China's permanent representative to the UN said on Tuesday that current tensions in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict need to be eased as soon as possible to avoid escalation and reaching the "point of becoming extremely dangerous".
Christine Lagarde, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund, may not have realized that the headlines after her talk Monday on global economic challenges were about her casual remarks that the IMF could be based in Beijing in 10 years.
The burning down of Yuanmingyuan, the old Summer Palace, in 1860 and then its sacking by the Eight-Nation Alliance invasion in 1900 not only led to the capture and deaths of Chinese civilians, but also the looting and robbery of countless invaluable Chinese artifacts.
According to research by the University of Arkansas, Chinese consume about 180 pounds of rice a year on average while the number for Americans is fewer than 33 pounds. China is No. 1 in the importation of rice, while the US ranks No. 3 in rice exporting.