- Chinese netizens wrapped in mixed feelings when Philippine President thanks China
- Russia seizes 36 Chinese fishermen, 2 fishing boats
- Pictures: Naked man attacks vehicles in street
Posted: 18 Jul 2012 01:16 AM PDT
Chinese netizens are left in mixed feelings on the news that Philippine President Benigno Aquino thanked China on Tuesday for its help to finish a major Philippine water supply project, amid tensions between the two countries over Huangyan Island in the South China Sea.
It was reported, China fully backed the $123-million water project, aiming to improve water delivery to 21 million residents of Manila and surrounding provinces. On July 17, Aquino inaugurated the launching ceremony of the project, and expressed his gratitude to China for its financial and technical support, when Chinese Ambassador to Manila was present at the ceremony too.
“We are thankful for the funds provided by China so we could set up this important project. It is through firm relations with our neighbouring countries that we can speedily solve our problems,” Aquino said in a speech.
But ironically, the tension between the Philippines and its neighbor China remains. It began after maritime forces from both countries had a standoff over the Huangyan Island in early April, and had ever been intensified many times.
On July 4, Philippine presidential spokesman just warned Chinese officials, in Chinese language, to be careful about what they say over the current conflict in the South China Sea.
On July 7, Philippine President thanked China.
From the comments left on one China’s major web portal Netease, most of Chinese netizens showed their disappointment on Chinese government offering the financial assistance to the Philippines which “bites us back as a return,” when the government is still inadequate to reduce the poverty in many areas of its own nation however.
Posted: 17 Jul 2012 05:17 PM PDT
Two Chinese fishing boats and 36 Chinese fishermen were seized by Russia, as they were said to have entered Russia’s exclusive economic zone in its far eastern Primorsky region for illegal fishing, according to China’s state news agency Xinhua, citing Chinese consulate in the port city of Vladivostok.
The two trawlers were from the city of Weihai in China’s eastern Shandong province. One carried 17 fishermen while the other had 19 on board.
A Russian coast guard vessel, the Dzerzhinsky, fired warning shots and then opened targeted fire to stop a Chinese fishing ship after three-hour chase, because the Chinese ship attempted to flee.
None of the Chinese fishermen were injured or killed during the incident, said Xinhua.
But earlier reports on Chinese websphere have said that one Chinese fisherman fell into the sea and went missing, when the Russian coastal guard vessel ran into the fishing boat, according to a Russian media.
Therefore, it has greatly confused Chinese netizens. Disappointment was provoked among the public too over the Chinese government’s weak response to such a rare confrontation between the two countries.
Russia is considered an ally by the CCP, but to counter China’s influence, Russia has strengthened its political presence in Far East and supplied weapons to countries like India and Vietnam.
Posted: 17 Jul 2012 12:15 PM PDT
In the morning of July 17, an emotionally unstable man was subdued by local police officers, after attacking coming vehicles on a busy road in Hefei City, Anhui Province.
The man, who stripped himself naked, first blocked the vehicles by standing in front, and then climbed up to the hoods and smashed the windshields with his fist. In less than half an hour, nearly 20 vehicles had been attacked by the him.
After subdued, the offender was injected with tranquilizer by the medical staff and rushed to the hospital. Police said they were unable to reach his family for the moment, as the man has not been identified yet, and it was unknown whether the man suffers from mental disorder too.
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