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China suspends communications with Taiwan

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BEIJING — The Chinese government on Saturday announced that it has suspended communications with Taiwan over Taipei’s refusal to perceive the ‘1992 consensus’ of the One China policy.

The announcement of the suspension of communications between China and Taiwan comes amid Tsai’s first international tour, as she left on Friday for Panama, Paraguay and the US.

Beijing’s Taiwan Affairs Office said in a statement released by Xinhua news agency that it has not been in contact with Taipei in regards to Friday’s removal to China of 25 Taiwanese nationals captured in Cambodia – the most recent scene of pressure since President Tsai Ing-wen accepted office on May 20.

“Because the Taiwan side has not acknowledged the 1992 consensus, this joint political basis for showing the One China principle, the cross Taiwan Strait contact and communication mechanism has already stopped,” Xinhua reported quoting Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson An Fengshan.

In her inaugural speech, Tsai who heads the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party, acknowledged the “historical fact” that there was a meeting in 1992 between China and Taiwan, but said no consensus was reached and neither was Taiwan a part of China, as Beijing claims.

The ‘1992 consensus’, the base of current ties between the two sides, is an ambiguous formula in which both Beijing and Taipei are considered part of the same China, but each agree to interpret the meaning of that China in their own way, for some communist and democratic for others.

The statement comes a day after 25 Taiwanese and 14 Chinese were extradited to China from Cambodia on accusations of telecommunications fraud, despite protests from Taipei.

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Nirmala Panta’s murder accused held after 24 days

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KANCHANPUR — Police in Kanchanpur have made public an accused arrested in connection with the murder of 13-year-old Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality.

Dilip Singh Bista, 41, of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality was made public at a press conference at the DPO. Bista was arrested on Saturday,according to the District Police Office Spokesperson Deputy Superintendent of Police Gyan Bahadur Sethi.

Nirmala was found dead in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.

Bista,who was released from prison last year after serving nine years for murdering his brother-in-law Narayansingh Thapa, works as a daily-wage labourer.

According to Bista’s statement to police, he helped Nirmala fix her bicycle chain before raping and killing her on July 26. He told police that killed her to avoid being arrested again.

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