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|PARIS Authentic Devin Funchess Jersey , March 30 (Xinhua) -- Chinese skipper Guo Chuan, who holds the world solo circumnavigation record of Class 40 monohul, renamed his recently acquired IDEC Trimaran as "Qingdao China" at La Trinite sur Mer, France on Monday.
Two weeks ago, also at the French harbor, the Mecca of offshore sailing, Guo represented the maxi trimaran's new owner based in Qingdao to take over it from the former skipper Francis Joyon.
Renamed after Guo's birthplace Qingdao, a leading sailing city on China's eastern coast, the former French boat is legendary for holding four world records, including one of the most prestigious marks created by captain Joyon in 2008 when he piloted it to world's fastest solo non-stop circumnavigation record of just over 57 days.
This is the third Qingdao sailboat that the 50-year-old Guo has skippered.
In November 2012, Guo set sail in a Class 40 Akilaria monohull named Qingdao to complete a solo non-stop circumnavigation and returned to Qingdao in 138 days, triumphantly creating a new world record.
Guo's first Qingdao boat carried his mission as an Olympic messenger in 2004 to 2005 along the Chinese coastal line to promote the city's commissioning as the sailing venue of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
"I owe my sailing achievements to the support from Qingdao city and am proud of naming the Trimaran after my birthplace," Guo said. "My mission is to achieve a new world record for Qingdao with this trimaran."
The 50-year-old Qingdao native has been planning to conquer a new routine of the Maritime Silk Road later this year, following Zheng He's footprints 610 years ago in commanding expeditionary voyages after navigating across the Arctic Ocean for new record.
Joyon, who has been training with the Chinese skipper over the past three weeks, hailed Guo's objective and ambition.
"With the Qingdao boat becoming ever bigger, so is Guo Chuan's ambition to his next sailing," said the Frenchman. "I am glad to see his skills are quickly growing to match that ambition."
A congratulatory message from the Qingdao government indicated the city's pride of becoming the country's leading city of sailing.
"Qingdao city hosted the sailing events of the 2008 Olympic Games. The naming of 'Qingdao China' is not only a great continuation of the Olympic legacy but also the city's contribution to China's sailing adventures," read the message.
Chinese President Xi Jinping meets with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Xiamen, southeast China's Fujian Province, Sept. 3, 2017. Putin is in Xiamen to attend the ninth BRICS summit. (XinhuaLiu Weibing)
XIAMEN, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping met with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Sunday, calling for enhancing mutual support and strategic coordination.
The two leaders also agreed to appropriately deal with the latest nuclear test conducted by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).
Putin is in the southeastern Chinese coastal city of Xiamen, Fujian Province, to attend the ninth BRICS summit and the Dialogue of Emerging Market and Developing Countries scheduled for Sept. 3-5.
The two sides should consolidate the high-level mutual political trust, firmly strengthen mutual support and enhance strategic coordination, Xi said.
The role of bilateral cooperation mechanisms should be well played to advance projects in key areas including energy, aerospace and aviation, as well as nuclear power.
He urged advancing the integration of the Belt and Road Initiative with the Eurasian Economic Union.
Mutual understanding and friendship between the two peoples should be promoted through closer people-to-people and cultural exchanges and those at local levels, he said.
Xi also called on enhancing military cooperation as well as coordination on multilateral arenas.
China is willing to join hands with Russia to raise the bilateral relations to a higher level, promoting respective development and jointly safeguarding regional and world peace and stability, he said.
On BRICS cooperation, Xi said it is in line with the interests of the BRICS countries and the expectation of international community, especially the emerging market and developing countries, to enhance the group's cooperation and enable the BRICS countries to play a more important role in international affairs.
The BRICS countries should consolidate solidarity and cooperation to send out positive signals to the world, chart the course and define the priorities for cooperation based on the overall situation, strengthen coordination to enhance international influence, and improve mechanisms of BRICS cooperation, said Xi.
China is willing to work with Russia and other BRICS countries to achieve fruitful results at the Xiamen summit and implement the outcomes effectively so that the BRICS can usher in a second "golden decade" of cooperation.
For his part, Putin said it is significant for China and Russia to strengthen comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination and boost communication and coordination on major international and regional issues.
He said Russia stands ready for closer cooperation with China in such areas as investment, energy, agriculture, infrastructure, and aerospace and aviation.
The two countries should also increase exchanges in culture, education, sports, media and tourism as well as those at local levels. Military exchanges should be closer, he said.
While discussing international and regional issues, the two leaders agreed to appropriately deal with the DPRK's latest nuclear test.
The DPRK on Sunday successfully detonated a hydrogen bomb that can be carried by an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), DPRK's Central Television announced. This was the sixth nuclear test the DPRK has undertaken.
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