Saturday, September 27, 2008

ADB helps China build less-accidents-prone expressway

The Asian Development Bank on Friday said it is assisting the construction of an expressway in south China that incorporates, for the first time of ADB's China projects, traffic safety strategy aimed at reducing road accidents.

The 64-kilometer expressway between Wuding county and Kunming city in Yunnan province is expected to take four years to complete and cost around 745 million U.S. dollars. ADB will provide a 200-million-U.S.-dollar loan, while Yunnan provincial government, the Ministry of Communications, and domestic banks will furnish the rest of the funding.

The project will supplement other transport corridors built linking China with its neighbors in the Greater Mekong Sub-region to boost trade, tourism and regional integration.

ADB said a key element of the project will be a program that aims to build in low-cost, efficient counter-measures and develop strategies to reduce the number of accidents.

This is the first time a specific program addressing local road safety issues has been included in an ADB road loan to the country, the multilateral lender said.

Source: Xinhua

China willing to promote APEC forest network development

China is willing to promote the forest network development in the Asia-Pacific region, Vice Premier Hui Liangyu said here Friday.

Hui made the remarks in a meeting with Juan Carlos Capunay, executive director of the Secretariat of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, and other representatives who are here for the launching meeting of an Asia-Pacific Network on Forest Rehabilitation and Sustainable Management.

The network is proposed by Chinese President Hu Jintao at last year's APEC Economic Leaders Meeting in Sydney. The United States and Australia soon joined the initiation.

The network, officially launched Thursday in Beijing, provides a platform for APEC members to share best practices, conduct policy dialogue and carry out personnel training on forest rehabilitation and management.

"China has taken substantial actions to implement the proposal ever since it was put forward," Hui said, adding that forest protection played an important role in addressing climate change and ecological balance of the planet.

He said China is willing to work with the APEC, the United States, Australia and other countries to make new contribution for the improvement of Asia-Pacific and global environment.

Capunay spoke highly of China's action and efforts of forest protection, expressing the will to push forward the development of forest network.

Soiurce: Xinhua

DPRK holds reception marking 59th anniversary of the founding of China

A reception was held Friday in Pyongyang, the capital of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea , to mark the 59th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China on Oct. 1.

The reception, co-hosted by the DPRK Committee for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries and the DPRK-China Friendship Association, gathered nearly 100 people from relevant units.

"Chinese people have overcome several natural disasters in 2008,and successfully hosted the Olympic Games. The DPRK people wish the Chinese would achieve one success after another in the construction of a harmonious socialist society and fulfill reunification from the bottom of the hearts," said Choe Chang Sik, chairman of the Central Committee of the DPRK-China Friendship Association.

Consolidating and developing friendly cooperation with the DPRK was the unshakable goal of the Chinese government, said China's ambassador to the DPRK, Liu Xiaoming.

China will cooperate with the DPRK to further develop bilateral ties, he added.

Source: Xinhua

Commentary: Davos meeting links China closer with outside world

China, which has just successfully hosted a world sporting carnival -- the 2008 Olympics and Paralympics -- in Beijing, is now ready to embrace a global economic gala, the Summer Davos meeting, in the adjacent metropolis of Tianjin.

With the opening on Saturday of the two-day economic forum, which has drawn some 1,400 participants from nearly 90 countries and regions, China will once again be in the spotlight on the global stage.

As an active participant in the globalization process, China is entering a new era of integration into the world economy, bolstered by its growing political influence, scientific development and social progress.

The year 2008 marks the 30th anniversary of China's reform and opening up drive, as well as the 30th anniversary of the country's debut at the Davos forum.

This is not just a happy coincidence, but something of historical necessity.

Ever since the beginning of its reform and opening up, China has been invited to send delegations to take part in the annual meetings of the World Economic Forum. This has provided a perfect platform for the nation to communicate with and learn from the rest of the world.

Thanks to the three decades of reform and opening up, and with the help of capital and expertise from the outside world, China has gradually transformed from a centrally planned economy to a market-oriented one, and upgraded itself from a low-income nation to a medium-income one.

The past 30 years also witnessed China become increasingly open and closely connected to the rest of the world. The hosting of the Tianjin Summer Davos will further help the country to integrate into the global economy, and the Chinese enterprises to sharpen their competitive edge and gain greater access to the international market.

Over the past 30 years, the Chinese people have changed their way to look at the outside world, and the world has also taken a new perspective to observe China.

The "China miracle" is a decisive factor behind the fact that the country is playing host to more and more important international events in recent years. While contributing significantly to the world development, China has also explored a new mode of growth, which underscores a scientific, peaceful and harmonious development. The country, together with other emerging economies, will play an increasingly important role in the globalization process.

The Tianjin Summer Davos forum will help pool new ideas on future actions against challenges faced by China and the world at large, such as global warming, environmental deterioration, resource depletion and financial instability.

As a responsible member of the international community, China will continue to share opportunities and cope with challenges in tandem with other economies. And just as Premier Wen Jiabao vowed on Wednesday at the 63rd UN General Assembly, China will continue its reform and opening-up policy, to achieve its goal of modernization and build itself into a strong, prosperous, democratic, culturally advanced and harmonious country.

Source: Xinhua

Chinese FM urges joint efforts to further promote China-EU relations

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said here Thursday that China and the European Union should work together to further promote the cooperation between the two sides and ensure the success of the upcoming Seventh Asia-Europe Meeting and the 11th China-EU Summit.

At a meeting with foreign ministers of the EU "troika," held on the sidelines of the 63rd session of the United Nations General Assembly, Yang said both sides should properly handle their differences, respect each other's major concerns, strengthen people-to-people exchanges and understanding so as to enhance public support for stronger China-Europe ties.

The EU ministers indicated that European Union attaches importance to the role and influence of China in international affairs, and stands ready to advance its ties with China through deepening cooperation in various fields.

The foreign ministers of the EU "troika" are Bernard Kouchner of France, which holds the rotating EU presidency, Karel Schwarzenberg of the Czech Republic, which will hold the next EU presidency, and Benita Ferrero-Waldner, the European commissioner for external relations.

The seventh ASEM summit will be held in Beijing on Oct. 24-25. The theme of the summit is "Vision and Action -- Towards a Win-Win Solution." The 11th China-EU Summit is scheduled to take place in Lyon, France, in November.

Source: Xinhua

Chinese, South African FMs vow to further friendly ties

The foreign ministers of China and South Africa vowed here Thursday to further develop friendly ties between the two countries.

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi told his South African counterpart Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma that his country stands ready to work with South Africa to continue the momentum of high-level exchanges, boost economic and trade cooperation, strengthen communication and coordination in international and regional affairs, and take the Sino-South African strategic partnership to a new high.

The two ministers were meeting on the sidelines of the 63rd session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Yang also offered his congratulations on the election of Kgalema Motlanthe as the new president of South Africa, expressing the conviction that the ruling party and the new government of South Africa are fully capable of maintaining the country's political stability and economic development.

Dlamini-Zuma, for her part, said the new South African government will continue to pursue friendly ties with China, adhere to the one-China policy, and stands ready to deepen bilateral cooperation in various fields.

Source: Xinhua

Chinese, German FMs meet on ties

China is willing to continue working with Germany to jointly advance bilateral relations, Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said here Thursday.

Chinese-German relations have maintained a sound momentum of development, with frequent high-level contact, brisk bilateral trade and active cultural exchanges, Yang told his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier when they met on the sidelines of the 63rd session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Steinmeier, for his part, said Germany attaches importance to its relations with China, adheres to the one-China policy and stands ready to continue working for the stable development of Chinese-German ties.

Source: Xinhua