Chinese President Xi Jinping to Visit the US for the First Time in Six Years
Responding to an invitation from the US President Joe Biden, Chinese President Xi Jinping is set to visit the United States from November 14th to 17th.He will attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in San Franscisco and meet with US President Joe Biden.
The White House has confirmed that President Biden will meet President Xi on November 15th in the Bay Area. The meeting aims to stabilize relations between the two nations and establish open channels of communication.
There have been several high-level interactions between China and the US this year, including three meetings between Wang Yi, China’s top diplomat, and Jake Sullivan, the US National Security Advisor. The upcoming summit represents the culmination of diplomatic activities between the two nations aimed at stabilizing relations.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders’ meeting. President Xi Jinping’s attendance underscores China’s high regard for economic cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region. During the meeting, President Xi is expected to deliver a speech, elaborating on China’s crucial propositions for deepening cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region and fostering regional and global economic growth.
First UNESCO Category 1 Institute outside Europe to be Established in Shanghai
On November 10th, the 42nd session of the UNESCO General Conference passed a resolution to establish an Institute for international STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Education in Shanghai, China. Institute for international STEM education is a crucial component of UNESCO, aiming to promote inclusive, equitable, relevant, and quality education in STEM fields from early childhood to adulthood. This marks the first time that a UNESCO Category 1 Center is established in China.
The institute for international STEM education is the 10th Category 1 Center established by UNESCO and the first of its kind outside Europe and US.
During the deliberations of the UNESCO General Conference’s Education Committee, member countries expressed gratitude to China for proposing the establishment of a Category 1 Center in Shanghai, viewing it as strong support for UNESCO. Countries commended the work of UNESCO and expressed support for the resolution on establishing the center in Shanghai.
Huai Jinpeng, the head of the Chinese delegation and Minister of Education, stated that China would earnestly fulfill its commitments, fully cooperate with UNESCO to implement the resolution of this General Conference, support the Secretariat in the preparation work for the institute, and promote the early completion and operation of the institute.
Number of Marriage Registrations in China Shows Increase in the First Three Quarters of 2023
According to the data from the Ministry of Civil Affairs, a total of 5.69 million couples registered their marriages nationwide in the first three quarters of this year, while 1.973 million couples registered for divorce.
For comparison, in the first three quarters of 2022, 5.445 million couples registered their marriages, and 1.643 million couples registered for divorce. Thus, the number of marriage registrations in the first three quarters of this year increased by 245,000 compared to the same period last year, and the number of divorce registrations increased by 330,000.
In the first half of this year, the number of people getting married in China has rebounded. The Ministry of Civil Affairs’ data shows that the number of marriage registrations nationwide in the first half of the year was 3.928 million couples, an increase of 196,000 compared to 3.732 million couples in the first half of last year.