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News letter Issue No.22
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Issue No. 22

  October 16, 2009

BETWEEN CHINA AND THE EU

On October 13, the Mission of the People's Republic of China to the European Union invited EU officials, scholars of the think tanks in Brussels as well as diplomats from different missions to the EU to attend the "Son of Heaven"exhibition, which is one of the most important activities of the Europalia-China Art Festival. H.E. Ambassador Song Zhe and European Commissioner for Multilingualism Orban gave speeches at the exhibition. To read the speech, please see http://www.chinamission.be/eng/jd/t620382.htm

On October 12, H.E. Ambassador Song Zhe gave a speech at the meeting with the Delegation for Relations with China of the European Parliament. To read the speech, please see http://www.chinamission.be/eng/jd/t620106.htm

On October 9, H.E. Ambassador Song Zhe gave a speech at the Leuven Center for Global Governance Studies, UCL. To read the speech, please see http://www.chinamission.be/eng/jd/t619387.htm

H.E. Ambassador Song Zhe wrote an article to the magazine The Parliament which is entiled China's Prosperity and Development: Creating Opportunities of Mutual Benefit and Win-Win Cooperation in China-EU Relations. To read the article, please go to http://www.e-pages.dk/dods/148/29

On September 24, H.E. Ambassador Song Zhe hosted a grand reception at the Chinese Mission to mark the 60th anniversary of founding of the People's Republic of China. He gave a speech at the reception. To read the speech, please go to http://www.chinamission.be/eng/jd/t607100.htm

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping met with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso on bilateral ties on October 8, vowing to enhance cooperation between the two sides. Vice President Xi, who congratulated Barroso for his reelection, said China appreciated his efforts in the past five years on boosting development of the comprehensive and strategic partnership between China and the European Union. China believes, too, that the bilateral ties would advance further in a healthy and stable way within the new term of Barroso.

He put forward a three-point proposal to further strengthen bilateral relations between China and the EU. First, to firmly stick to the strategic direction of their bilateral ties. Second, to always adhere to the belief of mutual benefit and win-win cooperation. Third, to always adhere to the principle of equality and mutual trust.   China is ready to work with the EU to build Sino-EU relations into a model of peaceful coexistence and friendly exchanges between countries that transcend civilizations, social systems and development models.

Barroso offered congratulations on the success of China's impressive National Day celebrations on October 1, speaking highly of the great achievements of China in the last 60 years. China and the EU have seen increasing common ground on global issues, including the international financial crisis and climate change, and both sides oppose protectionism and champion a just international order, Barroso said.

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (R) shakes hands with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso during their meeting in Brussels, Oct. 8, 2009.

The Chinese government on October 12 requested the World Trade Organization (WTO) to establish an expert panel to investigate whether the European Union's antidumping measures on Chinese-made fasteners violate trade rules. The Chinese mission to the WTO has sent a letter to the chairman of the WTO's Dispute Settlement Body, requesting for the establishment of the panel. Pursuant to the WTO's dispute settlement procedure, China and the EU conducted consultations on the dispute in Geneva on Sept. 14, but the consultations failed to lead to a satisfactory resolution of the matter.

BETWEEN CHINA AND THE WORLD

Chinese President Hu Jintao finished his U.S. trip on September 25 after attending UN meetings in New York and the Group of 20 (G20) summit in Pittsburgh. President Hu started his trip from New York, where he attended the UN climate change summit, delivered a speech in a general debate of the UN General Assembly, and participated in a UN Security Council summit on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament.

At the UN climate change summit, He called for stronger international efforts to tackle climate change and introduced what China has been doing and plans to do in this regard. During the general debate of the UN General Assembly, the Chinese leader expounded China's stance on major regional and global issues, and outlined China's ideas on efforts to safeguard world peace, boost common development, promote mutual benefit and seek harmonious co-existence. At the UN Security Council summit on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, He put forward the idea of seeking a common security through a win-win approach for mutual benefits. He elaborated upon China's propositions on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, peaceful use of nuclear power and nuclear security. At the Pittsburgh summit, President Hu explained China's position on efforts to push for world economic recovery, reform the international financial system, and achieve a balanced and sustainable growth worldwide. 

Chinese President Hu Jintao attends the Group of 20 (G20) Financial Summit in Pittsburgh of the U.S., Sept. 25, 2009.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao paid an official goodwill visit to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) from October 4 to October 6. The three-day visit had achieved two major results -- further deepening the traditional China-DPRK friendship and boosting their good-neighborly relations of cooperation as well as promoting the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula in a positive way. In the spirit of "inheriting the tradition, facing to the future, developing the good-neighborly relations and strengthening cooperation," the two sides are ready to maintain high-level exchanges, deepen pragmatic cooperation in economy and trade and boost coordination on major issues, so as to further develop their good-neighborly relations of cooperation, bring benefit to the two peoples and promote regional peace, stability and development.

Premier Wen had sincere and in-depth talks with the DPRK leaders on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, and made much headway on the promotion of a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula. The commitment to the objective of making the peninsula nuclear free, and to maintaining peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in Northeast Asia as a whole, serves the interests of all the parties concerned, including the DPRK. To realize denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula through dialogue and consultation is a common understanding of the international community and the only way to solve the peninsula's nuclear issue. The six-party talks are an effective mechanism to realize the above mentioned targets, to which all the parties concerned should stay committed.

The DPRK side said that realizing a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula is the instruction of the late DPRK leader Kim Il Sung, and the DPRK's commitment to realizing the denuclearization of the peninsula remains unchanged. Through bilateral meetings between the DPRK and the United States, the hostile relations between the two countries must turn into peaceful ones. The DPRK is willing to attend multilateral talks, including the six-party talks, based on the progress in the DPRK-U.S. talks, the DPRK side said.  

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (R) shakes hands with Kim Jong Il during a meeting in Pyongyang, capital of the DPRK, Oct. 5, 2009.

Europalia art festival opened in Brussels on October 8, with China as the only guest country to celebrate its 40th anniversary. The opening ceremony of Europalia China was held with the presence of Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping at the invitation of Belgian King Albert II. The King, the Queen and eight other royal family members attended the ceremony, which was announced open by President of Europalia International Comte Jacob de Hagen. Before an audience of more than 400, Belgian Foreign Minister Yves Leterme spoke highly of Belgium-China relations and China's increasing importance. In the four months to come, around 50 exhibitions and 300 performances will be presented to audience in Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Germany and Luxembourg.

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (front, L4) and Belgian King Albert II (front, R4) attend the opening ceremony of Europalia China art festival in Brussels, Oct. 8, 2009.

China's Finance Minister Xie Xuren on October 6 urged the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank to speed up reforms that would give developing countries a bigger voice in the two institutions to reflect changing economic weight of their members. http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-10/06/content_12187639.htm

China stressed on October 5 the importance of following "capacity to pay" principle while the United Nations considers the scale for determining member states' dues to the organization's budget. http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-10/06/content_12185434.htm

About 300 representatives from more than 170 media outlets from around the globe gathered in Beijing on October 9 to discuss the seismic shifts and challenges in the industry at the World Media Summit. They in a joint statement urged media outlets to provide "accurate, objective, impartial and fair" coverage of news events on the globe. According to the joint statement, representatives also hoped that media organizations around the world will promote transparency and accountability of governments and public institutions, and facilitate the mutual understanding as well as exchange of views and ideas among peoples from different countries and regions.

Chinese President Hu Jintao attended the summit's opening ceremony and delivered a speech. He urged the global media to use their distinctive assets and advantages to convey the messages of peace, development, cooperation, mutual benefit and tolerance. He also encouraged exchanges and cooperation among media outlets on the basis of equality, mutual benefit and trust. Launched at the joint proposal of Xinhua News Agency, News Corporation, The Associated Press, Reuters, ITAR-TASS, Kyodo, BBC, Turner Broadcasting System and Google, the World Media Summit was hosted by Xinhua and held in Beijing from Oct. 8 to Oct. 10.

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