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LI KEQIANG MEETS WITH GERMAN GUEST

On November 1, 2016, Premier Li Keqiang met at the Great Hall of the People with Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel of Germany, who led a governmental delegation to China for the activities for Guest of Honor of the 16th Western China International Fair.

Li Keqiang said that the generally sound development momentum of China-Germany relations can be attributed to bilateral practical cooperation launched in the principle of mutual respect, equal treatment, mutual benefit and win-win results. The common interests between China and Germany are far greater than the differences. Both sides should properly handle the general direction of the development of bilateral relations, and expand common interests, so as to promote bilateral relations for constant, sound and stable development.

Li Keqiang pointed out that China and Germany should firmly advance trade and investment liberalization and facilitation and send a clear signal of opposing protectionism to the outside. During the visit, you said to the Ministry of Commerce that Germany supports the EU in fulfilling its obligations under Article 15 of the Protocol on China’s Accession to the World Trade Organization in due course and terminating the “surrogate county” approach. It is hoped that the German side will implement them through practical actions. China’s door of opening up will be wider. Enterprises of both countries are welcomed to expand mutual investment.

Sigmar Gabriel expressed that Germany-China relations and cooperation have enjoyed sound development. Germany welcomes China to invest in the country and is willing to work with China to create a better investment environment for both sides and jointly send out the positive signal of the stable development of Germany-China and EU-China relations.

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

WANG YANG AND DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER DMITRY ROGOZIN OF RUSSIA CO-CHAIR THE 20TH SESSION OF COMMITTEE ON REGULAR MEETINGS BETWEEN CHINESE PREMIER AND RUSSIAN PRIME MINISTER

On November 2, 2016, Vice Premier and Chairman of Committee on Regular Meetings between Chinese Premier and Russian Prime Minister on the Chinese side Wang Yang co-chaired the 20th session of the Committee with Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Committee on the Russian side Dmitry Rogozin in Moscow.

Wang Yang said that President Xi Jinping and President Vladimir Putin have met four times this year, reaching important consensus on deepening China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination under the new situation and charting the course for the development of bilateral practical cooperation. The goal of this session is to earnestly implement the consensus reached by the two heads of state, summarize the progress achieved by the Committee this year in an all-round manner and identify the outcomes, so as to prepare for the 21st Regular Meeting between Chinese Premier and Russian Prime Minister and draw a successful conclusion of the work done by the Committee throughout the year.

Wang Yang pointed out that this year marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Committee on Regular Meetings between Chinese Premier and Russian Prime Minister, which bears special significance of inhering the past and initiating the future. Over the past two decades, the Committee has promoted steady development of practical cooperation in various fields between China and Russia, securing fruitful achievements. Experience can be summarized from the productive work done by the Committee, among which the most important one is that the two sides have enhanced mutual trust, treated each other honestly, pursued mutual benefit and reciprocity and innovated in a pioneering spirit. The two countries should continue to make joint efforts to cement the stabilizing momentum of bilateral trade, tap cooperation potential and further push forward cooperation in major projects of strategic significance.

Dmitry Rogozin expressed that Russia and China support each other in issues concerning the core interests of the two countries, such as sovereignty, territory and security. Russia is willing to lift bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination to a higher level, which is a long-term and stable priority of Russia’s diplomacy. The two sides have achieved several cooperation outcomes and obtained positive progress in many fields such as industry, nuclear energy, aviation and aerospace, agriculture, finance, environmental protection and cross-border transportation. Both countries should give further play to the role of the Committee and elevate bilateral practical cooperation to a higher level.

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

ZHANG DEJIANG MEETS WITH PRESIDENT ALPHA CONDÉ OF GUINEA

On November 2, 2016, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) Zhang Dejiang met with President Alpha Condé of Guinea at the Great Hall of the People.

Zhang Dejiang said that China-Guinea relations have withstood the test of international vicissitude. The two sides have always understood and supported each other and become sincere friends and reliable cooperation partners. Under the strategic guidance of President Xi Jinping and Mr. President, the two sides should seize cooperation opportunities, firmly push forward friendly and mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields, and promote the 10 major China-Africa cooperation plans to better benefit the two peoples. The NPC is willing to enhance friendly exchanges with National Assembly of Guinea at all levels, implement the important consensus reached by the two heads of state, strengthen exchanges and mutual learning in legislation, governance and administration of state affairs and other areas, improve the policy and legal environment for mutually beneficial cooperation, push forward the smooth development of cooperation in various fields between China and Guinea, and advance the continuous and in-depth development of China-Guinea friendly relations.

Alpha Condé stated that he is willing to take this visit as an opportunity to learn from China’s development experience, strengthen bilateral exchanges and cooperation in various fields and promote the development of the friendly relations between the two countries.

Zhang Ping attended the meeting.

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

YANG JIECHI HOLDS WORKING MEETING WITH US SIDE

On November 1, 2016, State Councilor Yang Jiechi held a working meeting with Assistant to the US President for National Security Affairs Susan Rice and Secretary of State John Kerry of the US in New York. Both sides exchanged in-depth views on implementing the important consensus reached by President Xi Jinping and President Barack Obama during their meeting in Hangzhou, China-US relations and other issues of common concern. Both sides agreed to continuously maintain exchanges at high-level and all levels, expand pragmatic cooperation and properly manage differences, so as to promote the sustained and stable development of China-US relations.

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

MAN SUES SAMSUNG FOR LOSS OF DATA ON NEWLY PURCHASED PHONE

A lawyer in Chengdu, Sichuan province recently filed a lawsuit against Samsung Electronics Huizhou Company due to a loss of data caused by a boot-up failure by his newly purchased Samsung mobile phone. The lawyer, surnamed Luo, is requesting are fund, a compensation of 2,000 RMB ($296) and the recovery of the data.

Luo purchased the Samsung S7 on Oct. 23, and had his old data transferred to the new phone by an employee at the store where he purchased the phone. Luo claims the employee guaranteed the safety of the data. However, his new phone started to update automatically as it charged that night. Luo said the phone continued updating for almost two hours, and he had no way of getting it to start.

“More than 800 contacts, 500 chat records and hundreds of video clips are lost,” said Luo.

According to the local Samsung service center, the phone’s system can be fixed, but the data cannot be recovered because the latter can’t be exported unless the phone is able to boot up.

After failing to reach an agreement with Samsung and the retail store where he purchased the phone, Luo filed a lawsuit against both at a local court. Requesting a refund of 5,799 yuan, a compensation of 2,000 yuan for diminished wages, and the recovery of his data, Luo said he would raise his claim to 50,000 RMB if the data could not be recovered.

According to Deng Xiaoying, a lawyer from Chengdu, an infringement did occur if the data loss was caused by automatic updating. However, the proper amount of compensation is hard to determine due to a lack of related laws and regulations.

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

NATIONALLY PROTECTED BIRDS SPOTTED IN HUNAN

Four Chinese mergansers, a nationally protected species, were spotted in a national wetland park in Hengyang, Hunan province, according to the local forestry department.Only about 1,000 Chinese mergansers remain in the world today; they are a relic of the third ice age, going back 10 million years. The breed has also been included on the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN).

Located at the junction of two bird migration corridors, the Hengyang wetland park has previously reported spotting 85 different bird species, of which three are listed as nearly threatened and nine are second-class protected species.

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

CHINA’S MOST SPARSELY POPULATED TOWN

The town of Yulmed is located on the southern slopes of the Himalaya mountain range. It belongs to Longzi County in the Tibet Autonomous Region. It is also the most sparsely populated administrative town of China. Because of the town’s unique geography and location, part of locals’ daily life is guarding the territory.

Yulmed covers an area of 1,976 square kilometers. It contains only one village, which has nine households totaling 32 people. However, despite its small population, Yulmed is not as poor and backward as many imagine. The town has actually enjoyed relative prosperity,as the regional government has sent cadres and doctors, built roads, and established power stations and clinics for Yulmed’s residents. In 2015, the average disposable income of local farmers and herders reached 26,000 RMB (about $3,844).

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

MINISTRY OF COMMERCE RESPONDS TO INDIAN POLITICIANS’ CALL TO BOYCOTT CHINESE PRODUCTS

Shen Danyang, the spokeperson for China’s Ministry of Commerce, criticized the proposed boycott of Chinese products by some Indian politicians at a press conference held on Nov. 2.

Shen pointed out that China and India are each other’s major trade partners. By 2015, the total trade volume between the two countries had reached $71.62 billion, indicating that trade between China and India was increasing despite downward pressure from global trade. Bilateral trade added up to $52.31 billion between January and September 2016,which indicates that the momentum is being maintained.

The products that China exports to India fulfill the needs of the local market. Thus, a boycott of Chinese products would only satisfy some politicians’ personal vendettas at the cost of close ties between the two countries. Shen added that as two rapidly growing economies, China and India must cooperate on economy and trade.

China hopes India will take the necessary actions to minimize any repercussions of this incident for the mutual benefit of both nations.

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

WIDE-BODY JET TO BE BUILT BY CHINA, RUSSIA IN SHANGHAI

The model of a wide-body commercial jet to be built by China and Russia was unveiled at the Zhuhai air show on Wednesday. It will compete with Boeing and Airbus. Yin Liqin / ForChina Daily

A wide-body commercial jet being developed by China and Russia is expected to be delivered in 10 years, as early as three years after its first test flight, according to a timetable announced by domestic plane manufacturer Commercial Aircraft Corp of China.

COMAC, which based its prediction on past research and manufacturing experience,issued a statement on Wednesday saying that the company and Russia’s United AircraftCorp have set up a Shanghai-based joint venture to develop the jumbo jet. The company is expected to start operating by year’s end.

The project signals the two countries’ ambitions to compete in the wide-body market,dominated by United States aircraft manufacturer Boeing Co and Europe’s Airbus Group.Research and development for the new jet will be conducted in Moscow, with assembly in Shanghai.

“It is hoped the development of wide-body aircraft will drive the growth of many related aircraft manufacturing sectors like building engines. China will be able to learn and apply the experiences of Russia, enhancing the manufacturing level of the nation’s aviation industry,” said Li Xiaojin, a professor at the Civil Aviation University of China in Tianjin.

“China is about to start manufacturing wide-body aircraft, which have high standards in terms of aircraft engine technologies and aircraft materials,” he said. “China and Russia still face some difficulties in making competitive wide-body jets given their current manufacturing levels.”

Witnessed by President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart, COMAC and UAC signed a pact in June to co-develop a wide-body jet.

The 280-seat wide-body jet would have a range of 12,000 kilometers. It would be an economical and efficient jet incorporating heavy use of composite materials, according to COMAC and UAC. They also plan to develop longer and shorter series of wide-body jets to complement the basic version.

“The direct costs of our wide-body jet will be 10 percent lower than those of peer aircraft.That’s among our research and development goals,” said Guo Bozhi, director of wide-body project at COMAC.

The company targets the global market and will boost competitiveness in a fragmented market, Guo added.

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

WATCH OUT! THOUSANDS OF NAILS SCATTERED ON JIANGSU ROAD

Thousands of nails weighing 2.3 kilograms were picked up by police after a number of drivers lodged complaints about their cars being stabbed by the sharp objects.

The incident occurred the night of Oct. 30 on Ding Mou Road in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu province. To avoid further damage, police first sent signals to reroute traffic along alternative routes. By midnight, police had retrieved all the nails.

The accident site reportedly covered an area of 800 square meters. The incident iscurrently under investigation, according to reports on Oct. 31. The person in charge of the investigation revealed that the accident was likely not intentional, given how diffusely the nails were scattered.

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