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President of Taiwan Rebuffs China, Defends Self-Rule

Beijing has mounted an aggressive posture towards the self-ruled island, carrying out numerous military exercises in the Taiwan Strait

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Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen delivers a speech during a New Year's day press conference in Taipei, Taiwan, Jan. 1, 2019. VOA

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen says China must accept Taiwan ‘s status as a self-ruled island.

In a New Year’s Day address from her office, President Tsai said China had to “respect the insistence of 23 million people for freedom and democracy,” and for both sides to face the reality that there are fundamental differences between their “values and lifestyles” and political systems.

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Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani, left, and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, right, shake hands at the end of a joint press conference at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing, Jan. 26, 2016. VOA

Relations between Beijing and Taipei have been strained since Tsai, the leader of the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party, took office in 2016 and refused to accept the concept of China and Taiwan joined together as one China.

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Beijing has mounted an aggressive posture towards the self-ruled island, carrying out numerous military exercises in the Taiwan Strait, blocking Taipei’s participation in international organizations, and persuading several nations to switch diplomatic relations from Taiwan to China.

President Tsai called on China to seek “peaceful” ways to sort out their differences. (VOA)

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China Reports Nearly 1 mn Cases of Occupational Diseases

The commission will also make efforts to safeguard labor health by improving legislation, government supervision and occupational health training

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China reported over 970,000 cases of occupational diseases by the end of 2018 of which 90 per cent cases were pneumoconiosis.

The data was given by China’s State Council Information Office.

According to a study, of the 900 million Chinese workers, 25 million are exposed to occupational hazards each year with pneumoconiosis being the most prevalent disease among them.

It’s a chronic and deadly lung disease caused by inhaling dust or small particles.

FILE – Workers are seen at a Foxconn factory in Longhua, Guangdong province, China, May 26, 2010. Foxconn is Apple’s main supplier of iPhones. VOA

Li Bin, Deputy Director of the National Health Commission, was quoted as saying by Xinhua that the panel would beef up the prevention and treatment for pneumoconiosis in partnership with related departments.

Li also stressed concerted efforts to prevent pneumoconiosis patients from falling into or returning to poverty due to the illness, by means of medical insurance, medical assistance and living support.

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The commission will also make efforts to safeguard labor health by improving legislation, government supervision and occupational health training, he said.

A total of 132 diseases of 10 types are classified as occupational diseases in China, Li said, adding that other employment hazards including poison, noise and radiation should be controlled. (IANS)