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CONSULTATION BETWEEN DIRECTOR-GENERALS (LEGAL ADVISERS) OF DEPARTMENTS OF TREATY AND LAW OF MINISTRIES OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF CHINA AND US HELD IN WASHINGTON DC

On November 1, 2016, Director-General of the Department of Treaty and Law of Ministry of Foreign Affairs Xu Hong held the 2016 annual consultation between Director-Generals (Legal Advisors) of the Departments of Treaty and Law of Ministries of Foreign Affairs of China and the US with Legal Adviser of the Department of State Brian James Egan of the US in Washington DC. Both sides introduced respective stance and practices as well as exchanged in-depth and candid views on the working mechanism of diplomatic law, law of sea, evidence obtaining of cross-border civil and commercial cases, foreign sovereign immunity in domestic judicial process, consular law, international cyberspace law, international humanitarian law and other issues of common interests.

This consultation is part of the implementation of outcomes from the eighth round of China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogues. Both sides agreed to continue to communicate on important international law issues through the consultation between Director-Generals (Legal Advisors) of the Departments of Treaty and Law of Ministries of Foreign Affairs of China and the US, constantly enhance understanding and properly manage differences, so as to make contributions to the development of China-US relations at the diplomatic law level. Both sides agreed to hold the next round of consultation in China next year.

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

DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF THE DEPARTMENT OF TREATY AND LAW OF MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS XU HONG ATTENDS “INTERNATIONAL LAW WEEK” OF THE 71ST SESSION OF THE UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY

From October 24 to 28, 2016, Director-General of the Department of Treaty and Law of Ministry of Foreign Affairs Xu Hong led a delegation to attend the “International Law Week” meeting held by the Sixth Committee of the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly in New York, during which he participated in the deliberation on topics of the Report of the International Law Commission, expounding China’s positions on 9 subjects including identification of customary international law, crimes against humanity and jus cogens. On October 27, Xu Hong elaborated China’s stance during the deliberation of the UN General Assembly on topics related to the Report of the International Court of Justice. He affirmed the positive role of the International Court of Justice in promoting peaceful settlement of international disputes and safeguarding international peace and security.

On October 25, Xu Hong attended Consultation of Legal Advisers (Director-Generals of the Departments of Treaty and Law) of Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the “P5” of the UN Security Council, exchanging views with Legal Advisers (Director-Generals of the Departments of Treaty and Law) of Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the US, Russia, the UK and France on respective new progress in domestic law and international law issues such as work of the International Criminal Court, international humanitarian law and law of the sea. On October 26, Xu Hong attended the informal consultation luncheon of Legal Advisers (Director-Generals of the Departments of Treaty and Law) of Ministries of Foreign Affairs of BRICS countries, exchanging views on topics of common concern.

In addition, Xu Hong also met with Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs Miguel de Serpa Soares and Assistant Secretary-General for Legal Affairs Stephen Mathias of the UN as well as met with Legal Advisers (Director-Generals of the Department of Treaty and Law) of Ministries of Foreign Affairs from Canada, Switzerland, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Denmark, Brazil, Cuba, Sweden and other countries, exchanging in-depth views on enhancing communication and cooperation in international law.

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

LI KEQIANG CO-CHAIRS THE 21ST REGULAR MEETING BETWEEN CHINESE PREMIER AND RUSSIAN PRIME MINISTER WITH PRIME MINISTER DMITRY MEDVEDEV OF RUSSIA

On the afternoon of November 7, 2016 local time, Premier Li Keqiang co-chaired the 21st Regular Meeting between Chinese Premier and Russian Prime Minister with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev of Russia in Constantine Palace, St. Petersburg.

Li Keqiang said that China and Russia are each other’s biggest neighbor and comprehensive strategic partners of coordination. Bilateral relations have witnessed sustained, stable and sound development, and new results have been constantly achieved in pragmatic cooperation. As permanent members of the UN Security Council, China and Russia maintain communication and coordination in international affairs, jointly safeguard the purpose and principles of the UN Charter and promote regional and international peace and stability. China is willing to make joint efforts with Russia to better connect the “Belt and Road” initiative with the Eurasian Economic Union, and constantly enhance the level of bilateral relations and cooperation, in order to achieve mutual benefit and win-win results and benefit the two peoples.

Li Keqiang pointed out that amid the sluggish recovery of the world economy and the slowing trade growth trend, China and Russia should further give play to each other’s complementary advantages to inject impetus to respective development, revitalization and economic transformation and upgrade. China is willing to, together with Russia, deeply tap cooperation potential and deepen cooperation in civilian nuclear energy, aviation manufacturing, railways and other infrastructure construction. In the next phase, both sides should focus on expanding cooperation among small and medium-sized enterprises, especially in innovation cooperation, so as to add new driving force into bilateral pragmatic cooperation. Both sides should strengthen financial cooperation, expand the settlement scale of local currency, and provide support for the smooth progress of related cooperation. The two countries should make efforts in expanding the trade scale, jointly safeguard the world trade system and rules, and comprehensively enhance the level of facilitation, so as to push bilateral trade and two-way investment for sound and sustainable development. As bilateral cooperation in agriculture, especially the deep processing of agricultural products, has broad prospects, its development should be jointly boosted. China and Russia should intensify people-to-people and cultural exchanges, beef up cooperation in science, technology, education and other areas, and ensure the success of China-Russia Media Exchange Year held this year and in 2017.

Dmitry Medvedev said that Russia and China are friendly neighbors. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Russia-China strategic partnership of coordination and the 15th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Good-Neighborliness and Friendly Cooperation Between Russia and China. Both sides should take this opportunity to maintain high-level operation of bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination, collaborate with and support each other in the UN, the G20, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the BRICS and other multilateral frameworks, further deepen bilateral economic cooperation and optimize trade structures. Cherishing Russia-China friendly cooperation, Russia is willing to implement the consensus reached by both sides, give greater play to the role of the inter-governmental cooperation mechanisms, and comprehensively advance pragmatic cooperation in various fields. While actively carrying out cooperation in large projects in such areas as oil, gas and civilian nuclear power, both sides should focus on reinforcing innovation cooperation among small and medium-sized enterprises. Both sides should also deepen cooperation in finance to provide financing support for cooperation between enterprises of both countries. Cooperation in electromechanical equipment, agriculture, science and technology, aviation, high-speed railways and other fields should be strengthened to complete the goal of increasing bilateral trade volume. Both sides should enhance local exchanges and cooperation in the Far East and other areas, ensure the success of Russia-China Media Exchange Year, send more overseas students to each other, and strengthen tourism cooperation, so as to promote the good-neighborly friendship between Russia and China. Both countries should further strengthen cooperation in international affairs to jointly cope with global challenges.

Premier Li Keqiang and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev listened to work report from the 4 bilateral cooperation mechanisms including China-Russia Committee on Humanities Cooperation, Committee on Regular Meetings between Chinese Premier and Russian Prime Minister, China-Russia Investment Cooperation Committee and China-Russia Energy Cooperation Committee, exchanging in-depth views on future cooperation planning.

Chair of China-Russia Committee on Humanities Cooperation on the Chinese side and Vice Premier Liu Yandong, Chairman of Committee on Regular Meetings between Chinese Premier and Russian Prime Minister on the Chinese side and Vice Premier Wang Yang, and people in charge of corresponding mechanism on the Russian side, including First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets, Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, and Deputy Prime Minister Yury Trutnev, attended the meeting.

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

LI KEQIANG AND PRIME MINISTER DMITRY MEDVEDEV OF RUSSIA JOINTLY MEET THE PRESS

On the afternoon of November 7, 2016 local time, Premier Li Keqiang and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev of Russia jointly met the press in Constantine Palace, St. Petersburg, and answered questions.

Li Keqiang introduced outcomes of the 21st Regular Meeting between Chinese Premier and Russian Prime Minister and said that pragmatic cooperation between China and Russia should not only make breakthroughs in traditional fields including energy and large project cooperation, but also tap the huge potential of cooperation among small and medium-sized enterprises, facilitate innovation cooperation as well as promote employment growth. China is willing to strengthen cooperation with Russia in the Far East area and in such fields as infrastructure, connectivity, deep processing of agricultural products and people-to-people and cultural exchanges. Both sides are willing to further promote relevant financial cooperation on the basis of local currency settlement, and provide support for bilateral cooperation in various fields.

In response to journalists’ questions, Li Keqiang pointed out that amid the sluggish recovery of the world economy and the slowing trade growth trend, China and Russia adhere to advancing trade liberalization and investment facilitation, and oppose all forms of trade and investment protectionism. Both sides propel economic globalization and regional economic integration in the principles of openness, inclusiveness and transparency, which is in line with the common and long-term interests of all parties. China is ready to continue to make joint efforts with all parties including Russia, to this end.

Dmitry Medvedev expressed that Russia-China relations and cooperation will stride towards broader prospects. The Russian side is willing to make new efforts with China to lift the level of cooperation in trade and investment, deepen major project cooperation in infrastructure, energy and other areas, carry out cooperation in small and medium-sized enterprises, finance and agriculture, actively expand new areas for bilateral cooperation as well as extend people-to-people and cultural exchanges, so as to enhance mutual understanding between the two peoples. Attaching importance to the development and construction of the Far East area, Russia will take tangible measures to draw investment from China. Upholding the spirit of constructive strategic partnership, Russia and China will jointly push forward regional and international peace and development.

Before meeting the press, Li Keqiang and Dmitry Medvedev jointly signed the joint communiqué of this meeting, issued the Joint Declaration on Deepening Strategic Cooperation in Peaceful Use of Nuclear Energy Between the Heads of Government of China and Russia as well as witnessed the signing of over 20 cooperation documents in such fields as economy, trade, investment, finance, civilian nuclear energy, high-tech, joint border inspection, education and culture between the governments and enterprises of both countries.

Vice Premier Liu Yandong and Vice Premier Wang Yang were present at above events.

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

YANG JIECHI ATTENDS AND ADDRESSES OPENING CEREMONY OF THE 3RD CHINA-LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN THINK TANKS FORUM

On November 7, 2016, State Councilor Yang Jiechi attended the opening ceremony of the 3rd China-Latin America and the Caribbean Think Tanks Forum and delivered a speech.

Yang Jiechi pointed out that China-Latin America relations have entered a track of comprehensive and rapid development. Both sides share sincerity and mutual trust in politics, win-win cooperation in economy and trade, mutual learning in people-to-people and cultural engagement, and close coordination in international affairs. Overall cooperation and bilateral cooperation between both sides have reinforced each other as well. China always views its relations with Latin American and the Caribbean countries from a strategic and long-term perspective, and is willing to actively build a Five-in-One new pattern of China-Latin America relations and push China-Latin America comprehensive cooperative partnership for new development. As one of the sub-forums under China-CELAC Forum, China-Latin America and the Caribbean Think Tanks Forum has offered important intellectual support to bilateral cooperation in various fields. It is hoped that experts and scholars of the two sides will pool their wisdom together and make greater contributions to the development of China-Latin America relations.

Prior to the opening ceremony, Yang Jiechi met with former President Eduardo Frei of Chile, former Prime Minister Bruce Golding of Jamaica, former Foreign Minister Francisco Carrion Mena of Ecuador and other former political heavyweights from Latin American and the Caribbean countries, who came to China for the forum.

Under the theme of “New Moment for China-Latin America Cooperation—-Forge ahead and Jointly Build the Future”, the forum is jointly hosted by the Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs and the China Foundation for International Studies. About 200 people, including experts and scholars from major Chinese and Latin American think tanks, representatives of Latin American organizations, diplomatic envoys to China, representatives from relevant domestic ministries and enterprises and Chinese and foreign media, attended the forum.

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

PRESIDENT XI JINPING APPOINTS NEW AMBASSADORS

Recently, President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping announced the appointment of the following new Ambassadors in line with decisions adopted by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress:

I. Hu Changchun was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to the Gabonese Republic, replacing Sun Jiwen.

II. Zhang Lijun was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to the Republic of Niger, replacing Shi Hu.

III. Wu Peng was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to the Republic of Sierra Leone, replacing Zhao Yanbo.

IV. Yu Hong (female) was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, replacing Wu Chuntai.

V. Ni Jian was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to the United Arab Emirates, replacing Chang Hua.

VI. Yin Lixian (female) was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to the Republic of Macedonia, replacing Wen Zhenshun.

VII. Chen Li was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to the Republic of Finland, replacing Yu Qingtai.

VIII. Chen Xi was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to the Republic of Cuba, replacing Zhang Tuo.

IX. Lu Kun was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to the Commonwealth of Dominica, replacing Li Jiangning.

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

LI KEQIANG VISITS SAINT PETERSBURG

On the morning of November 7, 2016 local time, Premier Li Keqiang laid a wreath at Piskarevskoye Memorial Cemetery in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Nearly 500,000 martyrs and civilians, who fell in the World Anti-Fascist War, were buried at Piskarevskoye Memorial Cemetery in the suburb of Saint Petersburg. Along with solemn mourning songs, Li Keqiang walked up the stairs and laid a wreath before the Mother Russia Monument at the cemetery in the cold weather. Later, with national anthems of China and Russia played by the military band, Li Keqiang paid eye salute to the monument. Afterwards, he inspected the march-past of the honor guard accompanied by senior Russian officials.

After the inspection, Li Keqiang visited the exhibition room of the cemetery. After hearing the heroic history of people in Saint Petersburg besieged by Fascist armies tenaciously fighting against aggression for nearly 900 days, Li Keqiang noted that martyrs had made great contribution to the victory of the World Anti-Fascist War, defended their motherland, and upheld world peace. We deeply honor the memory of martyrs during the World Anti-Fascist War and pay tribute to people who paid a fearful price for the victory.

Liu Yandong and Wang Yang were present at above activities.

On the evening of November 6 local time, after arriving in Saint Petersburg, Li Keqiang visited the State Hermitage Museum in the company of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev of Russia. The museum houses 2.7 million art pieces, including oil paintings and sculptures, which makes it a famous treasure house of fine arts and one of the largest and oldest museums around the world. Li Keqiang watched classical art works in different historical stages from different civilizations such as Ancient Greek, Ancient Rome, and Ancient Egypt. For many times, he stood in front of exhibits, carefully appreciated them, and communicated with Dmitry Medvedev from time to time. When seeing the Peacock Clock, the most valuable piece in the museum with a history of more than 200 years. Li Keqiang extended admiration to craftsmen’s masterly skills.

Li Keqiang pointed out that these art pieces from different countries and nations fully demonstrate the diversity of the splendid human civilization and draw on human being’s firm belief in and unremitting pursuit of peace, truth, goodness, and beauty. At present, countries around the world should further advocate cultural diversity and inclusiveness, propel friendly exchanges and mutual learning, and push for sustained progress and enduring peace in human society.

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

HOGWARTS-LIKE ASSEMBLY HALL ATTRACTS VISITORS TO ZHEJIANG UNIVERSITY

An assembly hall in eastern China’s Zhejiang University has recently become an Internet sensation due to its Hogwarts-like appearance. Named Yuying Hall, the space was built in the early 20th century. It was a landmark on the old campus of Zhejiang University. Renovation of the hall started in March, and its original appearance has been largely preserved. The beautiful construction has attracted many visitors.

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

PEOPLE’S DAILY SLAMS LIVE-STREAMING PERFORMERS FOR VULGAR CONTENT AND FAKE CHARIT

In a Nov. 7 editorial, People’s Daily slammed several live-streaming performers who put on shows of fake charity in their online broadcasts. The editorial called for stricter censorship in the industry.

Recently, several live-streaming hosts broadcast fake charity campaigns in poverty-stricken areas of China. In one of the broadcasts, a host distributed cash to villagers in Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture, a rural area in Sichuan province. However, the host later admitted that he took back the money after the live stream concluded. He said the stunt was intended to expand his fan base and income.

People’s Daily remarked that fake charity not only hurts impoverished villagers, it alsoinsults audiences. According to an August report released by China Internet Network Information Center, the number of Chinese live-streaming users had reached 325 million by June, accounting for 45.8 percent of all Chinese Internet users. Though misbehaving content providers are a minority, they threaten the growing live-streaming industry, noted the article.

Disseminating pornography, violence, gambling and fraud, some live-streaming platforms seem to present chaos and immorality rather than entertainment. Regulations are required during the development of emerging industries. Live-streaming hosts should not seek attention using vulgar content, and live-streaming platforms must act to discipline those who do, the newspaper commented.

On Nov. 4, authorities publicized a regulation about online live-streaming services,strengthening supervision over the the emerging sector. However, the enforcement of such a regulation is still a major challenge. People’s Daily suggested that live-streaming practitioners shoulder the responsibility themselves so that the industry can progress down a path of prosperity.

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

HIGH-SPEED TRAINS RESERVED FOR CHINA’S LARGEST SHOPPING FESTIVAL

Shanghai Railway Administration (SRA) said that a total of 55 trains, including 47 high-speed and eight freight trains, will be specially coordinated to guarantee effective logistics during the coming 11/11 festival, China’s largest e-commerce event.

“Double Eleven” has become the peak of online shopping in China. Sales on Tmall, e-commerce giant Alibaba’s shopping platform, reached 91.2 billion RMB ($13.5 billion) last year on Nov. 11 alone. A total of 160 million items were sold on that day.

However, the online shopping craze has also exposed logistics deficiencies, leading to large-scale delivery delays last year. It is estimated that the number of items being delivered during the Double Eleven festival this year will reach 1.05 billion, increasing 35 percent from last year. This figure naturally requires stronger logistics.

An SRA employee stated that 47 extra high-speed trains would be running for same-day and next-day delivery during the shopping festival, covering seven routes and 18 cities.Another eight freight trains, including three running at speeds above 160 km/h and five above 120 km/h, will also be on standby.

China Railway has been testing high-speed freight services from Oct. 20 this year.Operating in 505 cities in China, the service covers the delivery of documents, online purchases, pharmaceuticals, perishable foods and emergency supplies.

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