SICHUAN MOTHER BURNS OVER 100,000 RMB TO ASHES

A mother in Chengdu, Sichuan province set 100,000 RMB ($14,791) of her son’s savings on fire on Oct. 31. Bank clerks spent seven hours piecing together the damaged notes,eventually rescuing 61,900 RMB after scrupulous counting. They said it would usually take two minutes to count that quantity of notes if the notes were intact. The mother, who suffers from mental illness, was sent to a hospital for treatment.

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FARMER FOUNDS FOLKLORE MUSEUM TO PRESERVES TRADITIONS

Tan Liyong, a farmer from Changchun shows collections at his private museum in Xinglongshan town in Changchun, northeast China’s Jilin Province, on November 3, 2016. With all its items collected by Tan in the past two decades, the museum is a place of interest storing the treasures of folk-customs of Northern China. The museum features folk cultural items including potteries, paintings, textiles, cooking appliances, old coins, and earthen beds. (Photo: China News Service/ Zhang Yao)

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YUM CHINA GETS LISTED ON NYSE

Yum China has completed its separation from Yum! Brands, and been listed on the NewYork Stock Exchange (NYSE) on Nov. 1, the firm said.

The newly minted business, which owns KFC, Pizza Hut, East Drawing and Little Sheephot pot in China, will open 20,000 new restaurants in the next 10 to 20 years, expandingnationwide, according to Yum China chief executive officer Micky Pant. Yum China willhand 3 percent of its net sales over to Yum! Brands as a franchise licensing fee.

For the next phase of its expansion, Yum China will place emphasis on Little Sheep andTaco Bell. By the year’s end, Taco Bell is expected to open its first restaurant in Shanghai,and Little Sheep will open 40 new stores.

Pant said that Yum China will focus on building its own stores rather than additionalfranchise partners in order to maximize returns.

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SPECIAL ENVOY OF THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT ON SYRIAN ISSUE XIE XIAOYAN HOLDS BRIEFING FOR CHINESE AND FOREIGN MEDIA

On November 4, 2016, Special Envoy of the Chinese Government on the Syrian Issue Xie Xiaoyan held a briefing for Chinese and foreign media at the International Press Center of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, expounding China’s principles, stance and work on the Syrian issue by combining relevant situation of his recent visits to the UK, France, the EU, Germany and Russia and the work he has done since holding the post of Special Envoy of the Chinese Government on the Syrian Issue this April. He mainly introduced China’s related views and propositions on calling on the international community to maintain unity and continuously promote the political settlement process given the once again escalated Syrian situation at present.

Xie Xiaoyan also answered questions from Chinese and foreign journalists on the current Syrian situation, prospect of restarting peace talks, China’s efforts in alleviating the humanitarian crisis in Syria and other issues.

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VICE FOREIGN MINISTER ZHANG YESUI MEETS WITH MINISTER OF FINANCE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND LEADER OF MILITANT SOCIALIST MOVEMENT PRAVIND JUGNAUTH OF MAURITIUS

On November 3, 2016, Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui met with Pravind Jugnauth, Minister of Finance and Economic Development and Leader of the Militant Socialist Movement of Mauritius, which is the country’s ruling party.

Zhang Yesui said that since the establishment of China-Mauritius diplomatic relationship in 1972, the two countries have always upheld the principle of mutual respect, equal treatment, mutual benefit and win-win results and understood and supported each other on issues concerning respective core interests and major concerns, which sets an example for the friendly cooperation among big and small countries. China is willing to work with Mauritius to further strengthen friendly and mutually beneficial cooperation, so as to push for the comprehensive and in-depth development of bilateral relations.

Pravind Jugnauth said that Mauritius and China enjoy traditional friendship, continuous high-level mutual exchanges as well as close economic and trade contacts. The Mauritian side hopes to take this visit as an opportunity to further expand bilateral relations and cooperation in all fields.

Both sides also exchanged views on international and regional topics of common concern.

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VICE FOREIGN MINISTER ZHANG YESUI MEETS WITH MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND COOPERATION LOUISE MUSHIKIWABO OF RWANDA

On November 4, 2016, Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui met with Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Louise Mushikiwabo of Rwanda, who was in China for the Munich Security Conference Core Group Meeting.

Zhang Yesui said that with joint efforts of both sides, bilateral relationship has achieved substantial development in recent years. China is willing to further expand cooperation in various fields with Rwanda, including enhancing cooperation in such areas as industrialization, agricultural modernization, infrastructure construction, peace and security under the framework of “ten major cooperation plans” proposed at the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation.

Louise Mushikiwabo thanked China for the long-term and selfless support and assistance to Rwanda and Africa, and expressed that Rwanda is willing to conduct closer communication and coordination and strengthen cooperation in bilateral as well as international affairs with the Chinese side.

Both sides also exchanged in-depth views on international and regional topics of common interest.

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ASSISTANT FOREIGN MINISTER LIU HAIXING MEETS WITH DELEGATION LED BY DIRECTOR OF DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT OF MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS N.ANKHBAYAR OF MONGOLIA

On November 2, 2016, Assistant Foreign Minister Liu Haixing met with visiting delegation led by Director of the Department of Public Administration and Management of Ministry of Foreign Affairs N.Ankhbayar of Mongolia, exchanging views on archive communication between the two foreign ministries and other topics.

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WANG YI MEETS WITH ADVISER TO THE PRIME MINISTER ON NATIONAL SECURITY AND FOREIGN AFFAIRS SARTAJ AZIZ OF PAKISTAN

At noon of November 3, 2016 local time, Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who was accompanying Premier Li Keqiang to attend the 15th Meeting of Shanghai Cooperation Organization Council of Heads of Governments (Prime Ministers), met at the Bishkek State Guesthouse with Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz of Pakistan.

Both sides expressed that as all-weather strategic partners of cooperation, China and Pakistan should comprehensively enhance communication and cooperation in various fields. China is willing to safeguard the rightful and legal interests of Pakistan in international and regional occasions. It is hoped that Pakistan could continuously hold high the banner of anti-terrorism and actively participate in international anti-terrorism cooperation, so as to jointly maintain regional peace and stability.

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LI KEQIANG HOLDS TALKS WITH PRIME MINISTER SOORONBAY JEENBEKOV OF KYRGYZSTAN

Li Keqiang Holds Talks with Prime Minister Sooronbay Jeenbekov of Kyrgyzstan, Stressing to Explore New Growth Points for Cooperation and Push China-Kyrgyzstan Friendly Cooperation for New Development

On the afternoon of November 2, 2016 local time, Premier Li Keqiang held talks with Prime Minister Sooronbay Jeenbekov of Kyrgyzstan at the conference center of Bishkek State Guesthouse.

Li Keqiang noted that China and Kyrgyzstan are friendly neighbors and strategic partners. The two countries enjoy solid political mutual trust, close high-level exchanges, rapid development in practical cooperation and active people-to-people and cultural exchanges. China supports Kyrgyzstan’s choice of development path according to its own national conditions and its efforts in safeguarding national independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity. China is willing to transform the high-level political mutual trust to more tangible cooperation results so as to promote the sustained, sound and all-round development of China-Kyrgyzstan relationship and cooperation.

Li Keqiang pointed out that China and Kyrgyzstan share strong complementary advantages in economy, many interest convergence points and huge cooperation potential. China is willing to synergize the “Belt and Road” initiative with Kyrgyzstan’s development strategies, steadily advance China-Kyrgyzstan production capacity cooperation, strengthen infrastructure construction cooperation in transportation and other areas, and develop cooperation in agriculture and deep processing of agricultural products. Both sides should also enhance exchanges and cooperation in information and communication, tourism and people-to-people and cultural engagement. China expects the Kyrgyz side to further improve investment environment in order to provide convenience for Chinese enterprises to invest and develop business in Kyrgyzstan.

Sooronbay Jeenbekov stated that Kyrgyzstan and China actively implement the cooperation consensus reached by leaders of the two countries, and have pushed the development of bilateral relations to a high level. Both sides, with frequent high-level mutual visits and considerable progress in cooperation in economy, science and technology and other areas, have carried out sound cooperation within the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) framework. The Kyrgyz side is willing to, together with China, further intensify political dialogues, drive “Belt and Road” construction through bilateral economic cooperation, launch cooperation in production capacity , investment, textile, telecommunication, small-and medium-sized enterprises, agriculture, water conservancy and irrigation, civil aviation transportation, emergency response and disaster relief and other areas, push forward such construction projects as China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan railway and Bishkek highway, upgrade bilateral economic and trade cooperation to a new height and benefit the two peoples. The Kyrgyz side is willing to strengthen communication and cooperation with China within the SCO and other multilateral institutions.

Li Keqiang stressed that current regional security situation is complicated and severe. This August, the Chinese Embassy in Kyrgyzstan suffered horrific terrorist attack. China hopes the Kyrgyz side to accelerate the investigation and handling of the event, take necessary measures to guarantee the safety of Chinese personnel stationed in Kyrgyzstan, and provide support and assistance. China is willing to deepen security cooperation with Kyrgyzstan and fight against the “three evil forces” to maintain regional security and stability.

Sooronbay Jeenbekov noted that the Kyrgyz side strongly condemns this horrific terrorist attack against the Chinese Embassy in Kyrgyzstan this year and will take all necessary measures to secure the safety of the Chinese Embassy and staff. The Kyrgyz side will strengthen cooperation in security and law enforcement with China, combat the “three evil forces” and safeguard the security and stability of the two countries and region.

Both sides also exchanged in-depth views on international and regional issues of common concern. Li Keqiang spoke positively of the work done by the Kyrgyz side as a SCO founding member and the host country of the Meeting of the SCO Council of Heads of Governments (Prime Ministers) this time. He noted that the Chinese side is willing to enhance communication and cooperation with Kyrgyzstan and other sides to ensure the success of the meeting and make greater contributions to realizing regional long-term peace and stability as well as promoting common development.

After the talks, Premier Li Keqiang and Prime Minister Sooronbay Jeenbekov jointly signed and issued the Joint Communiqué between the Government of China and the Government of Kyrgyzstan and witnessed the signing of several cooperation documents between both sides covering economic technology, production capacity, transportation, agriculture, intellectual property rights and other sectors.

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