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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)

SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT ON AFRICAN AFFAIRS XU JINGHU ATTENDS THE 7TH AU HIGH-LEVEL RETREAT OF SPECIAL ENVOYS AND MEDIATORS ON THE PROMOTION OF PEACE, SECURITY AND STABILITY

From October 26 to 27, 2016, Special Representative of the Chinese Government on African Affairs Ambassador Xu Jinghu attended at invitation the 7th High-Level Retreat of Special Envoys and Mediators on the Promotion of Peace, Security and Stability of the African Union (AU) held in Sharm El Sheikh of Egypt. Special 1Representative Xu Jinghu made remarks at the retreat, introducing China’s constructive participation in peace and security affairs in Africa, as well as China’s position and views on the peaceful settlement of hotspot issues in Africa.

H.E. Ambassador Kuang Weilin, Head of the Chinese Mission to the AU, attended the meeting.

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

AIRLINE PASSENGERS PREVENTING FROM BOARDING PLANE WITH SAMSUNG NOTE 7 PHONES

Two passengers were found carrying two still-in-the-box Samsung Note 7 phones during a routine security check at Tianjin Binhai International Airport on Oct. 29. This is the first time passengers have been found with the phone after Chinese authorities banned the model from airplanes.

Due to many cases of spontaneous combustion, the Civil Aviation Administration of China(CAAC) released a provision on Oct. 26 stating that passengers and staff must not carry Samsung Note 7 phones onto airplanes, or stow them in luggage. The phones also can no longer be delivered by air.

The two passengers found with the phones were bound for Incheon, South Korea, where they intended to return their purchases. After learning about the provision, they agreed to leave their phones with the companion who saw them off.

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