Bangladesh to receive help
China is to offer humanitarian assistance to Bangladesh to help shelter and feed hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi (王毅) said on Friday. He also told reporters that China hoped repatriation of refugees could begin “as early as possible,” following a meeting with Bangladeshi Minister of Foreign Affairs Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali in Beijing. Ali said the two had “detailed discussions” about the status of the refugees and that he sought China’s support for the “early reparation of these displaced people back to their homeland.”
Cave rescue continues
Rescue teams searching for 12 boys trapped in a waterlogged cave yesterday practiced evacuation and medical procedures, as the search went into the seventh day. There has been no contact with the boys, aged 11 to 16, and their coach since they went into the cave last weekend and were hemmed in by heavy rains that blocked the entrance. The downpours have continued all week, hampering the enormous rescue efforts to find the boys and their 25-year-old coach. Medical teams staged drills to prepare for their possible rescue as worries loomed over how the boys might be pulled out of Tham Luang cave if and when they are found.
BBC apologizes over pay
The BBC on Friday announced it had “reached an agreement” with its former China editor Carrie Gracie, who quit in a row over equal pay. The corporation apologized to the journalist after saying it had failed to honor a pledge to pay her in line with its North America editor, and said it had “now put this right” in back pay. Gracie is donating the full, undisclosed amount to the Fawcett Society, a charity that campaigns for gender equality and women’s rights, BBC News reported. She welcomed the settlement, saying it showed that “we can make progress.” Gracie, who returned to the London television newsroom after resigning from her role in China, is to voluntarily take up to six months of unpaid leave to write and speak on China and gender equality, the BBC said.
Trump to pick justice July 9
President Donald Trump on Friday said he would announce his nominee to be the next Supreme Court justice on July 9. “I’ve got it narrowed to about five” candidates, including two women, Trump told reporters on Air Force One. Trump said he would not directly probe the candidates about their position on Roe vs Wade.
Private rocket explodes
A rocket developed by a maverick entrepreneur and convicted fraudster exploded shortly after liftoff yesterday in a major blow to his bid to send the nation’s first privately backed rocket into space. Interstellar Technologies, founded by Internet service provider Livedoor’s creator, Takafumi Horie, launched the uncrewed rocket, MOMO-2, at about 5:30am from a site in Taiki, Hokkaido. However, TV footage showed the 10m rocket crashing back down to the launch pad seconds after liftoff and bursting into flames. No injuries were reported. The launch was supposed to send the rocket carrying observational equipment to an altitude of higher than 100km. The failure follows a previous setback in July last year, when engineers lost contact with a rocket about a minute after it launched. Interstellar Technologies said it would continue its rocket development program after analyzing the failure.
An Australian university student who has never visited China and has only a modest social media following would seem an unlikely target for the Chinese government. However, when a Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman personally denounced Drew Pavlou at a news conference, it was just the next phase in an extraordinary campaign against the 21-year-old that has fueled concerns over China’s targeting of critics overseas. Pavlou first placed himself in the superpower’s sights when in July last year he organized a small sit-in at the University of Queensland, where he studies, to protest against various Chinese government policies. Since then, the Global
‘ASKED TO MOVE OUT’: Indonesian coast guard personnel argued with a Chinese vessel over territorial claims after it entered the country’s exclusive economic zone An Indonesian patrol ship confronted a Chinese coast guard vessel that spent almost three days in waters where Indonesia claims economic rights and that are near the southernmost part of China’s disputed claims to the South China Sea. The Indonesian Maritime Security Agency on Friday night detected Chinese ship 5204 entering Indonesia’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in what Indonesia calls the North Natuna Sea. The agency sent a patrol ship that closed within 1km of the Chinese coast guard vessel and they communicated to affirm their position and their nation’s claims to the area, Indonesian Maritime Security Agency head Aan Kurnia said. “We
BEFORE WINTER COMES: Snow cuts off roads into Ladakh for four months or more each year, so the crunch is on to get food, tents and high-altitude equipment to Leh From deploying mules to large transport aircraft, the Indian military has activated its entire logistics network to transport supplies to thousands of troops for a harsh winter along a bitterly disputed Himalayan border with China. In the past few months, one of India’s biggest military logistics exercises in years has brought vast quantities of ammunition, equipment, fuel, winter supplies and food into Ladakh, a region bordering Tibet that India administers as a union territory, officials said. The move was triggered by a border standoff with China in the snow deserts of Ladakh that began in May and escalated in June into hand-to-hand
Since her personal telephone number was posted online, Hong Kong democracy advocate and Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions chairperson Carol Ng has received menacing calls from strangers and been bombarded with messages calling her a “cockroach.” She is not alone. A sophisticated and shady Web site called HK Leaks has ramped up its “doxxing” — where people’s personal details are published online — of Hong Kong democracy advocates, targeting those it says have broken Hong Kong’s National Security Law. Promoted by groups linked to the Chinese Chinese Communist Party and hosted on Russia-based servers, HK Leaks has become the most prominent “doxxing”