Xi urges citizens to plant trees

Xi urges citizens to plant trees

President Xi Jinping has kicked off an afforestation campaign by urging citizens to plant trees. While taking part in a tree-planting event in Beijing, Xi stressed that ensuring coverage by forests was key to people’s livelihoods and efforts to make China greener and less polluted. Xi cited successes in afforestation since the founding of the New China in 1949, but said that this work must be stepped up as the nation is faced with severe…

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China to play bigger int’l role: blue book

China to play bigger int’l role: blue book

China will target a bigger role in international affairs after recent successes in global diplomacy, according to a blue book published by the China Institute of International Studies (CIIS) Thursday. “The International Situation and China’s Foreign Affairs (2015)” particularly highlights the two major summits China hosted in 2014, as well as its proposals to boost Asian infrastructure with the Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road projects. “Last year, China played a significant…

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China disagrees with U.S. sanctions program on overseas cyber attackers

China disagrees with U.S. sanctions program on overseas cyber attackers

China voiced disapproval of imposing sanctions on individuals or entities of foreign countries by passing national laws on Thursday. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying made the remarks while responding to a question regarding a new sanctions program that U.S. President Barack Obama ordered on Wednesday, which could block assets of U.S. and foreign hackers and of companies that seek to profit from cyber attacks. “Cyber security concerns the common interests of all countries. The…

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Myanmar apologizes to China over warplane bombing

Myanmar apologizes to China over warplane bombing

Myanmar apologized to China on Thursday over a Myanmar warplane bombing that killed five Chinese in Lincang of southwest China’s Yunnan Province. “On behalf of the Myanmar government and military, I officially apologize to China and express my deep sympathy to the families of the victims and the injured,” said Myanmar Foreign Minister U Wunna Maung Lwin during talks with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi. Foreign Minister U Wunna Maung Lwin is paying a visit…

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China to advance ties with Uzbekistan after Karimov wins reelection

China to advance ties with Uzbekistan after Karimov wins reelection

China expressed willingness to advance strategic relationship with Uzbekistan on Wednesday following President Islam Karimov’s reelection as the head of state of the Central Asian nation. China respects the Uzbek people’s choice and supports them to take a path that suits their own national conditions, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said. She voiced confidence that Uzbekistan would maintain political stability, economic development and play a bigger role in international affairs. As strategic partners, China and…

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Xi highlights “Four Comprehensives” in reform drive

Xi highlights “Four Comprehensives” in reform drive

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday called for the country’s deepening reform to be carried out based on the “Four Comprehensives”, his new political mantras. Speaking at the 11th meeting of the central reform leading group, Xi called on authorities to “show courage and guts” in reform. The meeting deliberated and approved a plan to support rural teachers over the next five years and guidelines on reforming urban public hospitals. Leaders attending the meeting noted…

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Chinese vice president meets Mongolian foreign minister

Chinese vice president meets Mongolian foreign minister

Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao met with Mongolian Foreign Minister Lundeg Purevsuren on Wednesday at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Li said the Chinese government attaches great importance to ties with Mongolia and regards the China-Mongolia relationship as an important part of China’s neighborhood diplomacy. He expressed hope that the two sides will work together to implement the consensus reached between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, maintain high-level…

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Party official in E China committed suicide

Party official in E China committed suicide

Jiang Hongliang, a senior Party official in Wuxi city in east China’s Jiangsu Province committed suicide on Tuesday noon, the local publicity department announced. Jiang, deputy secretary of Wuxi City Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) jumped from a tower in a local forest park. He was taken to hospital immediately but died at 1:50 p.m. According to initial investigation, Jiang was suffering from depression. Further investigation is underway.

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Chinese premier meets Ugandan president

Chinese premier meets Ugandan president

  Chinese Premier Li Keqiang met with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni here on Tuesday. Calling Museveni an old friend of China, Li hailed the contribution he has made to China-Uganda relations and China-Africa relations. China is ready to work with Uganda to consolidate their friendship, deepen cooperation and elevate their bilateral ties to a new high, according to Li. He said China is willing to help Uganda speed up its industrialization and modernization process, share…

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China, Uganda presidents pledge further cooperation

China, Uganda presidents pledge further cooperation

  Chinese President Xi Jinping held talks with his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni on Tuesday in Beijing, pledging to enhance bilateral and China-Africa cooperation. The two leaders agreed to maximize the synergy of each other’s development strategy and build China-Uganda relations as a model modern international partnership, featuring equality, mutual trust, cooperation and win-win results. Xi applauded the fruitful cooperation between the two countries since the establishment of diplomatic ties 53 years ago. He said…

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Tibetan official defends reincarnation system, slams Dalai Lama

Tibetan official defends reincarnation system, slams Dalai Lama

A senior Tibetan official on Monday slammed the Dalai Lama’s recent claim that the Tibetan Buddhism tradition of reincarnation should cease with his death, saying that the religion and history should be respected. Padma Choling, chairman of the Standing Committee of the Tibet Autonomous Regional People’s Congress, also stressed that door for dialogue with the 14th Dalai Lama is “always open.” But he added that as to how the dialogue would be held and what…

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Chinese leaders urge battle against poverty, corruption

Chinese leaders urge battle against poverty, corruption

Senior Chinese leaders called for greater efforts to be made to fight poverty and corruption Tuesday as they joined the country’s lawmakers in discussion during the ongoing annual legislative session. Top legislator Zhang Dejiang urged local authorities to bring more benefits to the people and lift more out of poverty. He made the remarks while joining lawmakers from northwest China’s Gansu Province in a panel discussion during the annual session of the National People’s Congress…

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China issues white paper on judicial transparency

China issues white paper on judicial transparency

China’s Supreme People’s Court (SPC) published a white paper Tuesday on judicial transparency that said new measures introduced over the past two years have expanded both the scope and depth of judicial openness. “This is the first time the top court has reviewed the measures and effects of judicial reform on boosting transparency in the form of a white paper,” said SPC spokesman Sun Jungong at a press conference Tuesday. In the report, titled “Judicial…

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French writer lauds Xi’s book on governance of China

French writer lauds Xi’s book on governance of China

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s new book “The Governance of China” marks a milestone for the country and the Communist Party of China (CPC), said French writer Sonia Bressler in an article. As one of the symbols of Xi’s new policies, the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road Initiatives, which involves land, sea, even air routes, will enable China to further broaden international collaboration, friendship and partnerships, according to the article…

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China’s cross-border capital flows normal: central bank governor

China’s cross-border capital flows normal: central bank governor

Speculative capital flows do exist in China but a “vast majority” of the country’s cross-border capital flows are associated with normal trade and investment activities, central bank governor Zhou Xiaochuan said Thursday. Zhou, governor of the People’s Bank of China (PBOC), made the remarks at a press conference on the sidelines of the ongoing annual session of the National People’s Congress, the top legislature. It is difficult to accurately observe the amount of “hot money,”…

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