CHINA AND AUSTRALIA HOLD THE 14TH ROUND OF CONSULAR CONSULTATION

On October 28, 2016, Director-General of the Department of Consular Affairs of the Foreign Ministry Guo Shaochun and First Assistant Secretary of Consular and Crisis Management Division of Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Jon Philp of Australia held the 14th round of China-Australia consular consultation in Beijing. Both sides exchanged in-depth views on deepening consular cooperation, facilitating personnel exchanges, safeguarding civil rights and other topics.

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

SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT FOR KOREAN PENINSULA AFFAIRS WU DAWEI MEETS WITH NEWLY-APPOINTED SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR NORTH KOREA POLICY OF DEPARTMENT OF STATE JOSEPH YUN OF US

On October 31, 2016, Special Representative of the Chinese Government for Korean Peninsula Affairs Wu Dawei met in Beijing with newly-appointed Special Representative for North Korea Policy of the Department of State Joseph Yun of the US, who is also head of the US Delegation for Six-party Talks. Both sides exchanged views on the Korean Peninsula situation and other relevant issues.

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VICE FOREIGN MINISTER ZHANG MING MEETS WITH MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND GUINEANS ABROAD HADJA MAKALÉ CAMARA OF GUINEA

On October 31, 2016, Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Ming met in Beijing with Minister of Foreign Affairs and Guineans Abroad Hadja Makalé Camara of Guinea, who was accompanying President Lansana Conté of Guinea for his visit to China. Both sides exchanged views on President Lansana Conté’s visit in China, China-Guinea relations and international and regional topics of common concern.

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THEMED WAX MUSEUM OPENS IN REVOLUTIONARY BASE AREA

Mao Xiaoqing, the granddaughter of Mao Zedong, as well as other descendents of late Chinese officials who fought for the founding of the Republic of China, recently attended an event celebrating both the 80th anniversary of the victory of the Long March and also the opening ceremony of a themed wax museum in Hebei province. Mao Xiaoqing and the others took photos with the wax sculptures of five great figures from the Long March.

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SHANGHAI TAILORS DEVELOPS SPECIALTY IN COSPLAY COSTUMES

A 49-year-old man named Jiang Keqin from Taixing, Jiangsu province runs a tailor shop specializing in cosplay costumes. Jiang has gained an excellent reputation among local cosplayers after years of working in this field.

Coming from a family of tailors, Jiang started his Shanghai tailor shop in 1994. Later, he turned to costumes as a specialty when the general tailoring business experienced a recession. He made a name for himself among cosplayers after he created an elaborate pirate costume for a female cosplayer. Soon, as more cosplayers hired Jiang to make costumes for them, he became the go-to local tailor for cosplay costumes.

“Tailoring such costumes is not easy,” said Jiang, who reads comic books in his spare time to study the latest designs of animation costumes. Indeed, cosplay has become a huge industry, encompassing publications, props, dancing, costumes, art and more, explained Jiang.

“I’m only one part of the industrial chain,” he added.

In addition to individual cosplayers, Jiang has also begun tailoring costumes for small-scale game companies. Currently, Jiang earns more than a 10,000 RMB per month($1,477) from his business. He believes the industry will continue to grow.

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SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT ON AFRICAN AFFAIRS XU JINGHU ATTENDS THE 7TH AU HIGH-LEVEL RETREAT OF SPECIAL ENVOYS AND MEDIATORS ON THE PROMOTION OF PEACE, SECURITY AND STABILITY

From October 26 to 27, 2016, Special Representative of the Chinese Government on African Affairs Ambassador Xu Jinghu attended at invitation the 7th High-Level Retreat of Special Envoys and Mediators on the Promotion of Peace, Security and Stability of the African Union (AU) held in Sharm El Sheikh of Egypt. Special 1Representative Xu Jinghu made remarks at the retreat, introducing China’s constructive participation in peace and security affairs in Africa, as well as China’s position and views on the peaceful settlement of hotspot issues in Africa.

H.E. Ambassador Kuang Weilin, Head of the Chinese Mission to the AU, attended the meeting.

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AIRLINE PASSENGERS PREVENTING FROM BOARDING PLANE WITH SAMSUNG NOTE 7 PHONES

Two passengers were found carrying two still-in-the-box Samsung Note 7 phones during a routine security check at Tianjin Binhai International Airport on Oct. 29. This is the first time passengers have been found with the phone after Chinese authorities banned the model from airplanes.

Due to many cases of spontaneous combustion, the Civil Aviation Administration of China(CAAC) released a provision on Oct. 26 stating that passengers and staff must not carry Samsung Note 7 phones onto airplanes, or stow them in luggage. The phones also can no longer be delivered by air.

The two passengers found with the phones were bound for Incheon, South Korea, where they intended to return their purchases. After learning about the provision, they agreed to leave their phones with the companion who saw them off.

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CHINA LIKELY TO SEE BIRTH PEAK AT END OF YEAR

China is likely to encounter a peak in births at the end of 2016, one year after the implementation of the country’s two-child policy.

According to Yuan Xin, professor with the Population and Development Institute under Nankai University, many women who currently intend to have a second child are now pregnant. Therefore, the birth peak won’t occur until the end of this year. Vice Minister Wang Pei’an of the National Health and Family Planning Commission remarked that the situation is generally within expectations.

A total of 8.31 million babies were born in the first half of this year, increasing 6.9 percent from the same period last year. Of those babies, 44.6 percent were second children, up 6.7 percent from the year before, Wang added.

With the implementation of the two-child policy, large numbers of eligible families are choosing to have a second baby. As a result, high-risk pregnancies and a shortage of pediatricians are positioned to become new challenges for the country.

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VICE FOREIGN MINISTER ZHANG MING MEETS WITH DELEGATION OF SENIOR DIPLOMATS FROM AFRICA

On October 31, 2016, Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Ming met with the 19th delegation of senior diplomats from Africa, who was in China for exchanges at the invitation of Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs. Both sides exchanged views on China-Africa relations, Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, cooperation in international and regional affairs between China and Africa and other topics.

The delegation consists of 24 senior diplomats from the foreign ministries of 22 French-speaking African countries, including Gabon and Democratic Republic of the Congo as well as such regional organizations as the African Union Commission and Economic Community of Central African States. In addition to Beijing, the delegation will also visit Guangdong Province.

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CHINA OFFERS ZIMBABWE 300 WELLS FOR DROUGHT RELIEF

The Chinese government has given Zimbabwe 300 wells to help relieve the latter’s current drought. The drought, caused by El Nino, is the most severe one that has occurred in Zimbabwe since 1992. Distributed across different parts of the country, the wells relieve a pressing and urgent need for water.

Zimbabwe Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa declared a national emergency on Oct. 28, restricting water supplies in urban areas. As a result, the search for water has become a daily routine for locals, some of who spend hours pumping the remaining water from undried rivers, wells and reservoirs. However, unpurified and unsanitary water is a potential threat to the health of citizens.

Currently, only 42 percent of reservoirs in Zimbabwe contain water, 8 percent below the normal level. Meanwhile, the underground water level is also 20 meters lower than average, at 100 meters below the ground. Half of the wells provided by China have already been drilled, and the remaining 150 will be finished soon.

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