Chinese Envoy Cautions Politicians against Taiwan’s ‘Dollar Diplomacy’

first_imgThe ‘One China’ policy is a key cornerstone of China’s relations with the world and is the fundamental bedrock of Chinese policymaking and diplomacyWith just six months to the representative and presidential elections in the country, Mr. Li Zhaung, Counselor and Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, (PRC) near Monrovia last Friday urged Liberian politicians to be mindful of Taiwan’s preparedness to give out big money to ensure the restoration of diplomatic relations with Liberia against the ‘One China’ policy.Liberia is part of the 52 African countries that support PRC’s ‘One China’ policy, which says that Taiwan is part of China and therefore others should maintain diplomatic relations with the PRC to represent the interest of the Chinese people.Speaking on the topic, “One China policy and its impact in Africa” at the Edward Wilmot Blyden Intellectual Forum organized by the Press Union of Liberia in Monrovia, Mr. Li said Liberian politicians need to be cautious of Taiwan’s attempts to use them to exploit the country.Envoy Li said Taiwanese authorities are prepared to do business with some politicians that may include presidential candidates by providing campaign funds in order to establish or maintain so called “diplomatic relations” when they come to power.He said Taiwanese authorities may attempt to enlarge their international space by making use of the political situations and economic difficulties in a country through “dollar diplomacy.”“Their intent is to create trouble for the China-Liberia relations,” Mr. Li noted. “Many Liberians have not yet understood the ‘One China’ policy because they are blinded by the Taiwanese’s surreptitious attempts, which come in the form of gestures.”He said: “It is possible that some Liberians may not understand the Sinoe-Liberia relations and could therefore tamper with our bilateral relations.”Envoy Li said China-Liberia relations were hurt twice because of the Taiwan issue and as a result the Liberian people did not benefit from the “so called diplomatic relations with Taiwan.”He said the People’s Republic of China appreciates the Liberian government’s firm adherence to the ‘One China’ policy and assured Liberians that his government is willing to foster friendly relations with not only the government but all political parties as well.“We hope that the Liberian people, including political parties, will appreciate and cherish what we have achieved in the past 14 years since our two countries resumed diplomatic relations,” Envoy Li said.He said for Liberia to adhere to the ‘One China’ policy is in line with the common interests of China and Africa. “Today, 52 African countries adhere to the ‘One China’ policy and we are gratified by the progresses we see in a wide range of China-African collaboration,” he noted.Li recalled that “in 1971 the UN General Assembly adopted Resolution 2758 which was responsible for the expulsion of representatives of the Taiwanese authorities from the world body and restored the seat and all lawful rights of the government of the People’s Republic of China.”Recounting some other benefits in the China-Liberia diplomatic relations, he said “For the deployment of UNMIL in 2003, China as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, voted in favor of Liberia and consistently supported the peacekeeping operations in Liberia.”“During the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak, China was the first country to provide assistance to Liberia,” he said. “Our cooperation in security, agriculture, education, healthcare, trade, etc. has made rapid progress and achieved tangible outcomes which are beneficial to the Liberian people.”Meanwhile, the Managing Editor of the Inquirer Newspaper, Mr. Philip Wesseh, called on Liberian journalists to read and acquire more understanding about the ‘One China’ policy in order to be able to inform the public.“China has increased her support in recent years to the development of our country and what we see going on around us may carry us to higher heights,” Mr. Wesseh said. “The ‘One China’ policy is intended to safeguard China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”Presently, 174 countries in the world maintain close bilateral relations with the People’s Republic of China and support the ‘One China’ policy.The ‘One China’ policy is the diplomatic acknowledgement of China’s position that there is only one Chinese government, and China sees Taiwan as a breakaway province to be reunified with the mainland one day, a BBC report stated.The ‘One China’ policy is also a key cornerstone of China’s relations with the world and is the fundamental bedrock of Chinese policymaking and diplomacy.Although the Taiwan government claims it is an independent country officially called the “Republic of China,” (ROC) any country that wants diplomatic relations with mainland China (PRC) must break official ties with Taipei. This has resulted in Taiwan’s diplomatic isolation from the international community.The policy can be traced back to 1949 and the end of the Chinese civil war. The defeated Nationalists, also known as the Kuomintang, retreated to Taiwan and made it their seat of government, while the victorious Communists began ruling the mainland as the People’s Republic of China.Both sides say they represent all of China.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

India vs England: 5th Test, Day 1- As it happened!

first_imgEngland won the toss and elected to field first against IndiaWelcome to the coverage of Day 1 of the 5th Test between India and England from the Oval stadium in London.ScorecardEngland thoroughly dominated Day 1 against India, yet again. India witnessed another batting collapse with Dhoni providing the solo act. Yes, it was an all too familiar script. India’s batting sheet could have been uglier if not for a resilient 82 from Dhoni. Ishant hung on with his skipper as India scrambled close to the 150-mark. Later on, Cook and Robson fortified England’s position. The Indian bowlers stuck to tight lines and lengths but the English openers were up to the task. The only cause for alarm came when Bhuvi pinned Cook on the pads in the 9th over. The ball had pitched in line with the leg-stump and was heading towards middle but ump Reiffel negated that shout. As it stands, England just trail by 86 runs with all 10 wickets in the bank. Can India rally round tomorrow? Or will England bat big and push the visitors to the brink?The only mark India has left on this series is on Stuart Broad’s face. #IndvsEng #EngvsInd #StuartBroad udit gupta (@uditg91) August 15, 2014With Alastair Cook(24) and Sam Robson(33) at the crease, England end Day 1 at 62/0 after 19 overs.FOUR RUNS off the over!!18.1 overs: FOUR!! Sam Robson was looking to fend it towards leg but gets an inside edge past the stumps for a boundary. Robson was REALLY LUCKY there!!Varun Aaron will bowl the FINAL OVER of the day!! advertisement18.1 overs: FOUR!! Sam Robson was looking to fend it towards leg but gets an inside edge past the stumps for a boundary. Robson was REALLY LUCKY there!! With Alastair Cook(24) and Sam Robson(29) at the crease, England are currently at 58/0 after 18 overs.FOUR RUNS off the over!!17.4 overs: FOUR!! Alastair Cook goes for the drive and gets an outside edge towards third man for a boundary. With Alastair Cook(19) and Sam Robson(27) at the crease, England are currently at 51/0 after 16 overs.England thrashing India on our Independence Day. Well this is classic. Clearly a history behind this one. #IndvsEng #disappointed Soniya Kanchan (@soniyak06) August 15, 2014THREE RUNS off the over!! Stuart Binny will bowl from the other end for India. With Alastair Cook(16) and Sam Robson(27) at the crease, England are currently at 48/0 after 15 overs.SEVEN RUNS off the over!!14.6 overs: FOUR!! Sam Robson leans into the drive and sends it racing past extra cover for a boundary.First change, Varun Aaron comes into the attack for India. With Alastair Cook(13) and Sam Robson(21) at the crease, England are currently at 39/0 after 13 overs.NINE RUNS off the over!! 12.1 overs: FOUR!! Sam Robson leans into the drive and sends it scurrying through covers for a boundary. Robson is GROWING IN CONFIDENCE here!! With Alastair Cook(13) and Sam Robson(16) at the crease, England are currently at 30/0 after 12 overs.SIX RUNS off the over!! 11.2 overs: FOUR!! Sam Robson was looking to push at it and gets an outside edge past the slips for a boundary.Ishant Sharma & Inning Extras (7 each) scored more runs than Gambhir, Pujara, Kohli & Rahane put together(10). Sums up the series. #IndvsEng Banna (@TheBigDowg) August 15, 2014With Alastair Cook(12) and Sam Robson(11) at the crease, England are currently at 24/0 after 11 overs.FOUR RUNS off the over!!10.6 overs: FOUR!! Sam Robson goes on the frontfoot and creams it past mid-off for a boundary. BEAUTIFUL SHOT from Robson!! With Alastair Cook(12) and Sam Robson(7) at the crease, England are currently at 20/0 after 10 overs.EIGHT RUNS off the over!!8.1 overs: FOUR!! Alastair Cook leans forward and flicks it through midwicket for a boundary. Stat Update: A total of 466 runs have been aggregated by the 10th wicket in this series – more than in any other Test series in history. With Alastair Cook(1) and Sam Robson(2) at the crease, England are currently at 3/0 after two overs.If Ishant sharma can take 5 wickets today..we can win this match.. or varun aron has to break some noses. #IndvsEng #EngvInd #Oval Shaukeen (@Naidu_Pramod) August 15, 2014ONE RUN off the over!! Ishant Sharma will bowl from the other end for India.With Alastair Cook(1) and Sam Robson(1) at the crease, England are currently at 2/0 after one over.TWO RUNS off the over!! Alastair Cook and Sam Robson are out in the middle for England while Bhuvneshwar Kumar will start the proceedings for India. India are finally rolled out. The last wicket pair of Dhoni and Ishant resisted the hosts for almost 17 overs. The duo added 58 runs as well, with the skipper being the aggressor. Dhoni has given India some total to bowl at after his side were 90/9 and reaching 100 looked improbable. England batsmen will have around 26 overs to bat today. They will look to see it out without losing too many wickets. Can the Indian bowlers get the same sort of movement as their counterparts?advertisementIf ever an Indian capt played so well in trying conditions n deserved a 100 it was this @msdhoni effort. He put to shame the rest #INDvsENG Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) August 15, 2014That’s the END OF 1st INNINGS for India!!An ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT INNINGS under pressure from MSD!!61.1 overs: OUT!! Stuart Broad has got MS Dhoni out caught at long leg. Dhoni goes for the pull and sends it straight down the throat of Chris Woakes who doesn’t drop those. MS Dhoni’s gritty innings come to an end at 82 runs off 140 balls with 15 boundaries and a six. With Ishant Sharma(7) and MS Dhoni(82) at the crease, India are currently at 148/9 after 61 overs.NINE RUNS off the over!!60.5 overs: FOUR!! MS Dhoni punches it off the backfoot and sends it racing through covers for another boundary. MSD INCHES CLOSER to his ton!!60.1 overs: FOUR!! MS Dhoni goes on the backfoot and clouts the pull towards long leg for a boundary. With Ishant Sharma(5) and MS Dhoni(74) at the crease, India are currently at 137/9 after 59 overs.New found respect for MSD. Still don’t agree with a lot of his decisions & strategies but he has shown great courage on this tour. #IndvsEng Banna (@TheBigDowg) August 15, 2014SIX RUNS off the over!!58.5 overs: FOUR!! MS Dhoni goes forward and flicks it over mid-on for a boundary. With Ishant Sharma(4) and MS Dhoni(69) at the crease, India are currently at 131/9 after 58 overs.TWO RUNS off the over!! Stuart Broad will bowl from the other end for England.With Ishant Sharma(2) and MS Dhoni(69) at the crease, India are currently at 129/9 after 57 overs.FOUR RUNS off the over!!56.6 overs: FOUR!! MS Dhoni goes for the big shot and gets an outside edge over slips for a boundary.MS Dhoni and Ishant Sharma are out in the middle for India while James Anderson will start the proceedings for England.And, we’re back!! TEA: Well, India are not yet bowled out. Thanks to a gritty fifty from their skipper, the visitors have evaded the ignominy of registering their lowest total at the Oval. Farming the strike, Dhoni chanced his arm when needed, to offer some semblance of fight en route to his 4th fifty of the series. Early on, Stuart Binny nicked off to leave India tottering at 44-6. Bhuvi and Ashwin too could not last long with the support cast of Woakes and Jordan joining the party. Can Dhoni now push India past the 150-mark?With Ishant Sharma(2) and MS Dhoni(65) at the crease, India are currently at 125/9 after 56 overs.ONE RUN off the over!! Moeen Ali comes into the attack for England. Alastair Cook has BROUGHT HIS ACE to break India’s highest partnership in the game!! advertisementWith Ishant Sharma(2) and MS Dhoni(64) at the crease, India are currently at 124/9 after 54 overs.Chetan Bhagat’s next novel #HalfGirlfriend is all about Virat Kohli and how his gf is reducing his Test average to half.#IndvsEng #EngvInd Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) August 15, 2014SIX RUNS off the over!!53.5 overs: SIX!! MS Dhoni stands tall and smashes it over mid-off for the maximum. That was EFFORTLESS from MSD!! With Ishant Sharma(2) and MS Dhoni(58) at the crease, India are currently at 118/9 after 53 overs.FIVE RUNS off the over!! 52.2 overs: FOUR!! MS Dhoni presses forward and smokes it through covers for a boundary. With Ishant Sharma(2) and MS Dhoni(53) at the crease, India are currently at 113/9 after 51 overs.Congrats to @msdhoni on one more fighting knock. hope the young indian batsman watching and learning from their skipper. @BCCI #IndvsEng VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) August 15, 2014That’s also Dhoni’s 4th FIFTY in the series!!50.6 overs: FOUR!! MS Dhoni waits for it and flicks it towards fine leg for a boundary. That brings up his 33rd TEST FIFTY for India!!50.2 overs: FOUR!! MS Dhoni picks the length early and hammers it over mid-off for a boundary. With Ishant Sharma(2) and MS Dhoni(40) at the crease, India are currently at 100/9 after 48 overs.FIVE RUNS off the over!!Finally, Team India CRAWL TO 100 RUNS!!47.5 overs: FOUR!! MS Dhoni goes hard and slices it over backward point for a boundary. MSD KEEPS THEM COMING for India!! With Ishant Sharma(0) and MS Dhoni(36) at the crease, India are currently at 94/9 after 46 overs.FOUR RUNS off the over!!45.3 overs: FOUR!! MS Dhoni slashes hard and sends it racing past backward point for a boundary. With Ishant Sharma(0) and MS Dhoni(32) at the crease, India are currently at 90/9 after 45 overs.Ishant Sharma comes to the crease for India.That’s THIRD WICKET for Woakes!!44.5 overs: That’s OUT!! Chris Woakes has got Varun Aaron out caught and bowled. Aaron was looking to flick it towards long leg but gets a top-edge that goes straight into the hands of Woakes for a simple catch. Varun Aaron departs after scoring one run off 17 balls. With Varun Aaron(1) and MS Dhoni(32) at the crease, India are currently at 90/8 after 44 overs.SEVEN RUNS off the over!!43.5 overs: FOUR!! MS Dhoni reaches out and slaps it past backward point for a boundary. With Varun Aaron(0) and MS Dhoni(26) at the crease, India are currently at 83/8 after 41 overs.Tym 4 selectors 2 throw dese paper tigers into Ranji matches. Simple but strong msg should suffice, prove urself der & come back. #IndvsEng Anup Kumar (@Anuptalks) August 15, 2014FOUR RUNS off the over!!40.5 overs: FOUR!! MS Dhoni hangs back and crashes the cut past backward point for a blazing boundary. With Varun Aaron(0) and MS Dhoni(22) at the crease, India are currently at 79/8 after 40 overs.That’s a WICKET MAIDEN from Jordan!!Varun Aaron comes to the crease for India.It’s BAD TO FARCE for Team India!!39.1 overs: OUT!! Chris Jordan has got Bhuvneshwar Kumar out caught by the wicket-keeper. Kumar was looking to cut but gets a faint edge through to Jos Buttler behind the stumps. Bhuvneshwar Kumar departs after scoring five runs off 11 balls with a boundary. With Bhuvneshwar Kumar(5) and MS Dhoni(22) at the crease, India are currently at 79/7 after 39 overs.SIX RUNS off the over!!38.2 overs: FOUR!! MS Dhoni gets on the frontfoot and smacks it past extra cover for a boundary. With Bhuvneshwar Kumar(4) and MS Dhoni(17) at the crease, India are currently at 73/7 after 38 overs.FIVE RUNS off the over!!37.2 overs: FOUR!! Bhuvneshwar Kumar flays the upper cut and sends it towards third man for a boundary.That’s a WICKET MAIDEN from Woakes!!Bhuvneshwar Kumar comes to the crease for India.36.4 overs: That’s OUT!! Chris Woakes has got Ravichandran Ashwin out caught at gully. Ashwin slashes hard and gets an outside edge through to Joe Root who takes it cleanly. Ravichandran Ashwin departs after scoring 13 runs off 17 balls with a boundary. With Ravichandran Ashwin(4) and MS Dhoni(14) at the crease, India are currently at 56/6 after 32 overs.For those who missed action in the fourth Test, Indian batsmen are playing the highlights again! #IndvsEng bharathnt (@bharath1) August 15, 2014EIGHT RUNS off the over!!31.5 overs: FOUR!! MS Dhoni leans into the drive and sends it scurrying through covers for another boundary. MSD has SHIFTED GEARS here!!31.1 overs: FOUR!! MS Dhoni gets forward and hammers it through covers for a boundary.With Ravichandran Ashwin(4) and MS Dhoni(6) at the crease, India are currently at 48/6 after 31 overs.FOUR RUNS off the over!!30.4 overs: FOUR!! Ravichandran Ashwin had no clue about that one as the ball takes the inside edge past the stumps for a boundary. LUCKY ESCAPE for Ashwin!!Ravichandran Ashwin comes to the crease for India.30.3 overs: OUT!! James Anderson has got Stuart Binny out caught at first slip. Binny was lured into the drive and gets an outside edge through to Alastair Cook who takes it comfortably. Stuart Binny departs after scoring five runs off 30 balls. With Stuart Binny(4) and MS Dhoni(6) at the crease, India are currently at 43/5 after 27 overs.Anderson starts off with a MAIDEN!! James Anderson will bowl from the other end for England.That’s a MAIDEN from Broad!! MS Dhoni and Stuart Binny are out in the middle for India while Stuart Broad will start the proceedings for England.And, we’re back!! LUNCH: Anderson walks up to Woakes and pats him on the back. England dominated that session. Sorry state of affairs continues for the Indian batsmen as they queued up to get back to the dressing room. Gambhir for a golden duck, Pujara bowled. Kohli lbw not offering a shot. Rahane to a check drive for the second consecutive time. Vijay to a prod outside off. Sounds very familiar, doesn’t it? Anderson and Broad bowled superbly and then Jordan and Woakes took over, keeping the pressure on and then reaping handsome rewards.Stat Update: MS Dhoni is batting in the first session of a Test match for only the second time in his career. First time? Last Test at Old Trafford when India were 8/4. India is celebrating #IndependenceDay whilst we’re doing miserably at the Oval…Come on lads give us something to be proud of! #IndvsEng Vedika Bahl (@itsmevedika) August 15, 2014With Stuart Binny(0) and MS Dhoni(4) at the crease, India are currently at 36/5 after 20 overs.India are surrendering to English men again.. This one comes after 67 years of independence.. Pity at oval #IndvsEng vignesh pandian (@vicky_pandian) August 15, 2014That’s a WICKET MAIDEN from Woakes!!Stuart Binny comes out in the middle for India.It’s RAINING WICKETS once again for England!!18.5 overs: That’s OUT!! Chris Woakes has got Murali VIjay out caught at gully. Vijay was looking to push it towards covers but gets an outside edge through to Joe Root who takes it comfortably. Murali Vijay departs after scoring 18 runs off 64 balls. Another WICKET FALLS for India!! With Murali Vijay(15) and MS Dhoni(4) at the crease, India are currently at 33/4 after 17 overs.FIVE RUNS off the over!!16.5 overs: FOUR!! MS Dhoni goes for the drive and gets an outside edge past the slip cordon for a boundary. LUCKY ESCAPE for MSD!! With Murali Vijay(14) and MS Dhoni(0) at the crease, India are currently at 28/4 after 16 overs.India getting thrashed on Independence Day and that too by England… Kya yaar! #IndvsEng T (@dvantej) August 15, 2014That’s a WICKET MAIDEN from Jordan!!MS Dhoni comes to the crease for India.15.6 overs: OUT!! Chris Jordan has got Ajinkya Rahane out caught and bowled. Rahane goes for the drive and punches back towards Jordan who dives forward and takes the catch in his follow-through. Ajinkya Rahane departs for a duck. With Murali Vijay(12) and Ajinkya Rahane(0) at the crease, India are currently at 26/3 after 14 overs.It is second time in this series kohli got out while not offering a shot. #IndVsEng ?l?? ?????? (@Alok_1993) August 15, 2014That’s a WICKET MAIDEN from Jordan!!Ajinkya Rahane comes to the crease for India.Virat Kohli’s POOR RUN continues for India!!13.4 overs: That’s OUT!! Chris Jordan has got Virat Kohli out lbw on a good length delivery. Kohli was looking to leave as the ball nips back in to hit the pad in front of the stumps. Virat Kohli departs after scoring six runs off 18 balls with a boundary. With Murali Vijay(12) and Virat Kohli(5) at the crease, India are currently at 25/2 after 13 overs.FOUR RUNS off the over!!12.1 overs: FOUR!! Virat Kohli leans forward and drills it through mid-off for a boundary. FAB SHOT from Kohli!! With Murali Vijay(7) and Virat Kohli(0) at the crease, India are currently at 11/2 after seven overs. On track for another hammering, may be 2 days this time #IndvsEng Gourav Pandey (@gouravpandey) August 15, 2014Virat Kohli comes to the crease for India.That’s a WICKET MAIDEN from Broad!!Stuart Broad OPENS HIS ACCOUNT for England!!5.6 overs: OUT!! Stuart Broad has bowled Cheteshwar Pujara on a spectacular inswinger. Pujara was looking to play for the one that goes away as the ball sneaks through his defence and rattles the stumps. Cheteshwar Pujara departs after scoring four runs off 19 balls. Another BLOW for India!! That’s a MAIDEN from Broad!!Stuart Broad will bowl from the other end for England.Looks like Anderson will surpass Botham’s record in this match itself. #IndvsEng Dhiraj Salian (@dhiraj_salian) August 15, 2014THREE RUNS off the over!!Cheteshwar Pujara comes to the crease for India.It’s pretty much the SAME OLD STORY for India so far!!0.4 overs: That’s OUT!! James Anderson has got Gautam Gambhir out caught by the wicket-keeper. Gambhir was looking to play but it was too late to leave as the ball kisses the bottom of the bat through to Jos Buttler behind the stumps. Gautam Gambhir departs for a golden duck. Gambhir’s POOR SHOW continues for India!!Murali Vijay and Gautam Gambhir are out in the middle for India while James Anderson will start the proceedings for England.Toss: England won the toss and elected to field first against India.Changes: India have made two changes with Ishant Sharma and Stuart Binny replacing Pankaj Singh and Ravindra Jadeja. On the other hand, England have decided to play the same team from the last Test match.Teams(from):England: Alastair Cook, Sam Robson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler, Chris Jordan, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.India: Murali Vijay, Gautam Gambhir, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Stuart Binny, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Varun Aaron, Ishant Sharmalast_img read more