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The Chinese embassy in Sweden on Friday recommended Chinese citizens to make efforts toward tightening security and abstain from visiting public places after the truck incident in Stockholm earlier in the day. “The embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Sweden advises China’s citizens to tighten security measures … not to visit public places and go outside in the night where possible,” the statement read. There is no information about any Chinese citizens being affected by the incident. According to Swedish media reports, at least one person was killed and dozens more injured when a truck rammed into a crowd on a major pedestrian street in the Swedish capital.
The Chinese Embassy in Berlin demanded today that a German online retailer stop selling a line of T-shirts with slogans it says are insulting to China. The offerings from retailer Spreadshirt.de include T-shirts with slogans like “Save a dog, Eat a Chinese,” ”Save a shark, Eat a Chinese,” and an image of two faux Chinese alphabet characters having sex, with the caption “Now I understand Chinese.” The embassy said in a statement that it has complained to the German government and is seeking an apology, an explanation and for the offending shirts to be pulled. However, the head of the Leipzig-based company, Philip Rooke, said he planned to keep the disputed designs available for purchase. “We do not judge or censor designs based on their phrasing, social or political leanings,” he said in a written statement.
The Chinese embassy in Namibia has distanced its operations and relations from what its chargé d’affaires Li Nan called the ‘rotten’ Chinese, following dozens of poaching cases and other illegal activities involving Chinese nationals. Several Chinese were also arrested in arguably the biggest financial scandal ever reported in Namibia, involving N$3.5 billion that the government allegedly lost in tax evasion and money laundering, among others counts in the matter. Some Namibians were also arrested in connection with the case. “China will never give unprincipled protection to Chinese national suspects if they are treated according to the law,” he said. He said Chinese nationals that are involved in illegal activities do not represent the local Chinese community and embassy, and certainly not the People’s Republic of China.
China’s top diplomat will soon be in the United States (US) on the first official visit to the country since President Donald Trump took office, amid signs of strain in ties over trade relations and growing tension in east Asia. State Councillor Yang Jiechi will be in Washington for two days beginning Monday. He will exchange views with senior Trump administration officials on bilateral ties and issues of common concern, said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang. Yang, the top diplomat in Chinese political hierarchy who has served as ambassador to Washington, is the first senior official from China to visit the US since Trump took office on January 20. And it comes after Trump agreed to “honour” the ‘One China’ policy, which considers Taiwan part of China, during a telephonic conversation with Chinese President Xi Jinping on February 10, retracting from his previous public stance that he would negotiate the policy. The future of US-China ties remain uncertain after Trump accused the world’s second-largest economy of cheating at trade and repeatedly called it a “currency manipulator”. Trump has also slammed China over its assertive moves in the disputed South China Sea (SCS), where Beijing has built islands that can potentially be used for military purposes.
The South American country of Guyana says it is investigating allegations that the Chinese embassy has been using its diplomatic status to bring in tax-free goods from China and distribute them to local merchants. Guyana Revenue Commissioner Godfrey Statia told The Associated Press on Friday that customs officers reported the embassy had been receiving unusually large shipments. Shipments tied to a diplomatic mission are not fully searched. Statia said there’s a big difference in prices in items being sold by Chinese-owned stores compared with the Guyanese ones. The Chinese embassy called the allegations baseless and said it reserves the right to take legal action.
The Chinese Embassy in Japan said it will continue to take strong measures to protect the legitimate rights of Chinese nationals working in Japan under the Japanese government-sponsored Technical Intern Training Program for foreigners. “The Chinese diplomatic and consular missions in Japan attach great importance to protecting Chinese technical trainees in Japan, and have carried out consular protection and assistance work through various channels and means,” the embassy told Xinhua. According to the Japanese Ministry of Justice, there were about 85,000 Chinese trainees in Japan last year under the program. Tokyo introduced the intern program in 1993. It claims the program is designed to bring in interns from developing countries and help them acquire technical skills they can bring back to their homelands to contribute to local economic development. Yet the system has been widely criticized as a platform to attract cheap labor from overseas to compensate for Japan’s manpower shortage without due measures to protect the rights of foreign workers. The Chinese embassy said it will increase contacts with related Japanese ministries to urge the Japanese side to take measures to protect the legal rights of Chinese interns.
The United States will station 10 to 15 marines at the country’s de facto embassy in Taiwan, a former US diplomat said on Friday (Feb 17), in a move set to incur China’s anger. In an interview on Taiwanese radio station Hit FM, William Stanton – the director from 2009 to 2012 of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), which acts as the US embassy on the island in the absence of official ties – confirmed the deployment. Another former AIT director, Stephen Young, had mentioned the plan at a seminar in Washington.