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XI JINPING TO PAY STATE VISITS TO ECUADOR, PERU AND CHILE AND ATTEND THE 24TH APEC ECONOMIC LEADERS’ SUMMIT IN LIMA

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang announces:

At the invitation of President Rafael Correa Delgado of the Republic of Ecuador, President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski of the Republic of Peru and President Michelle Bachelet Jeria of the Republic of Chile, President Xi Jinping will pay state visits to the aforementioned three countries from November 17 to 23. At the invitation of President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski of the Republic of Peru, President Xi Jinping will attend the 24th APEC Economic Leaders’ Summit in Lima, Peru from November 19 to 20.

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

LI KEQIANG RETURNS TO BEIJING AFTER CONCLUDING HIS VISITS

On the morning of November 9, 2016, after his successful attendance at the 15th Meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Council of Heads of Governments (Prime Ministers), the 3rd China-Kazakhstan Regular Prime Ministers’ Meeting, the 5th Summit of China and Central and Eastern European Countries, and the 21st Regular Meeting between Chinese Premier and Russian Prime Minister, as well as after concluding his successful official visits to Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Latvia and Russia, Premier Li Keqiang returned to Beijing by special plane.

Upon Premier Li Keqiang’s departure from Moscow, senior officials from the Russian government, H.E. Li Hui, Chinese Ambassador to Russia and others saw him off at the airport. Russia held a grand farewell ceremony for Li Keqiang. Military band played the national anthems of China and Russia. Li Keqiang reviewed the march-past of the guard of honor.

Vice Premier Liu Yandong and Vice Premier Wang Yang returned to Beijing on the same day.

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

LI KEQIANG MEETS WITH PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN OF RUSSIA

On the afternoon of November 8, 2016 local time, Premier Li Keqiang met at the Kremlin Palace in Moscow with President Vladimir Putin of Russia.

Li Keqiang first conveyed President Xi Jinping’s sincere greetings to President Vladimir Putin, and expressed that as the biggest neighbors to each other as well as comprehensive strategic partners of coordination, China and Russia have always kept moving steadily forward and continuously achieved new fruits from bilateral relations and cooperation. China-Russia cooperation is not only beneficial to the two sides, but also to peace, stability, development and prosperity of the region and the world at large. Both sides should well implement consensus reached by the two heads of state and uplift China-Russia relations to another new level.

Li Keqiang pointed out that China is willing to, together with Russia, explore cooperation potential, expand cooperation area, consolidate the recovering and stabilizing momentum of bilateral trade, promote cooperation in major projects of oil, natural gas, civilian nuclear energy, aviation and aerospace and strengthen cooperation in finance and infrastructure construction. Both sides should promote the deepening cooperation of small-and medium-sized enterprises, which would stimulate the market’s vitality while providing necessary support and assistance to cooperation between the two countries’ major enterprises. The two countries should elevate the level of people-to-people and cultural exchanges and consolidate the public opinion foundation of bilateral relations.

Vladimir Putin said that with close exchanges between Russian and Chinese heads of state and government leaders, inter-governmental cooperation mechanism undergoes smooth operation. The successful regular meeting between Russian Prime Minister and Chinese Premier has promoted the development of bilateral practical cooperation. At present, Russia and China have stabilized for the better in trade area and shared sound cooperation in electromechanical equipments, import and export of agricultural products and other fields as well as positive development in energy cooperation and broad prospects in aerospace cooperation. Russia is willing to work with China to constantly expand bilateral investment, and strengthen cooperation in such areas as high-speed railways and finance, so as to continuously deepen bilateral relations and cooperation.

Vice Premier Liu Yandong, Vice Premier Wang Yang and First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov of Russia attended the meeting.

Li Keqiang arrived in Moscow from St. Petersburg by special plane after successfully attending the 21st Regular Meeting between Chinese Premier and Russian Prime Minister.

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

LI KEQIANG HOLDS TALKS WITH PRIME MINISTER ALGIRDAS BUTKEVICIUS OF LITHUANIA AND PRIME MINISTER ROBERT FICO OF SLOVAKIA

On the afternoon of November 5, 2016 local time, Premier Li Keqiang held talks respectively with Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius of Lithuania and Prime Minister Robert Fico of Slovakia while attending the 5th Summit of China and Central and Eastern European Countries (CEEC) at the National Library of Latvia in Riga.

In his talks with Algirdas Butkevicius, Li Keqiang expressed that China-Lithuania relations are experiencing smooth progress. China appreciates Lithuania’s active efforts in developing relations with China and is willing to enhance practical cooperation with Lithuania to realize mutual benefit and win-win results and benefit the two peoples.

Algirdas Butkevicius said that Lithuania is deeply satisfied with the development of bilateral relations and expects to further expand bilateral cooperation in trade and investment. The “16+1 cooperation” is of great importance and Lithuania is willing to actively push the cooperation for more achievements.

In his talks with Robert Fico, Li Keqiang stated that both sides should respect each other’s core interests and major concerns and meet each other halfway, so as to promote the sound and stable development of China-Slovakia relations.

Robert Fico noted that the Slovakian government attaches great importance to its relations with China and its principled stance of sticking to the one-China policy remains unchanged. Slovakia is ready to join hands with China to push the sound progress of bilateral relations in the right direction.

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

FATHER TRACKS CHILD WITH GPS DEVICE, SPARKS DEBATE

A father in Wuhan, Hubei province reportedly installed three GPS trackers on his little one in an attempt to stay informed of his child’s coordinates at any given time. Although he took the extreme action out of concern for his child’s safety, his decision has nevertheless triggered public debate.

“For fear that bad guys might take off the GPS watch, I put two additional GPS trackers inside the backpack and clothing,” the father explained, adding that the devices have twice helped him to locate his child at critical moments.

Not everyone considers such protective measures necessary, however. According to a survey conducted among 38 parents, 80 percent think it is practical to install GPS tracker son their children; the rest believe that there is no need to be so nervous.

Keeping a close eye on children is an understandable impulse and should be lauded,according to education experts in Wuhan. Children should also be taught how to protect themselves in case of an emergency, the experts said.

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

PREGNANT BELLY-PAINTING CONTEST HELD IN CHONGQING

Thirty fathers-to-be painted the bellies of their pregnant wives in an interesting contest held in Chongqing on Nov. 6. The men drew cartoon figures and imaginative images,expressing good wishes for their soon-to-be-born babies. This is the fifth time that such a contest has been held. The event is dedicated to the memorable and beautiful experience of waiting for new life.

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

SHANGHAI CONSTRUCTS LARGE PLANETARIUM

A rendering is presented during the foundation laying ceremony of the Shanghai Planetarium in Shanghai, east China, Nov. 8, 2016. Covering an area of 38,164 square meters, the planetarium will include a main building and ancillary constructions, such as an observation base for young people, a solar tower and observatory. (Xinhua)

The construction of a planetarium started in Shanghai’s Pudong district Tuesday.

Covering 38,164 square meters, the planetarium will include a main building and ancillary constructions such as an observation base for young people, a solar tower and observatory. It is expected to open in 2020.

Xu Xiaohong, an official with the construction headquarters, said that elements of the starry sky will be applied to the design on the outside of the construction.

The construction will be energy-saving and eco-friendly, using technologies such as rainwater recycling, ecological purification and renewable energy.

Xin Ge, director of the headquarters, said that visitors will gain the knowledge of the various natural phenomena and get to know the history of human exploration of the universe.

Lin Qing, an official at the headquarters, said that people in Shanghai seldom have the chance to clearly observe the Milky Way due to light pollution. The planetarium will provide people with a better view of the stars.

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

4.3-MILLION-RMB POT SHOCKS CHINESE NETIZENS

A pot priced at 4.3 million RMB has recently attracted many comments on Chinese social media. The handle of the pot is rumored to be made of 738 kilograms of pure gold, into which are set 13-carat diamonds. Even so, the sky-high price sparked heated debate among netizens.

Once purchased, the pot will be delivered by Rolls-Royce, and its buyer can also enjoy a feast provided by a Michelin-starred chef. According to the seller, only three such pots have been sold since the brand was established 171 years ago. Naturally, as the most expensive pot in the world, this item is just intended as a collector’s item.

Many commented that the pot is too expensive to purchase, and some guessed that the whole thing was just a publicity stunt.

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

MEP IMPLEMENTS STAGGERED CEMENT PRODUCTION TO REDUCE POLLUTION

Cement producers in northern China have been instructed by the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) to stagger production during peak load times in winter months in order to reduce pollution, according to a notice issued by the ministry.

Similar rules have also been imposed on foundry enterprises and thermal power plants.

Meteorological statistics show that the La Nina phenomenon this winter may lead to high humidity and the large-scale deposition of pollution particles, especially in northern China, the MEP said. The ministry also stressed that air treatment this winter is not only intended to finish the yearly task of environmental protection, but also to contribute to the implementation of the Air Pollution Prevention and Control Action Plan (APPCAP) issued by the State Council in 2013.

As a result, the MEP has mandated staggered cement production during peak times throughout the winter. In addition, the ministry has also ordered the electricity, foundry and brick industries to produce during off-peak times. The thermal-power-generating units failing to meet emissions standards will be shut down during peak times from Nov. 15, 2016 to March 15, 2017, and substandard distillation and boiler enterprises will be ordered to suspend production.

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

ANCIENT CITY WALL IN HUNAN PROVINCE

A well-preserved city wall attracts crowds of tourists to Chenzhou, Hunan province. The wall is said to be left by the Taiping Army, which led a massive rebellion in China that lasted from 1850 to 1864.

The city wall, found beneath a famous “skylight” in an underground cave, is 41 meters long, 5.5 meters high and 2.7 meters thick. It can accommodate several thousand people.

Near the skylight stands a monument that records when and where the Taiping Army attacked and retreated from Chenzhou, as well as how they got along with locals, in the 10th year of Emperor Xian Feng’s reign (1851-1861).

The magnificent skylight is the only geological formation of its kind in southern Hunan. It is 130 meters deep and forms a striking tableau. The formation has been well preserved by local residents as well as the government due to its beauty and historical significance.

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