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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CHINA, ROK AND JAPAN HOLD THE FOURTH COUNTER-TERRORISM CONSULTATIONS

On November 15, 2016, Director-General of the Department of External Security Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Liu Guangyuan, Ambassador for International Security Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Shin Maeng-ho of the Republic of Korea (ROK), and Ambassador in charge of International Cooperation for Countering Terrorism and International Organized Crime of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Yuji Kumamaru of Japan co-chaired the 4th China-ROK-Japan Counter-Terrorism Consultations in Seoul. The three parties mainly exchanged views on topics including international, regional and respective anti-terrorism situations as well as China-ROK-Japan counter-terrorism cooperation.

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ASSISTANT FOREIGN MINISTER LIU HAIXING ATTENDS NATIONAL DAY RECEPTION OF LATVIA

On November 17, 2016, Assistant Foreign Minister Liu Haixing attended at invitation the National Day reception held by the Latvian Embassy in China, and exchanged views with Latvian Ambassador to China Maris Selga on bilateral relations, cooperation between China and Central and Eastern European Countries and other topics.

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XI JINPING HOLDS TALKS WITH PRESIDENT RAFAEL CORREA OF ECUADOR THE TWO HEADS OF STATE AGREE TO ESTABLISH CHINA-ECUADOR COMPREHENSIVE STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP TO PUSH BILATERAL RELATIONS FOR GREATER DEVELOPMENT UNDER NEW SITUATION

On November 17, 2016 local time, President Xi Jinping held talks in Quito with President Rafael Correa of Ecuador. Speaking highly of bilateral traditional friendship, both heads of state decided to lift the positioning of bilateral relations and establish China-Ecuador comprehensive strategic partnership, so as to push bilateral relations for greater development under the new situation.

Xi Jinping pointed out that Ecuador is an important country in Latin America. In recent years, China-Ecuador relations have achieved substantial development. In particular, since the establishment of strategic partnership in 2015, bilateral mutually beneficial cooperation has seen rapid development in a wide range of areas, with the scale of collaboration continuing to increase. Bilateral relations have since been greatly enriched and have been picking up a momentum towards comprehensive development. At present, China and Ecuador have now entered a key moment of development where cooperation between the two countries is of greater importance. China will continue to support Ecuador in exploring a development path that suits its own national conditions, and will actively take part in Ecuador’s post-earthquake reconstruction work. China is willing to reinforce practical cooperation with the Ecuadorian side in all areas, comprehensively step up the integration of interests of both sides and expand people-to-people and cultural exchanges, so as to open up brighter prospects for the development of bilateral relations. The Chinese side actively supports Ecuador to take over the presidency of the Group of 77 (G77) next year, and is willing to continuously intensify cooperation with the G77 in multilateral affairs. China is also willing to work with Ecuador to constantly boost China-Latin America overall cooperation and push for greater development of China-Latin America relations.

Rafael Correa expressed that President Xi Jinping’s state visit this time is more like a gathering between friends. It is believed that the visit will enhance bilateral relations, deepen bilateral cooperation and bring more benefits to people of both countries. Ecuador thanks China for the strong support to Ecuador’s earthquake relief and post-disaster reconstruction. Ecuador always adheres to the one-China policy, and devotes itself to enhancing communication and cooperation in politics, economy, trade and people-to-people and cultural engagement with China. As the presidency of the G77 next year, Ecuador will boost the “G77 + China” to conduct closer cooperation within multilateral agencies.

The two heads of state jointly decided to lift China-Ecuador relations to a comprehensive strategic partnership, and take it as a new starting point to deepen strategic mutual trust and guide mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries to achieve greater outcomes, so as to push bilateral relations for better and faster development.

Both sides reiterated that they respect each other’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as understand and support each other’s core interests and major concerns. The two sides agreed to intensify high-level exchanges, promote communication between governmental departments, legislative institutions, political parties and local governments, maintain close communication and coordination on bilateral relations and issues of common concern, continuously expand consensus and consolidate political mutual trust.

Both sides agreed to enhance the docking of development strategies, deeply tap the potential of economic and trade complementarity, push bilateral trade for sustained, stable and balanced growth, strengthen cooperation in such areas as production capacity, investment, technology, oil, gas, mining industry, infrastructure, water conservancy, telecommunication and finance, and actively discuss cooperation in areas including agriculture, petrochemical industry, shipbuilding, metallurgy and papermaking.

Both sides agreed to strengthen exchanges and cooperation in areas including education, culture, science and technology, health, sports, tourism, news and youths, reinforce exchanges and friendship between the two peoples, and continuously cement the public foundation of bilateral relationship.

Both sides reiterated to abide by the purpose and principles of the UN Charter, boost communication and cooperation within multilateral mechanisms and frameworks including the UN and the G77, and jointly advance South-South Cooperation, so as to better safeguard the common interests of developing countries.

Both sides agreed to deepen China-Latin America comprehensive cooperative partnership featuring equality, mutual benefit and common development. Both sides expressed their willingness to work with all countries in Latin America to well implement the consensus reached during meetings between Chinese and Latin American leaders and continuously boost China-Latin America overall cooperation, so as to elevate bilateral relations to a new level.

After the meeting, the two heads of state witnessed the signing of several bilateral cooperation documents in such areas as production capacity cooperation, investment, industrial park, economy and technology, judiciary and news.

Both heads of state also jointly met the press.

Both sides issued the Joint Statement on Establishing Comprehensive Strategic Partnership between the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of Ecuador.

The talks were held at the Presidential Palace. When Xi Jinping arrived, Rafael Correa welcomed him at the entrance. Guards of courtesy lined up and saluted to them. The military band played the national anthems of both countries.

Wang Huning, Li Zhanshu, Yang Jiechi and other officials attended above activities.

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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.

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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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