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Xi Jinping Met Vietnamese President Võ Văn Thưởng, Fostering Strategic Cooperation at Belt and Road Forum
October 20, 2023
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Xi Jinping Met Vietnamese President Võ Văn Thưởng, Fostering Strategic Cooperation at Belt and Road Forum

On October 20th, Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Vietnamese President Võ Văn Thưởng at the Great Hall of the People. President Võ was in China to attend the third Belt and Road International Cooperation Summit.

President Xi expressed his pleasure in meeting President Võ, who is making his first visit to China since assuming office. He extended a warm welcome and asked President Võ to convey his sincere greetings to Nguyen Phu Trong, the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam.

The relationship between China and Vietnam is complex and multifaceted. Despite historical conflicts, the countries have developed a strong trade relationship. China is Vietnam’s largest trading partner, and Vietnam is China’s second-largest trading partner in ASEAN.

In their meeting, both leaders agreed to uphold the principles of mutual consultation, joint construction, and shared benefits. They plan to take full advantage of their geographical proximity and complementary industries to accelerate the alignment of the Belt and Road Initiative with the “Two Corridors and One Economic Circle” plan. This collaboration aims to better serve their respective developments and benefit the people of both countries.

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Apple’s CEO Tim Cook Meets China’s Commerce Minister In Beijing

On October 18, China’s commerce minister Wang Wentao met with Apple’s Chief Executive Tim Cook in Beijing, and discussed Apple’s development in China and also the Sino-US trade relationship, the statement by the Chinese commerce ministry said.

Tough US export controls on advanced technology are targeted to make it hard for Chinese firms such as Huawei to produce models that can match the iPhone, the launch in August of Huawei’s sell-out Mate 60 Pro phone, which contained advanced Chinese-made chips, suggested Tim Cook to visit China. Actually, it is Cook’s second trip to China in 2023, and in March he said Apple had a “symbiotic” relationship with China, a key manufacturing base.

Minister Wang Wentao highlights that China welcomes Apple, along with multinational companies, to benefit from the country’s market and engage in “win-win development.”

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IAEA Invites China To Join The Radioactive Test Around Fukushima Nuclear Plant

On October 16, The IAEA invited scientists from Japan, China, South Korea and Canada to jointly collect seawater samples around the Fukushima nuclear plant, their efforts are expected to contribute further transparency to Japan’s sea monitoring promise.

The IAEA organized team will visit Japan through Oct. 23, and they also collect samples of seabed sediment and fish, to compare the levels of tritium and other radioactive substances from those taken last year, according to Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority.

According to monitoring by the Japanese authorities, plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Company,

no abnormal levels of tritium and other radioactive substances have been detected in seawater or fish samples collected from around the nuclear plant until Sept. 11, the IAEA will compare the results of the tests to check whether and how much the outcome of the Japanese test is trustworthy.

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