Hourly News 2014-05-17
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China once again urges Vietnam to immediately stop disruptions of Chinese company's operation

China has once again urged Vietnam to immediately stop disruptions of Chinese company's drilling operation in the South China sea.
Ouyang Yujing, director-general of the Department of Boundary and Ocean Affairs of China's Foreign Ministry, told reporters in Beijing that China has repeatedly urged Vietnam to respect China's sovereignty, sovereign rights and jurisdiction, stop its disruptive activities and pull all vessels and personnel out of the area.
He stressed that Xisha Islands are China's inherent territory and the waters where Chinese company operates is close to China's Xisha Islands, being only 17 nautical miles away from China's Zhongjian Island and nearly 150 nautical miles away from the coast of Vietnam.
He said it makes no sense at all for the Vietnamese side to disrupt Chinese company's legitimate and legal drilling operation in China's coastal waters.


China cannot afford to lose an inch of its territory: general

A senior Chinese military leader says China can not afford to lose an inch of its territory and calls on Washington to hold an objective view on the South China Sea and East China Sea issues
Fang Fenghui, Chief of General Staff of the People's Liberation Army, made the remarks after meeting his US counterpart Martin Dempsey in Washington.
Fang says his visit is set to advance the new model of China-U.S. military relationship along a sound and stable track.
He will wrap up his five day US tour this weekend.


China to work with Indian new gov't for closer partnership

China has congratulated the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on its victory in the Indian general election and voiced hope to work with the new government.
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying says in a written statement that China has always attached great importance to developing relations with India and the two countries' relations have maintained sound momentum of development over the recent years.
She says China-India relations are facing new opportunities of development and China is willing to work with India's new government to maintain high-level visits, strengthen cooperation in all fields and upgrade their partnership to a higher level.


Chinese, French FMs hold talks on cementing ties

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his French counterpart Laurent Fabius have held talks in Beijing, pledging to further promote bilateral ties.
Noting that the state visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to France in late March has "far-reaching" influence on bilateral ties, Wang Yi said the two nations need to make joint efforts to implement the consensus reached by both leaders.


UN sounds alarm on human rights in Ukraine's east

U.S. President Barack Obama and his French counterpart Francois Hollande have warned that Russia will face significant additional costs if it continues its provocative behavior in Ukraine.
Speaking with Hollande by phone about the situation in Ukraine, Obama praised Kiev's efforts to unify the country by holding free and fair presidential elections on May 25 that will lead to an inclusive constitutional reform process.


Death toll rises to 292 in Turkey's coal mine disaster

The death toll in Turkey's worst coal mine disaster has risen to 292 after eight more bodies were found in the western town of Soma.
Energy Minister Taner Yildiz says rescue teams are now trying to save another 10 workers who are still trapped underground.
According to the minister, the cause of the disaster is yet to be determined, but it's believed that an electrical fault, which resulted in an explosion and fire, is to blame.


"No tangible progress" made in Iranian nuclear talks: Iranian deputy FM

Iran's chief nuclear negotiator says the forth round of Iranian nuclear talks has ended in Vienna, making "no tangible progress," but the negotiation will continue in coming months.


China's cab-calling apps to cancel passenger subsidies

China's two most popular cab-calling apps have announced that they will cancel payment subsidies for passengers from today.
The announcement signals a truce in the price war between smartphone apps Didi and KuaiDi, which belong to Chinese Internet giants Tencent and Alibaba respectively. The promotion has contributed greatly to a boom in the mobile payment market.
According to a letter KuaiDi released to its customers, the subsidy program will end at 12 a.m. on Saturday after running for more than five months. The company will provide various discount periodically in the future.
Meanwhile, Didi also announced that it will suspend cash subsidy for customers who hail cabs via the app. But it said it will offer more diversified rewards in ways other than cash.
Both apps said they will keep their subsidies for taxi drivers.


Li Na Knocked out in Rome

Chinese Ace Li Na is out of the Italian Open.
She lost to local favorite claycourt specialist Sara Errani 6-3, 4-6, 6-2.
Before this tournament, Li Na had never lost to Errani in their previous six meetings.




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