Girl rescued after falling into panda enclosure in southwest China

admin   •   February 11, 2019   •   1708

Pandas approaching girl as security guard trying to pull her out of Panda enclosure in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China on February 9, 2019 | CCTV via Reuters

A young girl was rescued after falling into a panda enclosure in southwest China, state media reported on Sunday (February 10).

State broadcaster CCTV showed video of a security guard first trying to rescue the girl in red with a stick, then leaning through a gap to hold the girl’s hand and pull her out as pandas were approaching with no apparent attempt to attack human.

The incident took place at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding on Saturday (February 9), CCTV said.

The girl was not injured and the cause of the incident was still under investigation, it added. — Reuters

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Chinese paramilitary continues to hold exercises near Hong Kong border

Robie de Guzman   •   August 16, 2019

Hundreds of members of China’s People’s Armed Police (PAP) continued to conduct exercises on Friday (August 16) at a sports stadium in Shenzhen.

Paramilitary soldiers could be seen marching and holding anti-riot drills outside of the Shenzhen Bay Sports Centre.

Hundreds of armored vehicles remained parked on surrounding streets.

The Shenzhen stadium sits across the water from Hong Kong’s rural hinterland, near a bridge straddling the border.

Chinese state media have made several mentions of exercises in Shenzhen.

The U.S. State Department expressed concern on Wednesday (August 14) that the People’s Armed Police could be deployed across the border in Hong Kong to break up protests wracking the city. (REUTERS)

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Hong Kong’s Carrie Lam evades question on having autonomy over decisions

Robie de Guzman   •   August 13, 2019

Hong Kong’ Chief Executive Carrie Lam

Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam faced a tough grilling by reporters on Tuesday (August 13) during a weekly news briefing, in which she evaded questions on whether she has the autonomy to scrap an extradition bill without Beijing’s approval.

The increasingly violent demonstrations have plunged the Chinese-ruled territory into its most serious crisis in decades, presenting Chinese leader Xi Jinping with one of his biggest challenges since he came to power in 2012.

Lam, once again, defended the police’s actions towards young protesters during the weekend’s hit and run protests.

She also reiterated her role as chief executive, saying she can only ‘support’ law enforcement but has no say towards police actions.

“The chief executive’s responsibility is to ensure that Hong Kong remains a safe and orderly and law-abiding city. That is my utmost responsibility,” Lam said.

“I, as the chief executive will be responsible to rebuild Hong Kong’s economy, to engage as widely as possible, to listen as attentively as possible to my people’s grievances and try to help Hong Kong to move on,” she added.

The protests began as opposition to a now-suspended bill that would have allowed extradition to mainland China for those facing criminal charges but have grown into wider calls for democracy.

Demonstrators say they are fighting the erosion of the “one country, two systems” arrangement enshrining some autonomy for Hong Kong when China took it back from Britain in 1997. (REUTERS)

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China warns U.S. politicians to stop condoning violence in Hong Kong

Robie de Guzman   •   August 7, 2019

China on Tuesday again demanded that relevant U.S. politicians immediately stop condoning the violent crimes in Hong Kong and interfering in the city’s affairs, saying any attempt to meddle in Hong Kong affairs and China’s internal affairs will never succeed.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying made the remarks while commenting on U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi’s latest stance on Hong Kong.

The recent demonstrations in Hong Kong have turned into radical, violent and illegal behaviors, with a small number of radicals committing misdeeds, including setting fires and hiding weapons, said Hua.

Hua said that some U.S. politicians, including Pelosi, have been bolstering the violent radical criminals and even beautifying and whitewashing their behavior. They’ve wantonly smeared and vilified the just move of the government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and police to uphold the rule of law and order. This is no different from covering up, conniving at and supporting illegal criminal behavior, which again reveals their malicious anti-China intent to mess up Hong Kong.

Hua pointed out that since the return of Hong Kong in 1997 from the United Kingdom, policies including “one country, two systems”, “Hong Kong people governing Hong Kong” and a high degree of autonomy have been earnestly carried out and the rights and freedoms of Hong Kong people have been fully guaranteed. Those are undeniable facts recognized by any unbiased person.

She added that the future and destiny of Hong Kong must and can only be put in the hands of all Chinese people, including the Hong Kong compatriots.

Any attempt to undermine the “one country, two systems” policy and Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability will surely be resolutely opposed by all Chinese people, including the Hong Kong compatriots. And any attempt to interfere in Hong Kong affairs and China’s internal affairs is doomed to fail. (REUTERS)

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