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IT IS RIDICULOUS TO SAY J-20 COPIED U.S. FIGHTER JET: CHINESE MEDIA

To say that the J-20 jet, China’s new-generation stealth fighter, copied the technologies of U.S. F-117A fighter, which the U.S. Air Force first flew in the 1980s, is simply ludicrous,People’s Frontline said in a commentary. The newspaper argued that such voices reflect the jealousy of the U.S.

The original remarks were made by U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein inAugust. People’s Frontline refuted Goldfein’s claim, remarking that if the two models do share similarities, it is only that they both have wheels and wings.

The article exposed the truth behind the dismantled F-117. The aircraft sacrificed aerodynamic design for stealth, rendering it unable to fly at supersonic speeds. In addition, the F-117 could only cover a range of 1,000 kilometers with two land-attack missiles. Its performance is not even compatible with the J-5 and J-6.

Though the F-117 was a point of pride for U.S. military experts, it was shot down by Yugoslavia’s SAM missile. Therefore, the U.S. decided to dismantle the aircraft and started development of the F-22, the paper added.

If, as Goldfein stated, China really had copied the technology of the F-117, then that would indicate that the J-20 is not competitive. But if that were the case, the U.S. government would not continually speak about a “China threat,” People’s Frontline mused.

It’s not reasonable to compare the J-20 to the F-22 and F-35 either, the article said, adding that the latter has been frequently challenged by technical defects. In addition, the expensive F-22 fails to provide sufficient oxygen for the pilot. CNN commented that the F-20 would pose a threat to the U.S. in certain operational scenarios, such as a confrontation over Taiwan or the Diaoyu Islands.

As China makes progress on manned space flight, navigation satellites, early-warning satellites, remote-sensing satellites, aircraft carriers, major stealth destroyers, stealth aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles and large aircraft, the U.S., as a major military power,has exposed its fear through its remarks about China’s achievement.

China hopes to safeguard world peace through the development of cutting-edge weapons.Therefore, it doesn’t matter what the U.S. hegemony says, the paper stated.

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

VICE FOREIGN MINISTER LI BAODONG MEETS WITH UN UNDER-SECRETARY-GENERAL AND UNDP ASSOCIATE ADMINISTRATOR TEGEGNEWORK GETTU

On November 9, 2016, Vice Foreign Minister Li Baodong met at request with UN Under-Secretary-General and UNDP Associate Administrator Tegegnework Gettu, exchanging views on China-UN cooperation, implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the construction of the “Belt and Road” initiative and other topics.

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

VICE FOREIGN MINISTER LIU ZHENMIN MEETS WITH CHAIRMAN OF NATIONAL ACCOUNTABILITY BUREAU QAMAR ZAMAN CHAUDHRY OF PAKISTAN

On November 8, 2016, Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin met at request with Chairman of National Accountability Bureau Qamar Zaman Chaudhry of Pakistan. Both sides exchanged views on China-Pakistan relations, construction of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, situation in South Asia and other topics.

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

CHINA AND GERMANY HOLD THE 14TH HUMAN RIGHTS DIALOGUE

From November 7 to 8, 2016, the 14th China-Germany Human Rights Dialogue was held in Germany. Director-General of the Department of International Organizations and Conferences of the Foreign Ministry Li Junhua co-chaired the dialogue with Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid Bärbel Kofler of Germany.

Both sides mainly exchanged candid, practical, in-depth and open views on respective new progress in human rights, implementation of rule of law, protection of refugees’ rights and other issues. The Chinese side introduced China’s remarkable achievements in human rights with vivid examples and detailed data, stressing that China and Germany have different history, varying national conditions as well as distinct paths of human rights. Upholding the principle of equal treatment, both sides should respect each other’s choice of development path of human rights and learn from each other to make common progress. China pointed out that the purpose of the human rights dialogue is to enhance mutual learning and understanding, but not exert pressure. The German side should comprehensively and objectively view the progress the 1.3 billion Chinese people has made in human rights, avoid seeing the forest for the tress and should not merely focus on individual cases. The Chinese side also expressed concerns over issues confronting Germany, such as refugee rights, xenophobia and excessive use of violence by police, the murder case of a Chinese student in Germany and others.

Prior to the dialogue, at the invitation of the German side, the Chinese delegation also visited relevant refugee protection organizations in Traunstein, Bavaria State and communicated with refugees.

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

XI JINPING SENDS CONGRATULATORY MESSAGE TO DONALD TRUMP ON HIS ELECTION AS US PRESIDENT

On November 9, 2016, President Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory message to Donald Trump on his election as President of the US.

Xi Jinping pointed out in his congratulatory message that as the biggest developing country and the biggest developed country respectively, as well as the top two economies in the world, China and the US bear special and important responsibilities in maintaining world peace and stability, and promoting global development and prosperity, as well as share broad common interests. The development of a long-term, healthy and stable China-US relationship conforms to the fundamental interests of the two peoples and is also a common expectation of the international community. Attaching great importance to China-US relations, I look forward to working with you to, in the principle of non-conflict, non-confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation, expand bilateral cooperation in all fields at bilateral, regional and global levels, manage and control differences in a constructive way, push bilateral relations for greater progress at a new starting point and better benefit the two peoples and people of all countries.

Vice President Li Yuanchao sent a congratulatory message to Mike Pence on his election as the Vice President of the US.

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

XI JINPING TO PAY STATE VISITS TO ECUADOR, PERU AND CHILE AND ATTEND THE 24TH APEC ECONOMIC LEADERS’ SUMMIT IN LIMA

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang announces:

At the invitation of President Rafael Correa Delgado of the Republic of Ecuador, President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski of the Republic of Peru and President Michelle Bachelet Jeria of the Republic of Chile, President Xi Jinping will pay state visits to the aforementioned three countries from November 17 to 23. At the invitation of President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski of the Republic of Peru, President Xi Jinping will attend the 24th APEC Economic Leaders’ Summit in Lima, Peru from November 19 to 20.

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

LI KEQIANG RETURNS TO BEIJING AFTER CONCLUDING HIS VISITS

On the morning of November 9, 2016, after his successful attendance at the 15th Meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Council of Heads of Governments (Prime Ministers), the 3rd China-Kazakhstan Regular Prime Ministers’ Meeting, the 5th Summit of China and Central and Eastern European Countries, and the 21st Regular Meeting between Chinese Premier and Russian Prime Minister, as well as after concluding his successful official visits to Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Latvia and Russia, Premier Li Keqiang returned to Beijing by special plane.

Upon Premier Li Keqiang’s departure from Moscow, senior officials from the Russian government, H.E. Li Hui, Chinese Ambassador to Russia and others saw him off at the airport. Russia held a grand farewell ceremony for Li Keqiang. Military band played the national anthems of China and Russia. Li Keqiang reviewed the march-past of the guard of honor.

Vice Premier Liu Yandong and Vice Premier Wang Yang returned to Beijing on the same day.

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

LI KEQIANG MEETS WITH PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN OF RUSSIA

On the afternoon of November 8, 2016 local time, Premier Li Keqiang met at the Kremlin Palace in Moscow with President Vladimir Putin of Russia.

Li Keqiang first conveyed President Xi Jinping’s sincere greetings to President Vladimir Putin, and expressed that as the biggest neighbors to each other as well as comprehensive strategic partners of coordination, China and Russia have always kept moving steadily forward and continuously achieved new fruits from bilateral relations and cooperation. China-Russia cooperation is not only beneficial to the two sides, but also to peace, stability, development and prosperity of the region and the world at large. Both sides should well implement consensus reached by the two heads of state and uplift China-Russia relations to another new level.

Li Keqiang pointed out that China is willing to, together with Russia, explore cooperation potential, expand cooperation area, consolidate the recovering and stabilizing momentum of bilateral trade, promote cooperation in major projects of oil, natural gas, civilian nuclear energy, aviation and aerospace and strengthen cooperation in finance and infrastructure construction. Both sides should promote the deepening cooperation of small-and medium-sized enterprises, which would stimulate the market’s vitality while providing necessary support and assistance to cooperation between the two countries’ major enterprises. The two countries should elevate the level of people-to-people and cultural exchanges and consolidate the public opinion foundation of bilateral relations.

Vladimir Putin said that with close exchanges between Russian and Chinese heads of state and government leaders, inter-governmental cooperation mechanism undergoes smooth operation. The successful regular meeting between Russian Prime Minister and Chinese Premier has promoted the development of bilateral practical cooperation. At present, Russia and China have stabilized for the better in trade area and shared sound cooperation in electromechanical equipments, import and export of agricultural products and other fields as well as positive development in energy cooperation and broad prospects in aerospace cooperation. Russia is willing to work with China to constantly expand bilateral investment, and strengthen cooperation in such areas as high-speed railways and finance, so as to continuously deepen bilateral relations and cooperation.

Vice Premier Liu Yandong, Vice Premier Wang Yang and First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov of Russia attended the meeting.

Li Keqiang arrived in Moscow from St. Petersburg by special plane after successfully attending the 21st Regular Meeting between Chinese Premier and Russian Prime Minister.

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

LI KEQIANG HOLDS TALKS WITH PRIME MINISTER ALGIRDAS BUTKEVICIUS OF LITHUANIA AND PRIME MINISTER ROBERT FICO OF SLOVAKIA

On the afternoon of November 5, 2016 local time, Premier Li Keqiang held talks respectively with Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius of Lithuania and Prime Minister Robert Fico of Slovakia while attending the 5th Summit of China and Central and Eastern European Countries (CEEC) at the National Library of Latvia in Riga.

In his talks with Algirdas Butkevicius, Li Keqiang expressed that China-Lithuania relations are experiencing smooth progress. China appreciates Lithuania’s active efforts in developing relations with China and is willing to enhance practical cooperation with Lithuania to realize mutual benefit and win-win results and benefit the two peoples.

Algirdas Butkevicius said that Lithuania is deeply satisfied with the development of bilateral relations and expects to further expand bilateral cooperation in trade and investment. The “16+1 cooperation” is of great importance and Lithuania is willing to actively push the cooperation for more achievements.

In his talks with Robert Fico, Li Keqiang stated that both sides should respect each other’s core interests and major concerns and meet each other halfway, so as to promote the sound and stable development of China-Slovakia relations.

Robert Fico noted that the Slovakian government attaches great importance to its relations with China and its principled stance of sticking to the one-China policy remains unchanged. Slovakia is ready to join hands with China to push the sound progress of bilateral relations in the right direction.

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

FATHER TRACKS CHILD WITH GPS DEVICE, SPARKS DEBATE

A father in Wuhan, Hubei province reportedly installed three GPS trackers on his little one in an attempt to stay informed of his child’s coordinates at any given time. Although he took the extreme action out of concern for his child’s safety, his decision has nevertheless triggered public debate.

“For fear that bad guys might take off the GPS watch, I put two additional GPS trackers inside the backpack and clothing,” the father explained, adding that the devices have twice helped him to locate his child at critical moments.

Not everyone considers such protective measures necessary, however. According to a survey conducted among 38 parents, 80 percent think it is practical to install GPS tracker son their children; the rest believe that there is no need to be so nervous.

Keeping a close eye on children is an understandable impulse and should be lauded,according to education experts in Wuhan. Children should also be taught how to protect themselves in case of an emergency, the experts said.

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