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China-US Joint Liaison Group on Law Enforcement Cooperation (JLG) Holds the 14th Plenary Session

From November 21 to 22, 2016, the 14th plenary session of the China-US Joint Liaison Group on Law Enforcement Cooperation (JLG), which lasted for two days, was held in Beijing. Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin and Charge d’affaires ad interim of the US Embassy in China David Rank attended the opening ceremony of the plenary session and delivered speeches. The session reviewed the situation of law enforcement cooperation over the past year, and the two sides exchanged views on law enforcement cooperation issues of common concern, including cooperation in anti-corruption, fugitive repatriation and asset recovery, combating cyber crimes, drug control and many other hotspot issues, charting the course for next-stage cooperation.

The JLG plenary session this time is, on the Chinese side, co-headed by Director General of the Department of Treaty and Law of the Foreign Ministry Xu Hong, Deputy Director of the International Cooperation Department at the Ministry of Public Security Hu Binchen and Deputy Director-General of the International Cooperation Bureau of the Ministry of Supervision Cai Wei. Representatives assigned by the Foreign Ministry, Ministry of Public Security, Ministry of Supervision, Ministry of Justice, General Administration of Customs, People’s Bank of China, the Supreme People’s Court, the Supreme People’s Procuratorate as well as the Chinese Embassy in the US attended the meeting. The US delegation was co-headed by Assistant Secretary of State William Brownfield, Deputy Assistant Attorney General of Department of Justice Bruce Swartz, and Assistant Secretary of Department of Homeland Security Matthew King. Representatives from US Department of State, Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, the US Embassy in China and the US Consulate General in Hong Kong were present at the meeting.

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

Assistant Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou Visits Pakistan

From November 20 to 21, 2016, at the invitation of Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry of Pakistan, Assistant Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou visited Pakistan, during which he met with Advisor to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz of Pakistan, and held working talks with Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry of Pakistan.

Both sides spoke highly of the positive progress made in China-Pakistan all-weather strategic cooperative partnership, and expressed that both sides will maintain high-level exchanges, deepen pragmatic cooperation in various fields and constantly push for new progress in bilateral relations. Both sides attach great importance to the construction of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, which is believed to be of great importance to the development and prosperity of the two countries, the two peoples and the wider region. Both sides agreed to make joint efforts to ensure a safe, stable and orderly progress of the construction of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

Both sides stressed that China and Pakistan are a community of common destiny, and bilateral friendship is rock-firm. China-Pakistan friendship and cooperation conform to the fundamental interests of the two countries and the two peoples, and are conducive to regional peace, stability and development. Both sides reiterated that they will continue to firmly support each other on issues concerning respective core interests, resolutely crack down on all forms of terrorism including the East Turkistan Islamic Movement, as well as promote the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned reconciliation process, so as to join efforts to boost peace and prosperity in South Asia.

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

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

XI JINPING AND PENG LIYUAN ATTEND THE CLOSING CEREMONY OF CHINA-LATIN AMERICA CULTURAL EXCHANGE YEAR AND VISIT THE EXHIBITION OF “LONG DISTANCE SEPARATES NO BOSOM FRIENDS- TREASURES OF CHINA” TOGETHER WITH PRESIDENT PEDRO PABLO KUCZYNSKI OF PERU AND HIS WIFE

On November 21, 2016 local time, together with President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski of Peru and his wife Mme. Nancy Lange, President Xi Jinping and his wife Mme. Peng Liyuan attended the closing ceremony of China-Latin America Cultural Exchange Year in Lima and visited the exhibition “Long Distance Separates No Bosom Friends – Treasures of China”.

When arriving at the National Museum of Archeology, Anthropology and History of Peru, Xi Jinping and Mme. Peng Liyuan were warmly received by President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski and his wife. On their way to the hall where the closing ceremony was held, the two heads of state and their wives visited a photo exhibition “A River of Civilization – Mutual Learning between China and Peru” and enjoyed the Chinese folk song “Song of Yimeng Mountain” and a Peruvian folk song “El Cóndor Pasa” by the China National Traditional Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra of Peru.

The two heads of state delivered speeches at the closing ceremony respectively.

Xi Jinping pointed out that during my visit to Latin America in July 2014, I proposed the initiative to host the 2016 China-Latin America Cultural Exchange Year, which is actively responded by governments and peoples of Latin America. The rich cultures and arts of China and Latin America bloom like splendid flowers on each other’s vast land, pushing the mutual learning between the Chinese and Latin American civilizations to a new high.

Xi Jinping stressed that cultural exchanges between China and Latin America enjoy a time-honored history. In recent years, bilateral cultural exchanges are flourishing. The two peoples, though separated by long distance, enjoy connected hearts and deep friendship. Both sides boast long histories and splendid civilizations, have suffered from foreign intrusion and social unrest, and are committed to the great cause of developing economy and improving people’s livelihood now. Common dream and common pursuit have both sides closely linked. Economic development and cultural prosperity are both needed to achieve our great dreams. On the basis of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit, we should continue to deepen cultural dialogues between China and Latin America so as to make mutual learning of civilizations become a bridge for enhancing bilateral friendship, a driving force for advancing the progress of human society and a bond of promoting world peace.

Xi Jinping pointed out that cultural relations are an important part of China-Latin America overall diplomatic relations. We should take the 2016 China-Latin America Cultural Exchange Year as a new start, firmly grasp this historical opportunity of China-Latin America overall cooperation, effectively learn from each other’s cultural achievements as well as make the civilizations of China and Latin America a model of harmonious coexistence and mutual promotion among different civilizations, so as to add more gorgeous colors to the diverse world cultural landscape.

Pedro Pablo Kuczynski said that both as ancient civilizations with thousands years of cultures and histories, Peru and China have been learning from each other for a long time. In recent years, cultural exchanges between both sides have become more frequent. The Peruvian side is willing to strengthen cultural exchanges with China to better facilitate the development of bilateral relations.

After the closing ceremony, Xi Jinping, Mme. Peng Liyuan, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski and his wife jointly visited the exhibition “Long Distance Separates No Bosom Friends – Treasures of China”.

The exhibition “Long Distance Separates No Bosom Friends-Treasures of China” showcased a total of 121 items including Chinese jade, Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Tang San Cai (tri-colored glazed pottery of the Tang Dynasty) and porcelain that condensed 5000 years of essence of the Chinese civilization.

Wang Huning, Li Zhanshu, Yang Jiechi and others were present.

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

XI JINPING MEETS WITH PRESIDENT OF CONGRESS LUZ SALGADO OF PERU

On November 21, 2016 local time, President Xi Jinping met in Lima with President of Congress Luz Salgado of Peru.

When Xi Jinping arrived at the Congress, the military band played the welcoming music. Xi Jinping inspected the guard of honor. Luz Salgado warmly greeted him at the Congress’s entrance.

Xi Jinping stressed that China and Peru are good friends with mutual trust as well as good partners with common development. Since the establishment of bilateral diplomatic relationship 45 years ago, China and Peru have maintained smooth development in bilateral relations, conducted frequent high-level exchanges, constantly deepened political mutual trust, yielded fruitful outcomes from practical cooperation and intensified people-to-people and cultural exchanges, thus constantly presenting new vitalities from China-Peru comprehensive strategic partnership. The Chinese side is full of confidence in the bright prospects of the development of bilateral relations, and is willing to, together with the Peruvian side, well implement all consensus and outcomes reached during this visit and elevate bilateral relations to a new high in a bid to better benefit the two peoples.

Xi Jinping pointed out that exchanges between legislative bodies are an important part of state relations. The National People’s Congress and the Peruvian Congress maintain friendly exchanges and cooperation, which has vigorously pushed bilateral relations for all-round development. The two legislative bodies should improve existing communication mechanisms, intensify friendly exchanges at all levels, strengthen experience exchanges in legislation, supervision, governance and administration of state affairs and other aspects, cement communication and coordination within international parliamentary organizations and make contributions to pushing forward healthy and stable development of China-Peru relations.

Luz Salgado welcomed President Xi Jinping’s visit to Peru, and expressed that Peru and China share traditional friendship. Peru admires China’s development achievements. Attaching importance to developing its relations with China, the Peruvian Congress is willing to work with the Chinese legislative body to enhance communication and cooperation and intensify cooperation in infrastructure construction, knowledge and technology transfer, youths and other fields, so as to push forward Peru-China comprehensive strategic partnership.

Yang Jiechi and others attended the meeting.

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

XI JINPING DELIVERS IMPORTANT SPEECH AT PERUVIAN CONGRESS

On November 21, 2016 local time, President Xi Jinping delivered an important speech entitled Sailing Forward to Build A Bright Future of China-Latin America Relations at the Peruvian Congress, stressing that both sides should hold high the banner of peaceful development and cooperation, build together the giant ship of China-Latin America community of common destiny, and launch sincere cooperation along the path towards the Chinese Dream and the Latin American Dream, so as to push bilateral comprehensive cooperative partnership for higher-level development.

At 3:50 p.m. local time, Xi Jinping and President of Congress Luz Salgado of Peru entered the congress hall together. The audience stood up and applauded. The national anthems of China and Peru were played. Luz Salgado welcomed Xi Jinping’s visit to the Congress and conferred Xi Jinping the Grand-Cross Medal of Honor, the highest level of honor of the Peruvian Congress. Xi Jinping started his speech amidst warm applause.

Xi Jinping pointed out that Peru is China’s “neighbor” across the Pacific Ocean. Since the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Peru 45 years ago, the two countries have fostered a friendship featuring sincerity and equal treatment and achieved mutually beneficial cooperation and common development. China and Peru are good brothers with mutual trust, good partners with common development and good friends with shared responsibility. Peru aims to achieve the goal of “a just, fair and united Peru” in 2021. By then, the Chinese people will have built a moderately prosperous society in all respects, which is the first of our “two centenary goals”. We will join efforts to fulfill our dreams.

Xi Jinping stressed that China-Latin America friendship is long-standing and well-established. In the new century, China-Latin America relationship has achieved leapfrog development with comprehensive progress in cooperation in various fields. We have established a China-Latin America comprehensive cooperative partnership featuring equality, mutual benefit and common development, set up the Forum between China and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), and ushered bilateral relations into a new phase of parallel development and mutual promotion between overall cooperation and bilateral cooperation, which is in line with the trend of the times and the fundamental interests of the two peoples. Standing at a new historical starting point, we should build together the giant ship of China-Latin America community of common destiny to lead China-Latin America relationship into a new voyage. On this account, I would like to make following proposals.

First, we should hold high the banner of peaceful development and cooperation so as to make the ship of China-Latin America community of common destiny travel steadier and further. We should enhance strategic communication and dialogue on global issues and strive to elevate the representation and voice of emerging markets and developing countries. China firmly supports Latin American countries in exploring development paths in line with their national conditions, realizing joint self-enhancement, development and revitalization and playing a greater role in international and regional affairs.

Second, we should advance the docking of development strategies so that the ship of China-Latin America community of common destiny will ride the tide and travel far. We should enhance the docking between development plans of China and development strategies of Latin American and Caribbean countries, and dovetail the development of China-Latin America relations with international and regional development. We should actively participate in the trade and investment arrangement and innovation development in the Asia-Pacific area and integrate into a broader network of mutually beneficial cooperation.

Third, we should accelerate development, so that the ship of China-Latin America community of common destiny can be loaded with prosperity. We should upgrade the level of China-Latin America practical cooperation, stimulate new growth through trade, promote new development through investment, provide new support with financial cooperation, foster new impetus by industrial alignment, create new opportunities with overall cooperation and firmly advance the development of China-CELAC Forum.

Fourth, we should share cooperation results, so that the ship of China-Latin America community of common destiny can benefit the two peoples. We should help the two peoples become the promoters, practitioners and beneficiaries of China-Latin America cooperation and carry out people-to-people and cultural exchanges and mutual learning of civilization in order to realize the synchronous development of China-Latin America cooperation at both material and spiritual levels.

Xi Jinping pointed out that at present, all countries should promote the construction of a new type of international relations with win-win cooperation as its core and build a community of shared future for mankind. We should establish a partnership featuring equal treatment, consultation and mutual accommodation, a shared security pattern featuring fairness, justice and joint construction, a development prospect of inclusiveness, reciprocity, openness and innovation, cultural exchanges featuring harmony in diversity and open mind, and a ecosystem with respect for nature and green development.

Xi Jinping stressed that China will always be a builder of world peace, a contributor to global development and an upholder of international order. Adhering to the path of peaceful development, China will stick to the path of common development, continue to pursue a win-win and mutually beneficial strategy of opening up, actively practice the correct viewpoint of righteousness and benefit, and welcome other countries to ride on China’s development to achieve common development. With bright prospects in its own economic development, China will contribute to global economic development. China is willing to join hands with other countries to promote robust, sustainable, balanced and inclusive growth of the world economy.

Xi Jinping stressed that we should seize the pulse of the time and development opportunities to jointly forge a China-Latin America community of common destiny featuring joint progress.

At the end of the speech, the audience responded with prolonged applause.

More than 200 people attended the speech, including Vice President Mercedes Aráoz of Peru, President of the Council of Ministers Fernando Zavala Lombardi, President of Constitutional Court Manuel Miranda, government ministers, congress members, representatives of mayors and governors, representatives from the army, representatives of diplomatic corps in Peru and international organizations as well as representatives of local overseas Chinese and Chinese-funded institutions.

Wang Huning, Li Zhanshu, Yang Jiechi and others were present.

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

XI JINPING HOLDS TALKS WITH PRESIDENT PEDRO PABLO KUCZYNSKI OF PERU

Xi Jinping Holds Talks with President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski of Peru

Both Heads of State Agree to Push China-Peru Comprehensive Strategic Partnership for Better and Faster Development

On November 21, 2016 local time, President Xi Jinping held talks with President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski of Peru in Lima. Both heads of state spoke highly of the development of China-Peru relations and results yielded in practical cooperation in various fields. They also exchanged in-depth views on issues of common concern and reached broad consensus.

Xi Jinping pointed out that this year marks the 45th anniversary of the establishment of China-Peru diplomatic relations. Merely 6 weeks after taking office, President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski visited China where both heads of state held productive talks and unanimously agreed to usher China-Peru relations to a new stage. I hope that this visit could deepen the traditional friendship of both countries, promote dialogues and cooperation in an all-round manner and push China-Peru comprehensive strategic partnership for greater development, so as to bring more benefits to the two peoples.

Xi Jinping stressed that the following 5 years are a crucial period for respective development. China will complete the first goal of the “two centenary goals” and Peru will realize the dream of becoming a modernized country. Under the new circumstance, we should attach great importance to top-level design and overall coordination, make good use of bilateral cooperation mechanisms, well implement the two countries’ joint action plan from 2016 to 2021 and strengthen the docking of development strategies, so as to put the consensus reached by both sides into practice for real results. We should speed up economic and trade cooperation and start the new engine of production capacity cooperation to promote early harvest of key projects. We should also continue giving full play to traditional engines such as mining industry, energy and infrastructure construction, tap new growth points of cooperation in such areas as environmental protection, clean energy and information connectivity, and actively explore the upgrade of free trade agreement to inject new impetus into the growth and optimization of bilateral trade. The Chinese government will continue to encourage competent and qualified Chinese enterprises to invest and develop in Peru. We should continue to expand people-to-people and cultural exchanges in culture, education, science, technology, public health, sports, media, universities, think tanks and other areas, and strengthen cooperation in tourism. China is willing to work together with Peru to jointly promote better and faster development of China-Peru relations.

Xi Jinping congratulated Peru on the success of the 24th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting and pointed out a series of important outcomes achieved at the meeting, which injects strong impetus into the sustained development and common prosperity of the Asia-Pacific region, and demonstrates Peru’s contributions and the wisdom of Latin America. China stands ready to, together with Peru and other member states, inherit the past and usher in the future, earnestly implement the consensus, advance the process of the Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP), build an open Asia-Pacific economy, and make greater contributions to the economic growth of the Asia-Pacific and the world.

Pedro Pablo Kuczynski warmly welcomed President Xi Jinping’s state visit to Peru. He noted that Peru and China share similar historical experiences, and both are currently committed to national development and revitalization. At present, the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries continues to develop, and bilateral cooperation in economy, trade and people-to-people and cultural engagement enjoys great potential. Peru stands ready to, together with China, promote the upgrade of bilateral free trade agreement, and welcome Chinese enterprises to increase investment in mineral, energy, hydroelectricity, transportation, infrastructure and other fields and participate in the connectivity construction in Peru. Peru hopes to enhance education and cultural exchanges as well as tourism cooperation with China to bring more convenience for personnel exchanges between both countries. Peru and China have maintained sound communication and coordination in multilateral mechanisms such as the UN. Peru appreciates China’s support to Peru in successfully holding the 24th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting, and stands ready to, together with China, continue to facilitate the trade and investment liberalization in the Asia-Pacific region and oppose protectionism.

After the talks, the two heads of state witnessed the signing of the 2016-2021 Inter-governmental Joint Action Plan of the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of Peru and several cooperation documents in economy and trade, mineral, industrial park, information connectivity, economic technology, quality inspection, environment and other fields.

Before the talks, Xi Jinping attended the welcome ceremony held by Pedro Pablo Kuczynski at the square in front of the Presidential Palace. At 9:45 a.m. local time, Xi Jinping and his wife Mme. Peng Liyuan arrived at the square in front of the Presidential Palace. A 21-gun salute was fired. Xi Jinping reviewed the guard of honor. Xi Jinping shook hands warmly with Pedro Pablo Kuczynski. The military band played the national anthems of the two countries.

Before the welcome ceremony, Xi Jinping and Mme. Peng Liyuan laid wreaths to the Monument to the Heroes and Pioneers of Independence of Peru in the company of Pedro Pablo Kuczynski and his wife.

Wang Huning, Li Zhanshu, Yang Jiechi and others attended above-mentioned events.

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

‘FIRST KISS’ COFFEE IN YUNNAN PROVINCE

In many places in southwestern China’s Yunnan province, it’s not uncommon to manually peel coffee beans using one’s mouth – a traditional, primitive way of preparing coffee beans. Coffee made from beans prepared this way is sometimes known as “first kiss” coffee.

The prevelance of this habit can be partially attributed to a love story in which a young woman miraculously saves the life of her war-wounded beloved by feeding him coffee made from coffee beans she peels with her own mouth.

Yunnan has a long history when it comes to coffee production. Zhukula Coffee in Yunnan, known as the oldest coffee in China, was first introduced to the remote village of Zhukula by a French missionary 120 years ago. Today, local residents are trying to make Zhukula coffee a well-known brand.

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

ASSISTANT FOREIGN MINISTER LIU HAIXING MEETS WITH MINISTER OF JUSTICE KRZYSZTOF KWIATKOWSKI OF POLAND

On November 22, 2016, Assistant Foreign Minister Liu Haixing met at request with Minister of Justice Krzysztof Kwiatkowski of Poland, exchanging views on China-Poland relations, cooperation between China and Central and Eastern European countries as well as other topics of common interests.

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

CHINA AND THE UK HOLD CONSULTATIONS ON ARMS CONTROL AND NONPROLIFERATION

On November 22, 2016, Director-General of the Department of Arms Control of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Wang Qun and Director of Defence and International Security Department of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Peter Jones of the UK held consultations on arms control and nonproliferation in Beijing. Both sides exchanged in-depth views on the P5 Conference, the review process of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, the implementation of non-proliferation and chemical, biological and conventional arms disarmament as well as other international and regional hotspot issues of common interests.

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