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Interview: China's import expo a welcome change, U.S. scholar says******
CHICAGO, Nov. 2 (Xinhua) -- While some Western countries have erected trade barriers and used the global trade system for non-economic goals in recent years, the China International Import Expo (CIIE) is "a welcome change" against the trend, a U.S. scholar has said.。
"China is the only country that has taken concrete steps to open its economy to free trade and investment," said Khairy Tourk, professor of economics with the Stuart School of Business at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, in a recent interview with Xinhua.。
The global economy last year experienced a recession due to the COVID-19 pandemic, while since March this year, the world has faced with the danger of both inflation and stagflation.。
"Many nations have felt that the future looks rather grim, and this is particularly true for developing nations," Tourk commented.。
The CIIE is a positive step that has boosted the morale and confidence of these nations, said Tourk, noting that "China has changed from being the factory of the world to being the largest marketplace in the world."
The expo is of particular importance to developing nations. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, "these nations have suffered a reduction in GDP growth, a decline in the prices of their main exports and raw materials," the scholar pointed out.。
Nations, rich or poor, are bound to benefit largely from innovative forums like the CIIE, he continued, adding that Chinese consumers are going to be one of the major pillars responsible for global growth during the 21st century.。
"In the near future as its consumption goes up, China's contribution to global growth will be larger than it is now," Tourk stressed. "This is good news for everyone."
Tourk said China's opening-up measures can be also seen in the Belt and Road Initiative and its participation in COVAX, a global campaign led by the World Health Organization working with governments and manufacturers to ensure that COVID-19 vaccines are available worldwide.。
"Many nations are grateful for China's help with vaccines and medical equipment," he said.。
Tourk also rebuked talks of decoupling the U.S. economy from the Chinese economy, saying that an increasing number of businesses and nations participating in the CIIE year by year is a rejection of the call. Enditem。
Cameroon beats Cote d'Ivoire to secure FIFA World Cup playoff spot******
YAOUNDE, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) -- Cameroon booked a FIFA World Cup playoff spot by beating Cote d'Ivoire 1-0 in a tense clash on Tuesday evening.。
Cameroon finished Group F with 15 points, two ahead of Cote d'Ivoire who had led the Indomitable Lions by one point before the game.。
Cote d'Ivoire had needed just a draw to sail through to the final playoff round for a place at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.。
Cameroon got off to a good start with striker Karl Toko Ekambi scoring from a close range in the 21st minute.。
Cote d'Ivoire applied immense pressure when the game resumed for the second half but their efforts were in vain.。
When the referee sounded the final whistle, the streets were flooded with young Cameroonian football fans celebrating the victory of a team they expect to perform well when the central African nation hosts the Africa Cup of Nations next year.。
Cameroon will join nine other African countries for the FIFA World Cup playoff draw on December 18. Enditem。
Uganda coach confident ahead of 2022 Women's AFCON qualifier against Ethiopia******
KAMPALA, Oct. 25 (Xinhua) -- Uganda national women's football team head coach George Lutalo is confident his team can eliminate Ethiopia and qualify for the second round of the 2022 Africa Women's Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers.
"Although we have a 2-0 advantage after the first leg, we also have what it takes to win the game in Addis Ababa. But we have to be very cautious in the second leg," said Lutalo on Sunday when his team traveled to Ethiopia for Tuesday's match.
Lutalo added that he would have to change his team's game plan since they are playing away.
"We need to double our efforts in this return leg because the Ethiopians are good at holding the ball," added the coach.
Captain Ruth Aturo said Uganda would not be over-confident despite carrying an advantage after winning the first leg in Kampala.
"We are going to play our hearts out, as if we did not win the first leg," added Aturo.
The winner between Uganda and Ethiopia will face Kenya in the second round, after the Harambee Starlets knocked South Sudan out 15-1 on aggregate. Enditem