Tuesday, September 16, 2008

China-Japan co-op sets fine example for countries with different social systems

China-Japan cooperation may well set a good example for countries with different social systems, said Wang Chen, director of the State Council Information Office of China, at the Fourth Beijing-Tokyo Forum on Tuesday.

In a keynote speech at the plenary meeting, Wang said that there are important bases and favorable environments for the long-term development of bilateral friendly relations.

For China-Japan friendship, geographical proximity is the natural link, political mutual trust serves as an important basis, mutually beneficial cooperation the economic basis and long-term people-to-people exchanges the important bridge, said Wang.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the launch of China's reform and opening-up, he said, adding that China has made world-acknowledged outstanding achievements in its development in the past 30 years.

Wang said that China's development, characterized by its peace, openness, cooperation and harmony, offers a brighter prospect for the development of both nations.

The current world is undergoing profound changes, he said. And China is willing to work with Japan to actively participate in international cooperation in various areas, jointly promote world peace and achieve common development of the human race.

The two sides need to deepen mutual understanding in a bid to continuously promote the sound development of bilateral ties, said Wang, expressing his belief that with goodwill as well as cooperative attitude aimed at win-win results and sincerity for frank exchanges of views, the friendly relations between the two nations are sure to be continuously cemented.

Prior to Wang's speech at the meeting, Japanese Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura and Chinese Ambassador to Japan Cui Tiankai, on behalf of their respective governments, advocated joint efforts to push forward the Japan-China relations and conveyed good wishes for their further advance.

The Four Beijing-Tokyo Forum opened with a dinner party late Monday. In their speeches at the party, Hiroya Masuda, Japanese Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications, and Wang Chen lauded the role the forum has played in the development of bilateral ties and wished it a success.

Present at the three-day forum are more than 100 personages from various circles of both countries.

Later Tuesday the forum will have group discussions in terms of their respective subjects.

The annual forum, co-sponsored by China Daily and the non-profit Japanese organization Genron NPO, is held alternately in Beijing and Tokyo. The first Tokyo-Beijing Form took place in Beijing in August 2005.

Source: Xinhua

Chinese premier eyes new economic relations with Bangladesh

Chinese Premier, Wen Jiabao, said the country is ready to push for more mutually beneficial relations with Bangladesh.

Wen made the remark when holding talks with Fakhruddin Ahmed, Chief Advisor of Bangladeshi Caretaker Government in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Tuesday morning.

During their talks, Wen said China and Bangladesh had seen smooth development of bilateral relations since establishing diplomatic ties 33 years ago.

Wen added China is ready to continue to adopt new measures for development of bilateral trade and economic cooperation.

Fakhruddin thanked China for its long-term economic partnership, saying he hoped for even closer cooperation to expand trade.

After the talks, Wen and Fakhruddin attended a signing ceremony of several documents dealing with cooperation between the two countries.

Fakhruddin arrived here Monday, starting a four-day visit at the invitation of the Chinese government. He will attend the closing ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games Wednesday.

Source: Xinhua

Samoan PM starts visit to China

Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi arrived in Beijing Tuesday afternoon, starting his three-day visit to China.

Tuilaepa was invited by the Chinese government. He will meet top Chinese leaders and attend the closing ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games on Wednesday.

Source: Xinhua

China, Niger reaffirm close cooperation

The heads of the governments of China and Niger agreed here on Tuesday to step up friendly bilateral cooperation.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao held talks with Niger's Prime Minister Seyni Oumarou in the Great Hall of the People. After the meeting, they attended the signing ceremony for a bilateral agreement on economic and technological cooperation.

During the talks, Wen said since the two countries resumed diplomatic links in 1996, they have deepened political trust, supported each other on issues concerning the other party's core interests and achieved rich results in such areas as trade, the economy and culture.

Wen expressed the wish that the two countries should maintain friendly contact at various levels, strengthen communication and coordination in international affairs and expand mutually beneficial cooperation.

Oumarou said Niger is working to strengthen friendly cooperation with China. Noting that China has been a true friend and partner of Niger in the cause of building the African country's home and combating poverty, Oumarou said he hopes China will continue to support and participate in the social and economic development of Niger.

Oumarou congratulated Beijing on the success of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Oumarou arrived in Beijing on Tuesday for a six-day visit to China. He will attend the closing ceremony of the 2008 Paralympic Games on Wednesday.

Oumarou will also visit east China provinces such as Shandong and Zhejiang, according to sources with the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

Oumarou has been to China many times, but this is his first official visit since becoming prime minister in 2007.

Source: Xinhua

Azerbaijani speaker hails Beijing Olympic Games

Azerbaijani Parliament Speaker Oktay Asadov has congratulated China on its successful hosting of the Beijing Olympic Games in August, as well as China's achievements in its opening-up and reform process in the last three decades.

The Azerbaijani-Chinese ties made progress smoothly along with enhanced political mutual trust, close contact between the governments and parliaments and expanding cooperation in various fields, Asadov told a visiting senior official of the Communist Party of China on Tuesday in Baku.

Wang Jiarui, head of the International Department of the CPC Central Committee, said that China attaches importance to the bilateral ties and cherishes the friendship between the two countries.

China will strive to further friendly exchange and substantial cooperation with Azerbaijan, officials attending the meeting quoted him as saying.

Wang arrived in Baku on Sunday as a guest of the ruling New Azerbaijan Party.

Source: Xinhua

No epidemic outbreaks after fatal landslide in N China

No epidemic outbreaks have been reported since a landslide killed at least 254 people in the northern Shanxi province last week, said the head of the provincial health administration.

According to Gao Guoshun, no illnesses or food poisoning cases had been reported, as of Monday, in or around the site of the mining dump collapse.

Rescue workers work on the ruins at the key spot of the mud-rock flow in Xiangfen County, Linfen City, north China's Shanxi Province, Sept. 15, 2008.
Almost 500 medical workers and health experts have been working on epidemic prevention measures in four townships, said Feng Lizhong, a disease-control official with the administration.

The workers are helping people treat garbage, sanitize their houses and ensure water and food safety. Feng added, children and the elderly received vaccinations against infectious disease.

Gao said such measures will continue for three months.

The mud-rock flow occurred in Shanxi's Xiangfen county when a retaining wall of an unlicensed Tashan Mine crumbled on Sept. 8. Huge amounts of iron ore waste burst out, burying downstream residents along with a busy outdoor market.

Rescue workers work on the ruins at the key spot of the mud-rock flow in Xiangfen County, Linfen City, north China's Shanxi Province, Sept. 15, 2008.
As of Saturday, rescuers found 254 bodies. The State Administration of Work Safety said Tuesday, 159 bodies had been identified.

Thirty-four people remain in the hospital. Four critical patients had been upgraded to stable condition.

An initial investigation found the mine collapse was due to negligence. The waste ore dump was built in violation of regulations and it had few safety inspections. Further investigation was underway by a State Council investigation team.

In the meantime, the State Council, China's Cabinet, has ordered a nationwide safety check at similar production sites around the country to root out other potential problems.


Death toll in fatal landslide in N China rises to 258

Rescuers retrieved four more bodies from a landslide in north China on Tuesday morning, pushing the death toll in the Sept. 8 tragedy to 258.

Three bodies were excavated from a collapsed house and the other was found in the debris outside, rescuers said.

The four were men whose identities have not yet been established.

More than 300 rescuers and more than 30 pieces of machinery were being used in the search for other possible victims in the debris in Xiangfen County, Shanxi Province. A mudflow burst hit the area on the morning of Sept. 8 after the collapse of an unlicensed iron ore dump.

A huge volume of tailings, mud and rock swamped a downstream village with more than 1,000 residents, burying people along with a busy outdoor market.

The State Administration of Work Safety said 159 bodies had been identified as of Tuesday.

Thirty-four people remained in the hospital and four patients who had been in critical condition were temporarily upgraded to stable condition.

Compensation of 200,000 yuan will be paid for each victim, and each person who was disabled by the accident will get compensation ranging from 50,000 yuan to 150,000yuan plus a monthly subsidy of 100 yuan to 300 yuan, according to disaster-relief policies released by the local government on Tuesday.

An initial investigation found the mine collapse was due to negligence. The tailings dump was built in violation of regulations and had few safety inspections. An investigation was under way by a State Council investigation team.

The Council has ordered a nationwide safety check at such sites for potential problems.