez has set a new record for the video streaming platform, attracting more than 2.4 million simultaneous viewers in his latest live broadcast. The Spanish Twitch player who counts 6.3 million subscribers captured the attention of new viewers by introducing his new avatar for “Fortnite”: a red-haired character available from Jan. 16 on Epic Games’ flagship game store. This announcement was followed live by more than 2.47 million people on the video streaming platform, according to data from the TwitchTracker website. This audience peak allowed David Martínez to beat the record set by Tyler “Ninja” Blevins in March 2018. At that time, more than 616,000 curious … [Read more...] about Twitch sets new records as the pandemic continues
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about significant changes when it comes to the role of managers in businesses. Image: Unsplash via AFP Relaxnews. Whether it’s managing workers remotely, rallying teams while lending an attentive ear to each individual, or juggling time spent in the office and time working remotely, COVID-19 has reshuffled the cards when it comes to the role of managers working in businesses worldwide. What if, in the coming year, lessons learned in the pandemic were taken onboard to make way for a more horizontal approach to management, drawing on the idea of permaculture in the workplace? Welcome to Episode 5 of ETX Studio’s “After Calendar” of incoming trends for 2021. “Before, managing was about motivating teams and moving forward together to achieve results. Today, you have to manage fragility. It’s new emotional territory in the workplace. At any time, you know that your troops can crack. And you yourself are shaken up by the context, the uncertainty. So … [Read more...] about 2021: The year of ‘perma-management’?