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Beijing hits back after Indian media says China sending substandard and overpriced oxygen concentrators to Delhi for Covid relief — RT World News From “RT World News”



The Chinese Foreign Ministry has dismissed criticism from India that Beijing has upped the price of the oxygen generators it’s sending to Delhi and has altered the component. Beijing blames a scarcity of anti-epidemic materials.

Speaking on Friday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told reporters that rising demand has affected the global supply chain and that this was the cause of price increases in India, specifically noting supply challenges from Europe. “In addition, Indian buyers usually express their needs widely through various channels, and sometimes purchase through different channels, which may also lead to excessive demand… and pushes prices up,” she stated.Hua was responding to an article published by India Today on Friday morning, which cited official documents and photos and claimed that Chinese firms had increased the price of the oxygen concentrators they’re sending to Delhi but had also lessened the quality of the specifications and components. The paper claims that one manufacturer, Yuwell, has increased its per-item cost from $340 per piece on April 30 to $460 as of May 12. India Today claimed that China’s “humanitarian gesture” is nothing more than profit making.“We are buying way more expensive products for half its quality, and the lifespan will be only a few hundred hours as opposed to a few thousand hours that it originally is meant to be,” one Indian buyer told the paper. 

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Beijing has previously talked up its aid to India as its neighbor faces a staggering rise in Covid-19 cases. “China provides most oxygen concentrators to India, and keeps producing oxygen concentrators and other medical equipment for India,” Chinese Ambassador to India Sun Weidong said in a tweet in early May. On Tuesday, Chinese state-run paper, the Global Times, made its own accusation, suggesting Indian middlemen were making large profits by reselling Chinese-made oxygen concentrators. The paper said Chinese suppliers were “upset and saddened” to hear that their humanitarian efforts were being undermined. India has been battling a very severe wave of Covid-19, registering more than 300,000 cases every day. The country has become reliant on foreign aid and imports for medical supplies. If you like this story, share it with a friend!







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Duterte defies Beijing, says he won’t withdraw vessels from disputed waters — RT World News From “RT World News”



The president of the Philippines has vowed not to withdrawal his country’s ships from waters contested by China as a long-running dispute between the two nations over sovereignty of South China Sea territory heats up.

Speaking in a televised address aired on Friday, President Rodrigo Duterte said he would not heed Chinese demands and would continue to push for sovereignty over islands and reefs in the South China Sea. “We have a stand here and I want to state it here and now again that our ships there… we will not move an inch backward,” Duterte said, adding “I will not withdraw. Even if you kill me. Our friendship will end here.”In April, China demanded the Philippines remove its vessels from the contested waters and called on Manila to “stop actions complicating the situation and escalating disputes.”On Friday, Duterte said he respected China’s position, but said he didn’t want trouble or to go to war.The president has been widely criticized for his close relationship with Beijing but has maintained Manila’s claims to islands and reefs in the South China Sea, announcing in April that he would send naval vessels to the area. 

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On Wednesday, the Philippines taskforce for the South China Sea reported incursions into its maritime territory by 287 Chinese militia vessels. This year, Manila has frequently called on Beijing to remove its vessels in accordance with a 2016 ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration, which threw out China’s claims to the territory and the islands within it. Last week, Duterte caused a stir when he suggested that the ruling didn’t mean anything, and that it was just a “piece of paper” that he could throw out.Islands and reefs in the South China Sea are not only contested by China and the Philippines. Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan, and Brunei also lay claim to overlapping areas of the potentially resource rich sea.If you like this story, share it with a friend!







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Beijing slams Aussie think tank that says China caused birth rate decline in Xinjiang — RT World News From “RT World News”



The Chinese Foreign Ministry has dismissed an Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) publication that claims Chinese policies have led to a sharp decline in birth rates in Xinjiang. Beijing advises a review of the facts.

Speaking on Thursday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying questioned the reliability of the Australian think tank and how it came to its conclusions. “I don’t know the paper made by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. The so-called Xinjiang birth rate has dropped by 48.74%. Where did this conclusion come from?” she asked, adding that ASPI “fabricates data and distorts facts.” Hua said the Uighur population of Xinjiang, a predominantly Muslim people whom the West claims are the subject of genocide by Beijing, has continued to grow year on year. “From 2010 to 2018, the Uighur population has grown 25%, which is significantly higher than the 2% increase in the Han population,” she stated, adding that, over the past 40 years, the number of Uighurs in Xinjiang has more than doubled. 

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Citing census data published on Tuesday, she said the population of ethnic minorities had increased by 10.26%, while the population of the Han Chinese has increased by only 4.93%.ASPI claimed in its publication on Wednesday that there had been an “unprecedented and precipitous drop in official birth rates in Xinjiang since 2017,” when Beijing allegedly commenced a campaign to control rates in the region. The group says birth rates there fell by nearly half from 2017 to 2019.Data from China’s census has been widely evaluated and reported on by the Western media, which claims the country’s lack of population growth over the past decade is a sign that Beijing is faltering. The census showed that, in the past decade, the population of mainland China increased by 5.38% to 1.41 billion. However, it is widely expected to decline in the coming years. The average growth rate of 0.53% is the slowest since the 1950s.If you like this story, share it with a friend!







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China aiming to reuse 60% of urban household refuse by 2025 as Beijing strives for less wasteful future — RT World News From “RT World News”



China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) has said the country is aiming to increase the amount of urban household waste it reuses by 50% as Beijing targets a holistic approach to climate change.

The NDRC admitted on Thursday that the country had failed to meet some of its 2016-2020 targets for waste management, adding that half of cities had not built incineration plants and others had failed to hit targets on treating hazardous waste. Authorities have been struggling to handle the increasing quantity of trash produced by China’s 1.4 billion people, a feature which has been exacerbated by heightened consumption of consumer goods in recent decades. In 2019 it was estimated that China had built up a backlog of 70 billion tons of solid waste which required treating. 

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In 2020, China’s urban waste handling capacity reached 1.27 million tons a day, a sizeable jump from 2015. The commission said more resources would be allocated to help China reach its ambitious 2025 goal. By 2025, China wants to reuse 60% of its urban household waste, which would mark a 50% increase from 2020 levels.In an effort to reduce household waste, Beijing is currently introducing regulation to limit the availability of single-use plastics and will encourage citizens to sort out their trash to enhance the efficacy of waste treatment.In 2019, Shanghai introduced strict rules on sorting waste, even making citizens separate chicken and pork bones and place them in separate bins. Those who don’t comply face steep fines.Building on earlier initiatives, at the end of April China adopted new legislation to combat food waste. The new laws ban online videos of binge-eating and introduces fines for diners who leave excessive volumes of uneaten food at restaurants.If you like this story, share it with a friend!







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Beijing tells Tokyo not to bury its head in the sand over Fukushima wastewater row — RT World News From “RT World News”



The Chinese Foreign Ministry has hit out at Tokyo once again as Japan refuses to respond to international criticism over its plans to dump supposedly treated nuclear wastewater from the Fukushima plant into the sea.

Speaking on Friday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin reiterated China’s position that the discharge of nuclear wastewater into the sea is a matter concerning all countries and not just Japan. Wang stated that the international community has generally expressed strong concerns about the possible impact of Japan’s actions but the country’s government is yet to make any comment and ignores its international responsibilities.We advise Japan not to learn from ostriches, thinking that everything will be fine if you bury your head in the sand.“We once again urge the Japanese government to face up to the serious concerns of the international community and stop the mistakes that endanger the global marine environment and international public health,” he stated.

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China has been very vocal in its opposition to Japan’s plan to dump the nuclear wastewater into the ocean amid fears the water is still contaminated despite years of treatment. Beijing has pushed for international action, noting, “it is definitely not Japan’s housework. If the nuclear sewage is not polluted, why doesn’t Japan keep it for itself?” Japan plans to release it allegedly treated wastewater into the sea in around two years, but the safety of the water has been questioned since day one. Last year, Greenpeace reported that the wastewater from the plant was more dangerous than the Japanese government had suggested. The organization claims the supposedly treated water still contains “dangerous levels of carbon-14,” a radioactive substance that has the “potential to damage human DNA.” The water is also known to contain radioactive tritium, which is supposedly harmless.If you like this story, share it with a friend!







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Beijing condemns G7’s meddling on Taiwan, after group’s statement in support of its independence — RT World News From “RT World News”



The Chinese Foreign Ministry has issued a stern rebuke of the G7 communiqué which reaffirmed the group’s support for Taiwanese independence; Beijing labelled it a “a serious interference in China’s internal affairs.”

Speaking on Thursday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin called on the G7 to take concrete action to “promote the recovery of the global economy,” rather than undermine the post-Covid-19 rebuilding process. “The foreign ministers of the ‘Group of Seven’ make unfounded accusations against China, openly intervene in China’s internal affairs, and engage in group politics that reverses history,” Wang stated.The spokesman described comments by the G7 relating to Taiwan’s independence from China, as well as remarks about alleged repression in Hong Kong and Xinjiang, as the “wanton destruction of the norms of international relations” and dismissed them as “groundless accusations.”“(It) goes against the trend of the times of peaceful development, cooperation and win-win cooperation. China strongly condemns this,” he said, adding that all issues relating to Taiwan must be considered in accordance with the one-China principle. 

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He concluded that attempts to “interfere in China’s internal affairs, damage Beijing’s sovereignty, and smear the country’s image” will be unsuccessful.On Wednesday, after the G7 summit in London, the group released a communiqué which was heavily critical of Beijing, its alleged coercive economic practices and, among other things, its claims to the island of Taiwan. The communiqué backed Taiwan’s participation in World Health Organization forums and the World Health Assembly, as well as raising concerns about “any unilateral actions that could escalate tensions” in the Taiwan Strait. The G7 consists of established democratic nations, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK, and the US, and is currently headed up by London.If you like this story, share it with a friend!







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Beijing urges ‘basic manners’ after Philippines’ blunt South China Sea tweet From “International: Top News And Analysis”



National flags of China and the Philippines.Thomas Peter | AFP | Getty ImagesChina called for “basic manners” and cautioned against “megaphone diplomacy” after Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teodoro Locsin Jr. lashed out at Beijing in an offensive tweet.On Monday, Locsin told China in a tweet to “get the f— out” as the two countries engaged in a war of words over the South China Sea. The secretary has been a vocal China critic in President Rodrigo Duterte’s government and is known for his occasional blunt remarks.In several tweets over the subsequent days, Locsin apologized to Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and said he was “provoked by the latest grossest territorial violation.” Meanwhile, Duterte’s spokesman Harry Roque reportedly said the Philippine president has reminded officials that profanity has no place in diplomacy.Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Wang Wenbin responded to Locsin’s outburst in a Tuesday statement, saying that “facts have proven time and time again that megaphone diplomacy can only undermine mutual trust rather than change reality.”But Beijing also has a track record of firing insults at other countries.Such aggressive tactics by Chinese diplomats have in recent years increasingly played out on social media platforms such as Twitter, which is blocked on the mainland. Observers dubbed those tactics “wolf warrior diplomacy,” taking after a series of hugely popular movies where Chinese fighters defeat adversaries globally.South China Sea disputeChina and the Philippines have for years contested overlapping territorial claims in the South China Sea, a resource-rich waterway with a total area of about 1.4 million square miles where trillions in dollars of global trade pass.Beijing has in the past year appeared more assertive in the disputed waters, leading Manila to protest on several occasions the presence of Chinese vessels in parts of the sea that are internationally recognized as belonging to the Philippines.Beijing on Tuesday reiterated that Bajo de Masinloc — which it calls Huangyan Island — and its surrounding waters fall under China’s jurisdiction.Bajo de Masinloc, also known as Scarborough Shoal, is a chain of reefs in the South China Sea that lies around 120 nautical miles from the nearest Philippine coast and 470 nautical miles from the nearest coast of China.China claims most of the South China Sea, based on what it says are nine dashes that delineate Chinese territory in historic maps. An international tribunal in 2016 dismissed the so-called nine-dash line as legally baseless — a ruling ignored by Beijing.







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Beijing tells Manila to keep hands off Chinese islands, asks FM to comply with basic etiquette of diplomacy after ‘dirty’ remarks From “RT World News”



The Chinese foreign ministry has issued a stern rebuke after Philippines’ foreign minister ordered Beijing’s vessels to “get the f**k out” of Manila’s waters. Beijing says Huangyan Island is Chinese territory.

Speaking on Tuesday, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said that the Huangyan Island (known in Philippines as Panatag Shoal) and the nearby sea were under China’s jurisdiction and urged Manila to respect Beijing’s sovereignty over the unpopulated landmass. Wang stated that microphone diplomacy cannot change the facts that this island belongs to China, after Philippines’ Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teodoro Locsin told Beijing, in a tweet, to “get the f**k out” of what Manila considers to be its territory.China’s spokesman said it is hoped that the relevant people, a probable reference to Locsin, “will comply with the basic etiquette and identity when making their remarks,” when asked by a journalist about the “dirty” language used by Manila.Wang said that Beijing also hopes that such differences and contradictions between the two countries on individual issues will not impact friendship and cooperation. “China has always and will continue to work with the Philippines to properly resolve differences and promote cooperation through friendly consultations and continue to provide assistance to the Philippines within its capacity in fighting the epidemic and restoring the economy,” the spokesman noted. 

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Wang’s comment came after Locsin’s fiery remarks on Twitter on Monday. “China, my friend, how politely can I put it? Let me see… O…GET THE F**K OUT. What are you doing to our friendship? You. Not us. We’re trying. You. You’re like an ugly oaf forcing your attentions on a handsome guy who wants to be a friend; not to father a Chinese province,” the foreign secretary tweeted.Locsin’s tweet came after a statement by his country’s foreign affairs department, which protested the “illegal presence” of Chinese ships in parts of the South China Sea, called the Luzon Sea in the Philippines and recognized by the Hague court as belonging to Manila. Huangyan Island, also known as the Scarborough Shoal, sits about 230 kilometers from the Philippines and 650 kilometers from the nearest part of China. Recently, Manila informed Beijing of its discontent after 220 Chinese vessels moored in the Julian Felipe Reef, also known as the Whitsun Reef, citing bad weather, but did not leave when requested. Manila says the reef falls within its 200 nautical mile exclusive economic zone (EEZ).Islands and reefs within the South China Sea are hotly contested between China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan and Brunei.Like this story? Share it with a friend!







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Australia probe of China port signals trouble for Beijing From “World News Headlines, Latest International News, World Breaking News – Times of India”



File photo: Peter DuttonSYDNEY: Five years ago, Australia’s defense chief dismissed worries over a Chinese company leasing a port used by US Marines as “simply absurd.” Now the government in Canberra is weighing whether to force a sale due to national security concerns. Defence minister Peter Dutton confirmed over the weekend that his department will advise the government on what to do with the port. Asked whether the government would consider forced divestiture, he told the Sydney Morning Herald that officials would consider the national interest. The decision risks further hurting China-Australia ties, which have plummeted since Prime Minister Scott Morrison called for an independent investigation into the coronavirus origin and strengthened defense ties with the US, India and Japan. It will also have ramifications far beyond Australia as the US pushes countries to avoid cutting deals with Chinese companies on strategic infrastructure investments, from ports to undersea cables to 5G networks. While Australia has cited national security in to block Chinese companies like Huawei Technologies Co, scrapping an existing deal would be unprecedented in the modern era, according to Hans Hendrischke, a professor of Chinese business and management at the University of Sydney. He noted that China is turning more toward venture capital in developed markets as direct investment becomes untenable. “It’s an escalation that’s part of the decoupling process that’s happening globally connected with Chinese companies — and long-term, major infrastructure investments,” Hendrischke said of Australia’s decision. “There has been pressure on Australia to revoke that deal because it’s seen to clash with US interests.” ‘Economic coercion’Back in 2015, when the Northern Territory government sold a 99-year lease for the Port of Darwin to Chinese firm Landbridge Group for A$506 million ($391 million), Australian officials played down any criticism. Dennis Richardson, who was then secretary of the defense department, rejected concerns the People’s Liberation Army could gain access to the port as “alarmist nonsense.” “The notion that Landbridge is leasing Darwin somehow or other as part of a broader strategic play by China and this gives the PLA navy access to Darwin is simply absurd,” Richardson told lawmakers in Canberra at the time. He said there was no chance of China spying on US-Australian communications because naval vessels go silent in any commercial port. In a sign of how rapidly times have changed, Australia’s home affairs secretary Michael Pezzullo last week told his staff that “in a world of perpetual tension and dread, the drums of war beat.” While he didn’t directly mention China, he said free nations were watching “worryingly the militarization of issues that we had, until recent years, thought unlikely to be catalysts for war.” China has sought to blame Australia for the downturn in ties while accusing Morrison’s government of “economic coercion.” Asked last week about speculation Australia would move to scrap the Darwin lease, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said his government would “firmly safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese businesses investing and operating overseas.” “We hope the Australian side will look at bilateral cooperation in an objective and rational light and stop disrupting normal exchange and cooperation with China,” Wang told reporters in Beijing. Should Morrison’s government decide to revoke the port deal, it will “most definitely” happen as it has a constitutional right to override laws made in the Northern Territory, as well as additional powers in relation to defense matters, said Donald Rothwell, a professor of international law at the Australian National University. “The major issues if the Commonwealth seeks to revoke the arrangement would be the commercial legal consequences,” including penalties or compensation, Rothwell said. While the Port of Darwin’s commercial arrangements aren’t in the public domain, the matter could be settled quickly depending on the position of the federal government, he said. Investment plungesEconomic ties between the nations have taken a hit in recent years. China‘s trade reprisals at Australia have hit a range of commodities from coal to beef to barley and lobster, while Chinese investment Down Under plunged to about A$1 billion last year from a peak of A$16.5 billion in 2016, according to Australian National University research. Even so, the proportion of Australian exports to China climbed to 43% by the end of 2020 even as the relationship unraveled thanks to the relentless rise in iron ore prices as China’s early emergence from Covid-19 spurred demand for the steelmaking ingredient. Major producers have struggled to keep pace with demand from Chinese steel mills, pushing the price to $193 a ton in April, just shy of its 2010 record. Although China was the top buyer of Australian wine before the tariffs, accounting for 40% of shipments, strong European sales have helped counter the slump. The key danger ahead relates to international education and tourism, which are currently in stasis due to closure of international borders: China accounts for more than a third of foreign students in Australia and Chinese tourists account for 15% of visitors. Despite the hit on some sectors of the economy, Australia’s tough stance on China is likely to play well with voters, according to Natasha Kassam, a former Australian diplomat who is the director of the Lowy Institute’s public opinion and foreign policy program. “It would be very significant and send a strong message in terms of future Chinese investment,” she said when asked about the ramifications of a forced sale of the Darwin port lease. “Australia was probably thinking a year ago it could reach a new settling point with China, but that’s proven elusive.” FacebookTwitterLinkedinEMail







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Philippine foreign secretary Locsin slams Beijing over South China Sea From “International: Top News And Analysis”



Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teodoro Locsin speaks at a press conference after meeting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Beijing, China on March 20, 2019.Andrea Verdelli | Getty ImagesPhilippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teodoro Locsin Jr. slammed China with decidedly undiplomatic language on Twitter Monday, suggesting the Asian giant “get the f— out” as the two countries engage in a war of words over the South China Sea.Locsin in the tweet accused China of straining its “friendship” with the Philippines. The foreign affairs secretary has been a vocal critic of China in the administration of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who sought closer ties with Beijing after taking office in 2016.China’s embassy in the Philippine capital of Manila did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.In response to criticism of his rhetoric made by other Twitter users, Locsin said the “usual suave diplomatic speak gets nothing done.”The Philippines and China have for years contested overlapping territorial claims in the South China Sea, a resource-rich waterway with a total area of about 1.4 million square miles where trillions in dollars of global trade pass. Beijing has in the past year appeared more assertive in the disputed waters.Locsin’s Monday tweet followed a statement by the Philippine foreign affairs department, which protested the “illegal presence” of Chinese vessels in parts of the South China Sea that are internationally recognized as belonging to the Philippines.The statement lashed out at “belligerent actions” by the Chinese coast guard against their Philippine counterparts in the vicinity of Bajo de Masinloc. It said the Chinese had engaged in “shadowing, blocking, dangerous maneuver, and radio challenges” on April 24 to 25.It also protested the “incessant, illegal, prolonged, and increasing presence of Chinese finishing vessels and maritime militia vessels in Philippine maritime zones.”China ‘enjoys sovereignty’Beijing last week maintained that it “enjoys sovereignty” over Bajo de Masinloc — which it calls Huangyan Island — and its surrounding waters. It urged the Philippines not to escalate disputes.Bajo de Masinloc, also known as Scarborough Shoal, is a chain of reefs in the South China Sea that lies around 120 nautical miles from the nearest Philippine coast and 470 nautical miles from the nearest coast of China.China claims most of the South China Sea, based on what it says are nine dashes that delineate Chinese territory in historic maps.An international tribunal in 2016 dismissed the so-called nine-dash line as legally baseless — a ruling ignored by Beijing.







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