XI JINPING ARRIVES IN QUITO, STARTING HIS STATE VISIT TO THE REPUBLIC OF ECUADOR

On November 17, 2016 local time, President Xi Jinping arrived in Quito by special plane, starting his state visit to the Republic of Ecuador.

At around 3: 30 p.m., Xi Jinping’s special plane arrived at Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Quito. When Xi Jinping and his wife Mme. Peng Liyuan walked out of the cabin door, President Rafael Correa of Ecuador, his wife Anne Malherbe Gosselin and others warmly welcomed them beside the ramp. Local children presented flowers to Xi Jinping and Mme. Peng Liyuan.

Rafael Correa held a grand welcoming ceremony for Xi Jinping at the airport. The two heads of state stepped on the reviewing stand. The military band played the national anthems of both China and Ecuador. Xi Jinping shook hands with principal officials of Ecuador, and Rafael Correa shook hands with the Chinese delegation members. The two heads of state delivered speeches respectively.

Xi Jinping pointed out that it is a pleasure to visit the beautiful Republic of Ecuador, known as the “Country of the Equator”. Ecuador is an important country in Latin America. China and Ecuador enjoy a long-standing friendship. In recent years, bilateral relations have achieved substantial progress. Both sides have constantly consolidated political mutual trust, yielded fruitful outcomes from practical cooperation and supported each other in international and regional affairs. My visit to Ecuador this time is the first visit of a Chinese President since the establishment of bilateral diplomatic relationship. Coming with the profound friendship of the Chinese people and good wishes for the development of bilateral relations, I look forward to exchanging in-depth views with Ecuadorian leaders on bilateral relations and topics of common concern. It is believed that this visit will yield positive results, build a new solid bridge for bilateral friendly cooperation and open up brighter prospects for China-Ecuador relations.

Rafael Correa warmly welcomed President Xi Jinping’s visit, and expressed that although Ecuador and China are far from each other in geography, bilateral relations are close. Admiring China’s great achievements in its national construction, Ecuador thanks China for its support in Ecuador’s economic and social development. Both Ecuador and China are devoted to developing bilateral relations and achieving fruitful outcomes from cooperation in economy, trade, energy, agriculture, infrastructure construction, finance and other fields. The Ecuadorian people have long awaited President Xi Jinping’s visit. It is believed that this visit will elevate bilateral relations to a new level.

After the speech, Xi Jinping, accompanied by Rafael Correa, reviewed the guard of honor and the flag-holding squad of the soldiers.

Wang Huning, Li Zhanshu, Yang Jiechi and other delegation members arrived by the same plane.

H.E. Wang Yulin, Chinese Ambassador to Ecuador also greeted President Xi Jinping at the airport.

After concluding the state visit to Ecuador, Xi Jinping will also pay state visits to Peru and Chile as well as attend the 24th APEC Economic Leaders’ Summit in Lima of Peru.

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

VICE MINISTER OF COMMERCE WANG SHOUWEN GIVES JOINT INTERVIEW AT THE PRESS CENTER OF THE CHINESE DELEGATION IN LIMA

On November 18, 2016 local time, Vice Minister of Commerce Wang Shouwen gave a joint interview to media including People’s Daily, Xinhua News Agency, China Central Television, China Radio International, Phoenix Satellite TV and others at the press center of the Chinese delegation at the 24th APEC Economic Leaders’ Summit, and answered questions on the outcomes of APEC Ministerial Meeting this time, development process of the Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific, the development of APEC trade connectivity and other topics.

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CCB CHAIRMAN WANG HONGZHANG GIVES JOINT INTERVIEW AT THE PRESS CENTER OF THE CHINESE DELEGATION IN LIMA

On November 18, 2016 local time, Chairman of China Construction Bank (CCB) and Executive Vice Chairman of APEC China Business Council Wang Hongzhang gave a joint interview to media including People’s Daily, Xinhua News Agency, China Central Television, China Radio International and Phoenix Satellite TV at the press center of the Chinese delegation at the 24th APEC Economic Leaders’ Summit, during which he answered questions on global macro-economic situation, internationalization of the RMB, CCB’s participation in the “Belt and Road” construction, financial cooperation between China and Latin America and other topics.

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CCOIC DEPUTY DIRECTOR GENERAL OF COOPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT SUN XIAO HOLDS BRIEFING FOR CHINESE AND FOREIGN MEDIA AT PRESS CENTER OF THE CHINESE DELEGATION IN LIMA

On November 18, 2016 local time, Deputy Director General of Cooperation and Development Department of China Chamber of International Commerce (CCOIC) Sun Xiao held a briefing for Chinese and foreign media at the press center of the Chinese delegation at the 24th APEC Economic Leaders’ Summit, during which he answered questions on Chinese entrepreneurs’ participation in cooperation under the APEC framework, the work of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade on advancing China’s industrial and commercial circles to take part in the APEC progress, suggestions proposed by China’s industrial and commercial circles to APEC leaders and others. Deputy Director-General of the Information Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Wang Xining chaired the briefing.

More than 30 journalists from nearly 20 Chinese and foreign media, including People’s Daily, Xinhua News Agency, China Central Television, China Radio International, Phoenix Satellite TV, TVB, Reuters, Agence France-Presse, Kyodo News, NHK, Asahi Shimbun and Nikkei Net, attended the briefing.

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CHAIRMAN OF SINOCHEM GROUP NING GAONING HOLDS BRIEFING FOR CHINESE AND FOREIGN MEDIA AT PRESS CENTER OF THE CHINESE DELEGATION IN LIMA

On November 18, 2016 local time, Chairman of Sinochem Group and Co-Chair of the Sustainable Development Working Group of the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) Ning Gaoning held a briefing for Chinese and foreign media at the press center of the Chinese delegation at the 24th APEC Economic Leaders’ Summit, proposing policies and suggestions regarding the ABAC’s work in 2016 to APEC leaders and answering questions on advancing the development progress of the Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific, boosting cooperation in energy security and among energy corporations, connectivity, digital economy and others. Deputy Director-General of the Information Department of the Foreign Ministry Wang Xining chaired the briefing.

Over 30 journalists from around 20 Chinese and foreign media, including People’s Daily, Xinhua News Agency, China Central Television, China Radio International, Phoenix Satellite TV, TVB, Reuters, Agence France-Presse, Kyodo News, NHK, Asahi Shinbun and Nikkei Net attended the briefing.

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SICHUAN UNIVERSITY INVESTS 3 MILLION RMB IN ‘COUPLES GARDEN’

On Nov. 9, 99 young couples professed their love to each other in a newly built garden at Sichuan Southwest Vocational College of Aviation. The school spent nearly 3 million RMB to built the garden.

Wei Quanbin, the president of the college, gave a speech at the event, celebrating the love of the couples in attendance. He encouraged students to search for “the one,” affirming his belief that love fills people with positive energy.

One couple, composed of two of the university’s graduates, wanted to experience the garden for themselves after hearing about their alma mater’s new project. So a club called“Modern Ladies and Gentlemen” put out a formal call for students to attend the event.

The garden features a giant clock, which is paused at 5:20 (the pronunciation of “5:20″sounds similar to “I love you” in Chinese), a “gate of true love,” a “path of affection” and trees that grow green apples and red persimmons.

The event in the garden is a part of the university’s relationship management curriculum.In addition to the couples garden, the school also has required courses like “Love and Sex,”as well as an online forum to guide students in their relationships, both romantic and otherwise.

Peng Xiaohui, a professor at Central China Normal University, said that it’s good for schools to organize such events, as it means that relationship between students will be supported rather than suppressed. The Chinese Ministry of Education removed the prohibition against students get married in 2015, giving more freedom to college students in their love lives.

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

AERIAL VIEW OF SHANDONG WETLAND PARK

Tai’erzhuang Grand Canal Wetland Park, located in the ancient town of Tai’erzhuang in eastern China’s Shandong province, is the first canal-themed wetland park in the country. Summer is the best season to enjoy the park’s scenery, including flowers in full bloom.

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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.

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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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