In every community there are people who,through their volunteer work and devotion to others,turn potentially anonymous neighbourhoods into friendly places to live.These people are the glue that binds our communities.
Every now and then the people realize the essential role community has played in their life.Perhaps you'll be inspired,and will speak to a neighbour you've never spoken to before.
ALEXANDER DUGANOV, Editor
China Warns Against War Threats Over South China Sea
China's defense ministry has warned countries to stop making war threats and attempting to aggravate tension in the South China Sea. The comments, made Thursday, came on the heels of the deployment of the U.S. aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the South China Sea.
According to the defense ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang, the situation in South China Sea is becoming peaceful and stable.
"Countries outside of the region shouldn't purposefully stir threats of war or tension, but should inject positive energy into this good development," Ren, who also addressed the relations between China and the U.S., said.
"[A] healthy Sino-U.S. military relation adheres to the basic interests of the two nations' people, as well as being beneficial for peace and security in the Asia-Pacific region and the world," Ren said. "It needs China and the US to jointly maintain it. We hope both sides can work together, strengthen communication, avoid misunderstandings and push forward military relations on the right track."
On Saturday,Rear Adm James Kilby said the USS Carl Vinson carrier was patrolling the South China Sea. Previous such patrols have upset China, which has called them a provocation.
Beijing has been consistently accused of asserting and laying claims to almost all of South Cina Sea, from where about $5 trillion worth of maritime trade passes every year. It has been reportedly building runways and ports on islands in the contested region to further its claim. However, China has maintained it does not intend to start a conflict and that its operations will actually add to the safety of the region. It has also blamed the U.S. for militarizing the South China Sea and increasing tensions.
Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Taiwan also have laid claims to the disputed waters.
Hillary Clinton Releases Democratic Video Message
Hillary Clinton released a new video on Twitter Friday thanking the millions of Americans who voted for the former Democratic candidate in the 2016 presidential election and calling on her supporters to help elect Democratic candidates in the upcoming local and senate elections nationwide.
Clinton, who won the popular vote by the largest margin of victory for a candidate who did not win the election, also expressed her support for thousands of protests emerging throughout the United States after Trump’s controversial immigration executive orders, including the travel restrictions on seven Muslim-majority nations that sent shockwaves across the country before being blocked by a circuit court of appeals while awaiting a Supreme Court decision.
"Ideas we championed are now inspiring leaders and activists across our country; nearly 66 million votes are fueling grassroots energy and activism, and everywhere people are marching, protesting, speaking out and working for an America that’s hopeful, inclusive and big-hearted," Clinton said in the video. "Let resistance plus persistence equal progress for our party and our country."
The video message, delivered via the official Twitter account of the Democratic Party, followed weeks of reports that Clinton had been listening to suggestions from her closest campaign advisors about potentially running for office in New York. However, multiple aides for Clinton’s presidential campaign told International Business Times they had yet to see the typical level of organization prior to launching a run for office. Clinton has not addressed the topic. Instead, she focused her Friday message on the future leaders of the Democratic Party.
"Among those millions making their voices heard are future mayors, city and state officials, governors, members of congress, even future presidents," Clinton said. "We as Democrats must move forward with courage, confidence and optimism, and stay focused on the elections we must win this year and next."
She added: "And I’ll be right there with you every step of the way."