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Newsline: Chinese embassy in Pakistan confirms kidnapping of 2 nationals

The Chinese embassy in Pakistan on Wednesday confirmed the kidnapping of two Chinese nationals by unknown gunmen in the country’s southwest Quetta city earlier in the day. An official from the Chinese embassy told Xinhua that they are trying to know more details about the incident and about the abducted persons. Meanwhile they have urged the Pakistani side to rescue the abductees as quickly as possible, said the official.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-05/24/c_136311794.htm

Newsline: China’s embassy in India removes ambassador’s statement

The Chinese embassy website quietly removed the statement made by ambassador Luo Zhaohui from his speech in which he extended an offer to India suggesting name change of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. Just, a day after the statement of ambassador made headlines across Pakistan and China, the Chinese authorities seemed to have dropped the idea of renaming multi-billion dollars economic corridor as the ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui speech posted on embassy’s website contains everything except the particular statement ‘Even we can think about renaming the CPEC’. The offer was reportedly made by ambassador Zhaohui in a speech to the United Service Institution (USI) in New Delhi on Friday, according to Zee News. Stating that the CPEC is for promoting economic cooperation on connectivity, Luo claimed that it has “no connections to or impact on sovereignty issues”. The embassy website originally carried the statement of its ambassador but as soon as it faced backlash, apparently for inking the prodigious project with Pakistan and suggesting a name change, the statement was removed.

https://en.dailypakistan.com.pk/pakistan/china-quietly-removes-ambassadors-rename-cpec-statement-from-embassy-website/

Newsline: Chinese Embassy urges citizens in North Korea to return home

The Chinese Embassy in North Korea has advised Korean-Chinese residents to return home amid concern that the North’s military provocations may trigger a U.S. attack on the North, according to a source. The embassy began sending the message on Apr. 20, five days before the North celebrated the 85th anniversary of the Korean People’s Army with a show of military power, Radio Free Asia said Tuesday. The station cited a Korean-Chinese living in the North’s capital, who said he left for China late last month after the embassy contacted him. He said he has been visiting China every two to three months but, after being told he should “stay in China for a while,” left North Korea a month early. “The embassy has never given such a warning. I was worried and left the country in a hurry,” said the man, whose name was withheld. But he said that most Korean-Chinese residents in Pyongyang were ignoring the message. The city’s “peaceful” atmosphere, despite the global crisis due to the state’s threats involving missiles and nuclear tests, might have kept them unaware of the situation, he added. The embassy’s warning indicates that China is worried that the saber-rattling North and U.S. moves to destabilize the Kim Jong-un regime might affect Chinese citizens abroad. The North was expected to conduct its sixth nuclear test around the 105th anniversary of the state’s founder Kim Il-sung’s birth on Apr. 15 and/or on the national military anniversary on Apr. 25. The test did not happen on either day, except a fizzled missile test on Apr. 29.

https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2017/05/103_228651.html

Newsline: China’s Embassy in Sweden Advises Chinese Nationals to Up Security

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.

https://sputniknews.com/europe/201704071052428552-china-sweden-embassy-advises-security/

Newsline: Chinese Embassy demands apology from German T-shirt retailer

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.

http://www.india.com/news/agencies/chinese-embassy-demands-apology-from-german-t-shirt-retailer-2-1913684/

Newsline: Chinese embassy in Namibia distances self from ‘rotten’ nationals

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.

https://www.newera.com.na/2017/03/06/chinese-embassy-distances-self-from-rotten-nationals/

Newsline: China’s top diplomat on first official US visit in Donald Trump era

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.

http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report-china-s-top-diplomat-on-first-official-us-visit-in-trump-era-2336140