Every week, the Foreign Ministry has to parry questions from journalists on a wide array of issues, some of which have little to do with foreign affairs.Wednesday, 22 December, 2010, 12:00am
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Watch: Bulgari Diagono and Cartier Tank Francaise.
Shoes: Tod's.25 Mar 2007 - 12:00am
Foreign Ministry Commissioner Yang Wenchang is expected to retire later this month and will be succeeded by Vice-Foreign Minister Lu Xinhua .
A formal announcement of the departure of Mr Yang, who took up the post of Hong Kong commissioner two weeks after the 500,000-strong march against national security legislation in July 2003, is likely to be made this week.13 Feb 2006 - 12:00am
In yesterday's report on Vice-Premier Qian Qichen's interview with the South China Morning Post, it was incorrectly stated that the central Government has no veto power over any change in the method of election of the Chief Executive. In fact, any changes to the way the Chief Executive is elected have to be approved by the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress.27 Jun 2002 - 12:00am
Hong Kong's most popular civil servant usually puts on one of her more colourful outfits when she attends a distinguished gathering to make a big speech.20 Apr 2001 - 12:00am
Mr Jiang surprised 630 society guests and dignitaries by staging an impromptu sing-along.
After delivering a keynote speech warning against subversion, and urging support for Macau's Chief Executive, the President struck a lighter note.21 Dec 2000 - 12:00am
Vice-Premier Qian Qichen said the recent mania in Hong Kong for Internet shares showed there were some elements of a bubble economy.
'Too much speculation will make it into a bubble,' he said.
But he was optimistic there would be no great impact at the moment.6 Mar 2000 - 12:00am
GRUMBLINGS at Beijing University, where Vice-Premier Qian Qichen last week took up the post of Dean of the Faculty of International Relations.
While most staff and students welcomed the move, some professors complained about double standards.9 Jan 2000 - 12:00am
In yesterday's story on the return of the ashes of victims of the embassy bombing in Belgrade, Qian Qichen was incorrectly identified as foreign minister. His title is Vice-Premier.14 May 1999 - 12:00am
Vice-Premier Qian Qichen will pay a lightning visit to Macau on Friday to attend the first session of the 200-member Selection Committee that will pick the post-handover leader on May 15.21 Apr 1999 - 12:00am
Portuguese President Jorge Sampaio arrives in Macau today for a five-day visit, his second since taking office in 1996 and possibly his last before the handover on December 19.
He will meet Vice-Premier Qian Qichen at the Praia Grande Macau Government Palace tomorrow morning.
They are expected to discuss outstanding transition issues.18 Mar 1999 - 12:00am
Vice-Premier Qian Qichen told US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright that the court row is at an end.
'Qian explained that the situation had in many ways been resolved,' Ms Albright said.
But she warned the United States would continue to observe developments in Hong Kong.3 Mar 1999 - 12:00am
Vice Premier Qian Qichen has urged the tourist industry to improve services to contribute more to economic growth, the Economic Daily reported yesterday. Output value of the tourism sector would account for 5 per cent of gross domestic product by 2000, compared with 4 per cent now, Mr Qian said.28 Mar 1998 - 12:00am
Vice-premier Qian Qichen pledged to help increase the numbers of mainlanders visiting Hong Kong. He said preparations were under way, but did not give details.
The news was a boost for tourism chiefs who are visiting Beijing in an effort to help the flagging industry.26 Mar 1998 - 12:00am
Only a few years ago it would have been inconceivable for Qian Qichen to declare he was too old to continue as Foreign Minister. But times have changed in China. While Mr Qian looks younger than his 69 years and has worked wonders in rebuilding Beijing's international image, even he can not escape the rejuvenation process the mainland leadership is undergoing.18 Mar 1998 - 12:00am