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Xi Jinping wants the West to see China as “loveable”



Xi Jinping

China’s President, Xi Jinping called for Chinese officials to create a “trustworthy, lovable and respectable” image for the country.

Xi Jinping made the statement amid growing tensions between China and many western nations.

The latest remarks from China’s leader suggest the country is looking to curb its hard-edged diplomatic approach.

Xi Jinping says the country must “make friends extensively, unite the majority and continuously expand its circle of friends with those who understand and are friendly to China.”

China looks to repair relationships in the West

Experts suggest the statement indicates Xi Jinping may be starting to rethink his global communication strategy.

Wang YI Wei from Renmin University says “China’s image in the West has deteriorated since the pandemic.”

They further stressed “this needs to be taken seriously.”

This comes as US President Joe Biden attempts to repair relations on the back of the Trump administration.

He added “the growth in China’s power needs to be accepted by the world. That would be the real growth of power.”

Concerns in the West over China’s human right’s abuses

Tensions between China and the West have been largely taut, with Australia and New Zealand recently raising “grave concerns” over human right’s abuses in the country.

China’s leaders have made it clear that they do not want interference when it comes to international concerns over alleged human rights abuses in the Xinjiang province.

It follows Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison and New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern, meeting this week to discuss ways to move forward with China.


Four dead in Russian military plane crash



Four people have been killed after a Russian military plane suffered an engine malfunction

The plane reportedly crashed in the city of Ryazan, which is located southeast of Moscow.

It’s believed five others are also injured. However, it is unclear how many were on board.

The Ilyushin IL-76 military cargo plane is a long-range aircraft, which can reportedly carry over 100 troops.

An Ilyushin IL-76 aircraft, which is similar to the one involved in the incident.

Local authorities say the plane suffered a malfunction while on a training flight.

Russia’s Defence Minister is yet to give any further details on the crash, or about the victims.

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Double election defeat for UK Conservatives



British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservatives have suffered defeat in two parliamentary by-elections

UK Conservatives have lost two crucial seats in England, which could spark concerns about Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s future.

The centrist Liberal Democrat party won the seats of Tiverton and Honiton.

The seats are in a Conservative part of south-west England, where a majority of 24,000 has been overturned.

The Liberal Democrats say it is their biggest ever majority turn around at a parliamentary by election.

“Tonight, the people of Tiverton and Honiton have spoken for Britain. They’ve sent a loud and clear message: It’s time for Boris Johnson to go, and go now.”

winning candidate Richard Foord

The losses have renewed calls for Prime Minister Boris Johnson to resign after a police investigation into gatherings at his Downing Street offices.

Johnson recently survived a vote of no-confidence, which secured his term as Prime Minister for another 12 months.

It also follows the Conservatives winning a landslide majority in three decades during the last national election.

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Protestors disrupt Chinese ambassador’s speech in Sydney



Protesters are causing disruptions during an address by China’s Ambassador to Australia

Xiao Qian is in Sydney, where is he speaking about how to improve ties between the two countries.

One protester described Mr Xiao as a “representative of a dictatorship” and accused the Chinese Government of committing genocide against Uyghur Muslims.

Others were heard shouting “Free Tibet”, and another was asked to leave the venue prior to the event because he was dressed in a military costume.

The speech was widely seen as an attempt to ease relations between the two countries.

China has put trade sanctions on Australia, while a recent encounter took place between a Chinese fighter jet and an Australian maritime aircraft over the South China Sea.

Security guards reportedly ushered the protesters.

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