Briefs, October 20, 2012

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 20 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 20 October, 2012, 4:41am


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Jia: Beijing 'must stand firm on Tibet'

Politburo Standing Committee member and CPPCC chairman Jia Qinqlin said yesterday that Beijing must stick to its policy on the struggle against "the Dalai Lama clique", state media reported. In a review of Beijing's policies on Tibet and neighbouring Tibetan areas over the past decade, Jia concluded that Tibet policies should always be a priority for the Communist Party. Staff Reporter

China and Philippines in make-up talks

Philippine and Chinese officials held "candid" talks yesterday to ease relations strained by a bitter territorial dispute in the South China Sea. A delegation led by Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Fu Ying met Philippine President Benigno Aquino for talks aimed at minimising tensions and bolstering trade and economic links. "[They] had candid and in-depth discussions on the issues existing in their relations and agreed to ... properly address differences so as to avoid negative impact," Fu said in a statement. Tensions over competing claims to parts of the South China Sea escalated in April when ships from the two nations were locked in a standoff over a tiny group of islets called Scarborough Shoal. AFP

Eight bus crash victims out of critical condition

Eight people who were severely injured in a bus crash on Thursday afternoon in Hunan province are no longer in a critical condition in hospital, according to local authorities. The bus was carrying 47 people - mainly students - when it fell off a 30-metre-high slope in Yongzhou City , Hunan. Four students died and 44 others were injured. Xinhua