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News letter Issue No.30

Issue No.30

     January 20, 2010

Chinese President Hu Jintao meets with French Prime Minister Francois Fillon at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, on Dec. 22, 2009. "The establishment of China-France comprehensive strategic partnership in 2004 provided a broad prospect for bilateral relations in the 21st century," President Hu said. "Both countries should properly deal with sensitive issues, enhance political trust, expand pragmatic cooperation in an effort to bring bilateral relationship to a new high," Hu said.  Fillon echoed Hu's views, saying both countries would have a promising prospect in the cooperation on nuclear energy, trade, science and technology, education and culture. China and France unveiled their biggest nuclear energy joint venture and inked two deals on aviation cooperation during Fillon's three-day visit. Before their meeting, top Chinese legislator Wu Bangguo and Premier Wen Jiabao also met with Fillon on bilateral relations. Fillon's visit was seen by observers as a symbol of the recovery of bilateral ties that were frozen in 2008 caused by frictions over Tibet and other issues concerning China's core interests. To read the article, please go to http://english.cpc.people.com.cn/66102/6849881.html

Premier Wen defends China's development rights. In an exclusive interview with Xinhua on Dec. 27, 2009, Wen urged all nations to recognize the hard-won results of the Copenhagen climate change conference and build consensus for future action against climate change. He said China had made every effort to play a positive, constructive role in the conference. He urged the world to understand the fact that development remained the top priority of developing countries. Despite progress in development in recent years, China still faced challenges, including its large population, unbalanced development among regions, and poverty. While China would not follow developed countries on their path to industrialization at the price of environment, "we must fight for China's due rights for development," Wen said. As a big developing country, China took the lead in publishing its national action plan to address climate change. Without international aid, China voluntarily announced a target of cutting carbon dioxide emissions per unit of GDP by 40 to 45 percent from the 2005 level by 2020.  ‚ÄúThese demonstrate that China is highly responsible in the matter of climate change," Wen said. To read the article, please go to http://english.cpc.people.com.cn/66102/6853531.html

Chinese President Hu Jintao has called for more efforts to promote independent innovation and upgrading of the industrial structure during his inspection tour to Shanghai on Jan. 14-17. Hu visited scientific research bases, industrial parks and workshops of enterprises during the four-day tour, making investigations and research on the transformation of the mode of economic growth and work to promote sound and fast economic and social development. Hu stressed promoting independent innovation and making breakthroughs in core technologies, which would provide strong support for the transformation of the mode of economic growth. Hu also urged to promote energy conservation, emission reduction and eco-protection, as well as to improve people's livelihood, so that the shift of economic growth pattern could benefit the general public.  To read the article, please go to http://english.cpc.people.com.cn/66102/6870956.html

Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang stressed that China would continue to implement positive fiscal policies and improve fiscal and tax systems for scientific development. More efforts should be made to expand domestic demand, improve people's livelihood and promote the change of economic growth pattern, said Li at a national fiscal work meeting in Beijing on Jan. 11. To read the article, please go to http://english.cpc.people.com.cn/66102/6866937.html

China to enhance financial support to foreign-funded businesses. Foreign-funded companies should have more access to financing and would be encouraged to take part in the mergers, acquisitions and reshuffling of Chinese enterprises, according to a statement issued on Dec. 30,2009, after an executive meeting of the State Council, or the Cabinet, chaired by Premier Wen Jiabao. The government would do its utmost to simplify the approval procedures and strengthen administrative transparency, said the statement. The statement said the government also encouraged overseas investors to become involved in new energy development, environmental protection, high-tech and modern service industries, as well as the advanced manufacturing sector. Policy and funding support will also be given to overseas investment in under-developed western and central region. To read the article, please go to http://english.cpc.people.com.cn/66102/6856678.html

Beijng said on Jan. 19 that all foreign businesses operating in China, including Google, must respect Chinese laws and customs.  "The Chinese government encourages the development of the Internet," Ma Zhaoxu, the foreign ministry  spokesman said. "Foreign firms in China should abide by China's laws and regulations, and respect China's public customs and traditions, and assume the corresponding   social responsibilities, and of course Google is no exception."  When asked again  about Google's own complaint that the search engine had been hacked  from      inside China, Ma said Chinese companies have also been hacked, adding that      China resolutely opposes cyber-hacking. To read the article, please go to http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90001/90776/90882/6873173.html

Private donations for quake victims in Haiti have reached 1.73 million yuan (253,280 U.S. dollars) till Jan. 18, 2010 , according to the Red Cross Society of China (RCSC). Still recovering from the pain left by a catastrophic earthquake in 2008, people in southwest China's Sichuan Province now act swiftly to support quake-hit Haiti through donation and a candlelight vigil. About 160,000 yuan (23,400 U.S. dollars) have been donated throughout the province since Sichuan's charity groups called for emergent aid to Haiti that was ravaged by a powerful quake a week ago. The lady, surnamed Liu, donated 1,000 yuan (147 U.S. dollars), her monthly retirement pension, at the Chengdu Charity Federation on Jan 18, 2010.  And at the same day, students of the Xiang'e Primary School pray as they hold candles for Haiti children who are suffering from earthquake in Dujiangyan, southwest China's Sichuan Province, which was hit by strong earthquake last May.

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