Briefs, September 14, 2012

Beijing and Taipei yesterday dismissed Manila's renaming part of the South China Sea as the "West Philippine Sea". Philippines President Benigno Aquino announced on Wednesday his government had officially dubbed the waters off the country's west coast the "West Philippine Sea" and would register the name with the United Nations. China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said: "The act by the Philippines cannot in the least way change the fact that China has indisputable sovereignty over the islands in the South China Sea and adjacent waters." In Taipei, the Foreign Ministry said Taiwan "does not recognise this unilateral move that will provoke disputes and sternly reaffirms its territorial claim" to the sea. AFP

A 22-year-old Foxconn worker jumped to his death from the company's dormitory in Shenzhen's Baoan district on Wednesday, Xinhua reports. The worker, from Heilongjiang province, jumped from the top of the nine-storey dormitory at 8.30am. He earlier tried to kill himself by cutting his wrists. Shenzhen police were investigating his death with the help of Foxconn. Fiona Tam

Beijing is giving US$240 million in loans to build infrastructure in southern Sri Lanka. China's Exim Bank is financing the construction of flyovers and roads in the southern town of Hambantota with the aim of making it a transport hub, Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said. Xinhua and Staff Reporter