China re­buffs Trump: HK ac­tivist ar­rested:

Arab Times - - INTERNATIO­NAL -

China re­buffed what it de­scribed as “lies and ac­cu­sa­tions” by US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump re­gard­ing the novel coro­n­avirus.

These charges, made by the US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump at the UN, aimed to tar­nish China’s im­age, said spokesper­son of the min­istry of for­eign af­fairs Geng Shuang, who was speak­ing at a news con­fer­ence.

China’s ef­forts in re­sponse to the pan­demic have been clear and recorded, said the spokesper­son, re­act­ing to re­marks by the US pres­i­dent at Tues­day’s UN Gen­eral Assem­bly 75th ses­sion.

The Chi­nese spokesman added that Bei­jing had re­ported about the pan­demic “at the ap­pro­pri­ate time.” It had also de­clared cir­cum­stances of the out­break and took part in an­a­lyz­ing its genomes, he added.

He urged Washington to stop “such po­lit­i­cal ploys and politi­ciz­ing” the pan­demic ques­tion. (KUNA)


Hong Kong prodemoc­racy ac­tivist Joshua Wong said he was ar­rested again Thurs­day for al­legedly par­tic­i­pat­ing in an unau­tho­rized assem­bly last Oc­to­ber.

Wong tweeted that he was ar­rested when he re­ported to the semi-au­tonomous Chi­nese ter­ri­tory’s Cen­tral Po­lice Sta­tion as part of a bail re­quire­ment.

He said he was also ac­cused of vi­o­lat­ing a pre-coro­n­avirus law ban­ning the wear­ing of masks in public places on the pre­text they ob­scure iden­tity.

Wong told re­porters af­ter leav­ing the po­lice sta­tion that it is the third case against him. He vowed to con­tinue to re­sist. (AP)

N.K. kills S.K. of­fi­cial:

South Korea said Thurs­day that North Korean troops fa­tally shot a South Korean gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial who may have at­tempted to de­fect and set his body on fire af­ter find­ing him on a float­ing ob­ject near the coun­tries’ dis­puted sea bound­ary.

South Korean of­fi­cials con­demned what they called North Korea’s “atro­cious act” and urged it to apol­o­gize and pun­ish those re­spon­si­ble. North Korea is un­likely to ac­cept the South Korean de­mand, and ties be­tween the ri­vals - al­ready strained amid a dead­lock in broader nu­clear diplo­macy - will prob­a­bly suf­fer a fur­ther set­back, ob­servers say.

Ac­cord­ing to Seoul, the man dis­ap­peared from a gov­ern­ment ship that was check­ing on pos­si­ble unau­tho­rized fish­ing in an area south of the bound­ary on Mon­day, a day be­fore he was found in North Korean wa­ters. (AP)


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