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Chinese marine authorities on Sunday added a new ship to the fleet patrolling South China Sea. The South Sea fleet now has 13 patrolling ships, two planes and one helicopter.
China, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan , all member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), last Friday conducted a joint anti-terror drill in Kashi of Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.
Australia has struck a deal with the Malaysian government to accept thousands of refugees, mostly Burmese, living in the country in return for Malaysia taking on the burden of hundreds of boatpeople that arrive in Australia each year. Canberra announced its plan to send 800 asylum seekers to camps in Malaysia over the next four years.
Thai Prime Minister Abhisit received royal permission to dissolve Parliament seven months early and scheduled general elections for July 3rd. The Thai Election Commission has asked police to provide security for politicians and their supporters following an attempted assassination of Pracha Prasopdee, a former Pheu Thai MP for Samut Prakan.
A new rail connection for cargo between Antwerp in Belgium and Southwest China’s Chongqing was launched on May 9th, connecting the biggest transportation hub in western China to the second-largest port in Europe.
The Tibet autonomous region is poised to become the country's leading solar power generation base with 10 more photovoltaic power plants to be completed within this year. There are plans to gradually expand the market to about 5 million kilowatts installation capacity in 2015 and 20 million kilowatts in 2020.
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