PARALYZED TEACHER MENTORS 150 STUDENTS IN 11 YEARS

Wang Shuo, 30, has taught over 150 students in the past 11 years, despite suffering from progressive spinal muscular atrophy. After the onset of his disease, Wang became paralyzed. However, he decided to do something meaningful with his life. He set up WangShuo English School to teach children English.

Many students attend Wang’s classes because of his excellent teaching methods. He has instructed more than 150 students, helping each one to achieve his or her goals.

“Although I can’t move, my heart is still beating,” he said.

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

CHINESE ASTRONAUTS PREPARE TO LEAVE TIANGONG-2

Two Chinese astronauts are preparing to depart the Tiangong-2 space lab for the Shenzhou-11 spacecraft, which is ready to return to Earth on Nov. 18. Tiangong-2 will be vacated, left to operate independently.

To ensure a safe landing, air and ground teams have been performing search and rescue exercises in China’s northern Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, according to reports.

During the 33-day space mission, the two astronauts carried out a range of scientific experiments and logged details of their life in space, including their diet, fitness routine,vegetable cultivation and silkworm breeding.

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QUICK THINKING SAVES MAN IN FUJIAN CAR CRASH

On Nov. 15, a trailer overturned on a road in southern Fujian province, nearly smashing another driver’s car, which was parked on the side of the road.

The driver, surnamed Song, said that he quickly shifted to the car’s vacant passenger seat as the trailer was crashing down, which likely saved his life. The car was pushed 30 to 40 meters to the middle of the road and partially squashed by the trailer.

The trailer, which was coming from the opposite direction, was forced to brake hard as another car drove across the street, the trailer’s driver explained.

Fortunately, both drivers sustained only minor injuries. Local traffic police are investigating the accident.

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3 SUSPECTS ARRESTED FOR TRAFFICKING 35,000 WILD BIRDS

Police arrested three suspects and shut down five wild animal trafficking operations in Guilin, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on Nov. 16. Over 35,000 birds were recovered, some dead and some alive. Bodies of state-protected birds including the African grass owl and collared scops owl were found refrigerated. The local forestry department has taken charge of releasing the live birds. Most are chestnut buntings. An investigation is underway.

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BROTHERS LEAD PRIMITIVE LIFE ON HEBEI MOUNTAIN FOR 60 YEARS

Two brothers, Yuan Shuqin and Yuan Renshu, have lived an isolated and primitive life on Taihang Mountain in Hebei province for the past 60 years. They eat grain and vegetables that they themselves grow, drink spring water and live in a stone cottage built by their ancestors.

Many years ago, the brothers’ great-grandfather came to Taihang to build houses and cultivate the wasteland, fleeing from famine. Yuan Shuqin and Yuan Renshu are the fourth generation of their family to live on the mountain, and they will likely be the last. Waking before sunrise to begin their work and finishing each day at sunset, they live together and depend on each other for survival.

Neither brother has married due to their shared poverty. Renshu, the younger brother, once considered getting married, but he soon realized that his humpbacked brother could not survive without the able-bodied Renshu to labor beside him. Renshu tried to convince his brother to venture into the outside world to earn a living, but his elder brother rejected the plan. Now, the brothers barely even speak because of Shuqin’s deterioriating language ability.

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SINOCHEM MAY PROFIT AS US FINDS MASSIVE OIL DEPOSIT

Sinochem, a Chinese state-owned group, may profit from a newly discovered oil camp,uncovered by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). USGS claims that it is the largest deposit of untapped oil ever found.

An estimated 20 billion barrels of oil and 1.6 billion barrels of LNG are available in the Wolf camp shale, which is located in the Midland Basin portion of Texas’s Permian Basin,according to the report. Based on current crude oil prices, those deposits are together worth about $900 billion.

In 2013, Sinochem spent $1.7 billion to buy 40 percent equity of the oil-gas project from a natural resources company in the U.S., according to earlier reports.

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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.

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