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ASSISTANT FOREIGN MINISTER LIU HAIXING MEETS WITH DIRECTOR-GENERAL FOR POLITICAL AFFAIRS OF FOREIGN MINISTRY ANDRE HASPELS OF THE NETHERLANDS

On November 17, 2016, Assistant Foreign Minister Liu Haixing met with Director-General for Political Affairs of the Foreign Ministry Andre Haspels of the Netherlands. Both sides exchanged views on China-Netherlands relations, China-Europe relations and topics of common concern.

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

VICE FOREIGN MINISTER LIU ZHENMIN GIVES JOINT INTERVIEW TO CHINESE AND FOREIGN MEDIA DURING MARRAKECH CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE

On November 16, 2016, Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin, who was attending the Marrakech Climate Change Conference in Morocco, gave a joint interview to more than 10 Chinese and foreign media including Xinhua News Agency, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, Christian Science Monitor, Der Spiegel, Dragon Television and Caixin Media. He answered journalists’ questions on expected outcomes from the Marrakesh Conference, the follow-up negotiation and implementation of the Paris Agreement, China’s actions to cope with climate change, South-South cooperation and other topics.

Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin noted that the Marrakesh Conference is the first UN Climate Change Conference after the Paris Agreement being reached and entered into force, which is of great significance. The Chinese side hopes that the conference will make positive progress on the planning and arrangement of follow-up negotiation of the Paris Agreement, strengthening pre-2020 actions, providing fund to developing countries, capacity building and other topics. The conference should promote the follow-up negotiation and implementation of the Paris Agreement in the principle of equality, common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capacities and push forward the comprehensive, sustained and effective implementation of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin expressed that it is an extensive understanding of the international community to jointly tackle climate change and a global trend to adopt green and low-carbon development. The Chinese government will continue to conduct active measures to cope with climate change, which is not only a commitment of China to the international community as a responsible major country, but also the inevitable demand of China to realize sustainable development. In response to a question about China-US climate change cooperation, Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin said that just as President Xi Jinping pointed out during his telephone talks with US President-elect Donald Trump on November 14, 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 need cooperation and there are a lot of things could be done through cooperation. In recent years, the US has demonstrated important leadership on climate change. China is willing to continue the dialogues and practical cooperation in climate change with the new term of US government so as to better benefit the two peoples and people of other countries.

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XI JINPING MEETS WITH PRIME MINISTER MATTEO RENZI OF ITALY

On November 16, 2016 local time, President Xi Jinping met on the Sardinia Island of Italy with Prime Minister Matteo Renzi of Italy.

Xi Jinping thanked Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his wife for coming from Rome for the meeting here, and expressed sincere condolences to the people who were affected by the earthquake hitting Italy not long ago. Xi Jinping wished the Italian people to overcome difficulties and rebuild their homeland at an early date.

Xi Jinping pointed out that Italy is a trustworthy good friend and important cooperation partner of China in the EU. The development momentum of China-Italy comprehensive strategic partnership is encouraging. China attaches high importance to bilateral relations, and is willing to make joint efforts with the Italian side to enrich the connotation of bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership, so as to bring more benefits to the two peoples. Both sides should maintain high-level exchanges, intensify personnel exchanges at all levels, enhance the docking between the “Belt and Road” initiative and Italy’s development strategies, deepen people-to-people and cultural exchanges and strengthen coordination and cooperation in international and regional affairs.

Xi Jinping stressed that the EU is an important pillar of the world and a comprehensive strategic partner of China. At present, the European situation is going through key changes. The Chinese side supports a prosperous and stable Europe. It is hoped that Italy could play a positive role in promoting the long-term, stable and healthy development of China-EU relations.

Xi Jinping briefed the sixth plenary session of the 18th Communist Party of China Central Committee.

Matteo Renzi expressed that both Italy and China are countries with long history and ancient civilizations. Both countries enjoy a long-standing friendship and bilateral relations enjoy a sound momentum of development. Italy spoke highly of China’s development achievements, and is willing to actively participate in the “Belt and Road” construction, and deepen cooperation in such areas as economy, trade, energy, innovation, culture and tourism with China, so as to benefit the two peoples. The Italian side devotes itself to constantly advancing EU-China relations to jointly safeguard world peace and stability.

Mme.Peng Liyuan, Yang Jiechi and others attended the meeting.

Xi Jinping made a technical stop on the Sardinia Island of Italy on his way to the Republic of Ecuador, the Republic of Peru and the Republic of Chile for state visits and to attend the 24th APEC Economic Leaders’ Summit held in Peru.

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MIRACLE! MAINTENANCE MEN ALIVE AFTER FALLING FROM 32ND FLOOR

Two maintenance workers in Nanjing survived a heart-pounding elevator descent, which occurred suddenly as they were making repairs to the elevator’s cables. After the incident,doctors said chances of survival in such a circumstance are slim.

The two workers, surnamed Li and Huang, were replacing the wire cables of an elevator in an office building. Before they realized what was happening, the elevator suddenly plunged 33 floors.

Fortunately, both men are reportedly recovering after timely treatment, though Huang’s injuries are more severe than Li’s. Doctors conducted a four-hour operation on Huang,who sustained a comminuted fracture.

Mao Guoqing, Huang’s attending physician, said that workers naturally bend forward or even bow their bodies while repairing elevators, which protects them from severe injuries.

The cause of the accident still remains unknown. As for what saved the two men, it could have been the buffer device that helped to reduce impact as the elevator fell to the ground,guessed a co-worker of the injured men.

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

CHINA HAILS RETURN OF “RED NOTICE” FUGITIVE FROM U.S.

BEIJING, Nov. 16 — The return to China of its most wanted fugitive Yang Xiuzhu is “a major achievement” in China-U.S. law enforcement cooperation, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said.

Yang, who had been on the run for 13 years, returned to China Wednesday and turned herself in to the authorities, according to the Communist Party of China’s disciplinary watchdog.

“Yang’s return is a major achievement in China-U.S. law enforcement cooperation on anti-corruption,” spokesperson Geng Shuang said at a press briefing.

According to Geng, China and the United States communicated and cooperated through a Joint Liaison Group on law enforcement cooperation, to secure the return of Yang, who fled to the United States in May 2014.

“China appreciates the assistance of the United States and all other countries involved in the process,” he said.

Yang, 70, who was former deputy director of the construction bureau of east China’s Zhejiang Province, fled China in April 2003 after graft inspectors began an investigation into her alleged involvement in embezzlement, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) said.

She was number one on China’s top 100 fugitives, which were released in an Interpol “red notice.” Yang is the 37th to return so far.

Geng said the successful cooperation shows that corruption is the common enemy of the international community.

The international community agree on a “zero tolerance, zero loopholes and zero barrier”approach in anti-corruption law enforcement cooperation, said Geng.

“China will continue to cooperate with other countries to bring back corrupt fugitives,” the spokesperson said.

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

XINJIANG MAN RECORDS LIFE USING CARTOONS

Liu Zihao, a young man living in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, has been drawing cartoons about daily life in an oil field since he became an employee of Tarim Oil Field four months ago. Liu has now adapted to his new environment. He said drawing cartoons is a good way to record daily events. Liu comes from Korla in southern Xinjiang. He began drawing cartoons as a university student.

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CHINESE CONSUMERS DEMAND RESPONSE FROM APPLE TO IPHONE SHUTDOWNS

The China Consumers Association (CCA) has made an official query about iPhone shutdowns, asking Apple to give a response within 10 days. The response should address the reason why many iPhones are automatically shutting off, as well as offer a solution to the problem.

A considerable number of iPhone users have reported the sudden and unprompted shutdown of their devices. One iPhone 6 user stated that his iPhone automatically shut off despite its 40-percent battery charge at the time. Apple customer service representatives have pointed to cold temperatures and use of the phone while charging as possible causes of the issue. However, Chinese consumers are not satisfied with these explanations.

After receiving a high number of complaints, the China Consumers Association (CCA) has asked Apple to investigate the problem and its probable cause. In addition, Apple has been asked to provide a solution to the problem.

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

CHINA’S CENTRAL BANK TO ATTEMPT DEVELOPMENT OF DIGITAL CURRENCY

China’s central bank is attempting to create a digital currency, which means that the use of a national digital currency may be feasible sooner than expected. Currently, there is no timetable for when the currency will be made available.

The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) is seeking six developers with advanced degrees in computer science, information security and cryptography for positions to begin in 2017,according to the bank’s annual announcement of job vacancies, released on Nov.15.

In 2014, the bank established a research group for the study of digital currency, according to Yao Qian, the group leader and deputy director of the technology department of the PBOC. The team pushed forward achievements in areas such as technology and legal issues in 2015.

A digital currency would potentially render unnecessary the cost associated with issuing paper currency, according to digital currency experts at a seminar in January. Currently,the central bank is working on the development of a prototype system, Yao said, adding that digital currency will co-exist with cash for quite a long time before the former eventually replaces the latter.

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

DEPUTY DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF THE PROTOCOL DEPARTMENT OF THE FOREIGN MINISTRY ZHANG YIMING ACCEPTS COPY OF CREDENTIALS FROM NEWLY-APPOINTED KUWAITI AMBASSADOR TO CHINA

On November 16, 2016, Deputy Director-General of the Protocol Department of the Foreign Ministry Zhang Yiming accepted the copy of credentials presented by newly-appointed Kuwaiti Ambassador to China Sameeh Essa Johar Hayat.

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XI JINPING LEAVES BEIJING FOR STATE VISITS TO THE REPUBLIC OF ECUADOR, THE REPUBLIC OF PERU AND THE REPUBLIC OF CHILE AND ATTENDANCE AT THE 24TH APEC ECONOMIC LEADERS’ SUMMIT HELD IN LIMA OF PERU

On the morning of November 16, 2016, 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 left Beijing by special plane for state visits to Ecuador, Peru and Chile. At the invitation of President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski of the Republic of Peru, President Xi Jinping will attend the 24th APEC Economic Leaders’ Summit held in Lima of Peru.

Members of Xi Jinping’s delegation include his wife Mme. Peng Liyuan, member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and Director of the Policy Research Office of the CPC Central Committee Wang Huning, member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, member of the Secretariat of the CPC Central Committee and Director of the General Office of the CPC Central Committee Li Zhanshu, State Councilor Yang Jiechi and others.

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