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Archive for September 29, 2012

Newsline: Beijing urges Tokyo to protect Chinese missions

A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman responded to media reports of threatening mail sent to the Chinese embassy in Tokyo by saying that China requires Japan to protect the safety of Chinese embassies and personnel within its territory. Hong Lei said that China had expressed grave concern over the embassy’s receipt on Thursday of a bullet in the post, adding that China has asked Japan to take effective measures to guarantee safety for Chinese embassies and personnel in Japan in accordance with the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. As Saturday marks the 40th anniversary of normalization of China-Japan relations, it should serve as an opportunity for the two countries to push forward their bilateral ties, Hong said. However, the spokesman reiterated, the Japanese government’s insistence on “buying” the Diaoyu Islands severely infringed upon China’s territory and sovereignty, leaving a series of diplomatic activities postponed or canceled. China-Japan relations face a grim situation at present, caused by Japan’s unilateral action on the Diaoyu Islands, he said. The Chinese Embassy in Tokyo received an envelope containing a rifle bullet on Thursday and handed it over to the Japanese police, Yang Yu, spokesman for the embassy, confirmed on Friday afternoon.



Newsline: Israeli Embassy Pokes Fun at Iranians on Twitter

The official Twitter account for Israel’s Embassy in the United States had some fun with Iran’s state run Fars News Agency, after the Iranian outlet used a report by the satirical Onion publication stating that a new Gallup poll showed rural white Americans overwhelmingly prefer Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad over President Obama, and passed it off as real. The Onion ran a headline entitled, “Gallup Poll: Rural Whites Prefer Ahmadinejad to Obama”, and hours later Fars ran the identical story. A fake West Virginia resident named Dale Swiderski was among the “77%” of rural white Americans who likes Ahmadinejad better than Obama, according to The Onion. “He takes national security seriously, and he’d never let some gay protesters tell him how to run his country like Obama does,” said Swiderski.