Chinese President Xi Jinping and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo from Reuters
Duterte says Xi Jinping warns of war if Philippines drills for oil
The South China Morning Post reports that “Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Friday Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping had warned him there would be war if Manila tried to enforce an arbitration ruling and drill for oil in a disputed part of the South China Sea.” In a speech, Duterte said that he has told Xi in a meeting on May 15 that he intends to drill for oil “because it is ours,” but that Xi responded by saying, “We’re friends, we don’t want to quarrel with you, we want to maintain the presence of warm relationship, but if you force the issue, we’ll go to war.”
Chinese jets buzz U.S. radiation detection plane
The two Chinese Su-30 jets flew within 150 feet of the U.S. radiation detection plane during the confrontation over the Yellow Sea. “The issue is being addressed with China through appropriate diplomatic and military channels,” said Air Force spokeswoman Lieutenant Colonel Lori Hodge, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Chinese people are forgetting how to write Chinese characters
Computers and mobile phones are rendering writing with a pen obsolete all over the world, but in China, the change may be obvious because of the difficulty of writing Chinese characters. Language Log, an excellent blog written by linguists and curious people, gives an example of the effects of “character amnesia” with a screenshot of a shopping list (written by a Chinese Academy of Social Sciences researcher with a Ph.D.) that uses pinyin — the People’s Republic’s standardized romanization system — for three characters because the writer could not remember how to write them.