China, Switzerland vow to further bilateral tiesChinese President Hu Jintao (R) meets with Pascal Couchepin, president of the Swiss Confederation, in Beijing Nov. 20, 2003. (Xinhua)
China International Travel Fair opend in KunmingA visitor from Singapore draws colorful paintings on a Chinese girl's wrist at the opening ceremony of 2003 China International Travel Fair in Kunming, capital of southwest China's Yunnan Province Nov. 20, 2003. The travel fair opened here on Thursday, attracting some 10,000 participants from 49 countries and regions around the world. (Xinhua)
UNEP announces 2003 recipients of Sasakawa Environment PrizeXie Zhenhua (L), minister of China's State Environmental Protection Administration, and Denor Giovanini of Brazil, who has worked to curb illegal trafficking in wildlife, pose for photographers in New York on Nov. 19, 2003. Both of them were awarded the 2003 Sasakawa Environment Prize by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan at a ceremony held here Wednesday. (Xinhua)
China to Issue 60 Billion Yuan in Treasury Bonds People queue to buy treasury bonds in a branch of the Nanjing Commercial Bank in Nanjing, capital of East China's Jiangsu Province, Nov. 20, 2003. The fourth phase of treasury bonds, valued at 60 billion yuan (US$7.25 billion), was issued by the Ministry of Finance as the products were launched on Thursday . The bonds have become a favourite for customers, since they have the same interest rates as bank deposits but are exempt from income tax charges. [newsphoto)
Chinese men claim first win at volleyball World Cup Asian runners-up China swept Egypt 3-0 in Hiroshima on Thursday to claim their first win at the 2003 men's volleyball World Cup.
Five explosions rock IstanbulSmoke rises above the Istanbul skyline after a series of explosions rocked the Turkish commercial capital Istanbul November 20, 2003, one destroying part of the HSBC Bank headquarters and a second hitting the British consulate. [Reuters]