Korean media: the level of the delegation of the talks to the head of the talks

China News Service February 14th North Korea and South Korea held a second round of high-level talks on the 14th. The DPRK News Agency reported the news in a timely manner, publicized the full text of the “Joint Report” published by the Korean Empire, and emphasized the DPRK A “Declaration of the National Defense Commission” was sent. The Yonhap commented that the DPRK first mentioned the level of the delegation and intended to emphasize that the high-level talks were held between the highest resolution agencies of the ROK.

The Korean Central News Agency reported that high-level contacts between the DPRK and the ROK were held on the Korean side of the Panmunjom on the 12th and 14th.

A delegation of the Korean National Defense Commission headed by the Deputy Minister of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea, Yuan Dongyuan, and the chief representative of the National Security Office of the Qingwatai National Security Office, Jin Kuixian Members of the delegation participated in the contact.

The two sides reaffirmed the will to open a new turn for national unity, peace and prosperity and self-unification by improving relations between the DPRK and the ROK, and conducted serious consultations on a series of DPRK-ROK relations and issued a joint communiqué. The full text of the communique is as follows:

Joint Gazette

North Korea and South Korea held high-level contacts at the Panmunjom on February 12 and 14, 2014, and reached the following Consensus:

First, the two sides decided to hold separate family members as scheduled;

Second, in order to enhance mutual understanding and trust, the two sides decided to stop the shackles against each other;

Third, the two sides decided to continue to negotiate issues of mutual concern and make active efforts to develop North Korea-South Korea relations.

Both parties will hold high-level contacts on the basis of their choice.

The Yonhap commented that this was the first time North Korea mentioned the level of the delegation. The National Defense Commission is the highest authority of North Korea. The analysis believes that the reason why the DPRK emphasizes the level of the delegation is to indicate to South Korea that the Qingwatai consultation target is the DPRK National Defense Commission, and on the other hand, it is intended to emphasize that the high-level talks are in Korea. Between the highest resolution agencies.

Responsible Editor: Zhang Yang

US Secretary of State’s fifth Asian tour will visit China and South Korea

China News Service, February 13th Comprehensive report, US Secretary of State Kerry today opened the fifth Asian tour in a year. He will visit South Korea, China, Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates to discuss a range of bilateral, regional and global issues with local officials. However, Kerry’s trip did not plan to visit his allies, Japan, which caused concern. Japanese diplomats worry that after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to the Yasukuni Shrine, the United States intends to ignore the “disobedient allies”. In the Asia-Pacific policy, the United States is trying to balance.

Through the signal of China’s peaceful development

The US State Department recently announced that Secretary of State Kerry will be in China, South Korea, Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates from February 13 Make an access. This is the fifth time that Kerry has visited Asia in a year. He is expected to pass on the information that the United States welcomes China’s peaceful development during his visit to China.

US State Department Spokesman Psaki said in a statement that Kerry will visit the four countries from the 13th to the 18th of this month. In April this year, US President Barack Obama will also visit Asia to promote his strategy of transferring the US strategic center to Asia announced in 2011.

Psaki said that Kerry will meet with senior government officials during a visit to Seoul, Beijing, Jakarta and Abu Dhabi to discuss a series of bilateral, regional and international issues.

Kerry’s visit to China is the second time he has been in Beijing since he took office. Psaki said that Kerry will send a message to China, that is, the United States is committed to seeking a positive, cooperative and comprehensive relationship with China, and welcomes China’s peace and prosperity, while playing an active role in international affairs. In addition, Kerry will discuss North Korea with Chinese officials and emphasize the importance of cooperation between China and the United States in the field of climate change and clean energy.

During his stay in Korea, Kerry will “explore how to expand US-South Korea cooperation in regional and international affairs, while continuing to work closely on the North Korean issue. ”

Asia-Pacific travels around Japan to attract attention

There is no Japan on the list of Kerry’s Asia-Pacific trips, which has attracted public attention in Japan. Against the backdrop of the downturn in East Asian relations, Japanese diplomats worry that Kerry’s trip to Japan will have a major blow to Japan’s diplomacy. Especially after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited the Yasukuni Shrine in December last year, Kerry’s move “should seem to reflect dissatisfaction with Japan”.

According to US media analysis, in general, US high-ranking officials visit China and South Korea, and Japan is usually in the process of visiting. However, Kerry’s trip to Asia has excluded Japan, which is quite unusual. Some commentators also believe that after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to the Yasukuni Shrine, Kerry’s move seems to be intentionally “cold down” in Japan.

In addition, Japanese Foreign Minister Kenichi Kishida was absent from the parliamentary deliberation and strongly requested to visit the United States and Kerry. One of the main purposes of the talks between Kishida and Kerry is to repair the gap between Japan and the United States formed by Abe’s visit to the Yasukuni Shrine. During the talks, although Kerry did not directly talk about the issue of visiting the Yasukuni Shrine, he went straight to the ground and asked Kishida to express specific measures to improve Japan-ROK relations.

The Japanese media therefore believes that the bank’s trip has not achieved the goal of restoring mutual trust. Judging from the overall situation of the talks, the impact of Abe’s visit to the Yasukuni Shrine has not been eliminated.

Although the United States clarified that Kerry’s non-Visit Japan does not mean tension between the US and Japan, and stressed that Japan is still a key ally of the United States, but in the context of Abe’s disappointment, China and South Korea’s dissatisfaction Japan’s right-winging head is still growing and growing, and it has also caused concern in the United States. The US State Department rarely issued a statement, bluntly speaking to Abe’s move “disappointment”; this time Kerry bypassed Japan, no doubt let the outside world guess whether Japan-US relations are better. The US “Wall Street Journal” pointed out that Washington has doubts about Abe’s political judgment.

At the same time, the Japanese media also have doubts about the US “turning to the Asia-Pacific” strategy. Although Kerry and visiting Japanese Foreign Minister Kishida Kendon met, he vowed that the United States will abide by the “Japan-US Security Treaty” to protect Japan’s security from external attacks, but considering the Obama administration’s sharp cuts in defense spending, “return” The Asia-Pacific region has not seen the real chapter, and the Japanese media have questioned whether the United States can provide protection for Japan at a crucial moment.

US Asia Pacific Policy is Tested

Before Kerry’s trip to Asia, he was criticized for focusing his work in the Middle East. And neglecting the US’s Asian allies, this runs counter to Obama’s rebalancing strategy of “returning to Asia”.

Last October, Obama was absent from the APEC Leaders’ Informal Meeting in Bali, Indonesia, and the US — Asia-Pacific Summit and East Asia Summit in Brunei due to the US government’s budget crisis. Presented by Kride. This has once again challenged the United States’ commitment to shift its strategic focus to Asia.

In December last year, US Vice President Biden also visited Japan, China and South Korea. However, the analysis said that Kerry wants to change the perception of most Asians and believes that the US’s strategy of returning to Asia is “unknown” and has to redouble its efforts.

Some comments have noted that in Obama’s State of the Union address report, there has been no direct mention of “turning to Asia” (Pivot to Asia), and despiteIt said that it would “support the allies in the Asia-Pacific region and create a safer and more prosperous future”, but did not propose any specific measures. The US’s “turning to the Asia-Pacific” policy seems to be just a castle-like vision in the air.

US foreign policy expert, Columbia University professor Hilstein · Norwich analysis believes that “turning to Asia” is one of the main reasons for the decline is that the United States find it difficult to gather allies in the Asia-Pacific region. Power, which is very different from its original design.

Under the increasingly tense Sino-Japanese relationship and the prominence of the DPRK nuclear issue, there is an analysis that Kerry’s trip to Asia is intended to emphasize that the United States has not forgotten the “Asia-Pacific rebalancing strategy”.

The analysis pointed out that Kerry’s visit to China also has a willingness to balance US relations with China and Japan. White House deputy national security adviser Ben · Rhodes has said that the US and China leaders are likely to meet at the nuclear summit in The Hague in the Netherlands in March, the White House will give priority to Obama’s meeting with Chinese leaders during the meeting. Therefore, I believe that Kerry’s trip is also to a large extent for the upcoming US-China summit meeting “

In addition, how to mediate Japan-Korea relations will also become the goal of Kerry’s trip. The US believes that in order to deal with the North Korean nuclear issue, the cooperation between Japan, the United States and South Korea is indispensable; Japan and the United States must also gain South Korea’s understanding of strengthening defense cooperation. Japan and South Korea, both of which are US allies, have interrupted the dialogue and cast a shadow over the US policy of shifting military strategic priorities to the Asia-Pacific region. Japan-ROK relations must be moderated.

However, contrary to the US will, there is still no sign of improvement in Japan-Korea relations. Still in the United States, the United States, perhaps deeply scrupulous, may be trying to pass Kerry’s trip, appease South Korea, bridge the contradiction between Japan and South Korea, and repair the cooperation between the United States, Japan and South Korea. (End)

Responsible Editor: Zhu Malie

A thrilling scene in Blizzard, Tokyo, Japan: Shibuya Shrine Ski Resort (Photos)

The Tokyo Blizzard Thrilling Scene: The Shibuya Shrine Ski Resort (Photo)

Japan has faced a rare snowstorm in 45 years, and people have witnessed many people meeting in front of the Shibuya station in Tokyo.

Japanese people skiing in front of the Shibuya in Tokyo, and arguing with trucks.

China News Service February 15th According to Taiwan’s “Today’s News” reported that Japan’s Pacific coast violent snow raging, causing rare snowstorms, power outages and traffic chaos, resulting in three deaths and more than 680 injuries About 17,000 households have blackouts.

In addition to the 45-year record of snow in Tokyo, the blizzard began in Osaka on the 14th. The entire Kanto and Kansai areas were covered by heavy snow, and traffic was blocked.

However, there were Japanese people who hit and took many photos, and snowstormed in bad weather conditions. Many people in the lively Tokyo Shibuya on weekdays, with skis and equipment in front of the station. As a giant skiing arena, the high-speed skiing of the trucks next to the trucks is rampant in the streets of Tokyo, making people feel cold and sweaty.

Responsible Editor: Wu Yuanchun

The United States continues to conduct “double-reverse” investigations on Chinese crystalline silicon photovoltaic products

Beijing Broadcasting Network, Beijing, February 15 (Reporter Chai Hua) According to Voice of China, “National News Network” reported that the US International Trade Commission recently ruled that crystalline silicon photovoltaic products imported from China and Taiwan will be The US government will continue to conduct a “double-reverse” investigation.

According to the US Department of Commerce, the amount of such products imported by the United States from China and Taiwan in 2012 was $2.1 billion and $510 million, respectively, and the amount involved was huge.

Four members of the US International Trade Commission who participated in the survey believe that there are indications that products in mainland China and Taiwan are sold in the United States at below-fair prices, causing substantial damage to related industries in the United States. .

It is understood that the investigation was initiated in response to a complaint from the US branch of the German photovoltaic giant Solar World. Previously, the US Department of Commerce ruled in 2012 that it would impose an anti-dumping duty of 18.32% to 249.96% on Chinese crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells and components, and a countervailing duty of more than 14%.

Zhao Yuwen, director of the Photovoltaic Professional Committee of the China Renewable Energy Society, said that the survey included Taiwan, China, and the targeting was obvious:

Zhao Yuwen: Because we are responding to the US double-reverse (investigation When it does not include Taiwan, so our components can pass through a channel like Taiwan.

Obviously, for some companies that choose to buy parts and components in Taiwan, they will also be affected.

Fan Zhenhua, a lawyer representative of PV companies: According to the last US double-reverse ruling, it was also considered that the use of Taiwan (region) batteries for export to the United States was not subject to the original double-reverse investigation. At the same time, it does not violate the current determination of the rules of origin.

The Ministry of Commerce has repeatedly stated that it hopes that the US government will abide by its commitment to oppose trade protectionism, jointly safeguard a free, open and fair international trade environment, and properly handle trade frictions in a more rational way. The US Solar Industry Association has repeatedly warned that the US levy “double anti-” tariffs will harm the interests of downstream companies in the US solar industry.

Responsible Editor: Zhao Yanlong

The roof of a resort in South Korea collapsed. More than 100 people were injured in 10 people.

The roof of a resort in South Korea collapsed and 10 people were killed and more than 100 people were injured

A roof collapse in a resort in South Korea

According to a report by the Korean media on February 18, the celebration in Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea The roof of the stadium at Mauna Ocean Resort suddenly collapsed, killing nine college students and one celebration company employee, and injuring more than 100 people. At the time of the incident, more than 500 students from Busan University of Foreign Languages ​​held a welcome ceremony for the new students at the resort gym.

After the incident, the Qingbei firefighting authorities quickly dispatched firefighters to carry out rescue work. However, due to the serious snow on the scene of the accident and the location of the incident in the high-altitude mountainous areas, the rescue work encountered many difficulties. According to police speculation, due to excessive snowstorms on the roof, the roof could not bear the weight of the snow and collapsed. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

The Korea Central Disaster Safety Countermeasures Headquarters said on the 18th that the relevant departments are investigating the causes of the collapse of the stadium roof and the defects of the stadium facilities. Major government departments such as the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Health and Welfare, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport have cooperated to do a good job in the investigation of accidents and accidents.

Responsible Editor: Liu Yang

The US Court of Justice does not openly hear the arson suspects in the San Francisco consulate

People’s Daily Online, San Francisco, February 14 (Li Mu) On February 14, local time, the US Federal Court of Northern California District Court held a private trial of Feng Yanfeng, a suspect in the arson of the San Francisco Consulate General.

In the five cases heard by Judge Elisabeth · Laporte, the arson of the San Francisco Consulate General is still at the end.

People’s Daily reporter saw in the gallery that Feng Yanfeng, a suspect with his ankle, was brought into court by two security personnel and stood with the Chinese translation station. The judge then routinely asked the suspect’s name and age. Unlike the previous trials, Feng Yanfeng answered it directly in clear English today.

The suspect’s public defense lawyer, Steve Kollal, then summoned a witness. The witness was a white woman, aged 40, who handed a stack of thick written materials to the lawyer and presented it to the judge. The defense lawyer then requested the judge to conduct a private hearing and was approved. The audience in the gallery was asked to leave the court. About 10 minutes later, the trial ended, the suspect’s defense lawyer Steve · Kolar went out of court, looked serious and refused any interview.

According to the People’s Daily reporter, the suspect Feng Yanfeng is still in the pre-trial detention hearing stage. At this stage, the judge is required to decide whether to formally detain the suspect or approve his bail application and to set a specific amount of bail.

Responsible Editor: Zhu Malie

The new reference to China’s “Maritime Silk Road” attracts international attention

China News Service, Beijing, February 14th Since the Chinese leaders proposed the construction of the Maritime Silk Road in October last year, international public opinion immediately became interested in this new formulation. On the 12th of this month, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs described this concept as “strengthening maritime connectivity and developing the marine economy”. Some foreign media have described this concept as “China wants to “repackage” in the world market.”

The website of Japan’s “Diplomatic Scholar” magazine published Shannon &middot on the 13th local time. According to a signed article by Tijezi, at first, “the Maritime Silk Road” was specifically proposed by China for ASEAN. However, during the meeting between senior officials of China and Sri Lanka, this concept was also put forward, revealing a more ambitious idea.

In October last year, Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered a speech during his visit to Indonesia, saying that Southeast Asia has been an important hub of the Maritime Silk Road since ancient times. China is willing to strengthen maritime cooperation with ASEAN countries to jointly build the 21st century “Marine Silk Road”.

Tijezi pointed out that “the Maritime Silk Road” will have both diplomatic and economic significance. As far as specific measures are concerned, “the Maritime Silk Road” requires China and its partners to jointly build offshore infrastructure, especially ports. Since this concept has been officially extended to Sri Lanka, China can further advance westward while strengthening cooperation with ASEAN.

The Sri Lankan Broadcasting Corporation reported on the 14th that the “Maritime Silk Road” discussed during the recent meeting between the senior and middle-level leaders was crucial for bilateral economic and trade exchanges. Sri Lanka’s economic growth in 2014 is expected to be 7.5%. In order to achieve this goal, Sri Lanka must strengthen economic and trade exchanges with China, India and Japan.

The Indian media also paid close attention to the fact that China and Sri Lanka agreed to jointly build the Maritime Silk Road. The Hindu newspaper said that although the specific measures for cooperation are still under discussion, this decision will undoubtedly enhance the relationship between China and Sri Lanka.

The article also raises a question, “Whether the Maritime Silk Road will squeeze India’s strategic space”. The report did not answer positively. Instead, it quoted a speech by the spokesperson of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “The reason why China proposed to build the Maritime Silk Road is to explore the unique values ​​and concepts of the ancient Silk Road. The Chinese side is completely open-minded in this regard and welcomes other countries to make good suggestions for this. ”

Tijezi also pointed out in the article that “the Maritime Silk Road” is similar to the “Silk Road Economic Belt”, which extends from China to the west. Central Asian countries. These two concepts reflect the historical origin of China as a major economic power and fully conform to the theme of national rejuvenation proposed by Xi Jinping. Together, it portrays China as a rising regional power, trying to expand its economic dominance to Iran, and even Eastern Europe. China’s investment in the onshore and maritime Silk Road will bring economic benefits to all countries involved.

Responsible Editor: Zhang Yang

Nepal has 18 people confirmed the crash. The passengers on the plane are already killed.

Zhongxin.com, Kathmandu, February 16 (Reporter Fu Yongkang) On the afternoon of the 16th local time, Nepal Airlines’ small passenger plane carrying 18 people lost contact after taking off shortly. Then there was reliable news that the plane It has crashed in Agho County, south-central Nepal, and no survivors have yet been discovered.

The wrecked aircraft is part of Nepal Airlines and is a small passenger aircraft with a crew and passengers on board, including a child and a foreign citizen. The specific nationality has not been verified. .

The aircraft took off from the famous tourist city of Pokhara in Nepal at 12:43 local time. After 13:13, it lost contact with aviation management. The airline then sent a helicopter to search and rescue. In the case of the residents of Agho County, the local authorities heard loud noises. (End)

Responsible Editor: Zhao Yanlong

The illicit opium poppy cultivation area in Laos fell for the first time in recent years

According to the latest data released by the Lao National Narcotics Control Board, the area of ​​illicit opium poppy cultivation in Laos fell by 1,000 to 1,100 hectares in 2013 compared to the previous year, which is the first time in recent years.

According to local media reports, helicopter and satellite surveys show that the area of ​​illicit opium poppy concealed in the jungles of northern Laos in 2013 was around 3,900 to 4,000 hectares, compared with about 5,000 hectares in 2012.

Although Laos has declared a total ban on poppy cultivation, illicit opium poppy cultivation has not completely disappeared. According to estimates, between 2008 and 2012, illicit opium poppy cultivation area was 1,600 hectares, 1,900 hectares, 3,000 hectares, 4,100 hectares and 5,000 hectares.

Laos and UN anti-drug agency officials told local media that the main reason for the decline in illicit opium poppy cultivation in 2013 was the strong supervision of the Laotian government on illegal cultivation and the promotion of alternative crops.

Despite a decline in opium poppy cultivation last year, local media estimate that there are still about 14,000 to 15,000 opium smokers in 10 provinces in northern Laos. (Reporter Rong Zhongxia Fan Yan)

Responsible Editor: Zhang Yang

Thai protesters surrounded the government building to protest police “clearing” action

China News Service February 17th According to foreign media reports, on the 17th, Bangkok’s Thai anti-government protesters surrounded the seat of the Thai government, the Thai police tried to “clear the field”, so that the Thai caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck can The action back to his office office protested.

Thousands of demonstrators protested in front of the Thai government office building to protest. Protesters built sandbag walls in front of a gate in the government building and poured cement upwards.

The protest leader said in a speech that the protesters will not let the Yingluck government return to work in the office, “Indira will never have another chance to work in the government building.”

Because anti-government protesters have occupied the offices of several government agencies, many civil servants are unable to work properly. Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck has been unable to enter the government building for about two months, but can only hold meetings at various locations in Bangkok, Thailand.

On the 14th, the Thai police began operations and gathered at various anti-government gatherings in Bangkok to require demonstrators to leave public places in order to allow civil servants to work properly and to restore the blocked avenues.

According to reports, the police succeeded in “recovering” a major boulevard in Bangkok, and the authorities said they would take back other locations occupied by anti-government protesters.

Responsible Editor: Ge Peng