SEA OF FLOWERS IN POYANG LAKE

Poyang Lake, China’s largest freshwater lake, entered its dry season beginning on Nov. 6. Now the lake, located in Jiujiang, Jiangxi province, has transformed into a sea of flowers and grass. This time of year is the best season for visitors to view the beauty of the natural site, and many citizens are already doing just that. According to some experts, the surface area of Poyang Lake is less than one-eighth the total of its wet season peak. Though this shrinkage is a natural phenomenon, some environmental protection awareness is still in order.

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POLICE OFFICER INVESTIGATED FOR VIOLATING TRAFFIC LAWS AND INSULTING WITNESS

A Shenzhen traffic police officer has been suspended pending an investigation of claims that he insulted a citizen who witnessed the officer nearly causing a traffic accident by illegally changing lanes, local media reported on Nov. 5.

After the citizen captured the footage, the police officer, Li Yang, reportedly pushed the citizen over, forcing him to kneel down in the middle of the road. Reports say leaders of the Longgang traffic police bureau in Shenzhen have since apologized to the citizen. Li was forgiven after making a sincere apology. Supervising departments are currently investigating the incident.

Shenzhen police have recently encouraged citizens to record and report traffic violations.

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GRASSLAND STONE MEN IN XINJIANG STILL VIVID AFTER 1,000 YEARS

Eleven stone men with a history of over 1,000 years are still standing on the Zhaosu GiantGrassland in Ili, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. The heads, faces and bodies of the statues were sculpted in an eye-catchingly vivid manner.

Archaeologists believe that the stone men in Xinjiang, originating from the shamanic religious tradition around 1200 B.C., represent hero worship as well as ancestor worship.The stone sculptures were carved out of solid rocks. Some have hair draped below their waists. They are mostly full-body portrayals, with expressive heads, faces and bodies.Warriors, typical figures among the various stone men, have buckles on their belts and knives on their waists.

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LEG-LESS BEGGAR STANDS UP!

Cases of deceptive beggars have been regularly uncovered in recent years. The latest instance occurred in Hengyang, Hunan province, perpetrated by men who disguised themselves as handicapped citizens without legs. However, these same men had no problems standing up once they were investigated by local police.

Locals first alerted police to the case after beginning to suspect that they were manipulated. The on-call police officer unwrapped the cloth around one beggar’s”missing” leg, only to find definitive proof that the man was faking a handicap. After investigation, police found three beggars using this ruse to beg for money. All showed remorse after the officer pointed out their wrongdoings, and they were eventually sent back to their hometown in An hui province.

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VILLAGE DOCTOR REMAINS IN POST SERVING VILLAGERS FOR 36 YEARS

Li Qinru, a 54-year-old village doctor who works in the village of Zaoshi in Jiangxi province, has served in his post for 36 years. In that time, he has worn out over 200 pairs of shoes and walked more than 10,000 mountain roads.

Though the local government has issued a preferential policy to train locals as village doctors, no villagers in the county have so far taken advantage of the program. Zaoshi is located in the county’s most remote mountainous area; the village’s only cement road to the outside world was built in 2012.

Li is more than a doctor to the local villagers. He visits seniors to bring them daily essentials and check their physical conditions. Li has practiced medicine since the age of 17. However, he never followed other village doctors into more populated areas to increase his salary. Instead, Li chose to retain his post despite the low income, high risks and poor conditions, because he knows the villagers need him.

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LI KEQIANG ATTENDS SIXTH ECONOMIC AND TRADE FORUM OF CHINA AND CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPEAN COUNTRIES AND DELIVERS A KEYNOTE SPEECH

On the afternoon of November 5, 2016 local time, Premier Li Keqiang, together with leaders of 16 Central and Eastern European Countries (CEEC), attended at Latvia Hotel in Riga the Sixth Economic and Trade Forum of China and Central and Eastern European Countries and delivered a keynote speech.

Li Keqiang expressed that over the past five years, the “16+1” cooperation mechanism has become increasingly mature and accumulated valuable experience that worth long-term adherence. First, equal consultation, mutual respect and assistance; Second, mutual benefits, reciprocity and win-win cooperation; Third, openness, inclusiveness and common development; Fourth, interactive development and joint creation and sharing. Li Keqiang put forth five proposals for expanding practical cooperation in various fields between China and Central and Eastern European countries:

First, extend bilateral trade scale. Both sides should step up efforts in creating sound environment for trade and investment, establish and improve customs and quarantine coordination mechanisms, and develop new ways of trade like cross-border e-commerce. China is willing to import quality agricultural products and marketable industrial products needed by the market, and hopes relevant countries provide more convenience for access of Chinese products and enterprises to the Central and Eastern European market.

Second, accelerate the process of connectivity. China encourages competent enterprises to participate in infrastructure construction of Central and Eastern European countries through various forms. China is willing to push the Belgrade-Budapest railway and the land-sea express passage between China and Europe to complete at an early date, support the construction of Asia-Europe transportation channels, increase the number of trains running between China and Europe, and set up more logistic centers in Central and Eastern European countries.

Third, deeply conduct production capacity cooperation. China is willing to build industrial and technological parks together with Central and Eastern European nations. China owns superior cost-effective equipment and production capacity, while the Central and Eastern European countries have needs to accelerate industrialization and the developed West European countries enjoy advanced technology and managerial expertise. A combination of the advantages of the three sides will bring about win-win and multi-win results.

Fourth, innovate in financial cooperation modes. A 16+1 financial holding company will be formally established, and it will mainly support the purchase of Chinese equipment and products in connectivity and production capacity cooperation projects under the 16+1 framework.

Fifth, explore potential for tourism cooperation. All sides should further ease visa policies, simplify border entry procedures and launch more direct flights. China hopes that the number of tourists between China and Central and Eastern European countries will double in five years.

Li Keqiang introduced China’s economic situation, expressing that in recent years, faced with the severe challenges of the weak world economic recovery and the deep-layered domestic conflicts accumulated in the long term, China’s economy has been running within a reasonable range, with its growth rate at the front rank of major economies and its structural adjustment and transformation accelerated. During the first nine months of this year, China’s GDP has increased by 6.7 percent year on year, new employment has remained stable, the quality and effectiveness of economic development have been raised, and the overall economy has exhibited a momentum of steady progress.

Li Keqiang pointed out that the reason for China’s economy to go through various difficulties and maintain steady growth and accelerate transformation is that we actively adapt to the new normal of economic development, stick to moderate expansion of the aggregate demand, work hard to promote the supply-side structural reform, and continuously enhance the inherent development momentum. First, stick to implementation of proactive fiscal policy as well as prudent monetary policy, and innovate the approaches of macroeconomic regulation. Second, advance structural adjustment and cultivate new dynamics for development through promoting reform, opening-up and innovation. Third, apply market-oriented and rules-based methods to actively forestall and defuse risks. As long as China’s economy runs in a stable and healthy way, all hidden risks will get solved in development.

Li Keqiang pointed out that looking forward into the future, China’s economy enjoys huge potential, enough advantages and ample space for maneuver, thus can absolutely maintain medium-to-high-speed growth and step into medium-high level. We are full of confidence in this. China’s market is open and will be more and more open in the future. China’s development is the opportunity for the whole world, and is bound to bring huge business opportunities for enterprises in all countries including Central and Eastern European countries. It is hoped that all parties will join efforts to construct a new type of partnership featuring openness and inclusiveness as well as mutual benefits and win-win results, and jointly embrace the beautiful tomorrow of economic and trade cooperation between China and Central and Eastern Europe.

Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis of Latvia expressed that the “16+1” cooperation has demonstrated huge potential, becoming a beneficial supplement to future EU-China cooperation. The Central and Eastern European countries are willing to make joint efforts with China to forge connectivity in a wide range of fields including transportation, finance, technology and humanity, so as to realize mutual benefit and win-win results.

Nearly 1,000 people from industrial and commercial circles of China and 16 Central and Eastern European countries attended the forum.

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LI KEQIANG PUTS FORWARD FOUR INITIATIVES ON PROMOTING “16+1” COOPERATION IN NEXT STEP

On the afternoon of November 5, 2016 local time, Premier Li Keqiang attended the 5th Summit of China and the Central and Eastern European Countries (CEEC) in Riga and put forward initiatives on promoting the “16+1” cooperation in the next step.

Li Keqiang said that after four-plus years of development, the “16+1” cooperation mechanism has been further improved, with a more solid foundation and a broader prospect. The theme of the current Summit “Connectivity, Innovation, Inclusiveness and Common Development” has a strong pertinence and practical significance. He put forward concrete initiatives for cooperation in the next step: First, deepen cooperation in infrastructure and connectivity, and further enhance the hub role of the CEEC in the Eurasian Land Bridge. Second, well play the supporting role of financial cooperation, and provide financial support for the “16+1” cooperation projects in a variety of ways. Third, explore new space for cooperation in green economy, and strengthen cooperation in the fields of green agriculture, ecological environment protection and clean energy. Fourth, further enhance exchanges and cooperation in people-to-people and cultural engagement, and bring into full play the cooperation mechanisms in education, culture, tourism, health, local government, youth and others, so as to promote heart-to-heart communication between people of both sides.

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LI KEQIANG MEETS WITH PRIME MINISTER DACIAN CIOLOS OF ROMANIA

On the evening of November 5, 2016 local time, Premier Li Keqiang met at the hotel where he stayed in Riga with Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos of Romania.

Li Keqiang expressed that China and Romania enjoy a profound traditional friendship and bilateral relations enjoy a sound development momentum. Valuing bilateral practical cooperation, China is willing to, together with Romania, enhance the docking of development strategies, promote project cooperation in major areas including nuclear energy and thermal power, strengthen cooperation in the deep processing of agricultural products and facilitate balanced growth of bilateral trade. China also stands ready to enhance tourism cooperation and enrich people-to-people and cultural exchanges with Romania, so as to constantly push forward bilateral relations.

Dacian Ciolos expressed that Romania devotes itself to developing friendly cooperation with China, and welcomes Chinese enterprises to invest in Romania, participate in its infrastructure construction in port and other fields, carry out bilateral cooperation in such areas as agriculture and tourism, as well as push major project cooperation in nuclear energy, thermal power and other areas for new progress.

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LI KEQIANG ATTENDS THE 5TH CHINA-CEEC SUMMIT

On the afternoon of November 5, 2016 local time, Premier Li Keqiang attended the 5th Summit of China and Central and Eastern European Countries (CEEC) at the National Library of Latvia in Riga. Leaders of 16 Central and Eastern European countries attended the summit, along with the EU, Austria, Switzerland, Greece, Belarus and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development as observers.

Li Keqiang stated that during the G20 Hangzhou Summit held in September this year, broad consensus was reached on moving “Towards an Innovative, Invigorated, Interconnected and Inclusive World Economy”, which has offered new ideas on uplifting the world economy and deepening international cooperation. The “16+1 cooperation” mechanism is a creative endeavor made by China and the CEEC to further friendship and cooperation. Since the Suzhou Summit last year, we have implemented the 1+6 cooperation framework in an all-round manner guided by the Midterm Plan on China-CEEC Cooperation. By upholding openness and inclusiveness and making solid progress, much has been achieved in this regard. Over 50 measures set out in the Suzhou Guidelines for China-CEEC Cooperation have basically been carried out.

Li Keqiang pointed out that the “16+1 cooperation” is a positive factor for world peace and development, as well as a part of and beneficial supplement to China-EU cooperation, which is conducive to advancing the four major China-EU partnerships and the construction of the five major platforms as well as contributes to the balanced development of Europe and the European integration process.

Li Keqiang emphasized that the “16+1 cooperation” should stick to the prevailing trend of economic globalization. We should actively boost the liberalization and facilitation of trade and investment, keep the market open to each other, deepen regional economic cooperation, and jointly oppose trade and investment protectionism, so as to not only add momentum to self-development but also contribute to world economic recovery.

Li Keqiang expressed that the theme of the summit, “Connectivity, Innovation, Inclusiveness and Common Development”, is both timely and relevant. Li Keqiang made following suggestions for the future development of “16+1 cooperation”:

The first is to deepen cooperation on infrastructure and connectivity. China encourages reputable and competent enterprises to, through such forms as project contracting and PPP, participate in the construction of highway networks, port networks, power grids and Internet development of the CEEC. China stands ready to advance the construction of the Budapest-Belgrade railway and China-Europe Land-Sea Express, support the construction of transport corridors between Asia and Europe, and set up more logistic centers in the CEEC, so as to further enhance the CEEC’s role as a transport hub on the Eurasian Land Bridge.

The second is to enhance financial cooperation to solidify the foundation for “16+1 cooperation”. At the Business Forum earlier in the afternoon, I announced the official establishment of the China-CEEC Financial Holding Company. China has signed Memorandums of Understanding with Poland and the Czech Republic on making financial contributions, and other Central and Eastern European countries are most welcome to take part. China supports to expand cooperation on local currency settlement, as well as supports financial institutions including the Silk Road Fund to, through diverse forms such as equity and bonds, provide financing for “16+1 cooperation” projects.

The third is to explore cooperation on green economy. China is willing to work with the CEEC to explore joint demonstration projects like processing bases of agricultural products and encourage cooperation on green agriculture between provinces and cities in China and the CEEC. China is also willing to step up cooperation on environmental protection, and expand the joint development of clean energy like wind electricity and solar energy.

The fourth is to further intensify people-to-people and cultural exchanges and cooperation. We should fully exploit educational, cultural, tourism, health, local, youth and other cooperation mechanisms. This year is the Year of 16+1 People-to-People and Cultural Exchanges. China and the CEEC have held colorful activities. China supports the early establishment of a “16+1” coordination center on cultural cooperation, and will invite young people from the CEEC to receive training in China. It is hoped that the CEEC can adopt more visa facilitation measures and special arrangements for Chinese tourists. China supports designating 2017 as the Year of China-CEEC Media Cooperation.

Attending CEEC leaders expressed that the “16+1 cooperation” moves forward at a steady pace with vitality and remarkable achievements. The CEEC stand ready to, together with China, tap cooperation potential, enhance the capacity of mechanism building, stick to the parallel development of economic and people-to-people and cultural cooperation, deepen cooperation in infrastructure, production capacity, trade, finance, agriculture, technology and other areas, expand new cooperation patterns such as e-commerce, and expand local cooperation and people-to-people and cultural exchanges in technology, culture, education, health care, tourism and other areas, so as to realize connectivity, mutual benefit and win-win results, and push forward the mutual improvement and continuous development of CEEC-China relations and EU-China strategic partnership.

After the summit, China and the 16 Central and Eastern European countries jointly issued the Riga Guidelines for China-CEEC Cooperation and a joint statement on developing cooperation in infrastructure and equipment in the three port areas. Leaders of all countries jointly witnessed the signing of cooperation agreements between China and the 16 countries, covering various areas including connectivity, production capacity cooperation, infrastructure construction, people-to-people and culture exchanges, human resource and civil aviation cooperation.

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LI KEQIANG MEETS WITH PRIME MINISTER BOHUSLAV SOBOTKA OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC

On the evening of November 5, 2016 local time, Premier Li Keqiang met at the hotel where he stayed in Riga with Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka of the Czech Republic.

Li Keqiang expressed that China-Czech relations enjoy smooth development in general with constantly emerging outcomes from practical cooperation. Both sides should treat each other from a strategic height and long-term perspective, so as to ensure steady progress in bilateral relations and provide a sound environment for the deepening of practical cooperation. It is hoped that the Czech Republic could provide convenience for Chinese financial institutions to establish branches in the country.

Bohuslav Sobotka noted that the Czech Republic attaches high importance to its relationship with China, respects China’s core interests and major concerns, and devotes itself to forging bilateral mutually beneficial and win-win cooperation into a model for cooperation between Central and Eastern European countries and China. It is hoped that both sides could expand mutual investment. The Czech Republic is willing to offer support and convenience to Chinese enterprises to invest in the country.

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