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    German Chancellor in China to Strengthen Trade Ties


    by NTDTelevision

    Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao welcomed German Chancellor Angela Merkel to Beijing on Thursday, as Germany and other Euro zone nations seek a solution to Europe’s sovereign debt crisis. Wen's opening remarks focused on the success of the economic co-operation between the two countries was having globally.

    [Wen Jiabao, Chinese Premier]:
    "China and Germany have, on electric automobiles, small and medium enterprises, vocational training, standardization and other areas, made important progress."

    Trade between the China and Germany reached 180 billion US dollars last year. This is double that of five years ago, and looks to increase to 280 billion dollars by 2015. Still, the Euro zone crisis and the Chinese economic slowdown are not far off the leaders’ minds.

    [Wen Jiabao, Chinese Premier]:
    "Recently, the European debt crisis has continued to worsen giving rise to serious concerns in the international community. Frankly speaking, I am also worried."

    Wen provided reassurance, stating China would continue to increase investment in the EU debt market.

    Chancellor Merkel has brought seven ministers with her for government discussions, which will include a meeting with Chinese Hu Jintao and leader-in-waiting Xi Jinping.

    Coinciding with Merkel’s visit, Chinese state-run media announced on Thursday that a deal for 50 jets from Airbus was finalized.

    Seven northern cheetah cubs made their public debut during a photo call at Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire, north of London, on Wednesday.The septuplets were born around twelve weeks ago, and seemed to enjoy their first outing by frolicking and chasing one another around the cheetah enclosure.

    For mother Dubai it's the second litter, after she gave birth to five cubs in 2010. Only three litters have ever been produced in a UK zoo, and soon enough Dubai's cubs will be playing a vital role in the survival of their species.

    [Marie Brown, Deputy Team Leader, Whipsnade Zoo]:
    "Northern cheetahs are extremely rare, rumoured to be less than 250 in the wild so we're very excited for her to breed for a second time.

    She's (Dubai) bred once before. She had five cubs with her first litter, which was a couple of years ago, which was the first northern cheetahs to be born in the country so we're very excited that she's produced again and this time instead of five she's gone to seven so we're very pleased with that."

    The cubs are part of the zoo's European Endangered Species Programme which aims to increase the population of endangered animal species. While they will be staying with mum Dubai for the next eighteen months, Brown says they will eventually be transferred to other European zoos to take part in breeding programme

    [Marie Brown, Deputy Team Leader, Whipsnade Zoo]:
    "They'll feed off mum for quite a while but, yeah, they look like adults pretty much before we choose to remove them from mum which will probably be in about a year and a half's time."

    Cheetahs are the fastest land mammals, reaching speeds of up to 70 mph once fully grown.

    Hurricane Isaac makes landfall along the U.S. Gulf Coast.

    For some families it is a chance to play in the swelling ocean and be buffeted by the fierce waves.

    For others, it is the perfect opportunity to get some impressive videos on their smart phone.

    Many though, are quietly praying it won't be another Hurricane Katrina.

    Authorities have urged thousands of residents in low-lying areas to leave, warning that the storm surge could reach up to 12 feet, flooding towns and cities in Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana.

    Rainfall accumulations, possibly as much as 20 inches in some areas, could also trigger widespread flooding.

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