A staff member presents stamps featuring the upcoming Chinese lunar new year, the Year of the Dragon, in Toronto, Canada, Jan. 10, 2012. Canada Post issued the stamp designed by Louis Fishauf to celebrate Chinese Lunar New Year, which begins on Jan. 23, 2012. (Xinhua/Zhou Zheng)
Mooring at Guazhou
em discloses the writer’s homesickness on a moonlit night.
Bó Chuán Guā Zhōu
泊 船 瓜 洲
Jīng kǒu guā zhōu yì shuǐ jiān， zhōng shān zhǐ gé shù chóng shān。
京 口 瓜 洲 一 水 间 ， 钟 山 只 隔 数 重 山 。
Chūn fēng yòu lǜ dào jiāng nán àn ，míng yuè hé shí zhào wǒ huán？
春 风 又 绿 江 南 岸， 明 月 何 时 照 我 还？
Mooring at Guazhou
Wang Anshi (Song)
Between Guazhou and Jingkou does a river flow,
And away from a few hills lies the Zhongshan Mountain.
Now the vernal breeze makes green the southern shore again,
But when will the silver moon with me homeward go?
Opening with the description of a vast distance over waters and hills away from home, the poem discloses the writer’s homesickness on a moonlit night. He anchors his boat at Guazhou but his home is at Zhongshan, between which stand a few mountains. However, if he resolves to return home, what of it, the few mountains? Then, he shifts from space to time: spring has arrived, greening the trees, grasses and crops along the banks, but when can I go home? By asking the moon the sad question, he expresses his nostalgia and the depths of despair at failure to return home and join his family.
Chinese News -Chinese premier reiterates confidence amid complicated economic outlook- Chinese Mandarin
|Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (C) talks to staff members in a small loan company for rural areas in Suzhou National New & Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone in Suzhou City, east China’s Jiangsu Province, Dec. 19, 2011. Wen Jiabao made an inspection tour in Jiangsu on Dec. 18 and 19. (Xinhua/Huang Jingwen)|
NANJING, Dec. 20 (Xinhua) — Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has called for the country to maintain confidence that it can weather challenges amid a “complicated and tough” outlook of economic development.
“As in 2008, we are now encountering difficulties which can be overcome through hard work,” Wen said during his tour to eastern Jiangsu province on Sunday and Monday.
Elaborating on the grim situation, Wen said the growth of China’s exports has been slowing and the pace of the slowdown has accelerated, especially in the past three months. Meanwhile, the profit margin of the country’s manufacturing industry has been squeezed and some enterprises have even fallen into the red.
He noted that the country is also facing shrinking external demand, rising costs and pressure from both slowing economic growth and high inflation, which makes macro-economic regulation more difficult.
Despite emerging challenges, however, the current momentum of China’s economic development is “generally good,” Wen said.
China’s economic growth has been slowing all year but remains above the global average. Its GDP growth slowed to 9.1 percent in the third quarter from 9.5 percent in the second quarter and 9.7 percent in the first quarter.
To tackle the challenges, Wen said the country will boost domestic demand while stabilizing external demand and keep its export policies such as export tax rebates “basically stable” in the coming year.
Efforts should also be made to enhance domestic enterprises’ competitiveness, promote the transfer of industry to the country’s western regions, and develop the international market, especially in emerging economies, he said.
He said China will stick to, and further improve upon, the opening-up policy and welcome foreign enterprises to invest in the country, adding that the country will protect intellectual property rights and implement a fair and open bidding approach in terms of government procurement.
Wen also demanded efforts be made to encourage private investment in sectors such as railways, public facilities, finance, energy, education and health-care.
Furthermore, he urged banks to take concrete action in better serving the real economy and asked financial institutions to enhance support for enterprises while improving management in order to control the capital bubble and prevent risks.
Wen said the southern parts of Jiangsu should engage in a comprehensive development strategy to build the province into a forefront of the country’s opening-up drive.
|Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (2nd L, front) listens to introduction of a product in the Visionox Display Co., Ltd. in Kunshan City, east China’s Jiangsu Province, Dec. 18, 2011. Wen Jiabao made an inspection tour in Jiangsu on Dec. 18 and 19. (Xinhua/Huang Jingwen)|
|Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (L, front) talks to staff members of the Suzhou Institute of Nano-Tech and Nano-Bionics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in the Suzhou Industrial Park in Suzhou City, east China’s Jiangsu Province, Dec. 19, 2011. Wen Jiabao made an inspection tour in Jiangsu on Dec. 18 and 19. (Xinhua/Huang Jingwen)|
|Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (3rd R) talks to a worker in the Changshu Switchgear Mfg. co., Ltd. in Changshu City, east China’s Jiangsu Province, Dec. 18, 2011. Wen Jiabao made an inspection tour in Jiangsu on Dec. 18 and 19. (Xinhua/Huang Jingwen)|