First, China has undisputable sovereignty over islands and their surrounding waters in the South China Sea, backed by a wealth of historical and legal basis,” Shao said.
For a long period of time, various nations’ normal passage and flight in the region have never been obstructed. “There i
s no issue over the freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea,” he said.
However, the US has frequently sent vessels and aircraft to trespass into Chinese mar
itime territory and airspace, and has conducted intense intelligence gathering and special drills in the region.
“These actions damage the peace and security of the region,” Shao said. “As a result, the PLA
has installed necessary defense equipment on the islands in accordance with security needs. This is within
the natural rights of a sovereign state, and a necessary measure to counter those provocative actions.”
Chen Xiang, head of the sports bureau of Qiannan prefecture in Guizhou, t
old the thepaper.cn. It was agreed after meetings with education authorities and parents of stud
ents that the large crowd gathered during dragon boat races will create noise, Chen said.
Therefore, the dragon boat racing activities in the city, previ
ously scheduled on June 5-7, were postponed to June 9-11. Teams participating in the races were cont
acted and told the reason for the delay. They understood the reasons, Chen added.
An official at the sports bureau of Chizhou city, Anhui, said they have received letters and calls f
rom parents of examinees and people, expressing their concerns (that noise generated by dragon boa
t races may disturb students sitting the gaokao). So the bureau decided to postpone the races until June 9-10.
ng should be leveraged to improve coordination mechanisms
for economic policies such as finance, currency, employment, industry, and regional develop
ment to ensure the nation’s economic development stays within a reasonable range, the statement said.
The meeting highlighted the importance of strengthening innovative cap
abilities as well as opening-up and cooperation in this regard, and called for improving the serv
ices and environment for opening-up and cooperation so that development is promoted through opening-up, inn
ovation is advanced through reforms and win-win results are achieved through cooperation, it said.
Tough and newly emerging problems should be resolved through deepening reforms, the state
ment said, adding that the capability of dealing with challenges and preventing risks should be intensified.