SCINQ Asia: Chinese government white paper declares New World Order

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Ahead of the 70th anniversary of the Communist Party assuming control of China from the Kuomintang, the government has released a white paper, China and the World in the New Era, explaining its development over time, achievements, and what it sees as its role in the New World Era harkened by the Middle Kingdom’s rise. According to China Daily, “In the past seven decades, the ultimate reason for China’s success is that China has found and will continue on the right path – socialism with Chinese characteristics, under the leadership of the CPC, it said.” The article goes on to note that “China’s all-round opening up has created more opportunities for all countries to share the benefits of China’s development, the country is providing more public goods to the international community as well as experience and reference for other developing countries, and China will never seek hegemony.” We’d like to note that every expansionist nation (up to and including the United States) has sounded similar conciliatory notes. Forgive us if we yawn a bit. Either way, good luck with the anniversary celebrations.

According to Asia Scientist magazine, an international pharmaceutical company has made some fortunate inroads in Asia. According to the article, “China’s National Medical Products Administration has granted AstraZeneca marketing authorization for Tagrisso (osimertinib) as a first-line treatment for adults with locally-advanced or metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).” Considering the market size, there must be more than a few jowly smiles back in Europe.

The field of Artificial Intelligence continues to make significant strides in China. As funding continues to become more available, research efforts increasingly need new homes. Keeping with current trends, the Artificial Big Data Intelligence Research Center has opened at Tsinghua University. As per Xinhua News, “The research center, which is coordinated by the university’s Institute of Artificial Intelligence, will focus on the improvement of AI’s theoretical research and big data computing method. Through the interdisciplinary research of data science, cognitive science and social science, the center aims to develop a new generation of people-oriented big data intelligent computing.”

And lastly, as antibiotic resistance continues to spread around the globe, researchers continue to try to understand the role of information and knowledge in the crisis. A recent paper conducted surveys in Thailand and Laos in order to gauge public knowledge about antibiotic use and resistance. As per Asian Scientist, “The team reported that people’s awareness of drug resistance in the two countries was similar to that of many industrialized countries—three in four villagers in Thailand, and six in ten in Laos, had heard about drug resistance, although the term was usually interpreted as a change in the human body rather than as the evolution of bacteria to withstand antibiotic medicine.

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