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News letter Issue No. 21
2009/09/18
 

Issue No. 21

  September 17, 2009

BETWEEN CHINA AND THE EU

On 1st September, H.E. Ambassador Song Zhe, Head of the Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the European Union, made a presentation at the Committee on International Trade of the European Parliament, where he called on China and the EU to Advance Practical Cooperation for Mutual Benefit and Win-Win Result. To read the speech, please see http://www.chinamission.be/eng/jd/t581739.htm

On 1st September, H.E. Ambassador Song Zhe made a speech on the Opening Ceremony of the Photo Exhibition "Charming Beijing" at the European Commission Headquarters, where he illustrated three characteristics of China’s changes and recommended three new angles to perceive today’s China. To read the speech, please see http://www.chinamission.be/eng/jd/t581881.htm

On 3rd September, H.E. Ambassador Song Zhe was interviewed by New Europe. To read the Q&A of the entire interview, please see http://www.neurope.eu/articles/95960.php

On 8th September, H.E. Ambassador Song Zhe made a speech on the Opening Ceremony of the Photo Exhibition "Charming Beijing" at the European Parliament, where he called the paliamentarians to see China with new perspectives, to reflect on the China-EU relations with new mind-sets, and to push forward the China-EU relations at a new start. To read the speech, please see http://www.chinamission.be/eng/jd/t582920.htm

On Sept. 9, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said that The European Union's early recognition of China's market economy status will be conducive to bilateral relations and free trade when meeting with Britain's Business Secretary Peter Mandelson in Beijing. For whole report, please see http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-09/09/content_12023642.htm

On Sept. 9, Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan said that China and the European Union (EU) should properly cope with trade frictions, and push forward economic and trade cooperation. Wang was meeting with EU Trade Commissioner Catherine Ashton, who is on her first visit to China. For this report, please see http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-09/09/content_12023906.htm

On 13th September, Hua Jianmin, vice chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), or China's legislature, met with President of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek in Rome, before attending a summit for parliament speakers of the Group of Eight (G8) and emerging economies on behalf of top Chinese legislator Wu Bangguo. During the meeting, Hua said that as two major international forces, China and the EU to deepen mutual cooperation conforms to the fundamental interests of both sides. The NPC is willing to continue making dialogues with the European Parliament in order to strengthen the bilateral cooperation. Hua believed that the two sides should continue enhancing Sino-EU comprehensive strategic partnership in order to have a better communication and cooperation in the international financial crisis, climate change and other aspects. Buzek said that the relation with China is very important for the EU, and the European Parliament wants to engage in frank dialogue with the NPC to promote Sino-EU cooperation in all fields.

BETWEEN CHINA AND THE WORLD

On Sep. 10, Chinese President Hu Jintao put forward four proposals for improving ties with Central Africa when meeting with his counterpart Francois Bozize Yangouvonda. Please see http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-09/10/content_12031996.htm

On Sept. 10, visiting top Chinese legislator Wu Bangguo met with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House on bilateral relations and international and regional issues of common concern. Wu, chairman of the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress, was the first top Chinese legislator that has visited the United States during the past two decades. Before meeting with Obama, Wu met U.S. Vice President Joe Biden at the White House. Wu will hold talks with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton later in the day. On Wednesday, Wu met U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, telling her that his visit aimed to promote further growth of the China-U.S. relationship, which is, in his words, one of the most important, dynamic and promising bilateral ties in the world.

                                     

On 10th September, 2009, H.E. Wen Jiabao, Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China, made a speech at the opening ceremony of the Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2009, or Summer Davos, in Dalian, China. In the speech, the Premier focused on how to Build up in an All-round Way the Internal Dynamism of China's Economic Development. To read the full text of the speech, please go to http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/eng/wjdt/zyjh/t583527.htm

                                   

Premier Wen Jiabao answered questions at the opening session of the Third Annual Meeting of the Summer Davos Forum and meeting with business representatives. To see the Q&A full text, please go to http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/eng/zxxx/t583794.htm

On Sept. 15, Ministry of Commerce Spokesman Yao Jian said that China's move to launch anti-dumping and anti-subsidy probes into imports of U.S. chicken products and vehicles was "based on the facts”. About this report, please see http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-09/15/content_12058784.htm; and for a special report around the dispute between China and the US over tire tariffs, please see http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-09/14/content_12048193.htm

On Sept. 15, China's Vice Foreign Minister He Yafei said at a press briefing that China's President Hu Jintao is to elaborate the country's stance on various current issues, ranging from climate change and nuclear disarmament to economic recovery and trade protectionism, to United Nations and G20 summits next week. "Hu will call for stronger international efforts on climate change and introduce new measures that China is taking". For this report, please see http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-09/15/content_12057798.htm

WHAT’S NEW IN CHINA

On Sept. 12, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao urged paying close attention to the development of the country's social undertakings while pursuing economic growth to realize balanced economic and social development.  "The fundamental objective of our country's economic growth is to improve the material and cultural well-being of the people," Wen said during a trip to the northeastern province of Liaoning from Friday to Saturday. For this report, please see http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-09/12/content_12040443.htm

On Sept. 15, The 17th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) started its fourth plenary session Tuesday to discuss the CPC building. A draft decision of the CPC Central Committee on major issues concerning "strengthening and improving Party building in new situation" would be deliberated at the four-day session, the schedule of which was decided by a Sept. 8 meeting of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee. Once adopted, the decision would become a key document to guide the work of Party building in new situation. For this report, please see http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-09/15/content_12055231.htm

On Sept. 16, Xinhua News Agency reports that police in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region have captured a terror gang together with materials and tools to make explosives, the country's anti-terrorist authorities said. Six suspects, including ringleaders Seyitamut Obul and Tasin Mehmut, were captured, and "a large quantity" of materials and tools to make explosive devices were seized during police raids in the suburbs of Aksu city in Xinjiang. Police did not say when the suspects were seized. Initial investigation showed the gang had made more than 20 explosive devices in three places in the suburbs of Aksu after the July 5 riot, and planned to carry out terrorist attacks, the police said. The riot in the regional capital Urumqi killed nearly 200 people, mostly ethnic Han.

On Sept. 17, four people were given hefty sentences ranging from 8 to 15 years in prison for stabbing a pedestrian with a syringe in Urumqi, which triggered public scare and caused protests in this capital of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. For this report, please see http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-09/17/content_12070266.htm

This year marks the 60th Anniversary of the People’s Republic of China. To see all the news and reports related to this event, please check the special report website http://www.chinaview.cn/60thprc/

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