#AceWorldNews – JAPAN (Tokyo) – June 27 – Japan’s Coast Guard said on Friday it has sent a plane and patrol ship after a Chinese fishing boat sank some 120km north of a group of disputed islets.
They are controlled by Japan, but claimed also by China.
Five of the crew were rescued while the other five remained missing, Reuters quoted a Coast Guard official as saying.
(Trust) – The People’s Daily, the official newspaper of China’s ruling Communist Party, said on its microblog that the trawler Minxiayu 01003 had taken on water while it was fishing and sunk.
A nearby Chinese naval ship went to the scene and rescued five sailors while another navy ship is helping to look for five who are still missing, it added.
#AceWorldNews – XINJIANG – May 23 – The people who carried out an attack which killed 31 people in the capital of China’s troubled Xinjiang region appeared to be influenced by “terrorist” organizations from other states, the country’s Foreign Ministry said Friday.
Spokesman Hong Lei also said that the attackers were influenced by religious extremism seen on the Internet, Reuters reported.
#AceBreakingNews – BEIJING – May 22- Attackers drove a pair of vehicles into a crowd and threw explosives, before one of the vehicles exploded in an open air market Thursday in the capital of China’s volatile north-western region of Xinjiang.
The attack left 31 people dead and 90 injured, state media reported.
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#AceWorldNews – BEIJING – April 30 – Three people have been killed and a further 70 injured in an explosion in China’s Xinjiang, in the country’s far west, on Wednesday.
The blast struck a station. Immediate reports from the country only stated that there had been injuries but no deaths.
Xinjiang government spokesman, Luo Fuyong, told Reuters by phone that he was “deeply concerned” about what had happened, but would not offer any comment on suspected causes.
However, state television later mentioned that “attackers” had also used knives as well as detonating the device.
President Xi Jinping recently mentioned plans to fight terrorists shortly after a local visit.
The resource-rich region has been ravaged by violence the government says is caused by Islamist extremists and separatists.
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#AceWorldNews – Chinese President Xi Jinping held the first meeting of a new national security commission on Tuesday, Reuters reported.
He said the country needed a coordinated approach to domestic and foreign challenges, including social unrest, in “the most complex time in history.” The formation of the commission was announced in November at the end of a key party meeting to map out reforms.
Analysts say the new commission is based on the National Security Council in the US.
It will increase coordination among the various wings of China’s security bodies, split now among the police, military, intelligence and diplomatic services.
#AceBreakingNews – MOSCOW – April 13 – (TASS) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is expected to visit China April 15 where he will discuss preparations for Vladimir Putin’s visit to that country, as well as the situation in Ukraine, the Foreign Ministry said Sunday.
“In Beijing, Minister Lavrov will hold a meeting with China’s President Xi Jinping and will have talks with Foreign Minister Wang Yi,” it said. “One of the main objectives of his trip there is to prepare President Vladimir Putin’s visit.”
“Special attention will be paid to the situation in Ukraine,” the report said. “It is well known that China’s position is marked by objectiveness and balance and a demonstration of understanding of a full combination of factors – including the historical ones – that brought about a new reality in that region,” the ministry said.
#AceSecurityNews – UNITED STATES – March 29 – A US court dismissed a lawsuit against a Chinese internet giant Baidu, which the plaintiff argued blocks material critical of China’s democratic credentials, a decision that could have far-reaching impact on how US search engines sift information – http://on.rt.com/1bbcrf
The lawsuit was brought forward by a group of New York content editors who alleged that Baidu’s search engine was programmed to filter out material in the United States that touches upon the Chinese government’s harsh censorship laws, calling this a violation of the US Constitution.
According to the ruling http://sdnyblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/11-Civ.-03388-2014.03.27-Opinion-Granting-Motion-for-Judgment-on-Pleadings.pdf on Thursday, “Plaintiffs, self-described ‘promoters of democracy in China through their writings, publications and reporting of pro-democracy events,’ allege that Baidu conspires to prevent ‘pro-democracy political speech’ from appearing in its search-engine results here in the United States,” it read.
US District Judge Jesse Furman in Manhattan disagreed, comparing Baidu’s algorithms to a newspaper’s editorial stance: “The First Amendment protects Baidu’s right to advocate for systems of government other than democracy (in China or elsewhere) just as surely as it protects plaintiffs’ rights to advocate for democracy.”
The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances. It was adopted on December 15, 1791, as one of the ten amendments that comprise the Bill of Rights.
#AceWorldNews – CHINA – 22 March – Due to melting snow in Northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region caused Saturday floods and landslides, which affected over 700 people, according to government authorities, cited by Xinhua News Agency.
The situation is the gravest in several counties along the Ili river valley.
Around 500 houses were damaged there alongside several highways. Meteorologists don’t expect the situation to improve soon.
#AceWorldNews The death toll from a truck collision and resulting explosion in northern China’s Shanxi Province on March 1 has risen to 31, Xinhua News Agency said, citing authorities.
Nine others are still missing, officials said Thursday.
The accident happened when two tankers loaded with methanol rear-ended inside the Yanhou Tunnel of a highway linking Shanxi’s Jincheng City and Jiyuan City in Henan Province.
#AceWorldNews says that Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Saturday that there is no room to compromise with Japan on issues of territory or history.
China’s relations with Japan have deteriorated in the past 18 months over a dispute about a chain of uninhabited islands in the East China Sea that both nations claim as theirs.
China’s ties with Japan have been poisoned for years, at what China sees as Japan’s failure to atone for its occupation of parts of China before and during the Second World War.
#AceWorldNews says the Philippines government summoned China’s top envoy in Manila on Tuesday to protest what it said was the firing of a water cannon by a Chinese government vessel to drive away Filipino fishermen.
The incident took place on January 27 at Scarborough Shoal, a rich fishing ground claimed by China and the Philippines, AP reported.
The shoal came under Chinese control after Philippine vessels backed off from a tense stand-off with Chinese ships in the area in 2012.
#AceWorldNews says on Saturday, China’s lunar rover, Yutu, went into its third planned hibernation amid ongoing technical problems with the robotic explorer, Xinhua News Agency has reported on Sunday.
The mechanical control issues affecting the vehicle has limited it to carrying out only fixed point observations during its third two-week-long lunar day.
Problems first emerged during the second period of dormancy in late January and were caused by the “complicated lunar surface.
” Now most of Yutu’s systems are turned off to conserve energy during the lunar night, when the lack of sunlight makes it impossible to generate electricity with solar panels.
#AceWorldNews says “China’s Wealthy Eastern Province of Zhejiang” has become the first to implement a New Landmark, `Relaxation of the Country’s Strict One-Child-Policy on Friday’ state media reported, allowing more parents to have a second child.
The government said late last year it would allow millions of families to have two children, the most radical relaxation of its strict one-child policy in close to three decades. The move is part of a plan to raise fertility rates and ease the financial burden on China’s rapidly ageing population.
The new policy allows couples to have two children if one of the parents is an only child. Previously, a couple could generally only have a second child if both parents were only children.
“The Standing Committee of (the) Zhejiang Provincial People’s Congress has approved an amendment to the Zhejiang “Provincial Population and Family Planning Regulations”,the official Xinhua news agency said, adding that the move took effect on Friday.
Beijing, central China’s Hubei province, and the southern region of Guangxi are expected to implement the policy as early as March, Xinhua said.
A growing number of scholars have urged the government to reform the one-child policy, introduced in the late 1970s to prevent population spiralling out of control, but now regarded by many experts as outdated and harmful to the economy.
China, with nearly 1.4 billion people, is the world’s most populous country. The government says the policy of limiting families to one child, which covers 63 per cent of the population, has averted 400 million births since 1980.