Sunday 19th September 2021

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    • Philippines suspends termination of military pact with U.S. for another 6 months

      The Philippines said on Monday that it is suspending the abrogation of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States for another six months. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin announced in a video message the decision made by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. “The president conveyed to us his decision to extend the suspension of the abrogation of the VFA by another six months while he studies and both sides further address his concerns regarding particular aspects of the agreement,” Locsin said. This is the third time that the Philippines suspended the termination order. The second suspension was supposed to...

    • St. Petersburg Int’l Economic Forum opens in Russia St. Petersburg Int'l Economic Forum opens in Russia, June 2, 2021. /CFP

      The 24th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) kicked off in Russia’s second largest city on Wednesday, during which participants will seek cooperation amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s forum with the theme “Together Again – Economy of New Reality” consists of four main programs: Joining Forces to Advance Development, Delivering on National Development Targets, Human Factor in Responding to Global Challenges, and New Technology Frontiers. Russian President Vladimir Putin will address the plenary session of the SPIEF in person on Friday, while Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz will deliver speeches...

    • China calls for restraint amid escalating Israeli-Palestinian tensions

      A Chinese envoy on Wednesday called for restraint from Israel amid heightened tensions between Israel and Palestinians. Zhang Jun, China’s permanent representative to the United Nations (UN), presided over closed-door consultations of the UN Security Council on Israeli-Palestinian tensions, the second time this week, in his capacity as council president for the month of May. Zhang also elaborated on China’s position, according to the Chinese UN mission. Recent days have seen the continued deterioration of the situation in the occupied Palestinian territory. Escalating violence and tensions in East Jerusalem and serious conflicts in Gaza have caused massive civilian casualties....

    • Syrian crisis: Political solution urged, intl community called to raise $9 billion Syrian crisis

      As 10 years of protracted conflict in Syria have brought untold suffering to the country and its people, many issues with regard to the current situation in the country warrant deep reflections, said a Chinese envoy on Monday. Facts have proved time and again that respect for national sovereignty and territorial integrity is an international norm that must be upheld, said Zhang Jun, China’s permanent representative to the United Nations. Political solution is the only viable way to address hot-button issues. Supporting the path of development chosen by the people of every country that suits its national conditions is...

    • Over 60 countries voice support for China’s stance on Xinjiang-related issues

      On behalf of 64 countries, Cuba voiced its support for China’s stances and measures on questions related to Xinjiang at a UN Human Rights Council meeting on Friday. In response, Zhao Lijian, a spokesperson from the Chinese Foreign Ministry, said Xinjiang-related issues are not about human rights, ethnicity, or religion but about combating violent terrorism and separatism. The supportive message from developing countries at the UN Human Rights Council is a striking contrast to the groundless accusations and distortion of facts from a few countries, Zhao said. China urges those countries to give up on ideological bias, end the...

    • Mexico Set to Legalize Marijuana, Becoming World’s Largest Market

      MEXICO CITY — Lawmakers in Mexico approved a bill Wednesday night to legalize recreational marijuana, a milestone for the country, which is in the throes of a drug war and could become the world’s largest cannabis market, leaving the United States between two pot-selling neighbors. The 316-to-129 vote in Mexico’s lower house, the Chamber of Deputies, came more than two years after the Mexican Supreme Court ruled that the country’s ban on recreational marijuana was unconstitutional and more than three years after the country legalized medicinal cannabis. The chamber approved the bill in general terms Wednesday evening before moving on to a lengthy...

    • Myanmar police issue arrest warrants for celebrities endorsing strike myanmar-strike

      The Myanmar police have issued arrest warrants for six celebrity artists for endorsing a national strike movement, according to a Myanmar police force’s statement on Wednesday. The statement said that charges have been issued against three directors, two actors and a vocalist for endorsing the Civil Disobedience Movement and encouraging government employees to join the strike under Section 505 (a) of the Penal Code. The punishment may include imprisonment of up to three years, a fine, or both. The police also issued arrest warrants for seven artists, public figures and social activists last week, for writing articles and speeches...

    • C919, China’s first homemade passenger aircraft, to be delivered in 2021 A C919 airplane for a trial flight at Wuhan Tianhe International Airport, December 20, Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province. /CFP

      The Shanghai government on Monday said it will promote the acquisition of an airworthiness certificate for China’s first homemade passenger aircraft, the C919, and begin the first delivery in 2021. The C919, as part of China’s goal to develop homemade civil airplane, is trying to compete with medium-range aircraft from Boeing and Airbus. The C919 program is among Shanghai’s 166 major programs planned for 2021. Other plans include the launch of a new Roewe model, the second phase of Tesla’s project, and other policies supporting new energy vehicles, according to the fifth session of the 15th Shanghai Municipal People’s...

    • First batch of Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine arrives in Serbia sinovac vaccine in servia

      The first batch of 1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine developed by China’s Beijing-based pharmaceutical company Sinopharm arrived in Serbia at 9:50 a.m. local time on Saturday. Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, local officials, and Chinese Ambassador to Serbia Chen Bo received the consignment at Nikola Tesla International Airport in Belgrade. Serbia has also purchased Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine as well as a jab jointly developed by America’s Pfizer and Germany’s BioNTech.

    • M5.1 earthquake jolts waters off Taitung County, China’s Taiwan 5.0 earthquake hits Hualien County in Taiwan

      A magnitude-5.1 earthquake jolted coastal waters off Taitung County, China’s Taiwan, at 7:10 a.m. on Sunday, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC). The epicenter, with a depth of 20 kilometers, was located at 22.44 degrees north latitude and 121.44 degrees east longitude, said the CENC.