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Sino-British Joint Declaration has no paragraph about "dual universal suffrage"
The government of China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region has clarified that the Sino-British Joint Declaration does not have any paragraph which sets out the implementation of "dual universal suffrage.”
The Sino-British Joint Declaration says "the chief executive (of the HKSAR) will be appointed by the Central People's Government on the basis of the results of elections or consultations to be held locally.”
An SAR spokesman said universal suffrage of "one person, one vote" for selecting the chief executive and electing all members of the Legislative Council is enshrined as an ultimate aim in the Basic Law of the HKSAR of the People's Republic of China. (Xinhua)
China appreciates Kiribati's decision to sever "diplomatic ties" with Taiwan
China said it highly appreciates Kiribati government’s decision to cut official relations with the Taiwan authorities and recognize the one-China principle.
The Republic of Kiribati on Friday severed so-called "diplomatic ties" with Taiwan, the second country to do so in less than a week. The Solomon Islands government voted on a similar move on Monday.
Kiribati is the seventh country to cut off its official relationship with Taiwan since leader Tsai Ing-wen took office in 2016. (Xinhua & CGTN)
Trudeau vows to continue campaign as new images of him wearing blackface emerge
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has apologized again and asked for forgiveness after new images of him in blackface emerged.
This, as he continued to press forward with campaign stops in Winnipeg and Saskatoon.
The images are fresh blows just one week into a federal election campaign, with Trudeau's party in a tight contest against the Conservatives led by Andrew Scheer. (AFP)
2 shootings in DC kill at least 1, wound another 8
US police say one man was killed and five other adults were wounded in a shooting in the nation’s capital.
Police were searching for two men armed with a rifle. They were seen at the shooting scene in a largely residential part of the northwest Washington neighborhood.
Three others were wounded in another shooting in northeast Washington, although police didn’t know if the two shootings were related. (AP)
China to ban hog imports from ROK
China will ban hog and boar imports from the Republic of Korea after the latter reported African swine fever cases.
China said it will intensify quarantine checks on packages sent from the ROK and passenger baggage.
It added that once hog-related products are detected, the packages and baggage will be sent back or destroyed.
Pork prices in China hit record levels following an epidemic of African swine fever that has cut domestic pig production, pushing up demand for pork imports. (Xinhua)
Australians protest against gov't inaction on climate change
Thousands of Australian students abandoned classes to attend global climate strikes across the country on Friday.
Students will be joined by trade unionists and employees from more than 2,000 companies and university academics.
Protesters are calling on the federal government to commit to no new coal, gas or oil projects, 100-percent renewable energy generation and exports by 2030 and funding for a just transition and job creation for all fossil-fuel industry workers and communities. (Xinhua)
OECD cuts growth outlook to lowest since the financial crisis
And the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development predicted further slowdown in the global economy this year and in 2020, citing escalating trade tension and high policy uncertainty.
It said the global economy risked entering a new, lasting low-growth phase if governments continued to dither over how to respond.
Trade growth, which had been the motor of the global recovery after the financial crisis, had fallen from 5 percent in 2017 into negative territory now. (CGTN)
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