Taiwan: a rapper defends his satire from China, become viral
© AFP U n rapper living in Taiwan, at the origin of a Pop song in mandarin rotating in derision the Chinese nationalists and become viral on YouTube, Assured Monday, having no regret after being put to the Index by Beijing.
China-Lithuania / Taiwan (Lead 1, Photo): Lead 1-Taiwan-China retrograde its diplomatic relations with Lithuania
(updated with reaction of the European Commission)
by Norithiko Shirouzu and Andrius Sytas
PEKIN / VILNIUS, 21 November (Reuters) - China has downgraded its diplomatic relations on Sunday with Lithuania, which has authorized the opening in Vilnius of a de facto embassy of Taiwan.
formally called "Republic of China", Taiwan Island is not recognized by most countries that have diplomatic relations with Beijing.
Their embassies usually use the name "Taipei" to present the island so as not to crumple continental China that considers Taiwan as a rebel province under its control.
China's hockey team is stacked with Canadians, but could be pulled from Olympics
The president of the International Ice Hockey Federation is warning that China's men's ice hockey team could be pulled from the Beijing Olympics because it is not competitive enough and would be beaten badly if forced to face off against powerhouse teams like the United States and Canada.Luc Tardif, president of the IHFF, made the comments to Reuters in Toronto on Tuesday, adding that the Norwegian hockey team is ready to be added to the Olympic tournament if China is pulled out.
China had expressed its anger last summer after the announcement of the opening of a Taiwanese representation office in Vilnius, effective opening since Thursday. Beijing had recalled his ambassador in August as a sign of protest.
The Lithuanian decision to ignore Chinese reprobation "undermines China's sovereignty and territorial integrity and interferes seriously in China's internal affairs," said Sunday in a statement the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Speaking of "a bad precedent on the international scene".
The relations between Beijing and Vilnius are downgraded to the rank of "business manager", he says.
"We urge the Lithuanian part to correct its mistakes immediately and not to underestimate the firm determination of the Chinese people (...) to defend its national sovereignty and territorial integrity," says the department.
The U.S. may implement a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics. Canada should follow, experts say
The Canadian government should consider following the United States if it implements a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Olympic Games to protest China's human rights abuses, former diplomats and experts say. "I think that at this late stage, it's probably the best thing to do," said Guy Saint-Jacques, who was Canada's ambassador to China from 2012 to 2016. A diplomatic boycott would involve a country refusing to send a political contingent to the Winter Games — scheduled to begin in February — yet allowing its athletes to still participate.
The Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed its "regret" in a statement.
"Lithuania reaffirms its membership of the policy 'a China' but at the same time the right to expand its cooperation with Taiwan, and to accept and establish non-diplomatic representations that make it possible to develop relations, As has been the case in many other countries, "he says, pointing out that his policy obeys economic considerations.
The Taiwanese Continental Affairs Council has denounced China's impoliteness and arrogance, believing that Beijing had no right to comment on a case that does not fall under its domestic policy.
The European Commission, by the voice of a spokesman, said Sunday that the initiative of Lithuania did not violate the accession of the European Union to the principle of "one China", and that This case was bilateral relations between China and Lithuania.
The EU stands alongside Lithuania, he said. (Report Norihiko Shirouzu and Cheng Leng in Beijing, Ben Blanchard in Taipei and Andrius Sytas in Vilnius, French version Sophie Louet)
Solomon Islands: several burned buildings in the capital .
© Georgina KEKEA via Reuters of the smoke escapes from a fire store in Honiara, in the Solomon Islands, November 24, 2021. The inhabitants of the Solomon Islands Braved Thursday the confinement imposed by the government and again demonstrated in the capital, putting fire to buildings. The Prime Minister faces pressure after his decision taken in 2019 to end diplomatic ties with Taiwan and establish formal links with China.