3 new insects discovered in Three Gorges nature reserve

Three new species of insects have been discovered in the Dalaoling Nature Reserve in the Three Gorges region. Preliminary information on the insects was released to the public last Sunday. The newly discovered species were discovered by an insect biodiversity research group led by Xie Guanglin, a doctor at Yangtze University. After an assessment by Shi Fuming, a renowned taxonomist specializing in katydids, the insects were confirmed as previously unrecorded species.

Dalaoling Natural Reserve is located in the Yangtze River’s Xiling Gorge, which boasts a good biological environment and biodiversity.

17-year-old boy kills mother after childhood spent ‘imprisoned’ in own home

Wang Xing, a 17-year-old boy from Jimo, Shandong province, killed his mother with an ax and buried her in a shallow grave under their chicken coop. Wang’s mother’s body was found several days later by the boy’s grandmother, Liu Kaolan, who lives next door. The boy was later arrested by police.

According to the investigation, the victim, Li Juan, was always overprotective of her son, forbidding him from leaving the house without her permission and supervision. Li was so cautious that other locals and even Wang’s grandparents next door hadn’t seen the boy in a long time.

Wang was eager to look for work outside the village, but Li discouraged his ambitions, claiming that the world outside was too dangerous for him. After killing Li, Wang took his mother’s phone along with 1,200 RMB and fled to Qingdao, securing the lock on the gate outside his house as he left. From Qingdao, Wang continued on to Jinan and then Chengdu, but he was finally apprehended by police on Sept. 22.

In court, the teenager was very calm, relating the events of his crime without any visible sadness or remorse.

3 grave robbers die in Shaanxi cave-in

On Nov. 27, three grave scavengers were buried alive after a cave-in occurred at an ancient grave site in Baoji, Shaanxi province. Although the local fire department quickly responded to the emergency, the lives of the men could not be saved.

The fire department received the emergency call at around 9 p.m., dispatching 14 firefighters and two rescue vehicles to deal with the incident. The rescue team used bare hands instead of tools to search for the buried men, for fear of accidentally injuring them with metal equipment. All three bodies were eventually recovered.

The ancient grave was first located by a construction team. After finding two rusty swords and one iron vessel in the soil around the site, the contractor contacted the local cultural relics management department, which sent experts to the site and found that the grave dated back to the Tang Dynasty. Word soon spread to nearby villages, and many villagers came to see the site for themselves.

Japanese skating rink closed after freezing 5,000 fish into ice block

An amusement park in Japan was forced to close on Nov. 27 after receiving a barrage of criticism for freezing 5,000 fish into the ice of its skating rink. The stunt was intended to draw crowds.

Space World, located in the city of Kitakyushu, was only open for two weeks before its suspension, according to Kyodo News. The facility hoped to offer visitors the opportunity to glide on a “sea” filled with 25 kinds of fish. However, the feat was widely condemned by the public for its cruelty.

Some people pitied the embedded fish, arguing that, far from novelty, it was actually unpleasant to look at the rink. Meanwhile, misunderstandings spread online that the fish were frozen while they were still alive.

A spokesperson for the park apologized to everyone who was upset by the stunt. The skating rink will reopen in the next month, after the fish are removed, said the spokesperson.

68-year-old woman sells vegetables into wee hours to afford apartment for son

Recently, a 68-year-old woman in Jinan, Shandong province attracted public attention for selling vegetables on the street until midnight in order to earn money to buy her son an apartment.

According to the woman, named Wang Guiying, her son lives in Weihai, another city in Shandong, with his wife and 4-year-old child. The family lives in a rented apartment. Wang said that the couple couldn’t even afford a TV set when they got married. Therefore, to help ease the financial burdens of her son and daughter-in-law, Wang decided to earn extra money by selling vegetables.

Wang said her goal is simply to help however she can, even though her son attempted to talk her out of it after learning of her plans. Wang’s son, Xia Jigui, told Thepaper.cn that he and his wife earn as much as 4,000 RMB every month, but they have nothing left after paying the rent.

For Xia, his mother’s actions make him sad, but they are also a call to action. He plans to work even harder to achieve his goal of buying a small apartment in Weihai.

Crimson sunset after rainy days in Guangdong

Crimson clouds appeared at sunset on Nov. 26 after several rainy days in Guangdong province. That afternoon, snow started to melt and the clouds appeared over Jinzi Mountain in Lianshan County.

The temperature in the Jinzi Mountain area dropped to minus 3 degrees Celsius a few days before, but the weather began to warm up on Saturday. The crimson clouds and other meteorological phenomena are often visible around Jinzi Mountain, as this area is heavily influenced by monsoons and air pressure from further inland. The region’s temperature and precipitation are also affected by the forests on the mountain.

BRICS Bank to finance 2 infrastructure projects in China and India

The New Development Bank (NDB) of the BRICS countries is set to finance two more projects in energy and road construction, in China and India, to the tune of $640 million, according to Kundapur Vaman Kamath, head of the bank.

The first agenda item is to build a wind power project, the Putian Pinghai Bay Offshore Wind Power Project, costing 2 billion RMB ($290 million); the second is to repair 1,500 kilometers of roads as part of India’s Madhya Pradesh Major District Roads Project, costing $350 million.

The Putian Pinghai Bay Offshore Wind Power Project is one of the largest offshore wind farms in the country. The facility is expected to generate 873 million kwh of electricity each year, cutting 870,000 tons of carbon dioxide per year.

The bank has so far approved seven projects, covering all its member countries and totaling $1.5 billion, according to the bank’s deputy head and chief operating officer Zhu Xian. In addition, the bank has approved the financing plan for 2017, stating that it is ready to finance another $2.5 billion worth of projects.

Liu Yandong: Build a “Spiritual High-speed Rail” for Connectivity between Chinese and German People

On November 25, 2016 local time, Vice Premier Liu Yandong inspected the Confucius Institute at the Free University of Berlin and held discussions with Directors of some Confucius Institutes in Germany.

Liu Yandong visited the exhibition “300 Hundred Years of Chinese in Germany”, the photo exhibition showcasing outcomes of the 18 Confucius Institutes in Germany and the exhibition “Chinese Students in Germany”. She observed Chinese-teaching classes, and earnestly listened to opinions and suggestions proposed by Directors of all Confucius Institutes in Germany on such topics as deepening cooperation between Chinese and German universities, international cooperation in sinology research and cultivation of local Chinese teachers.

Liu Yandong expressed that leaders of both countries pay high attention to exchanges on language education and the development of the Confucius Institute. Chancellor Angela Merkel personally attended the inauguration ceremony of the Confucius Institute at Fachhochschule Stralsund University of Applied Sciences this August, showing the high importance to the construction of the Confucius Institute and China-Germany cultural exchanges. Under the joint promotion of leaders of both countries, Confucius Institutes in Germany have continuously expanded, building a “spiritual high-speed rail” for connectivity between the Chinese and German people.

Liu Yandong noted that current China-Germany relations enjoy sound development, and the width, depth and heat of bilateral exchanges and cooperation have reached an unprecedented level. With increasingly frequent exchanges between both peoples, the Confucius Institute will play a more prominent role, and sinologists’ missions of promoting communication and enhancing understanding will become heavier. It is hoped that we all could continue to give play to respective advantages, make good use of the Confucius Institute, actively participate in the Confucius China Studies Program, and cultivate a new generation of young sinologists, so as to introduce a real, multi-dimensional and comprehensive China to people.

Liu Yandong stressed that the Confucius Institute is an institution for equal cooperation, mutual benefit and win-win results between China and foreign countries and an open, transparent and inclusive platform. We will make joint efforts with all sides to, with an open and inclusive attitude, give play to the platform role of Confucius Institute in spreading culture, communicating mind and promoting exchanges and mutual learning among different civilizations, and strive to provide better service to people of all circles in learning Chinese and understanding China. It is hoped that everyone could care for and support the Confucius Institute as always, and create a sound environment for the healthy and sustainable development of the Confucius Institute.

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

Liu Yandong Meets with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany

On November 25, 2016 local time, Vice Premier Liu Yandong met with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany at German Chancellery in Berlin.

Liu Yandong conveyed greetings from President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang to Angela Merkel. Liu Yandong said that with constant and in-depth development, current China-Germany relations walk in the forefront of the development of China-Europe relations. High-level exchanges between both countries are particularly frequent in 2016, effectively enhancing political mutual trust and bilateral pragmatic cooperation. My visit, firstly, is to attend the 7th Hamburg Summit and the closing event of the Year of China-Germany Youth Exchange upon invitation; and secondly, is to implement the important consensus reached between Chinese leaders and you and deepen China-Germany people-to-people and cultural exchanges and cooperation. China is willing to make joint efforts with Germany to push for the early establishment of a high-level people-to-people and cultural exchange mechanism, so as to boost bilateral exchanges and cooperation in education, science, technology, culture, sports, football and other areas. Germany will take over the presidency of the G20 in a few days, and China is willing to actively cooperate with Germany to ensure the success of the G20 Hamburg Summit as well.

Angela Merkel asked Liu Yandong to convey her greetings to President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang. She once again congratulated China on successfully hosting the G20 Hangzhou Summit, and hoped that President Xi Jinping will attend the G20 Hamburg Summit in 2017. Angela Merkel expressed that Germany is willing to cooperate closely with China to promote the G20 Hamburg Summit for a success. She is pleased to see that the consensus reached between leaders of both countries on strengthening cooperation in football is being implemented and has made substantial progress. Germany is willing to provide assistance to China’s football development within its capacity. At present, bilateral relations maintain a sound development momentum, and both sides should further strengthen exchanges between the young people of both countries. Germany supports both sides to set up a high-level people-to-people and cultural exchange mechanism.

Before the meeting, Liu Yandong and Angela Merkel took a group photo with representatives of signatories of the China-Germany football cooperation agreement.

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

Liu Yandong Attends China-Germany Forum for Higher Education, Science and Innovation

On November 25, 2016 local time, Vice Premier Liu Yandong attended the China-Germany Forum for Higher Education, Science and Innovation hosted by the Free University of Berlin and delivered a speech.

Liu Yandong stated that since China and Germany established diplomatic relations 44 years ago, through joint efforts, both countries have established an all-round strategic partnership and achieved increasingly closer cooperation in areas such as education, science and technology, which have provided strong support to the development of both economies and become the highlight of China-Germany people-to-people and cultural exchanges. At present, China’s development faces the arduous tasks of shift in driving force, mode transformation and structural adjustment. The Chinese government puts education and innovation at the heart of development, regards talents as the first recourse to support development and sees innovation as the first and foremost driver of development and the “golden key” of breaking limitations in economic growth and opening up future growth potentials, hence vigorously implementing the innovation-driven development strategy. Both China and Germany share the tradition of valuing education and promoting innovation. The complementarity of innovation cooperation between both countries far outweighs the competitiveness, thus leaving huge potential for future cooperation.

Liu Yandong expressed that joining efforts for innovation and common development is the consensus reached by both Chinese and German leaders. Both sides should join hands to promote innovative development and fire up the “innovation engine” of the global economy. Both sides should deepen China-Germany innovation policy dialogues, strengthen top-level design, facilitate docking of strategies, promote policy coordination and establish sharing platforms. The two sides should guide practical cooperation in innovation, enhance cooperation in such fields as advanced manufacturing, new energy, semiconductor lighting, new energy vehicles, rail transit, biotechnology, next-generation information technology and the internet of things and explore third-party markets together. Both countries should facilitate in-depth development of people-to-people and cultural exchanges, deepen communication and cooperation in areas including education, science and technology, culture, sports and healthcare, and support cooperation in innovation and entrepreneurship between young peoples. The two sides should make concerted efforts to cope with challenges faced by mankind, encourage and promote coordination between higher education institutions and research institutions of both countries so as to deal with global challenges including climate change, major diseases, epidemics prevention and control, food safety, resource conservation and environment protection, and jointly implement the innovation blueprint made during the G20 Summit. It is hoped that higher education institutions, research institutions and enterprises of both sides can closely cooperate and make new contributions to the innovation causes of both countries and the development of China-Germany all-round strategic partnership.

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