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China’s Coast Guard Issues Territorial Reminder To The Philippines

China Coast Guard issued warnings and “conducted necessary control” of four Filipino vessels that illegally entered waters near the Ren’ai Reef on Wednesday in accordance with the law, a spokesman said. Gan Yu, spokesman for China Coast Guard, said in a statement on Wednesday night that without the approval of the Chinese government, two supply vessels and two vessels of the Philippines coast guard had illegally entered waters adjacent to the Ren’ai Reef of China’s Nansha Islands. The Chinese coast guard has closely monitored the movement of the ships and “effectively regulated” them in accordance with the law to prevent them from shipping illegal construction materials to the warship that is illegally stranded in the Ren’ai Reef, he said. Gu urged the Philippines to immediately stop its infringing activities in the waters, stressing that China has indisputable sovereignty over the Nansha Islands and their adjacent waters, including the Ren’ai Reef. China Coast Guard will continuously carry out rights protection and law enforcement activities in the waters under China’s jurisdiction in accordance with law, Gan added.

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Source: China Military

More US Steps To Curb Chinese Chips Will Fail, Say Chinese Tech Experts

Intensified attempts by the United States to contain China’s rise in the technology industry through export controls will disrupt global supply chains, hurt the interests of US companies and accelerate Chinese companies’ efforts for technological breakthroughs, experts said on Friday. They were reacting to a Bloomberg report that quoted US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo as saying that a chip breakthrough by Huawei Technologies Co is “incredibly disturbing.” During a US Senate committee hearing on Wednesday, Raimondo reportedly emphasized that the US Commerce Department needs more ways to enforce its export controls. Xiang Ligang, director-general of the Information Consumption Alliance, a telecommunications industry association in China, said Huawei’s progress is the latest evidence that the US curbs targeting China’s technology development will fail in the long term and could even backfire. The Huawei breakthrough, which comes amid Washington’s increasingly tighter chip export controls against China, has given the domestic chip industry a shot in the arm, Xiang said. “It will motivate Chinese companies to double down on indigenous innovation and pool more resources into research and development.”


West’s Lies About Xizang ‘Completely Untenable,’ Says Wang Yi

The facts will prove that lies related to China’s Xizang (Tibet) Autonomous Region concocted by Western forces out of ideological bias are “completely untenable,” China’s top diplomat Wang Yi said at a forum on Thursday in Nyingchi, Southwest China’s Xizang. Wang, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and director of the Office of the Central Commission for Foreign Affairs, made the remarks when addressing the opening ceremony of the third China Xizang Trans-Himalaya Forum for International Cooperation, which ran from Wednesday to Friday with representatives from more than 40 countries, regions and international organizations attending. This year’s forum, which has drawn more countries such as Afghanistan, will boost closer interconnectivity and partnership in the trans-Himalaya region, experts say, as it provides a multilateral platform for the integration of strengths, a key step for the opening-up and development of regional countries.

Source: Global Times

China Criticises Japan’s Renewed Discharge Of Contaminated Water

China expressed strong dissatisfaction with Japan’s initiation of the second round of the discharge of nuclear-contaminated water from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant into the Pacific Ocean, which started on Thursday. Despite strong opposition from the international community, Japan has unilaterally initiated the discharge of the second batch of Fukushima nuclear-contaminated water into the sea, persisting in transferring nuclear pollution risks to the entire world, the spokesman for the Chinese embassy in Japan said on Friday. The discharge of nuclear contaminated water into the sea concerns marine environment and human health. It is by no means solely a matter for Japan and cannot be decided by Japan alone, the spokesman added.

Source: China Daily

China Claims Holiday Consumption Boom Shows Vitality Of Chinese Economy

The National Day holiday, dubbed “golden week” by the Chinese, normally runs for seven days, but this year, it was linked with the traditional Mid-Autumn Festival and extended to eight days, lasting from Sept. 29 to Oct. 6. More than 395 million trips to tourist sites were made in the first three days of the holiday, up 75.8 percent year on year, according to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. The total revenue of the tourism sector increased by 125.3 percent to 342.24 billion yuan (47.67 billion U.S. dollars) in the three days, said the ministry. Hangzhou, capital city of east China’s Zhejiang Province, is hosting the 19th Asian Games and thus drawing many tourists aiming for both its picturesque West Lake and sports games. As of Wednesday, the ticket revenue of the Games has exceeded 600 million yuan. The booming tourism has driven the high demand for flights and train tickets, hotel rooms, catering, and retail sales according to Chinese officials.


Former Senior Official Indicted For Graft

Zhang Fusheng, former deputy head of the formerly-named fire and rescue department under the Ministry of Emergency Management, has been indicted on charges of taking bribes, the Supreme People’s Procuratorate (SPP) said on Saturday. Zhang’s case has been filed by the People’s Procuratorate of Fuzhou, Fujian Province, to the city’s intermediate people’s court.

Prosecutors accused Zhang of taking advantage of his various posts at the Ministry of Public Security and the Ministry of Emergency Management to seek benefits for others and accept an especially huge amount of money and valuables in exchange. The prosecutors had informed the defendant of his litigation rights, interrogated him, and listened to the defense counsel’s opinions.

Source: Xinhua



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