SANYA, July 9, 2016 (Xinhua) -- Missile frigate Yuncheng launches an anti-ship missile during a military exercise in the water area near south China's Hainan Island and Xisha islands, July 8, 2016. Chinese navy conducted an annual combat drill in the water area near south China's Hainan Island and Xisha islands on Friday. (Xinhua/Zha Chunming)
SANSHA, Hainan, July 14 (Xinhua) -- An emergency drill involving 13 ships and a helicopter was held Thursday morning at seas near Sansha in southern China's island province of Hainan, the city's marine bureau said.
It is the first comprehensive emergency drill on such large scale after Sansha was established in 2012. The drill included air-sea search and rescue, emergency treatment and sea fire-fighting.
Two cargo ships "collided" near Sansha and left seven mariners missing. Fire broke out on one of the ships, threatening the lives of eight other sailors onboard.
Upon receiving the SOS, the city's maritime search and rescue center initiated an emergency plan, dispatching cruise, salvage and coast guard ships near the area to search for the missing sailors and put out the fire.
Over 200 people from 10 departments participated in the drill. The seven mariners were saved and the fire extinguished, according to the bureau.
The maritime search and rescue center in Sansha was established in July, 2013, and has since rescued 1,201 people in 49 emergencies.
According to deputy mayor Chen Rumao, the city plans to normalize such emergency drills and expand their area into Nansha waters.
BEIJING, July 15 (Xinhua) -- On 14 July, State Councilor Yang Jiechi gave an interview to state media on the so-called award of the Arbitral Tribunal for the South China Sea arbitration during which he elaborated on China's position. The full text of the interview is as follows:
Reporter: On 12 July, the Arbitral Tribunal for the South China Sea arbitration issued its so-called award, which attempts to deny China's territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests in the South China Sea. In response, China issued a Statement on the Award of the Arbitral Tribunal in the South China Sea Arbitration Established at the Request of the Republic of the Philippines, Statement on China's Territorial Sovereignty and Maritime Rights and Interests in the South China Sea and a White Paper entitled China Adheres to the Position of Settling Through Negotiation the Relevant Disputes Between China and the Philippines in the South China Sea, stating China's solemn position of non-acceptance and non-recognition of the award and reaffirming China's territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests in the South China Sea. How do you view the award by the so-called Arbitral Tribunal for the South China Sea arbitration? Full story
TOKYO, July 14 (Xinhua) -- The so-called award of the South China Sea arbitration violates the purposes and principles of the UN Charter as well as international law, and it will never be accepted by the Chinese people, said former Chinese foreign minister Li Zhaoxing.
Li, president of the China Public Diplomacy Association, made the remarks on Wednesday at the Tokyo Sun Yat-sen Forum commemorating the 150th birth anniversary of Sun Yat-sen, a great forerunner of China's democratic revolution. Full story
MANILA, July 14 (Xinhua) -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Thursday said he was asking former President Fidel Ramos to help start talks with China over disputes in the South China Sea.
The president, during a testimonial dinner hosted by the San Beda College, reiterated that war was not an option and he wanted to pursue peaceful solutions to the maritime disputes with China like bilateral talks.Full story