hina refutes report of contact with Venezuelan opposition

BEIJING – China said on Wednesday that it hoped relevant media would report news abiding by principles of being objective and fair.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying made the remarks when asked for comments on The Wall Street Jou

rnal reporting that Chinese diplomats had contact with Venezuelan opposition representatives in Washington.

“Recently, some media have been cooking up fake news. I don’t know what the purpose is,” said Hua at a press br

iefing. “We hope relevant media will report news abiding by principles of being objective and fair.”

As for the current Venezuela issue, China advocates seeking a political settlement through dialogue and consultation, Hua said.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, scheduled to launch a US Air Force navigation satellite, sits on Launch Complex 40 after the

launch was postponed after an abort procedure was triggered by the onboard flight computer, at Cape Canavera

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China-US space cooperation would likely to prompt more

countries to join hands to develop space instead of choosing between China and the US, especially because after the end of the Cold War, international space cooperation has increased.

In fact, the International Space Station launched in 1998 has been operating thanks to the cooperat

ion between the US, Russia, Japan, some European countries, Canada and Brazil. The four maj

or satellite positioning systems — GPS (US), Beidou (China), GLONASS (Russia) and Galileo (Europe) — may also comple

ment each other to provide the most accurate positioning services. And once China and the US engage in a major sp

ace project, many other countries will join in and thus take space exploration to a new stage.

Sino-US space cooperation will stimulate the development of relevant industries and bring tangible benefits to the people. Space explora

tion will set in motion a series of space industries such as manufacturing, agriculture, resources, e

ergy and tourism. These may become new sources of growth for the world economy, promote industrial techn

ologies, and help address some global challenges such as climate change and energy depletion.

And the new products and services so generated will improve people’s lives and contribute to social progress.

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DPRK officials to meet ahead of summithe United States

and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea will meet this month in an unidentified Asi

an country ahead of their leaders’ planned second summit in Vietnam, South Korean officials said yesterday.

The US special representative for the DPRK, Stephen Biegun, visited Pyongyang last week to work out details of t

he February 27-28 summit in Hanoi between President Donald Trump and DPRK leader Kim Jong Un.

After being briefed by Biegun about his talks in the DPRK, South Korea’s presidential office said that the US and t

he DPRK used Biegun’s trip as a chance to explain what concrete steps they want from each other.

South Korea’s national security adviser Chung Eui-yong, who met Biegun, repor

ted that US-DPRK diplomacy “is working well,” presidential spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said.

He said a follow-up US-DPRK meeting ahead of the summit will take place in a third country in Asia in the week beginning February 17.

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Air NZ flight to Shanghai turns back due to lack of lan

An Air New Zealand flight from Auckland to Shanghai had to turn back midway on Sunday morni

ng after the aircraft was found to be lacking the required permission to land in China’s mainland.

The Boeing 787-9, operating as Flight NZ289, took off from Au

kland, New Zealand, around midnight on Saturday local time but turned back after flying for a

bout 4.5 hours. The flight was scheduled to land at Pudong International Airport at 7:05am Beijing time.

In a short message sent to passengers later, the airline said the “aircraft operating the flight did not have reg

ulatory approval to land in Chinese mainland and was required to return to Auckland.”

The B787-9, the bigger version of the Dreamliner, with the registration ZK-NZQ, has been flying wit

h the airline for five months, but has never landed in the Chinese mainland, according to its flying records.

According to China’s civil aviation regulation, foreign carriers are required to

submit a list of the type, nationality and registration mark of aircraft sch

eduled to land in Chinese mainland to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) before operating the flight.

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China and UK celebrate icebreakers, laud even closer ties

China and the United Kingdom should break the ice of protectionism and build an open an

d inclusive world economy, China’s ambassador to the UK, Liu Xiaoming, said in London on Thursday.

“China will continue to embrace the world with open arms and stands ready to work with oth

er countries. We hope the rest of the world would respond in the same spirit,” he said. “In a time when op

enness and inclusiveness are irreversible, protectionism has no future because it is against the trend of history.”

The remarks were made before 400 business, political, and cultural leaders at

tending a Chinese New Year celebration in London that was hoste

d by The 48 Group Club and the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Britain.

The year 2018 marked the 65th anniversary of an “ice-breaking trip” to Chi

na in 1953 that was made by a group of farsighted people from the British business community.

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My China Album’ to celebrate 40 years of China-US memories

‘My China Album’ to celebrate 40 years of China-US memories
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Share Your Unforgettable Memories and Join Us in Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of China-US Diplomatic Relations

The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the United States of America and China Daily Launch “My China Album” Photo Competition

Guests pose for photos at the My China Album sign at the Chinese Embassy in Washington on Wednesday. [Photo by Z

hao Huanxin/China Daily]
WASHINGTON — My China Album, a story-sharing event focusing on the frie

ndship between people from China and the United States, was launched on Wednesday at a reception hosted by the Ch

inese embassy celebrating the 40th anniversary of the establishment of China-US diplomatic relations.

The event, co-organized by China Daily, China’s largest English-language ne

wspaper, which has a global audience, encourages Americans to submit photos an

d stories highlighting their most memorable experiences in China, especially their encounters with Chinese peo

ple. The top winner will receive two economy-class, round-trip airline tickets from New York to Beijing.

The exchange of visits between Chinese and American table tennis teams in 1971 and 1972 opened a new chapter in China-US friendly relations and contacts.

On Jan 1, 1979, the two countries officially established diplomatic relations. Since then, people-to-people excha

nges have helped cement a foundation and have played a key role in promoting understanding and mutual trust between the two countries.

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Chinese state councilor meets senior Japanestrackinjected

 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.

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Chinese research mission to Antarctic leaves Taish

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.

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Macao sets election date for members of chief executive e

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.

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nated efforts to promote work in all fields with resolve

Touring a “hutong,” or traditional alley, in central Beijing’s Qianmen area, Xi ord

ered the efforts to protect cultural heritage sites and conserve traditional culture while renovating the city’s old areas.

He called for both improving local residents’ living conditions and pr

tecting historical and cultural deposits, so that history and modernity will

perfectly blend. He stressed specific measures to maintain the original features of hutong areas.

Xi dropped into two courtyards along the hutong, inquiring about the living cond

itions of local residents after the renovation projects in the neighborhood.

“What the CPC pursues is to make the people’s life bette

r,” he told the residents, gladly chatting and making dumplings with them.

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