WIDE-BODY JET TO BE BUILT BY CHINA, RUSSIA IN SHANGHAI

The model of a wide-body commercial jet to be built by China and Russia was unveiled at the Zhuhai air show on Wednesday. It will compete with Boeing and Airbus. Yin Liqin / ForChina Daily

A wide-body commercial jet being developed by China and Russia is expected to be delivered in 10 years, as early as three years after its first test flight, according to a timetable announced by domestic plane manufacturer Commercial Aircraft Corp of China.

COMAC, which based its prediction on past research and manufacturing experience,issued a statement on Wednesday saying that the company and Russia’s United AircraftCorp have set up a Shanghai-based joint venture to develop the jumbo jet. The company is expected to start operating by year’s end.

The project signals the two countries’ ambitions to compete in the wide-body market,dominated by United States aircraft manufacturer Boeing Co and Europe’s Airbus Group.Research and development for the new jet will be conducted in Moscow, with assembly in Shanghai.

“It is hoped the development of wide-body aircraft will drive the growth of many related aircraft manufacturing sectors like building engines. China will be able to learn and apply the experiences of Russia, enhancing the manufacturing level of the nation’s aviation industry,” said Li Xiaojin, a professor at the Civil Aviation University of China in Tianjin.

“China is about to start manufacturing wide-body aircraft, which have high standards in terms of aircraft engine technologies and aircraft materials,” he said. “China and Russia still face some difficulties in making competitive wide-body jets given their current manufacturing levels.”

Witnessed by President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart, COMAC and UAC signed a pact in June to co-develop a wide-body jet.

The 280-seat wide-body jet would have a range of 12,000 kilometers. It would be an economical and efficient jet incorporating heavy use of composite materials, according to COMAC and UAC. They also plan to develop longer and shorter series of wide-body jets to complement the basic version.

“The direct costs of our wide-body jet will be 10 percent lower than those of peer aircraft.That’s among our research and development goals,” said Guo Bozhi, director of wide-body project at COMAC.

The company targets the global market and will boost competitiveness in a fragmented market, Guo added.

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WATCH OUT! THOUSANDS OF NAILS SCATTERED ON JIANGSU ROAD

Thousands of nails weighing 2.3 kilograms were picked up by police after a number of drivers lodged complaints about their cars being stabbed by the sharp objects.

The incident occurred the night of Oct. 30 on Ding Mou Road in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu province. To avoid further damage, police first sent signals to reroute traffic along alternative routes. By midnight, police had retrieved all the nails.

The accident site reportedly covered an area of 800 square meters. The incident iscurrently under investigation, according to reports on Oct. 31. The person in charge of the investigation revealed that the accident was likely not intentional, given how diffusely the nails were scattered.

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CHINA TO ADD PERSONAL INFORMATION PROTECTION INTO CIVIL LAW

A revised draft of the general rules of the civil code is expected to add content about personal information protection, China News reported on Tuesday. The draft has been submitted to the National People’s Congress Standing Committee for a second reading.

According to the draft, any organization or individual is forbidden from being involved in illegally collecting, using, processing or transmitting personal information. It is also a violation to illegally provide, disclose or sell personal information.

The rise of telecom and cyber fraud made headlines across China in August when three teens lost significant sums of money to telecom scammers. Two subsequently died of heart attacks.

Currently, there are no concrete rules regarding personal information protection, except for regulations issued by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and decisions handed down by the National People’s Congress Standing Committee. Therefore,it is necessary to write relevant laws, said Zhu Wei, deputy director of the Communication Law Center at China University of Political Science and Law.

Bu Chaoxia, chief lawyer at Beijing Meiqiao Law Firm, said he believes there should be clearer punishments, which may require additional research.

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CLOTHES-RECYCLING BOXES INSTALLED ON UNIVERSITY CAMPUS

A number of boxes intended to collect donated clothing were recently installed on the campus of Tianjin Normal University. Students can put their clothes and shoes into the boxes, which will later be picked up and sorted through by charitable personnel. The clothing that is in good condition then gets sterilized and donated to poverty-stricken areas. The articles that aren’t in good enough shape to be worn are recycled.

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WANG YI MEETS WITH FORMER PRIME MINISTER YASUO FUKUDA AND ECONOMIC PROFESSIONALS OF JAPAN

On November 1, 2016, Foreign Minister Wang Yi met at request in Beijing with former Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda of Japan and Japanese economic professionals including Chairman of the Japan Business Federation Sadayuki Sakakibara, who were in China to attend the second round of dialogue between entrepreneurs and former senior officials of China and Japan. Both sides exchanged views on how to effectively and comprehensively improve China-Japan relations and other topics.

(This article is published on the official website of Chinese Foreign Ministry)

ZHANG DEJIANG MEETS WITH PRIME MINISTER NAJIB RAZAK OF MALAYSIA

On November 1, 2016, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) Zhang Dejiang met with Prime Minister Najib Razak of Malaysia at the Great Hall of the People.

Zhang Dejiang said that China and Malaysia are close neighbors. Since the establishment of diplomatic relations, bilateral relations have always walked in the forefront of China’s relations with Southeast Asian countries. During President Xi Jinping’s visit to Malaysia in October 2013, the two countries established a comprehensive strategic partnership, charting the course for China-Malaysia relations. The NPC stands ready to work with the Malaysian parliament to strengthen friendly exchanges at all levels, effectively implement the important consensus reached by leaders of both states and enhance exchanges on achieving respective strategic national development goals, in order to provide convenience and legal protection for bilateral economic and trade cooperation and business investment. Both sides should advance cooperation in education, culture, tourism and other areas and consolidate the basis of public opinion for China-Malaysia friendship so as to constantly push forward China-Malaysia relations.

Najib Razak stated that the Malaysian side always regards Malaysia-China relations as a priority of its foreign relations, and is ready to work with China to further deepen bilateral cooperation in various areas.

Zhang Ping attended the meeting.

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LI KEQIANG MEETS WITH PRESIDENT ALPHA CONDE OF GUINEA

On the afternoon of November 1, 2016, Premier Li Keqiang met at the Great Hall of the People with President Alpha Conde of Guinea, who was on a state visit to China.

Li Keqiang said that Guinea is the first country in Sub-Saharan Africa to establish diplomatic relations with China. The two countries enjoy profound traditional friendship, solid political mutual trust and fruitful cooperation in various fields. At last year’s Johannesburg Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, President Xi Jinping and Mr. President exchanged in-depth views in a friendly manner. China is willing to work with Guinea to deepen bilateral relationship and constantly push it to new stages.

Li Keqiang pointed out that China and Guinea have prominent complementary advantages in economy. The Chinese side is willing to, together with the Guinean side, make good use of bilateral cooperation mechanisms, innovate cooperation models, actively carry out production capacity cooperation, strengthen cooperation in infrastructure construction and other areas, and share experience in economic development, poverty alleviation and other aspects. China congratulates Guinea on walking out of the shadows of the Ebola epidemic, and is willing to enhance cooperation in health care, including tackling major infectious diseases with Guinea.

Alpha Conde noted that Guinea thanks China for its long-term support and assistance to Guinea’s economic and social development, especially in helping Guinea fight against the Ebola epidemic outbreak. Guinea appreciates that China pursues the African policy featuring sincerity, real results, affinity and good faith. Guinea is willing to learn from China’s development experience and strengthen bilateral cooperation in infrastructure construction, agriculture and other aspects, so as to promote Guinea-China relationship to a higher level, and make Guinea-China cooperation a model of Africa-China friendly cooperation.

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LI KEQIANG HOLDS TALKS WITH PRIME MINISTER NAJIB RAZAK OF MALAYSIA, STRESSING TO ELEVATE THE LEVEL OF GOOD-NEIGHBORLY AND FRIENDLY COOPERATION AND BOOST REGIONAL UNITY, STABILITY, DEVELOPMENT AND PROSPERITY

On the afternoon of November 1, 2016, Premier Li Keqiang held talks at the Great Hall of the People with Prime Minister Najib Razak of Malaysia, who was on an official visit to China.

Li Keqiang noted that China and Malaysia are good neighbors, good partners and good friends. The Chinese side is willing to, together with Malaysia, carry forward the traditional friendship forged over the last 40-odd years since the establishment of diplomatic relationship, push forward mutual trust in politics, mutual benefit in economy and mutual learning in people-to-people and cultural exchanges, and comply with the common wish of seeking unity, pursuing stability and promoting development in the region so as to elevate China-Malaysia relations to new highs, improve the level of good-neighborly and friendly cooperation as well as boost regional unity, stability, development and prosperity.

Li Keqiang pointed out that China and Malaysia enjoy tremendous potential in deepening practical cooperation in various fields. China stands ready to integrate the “Belt and Road” initiative with Malaysia’s development strategies, take the Kuantan industrial park, the Malacca seaside industrial park and others as platforms to forge exemplary projects in production capacity cooperation and facilitate bilateral trade exchanges. We will advance cooperation in high-speed rail, railways and other fields to aid regional connectivity. Both countries should upgrade finance cooperation and deepen cooperation in law enforcement, security and defense. China and Malaysia should expand people-to-people and cultural exchanges, and well operate Xiamen University Malaysia Campus to consolidate the public opinion foundation of China-Malaysia relations.

Li Keqiang stressed that this year marks the 25th anniversary of the establishment of China-ASEAN dialogue relations, and the ASEAN will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year. Firmly supporting the construction of the ASEAN community and its central role in regional cooperation, China is willing to enhance communication and coordination with Malaysia to push for in-depth development of China-ASEAN relations and safeguard regional peace and stability.

Najib Razak said that Malaysia and China are trustworthy friends. Since the establishment of bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership, both sides have taken active and effective measures and obtained encouraging outcomes from cooperation in all fields. At present, Malaysia-China relations are at the best level in history, and projects including the Kuantan industrial park and the Malacca seaside industrial park are undergoing smooth progress. The Malaysian side is willing to make continuous efforts with China to strengthen cooperation in such areas as trade, investment, railway construction, finance, education and defense, so as to elevate Malaysia-China relations to new levels. Malaysia stands ready to actively boost the development of ASEAN-China relations and jointly well build regional development.

Prior to the talks, Li Keqiang held a welcoming ceremony for Najib Razak at the square outside the East Gate of the Great Hall of the People. Vice-chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference Wang Zhengwei and others were present.

After the talks, Premier Li Keqiang and Prime Minister Najib Razak jointly witnessed the signing of multiple bilateral cooperation agreements covering agriculture, education, quality inspection, tax, customs, defense and other fields.

(This article is published on the official website of Chinese Foreign Ministry)

ASSISTANT FOREIGN MINISTER LIU HAIXING ATTENDS RECEPTION MARKING THE 45TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ESTABLISHMENT OF CHINA-BELGIUM DIPLOMATIC RELATIONSHIP

On October 30, 2016, Assistant Foreign Minister Liu Haixing attended at invitation the reception marking the 45th anniversary of the establishment of China-Belgium diplomatic relationship held at the Belgian Embassy in China, during which he also made a brief talk with Prime Minister Charles Michel of Belgium, who was paying an official visit to China.

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