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LI KEQIANG HOLDS FORMAL TALKS WITH PRIME MINISTER MARIS KUCINSKIS OF LATVIA

On the morning of November 4, 2016 local time, Premier Li Keqiang held talks with Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis of Latvia at the Prime Minister’s Office in Riga.

Li Keqiang said that Latvia is a good friend of China in the Baltic Sea region and an important cooperation partner of China in Central and Eastern Europe and the EU. Over the past 25 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations, both sides have constantly consolidated political mutual trust, continuously deepened pragmatic cooperation in various fields and gradually intensified people-to-people and cultural exchanges. Standing at a new historical starting point, China is ready to work with Latvia to enhance exchanges at different levels in the principle of mutual respect and equal treatment, so as to elevate China-Latvia relations to a new high.

Li Keqiang pointed out that China is willing to comprehensively deepen pragmatic cooperation in various fields with Latvia and regards Latvia as an important transit stop for China-EU trade. With cost-effective equipments and rich experience in railway and port construction, China is willing to participate in the Rail Baltica, the three-sea harbor district and other infrastructure construction as well as production capacity cooperation, and promote people-to-people and cultural exchanges in tourism and other areas to achieve mutual benefit and win-win results.

Li Keqiang lauded Latvia for actively supporting and participating in cooperation between China and Central and Eastern European countries (CEEC). He said that China is willing to enhance communication and coordination with Latvia to make this year’s China-CEEC Summit a success, and contribute to the common development and prosperity of China, Central and Eastern Europe and Europe.

Maris Kucinskis expressed that the two countries have seen smooth cooperation in various fields in the past 25 years since the establishment of diplomatic relationship and bilateral relations are at the best level in history. Latvia is willing to be a reliable cooperation partner of China, support and actively participate in China’s “Belt and Road” initiative, make solid progress in pragmatic cooperation in infrastructure, transportation, logistics, clean oil refinery, tourism, education, agricultural products and other fields to achieve more results and realize mutual benefit and win-win results. Latvia is willing to create a stable environment for Chinese enterprises to invest in the country and become a portal for Chinese businesses to enter the Central and Eastern European market. Latvia is glad to host the CEEC-China Summit this time and regards the mechanism as an important platform for CEEC-China cooperation and a beneficial supplement to bilateral relations.

Before the talks, Maris Kucinskis held a grand welcoming ceremony for Li Keqiang. Military band played the national anthems of both countries. Li Keqiang, accompanied by Maris Kucinskis, reviewed the guard of honor.

After the talks, Premier Li Keqiang and Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis witnessed the signing of bilateral cooperation documents in economy, trade, transportation, culture and others areas.

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

XI JINPING SENDS LETTER TO UN SECRETARY GENERAL BAN KI-MOON ON TAKING EFFECT OF THE PARIS AGREEMENT ON CLIMATE CHANGE

On November 4, 2016, President Xi Jinping sent a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, congratulating on taking effect of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

Xi Jinping pointed out that with joint efforts of all parties, the Paris Agreement has officially taken effect on November 4, which is one of the fastest international accords to enter into force in history. The Chinese side expresses its heartfelt congratulations in this regard.

Xi Jinping stressed that since the Paris Agreement was reached in December, 2015, the international society has been devoted to pushing it for coming into effect at an early date. China signed the agreement on April 22 this year, the first day it was open to signature, and ratified it on September 3. As the presidency, China has facilitated the G20 to issue its first Presidency Statement on Climate Change, and provided political support for the signing of the agreement.

Xi Jinping emphasized that the Paris Agreement has opened up a new phase of international cooperation on coping with climate changes. Upholding the concept of innovative, coordinated, green, open and shared development, China will vigorously promote green, low-carbon and circular development and take firm actions to tackle climate changes. The Chinese side is full of confidence in the global climate governance in the next stage, and is willing to strengthen communication and cooperation with all parties and make contributions to building a global climate governing mechanism featuring win-win cooperation, justice and reason.

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

YANG JIECHI AND INDIAN SIDE HOLD INFORMAL MEETING OF SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVES ON CHINA-INDIA BOUNDARY QUESTION

On November 4, 2016 local time, State Councilor Yang Jiechi and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval of India held an informal meeting of Special Representatives on the China-India Boundary Question in Hyderabad of India. Both sides exchanged friendly, candid and in-depth views on bilateral relations and international and regional topics of common concern.

Yang Jiechi said that in recent years, China-India relations have shown a rapid development momentum and leaders of both countries have maintained frequent contacts, which has charted the course for the development of bilateral relations. China is willing to, together with the Indian side, maintain communication and dialogues in various fields and at all levels, promote mutually beneficial and practical cooperation, properly handle sensitive issues and reinforce cooperation and coordination in regional and international affairs. China congratulates India on the success of the BRICS Summit in Goa, and is willing to join hands with India to safeguard the interests of developing countries and push forward international exchanges and cooperation in various fields.

Ajit Doval expressed that attaching great importance to its relations with China, India stands ready to, together with China, maintain high-level mutual visits and strategic communication, deepen exchanges and cooperation in economy, trade, people-to-people and cultural engagement and other fields, explore new cooperation fields and properly handle, control and solve differences, so as to push for mutual benefit, win-win results as well as common development. India supports China in hosting the BRICS Summit next year, and is willing to make joint efforts with China to push for regional and world peace, stability and development.

Both sides agreed to continue to facilitate negotiations on boundary affairs through Special Representatives’ Meeting on China-India Boundary Question, and jointly safeguard peace and tranquility in border regions.

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

LI KEQIANG ARRIVES IN RIGA TO ATTEND 5TH SUMMIT OF CHINA AND CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPEAN COUNTRIES AND PAY OFFICIAL VISIT TO LATVIA

On the morning of November 4, 2016 local time, at the invitation of Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis of the Republic of Latvia, Premier Li Keqiang arrived at Riga International Airport by special plane to attend the 5th Summit of China and the Central and Eastern European Countries (CEEC) and pay an official visit to Latvia.

Minister for Transport of Latvia Uldis Augulis and other senior government officials welcomed Li Keqiang at the airport. The honor guards, lining up on both sides of the red carpet, saluted Li Keqiang with their eyes, and local youths presented flowers to him. H.E. Huang Yong, Chinese Ambassador to Latvia, also welcomed Premier Li Keqiang at the airport.

Li Keqiang said that since the creation of the “16+1” cooperation mechanism, it has been continuously developed and improved, with remarkable achievements yielded, and has become an important platform for China and the CEEC to deepen traditional friendship and achieve common development. Under the current international and regional political and economic situation, China is willing to join efforts with relevant parties to ensure the success of the summit centering on the theme of “connectivity, innovation, inclusiveness and common development” and add new impetus to the common development of all countries through deepening the “16+1” cooperation, which is also helpful to the balanced development of Europe as well as the advancement of its integration process.

Li Keqiang pointed out that China and Latvia enjoy profound friendship and close exchanges and cooperation. This visit comes at the 25 anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between the two countries. I am looking forward to jointly discussing the blueprint of bilateral cooperation and development with the Latvian leaders so as to push the China-Latvia relationship to another new high.

During his stay in Latvia, Li Keqiang will jointly plan the future development of the “16+1” cooperation with the leaders of the CEEC, respectively meet with the leaders of relevant countries present at the Summit, and attend the 6th China-CEEC Economic and Trade Forum as well as relevant people-to-people and cultural activities. Li Keqiang will also meet with President Raimonds Vējonis and Speaker of the Saeima Inara Murniece of Latvia, hold talks and witness the signing of bilateral cooperation documents with Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis.

Li Keqiang arrived in Riga after successfully attending the 3rd regular meeting between Chinese premier and Kazakh prime minister and successfully concluding his official visit to Kazakhstan. Upon Li Keqiang’s departure of Astana, Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev of Kazakhstan, followed by senior government officials, saw him off at the airport and had warm parting talks with him. H.E. Zhang Hanhui, Chinese Ambassador to Kazakhstan, also saw him off at the airport.

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

SHORT-DISTANCE NAVY DEFENSE SYSTEM UNVEILED AT ZHUHAI AIR SHOW

A short-distance navy defense system drew crowds at the Zhuhai air show. The system can be applied to offshore or reef stereoscopic defense. It contains sub-systems for exploring and commanding weapons systems, which enables it to both explore and attack targets in the air, on the water and underwater. The weapon can be adapted to individual customers’requirements, and can accomodate various active weapons. Other weapons on display included a remote weapons station, a CS/AR1 55mm anti-frogman rocket launcher system and a CS/LK4 short-distance remote control defense weapons system.

Domestic and foreign media at the event paid particular attention to how China deploys weapons in the South China Sea.

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

CHINA’S FIRST ELECTRONIC ID RELEASED IN NANNING

Nanning police officially released China’s first electronic ID on Nov. 3. Cooperating with Internet giant Tencent, Nanning police also plan to facilitate the incorporation of IDs into citizens’ mobile phones.
The Nanning Public Security Bureau entered an agreement with Tencent to promote electronic IDs citywide. Taking advantage of Tencent’s face recognition technology, citizens in Nanning are now able to “carry” their ID cards on WeChat. By creating profiles on public WeChat accounts or via the official Nanning police app, citizens can easily generate an electronic ID after inputting personal information and uploading a photo.

Citizens are always required to carry their ID cards, driver’s licenses and passports.Therefore, electronic IDs are a convenient invention for modern society, in which people are accustomed to handling daily matters via their mobile phones and other Internet-connected devices.

Nanning Public Security Bureau said it will continue to cooperate with Tencent in the future on innovative services, including online fire reporting, online exit and entry services, and online residential administration.

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

11-YEAR-OLD DONATES ORGANS TO SAVE LIVES OF THREE PEOPLE

Eleven-year-old Li Zhibo’s last words to his mother were: “Sorry Mama, I forgot your birthday. But I’ll make it up to you.” (CNS/Li Shuanghong)

Eleven-year-old Li Zhibo’s last words to his mother were: “Sorry Mama, I forgot your birthday. But I’ll make it up to you.” Unfortunately, the boy was unable to make good on his promise.

Li, from Zhumadian, Henan province, lost his battle with cancer on Nov. 1. However,thanks to the empathetic child’s fervent wish – to be of true use to society – parts of him will live on in the bodies of three strangers.

According to Li’s family, he was a healthy and sensitive child for most of his too-short life.Sadly, his life was seized suddenly and cruelly by disease. In order to make Li’s dream of helping others come true, his parents decided to donate his organs. The organs were removed on Wednesday; now they will help to save the lives of three more patients in need.

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

SICHUAN MOTHER BURNS OVER 100,000 RMB TO ASHES

A mother in Chengdu, Sichuan province set 100,000 RMB ($14,791) of her son’s savings on fire on Oct. 31. Bank clerks spent seven hours piecing together the damaged notes,eventually rescuing 61,900 RMB after scrupulous counting. They said it would usually take two minutes to count that quantity of notes if the notes were intact. The mother, who suffers from mental illness, was sent to a hospital for treatment.

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

FARMER FOUNDS FOLKLORE MUSEUM TO PRESERVES TRADITIONS

Tan Liyong, a farmer from Changchun shows collections at his private museum in Xinglongshan town in Changchun, northeast China’s Jilin Province, on November 3, 2016. With all its items collected by Tan in the past two decades, the museum is a place of interest storing the treasures of folk-customs of Northern China. The museum features folk cultural items including potteries, paintings, textiles, cooking appliances, old coins, and earthen beds. (Photo: China News Service/ Zhang Yao)

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

YUM CHINA GETS LISTED ON NYSE

Yum China has completed its separation from Yum! Brands, and been listed on the NewYork Stock Exchange (NYSE) on Nov. 1, the firm said.

The newly minted business, which owns KFC, Pizza Hut, East Drawing and Little Sheephot pot in China, will open 20,000 new restaurants in the next 10 to 20 years, expandingnationwide, according to Yum China chief executive officer Micky Pant. Yum China willhand 3 percent of its net sales over to Yum! Brands as a franchise licensing fee.

For the next phase of its expansion, Yum China will place emphasis on Little Sheep andTaco Bell. By the year’s end, Taco Bell is expected to open its first restaurant in Shanghai,and Little Sheep will open 40 new stores.

Pant said that Yum China will focus on building its own stores rather than additionalfranchise partners in order to maximize returns.

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