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    'I am Taiwanese': Czech official angers China after Taipei speech

    The Czech Senate President Milos Vystrcil made the controversial comments during a speech while visiting the self-governed island. The statement was welcomed by Taiwanese lawmakers but will likely anger China further.

    "I am Taiwanese," said Czech Senate leader Milos Vystrcil during a speech to Taiwan's lawmakers in Taipei on Tuesday, a move that drew swift ire from Beijing.

    The phrase used by Vystrcil evokes a famous speech by US President John F Kennedy during a Cold War trip to West Berlin in 1963.

    The Czech official's comments prompted further backlash from China. During a visit to Germany's capital Berlin on Tuesday, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the Senate president's trip to Taiwan amounts to "crossing a red line."

    Beijing had already condemned the trip on Monday.

    Taiwan has had an independent government since 1949, but China views it as its own territory. China reacts strongly to attempts by foreign governments to recognize or conduct official exchanges with Taipei.

    'Ich bin ein Berliner'

    Vystrcil said Kennedy "used the phrase 'Ich bin ein Berliner' to show his support for the people of Berlin and the highest values of freedom."

    "Maybe I can be more humble but allow me to use the same determined phrase to conclude my speech in your country's parliament, in Taiwan — I am Taiwanese," concluded Vystrcil.

    The final phrase — delivered in Mandarin — was met with a standing ovation from Taiwanese lawmakers.

    Heightened tensions

    Vystrcil is heading up a 90-member delegation of Czech civic and political leaders to Taipei, the largest-ever Czech delegation visiting Taiwan since the European country became democratic in 1989, ending Communist rule.

    Vystrcil maintains the trip is to promote business links and said he would not give in to Chinese objections.

    On Monday, Beijing warned that Vystrcil would pay "a heavy price" for the visit. In response, the Czech Republic's Foreign Ministry said it would summon China's envoy to Prague.

    Relations between China and the Czech Republic were already strained, when earlier this year the city of Prague signed a partnership agreement with Taipei that prompted Shanghai to cut ties as a sister city.

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    Head of Khmer Rouge torture prison, Comrade Duch, dies aged 77

    Kaing Guek Eav (Getty Images/Extraordinary Chamber in the Courts of Cambodia)

    Comrade Duch, the head of the Khmer Rouge and the person who ran Cambodia's notorious S-21 prison during the country's genocide, died on Wednesday, a spokesman for the tribunal that convicted him of war crimes in 2010 said.

    Duch, 77, whose given name was Kaing Guek Eav, was the first Khmer Rouge commander convicted of crimes against humanity, before being sentenced in 2012.
    Appeal rejected

    The former leader of the Khmer Rouge appealed against his conviction but a UN-backed tribunal rejected his suggestion that he was a junior official merely following orders.

    He died while serving a life sentence.

    "Duch died this morning at 00:52 a.m. (1752 GMT on Tuesday), on September 2 at Khmer Soviet Friendship Hospital. Details of what he died of, I can't tell," Khmer Rouge tribunal spokesman Neth Pheaktra said.

    Media reports suggested on Monday the former S-21 prison chief had been hospitalized after falling seriously ill in Kandal provincial prison.

    jsi/aw (AFP, Reuters)


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    Indonesia's false coronavirus 'cures' draw concern from scientists

    As Indonesia experiences a record spike in COVID-19 cases, people are turning to traditional medicine to boost immunity. But public health officials warn that unproven remedies can create a false sense of security.

    When Dian heard that the coronavirus had arrived in Indonesia at the end of March, she stocked her kitchen with ginger, turmeric and lemongrass.

    However, the 37-year-old mother of two wasn't using the spices for cooking. Instead, she boiled them down into a traditional herbal drink called "jamu."

    Dian and her family now drink the herbal mixture every day. "Since we regularly drink jamu, my body feels fresher and fitter," Dian, who lives in West Java, told DW.

    "I got information about jamu online. I don't believe claims that it can fight COVID-19, but I do believe it naturally improves and regenerates our cells," Dian said, adding she drinks the mixture to boost her immunity.

    Dian is not alone. Herbal drinks in Indonesia have surged in popularity during the pandemic, as they are affordable and easy to make at home.

    Sido Muncul, a major Indonesian herbal medicine producer, reported a spike in sales in the first half of 2020, driven mainly by vitamin and ginger drinks.

    However, as Indonesia experiences a surge in COVID-19 cases, the prevalence of false cures and quick fixes presents a public health problem.

    On Thursday, Indonesia recorded a record high 3,622 new COVID-19 infections and 134 fatalities within 24 hours, according to the Indonesian Health Ministry. The total number of cases is now over 184,000, with 7,750 deaths and 132,055 recoveries.

    Hoaxes and quack cures

    In August, an interview was posted on Indonesian YouTube with Hadi Pranoto, a man claiming to be a microbiology professor touting a COVID-19 cure he concocted from herbs. Pranoto said his herbal drink could cure COVID-19 in three days, and would help the government fight the pandemic.

    The interview was conducted by a popular Indonesian YouTuber, Anji, who has over 3.6 million subscribers, according to the Jakarta Post. YouTube since removed the interview, and police are investigating Anji and Pranoto for spreading misinformation.

    Government offices have also been involved in promoting dubious remedies. In July, the Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture promoted an aromatherapy necklace with eucalyptus leaves it labeled as "anti-coronavirus."

    Indonesian Minister of Agriculture Syahrul Yasin Limpo claimed that wearing the necklace for 15 minutes could kill 42% of the virus, and 30 minutes would kill 80% of the virus.

    The minister's claims drew widespread skepticism from Indonesia's scientific community. The ministry later walked back its claims, saying that the aromatherapy products are only meant to prevent the disease. However, it did not revise the claim on the product's label.

    Experts warn that such claims mislead the public into feeling protected, which may lead people to ignore health protocols like social distancing and wearing masks.

    Herbal medicine 'no cure'

    Yohanes Wibowo, an Indonesian scientist and a PhD candidate at the Department of Experimental Pharmacology at Heidelberg University in Germany, told DW that the ministry's aromatherapy claims have no scientific backing.

    "I couldn't find any publication showing the ministry had done vitro tests on a virus culture, let alone clinical trials," Wibowo said, adding that there is no herbal or non-herbal medicine that is proven to be 100% effective against coronavirus.

    "There are lists of medicines that are in the process of clinical trials, yet none of them show a result that can be categorized as an anti-coronavirus medicine," he said.

    Professor Amin Soebandrio from the Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology in Jakarta said that herbal medicines are not meant to cure.

    "If there is a claim that it can cure a patient with COVID-19, that is definitely not true," he told DW, adding that herbal medicine manufacturers should not make excessive claims about their products.

    He also urged the public to be more critical of claims of herbal cures.

    "It is better for us to see herbal products as supplements, to improve health and the immune system," he said.

    Research on herbs and coronavirus

    Still, herbal remedies have been part daily life in Indonesia for centuries. Indonesian scientists have been researching COVID-19 treatments using natural ingredients, such as those found in jamu drinks.

    One research project is being conducted by a team from the Indonesian Institute of Science (LIPI) and the Association of the Indonesian Doctors for the Development of Traditional and Herbal Medicines.

    According to LIPI's website, the team is looking at how two types of herbal medicines modulate the immune system. Ingredients include the fungus Cordyceps militaris, and a combination of ginger and herbal plants.

    Clinical trials were completed in August, and the data is being checked for accuracy, before being passed on for approval by Indonesia's Food and Drug Supervisory Agency (BPOM). The LIPI has said it will not make any claims of efficacy until the BPOM issues its findings.

    With reporting by Prihardani Ganda Tuah Purba in Jakarta.

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    China bans import of German pork over African swine fever case

    China has joined South Korea is stopping the import of German pork after a case of African swine fever was uncovered in a wild boar. Local producers have lost their biggest export market outside the EU.

    Germany's meat industry is worrying about its global exports after one of its biggest markets, China, declared an import ban on German pork.

    The Chinese customs office and Agriculture Ministry announced the measure on Saturday, which also covers indirect imports and all pork-based products.

    The ban will also take effect immediately, meaning that all exports already shipped will either be destroyed or sent back.

    A spokeswoman from the German Agriculture Ministry confirmed that it had been notified, before adding that the ministry remained in talks with Chinese authorities.

    According to the DPA news agency, the German government is hoping to limit the ban to certain regions of the country.

    On Thursday it emerged that the carcass of a wild boar found in the state of Brandenburg, near Berlin had been infected with the African swine fever, the first known case in Germany.
    Huge setback

    The ban is likely to be a significant hit for the German pork industry, with exports to China worth around €1 billion ($1.2 billion) a year, and representing some 25% of Germany's pork export market.

    Germany is the third-largest exporter of pork to China, which will now likely import more from the US, Spain, and Brazil.

    China itself has seen an outbreak of swine fever since 2018, which has made it more reliant on imports. Some 100 million animals have died or had to be slaughtered.

    African swine fever is deadly for pigs and wild boar, and there is no vaccine or medication to treat it, but it is considered harmless for humans.

    Joachim Rukwied, president of Germany's Farmers' Association (DBA) condemned the decision as "clearly disproportionate and simply unacceptable," though he admitted that the move had been feared.

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    Japan's Suga elected as country's first new PM in eight years

    TOKYO (Reuters) - Yoshihide Suga was elected as Japan’s prime minister on Wednesday, becoming the country’s first new leader in nearly eight years and facing a raft of challenges including reviving an economy battered by the COVID-19 crisis.

    Suga, who served as chief cabinet secretary to outgoing premier Shinzo Abe, was voted in by the lower house of parliament where his ruling Liberal Democratic Party holds a majority.

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    US China tariffs 'inconsistent' with trade rules says WTO

    The World Trade Organization has ruled that tariffs the US imposed on Chinese goods in 2018, triggering a trade war, were "inconsistent" with international trade rules.

    The WTO said the US did not provide evidence that its claims of China's unfair technology theft and state aid justified the border taxes.

    Chinese officials welcomed the ruling.

    But the US said it showed that the WTO was "completely inadequate" to the task of confronting China.

    Ambassador Robert Lighthizer, America's top trade negotiator, said the US "must be allowed to defend itself against unfair trade practices".

    "This panel report confirms what the Trump Administration has been saying for four years: The WTO is completely inadequate to stop China's harmful technology practices," he said.

    "Although the panel did not dispute the extensive evidence submitted by the US of intellectual property theft by China, its decision shows that the WTO provides no remedy for such misconduct."

    US-China trade war

    China brought the case to the WTO in 2018, as the Trump administration started preparing the first rounds of tariffs on what would eventually become more than $300bn worth of products. The complaint challenged tariffs enacted in June and September of 2018 on goods estimated at more than $200bn in annual trade.

    The US said the duties were a response to China's state-sanctioned technology theft, subsidies and other "unfair practices" and allowed under 1970s-era trade rules.

    But China said the taxes violated trade regulations because they were higher than US commitments and targeted only one country.

    A panel of WTO experts agreed with those claims. It added that the US had not proved its case that the tariffs were justified on moral grounds because it did not show how the products affected by the duties had benefited from the unfair practices.

    "The panel found, accordingly, that the US had not met its burden of demonstrating that the measures are provisionally justified," it said.

    'Unprecedented global trade tensions'

    The panel added that it had only looked into the US measures and not China's retaliation, which Washington has not challenged at the WTO.

    Noting "unprecedented global trade tensions", the three-person panel encouraged the two sides to work to resolve the overall dispute.

    In a statement on Tuesday, China's Commerce Ministry said it hoped the US would respect the rulings of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and take practical action to maintain the multilateral trading system.

    The Trump administration, which has repeatedly criticised the WTO, may appeal the decision.

    But the case could then enter a legal paralysis because Washington has blocked the appointment of judges to the appellate body, preventing it from convening the minimum number required to hear cases.


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    US charges Chinese, Malaysian hackers over global operations

    They stole identities and video game technology, planted ransomware, and spied on Hong Kong activists, US officials say. Two Malaysians have been arrested but the five Chinese remain on the run.

    The US Justice Department on Wednesday charged five Chinese nationals and two Malaysians who ran global hacking operations over at least six years.

    The hackers targeted more than 100 companies and individuals in countries in the US and worldwide including software development, video game and social media companies, officials said. They also allegedly spied on pro-democracy politicians and activists in Hong Kong and accessed government computer systems in India and Vietnam.

    The indictments are part of a broader effort by the Trump administration to call out cybercrimes by China amid strained tensions between the two nations.

    Who are the hackers?

    The seven were long recognized by cybersecurity experts as the "APT41" hacking organization, identified by their shared tools and techniques.

    Three of the Chinese suspects operated out of Chengdu 404, a Sichuan-based company that purported to offer network security services for other businesses.

    While the charges did not indicate any direct political motivations behind the hackers' activities, one defendant, Jiang Lizhi — a member of Chengdu 404 — allegedly boasted connections to the Chinese Ministry of State Security, reported the Department of Justice.

    "A hacker for profit is not going to hack a pro-democracy group," said acting US Attorney Michael Sherwin of the District of Columbia, where the cases were filed.

    The five Chinese defendants remain fugitives, but prosecutors say two Malaysians were arrested in Malaysia this week and face extradition proceedings to the US.

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    Video ông Tập bị làm ngơ tại Thượng đỉnh G20 gây sốt trên mạng

    Tâ,p Cận Bình : Ngộ không biết " lói " tiêng Anh .
    TT Canada : Ngộ cũng dzậy , không biết lói tiếng Tàu .

    Mới đây, một đoạn video được lan truyền nóng trên mạng cho thấy, tại Hội nghị Thượng đỉnh G20 Nhật Bản năm 2019, ông Tập Cận Bình đã bị người ngồi cạnh làm ngơ, không thèm ngó ngàng. Có cư dân mạng nói trên Twitter rằng: Bạn bè đăng video này lên 2 vòng tròn bạn bè trên WeChat, tài khoản WeChat lập tức bị khóa.

    Đoạn video này do Đài Phát thanh quốc tế Canada (CBC) ghi lại, và có đính kèm dùng chữ thuyết minh: “Thứ Năm, khai mạc Thượng đỉnh 20 nước. Trong bữa trưa, Thủ tướng Canada Justin Trudeau ngồi gần Chủ tịch nước Trung Quốc Tập Cận Bình, nhưng hai người không giao lưu, biểu cảm nghiêm túc.”

    Ngày 28/6/2019, Thượng đỉnh G20 được tổ chức tại Osaka Nhật Bản, trong bữa trưa, ông Tập Cận Bình ngồi gần ông Justin Trudeau, một ghế khác gần ông Justin Trudeau là Tổng thống Brazil Jair Bolsonaro. Video được cư dân mạng đăng tải cho thấy, ban đầu ông Tập Cận Bình nói chuyện cùng với nhân viên công tác đại hội, còn ông Justin Trudeau thì chủ động bắt tay hàn huyên với Tổng thống Brazil Jair Bolsonaro ngồi gần ghế bên trái. Sau đó, ông Justin Trudeau lấy sổ ghi chép trong túi đựng tài liệu ra và để lên bàn, rồi đeo tai nghe, mặt hơi hơi hướng về bên trái, ngồi một cách im lặng. Trong khi đó ông Tập Cận Bình vẫn hướng về phía ông Justin Trudeau quan sát nhất cử nhất động của đối phương, vẻ mặt có vẻ lúng túng.

    (Tweet: Bạn bè đăng video này lên 2 vòng trong bạn bè trên WeChat, lập tức tài khoản bị Tencent khóa, dường như là ngay lập tức. Thử thì biết.)

    Cũng có cư dân mạng cho biết, video nói trên đã bị cắt ghép. Đã cắt mất đoạn Thủ tướng Canada Trudeau nhìn một chút bên phía tay phải, sau đó mới chuyển sang bên trái muốn bắt tay với Tổng thống Brazil Jair Bolsonaro, lúc đó ông Bolsonaro đang quay sang trái. Có cảnh quay ông Trudeau lúng túng muốn bắt tay. Sau đó ông Bolsonaro đã quay sang bên phải bắt tay thân thiết với ông Trudeau.

    Thực ra, đoạn video nói trên đã được nhanh chóng lan truyền sau khi Thượng đỉnh G20 kết thúc vào tháng 6/2019, và thu hút được nhiều sự chú ý. Theo báo cáo, tại một hoạt động khác bên lề Thượng đỉnh G20, ông Trudeau đã có cuộc nói chuyện ngắn với ông Tập Cận Bình.

    Thực tế, mối quan hệ giữa hai nước Trung Quốc – Canada xấu đi từ năm 2018 sau sự kiện bắt bà Mạnh Vãn Châu – con gái người sáng lập Huawei Nhậm Chính Phi, giám đốc tài chính Huawei, và phải đối mặt với khả năng bị dẫn độ đến Mỹ để xét xử. Sau đó, Bắc Kinh trả đũa bằng cách bắt 2 công dân Canada, tấn công ngành nghề xuất nhập khẩu của Canada, tuyên án tử hình đối với nhiều người có hộ chiếu Canada đang bị giam giữ. Hành động trả đũa này của Bắc Kinh đã bị Canada và chính giới các nước lên án mạnh mẽ.

    Ngày 18/9 vừa qua, Canada tuyên bố hủy bỏ đàm phán tự do thương mại với Bắc Kinh.

    Cư dân mạng bình luận:

    “Thật bối rối! Chỉ là vua một cõi khi đóng cửa lại, ra ngoài thì không được người khác ngó ngàng.”

    “Rất nhiều sự việc như thế này tại hội nghị quốc tế, không có ai thèm để ý đến Chủ tịch Tập. Ha ha.”

    “Bạn xem hình tượng quan chức Trung Quốc thể hiện trên CCTV thì có thể hiểu, đối với bên trên thì nịnh hót tâng bốc, đối với bên dưới thì chỉ chỉ trỏ trỏ. Không hiểu thế nào là bình đẳng tôn trọng là gì, ra nước ngoài thì ai nuông chiều được các ông.”

    “Quá ngại … Hơn nữa không khí rất nghiêm túc ..”

    Nguo^`n :
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    Tàu cũng giống Phố rùm ghê, chỉ trích anh hề tổng thống là gặp phiền phức liền.

    Ren Zhiqiang - who called Chinese president a 'clown' - jailed for 18 years

    Ren Zhiqiang, the former chairman of Huayuan, a state-owned real estate group, was also fined 4.2m yuan, Beijing No. 2 Intermediate Court said on its website on Tuesday.

    Rights campaigners accuse Xi and the Communist party of using corruption charges as a way to silence dissent.

    Ren, an influential critic of the Chinese Communist party who suggested president
    Xi Jinping was a “clown” over his handling of the coronavirus outbreak, was put under investigation in April for “serious violations of discipline and the law”.
    Thập bát niên quá hãi.

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    Ren Zhiqiang là công dân ở đâu vậy?



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