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Newsline: Chinese Embassy in Sweden issues safety alert

The Chinese Embassy in Sweden issued a safety alert. According to the safety alert, recently, there are more cases where Chinese tourists have been victims of theft and robbery, as well as cases where victims were treated poorly by Swedish police. China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Chinese Embassy in Sweden said they are concerned about the safety and legitimate rights of Chinese citizens visiting the country. In the announcement, the embassy urged Chinese citizens in Sweden to increase their safety awareness and strengthen safety precautions. In the event of an emergency, evidence should be also collected while ensuring safety. It also stated that Chinese citizens are urged to immediately call the police and contact the Chinese Embassy in Sweden for help.



Newsline: China’s ambassador says US officials ‘don’t have sufficient common sense’

As a tit-for-tat trade war between the world’s top two economies prepares for a new round of tariffs, China’s ambassador to the United States, Cui Tiankai, said that Beijing would not give in to intimidation and coercion from Washington. His sometimes blunt remarks came as trade tensions look set to escalate further following reports that US President Donald Trump intends to move ahead with the imposition of tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports as soon as next week. In a speech on Thursday at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington-based think tank, Cui admitted that US-China relations were facing “a big problem” and said there was good reason to be worried about their increasing geopolitical competition and rivalry.


Newsline: China’s embassy in Washington mulls legal action against ambassador’s fake Twitter account

“Chinese Ambassador Cui Tiankai has never opened an account with Twitter,” the embassy said in a statement on Sunday. “Any current Twitter accounts opened in the Ambassador’s name or with his photo are fake.” The embassy added that it might “pursue legal actions against the counterfeiters”. The fake account was started last week with the handle @CTiankai and carried the ambassador’s full name under his photo. It also included a profile biography saying: “Chinese diplomat and currently the Chinese ambassador to the United States”, although it did not link to the embassy’s website. A screen shot of the account showed that in about one week it had attracted nearly 700 followers and included several general comments about US-China relations attributed to Cui. An embassy spokeswoman told the South China Morning Post on Monday that “any unauthenticated accounts are all fake.” The embassy declined to say whether its personnel or Cui himself asked Twitter to take down the account, which was suspended as of Monday. No Chinese government officials have authenticated accounts on Twitter, which is blocked in China along with Facebook and other US social media platforms.


Newsline: Tahiti court to decide in rental case of China’s consulate

A court in French Polynesia is expected to get involved in the long-running dispute between a local home owner and the Chinese consulate. There has been a bitter dispute between the owner and the Chinese diplomats over the use of Residence Taina. China rented the villa in Punaauia in 2007 as a home for a diplomat but in defiance of the lease, the house was turned into an office and later a large satellite dish was installed on its roof. Disagreement over rent and upkeep prompted the owner last year to give the consulate notice to leave by February. However, the diplomats didn’t budge and instead wanted to buy the residence although it wasn’t for sale. China has resisted leaving the premises it had rented from Eva Bitton but has finally agreed to vacate them by the end of the month.


Newsline: China’s top diplomat says cooperation with Iran to continue

China will continue its cooperation and relations with Iran, state news agency Xinhua reported, citing a statement from Chinese State Councillor Wang Yi. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the 2015 deal in which Tehran agreed to curb its nuclear work in return for the lifting of most Western sanctions, is in line with the international community’s “common interest”, the Chinese diplomat said in a phone conversation with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, according to Xinhua. “We have openly indicated that we oppose the wrong practices of unilateral sanctions and ‘long-arm jurisdiction’ in international relations,” Wang Yi was quoted as saying. Beijing has cultivated close commercial links with Tehran, especially in the energy sector. China’s ties with Tehran are open, transparent and lawful, its foreign ministry said earlier in August, after U.S. President Donald Trump said companies doing business with Iran would be barred from the United States.


Newsline: Chinese embassy warns tourists to be on guard against hippos in Kenya

The Chinese Embassy in Kenya has warned travelers to be alert to dangers in visiting wildlife after a tourist from China’s Taiwan died while another was injured in an attack by a hippopotamus on the shores of Lake Naivasha. The two tourists were taking photos when they were attacked by the hippo at around 3 p.m. on Saturday at Sopa Resort about 95 km northwest of Nairobi. The embassy’s statement said it’s important for tourists to be on guard against dangers, noting several incidents of hippos attacking Chinese here in recent years. Tourists are urged not to get close to hippos, especially calves, or feed them because the huge mammals may attack rapidly and have a powerful bite once they feel threatened, which can include startling them with a camera flash. The embassy also suggests tourists be mindful of wild animals in the reserve areas of Kenya such as lions, cheetahs and rhinos.


Newsline: China tells consulates in Hong Kong, Macau to use only one city in official title

Beijing has asked foreign diplomatic missions which serve both Hong Kong and Macau from a single consulate to remove the name of the city which is not their main base from their official title. But the reason for the policy change has yet to be explained. The request, sent in a note to diplomatic corps in both special administrative regions from China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was made “several months ago” and contained a list of countries in both cities to which it applied, according to a consular source in Macau. The source described the list of countries affected as “not exhaustive, but extensive”, adding that it included consulates from European countries and elsewhere around the world.