[Disarmo] China. People´s Daily Apr 4
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China. People´s Daily Apr 4
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China. People´s Daily Apr 4
1- China to play bigger int'l role: blue book
2. China Takes Global Diplomacy Center Stage: Blue Book
1- China to play bigger int'l role: blue book
BEIJNG, April 2 -- 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)
"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 role in multilateral diplomacy
and contributed to solving international issues," said Chen Xulong, head
of the Department for International and Strategic Studies of the CIIS,
referring to the Shanghai-hosted Conference on Interaction and
Confidence Building Measures in Asia and the Beijing-hosted Asia-Pacific
"The international community will stipulate an agenda this year to
discuss post-2015 development," said Ruan Zongze, vice CIIS president.
"China will continue to focus on peaceful development and practice this
in its foreign policy."
An English version of the blue book will be published next month.
The CIIS is the think tank of China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
2. China Takes Global Diplomacy Center Stage: Blue Book
Analysis of China's foreign policy through this past year has been
released by one of the country's leading foreign policy think-tanks.
The so-called "Blue Book" report by the China Institute of International
Studies is suggesting Chinese diplomacy has gone a long way through 2014.
China takes global diplomacy center stage: blue book
The "Blue Book" describes China's role in global diplomacy as "taking
the center stage" through 2014.
The report notes two major summits were held last year in China.
Shanghai hosted the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building
Measures in Asia.
And in November, world leaders descended on Beijing for the annual Asia
Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.
The "Blue Book" report suggests this has given China a stronger voice on
the international stage.
Chen Xulong heads the team which authored the "Blue Book" for the China
Institute of International Studies.
"Chinese leaders attended a total of 11 multilateral summits last year.
The leadership now views those summits as the main playing field for
China's foreign diplomacy. They plan it carefully and try to strike a
critical balance in maintaining various geopolitical partnerships.
Therefore, the leadership thinks they cannot afford to miss any of those
The "Blue Book" also highlights the various international initiatives
the Chinese government helped to formulate this past year.
These include the "Belt and Road" initiatives, the BRICS Development
Bank and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.
Observations in the "Blue Book" also suggest China's voice on the
international stage has been assisted by other major world powers being
embroiled in their own problems, including the United States' continued
entanglements in the Middle East, as well as Russia's issue with Ukraine.
The "Blue Book" also has a forecast for China's involvement in
international affairs this year.
Ruan Zongze is the vice director of the China Institute of International
"One of dominant themes of China's global diplomacy is peace. There are
three major 70th anniversaries this year. The 70th anniversary of the
founding of the United Nations, the 70th anniversary of the victory of
China's war over Japan and the 70th anniversary of the world's victory
against Fascism. We will reflect on the past and we will also work on
how to better contribute to the future."
The "Blue Book" issued by the China Institute of International Studies
is an annual project designed to give the Chinese leadership, as well as
the rest of the world, a general observation of how China views its role
in international affairs.
Italy, France approved as AIIB founding members
BEIJING, April 2 -- Italy and Francehave been approved as prospective
founding members of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB),
China's Ministry of Finance announced on Thursday.
The decision was made by all existing members after discussion, bringing
the total number of founding members to 33, the statement said.
The final number of founding members will be confirmed on April 15,
after the opinions of all founding members are considered.
Founding members have the right to create governance and operating rules
for the bank. Countries that join after the deadline will have voting
rights only, with less say in the rule-making process.
The AIIB is expected to be established by the end of this year, with a
mission to support infrastructure projects in Asian counties.
Belarus senior security official to visit China
BEIJING, April 3 -- Belarus' Security Council Secretary Alexander
Mezhuev will visit China from April 7 to 10, said Chinese Foreign
Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying in Beijing on Friday.
Hua said Mezhuev was invited by Meng Jianzhu, head of the Commission for
Political and Legal Affairs of the Communist Party of China Central
Chinese foreign minister to visit Russia next week
BEIJING, April 3 -- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will pay an
official visit to Russia from Monday to Wednesday at the invitation of
his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov.
Chinese martyrs rest in peace as China-Vietnam friendship deepens
THAI NGUYEN, Vietnam, April 3 --"We honor the heroes today to respect
their fearlessness, inherit their behest, and to consolidate and develop
the traditional friendship between the two countries," said Chinese
ambassador to Vietnam Hong Xiaoyong.
On Thursday, a delegation from the Chinese Embassy in Vietnam, Chinese
companies, institutions, students and media representatives, together
with Vietnamese accompanying officials, observed the graves of the
Chinese martyrs in Linh Son Chinese martyr cemeteries in Thai Nguyen
province on the occasion of Tomb Sweeping Day, or Qingming Festival as
its known locally.
Linh Son cemeteries in Thai Nguyen's Dong Hy district are divided into
Section A and B, holding a total 139 martyrs surrounded by green colored
tea hills. "Over 50 years ago, during the war against the United States'
invasion of Vietnam, upon the request of the Vietnamese communist party
and people, more than 320,000 Chinese troops were sent to Vietnam to
help defend its independence and unity. During the war, more than 1,400
Chinese soldiers were laid to rest in Vietnam," said Hong. "They
sacrificed their youth and precious lives to build up the immortal
monument of friendship between China and Vietnam."
"At present, China and Vietnam are thriving, deepening comprehensive
bilateral strategic partnership,"the ambassador said, adding that the
development of the China-Vietnam relations can comfort the martyrs in
that their blood spilt was not in vain. "I am very grateful to the
Chinese soldiers who sacrificed themselves to help Vietnam during the
war time,"said Nguyen Thi Van, a cemetery custodian.
The 70-year-old woman has been taking care of Linh Son Chinese martyr
cemetery's Section A for 27 years. "As a local resident, I find myself
with the responsibility of taking good care of the cemetery,"Van said.
"I often sweep and clean up around the cemetery, offer incense every
day. They came to help Vietnam during our struggle for independence, but
then never had a chance to go back to their home. Therefore, I will try
my best to take care of them here in Vietnam, "Van said. "Under the
direction of Thai Nguyen provincial authorities, we have policies in
managing and upgrading the cemetery regularly, and taking good care of
the cemeteries," Hua Thanh Phu, an official of the agency of labor,
invalids and social affairs of Thai Nguyen province's Dong Hy district
According to the "on-site arrangements" principle agreed by both sides,
the Chinese martyrs are buried in 40 cemeteries in 22 provinces across
the northern and central regions of Vietnam.
China donates ambulances, medical supplies to Laos for helping UXO injuries
VIENTIANE, April 2 -- Chinese government handed over seven ambulances
and medical supplies worth 3 million yuan (about 480,000 U.S. dollars)
in support of unexploded ordnance (UXO) to Lao authorities Thursday.
The ambulances will be allocated to provincial hospitals that deal with
the majority of the nation's UXO casualties, as well as to the army's
UXO Humanitarian Unit.
Speaking at the handover ceremony, Chinese Ambassador to Laos Guan
Huabing acknowledged the challenge posed by UXO to development efforts
in the country.
He said China sympathized with Laos as it had also been a victim of war.
As such, China would continually support the Lao government and people
in dealing with the challenges to the fullest extent of its capacity to
facilitate the country's peaceful development.
Minister to the Government Office and Chairman of the National
Regulatory Authority, Bounheuang Duangphachanh, said while the War had
long since past, its remnants continued to exact a deadly toll
particularly on the nation's rural inhabitants.
An average of 300 people had been killed and countless more injured from
accidents related to UXO in Laos each year from 1964 to 2008, he said.
China, Myanmar meet over warplane bombing
BEIJING, April 2 -- Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao met Myanmar
Foreign Minister U Wunna Maung Lwin in Beijing on Thursday to discuss a
Myanmar warplane's fatal bombing of southwest China's Yunnan Province
earlier this month.
The plane crossed China's border on March 13 and dropped a bomb on
Lincang, killing five Chinese. The border area is being patrolled by
Chinese troops as Myanmar confronts rebels on its side of the border.
U Wunna Maung Lwin apologized for the casualties and vowed that Myanmar
will "properly deal with the issue".
China has confidence in the Myanmar government's attitude on dealing
with the aftermath, said Li, urging Myanmar to adopt measures to prevent
the reoccurrence of similar incidents "so as to ensure the healthy and
stable development of bilateral ties".
19th China Int'l Investment Forum promoted in Malaysia
BEIJING, April 3 -- The 19th China International Investment Forum was
promoted Thursday in Kuala Lumpur.
Malaysian Vice Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Lee
Chee Leong attended the promotion event.
The Forum will be held in Xiamen of southeast China's Fujian Province
from Sept. 8 to 11.
Datuk Lee Chee Leong said Malaysia was the host country of the 18th
China International Investment Forum, a big success in 2014. He hoped
more Malaysian businessmen will join the 19th forum to take Malaysia’s
quality products to the Chinese market.
China has been Malaysia's biggest trading partner in six consecutive
years since 2009. Malaysia is China’s biggest trading partner among the
ASEANcountries, accounting for 21 percent of total volume of China-ASEAN
Evacuation of foreigners from Yemen based on humanitarianism: foreign
BEIJING, April 3 -- China's evacuation of foreigners from Yemen is a
special rescue mission based on humanitarianism and has been performed
at the request of relevant countries, said a spokesperson from the
Foreign Ministry on Friday.
Spokesperson Hua Chunying told a daily press briefing that the special
rescue efforts by the Chinese government to evacuate foreign citizens
embody the government's people-first principle and the spirit of
internationalism and humanitarianism.
According to Hua, China helped 10 countries evacuate 225 of their
citizens in conflict-ridden Yemen on Thursday, including 176 from
Pakistan, 29 from Ethiopia, five from Singapore, four from Poland, three
from Italy, three from Germany, two from Britain, one from Canada, one
from Ireland and one from Yemen.
China's Linyi missile frigate has evacuated the people and arrived in
Djibouti safely. Chinese warships have also helped evacuate 8 nationals
of Romania, India and Egypt while evacuating Chinese citizens.
Hua said the People's Liberation Army Navy dispatched warships to the
Port of Aden immediately, and Chinese embassies and consulates in Yemen
and Djibouti have made arrangements and worked to organize a safe
China finance ministry stresses safe investment for social security fund
BEIJING, April 3 -- China will continue its cautious approach and
prioritize safety in investment of the national social security fund,
vice finance minister Wang Baoan has stressed.
Wang made the remarks at a press briefing on Friday, after China's State
Council announced earlier this week a broader investment scope for the
social security fund to increase returns.
Wang said a certain safety line should be drawn as a precondition for
seeking higher yields.
Founded in 2000, the national social security fund is designed to solve
China's aging problem as well as being a strategic reserve to support
future social security expenditure.
The funding sources include fiscal allocation from the central
government, allocation from the lottery public welfare proceeds,
individual contributions and capital raised by other methods approved by
the State Council.
As China faces a huge challenge in caring for its increasingly large
elderly population, experts have repeatedly called for the opening of
new investment channels for the funds.
Official data showed the fund gained 22.7 billion U.S. dollars from
investment in 2014, with an 11.4-percent return on investment.
China, France vow to boost military cooperation
BEIJING, April 3 -- Chief of the General Staff of the Chinese People's
Liberation Army Fang Fenghui and visiting French Navy Chief of Staff
Bernard Rogel agreed on Friday to enhance cooperation in joint drills
and training and combating maritime terrorism.
Fang praised the cooperation between the countries over the past year,
citing frequent high-level exchanges, enhanced political trust and
The two naval forces have exchanged fleet visits and carried out
cooperation in various forms, he said.
Fang pledged to cement military cooperation with France in such areas as
fleet visits, joint drills and training, and fighting terrorism.
Rogel said he was impressed by the rapid development of China's naval
weaponry during his visit and vowed to enhance military cooperation with
China, Bosnia-Herzegovina exchange congratulations on 20th anniversary
of diplomatic ties
BEIJING, April 3 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping exchanged
congratulatory messages Friday with the rotating Chairman of the
Presidency of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Mladen Ivanic, to mark the 20th
anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two
In his message, Xi said that the relationship between the two countries
has enjoyed steady and continuous growth since the establishment of
diplomatic ties 20 years ago, while the cooperation between China and
Central and Eastern European countries has also flourished.
China attaches great importance to the development of bilateral
relations, and is ready to work with Bosnia-Herzegovina to achieve
greater development and bring more benefits to the two countries as well
as the two peoples, the Chinese president said.
Meanwhile, Ivanic said in his congratulatory message that the relations
between China and his country have been continuing to move forward on
both the bilateral and international levels in the last two decades,
noting that the friendship between the two peoples has been growing
Moreover, Bosnia-Herzegovina would like to take the 20th anniversary as
an opportunity to strengthen bilateral ties, benefit the two peoples,
and help bring peace and prosperity to the world, Ivanic said.
Chinese envoy to Ethiopia eyes enhanced Sino-Ethiopia cooperation
ADDIS ABABA, April 3 -- La Yifan, the newly appointed Chinese Ambassador
to Ethiopia, said he would be committed with his mission to boosting
economic and trade cooperation between the two countries.
While making sure the progress on the overall relations between Ethiopia
and China, the ambassador said he would work with focus on ensuring the
comprehensive relations and cooperation between Ethiopia and China would
go to a new height.
The ambassador made the remarks on Thursday during his maiden press
conference after presenting his letter of credence to Ethiopia's
President Mulatu Teshome in Addis Ababa, capital of the East African nation.
With the support from the people and government of Ethiopia, La said he
would work relentlessly together with colleagues at the Chinese mission
to take the comprehensive relations and cooperation between Ethiopia and
China to a new height.
Based on the overall framework of bilateral relations laid down by the
leaders of the two countries, Ethiopia and China have been enjoying
excellent diplomatic relations, noted the ambassador.
"I believe I should focus on the economic and trade relations and
cooperation between our two countries. Ethiopia has already been
designated as a priority destination of the Chinese investment in areas
of manufacturing, infrastructure, and poverty alleviation," he said.
La noted that China has excessive industry capacities that need to be
relocated elsewhere in the world.
The ambassador also expressed his country's keen interest to strengthen
cooperation with Ethiopia on industrialization.
He also noted that the two countries have achieved a lot in the
manufacturing sector with a number of success stories such as in shoe
making factory, textile industry, and food processing industry.
"We believe Ethiopia is good destination for the Chinese investment. On
the trade area, of course our trade has been increasing in terms of
doubling and tripling over the past few decades. Nowadays, the total
trade volume stood at 3.4 billion U.S. dollars every year," he said.
The ambassador said China wants to import more goods from Ethiopia into
its market towards raising Ethiopia's export to China, adding he would
be committed, during his tenure, to the accomplishment of his mission
towards boosting the cooperation between the two countries, especially
in the areas of industrialization and infrastructure development.
La said he would work further towards attracting more Chinese investors
to Ethiopia that they participate in different sectors including among
others in the industrialization and infrastructure development of Ethiopia.
China condemns terrorist attack on Kenyan university
BEIJING, April 3 -- China has condemned Thursday's terrorist attack on
Garissa University College in Kenya, which has claimed 147 lives.
"We are against terrorist attacks in any form, and condemn the
terrorists in the strongest terms," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua
Chunying said on Friday.
Gunmen stormed into Garissa University College before dawn Thursday,
shooting students and taking hostages in a terrorist attack that has
left 147 people dead, according to Kenyan officials.
"China extends heartfelt condolences to the victims and expresses deep
sympathy to the wounded and the families of the victims," Hua said.
Stressing that China opposes terrorism in any form, Hua said China will
continue to support Kenya's efforts to counter terrorism and safeguard
national and regional stability.
Iran nuclear deal good news for the world, says Chinese FM
BEIJING, April 3 -- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the framework
nuclear agreement clinched by international brokers and Iran on Thursday
is "good news" for the world.
China welcomes the important framework agreement, Wang said in a
statement on Friday, noting the deal laid a solid foundation for a
further comprehensive agreement.
Senior diplomats of the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China
plus Germany agreed on parameters to resolve major issues on Iran's
nuclear program, following eight-day-long intense negotiations in the
Swiss city of Lausanne.
It is in line with the common interests of the international community
and the spirit of the UN Charter to properly solve Iran's nuclear issue
through dialogue and negotiations, said Wang.
The issue matters to the global non-proliferation, Iran's right to the
peaceful use of nuclear energy as well as peace and stability in the
Middle East, according to the minister.
He urged all sides to cherish the outcomes, create more favorable
conditions and remove all possible obstacles to firmly push forward
negotiation for a final settlement.
China objects after US fighter jets land in Taiwan
China's Foreign Ministry protested after two US fighter planes made a
rare landing at an airport in southern Taiwan on Wednesday.
Two US navy F-18 fighters landed at Tainan Airport, which is for dual
use by military and civilian aircraft, at 1:19 pm due to mechanical
problems reported by one of them, Taiwan's military and aviation
The pilots landed after approval from the island's authorities.
"We have already lodged solemn representations with the US side," Hua
Chunying, China's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, said.
"China demands that the US strictly abide by the 'one-China policy' and
the Three Joint Communiques between China and the US and cautiously and
appropriately handle relevant issues, she added.
The authorities gave no explanation as to what mission the US fighters
were on and why they were flying so close to the island.
The crew members and planes are safe, according to media reports.
Chinese ambassador condemns terrorist attack on Kenyan university
NAIROBI, April 3 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Ambassador to Kenya Liu Xianfa has
condemned Thursday's terrorist attack on Garissa University College in
northern Kenya, which has claimed 147 lives.
"China strongly condemns and resolutely opposes terrorism in all forms,"
He added that the Chinese government is "deeply shocked and saddened by
the terrorist attack at Garissa University College that has caused huge
casualties of innocent civilians."
The ambassador expressed his deep condolences to the victims and sincere
sympathy to their bereaved families and the injured.
He stressed that China will continue to staunchly support the Kenyan
government and people's efforts to fight terrorism and safeguard
national stability and public security.
China, Canada sign social security agreement
OTTAWA, April 2 -- The Agreement on Social Security between China and
Canada was signed here Thursday.
Under the deal, Canadian companies and their employees sent to work
temporarily in China will continue to contribute to Canada Pension Plan,
while Chinese companies operating in Canada and their posted employees
will continue contributing to China's pension program.
Signed by Hu Xiaoyi, vice minister of China's Ministry of Human
Resources and Social Security and Alice Wong, Canada's Minister of
State, the agreement will eliminate situations in which individuals and
their employers have to contribute to both Canada Pension Plan and the
comparable pension program of China for the same work.
It will result in substantial savings and increase the economic
competitiveness of Canadian companies operating in China. Chinese
companies and their employees sent to work in Canada will benefit from
the same advantages.
The agreement will enter into force once Canada and China have completed
the approval procedures specified in their respective legislation.
"Our government is committed to creating an environment that will help
facilitate increased trade between Canada and China. This social
security agreement represents yet another step forward in strengthening
the relationship and cooperation between our two countries," said Alice