Fashion designers are transforming ancient Chinese clothing for Christmas – but not everyone is happy about it.
On December 8, a Conviasa flight prepared to take off from Caracas, Venezuela, for Mexico City. It planned to carry 200 election observers and journalists who came to Venezuela from a range of countries to monitor the National Assembly elections that were held on December 6. The plane sat on the tarmac, luggage on board, with the passengers ready to board—at which point, the delay began. Hours went by. The airline had previously filed a flight plan, which included using Colombian airspace; now, hours before the flight was to take off, the government of Colombia denied the aircraft the right of transit (as established by the 1944 Chicago Convention, which Colombia joined in 1947). The plane took off eventually but had to land on the Colombian-Venezuelan border at Maracaibo to refuel. Tension ran through the aircraft (one of us, Vijay, was on that plane).
To deal with the US’ Indo-Pacific Strategy that targets China, China should try to stimulate the potential for regional economic cooperation, increase countries’ interdependence in the region and pay more attention to promote anti-virus cooperation in the context of the raging COVID-19 pandemic, Chinese experts said at an online seminar themed on analyzing different countries’ Indo-Pacific strategies on Saturday.
Liu Zhiqin, Senior Fellow of the Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies at Renmin University of China
In a virtual summit held on Monday with Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi stressed that negotiations for a code of conduct in the South China Sea "should not undermine the interests of other countries or third parties in the region," reported the Times of India. The two leaders reaffirmed the importance of security and freedom of navigation and overflight rights in the South China Sea.
Ten years ago, a hawker in Tunisia set himself on fire, which spurred people along the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, from Morocco to Spain, to rise up in revolt. They took to their public squares indignant at the terrible conditions under which they had to live.