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UNITED NATIONS

>>  China urges continued dialogue on Kosovo issue

By Pei Lei

China on Friday of February 6 called on all parties concerned to continue to push ahead with the process of dialogue on the Kosovo issue, so as to find a lasting solution to it.

Liu Jieyi, China’s permanent representative to the U.N., made the appeal at a meeting of the Security Council on Kosovo.

“China respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Serbia and understands the legitimate concerns of that country on the question of Kosovo,” Liu told the meeting, noting that Security Council Resolution 1244 provides the essential legal basis for finding a solution to the issue.

“China has always maintained that it’s imperative to follow the purposes and principles of the U.N. Charter, and within the framework of relevant Security Council resolutions, to carry out dialogue and negotiations to reach proper settlement acceptable to all parties concerned,” he said.

The Chinese envoy said China appreciates the efforts of Serbia in seeking a political solution to the issue of Kosovo, and supports the continued efforts of Belgrade and Pristina to maintain and push forward the high level political dialogue and to implement the bilateral agreements that have already been reached.

Kosovo is the subject of a long-running political and territorial dispute between Belgrade and Pristina. Serbia categorically refuses to recognize Kosovo’s unilateral declaration of independence in 2008, though most leading European countries and the United States have exchanged diplomats with Kosovo.

 

 

 

 

 

BRUSSELS

>>  Interview: China hopes to help improve world order: ambassador

By Ban Wei, Zhou Jun an Severine Perronnet

China hopes to be a reformer who will go all out to help improve the international order in a world facing complex security challenges, said Chinese Ambassador to Belgium Qu Xing.

The end of the Cold War does not mean the end of the post-World War II world system, Qu told Xinhua in an interview during the ongoing Munich Security Conference, themed “the Collapse of the International Order.”

“However, the authority of the UN Charter has been challenged and some nations have overstepped the authorization of the UN Security Council to use force against others, leading to a number of severe consequences,” he said.

Another prominent feature of the world today is the collective rise of developing nations, said Qu, who was president of China Institute of International Studies before assuming the current post.

“To allow developing nations to have a say compatible with their rising status should be the core aspect of reform of the international order, ” said the ambassador.

Before the establishment of the Yalta System, the Chinese people had made tremendous sacrifices and a great contribution to the world’s anti-Fascist war, thus gaining its international status and becoming an important member of the post-war international system, Qu noted.

Since the resumption of its UN membership, especially since its reform and opening-up, China has prospered under the existing international system, therefore China does not demand to overthrow the current system, he said.

“Instead of to be a revolutionist, China hopes to act as a reformer of the existing international system,” he stressed.

About the Munich gathering’s focus on hot spots like the Ukrainian crisis and terrorism, Qu said the coexistence of traditional and non-traditional threats is the dominant problem facing the current international security situation.

While traditional security issues, such as the confrontation on the Korean Peninsula, the Ukrainian crisis and Middle East conflicts, have yet to be solved, the international community is facing more serious and pressing non-traditional security threats, especially the threat of international terrorism.

In the Middle East, external interference has pushed upheavals. The old state governance mechanism has been destroyed while a new order has yet to be established, he said.

Citing the recent terror attacks in Paris as an example, Qu said the mess in the Middle East has seriously impacted regional and global security. “The troubled regions in the Middle East are providing new breeding grounds for extremist forces.”

He called on all countries to work together to combat terrorism, the common enemy of mankind.

“China is also a victim of terrorism, and has always engaged actively in international cooperation against terrorism and fulfilled its international responsibility,” he said.

The diplomat also noted that external interference, through the use of military force to subvert existing regimes and break up native political, religious, racial and tribal modes, can lead to unpredictable consequences.

For example, the extremist group “Islamic State” has found a breeding ground in Iraq exactly because Iraq’s native political structure was overthrown by the hasty use of force from outside.

“If there is anything to learn from the lessons of history, that is major world powers should not judge the governance of other nations with the standards of Western values or forcibly intervene in other countries’ internal affairs, even hastily resort to the use of force. Otherwise, problems aroused by such interventions would be much more serious and complicated than the previous ones,” warned the Chinese ambassador.

As for the Ukrainian crisis, Qu said major global powers should make efforts to advance a reconciliation process in the country. Noting that the current trend is worrisome, he said the wrangling of major powers could only make things worse.

China believes that foreign interference is not conducive to reconciliation and that lasting peace and stability can not be obtained by military means, he said, urging all parties concerned to achieve reconciliation through negotiations and consultations.

“China has friendly ties with both Russia and Ukraine, and hopes that the situation could be stabilized as soon as possible, national reconciliation be realized and the conflict be stopped,” said the ambassador.

 

 

 

 

 

NAIROBI  

>>  Steady progress in Standard Gauge Railway construction: Chinese firm

By Deng Yaomin

A Chinese construction firm said on Saturday of February 7 it was making steady progress in the construction of the standard gauge railway (SGR) in Kenya.

The first phase of SGR will see the railway built from Kenya’s coastal city Mombasa to the capital Nairobi. China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) said it has done all the crucial groundwork works along the railway route, including land clearing, staff recruitment, bringing in required equipment and putting in place the foundation for the railway.

“We have made sufficient preparations for the Mombasa–Nairobi SGR Project in aspects of organisation structure, personnel mobilization and supply of machinery, equipment and materials. Everything has been put in place,” Julius Li, Manager of Liaison Department with CRBC Kenya, said in a statement issued in Nairobi.

So far, he said CRBC has put up 21 campsites along the railway route, each of which will oversee the construction of specific segments of the SGR. Li said the campsites will decentralise management of construction works and are in turn expected to provide effective and efficient management compared to overseeing construction from a central place.

According to the manager, the company has also built 12 concrete mixing plants, with plans to increase this to a total of 17 plants at different points along the railway. There are 12 laboratories along the railway route that have started testing samples of different materials, including soil and cement that will be used for construction of the railway.

China has agreed to fund the first phase of a standard gauge railway line linking the East African nation’s port city of Mombasa to Uganda, Burundi and South Sudan. China Exim Bank will fund 90 percent of the 3.8 billion U.S. dollar project that will cover 480 kilometers from Mombasa to Nairobi.

“We have compiled staff manuals for our Chinese and Kenyan employees working on the railway project that will act as a guide for their conduct while at work. It spells out mechanism to reward employees excelling at their job as well as disciplinary measures to punish wayward behaviour,” said Li.

He said the Chinese firm had recruited some 8,000 Kenyans by last month to work at the different campsites along the railway, and plans to hire about 30,000 workers in the coming months as construction works intensify.

Li also said the plant for manufacturing sleepers provide job opportunities and train large numbers of Kenyan employees during construction of the railway. “Even after the railway is complete, the plant will continue to be operational and offer jobs for locals.”

He added that the company had put in mechanisms to ensure conducive work place for the employees and the smooth progress of the project.

“All CRBC employees, Kenyan or Chinese, are subject to equal treatment, including disciplinary actions for errant employees and equal pay for equal work,” he clarified. “Our salaries are way above the industry standards. The rates that we use to pay our employee salaries are among the highest in the industry. We also give employees additional perks that include a house allowance, overtime allowance and daily shuttle services to and from work.”

The firm also has an in-house safety policy that requires all employees to be issued with safety gear.

“We have made efforts to ensure that the work place is safe. All employees, both Kenyan and Chinese, have been issued with protective gear like helmets, gloves, dust masks, reflective vest and safety belts for those working in areas above a prescribed height. These are replaced whenever they are worn out,” he said, adding these are in addition to a host of other environmental, safety and health measures.

The standard gauge railway, a Vision 2030 flagship project, will significantly reduce the transportation costs and save time, and have a direct impact on cost of commodities and generally ease cost of doing business.

It is expected to cut by half the time passengers take to travel from Mombasa to Nairobi from the current eight hours to about four and a half hours. Freight trains will reduce the time it takes to move cargo between the two cities to eight hours.

 

 

 

 

 

LOS ANGELES

>>  Interview: US-China cooperation stronger than ever before: former ambassador

By Xue Ying and Tao Yuan

Former U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke on Saturday of February 7 expressed confidence in the future of U.S.-China relations, noting that bilateral cooperation is “stronger than ever before.”

“The world is looking for the partnership between the United States and China to solve many of the problems,” Locke told Xinhua in an exclusive interview before delivering a speech titled “Vision and Hope for the United States and China” at the University of Southern California.

With this year’s Chinese Lunar New Year vacation drawing near, the number of Chinese tourists to the United States is expected to swell as the U.S. government has started issuing them 10-year multiple-entry visa.

The more people of the two countries visit each other, the better they will understand each other, said Locke, who worked during his tenure from 2011 to 2014 to push the two sides to reach a deal on visa extension.

“By giving students a five-year visa, by giving business travelers and tourists a 10-year visa, this will encourage more trips by the Chinese people to the United States,” said the former ambassador, the first Chinese-American to fill the position.

“The more the two peoples have better understanding of each other, then we can have a stronger partnership on governments, business, scientific exchanges, partnership to find a cure for cancer, partnership to reduce the greenhouse gas emission and fighting climate change,” he added.

During his speech to the audience of several hundred, mostly Chinese students, Locke said that U.S.-China ties are complex, but a prosperous China is good for the United States and a strong U.S.-China relationship is good for the entire world.

“The world wants even more cooperation between the United States and China,” he said in the interview, “because the world is looking for leadership of both two countries working together to solve many of the tough issues, from climate change to finding cures for diseases, to bringing peace and stability throughout the world and fighting terrorism.”

 

 

 

 

 

MUNICH

>>  Germany, China express willingness to further promote cooperation

By He Mengshu

German Chancellor Angela Merkel met on Saturday of February 7 with Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi with both sides showing willingness to further promote cooperation between Germany and China.

Yang, who is attending the 51st Munich Security Conference in Germany, conveyed to Merkel the cordial greetings from Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang.

Yang said China and Germany have enjoyed close high-level exchanges last year and established an all-round strategic partnership.

China attaches great importance to Sino-German relations, Yang noted, adding that his country is willing to strengthen the mutually beneficial cooperation with Germany in all fields, and to work with Germany to conduct successfully important bilateral activities, including the Year of China-Germany Innovative Cooperation.

For her part, Merkel asked Yang to extend her good wishes to Xi and Li.

She said relations between Germany and China have been developing well, and her country hopes to further strengthen the all-round cooperation with China.

The annual Munich Security Conference, an important forum for world leaders and experts to discuss major security issues, kicked off Friday in the southern German city of Munich and will run through Sunday.

In his address at Friday’s opening of the conference, Yang elaborated on the security concept that China actively advocates, calling for fostering a vision of a common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security.

During his stay in Munich, Yang has also met with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Romanian Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu, Indian National Security Advisor Ajit Kumar Doval and others for exchanges of views on the promotion of ties between China and their countries, as well as major international and regional hot issues.

 

 

 

 

 

MUNICH

>>  China, Romania vow to further strengthen relationship

By Rao Bo

Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi has met with Romanian Foreign Minister Bogdan Lucian Aurescu with both sides saying they hoped to further strengthen the bilateral relationship between the two countries.

Yang met with Aurescu on the sidelines of the 51st Munich Security Conference on Friday of February 6. Yang said the China-Romania relationship has been moving forward rapidly in recent years and there have been close high-level official exchanges.

China and Romania jointly celebrated the 65th anniversary of the establishment of their diplomatic relations and the tenth anniversary of their comprehensive, friendly and cooperative partnership last year, and the bilateral relationship has entered a new era, Yang said.

China attaches great importance to the China-Romania relationship and is willing to maintain high-level exchanges, deepen political mutual trust, expand the practical cooperation in energy, high-speed train, agriculture and other fields, enhance people-to-people exchange and boost the traditional China-Romania friendship.

Romania has always been an important participant and promoter of the cooperation between China and Central and Eastern Europe. China is in favour of Romania playing a greater role in the “16+1″ cooperation and is willing to cooperate with the 16 countries including Romania to push the cooperation forward, Yang said.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between China and the Europe European. “We hope that Romania can exert its special influence within the EU and join hands with China to advance the China-Europe relations in a healthy and sustainable way,” said Yang.

Aurescu said Romania and China have been important partners and the development of bilateral relationship between the two countries have always maintained a good momentum.

He said that the two countries had close high-level exchanges in recent years; The economic and trade cooperation keeps on deepening and the cooperation on major important projects in energy, infrastructure and other fields has been gaining ground.

He added that Romania hopes to maintain the momentum of high-level exchanges and looks forward to further strengthening bilateral relationship with China.

Investment from more Chinese companies is welcome in Romania, Aurescu said, adding that he would like to see the Romanian culture center in Beijing to open as soon as possible to further boost the people-to-people and cultural communication between the two countries.

“Romania is willing to continue to boost the cooperation between Central and Eastern Europe and China and play an active role in strengthening the relationship between Europe and China,” he said.

 

 

 

 

 

MUNICH

>>  China, MSC to deepen cooperation

By Zhu Sheng

Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi met chairman of Munich Security Conference (MSC) Wolfgang Ischinger on Friday of February 6 when attending the 51st MSC with the two parties agreeing to deepen mutual cooperation.

Yang Jiechi considered the MSC as one of the most important international forums in the field of international strategy and security policy, and he said that China attaches great importance to the MSC.

In recent years China has sent high-ranking Chinese officials to the conference, in which they have discussed comprehensively with other participants on topics about international security policy, anti-terrorism, regional security situation and global governance, and this has played an important role in enhancing mutual understanding and cooperation, Yang said.

China will continue to support and participate in events related to the MSC, introduce the concept and practice of Chinese diplomacy and security policy, exchange views with other parties about current international situation, especially the that of international security situation, Yang noted, adding that China will hold in-depth discussions on how to build a new international relationship based on the core of cooperation and win-win.

Ischinger expressed his thanks to Yang Jiechi for delivering a speech at the opening ceremony. He said that Yang’s policy statement in the speech is comprehensive and profound, which helped participants to know China’s security concepts, its standpoint on most concerned current issues and China’s contributions to the maintenance of international regional security.

It also makes this year’s MSC more global and attractive, he said.

In addition, Ischinger thanked China for its active support of the MSC and relating activities over the years, hoped to strengthen cooperation with China, and to show China’s importance in the field of international security more prominently under the mechanism of the MSC.

Both parties also exchanged views on Sino-German relations, China-European relations and international security and regional central issues.

 

 

 

 

 

 MUNICH

>>  China, India express willingness to deepen and broaden bilateral cooperation

By Tang Zhiqiang

China and India are willing to deepen bilateral cooperation and collaborate in protecting common interests, said top officials from the two countries in Munich on Saturday of February 7.

The positive interaction between China and India is increasing and their momentum of cooperation is improving, said Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi when meeting Indian National Security Advisor Ajit Kumar Doval on the sidelines of the ongoing 51th Munich Security Conference.

Both sides should seize the opportunities, remove the disturbances, and strengthen the positive trend of China-India relations, Yang said.

He added that China and India should increase high-level exchanges, improve political mutual trust and consolidate the foundation of bilateral relations.

Cooperation, including those in culture, railway and industrial parks construction, should be broadened, Yang said.

The official proposed to respect and look after each other’s concerns, to push forward negotiations over boundaries, and to effectively maintain the peace and safety of border areas.

Yang also said China and India should enhance cooperation in international affairs, promoting multipolarism and protecting common interests of developing countries.

Doval, for his part, said the bilateral relations between India and China have improved since the new Indian government was formed. As the two fastest growing developing countries in the world and Asian fellows, India and China face a number of mutually beneficial cooperation opportunities.

India is willing to enhance cooperation with China in various areas, to jointly boost economic sustainable growth, as well as to maintain peace and stability of the region, Doval said, adding that his country expected to intensify coordination with China and keep pushing forward the process of negotiations over boundaries.

 

 

 

 

 

ALGIERS 

>>  China, Algeria to jointly push for progress in partnership

By Wang Haiqing

China and Algeria will work together to achieve further progress in their bilateral ties, officials of the two countries said here on Saturday of February 7.

During a meeting with Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal, visiting Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi said the purpose of his visit to Algeria this time aims to facilitate the implementation of the consensus made by state leaders of the two countries, to strengthen high-level dialogue and to develop cooperation in various fields so as to further enrich China-Algeria comprehensive strategic partnership.

Yang, also China’s former foreign minister, proposed the two sides enhance high-level contacts and maintain coordination and cooperation on major issues in regard to world peace and development.

He said efforts should be made to consolidate bilateral cooperation in the traditional fields such as construction, telecommunication, oil and gas, and also to promote cooperation in such new fields as space.

For his part, Sellal said Algeria attaches great importance to its relations with China and wants to further upgrade economic ties with China, adding that he hopes more Chinese entrepreneurs could come to make investment.

While noting that the two countries share similar views on many major regional and global issues, Sellal said Algeria is willing to work jointly with China to promote the development of China-Africa relations and to safeguard international justice.

Yang also met with Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on the day, both pledging efforts for closer ties between the two countries.

Algeria is the first stop of Yang’s three-nation African tour that will also take him to Zimbabwe and Uganda. He attended the 51th Munich Security Conference before travelling to the north African country.

 

 

 

 

 

ZAGREB

>>  Croatian top officials attend Chinese Lunar New Year celebration

By Xue Qun

Croatian President Ivo Josipovic and the president of parliament Josip Leso attended the Chinese Lunar New Year celebration held at Lisinski concert hall in Zagreb on Saturday of February 7.

About 2,000 people, including former president Stjepan Mesic and other officials attended the celebration, which organized by the Chinese embassy to Croatia.

The audiences were entertained by Chinese traditional dances and acrobatic performance displayed by actors from Dalian Acrobatic Troupe.

Deng Ying, Chinese ambassador to Croatia, said bilateral relations between China and Croatia have witnessed many achievements during last year.

“With great confidence and expectations I look forward to 2015, the year of goat, that the cooperation between both counties will developed further in all fields,” she added.

She aslo wished the year of goat brought luck, fortune and prosperity to the Croatian people.

 

 

 

 

 

BEIJING

>>  Air Arabia to enter China

By Shi Hao and Qian Chunxian

United Arab Emirates carrier Air Arabia will enter the Chinese market by launching non-stop services next week.

Starting on Tuesday of February 10, Air Arabia will fly three times weekly from its main hub in Sharjah to Urumqi, capital of northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

Flights will depart Sharjah in the morning on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday and arrive at Urumqi that evening. Return flights will leave the Chinese city later on the same day.

The new service will be operated by Airbus A320 aircraft, offering 166economy seats.

Air Arabia will become the first low-cost airline from the Middle East and North Africa to enter the Chinese market.

“We have had our eyes on the Chinese market for some time and are now ready to begin regular services to one of the world’s great economies,” said CEO Adel Ali.

 

 

 

 

 

CHIANG MAI

>>  841 arrested in 2nd Mekong anti-drug campaign

By Zhang Chunxiao

A total of 841 suspects has so far been arrested in an anti-drug campaign jointly launched by China, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand earlier this year.

Police have cracked 590 drug-related cases in the Mekong River basin, and seized 70.6 kg of heroin, 1.2 kg of opium, 4.12 million methamphetamine tablets and 37.5 kg of methamphetamine since the multinational campaign, second of its kind, was launched in Thailand on January 15.

It has seen a total of 5,482 law enforcement personnel sent by the four countries, 512 boats patrol on the Mekong River and 839 operations conducted.

Law enforcement agencies from the four countries have joined hands in setting up checkpoints, combing through key villages involved in drugs, patrolling, gathering intelligence and catching suspects, among other operations.

Meng Jianzhu, a visiting senior Chinese security official, said at the campaign’s command center that the Chinese government has firmly supported the campaign and will beef up financial and technological input.

Law enforcement agencies of the four nations should continue to expand the scope of cooperation and elevate their cooperative law enforcement mechanism to a new level, said Meng, head of the Commission for Political and Legal Affairs of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and a special envoy of President Xi Jinping.

The first campaign was launched in southwest China’s Yunnan Province on April 20, 2013 and ended on June 20, 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

BEIJING

>>  China making core components for world’s No.1 telescope

By Shi Hao and Zhang Xinxin

China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC) announced on Saturday of February 7 that it is working to make reflection panels for the world’s top radio telescope.

The company hoped to complete the first of 4,450 such panels in May, which are designed to be fixed on the telescope that has a diameter of 500 meters.

The telescope, under construction in China, is designed to be the world’s largest and most sensitive radio telescope by completion.

Zheng Yuanpeng, a CETC engineer in charge of panel making, said the telescope will be twice as sensitive as the Arecibo Observatory operated by the United States.

 

 

 

 

BEIJING

>>  Chinese official calls for cultural, ethical progress

By Wang Lei

Senior Chinese official Liu Yunshan on Saturday of February 7 called for efforts to bolster core socialist values and promote cultural and ethical progress while seeking economic growth.

Liu, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, stressed the need to strengthen the education of socialism with Chinese characteristics and the idea of the Chinese dream among the public.

People’s confidence in the country’s independent “path, theory and system” should be further boosted, Liu said at a conference held by the Central Spiritual Civilization Development Steering Commission.

More efforts are needed to encourage the public to adapt to the “new normal” of economic development, he added.

The “new normal” of economic development features slower speed but higher quality, with more emphasis on innovation.

Liu noted that core socialist values should be deeply rooted among the people.

Core socialist values include national goals of prosperity, democracy, civility and harmony; social goals of freedom, equality, justice and the rule of law; and individual values of patriotism, dedication, integrity and friendship.

He also urged efforts to promote the virtue of honesty and polite tourist behavior, and crack down on undesirable activities of polluting environment and spreading harmful information on the Internet.

 

 

 

 

 

BEIJING

>>  Radar used to bust unauthorized basement construction in Beijing

By Cheng Lu and Wu Mengda

Radar was used to detect unauthorized basement construction in Beijing as the city gets tough on the potentially dangerous practice.

The crackdown comes after a lawmaker built a basement in his courtyard that caused neighboring houses to collapse, local authorities said on Friday of February 6.

Radar detection has been employed to monitor whether there are any hollowed areas under roads or houses.

According to the office in Xicheng District responsible for the crackdown, law enforcement can use radar to check renovated houses.

If any unauthorized basements are found, the owners will be ordered to fill in the basements or holes immediately, said Song Jiale, an official with the district government.

He said property ownership certificates will be granted after houses pass the check.

Previously, Li Baojun, a lawmaker from east China’s Xuzhou City, Jiangsu Province, had built a 18-meter-deep basement in his courtyard in Xicheng District without permission, which caved in and caused the road and surrounding buildings to collapse on Jan. 24.

The incident has revealed the city’s rampant illegal underground construction and caused a stir in the country.

 

 

 

 

 

WUHAN

>>  Chinese airline, public help handicapped boy “fly”

By Cheng Lu, Wu Zhi and Wang Xian

A four-year-old Chinese boy believes that he has wings to fly even though he does not have legs.

Li Haifeng, who was born in a small village of Enshi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture in Hubei Province, had his legs amputated after a car accident two years ago.

But the boy always wants to have wings and fly in the sky. Wuhan branch of China Eastern Airlines made him a “little pilot” on Wednesday of February 4.

Li and his parents were invited to Tianhe airport in Wuhan, capital city of Hubei, to join a special tour of a plane, which is under repair, and its cockpit.

Under the guidance of pilots, Li sat in the cockpit and “flew” in the sky.

“It was the first time for the boy to see a real plane. He was extremely happy,” said Li Liangbin, an official with the airlines.

He said the airlines will provide free tickets to the boy and his family when they finished medical treatment in the city for their trip home to Enshi.

Li Haifeng’s father is a migrant worker with low income. He is now unemployed because he must take his son to seek medical treatment across the country. The family can hardly make ends meet as they have already spent 180,000 yuan (about 30,000 U.S. dollars) on the treatment.

“Although the family is in debt, I will not give up my son,” the father told Xinhua.

He said Li usually sits in a washbasin and “walks” on his hands at home. “He wears three washbasins out on average each month,” the father said.

Doctors said when Li will fully recovered is still unknown. In the future, he has to face many challenges. The good news is he will get prosthetic legs very soon.

Li’s story was widely spread on the Internet after a video showing the boy who dancing to the popular song “Little Apple” on a hospital bed went viral this week.

His courage and positive attitude have impressed many Chinese, who hoped to extend a hand and help him “fly” up high in the real world.

More than 9,300 web users have donated 500,000 yuan to his family for further treatment.

A family from Tianjin Municipality sent Li some gifts including a MP4 player, two toy planes and some paintbrushes.

“You will recover. When God closes a door, he opens a window for you. Actually, you have a pair of beautiful wings,” they wrote in a letter.

Li’s story was not the first case in which the public help handicapped or ailing kids fulfill their dreams.

Back in early 2014, a nine-year-old Chinese boy battling a rare muscle disease realized his dream of being a policeman during a kidnap case simulated by local police and residents.

 

 

 

 

 

URUMQI

>>  480,000 Xinjiang rural residents to access drinking water

By Cheng Lu and Liu Bing

Around 480,000 rural residents in China’s far western Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region will have access to clean and safe drinking water this year, said the regional government on Friday of February 6.

The central authorities and regional government will invest 329 million yuan (about 54 million U.S. dollars) in 2015 to water projects, according to the regional development and reform commission.

By the end of this year, more than 3.4 million residents and 440,000 teachers and students in rural and pastoral areas of Xinjiang will gain access to drinking water that meets safety standard, the commission said.

Since 2011, Xinjiang has planned to spend more than three billion yuan in building water supply projects, especially in rural areas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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