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XI JINPING SENDS CONGRATULATORY MESSAGE TO THE CLOSING CEREMONY OF CHINA-US TOURISM YEAR 2016

On November 20, 2016 local time, the China-US Tourism Year 2016 concluded in Washington D.C., the capital of the US. President Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory message to the closing ceremony.

Xi Jinping pointed out that as the China-US Tourism Year 2016 draws to a close, I would like to extend, on behalf of the Chinese government and people and in my own name, warm congratulations on the success of the China-US Tourism Year, and heartfelt thanks to friends who have long been committed to the development of China-US relations, friendly exchanges and cooperation.

Xi Jinping stressed that President Barack Obama and I made the important decision to hold the China-US Tourism Year with a purpose to promote the building of a new model of China-US major-country relations, advance bilateral practical cooperation and enhance the friendship between the people of both countries. With concerted efforts of both sides, the China-US Tourism Year has been marked with colorful and fruitful events, which have expanded personnel exchanges between the two countries, propelled practical cooperation in various areas and injected new impetus into China-US relations.

Xi Jinping noted that the development of China-US relations requires the participation and support of the two peoples. It is hoped that the two sides will build on the success of the China-US Tourism Year to constantly strengthen personnel exchanges and people-to-people and cultural exchanges and promote mutual understanding and friendship between the two peoples in a bid to continuously consolidate the social foundation for the development of China-US relations.

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

WANG YANG ATTENDS THE CLOSING CEREMONY OF CHINA-US TOURISM YEAR 2016 AND DELIVERS A SPEECH

On November 20, 2016 local time, the closing ceremony of China-US Tourism Year 2016 was held in Washington D.C. President Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory message. Vice Premier Wang Yang read the message and delivered a speech at the closing ceremony.

Wang Yang said that the China-US Tourism Year 2016, proposed by President Xi Jinping and President Barack Obama is to facilitate friendly exchanges between the two peoples. This year, both sides have held various tourism promotion and non-governmental exchange events, brought a good harvest to tourism cooperation and allowed the two peoples to find pleasure in travelling, which not only injects strong impetus into the economic development of the two countries, but enhances mutual understanding between the two peoples. The expectation of the two heads of state has been realized.

Wang Yang pointed out that China and the US are both countries with rich tourism resources and vast tourism markets. China is now in a booming era of mass tourism, which provides new business opportunities for countries including the US. China is willing to work with the US to implement a more convenient visa policy to provide more convenient, comfortable and safe service, ease the restrictions on tourism investment and encourage enterprises of both countries to expand investment and cooperation as well as share tourism development experience, so as to make a bigger cake of common interests. In the principles of mutual benefit and win-win results, both sides should jointly create a new pattern of China-US tourism exchanges.

Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker of the US attended the closing ceremony and read a congratulatory message from President Barack Obama. Barack Obama congratulated the US-China Tourism Year 2016 on its success and pointed out in the message that the holding of the US-China Tourism Year enables the two peoples to experience new cultures and explore new places, enhances mutual understanding and deepens people-to-people and cultural exchanges and cooperation between both countries. The US government encourages and supports both countries to further expand exchanges and cooperation in tourism.

Chairman of China National Tourism Administration Li Jinzao presided over the closing ceremony. More than 1,000 guests from all circles of China and the US attended the closing ceremony.

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

XI JINPING MEETS WITH PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA OF US

On November 19, 2016 local time, President Xi Jinping met in Lima with President Barack Obama of the US. Both heads of state reviewed and summarized the experience from the development of China-US relations in the past three-odd years and agreed to ensure the healthy and stable development of bilateral relations along the right track.

Xi Jinping spoke positively of Barack Obama’s efforts in developing China-US relations. Xi Jinping pointed out that this is our third meeting this year and the ninth meeting over the last three years. We have exchanged in-depth views on issues concerning the strategic significance and overall situation of the development of China-US relations on many occasions and reached extensive consensus. In particular, the joint decision to establish the new model of China-US major-country relations has guided China-US relations towards important and positive progress. The 3-odd-year-long experience of the development of China-US relations can be summed up as follows: first, both countries should seize the general direction of the development of bilateral relations and cooperation is the only correct choice for both sides; second, both countries should actively expand practical cooperation and pursue win-win and multi-win results, which benefit not only the two countries, but the world; third, both countries should manage sensitive issues in a constructive manner, respect each other, avoid misjudgment, think more in each other’s perspective and prevent the escalation of conflicts.

Xi Jinping emphasized that bearing crucial responsibilities in safeguarding world peace and stability as well as boosting global development and prosperity, China and the US share extensive common interests. The development of a long-term, healthy and stable China-US relationship conforms to the fundamental interests of both peoples and is the common expectation of the international community as well. I have already held telephone talks with Mr. Donald Trump after his election as the new President of the US. I am willing to work with Mr. Donald Trump to expand bilateral cooperation in various areas at bilateral, regional and global levels, manage disputes in a constructive manner and realize non-conflict, non-confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation, so as to push China-US relations for greater progress at the new starting point.

Barack Obama noted that over the last three-plus years, he and President Xi Jinping have maintained frequent exchanges, established a candid, friendly and constructive relationship and enhanced mutual trust. The US and China have joined efforts to cope with challenges and effectively managed disputes. Relevant consultation and cooperation mechanisms have also achieved productive results. Both sides have launched cooperation in boosting global growth, reaching the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iranian nuclear issue, addressing the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and other issues. In particular, both countries have played a key role in calling on the global society to tackle climate change. US-China relationship is the most important and significant bilateral relations in the world and a constructive US-China relationship will benefit the two peoples and the international society. He has already introduced the importance of US-China relations to Mr. Donald Trump and emphasized that a smooth transition of bilateral relations should be realized. The US side stands ready to develop a more sustained and productive bilateral relationship with China.

Both sides also exchanged in-depth views on major international and regional issues of common concern.

Wang Huning, Li Zhanshu, Yang Jiechi, Assistant to the US President for National Security Affairs Susan Rice and others attended the meeting.

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

XI JINPING MEETS WITH PRESIDENT JUAN MANUEL SANTOS OF COLOMBIA

On November 19, 2016 local time, President Xi Jinping met in Lima with President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia.

Xi Jinping pointed out that China appreciates and supports President Juan Manuel Santos’ firm efforts in advancing Colombia’s peace process. China views and develops its relations with Colombia from a strategic and long-term perspective, and is willing to make joint efforts with Colombia to implement cooperation consensus and elevate China-Colombia relations to a higher stage. At present, both China and Colombia are at the key moment of national construction, where both sides should support and assist each other, strengthen high-level exchanges, maintain close communication and encourage and support exchanges between governments, legislative bodies, political parties and others between both countries. The two sides should expand practical cooperation, increase efforts in promoting major projects and actively carry out production capacity cooperation for the sake of mutual benefit, win-win results and common development. Both countries should also reinforce multilateral cooperation and push the international order towards a more fair and just direction.

Xi Jinping pointed out that as developing countries, China and Latin American countries share similar development stages and strong economic complementarity. The two sides bring development opportunities to each other, presenting broad prospects in bilateral cooperation. China stands ready to, together with the Latin American side, intensify political dialogue, deepen all-round cooperation and propel the construction of the Forum of China and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States in a bid to boost the better and faster development of China-Latin America relations. The Pacific Alliance is an important regional organization in Latin America. China attaches importance to developing relations with the Pacific Alliance and hopes that the Colombian side can play a positive role in deepening mutually beneficial cooperation between China and the Pacific Alliance in various fields.

Juan Manuel Santos expressed that China is a great friend of Colombia. Colombia speaks highly of bilateral relations and thanks China for its support in the peace process in Colombia. The country looks forward to deepening cooperation in various areas, including trade, economy and infrastructure construction with China and actively advancing relevant cooperation projects. Colombia is in favor of strengthening Latin America-China relations and stands ready to enhance exchanges and cooperation between the Pacific Alliance and China.

Wang Huning, Li Zhanshu, Yang Jiechi and others attended the meeting.

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

XI JINPING MEETS WITH PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN OF RUSSIA

On November 19, 2016 local time, President Xi Jinping met in Lima with President Vladimir Putin of Russia.

Xi Jinping stressed that since this year, China and Russia have strengthened all-round strategic coordination centering on celebrating the 15th anniversary of the signing of China-Russia Treaty of Good Neighborliness and Friendly Cooperation as well as the 20th anniversary of the establishment of China-Russia strategic partnership of coordination, which has not only boosted the common development and prosperity of both countries, but strengthened the force of world peace and justice. In the coming new year, China is willing to, together with Russia, maintain the momentum of close high-level exchanges, increase mutual support, consolidate political and strategic mutual trust, launch cooperation in the docking between both countries’ development strategies as well as between the “Belt and Road” construction and the construction of the Eurasian Economic Union, well host China-Russia Media Exchange Year and other key people-to-people and cultural exchange activities, enhance coordination and cooperation in international affairs and promote world peace and stability.

Xi Jinping pointed out that Russia is an important member of the APEC. Both sides should deepen cooperation within the APEC framework, earnestly implement the important consensus reached during APEC summits in recent years, including the Beijing Summit, deeply accelerate the progress of the Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific and push the Lima Summit for a success, so that the APEC can make greater contributions to the economic growth of the Asia-Pacific region and world.

Vladimir Putin noted that it is a pleasure to meet with President Xi Jinping again. The high-level Russia-China relationship is vital to world peace and stability and both sides should maintain close high-level exchanges. At present, Russia-China economic and trade relations enjoy a sound development momentum and cooperation in high-tech and other areas have yielded positive outcomes. The Russian side looks forward to jointly stepping up cooperation in the docking between the construction of the Eurasian Economic Union and the “Belt and Road” construction. Both countries should enhance coordination and cooperation within the APEC and in other multilateral affairs.

Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin also exchanged in-depth views on international and regional issues of common concern. Both sides agreed to safeguard peace and security in Northeast Asia, Central Asia and other neighboring regions of both countries.

Wang Huning, Li Zhanshu, Yang Jiechi and others attended the meeting.

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

XI JINPING ATTENDS APEC CEO SUMMIT AND DELIVERS KEYNOTE SPEECH

Xi Jinping Attends APEC CEO Summit and Delivers Keynote Speech, Stressing to Pursue Enhanced Partnership for Greater Momentum of Growth and Realize Common Development and Prosperity of the Asia-Pacific

On November 19, 2016 local time, the 2016 APEC CEO Summit was held in Lima, Peru. President Xi Jinping attended the summit at invitation and delivered a keynote speech entitled “Enhanced Partnership for Greater Momentum of Growth”, stressing that the Asia-Pacific must energize the world economy and create new opportunities for global growth. While striving for its own development, China will also work to promote the common development of all Asia-Pacific countries and create more opportunities for people in our region.

Xi Jinping pointed out that the Asia-Pacific is now at a critical stage. With unsurpassed economic aggregate and vibrancy, the Asia-Pacific must lead the way and take strong and coordinated actions to energize the world economy and create new opportunities for global growth.

First, we should promote an open and integrated economy. We need to put in place a framework for regional cooperation featuring equal consultation, joint participation and shared benefits, firmly pursue the construction of a Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP), energize trade and investment to drive growth, make free trade arrangements more open and inclusive and uphold the multilateral trading regime. We need to actively guide globalization, promote equity and justice and make globalization more resilient, inclusive and sustainable, so that people will get a fair share of its benefits and will see that they have a stake in it.

Second, we should enhance connectivity to achieve interconnected development. We need to build a multi-dimensional connectivity network that covers the Asia-Pacific, follow up on the Connectivity Blueprint adopted at the APEC meeting in Beijing in 2014, and make the Asia-Pacific fully connected by 2025. China welcomes all parties to join the “Belt and Road” initiative to meet challenges, share opportunities and seek common development.

Third, we should boost reform and innovation to create more internal driving force. We APEC members should act on consensus and principles reached during the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting held in Beijing and the G20 Hangzhou Summit, change growth model, step up macro-policy coordination, firmly advance structural reform, accelerate efforts to explore new development philosophy, model and pathway, move our industries and products up the global value chain and expand space for development.

Fourth, we should promote win-win cooperation to forge strong partnership. We should commit ourselves to building a community of shared future that will bring us closer, and continue to deepen and expand cooperation in our region. We should build platforms and set rules together and share development outcomes. We should encourage equal participation, full consultation, mutual assistance and shared development. Every effort should be made to foster a sound and stable environment for development, and no factor should be allowed to obstruct the development process of the Asia-Pacific.

Xi Jinping pointed out that China has maintained steady and sound growth, thus giving a strong boost to growth in the Asia-Pacific and the world. China has begun to implement its 13th five-year plan this year. We have adapted to and steered the new normal of economic development, continued to carry out reform across the board, pursue innovation-driven development and accelerated the shift of growth model and economic structural adjustment. Thanks to these efforts, China’s economy is operating within a proper range. Both now and in the time to come, China will carry out supply-side structural reform, promote innovation-driven development, promote high-standard, two-way opening-up and promote shared and green development. China’s economy has a promising future, and China’s development will present great opportunities to the world.

Xi Jinping stressed that since becoming an APEC member 25 years ago, China has, together with other members, pursued development and shared prosperity, advanced opening-up and deepened integration, blazed new trails and taken bold initiatives, and pursued shared development based on mutual respect and assistance. No matter what level of development it may reach, China, with its root in the Asia-Pacific, will continue to contribute to its development and prosperity. China is committed to peaceful development and a win-win strategy of opening-up. While striving for its own development, China will also work to promote the common development of all Asia-Pacific countries and create more opportunities for people in our region. The business community, as the most dynamic force in the global economy, plays a crucial role in driving reform, development and innovation. I hope you will take the lead in pursuing win-win cooperation and make new contribution to economic growth in both the Asia-Pacific and the whole world.

Wang Huning, Li Zhanshu, Yang Jiechi, Leung Chun-ying and other officials were present at above event.

On the same day, Xi Jinping also attended the dialogue between APEC leaders and the representatives of the APEC Business Advisory Council, exchanging views with them on FTAAP and Asia-Pacific economic integration, connectivity, Chinese economy and policies, as well as other topics.

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

XI JINPING MEETS WITH PRESIDENT TRAN DAI QUANG OF VIET NAM

On November 19, 2016 local time, President Xi Jinping met in Lima with President Tran Dai Quang of Viet Nam.

Xi Jinping stressed that China and Viet Nam are friendly neighbors linked by mountains and rivers and share broad common interests. Both sides should firmly hold the correct development direction of bilateral relations, well implement consensus reached by high level officials and well carry out projects which have already been agreed on, so as to push for the sustained, healthy and stable development of bilateral relations and benefit the two peoples. Under the new circumstances, the two countries should maintain high-level exchanges, communicate with each other on bilateral relations and topics of common concern in time, make good use of existing cooperation mechanisms, constantly elevate the quality and level of practical cooperation, accelerate the building of cross-border economic cooperation zones and infrastructure cooperation projects and push for early harvest from production capacity cooperation. We should resolve disputes through bilateral consultation and dialogues, adhere to a cooperation path of shelving differences and engaging in joint development, properly handle problems and maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea.

Xi Jinping pointed out that under current situation, all APEC members should make joint efforts in promoting long-lasting prosperity in Asia-Pacific and safeguarding the region’s role as an engine for global growth. China supports Viet Nam in serving as the host country of the APEC next year, and is willing to, together with Viet Nam, well host next year’s meeting and lay a sound foundation for APEC cooperation in the future.

Tran Dai Quang said that the Communist Party of Viet Nam (CPV) and the Vietnamese government are firmly devoted to developing Viet Nam-China comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership. It is glad to see that at present, under the concerted efforts of both sides, the two countries have maintained rapid development in bilateral relations, consolidated traditional friendship and achieved positive effect from cooperation in various fields, which has brought tangible benefits to the two peoples. The CPV Central Committee congratulates on the success of the sixth plenary session of the 18th Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and the great achievements China has scored in the construction of socialism with Chinese characteristics. The CPV and the Vietnamese government are willing to maintain close high-level contact and make joint efforts with the CPC and the Chinese government to push for the continuous development of bilateral relations on a stable and sustainable track.

Wang Huning, Li Zhanshu, Yang Jiechi and others attended the meeting.

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

XI JINPING MEETS WITH PRESIDENT RODRIGO DUTERTE OF THE PHILIPPINES

On November 19, 2016 local time, President Xi Jinping met in Lima with President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines.

Xi Jinping pointed out that President Rodrigo Duterte’s successful state visit to China last month has comprehensively improved China-Philippines relations, opened up a new chapter of bilateral relations and injected positive energy into regional peace and stability. Both sides should ensure that bilateral relations steadily progress along the right track, stick to friendly cooperation, adhere to proper settlement of disputes and insist on common development, so that China-Philippines good-neighborly and friendly cooperation can enjoy stable and long-term development and benefit the two peoples with more cooperation outcomes.

Xi Jinping stressed that facing a whole new situation, China and the Philippines should reinforce exchanges at all levels, exchange views on major issues of common concern promptly, resume mechanisms in various areas as soon as possible and enhance mutual trust and cooperation. Both countries should cement outcomes from practical cooperation and let the two peoples benefit from them. The two sides should actively discuss maritime cooperation, promote positive interaction in the sea and turn the South China Sea issue into a favorable note in advancing bilateral friendship and cooperation. Non-governmental force should be fully mobilized. Through non-governmental exchanges, both countries can step up the integration of interests and reinforce cooperation in culture, education, health, youth and other areas. Next year, the Philippines will take over the rotating presidency of the ASEAN. China is willing to make concerted efforts with the Philippines to constantly push forward China-ASEAN relations and East Asia cooperation. China and the Philippines are both developing countries within the APEC. China is willing to work with all members, including the Philippines, to keep focusing on economic cooperation and push the Lima meeting this time for a success.

Rodrigo Duterte expressed that his visit to China last month was a complete success with fruitful achievements. The Philippines upholds independent foreign policies, and is willing to be a friend of China, who is like a brother to the Philippines, forever. Grateful for China’s assistance in its development, the Philippines stands ready to strengthen cooperation with China in infrastructure construction and other areas. The two sides share similar views on many issues and should maintain close communication and coordination in a bid to jointly boost Asia’s development and peace, prosperity and justice in the world. The Philippine side is willing to properly deal with relevant maritime issues with China through dialogue and consultation so as to jointly maintain the improvement and development momentum of bilateral relations.

Wang Huning, Li Zhanshu, Yang Jiechi and others attended the meeting.

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

SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT ON AFRICAN AFFAIRS XU JINGHU MEETS WITH PRESIDENT FAUSTIN-ARCHANGE TOUADÉRA OF THE CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

(From Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the European Union)

On November 18, 2016, Special Representative of the Chinese Government on African Affairs Xu Jinghu, who was attending the China-Africa Fundraising Conference, met in Brussels with President Faustin-Archange Touadéra of the Central African Republic.

Special Representative Xu Jinghu conveyed warm greetings and sincere wishes from President Xi Jinping to President Faustin-Archange Touadéra, and offered congratulations on the successful general election of the Central African Republic, which has opened up a new era of peace and development in the country. Special Representative Xu Jinghu said that as a sincere friend and reliable partner of the Central African Republic, China always supports the national construction and peace process of the Central African Republic, and takes the lead in recovering friendly cooperation with the Central African Republic in the international community. China is willing to make joint efforts with the Central African Republic to actively promote cooperation in various fields between the two countries, so as to advance the two countries to achieve comprehensive peace, stable and sustainable development at an early date.

President Faustin-Archange Touadéra thanked President Xi Jinping’s greetings and wishes, and asked Special Representative Xu Jinghu to convey his friendly regards and high respect to President Xi Jinping. Faustin-Archange Touadéra appreciated Special Representative Xu Jinghu to attend and address the China-Africa Fundraising Conference on behalf of the Chinese side, which has played an active leading role in the international community and made contributions to the success of the meeting. He also expressed that China has provided a great deal of assistance and support to the Central African Republic for a long time and boosted the economic and social progress of the country. The Central African Republic is willing to work with the Chinese side to continuously elevate bilateral cooperation to new levels.

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

XI JINPING ARRIVES IN LIMA FOR HIS ATTENDANCE AT THE APEC ECONOMIC LEADERS’ SUMMIT AND STATE VISIT TO PERU

On November 18, 2016 local time, President Xi Jinping arrived in Lima for his attendance at the 24th APEC Economic Leaders’ Summit as well as his state visit to the Republic of Peru.

At around 6: 20 p.m., President Xi Jinping’s special plane arrived at the Las Palmas Air Base in Lima. Xi Jinping and his wife Mme. Peng Liyuan were warmly welcomed by Vice President Mercedes Araoz of Peru and others. The honor guard lined up on both sides of the red carpet.

Xi Jinping extended his sincere greetings and best wishes to the Peruvian people. He pointed out that Peru is an important country in Latin America and it has a long-standing history and splendid culture. People of China and Peru share profound traditional friendship. Since the establishment of bilateral diplomatic relationship 45 years ago, China and Peru have always adhered to the principle of equality, mutual benefit and mutual respect when pushing forward bilateral relations. At present, China-Peru relations maintain a sound momentum of development and share broad prospects of cooperation. My visit this time is to enhance friendship, expand consensus, deepen cooperation and boost development. China supports Peru in hosting the 24th APEC Economic Leaders’ Summit and I’m looking forward to exchanging in-depth views with Peruvian leaders on bilateral relations and major international and regional issues of common concern. It is believed that this visit will be a complete success.

Wang Huning, Li Zhanshu, Yang Jiechi and other delegation members arrived by the same plane.

Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Leung Chun-ying, who arrived earlier for the 24th APEC Economic Leaders’ Summit, and H.E. Jia Guide, Chinese Ambassador to Peru, also greeted them at the airport.

Xi Jinping arrived in Peru after concluding his state visit to Ecuador. Before leaving Ecuador, Xi Jinping attended the grand seeing-off ceremony held by President Rafael Correa of Ecuador. The two heads of state bade farewell to each other in a friendly manner beside the ramp. The honor guard lined up on both sides of the red carpet.

Peru is the second stop of Xi Jinping’s visit. Xi Jinping will also pay a state visit to Chile.

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