Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Japanese Senior Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Takeo Mori Saturday in Beijing.
China-Japan relations have returned to a normal track due to frequent interactions between the two count
ries’ leaders last year, Wang said, noting that “positive energy should be injected continuously” to maintain the hard-won momentum.
Calling 2019 a vital year for both China and Japan, Wang said China was ready to work wit
h Japan to promote the healthy and smoothy development of bilateral relations along the right track.
“Stable relations are also helpful for the two countries to coordinate and cooperat
e in international and regional issues as China and Japan are neighbors and major global economies,” he added.
Mori, who is in Beijing to attend a regular China-Japan diplomatic consultation and a sec
urity dialogue on Friday, said Japan “treasures the improving and developing momentum of its relationship with China.”
The Japanese side is willing to make efforts for further development of bilateral ties and for regional peace and stability, he said.
The 37 members of the 35th Chinese research mission to the Antarctic — from the Kunl
un and Taishan teams — left Taishan station for the 520-km-away Zhongshan station on Sunday amid a snowstorm.
After completing their research at Kunlun station, the 16 members of the Kunlun
team left the station on Jan. 24 and met with the 21 Taishan team members at Taishan station on Thursday.
On Friday, the Taishan team finished the second stage of construction on the Tai
shan station, including the completion of the main building and installation of supportin
g facilities. All members then cleared the construction site and collected waste before leaving.
A severe snowstorm hit Taishan when the mission left with 11 snowmobiles. Visibility
was down to about 100 meters and members could only communicate via interphones.
Lying at an altitude of 2,621 meters in the icy Princess Elizabeth Land in the East Antarctic inland ice sheet, Taishan was hit by con
tinual snowstorms when it was opened for use in February 2014 and the weather has been snowy in summer since then.
As a summer station, the Taishan station, which is shaped like a Chinese red lantern, can be used by as many as 20 peopl
e as the second stage of construction has made it more environmentally friendly and better equipped.
The research mission is scheduled to arrive at Zhongshan on Friday and members will celebrate the Chinese New Year on their way back.
he election of members of an election committee of the chief executive of China’s Macao Spec
ial Administrative Region (SAR) is scheduled for June 16, the government of the Macao SAR said on Monday.
According to the Basic Law of the Macao SAR, the chief executive, with a five-year te
nure for each term, shall be elected by a broadly representative election com
mittee in accordance with the law and appointed by the central government.
The election committee consists of 400 members from four sectors, including the industrial, commercial and financial sect
or; the cultural, educational, professional and sports sector; and the labor, social services and religion sector.
The committee also includes members of the Legislative Assembly of Macao, Macao dep
uties to the National People’s Congress and members of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Poli
tical Consultative Conference, and members of local departments and organizations.