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China's Peking University To Open Its Branch At Oxford Campus
The university purchased the 15-acre campus in Oxford for 8.8 million pounds (USD 10 million) after signing with the Open University in February.China's Peking University will start staff recruitment and student enrolment for its British campus at the Oxford city in June to become the first Chinese varsity to open a branch abroad. The university purchased the 15-acre campus in Oxford for 8.8 million pounds (USD 10 million) after signing with the Open University in February. This was the first time a Chinese university had used its own finance to set up and manage a school in a foreign country, according to Hai Wen, dean of HSBC Business School. He said the school would enroll 100 international students when it opens in August 2018, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. It will coincide with the 120th founding anniversary of the elite Beijing university. "The timing is monumental. In 1818, China's first foreign-founded school Ying Wa College was set up by a British missionary. Now 200 years later, a Chinese university will set up its own school in Britain," Hai said. Noting that in recent years many foreign universities had opened schools in China, Hai said Peking University as one of China's top universities should play a leading role for the country's varsities to go global. He said HSBC Business School's finance, management and economics courses will feature Chinese business cases to help students become better acquainted with the Chinese economy and reforms. Students will take the first year course in the Oxford campus and the second year at the school's campus in the city of Shenzhen, southern China. Students on the school's Shenzhen campus will be allowed to select elective courses on the Oxford campus.
India, China Navies Stop Suspected Somali Pirate Attack In Gulf Of Aden
The Indian defence ministry said 4 of its navy ships in the vicinity responded to a distress signal from the ship and reached the carrier on Sunday.A Chinese navy ship supported by an Indian navy helicopter thwarted an attack by suspected Somali pirates on a Tuvalu-flagged merchant ship, India's defence ministry said on Sunday. The ship, known as OS 35, was reported to be under attack on Saturday. The Indian defence ministry said four of its navy ships in the vicinity responded to a distress signal from the ship and reached the bulk carrier early on Sunday. It said the crew had taken refuge in the ship's strong room, know as the citadel, once they learnt they were under attack in line with established safe shipping operating procedures. "An Indian Navy helicopter undertook aerial reconnaissance of the merchant vessel at night, and at sunrise ... (to) ascertain the location of pirates, if still on board," the defence ministry said in a statement. "Subsequently ... a boarding party from the nearby Chinese Navy ship went on board the merchant ship, while the Indian Naval helicopter provided air cover for the operation." China's defence ministry said in a statement a Chinese navy frigate on patrol in the area responded to the distress call from the ship, which it said had been hijacked by pirates. A helicopter conducted surveillance of the ship before 16 navy special forces soldiers were sent aboard to rescue the sailors. It did not mention the Indian involvement. The Indian defence ministry said all the 19 Filipino crew of the ship were safe and the captain of the ship thanked the Indian navy for their response and for providing air cover. John Steed of aid group Oceans Beyond Piracy told Reuters the ship was sailing under navy escort to its next port. The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations, which coordinates shipping in the Gulf of Aden area, said on its website the pirates had used a skiff to approach the vessel. The attempted hijacking comes days after pirates seized an Indian dhow that was on route to Bossaso from Dubai. Experts said some ship owners were becoming lax after a long period of calm, and that some were using a route known as the Socotra Gap, between Somalia and Socotra Island, to save time and cost regardless of the piracy risks. At their peak in 2011, pirates launched 237 attacks off the coast of Somalia, according to the International Maritime Bureau, and took hundreds of hostages. Their actions cost the world economy $7 billion and earned the pirates some $160 million in ransoms, according to the bureau. China's defence ministry said Chinese navy ships had helped patrol the Gulf of Aden and Somali waters since 2008, responding to several pirate attacks and conducting a small number of rescues.
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