Beijing urges US to withdraw new sanctions against Chinese companies

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (L) visiting the Chemical Material Institute of the Academy of Defense Science at an undisclosed location. (AFP/ KCNA VIA KNS)
Updated 24 August 2017

Beijing urges US to withdraw new sanctions against Chinese companies

BEIJING: China on Wednesday urged the US to withdraw new sanctions it imposed on Chinese companies that Washington says are supporting North Korea as it carries out increasingly ambitious missile tests.
On Tuesday, the Trump administration imposed sanctions on 16 mainly Chinese and Russian companies and people for assisting North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs and helping it to make money to support those programs.
Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters at a regular briefing that China opposes unilateral sanctions and “the long-arm jurisdiction taken” by the US against Chinese entities and individuals.
Among those sanctioned are six Chinese companies, including three coal companies.
Hua said Chinese authorities will follow their own regulations and laws to investigate and punish if necessary the companies in question.
China has been “earnestly and comprehensively” implementing UN Security Council sanctions on North Korea, and “our efforts are there for all to see,” Hua said. Washington says its own sanctions are intended to complement the UN ones, including the latest ones which were imposed after North Korea tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles last month that may be able to reach parts of the US


Thailand reports 51 new coronavirus cases, three more deaths

Updated 23 min 30 sec ago

Thailand reports 51 new coronavirus cases, three more deaths

  • Thailand has confirmed 2,220 cases and 26 fatalities since the outbreak emerged in the country in January

BANGKOK: Thailand reported 51 new coronavirus cases and three more deaths on Monday, according to a spokesman for the government’s Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration.
Thirteen of the new cases were medical personnel who attended to infected patients or had activities with them, said the spokesman, Taweesin Wisanuyothin.
More than half of the new cases were in Bangkok, he said.
Thailand has confirmed 2,220 cases and 26 fatalities since the outbreak emerged in the country in January.