Premier meets with US Vice President CheneyChinese Premier Wen Jiabao (R) meets with United States Vice President Richard Bruce Cheney in Washington Dec. 9.
Premier Wen meets with GreenspanChinese Premier Wen Jiabao (L) meets with Alan Greenspan, chairman of the United States Federal Reserve, in Washington Dec. 9.
Sichuan to send 100,000 housemaids to Beijing, GuangdongHousemaids-to-be learn how to tend a baby at a training center in southwest China's Sichuan Province, Dec. 9, 2003. Under an agreement reached between Sichuan and household service cpmpanies in Beijing and south China's Guangdong Province, Sichuan will send 100,000 housemaids to Beijing and cities in Guangdong Province in the near future. All the housemaids are required to receive professional training at the center. (Xinhua)
Premier visits General Electric CompanyChinese Premier Wen Jiabao visits General Electric Company in New York Dec. 8. (Xinhua Photo)
100-year-old maidenhair tree in Ningbo Students do a setting-up exercise, called "Rabbit", around a 100-year-old maidenhair tree during a break at a school in Ningbo, a seaport in east China's Zhejiang Province, Dec. 8, 2003. (Xinhua)
Canadian kindergarten teacher in FuzhouAndrea June Routleg from Canada, now a teacher in China, plays with children at a kindergarten in Fuzhou, capital of southeast China's Fujian Province, Dec. 8, 2003. Routleg, a graduate from Canadian Performing Art School, came to Fuzhou a year ago. Nowadays, more and more foreigners stay and work here. (Xinhua)
Kor Shou Liang in a car promotionFamous Hong Kong entertainer Kor Shouliang (Orr Sau Leung) promotes a new type of car at Lujiazui in Shanghai, Dec. 7, 2003. Orr Sau Leung died in Shanghai on Dec. 9, 2003. The cause of his death is still uncertain. (Xinhua)
Chinese pair win men's three-meter springboard diving at MWGChinese Peng Bo (3rd L) and Liu Junhong (2nd L) beat their Russian counterparts, winning golds of men's three-meter springboard diving on December 8 at the Third Military World Games held in Catania, Italy. (Xinhua)
New tanker launched in GuangzhouA tanker is launched at a port in Guangzhou, the capital city of South China's Guangdong Province, December 9, 2003. "Xingchi,''is one of the five tankers built by a local company. The tanker has a dead weight capacity of around 40,000 tons. [Xinhua]
Bush holds welcome ceremony for Chinese premierPremier Wen Jiabao (R) and US President George W. Bush review US troops during a welcome ceremony at the White House in Washington D.C., Dec. 9, 2003.
Famous Hong Kong actor Kor Shou Liang diedFamous Hong Kong entertainer Kor Shou Liang speaks to reporters during a process of a commercial film at Lujiazui in Shanghai, Dec. 7, 2003. Orr Sau Leung died in Shanghai on Dec. 9, 2003. The cause of his death is still uncertain. (Xinhua)
'Snow Whites' in Harbin to promote ice and snow festival Models dressed up as Snow White pose in front of a snow sculpture on the Taiyang Island near Harbin, capital of northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, Dec. 9, 2003. The models were here to promote the annual Ice and Snow Festival to be held on the Taiyang Island. (Xinhua)
US president meets Chinese premierPremier Wen Jiabao (L) shakes hands with US President George W. Bush during a meeting at the White House in Washington D.C., Dec. 9, 2003.
Bush, Wen hold press conferenceUS President George W. Bush listens as China's Premier Wen Jiabao (L) makes a point during remarks to the international press in the Oval Office of the White House, December 9, 2003. [Reuters]
China's UN peacekeeping forces leave for Liberia The first batch of China's peacekeeping forces for Liberia attend a departure ceremony in Beijing Dec. 9, 2003. 60 conveying members of China's peacekeeping forces for Liberia, left Beijing Tuesday, marking China's biggest participation in UN peacekeeping mission, in which 550 Chinese soldiers and officers will keep peace in the war-torn Liberia. (Xinhua)
Bush holds welcome ceremony for Chinese premier (3)Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (left) and U.S. President Bush shake hands as they take part in state arrival ceremonies, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2003, on the South Lawn of the White House. [AP]
Japanese government approves plan to send SDF to IraqJapanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi explains Japan's plan to dispatch troops to Iraq at a news conference at the Prime Minister's official residence in Tokyo December 9, 2003. The Japanese government approved on Tuesday a basic plan on the dispatch of the Self-defense Forces to Iraq. (Xinhua)
Bush holds welcome ceremony for Chinese premier (2)Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (left) and US President Bush shake hands as they take part in state arrival ceremonies, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2003, on the South Lawn of the White House.
Bush holds welcome ceremony for Chinese premier (1)Premier Wen Jiabao (L) and US President George W. Bush look on during a welcome ceremony for Wen at the White House in Washington D.C., Dec. 9, 2003.
Japan sanctions plan to dispatch SDF to Iraq Troops of Japan's Ground Self-defense Force (GSDF) performing during an inspection parade in Tokyo. The Japanese government sanctioned a basic plan on the dispatch of the Self-defense Forces (SDF) to Iraq Dec. 9, 2003. A total of about 1,000 troops from the ground, navy and air forces are expected to be involved. GSDF will carry heavy equipment, including recoilless guns and armored vehicles. It would be the first time that SDF troops carry such powerful weapons for an overseas mission. (Xiunhua)