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VICE FOREIGN MINISTER WANG CHAO MEETS WITH CHAIRMAN OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE OF NATIONAL ASSEMBLY NÉMETH ZSOLT OF HUNGARY

On November 11, 2016, Vice Foreign Minister Wang Chao met with visiting Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Assembly Németh Zsolt of Hungary. Both sides exchanged views on China-Hungary relations, the “16 + 1 cooperation”, China-Europe relations as well as international and regional hotspot issues of common interest.

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

BREAKTHROUGH IN LIQUID METAL RESEARCH PAVES WAY FOR 4-D PRINTING

Recently, a study by the Chinese Academy of Sciences reported that liquid metal can be formed into various shapes on the surface of graphite. Moreover, the liquid metal can retain its new shape, and is even capable of some anti-gravity movement. These discoveries have pointed to the possibility of flexible robot research and 4-D printing.

According to the article, the research team first found that by introducing a graphite substrate, they could easily form liquid metal into different clear shapes, such as triangles,squares and circles. Prior to this research, liquid metal was only able to be shaped using external electric fields, and it always shrank back into a sphere as soon as the electric field was removed. This research therefore demonstrates the possibility of more freely manipulating liquid metal, which is of great importance to the development of flexible electronic elements, transformable intelligent machines and advanced manufacturing.

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

PEDESTRIAN STREET IN GUILIN BUSTLES AFTER RENOVATION

The former glamour of an ancient alley in Guilin has returned after a recent renovation, which was completed in April 2016. In its heyday, the alley was a prosperous commercial hub and gathering place for celebrities in the capital city of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Guilin’s municipal government reportedly allocated 55 million RMB ($8 million) to the renovation project in 2013.

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

TRAINING CENTER CLAIMS TO HELP STUDENTS RECEIVE ENERGY FROM UNIVERSE

A training center in Beijing recently opened a new course, which claims to help students absorb energy from the universe through a special cabin built according to the angles of the pyramids. Staff at the center said that a nine-day course costs 20,000 RMB. Local police are currently investigating the case.

A girl surnamed Xiaoyu, who was sent to the training camp by her mother, told Beijing Morning Post about the content of the so-called training.

“They told me to sit in an ‘energy cabin’ and imagine my body floating in the air,” said Xiaoyu, adding that she was instructed to write poems after she came out of the cabin.Meanwhile, another girl was told to sleep on the floor for three days, during which time she was given only three apples and a small amount of water to consume, according to Xiaoyu. Such “training” is supposed to refresh both the body and mind.

Tao, an instructor at the center, said that the training is designed to expand and change students’ way of thinking. Instead of traditional memorization-based teaching, the training helps students to receive knowledge through their brains’ natural instincts, Tao said. He also promised that students’ Chinese would be greatly improved after two days of study,and that academic performance in every subject would soar if students trained for nine days.

Tao said that the center has trained more than 200 students nationwide, and they have verified the ability of the energy cabin to function as a refreshing force.

Now the case has been reported to police, and further investigation will be carried out.

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

CENTENARIAN SELFIE-LOVER IN YUNNAN BECOMES ONLINE SENSATION

Recently a 103-year-old woman named Li Yaying from Shidian County, Yunnan province attracted attention from the public thanks to her affinity for selfies. The fashionable pictures she took have taken the Internet by storm.

According to Luo Shaowei, Li’s youngest son, the elderly woman is quite curious about new technologies. She always asks her grandchildren to show her videos on their mobile phones when they visit. One day, Li started taking pictures of herself using the selfie stick her grandchild had brought.

“My mom is more fashionable than I am!” Luo remarked.

Li’s health has always been good, said Luo, adding that she even did farm work in her nineties, despite the family’s opposition. Luo explained that his mother worked hard raising her children, so she is not used to an idle lifestyle.

The secret to Li’s longevity is her healthy lifestyle, according to Luo, who explained that his mother usually has two light meals per day, consisting of vegetables that she grows herself.In addition, she always goes to sleep at 9:00 p.m. and get up at 9:00 a.m., leading a disciplined and well-rested life.

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

SHANGHAI’S FIRST ROOF STADIUM TO OPEN IN 2017

A full-sized stadium is going to be built on the roof of Jing’an Stadium in downtown Shanghai. This new roof stadium, which will be 16,253 square meters, will host both formal soccer matches and training sessions.

Jing’an Stadium covers an area of 61,733.8 square meters, and its total construction area is 87,544 square meters (including the roof stadium). Specifically, the ground floor is 44,880 square meters, which includes a 5,600-seat multifunctional gymnasium as well as the roof stadium.

The multifunctional gymnasium houses two basketball courts, two volleyball courts, four tennis courts, 16 table tennis courts, 20 badminton courts and a natatorium. The roof stadium, constructed on top of the gymnasium, contains six tracks and a standard soccer field with 750 seats. The underground area is 26,410 square meters, including a garage for 410 vehicles.

Jing’an Stadium is mainly used for competitions, training and fitness. According to the Jing’an Sports Administration, they aim to create at least 10 new public playgrounds, 10 fitness tracks and several fitness clubs during the 13th Five-Year Plan period.

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

NSG LAUNCHES TWO-STEP INTERGOVERNMENTAL PROCESS TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE OF NON-NPT STATES’ PARTICIPATION

On November 11, the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) convened a meeting, under the Chairmanship of Republic of Korea, in Vienna to discuss “Technical, Legal and Political Aspects of Non-NPT States’ Participation in the NSG”, in accordance with the mandate adopted by the Seoul Plenary in June this year. Ambassador Wang Qun, Director-General of Arms Control Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China headed the Chinese delegation to the meeting.

This is the first time, not only since the Seoul Plenary, but also since the NSG’s inception in 1975, for the Group to formally take up the issue of non-NPT states’ participation in an open and transparent manner. The meeting had debriefings from relevant countries including China as well as from the former Chair of the Group on their respective papers submitted to the Group The Participating Governments offered their observations on the key issues dealt with in the above papers as they pertain to the issue of technical, legal and political aspects of non-NPT states’ participation in the NSG. The Chinese delegation participated in the meeting in a constructive manner and contributed its substantive inputs.

China believes that, the above meeting marks a good beginning of the two-step inter-governmental process launched by the Group. China supports the continuation of this open and transparent inter-governmental process, in accordance with relevant rules of the Group, and to ensure a solid first step taken towards an early formula on the above issue, so that the Group can proceed to the second step of taking up country specific membership application by non-NPT states at an early date. To this end, China maintains that, any formula worked out should be non-discriminatory and applicable to all non-NPT states; without prejudice to the core value of the NSG and the effectiveness, authority and integrity of the international non-proliferation regime with the NPT as its cornerstone; and without contradicting the customary international law in the field of non-proliferation.

China is ready to work with all parties to promote early progress by the Group in this regard.

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

ASSISTANT FOREIGN MINISTER KONG XUANYOU ATTENDS INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR ON EAST ASIAN CIVILIZATIONS EXCHANGE

On November 10, 2016, the International Seminar on East Asian Civilizations Exchange was held at Beijing Normal University (BNU). Assistant Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou attended the seminar and delivered a speech.

Kong Xuanyou said that the major initiative of the Conference for Dialogue among Asian Civilizations proposed by President Xi Jinping at the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia Summit in 2014 and the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2015 embodies the great importance Chinese leaders have attached to exchanges among Asian civilizations as well as their unremitting efforts in exploring a bright future of mankind. At present, the world is far from peaceful and tranquil, and there are still conflicts and disputes. While pride and prejudice still exist, the clash of civilizations, western-centrism and threat theories that target specific countries and civilizations keep emerging. With generally stable situation and growing economies, Asia is a universally-recognized highland for development. The region should offer Asian proposals to resolve conflicts and bridge differences and contribute Asian wisdom to world peace and human progress.

Kong Xuanyou expressed that as a country with ancient civilization in Asia, China has formed a value featuring benevolence, righteousness, concordance and great harmony as well as the sentiment of benefiting the whole world from its five thousand years of history. China is willing to, together with all Asian countries, deepen civilization dialogues, promote mutual understanding and advance friendly feelings, so as to achieve common development and constantly inject positive energy into the harmony and progress of Asian civilizations.

The seminar was co-hosted by Nishan Forum on World Civilizations Organizing Committee and BNU Institute for Advanced Study of the Humanities and Religion. Former Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress and President of Nishan Forum on World Civilizations Organizing Committee Xu Jialu delivered a keynote speech. More than 30 scholars from over 10 countries and regions, including China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mongolia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, the Philippines, Malaysia, India and Sri Lanka, attended the seminar, during which they made in-depth discussions on multiplex symbiosis of East Asian civilizations, East Asian civilizations and development, the Chinese civilization and other topics.

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

THE 27TH CHINA-US JOINT COMMISSION ON COMMERCE AND TRADE TO BE HELD IN US

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang announces:

Upon agreement between China and the US, the 27th China-US Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade will be held in Washington from November 21 to 23. Vice Premier Wang Yang, US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and US Trade Representative Michael Froman will co-chair the meeting, and they will be joined by US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. The two sides will exchange in-depth views on implementing the consensus reached by two heads of state and major economic and trade issues of respective concern, and discuss ways to expand mutually beneficial cooperation.

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