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.

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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.

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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.

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LIU YANDONG TO ATTEND 7TH HAMBURG SUMMIT AND EVENTS FOR PEOPLE-TO-PEOPLE AND CULTURAL EXCHANGES BETWEEN CHINA AND GERMANY

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang announces:

At the invitation of the government of the Federal Republic of Germany, Vice Premier Liu Yandong of the State Council will attend the 7th Hamburg Summit: China Meets Europe and events for people-to-people and cultural exchanges between China and Germany from November 23 to 26.

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XI JINPING ATTENDS THE 24TH APEC ECONOMIC LEADERS’ MEETING AND DELIVERS KEYNOTE SPEECH

Xi Jinping Attends the 24th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting and Delivers Keynote Speech, Stressing to Forge Ahead into the Future for Progress and Prosperity and Jointly Write an Exciting Chapter of Asia-Pacific Cooperation

On November 20, 2016 local time, the 24th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting was held in Lima, Peru. President Xi Jinping attended the meeting and delivered an important speech entitled “Forge Ahead into the Future for Progress and Prosperity in the Asia-Pacific”, stressing to deepen Asia-Pacific partnership, pursue win-win cooperation and prosperity through openness and connectivity, and keep forging ahead to create an even brighter future for our region.

Before the meeting, Xi Jinping and other attending leaders arrived in succession, and they were warmly welcomed by President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski of Peru.

At 10:15 a.m. local time, the meeting began. President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski presided over the meeting, which is themed “Quality Growth and Human Development”. Leaders of various economies at the meeting exchanged in-depth views on such thematic priorities as “Challenges to Free Trade and Investment in the Current Global Context”, “food safety, climate change adaptation and access to water” and “Asia-Pacific Integration: Towards Real and Functional Connectivity in the Region”.

Xi Jinping stressed that we need to stay committed to taking economic globalization forward, steer it towards a more inclusive and mutually beneficial direction and oppose all forms of protectionism. We need to stay committed to increasing openness in the Asia-Pacific economy, support the multilateral trading regime, and realize the Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP) at an early date. We need to stay committed to breaking bottlenecks in regional connectivity, and deeply implement the Connectivity Blueprint for 2015-2025 adopted in Beijing. We need to promote connectivity in infrastructure, institutions and personnel flows, and have a multi-dimensional connectivity network. We need to enhance the docking between the “Belt and Road” initiative and development strategies as well as cooperation initiatives of relevant parties. We need to stay committed to blazing new trails in reform and innovation, advance economic structural reform, and create impetus for the Asia-Pacific to lead the world economy.

Xi Jinping emphasized that over the past 25 years since it joined the APEC, China has given priority to opening up to the Asia-Pacific. As the 2020 deadline of Bogor Goals draws near, we need to be more forward-looking in our cooperation and build consensus for a cooperation vision with a longer time frame. With a focus on development, China will work with other parties to increase openness, pursue regional economic integration and connectivity, and jointly write an exciting chapter of Asia-Pacific cooperation.

As the meeting went on in the afternoon, Xi Jinping delivered a speech on boosting sustainable development. Xi Jinping pointed out that this year marks the first year of implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The APEC should take actions to jointly boost sustainable development. We need to facilitate inclusive development and share development benefits with the people. We need to advance green development to improve the quality and benefit of development. Connectivity construction and interconnected development should be accelerated as well. China has taken the lead to release China’s National Plan on Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. We will carry out the concept of innovative, coordinated, green, open and shared development, comprehensively advance the implementation of the agenda, and continue to make positive contributions to global and Asia-Pacific development.

Leaders of various economies said that the Asia-Pacific is an important driving force for global economic growth. Under the current situation, all sides need to build an open economy for Asia-Pacific, oppose trade protectionism, deeply advance the FTAAP process and continuously push forward multi-dimensional connectivity, so as to inject new impetus into the economic growth of Asia-Pacific and the world. All member economies should continue to give full play to the role of the APEC, properly implement the outcomes of previous meetings and make a good plan for the vision of future cooperation in the Asia-Pacific, so as to promote lasting prosperity in the Asia-Pacific.

The meeting issued the 24th APEC Leaders’ Declaration.

On the morning of the same day, Xi Jinping, together with leaders of other APEC economies, attended an informal dialogue on global economic situation, listened to the presentation on global economic situation by Managing Director of International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde and elaborated China’s views towards world economy, emphasizing that China’s resolution to push forward reform can never be shaken and it is confident in the prospect of reform and development.

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