Commentary from the Web, Week 47, 2020

RCEP shows how China is overcoming U.S. challenge on tradeCGTN commentary, November 15, 2020.

“Fifteen nations in the Asia-Pacific are coming together on Sunday to sign the world's largest trade agreement, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), ending years of negotiations.

“The deal includes China, South Korea, Japan, the nations of the ASEAN bloc, as well as Australia and New Zealand. It constitutes up to a third of the world's gross domestic product.”


A sweet heritage: How sugar chronicles China's economic transformation - CGTN video, November 15, 2020.

“In a superheated factory mill in the eastern Chinese city of Yiwu, master craftsmen are stirring juice freshly squeezed from harvested sugarcanes. They undulate the long handle of the iron spoons in nine cauldrons, scanning for inconsistencies in the color and creaminess of the liquid. As water evaporates, thick, round bubbles appear while the liquid turns golden brown. The craftsmen then scoop the viscous brown syrup onto a wooden groove to let it cool off.”


BRICS Summit / BRICS lender NDB to the rescue – CGTN’s Global Insight discusses the role of the Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa (BRICS) group, and the activity of the New Development Bank (the BRICS bank) on the occasion of the group’s 2020 summit,


When Africa meets China in Guangzhou - South China Morning Post, November 12, 2020.

“'Chocolate City' or 'Little Africa', as it has been dubbed by the Chinese press, is a district of Guangzhou that is home to between 20,000 and 200,000 mostly male African migrants. Most Africans come to Guangzhou for trade - by exporting cheap Chinese goods, such as clothes and mobile phones, they can make big money. And it’s in this bustling trading depot, where African men are meeting and marrying Chinese women in untold numbers, and starting families with their mainland brides.”

Thanks to Rasheed Griffith for providing a link to this video.