Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao says the country needs to carry out political reforms in order to support achievements made in its economic restructuring, contradicting statements by other Politburo members.
China reiterates its claim over the disputed Spratly Islands after Vietnam and the Philippines protest over Chinese naval activity in their waters. [http:--www.bangkokpost.com-news-asia-225597-china-stakes-claim-on-disputed-islands-after-spats ("Bangkok Post")]date=August 2019
An explosion triggered a fire in a chemical plant in an east China city, leaving 3 dead, one seriously injured. The explosion occurred at 2:40 p.m. in Haiyi Specialty Chemicals Co., Ltd. in Qingdao, a coastal city in Shandong Province.