The flying gusts that characterized U.S.-China diplomatic relations last year could be calmed by taking a few cues from the experiences of a seasoned observer Recently, President Hu Jintao's visit to the United States repaired the setbacks of a year of ups and downs. Experts wonder, why are there so many problems with U.S.-China relations? [...]
Relax, America. Chinese math whizzes and Indian engineers aren't stealing your kids' future. Anybody seeking signs of American decline in the early 21st century need look no further, it would seem, than the latest international educational testing results. The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) — the most-watched international measure in the field — found [...]
Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and former State Councilor Tang Jiaxuan send congratulatory messages on the launch of China-US Focus, a news website that they believe will enhance the bilateral relationship and present new ideas and new solutions for the challenges ahead.
Language plays an important role in international relations. Its function is not only for communication, but also for expressing the nuances of policy and strategic positions, whether they be favorable or not. A remarkably successful outcome, among others, of Chinese President Hu Jintao’s recent visit to the United States is that both parties are seeking, [...]
One day, while driving through the suburbs of Los Angeles, my French husband noticed a bumper sticker on a car that read: "My child is a superstar at Kester Elementary School." He turned to me and asked: "What's the point of that bumper sticker?" We'd just returned to Los Angeles after living in France for [...]
Nobody seems to like China's test-orientated school system. The emphasis on the examinations, it's argued, distorts students' priorities and ruins their experiences of childhood. Instead, parents and educators are looking for change, for a system that balances students' needs and allows real evaluation of students. The brave new world is called quality-oriented education, a mode [...]
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