Articles by Li Lu

Brief News Review

  Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz stepped down on 10th October in a bid to defuse a government crisis amid a corruption probe. A target of a corruption investigation, Kurz denied all the blames and prosecutions. Alexander Schallenberg, the former Foreign Minister, took over the office as new chancellor. His post was followed by Michael Linhart. Schallenberg’s immediate declaration in public that he would continue to work closely with Kurz, who was newly elected ÖVP club chairman of the parliamentary club and federal party chairman, has aroused a big debate on the present political culture in Austria, and also offered a…


Message on the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

On 26 September 2021, the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, the UN Secretary-General António Guterres sent a message to the whole world: “From the very start, addressing the existential threat of nuclear weapons has been central to the work of the United Nations. In 1946, the very first General Assembly resolution sought “the elimination from national armaments of atomic weapons and of all other major weapons adaptable to mass destruction.” Seventy-six years later, we have yet to achieve that resolution’s goals. As we mark this International Day of the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, we face the…


Online Concert to Celebrate the 50. Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between Austria and China

To celebrate 50 years of diplomatic relations between Austria and China, Euro-Sino Education Event Association, together with Golden July Music Festival and Schubert Conservatory, is presenting the following online concert with traditional art songs from China, Schubert Lieder from Austria, as well as an original composition (Lyric: Fengyun LEI, Music: Byron YUE). Enjoy!     For visitors in Mainland China, please follow the link below: https://v.qq.com/x/page/k326105ralw.html


Message of UN Secretary-General on the Four Millionth COVID-19 Death on 7. July, 2021

On 7. July, 2021, the UN Secretary-General António Guterres sent a message about the Four Millionth Death from the COVID-19 Pandemic: Today the world marks yet another grim milestone in the COVID-19 pandemic. Four million souls have now been lost to the virus. This tragic toll is more than the population of one out of three countries on earth. Many of us know this loss directly and feel its pain. We mourn mothers and fathers who gave guidance, sons and daughters who inspired us, grandmothers and grandfathers who shared wisdom, colleagues and friends who lifted our lives. Vaccines offer a ray…


Danube Day 2021: “Discover Danube!”

  For Danube Day 2021, once again more than eighty million people in the 14 Danube countries are invited to celebrate the day, learn about the waters, experience the river, and #DiscoverDanube! Events will be held partially online this year with a small number of outdoor events taking place. While the situation has eased in the region, the pandemic continues, and necessary measures are in place to prevent the spread of the virus. As last year, Danube Day 2021 will mostly be celebrated with online events, except for a limited number of in-person ceremonies and prize-givings. This year, however, is special…


Message by UN Secretary-General for the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers

29 May 2021 sees this year’s International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers. The UN Secretary-General António Guterres sends the following message to the whole world: “The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers honours the more than one million women and men who have served on the frontlines of conflict and the more than 4,000 who have lost their lives in the line of duty. Their service and sacrifices will never be forgotten. “I express my deep gratitude to the 85,000 civilian, police and military personnel currently deployed in some of the world’s most challenging hotspots to protect the vulnerable and help…


What is Happening to Sinology?

What is happening to Chinese Studies in German-speaking countries nowadays? A sharp question raised by BACOPA publisher Mr. Fehlinger, has found profound answers by Prof. Kubin. Prof. Wolfgang Kubin, renowned scholar on sinology, was born in Celle, Germany in 1945. He has been working and teaching as Senior Professor since 2011, first in Beijing and now in Shantou. A prolific translator and writer of poetry, essays and stories, too, Prof. Kubin has won many awards in China and Germany. The video is in German language.            


Message for the International Day of Women and Girls in Science

On 11. February 2021, the UN Secretary-General António Guterres sent an important message for the International Day of Women and Girls in Science: “Advancing gender equality in science and technology is essential for building a better future. We have seen this yet again in the fight against COVID-19. Women, who represent 70 per cent of all healthcare workers, have been among those most affected by the pandemic and among those leading the response to it. Gender inequalities have increased dramatically in the past year, as women bear the brunt of school closures and working from home. Many women scientists are facing…


UNODC World Wildlife Crime Report 2020

UNODC World Wildlife Crime Report 2020   The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that wildlife crime is a threat not only to the environment and biodiversity, but also to human health.   The World Wildlife Crime Report 2020 launched today by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) emphasizes the threat that wildlife trafficking poses to nature and the biodiversity of the planet. The report highlights the trafficking of some wild species – pangolins, birds, turtles, tigers, bears and many more. When wild animals are poached from their natural habitat, butchered and sold illegally, the potential for transmission of…


The Past and Present of the Xinjiang Separatist Movement

Xinjiang, located at the North-west of China, routes of the ancient silk roads, is a deep inland of vastness and mysteriousness composed of two distinct regions, geographically, historically and ethnically. They are respectively Dzungaria north of the Tianshan Mountains, and the Tarim Basin south of the Tianshan Mountains, currently mainly inhabited by the Uyghurs. The two distinct regions were renamed Xinjiang in 1884, meaning “new frontier,” when both regions were reconquered by the Chinese Qing dynasty after the Dungan revolt (1862–1877). A natural beauty and cultural richness, Xinjiang is a fascinating place of attraction. But in the eyes of some…