China successfully launches third manned spaceflight; China releases White Paper on “Protection and Development of Tibetan Culture;” PM Singh meets Wen Jiabao in New York; Wen to Ban ki-moon: Poverty a major cause of global instability
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  • China successfully launched its third manned spacecraft Shenzhou-7 from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in northwest Gansu Province1. President Hu Jintao congratulated the country’s space scientists and the three taikonauts on the successful launch2.

    The Information Office of China’s State Council issued a White Paper on “Protection and Development of Tibetan Culture” to assist in a better understanding of the steps being taken to protect and develop Tibetan culture. The Paper strongly refutes the allegations of “cultural genocide” in Tibet and mostly highlights the developmental plans and programmes of the Chinese government in the region3.

    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met with his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao on the sidelines of the UNGA in New York. The Chinese Premier called on developing countries to join hands in seeking development together, which will have significant influence on the world. PM Singh stated that India and China were not rivals, but strategic cooperative partners and added that developing friendly relations with China was one of the priorities of Indian foreign policy4.

    Chinese Vice-President Xi Jinping urged government officials to sincerely implement the concept of “Scientific Outlook on Development.” As per the Chinese Communist Party (CPC) ethos, the concept is a guiding principle for China’s economic and social development started by the CPC in 2003 and written into the constitution during the 17th National Congress in 20075.

    On the sidelines of UNGA meeting, Premier Wen Jiabao also met with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Both the leaders discussed various issues, including the current economic and financial conditions of the World. Wen reiterated that “poverty” was a major factor causing regional and global instability6.