China navy calls for United States to reduce risk of misunderstandings

admin   •   October 5, 2015   •   1776

A Chinese naval helicopter takes off from Chinese naval frigate Linyi during multi-country maritime joint exercises off the coast in Qingdao, Shandong province April 23, 2014. REUTERS/CHINA DAILY

A Chinese naval helicopter takes off from Chinese naval frigate Linyi during multi-country maritime joint exercises off the coast in Qingdao, Shandong province April 23, 2014.
REUTERS/CHINA DAILY

China hopes the United States can scale back activities that run the risk of misunderstandings, and respect China’s core interests, the Defense Ministry on Thursday cited a senior Chinese naval commander as saying.

Each country has blamed the other for dangerous moves over several recent incidents of aircraft and ships from China and the United States facing off in the air and waters around the Asian giant.

Last year the Pentagon said a Chinese warplane flew as close as 20 to 30 feet (7 to 10 m) from a U.S. Navy patrol jet and did a barrel roll over the plane.

The Pacific is an important platform for cooperation, Admiral Sun Jianguo, deputy chief of staff of the People’s Liberation Army, told Admiral Harry Harris, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command.

“The prerequisite for win-win cooperation is mutual trust,” Sun said, according to China’s Defense Ministry.

“(We) hope the U.S. side can pay great attention to China’s concerns, earnestly respect our core interests, avoid words and actions that harm bilateral ties, and reduce activities which cause misunderstandings or misjudgments,” he added.

The two officials were meeting in Hawaii on the sidelines of a gathering of Asia-Pacific defense officials.

The comments came as one of the U.S. Navy’s most advanced aircraft carriers docked in Japan at the start of a deployment that will strengthen the capability of the Seventh Fleet in Asia and boost ties between the United States and its closest regional ally.

Last week, the United States announced pacts with China on a military hotline and rules governing airborne encounters, which seek to lessen the chance of an accidental flare-up between the two militaries, despite tension in the South China Sea.

China last month said it was “extremely concerned” about a suggestion by a top U.S. commander that U.S. ships and aircraft should challenge China’s claims in the South China Sea by patrolling close to artificial islands it has built.

Beijing claims most of the South China Sea, through which $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year.

(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

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China bridge collapse kills three, injures two

Robie de Guzman   •   October 11, 2019

Three people died and two were injured when a highway bridge collapsed on Thursday (October 10) in China’s eastern province of Jiangsu, state media said.

State broadcaster CCTV showed footage, taken from a driver’s dashboard cam, showed the moment when the bridge collapsed onto several vehicles.

The bridge, in the city of Wuxi, fell on three cars below, killing three people in two of the vehicles, although the third vehicle was empty, official state news agency Xinhua said.

Three cars and two trucks fell from the bridge as it collapsed.

City and transport ministry officials are investigating the cause of the accident, Xinhua said. (Reuters)

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Hong Kong protesters throw petrol bombs; police fire tear gas

Jeck Deocampo   •   October 1, 2019

An anti-government protester throws a Molotov cocktail at the police during a protest on National Day in Hong Kong, China, 01 October 2019. Hong Kong has witnessed several months of ongoing mass protests, originally triggered by a now withdrawn extradition bill to mainland China that have turned into a wider pro-democracy movement. EPA-EFE/FAZRY ISMAIL

Hong Kong protesters threw petrol bombs and police fired tear gas in street battles across the city on Tuesday (October 1), posing a direct challenge to Chinese President Xi Jinping on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic.

In the New Territories town of Sha Tin, police fired tear gas canisters directly at high-rise windows, though it was not clear why, as the Chinese-ruled city was gripped by the most widespread violence in nearly four months of unrest.

Police said “rioters” had used corrosive fluid in Tuen Mun in the west of the New Territories, “injuring multiple police officers and reporters”. No details were immediately available.

The Chinese-ruled territory has been tense for weeks, with protests often turning violent, as authorities scramble to avoid activists spoiling Beijing’s birthday parade at a time when the central government is already grappling with a U.S.-China trade war and a slowing economy. i

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Hong Kong police break up protesters with force

Jeck Deocampo   •   October 1, 2019

Police fire tear gas canisters towards anti-government protesters during a protest on National Day in Hong Kong, China, 01 October 2019. Hong Kong has witnessed several months of ongoing mass protests, originally triggered by a now withdrawn extradition bill to mainland China that have turned into a wider pro-democracy movement. China commemorates the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China on 01 October 2019. EPA-EFE/JEROME FAVRE

Violent clashes ensued as Hong Kong riot police break up protesters with force on Tuesday (October 1) while China celebrates its 70th anniversary National Day.

China celebrated its growing power and confidence with a big display of military hardware and goose-stepping troops in Beijing on Tuesday, overseen by President Xi Jinping who pledged peaceful development on Communist China’s 70th birthday.

The event is the country’s most important of the year as it looks to project its assurance in the face of mounting challenges, including nearly four months of anti-government protests in Hong Kong and an economy-sapping trade war with the United States.

The former British colony was in lockdown on Tuesday with barricades in the city centre, shuttered stores and a heavy police presence. Embattled Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam is in Beijing for the anniversary celebrations. (REUTERS/EPA)

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