XI JINPING ARRIVES IN LIMA FOR HIS ATTENDANCE AT THE APEC ECONOMIC LEADERS’ SUMMIT AND STATE VISIT TO PERU

On November 18, 2016 local time, President Xi Jinping arrived in Lima for his attendance at the 24th APEC Economic Leaders’ Summit as well as his state visit to the Republic of Peru.

At around 6: 20 p.m., President Xi Jinping’s special plane arrived at the Las Palmas Air Base in Lima. Xi Jinping and his wife Mme. Peng Liyuan were warmly welcomed by Vice President Mercedes Araoz of Peru and others. The honor guard lined up on both sides of the red carpet.

Xi Jinping extended his sincere greetings and best wishes to the Peruvian people. He pointed out that Peru is an important country in Latin America and it has a long-standing history and splendid culture. People of China and Peru share profound traditional friendship. Since the establishment of bilateral diplomatic relationship 45 years ago, China and Peru have always adhered to the principle of equality, mutual benefit and mutual respect when pushing forward bilateral relations. At present, China-Peru relations maintain a sound momentum of development and share broad prospects of cooperation. My visit this time is to enhance friendship, expand consensus, deepen cooperation and boost development. China supports Peru in hosting the 24th APEC Economic Leaders’ Summit and I’m looking forward to exchanging in-depth views with Peruvian leaders on bilateral relations and major international and regional issues of common concern. It is believed that this visit will be a complete success.

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

Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Leung Chun-ying, who arrived earlier for the 24th APEC Economic Leaders’ Summit, and H.E. Jia Guide, Chinese Ambassador to Peru, also greeted them at the airport.

Xi Jinping arrived in Peru after concluding his state visit to Ecuador. Before leaving Ecuador, Xi Jinping attended the grand seeing-off ceremony held by President Rafael Correa of Ecuador. The two heads of state bade farewell to each other in a friendly manner beside the ramp. The honor guard lined up on both sides of the red carpet.

Peru is the second stop of Xi Jinping’s visit. Xi Jinping will also pay a state visit to Chile.

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

XI JINPING AND PRESIDENT RAFAEL CORREA OF ECUADOR JOINTLY ATTEND INAUGURATION CEREMONY OF CHINA-ECUADOR COOPERATION PROJECT AND VIDEO LINK ACTIVITY

On November 18, 2016 local time, President Xi Jinping and President Rafael Correa of Ecuador jointly attended in Quito the inauguration ceremony of the Joint Laboratory of Ecuador Public Security Emergency Command and Control Center that was built with assistance from China and the video link activity for the foundation stone laying ceremony of Chone Hospital and the completion and operation of Coca Coda Sinclair Hydropower Station.

When Xi Jinping arrived at the Public Security Emergency Command and Control Center, Rafael Correa welcomed him at the entrance. The two heads of state visited the photo exhibition on China’s assistance to Ecuador in earthquake relief and unveiled the plaque for the Joint Laboratory of the Public Security Emergency Command and Control Center. They also watched videos of the Chone Hospital and Coca Coda Sinclair Hydropower Station and interacted through video with field staff of the two projects. The Chinese staff member in charge of the hospital project reported from the site to the two heads of state that the hospital project was officially launched. At Coca Coda Sinclair Hydropower Station, Vice President Jorge Glas of Ecuador, who had specially went to the site, briefed on the completion of the project. The two heads of state pressed the button together, marking the official completion and operation of Coca Coda Sinclair Hydropower Station.

Xi Jinping pointed out in his speech that China and Ecuador enjoy a time-honored friendship. In recent years, the friendly relationship between the two countries has made comprehensive progress, and just been lifted to a comprehensive strategic partnership. The reason why both countries can strengthen cooperation is that the two sides have strong confidence in development prospects and understand that both sides bring development opportunities to each other. Current situation offers best opportunities for China and Ecuador to deepen mutually beneficial and win-win cooperation. China is willing to work with Ecuador to deepen cooperation and develop together, so as to open a new chapter of the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries.

Xi Jinping stressed that the upgrade of the Ecuador public security emergency response system, the reconstruction of Chone Hospital and the completion of the Coca Coda Sinclair Hydropower Station will effectively enhance the country’s capability of disaster prevention and relief and improve its public infrastructure. The strong earthquake that took place on April 16 brought heavy disaster and pain to the people in the disaster-stricken areas of Ecuador. The Chinese government and people are concerned about the disaster-stricken areas and sympathize with the people there. The Chinese government has provided various kinds of emergency assistance to Ecuador at the earliest time possible. Currently, post-disaster reconstruction is the top priority. China will actively participate in the post-disaster reconstruction and continue to provide support in housing, medical care, human resource and software and hardware for disaster prevention and mitigation. We believe that the Ecuadorian people will overcome the disaster and rebuild their homes.

Rafael Correa said that today is a historic day. He is delighted to be here today with President Xi Jinping to witness the biggest project in Ecuador’s history and the great achievements of Ecuador-China cooperation. Bilateral cooperation has helped Ecuador improve its infrastructure level, promote its development of clean energy and optimize public security service, all of which has brought benefits to the Ecuadorian people. As the engineering staff of the two countries worked together on the projects day and night, the friendship between the people of the two countries has also been enhanced. Ecuador thanks China sincerely for its support to the post-disaster reconstruction and national development of Ecuador, and is ready to deepen mutually beneficial cooperation with China.

Afterwards, leaders of both countries went to the hall of the Public Security Emergency Command and Control Center, listened to the briefing from Ecuadorian government officials, and watched the live connection between the center and the command center in Portoviejo, an earthquake-stricken area. Through video, Xi Jinping extended warm greetings to local staff and expressed condolence and blessing to the survivors in the earthquake.

The Ecuador Public Security Emergency Command and Control Center has established 16 branches throughout the country. The center was built by a Chinese company and equipped with Chinese equipments and technologies. In the wake of the earthquake took place on April 16 in Ecuador, the center played a key role in the rescue and relief work.

On the same day, Xi Jinping laid a wreath to the Monument to Independence Heroes of Ecuador.

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

XI JINPING MEETS WITH PRESIDENT OF NATIONAL ASSEMBLY GABRIELA RIVADENEIRA OF ECUADOR

On November 18, 2016 local time, President Xi Jinping met in Quito with President of National Assembly Gabriela Rivadeneira of Ecuador.

When Xi Jinping arrived at the National Assembly, Gabriela Rivadeneira warmly greeted him at the entrance. The honor guard lined up on both sides of the red carpet to welcome the distinguished Chinese guest.

Xi Jinping stressed that China and Ecuador enjoy traditional friendship. Yesterday, President Rafael Correa and I decided to elevate China-Ecuador relations to a comprehensive strategic partnership. The Chinese side has always viewed its relations with Ecuador from a strategic and long-term perspective, and is willing to, together with Ecuador, thoroughly push forward practical cooperation in various fields to bring more tangible benefits to the two peoples.

Xi Jinping pointed out that friendly cooperation between the two legislative bodies is an important part of China-Ecuador comprehensive strategic partnership. In recent years, the National People’s Congress (NPC) and the Ecuadorian National Assembly have maintained close exchanges and cooperation, which has played an important role in promoting mutual understanding and enhancing friendly relations. The legislative bodies of the two countries should continue to carry out exchanges and dialogues, intensify friendly exchanges at all levels, and strengthen experience exchanges in legislative supervision, governance and administration of state affairs and other aspects, so as to push for the continuous development of China-Ecuador comprehensive strategic partnership.

Gabriela Rivadeneira expressed that she warmly welcomes President Xi Jinping’s visit to Ecuador’s National Assembly. At present, Ecuador-China brotherly relationship has maintained rapid development. The Ecuadorian side appreciates China’s support in its post-disaster reconstruction and national construction. Taking President Xi Jinping’s visit this time as an opportunity to establish Ecuador-China comprehensive strategic partnership will certainly boost further development of bilateral cooperation in various fields including economy, trade and people-to-people and cultural engagement. The National Assembly of Ecuador is willing to intensify exchanges and cooperation with the NPC in a bid to jointly push forward Ecuador-China relations as well as Latin America-China relations.

Wang Huning, Li Zhanshu, Yang Jiechi and others attended the meeting.

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

BEAUTIFUL LIBRARY IN ZHENGZHOU LAUDED ONLINE

The library at Sias International University in Zhengzhou opened recently, bringing a pleasant surprise to the school’s students. The new library boasts glass walkways, large slides, private theaters, French windows, private reading rooms and Wi-Fi, all of which has attracted the attention of literary-minded netizens.

The library won second prize in a contest for Henan province’s most beautiful architecture. Although the building is 15 stories high, only the first through third floors have been opened so far. Next year, the entire building will be opened to the public. At that time, there will also be 60 Apple computers and 300 iPads available for use by the library’s patrons.

Many netizens have expressed their admiration of the library, with some even wistfully wishing to be a student at the school.

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

CHINESE FILMS AND TV SHOWS DEBUT AT MAJOR LATIN AMERICAN FESTIVAL

A number of Chinese films and television programs debuted at this year’s MIP Cancun film and television festival, which was held from Nov. 16 to 18. The China United Exhibition, organized by the Information Office of the State Council and the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of China, included a”Focus China” seminar as well as other exchange and promotion activities.

More than 10 Chinese companies and media organizations took part in the exhibition,showcasing excellent film and television from around the country, including documentaries, animation and variety shows. The participants also conducted in-depth communications with their Latin American counterparts, probing opportunities for future cooperation.

The documentary series “Atlas: China Revealed” was promoted at the exhibition as well.Launched by the China International Communication Center and National Geographic Channel, the documentary series is currently available in 170 countries and has attracted over 300 million viewers.

The China United Exhibition has been successfully mounted at over 40 international film and television festivals since 2004. This year’s MIP Cancun, one of the most influential film and television festivals in Latin America, attracted over 140 institutions from 22 countries.

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

MENTALLY HANDICAPPED MAN GETS PART-TIME JOB AT GUANGDONG FIRE STATION

On Nov. 9, a mentally handicapped man in Guangdong province was given a part-time job as an honorary firefighter. The job grants Chen Xiaojun access to the fire-fightingequipment that has fascinated him for the past 12 years.

Chen, from the city of Jiangmen, has been enlisted to help maintain and clean saidequipment, earning a monthly salary based on his performance. Chen was thrilled to begiven the job; for him, it was a dream came true. Every week since 2004, Chen has come tothe fire station to examine the equipment. He knows extensive information about every item, including where it was manufactured.

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1,046 TONS OF GARBAGE INTERCEPTED BY SHENZHEN CUSTOMS

Deeper global integration has brought China not only much needed resources and commodities, but also some special “goods” in the form of garbage. From June to September 2016, Shenzhen customs intercepted a total of 1,046 tons of discarded clothing, which has since been piling up in a waste incineration power plant, waiting to be destroyed. This is Shenzhen’s largest case of solid waste yet. The suspects have been imprisoned, and currently await further investigation.

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RETIRED TEACHER INVENTS ‘PANDA PAPER’

A new invention by a retired teacher has caused a major stir in Zhouzhi County, Shaanxi province.

The former school dean created a kind of paper made from panda feces, mulberry bark and kiwifruit tree vines. It took the inventor, Liu Xiaodong, two years and 10 attempts before the paper was a success.

Liu used all his savings to produce the paper. He currently runs a training workshop to teach the craft. Every day, the workshop instructs middle and primary school students as well as enthusiasts, who simply wish to visit and learn.

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

DEPUTY DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF THE PROTOCOL DEPARTMENT OF THE FOREIGN MINISTRY ZHANG YIMING ACCEPTS COPY OF CREDENTIALS FROM NEWLY-APPOINTED NEPALESE AMBASSADOR TO CHINA

On November 18, 2016, Deputy Director-General of the Protocol Department of the Foreign Ministry Zhang Yiming accepted the copy of credentials presented by newly-appointed Nepalese Ambassador to China Leela Mani Paudyal.

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CHINA AND ROK HOLD THE SEVENTH COUNTER-TERRORISM CONSULTATION

On November 15, 2016, Director-General of the Department of External Security Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Liu Guangyuan and Ambassador for International Security Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Shin Maeng-ho of the Republic of Korea (ROK) co-chaired the 7th China-ROK Counter-Terrorism Consultation in Seoul. Both sides mainly exchanged views on respective anti-terrorism situations, China-ROK counter-terrorism cooperation and other topics.

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