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China ‘Disappointed, Regretful’ Over US Veto On UNSC Resolution Calling For Gaza Ceasefire

China expressed deep disappointment and regret over the US’ veto of a UN Security Council resolution draft calling for a humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza, Chinese Ambassador to UN Zhang Jun said on local time Friday, criticizing the US’ hypocrisy and double standards. The UN Security Council convened an emergency session during which Secretary-General António Guterres said that there is “a high risk of the total collapse of the humanitarian support system in Gaza, which would have devastating consequences.” The draft, proposed by countries including the United Arab Emirates (UAE), received 13 votes and one abstention from the UK. The only rejection came from the US, a permanent member of the Security Council with veto power. After the voting, Zhang said the core of the resolution draft proposed by the UAE, on behalf of Arab countries, is to call for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza and the release of all hostages. This resolution has nearly 100 co-sponsoring countries, including China. We are extremely disappointed and regretful that the resolution was vetoed by the US.

Source: Global Times

China Says Philippines Intruded Into Waters And Is Responsible For Vessels Scratching

China on Sunday condemned the Philippines for violating China’s territorial sovereignty by sending coast guard vessels and ships into the waters adjacent to the Ren’ai Reef of China’s Nansha Islands to deliver supplies to illegally “stranded” warship. “China has indisputable sovereignty over the Nansha Islands, including the Ren’ai Reef, and their adjacent waters,” said Gan Yu, a spokesperson for China Coast Guard on Sunday, saying this move by the Philippine side has violated the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea and its own commitments. According to Gan, China’s Coast Guard has taken “control measures” against a Philippine ship carrying construction materials and carried out “temporary special arrangements” to another Philippine ship with food and other necessary daily necessities. Earlier on Sunday, the Philippines claimed China attacked its government vessels using water cannons in the region.

Source: CGTN

Voting Starts For HKSAR’s 7th District Council Ordinary Election

Voting for the 7th District Council Ordinary Election of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) began on Sunday, with 399 candidates running for 176 seats in the District Committees constituency (DCC) and 88 seats in the District Council geographical constituency (DCGC). This is the first District Council election since the HKSAR reformed the electoral system to improve district governance. HKSAR Chief Executive John Lee cast his vote on Sunday morning. Lee said the new term District Councils will implement the principle of “patriots administering Hong Kong”, making sure that the entire governance system of the HKSAR complies with the requirements of “one country, two systems”. He urged Hong Kong residents to cherish the opportunity to vote. Under the reformed electoral system, all elected District Council members will be patriots who safeguard security and interests of the districts, the HKSAR and the country as a whole, allowing residents to live and work in contentment and ensuring Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability, Lee said. He added that the new monitoring mechanism introduced under the reformed electoral system will ensure the integrity of the elected District Council members and make sure that their work meets public expectations.


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China Expels Japanese Ships From Its Territorial Waters Near Diaoyu Islands

The China Coast Guard (CCG) said on Sunday that it expelled a Japanese fishing vessel and several patrol ships that illegally entered China’s territorial waters near the Diaoyu Islands on Saturday. The Diaoyu Islands and its affiliated islands are China’s inherent territory, and Japan is in no position to make irresponsible comments about CCG’s maritime law enforcement activities in waters under China’s jurisdiction to safeguard the country’s maritime rights in accordance with the law, said Gan Yu, spokesperson for the CCG, in the statement. “We urge the Japanese side to immediately stop all illegal activities in the waters and make sure incidents like this will never happen again,” the spokesperson said.

Source: China Military

CPC Leadership Holds Meeting On 2024 Economic Work, Anti-Corruption Work, Party Discipline

The Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee on Friday held a meeting to analyse and study the economic work of 2024, arrange Party conduct and anti-corruption work, and review regulations on the CPC’s disciplinary action. The meeting was chaired by Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee. Noting that the Chinese economy has achieved a recovery this year and the country’s high-quality development has made solid progress, the meeting emphasized measures to effectively enhance economic vitality, prevent and defuse risks, improve social expectations, and consolidate and enhance the positive momentum of economic upturn in the economic work of 2024. The meeting urged efforts to pursue progress while ensuring stability, consolidate stability through progress, and establish the new before abolishing the old regarding the economic work next year. The country should strengthen counter-cyclical and cross-cyclical adjustments of macro policies and continue to implement a proactive fiscal policy and a prudent monetary policy.

Source: Xinhua

China Launches New Remote Sensing Satellite

China on Sunday launched a Long March-2D carrier rocket, placing a remote sensing satellite in space. The rocket blasted off at 9:58 a.m. (Beijing Time) from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwestern province of Sichuan and sent the Yaogan-39 satellite into the preset orbit. It was the 500th flight mission of the Long March series rockets. China launched its first carrier rocket—a Long March 1—in April 1970 to send its first satellite, Dongfanghong 1, or East Red 1, into space. The mission made China the fifth country capable of building and launching its own carrier rocket to reach Earth’s orbit. Since then, the country has developed and launched more than 20 types of Long March-series rockets, and 16 of them are in active service. In addition to the Long March family, there are multiple types of Chinese carrier rockets developed by another State-owned space contractor, China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp, and several private enterprises.

Source: China Daily