China Offers Partnership with Neighbors to Clean Up Oceans

China has often come under criticism from its neighbors and Western nations for being a major polluter of air and water. Now, China says it wants to cooperate with other nations in efforts to clean up the oceans and protect sea life. In a recent speech, Chinese President Xi Jinping called for speeding up “innovation” in ocean technologies and creating “blue partnerships” with other countries. Xi spoke on October 15 to the 2019 China Marine Economy Expo in the southern Chinese port city Shenzhen. His comments were reported by the…

South China Sea news: China humiliated in Vietnam withdrawal as Philippines boost defences | World | News

A Chinese oil survey vessel that has been embroiled in a tense standoff with Vietnamese vessels in the South China Sea left Vietnamese-controlled waters on Thursday after more than three months, marine data showed. The Haiyang Dizhi 8, was speeding away from Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone towards China on Thursday under the escort of at least two Chinese ships, according to data from Marine Traffic, a website that tracks vessels. This represents an embarrassing defeat for China President Xi Jinping after overseeing audacious and aggressive water grabs in recent years…

‘Abominable’ Backfires on DreamWorks as China Map Angers Vietnam, Malaysia

The animated movie Abominable is experiencing a geopolitical snowball effect of its own making after a scene in the movie showing the contested South China Sea has angered a growing number of Southeast Asian countries. Abominable is a coproduction between DreamWorks Animation and the Shanghai-based Pearl Studio, and the controversy surrounding the movie marks the latest twist in Hollywood’s close relationship with China, which has come under scrutiny following months of pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong. Studios including the Walt Disney Company have been criticized for maintaining warm ties with authoritarians in Beijing…

China threat: Xi is creating a perfectly formed new-age totalitarian state warns expert | World | News

Under current President, Xi Jinping, China has begun to increase its use of social surveillance but has also rolled out a new-age form of policing its citizens. Used in the north-west region of Xinjiang, the social credit system aims to collect the data of its public in order to produce a self-governed society. Speaking to Express.co.uk, senior researcher for Human Rights Watch, Maya Wang, has insisted that this is a new “terrifying form of totalitarianism” that is on course for the Communist Party’s goal of becoming the “perfect Orwellian state”.…