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ZHANG DEJIANG MEETS WITH PRIME MINISTER CHARLES MICHEL OF BELGIUM

On October 31, 2016, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) Zhang Dejiang met at the Great Hall of the People with Prime Minister Charles Michel of Belgium.

Zhang Dejiang said that China-Belgium relations maintain an increasingly stronger development momentum in recent years. In particular, the mutual visits of President Xi Jinping and King Philippe of Belgium have pinpointed a new positioning of China-Belgium all-round friendly cooperative partnership. This year marks the 45th anniversary of the establishment of China-Belgium diplomatic relationship. The NPC stands ready to work with the Belgian Federal Parliament to further strengthen exchanges and cooperation, well implement the consensus reached by the two heads of state, enhance dialogues on issues such as democracy, the rule of law, society, livelihood and ecological protection, accelerate the ratification process and early entry into force of judiciary-related cooperation agreements, and create a good policy and legal environment for bilateral economic and trade cooperation as well as enterprise investment, so as to inject new impetus into the development of China-Belgium relations and advance the development of China-EU relations.

Charles Michel expressed that this visit will help both countries to enhance trust and friendship. Belgium is willing to further deepen cooperation in politics, diplomacy, economy and culture with China.

Zhang Ping attended the meeting.

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

WANG YI HOLDS TALKS WITH FOREIGN MINISTER JEAN-MARC AYRAULT OF FRANCE

On October 31, 2016, Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks in Beijing with visiting Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault of France.

Wang Yi noted that China-France relations maintain a good momentum at present. Both sides enjoy frequent high-level exchanges, continuing highlights in practical cooperation and great headway in such major programs as energy, aviation and ecology. The two countries are deepening people-to-people and cultural exchanges, carrying out sound cooperation in global governance, and maintaining communication and coordination in international and regional hotspot issues. President Xi Jinping held a successful meeting with President Francois Hollande during the G20 Hangzhou Summit, which injects new vitality into the development of China-France relations. Both sides should well implement the important consensus reached by the two heads of state, strengthen communication and work together to push for the healthy and stable development of China-France relations, and add new connotations to China-France comprehensive strategic partnership. China supports the European integration process and stands ready to work with the EU to deepen the development of China-EU relations.

Jean-Marc Ayrault stated that France-China relations maintain high-level development and both sides cooperate in extensive areas with fruitful achievements. France welcomes Chinese enterprises to make investment in France. As both sides will respectively address important domestic political agendas next year, the two countries should strengthen strategic communication to ensure policy continuity. France is fully confident in the future of bilateral relations and will continue to promote the in-depth development of France-China comprehensive strategic partnership. Wang Yi agreed with Jean-Marc Ayrault’s positive comments on China-France relations. He introduced to the French side the important decisions and major achievements made in the 6th plenary session of the 18th Communist Party of China Central Committee. Wang Yi also expressed China’s willingness to enhance strategic mutual trust and deepen strategic cooperation with France so as to propel China-France relations to a new height.

Wang Yi and Jean-Marc Ayrault have reached extensive consensus on China-France relations and practical cooperation in the next stage.

Both sides agreed to maintain high-quality high-level exchanges, well hold bilateral institutional dialogues, carry forward traditional friendship, respect and support each other, and accommodate each other’s core interests and major concern, for the sake of better and faster development of China-France relations.

Both sides agreed to comprehensively deepen and expand practical economic and trade cooperation, and focus on cooperation in major programs and key areas. Both sides are committed to deepening cooperation in the whole industry chain of nuclear energy, strengthening cooperation in trade, investment, and finance, pushing forward third-party market cooperation and local cooperation in a solid way, forging ahead the “Belt and Road” construction, and tapping greater room and potential for mutually beneficial cooperation.

Both sides agreed to actively carry out people-to-people and cultural exchanges so as to lay a solid public opinion foundation for China-France relations. Both sides will well implement cooperation projects in education, technology, culture, health, sports, tourism and other areas, further improve the level of convenience for personnel exchanges, and advance communication between people of the two countries, young people in particular.

Both sides agreed to maintain communication and coordination in international affairs, play a leading role in issues including climate change and global economic governance, push forward the effective and comprehensive implementation of the Paris Agreement and achievements made in the G20 Hangzhou Summit and continue to play a positive role in the peaceful settlement of international and regional hotspot issues.

Both sides also exchanged views on international and regional hotspot issues of common concern, including the Syrian issue, the Palestine-Israel issue and the Korean Peninsula situation.

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

THE 3RD CHINA-US COUNTER-TERRORISM CONSULTATION AT VICE-FOREIGN MINISTERIAL LEVEL HELD IN WASHINGTON D.C.

On October 25, 2016, Assistant Foreign Minister Li Huilai led a cross-sectoral delegation to co-chair the 3rd China-US Counter-terrorism Consultation at Vice-Foreign Ministerial Level with Acting Coordinator for Counterterrorism in the Bureau of Counterterrorism at the Department of State Justin Siberell of the US in Washington D.C., the capital of the US. Both sides exchanged in-depth views on international and regional anti-terrorism situations, bilateral and multilateral anti-terrorism cooperation and other topics, reaching a host of consensus. The second seminar on the fight of China and the US against improvised explosive devices (IED) was held at the same time, during which both sides mainly exchanged respective experience and practices in IED management and control.

On the same day, Assistant Foreign Minister Li Huilai met with White House National Security Council Senior Director for Asian Affairs Daniel Kritenbrink at the White House. Both sides exchanged views on China-US relations and other topics.

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

DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF THE DEPARTMENT OF EUROPEAN-CENTRAL ASIAN AFFAIRS OF THE FOREIGN MINISTRY GUI CONGYOU ATTENDS RELEASE CEREMONY OF COLLECTION OF CHINESE AND RUSSIAN POEMS TITLED THE BOND OF POETRY

On October 31, 2016, Director-General of the Department of European-Central Asian Affairs of the Foreign Ministry Gui Congyou upon invitation attended and addressed the release ceremony of the collection of Chinese and Russian poems titled The Bond of Poetry held by the Russian Embassy in China. The collection was prefaced by Foreign Ministers of both countries. Gui Congyou said that it is hoped that the two countries would continue to publish more and better co-authored literary works to achieve better people-to-people and cultural cooperation between China and Russia.

Russian Ambassador to China Andrey Denisov delivered a speech first. He said that the publication of the poem collection will be conducive to strengthening Russia-China people-to-people and cultural cooperation, enhancing communication between diplomats of both countries, and creating more opportunities for both Russian and Chinese literature enthusiasts to learn classical literary masterpieces of the two countries.

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

CHINA AND INDIA HOLD CONSULTATION ON ARMS CONTROL IN BEIJING

On October 31, 2016, Director-General of the Department of Arms Control of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Wang Qun and Joint Secretary of Disarmament and International Security Affairs Division of the Ministry of External Affairs Amandeep Singh Gill of India held a consultation on arms control in Beijing. Both sides exchanged views on the constructiveness and substantiality of arms control issues of common concern, including expanding membership of Nuclear Suppliers Group, the UN General Assembly First Committee and the 8th Review Conference of the Biological Weapons Convention.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

(This article is published on People’s Daily Online)

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.

(This article is published on People’s Daily Online)