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Australian Senator backs freedom of navigation exercises in South China Sea

February 26, 2018

CANBERRA - Reports that the Australian and U,S, Governments have discussed Australia engaging in freedom of navigation exercises in the South China Sea have been welcomed by Liberal Senator Eric Abetz, a member of the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee.  Abetz is a long-time proponent of Australia engaging in freedom of navigation exercises in the region to ensure the continued stability in Asia-Pacific.

China’s tourism revenue sees double-digit growth during CNY holiday

February 22, 2018

BEIJING - China posted double-digit growth in tourism revenue during the week-long Lunar New Year holiday, with the tourism industry taking in RMB475 billion (US$75 billion) in revenue, up 12.6% from last year's holiday, according to the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA).

Some 386 million trips by tourists were made, up 12.1% from last year, CNTA said in a statement.

The State newsagency, Xinhua, reported that Guangdong, Sichuan and Hunan received the most tourists among all provincial regions.