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US vs China: China Orders US Consulate in Chengdu to Close as Tension Rises

US vs China:  China Orders US Consulate in Chengdu to Close as Tension Rises

Relationship between China and the US have been increasingly strained. Beijing has ordered the closure of a US consulate in south-western China, in a move that escalates tensions between the two countries to a new level.

However, this is a ‘Tit-for-tat’ move by Beijing to get back at US for ordering Chinese mission in Houston to close.

On Friday, China’s ministry of foreign affairs said it had ordered the US consulate in Chengdu, in Sichuan province, to cease all operations. Authorities notified the US of China’s decision to revoke its consent for the consulate to operate, according to a notice on the ministry’s website.

Describing the measure as a “legitimate and necessary response” to the actions of the US, which earlier this week gave the Chinese consulate in Houston, Texas, 72 hours to close, Beijing called on Washington to reverse its decision. Chinese officials said on Friday the mission in Houston was still operating.

“The current situation between China and the United States is something China does not want to see, and the responsibility rests entirely with the United States,” it said, urging the US to bring “bilateral relations back on track”.

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China’s ministry of foreign affairs did not give a deadline for when the consulate must close but the editor of the state-run Global Times newspaper said on Twitter the consulate had been given 72 hours to close.

Without giving further details, the US said it ordered the Chinese consulate in Houston to shut in order to protect “American intellectual property and private information”.

China called the measure “unprecedented” and “outrageous”, and accused US diplomats of “infiltration and interference activities”.

According to the Guardian,  Pompeo said: “Today China is increasingly authoritarian at home, and more aggressive in its hostility to freedom everywhere else.”

“We, the free nations of the world, must induce change in the Chinese Communist party’s behaviour in more creative and assertive ways, because Beijing’s actions threaten our people and our prosperity,” he said, calling the Chinese leader, Xi Jinping, a “true believer in a bankrupt, totalitarian ideology”.

“If the free world doesn’t change communist China, communist China will change us,” he added.

A Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman described as futile Pompeo’s efforts to “launch a new crusade against China”. “What he is doing is like an ant trying to shake a tree,” she wrote in English and Chinese on Twitter, which is blocked in China and used by Chinese diplomats to target international audiences.

Wang on Friday described Pompeo’s speech as a “malicious” and “groundless attack” on the Communist party and its domestic and foreign policies. “Pompeo’s remarks ignore facts, turn what is black into white and are full of ideological prejudice and a cold war mindset,” he said.

Hours after the foreign ministry’s announcement, Americans in China received a security alert, reminding them of the risk of “arbitrary detention” and the possibility of being blocked from leaving, or exit bans. US citizens in China received a similar alert a few weeks ago.

The most recent notice told Americans to “exercise increased caution,” warning that citizens may be “subjected to prolonged interrogations and extended detention for reasons related to ‘state security’”.

On Friday, journalists in Chengdu reported a heavy police presence outside the consulate following the announcement on Friday, with officers checking phones and ordering people to delete photographs.

It was not clear how many people would be affected by the closure. In 1985, it has more than 200 employees, including about 150 are locally hired Chinese staff. Many diplomats had left the country during the pandemic and have struggled to return.

A livestream hosted by the state broadcaster CCTV showed little movement outside the mission but was being watched by as many as 20 million people on Friday afternoon. Many signaled their support of the closure – with one internet user calling for the mission to be renovated and turned a hotpot restaurant. Others criticised the measure.

“Confrontation is not good, it affects the economy. It affects everyone,” one user said.

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#Anonymous Hacks National Broadcasting Commission’s Twitter Account ,threaten to expose govt secrets

The Twitter account of National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has been hacked by Anonymous.

The hackers put up a message threatening to reveal secrets of Nigerian authorities.

“We #Anonymous are out to expose government’s secret and dirty files”, it read.

“Put an #ENDTOPOLICEBRUTALITY #Twitterdown #NBChacked”, the message added.

The website was also not opening as at 9:25 am.

NBC regulates the Nigerian broadcast industry.

The commission says it adopts scientific research methods to gather data, analyze trends in line with the dynamism of the industry and advise government.

 

NBC receives, processes and considers applications for the establishment, ownership or operation of radio and television stations including cable television service, direct satellite broadcast and others

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Woman Crashes Ceremony with Kids to Stop her Husband from Getting Married to another Lady

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Woman crashes ceremony with kids to stop her husband from getting married to another lady

A video of a woman disrupting the wedding ceremony of her supposed husband has since gone viral.

In the video, the woman is seen storming the ceremony with her children claiming she was still married to the groom.

The woman who is seen carrying a baby on her back, beckons on the other children to come into the ceremony

The video which was shared on Instagram shows the moment a lady disrupted a wedding, claiming to be married to the groom. What was meant to be one of the happiest days in the life of a lady turned out to be pretty embarrassing and devastating when her groom’s huge secret was exposed.

The woman claimed that she was still married to the groom. Sharing her story, she claimed they weren’t divorced, and there was no issue between them.

Regina Daniels, Ned Nwoko spotted having fun as they squash marriage crisis rumour (video) She added that she didn’t know why he should be getting married to another lady while she already had children with him.

the special day for a bride and groom was reported to have erupted in drama after a former lover of the groom stormed the church causing the bride to collapse.

The incident reportedly occurred in Benin City, Edo state. When the groom identified as Dele and his bride, Blessing, decided to tie the knot at the International Pentecostal Holiness Church in Benin City, they would never have foreseen the drama that occurred.

According to reports, the groom’s lover was said to have walked into the church and proceeded to the altar where she grabbed the microphone from the pastor.

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US Election 2020: Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris Debate

With less than a month to go before Election Day, the Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris met in Salt Lake City, Utah, for the only vice presidential debate of 2020.

According to CBS Evening News anchored by Norah O’Donnell, It’s unclear how much tonight’s debate will sway voters, many of whom have already cast their ballots.

At least 5.6 million people have already voted in states where early voting has begun.

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Ahead of the debate, polls showed Harris is the only candidate at the top of the ticket with a net-positive favorability rating – on average in national polls, more Americans knew her positively than negatively.

Pence’s favorability is lagging – an average of 48% view him unfavorably, and 43% favorably per an average from Real Clear Politics.

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