Hourly News 2014-05-16
    2014-05-19 17:12:58     CRIENGLISH.com       Web Editor: Han



China lodges solemn protest with Vietnam over deadly violence

The Chinese government has launched a formal protest over the recent violence in Vietnam against Chinese companies.
At least one Chinese national in Vietnam has been killed and more than 100 others injured amid the anti-China protests which have been taking place in several Vietnamese provinces this week.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying.
"The Vietnamese side has an inescapable responsibility for the beating, smashing, looting and burning targeted at China and other countries. We urge the Vietnamese side to immediately take all necessary and effective measures possible to protect the safety of foreign citizens and enterprises in Vietnam, including those from China, and provide a decent working environment for foreign enterprises doing normal business there."
The Chinese government has sent a working group to Vietnam to deal with the aftermath of the violence.
The protests come amid rising tensions over a territorial dispute in the South China Sea.
The unrest began last week after Vienamese ships attempted to disrupt the normal operations of a Chinese oil company in waters around the Xisha Islands.


Xi: There is no gene for invasion in our blood

Chinese President Xi Jinping has reiterated that China will firmly stick to the path of peaceful development and would like to boost world peace with other countries.
He made the remarks while addressing a conference marking the 60th anniversary of the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries.
Xi Jinping stressed that there's no gene for invasion in Chinese people's blood, and Chinese people won't follow the logic that "might is right".
He also called for increasing the people-to-people exchanges to contribute more to China's friendship with other countries.


China, Russia to sign gas deal

China and Russia are expected to sign a deal on natural gas during President Vladimir Putin's visit to China next week.
Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Cheng Guoping says companies from both sides are finalizing the gas contracts in Moscow.
Russia's top natural gas producer Gazprom plans to supply China with 38 billion cubic meters of gas annually starting from 2018.
Putin will attend a summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia next week in Shanghai.
It's his first trip to China since Chinese President Xi Jinping took office.


Vote counting begins for results of general election in India

Vote counting is underway in India following the mammoth nine-phase general election.
About 551 million votes from more than 1.8 million electronic voting machines are being tallied.
The five week-long election ended on Monday in a contest which pit the ruling Congress against the main opposition BJP.
Exit polls predict a win for the BJP leader Narendra Modi but analysts warn such polls have proved wrong before.


Ukraine to start next round of national talks in Donetsk

Ukrainian and Russian diplomats have confirmed the next round of national talks on the future of Ukraine will take place in the region of Donetsk, one of the two regions which have announced a spit from Kiev this week.
At the same time, Russia said Ukraine must pay in advance for Russian gas supplies starting from next month.
If not, Russia says it may stop sending gas into Ukraine.
Meanwhile European and US officials have agreed to impose more sanctions on Russia if it tries to disrupt this month's Presidental election in Ukraine.


One-day strike in Turkey in protest against the mine disaster

Clashes have broken out as part of a one-day strike in Turkey in protest against the worst mining disaster in the country.
Thousands have taken to the streets in cities across the country, demanding better working conditions.
A wave of resentment has been directed towards politicians, including Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, for the handling of the disaster.
283 people are confirmed dead, while more than 100 are still missing, after an explosion and subsequent fire in a coal mine in western Turkey on Tuesday.


Death toll in Bangladesh ferry disaster rises to 22

Bangladesh rescuers have dragged out 10 more bodies from a sunken ferry, raising the death toll from Thursday's accident to 22.
The ferry with over 200 passengers sank in stormy weather in the Meghna river in the south.
Many more remain missing.
A salvage ship is trying to drag the sunken ferry to the bank.
Official say the ferry has experienced accidents twice in the past.
Official figures show around 1,000 people die in ferry accidents in Bangladesh every year.


Brazilian anti-World Cup protests hit Sao Paulo and Rio

Riot police in Brazil have fired tear gas to disperse thousands of protesters in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro who marched against the cost of hosting the football World Cup.
Some demonstrators hurled stones while other burned tyres and blocked roads.
They say they are angry that billions of dollars are being spent on next month's football tournament, rather than social projects and housing.
Protests also took place in many other cities, including the capital Brasilia.





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