Are China’s ‘internal affairs’ going more global?One day in 1955, the fledgling People’s Republic of China was unhappy about the United States’ involvement with Taiwan, the self-governing island that Beijing considered its territory. So, Premier Zhou Enlai wrote a letter to the secretary-general of the United Nations. “The Chinese people’s exercise of their own sovereign rights in liberating their own territory,” Zhou wrote, “is entirely a matter of China’s internal affairs.” He went on to use that wording, “internal affairs,” three more times in the letter. Whether it’s foreign complaints about human rights, disputes over the South China Sea or anything about Taiwan or Xinjiang or Tibet and the Dalai Lama, the answer has been remarkably consistent: these are the internal affairs of China — so keep your nose out of them.For evidence, just review this past week’s events and the Beijing … [Read more...] about Are China’s ‘internal affairs’ going more global?
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Senate bill seeks protection of interns from abuse, exploitation Gaea Katreena Cabico (Philstar.com) - September 10, 2019 - 6:36pm MANILA, Philippines — Sen. Risa Hontiveros is pushing for a measure that seeks to ensure the safety of interns and protect them from exploitative practices during the duration of the internships. In filing Senate Bill 994, Hontiveros stressed that it is to the country’s best interest that interns have their rights protected and their service recognized because they “contribute greatly to the productivity of the company or organization hosting them.” “Internship is for students and young people to learn more about the workplace and to deepen their craft. Internship is not an excuse for employers to take advantage of cheap or free labor,” the lawmaker said. If the bill becomes a law, host training establishments will be required to come up with a contract and … [Read more...] about Senate bill seeks protection of interns from abuse, exploitation
Tens of thousands of troops have enforced a strict curfew, which includes no internet or phone services, in Indian Kashmir NEW DELHI - India on Thursday hit back at nuclear rival Pakistan's downgrading of diplomatic ties over its clampdown on Kashmir, saying its decision to strip the restive region of its autonomy was an "internal affair".India stripped Kashmir of its special status in the constitution on Monday and brought the region under its direct rule, angering Pakistan which has a competing claim to the Muslim-majority state. Pakistan responded by downgrading its diplomatic ties with India Wednesday, announcing that it would expel the Indian envoy and suspend trade as the row between the neighbours deepened.The countries have fought two wars over Kashmir."The recent developments pertaining to Article 370 are entirely the internal affair of India," the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement."Seeking to interfere in that jurisdiction by invoking an alarmist … [Read more...] about Kashmir an ‘internal affair’, India tells Pakistan
He made the request during a meeting with State Counsellor and Foreign Affairs Minister Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday. The meeting at the Foreign Affairs Minister’s office featured discussions on Rakhine and other matters, including refugee camps in Myanmar, he said. Separately, the Labour Ministry said on Wednesday that Myanmar will be allowed to send workers skilled in 14 types of jobs to Japan, starting with the hospitality industry. Workers must have passed skills and Japanese-language proficiency tests conducted by Japanese officials and have three years of related work experience to qualify. A Japanese group plans to test skills and Japanese-language proficiency in Myanmar in October. The ministry has asked employment agencies for lists of workers they want to send to Japan. It also reminded licensed employment agencies that want to send workers to Japan to apply for prior permission or risk facing penalties. Resettling Kachin refugees The government and … [Read more...] about Week in Review : Putting internal affairs in order
BEIJING (REUTERS) - China's Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday (June 11) that Hong Kong matters are purely a Chinese internal affair and China demands the United States stops interfering in Hong Kong's affairs. Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang made the comments at a daily news briefing in Beijing. The United States said on Monday it was gravely concerned about proposed amendments to Hong Kong laws that would allow suspects to be extradited to mainland China and warned that such a move could jeopardise the special status Washington affords the Chinese-run territory. … [Read more...] about China says Hong Kong matters purely an internal affair