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Xi holds talks with Macron, pledging enhanced China-France ties
Chinese President Xi Jinping Wednesday held talks with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
China and France, as two permanent members of the UN Security Council and representatives of Eastern and Western civilizations, should strengthen strategic communication, shoulder more responsibilities and exercise their roles as major countries, as the world is undergoing changes rarely seen in a century, Xi said.
He pledged to work jointly with Macron to further advance the China-France comprehensive strategic partnership, looking out on the world, the future and the people, and keep the partnership at the forefront of major-country relations.
Referring to France's strengthened dialogue and cooperation with China as "playing an important exemplary role," Macron said France is willing to properly settle the differences between the two sides based on mutual respect. (Xinhua)
China to resume imports of beef and pork from Canada
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang confirmed at a regular press conference Wednesday that China will resume imports of beef and pork from Canada.
Recently, the Canadian side has proposed a corrective action plan for the issuance of certificates for their meat products, after the assessment from the Chinese side. It is believed that the Canadian rectification action plan basically meets the requirements for ensuring meat safety and China agreed to resume the acceptance of health certificates for meat products exported to China issued by the Canadian government, Geng said.
Earlier, to protect the safety of Chinese consumers, China had taken preventive measures and requested the Canadian government suspend the issuance of certificates for meat exported to China starting June 25. (Xinhua)
10 countries open flagship stores on Alibaba's Tmall marketplace
Ten countries announced on Wednesday the opening of country flagship stores on Tmall, Alibaba's online marketplace, to cash in on Chinese consumers' rising appetite for imported goods.
The 10 countries, including Thailand, Russia, Mexico, Chile, Peru and Argentina, signed deals for the flagship stores with Tmall at the second China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai, rushing to catch up with Tmall's Nov. 11 shopping festival with their specialty food products, including blueberry, cherry, durian and beef. (Xinhua)
Erdogan: Turkey captures slain IS leader al-Baghdadi’s wife
Turkey has captured a wife of the slain leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Turkish President Recep Erdogan said Wednesday.
Erdogan made the announcement while delivering a speech in the capital of Ankara but gave no other details. He did not say when or how the woman was captured or identify her by name.
Al-Baghdadi was known to have four wives. (AP)
Chile leader Pinera says will not resign over protests
Chilean President Sebastian Pinera said Tuesday he will not resign in the face of deadly protests that have entered their third week.
"These problems have been accumulating for the past 30 years," Pinera said. "I am responsible (for) part of it and I assume my responsibility, but I'm not the only one."
The violent protests have forced the government to cancel two major international economic and climate summits and open talks with the leftist opposition. (Xinhua)
At least 15 people killed in attacks in southern Thailand
At least 15 people were killed and five others were injured in an ambush by militants in southern Thailand's Yala province, according to reports on Wednesday.
The incident happened on Tuesday night; the identities of the militants remain unknown.
On Wednesday, Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha expressed his condolences to the victims of the incident and said that there is no place for attackers in Thailand and those responsible will face the full force of Thai law. (CGTN)
'The Royal Cat Family' to debut in the Forbidden City in December
From November, in front of the Gate of Divine Prowess (Shenwu Gate) in the Forbidden City, Beijing, a couple of larger-than-life statues from "the royal cat family" have appeared.
The "the royal cat family" is a group of cats living in the Palace Museum in Beijing. Those cats have spent years helping prevent mice from damaging the ancient wooden buildings. It is also regarded as "cat security" by the staff of the Forbidden City.
According to the Palace Museum Online Shopping Gallery, cultural creations featuring "the Royal Cat Family in the Forbidden City" will be released to the public in late December. (CGTN)
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What type of animal is the largest primate in the world?
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