Der wöchentliche Presserückblick der Schweizer Botschaft in der VR China
The Weekly Press Review of the Swiss Embassy in the People's Republic of China
La revue de presse hebdomadaire de l'Ambassade de Suisse en RP de Chine
  3.11-9.11.2007, No. 190  
Startseite / Homepage   Archiv / Archives
Table of contents


Beijing Olympics

North Korea- Six-Party Talks


^ top ^


Foreign Policy

China, Uzbekistan ink 10 deals to boost cooperation (People's Daily)
China and Uzbekistan signed in Tashkent Saturday 10 agreements on closer cooperation in various fields […]. Wen [Premier Wen Jiabao] […] also called on both sides to step up economic and trade cooperation, to expand two-way trade, increase mutual investment and explore possibilities of further cooperation and coordination in multilateral organizations. […] Both leaders also discussed on the financing projects under the framework of the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and Asian Development Bank. […]. ^ top ^

Gates visit could signal military hotline (People's Daily)
China and the United States are likely to jointly announce the establishment of a military hotline linking the Chinese defense ministry and the Pentagon today as US Defense Secretary Robert Gates visits China, sources said. […] Hot issues to top the agenda are believed to include the Taiwan question and the nuclear issues of the Korean peninsula and Iran, observers said. […]. ^ top ^

China, neighbors vow closer ties (People's Daily)
Premier Wen Jiabao held talks yesterday with Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov in the capital Ashgabat, as both sides exchanged views in various fields including security, trade and economy, and cultural exchanges. […] Turkmenistan will work with China to expand collaboration in areas such as construction of oil and gas pipelines, transportation, telecommunication and textiles. […]. ^ top ^

Foreign Ministry tipped for sweeping changes - Rising stars expected to gain posts in reshuffle (SCMP)
[…] Veteran diplomat Dai Bingguo, who ranks as the top vice-minister, has been tipped to replace State Councillor Tang Jiaxuan as the senior adviser on diplomatic policies. Mr Dai, 66, also head of the party's Central Foreign Affairs Office since early 2005, has long been tipped for promotion despite a mandatory retirement age of 65 for ministerial- level cadres. That he retained his seat on the elite Central Committee at the congress - while Li Zhaoxing , who retired as foreign minister in April, and Mr Tang, who turns 70 in January, lost their seats - has raised speculation of Mr Dai's imminent promotion. […] Wang Guangya, who lost to Yang Jiechi in a close competition for foreign minister, has won a seat as an alternate member of the Central Committee and will return from the UN post soon. […] Wang Guangya's vacancy will be filled by Vice-minister Zhang Yesui, 54, who as the ministry's top protocol official oversaw the handover ceremonies marking the return to the mainland of Hong Kong in 1997 and Macau in 1999. Assistant Foreign Minister He Yafei, 52, is expected to be promoted to vice-minister and take over Mr Zhang's responsibilities to supervise Sino-US relations. Mr He - who was a minister at the Chinese embassy in Washington (the No2 post) when Mr Yang was named the top envoy to the US in 2000 - is believed to be the next ambassador. Vice-minister Qiao Zonghuai, 63, who is in charge of the ministry's disciplinary policies, will retire soon. His replacement, Li Jinzhang, who was appointed a vice-minister last year, became a member of the Central Disciplinary Inspection Commission last month. Another vice-minister, Lu Guozeng, 56, an expert on West Asian and African affairs who has been struggling with cancer, is also expected to step down. Mr Lu is expected to be replaced by assistant foreign minister Zhai Jun , an expert in Middle East issues and former ambassador to Libya. Mr Zhai, 53, rose to fame for his role in the mainland's growing presence in resources-rich Africa and Arab countries, and for securing the release of Chinese workers taken hostage. Along with Mr Zhai and Mr He, two other assistant foreign ministers - former ministry spokesman Kong Quan and Russia expert Li Hui - are also likely to be promoted in the new reshuffle. […] As an expert on West European affairs, Mr Kong is likely to become ambassador to France in the future. The sources said it remained unclear if Vice-minister Wu Dawei, 61, would step down, because of his involvement in the six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear programmes. Another top Asian expert, Cui Tiankai, has been sent to Tokyo to fill Wang Yi's vacancy, and the former head of the Asian Department, Fu Ying, has has become the first ever female ambassador to Britain. Although it is also not clear who will fill the vacancies left by those vice-ministers-to-be, the reshuffle marks the emergence of new faces on the diplomatic stage. Liu Jieyi, 50, head of the department of North American and Oceanian Affairs, is tipped to be a strong candidate for a post. His wife, Zhang Qiyue, former ministry spokeswoman and now ambassador to Belgium, is likely to be the top envoy to Canada, the sources said. ^ top ^

French president ready to seal nuclear power deal (SCMP)
French President Nicolas Sarkozy will make his first state visit to China on November 25 to 27, his office said last week, in a trip expected to seal a multibillion-yuan nuclear power deal with Beijing. France's nuclear industry has long been engaged in supplying reactors to China. Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner was in China last week to prepare Mr Sarkozy's trip and discuss sensitive issues ranging from the Iranian nuclear standoff to the situation in Sudan's volatile Darfur region and the ongoing political turmoil in Myanmar. ^ top ^

Beijing, Moscow plan regular meetings to expand ties (SCMP)
[…] Mr Zubkov said he and Mr Wen drafted a summary document on the mechanisms for regular meetings between their heads of government. Mr Wen also spoke with Mr Putin for two hours on Monday night on military co-operation and regional issues. […]. ^ top ^

EU, China agree on climate change cooperation (China Daily)
[…] Guido Sacconi, chairman of the parliament's Temporary Committee on Climate Change, […] said China "acknowledges the importance of cooperation with industrialized countries on technology and technology transfer and the need for financial assistance in this field". A smart energy technology center would be established in Beijing by the European Union […]. ^ top ^

Euro-Asia forum under way in Xi'an (People's Daily)
[…] Jia Qinglin, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, said: "For Euro-Asian regional economic cooperation, we should identify key sectors, including energy, investment and tourism, and give them priority. After making breakthroughs in these areas, the cooperation can gradually expand to cover science, technology and culture," […] Shu Yinbiao, vice-general manager of State Grid Corp, told China Daily the capacity of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) grid will expand to 1.28 billion kW by 2010, up from 777 million kW in 2005. […] SCO, a regional organization founded in 2001, comprises China, Russia, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, with Pakistan, Mongolia, Iran and India being observers. […]. ^ top ^


Domestic Policy

China prepares for expansion of Antarctic base (Xinhua)
China is sending 189 construction workers on its 24th scientific expedition to Antarctica in mid-November to expand two scientific research stations. The workers, all from the China Railway Construction Engineering Group (CRCEG), will help extend the two permanent stations named Changcheng (Great Wall) and Zhongshan, Xinhua learned on Monday at a ceremony to send off the workers. […]. ^ top ^

Environment watchdog penalizes assessment agencies (China Daily)
China's environment watchdog has penalized five environmental impact assessment agencies, including a ministry department, for "poor quality" and "inadequate managerial systems". The State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA) […] returned the two reports to the center and suspended the license of its chief composer […] for three months. […]The other agencies receiving punishments were the Shanghai Environmental Protection Development Center, the Shanghai Environmental Protection Technology Consulting Service Center, the Shanghai Environment and Energy Saving Engineering Co Ltd, and the Shanghai University […]. ^ top ^

Central bank to further check excess liquidity, inflation (China Daily)
The People's Bank of China (PBOC) announced Thursday it might use a variety of measures, including bank and treasury bond issues and reserve requirement ratios, to control the country's "severe" liquidity problem. […]The report identified the immediate reason for excess domestic liquidity as the continuous surplus of international payments, but also pointed to deep-seated structural problems, such as the high saving ratio accompanied by low consumption. ^ top ^



Judges' connections to freed Jilin triad boss investigated (SCMP)
The Supreme People's Court is investigating four Jilin high court judges for possible connections with a Liaoyuan city triad boss […] Deputy warden An Xuchen admitted to prosecutors that he had accepted bribes. Liu's lawyer, Zheng Xuda , who is also a member of the city's political consultative conference, is in custody on suspicion of being a "bribe intermediary". […]. ^ top ^



Hu ally tipped to be next Shanghai mayor - Law graduate and former discipline official would strengthen president's grip on city (SCMP)
Shaanxi province's governor Yuan Chunqing has been tipped to become Shanghai's next mayor, a move that would make a political ally of President Hu Jintao second-in-command in the commercial capital. […] The appointment would be another setback for the "Shanghai faction" - a political clique of serving and former leaders from the city - following a corruption case that toppled former Shanghai party chief Chen Liangyu. Shanghai has not had a mayor from outside the city in 16 years. ^ top ^



2.7m seek Taiwan poll on UN membership (SCMP)
A record 2.7 million people have signed a petition seeking to trigger a referendum on whether Taiwan should seek United Nations membership under the name "Taiwan[…]. The island's latest bid to join the UN as Taiwan failed in September. ^ top ^



Govt to watch stock market closely (People's Daily)
The government will take measures to prevent asset bubbles and avoid huge fluctuations in the stock market, Premier Wen Jiabao told reporters on Saturday. […] He added that all measures will be market-oriented options rather than administrative actions. […]. ^ top ^

China's major edible oil makers urged to stablize prices (Xinhua)
[…] In a statement after the meeting, the NDRC spelled out five requests including the supply of more small-package oil to meet market demand. Oil processors were not allowed to disturb market order or stoke up fears for price hikes by hoarding raw materials, rigging raw material supply, cutting production or restricting supply. Price hikes must be kept within reasonable margins and be made when absolutely necessary, it said, adding that oil processors must enhance cost controls, improve management and absorb the costs from raw materials as much as possible. […]. ^ top ^

China stocks fall at PetroChina debut (China Daily)
China's main stock index fell more than two percent Monday as PetroChina became the world's largest company by market value after its mainland debut. […]. ^ top ^

SCO: Implementation crucial for economic, trade ties among its members (People's Daily)
[…] The meeting beefed up cooperation in the economic and trade sector and humanity field. […] Moreover, tourism and sports exchanges have also been enhanced. Compared with political and security cooperation, economic and humanity cooperation is easier of access to the populace and facilitates the participation of varied localities, enterprises and non-governmental organizations, providing a solid material and social foundation for the development of SCO. […] Priority consideration will be given to SCO observer nations, namely, Pakistan, Mongolia, Iran and India, and other related countries in the region with respect to economic cooperation under the SCO framework, […]. ^ top ^

China issues new guide for foreign investment (Xinhua)
[…] The new guide, promulgated against the backdrop of economic transformation from quantity to quality, will replace the 2004 version and take effect from Dec. 1, said the National Development and Reform Center (NDRC) […] The manufacturing sector is also open to foreign investment in high technology, equipment manufacturing and new materials industries, but foreign investment in traditional manufacturing industries in which China already had "mature technologies and relatively strong production capacity" is not encouraged. The government will also curb the expansion of export-oriented industries to reduce ballooning trade surplus, which has stirred protectionist sentiment among major trade partners. ^ top ^


Beijing Olympics

Olympic ticketing back to lottery system (China Daily)
Olympic ticket booking will switch back to the lottery system and will begin taking ticket requests from buyers in December, according to the ticketing hotline operated by the Games' organizers. […]. “Applicants can start submitting their ticket requests from December 10 and they will be accepted until December 30.”. ^ top ^

IOC 'must act over limits on media' (SCMP)
The International Olympic Committee must pressure China to ease restrictions on media freedoms ahead of the Games next year, a human rights group said yesterday. […] Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said Beijing was making efforts to ensure the rules were implemented[…]. The central government relaxed rules for foreign reporters at the start of the year. They are, in theory, allowed to report across most of the country without seeking permission. […]. ^ top ^


North Korea

N Korea to start disabling nuclear facilities (SCMP)
[…] Disabling the reactor at Yongbyon, north of Pyongyang, would mark a further breakthrough in efforts to convince the North to scale back its nuclear program. The country conducted its first-ever nuclear test in October of last year. […US Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill] said the US intends to achieve the de-nuclearisation of the Korean peninsula while President George W. […] The envoy said American lawyers were working with North Korea to prepare to remove it from a US list of states sponsoring terrorism […]. ^ top ^



Enkhbold Resigns (UB Post)
Prime Minister M. Enkhbold submitted his resignation to the State Great Hural (Parliament) on November 5. […He] said, “The political situation in the country does not make it any longer possible for me to exercise my full power.” […] Its party congress elected former Secretary General S. Bayar the new chairman and also passed a resolution that the Prime Minister and the Party Chairman be the same person. […]. ^ top ^

Mongolia-US relations step higher from presidential visit (Mongol Messenger)
US President George Bush says he will check the visa issue, among other important issues as a result of President N. Enkhbayar's US visit to Washington DC. […] The meeting agenda covered discussion on Iraq's reconstruction, the Six-Party Talks on the Democratic Republic of North Korea's nuclear disarmament and the current situation of the bilateral relationship, cooperation, further development and other urgent issues. The Mongolian President raised the free trade agreement, which has being discussed for several years without an outcome. He proposed to held free trade negotiations to ease the two countries trade and requested support from the US President. ^ top ^

Presidents seal Millennium Challenge Compact (Mongol Messenger)
The Presidents signed the USD 285 million, ‘Millennium Challenge Compact' from the Millennium Challenge Corporation to Mongolia to reduce poverty on October 23. The funds will be spent in four main sectors including education, health, railways and on property ownership. ^ top ^


Novella Bellonia
Embassy of Switzerland

The Press review is a random selection of political and social related news gathered from various media and news services located in the PRC, edited or translated by the Embassy of Switzerland in Beijing and distributed among Swiss Government Offices. The Embassy does not accept responsibility for accuracy of quotes or truthfulness of content. Additionally the contents of the selected news mustn't correspond to the opinion of the Embassy.
Page created and hosted by SinOptic Back to the top of the page To SinOptic - Services and Studies on the Chinese World's Homepage