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LI KEQIANG MEETS WITH PRESIDENT ALMAZBEK ATAMBAYEV OF KYRGYZSTAN

On the evening of November 2, 2016 local time, Premier Li Keqiang met at the Presidential Office in Bishkek with President Almazbek Atambayev of Kyrgyzstan.

Li Keqiang first conveyed President Xi Jinping’s sincere greetings to President Almazbek Atambayev, and expressed that China and Kyrgyzstan are friendly neighbors linked by mountains and rivers. The two heads of state have reached several important consensus during their successful meeting on the sidelines of the Tashkent Summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization held in June. Upholding the principle of mutual respect, equal treatment, mutual benefit and win-win results, the Chinese side is always willing to, together with the Kyrgyz side, deepen political mutual trust, intensify practical cooperation, enhance people-to-people and cultural exchanges and reinforce coordination and cooperation in international and regional affairs, so as to push forward the continuous development of bilateral relations and cooperation as well as better benefit the two peoples.

Li Keqiang pointed out that at present, the world economy undergoes slack recovery and the regional situation is complicated and severe. China and Kyrgyzstan should tap potentials, be innovative, strengthen cooperation in production capacity and major infrastructure projects, expand cooperation in security and law enforcement, promote the growth of two-way trade and investment and boost regional connectivity, security and stability, so as to forge a favorable environment for the realization of common development.

Almazbek Atambayev said that China shows sincerity and friendliness to Kyrgyzstan. The Kyrgyz side is grateful for China’s assistance, which has never had any political strings attached, to the stability and development of Kyrgyzstan. Both countries harbor strong desire in expanding practical cooperation. Kyrgyzstan is willing to make joint efforts with China to implement bilateral cooperation consensus, vigorously strengthen cooperation in such fields as transportation, telecommunication and finance and unswervingly push forward the in-depth development of Kyrgyzstan-China friendly cooperation

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

XI JINPING MEETS WITH PRIME MINISTER NAJIB RAZAK OF MALAYSIA

On November 3, 2016, President Xi Jinping met at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse with Prime Minister Najib Razak of Malaysia.

Xi Jinping pointed out that China and Malaysia are close neighbors across the sea. Bilateral relations have achieved substantial development since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries 42 years ago, thanks to both sides’ adherence to the way of getting along with each other in mutual respect and mutual trust, cooperation policies of equality, mutual benefit, mutual assistance and win-win results as well as cooperation approaches of close communication, mutual understanding and mutual accommodation. Deepening China-Malaysia good neighborly and friendly cooperation conforms to the fundamental and long-term interests of both sides. China is willing to make joint efforts with Malaysia to continuously enrich the connotation of bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership and deepen practical cooperation in various fields, so as to better benefit the two peoples.

Xi Jinping stressed that China and Malaysia should maintain regular high-level exchanges, deepen political mutual trust, firmly seize the mainstream and general direction of the development of bilateral relations, and continuously share mutual understanding and support on major issues of each others’ concern. Both sides should enhance the docking of development strategies, so as to lay a solid foundation for deepening bilateral economic and trade cooperation. China welcomes Malaysia’s active participation in the “Belt and Road” cooperation, and is willing to, together with Malaysia, jointly advance the construction of the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, deepen cooperation in such areas as infrastructure, energy, science and technology, agriculture and finance, steadily boost cooperation in major projects, strengthen communication and cooperation at local levels and expand the outcomes of regional connectivity. Both sides should continuously deepen cooperation in areas of law enforcement and security, including anti-terrorism and fighting against transnational crime, so as to maintain peace and tranquility in the region. The two sides should strengthen exchanges and cooperation in such areas as education, culture, health and media, so as to further enhance mutual understanding and friendship between the two peoples.

Najib Razak congratulated on the successful convening of the sixth plenary session of the 18th Communist Party of China Central Committee and China’s achievements in economic and social development, stressing that practice has proved that the development pattern of socialism with Chinese characteristics is a correct choice for China. Najib Razak expressed that both countries are friendly neighbors and trustworthy friends. At present, bilateral relations have reached the highest level in history, with deepening mutual trust and booming development in diversified cooperation based on the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries. Malaysia is glad to see that China’s “Belt and Road” initiative has gained wide response and achieved positive results. Malaysia is ready to enhance cooperation in such areas as economic and trade investment, transportation and port construction under the “Belt and Road” framework, and intensify people-to-people and cultural exchanges with China. Malaysia is committed to boosting ASEAN-China relations.

State Councilor Wang Yong and others attended the meeting.

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

LI KEQIANG HOLDS THE 3RD CHINA-KAZAKHSTAN REGULAR PRIME MINISTERS’ MEETING WITH PRIME MINISTER BAKYTZHAN SAGINTAYEV OF KAZAKHSTAN

On the evening of November 3, 2016 local time, Premier Li Keqiang held the 3rd China-Kazakhstan Regular Prime Ministers’ Meeting with Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev of Kazakhstan at the Prime Minister’s Residential Office in Astana.

Li Keqiang noted that China and Kazakhstan are friendly neighbors and comprehensive strategic partners. The two countries uphold the principles of mutual respect, equality, mutual benefit, and win-win cooperation to promote the leapfrog development of bilateral relations. China stands ready to work with Kazakhstan to cement mutual trust, seek common development, expand cooperation and continue to forge a model of good-neighborly friendship and win-win cooperation.

Li Keqiang pointed out that China is willing better synergize the Silk Road Economic Belt initiative with Kazakhstan’s new economic policy of “the Bright Road”, so as to usher a new stage of bilateral mutually beneficial cooperation. Since the launch of China-Kazakhstan production capacity cooperation two years ago, which meets the development needs of both countries, a series of important early harvests have been made, thus becoming a new highlight of bilateral practical cooperation. It is hoped that both countries, based on production capacity cooperation, can further tap the potential, advance all-round and mutually beneficial cooperation and push for constant and new achievements in the construction of connectivity and other large projects, so as to better benefit the two peoples. China stands ready to deepen communication and coordination with Kazakhstan under the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and other frameworks to safeguard regional peace and stability.

Bakytzhan Sagintayev expressed that Kazakhstan and China enjoy high-level political mutual trust and constantly strengthen constructive cooperation. Since the launch of production capacity cooperation during Premier Li Keqiang’s visit to Kazakhstan in 2014, bilateral production capacity cooperation has gradually reaped early harvests. Attaching great importance to the implementation of innovation-driven development and other strategies of China, Kazakhstan stands ready to dovetail the new economic policy of “the Bright Road” with China’s Silk Road Economic Belt construction, implement the important consensus reached by leaders of both countries, further deepen cooperation in areas including production capacity, transportation, energy, agriculture, and innovation, well organize the Chinese Tourism Year in Kazakhstan, expand people-to-people and cultural exchanges, and vigorously boost cooperation at local levels and between enterprises of the two countries, so as to bring tangible benefits to the two peoples.

After the meeting, Li Keqiang and Bakytzhan Sagintayev jointly attended the unveiling ceremony of the JAC automobile factory in Kostanay, a China-Kazakhstan production capacity cooperation project. Premier Li Keqiang and Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev held a video conference with factory workers and announced the official launch of the project.

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

LI KEQIANG ARRIVES IN ASTANA FOR THE 3RD CHINA-KAZAKHSTAN REGULAR PRIME MINISTERS’ MEETING AND OFFICIAL VISIT TO KAZAKHSTAN

On the evening of November 3, 2016 local time, at the invitation of Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Premier Li Keqiang arrived at Astana International Airport by special plane for the 3rd China-Kazakhstan Regular Prime Ministers’ Meeting as well as his official visit to Kazakhstan.

Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev welcomed Li Keqiang at the airport and held a grand welcoming ceremony. The military band played the national anthems of both countries. Accompanied by Bakytzhan Sagintayev, Li Keqiang reviewed the guard of honor.

H.E. Zhang Hanhui, Chinese Ambassador to Kazakhstan also greeted Premier Li Keqiang at the airport.

Li Keqiang said that China and Kazakhstan are friendly neighbors. The two countries enjoy fruitful outcomes in mutually beneficial cooperation, especially production capacity cooperation, which has played a leading and exemplary role. The Chinese side looks forward to further consolidating and deepening friendship and mutual trust and actively exploring new growth points in bilateral cooperation with Kazakhstan, so as to lift China-Kazakhstan good-neighborly friendship and comprehensive strategic partnership to higher levels.

During the visit in Kazakhstan, Li Keqiang will meet with President Nursultan Nazarbayev and hold meetings as well as attend the inauguration ceremony of a China-Kazakhstan production capacity cooperation project with Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev.

Li Keqiang arrived in Astana after successfully attending the 15th Meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Council of Heads of Governments (Prime Ministers) and concluding his successful official visit to Kyrgyzstan. When leaving Bishkek, First Deputy Prime Minister Abul Gazzi Jef of Kyrgyzstan, H.E. Xiao Qinghua, Chinese Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan and others saw Premier Li Keqiang off at the airport.

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

LI KEQIANG MEETS WITH PRIME MINISTER QOHIR RASULZODA OF TAJIKISTAN

On the afternoon of November 3, 2016 local time, Premier Li Keqiang met at the conference center of Bishkek State Guesthouse with Prime Minister Qohir Rasulzoda of Tajikistan.

Li Keqiang said that China and Tajikistan are friendly neighbors and cooperation partners. The Chinese side is satisfied with the sound development of bilateral relations and cooperation, and is willing to, together with Tajikistan, enhance mutual trust and deepen cooperation, so as to jointly achieve development and bring more benefits to the two peoples.

Li Keqiang pointed out that cooperation in major production capacity projects in such areas as electricity, textile and machinery between China and Tajikistan have undergone smooth progress. It is hoped that both sides could summarize experience, expand cooperation scale and extend cooperation areas, so as to better achieve mutual benefit and win-win results. China is willing to, together with Tajikistan, strengthen cooperation under the framework of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, safeguard peace and stability and push forward common development.

Qohir Rasulzoda noted that in recent years, Tajikistan-China relations have constantly achieved positive progress. Bilateral cooperation has vigorously boosted the construction and development of major projects in Tajikistan in such areas as transportation, energy, electricity, chemical engineering and textile, promoted the economic development as well as improved people’s livelihood of Tajikistan. The Tajik side stands ready to make joint efforts with China to push for continuous development of bilateral relations.

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

LI KEQIANG ATTENDS THE 15TH MEETING OF SCO COUNCIL OF HEADS OF GOVERNMENTS (PRIME MINISTERS)

At noon of November 3, 2016 local time, Premier Li Keqiang attended the 15th Meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Council of Heads of Governments (Prime Ministers) at the conference center of Bishkek State Guesthouse.

Li Keqiang expressed that the SCO has maintained a sound momentum of development since its establishment 15 years ago. It not only plays an irreplaceable role in promoting regional stability and prosperity, but also makes positive contributions to pushing forward world peace and development. At the Tashkent Summit this year, President Xi Jinping, together with other leaders of SCO member states, has put forward a number of proposals and initiatives in terms of further promoting regional cooperation in various fields, marking a new step in the development of the SCO. Currently, the international situation is undergoing profound changes, therefore, only by working together can SCO member states realize common development and achieve long-term peace and stability in the region. Li Keqiang offered the following suggestions on the future development of the SCO:

First, create a safe and stable environment. SCO member states should follow the concept of common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security, further reinforce coordination and collaboration in security areas, advance the mechanism construction of regional anti-terrorism agencies and deepen information exchanges and law enforcement cooperation, so as to safeguard the safety of peoples, institutions, enterprises and personnel of SCO member states.

Second, build an integrative development pattern. All sides should strengthen the coordination and alignment of respective strategies for economic development. The “Belt and Road” Initiative proposed by China is now dovetailing with the construction of the Eurasian Economic Union. China is ready to work with other parties to advance the trade and investment liberalization and facilitation in the region and strengthen cooperation in fields such as customs, inspection and quarantine, as well as certification and accreditation. China is open to the construction of a SCO free trade area and other proposals, and is willing to work with all parties to complete the feasibility study on the free trade area and actively explore a more comprehensive, closer and more efficient regional economic cooperation framework.

Third, upgrade the level of production capacity cooperation. At present, the early harvest projects of production capacity cooperation between China and Kazakhstan are advancing smoothly. Large projects undertaken by Chinese enterprises, such as the power station in Uzbekistan, the oil refinery in Kyrgyzstan and the cement plant in Tajikistan, are under sound operation. An industrial park is now jointly being built by China and Uzbekistan. China is ready to make concerted efforts with other parties to build production capacity cooperation into an important pillar of regional economic and trade cooperation and forge a growth pole for regional economic development, so as to benefit the people of related countries.

Fourth, explore opportunities for innovation cooperation. China thoroughly implements the innovation-driven development strategy and extensively carries out mass entrepreneurship and innovation. China is willing to, together with other countries, reinforce the alignment and experience exchanges of innovation policies, facilitate cross-border e-commerce customs clearance, strengthen the capacity of logistics support and propel cooperation in such fields as innovation in environmental protection technology and green economy among all sides.

Fifth, improve the region’s financing mechanism. The SCO should take full advantage of the SCO Interbank Consortium, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, the Silk Road Fund, the China-Eurasia Economic Cooperation Fund, the BRICS New Development Bank and other platforms of investment and financing, to provide financing support for member states to accelerate economic development and carry out regional cooperation projects. China is willing to further enhance cooperation in currency swaps and settlement with all parties.

Sixth, consolidate the foundation of people-to-people and cultural exchanges. China stands ready to sign agreements with other parties on establishing and operating a SCO university and support its efforts in personnel training for SCO member states. China will offer more SCO Scholarships and Chinese Government Scholarships this academic year. The country is willing to continue organizing summer camps for primary and secondary school students from SCO member states, and holding a series of non-governmental exchange activities.

Li Keqiang pointed out that the SCO always upholds the principle of openness, and all parties should continue to strengthen cooperation with observer states and dialogue partners and expand communication and dialogue between the SCO and the UN as well as other international and regional organizations, so as to achieve multi-win and win-win results and jointly push for lasting peace and common prosperity in the world. China is willing to, together with all parties, carry forward the “Shanghai Spirit” and drive the SCO to score substantial achievements from cooperation in all fields, so as to better benefit the people of regional countries.

Present leaders gave positive affirmation on the series of progress the SCO has achieved in development and cooperation over the year, and expressed that all countries will jointly maintain security and stability in the region, beef up regional economic cooperation and strengthen the internal dynamism of the SCO, so as to make new contributions to regional peace and development.

Li Keqiang and attending leaders of SCO member states jointly signed and issued the Joint Communiqué, and approved multiple cooperation documents and resolutions covering such fields as trade, investment, finance, customs and agriculture, including List of Measures by the SCO to Further Promote Project Cooperation 2017-2021, SCO Scientific and Technological Partnership and the Following Work on the Establishment of the SCO Development Bank and the SCO Development Fund (Special Account).

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

POLICE ADVISE PROHIBITION OF ONLINE PRO-SUICIDE GROUPS

The recent tragic suicide of two university students in Anhui province has triggered increased concern over the mental health of young people. A police investigation showed that the two young victims made a suicide pact via QQ, a popular instant messaging platform. At the same time, a recent survey revealed that there are many such social media groups in which young people communicate about suicide.

Youth suicides have been in the headlines frequently over the past several years, and these two university students are only the latest case. To avoid more such tragedies, police say society should pay more attention to the mental health of young people, and that online groups promoting suicide should be investigated and punished.

Lawyers pointed out that there is currently no clear rule defining suicide as a crime.Therefore, instigating suicides does not constitute a crime either. Nevertheless, any person who guides a minor and/or mental patient to commit suicide may be identified a murder suspect.

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

ROBOT STANDARDS, TESTING, CERTIFICATION SYSTEM RELEASED IN CHINA

A new robot certification mark was released on Nov. 2 by China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), General Administration of Quality Supervision,Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), Ministry of Industry and Information Technology(MIIT) and Certification and Accreditation Administration (CNCA). The first batch of robot quality certificates were issued at the same time.

According to AQSIQ Vice Minister Zhang Qinrong, the establishment of robot standards constitutes an important step toward innovation and brand-building in China’s robotics industry. It will also serve to advance the industry and improve China’s position in the field of high-end equipment manufacturing.

China has become the world’s largest market for robots. Statistics show that 32,996 industrial robots were produced in 2015, a year-on-year increase of 21.7 percent. The figure increased by 30.8 percent to 50,900 in the first three quarters of 2016, 9 percent more than last year.

However, China’s robotics industry is still behind those of many advanced countries. With the establishment of a robot standards, testing and certification system, China will further narrow the gap.

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

WILD MACAQUE SPOTTED IN JIANGXI FOR FIRST TIME

Wild animal protection employees confirmed that a wild macaque was seen for the first time in Jiujiang, Jiangxi province on Oct. 27. The primate was spotted by a senior villager as it was enjoying food on the roof of the villager’s house.

The wild macaque seemed to feel intimidated as curious residents crowded around it. The animal protection employees failed to return it to protective captivity, as it quickly disappeared into the woods. They guessed that the wild macaque was either forced into exile after losing a battle against a rival, or else that it escaped from Poyang Lake, which is currently in its low-water season.

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

WORLD’S FIRST EYE-TRACKING MODULAR UNIT FOR VR DEVICES RELEASED IN BEIJING

The world’s first virtual reality (VR) eye-tracking modular unit, aGlass, was released on Nov. 2 by 7invensun, a technology company based in Zhongguancun in Beijing, known as the Silicon Valley of China. Enabling users of VR devices to control viewpoints using only their eyes, the device offers an unprecedented VR experience.

Traditional VR devices, controlled by head movements and gyroscopes, are often unable to provide satisfying human-computer interaction.

“Such traditional interactions go against the instincts of the human body, which senses surroundings using both eyesight and head movements,” explained Xu You, vice president of 7invensun.

The eye-tracking technology simulates the human eye-focusing mechanism and adjusts images to match users’ pupil distance, thus solving the problem of vertigo while using VR devices.

Thanks to years of research and development, aGlass is able to cover the maximum range of human eye movement, 30 vertical degrees and 50 horizontal degrees. In addition, the unit also reduces eye-tracking delay to less than 5 milliseconds, with a high-sampling-rate sensor and optimized computing. The aGlass device even makes VR accessible to those who wear glasses, as users can put lenses in the modular unit to ease blurred vision.

The unit has already been officially recognized by HTC, a leading VR company.

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