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  27.10-2.11.2007, No. 189  
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Beijing Olympics

North Korea- Six-Party Talks

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Foreign Policy

Suspension of peace talks 'not cause for pessimism' (People's Daily)
The likely suspension of Darfur peace negotiations will allow for more constructive talks later, the Chinese special envoy to Africa said yesterday. […] No major Darfur rebel chief was present for the opening of the talks on Saturday, dashing hopes that a quick peace agreement could be reached to end the four-year conflict. […] Despite the absence of the chiefs of major rebel groups, it doesn't mean that political negotiations have come to a dead-end, Wang said. […]. ^ top ^

10 pacts to be inked with Russia: Envoy (People's Daily)
China and Russia will conclude more than 10 cooperative agreements next week, including those on energy, finance, high-tech and partnership between reciprocal small- and medium-sized enterprises, Russia's ambassador to China Sergey Razov said yesterday. Speaking at a news conference on China-Russia ties before Premier Wen Jiabao's visit to Moscow next week, Razov said: "Everything has convinced us that the cooperation between China and Russia in the energy field is smooth." Wen will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and hold talks with Prime Minister Viktor Zubkov at the 12th Sino-Russian prime ministers' regular meeting, he said. […] Chinese and Russian companies are studying the possibility of constructing an oil pipeline from eastern Siberia to China's northeastern border. If agreed, it will become part of a wider project for a crude pipeline from Russia's eastern Siberian oilfields to its Pacific coast. […]. ^ top ^

China, ASEAN issue joint statement on port development (Xinhua)
China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) issued a joint statement on port development and cooperation aiming at shore up the role of shipping and ports in China-ASEAN trade in the southern Chinese city of Nanning on Monday. […] The two sides also showed satisfaction on the Draft of the Strategic Plan for ASEAN-China Transport Cooperation, and have agreed to adopt the Strategic Plan as soon as possible so as to develop the port cooperation plan and identify the top priority cooperation projects, the statement said. […]. ^ top ^

Jordan urges China to take stronger role in Middle East (SCMP)
King Abdullah II of Jordan urged China on Tuesday to take a stronger role brokering peace in the Middle East. China's rising economic influence and diplomatic clout could lend momentum to efforts toward resolution of the Israel-Palestinian conflict and other lingering regional tensions, Abdullah said in a speech to students at Peking University. […]. ^ top ^

Ties with Israel to be boosted (China Daily)
China and Israel yesterday vowed to deepen cooperation in building human capacity and talent exchange as part of joint efforts to boost bilateral relations. Yesterday was the 15th anniversary of their talent exchange program - carried out between Israeli Foreign Ministry's MASHAV and China's State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA). […]. ^ top ^

Kim Jong Il meets senior CPC official (Xinhua)
Pyongyang - Kim Jong Il, the top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and general secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea, met here Tuesday with Liu Yunshan, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee. Liu conveyed a message to Kim from Hu Jintao, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, in which Hu says the new CPC leadership would continue to attach great importance to and cherish the traditional friendship between China and the DPRK. […] Kim told Liu that the DPRK highly values the friendship with China, saying the friendship, which was founded by the older generations of the two countries' leaders, would not be changed as situation or generations change. […]. ^ top ^

Canada told to stop aiding Dalai Lama (People's Daily)
China yesterday asked Canada to stop supporting and shielding Tibetan secessionists' activities to prevent further damage to bilateral relations. Canada's actions are "seriously detrimental to China-Canada relations", Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said at a regular press conference. He was asked about the impact on bilateral ties of the public meetings of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Governor-General Michaelle Jean with the Dalai Lama on Monday. "The Canadian side violated the basic international norm and blatantly interfered in China's internal affairs," he said. […]. ^ top ^

Mainland activists held after heading for disputed islands (SCMP)
Four mainland activists who sought to set foot on the disputed Diaoyu Islands were put under house arrest by authorities in Zhangzhou, Fujian, yesterday. The Diaoyus, in the East China Sea, are being claimed by both China and Japan. […]. ^ top ^

US defense secretary visits China next week (China Daily)
US Defense Secretary Robert Gates is scheduled to visit China, South Korea, and Japan for security talks next week, a Pentagon spokesman said on Wednesday. […] Gates has taken a lower key approach to China than his predecessor, Donald Rumsfeld, whose tenure was marked by periods of sharp tension between the two powers, according to the AFP report. […]. ^ top ^

Officials map out pathway for sensitive Paris-Beijing summit (SCMP)
France's foreign minister held talks with Chinese leaders yesterday to pave the way for French President Nicolas Sarkozy's visit and push Beijing on a range of sensitive issues, including Myanmar and Iran. At the start of Bernard Kouchner's two-day trip, both sides talked up the prospects of continued warm bilateral relations despite differences over human rights and France's call for Beijing to do more to resolve tensions in Myanmar. […]. ^ top ^

Asean talks strengthen food safety rules (SCMP)
Mainland authorities and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations pledged to strengthen food safety co-operation to protect consumers and help in the timely handling of potential health threats. At the end of a two-day gathering on food safety in Nanning , Guangxi , the mainland and the Asean countries issued a joint statement vowing to increase communication on regulations and standards, Xinhua said.[…]. ^ top ^

Move to boost green ties with Sweden (People's Daily)
China and Sweden yesterday agreed to strengthen cooperation and intensify exchanges in sustainable development and environmentally friendly enterprises. At a Sino-Swedish Seminar on Sustainable Development in Beijing, Sweden's Deputy Prime Minister Maud Olofsson said she is greatly impressed by the sustainable and fast development of China. […] The two countries are cooperating in environmental sectors at many levels. Recently, the Swedish government and the Chinese Environmental Protection Administration jointly established a center for environmental technology in Beijing. […]. ^ top ^


Domestic Policy

China's top legislature approves minister nomination, adopts four law bills (People's Daily)
China's top legislature closed its five-day bimonthly session on Sunday, approving a nomination of the country's new minister of public security and adopting four law bills. Lawmakers voted to approve the nomination of Meng Jianzhu, former Party chief of east China's Jiangxi Province, as the country's new minister of Public Security. […] The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress also adopted a draft amendment to the country's 10-year-old Law on Lawyers which will make it easier for lawyers to meet criminal suspects and obtain evidence. […] Lawmakers also voted to pass a draft law that aims to ban "vanity projects" or unnecessarily ostentatious real estate projects, frequently seen as a result of blind pursuing of urban development. […] Two other law amendments were also adopted at Sunday's closing meeting, including one to the Law on Conserving Energy and one to the Civil Procedure Law. […] The amendment to the 16-year-old Civil Procedure Law will help address the long-standing problem that civil court rulings are not carried out. […] The meeting also ratified an amendment to the WTO Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS Agreement) to enhance access to medicines when dealing with public health emergencies. ^ top ^

Ministry: China's pig epidemic under control (Xinhua)
China has brought blue-ear pig disease under control, Gao Hongbin, vice minister of agriculture, said at a press conference held here on Monday. The disease, which has been on the decline since it peaked in June, has been checked within all the epidemic outbreak areas, he said. By Oct. 25, the highly pathogenic disease, also known as Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome, had infected […] China has been carrying out a vaccination program and has tightened supervision on the transportation, trading and slaughtering of pigs to combat the disease, said Gao. […]. ^ top ^

Gas tunnel under Yangtze completed (China Daily)
Construction of a tunnel under the Yangtze River that will form part of a gas pipeline project running from Sichuan Province to Shanghai was completed Monday. […] The pipeline is expected to channel 12.1 billion cu m of natural gas a year from the Puguang field in Sichuan to central and eastern regions of the country, including Chongqing Municipality, the provinces of Hubei, Anhui, Jiangxi, Jiangsu and Zhejiang, and Shanghai Municipality. […]. ^ top ^

New carrier rocket series to be built (Peoples Daily)
A week after the launch of the first lunar orbiter, the government yesterday announced the building of a new family of rocket launchers and a launch center. The Long March 5 carrier rockets will be made in the northern coastal city of Tianjin while the new launch center will be located in the southernmost province of Hainan. […] "They are expected to meet the demands of space technology development and peaceful use of space for the next 30 to 50 years," Wu Yansheng, president of China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology, said yesterday at the groundbreaking ceremony of the base. "It will also give China the same launch capabilities as developed countries," Wu said, which means the nation can be as competitive in the lucrative international commercial launch market. […]. ^ top ^

China's environment watchdog to strengthen supervision of exporters (Xinhua)
China will strengthen supervision of Chinese exporters and ban exporting at the expense of environmental pollution, said Zhang Lijun, vice director of the State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA), on Tuesday. Zhang said "environmental protection departments will set up a database to collect information of those exporters who violate environmental protection rules and also keep details of efforts made to clean up their act by these exporting companies." No date was given for the start of these new powers. […]. ^ top ^

Mainland, Macao sign pact to facilitate enforcement of arbitration (Xinhua)
The Chinese mainland and Macao Special Administrative Region (MSAR) signed a pact here Tuesday to make judgments by each other's arbitration authorities mutually legal and enforceable. Huang Songyou, vice president of the Supreme People's Court, signed the arrangement on reciprocal recognition and enforcement of arbitration judgment with Forinda da Rosa Silva Chan, Secretary for Administration and Justice of MSAR. […]. ^ top ^

China approves food safety law as supplement to existing statute (Xinhua)
In the wake of headline food scandals, China's cabinet on Wednesday approved in principle a draft law on food safety to address the "weak points" in food production, processing, delivery, storage and sales.

[…] The draft law proposed a food safety risk supervision and evaluation mechanism to provide a "key basis" for constituting food safety standards and food born disease control measures. […]. ^ top ^

Spokesman: China's lunar probe program has no military purposes (Xinhua)
China's first lunar probe program has no military motives, either in its engineering or scientific objectives, said a spokesman with the China National Space Administration (CNSA) on Thursday. […] "The program's objective, general plan, technical means as well as the major developers and manufacturers, have all been publicized," he said, "we will also keep the public informed about the major progress of its research and development." […]. ^ top ^

CPC official expounds intra-Party democracy (China Daily)
Li Yuanchao, head of the Organization Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), released an article in Thursday's People's Daily on how to push forward intra-Party democracy and strengthen Party unity. […] To expand intra-Party democracy, the transparency of Party affairs should be promoted and a democratic discussion environment should be created. The transparency of Party affairs is a prerequisite of intra-Party democracy, says the article. […]. ^ top ^

New road across largest desert opens to traffic (China Daily)
The second road across China's largest desert opened to traffic on Thursday, boosting connections to the landlocked region in the country's northwest. The 424-km north-south highway, running across the Taklimakan Desert in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, reduces traffic time between the two important regional cities of Hotan and Aral by 550 km and about seven hours.[…]. ^ top ^

Province calls on oil firms to fill gap (People's Daily)
Guangdong's government is encouraging more local and foreign oil companies to enter the province's finished oil circulation market. The move aims to secure sufficient supply of finished oil and curb price fluctuation in the country's biggest oil-consuming province. According to sources from the Guangdong Provincial Economic and Trade Commission (GETC), the southern Chinese province will build 139 new filling stations in major cities in the Pearl River Delta in the fourth quarter of the year. ^ top ^



Chinese mainland to take "necessary measures" if Taiwan cessionists risk "independence" (Xinhua)
Chinese mainland warned Taiwan secessionist forces on Wednesday that it will take "necessary measures" if they continue to take the risks of pushing for "Taiwan independence." At a press conference, a spokesman of the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council said if "Taiwan independence" secessionist forces cling to its own course of risking for "Taiwan independence," the mainland "will definitely take necessary measures to safeguard state sovereignty and territory integrity and protect our nation's core interests.". ^ top ^

Beijing seeks Taiwanese secret agent over hacking - Warrant issued for alleged mastermind of online attacks (SCMP)
In what appears to be an unprecedented move, the mainland has issued an arrest warrant for a Taiwanese secret agent accused of hacking into hundreds of sensitive government websites. Mainland security agencies identified Lee Fang-jung, in his late 20s, as the mastermind of recent online attacks on websites of several hundred government units. Through the Global Times, an affiliate of the mainland's People's Daily, a mainland public security department said the targets of the massive internet attack included networks operated by the government, the People's Liberation Army, defence technology institutions and defence industry organisations across the mainland and its autonomous regions.[…]. ^ top ^

Chinese mainland vows to deepen media exchange with Taiwan (People's Daily)
The Chinese mainland will continue to deepen media exchanges and cooperation with Taiwan, said Ye Kedong, vice director of the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, on Thursday. The mainland will make efforts to facilitate the mechanism of dispatching resident correspondents to each other, Ye said at a symposium marking the 20th anniversary of the mainland's official opening to Taiwan media. […] In the past 20 years, the mainland has received 13,800 Taiwan journalists but Taiwan admitted only more than 700 mainland reporters, according to Ye. […]. ^ top ^



Any attempt to sabotage stability and development in Tibet doomed to fail (People's Daily)
Any attempt by any person and by any means to sabotage stability and development in Tibet is doomed to fail, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said here Thursday. […] Certain acts made by certain countries on the Dalai Lama issue has already brought damage to their ties with China, he said. […] He hoped relevant parties would face up to the problem and stop interfering in China's internal affairs, in an effort to maintain bilateral ties with concrete acts. ^ top ^



China's total trade volume may exceed $2.1 tln this year (People's Daily)
China's total volume of foreign trade is expected to exceed 2.1 trillion U.S. dollars, up 20 percent over last year, according to a report issued by the Ministry of Commerce during the ongoing 102nd China Import and Export Commodities Fair. The export volume will reach 1.2 trillion U.S. dollars and the import volume will be 950 billion U.S. dollars, with a trade surplus of 250 billion. […]. ^ top ^

Investment pact urged with bloc (People's Daily)
Vice-Premier Zeng Peiyan yesterday pushed for an early conclusion of talks on a China-ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) free trade area investment agreement to expand mutual investment. "The two sides should continue stepping up dialogue on investment policies and work for an early conclusion of talks on an FTA investment agreement," Zeng said in his keynote speech delivered at the opening of the Fourth China-ASEAN Business and Investment Summit in the capital of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. […]. ^ top ^

Chinese steel products face EU anti-dumping complaints (Xinhua)
Chinese steel products may become the new target of the European Union's anti-dumping charges as European steelmakers lodged complaints with the European Commission on Monday. The European Confederation of Iron and Steel Industries (Eurofer) said it filed two complaints requesting the imposition of anti-dumping measures on steel imports from China, with one related to stainless steel cold-rolled flat products and the other concerning hot-dipped metallic coated sheet and strip. […] The Brussels-based industry body claimed massive volumes have been dumped on the EU market at dumping margins of up to 40 percent, bringing down European Union (EU) domestic prices by up to 25 percent and making European steelmakers' life harder. […]. ^ top ^

ABB to add 100m yuan to China investment (China Daily)
ABB, the world's top power and automation technology company, yesterday said it will maintain its annual growth rate in China at 20 percent by offering solutions for green development and adding another 100 million yuan (US$13.37 million) in investment. "China has become the largest market for ABB by sales and will continue to play a very important role in our future development," Brice PG Koch, chairman of ABB China Ltd, said at ABB's China Centennial Ceremony yesterday. […]. ^ top ^

Sinopec's net profits up 43.65% in first three quarters (China Daily)
China Petroleum and Chemical Corporation (Sinopec) on Tuesday announced net profits of 48.7 billion yuan (6.5 billion U.S. dollars) in the first three quarters, up 43.65 percent from the same period last year. Business revenue of the country's largest oil refiner rose 13.64 percent to 875.2 billion yuan from January to September. The profit rise comes largely from the refining sector thanks to lower crude oil prices, according to the company. […]. ^ top ^

Restrictions urged on foreign capital in 'key areas' (SCMP)
Vice-Premier Zeng Peiyan has said China must restrict foreign capital in "key areas" and "sensitive industries" in order to defend its economic security. China must also continue to reform its exchange rate regime and key areas of the economy to ward off overheating, Mr Zeng wrote in a lengthy essay published in the Communist Party mouthpiece, People's Daily, yesterday. […] Mr Zeng said the government should be cautious about opening up sensitive sectors to foreign investment. […]. ^ top ^

Fuel prices raised by 8% from Nov. 1 (China Daily)
The prices of major oil products have been raised 8 percent from Thursday to encourage loss-making refiners to step up production and reduce shortages. The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the country's top economic planner, announced Wednesday night that the prices of gasoline, diesel oil and aviation kerosene would be raised by 500 yuan ($68) per ton. That translates into motorists paying 0.4 yuan or 0.46 yuan more per litre of gasoline or diesel. The revision was made to reduce the gap between soaring global crude prices and domestic fuel prices, the NDRC said. ^ top ^

China posts $162 bln surplus in current account in 1st half (Xinhua)
China's current account surplus hit 162.9 billion U.S. dollars in the first half, up from about 90 billion U.S. dollars in the same period of last year, the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) announced on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the nation saw its capital and financial account surplus hit 90.2 billion U.S. dollars, more than doubling the 38.9-billion-U.S.-dollar surplus for the corresponding period of last year. An SAFE official attributed the surplus to high depositary rate which further widened the gap between deposits and investment and soaring fixed assets investment which boosted the country's manufacturing capacity. […]. ^ top ^

China climbs up competition ladder (People's Daily)
China has leaped to 34th from 54th in this year's Global Competitiveness Report, released yesterday by the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Geneva, Switzerland. […] "China's competitive performance reveals a superior macroeconomic environment," Fiona Paua, head of strategic insight teams at the WEF, said. […]. ^ top ^

Chinese yuan climbs to new high against USD (People's Daily)
China's Renminbi (RMB) reached a new high to break the 7.46 mark on Wednesday, with the central parity rate at 7.4552 yuan against one U.S. dollar, according to the Chinese Foreign Exchange Trading System. ^ top ^

Two provinces hit GDP highs (People's Daily)
Liaoning and Sichuan provinces look set to join the trillionaire club, with gross domestic products (GDP) of more than 1 trillion yuan ($134 billion) this year. […] The other provinces and municipalities to have made the mark are Guangdong, Jiangsu, Shandong, Zhejiang, Shanghai, Henan and Hebei. Li said the country's GDP is expected to surpass 23 trillion yuan this year, which would put it level with with Germany, the world's third-largest economy.[…] Beijing is poised to become the 10th to join the group next year. ^ top ^

Economic crimes on increase (People's Daily)
Incidences of violent crime are down, but economic crimes involving fake products and credit card fraud are up, the Ministry of Public Security announced yesterday. In the first nine months of this year, the country reported 3.38 million criminal cases, of which 1.61 million have been "cracked". […] However, economic crimes increased 7.2 percent during the same period to 59,000 reported cases, ministry spokesman Wu Heping said at a press conference. […] Wu reminded the public to be particularly cautious when using automated teller machines (ATMs), online banking and giving out personal information. […]. ^ top ^

China-Russia trade hits $34.9b in 1st 9 months (China Daily)
Trade between China and Russia surged to $34.9 billion in the first nine months, up 42 percent from the same period last year, according to China's Ministry of Commerce (MOC). The figure exceeded the entire 2006 level of $33.4 billion. […] China is Russia's third largest trade partner, and Russia is China's eighth largest. Bilateral trade has increased at an annual average rate of almost 30 percent for the past eight years. ^ top ^

Oil imports 'less than 60% of consumption by 2020' (China Daily)
China will try its utmost to keep its annual oil imports below 60 percent of its total oil consumption by 2020, a researcher with the country's top oil company said yesterday. "I can assure you that China's oil and gas production is still huge because of the reserves potential. Currently China's production is rising to its peak season, which may last 30 years," Zhao Wenzhi, director of the Research Institute of Petroleum Exploration & Development affiliated to China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), said yesterday. […] Meeting the domestic production target of 2020 requires efforts in intensifying local exploration and production, obtaining oil from overseas assets, oil trading and raising energy saving, according to Zhao. […] As the global oil price stays high, China is devoting more efforts to upstream oil and gas exploration both at home and abroad. ^ top ^


Beijing Olympics

Olympic ticket sales suspended (Xinhua)
The sale of the second batch of Olympic tickets was suspended after the booking system collapsed under overwhelming demand on Tuesday, the first day tickets became available. The Beijing Organizing Committee for the 2008 Olympic Games (BOCOG) said Tuesday night in a statement that they had decided to temporarily halt domestic ticket sales to improve the technical plan and will announce new ticketing information on November 5. […]. ^ top ^

UN General Assembly adopts resolution on truce during Beijing Olympics (Xinhua)
The UN General Assembly adopted unanimously on Wednesday a resolution which calls for truce during the Beijing Olympic Games next year. The resolution, submitted by China and cosponsored by 186 nations, urges member states to observe the Olympic Truce individually and collectively during the Games of the 29th Olympiad in Beijing and the following Paralympic Games. […]. ^ top ^

Beijing prepares for Olympic tourists (People's Daily)
Beijing is pulling out all stops to welcome foreign tourists, well ahead of next year's Olympics Games.

The country's largest inbound tourism service, China International Travel Service (CITS), said yesterday that by August next year, tourists can get information and book tours on its website in six languages - English, French, Spanish, Italian, German and Japanese. It is also improving its online payment service for domestic travel agencies. […] Airport services are also being improved. The Beijing Capital International Airport said yesterday it will provide car rentals in the new third terminal before the Games. Other services in the pipeline include short-stay hotels, wireless Internet and a cinema. […]. ^ top ^


North Korea

Six parties reach agreement on nuclear issue on Korean Peninsula (Xinhua)
All sides participating in the six-party talks reached an agreement Tuesday with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to disable its nuclear facilities in exchange for energy assistance, said a South Korean official. The DPRK agreed to start the disablement of its nuclear facilities in exchange for energy assistance from other related parties, said Lim Sung-nam, South Korea's representative at a working-group's talks at the inter-Korean border village of Panmunjom. […] Representatives from China, the United States, the DPRK, South Korea, Russia and Japan launched the two-day working-group talks at Panmunjom Monday. […]. ^ top ^

Hill: DPRK nuclear program declaration process to begin within two weeks (Xinhua)
Chief U.S. negotiator to the six-party talks Christopher Hill on Wednesday said the declaration process of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's (DPRK) nuclear programs would begin within the next two weeks. […] Hill noted that the U.S and DPRK negotiators also talked about the work in 2008 when they would get into the next phase of irreversible disablement, the procedures for taking the DPRK off the blacklist of state sponsors of terrorism, when to have a meeting to discuss financial issue such as giving the DPRK access to international financial markets, and general concerns about proliferation. […]

Make DPRK nuclear deal a success, parties told (People's Daily)
China hopes countries taking part in the Six-Party Talks will honor their pledges and implement the second-phase of the deal agreed upon last month, Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said yesterday. Vice-Foreign Minister Wu Dawei met with US Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill and Democratic People's Republic of Korea's (DPRK) Kim Kye-Gwan in Beijing yesterday, Liu said. […] A nine-member working group of US experts reached Pyongyang yesterday to begin disabling the nuclear facilities, the spokesman said. […] The meeting, in which China also participated, mainly discussed the issues such how to help the DPRK in the next stage, he said. […]


Irene Frei
Embassy of Switzerland

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