Premier Li Keqiang and his wife Cheng Hong greet the public in front of a store selling specialized products during the couple’s visit to Malacca on Sunday. [Photo/Xinhua]Premier Li Keqiang urged countries outside the region on Sunday to avoid taking action that may cause tension in the South China Sea. These countries should respect and support the efforts by nations in the region to uphold peace and stability in this waterway, Li said. Raising a five-point proposal on the South China Sea at the 10th East Asia Summit in Kuala Lumpur, he called for outside powers to “play a positive and constructive role and refrain from taking action that may cause tension in the region”.
Leaders of the Group of 20 major economies observe a minute of silence in memory of victims of the Paris attacks before a working session at the G20 summit in Antalya, Turkey. Kayhan Ozer / Reuters President proposes models based on reform, innovation President Xi Jinping has pledged to seek collective efforts to give new impetus to the global economy and deliver a fruitful G20 summit next year in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, by working with the member states in an open, transparent and inclusive manner.
A girl poses at a sculpture featuring a yellow man ripping his chest open at The Art of the Brick exhibition in Rome. Jin Yu / Xinhua Some 80 sculptures, over 600,000 tiny plastic bricks, and recreations of some of the world’s most iconic masterpieces. The Art of the Brick exhibit of American Nathan Sawaya opened in Rome on Oct 28, giving Italians a taste of how artistic inspiration can mingle with playfulness, and pour out through a most “surprising” material. “The exhibition captures people’s curiosity and imagination, and is being shown for the first time in Italy. So far, Rome’s audience has surely met our expectations,” Italian curator Fabio La Gioia told Xinhua
President Xi Jinping and Vietnamese Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong review an honor guard during a welcoming ceremony at the presidential palace in Hanoi on Thursday.[HOANG DINH NAM/AFP]Xi: Consensus on maritime issues in best interests Beijing and Hanoi called for effectively managing maritime disputes on Thursday during President Xi Jinping’s first visit to Vietnam to repair ties strained over territorial disputes in the South China Sea. Xi appealed, in an article published on Thursday in the local official newspaper Nhan Dan, to seek a “basic, permanent approach that is acceptable to both sides” in regard to the maritime disputes
An employee at the Forbidden City examines a musical instrument likely used to perform an opera to mark a royal birthday.
Heyuan Deputy Mayor Zhu Weiwei and Tustin Mayor Charles Puckett exchange gifts after signing agreements for their towns to become international sister cities on Oct 23 at the second US-China Sister Cities conference held in Chicago. Hezi Jiang / China Daily China and the US have two new sister-city partnerships. Tustin, California and Heyuan, Guangdong province, and Yorba Linda, California, and Tongchuan, Shaanxi province signed sister-city agreements on Oct 23 in Chicago, adding to the more than 200 US-China sister cities and 41 sister states and provinces. “They (China) count 10 percent of all of our partnerships,” said Mary Kane, president and CEO of Sister Cities International, founded as an initiative by President Dwight Eisenhower in 1956 to promote people-to-people diplomacy. “We hope to learn about municipal management from Yorba Linda, and they will learn about our traditional culture,” said Yang Changya, mayor of Tongchuan, a city undergoing a transformation from an economy reliant on coal and construction materials to a more sustainable city and travel destination. “We lost our sister city Matamata in New Zealand due to political change,” Tustin Mayor Charles Puckett said. “Now we are getting a new sister.” Puckett was introduced to the city of Heyuan during a trip to China in 2014 and fell in love with it immediately