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China Daily Video News:November 30
[ 2007-11-30 19:08 ]


China: Sarkozy in the Middle Kingdom

French President Nicolas Sarkozy visited China earlier this week.

He had what was described as "frank and friendly" talks with President Hu Jintao, reaching a consensus on a wide range of issues.

They also released a joint declaration on climate change, the first of its kind between China and another country.

During Sarkozy's visit, France and China signed $30 billion worth of trade deals, including aircraft and nuclear reactors.

Sarkozy was not only in Beijing, but also in Shanghai and Xi'an.

Australia: New prime minister

This week Australia elected a new Prime Minister, the Labor Party's 50-year-old Kevin Rudd.

He replaced the Liberal party's 68-year-old John Howard who had ruled the country for 11 years.

In the lead up to the election Rudd promised to pull Australian troops out of Iraq and ratify the Kyoto Protocol.

In addition he promised to conduct an education revolution, installing Internet broadband nationwide and providing one computer per student in each classroom.

Rudd is conversant in Mandarin, previously worked at the Australian embassy in Beijing.

China: Lunar probe's first moon photo

China's first lunar orbiter, Chang'e I has sent back its first photographs of the moon.

Premier Wen Jiabao unveiled the image at the Beijing Aerospace Control Center.

He hailed it as a major step in the Chinese people's "1,000-year-old dream"of exploring the moon.

The black-and-white pictures clearly show a rough surface scattered with craters.

The picture covers an area roughly half the size of the United Kingdom.

Within one year China aims to present a detailed comprehensive map of the moon.

China: Lord of the rings

People in different parts of China are showing their enthusiasm for the upcoming Beijing Olympic Games in different ways.

Meng Jie, from the northeast Heilongjiang Province, has found his own way.

Meng Jie has been on the road for more than four weeks now, touring China with his bicycle. But it's not just like any other two-wheeler.

He has incorporated the Olympic rings onto his bike. And whenever he rides it, his invention has caught a lot of attention.

"I hear people saying 'the Olympic rings' in various dialects during my tour across the country. The students are most receptive to the Olympic rings on my bike."

Meng says his colorful contraption demonstrates the three concepts of the Beijing Games. First, riding bikes is environmentally friendly; second, the design shows innovation; and third, the hand-and-foot pedaling is hi-tech.

When he rides, Meng can use both hands and feet to move the bicycle forward. And he's become so good at it that people call him the human puma.

After Meng completes his China tour, he plans to present his bike to the International Olympic Committee – though whether or not they accept it to become another event in the Olympics remains to be seen.

China: Young Author visits Beijing

A 10-year-old author arrived in Beijing on the last stop of her Asian tour that included Hong Kong and Ho Chi Minh City.

Adora Svitak is Amecian-Chinese and she visited the International School of Beijing, sharing her writing experiences and teaching students how to write.

Svitak began writing stories at the age of four. Her collection of stories and poetry was published in a book called "Flying Fingers" when she was seven. The stories she writes are a variety of genres, from fantasy adventure to historical fiction. She gets ideas from both real life and the books she reads.

ADORA: For instance if I look around me, then maybe my chair could be an inspiration. I could say, "Oh the arms are colored black color so I could think of a funeral."And so maybe I could have a funeral scene. Or it could be a mystery story. Just that quick inspiration i am able to get. I'm also inspired by books if they are, not only the layout and the way they look, but also the things within them.

Svitak first caught the media's attention when she was seven. Since then people like ABC anchor Diane Sawyer and Oprah Winfrey have interviewed the young writer.

But the literary prodigy is unfazed by the exposure she gets and prefers to think of it as a medium to spread her love of reading and writing.

ADORA: Besides reading and writing, my goal is also to spread the love of reading and writing, and the media is helping me do this. So it is helping me accomplish my goal while I still balance it with doing my own reading and writing.

In the future Svitak hopes to win a Nobel Prize in Literature. While her ambitions may be lofty, she will be a successful writer thanks to her growing legions of fans around the world.

(英语点津 Celene 编辑)

About the broadcaster:

Bernice Chan is a foreign expert at China Daily Website. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Bernice has written for newspapers and magazines in Hong Kong and most recently worked as a broadcaster for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, producing current affairs shows and documentaries.

Brendan is an Australian who has been involved in education and writing for over a decade. He has been published most recently for the Tiger Airways Inflight magazine, The Bangkok Post, The Taipei Times and Japan's Hiroshima Outside Magazine. He holds a Masters Degree in Community Development and Management and has resided in China for over 3 years.


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