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Top Chinese diplomat urges closer ties with US under Biden

first_imgBEIJING (AP) — China’s top foreign policy adviser is urging closer ties with the U.S. under the Biden administration, while saying Washington must “effectively respect China’s position and concerns on the Taiwan issue.” Yang Jiechi said the sides will have their differences but should not allow them to derail relations. In remarks to the influential U.S. National Committee on United States-China Relations, Yang continued the positive tone China is taking toward the new U.S. administration. Under former President Donald Trump, ties sunk to a new low over differences on trade, human rights and Taiwan, the self-governing democracy that China claims as its own territory and threatens to bring under its control by military force.last_img read more

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Martin Keown stunned by Arsenal team picked by Unai Emery for north London derby against Tottenham

first_imgPierre-Emerick Aubameyang was dropped to the bench by Unai Emery (Picture: Getty)Martin Keown fears Unai Emery has handed the initiative to Tottenham with his team selection ahead of Saturday’s north London derby.The Gunners recorded their most convincing win of the season on Wednesday, hammering Bournemouth 5-1 at the Emirates to move within four points of third placed Spurs.Mesut Ozil and Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang both scored in that victory but will start on the bench, while midfield enforcer Lucas Torreira, man of the match when the two teams met at the Emirates in November, was also named among the substitutes.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Unai Emery prepares for derby against TottenhamTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 15:28FullscreenUnai Emery prepares for derby against Tottenhamhttps://metro.co.uk/video/unai-emery-prepares-derby-against-tottenham-1873858/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘I’m stunned by the team emery has picked,’ said former Arsenal defender Keown. ‘It’s hard to look beyond that.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘It looks like Mustafi at right-back. I’m sure the Spurs players look at it and think they can do damage down that right-hand side.‘We’re cratching our heads. Aubameyang has scored so many goals – would you have Henry on the bench? No.‘Torreira was magnificent against Spurs earlier in the season. On a positive note is shows he believes in all of his players. For me there’s to many personal changes. It’s a different system.’ Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 2 Mar 2019 11:57 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link480Shares Martin Keown stunned by Arsenal team picked by Unai Emery for north London derby against Tottenham Comment Lucas Torreira was man of the match in the north London derby earlier this season (Picture: Getty)An equally shocked Rio Ferdinand added: ‘Torreria being on the bench, the most influential, dynamic midfielder they have. And a fans’ favourite. Then the top scorer, that’s absolutely invigorated Spurs.‘The players will be sitting there thinking there’s no better time to beat Arsenal. The better players are on the bench for me!‘Top players want to start – he [Aubameyang] didn’t sign here to be a sub!‘I think Emery has risked it here. I think he’s played into Spurs’ hands.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisementlast_img read more

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Federer pays surprise visit to rooftop tennis girls

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Two Italian girls whose video of their rooftop tennis game went viral have received a surprise visit from Roger Federer.The video of Vittoria Oliveri and Carola Pessina playing on the rooftops of neighbouring buildings in Finale Ligure during the COVID-19 lockdown garnered over 10 million views. The girls thought they were preparing for another media interview when they were asked about their favourite players.“Roger Federer. If I were to meet him, I will jump on him, or I will be starstruck,” Vittoria, 13, said.“I will like to have Federer’s elegance while playing and (Rafa) Nadal’s power,” 11-year-old Carola added.The girls were then left wide-eyed and speechless when Federer came out from behind a curtain.The 20-times Grand Slam champion later played some rooftop tennis with the girls before inviting them for lunch. “I nearly fainted when he showed up,” Vittoria was quoted as saying.“He figured out the distances pretty fast and started playing shots between his legs from one roof to another, which was amazing.“I didn’t think he was real.“I thought it was a mannequin.”Federer also told the girls he had arranged for them to go to a summer camp at the Rafa Nadal Academy. “Personally, for me, that was a very special moment in my career as a tennis player to surprise a fan, or children, like I was able to with Carola and Vittoria today,” Federer said.“I have played in many cool places around the world, but this one is definitely up there for me as a special experience. We showed that we can play anywhere and have fun with it.”Reuters/NAN.Tags: COVID-19Roger FedererVittoria Olivierilast_img read more