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Chinese vice premier in trade-focused London talks

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:10 am

Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang arrives in London on Monday to meet Prime Minister David Cameron on the second day of a visit to Britain aimed at bolstering economic ties between the two countries.

Chinese Vice Prime Ministerr Li Keqiang (C) is escorted on a tour of the Pelamis Wave Power factory in Edinburgh, Scotland, on the first of a four-day visit to the United Kingdom on January 9, 2011.

The government is rolling out the red carpet for Li, who is widely tipped to become Chinese premier next year, as Britain scrambles to catch up with European rivals Germany and France in landing trade deals with China.

Li, accompanied by a 150-strong business and political delegation, was also to hold talks with finance minister George Osborne and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg on Monday and will make a speech at a banquet on Tuesday.

Having already visited Spain and Germany on his three-country European visit, Li started his trip to Britain on Sunday in Scotland where he sealed a modest renewable energy deal between Scottish and Chinese companies.

In Scotland, he said Britain and China had grown closer together in recent years.

Closer cooperation between London and Beijing would not only benefit the two countries and peoples, “but also contribute to world peace, stability and prosperity”, Li was quoted as saying, according to the official Xinhua news agency.

The visit follows Cameron’s trip to China in November, when he too was accompanied by a team of ministers and business leaders.

Cameron was the first Western leader to visit China since the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo.

While he did not publicly confront Chinese leaders over human rights, Cameron used a speech to university students to call for “greater political opening” as the Chinese economy surges forward.

Clegg has insisted that “no subject will be off limits” during the talks with Li in the four-day British visit.

In trade terms, Cameron’s visit to Beijing produced deals for British companies worth around one billion pounds (1.5 billion dollars, 1.2 billion euros).

In contrast, a few days earlier a visit to France by Chinese President Hu Jintao yielded 20 billion dollars of aviation and energy contracts between Chinese and French companies.

In an article in the Financial Times on Monday, Li said the world should not fear a rapidly growing China.

“China’s development benefits other countries,” he wrote. “We welcome the entry into our market of competitive good and services from around the world, and will provide a fair and even more transparent environment for foreign investors.”

Cameron has said Li’s visit would “build on the momentum” from his trip to Beijing, adding that “stronger relations with China offered a real opportunity for Britain in terms of trade, jobs, and economic growth”.

Li’s trips to Germany and Spain have focused on business.

In Berlin, he said China and Germany, the world’s top two exporters, should deepen their economic cooperation both in traditional areas such as machinery and cars but also in low-carbon technologies and energy efficient industry.

While in Madrid, Li said Beijing was willing to buy around six billion euros worth of Spanish debt, daily El Pais quoted government sources as saying.

After eurozone members Greece and Ireland were forced to seek bailouts worth tens of billions of euros last year, Spain, together with Portugal, have been seen as next in line in the 17-country currency union to need help.


Source: SGGP

8 Chinese satay samples contain overused preservatives

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:24 am

Of 48 samples of Chinese satay collected randomly at markets in Hanoi, eight were discovered to contain a high quantity of preservatives, said health authorities.

Following revelations made by the Chinese media, who stated that their satay might contain a toxic cancer-causing substance, the Vietnam Food Administration and the Ministry of Health have investigated markets in Hanoi and the Northern provinces.

Inspectors arbitrarily collected 48 food samples of the Chinese satay (or pot-au-feu spices) for testing.

Test results show that eight samples contain a quantity of preservatives more than the government allows. However, it has not found any heavy metals or banned coloring substances in the spices.

Despite the test results, health authorities have warned customers not to buy these foods without a clear indication of their origin.

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Vietnam tests ‘Chinese satay’ after revelation of toxic cancer-causing substance

Source: SGGP

US envoy seeks Chinese help to ease Korea crisis

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:12 am

A top U.S. envoy sought China’s help Thursday in easing the threat of war on the Korean peninsula, hoping to gain insights about a Chinese official’s recent meeting with North Korea’s absolute leader, Kim Jong Il.

Stephen Bosworth met with Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun, Senior Representative for Korean Peninsula Affairs Wu Dawei and Wang Jiarui, director of the International Department of the Communist Party’s Central Committee. Bosworth was expected to travel to Japan later Thursday.

“Ambassador Bosworth and Chinese counterparts had useful consultations on how to coordinate moving forward in dealing with North Korea,” a U.S. Embassy statement said.

A body guard, left, tries to shield off journalists while U.S. special envoy for North Korea Stephen Bosworth, second right, walks out of an exit upon arrival at the Capital Airport in Beijing, China, Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei confirmed Bosworth’s meetings. “The sides agreed to remain in contact on maintaining peace and stability on the Korean peninsula and over the six-party talks,” Hong told a news conference. The talks on North Korea’s nuclear program involve the two Koreas, the U.S., China, Japan and Russia, but have been on hold for nearly two years.

Bosworth had been expected to ask China for information on last month’s talks in Pyongyang between North Korean leader Kim and Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo, Beijing’s top foreign policy official. China has come under growing pressure to push North Korea, its close ally, to change its behavior after the communist country shelled a South Korean island late last year, killing four people.

North Korea will be a key issue during Chinese President Hu Jintao’s visit to Washington later this month.

Bosworth met Wednesday in Seoul with South Korean officials and said he was hopeful for “serious negotiations” soon on the North.

In Washington on Wednesday, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi held “lengthy discussions” on North Korea and ironed out details of Hu’s visit Jan. 19, State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said.

Crowley said both the United States and China want stability on the Korean peninsula. “Neither one of us wants to see the emergence of a North Korea that is a nuclear state,” he said. “We hope that coming out of the visit and the discussions with President Hu Jintao we would have a consensus on the best way to move forward.”

Also on Wednesday, North Korea called for “unconditional and early” talks with South Korea to end months of tensions. Seoul quickly dismissed the offer, carried by the North’s official Korean Central News Agency, as insincere and said it was waiting for an apology for two deadly attacks blamed on Pyongyang.

Tensions between the two Koreas have been at their highest level in years since North Korea showered artillery on a South Korean-held island near their disputed maritime border in November, killing four South Koreans. The attack was the first on a civilian area since the 1950-53 Korean War, and occurred in waters not far from the spot where a torpedo sank a South Korean warship eight months earlier, killing 46 sailors.

The attack on the warship was also blamed on the North — an allegation the country denies.

But North Korea has made some conciliatory moves recently. On New Year’s Day, the government issued a lengthy statement calling for warmer ties and the resumption of joint projects with South Korea. Pyongyang, eager for food and fuel assistance, has said it wants stalled nuclear disarmament talks to restart.

Washington and Seoul have said the North must first fulfill past nuclear disarmament commitments before talks can resume.

Source: SGGP

Two Chinese missing after clash with S.Korea coast guard

In Uncategorized on December 18, 2010 at 9:57 am

Two Chinese fishermen are missing and another is in a critical condition after their trawler collided with a South Korean coastguard ship Saturday and capsized, officials said.

South Korean Coast Guard patrols near a group of disputed islets.

Four coastguard officers were also injured as they tried to arrest the crew of the Chinese boat for illegal fishing off South Korea’s Eocheong island in the Yellow Sea.

The Chinese fishermen attacked the Korean officers with iron pipes and clubs, the Yonhap news agency quoted the coastguard as saying.

The 63-ton Chinese boat capsized after it collided with the 3,000-ton coastguard ship, leaving two of its crew members missing. Eight other Chinese were rescued but one was in a coma and taken to hospital by helicopter.

Eight boats and four helicopters were searching for the missing.

Illegal Chinese fishing is common in South Korean waters. In 2008 a South Korean coast guard officer was attacked and drowned while trying to inspect a Chinese boat operating illegally.


Source: SGGP

Chinese actor Liu Xiao Ling Tong coming to Vietnam

In Uncategorized on December 18, 2010 at 9:27 am

Chinese actor Liu Xiao Ling Tong will travel to Vietnam for several cultural activities from December 24 to 30.

Chinese actor Liu Xiao Ling Tong

He is very popular for the role of the Monkey King (Sun Wukong) in a very popular TV series “Journey to the West” in the 1980s.

The actor, accompanied by officials from the Beijing International Radio Station, will arrive in Hanoi on December 24 and leave the capital for Ho Chi Minh City on 28.

Vietnam is the first destination in his Southeast Asia Tours in the New Year 2011.

The actor will have exchanges with students of the University of Social Science and Humanity and other primary and secondary schools, and offer his signature at Fahasa Book Stores during his visit.

This is Liu Xiao Ling Tong’s second trip to Vietnam; the first visit was in 1998.

Liu Xiao Ling Tong, whose real name is Zhang Jinlai, was born into a renowned artistic family in Shanghai in 1959.

His great-grandfather Zhang Tingchun was even considered “better than a living Monkey King”.

His father, Zhang Songyi, stage named as Liu Ling Tong or “Six Years Old Kid”, or famously known as “Nan Hou Wang” (the Southern Monkey King), has been acclaimed by Chinese leaders including late Chairman Mao Zedong and premier Zhou Enlai.

The actor won the title of “Best actor” at the Sixth Golden Eagle Prize, the highest honor in the TV production industry in China, for Journey to the West as Sun Wukong in 1988.

Source: SGGP

Rising Chinese plane maker boasts 100 orders at air show

In Uncategorized on November 17, 2010 at 3:26 am

Chinese goldrush continues at Asian Games

In Uncategorized on November 15, 2010 at 6:30 am

Chinese bosses shoot protesting Zambian miners: police

In Uncategorized on October 16, 2010 at 2:24 pm

Managers at a Chinese-run Collum Coal Mine in Zambia shot and wounded 12 miners who were protesting against poor working conditions, police said on Saturday.

“The workers were protesting against the poor working conditions when managers using shotguns started to shoot aimlessly, not in the air, thereby wounding 12 workers,” police spokesman Ndandula Siamana told AFP.

Before the Friday incident in the southern town of Sinazongwe, workers had constantly been complaining about poor working conditions at the mine.

Siamana said police were investigating the incident and no charges had been brought against the managers.

“It’s possible that the managers feared that they might be attacked but we shall ensure that the culprits are brought to book,” Siamana said.

The 12 workers are currently being treated at a local hospital for various gunshot wounds.

The incident has halted production at the mine and threatened to worsen relations between workers and Chinese employers in the mining industry and other sectors.

Chinese investment in Zambia is on the rise, with several Chinese firms having snapped up mines in the copper rich southern African country.

In March, a Chinese company invested 37 million dollars (27.7 million euros) to revive a dormant nickel mine in the country.

Source: SGGP

Thousands of Chinese hold anti-Japan protest marches

In Uncategorized on October 16, 2010 at 2:23 pm

Thousands of Chinese protesters marched in at least three cities on Saturday to vent their anger at Japan following a nasty spat involving disputed islands, state media and witnesses said.

Meanwhile nationalist groups rallied in Japan on Saturday against China’s “invasion” into Japanese islands, scuffling with men who tried to block the march through central Tokyo streets.

In China, demonstrators in the cities of Xian, Chengdu and Zhengzhou shouted slogans asserting Chinese sovereignty over the islands and called for boycotts of Japanese goods, the state-run Xinhua news agency said.

Some protesters had learned about the planned demonstrations on the Internet and came to join, it said, but added that the protests were peaceful and watched closely by police stationed along marching routes.

In Japan, Japanese national flags fluttered in a park in the capital as more than 1,000 people gathered for the second major rally since a bitter territorial row flared up over a maritime incident last month near the disputed islands.

Banners carried such messages as “Japan is in danger!” and “Don’t forgive invader China”.

As demonstrators left the park and started a march, two young men, believed to be Chinese, sat in the street to stop the rally.

One of their banners warned against exclusionism and read: “Stop fuelling harassment towards Chinese residents in Japan”.

China broke off contacts with Tokyo last month after Japan detained a Chinese fishing boat captain whose vessel collided with Japanese coastguard ships near the disputed islands.

Both sides claim the islands in the East China Sea which are known as Diaoyu in China and Senkaku in Japan.

The two close trading partners have since moved to patch up the row, but the protests showed lingering public anger at Japan, which is still resented in China for its brutal World War II invasion and occupation of parts of China.


Source: SGGP

Photo exhibition on Chinese heritage in Hanoi

In Uncategorized on August 3, 2010 at 11:19 am

A total of 120 photos on China’s world heritage sites are on display at an exhibition in Hanoi.

                         Great Wall of China

The photo exhibition themed “China today” is an activity to mark the 60th anniversary of the Vietnam-China diplomatic ties and the Vietnam-China Friendship Year.

Addressing the opening ceremony on August 2, Head of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism’s International Cooperation Department Nguyen Van Tinh said that the 12-day exhibition will help Vietnamese people better understand Chinese land and people through cultural heritage, thus contributing to enhancing the solidarity, friendship and cooperation for development between the two Parties, States and people.

UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee recognised 890 heritage sites worldwide in July 2009. China ranked third with 38 sites.

The photo exhibition runs until August 14 at 29 Hang Bai St., Hanoi.

Source: SGGP