HONG KONG: Unabated violence against reporters in China, Hong Kong journalist was arrested and left injured while trying to interview a human rights lawyer in Beijing today, the second violent incident against the city’s reporters in China within a week.
TV footage showed police bundling cameraman Chui Chun-ming to the ground and dragging him into a van. Chui, who is from Hong Kong and works for the city’s Now TV channel but is based in Beijing, was released hours later after signing a letter of remorse.
Reporters from outside mainland China including those from semi-autonomous Hong Kong are usually given a much freer rein than domestic journalists, who have little opportunity to air their views in a country dominated by state media. Now TV expressed “extreme anger” over the “unreasonable and violent obstruction during their lawful reporting in Beijing”.
The incident came four days after another Hong Kong journalist was kicked and beaten by two men while covering the tenth anniversary of a devastating earthquake in Sichuan.
The men claimed they were “ordinary people” but local residents said they were linked to the government, according to Hong Kong media.
Today’s footage showed police obstructing Chui and asking to see his press pass as he attempted to reach a hearing at the Beijing Lawyers Association.
The hearing was to decide whether human rights lawyer Xie Yan-yi, who Chui was trying to interview, should have his license revoked, according to Now TV.
Xie was one of the lawyers arrested in Beijing’s “709 crackdown” of 2015, which marked the largest ever clampdown on the legal profession in China.
When Chui asked the police to return his press pass after inspection several officers forced him to the ground, where two plainclothes men pinned his arms behind his back and pushed his head down.
He was then handcuffed and put in the van, with Xie also taken away in a police car.
The Hong Kong Journalists Association urged China to stop “uncivilized acts and suppression” of reporting work. The group handed a joint letter signed by local media to China’s liaison office in the city today.
20% of Caspian Sea resources should belong to Iran: FM
TEHRAN: The Islamic Republic of Iran has never accepted such an illusory line, Foreign Minister of Iran, Mohammad Javad Zarif, said in a TV program as the idea that Iran should possess 50 percent of the Caspian Sea, is wrong because in that case Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan would have no share.
Unfortunately, at the time of the former regime of Iran, due to its dependence on foreigners, the ex-Soviet Union never allowed Iran to take even a step across the so-called Asta line and Iran did not get even a drop of oil, Zarif said.
‘What happened after the establishment of the Islamic Republic is that we did not allow Iran’s share to be decreased. The illusory 11-percent line is no longer valid. Of course, some tried to revive this illusory historical procedure which had been forcibly imposed on Iran during the former regime but the Islamic Republic rejected it,’ the foreign minister said.
He said the Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea does not allow the littoral states to use the waters for military purposes against other countries, expressing surprise that some friends were bringing such matters of national pride under question.
‘There are kilometers of pipelines in the Caspian Sea which date back to the era of the former Soviet Union and no one used to consult us in this regard. But this does not bring them any right,’ Zarif said.
The foreign minister made it clear ‘Demarcation of the sea has not been done yet and Iran’s territorial integrity has been preserved in the Convention. Preparations have been made for future negotiations.’
On the latest developments concerning the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Zarif said the Europeans have acted well concerning their commitment to the deal and they are now standing up to their ally.
Pakistan, China to further deepen cooperation in maritime sectors
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and China on Thursday agreed to further deepen practical cooperation in maritime sectors of the two countries.
During 3rd round of Maritime dialogue in Beijing on Thursday, both the sides held comprehensive discussions on the entire range of maritime cooperation between Pakistan and China. These included: evaluation of Pakistan-China existing maritime cooperation; bilateral cooperation and exchanges between the two Navies; cooperation in fisheries sector; maritime security, and science and technology cooperation.
According to a press release of Foreign Office, Additional Secretary Imtiaz Ahmad led the Pakistani delegation while the Chinese side was led by Deputy Foreign Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kong Xuanyou.
The two sides expressed satisfaction over the current level of cooperation and vowed to further strengthen and enhance bilateral cooperation in all mutually relevant areas. Both the countries expressed their commitment to further improve cooperation in matters of regional and international significance.
CPEC has across the board support in Pakistan: Chairman Senate
ISLAMABAD: Chairman Senate Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani has said that CPEC has across the board political and institutional support in Pakistan and CPEC projects are progressing smoothly.
He also observed that Pakistan hopes that work on New Gwadar International Airport and other social welfare projects will also accelerate with Chinese assistance, said a press release issued here on Thursday.
During the meeting in Beijing, both sides agreed that the China Pakistan Economic Corridor had added an economic dimension to the already excellent bilateral strategic relationship between the two countries.
The Chairman Senate said that Pakistan and China are “iron friends” who have stood the test of time and huge changes and challenges in the region and international arena.
Chairman Senate Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani who is visiting China on invitation of Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Mr. Wang Yang and leading a multiparty and multi-region delegation of Senators and businessmen assured Chinese Foreign Minister of continuity of policy and commitment to CPEC and other bilateral cooperation in the wake of change of political leadership in the country.
The Chairman asked for concerted efforts for the uplift of Gwadar and other areas of Baluchistan on which success of CPEC was dependent. He also urged to undertake socio-economic development projects in Gwadar.
The Senators belonging to different political parties conveyed the best wishes of their leadership for the leaders of government and people of China.
The Chairman Senate assured of Pakistan’s continued diplomatic support to the legitimate concerns of China and urged China to play an enhanced role in alleviating the sufferings and human rights violations of innocent Kashmiris in Indian occupied areas.
Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister said that Pakistan’s security, integrity, sovereignty and successful pursuit of socio-economic development of its people remains China’s unequivocal resolve.
The Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister expressed confidence that all weather strategic partnership between two countries would continue to grow regardless of changes in the regional and international situation.
China sees Pakistan as a reliable and close friend, and the relationship with Pakistan will continue to be the priority for China.
Complementing Pakistan on the political transition underway, State Councilor said that China looks forward to working closely with Pakistan’s new government to strengthen bilateral cooperation in all areas.
Wang Yi stressed the importance of exchanges between the legislative branches of Pakistan and China.
As representatives of the peoples of both countries, such interaction between legislators was essential for fostering close people to people ties, which were the foundation of any inter-state relationship.
Earlier in the day, the Pakistani delegation headed by Chairman Senate met with Chairman of China Power Construction Company Limited.
Chairman Senate appreciated the work of the company in Port Qasim power project and expressed hope for more such projects from the company in the power sector of Pakistan.
Chairman of the China Power Construction Company assured of the company’s expertise to provide better solutions in power sector infrastructure development.
He said that the support of China Power is helping to meet the energy needs of Pakistan and the company is a source of confidence and trust between the two brotherly countries.
Members of the delegation include Senators Mrs. Nuzhat Sadiq, Sitara Ayaz, Muhammad Akram, Dilawar Khan, Kauda Babar, Muhammad Azam Khan Swati, Barrister Muhammad Ali Khan Saif, Mirza Muhammad Afridi, Behramand Tangi and Secretary Senate Amjed Pervez Malik.