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China Fires ‘ Aircraft- Karrier Killer ‘ Missile In Warning To US

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Ballistic missiles launched in response to US aerial activities in a ‘no-fly zone’ area during a Chinese naval drill.
China has fired two missiles, including one dubbed an “aircraft-carrier killer”, into the South China Sea, according to a news report, in a pointed warning to the United States as tensions in the disputed sea lane rise to new levels.
The South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported on Thursday that Beijing fired one intermediate-range ballistic missile, DF-26B, from Qinghai Province and another medium-range ballistic missile, DF-21D, from Zhejiang Province on Wednesday in response to US aerial activities in a “no-fly zone” area.
In response, Mark Esper, the US defence chief, said China has repeatedly fallen short of promises to abide by international laws, noting that China seems to be flexing its muscles the most in Southeast Asia.
The two missiles were reportedly fired in the direction of the area between Hainan province and the disputed Paracel Islands, the Hong Kong-based publication added, quoting an unnamed source.
According to the paper, a US U-2 spy plane had reportedly entered a Chinese-designated “no-fly zone” on Tuesday without permission during a live-fire naval drill conducted by China in the Bohai Sea off its north coast.
In a social media post, Liu Xiaoming, China’s ambassador to the United Kingdom, said that the US move “severely disrupted” China’s normal exercises and “training activities.”
Zhao Lijian, China’s foreign ministry spokesman, described the spy plane overflight as “provocative actions” and urged the US to stop.
The DF-26B missile, which was formally launched earlier this month, is capable of hitting moving targets at sea, making it an “aircraft-carrier killer”, according to the state-owned Global Times.
Chinese Defence Ministry spokesperson, Senior Colonel Wu Qian, was previously quoted as saying that the missile can carry conventional or nuclear warheads and is capable of launching precision strikes on land and sea targets.
With its range of 4,500km (2,796 miles), DF-26 can reach the West Pacific and the Indian Ocean, as well as American facilities in Guam, the British island of Diego Garcia and even the Australian city of Darwin
‘Within accepted rules’
Meanwhile, the DF-21, has been described as an anti-ship ballistic missile system, also meant for attacking moving ships at sea.
In July, two US aircraft conducted freedom of navigation exercises and military drills with its allies in the South China Sea, prompting an angry response from Beijing.
Speaking on the condition of anonymity to Reuters, a US official confirmed the firing of the two missiles on Wednesday adding that an assessment was under way to determine the type of missile launched.
The Pentagon, meanwhile, confirmed the U-2 overflight, adding that the activity in the Indo-Pacific region was “within the accepted international rules and regulations governing aircraft flights”.
News of the missile launches come as the US announced that it was blacklisting 24 Chinese companies and targeting individuals it said are part of construction and military actions in the South China Sea, its first such sanctions move against Beijing over the disputed seas
The US Commerce Department said the two dozen companies played a “role in helping the Chinese military construct and militarize the internationally condemned artificial islands in the South China Sea.”
Separately, the State Department said it would impose visa restrictions on Chinese individuals “responsible for, or complicit in”, such actions and those linked to China’s “use of coercion against Southeast Asian claimants to inhibit their access to offshore resources”.
In July, Washington said it could sanction Chinese officials and enterprises involved in coercion in the South China Sea after it announced a tougher stance rejecting Beijing’s claims to offshore resources there as “completely unlawful”.
China claims virtually all of the potentially energy-rich South China Sea, but Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also lay claim to parts of an area, through which more than $3 trillion of trade passes each year.
The US accuses China of militarising the South China Sea and trying to intimidate Asian neighbours who might want to exploit its extensive oil and gas reserves.
US warships have gone through the area to assert the freedom of access to international waterways, raising fears of confrontation.
A spokesperson for China’s embassy in Washington condemned the US sanctions as “completely unreasonable,” and urged the US to reverse them.
“(South China Sea Islands) is an integral part of China’s territory, and it is fully justified for us to build facilities and deploy necessary defence equipment there,” the spokesperson said.
“The Chinese government has firm determination to safeguard its sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

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‘Reduce Your Sex Rounds’ — Top Ghanaian Police Officer Advises Personnel

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Afful Boakye-Yiadom, the Accra region commander of Ghana Police Service (GPS), has enjoined officials of the agency to reduce their involvement in sexual activities ahead of the country’s general elections.
Boakye-Yiadom addressed the officials during a route march held by the police service to reiterate its readiness for the elections.
The Accra police commander said the measure alongside intake of good diet would enable them to discharge their duties effectively before, during and after the polls.
“Control yourself, we all need the energy to work during the election I, therefore, advise all of you to eat well, reduce your sexual rounds for you to get the energy to work well before, during and after 2020 elections,” he said.
Boakye-Yiadom also urged the police officers to desist from partisan politics at the polls.
According to him, this would enable them to maintain neutrality which is essential to their professional conduct during the election.
Ghana will hold its general elections on December 7.
Nana Akufo-Addo, the country’s incumbent president, is seeking re-election under the platform of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
He will be challenging John Mahama, a former president and candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), to secure another term in office.

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UK Threatens Sanctions Against Violence Sponsors In Edo , Ondo Elections

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The United Kingdom yesterday said it would deploy observers in Edo and Ondo States to monitor the governorship elections, and threatened sanction, including a travel ban to the United Kingdom, against sponsors of violence in the two elections.
The UK said the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, had met with the leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the main opposition, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The decisions of the UK Government were contained in a statement issued yesterday in Abuja by the High Commission to Nigeria.
The statement said: “As a friend and partner of Nigeria, we are closely following the lead up to the off-cycle governorship elections in Edo and Ondo states scheduled for September 19 and October 10, respectively.
“These elections are important, both as an essential element of effective governance within both states and an indicator of the strength of Nigeria’s democratic institutions.
“Our High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, has held meetings with leaders of the two main political parties, the APC and PDP.
“The discussions focused on the need for the parties’ leaders to prevail on supporters to avoid violence before and after the elections and we welcome the Edo candidates’ signatures of the National Peace Committee and INEC convened a peace accord yesterday.
“We will be deploying observation missions to both the Edo and Ondo elections and supporting civil society led observation.
“The UK takes a strong stand against election-related violence and, just as we did in the general election in 2019, will continue to take action against individuals we identify as being responsible for violence during the elections.
“This could include restrictions on their eligibility to travel to the UK, restrictions on access to UK based assets or prosecution under international law.
“The UK will continue to provide support and engagement as we move towards these elections. We urge INEC, the Police and all other agencies involved to work together to deliver free, fair and credible elections.”

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Yoshihide Suga named Japan’s new prime minister

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Japan ’s parliament on Wednesday elected Yoshihide Suga prime minister , with the former chief cabinet secretary expected to stick closely to policies championed by Shinzo Abe during his record- breaking tenure .
Suga , 71, won an easy victory , taking 314 votes of 462 valid ballots cast in the lower house of parliament , where his ruling Liberal Democratic Party ( LDP ) holds a commanding majority .
He bowed deeply as lawmakers applauded following the announcement , but made no immediate comment .
“ According to the results, our house has decided to name Yoshihide Suga prime minister , ” lower house speaker Tadamori Oshima announced after the votes were counted.
Suga is expected to announce his cabinet later Wednesday, with local media reporting he will retain a number of ministers from Abe ’ s last government .
Suga , who on Monday was elected leader of the LDP , is viewed as a continuity candidate and has said his run was inspired by a desire to pursue Abe ’s policies .
Abe , who resigned earlier Wednesday along with his cabinet , is ending his record run in office with a year left in his mandate .
He was forced out by a recurrence of ulcerative colitis, a bowel disease that has long plagued him .
Suga has spent decades in politics — most recently as chief cabinet secretary , where he was known for pushing government policies through a sometimes intractable bureaucracy.
He has also been the face of the government , doggedly defending its policies as spokesman , including in sometimes testy exchanges with journalists .
– ‘ This is my mission ’ – His upbringing, as the son of a strawberry – farmer father and schoolteacher mother , sets him apart from the many blue – blood political elites in his party and the Japanese political scene .
But while he has championed some measures intended to help rural areas like his hometown in northern Japan ’s Akita , his political views remain something of a mystery .
He is viewed as more pragmatic than ideological , and during his campaign spoke more about the need to break down administrative obstacles — so – called bureaucratic silos — than any grand guiding principles .
He will face a raft of tough challenges, including an economy that was already in recession before the coronavirus pandemic .
Suga has said kickstarting the economy will be a top priority , along with containing the virus — essential if the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympics are to open as planned in July 2021 .
His recipe for doing that ? More of the same , he says.
“ In order to overcome the crisis and give the Japanese people a sense of relief , we need to succeed in what Prime Minister Abe has been implementing , ” Suga said after being elected LDP leader on Monday .
Suga ’ s cabinet is expected to bring few surprises, with Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and Finance Minister Taro Aso expected to stay on in their jobs .
Defence Minister Taro Kono is tipped to be replaced by Abe ’s brother Nobuo Kishi , who was adopted by his uncle as a child and carries his surname .
Kono is reportedly set to become minister in charge of administrative reform , a portfolio Suga considers particularly important .
– ‘ All my strength ’ – Just two women are so far reported to be in the cabinet , as Olympic minister and justice minister , down from the three who served in Abe ’s last government .
Analysts say Suga is likely to stick with his predecessor’ s signature Abenomics programme , involving vast government spending, massive monetary easing and the cutting of red tape .
On the diplomatic front , Suga is a relative novice, with little foreign policy experience .
There too , experts say , he is likely to tread the path charted by Abe , prioritising the key relationship with the United States , whoever is president after November ’s election .
Relations with China may prove trickier with a global hardening of opinion against Beijing after the coronavirus and unrest in Hong Kong .
There has been speculation that Suga could call a snap election to consolidate his position and avoid being seen as a caretaker prime minister , but he has been circumspect on the prospect .
Abe will stay on as a lawmaker, with some mooting the possibility he could undertake diplomatic missions .
On Wednesday morning as he prepared to resign , Abe said he had given “ all my strength ” and was ending his tenure “ with a sense of pride ” .
“ I owe everything to the Japanese people. ”

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