Barbados and China pledge to maintain close ties

first_img Share NewsRegional Barbados and China pledge to maintain close ties by: – June 18, 2012 Sharing is caring! 17 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Prime Minister of Barbados, Freundel StuartBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) — Barbados and China have pledged to strengthen the already good relations that exist between the two countries. Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and the Member of the Political Bureau and Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC), Zhang Gaoli, gave this assurance on Friday during a meeting. Stuart said there was evidence of the more than three decades old fruitful relationship between the two countries across Barbados, and he alluded to projects such as the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development Complex and the Garfield Sobers Complex as proof of such collaboration. “So, there is evidence that this relationship has been fruitful. I was very pleased to be hosted by China last year where I experienced a warm hospitality of your great country,” he added.The prime minister also mentioned the twin interests of renewable energy and pointed to the economic and technical agreements in place to effect this.In turn, Zhang, who is also the head of the Chinese delegation, also praised the harmonious relationship between Bridgetown and Beijing and described Stuart as “a precious friend of China”. He also mentioned the need for closer collaboration between the two countries in areas such as renewable energy and economic cooperation.Barbados and China established diplomatic ties on May 30, 1977.Caribbean News Now Tweet Sharelast_img read more

Students show solidarity with Hong Kong

first_imgIt’s another day of blue skies and sunshine here at USC. Students stroll to class as bikes whiz past in a blur. Cathie So, a first-year physics graduate student, makes her way down Trousdale Parkway amid the morning rush. As she scans the brick-paved roads of Troy, her newfound home of nearly half a semester, her thoughts can’t help but flicker back to the roads of another city, one near and dear to her heart. In Hong Kong, 7,236 miles away, those streets too are alive with the chatter of students. But something sets them apart.For more than a month now, tens of thousands have braved cold nights and sweltering days on Hong Kong’s bustling streets, yellow ribbons pinned against black T-shirts in solidarity, umbrellas ready to be used at a moment’s notice as shields from the sting of tear gas. These scenes capture the cries of a city, the bleeding hearts of a generation that has risked everything — from the searing haze of pepper spray to the possibility of imprisonment — for a better future where true democracy and universal suffrage constitute not the stuff of dreams, but the roots of a new reality.Though the Hong Kong protests officially began on Sept. 28, tensions were already building in the months leading up to them. The last straw came on Aug. 31, when China announced it would grant Hong Kong’s citizens “universal suffrage” for the 2017 chief executive election, but under one condition: The people of Hong Kong only be allowed to choose from two or three candidates pre-selected by the Chinese government. Decried as an outright sham, the ruling drove demonstrators of the Hong Kong Federation of Students, Scholarism and Occupy Central with Love and Peace — many of them college and high school students — to the streets in one of the world’s most peaceful protests. In later weeks, police brutality and caustic anti-Occupy Central demonstrators — not to mention mounting frustration and impatience among citizens at the impasse with government officials — have fueled an increasingly volatile atmosphere.Soon after tear gas was unleashed on thousands of peaceful protesters on Sept. 28, So and five other USC students came together to form USC for Democracy in Hong Kong, an organization that aims to spread awareness about the protests and show solidarity for student protesters.“There are many personal friends of our members who are there in Hong Kong now at the protests,” said So, who serves as one of the organization’s members. “We don’t feel the pressure the same way they do, but we can show them that someone else in the world doesn’t want them to give up.”Despite being a nascent student organization, the group now boasts more than 30 members. It hosted its first tabling event on Oct. 6 to raise awareness on campus. Photos of members and passersby holding posters emblazoned with messages addressed to the students in the protests were shared on Facebook and with online media outlets in Hong Kong. The group also helps the Hong Kong Forum – Los Angeles, a nonprofit organization aimed at promoting democracy and human rights in Hong Kong and China, make banners for various rallies held in downtown Los Angeles.So stressed that Hong Kong’s past is integral to understanding the protests.“Many people already have an idea of what’s happening in Hong Kong, but they just don’t know the history behind [it],” she said. “They know the students are fighting for democracy, they know there’s a protest, they know the police is using too much force — but they don’t really know the background of all of this.”From the time of its establishment as a small fishing port ceded to Britain to its return to China in 1997 as a financial powerhouse, Hong Kong has always been the pawn of an empire. An agreement for a 50-year adjustment period to mainland rule was drawn up, with the “one country, two systems” policy promising the territory a high degree of autonomy from Beijing. Many take China’s stringent ruling as a backtrack on that promise.“We get to vote, but we don’t get to nominate or control who gets nominated, so until that gets done, our organization will remain,” So said.Calvin Chau, a senior majoring in business administration, is also a core member of USCDHK. Like So, he believes that the protests have shown Hong Kong’s younger generations that civil disobedience is a viable path toward a better system.“China’s a different story, but Hong Kong is absolutely ready for [democracy] — it was ready 20 years ago,” Chau said. “Before this movement, people were reluctant to go against the authority to fight for their rights, but right now, they’ve completely changed their minds, especially among the youngsters.”For students from Hong Kong following the movement from abroad, however, the experience is bittersweet.“It’s so easy to feel helpless, I think, when you’re so far away, because other than gathering with other Hong Kongers and talking about it, what can you really do?” said Michelle Toh, a senior majoring in print and digital journalism. “I have friends who go to university in Hong Kong. My friend’s parents almost got tear-gassed the night that they started unleashing pepper spray on protesters and everything. It’s just really shocking to see, and I think that everybody has become a lot more homesick and felt much more of an affinity to what they didn’t even realize could be taken away.”Thirty-three years remain until Hong Kong reverts to full Chinese governance. The trajectory toward 2047 is a particularly troubling issue for the Hong Kong youth, who will inherit the new political reality. Many Hong Kong citizens have voiced concern that the central government has already begun eroding freedoms — including an independent judiciary and open press — that make the city unique in an undemocratic country.Of those concerns, the biggest fear seems to be the uncertainty surrounding the 50-year agreement — what it entails, and what will become of the city when it expires. With the help of the Political Student Assembly, Jessie Chen, a senior majoring in international relations, organized “The Future of ‘One Country, Two Systems,’” a forum held on Oct. 13 at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center, to discuss the road ahead for Hong Kong.Chen, who lived in Hong Kong for 18 years before coming to USC, found that many students here weren’t even aware of the demonstrations.“It was all over my Facebook newsfeed, but when I asked other people who had never lived Hong Kong or had any experience there, they didn’t know about it at all,” Chen said. “So the point of the panel discussion wasn’t necessarily to pick a side, argue for a side, to advocate for democracy or advocate for the other side, or anything. I really just wanted people to know about it.”The USC International Relations Undergraduate Association and the Student Coalition for Asian Pacific Empowerment also co-hosted a discussion about Occupy Central on Oct. 7.Though no actual student group against the pro-democracy movement has appeared on campus, a Facebook page titled “USC Anti-Occupy Central Pro-Democracy Organization” sprung up soon after USCDHK was formed. At other campuses, tensions have mounted as well. Toh said she talked to a friend at Wellesley College who told her that the Oct. 1 campaign “Wear Yellow for Hong Kong,” started by Harvard University student Heather Pickerell, was decried by Wellesley’s Chinese Students’ Association, whose members felt that the campaign was anti-China.To Toh, the animosity seems uncalled for, especially at a time when division can be especially dangerous.“So many people are now thinking that autonomy necessarily means that we want to break away from China, but that’s not what we’re saying,” Toh said. “It’s important to stay united, especially among students who are of the same age and probably value a lot of the same things.”Though Hong Kong will eventually settle back into the daily grind, the issues with the central government and its grip on Hong Kong’s destiny will not be forgotten. As Chau said, “The end of this stage of occupation [might be] a retreat, but it’s definitely not a sign of surrender.”last_img read more

Mission possible

first_imgNAZARENO 2020: ‘Small’ sacrifices, big blessings PLAY LIST 03:02NAZARENO 2020: ‘Small’ sacrifices, big blessings01:53Tolentino on possible repatriation of OFWs in Middle East01:42No Christmas Mass at Notre Dame for first time in two centuries02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Photo from FIBA.BasketballTAIPEI—It seemed impossible when this whole Fiba Qualifying tournament started, that task of beating Australia in the region.Ranked 10th in the world, the Boomers were deemed untouchable by experts—until Japan did the unthinkable and gave everyone all sorts of ideas on how Australia can actually be beaten in this tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Ateneo dumps San Beda for Filoil crown Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial PBA board governors led by Alfrancis Chua and Robert Non of the San Miguel Corp. group and Alaska’s Dickie Bachmann as well as commissioner Willie Marcial and Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Al Panlilio led the small cheering gallery for the Filipinos Friday.And that was enough to spur the Nationals on. Imagine, then, what a feet-stomping home throng could do for them against Australia.Coach Chot Reyes said that the Aussies were far from the minds of the team before the Chinese Taipei clash on Friday night in front of a hostile gallery, which the Filipinos fended off with ease to win with utmost authority.Everyone can now expect Reyes and his able to staff to dissect that game in Chiba, Japan, down to the last detail as the Filipinos set out at cavernous 53,000-seat Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan, looking to pull off the impossible.“We will now try and figure out ways on how to beat that team,” Reyes said, referring to the Boomers, who scored an 84-68 destruction of the Filipinos last Feb. 22. “But with what happened in Japan (where the Aussies took their first loss in the tournament), they will certainly come out like wounded tigers (against the Filipinos).”ADVERTISEMENT Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town LATEST STORIES Australia added two NBA veterans to its roster for this window, tapping Milwaukee Bucks center Thon Maker and point guard Matthew Dellavedova.The outside shot will be crucial for Reyes’ gang on Monday as Gilas tries to free up the inside for Fajardo and naturalized center Andray Blatche. In their first meeting, the Filipinos made just 5-for-19 from three-point range, and Reyes knows that won’t be enough in their return bout.“We have to be on target with our outside shooting,” Reyes said. “With Australia’s power and size, we need that so we can loosen up their defense.”Team Philippines has everything it needs going into this game—the idea from Japan and the fine form coming into the game.And what a treat this would be if the Filipinos can indeed pull off the impossible.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Plus, of course, the fact that Gilas Pilipinas will be coming off what many believe is its best game in years—and probably ever since it was assembled—gives the basketball-crazy Filipinos this feeling that something good can happen at Philippine Arena on Monday.“It gives you hope,” tycoon Manny V. Pangilinan said Saturday morning, the day after seeing the Nationals tear Chinese Taipei to shreds, 93-71, behind San Miguel Beer behemoth June Mar Fajardo and TNT KaTropa stalwart Jayson Castro.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“It was possibly the best I’ve seen them play,” Pangilinan said while making his way to his business class seat back to Manila, pride obvious in the way he talked after the Filipinos’ most impressive handling of their rivals in the last five years.“And I hope our countrymen come out and support us (when Gilas plays Australia) on Monday,” he went on. “That game crystallizes our standing (in the group and in the region).” MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View commentslast_img read more