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Pelosi’s ‘farcical’ Taiwan trip boosts one-China consensus: Wang Yi

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U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to China’s Taiwan region turned into a “farce” that has not only backfired but consolidated the one-China consensus among the international community, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi told a press conference in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on Friday.

In response to what the U.S. calls the precedent of a similar visit by a previous speaker, Newt Gingrich, to Taiwan 25 years ago, Wang said, “That was a serious mistake, and past mistakes cannot be used as an excuse to repeat them today.”

He said that because of U.S. bullying, over 100 countries have spoken up, reiterating their commitment to the one-China principle and voicing their support for China’s legitimate position.

It’s a complete rumor and slander that the U.S. claims that China has changed the status quo in the Taiwan Straits, he said, adding that it is America and separatist forces in Taiwan that need to be held accountable for breaking the status quo.

“The People’s Republic of China is the sole legal government representing the whole of China. This is the real status quo of the Taiwan question,” the foreign minister said.

He urged American leaders to take a good look at the Three Joint Communiques that are the pillar of China-U.S. diplomatic relations as the documents will help them to learn what the real status quo is and who exactly changed it.

The same goes for Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party, which keeps seeking “Taiwan independence” and manufacturing “two Chinas or one China and one Taiwan” at different times, he said.

They are flagrantly changing the status quo, Wang added. “If Sun Yat-sen were still alive, he would also say that Tsai Ing-wen is an unworthy descendant.”

 

Source: CGTN

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President and First Lady depart to Bahrain on an official visit

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President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and First Lady Fazna Ahmed have departed for Bahrain on an official visit.

The Spokesperson at the President’s Office Miuvaan Mohamed said President Solih will be visiting Bahrain from October 5-8 at the invitation of King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain.

During the visit, President Solih is scheduled to sign a number of high-level agreements with Bahrain, which will further strengthen the friendly relations between the two countries.

President Solih last travelled abroad to the United Kingdom (UK) last month to attend the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.

 

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Education sector essential for building nation’s workforce: President

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President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has stated the education sector is essential for building the nation’s workforce and human resources. He made the statement in a written address to the nation on World Teachers’ Day 2022.

In the address, President Solih reflected on the changes in the education sector over the years, noting the unprecedented advances in science and technology. He emphasised the importance of teachers familiarising with the new technology and modern teaching techniques and said the goal of the education sector should be to raise children who are knowledgeable enough to adapt to these advances.

Additionally, President Solih said anyone who wants to bring positive changes to society should begin their work in the education sector since societal reform is closely linked to the education sector. He went on to say the education sector is essential for building the nation’s workforce and human resources. He conveyed his best wishes to all teachers and educators in the Maldives on the occasion of Teachers’ Day and expressed his heartfelt gratitude for their invaluable service to the nation.

In an earlier tweet, President Solih conveyed his gratitude and deep appreciation to teachers across the Maldives by highlighting the positive impression that teachers leave on students. He said individuals owe much to their selfless hard work to educate children and to guide and prepare them for life.

The theme of World Teachers’ Day 2022 is The Transformation of Education Begins with Teachers.

 

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China urges U.S. to end police violence against Black Americans during UN session

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A senior Chinese diplomat on Monday urged the U.S. to take concrete action to address systemic racism, racial discrimination and police violence in the country.

In the United States, tens of millions of African Americans continue to suffer from discrimination and injustice of all kinds, and justice and equality are just empty laws for them, said Jiang Duan, minister of the Chinese Mission to the UN at Geneva, during the 51st regular session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Vienna.

Noting that African-Americans in the U.S. face unfair law enforcement, Jiang said that based on the statistics, they are more than twice as likely as white people to be shot by police, 2.9 times as likely to die due to police brutality, and nearly six times as likely to be incarcerated.

He said colonialism and the slave trade were the root causes of racism and racial discrimination and that although this dark chapter of human history has been turned over, the ideas of “white supremacy” that underpinned it remains.

Referring to George Floyd’s death, which sparked international protests about racial injustice, Jiang said China urges the U.S. to take action to solve the domestic problems of systemic racism, racial discrimination and police violence, fully and conscientiously implement the relevant resolutions of the UN General Assembly and the UNHRC, and implement the Durban Declaration and Program of Action so that the tragedies like Floyd’s will not be repeated.

China stands ready to work with all parties to combat all forms of racial discrimination, ensuring that all people can live in dignity and build an inclusive, equal and free society, Jiang said.

 

Source: CGTN

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