International Part 4

‘China is everywhere’ in Africa’s rising technology industry

28 Jul 2017

  • It’s a match made in business heaven: Chinese technology companies hungry for expansion are diving into the less-developed African continent, where several countries are targeting double-digit economic growth. Iginio Gagliardone, a lecturer in media studies at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa, told CNBC via telephone that the Middle Kingdom’s expansion into Africa has been particularly pronounced over the past four to five years.

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/07/28/china-is-everywhere-in-africas-rising-technology-industry.html

Taiwan protests against Cambodia sending Taiwanese fraud suspects to China

July 27, 2017

  • Taiwan has lodged a protest against Cambodia’s decision to send suspects in a telecoms fraud scheme, including seven Taiwan nationals, to China for investigation, the self-ruled island’s foreign ministry said on Thursday. Cambodia is one of China’s closest allies in Southeast Asia and does not recognize the government of Taiwan, which Beijing considers a wayward province. It sent four Taiwanese suspects to China on Wednesday night, Taiwan foreign ministry spokeswoman Eleanor Wang told a regular media briefing on Thursday. Another three remain in Cambodia,

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-cambodia-china-taiwan-idUSKBN1AC0D1

Panama Opens Embassy in Beijing After Break with Taiwan

July 25, 2017

  • Panama has opened an embassy in China, the Central American country’s Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday, deepening its links with the world’s No. 2 economy after its diplomatic break with longtime ally Taiwan. Panama established diplomatic ties with China in June and broke with Taiwan in a major victory for Beijing, as it lures away the dwindling number of countries that have formal relations with the self-ruled island that China regards as a wayward province.

https://www.voanews.com/a/panama-opens-embassy-in-beijing-after-break-with-taiwan-/3959358.html

Duterte: PH, China to do joint exploration in West PH Sea

July 24, 2017

Chelsea winger Kenedy sent back to UK amid growing backlash in China for offensive social media posts

25 July 2017

  • Chelsea have ordered disgraced winger Kenedy home from their pre-season tour of Asia after his inappropriate posts on social media, with the Football Association also launching an investigation into the furore. Kenedy is facing an uncertain future after he was sent back to the UK from Singapore on Tuesday, following talks with Chelsea management, in a controversy which has damaged the reputation of the Premier League champions in China. Chelsea were forced to issue an public apology after the Brazilian made a string of insulting posts, which included a profanity relating to China and a message mocking a security guard he photographed.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2017/07/25/chelsea-winger-kenedy-sent-back-uk-followinginappropriate-social/

Taiwanese fraud suspects in Thailand to be sent to China: official

2017/07/23

  • Thailand has decided to send 44 recently arrested fraud suspects, including 25 Taiwanese, to China after their trial, Thai immigration authorities said Sunday Nathathorn Prousoontorn, head of Thailand’s Immigration Bureau, said at a press conference that the 44 suspected members of a telecom fraud ring had been arrested last week in a joint effort between Thai and Chinese police. He said the suspects were part of a fraud ring that stretched from Thailand to Myanmar and Cambodia, working to defraud mainland Chinese nationals. Investigators in the case are still trying to determine how much money the ring managed to swindle, Nathathorn said.

http://focustaiwan.tw/news/asoc/201707230011.aspx

China can dominate world snooker, says England star Selby

19 July, 2017

  • Chinese snooker players could dominate the sport in the near future, says the world’s top player, Mark Selby. The Englishman, winner of the UK Championship and World Championship last season, is in town for the HK$3.1 million Hong Kong Masters beginning at Queen Elizabeth Stadium on Thursday. The four-day tournament is to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the return of Hong Kong to Chinese sovereignty. “In five or six years’ time half of the world’s top 16 players could be Chinese,” said Selby, who spearheads the field which also includes John Higgins, Ronnie O’Sullivan, Judd Trump, Barry Hawkins and home favourite Marco Fu Ka-chun.

http://www.scmp.com/sport/hong-kong/article/2103307/china-can-dominate-world-snooker-says-england-star-selby

6 Chinese nurses win Florence Nightingale Medal

2017-07-23

  • Six Chinese nurses were awarded the Florence Nightingale Medal for their outstanding contributions to healthcare. Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao presented the medals at a ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. The nurses included Li Xiuhua and Yang Li who both work in Beijing, Yang Hui from north China’s Shanxi Province, Yang Huiyun from northwest China’s Shannxi Province, Yin Yanling from northeast China’s Jilin Province and You Jianping from southwest China’s Chongqing Municipality.

http://chinaplus.cri.cn/news/china/9/20170723/10888.html

Ethiopia aims to have strategic cooperation with China on aviation sector: minister

2017-07-22

  • Ethiopia aims to have strategic cooperation with China on the aviation sector as the East African nation works to be an African aviation hub, said Ethiopia’s transport minister on Saturday. Speaking to Xinhua, Ahmed Shide, minister of Ethiopia’s Ministry of Transport, says Ethiopia and China have air infrastructure as a major pillar of the two countries’ cooperation. “Aviation is an important area of cooperation by both governments, with Ethiopia’s national air carrier Ethiopian Airlines becoming a connecting force between African and China,” says Shide.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-07/22/c_136464513.htm

Kenya, China to sign MOU to boost cooperation in media

Jul 21, 2017

  • Kenya and China are set to sign a Memorandum of Understanding in order to boost cooperation in the media sector, a Kenyan official said on Wednesday. Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) Principal Secretary Sammy Itemere told Xinhua in Nairobi that under the agreement Beijing will build a media center for state owned Kenya Broadcasting Corporation.

https://www.newsghana.com.gh/kenya-china-to-sign-mou-to-boost-cooperation-in-media/

British and Chinese walk more!

2017-07-19

  • The research, which was undertaken by researchers at Stanford University in the USA, makes for good reading. Although by the end of it, you’ll probably feel a bit guilty for sitting reading when you could be out walking! Firstly, there’s good news if you are British or Chinese. That’s because citizens of these two countries are amongst the most active walkers in the world. According to the research, Chinese people will walk an average of 6,189 steps every day, whereas Brits take a slightly more lazy 5,444.

http://chinaplus.cri.cn/news/china/9/20170719/10243.html

Philippines Looks to China for Infrastructure Funds Despite Doubts at Home

July 17, 2017

  • The Philippine president’s ambitious $167 billion plan to build up infrastructure for long-term job creation and economic development will tap into his new friendship with China for funding, despite doubts at home. President Rodrigo Duterte said his “golden age” of infrastructure would create roads, railways and other public infrastructure through the end of his term in 2022. The Southeast Asian country, where about one-fifth of people live in poverty, has missed factory investment, and with it job creation, partly because of a lack of those amenities.

https://www.voanews.com/a/philippines-looks-to-china-for-infrastructure-funds-despite-doubts-at-home/3947080.html

Philippines wants less confrontation in favor of more trade with China

12 Jul, 2017

  • Manilla has chosen to set aside its maritime border dispute with Beijing in the South China Sea and focus on building economic links, according to the Philippines’ trade minister. “I credit it to the wisdom of our president [Rodrigo Duterte] to really be more realistic and practical, to consider the positive points of having a relationship with China renewed,” Philippine Secretary of Trade and Industry Ramon Lopez told the South China Morning Post. “He has mentioned in many of his statements that why fight China when we can set aside the differences and focus on areas of cooperation, focus on how China and the Philippines can help in mutual growth,” he added.

https://www.rt.com/business/396077-philippines-china-trade-economy/

Beijing has ‘zero contact’ with North Korean military – top Chinese defense official

9 Jul, 2017

  • China’s contact with the North Korean military has been reduced to “zero,” but Beijing still strongly opposes sanctions being imposed on Pyongyang, a top Chinese defense official noted, saying the shift indicates cracks in the long-time allies’ relations. The decline in military-to-military ties clearly reflects the current state of relations between Beijing and Pyongyang, Senior Colonel Zhou Bo, director of the Chinese Defense Ministry’s Center for International Security Cooperation, said in a rare interview with Channel News Asia. Asked if Chinese military officials are in regular contact with their North Korean counterparts, he said, “No, not at all. We have zero contact with them right now.”

https://www.rt.com/news/395809-china-north-korea-military-contacts/

Once a US Ally, Pakistan Now Looks to China, Russia

July 11, 2017

  • Once a key ally in the U.S. war on terrorism, Pakistan finds itself increasingly isolated from Washington amid allegations that it harbors more than a dozen terrorist groups. Instead, it has been steadily cozying up to China and Russia. Both of America’s primary rivals have been taking advantage of Pakistan’s paranoia about India, and gaps in Washington’s global influence as President Donald Trump continues to form his foreign policy in the strategic region. Pakistan’s relations with three of its four neighbors — Afghanistan, India and Iran — are at a low point. And instead of trying to rein in extremism, the government appears to be feeding the growing conservative movement with no sign of backing off a controversial blasphemy law that has led to repeated mob violence.

https://www.voanews.com/a/once-us-ally-pakistan-now-looks-to-china-russia/3934030.html

Beijing, Damascus Discuss Launching Direct Flights to Top Chinese Cities

09.07.2017

  • The deputy chairman of China-Arab Exchange Association stated that he governments of China and Syria are discussing the start of direct flights between Damascus and a range of Chinese big cities. Syrian and Chinese governments are negotiating direct flights between Damascus and a range of Chinese big cities, Qin Yong, the deputy chairman of China-Arab Exchange Association, said Sunday. “According to our information, the governments of China and Syria are currently actively discussing the start of direct flights of Syrian Air company from Damascus to each Chinese big airport,” Qin said at a a fair for investment projects in post-war Syria.

https://sputniknews.com/world/201707091055379927-china-syria-direct-flights/

Chinese listed as second most spoken foreign language in U.S.: survey

July 09, 2017

  • Chinese is the second most spoken foreign language in the United States only after Spanish, CBS Los Angeles reported Friday, citing a survey by 24/7 Wall Str,. a widely-quoted Delaware company. The research reviewed data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s (UCB’s) 2015 American Consumer Survey on languages spoken most often at home, while considered data of UCB on the ancestry of state residents. According to the results, close to 40 million U.S. residents speak Spanish at home, followed by 2.1 million Chinese speakers. Tagalog, Vietnamese, French, Arabic, and Korean are each spoken by over 1 million people nationwide.

http://en.people.cn/n3/2017/0709/c90000-9239122.html

Nepal, China sign agreement to set up law enforcement centre at border

Jul, 07 2017

  • Nepal and China have signed an agreement to set up a border law enforcement centre to manage and curb border related crimes “while respecting each other’s sovereignty”, officials said Friday. The agreement to establish the Nepal-China Border Law Enforcement Cooperation (Keyrong) Joint Action Centre was signed by Chief District Officer of Rasuwa Chomendra Neupane and Local Security Officer of Zilong County of China Colonel Gao Huihai Thursday. “The aim of establishing the centre is to cooperate each other on the border security management and to curb border related crimes, while respecting each other’s sovereignty,” a statement issued by the Assistant Chief District Officer of Rasuwa said.

http://www.firstpost.com/india/nepal-china-sign-agreement-to-set-up-law-enforcement-centre-at-border-3788687.html

Spurned by Trump, China and Mexico talk about a trade deal

July 5, 2017

  • President Trump threatened to slap tariffs on China and Mexico during his campaign. Now the two nations could team up for their own trade deal. China’s ambassador to Mexico, Qiu Xiaoqi, emphasized that China is ready to talk to Mexico about a “free trade agreement.” “There is no difficulty from China’s side,” Qiu said last week. “We have great interest in deepening and broadening these ties.”

http://money.cnn.com/2017/07/05/news/economy/mexico-china-trade-deal/index.html

China Gives Millions of Dollars in Weapons to the Philippines to Fight Daesh

02.07.2017

  • The Philippines are getting millions in weaponry from China in a move to fight Daesh. Philippines Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that Beijing has donated $ 7.35 million in weapons and ammunition to fight the terrorists. Chinese weapons will contribute to the army of the Philippines in its fight against the terrorists, the Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines, Zhao Jianhua, said at a ceremony. The automatic weapons were personally tested by the President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, during the ceremony. He expressed sincere gratitude to Chinese President Xi Jinping for the gift.

https://sputniknews.com/military/201707021055163637-china-gives-philippines-weapons-aid-against-daesh/

Mandarin now second most spoken language in Australia

2017-06-30

  • The latest Australia census data shows that the population of Australia has reached 24.4 million, 1.21 of them are Chinese immigrants. This means that Mandarin has become the second most spoken language in Australia behind English, according to a BBC report. In the past five years, the Australia population has increased by 2 million, the majority of whom were Chinese immigrants, with most living in the bustling urban areas, such as New South Wales.

http://chinaplus.cri.cn/news/china/9/20170630/7525.html

Duterte thanks ‘good friend’ China as it donates weapons for Philippine Islamist fight

29 June, 2017

  • China has donated thousands of guns to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to help Manila in its battle against Islamist gunmen who are holed up in a southern city. The small shipment of assault and sniper rifles and ammunition is the first example of Chinese military aid since Duterte threatened to move away from Manila’s traditional ally America and seek Beijing’s support. The weapons shipment, worth some 50 million yuan (US$7.35 million) “highlights the dawn of a new era in Philippine-Chinese relations”, Duterte said.

http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2100504/duterte-thanks-good-friend-china-it-donates-weapons

China, Finland pledge further cooperation in Arctic affairs, sustainable development

2017-06-27

  • Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Tuesday held talks with Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila, pledging to enhance cooperation in Arctic affairs and sustainable development. Sipila attended the opening ceremony of the Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2017, also known as Summer Davos, in the northeastern coastal city of Dalian, on Tuesday morning. Finland is an important cooperative partner of China in Northern Europe, said Li.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-06/27/c_136399300.htm

China, U.S. agree on aim of ‘complete, irreversible’ Korean denuclearization

June 24, 2017

  • China and the United States agreed that efforts to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula should be “complete, verifiable and irreversible”, Chinese state media said on Saturday, reporting the results of high level talks in Washington this week. “Both sides reaffirm that they will strive for the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” a consensus document released by the official Xinhua news agency said. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had said on Thursday that the United States pressed China to ramp up economic and political pressure on North Korea, during his meeting with top Chinese diplomats and defense chiefs.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-china-talks-northkorea-idUSKBN19F06H

UN adopts China-led human rights resolution

2017/6/24

  • Chinese analysts noted that developing countries will have a louder voice and play a bigger role in human rights protection after a UN rights body adopted, for the first time, a resolution on development issues. The resolution, entitled “The Contribution of Development to the Enjoyment of All Human Rights,” was proposed by China and was adopted by the UN Human Rights Council on Thursday, the Xinhua News Agency reported. China’s resolution was co-sponsored by more than 70 countries. The resolution recognizes the common aspiration of the international community of building a community of shared destiny for all human beings and affirms that development contributes significantly to the enjoyment of all human rights.

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1053238.shtml

China, Canada agree to deepen cooperation in security, rule of law

2017-06-23

  • China and Canada agreed to deepen bilateral practical cooperation in security and rule of law to bring tangible benefits to the two peoples, at the second meeting of the Canada-China High-Level National Security and Rule of Law Dialogue held Thursday. The meeting was co-chaired by Wang Yongqing, secretary-general of the Commission for Political and Legal Affairs of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, and Daniel Jean, National Security and Intelligence Advisor to the Prime Minister of Canada.

http://www.ecns.cn/2017/06-23/262693.shtml

China says, will support Nepal’s efforts in safeguarding sovereignty

Jun, 20 2017

  • China also appreciated the Nepal government’s adherence to the ‘one-China’ policy, Assistant Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou said after talks with his Nepal’s Foreign Secretary Shanker Das Bairagi. Kong said that China will, as always, support Nepal’s efforts in safeguarding national independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, China’s state-run Xinhua news agency reported on Tuesday.

http://www.firstpost.com/world/china-says-will-support-nepals-efforts-in-safeguarding-sovereignty-3729001.html

China Pushes U.S. Aside in Pakistan

June 18, 2017

  • Pakistan’s ruling power structure has long been summed up with the saying “Allah, Army and America.” China is now staking a claim to supplanting the U.S. with tens of billions of dollars of investment, an embrace that promises Pakistan economic benefits and saddles it with debt—ensuring the relationship will last. Chinese President Xi Jinping has made Pakistan his flagship partner in a program to spread Chinese-built infrastructure—and Beijing’s sway—across Asia and beyond. Pakistan has so far signed on to $55 billion in Chinese projects, many of them guaranteeing China a high return on its investments and granting tax breaks to Chinese companies.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/china-pushes-u-s-aside-in-pakistan-1497783600

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

10.06.2017

  • 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.

https://sputniknews.com/asia/201706101054499192-japan-china-korea-arctic-talks/

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.

https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2017/06/218957/morocco-and-china-reinforce-energy-cooperation/

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.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-06-07/china-pours-billions-into-africas-infrastructure,-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.

http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/cwhl-unveils-chinese-expansion-franchise-2017-18/

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.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/nepal–china-sign-mega-hydropower-agreement-8913870

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

01/06/2017

  • 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.

http://www.ethiogrio.com/news/54995-chinese-firms-invest-4-billion-usd-in-ethiopia-in-2-decades.html

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.

https://apnews.com/934850a3df5d4d63add4b8fa5b2db633/Myanmar,-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.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/beijings-weapon-economic-war-chinese-tourists-031202575.html

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.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/20/world/asia/china-cia-spies-espionage.html?_r=1

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.

http://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/Policy-Politics/New-Zealand-s-free-trade-vision-includes-China

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.

https://www.voanews.com/a/philippines-declines-eu-aid-securing-billions-china/3854651.html

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.

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2094249/chinas-xi-jinping-calls-greater-counter-terrorism

“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.

http://www.b92.net/eng/news/politics.php?yyyy=2017&mm=05&dd=12&nav_id=101260

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.”

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trade-mexico-idUSKBN18725S

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.

https://www.stripes.com/news/chinese-coast-guard-group-enters-japanese-territorial-waters-1.467449

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.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-somalia-piracy-china-idUSKBN18122D

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.

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/05/05/business/japan-china-south-korea-pledge-resist-trumps-protectionism/

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

https://www.ft.com/content/65591ac0-2f49-11e7-9555-23ef563ecf9a

Tsinghua University leads way to Asian Universities Alliance

2017-04-29

  • 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.

http://chinaplus.cri.cn/news/china/9/20170429/3823.html

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.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-asean-summit-idUSKBN17W02E

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.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-aviation-china-safety-idUSKBN17T0IO

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.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-04-26/spicy-soup-from-china-tempts-foreign-palates-as-chain-expands

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.”

https://www.newsghana.com.gh/china-and-africa-enhance-cooperation-in-health/

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.”

http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/fashion-luxury/article/2090113/dolce-and-gabbana-asia-future-and-beijings-most-beautiful

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 asia.nikkei.com 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.

http://en.yibada.com/articles/200205/20170424/new-myanmar-oil-pipeline-seen-reduce-chinas-reliance-us-influenced-oil-supply.htm

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.

http://yournewswire.com/putin-russia-banking-dollar-gold/

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

2017/04/21

  • 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.

http://gbtimes.com/business/world-bank-chief-praises-chinas-unprecedented-leadership-development

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.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201704170185.html

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.

https://www.thetrumpet.com/15686-cambodia-kicks-u-s-military-unit-out-accepts-157-million-from-china

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.

http://www.myrepublica.com/news/18266/

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.

http://www.newsnation.in/world-news/cpec-pakistan-receives-third-maritime-patrol-ship-from-china-article-168400.html

China, France to boost bilateral ties

2017-04-14

  • 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.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-04/14/c_136209805.htm

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

04-12-2017

  • 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.

http://english.cctv.com/2017/04/12/ARTIYe9kmPhgp4IhH50XzWxl170412.shtml

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.

http://en.yibada.com/articles/199615/20170409/china-snags-15th-spot-global-tourism-competitiveness-ranking.htm

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.

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2086482/china-says-deal-reached-last-myanmar-oil-pipeline

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

2017-04-09

  • 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.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-04/09/c_136193580.htm

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.”

http://www.mizzima.com/business-domestic/china%E2%80%99s-trans-myanmar-pipeline-start-pumping-oil-may

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.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-norway-idUSKBN1791VI

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.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201704040176.html

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.

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/ff5364d2735b48a6b0226e9807844a0c/us-cities-roll-out-welcome-mat-chinese-visitors

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.

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/2cbb4afab7cd4573bbbd48a50be4e465/chinese-demand-elephant-ivory-drops-new-report-says

New publication to introduce Chinese literature to overseas readers

2017/3/29

  • 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.

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1040170.shtml

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.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/03/china-takes-leadership-climate-change-trump-clean-power-plan-paris-agreement/

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.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-panama-canal-land-idUSKBN16Y13J

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.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/90862396/artist-exchange-between-new-zealand-china-aims-to-deepen-cultural-ties

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.

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/ef4dbd2f2cfe401c845da07d0e997451/chinese-premier-visits-australia-expand-bilateral-ties

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).

http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/myanmar-praises-china-for-action-on-rebels

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.

http://en.yibada.com/articles/198583/20170321/china-eu-forced-to-unite-free-trade-trump-pushes-america-first-policies.htm

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.

http://zeenews.india.com/world/sri-lanka-china-discuss-ways-to-step-up-military-cooperation_1988360.html

China home to two of top three Asian universities: THE rankings

2017/3/17

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1038300.shtml

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.

http://english.onlinekhabar.com/2017/03/16/397338

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).

https://www.dawn.com/news/1320868/china-pakistan-agree-to-further-increase-military-cooperation

China to attend TPP negotiations in Chile this week

2017-03-13

  • 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.

http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2017-03/13/content_28526712.htm

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