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China vows to safeguard sovereignty after U.S. lawmakers’ Taiwan visit

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China on Monday vowed to take strong measures to safeguard sovereignty and territorial integrity following a U.S. delegation’s visit to the Taiwan region on Sunday.

U.S. lawmakers led by Senator Ed Markey “overestimated themselves and attempted to challenge the one-China principle,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said at a press briefing, adding that their attempts were “doomed to fail.”

A five-member U.S. delegation, led by Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts, visited the region on Sunday on the heels of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s trip to the island in early August, which drew strong condemnations and responses from China, including days of live-fire military drills around Taiwan Island.

The visit blatantly violated the one-China principle and the three China-U.S. joint communiqués, violated China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and sent a serious wrong signal to the “Taiwan Independence” forces, Wang said.

Noting that the one-China principle is the consensus of the international community and the basic norm governing international relations, Wang said that “the one-China principle is also the political foundation for the establishment of the diplomatic ties and the growth of the China-U.S. relations,” the spokesperson added.

China once again urges the U.S. side to abide the one-China principle and the stipulations of the three China-U.S. joint communiqués, properly handle Taiwan-related issues and stop hollowing out and distorting the one-China principle, so as to avoid further damage to China-U.S. relations, he added.

Earlier on Monday, Wu Qian, spokesperson for the Ministry of National Defense, responded that the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) will continue to train and prepare for war and crush any form of “Taiwan independence” secession and foreign interference attempts.

“Taiwan is China’s Taiwan, and the Taiwan question does not allow any foreign interference. We are warning the U.S. and the Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party that ‘using Taiwan to contain China’ is doomed to fail, and ‘relying on the U.S. to seek Taiwan independence’ is self-destructive,” Wu said.

Ma Xiaoguang, spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of China’s State Council, on Monday also voiced strong opposition to a U.S. congressional delegation’s visit to China’s Taiwan region.

“This erroneous act is a serious violation of the one-China principle and the stipulations of the three China-U.S. joint communiques,” said Ma, adding that Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party authorities will receive “more severe blows” if they continue banking on external forces to seek “Taiwan independence.”

 

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Gov’t spends USD 298 million on PSIP so far in 2022

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The President’s Office has revealed the administration spent USD298 million on Public Sector Investment Programme (PSIP) so far in 2022. The Spokesperson at the President’s Office Miuvaan Mohamed made the remarks during a press conference that focused on sharing information on projects under the PSIP initiated by the administration.

Speaking at the press conference, Spokesperson Miuvaan highlighted the administration had spent USD298 million on PSIP projects by the end of August and that it accounted for 76% of the total budget allocated for PSIP projects from the state budget. He conveyed statistical updates and detailed the progress of the projects in various developmental stages including the development of essential services such as electricity, water, and supply networks as well as housing projects. He said changes might be made to the timeline of the projects, depending on changes to global prices and the availability of resources but that all projects will resume without halt, adding that no island has been neglected in terms of developmental initiatives.

Furthermore, Spokesperson Miuvaan also shared insight into the notable events of the past week and elaborated on some of the upcoming events. He highlighted President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s recent visit to four islands of Haa Alifu Atoll and Haa Dhaalu Atoll, during which he met with the island councils and Women’s Development Committee (WDC) members. He noted that the representatives of the islands expressed their appreciation to the president for bringing development to the islands without bias. He also said, previously, the primary concern of council representatives was the delays in providing essential services but that it was no longer the case as the administration has been adamant about developing infrastructure in the islands.

 

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President renames Maldivian Embassy in the US

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President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has renamed the Embassy of the Maldives in Washington to the Embassy of the Republic of the Maldives to the United States of America (US).

The announcement was made public through a directive released by the President’s Office. He made the decision under the discretion vested in the President by Section 116(a) of the Constitution of the Maldives. The directive also specifies that the number 488 should be used in all official documents sent to the Maldivian embassy in the US.

Recently, President Solih appointed Abdul Ghafoor Mohamed as the Ambassador to the United States (US).

 

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President makes first official trip on RTL ferry

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President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has travelled from Utheemu to Dhidhdhoo in Haa Alifu Atoll on a Raajje Transport Link (RTL) ferry.

President Solih concluded the National Day celebrations in Utheemu and received a warm welcome from the residents in Dhidhdhoo upon his arrival. He travelled to the island to officially inaugurate the commencement of the RTL high-speed ferry service in Zone 1 of the National Public Ferry Network. He is accompanied by Minister of National Planning, Housing and Infrastructure Mohamed Aslam, and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Maldives Transport and Contracting Company (MTCC) Adam Azim.

The RTL ferry service was established in Zone 1 of the National Public Ferry Network, which consists of Haa Alifu Atoll, Haa Dhaalu Atoll, and Shaviyani Atoll. Over 50,000 passengers used the service in the first three months and MTCC plans to sign a contract to manufacture 65 ferries to expand the service.

The National Public Ferry Network is a large-scale project that introduces efficient, affordable, and convenient passenger and cargo ferry services to all administrative islands of the country. In line with the Decentralisation Act, it aims to facilitate inclusive regional development by connecting people and services, accelerating social and economic growth, improving efficiency in the delivery of public services, and improving mobility and accessibility for all citizens in all areas of the nation. The government aims to connect all Maldivian islands using the ferry network by the end of 2023.

 

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