2018 in Review

2018-12-11 10:06 GMT+8

Chinese President Xi Jinping reviewed the country's achievements in 2018 and extended greetings for 2019 in his New Year speech.

2018-12-31 19:15 GMT+8

Chinese President Xi Jinping has credited the self-reliant and diligent people of China for creating miracles that the world has marveled at in his annual New Year address, vowing to always closely rely on the people to overcome difficulties down the road.

2018-12-31 20:22 GMT+8

Chinese President Xi Jinping extended his New Year greetings to people in China and around the world in a televised speech on Monday.

2018-12-31 20:42 GMT+8

Chinese President Xi Jinping has reviewed the country's achievements in 2018 and encouraged the Chinese people to strive for more gains next year. 

2018-12-31 19:43 GMT+8

Editor's note: This article is based on an interview with Li Haidong, Professor of the Institute of International Relations, China Foreign Affairs University (CFAU). The article reflects the expert's opinion, and not necessarily the views of CGTN. 

2018-12-31 21:53 GMT+8

In his New Year speech from Beijing, Chinese President Xi Jinping reviewed the country's achievements in 2018 and extended his New Year wishes for 2019.

2018-12-31 19:03 GMT+8

Chinese President Xi Jinping's annual message to the nation, which reviewed the country's achievements in 2018 and extended his New Year wishes for 2019, was warmly received by the world. Here is a collection of responses from across the world.

2019-01-01 14:09 GMT+8

Editor's note: Dr. Robert Lawrence Kuhn is a CGTN anchor, a public intellectual, an international corporate strategist and an investment banker. The article reflects the author's opinion, and not necessarily the views of CGTN.

2019-01-02 16:33 GMT+8

The world in 2018 was marked by uncertainty. This year has seen a shift in the balance of power, a continuation of the regressive trend in Western politics and the escalation in major-country competition. Multilateralism and the old international order have come under unprecedented threats. It is under these trying circumstances that Chinese President Xi Jinping has charted a new path for China's major-country diplomacy.

2018-12-16 14:51 GMT+8

China will remain a strong advocate of openness at the global level, and will continue to act as a stable engine of global growth, a big market with enormous opportunities and an active supporter of global governance reform. – Xi Jinping

2018-12-22 17:07 GMT+8

China hosted four diplomatic events this year: The Boao Forum for Asia annual conference in April, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Qingdao in June, the 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in September and the first China International Import Expo in Shanghai in November.

2018-12-19 10:05 GMT+8

2018 has been an unusual year, featuring unprecedented uncertainty in decades. The world is seeing a mighty anti-globalization force, experiencing a resurgence of populism, and startled at the confrontation between the world's two largest economies, while turmoil continues unabated in some regions and others have yet to recover from natural disasters and man-made chaos. The international geo-economic order that has been refined over the past seven decades has been put at jeopardy.

2018-12-15 10:59 GMT+8

‍2018 ushered in a new chapter in China-Africa cooperation during a time of great uncertainty. 

2018-12-22 13:53 GMT+8

The eastern coastal city of Qingdao, a frontier of China's reform and opening-up, hosted the 18th summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in June. The eight full SCO members account for nearly half of the world's population and more than one-fifth of global GDP.

2018-12-24 07:15 GMT+8

The Boao Forum for Asia annual conference was held from April 8 to 10 in Boao, south China's island province of Hainan. This year's forum was themed An Open and Innovative Asia for a World of Greater Prosperity.

2018-12-23 11:57 GMT+8

Amid a gloomy world economy overshadowed by the U.S. withdrawal from the multilateral trading system, China opened the inaugural international import expo in Shanghai in early November, marking a further step on its opening-up path. 

2018-12-25 07:38 GMT+8

BRICS, which comprises Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, held its 10th annual summit in Johannesburg, South Africa, on July 25-27. 

2018-12-29 12:16 GMT+8

We are bidding farewell to 2018, a year brimming with major power rivalries, inflamed regional tensions, and prolonged economic tussles. We saw two forces – globalization and populism – fiercely colliding; we saw reassuring developments on the world's last legacy of the Cold War; we saw tragedies stemming from climate change; we saw amazing advancements in the fourth industrial revolution…

2018-12-31 11:40 GMT+8

China had a big impact domestically and internationally this year. As it takes up the responsibility of a major country, China and its citizens are working toward rejuvenating the nation by ushering in changes to all spheres of life, from politics to trade. Meanwhile, the leadership is ensuring societal stability by improving domestic institutions while leaving a global footprint through its diplomatic efforts. At a time of international volatility, China provides the foundation to perpetuate global peace and prosperity.

2018-12-31 14:40 GMT+8

Today marks CGTN's second birthday!

2018-12-31 19:02 GMT+8

In hours, people around the world will ring in the New Year with celebrations. From Oceania to North America, we take a look at some of the annual New Year traditions around the world. 

2018-12-31 20:59 GMT+8

Regardless of if they are fashionable or traditional, it is always true that people may have their own ways to celebrate the New Year, but looking back on your endeavors or unrealized dreams in the past year, and thinking about taking a step forward in a new and different direction tends to be the theme of all rituals at this time of year.

2018-12-28 20:28 GMT+8

A person in my position does not have the right to show weakness. – Vladimir Putin

2018-12-22 17:19 GMT+8

A respected defense secretary resigns in protest at his leader's foreign policy agenda, a major conflict is withdrawn from without consulting allies, the president's charitable foundation is accused of illegality and forced to close, a former key adviser appears in court, and the government is shut down for Christmas.

2018-12-24 16:30 GMT+8

One of the most surprising developments on the world stage over the year happened on the Korean Peninsula. In an astonishing move, Kim Jong Un declared a moratorium on nuclear and ballistic missile tests and a shift to economic development.

2018-12-17 14:23 GMT+8

Few leaders have a year without a setback – but not many get knocked down as regularly as Theresa May has in 2018.

2018-12-23 16:18 GMT+8

While a chance to officially host Kim Jong Un in Seoul might have been pushed back to next year, the Republic of Korea (ROK) President Moon Jae-in won global accolades by meeting the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) leader thrice in 2018 and in the process also becoming the catalyst for the summit between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump.

2018-12-18 18:39 GMT+8

For German Chancellor Angela Merkel, 2018 marked the first step toward her eventual exit from the political stage. 

2018-12-20 16:35 GMT+8

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was hardly out of the headlines in 2018, not only consolidating his power at home, but also establishing himself as a key broker in the Middle East and ensuring he remained front and center in one of the biggest stories of the year: The murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

2018-12-21 17:06 GMT+8

Shinzo Abe, the four-time Prime Minister of Japan, tightened his grip on power in 2018 after he was re-elected president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) in September. The comfortable victory effectively extended Abe's term in office by another three years, setting him on course to become Japan's longest-serving prime minister before the end of next year.

2018-12-19 17:03 GMT+8

Journalists are not only confined to busy newsrooms, press conferences, and glitzy gatherings, they are hunters on the prowl, following trails of scent back to their sources to cover elusive events and uncover the truth. Where change is urgent to save a life, bringing untold stories to light is the first step.

2018-12-29 15:55 GMT+8

CGTN journalists have left their mark on the frontlines this year in lands near and far. From witnessing firsthand the destruction of a nuclear site in the DPRK to braving the storms sweeping the Philippines, our reporters took on stories that had global impact, from a position of not only objectivity, but also empathy. More than just headlines, the subjects they portrayed were people with everyday struggles who found themselves facing extraordinary circumstances.

2018-12-23 11:13 GMT+8

‍In my seven years covering Washington policies towards China, I've never seen anything quite like it: the sheer animosity and suspicion, the convergence of hawkish strategists, and members of Congress and the establishment media painting China as an ideological, military and economic threat. 

2019-01-01 18:07 GMT+8

‍‍With several huge explosions in the heavily guarded mountains of Punggye-ri on May 24, 2018, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) blew off its only nuclear test site in front of the eyes and cameras of around 30 reporters from China, the U.S., Russia, the UK and the Republic of Korea.

2019-01-06 16:44 GMT+8

What did the BRICS Summit bring to the people in South Africa and the continent?

2019-01-06 12:23 GMT+8

The Middle East had another stirring year in 2018, characterized by wide-spread instability driven by alliances falling along religious lines and affiliations –  like Saudi versus Iran or Shiite versus Sunni camps, while relations between the Israelis and Palestinians showed no sign of improvement.

2019-01-04 20:57 GMT+8

‍When Washington launched an investigation into China's trade practices and treatment of intellectual property under Section 301 of its 1974 Trade Act in August 2017, most observers probably thought one thing: the move was comparable to previous trade spats between the world's two largest economies. 

2019-01-05 14:30 GMT+8

As a Chinese reporter based in the Syrian capital of Damascus since January 2016, I have witnessed the indelible scars that the eight-year-long war has left behind: Collapsed buildings, babies crying of hunger, and the empty eyes of their helpless mothers.

2018-12-28 17:58 GMT+8

2018 has drawn to a close and that's just fine for most in the war-torn country of Yemen. This past year was filled with heartache, struggle, starvation and sacrifice, all of which I saw first-hand while reporting inside the country.

2019-01-03 16:14 GMT+8

For the Korean Peninsula, 2018 will be remembered as the year diplomacy improved, and to a greater degree, than at any previous time since an armistice halted major combat in 1953.

2018-12-25 16:09 GMT+8

To waste this opportunity in Katowice would compromise our last best chance to stop runaway climate change. It would not only be immoral, but it would also be suicidal, said Antonio Guterres, UN secretary-general, at this year's climate change conference in Poland.

2018-12-24 15:58 GMT+8

Thousands of humans crossed into the Balkans back in 2015. Back then, at the peak of the so-called migrant crisis, almost 15,000 people a day were illegally crossing the borders.

2019-01-02 11:16 GMT+8

From Madrid, starting in the middle of 2018, we were regularly traveling to southern Spain, along the Mediterranean and near the Strait of Gibraltar, to cover the story of how Spain gained the dubious distinction of becoming Europe's ground zero for economically strapped African migrants in 2018. Our CGTN crew was at the locations where the migrants arrived or were being held temporarily or were being forwarded by NGOs.

2018-12-27 18:40 GMT+8

From boasting about the size of his nuclear button to alienating allies in North America and Europe to a trade war with China, U.S. President Donald Trump has taken the world on a roller coaster ride – pursuing what he calls America First policies in his first full year in office. As CGTN's White House correspondent, it has been an eventful year for me to say the least. Here's a recap of some of the events I followed and reported live from Washington.

2018-12-31 17:03 GMT+8

Five months ago, I would have never thought that I could touch nose with an African elephant...Let me tell you about my journey in Africa.

2019-01-02 17:08 GMT+8

‍As a reporter, I travel a lot. I spend one third of the year living in hotels, and my favorite hotel is probably the one in Zhuhai, right on the city's coast. It's indeed a room with a view: looking out from the window you'll see the beach, sea, and above it, the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge (HZMB).

2019-01-03 14:22 GMT+8

There have been four major diplomatic events in China this year, and I was lucky to have the honor of covering all of them. With China and the world undergoing dramatic and unprecedented changes, reporting on such events feels like witnessing the first draft of history-making moments. 

2018-12-30 14:46 GMT+8

2018 marks my second year in Shanghai after being relocated from Beijing. As a business reporter, I was tossed into a goldmine of business, financial and technology news.

2018-12-29 14:14 GMT+8

For someone born and raised in a metropolitan city, I unabashedly admit that I used to be pretty out of touch with the subject of poverty. Despite reading all the social theories about the cause of poverty back in college, it is only after I became a TV reporter that I started to see things in perspective. 

2018-12-26 16:32 GMT+8

China's trade policies were thrust into the spotlight this year following frictions with the U.S. which led to a trade war that has yet to relent.

2018-12-28 14:50 GMT+8

There is no doubt that the China-U.S. trade war was one of the biggest stories of 2018. The tit-for-tat tariffs levied between the world's two largest economies have put the global supply chain and trading system into uncertainty. 

2018-12-15 14:04 GMT+8

The trade friction between the U.S. and China was one of the biggest stories of 2018. The conflict concerns not only the two countries but the entire global economy. 

2018-12-31 17:57 GMT+8

Although persistent trade tensions between China and the U.S. have portrayed the world' two largest economies more as adversaries than friends, the past 40 years of their relations have been a story of commercial success. 

2019-01-01 13:03 GMT+8

On the new journey to complete the building of a moderately prosperous society in all respects and further fully build a modern socialist China, the country's private sector should only grow stronger instead of being weakened, and should march toward a broader stage.—Xi Jinping

2018-12-23 14:53 GMT+8

As a milestone year marking the 40th anniversary of China's reform and opening-up, 2018 saw further groundbreaking policies to open-up various sectors of the economy.

2018-12-20 16:14 GMT+8

As a milestone year marking the 40th anniversary of China's reform and opening up, 2018 saw further groundbreaking policies to open up various sectors of the economy.

2018-12-20 14:49 GMT+8

As a milestone year marking the 40th anniversary of China's reform and opening up, 2018 saw further groundbreaking policies to open up various sectors of the economy.

2018-12-20 16:01 GMT+8

Home prices in Chinese cities increased at a slower pace in 2018 and are expected to remain stable, according to the China Index Academy, a property research institution.

2019-01-05 19:29 GMT+8

2018 has been an eventful year for the business world. And who made headlines in 2018?

2018-12-31 21:05 GMT+8

China's genetic testing market has grown quickly in recent years, thanks to the expansion of the domestic biotech sector and investments from international players. However, the commercialization of gene technology is still premature, according to Maggie Tan, senior adviser at Gaorong Capital.

2019-01-04 19:23 GMT+8

China's trading volume of sharing economy reached 4.9 trillion yuan (0.7 trillion U.S. dollars) in 2017, up about 50 percent from the previous year, showing that sharing economy has become one of the major drivers of the country's growth.

2019-01-03 22:21 GMT+8

People may have to start thinking of video games as a promising industry with skyrocketing popularity rather than contributing to an unhealthy lifestyle. This change in perception has already happened in China when video games were classified as a real sport in 2003 and China won the first-ever gold medals at eSports demonstration events during the 18th Asian Games in August.

2019-01-02 22:51 GMT+8

Experts said that 2019 will be a big year for robotics and drones no matter the state of the global economy. Analyst firm International Data Corporation expects global spending in the sector to near 120 billion U.S. dollars in 2019.

2019-01-01 19:50 GMT+8

Oil markets began 2019 in positive territory on Wednesday, as traders prepare for a likely volatile year of trading amid soaring U.S. crude supply and concerns about a global economic slowdown.

2019-01-02 10:22 GMT+8

With a trade war resolution still up in the air, an economy in transition and slowing, how do companies navigate the new waters? For global businesses, experts said that more consistency in policy and less uncertainty around the world might be their New Year's wish.

2019-01-01 20:40 GMT+8

It was a roller-coaster ride in 2018 thanks to the China-U.S. trade war being a major surprise, a see-saw spat over Brexit deal and global central banks' tightening bias.

2019-01-01 17:17 GMT+8

Investors have been priming themselves for a potentially huge influx of companies selling stock to the public for the first time, led by ridesharing game changers Uber and Lyft, but the outlook is more uncertain with the vicious return of volatility to the market.

2019-01-02 12:20 GMT+8

A senior Chinese official said Sunday that the country will move to produce at least 600 million tonnes of grain in 2019.

2018-12-31 07:45 GMT+8

The year 2018 has been bearish for China's stock markets – a slowing economy, coupled with trade frictions weighed on investors' minds. And the coming year might see more downward pressures on the economy while the simulative measures need time to pan out, according to Guo Xuesong, an economist with ICBC Credit Suisse Asset Management. 

2018-12-31 20:34 GMT+8

After going through difficulties and challenges, Huawei will become stronger, said its Chairman Liang Hua at a press conference on Tuesday.

2018-12-26 14:13 GMT+8

With 100 days to go until Brexit, British companies operating in China remain optimistic about the business outlook over the next two years, according to a new report by the British Chambers of Commerce in China (BCCC), with a majority reporting Brexit uncertainty is having no impact on their revenue in the country.

2018-12-19 17:15 GMT+8

After an ease in China-US tensions was scrambled by the arrest of Huawei's Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou, Chinese scholars in Beijing suggested the world's second largest economy should take practical measures amid growing uncertainty, including maintaining economic growth as a top priority and promoting Asian integration. 

2018-12-11 18:38 GMT+8

Another tsunami struck the beaches around Indonesia's Sunda Strait on December 22, leaving hundreds dead. 

2018-12-26 09:04 GMT+8

2018 has seen the migrant crisis thrust into the center of political strife across the European continent. Intense wrestling between EU members over how to handle the influx has undermined unity within the bloc, leading to the rise of populism and anti-immigrant parties around the EU.

2018-12-27 16:23 GMT+8

The Syrian civil war entered its seventh year in 2018 after President Bashar al-Assad's government defeated the ISIL group. But a tangled web of foreign involvements and alliances means there is no clear solution to the multi-sided conflict in sight.

2018-12-28 07:21 GMT+8

Spanning 55 kilometers, the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge (HZMB) is the world's longest cross-sea bridge linking China's Special Administrative Regions Hong Kong and Macao with the mainland city of Zhuhai in south China's Guangdong Province. 

2018-12-30 12:35 GMT+8

Chinese President Xi Jinping urged the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the Chinese People to stay committed to advancing reform and opening-up at a conference celebrating the 40th anniversary of China's reform and opening-up on Tuesday.

2018-12-18 15:55 GMT+8

There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea (the Democratic People's Republic of Korea), U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted on June 13, a day after his historical meeting in Singapore with DPRK leader Kim Jong Un.

2018-12-21 09:08 GMT+8

Editor's note: 2018 was an eventful year, with many historic moments that changed the fates of millions of people around the world. They were more than just narratives in the headline news but major twists and turns that shaped the world order in different dimensions. The cloud over war-torn Syria in 2018 has never left, with new challenges ahead from the planned U.S. withdrawal. How will Syria fate unfold in 2019? Wang Jin, a research fellow of the Syria Research Center at the Northwest University of China shares his insights with CGTN.

2018-12-29 20:58 GMT+8

The death toll from a tsunami that struck beaches around the Sunda Strait in Indonesia on Saturday night has risen to 373, Indonesia's national disaster agency updated on Monday.

2018-12-23 07:19 GMT+8

‍Indonesia, one of the world's most disaster-prone nations, was hit by a volcano tsunami late Saturday that left a trail of death and destruction. Authorities said the tsunami may have been triggered by an abnormal tidal surge due to a new moon and an underwater landslide following the eruption of Anak Krakatoa volcano, which means the child of the fabled Krakatoa.

2018-12-23 18:51 GMT+8

The migrant crisis in Europe has once again taken up many headlines in 2018. 

2018-12-03 21:47 GMT+8

Nine significant earthquakes hit Indonesia in 2018. 

2018-12-05 12:23 GMT+8

Time magazine announced the Person of the Year, which attracts much attention across the world, on Tuesday.

2018-12-12 16:53 GMT+8

As 2018 draws to a close, we look back on the remarkable people who passed away this year. Stan Lee, Aretha Franklin and Joel Robuchon are some of the creative leaders who left their mark on history.

2018-12-16 09:28 GMT+8

Tian Zhaozhong, China's triple jump milestone athlete who held the national record for 12 years, died on April 1 in Beijing.

2018-12-28 12:53 GMT+8

This year we bid farewell to many Chinese artists, musicians, actors, and writers. Here are some of the few who passed away in 2018.

2018-12-15 22:29 GMT+8

‍The year 2018 is drawing to a close. Looking back, waves rippled across Chinese society. We saw good and bad things, we felt both grief and joy, we lamented social ills and also lauded progress.

2018-12-27 16:49 GMT+8

‍The year 2018 is drawing to a close. Looking back, waves rippled across Chinese society. We saw good and bad things, we felt grief and joy, we lamented social ills and also lauded progress.

2018-12-25 22:23 GMT+8

Rabies can often be fatal, and people have high expectations from vaccines that could prevent the disease. So, when the news broke on July 15, that Changchun Changsheng, China's second largest rabies vaccine manufacturer, faked its production records, it quickly caught public attention.

2018-12-27 17:59 GMT+8

They never miss a headline on TV arguing who's the real victim of a trade war and what's next for the Brexit deadlock, bringing the hottest issues in 2018 to the discussion table; they write witty words and beautiful arguments on major news events this year, the tit-for-tat trade war, the first-ever import expo in Shanghai, and the historic Trump-Kim meeting, to name a few only.

2018-12-25 20:51 GMT+8

Editor's Note: With 2018 drawing to a close, it is time to review the many ups and downs in the international community. Among others, Sino-U.S. bilateral relations have been thrown into spotlight, with the tension of the trade war splitting the two countries. Chris Hawke, a graduate of the Columbia graduate school of journalism, and a journalist reporting for over two decades from Beijing, New York, the United Nations, Tokyo, Bangkok, Islamabad and Kabul for AP, UPI, and CBS, offers his insights to CGTN.

2018-12-17 21:30 GMT+8

Editor's note: With 2018 drawing to a close, it is time to review the many ups and downs that occurred in the international community. Among others, the Russia-U.S. relations have been thrown into the spotlight, with doubts about whether the bilateral relations reaching the point of no return. In this article for CGTN, Li Xing, professor and director of the Eurasian Studies Center at Beijing Normal University, shares his insights.

2018-12-23 18:11 GMT+8

Editor’s note: 2018 was an eventful year, with many historic moments that changed the fates of millions of people around the world. They were more than just narratives in the headline news but major twists and turns that shaped the world order in different dimensions. Among them, the chaos between the U.S. and Iran has cast shadows on the international community. Li Weijian, a research fellow at the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies and the vice president of the Chinese Association of Middle East Studies, shares his insights with CGTN. 

2018-12-28 16:51 GMT+8

Editor's note: With 2018 drawing to a close, it is time to review the many ups and downs that occurred in the international community. Among others, the Russia-Europe relations have been thrown into the spotlight, seeing alleviation in the bilateral relations. In this article for CGTN, Guan Xueling, a professor at the School of Economics at Renmin University of China, shares his insights.

2018-12-24 17:30 GMT+8

Editor's note: Wang Jin is a research fellow at Charhar Institute. The article reflects the author's opinion, and not necessarily the views of CGTN.

2019-01-02 13:56 GMT+8

Editor's note: Tom Fowdy is a UK-based political analyst. The article reflects the author's views, and not necessarily those of CGTN.

2019-01-02 11:27 GMT+8

Editor's note: Kaushik Basu, former chief economist of the World Bank and former chief economic adviser to the Indian government, is professor of economics at Cornell University and nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. The article first appeared on Project Syndicate on December 31, 2018. It reflects the author's opinion, and not necessarily the views of CGTN.

2019-01-01 15:44 GMT+8

Tuesday marks the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the People's Republic of China and the U.S.

2019-01-01 20:15 GMT+8

Editor’s note: 2018 was an eventful year, with many historic moments that changed the fates of millions of people around the world. They were more than just narratives in the headline news but major twists and turns that shaped the world order in different dimensions. Among them, the DPRK nuclear issue has gotten on the international community's nerves. Zhang Chi, a research fellow of Northeast Asia Studies at the Shanghai University of Political Science and Law, shares his insights with CGTN.

2018-12-27 17:48 GMT+8

Editor's note: Tom Fowdy is a UK-based political analyst. The article reflects the author's views, and not necessarily those of CGTN.

2018-12-27 11:13 GMT+8

Editor's note: Jin Canrong is the Vice Dean of the School of International Studies at Renmin University in China and Jin Junda holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and International Relations at Boston University, U.S. The article reflects the authors' opinion, and not necessarily the views of CGTN.

2019-01-01 18:28 GMT+8

Editor's note: Liang Yabin is an associate professor of the Institute for International Strategic Studies of the Central Party School of the Communist Party of China and senior researcher of Pangoal Institution. The article reflects the authors' opinion, and not necessarily the views of CGTN.

2019-01-02 09:46 GMT+8

Editor's note: The article is based on an opinion piece written by Cui Tiankai, Chinese Ambassador to the U.S., for USA Today. The article reflects the author's views, and not necessarily those of CGTN.

2019-01-02 14:49 GMT+8

Editor's note:The following is an edited translation of an article from the Chinese-language Commentaries on International Affairs.

2019-01-03 20:09 GMT+8

Editor’s note: China and the U.S., the top two world economies, have been inextricably bound with each other for decades. 2019 marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the U.S. The past year was marked by a tit-for-tat trade war between the two countries. How will 2019 unfold for them? Chris Hawke, a graduate of the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, and a journalist who has worked for over two decades in Beijing, New York, Tokyo, Bangkok, Islamabad and Kabul and at the United Nations for AP, UPI, and CBS, offers his insights to CGTN.

2019-01-01 12:51 GMT+8

Editor's note: Zhu Zheng is an assistant professor at the Law School at China University of Political Science and Law. The article reflects the author's opinion, and not necessarily the views of CGTN.

2019-01-01 10:47 GMT+8

Editor's note: James Rae is a professor at the Department of Government at California State University in Sacramento, California, U.S. The article reflects the author's opinion, and not necessarily the views of CGTN.

2018-12-31 11:45 GMT+8

Editor's note: Dr. John Gong is a research fellow at Charhar Institute and professor at the University of International Business and Economics.The article reflects the author's views, and not necessarily those of CGTN.

2018-12-31 13:14 GMT+8

Editor's note: Tom Fowdy is a UK-based political analyst. The article reflects the author's views, and not necessarily those of CGTN.

2018-12-26 12:36 GMT+8

Editor's note: With 2018 drawing to a close, it is time to review the many ups and downs that occurred in the international community. Among others, the Korean Peninsula has been thrown into the spotlight, witnessing remarkable progress in Democratic People's Republic of Korea relations with the Republic of Korea and the U.S.. In this article for CGTN, Wang Junsheng, an associate research fellow at the National Institute of International Strategy at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, shares his insights.

2018-12-21 18:31 GMT+8

Editor's Note: With 2018 drawing to a close, it is time to review the many ups and downs that occurred in the international community. Among others, Sino-EU bilateral relations have been thrown into the spotlight, with the two making joint efforts to promote multilateralism. Cui Hongjian, director of the European Studies of the China Institute of International Studies, shares his insights with CGTN.

2018-12-20 21:01 GMT+8

Editor's Note: With 2018 drawing to a close, it is time to review the many ups and downs that occurred in the international community. Among others, Sino-Japanese bilateral relations have been thrown into the spotlight, witnessing major breakthroughs between the two countries. Zhou Yongsheng, a professor in the Institute of International Relations at China Foreign Affairs University, offers his insights to CGTN. 

2018-12-19 18:38 GMT+8

Editor's note: Joschka Fischer, Germany's foreign minister and vice chancellor from 1998 to 2005, was a leader of the German Green Party for almost 20 years. The article was first published on Project Syndicate on December 24, 2018. The article reflects the author's opinion, and not necessarily the views of CGTN.

2018-12-24 21:08 GMT+8

Editor's note: Ken Moak taught economic theory, public policy and globalization at the university level for 33 years. He co-authored a book titled China's Economic Rise and Its Global Impact in 2015. The article reflects the author's opinion, and not necessarily the views of CGTN.

2018-12-21 12:41 GMT+8

Editor's note: 2018 is an eventful year, with many historic moments that changed the fates of millions of people around the world. They are more than narratives in the headline news but major twists and turns that have shaped the world order in different dimensions. Among them, the currency crisis in some emerging economies like Turkey and Argentina has surely cast a cloud over the world economy. Ken Moak, a former economics professor at Capilano University, shares his insights with CGTN.

2018-12-26 20:38 GMT+8

Editor's note: Dr. Zhang Nan is a researcher at the College of Comparative Law, China University of Political Science and Law. The article reflects the author's opinion, and not necessarily the views of CGTN.

2019-01-02 10:50 GMT+8

Editor's note: 2018 was more dramatic than many other years, and as we have moved into a new year, it's time to look at the major ups and downs of 2018 and consider how they will impact the future. Among them, the murder of a Saudi journalist captured global attention due to its appalling cruelty. Wang Jin, a research fellow at the Charhar Institute and the Northwest University evaluates how the murder of Jamal Khashoggi offers a new window to the power game in the Middle East. The article reflects the author's opinion, and not necessarily the views of CGTN.

2019-01-05 10:49 GMT+8

Editor's note: 2018 was more dramatic than many other years in recent memory, and as we move into the new year, it's time to look at the major ups and downs of the past 12 months and consider how they will impact the future. Among them is the DPRK nuclear issue which has witnessed impressive progress in 2018. Wang Peng, an associate research fellow at Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies under Renmin University of China and Charhar Institute, offers a pragmatic solution to untangle the complex on the Korean Peninsula. 

2018-12-31 18:06 GMT+8

Editor's note: 2018 was more dramatic than many other years in recent memory, and as we move into the new year, it's time to look at the major ups and downs of the past 12 months and consider how they will impact the future. Among them is the continued surge of populism in Europe. Liu Mingli, deputy director of the Institute of European Studies, China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, shares his insights on why European populism is on the rise and where it is heading in the coming year.

2018-12-27 20:50 GMT+8

Editor's note: 2018 was more dramatic than many other years in recent memory, and as we move into the new year, it's time to look at the major ups and downs of the past 12 months and consider how they will impact the future. Among them is the Sino-American trade war, the worst dispute of this kind in decades. Dr. John Gong, a research fellow at the Charhar Institute and a professor at the University of International Business and Economics of China, discusses one of the key issues in the dispute: Intellectual property rights protection and the pragmatic solutions needed to improve it.

2018-12-24 07:55 GMT+8

For better or for worse, 2018 is running out of time and in just a few days, a new year will herald a fresh start and a chance to make things right. But before this year becomes history, we are turning back the clock to revisit the biggest events and most notable moments that grabbed the headlines – and our attention – in the past 360-odd days. 2018 in Review is a four-episode series about this year's news that are set to shape 2019.

2018-12-28 15:26 GMT+8

For better or for worse, 2018 is nearing its end, and in just a few days, a new year will herald a fresh start and a chance to make things right. But before this year becomes history, we are turning back the clock to revisit the biggest events and most notable moments that grabbed the headlines – and our attention – in the past 360-odd days. 2018 in Review is a four-episode series about this year's news that are set to shape 2019.

2018-12-29 07:58 GMT+8

For better or for worse, 2018 is running out of time and in just a few days, a new year will herald a fresh start and a chance to make things right. But before this year becomes history, we are turning back the clock to revisit the biggest events and most notable moments that grabbed the headlines – and our attention – in the past 360-odd days. 2018 in Review is a four-episode series about this year's news that are set to shape 2019.

2018-12-27 20:30 GMT+8

For better or for worse, 2018 is running out of time and in just a few days, a new year will herald a fresh start and a chance to make things right. But before this year becomes history, we are turning back the clock to revisit the biggest events and most notable moments that grabbed the headlines – and our attention – in the past 360-odd days. 2018 in Review is a four-episode series about this year's news that are set to shape 2019.

2018-12-30 11:37 GMT+8

Leaders of the world's major economies gathered in Buenos Aires from November 30 to December 1 at the Group of Twenty (G20) summit under the theme Building Consensus for Fair and Sustainable Development.

2018-12-30 15:33 GMT+8

It all started with sports diplomacy. Kim Jong Un, the young leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, presented an intelligence and confidence well beyond his years through brisk diplomacy with Seoul, Beijing and Washington, bringing Asia's largest powder keg back from the brink of a nuclear war. 

2018-12-27 11:05 GMT+8

It was the first time that the APEC meeting was held in a Pacific island nation – Papua New Guinea, the weakest economy of the 21 APEC members. The event highlighted the growing influence of the South Pacific region. 

2018-12-29 17:09 GMT+8

Britain has been on a slow rollercoaster since voting to leave the EU in 2016, with the Brexit debate throwing up many questions but yielding few answers. What is the best path forward?          

2018-12-26 15:29 GMT+8

The American people handed over their first official verdict on Donald Trump's two-year presidency on November 6, 2018. Republicans extended their Senate majority to 53-47 over Democrats in the elections, while Democrats unseated Republicans in the House of Representatives, resulting in a split Congress. Trump took to Twitter to celebrate the epic victory for Republicans.

2018-12-28 19:06 GMT+8

Chinese President Xi Jinping stressed the importance of learning, innovation and unity as 2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, and it will also be a decisive year before China becomes a moderately prosperous society. 

2018-12-29 21:23 GMT+8

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, on Monday exchanged congratulatory messages on the coming New Year.

2018-12-31 18:36 GMT+8

In a New Year message sent to Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, Chinese President Xi Jinping hailed the fruitful strides made in relations between China and Russia in 2018.

2018-12-31 13:46 GMT+8

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump on Tuesday exchanged congratulations on the 40th anniversary of the establishment of China-U.S. diplomatic relations.

2019-01-01 08:31 GMT+8

In a New Year message sent to Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, Chinese President Xi Jinping hailed the fruitful strides made in relations between China and Russia in 2018.

2018-12-31 10:23 GMT+8

Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday held a telephone conversation, and expressed their willingness to push for implementation of the agreements they reached during the G20 summit in Argentina.

2018-12-30 11:38 GMT+8

As the calendar turns to 2019, leaders around the world have reflected on their nation's accomplishments and challenges in the past year and what lies ahead in the coming 12 months.

2019-01-01 21:55 GMT+8

Since the establishment of diplomatic ties on January 1, 1979, the China-U.S. relationship has been moving forward steadily despite some twists and turns. 

2019-01-01 10:18 GMT+8

Chinese President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, sent congratulatory messages to Cuban leaders as the country celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution on Tuesday. 

2019-01-01 10:35 GMT+8

Kim Jong Un, leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), has sent a letter to Moon Jae-in, president of the Republic of Korea (ROK), calling for more inter-Korean exchanges and continued efforts to build peace and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula next year, the Blue House said Sunday.

2018-12-30 16:04 GMT+8

Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) leader Kim Jong Un said on Tuesday that he is ready to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump again at any time, while reaffirming his commitment to complete denuclearization.

2019-01-01 08:38 GMT+8

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday said the United Nations will continue to bring people together to build bridges and create space for solutions in 2019.

2018-12-31 11:50 GMT+8

After a dramatic 12 months in global politics, there's little chance of respite in 2019.

2018-12-27 16:31 GMT+8

The 2015 Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was considered the most significant nonproliferation achievement since South Africa, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Ukraine decided to give up their nuclear weapons in the 1990s, according to Oliver Meier, deputy head of International Security Division at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs.

2018-12-23 16:14 GMT+8

U.S. President Donald Trump is about to end his second year in office. The graphics below offer a glimpse into Trump's performance in the areas of the economy and domestic and international policies.

2018-12-22 10:40 GMT+8

China has made progress in addressing poverty, healthcare provision and climate change, top United Nations officials past and present have told CGTN, issues that go hand in glove with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030 Agenda. 

2018-12-20 18:34 GMT+8

An iconic tea towel, first sold as Britain entered the European Economic Community in the 1970s, offers a baffling explanation of cricket.

2018-12-19 21:10 GMT+8

This year, China successfully hosted four major diplomatic events attended by leaders from all over the world, making it a big year for the country in terms of its role on the global stage. 

2018-12-31 22:41 GMT+8

‍Hong Kong and Macao hold unique positions, have exceptional strength and will play an irreplaceable role in reform and opening-up in the new era, President Xi Jinping stressed on Monday.

2018-12-17 19:35 GMT+8

The quality of a moderately well-off society and socialist modernization is decided by whether rural areas are strong, beautiful and rich. – Xi Jinping

2018-12-28 08:17 GMT+8

Ecological advancement leads to civilization prosperity whereas ecological deterioration leads to civilization decline. – Xi Jinping

2018-12-27 15:53 GMT+8

The extreme poverty that has existed for thousands of years for the Chinese nation is now close to being historically solved and China's tough battle against poverty has entered the most crucial stage. – Xi Jinping

2018-12-24 12:55 GMT+8

We must continue to enhance the political loyalty of the armed forces, strengthen them through reform and technology, and run them in accordance with law. – Xi Jinping

2018-12-19 13:35 GMT+8

For China's sci-tech community, the year 2018 has surely been remarkable, with various fields like healthcare, space exploration and IT seeing major upgrades.

2018-12-28 19:48 GMT+8

Healthcare in China was significantly improved in 2018. 

2018-12-27 09:40 GMT+8

The Internet is destined to move the wheel of human development at an exponential speed. China, without exception, deserves a special page in this turbulent online year as its users reached over 800 million, making the country the world's largest single Internet market. 

2018-12-20 07:34 GMT+8

2018 has proven to be another eventful year for China in the field of aerospace, along with a path combining self-reliant technologies and collaborative attitudes.

2018-12-16 08:17 GMT+8

With about 35 space launches, including the unprecedented Chang'e 4 mission to the far side of the moon, 2018 was an unparalleled year in Chinese space history. 

2018-12-18 19:37 GMT+8

China's ban on logging is providing a conducive breeding ground for Siberian tigers in northeastern provinces, boosting the iconic big cat's numbers, a senior World Wildlife Fund (WWF) official said. As a significant prowling ground for Siberian tigers, Heilongjiang and Jilin provinces enforced a ban on commercial logging three years ago.

2018-12-24 11:48 GMT+8

China must aim at the forefront of the cutting-edge science and technology, seize the initiative to innovate, and develop the nation into a major power in science and technology. – Xi Jinping

2018-12-26 08:41 GMT+8

First-person-view (FPV) drone racing, the art of flying drones around obstacle courses at incredible speeds (180 to 200 Kilometers per hour) and using head-mounted displays and joysticks to control their direction, has started to emerge as a new sport in China. 

2018-12-28 14:07 GMT+8

Over 100 million people across China live with diabetes. One of its major complications is diabetic retinopathy, or DR, a leading cause of blindness. DR gradually blocks one's vision before eventually taking it away forever. Experts believe if the treatment can be started at an early stage, more than 90 percent of cases can be blocked.

2018-12-27 20:29 GMT+8

Humans create works of art to embody their civilizations. But none of it is immortal and could not be preserved in the physical world forever. Some are destroyed in natural disasters and wars while many just erode with time. 

2018-12-26 17:38 GMT+8

People have many questions about global warming. How hot could this planet get? Has it ever been as warm as it is now? Is it getting warm faster than it did thousands of years ago? The data is very limited to answer these questions. Humans invented the thermometer only a century ago and set up weather stations around the same time.

2018-12-25 13:14 GMT+8

Today, depression has become a serious global disease. Around the world, 300 million people struggle with major depression. A recent case was the death of Stanford University physicist Zhang Shoucheng, following a long battle with depression. But many don't get any better even after taking antidepressants.

2018-12-24 21:38 GMT+8

On the first day of the New Year, India and China welcomed the largest number of newest residents.  

2019-01-02 12:38 GMT+8

In March, their voices rang out in Washington, D.C., as they called for stricter gun control. In August, they got new road safety legislation enacted in Bangladesh. In December, one of them put world leaders in their place at a major climate conference in Poland.

2018-12-28 18:55 GMT+8

As the year comes to a close, we are looking back at some art exhibitions that conquered the imagination of art lovers in China and beyond. Here are some of the most influential exhibitions of 2018.

2018-12-30 15:03 GMT+8

The diplomatic ties between China and the United States are about to enter their fortieth year. Over the past four decades, China-U.S. relations have made many historic achievements, which have brought about tangible benefits to both countries and contributed greatly to world peace, development and prosperity.

2018-12-31 09:01 GMT+8

2018 proved to be a remarkable turning point for China's movie market.

2019-01-01 16:38 GMT+8

Translated books have always taken a prominent place in the booming Chinese book market.

2018-12-27 21:56 GMT+8

With the absence of the Nobel Prize and the unexpected standing-out of other international literature prizes and their winners, 2018 was unforgettable for the literary world

2018-12-28 21:25 GMT+8

China has met its box-office target for 2018 days before the year's end, with movie ticket sales exceeding 60 billion yuan on Saturday, according to the country's largest online movie ticketing service.

2018-12-29 21:58 GMT+8

It has been a good year for Chinese movies. Besides plenty of comedies and romances, 2018 also saw works from famed directors like Zhang Yimou and impressive debuts from emerging filmmakers like Wen Muye.

2018-12-27 19:36 GMT+8

There was no shortage of ambitious engineering or science and technology feats in China in the year 2018, and many attracted international spotlight for breaking records. 

2018-12-26 18:21 GMT+8

(Top image & Infographic: Li Wenyi) 

2018-12-31 07:25 GMT+8

Kate Caithness, president of the World Curling Federation (WCF) was made a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) for Services to Sport in the Queen's New Year 2019 Honors List, in the UK.

2018-12-31 20:09 GMT+8

All 24 teams attending the 2019 AFC Asian Cup in UAE from January 5, 2019, have submitted their 23-person lists with more detailed player information compared to what's been given in past events.

2018-12-31 20:51 GMT+8

2018 has proven to be a fruitful year for sports on and off the field. There were historic breakthroughs and inspiring championship victories, young stars on the rise and veterans proving why they've held the top spot so long, superstar transfers and much more.

2018-12-26 09:12 GMT+8

‍As 2018 is coming to an end, CGTN is reviewing Chinese sports for the past year. First, let's take a look at the country's top 10 contributors in this area.

2018-12-24 08:35 GMT+8

As we welcome the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties between China and the United States, it naturally reminds us of the groundbreaking Ping-pong diplomacy in the early 1970s, when the two countries' table tennis players began to visit, changing the way ordinary people in the nations thought about the rivalry.

2019-01-01 10:56 GMT+8

‍China released its words and phrases of 2018 on Thursday.

2018-12-21 09:17 GMT+8

The variety show industry in China saw this year the emergence of new trends, amid fierce competition for audience attention between traditional TV channels and video streaming websites.

2018-12-20 14:05 GMT+8

The Palace Museum, also known as the Forbidden City, breaks the record for the largest number of visitors of any museum in the world. In 2018, it hosted over 17.5 million visitors, breaking its own record once again.

2019-01-02 10:28 GMT+8

The list of China's top 10 ugliest buildings in 2018, the eighth of its kind, was released on Thursday by Archcy.com, an architecture-related website based in Beijing. A panel of experts made the final determination after reviewing the results from an online vote of candidates nominated by Chinese architects and netizens.

2018-12-21 16:39 GMT+8

In 2018, the adopted visa waiver policy has marked a new era in tourism and trade relations between China and the world. With regards to aviation, a key pillar to the economic and commercial co-operation between the countries, the opening of international direct flights between China and the world has boosted China's inbound and outbound tourism. 

2018-12-22 14:12 GMT+8

The increase in China's visa-free policy for tourists – from 72 to 144 hours – has made the country's top tourist spots more accessible to travelers. Along with new domestic and international air routes, the country is increasingly easier to get to and travel within. 

2018-12-21 11:47 GMT+8

Enthusiastic Chinese tourists embraced their best year in 2018!

2018-12-20 12:17 GMT+8

From viral fish memes that symbolize good fortune to seat robbers who became the talk of the Internet as the latest giant infant, China's social media was filled in 2018 with an interesting wave of events that made many words take on new meanings.

2018-12-05 15:56 GMT+8

‍Maybe it's time to change your password.

2018-12-16 15:34 GMT+8

New Year 2019 was welcomed across the world with spectacular celebrations.

2019-01-01 14:59 GMT+8

Happy New Year and welcome to 2019!

2019-01-01 21:02 GMT+8

It's been a tumultuous year punctuated by unforgettable stories, from shocking news to cute and cuddly scenes, CGTN is giving you the list of its top 10 YouTube videos of 2018. 

2019-01-01 07:30 GMT+8

It's that time of the year again when you step into the New Year. Many are now preparing a list of meaningful lifestyle changes. Before saying goodbye to 2018, let's take a look at what people's New Year's resolutions. 

2018-12-31 22:08 GMT+8

Editor's note: Gao Zhikai serves as the chairman of the China Energy Security Institute and the vice president of the Center for China and Globalization. The article reflects the author's opinion, and not necessarily the views of CGTN.

2019-01-01 12:16 GMT+8

In celebration of the 2019 New Year holiday, cities across China have been decorated with festive lights of various shapes and colors. These celebratory lights offer spectacular views that impart incomparable charm to Chinese cities.

2018-12-31 15:56 GMT+8

Life is not easy.

2019-01-01 22:49 GMT+8

It has been a year full of political twists, farewells to legendary people, and also a year full of hidden voices being heard, and wind of hope swiping through the globe. Dozens of Chinese characters compete to be the one character that describes what dominated the news and public attention throughout the year.

2018-12-31 18:49 GMT+8

2018 was a productive year for social media memes. We have seen UK's prime minister dancing, Facebook's CEO almost becoming a robot, and the debate over Yanny or Laurel. Here are our 10 picks for the best memes and trending stories in China and around the world this year.

2018-12-27 19:28 GMT+8

The year 2018 has been busy for pandas. Here is a review list of some of the best moments of pandas in the year. 

2018-12-29 22:19 GMT+8

Editor's note: As the year winds down, The Link brings you a special series we're calling 2018 - Beyond the Headlines in which we look at some of the year's biggest stories, which may have been buried a little under reports of trade wars, conflicts, exits, and elections.

2018-12-27 18:52 GMT+8

Editor's note: As the year winds down, The Link brings you a special series we're calling 2018 - Beyond the Headlines in which we look at some of the year's biggest stories, which may have been buried a little under reports of trade wars, conflicts, exits, and elections.

2018-12-26 16:23 GMT+8

Editor's note: As the year winds down, The Link brings you a special series we're calling 2018 - Beyond the Headlines in which we look at some of the year's biggest stories, which may have been buried a little under reports of trade wars, conflicts, exits, and elections.

2018-12-28 13:35 GMT+8

Editor's note: As the year winds down, The Link brings you a special series we're calling 2018 - Beyond the Headlines in which we look at some of the year's biggest stories, which may have been buried a little under reports of trade wars, conflicts, exits, and elections.

2018-12-25 15:47 GMT+8

Editor's note: As the year winds down, The Link brings you a special series we're calling 2018 - Beyond the Headlines in which we look at some of the year's biggest stories, which may have been buried a little under reports of trade wars, conflicts, exits, and elections.

2018-12-29 10:00 GMT+8