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News letter Issue No. 19

Issue No. 19

  July 31, 2009

H.E. Ambassador Song Zhe, Head of the Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the European Union, published a letter to European public on the newspaper European Voice. To read the letter, please go to http://www.chinamission.be/eng/jd/t575161.htm

On the afternoon of July 24, 2009, Chinese President Hu Jintao met with visiting UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing

During the meeting, Hu said that under the current complex and volatile international situation, the important role of the United Nations should be bolstered in handling such global challenges as the international financial crisis, achieving sustainable development, dealing with international and regional hotspot issues and safeguarding world peace and security, adding that international multilateral cooperation should be strengthened. As a permanent member of the UN Security Council and the largest developing nation, China has always observed the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, supported the efforts and the important role of the UN and its Secretary-General in improving security, development and human rights and supported the UN in carrying out necessary and reasonable reform through democratic consultation to enhance its authority and efficiency, President Hu said.

Ban Ki-Moon thanked President Hu for taking time out of his busy schedule to meet with him and expressed warm congratulations on the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. He said that China has not only scored enormous achievements in its economic and social progress, but has also played a very important role in global and regional issues. The international community praises China's positive contributions to coping with the global financial crisis, food crisis and climate change, as well as to fulfilling the UN Millennium Development Goals. Ban Ki-Moon thanked for China's support to the UN work and looked forward to further enhancing cooperation with China in all areas.

Chinese President Hu Jintao called for sound preparations in the run-up to the 2010 Shanghai World Expo and hoped the success of the event would have positive influence on the global economy.  "The Shanghai World Expo is the second world pageant in the country after the Beijing Olympics. Hosting the event successfully is very important to promoting our exchanges and cooperation with other countries and regions across the world," said president Hu on July 15 at an exhibition in Beijing on the Expo. The Shanghai World Expo will run from May 1 to Oct. 31 next year. So far, 192 countries and 48 international organizations have confirmed to attend the event.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on July 27 reiterated that the government would stick to its proactive fiscal policy and moderately easy monetary policy for sustained growth. Premier Wen made the remark during a visit in northeast China's Jilin Province. He urged the implementation and improvement of the government's plans to stimulate the economy, including the 4-trillion-yuan stimulus package announced in November last year. Boosted by a surge in investment driven by the stimulus, China's annual economic growth quickened to 7.9 percent in the second quarter, up from 6.1 percent in the first quarter and 6.8 percent in the fourth quarter of last year. Premier Wen also stressed the need to accelerate economic restructuring and promote scientific innovation to encourage vitality in the economy. The premier said grain security was a primary task, after he talked to farmers and visited their homes in Renjia Village of Jiutai City in Jilin Province, which is one of the country's grain production bases.

The Chinese delegation headed by Vice Premier Wang Qishan and State Councilor Dai Bingguo on July 28 attended the first round of the China-U.S. Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) in Washington. The two-day dialogue, which was co-chaired by Wang, Dai, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, concluded with positive results. During the dialogues, the two sides had a candid and in-depth exchange of views on the strategic, long-term and overarching issues concerning the development of bilateral relations. The dialogue has helped to address shared challenges such as the global financial crisis, regional security concerns, global sustainable development, and climate change. The dialogue, a reflection of the progress in the China-U.S. relation over the past 30 years, has represented the two sides' shared commitment to building a positive, cooperative and comprehensive relationship for the 21st century.

China's Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi told reporters on July 23 on the sidelines of the ASEAN meeting series that about the Korea Peninsula's nuclear issue, the UN Security Council's resolutions should be implemented and all sides should work hard to avoid escalation of tension.  "China's stand is very firm. We are working very hard for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, and we are totally against nuclear proliferation...This issue, the nuclear issue, should be solved by peaceful means through diplomatic negotiation," Yang said. Yang pointed out that a sooner restart of the six-party talks will "do everybody good".  "So one should take a long-term and strategic point of view, and work for the earlier resumption of the six-party talks. China stays in close touch with all the parties concerned, because this is a good cause, this is a very important cause," Yang said.

China and the United States announced the establishment of a joint clean energy research center on July 15. The center will be established by China's Ministry of Science and Technology and National Energy Administration and the U.S. Department of Energy.  "With a focus on coal and clean buildings and vehicles, the center will provide the platform and support to Chinese and U.S. bodies involved in bilateral energy technology collaboration," said Chinese Science and Technology Minister Wan Gang. Both countries would commit initial financing of 15 million U.S. dollars and set up headquarters in both countries.  "Clean energy is one of the great opportunities of our time. I know we can accomplish more by working together than by working alone," U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said.

China and Russia are satisfied with the Peace Mission-2009 joint anti-terror military exercise, senior military officers of the two countries said on July 24 when Guo Boxiong, vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission, met with Nikolai Makarov, chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces. Guo stressed that the two armed forces had conducted pragmatic and effective cooperation in various areas. The Peace Mission-2009 joint anti-terror military exercise is the demonstration of the high-level bilateral military ties. The two armed forces are expected to further explore potentiality and expand areas of cooperation, so as to enrich the content of China-Russia strategic partnership of cooperation.

Nikolai Makarov expressed his satisfaction over the Peace Mission-2009 joint anti-terror military exercise and suggested the two sides upgrade the level and scale of joint military exercise. He said Russia hoped to learn China's experience on anti-terrorism and security assurances in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, so as to ensure the success of Russia's winter Olympic games in 2014.

A conference named International Youth Summit on Energy and Climate Change kicks off in Beijing on July 18. More than 280 college students from home and abroad, scholars, and company representatives attended the three-day event, a Chinese students' initiative to strength the awareness of energy safety and climate change.

China had 338 million Internet users by the end of June, up 40 million from the end of last year, according to a report released Thursday by the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC). Among the total, 320 million, or 94.3 percent, used broadband services, up 3.7 percentage points from the end of 2008. The number of people using cell phones to access the Internet hit 155 million, up by 32.1 percent in the first half. Most people used the Internet for news, entertainment and social networking. Online shopping was gaining popularity as the number of shoppers jumped by 14 million in six months to 87.9 million by June.

China's used foreign direct investment (FDI) dropped by 17.9 percent to 43 billion U.S. dollars in the first half of this year from a year ago, announced by the Ministry of Commerce on July 15. In June, used FDI fell 6.8 percent year on year to 8.96 billion U.S. dollars, up 11 percentage points from the May level. This was the ninth straight monthly fall in FDI usage since last October, as the global economic downturn pushed companies to cut spending. A total of 2,529 foreign companies had got permissions to set up companies in China in June, down 3.8 percent from the same period of last year. To combat the negative impact brought by declining FDI, the ministry would continue to work with other government departments on more policies to boost industrial upgrading, improve the country's investment environment and attract more investment to the central and western regions.

China's first domestically-developed regional ARJ21-700 jet made its longest trial flight of 1,300 kilometers in about two hours from Shanghai to Xi'an, capital of northwestern China's Shaanxi Province on July 15. ARJ21-700, short for "Advanced Regional Jet for the 21st Century", is the first regional jet that China has fully developed on its own. It is designed with a range of 2,225 kilometers for a standard journey, and 90 seats. The first batch of ARJ21 jets is expected to be delivered to clients by 2010.


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