CHINA’S KEKEXILI RESERVE TO BUILD ‘KINGDOM FOR WILD ANIMALS’

Kekexili National Nature Reserve, one of China’s largest reserves, has increased its efforts to crack down on animal poaching and other illegal behavior. With this goal in mind, there serve has been increasing patrols since the beginning of this year, with the ultimate aim of building a “kingdom for wild animals.”

The park plans to create more than a dozen mountain patrol routes and 400 extra rounds of patrol within this year. One protection station in Kekexili already saved four Tibetan antelopes and two gazelles.

As one major focus of national biodiversity protection, Tibetan antelopes are a dominant species in the nature reserve. Thanks to efforts made by the reserve’s administration andstaff, the number of Tibetan antelope poaching cases has declined over the years. No gun has been fired in the area since 2006.

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CHINA DEVELOPS WEARABLE EXOSKELETON THAT MIMICS HUMAN KNEE

A wearable robotic leg developed by a team from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC) is purportedly one of the first devices of its kind to mimic natural knee movement.

The 1-meter-tall robotic leg weighs 19 kilograms. From top to bottom, it features more than 10 joints and dozens of sensors that help patients to walk normally.

This exoskeleton is more advanced and simulates the behavior of a natural knee joint more closely than previous models, according to an employee at the robot development center.Several companies have shown interest in investing in the invention, noted Hong Cheng,the chief executive of the center.

Starting from scratch in 2010, the UESTC team spent only five years developing the robot.That time frame is especially notable when compared to those of overseas scientists working toward the same goal, Hong pointed out. He added that many Chinese universities have now established wearable exoskeleton development centers, driving forward achievements in that area.

Medical robots have conducted 600,000 operations in 800 hospitals around the world.They can also be used in athletic and military projects, Hong said.

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3 PEOPLE FACE IMPRISONMENT OVER THEFT OF RARE BIRDS

Two suspects are currently in custody over rare bird theft, with another still on the loose.The three suspects are wanted for capturing and engaging in commerce built around rare birds in Yongkang County, Zhejiang province.

The buyer of the birds, surnamed Wang, believed that eating night owls would cure her chronic headaches. She therefore made a deal with a vendor surnamed Shi to buy five large owls. The vendor, the woman and the vendor’s cousin were seen by police while they were making the deal.

Police said the so-called night owls were actually eagle owls, which are state-protected birds. The five eagle owls were sent to a wild animal protection center in Jinhua.

Experts have clarified that there is no scientific evidence that night owls can cure headaches.

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ASSISTANT FOREIGN MINISTER KONG XUANYOU MEETS WITH VISITING DELEGATION OF ASEAN AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN MINISTRY OF MYANMAR

On November 15, 2016, Assistant Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou met with the visiting delegation led by Deputy Director-General of the ASEAN Affairs Department of the Foreign Ministry Aung Myo Myint of Myanmar, exchanging views on such issues as China-Myanmar relations and regional cooperation.

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PRESIDENT RECEP TAYYIP ERDOGAN OF TURKEY MEETS WITH WANG YI

On November 14, 2016 local time, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey met at the Presidential Palace in Ankara with Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan asked Wang Yi to convey his warm greetings to President Xi Jinping. He expressed that he is pleased to see that the consensus reached between President Xi Jinping and him during their meeting is being implemented. Both sides have successfully held the 1st meeting of the inter-governmental cooperation committee mechanism and the 1st meeting of foreign ministers’ consultation mechanism. Turkey attaches high importance to developing its relationship with China and hopes that both sides could maintain high-level mutual visits, resolve problems emerged from bilateral cooperation in the spirit of strategic cooperation, speed up cooperation in major projects such as East-West High-speed Railway and the third nuclear power plant, and enhance people-to-people and cultural cooperation in tourism, culture, education and other areas. It is hoped that the two sides can accelerate the docking of the “Belt and Road” construction as well as the “Middle Corridor” initiative, which will play an important role in promoting the long-term development of bilateral relations. Turkey thanks China for its firm support at the critical moments concerning Turkey’s national security. The Turkish side is willing to further deepen cooperation with China in security, law enforcement and anti-terrorism, and continuously increase mutual support to each other’s efforts in maintaining sovereignty, security and stability.

Wang Yi conveyed warm regards from President Xi Jinping to Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Wang Yi expressed that my visit this time aims at implementing the important consensus reached by President Xi Jinping and Mr. President, and launch the China-Turkey foreign ministers’ consultation mechanism. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and I successfully held the first meeting of the mechanism yesterday, during which we exchanged in-depth views on bilateral relations and international and regional issues of common concern, reached a great deal of new consensus and deepened mutual understanding as well as trust. Both China and Turkey are countries with ancient civilizations and large developing countries. China values its relations with Turkey, and is willing to, together with Turkey, maintain high-level exchanges and strategic communication, adhere to the spirit of the ancient Silk Road and jointly build the “Belt and Road” initiative, so as to make new contributions to promoting respective national development, revitalizing the Eurasian continent and boosting human civilization progress. China stands ready to integrate the “Belt and Road” construction and the “Middle Corridor” vision, advance cooperation in major projects, such as the East-West High-speed Railway, continuously open up new cooperation areas in this process and tap new cooperation potentials. Both sides should especially deepen cooperation in security and anti-terrorism and enhance strategic mutual trust, so as to clear the way for bilateral all-round cooperation.

On the same day, Wang Yi laid a wreath at the Ataturk Mausoleum.

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PRIME MINISTER BINALI YILDIRIM OF TURKEY MEETS WITH WANG YI

On November 14, 2016 local time, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım of Turkey met in Ankara with Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

Binali Yıldırım expressed that Turkey and China have recently conducted frequent high-level mutual visits, which is of positive significance in promoting the further development of bilateral relations. Both countries are representatives of the eastern civilization, and the ancient Silk Road has witnessed friendly exchanges between the two nations in history. At present, China is promoting the joint construction of the “Belt and Road” initiative and Turkey is devoted to building the “Middle Corridor”. It is hoped that both sides could tap the potential, enhance economic and trade cooperation, speed up the docking of strategies and boost the construction of the East-West High-speed Railway, so as to make it the new Silk Road of bilateral friendship in the new period. Turkey is willing to, together with China, strengthen cooperation in security and anti-terrorism, support each other’s efforts in safeguarding national sovereignty, security and stability and never allow events that could damage the other country’s national security in its own territory.

Wang Yi expressed that both China and Turkey are eastern countries with ancient civilizations, major developing countries and representative emerging economies. At present, both countries are focusing on national development and revitalization, and bilateral cooperation in various fields enjoys huge potential and space. China welcomes Turkey to actively participate in the “Belt and Road” construction, and regards Turkey as an important cooperation partner during the joint construction of the “Belt and Road” initiative. The Chinese side is ready to enhance the docking between the “Belt and Road” construction and Turkey’s “Middle Corridor” initiative, and boost practical cooperation in infrastructure, including the East-West High-speed Railway, production capacity, people-to-people and cultural exchanges and other areas. Strengthening bilateral cooperation in security and anti-terrorism contributes to increasing mutual trust and provides a more firm foundation for expanding cooperation in various areas. China appreciates Turkey’s commitment of not allowing any event that could undermine China’s security interests within its territory, and hopes that Turkey will continue to provide strong collaboration to the Chinese side in fighting against the East Turkistan Islamic Movement terrorism force and managing the “Eastern Turkistan” anti-China separatist force.

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WANG YI MEETS WITH MINISTER OF ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES BERAT ALBAYRAK OF TURKEY

On November 14, 2016 local time, Foreign Minister Wang Yi met in Ankara with Minister of Energy and Natural Resources and President of China-Turkey Joint Economic and Trade Commission on the Turkish side Berat Albayrak of Turkey.

Wang Yi spoke positively of the development of China-Turkey relations, and expressed that economic and trade cooperation as well as security and anti-terrorism cooperation are two major aspects of bilateral relations at present. China is willing to work with the Turkish side to well implement the important consensus reached between both heads of state, vigorously enhance economic and trade cooperation, further deepen cooperation in security and anti-terrorism, and accommodate each other’s core concerns. It is hoped that Turkey could continuously provide strong coordination to the Chinese side in fighting against the “Eastern Turkistan” anti-China separatist force, eliminate interference and give play to its potential, so as to ensure the smooth development of bilateral practical cooperation.

Berat Albayrak noted that Turkey-China relations are entering into a new development stage. Turkey treats bilateral relations from a strategic height, and will not allow any event that could damage China’s stability and security within its territory. The Turkish side will continue to create favorable conditions, so as to facilitate more smooth development of bilateral cooperation in various fields.

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MA KAI AND MINISTER OF THE ECONOMY AND FINANCE MICHEL SAPIN OF FRANCE CO-CHAIR THE FOURTH CHINA-FRANCE HIGH LEVEL ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL DIALOGUE

On November 14, 2016 local time, Vice Premier Ma Kai and Minister of the Economy and Finance Michel Sapin of France co-chaired the fourth China-France High Level Economic and Financial Dialogue in Paris. Both sides conducted in-depth and candid dialogues and exchanges on working together to promote robust, sustainable, balanced and inclusive growth, bolster cooperation in trade, investment and industry and deepen financial cooperation.

Ma Kai expressed that pragmatic cooperation in economy and finance is an important pillar for the development of China-France relations. China-France High Level Economic and Financial Dialogue is the leading high level mechanism of bilateral economic and financial cooperation, which plays a vital platform role in boosting bilateral pragmatic cooperation. As the first economic and financial dialogue after President Xi Jinping and President Francois Hollande met in Hangzhou and a China-France inter-governmental high level dialogue held at the critical period of Europe, it bears the important mission of implementing the significant consensus between both heads of state as well as outcomes from the G20 Hangzhou Summit, and planning the economic and financial cooperation between the two countries in the next stage. It is hoped that France can give play to its important influence to urge the EU to fulfill the obligations under Article 15 of the Protocol on the Accession of China to the World Trade Organization in a comprehensive and clean manner as scheduled. China is willing to strengthen economic and financial cooperation with France on the basis of mutual trust and mutual benefit, so as to jointly elevate the new type of China-France comprehensive strategic partnership to a higher level.

Michel Sapin noted that the establishment of France-China High Level Economic and Financial Dialogue mechanism is a joint decision made by leaders of both countries in 2013. Over the years, France and China have always been conducting the dialogue in the spirit of mutual respect and understanding, which has effectively strengthened bilateral relations. France congratulates China on successfully hosting the G20 Hangzhou Summit and admires the positive role the Hangzhou Summit has played in improving global economic recovery and global governance. France is willing to work with China to comprehensively deepen cooperation in nuclear power, finance, investment, trade, agriculture, third-party market and other areas. France supports the EU to fulfill its international legal obligations including those under Article 15 of the Protocol on the Accession of China to the World Trade Organization.

The dialogue has achieved 60 outcomes. Both sides agreed that they will continue to encourage bilateral trade and actively explore trade cooperation in such new areas as health care, elderly care, agricultural food and ecological environment conservation. Both sides will accelerate the synergy between the development strategies of the two countries, further strengthen investment cooperation in major projects in nuclear energy, automobile, aviation, aerospace and other areas, and create a more convenient institutional environment for two-way investment. Both sides will explore third-party market cooperation and set up a steering committee and a joint fund for third-party market cooperation. Both sides will expand financial cooperation in bond, green finance, financial regulation and other areas. Both sides will jointly commit to enhancing coordination in economy-related international affairs, especially communication and cooperation within multilateral frameworks such as the G20, to well implement the consensus reached at the G20 Hangzhou Summit.

On the same day, Ma Kai and Michel Sapin also jointly met the press and attended the signing ceremony of bilateral cooperation programs.

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WANG YI PAYS OFFICIAL VISIT TO TURKEY

On November 14, 2016 local time, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Binali Yildirim of Turkey met with Foreign Minister Wang Yi respectively in Ankara.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan noted that he is glad to see that the consensus reached by President Xi Jinping and him during their meeting is being effectively implemented. Attaching importance to developing its relations with China, the Turkish side hopes to maintain high-level mutual visits, handle the issues emerged from bilateral cooperation in the spirit of strategic cooperation, advance cooperation in key projects such as the East-West High-speed Railway, integrate the “Belt and Road” construction with the “Middle Corridor” initiative, strengthen cooperation in such fields as tourism, culture and education, deepen cooperation in security, law enforcement and counter-terrorism and continuously increase mutual support in each other’s efforts in safeguarding national sovereignty, security and stability.

Binali Yildirim said that frequent high-level mutual visits between Turkey and China play a positive role in boosting bilateral relations. It is hoped that both sides can tap potential, reinforce cooperation in economy and trade, accelerate the docking of strategies and build the East-West High-speed Railway into a new Silk Road for Turkey-China friendship in the new era.

Wang Yi expressed that my visit this time is to implement the important consensus reached by the two heads of state and launch the China-Turkey foreign ministers’ consultation mechanism. Valuing its relations with Turkey, China is willing to, together with Turkey, maintain high-level exchanges and strategic communication, uphold the spirit of the ancient Silk Road, jointly build the “Belt and Road” initiative and make new contributions to promoting respective national development, revitalizing the Eurasian continent and advancing human civilization. Both sides should speed up the alignment between the “Belt and Road” construction and the “Middle Corridor” construction, constantly explore new areas for cooperation during this process and exploit new cooperation potential. The two countries should also deepen cooperation in security and counter-terrorism and enhance strategic mutual trust, so as to clear the way for bilateral all-round cooperation.

On the same day, Wang Yi laid a wreath at the tomb of Turkey’s founding father.

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