International Part 4

Japan, China and South Korea to Pursue Joint Research in the Arctic


  • Japan, China and South Korea announced on Thursday that they have teamed up for a joint scientific study in the Arctic Ocean to prepare the ground for future resource development and the opening of new shipping routes. The East Asian countries reached the agreement during their second high-level trilateral talks on Arctic issues at the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo. The first round of talks was held in Seoul in April last year.

Morocco and China Reinforce Energy Cooperation

June 6, 2017

  • The Sino-Moroccan energy and hydrocarbon industries partnership was at the heart of a meeting between Aziz Rebbah, Minister of Energy, Mines and Sustainable Development and his Chinese counterpart, Nur Bekri. An important Chinese delegation led by Bekri met yesterday in Rabat with representatives of the various national institutions involved in the oil and gas fields. Important Chinese corporations including the Export-Import Bank of China, Power China Group, China Gezhouba Group, Huawei, Shanghai Electric Group, expressed their wish to invest in Morocco and establish new partnerships with public and private players.

China ensures its position in Africa by pouring billions into infrastructure and education

6 Jun 2017

  • The relationship is critical to China’s economic future as it sources much of its energy and resources from Africa. To ensure its position and to ward off any criticism of being ‘a new coloniser’, China is pouring billions into African infrastructure and education. At Renmin University, one of the best in China, this new approach is clearly in evidence. Michael Dizha from Zimbabwe is a recipient of a Confucius scholarship that provides tuition, accommodation, food and other living expenses.,-education/8594760

Chinese team set to enter Canadian Women’s Hockey League

June 5, 2017

  • The Canadian Women’s Hockey League is expanding into China. The league announced the expansion Monday at a news conference at the Hockey Hall of Fame. The new team, the sixth in the CWH that was founded in 2007, will be based in Shenzhen and will be known as the Kunlun Red Star. Red Star is set to feature players from China, North America and Europe, and join the Toronto Furies, Boston Blades, Brampton Thunder, Calgary Inferno and Montreal Canadiennes.

Nepal, China sign mega hydropower agreement

05 Jun 2017

  • Nepal has signed an agreement with a Chinese company to build the largest hydroelectric plant in the impoverished landlocked country, which suffers from a chronic energy shortage. Nepal’s energy minister Janardan Sharma on Sunday (Jun 4) signed the agreement for the China Gezhouba Group Corporation (CGGC) to build the long-mooted 1,200 megawatt Budhi-Gandaki hydroelectric project.–china-sign-mega-hydropower-agreement-8913870

*Chinese firms invest 4 billion USD in Ethiopia in 2 decades *


  • Chinese companies have invested around 4 billion U.S. dollars during the last two decades in Ethiopia, employing 111,000 Ethiopians on permanent and temporary basis. The statement was made on Thursday by Meles Alem, Spokesperson of Ethiopia’s Foreign Ministry, citing Ethiopian and China’s deep political and economic relationship.

Myanmar, having warmed to the West, turns to China again

May. 27, 2017

  • Myanmar was supposed to turn away from China and toward the West when the United States helped the Southeast Asian country make the transition to a civilian government after five decades of military rule. The opposite is happening: The new government is failing to attract Western investment and Beijing is on a charm offensive. China is offering economic and political support and a relationship free of the human rights concerns straining Myanmar’s ties elsewhere.,-having-warmed-to-the-West,-turns-to-China-again

Beijing’s new weapon in economic war: Chinese tourists

May 20, 2017

  • Slapping import bans on products like mangoes, coal and salmon has long been China’s way of punishing countries that refuse to toe its political line. But Beijing has shown that it can also hurt others by cutting a lucrative Chinese export: tourists who normally flock to South Korea or Taiwan. China’s recent boycott of South Korea over a US anti-missile shield on the Korean peninsula signals a growing aggression in the way it flexes its economic muscles, analysts say.

Killing C.I.A. Informants, China Crippled U.S. Spying Operations

MAY 20, 2017

  • The Chinese government systematically dismantled C.I.A. spying operations in the country starting in 2010, killing or imprisoning more than a dozen sources over two years and crippling intelligence gathering there for years afterward.

New Zealand’s free trade vision includes China

May 18, 2017

  • New Zealand is renegotiating its free trade agreement with China as part of a larger strategy of helping steer the creation of favorable rules for commerce in the Asia-Pacific region. During his visit to Japan on Wednesday, Prime Minister Bill English recommitted New Zealand to implementing an 11-member Trans-Pacific Partnership trading bloc without the U.S. The TPP includes countries with which New Zealand lacks bilateral trade deals, such as Japan.

Philippines Declines EU Aid After Securing Billions From China

May 17, 2017

  • The Philippine government has told the European Union it will no longer accept development aid from the bloc, putting at risk programs to assist poor and conflict-hit regions in the country’s south, Europe’s ambassador said on Wednesday. Manila’s move comes days after Duterte won billions of dollars in pledges from China after attending the Belt and Road summit in Beijing.

China’s Xi Jinping calls for greater counter-terrorism cooperation with Turkey

14 May, 2017

  • President Xi Jinping has told his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan that the two should deepen counter-terrorism cooperation, amid Chinese concern about ethnic Uygurs from its Xinjiang region fighting with militants in the Middle East.

“Serbia and China are always on same side” – Vucic

May 12, 2017

  • While in Beijing, Vucic will have a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, and participate in the Forum for International Cooperation within the framework of the One Belt, One Road strategy. “There are no problems in our economic and political relations, we are always on the same side, and when China has something to say, we are always on the side of China. We support one and united China, whatever one calls it,” said Vucic. “We are very faithful, very loyal friends,” the prime minister said and added that he hoped Serbia can continue to count on China’s support and on continued cooperation.

Mexico warns U.S. of alternatives on trade, points to China

May 12, 2017

  • Mexico sent a stark message to U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday, saying an upcoming visit by Mexican officials to China showed Latin America’s second largest economy had other places to export to if he tore up the NAFTA trade deal. “We will use (the China visit) geopolitically as strategic leverage” said Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo, answering questions on trade at the Mexico Business Forum. “It sends the signal that we have many alternatives.”

Chinese coast guard group enters Japanese territorial waters

May 9, 2017

  • Four Chinese government vessels — including one with what appeared to be a gun turret — entered Japanese territorial waters near a contested island group Monday, the latest in a series of challenges to Japanese sovereignty in the East China Sea. Japanese officials declined to comment on their response to the incident — one of 43 similar incidents near the Senkakus this year alone.

Chinese navy hands over three pirates to Somali authorities

May 5, 2017

  • A Chinese navy ship handed over three suspected pirates to Somali authorities on Friday, police said, underscoring the determination of international naval forces to stamp out a resurgence of piracy this year. The pirates were involved in the attempted hijacking in April of the OS35, a Tuvalu-flagged cargo ship that was rescued by the Chinese navy after the crew sent a distress call.

Finance chiefs of Japan, China, South Korea pledge to ‘resist all forms of protectionism’

May 5, 2017

  • Finance leaders from Japan, China and South Korea agreed to resist all forms of protectionism in a trilateral meeting Friday, taking a stronger stand than the G-20 major economies did against the protectionist policies advocated by U.S. President Donald Trump.

China wields its soft power in Africa with some success

May 3, 2017

  • Ports and roads mean #China is ‘winning in #Africa’: Western governments like to imagine that they have all the soft power in Africa. China, so this narrative goes, elicits no such goodwill. The problem with this version of events is that — if it was ever valid — it is woefully out of date

Tsinghua University leads way to Asian Universities Alliance


  • An alliance aimed at shaping the future of higher education in Asia was launched in Beijing on Saturday. Inspired by China’s Tsinghua University, the inauguration and the first summit of the Asian Universities Alliance (AUA) took place at the university campus. Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong attended the meeting, and stressed the significance of the alliance in deepening regional cooperation in Asia, Xinhua News Agency reports.

ASEAN gives Beijing a pass on South China Sea dispute, cites ‘improving cooperation’

Apr 30, 2017

  • Southeast Asian countries took a softer stance on South China Sea disputes during a weekend summit, according to a statement issued on Sunday, which went easy on China by avoiding tacit references to its building and arming of its manmade islands. A chairman’s statement of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) was released about 12 hours after the summit ended, and dropped references to “land reclamation and militarization” included in the text issued at last year’s meeting, and in an earlier, unpublished version seen by Reuters on Saturday.

China, Europe pledge closer aviation ties ahead of landmark jet launch

Apr 27, 2017

  • Chinese and European aviation regulators said on Thursday they will forge closer ties over aircraft manufacturing and certification as the global industry turns its eyes to China ahead of the maiden flight of the Chinese-built C919 jet. The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) are holding a landmark meeting on aviation in Shanghai as China’s government pushes for a bigger role in the global aviation market.

This Restaurant Chain Wants to Bring Chinese Hotpot to the World

April 26, 2017

  • Sichuan HaiDiLao Catering Co., the Chinese spicy soup chain that offers free massages and manicures to awaiting customers, may open 80 outlets this year as it expands abroad. As many as 10 of the new restaurants will be outside China, Chairman Zhang Yong said. The Beijing-based company, which entered Los Angeles in 2013, is testing the appeal of its signature hotpots — steaming broths that diners flavor with meat, vegetables and noodles — in the U.S. and U.K.

China and Africa enhance cooperation in health

Apr 25, 2017

  • China and African countries held a ministerial conference here on Monday with the aim of stepping up China-Africa cooperation in health. Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong, Minister of National Health and Family Planning Commission Li Bin, and health ministers from 31 African countries attended the conference with the theme of “China-Africa Health Cooperation, From Commitments to Actions.”

Dolce and Gabbana on Asia as the future, and Beijing’s ‘most beautiful men’

24 April, 2017

  • China’s wealthy followers of fashion love Dolce & Gabbana, and for Italian legends Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, the feeling is mutual. “We have a very good feeling in our conversations with the Chinese customers when they come to Italy,” says Dolce of the Chinese clientele who fly in for the brand’s biannual Alta shows. “When you have good feelings, you love to share more, so here we are.”

New Myanmar Oil Pipeline Seen to Reduce China’s Reliance on US-Influenced Oil Supply

Apr 24, 2017

  • The opening of the new Myanmar oil pipeline, which stretches 770 kilometers from Kyaukpyu in western Myanmar to China’s border, is expected to reduce China’s reliance on oil supplies that pass through U.S.-influenced sea lanes, giving the country greater energy security. A report by said that the Myanmar pipeline can carry up to 22 million tons of oil a year, which is nearly equal to 6 percent of China’s total oil imports last year. The crude oil that will be transported through the pipeline will be processed in refineries in Chongqing and Kunming.

Putin: Russia Leaving Global Banking System – Ditching Dollar For Gold

April 25, 2017

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced plans to pull Russia out of the international banking cartel, by ditching the dollar for a gold-based system. Joining other BRICS nations such as Brazil, India, China, and South Africa – Putin says he is liberating the Russian people from the international banking mafia so that Russia can enjoy real financial independence.

World Bank chief praises China’s ’unprecedented leadership’ in development


  • World Bank president Jim Yong Kim on Thursday praised China for taking unprecedented leadership in development with its new Silk Road project and for showing concern about growth globally. “The One Belt One Road project is an extremely important one for the Chinese government and also for us,” Kim said at a news conference in Washington at the start of the annual spring meeting of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. “The leadership that China is now taking in the overall world of development I think is unprecedented,” he said according to China Daily.

Namibian Deputy PM Calls China True Friend of Developing Countries

17 April 2017

  • China is a true friend of developing countries, said Namibian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, as she welcomed more Chinese investment in the southwestern African country. Ndaitwah made the remarks at a press conference here on Wednesday after she concluded what she described as an important three-day visit to China at the invitation of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

Cambodia Kicks U.S. Military Unit Out, Accepts $157 Million From China

April 16 2017

  • The Cambodian government has abruptly told a United States Navy unit to leave the country, while accepting a new $157 million package from China. The moves indicate that Cambodia is becoming the latest of several Asian nations to shift away from partnership with America and toward closer alignment with China. The U.S. embassy in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, announced the news on its Facebook page last Monday. “The U.S. Navy Mobile Construction Battalion—better known as the Seabees—is departing Cambodia after a nine-year humanitarian assistance mission,” the embassy wrote.

First ever Nepal-China joint military training on counter-terrorism kicks off

April 16, 2017

  • The first-ever joint military training between Nepal Army (NA) and People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China kicked off at the Special Forces Brigade, Maharajgunj in Kathmandu on Sunday. NA Major General Binod Kumar Shrestha, who is the Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) of NA, inaugurated the 10-day Nepal-China Special Forces Joint Military Training named as Sagarmatha Friendship-2017, according to a press statement issued by the Public Relations Directorate of the NA. The first-of-its-kind training between the two countries will focus on the tactics of counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism.

CPEC: Pakistan receives third maritime patrol ship from China

April 16, 2017

  • China delivered a 600-tonne patrol ship to Pakistan to protect the country’s maritime interests at a time when both nations are pushing forward with the CPEC project. The ship which was handed over to Pakistan’s maritime safety authority in Guangzhou, Guangdong province is the third of its kind, was built by China Shipbuilding Trading Company Ltd (CSTC) and China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) Xijiang Shipbuilding Co Ltd. Previous two ships have already demonstrated their reliability and excellent performance during visits and exchanges, joint drills, maritime rescue and other missions in Pakistan, state-run People?s Daily reported.

China, France to boost bilateral ties


  • China-France relationship is one of the most mature and stable examples of ties between major countries, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Friday. The comprehensive strategic partnership between France and China will continuously move forward regardless of French presidential election’s result, Ayrault said, noting that he visited Beijing before the presidential election to underscore the importance of the France-China relationship and its significance to world peace and stability.

Nation’s first Antarctic airfield may see building begin by 2018


  • Progress continues on China’s first airfield in Antarctica, with site selection and a survey completed and plans set for construction to begin as early as year’s end, according to a senior scientist. The airfield, near China’s Zhongshan Station, will be able to handle fixed-wing aircraft. Specialists from the nation’s 33rd Antarctic expedition recently surveyed a 3-square-kilometer area selected for the airfield, said Sun Bo, deputy director of the Polar Research Institute of China under the State Oceanic Administration.

China Snags 15th Spot in Global Tourism Competitiveness Ranking

Apr 09, 2017

  • China is increasingly competitive in global tourism as the country moves up two spots in the global ranking released by the World Economic Forum on Thursday, April 6, according to an article by Xinhua News Agency. In the Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report 2017, China ranked 15 among 136 countries in 14 dimensions. To rank the countries, the World Economic Forum took into consideration the “sustainable economic and societal benefits” countries are able to deliver through the tourism industry.

China says deal reached at last with Myanmar on oil pipeline

10 April, 2017

  • China and Myanmar have reached an agreement on an oil pipeline after almost a decade of talks, with the project due to start “very quickly”, Chinese vice-foreign minister Liu Zhenmin said on Monday. The new oil gateway fits with China’s “One Belt, One Road” ambitions, linking it with central Asia and Europe, and will provide a more direct alternative route to sending Middle Eastern oil via the Malacca Strait and Singapore.

China, Sri Lanka vow to deepen cooperation to further develop strategic cooperative partnership


  • China and Sri Lanka have pledged here to deepen pragmatic cooperation in all fields to further develop the strategic cooperative partnership between the two countries. The pledge was made when visiting Chinese top political advisor Yu Zhengsheng held talks with Sri Lankan leaders.

China’s trans-Myanmar pipeline to start pumping oil in May

7 April 2017

  • A pipeline pumping crude oil from Myanmar ’s Rakhine coastline into Yunnan Province in China will finally be operational in May after several delays, according to the Thura Swiss market research company based in Yangon. An official from investors Southeast Asia Crude Oil Pipeline (SEAOP) was cited in local and Chinese media reports this week saying that the pipeline is ready for operation, and that commencement is awaiting “instructions from higher ups.”

China and Norway resume free trade negotiations after diplomatic freeze

Apr 7, 2017

  • China and Norway signed a pact on Friday to resume free trade negotiations, marking the end of a six-year diplomatic freeze, a move China called internationally significant, against the backdrop of a rise in protectionist sentiment worldwide. The memorandum of understanding was one of six pacts covering cooperation on economic development, technology, health, science and sport during Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg’s visit to China, the first since the countries resumed diplomatic relations in December.

Zimbabwe: China Donates Over 12,000 Tonnes of Rice to Zimbabwe

3 April 2017

  • China on Monday donated 12,173 tonnes of rice to Zimbabwe to assist vulnerable people that were affected by drought which wreaked havoc last year. Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister Prisca Mupfumira said the donation, which follows Zimbabwe’s international food aid appeal in 2016, would also be distributed to families that were affected by floods in February this year.

More US cities aim to make Chinese travelers feel at home

Mar. 31, 2017

  • Hotels offer congee and other Chinese staples for room service. Casinos train staff members on Chinese etiquette. Restaurants, tourist sights and shopping malls translate signs, menus and information booklets into Chinese. The American hospitality industry is stepping up efforts to make Chinese visitors feel more welcome, since they are projected to soon surpass travelers from the United Kingdom and Japan as the single largest overseas demographic.

Chinese demand for elephant ivory drops, new report says

Mar. 29, 2017

  • The price of ivory in China has dropped sharply as the country plans to end the legal trade in ivory later this year, a leading elephant conservation group said in a new report Wednesday. Chinese demand for tusks has been driving African elephants toward extinction, experts say. The Chinese government in recent years has taken steps to stop the trade in ivory, which is used for ornamentation and souvenirs. China’s ivory factories are to be shut down by Friday, followed by the closing of retail outlets by the end of this year.

New publication to introduce Chinese literature to overseas readers


  • A forum on translation and introduction of contemporary Chinese literature overseas kicked off on Wednesday in Beijing. The forum also marked the official launch of China’s first guide dedicated to introducing contemporary Chinese literature to readers both at home and abroad. The Forum on Overseas Translation and Communication of Famous Works of Contemporary Chinese Literature was organized by Chinese Culture Translation and Studies Support (CCTSS), an online platform dedicated to promoting Chinese literature and culture overseas.

China Poised for Leadership on Climate Change After U.S. Reversal

March 28, 2017

  • China may soon fill the leadership vacuum that President Donald Trump leaves on the world stage as he is expected to sign a new executive order Tuesday that seeks to dismantle much of the work on climate change enacted by his predecessor. That work was aimed at helping the United States meet its carbon emissions targets in the landmark Paris climate agreement. Trump’s order begins the process of rescinding the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, an Obama-era regulation of U.S. power plant emissions. It also takes steps to downplay the future costs of carbon emissions, walks back tracking of the federal government’s carbon emissions, rescinds a 2016 moratorium on coal leases on federal lands, and strikes down Obama-era executive orders and memoranda aimed at helping the country prepare for climate change’s worst impacts, including its threats to national security.

China state firms eye land around Panama Canal: waterway authority

Mar 28, 2017

  • Chinese state firms have expressed an interest to develop land around the Panama Canal, the chief executive of the vital trade thoroughfare said, underlining China’s outward push into infrastructure via railways and ports around the world. The Panama Canal Authority will officially open a tender to develop about 1,200 hectares of land – roughly the size of 1,200 football fields – around the waterway by the end of this year into a logistics park, after completing a five-year-long decontamination of the area, Chief Executive Jorge Quijano said.

Artist exchange between New Zealand, China aims to deepen cultural ties

March 26 2017

  • An Auckland art gallery director is on a mission to help Kiwis better understand Chinese culture through an artist exchange. Six New Zealand artists and eight Chinese artists displayed their works together at the Image and Imagination exhibition, which ran for one week as part of the Auckland Arts Festival. Moonlight Gallery director Ling Zhao said she hoped the exchange would deepen Kiwis’ understanding of China.

Australian prime minister won’t choose between China and US

Mar. 23, 2017

  • Australia does not have to choose between the United States and China, the Australian prime minister said Friday as he announced a new beef export deal with the Chinese. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang oversaw signing of bilateral agreements that will expand their two-year-old free trade pact.

Myanmar praises China for action on rebels

Mar 23, 2017

  • Myanmar’s government praised China yesterday for suspending a Chinese bank account used by ethnic rebels fighting Myanmar troops, in a move to prevent potential damage to diplomatic ties. Reuters has revealed that an ethnic rebel armed group fighting Myanmar forces near the Chinese border had been openly soliciting funds via China’s giant state-owned lender Agricultural Bank Of China (AgBank).

China, EU Forced to Unite for Free Trade as Trump Pushes for ‘America First’ Policies

Mar 21, 2017

  • China and the European Union (EU) are being forced to thaw their decade-long tensions and unite to push for free trade because of U.S. President Donald Trump policies and his “America First” mantra, the Straits Times reported. Last week, Chinese President Xi Jinping and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed over a phone conversation “to continue their trusting cooperation” on open markets and pursue trade with China, the report said.

Sri Lanka, China discuss ways to step up military cooperation

March 20, 2017

  • Colombo: President Maithripala Sirisena today thanked China for its support for Sri Lanka’s independence and national security in a meeting with Chinese Defence Minister as they discussed ways to bolster bilateral defence ties. General Chang Wanquan, who is in Sri Lanka on his first official visit, met Sirisena at his residence and discussed ways to expand bilateral defence ties.

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Nepal committed to One China policy: Deuba tells delegation from Beijing

March 16 2017

  • NC President Sher Bahadur Deuba has told a visiting delegation from Beijing that Nepal is committed to One China policy. The delegation, led by the Director of Chinese Communist Party’s International Department Yuan Jibing, called on Deuba at his residence on Thursday morning. According to Deuba’s secretariat, Nepal’s current political situation and Sino-Nepal relations figured in the conversation.

China, Pakistan agree to further increase military cooperation

Mar 16, 2017

  • China and Pakistan on Thursday agreed to continue and further increase military cooperation between the two countries, said a statement released by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

China to attend TPP negotiations in Chile this week


  • No one could have foreseen this just a little more than four months ago: The next meeting for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will be held in Chile’s capital Santiago after the withdrawal of the United States and with the participation of China. Representatives from 12 countries that formed the TPP, plus China and South Korea, will meet March 14-15 for the first time since US President Donald Trump announced his country’s exit from the group, according to Reuters.