International Part 2

Vietnam’s fertile ‘rice bowl’ threatened by climate shifts, Chinese dams

December 7, 2016

  • Upstream dams built by China are a prime culprit, though changing weather, saltwater intrusion, biodiversity depletion, rising sea levels and industrial pollution are all contributing to the mortal threat to the ecology of the delta, historically the fertile rice bowl for over 20 million people in southern Vietnam and a major contributor to the country’s vast rice export business, which now holds a fifth of the total world export market.

‘Better Food, Better Service’: China’s Airlines Fly Past U.S. Rivals on Pacific Routes

Dec. 9, 2016

  • Chinese carriers race to secure new flights—even commercially shaky ones Chinese airlines are capitalizing on the wanderlust of China’s rising middle class by expanding their long-haul routes, and at a pace that is fast upending the hierarchy of global aviation.

100 restaurants in China among world’s top 1,000 restaurants

December 6, 2016

  • One hundred restaurants in China are qualified among the world’s top 1000 restaurants, while 113 restaurants in France and 116 restaurants in Japan are also on the list, according to the second edition of the French gastronomic classification “The List”, which was unveiled Monday in Paris.

Manila will not help US on patrols in South China Sea, defence secretary Lorenzana says

08 December, 2016

  • The Philippine defence secretary said on Thursday it is highly unlikely his country will allow the US. military to use it as a springboard for freedom of navigation patrols in the disputed South China Sea to avoid antagonising China. Delfin Lorenzana said US ships and aircraft could use bases in Guam, Okinawa or fly from aircraft carriers to patrol the disputed waters.

China’s rise cannot be contained: Singapore defence minister

04 Dec 2016

  • The US presence in the Asia-Pacific should not be for the sole purpose of containing China, either perceived or otherwise, Singapore Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said during a panel discussion at the Reagan National Defense Forum on Sunday (Dec 4). “It is neither possible nor strategically necessary to contain China’s rise … China is now an integral leader of global systems of trade, finance and security. It is clear that China needs the world as much as the world needs China, and I think this interdependence will grow, not diminish,” he said at the forum in Simi Valley, California, attended by US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, foreign defence ministers and members of the US Congress.

Turkey Proposes Trade With China, Russia And Iran In Local Currencies

Dec 4, 2016

  • It was not exactly clear how government pressure to lower rates would help the plunging currency, however, in a surprising twist, one which likely seeks to isolate the Turkish Lira from its dependency on the US dollar, Erdogan said on Sunday that Turkey is taking steps to allow commerce with China, Russia and Iran to be conducted in local currencies, in what Reuters dubbed “the government’s latest effort to shore up the tumbling lira.”

China rescues 2 Filipino fishermen at disputed shoal

Dec. 2, 2016

  • Chinese coast guard ships have rescued two Filipino fishermen in bad weather at a disputed shoal and handed them back Friday to the Philippines in a show of how President Rodrigo Duterte has turned once-frosty relations with Beijing. Philippine coast guard spokesman Armand Balilo said Chinese coast guard officials notified them of the rescue in the vicinity of Scarborough Shoal off the northwestern Philippines and later handed the two over to a Philippine vessel.

Malaysia deports 74 telecom fraud suspects to China

Nov. 29, 2016

  • Malaysia deported 74 telecom fraud suspects — including 21 from Taiwan — to China on Tuesday, in the latest instance of Southeast Asian countries deferring to China’s claim to sovereignty over the self-governing island. Cambodia and Kenya are among the countries that have recently sent dozens of Taiwanese suspects to mainland China over Taiwan’s objections.

Philippines Ready to Cooperate With Russia, China Amid Rift in Relations With US


  • Manila intends to cooperate with Moscow and Beijing rather than with Washington, amid a rift in relations with the United States, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday. “I am not ready for military alliances because we have a treaty that was signed in the 50s. But I am ready to cooperate with my new friends – China and Russia – to make this world more peaceful. US has decided to cancel the procurement of weapons. And I said, ‘I have a friend who has plenty,” Duterte told RT in an interview.

China, Germany sign comprehensive agreement on football cooperation

November 25, 2016

  • China and Germany have scored a significant goal during talks in Berlin. They have signed a comprehensive agreement on football. It’s just one of the ways it hopes to foster deeper relations on several fronts. Football associations of both countries have signed a five-year deal that’ll see Germany players, coaches and referees provide guidance to their Chinese counterparts.

Tsinghua University ranked third in Graduate Employability Ranking


  • Six Chinese mainland universities are among the top 100 in the British Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Graduate Employability Rankings for Universities, published on Wednesday. Tsinghua University ranked third after Stanford and MIT, with the University of Sydney and Cambridge coming as fourth and fifth respectively. Peking University ranked 11th and Fudan University in Shanghai ranked 14th, 163 news reported.

Namibia: China Donates to Disaster Fund of Drought-Hit Namibia

23 November 2016

  • The Chinese Embassy in Namibia on Tuesday donated 44,000 U.S. dollars (610,000 Namibian dollars) to the Namibia National Disaster Emergency fund. Nandi-Ndaitwah said the donation by China is yet another reaffirmation of thriving relations of friendship, solidarity and cooperation between the two countries.

Zimbabwe: Chinese-Built Airport Inaugurated in Zimbabwe

21 November 2016

  • Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Friday commissioned the upgraded Victoria Falls International Airport that was built with support from China. Expansion of the airport, which began in 2013, was done by China Jiangsu International and financed through a 150 million-dollar-loan from China Export Import Bank.

Madagascar: New Chinese-Built Road Inaugurated in Madagascar

21 November 2016

  • A new road built by China was inaugurated in Madagascar’s capital Antananarivo on Friday as part of the preparation work for the Summit of French speaking countries (La Francophonie) scheduled to be held in the country from Nov. 21 to 27. The road, about 4,759 kilometers in total length, links the capital and the road to the Ivato International Airport, near the venue to host the summit of French speaking countries.

Duterte to align PH foreign policy with China-led Asia dev’t

November 20, 2016

  • President Rodrigo Duterte has promised his Chinese counterpart that he will align his foreign policy toward China-led Asian economic development, further reinforcing his shift toward China amid his hostile stance toward the U.S.

China to let Nepal use Tibet roads


  • China has agreed to allow Nepal to use its highways in the bordering Tibetan region for transportation of goods.

China’s coal use likely peaked in 2013 amid rapid shift to renewables, global energy report says

16 Nov 2016

  • A dramatic shift to renewable energy is underway in China and India, while Australia continues to lead the way on rooftop solar, a comprehensive report analysing the global energy market has found. “Coal generated 84 per cent of all electricity in China in 2014, the IEA’s current policy scenario forecasts that market share is going to drop down to 54 per cent in 2040,” Mr Buckley said.

China’s Arctic ambitions take shape in remote Iceland valley

Nov. 16, 2016

  • Construction workers are building a research facility to study the Northern Lights, whose spectacular streaks of color light up Iceland’s winter skies. Funded by China’s Polar Research Institute, the facility will house Chinese, Icelandic and international scientists when it opens next year.

S. Korean heads to China for study the most, instead of U.S.


  • China became the country where the most number of Korean students heading for studies, outrunning the number of Korean students in the all-time favorite United States. The U.S. that had been Korean’s favorite for academic programs became the country with the second largest number of Koreans studying in the country with 63,710 students or 28.5 percent of the total. It is the first time for the number of Korean students studying in China to exceed that in the U.S.

Chan: “We Hope to Have the First Chinese World Champion”

November 12, 2016

  • While the FIA World Endurance Championship has gained mainstream attention through the efforts of Patrick Dempsey, there’s been another Hollywood star that’s recently taken the spotlight in Jackie Chan, who together with David Cheng teamed up to create the first LMP2 team from mainland China.

As TPP falters, Malaysia looks to China trade pact to bolster trade

Nov 15, 2016

  • Malaysia said on Tuesday it would focus efforts on wrapping up a multi-nation trade pact led by China, as the Southeast Asian country braces for the possible collapse of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), spearheaded by the United States.

Asian Super Grid Marks the Arrival of a Worldwide Renewable Energy Grid

Nov 15, 2016

  • Grid-level battery storage is part of the problem that is being seen by entrepreneurs. The best way to save money and resources is to make a very big and very cheap grid for everyone to use. This is the agenda of the Global Energy Interconnection Development and Co-operation Organization (GEIDCO). If the GEIDCO agenda is met, then the world can be linked with an interconnected power grid. This allows users to use renewable energy anytime, anywhere. The China-based organization now has agreements with various countries such as South Korea, Japan, and Russia. They also have agreements with utilities, equipment manufacturers, and schools from at least 14 countries.

Nepal urges China to ease fuel import

Nov 12, 2016

  • Nepal has urged China to ease the process of importing petroleum products from the northern neighbour Nepal imports petroleum products only from India’s Indian Oil Corporation. The need for diversifying the fuel import source was felt following four-and-a-half-month trade embargo imposed by India last year, which resulted in an acute fuel shortage, creating panic among Nepalis.

Nicola Sturgeon says Scotland will seek more Chinese investment

10 November 2016

  • The Scottish government will continue to seek investment from China despite the collapse of a possible £10bn deal.

Pakistan to engage in joint oil, gas projects with China: UAE

November 8, 2016

  • Pakistan’s Petroleum and Natural Resources Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said Tuesday the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) focuses on infrastructure development, his country also hopes that the project could be a driver for joint oil and gas projects.

Serbia signs 734 mln euro deals for infrastructure projects with China

November 7 2016

  • Serbia has signed several commercial and financing deals with China worth a combined 734 million euro ($812.5 million) for infrastructure works, the transport ministry in Belgrade has said. The deals were signed on the sidelines of the Riga summit of the heads of government of China and 16 central and eastern European (CEE) countries, or the 16+1 format. Out of the total agreed financing, 208 million euro will be used for the construction of a section of pan-European Transport Corridor XI, between the towns of Surcin and Obrenovac, which is due to begin in March next year. The Chinese Export-Import Bank (EximBank) is providing the funds.

Vatican denounces Chinese priest’s self-ordination as bishop

Nov. 7, 2016

  • The Vatican on Monday denounced the decision of a priest in China’s underground Catholic Church to be ordained bishop without the pope’s approval. The statement was an apparent move by the Vatican to defuse tensions with China as negotiations proceed on reaching an overall agreement on bishop nominations. The Rev. Dong Guanhua of Hebei announced his ordination in September and offered to ordain others without the pope’s mandate. The move, however, was immediately condemned by other clergy of the underground church, the Vatican-affiliated AsiaNews missionary news agency reported.

China, Guinea to establish strategic partnership


  • The two leaders agreed to take the opportunity in implementing the Johannesburg Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, or FOCAC, to expand two-way cooperation in diversified areas. Another goal is ensuring a broader future for China-Guinea ties. Conde congratulated the CPC on the successful convening of the plenary session of its Central Committee last week. He also spoke highly of China’s development under the CPC’s leadership. Conde said Guinea appreciates China’s Africa policy, and hopes to be China’s strategic partner in Africa.

China, Kyrgyzstan vow to deepen security ties


  • Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and his Kyrgyz counterpart, Sooronbay Jeenbekov, on Wednesday agreed to deepen security cooperation between the two countries to safeguard regional security and stability. Kyrgyzstan will also enhance cooperation with China in security law enforcement, fight the “three evil forces” of terrorism, separatism and extremism, and safeguard security and stability of the two countries and the region as a whole, said the Kyrgyz prime minister.

This is what Africans really think of the Chinese

November 6, 2016

  • Increasing Chinese investment in everything from small food enterprises to massive railway projects across Africa has drawn criticism and warnings of a future dependency on Asia’s superpower. But what do Africans themselves think about Chinese investors? Turns out, they love them. According to a recent report by Afrobarometer, almost two-thirds (63%) of Africans say China’s influence is somewhat positive or very positive, while only 15% see it as somewhat or very negative.

China, Belgium seek stronger cooperation as Belgian PM visits


  • China and Belgium agreed on Monday to expand cooperation in such areas as investment, new energy and in the Belt and Road Initiative. In his meeting with visiting Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, Chinese PresidentXi Jinpingcalled on both sides to properly handle issues regarding respective core interests and major concerns, and expand cooperation in such key areas as manufacturing, new energy, environmental protection and services.

France, China to set up joint investment fund for overseas projects

Oct 31, 2016

  • France and China will set up a fund for joint investment in overseas projects, France’s foreign minister said on Monday, as China’s voracious appetite for overseas acquisitions continues to grow despite some recent stumbles in overseas markets. “Hinkley Point is a very good example of what we’re going to do together, to win contracts in third markets and in all sectors” Jean-Marc Ayrault told reporters at a joint briefing with China’s foreign minister Wang Yi in Beijing. He was referring to a $24-billion Franco-Chinese project to build Britain’s first nuclear power plant station in decades.

Philippines: China still guarding shoal, but Filipinos back

October 30 2016

  • Philippine aerial surveillance showed Chinese coast guard ships were still guarding a disputed shoal in the South China Sea, but they did not harass and stop Filipinos from fishing there for the first time in years, the Philippine defense secretary said Sunday. China granted access to the tiny, uninhabited shoal 123 nautical miles (228 kilometers) from the northern Philippines after Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte met with President Xi Jinping and other Chinese leaders this month. After his China trip, Duterte announced without elaborating that Filipinos may be able to return to the shoal soon. A Philippine navy plane spotted at least four Chinese coast guard ships around the shoal during a surveillance flight on Saturday, Lorenzana said, adding that an earlier report by the Philippine coast guard that the Chinese had left the area was incorrect.

China to donate military equipment to Ghana

28 October 2016

  • China is to donate military equipment, valued at 20 million Yuan to Ghana, to boost defence cooperation between the two countries. The equipment will comprise four patrol boats with spare parts, four vehicle-mounted machine guns plus mounting racks, tools and spare parts, as well as 120,000 rounds of amour-piecing incendiary (API) over a three year period.

China has overtaken India to become Bangladesh’s largest energy partner

Oct 22, 2016

  • As Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Dhaka recently, he announced a slew of agreements, among them investments in two coal-fired power plants in Bangladesh. These are the 1,320 MW thermal power plant in Payra located in the southern district of Patuakhali, and the 1,320 MW thermal power plant in Banshkhali located in the port city of Chittagong. Unnoticed by others, this marked the first time that Chinese-Bangladeshi energy cooperation exceeded that between India and Bangladesh. In 2009 Bangladesh had planned to establish two 1,320 MW capacity coal-fired power plants at Rampal near the protected Sundarbans with the assistance of India. But late this year, Bangladesh has slowly retreated from the idea of building the second plant after mass protests by local citizens.

China, Luxembourg pledge to strengthen financial cooperation


  • China and Luxembourg have agreed to strengthen bilateral cooperation regarding their respective financial sectors. The pledge was made during Chinese Vice-Premier Ma Kai’s separate meetings with Luxembourg’s Grand Duke Henri and Prime Minister Xavier Bettel.

Chinese firms helping to build deep sea port in M’cca

October 20, 2016

  • Three Chinese companies are helping a Malaysian company build a new deep sea port in the Straits of Malacca, Xinhua reported. It reported that the port, part of the RM30 billion Melaka Gateway Project, was estimated to cost around RM8 billion.

Duterte Bids U.S. Goodbye With Embrace of China and Russia

October 20, 2016

  • Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he wants to cut the cord with the U.S. and pivot to China and Russia, words that signal a deepening split with his country’s biggest military ally and that have prompted bafflement in Washington. “I announce my separation from the U.S.,” Duterte said to a packed room of business leaders in the Chinese capital after meeting with President Xi Jinping. Duterte also said he might go to Russian President Vladimir Putin and tell him “there’s three of us against the world.”

China, Philippines to sign $13.5B deals, hold sea bilaterals

October 20, 2016

  • China and the Philippines will sign $13.5 billion in deals this week during the Philippine president’s visit to Beijing in which the two sides agreed to resume a dialogue on their dispute over the South China Sea, officials said Thursday.

Asian neighbors seek closer cooperation with China in health sector


  • After three years of clinical practice in India, Bechu Shelley Mathew returned to his alma mater in China for his graduate studies. Mathew believes traditional Chinese medicine and ayurveda have their respective strengths. Further medical exchanges between the two countries will hopefully cure more complicated diseases and serve for the benefit of the Chinese and Indian people, he said.

Doctors Hail China’s Pledge to Stop Harvesting Inmate Organs

October 17, 2016

  • Doctors at the conference Monday described meeting patients and visiting hospitals around the country, and said the recorded usage of drugs given to transplant patients lined up with China’s reported numbers of transplants.

Zim prefers Chinese aid over Japanese: Min


  • “Japan came to help Africa in order to entice Africans to vote for Japan in the UN. That’s not what we are after. We fought for 50 years for independence. The people who came to our side with assistance were Chinese, not Japanese or Americans.”

Nepal wants to be a dynamic bridge between India & China: Prachanda

Oct 17, 2016

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Nepal PM PK Dahal Prachanda had a trilateral meeting at the Brics venue, leading to much speculation about the outcome of the “unprecedented chance meeting”. That Prachanda had officially proposed trilateral cooperation was revealed in a statement by his secretariat in Kathmandu. The proposal was welcomed by both India and China, it claimed. During the “trilateral meeting”, Prachanda reminded that during his previous tenure he had emphasised on the need for trilateral strategic partnership among Nepal, India and China.

China to help Cambodia modernize its armed forces: government

Oct 17, 2016

  • China has agreed to help modernize Cambodia’s military, Cambodia’s defense minister said on Monday, after the two countries signed new agreements to boost military aid. His comments follow a visit to Cambodia by Chinese President Xi Jinping last week in which Xi praised the close ties between the two countries. China and Cambodia signed 31 agreements during the visit, including soft loan deals worth around $237 million. The Chinese leader also canceled around $89 million in debt and pledged another $14 million in military aid to Cambodia.

Philippine leader open to war games with China, Russia

October 17, 2016

  • Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is willing to hold military exercises with China but not longtime ally the United States, Chinese media quoted him Monday as saying on the eve of a state visit. “It’s only China (that) can help us,” China’s state-run Xinhua news agency quoted Duterte as saying in an interview ahead of his visit. “Yes, I will. I have given enough time for the Americans to play with the Filipino soldiers,” Duterte said when asked if he was open to war games with those two nations, as he reiterated he would no longer hold any more with the United States.

China Poised to Take Over US Air Base, Invest in Portugal’s Azores


  • A year after the US decided to roll back its presence in the Azores, it looks like China is ready to step in and use the Lajes Field air base on the Portuguese-run mid-Atlantic island chain. In an interview with Bloomberg on Tuesday, Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa said that China was likely to use the Lajes Field air base on the island of Terceira for scientific purposes.

Energy, trade top deals signed by China, Cambodia


  • President Xi Jinping visits Cambodia, Bangladesh, attends BRICS summit China and Cambodia inked 31 cooperative documents on Thursday during President Xi Jinping’s first state visit to the Southeast Asian neighbor. Additionally, China has agreed to import 200,000 tons of rice from Cambodia. The two countries also agreed to jointly implement the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative and enhance cooperation in production capacity. The initiative, consisting of the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, was proposed by Xi in 2013 with a focus on infrastructure.

China’s President Xi Jinping Makes ‘Historic Visit’ to Bangladesh

Oct. 14, 2016

  • China’s President Xi Jinping landed in Dhaka on Friday marking the first visit by a Chinese head of state to Bangladesh in 30 years. Chinese state-media heralded the visit as a diplomatic “milestone” of “historic significance,” as the two countries will sign at least 21 agreements amounting to nearly $40 billion investment in Bangladesh. According to Reuters, China will also sign off on nearly $24 billion worth of loans to the country — Bangladesh’s biggest foreign credit line to date.

China commits to modernise Nepal Army

Oct 13, 2016

  • China will provide assistance for Nepal Army’s modernisation programme and strengthening its disaster management capabilities, sources said today. China made the commitment during a recent visit by Defence Minister Balkrishna Khand to China during which he met his Chinese counterpart General Chang Wangquan, who is also the member of the Central Military Commission of China, sources said.

China helps Cambodia preserve its history

October 13, 2016

  • Cambodia’s Angkor Wat temple complex is one of the most important archaeological sites in Southeast Asia. UNESCO has set up a wide-range of programs to safeguard this symbolic site and its surroundings. China has recently joined international efforts to help Cambodia preserve the cultural heritage site. Back in 1998, China has sent professional team to participate in the protection and renovation of Chau Say Tevoda. After ten years of painstaking work, its original structure and artistic scene have been regained in 2008. And China’s aid has won high acclaim from the Cambodian government and the UNESCO.

China and SE Asia nations jointly work to fight crime on crucial waterway


  • China, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand on September 23 wrapped up their ninth joint patrols on the Mekong River this year, with the aim to safeguard the major trade route in the China-ASEAN free trade area that has been troubled by crime and violence. This has been the 50th round of joint patrols since December 2011, when the four countries began the patrols weeks after a gang hijacked two Chinese cargo ships and killed 13 Chinese sailors in Thai waters, which triggered safety concerns on the key waterway.

China’s Small Universities Gaining Popularity, Excelling by Global Standards

Oct 09, 2016

  • One of the countries’ small universities, the China Foreign Affairs University is gaining recognition as an influential school for studying diplomatic relations, as well as other schools for police training and medicine. The C.F.A.U. is located in Beijing and has about 2,000 students. Most of China’s diplomats are graduates of the university. Also called the “Cradle of China’s Diplomats,” the C.F.A.U. has a strong international relations program. It has 9 faculties and a select few students.

China, 19 EU countries sign agreements on recognition of higher education degrees

Oct 09,2016

  • China has signed agreements on the mutual recognition of higher education degrees with 19 EU member states, including France, Germany and Italy, according to the Ministry of Education. The ministry made the announcement on Saturday at a briefing on the China-EU education ministers conference and the fourth Education Policy Dialogue between China and central and eastern European countries.

Duterte: China-funded rehab center almost complete

October 08, 2016

  • “Four million drug addicts is no joke. We are not a rich country. It is only China who has helped us. I requested the military to open their camps to allow people who’d want to donate rehab facilities,” he said during the National Banana Congress in Davao City. “China is about to complete sub rosa. Walang hambog, walang news, neither any publicity, it’s about to be completed,” he added.

Vietnam sweats bullets as China and Laos dam the Mekong


  • Nothing that influences the future of Vietnam’s Mekong Delta induces more angst than the hydroelectric dam projects on the mainstream of the Mekong, upriver from the Delta. A handful of Vietnamese experts have been sounding the alarm for years. That hasn’t translated to effective diplomacy by the government in Hanoi, which may have concluded — perhaps correctly — that resistance is futile. Seven dams are already operating on the Lancang River (the Chinese portion of the Mekong) in the steep gorges of Yunnan province. Another mainstream dam is nearing completion in upper Laos, construction will soon begin on yet another at the Don Sahong rapids just north of the Laos-Cambodia border, and nine more are projected — seven in Laos and two in Cambodia.

Can global warming also heat up Vatican-China relations?

October 6, 2016

  • Improved Holy See relations with China are a major effort of this papacy, with an ongoing focus on disputed appointments of bishops and diplomatic recognition of neighboring Taiwan. Pope Francis’s greeting to a Chinese delegation – albeit not a governmental one – may be meaningful, and some observers considered it another tipoff about the diplomatic work the Holy See is carrying forward to thaw relations between China and itself.

Pakistan dismisses US as a ‘declining power’; cosies up to Russia and China

October 6, 2016

  • Uncle Sam is no longer Pakistan’s favourite super power! In fact, Pakistan is now dismissing the US as a ‘declining power’! Hard to believe??? With the America increasingly reprimanding Pakistan for its inability to check terrorism, the country is now looking to ‘abandon’ the US in favour of China and Russia! The shift in strategy also comes amidst the Narendra Modi government’s aggressive and effective moves to isolate Pakistan on the international stage. Fearing further isolation, Pakistan is now striving to woo Russia and establish economic and defence ties with India’s “all-weather ally”.

Chinese, Greek leaders vow to deepen cooperation

October 5, 2016

  • Senior Communist Party of China (CPC) official Liu Yunshan met with Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos in Athens on Tuesday, agreeing to deepen cooperation between the two countries at various levels and respect each other’s core interests.

China lifts import ban on Philippine bananas

October 7, 2016

  • The Chinese government has lifted the ban on the import of bananas coming from the Philippines. “We very much appreciate the action of the Chinese government as this will relieve our banana farmers from the serious problem during the suspension considering that China is a huge market for our banana industry,” Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said over the phone.

How Water Scarcity Could Fuel Another Sino-Indian War

October 04, 2016

  • The geopolitics of this water scarcity focuses on the Tibetan Plateau in the Himalayas, the source of Asia’s ten river systems and commonly called the “Water Tower of Asia.” The river systems affect 11 countries and more than two billion people in the southern, central, and southeastern parts of Asia. Pak notes that China’s upstream geographical position gives it a “potential monopoly over the supply of fresh water” to the region. “China,” he writes, “is the source of more transnational water flows than any other upstream power in the world.” The ongoing border dispute is aggravated by India’s fear that China may divert water from upstream portions of rivers, including the Yarlung Tsangpo River that becomes the Brahmaputra River across the border in India. The Brahmaputra River, according to Pak, accounts for nearly one-third of India’s river surface water and more than 40 percent of India’s hydropower potential.

Philippine leader tells Obama ‘go to hell’, says can buy arms from Russia, China

Oct 5, 2016

  • Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday told U.S. President Barack Obama to “go to hell” and said the United States had refused to sell some weapons to his country but he did not care because Russia and China were willing suppliers. During three tangential and fiercely worded speeches in Manila, Duterte said the United States did not want to sell missiles and other weapons, but Russia and China had told him they could provide them easily.

Philippines’ Duterte says China, Russia supportive when he complained of U.S

Oct 2, 2016

  • Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said on Sunday he had received support from Russia and China when he complained to them about the United States, in another broadside that could test his increasingly fragile alliance with Washington. “I met with Medvedev, I am revealing it to you now,” Duterte said in a speech. “I told him this is the situation: They are giving me a hard time, they are disrespecting me; they are shameless. “He said: ‘That is really how the Americans are.’ He said: ‘We will help you.’”

Lanka, China ties stand the test of time: President

October 1 2016

  • The present Government is committed to further strengthening the long-standing historic friendship between Sri Lanka and China, President Maithripala Sirisena said. The President also said that the friendship between the two countries have been strengthened and has reached great heights in the fields of development, investment as well as at international fora, said China as a friendly state, stood on behalf of Sri Lanka at all times in the past as well as at present.

Defensive Cambodia Hastens Pivot to China

September 30, 2016

  • Already this year, China has pledged nearly $600 million in aid to Cambodia. Facing plummeting rice prices this month, Cambodia quickly turned to China and asked for an emergency $300 million funding package to stabilize the sector. In return for the support, many say, Cambodia has acted as a diplomatic wedge preventing Asean members from uniting against Beijing over disputes in the South China Sea.

NASA to help China improve air traffic management

Sep 28, 2016

  • NASA has signed an agreement with the Chinese Aeronautical Establishment (CAE) to cooperate on research that will help China’s airports improve their management of air traffic, the U.S. space agency said late on Wednesday. The memorandum of understanding will see the two agencies use data from Chinese airports to identify potential efficiencies in air traffic management, with a view to improve air transportation automation for U.S. and Chinese aviation operations in the country.

Russia, China to Open New Cargo Route Through Mongolia By 2017


  • Cargo volumes traveling between Russia and China have been growing rapidly, with Russian haulers set to benefit greatly from the new route that will cut the distance between western Russia and southern China by over 1,000 kilometers (600 miles).

Carter accuses Russia of ‘nuclear saber-rattling,’ praises China’s constancy

Sep 27, 2016

  • Sharply criticizing the Kremlin for its recent nuclear rhetoric, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Monday that Russia seems more willing to use nuclear weapons than the Soviet Union was during the Cold War. But he praised China, saying Beijing “conducts itself professionally in the nuclear arena despite growing its arsenal in both quality and quantity.” The remark stood in contrast with Washington’s frequent criticism of the activities of China’s conventional military forces.

White House tells the Pentagon to quit talking about ‘competition’ with China

September 26, 2016

  • The White House has barred Pentagon leaders from a key talking point when it comes to publicly describing the military challenges posed by China. But a recent directive from the National Security Council ordered Pentagon leaders to strike out that phrase and find something less inflammatory, according to four officials familiar with the classified document, revealed here for the first time by Navy Times. Obama administration officials and some experts say “great power competition” inaccurately frames the U.S. and China as on a collision course, but other experts warn that China’s ship building, man-made islands and expansive claims in the South and East China seas are hostile to U.S. interests.

Philippines’ Duterte wants to ‘open alliances’ with Russia, China

Sep 26, 2016

  • Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday he would visit Russia and China this year to chart an independent foreign policy and “open alliances” with two powers with historic rivalries with the United States. Duterte said the Philippines was at the “point of no return” in relations with former colonial ruler the United States, so he wanted to strengthen ties with others, and picked two global powers that have been sparring with Washington on the international political stage.

China on track to overtake UK as 2nd most popular study destination

Sept 5 2016

  • The number of international students choosing to pursue their studies at universities in China is growing at such a fast rate that it may surpass the UK in terms of popularity by 2020, according to a recent study. At the moment, the #1 study destination of choice is the U.S., followed by the UK, with China not too far behind at third. But, a leading marketplace for international student accommodation, predicts that the Asian country may soon be a strong contender for 2nd place. The website, which recently published a report based on figures from 2006 to 2015, said that with an average 10 percent year-on-year growth of international students over the past decade, it’s no wonder that the Asian giant has managed to surpass other top study abroad nations such as Canada, Germany, and France.

World University Rankings 2016-2017: results announced

September 21, 2016

  • But when looking at country level, nations in Asia stand out. Two new Asian universities make the top 100 (Chinese University of Hong Kong and Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)), while another four join the top 200: City University of Hong Kong, University of Science and Technology of China, Fudan University and Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Furthermore, China’s two flagship universities have both made gains – Peking University joins the top 30 at 29th (up from 42nd last year), while Tsinghua University joins the top 40 at 35th (up from joint 47th). Asia’s leading institution, the National University of Singapore, is at 24th – its highest ever rank.

China to Spearhead Innovations in Technology in Southeast Asia

Sep 14, 2016

  • According to Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli China will help Southeast Asian nations to implement an upgrade through direct investment, projects, technological cooperation, and imports and exports of equipment. Zhang made this announcement during the 13th China-ASEAN Expo in Nanning.

VN treasures relations with China

September, 13/2016

  • Việt Nam pursues a consistent policy of attaching special importance to its friendship with China and giving it a top priority in the country’s foreign policy, affirmed Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc. PM Phúc made the confirmation at his meeting with Chinese Party General Secretary and President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Tuesday during his official visit to China. Việt Nam and China are embarking on an important phase of the renewal and open-door process so ensuring a peaceful, stable and cooperative environment for national construction and development are their common interests, according to the Prime Minister.

Philippines seeks China’s help to develop agriculture sector

September 13, 2016

  • The Philippines is seeking China’s help to boost its underperforming agribusiness sector as part of the Duterte administration’s rural development agenda. In an interview, Board of Investments assistant secretary of the investment promotions group Felicita Agoncillo-Reyes said promoting the country’s agribusiness industry is on top of the government’s agenda in this week’s 13th China-ASEAN Expo (CAEXPO) and China-ASEAN Business and Investment Summit (CABIS). “We already qualified the kind of investments that our country needs. We would like investments that will benefit more people. Agribusiness is number one because that’s the one that has been left behind. Manufacturing is growing but agriculture remains small. So the challenge is to make agribusiness grow,” Reyes said.

China, US, and Europe Pledge Support for Global Aviation Emissions Agreement

Sep 06, 2016

  • China, the United States, and Europe have pledged their support on Saturday for a new deal to cut down carbon dioxide emissions by airlines, which is due to be finalized at a meeting of the U.N.’s International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) in September and slated to go into effect from 2021.

Indonesia leans toward China

September 6 2016

  • The Indonesian government has asked Jack Ma, the chairman of Chinese online marketplace Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., to become an advisor to its steering e-commerce committee. The committee is designed to develop the booming e-commerce sector and will consist of 10 ministers. “This [proposal] is to make Indonesia’s position in the international marketplace more prominent,” Communications and Information Minister Rudiantara said after President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s visit to Alibaba’s office in Hangzhou last weekend.

Bilateral cooperation with China progressing on many fronts: PM Lee

Sep 5, 2016

  • The broad relationship between Singapore and China is in “working shape”, with bilateral cooperation progressing on many fronts including a new government-led project in Chongqing, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Monday (Sept 5).

Friction with China ‘modest’ Turnbull says

September 5, 2016

  • Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull insists Australia’s friction with China is modest, despite being given “disproporionate attention”. Mr Turnbull insists Australia has an independent foreign policy and does not have to choose between China and the US, amid growing tensions between the two super powers. Ties with China, Australia’s largest trading partner, would get closer and closer, insisting its rise was welcomed and embraced. “Friction between us is very modest relative to the scale of the relationship,” the prime minister told reporters in Hangzhou.

India, China plan military drill on terror

Sep 6, 2016

  • In what promises to be a unique joint military exercise, the armies of India and China will get together to understand and practice methods to tackle the transnational terror. The next round of India-China joint military exercises named ‘hand-in-hand’ will have “transnational terror” as its theme. The exercise is planned between November 15 and November 27, under the aegis of the Pune-based Southern Army Command. This will be the sixth edition of the exercise, first since December last year when Beijing passed a law authorising its military to venture overseas on counter-terror operations and even sent off some 5,000 troops to tackle the Islamic State in Syria.

PH, China eye intensified trade, financial ties | Inquirer Global Nation

Sep 5, 2016

  • Despite a maritime dispute in the West Philippine Sea, the Philippines and China want closer trade and financial ties, according to the Department of Finance (DOF). Specifically, the Philippine and Chinese governments would like to “revitalize” cooperation in five key areas: agricultural trade; bilateral financial cooperation through currency swap; customs; project financing; and tourism, the DOF said in a statement on Monday. In a courtesy call to Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III last week, Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua also “offered Beijing’s support to the priority projects of the Duterte administration in the form of official development assistance for pipeline projects of the Departments of Public Works and Highways, Transportation, and Agriculture,” the DOF added.

Turkey, China sign energy, nuclear security agreements at G20

September 3, 2016

  • Turkey and China signed agreements on energy, nuclear security and phytosanitary under the auspices of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Erdoğan went to the Chinese city of Hangzhou to attend the G20 Leaders Summit. As part of his visit, Turkey and China signed three agreements on energy, nuclear security and phytosanitary.

Saudi Arabia ‘ready’ to meet China energy demand

September 3, 2016

  • Saudi Arabia’s Energy Minister Khalid Al Falih said the kingdom was ready to meet rising energy demand from China, state news agency SPA reported on Friday. “The Kingdom is ready to fulfil the rising energy demand in China in the coming decades,” the SPA quoted Falih as stating. Falih made his comments during meetings with leading Chinese energy industry officials, the SPA said.

China, Turkey pledge to deepen counter-terrorism cooperation

Sep 3, 2016

  • Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan agreed on Saturday to deepen counter-terror cooperation, as the two set aside previous disagreements over China’s treatment of a Turkic-speaking Muslim minority. Hundreds, possibly thousands, of Uighurs keen to escape unrest in China’s western Xinjiang region have traveled clandestinely via Southeast Asia to Turkey, where many see themselves as sharing religious and cultural ties. Beijing says some Uighurs then end up fighting with militants in Iraq and Syria.

VN, China agree to deepen defence ties

August, 31/2016

  • The Defence Ministers of China and Vietnam have agreed to deepen defence ties between the two countries, thus bringing pragmatic interests to their people and contributing to peace and stability in the region and the world at large. Vietnamese Defence Minister General Ngô Xuân Lịch and his Chinese counterpart Sen. Lieut. Gen Chang Wanquan held talks in Beijing yesterday as part of Lịch’s official friendly visit to China.

PH eyes provisional agreement to allow Filipino fishermen in Scarborough Shoal

August 31, 2016

  • More than two months after the Philippines won its maritime case against China in The Hague, Filipino fishermen are still barred from entering Scarborough Shoal, also known as Panatag Shoal. During the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) budget briefing at the House of Representatives on Tuesday, Foreign Affairs Sec. Perfecto Yasay pushed for the signing of a provisional agreement between the Philippine and Chinese governments. This will allow Filipino fishermen to go back to their traditional fishing grounds.

Indonesia to develop 10 “Bali-like destinations” to attract Chinese investors

August 29, 2016

  • Plans have been unveiled in Indonesia to create 10 new major tourist destinations, with the hope of attracting increased tourism and investment from China, reports the Global Times. At an event in Shanghai on Friday, the Ministry of Tourism of Indonesia announced “10 New Bali,” which aims to transform areas such as Toba Lake in North Sumatra and Old Town in Jakarta to hold all the appeal of Bali, which is Indonesia’s number one tourism destination.

S. Korea, China, Japan agree to push for ‘Culture Olympics’


  • Cultural ministers of South Korea, China and Japan agreed Sunday to push for co-hosting various academic and cultural events timed for the Summer and Winter Olympics to be held in the three countries, Seoul officials said. South Korean Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Kim Jong-deok and his Chinese and Japanese counterparts reached the agreement at the end of a two-day meeting in this South Korean resort island of Jeju, they said.

Vatican says it has high hopes of better ties with China

Aug 27, 2016

  • The Vatican is hopeful it can improve ties with China after decades of tension, the Roman Catholic Church’s highest-ranking diplomat said on Saturday, adding that warmer relations would benefit the whole world. Beijing severed links with the Vatican in 1951 shortly after the Communist Party took power and launched a crackdown on organized religion, with China’s new rulers setting up their own church and appointing bishops without the pope’s backing.

‘China to provide eight submarines to Pakistan

August 27, 2016

  • China will provide eight submarines to the Pakistan Navy by 2028, said Chief Project Director of Submarines while briefing the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Defence during the committee’s visit to the Naval Headquarters here on Friday. Four of the subs would be constructed in China and the rest in Pakistan. The committee, headed by Shaikh Rohail Asghar, was earlier welcomed by Chief of the Naval Staff at the Naval Headquarters. The chief project director gave a detailed overview of the challenges and future plans of the Pakistan Navy.

Latest Laker: Yi Jianlian

Aug 22, 2016

  • Following an impressive individual performance at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, Chinese power forward Yi Jianlian has inked a deal for a return to the NBA with the Lakers. The 6-foot-11 Heshan native averaged 20.4 points in five games in Rio, ranking third behind only Bojan Bogdanovic (25.3) and Patty Mills (21.3). Clearly the best player on his team, he was seventh among all players in rebounds (6.6), steals (1.4) and blocks (1.0), while playing the third-most minutes (32.8). But his personal success was for naught on a team that had no other consistent scoring option, as China went winless in Brazil.

Chinese author wins Hugo Award for sci-fi novel


  • Short fiction novel Folding Beijing, written by Chinese author Hao Jingfang, won the 2016 Hugo Award for Best Novelette at sci-fi convention MidAmeriCon in Kansas City on August 20. Hao, a graduate of Tsinghua University with degrees in Physics and Economics, is a part-time writer and currently works as a policy researcher, people.cnreported.

Cao Wenxuan claims Hans Christian Andersen Prize

August 21, 2016

  • Chinese children’s fiction writer Cao Wenxuan received the Hans Christian Andersen Prize for 2016, regarded as the ‘Nobel Prize for children’s literature’, at a ceremony in Auckland, New Zealand on August 20.

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi assures China of solution to stalled dam

Aug 18, 2016

  • Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi told China’s premier on Thursday that her new government is willing to look for a resolution that suits both countries to a suspended Chinese-funded hydropower project in northern Myanmar, a senior Chinese diplomat said.

Venezuela and China Strengthen Cooperation for Productive Development

Aug 17 2016

  • China and Venezuela strengthened cooperation for production and logistics development in the 5th Meeting of the Technical Secretariat of the High Level Joint Commission between these nations, which concluded today in this capital. We have emphasized these two aspects to increase the capabilities of our country to face the economic war and strengthen the development of the Great Mission Sovereign Supply, declared the Planning Vice-president, Ricardo Menéndez.

Nepal’s new gov’t committed to China-friendly policy: envoy


  • The new government of Nepal will continue a friendly and cooperative policy toward China, said Nepalese Deputy Prime Minister Krishna Bahadur Mahara on Tuesday. Mahara made the remarks as special envoy of new Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal during a meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. Mahara, who is on a two-day visit to China, said that both the new government and Prime Minister Puspa Kamal Dahal attach great importance to relations with China.

Greece’s largest port taken over by Chinese firm

11 Aug, 2016

  • China’s COSCO Shipping group has completed the acquisition of a 51 percent stake in the Greek port of Piraeus, becoming the controlling shareholder. The company has paid $311 million for its major stake in Piraeus and plans to increase its share to 67 percent over the next five years. COSCO thus takes over Piraeus’ management and operation.

Canada seeks to double visa offices in China to attract more high-skilled workers

Aug 10, 2016

  • The Canadian government is seeking to double the number of offices where Chinese can apply for Canadian visas as it looks to boost a dwindling number of visitors, international students, even high-skilled foreign workers from China. Immigration Minister John McCallum spent the past two days meeting with senior Chinese officials in Beijing where he asked to open at least five more visa application centres in Chengdu, Nanjing, Wuhan, Jinan and Shenyang. Canada currently has five visa offices in China.

China helps Vietnamese athletes shine at international arena: former sports official


  • Chinese trainers have helped many Vietnamese elite athletes to shine at international arena, Ly Gia Thanh, former chief of staff of the Vietnam Olympic Committee, has told Xinhua after Vietnam won its first-ever Olympic gold medal on Sunday. “Our marksman Hoang Xuan Vinh has created the most outstanding achievement of Vietnam’s sports. We have gained our first-ever Olympic gold medal after decades of waiting,” Thanh said.

China dominates top spots in Global Cities 30 index while London’s place slides on Brexit vote

8 August 2016

  • China has claimed three of the top five spots in an inaugural Global Cities 30 index, while London has slipped from its intended fourth spot to 10th following the vote to leave the EU. Shanghai was crowned the top global city in the list, compiled by real estate fund Schroders out of an analysis of 161 cities, followed by New York in second place and the northeastern Chinese city of Tianjin. Chinese capital Beijing and Dallas, Texas, rounded off the top five.

China’s Growing Influence in the Caribbean

8 August 2016

  • In June 2013, during the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Trinidad and Tobago, the then Prime Minister of the Caribbean nation, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, in a fawning speech, had lauded President Xi’s vision saying, “We see in your China Dream a splendid opportunity for China to become a model for the world.”(1) Like a royalty holding court, President Xi thereafter hosted the leaders of Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, the Bahamas, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Suriname and Jamaica in Port of Spain, capital of Trinidad and Tobago, where he announced soft loans and investments worth US$ 3 billion as well as grants of up to $8 million for the region.(2) President Xi’s visit was an effective and a graphic demonstration of China’s growing influence and outreach in the English-speaking Caribbean region, coming at a time when the United States (US) had been somewhat less forthcoming with financial grants for the region.

Seoul denies reports of China’s ‘retaliatory actions’


  • The South Korean government Friday vowed to work towards improving relations with China in light of escalating concerns of fraying relations on political, economic and cultural fronts due to an advanced missile defense system deployment here. They also denied news reports that China was possibly taking “retaliatory actions.” “The government is keeping a keen eye on the Chinese media’s reaction and various measures carried out (by the Chinese government). We (the government) will work toward resolving this situation in an amicable fashion,” Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se told reporters.

China and Indonesia to jointly develop HTGR

04 August 2016

  • The joint project development plan was signed on 1 August by CNEC chairman Wang Shoujun and Batan chairman Djarot Sulistio Wisnubroto during the second official Meeting of Cultural and People-to-People Exchange between China and Indonesia.

You want to play hockey, eh? China looks for Canadian help ahead of 2022 Beijing Games

Aug 04, 2016

  • Sport seen as great way to keep children active but is far from most popular adult pastime

Avoid China-claimed shoal, Philippines tells fishermen

August 3, 2016

  • The Philippines told its fishermen Wednesday to steer clear of a fishing ground in the disputed South China Sea to avoid harassment from Chinese authorities. Jose said that while the tribunal ruling was clear, the “reality on the ground” was different.

U.S. pledges to work with China, Russia to put additional pressure on N. Korea


  • The United States will work closely with China and Russia to put additional pressure on North Korea, the White House said Wednesday, after Pyongyang defiantly fired two ballistic missiles and one of them landed in waters off Japan. “Our response to North Korea’s destabilizing activities is stronger when the international community remains united. So that’s why the United States continues to work so closely with our partners at the U.N., with our allies like Japan and South Korea, and with countries like Russia and China,” spokesman Josh Earnest said at a regular briefing.

Nepal leader assures China of implementing key bilateral deals

July 29, 2016

  • Nepal’s Maoist leader Prachanda assured China that key bilateral deals with Beijing, including the one that could end India’s monopoly in transport to the landlocked country, reached during the previous regime would be honoured even after a new government takes over.

Watch Chinese basketball player net most consecutive half-court shots record

21 July 2016

  • Xu Changqing from China has just netted arguably one of the most impressive basketball records ever, after achieving the Most consecutive basketball half-court shots with a jaw-dropping total of six.

China, Pakistan hold joint border patrols near Xinjiang

July 21, 2016

  • China and Pakistan on Thursday carried out joint patrols along the China-Pak border near Xinjiang. This is the first time China and Pakistan have carried out joint patrols in the recent years though Chinese troops have been patrolling the area since 2014. The state media The People’s Daily Online today published a dozen photos with a caption “the frontier defence regiment of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in Xinjiang, along with a border police force from Pakistan, carry out a joint patrol along the China-Pakistan border”.

Chinese universities ‘most represented’ in latest QS BRICS rankings

21 July 2016

  • China has emerged as the top higher education provider among BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) nations, with up to 86 institutions making the list of best universities, revealed QS Top Universities. In the 2016 BRICS rankings, Chinese universities dominated, taking up the top five spots, with seven institutions in the top 10 alone.

Harvard Business School’s bricks-and-clicks spending spree

July 18, 2016

  • The new building, a base for executive-level courses named the Ruth Mulan Chu Chao Center, does indeed constitute a milestone for HBS by commemorating the rise of China. It was funded with $40m from James Si-Cheng Chao, a Chinese-American businessman, and named after his late wife. It is the first building at HBS to bear the name of a woman — appropriately, as four of Mr Chao’s six daughters went to HBS — or that of an Asian-American. The Chao Center is just one of the more visible manifestations of the heavy spending currently under way at HBS — some arising from donations, some from its own resources — as it tries to adjust to the changing global economy.

After decades of mistrust, Pope pushes for breakthrough with China

July 18, 2016

  • Pope Francis is leading a determined push to fundamentally alter the relationship between the Vatican and China, which for decades has been infused with mutual suspicion and acrimony. Interviews with some two dozen Catholic officials and clergy in Hong Kong, Italy and mainland China, as well as sources with ties to the leadership in Beijing, reveal details of an agreement that would fall short of full diplomatic ties but would address key issues at the heart of the bitter divide between the Vatican and Beijing.

China begins 7th Arctic expedition


  • “Xuelong” (Snow Dragon), China’s research vessel, left a Shanghai port on Monday for the Arctic, the country’s seventh expedition to the polar region. Xia Limin, from the State Oceanic Administration, said that scientists will undertake research on marine chemistry, ecology, geology, geophysics and sea ice dynamics. Xia, who is also research team leader, said that American and French scientists had been invited to join the 128-member research team on a 10,000-sea-mile journey that is expected to take 78 days.

Taiping defenses unaffected by South China Sea ruling: CGA


  • A ruling set to be handed down Tuesday by an international tribunal on a dispute between the Philippines and China over territorial issues in the South China Sea will not affect Taiwan’s defenses on Taiping Island there, Coast Guard Administration (CGA)Director-General Lee Chung-wei(李仲威)said Monday.Lee also said that the government’s stance on its sovereignty claim over Taiping Island in the South China Sea remains unchanged and the CGA will not reduce its patrols in the area.

Jeremy Lin: No one has been more impacted by Yao Ming than me

9 Jul, 2016

  • Jeremy Lin won’t have to watch the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony this September to know the full extent of Yao Ming’s basketball and cultural impact on the NBA. “I mean, there’s no person that has been impacted more than me,” Lin said when asked about Yao’s influence while the point guard watched the Brooklyn Nets play in the Las Vegas Summer League. “No other player, no other person, I would say, has been more impacted by what Yao has done than me because I was kind of the one that came right after him.”

Singapore kids using more English but strong in Chinese: Study

Jul 11, 2016

  • Young Chinese Singaporeans may have moved away from their mother tongue to use more English, but a new study has found that these pre-schoolers still have a good grasp of grammar and vocabulary and competent oral skills when it comes to the Chinese language. More than half of them are still bilingual, although they use English more often with their peers and siblings, according to a two-year study by a team from the Singapore Centre for Chinese Language (SCCL).

Chinese language newspapers in Australia: Beijing controls messaging, propaganda in press

July 10 2016

  • It can come in the form of an admonishing phone call, blocking reporters from a public event, via directives for mainland-linked businesses to pull advertising, or even direct investment from Chinese government bodies. One way or another, Beijing has extended its messaging control over almost all the Chinese language media in Australia, Australian Chinese media sources say. Politically sensitive or unfavourable coverage of China and the ruling Communist Party has been effectively stopped outside all but a couple of Chinese language outlets, as the government steps up efforts to filter what the Chinese diaspora consumes. “Nearly 95 per cent of the Australian Chinese newspapers have been brought in by the Chinese government to some degree,” said an editor who works at a pro-Chinese government publication in Australia, speaking on condition of anonymity.

China promises to help Sri Lanka become a shipping hub

Jul. 8, 2016

  • China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Friday his country will align its maritime silk road project with Sri Lanka’s development plans to enable the island nation to become a shipping hub in the Indian Ocean. Wang’s comments came after meeting Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, starting a two-day visit. It is a sign of Sri Lanka’s new government’s increasing receptiveness to Chinese projects having previously suspended some to investigate corruption and possible environmental hazards.

Investors from China seeking opportunities in Ghana’s North

Jul 8, 2016

  • As the government of Ghana seeks ways of developing the northern Savannah territories covering five regions, Chinese firms have expressed great interest in boosting that agenda. China Henan Jianghai Group Investment Company Ltd is to spearhead match-making between Chinese firms and local Ghanaian companies working in the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA).

President Xi offers China’s support to Bangladesh in fight against terrorism

July 5, 2016

  • Chinese President Xi Jinping called his Bangladeshi counterpart Abdul Hamid and offered China’s support in fighting terrorism following the worst terrorist attack in the country. During the call, Xi extended his deep condolences to the victims and expressed sympathy for the injured and families of the victims, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Closer bilateral cooperation with China a ‘strategic choice’, Greek PM says


  • Strengthening bilateral cooperation with China is a “strategic choice” for Greece, leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has said on the eve of a five-day official visit to Beijing and Shanghai aimed at wooing investors. In an interview with the state news agency Xinhua, Tsipras said his visit signalled the joint will between the two countries to “take a big step forward.”