International Part 4

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


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

China Snags 15th Spot in Global Tourism Competitiveness Ranking

Apr 09, 2017

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

China says deal reached at last with Myanmar on oil pipeline

10 April, 2017

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

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


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

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

7 April 2017

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

China and Norway resume free trade negotiations after diplomatic freeze

Apr 7, 2017

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

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

3 April 2017

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

More US cities aim to make Chinese travelers feel at home

Mar. 31, 2017

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

Chinese demand for elephant ivory drops, new report says

Mar. 29, 2017

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

New publication to introduce Chinese literature to overseas readers


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

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

March 28, 2017

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

China state firms eye land around Panama Canal: waterway authority

Mar 28, 2017

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

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

March 26 2017

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

Australian prime minister won’t choose between China and US

Mar. 23, 2017

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

Myanmar praises China for action on rebels

Mar 23, 2017

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

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

Mar 21, 2017

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

Sri Lanka, China discuss ways to step up military cooperation

March 20, 2017

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

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

March 16 2017

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

China, Pakistan agree to further increase military cooperation

Mar 16, 2017

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

China to attend TPP negotiations in Chile this week


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