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US President @JoeBiden denied on Tuesday a media report that his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, last week turned down an offer from Biden for a face-to-face meeting.…
Previously, @FT cited multiple people briefed on a 90-minute call between the two leaders last week as saying Xi did not take Biden up on the offer and instead insisted that Washington adopt a less strident tone toward #Beijing.
"It's not true," Biden said when asked by reporters if he was disappointed that Xi did not want to meet with him.

Biden's national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, said in a statement earlier on Tuesday that the report was "not an accurate portrayal of the call. Period."
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A Chinese woman whose sexual harassment case against a popular TV host sparked a nationwide debate over #MeToo has accused a #Beijing court of unfair treatment and vowed to appeal after it ruled against her.…
The Haidian people’s court said in a judgment released late on Tuesday that Zhou Xiaoxuan did not meet the standard of proof in claiming that Zhu Jun, her superior at work, sexually harassed her.
“I told the court today that this incident happened when I was 21, and now I’m 28. In the last three years because of this legal case I wasn’t able to do other work. I was very sad and I couldn’t help but cried in the court today,” Zhou told the Guardian.
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There’s a gaping (loop)hole in #climate reporting, calculations & countermeasures—#BlueCarbon!

Must finally put #Seabed #CarbonSink on agenda for #COP26...

Here too #China leads world in #carbon damage—by far.

Time for accountability on #RoadToGlasgow!…
#Ocean covers 71% of world’s surface..<10% mapped w/ modern sonar.

Salt marshes, mangroves, seagrass beds & ultra-deep abyssal #seabed absorb large quantities of #CO2 from atmosphere & balancing critical #climate systems.

Disrupting risks grave & potentially irreversible harms
.@Nature: “#marine sediments are the largest pool of organic #carbon on the planet.”

Est. vol. ~7 trillion metric tons—>3X cumulative anthropogenic #CO2 emissions since 1750.

Bottom trawl #fishing & #seabed mining—both #PRC-led—risk damaging disruption.…
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La positon #Chine sur #Afganistan.
Traduction et HT du thread de la grande journaliste @mavidonate @rtve à #Beijing 🧵
Ce que Hua Chunying, l'un des porte-parole du gouvernement des Affaires étrangères, a dit il y a quelque temps par rapport à la situation et #Talibans ⤵️
2 .- "La Chine espère que les talibans assureront une transition stable, arrêteront toutes sortes d'actes terroristes et criminels, et que le peuple afghan puisse rester à l'écart de la guerre et reconstruire sa belle patrie"⤵️
3.- "Sur la base du plein respect de la souveraineté nationale de l'Afghanistan et de la volonté des différentes factions du pays, la Chine a maintenu la communication avec les talibans et d'autres, et a joué un rôle constructif dans la promotion du règlement politique"⤵️
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China's Foreign Ministry said it will respect Afghan people's choices and will with regard to the dramatic development in #Afghanistan. @SpokespersonCHN said to stop the war and fulfill peace is the wish of all Afghan citizens…
... also the mutual aspiration of the international community. She said #Beijing has noticed that the #Taliban has declared the end of the war in #Afghanistan on Sunday and it hopes the Taliban can fulfill its promise of ...
... establishing a receptive Islamic government through negotiation and take responsible steps to ensure the safety of Afghan citizens and foreign missions in #Afghanistan.
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Some KMT politicians and pro-#Beijing media outlets in #Taiwan have been trying to capitalize on the chaotic situation in #Afghanistan by claiming that the situation in Afghanistan should be a "wake-up call" for Taiwan for relying too much on the US.…
Chao Shao-kang, who is a KMT politician and media personality, criticized #Taiwan's ruling party @DPPonline for convincing Taiwanese people that #China won't attack Taiwan and the "US will definitely come to Taiwan's rescue."
"Handing Taiwanese people's lives and fate entirely to #China and the US is stupid and irresponsible," Chao reportedly said.
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As Taliban is expected to take control over Afghanistan, #China's state-run tabloid @globaltimesnews published a piece quoting experts suggesting that #Beijing can participate in the post-war reconstruction in the war-torn country.…
"Although some voices from the West are expecting China to play a bigger role in Afghanistan after the sudden US pullout, even are speculating that China might send troops to fill the vacuum left by the US, Chinese experts said such speculation is totally groundless, ...
... and the most China can do is to evacuate Chinese nationals if a massive humanitarian crisis occurs, or to contribute to post-war reconstruction and development, ...
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Amid #HongKong government's crackdown on civil society organizations, the pro-#Beijing Wen Wei Po called for the authorities to regulate the city's press union @HKJA_Official, labelling it as an anti-government political organization that defends fake…
The state-controlled newspaper said: “HKJA shields violence and enable rumours, [HKJA’s] loss of morals should be regulated”.
The state-run paper slammed the Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA) for five “evil deeds,” including allegedly “slandering” the government, supporting “fake reporters,” and opposing “fake news” regulations floated by the government.
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Canadian Robert Shellenberg has lost an appeal & faces execution in #China for trying to smuggle drugs to #Australia. The Canadian Ambassador said it was "no coincidence" his verdict was announced while the extradition hearing of #China's Meng Wanzhou is on in #Canada.
Shellenberg first received a 15-year prison sentence after being charge with drug smuggling. However - following the detention of #Huawei's Meng Wanzhou in #Canada on a #US extradition request - the Canadian was "re-tried" and then instead given the death penalty.
The Shellenberg case - along with the cases involving Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig - have been described as hostage diplomacy on the part of #Beijing. China's foreign affairs spokespeople have themselves linked the Spavor & Kovrig cases to #Huawei's Meng Wanzhou.
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#Beijing’s regulatory assault on #China’s technology industry has lopped $87bn off the net worth of the sector’s wealthiest tycoons since the start of July, hitting the fortunes of magnates such as Tencent’s Pony Ma and Pinduoduo’s Colin Huang.…
The combined net worth of the two dozen Chinese billionaires in tech and biotechnology whose holdings are tracked by Bloomberg has dropped by 16 percent since ride-hailing platform Didi Chuxing went public in the US at the end of June, according to Financial Times calculations.
Huang, founder of ecommerce site Pinduoduo, has been the worst affected with paper losses of $15.6bn, or a third of his wealth. Pony Ma, founder of internet group Tencent, has lost more than $12bn or 22 percent of his wealth.
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Happening now: Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on #China

"A number of potential witnesses declined to participate in an open format for fear of retribution to them or their families" per Chairman @MarkWarner
"The long arm of #China is not some futuristic threat. It's already here" per Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chair @marcorubio
"#China already, already has tremendous influence & control over what Americans are allowed to hear or say" per @marcorubio
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Happening now: @INDOPACOM Commander, Adm. John Aquilino speaking to #AspenSecurity
"I do not have a crystal ball" on #China, @INDOPACOM's Adm. John Aquilino tells #AspenSecurity

"I have a sense of urgency...we have to be in a position to make sure that the status quo remains as it applies to #Taiwan"
"We certainly view w/concern many of the actions that we've seen from #Beijing" per @INDOPACOM's Adm Aquilino

#China's action in #HongKong "completely disconnected from the words from #Beijing to adhere to the agreement that was in place" he says, adding same w/#India border
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A timeline of @UN complicity in genocide:
2006: @UNHumanRights starts secretly giving #Beijing names of dissidents who plan to attend @UN meetings. Everyone keeps the secret.
2007: Everyone keeps the secret
2008: "
2009: "
2010: "
2011: "
2012: "
2013: I find out and report it. Nobody internally cares, so I report to @EU_Commission. @UNHumanRights lies so @EU_UNGeneva does nothing.
2014: I report.
2015: I report.
2016: @IrelandUNGeneva use my name and evidence to counter @UN lies. They briefly think it stops.
2017: @UNHumanRights puts out a press release admitting it is still policy to give names to #Beijing, but lying about me. I am later awarded compensation for lies. Later that year, after criticism, @UN lies that no such policy ever existed.
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$DIDI up more than 7% in the premarket session.
$DIDI now surges more than 10% premarket. #Didi
$DIDI skyrocketed 46% in the US premarket as sources said that Didi global considers going private to placate #Beijing, compensate investors, and that it has been contemplating delisting plan as crackdown widens and has obtained support from cybersecurity watchdog -WSJ
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China unveils 600 kph/370 mph High Speed Superfast #maglevtrain prototype makes public #debut, "Fastest Ground #Vehicle Globally": Report
Using electro-magnetic force, #maglev #TRAIN "levitates" above track & no contact between body and rail.
#Thread #tech #technology #Transport
China has been using maglev technology for almost 2 decades on very limited scale. Maglev train could go from Shanghai to #Beijing in 2.5 hours, versus 5.5 hours by high-speed rail. Self-developed by China and manufactured in coastal city of #Qingdao. @CRRC_global new model.
Cutting-edge #scientific and technological achievement in field of #railway transit in world. Train uses electromagnets to suspend itself above rails, and because there's no friction from contact with rail lines, train can run quietly and smoothly. Unveiled in glittery ceremony.
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Heavy rains in #Beijing again
The city raised a blue rainstorm alert to orange on Sunday morning.
This is the subway station which I visited almost everyday. It was temporarily shut down to ensure operation safety due to flooding.
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WETHEPEOPLE, [14.07.21 16:33]
[Forwarded from SantaSurfing]

old town of #Aachen, #Germany
Aurax, [14.07.21 20:15]

JUST IN 🚨 Sirens sounding in #Wuppertal, #Germany to warn about #floods due to heavy rain


Police frequency, [15.07.21 09:23]
#Germany & #Belgium, EU: At least 42 people have died and dozens more are missing following heavy rainfall and severe #flooding across western Germany and Belgium, causing houses to collapse and cars to be swept away.
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Rain clouds over #Beijing today. #China Image
And check out that forecast for the coming week... Image
#Beijing sky scrapers through the rain clouds. Now. #China Image
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EU lawmakers on Thursday called for officials from the bloc to skip the 2022 Winter Olympics in #Beijing unless #China improves on human rights in #HongKong and for the #Uyghurs in #Xinjiang.…
The non-binding resolution passed with 578 votes in favour, 29 against and 73 abstentions and had the backing of all of Europe’s mainstream political groups, including the centre-right EPP group of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the centrists of France’s Emmanuel Macron.
Lawmakers called on the EU’s institutions and member states “to decline invitations for government representatives and diplomats to attend the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics unless the Chinese Government demonstrates a verifiable improvement in the human rights situation...
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As #China's CCP begins the celebration of its centenary, #Beijing held a celebratory event at the Bird's Nest stadium on Monday, highlighting how the country has rebounded from the #COVID19 pandemic.…
The extravagant show -- replete with tightly choreographed set-pieces of Communist history, big-screen dedications to key leaders from Mao Zedong to Xi, 100 trumpets and a greeting from a group of Chinese astronauts currently in space -- ...
... omitted uncomfortable chapters of China's turbulent recent history. Those include famine, the purges of the Cultural Revolution and the crackdown on student protesters in Tiananmen Square and pro-democracy rebellion in Hong Kong.
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Sing Tao Daily reported that some Chinese foreign policy officials published an article that said the anti-sanction law passed by #Beijing will be executable in #HongKong and it can be used to make the city's national security legal framework more…
The article was published under the Chinese Communist Party school's affiliated publication and the two authors are government officials with foreign policy expertise.
In the article, they wrote the anti-sanction law will become a useful tool for #China to counter sanctions imposed by foreign countries. They proposed that since the #NSL enacted in #HongKong last year was carried out by being included in Annex 3 of the Basic Law in #HK.
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#China has decided to take global commodity bulls by their horns ⁠— to protect the profit margins of its #SmallBusinesses…

By @iyer_sriram Image
@iyer_sriram The government in #Beijing has ordered its state firms to stop buying commodities like iron ore, copper, aluminium, zinc and others from foreign countries, according to a Bloomberg report, which cited sources it didn’t name.

#China #SmallBusinesses
@iyer_sriram This has led to a sharp dent in sentiment in global commodity markets. Even in India, the metal stocks, which were in the middle of a historic rally, took a dive soon after the news broke.

#China #SmallBusinesses Image
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THREAD: The #Taiwan Temptation

Why #China Might Resort to Force

A palpable shift in #Beijing’s thinking has been made possible by a decades-long military modernization effort, accelerated by Xi, aimed at allowing China to force Taiwan back into the fold.…
2/ Chinese leaders, including Xi, regularly extol the virtues of integration and cooperation with Taiwan, but the prospects for peaceful unification have been dwindling for years. Fewer and fewer Taiwanese see themselves as Chinese or desire to be a part of mainland China.
3/ The reelection of 'Tsai Ing-wen, reinforced Beijing’s fears that Taiwanese will never willingly come back to the motherland. The death knell for peaceful unification came in June 2020, when China exerted sweeping new powers over Hong Kong through a new national security law.
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