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US imposes sanctions on Russian, Chinese firms for supporting Iran missile programme
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US imposes sanctions on Russian, Chinese firms for supporting Iran missile programme

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday said that the country has imposed sanctions on four companies from China and Russia for supporting Iran’s missile programme that remains a “significant proliferation concern”.“The US has sanctioned four entities in China and Russia for their support of Iran’s missile programme, which remains a significant proliferation concern. We will continue to use all our sanctions tools to prevent Iran from advancing its missile capabilities,” Pompeo said.The companies are Chengdu Best New Materials Co Ltd and Zibo Elim Trade Co, Ltd. in China and Nilco Group, which is also known as Nil Fam Khazar Company and Santers Holding and Joint Stock Company Elecon in Russia for transferring sensitive technology and items to Iran’s missile programme.In 2018...
Despite growing tensions, China buying computer chips from Taiwan firms
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Despite growing tensions, China buying computer chips from Taiwan firms

Despite growing tensions between Taiwan and China, Chinese technology companies have increased orders for computer chips or semiconductors made in Taiwan.According to media reports, Taiwan has reported a six per cent jump in export from July through September this year.Alicia Garcia Herrero, chief Asia-Pacific economist with the French investment bank Natixis said, “They (Chinese firms) know they’re not yet able to produce at least the highest-end semiconductors needed for 5G.”She added that Taiwan makes top-level semiconductors and is unlikely to give up as a leader in the field. Taiwan factories produce some of the world’s top computer chips. But during the past four years, it has pushed companies to depend less on the Chinese market.The two countries have been locked in a political disp...
Anti-China protests gain momentum in Argentina
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Anti-China protests gain momentum in Argentina

Between 2005 and 2019, Argentina has received maximum investment from China amounting to US$30.6 billion, which is 39 per cent of the total Chinese investment in South America.At the heart of the new Chinese investments in Argentina, is the proposal to build 25 industrial pig farms in Argentina, which will significantly increase pork exports to China. The project involving investment of US$3.8 billion, is expected to generate annual production of 900,000 tons amounting to US$2.5 million in annual exports.As per media reports, the pig farms will be set up with Chinese investment in partnership with local producers in Argentina, which currently has 10 industrial pig farms exclusively for export to China. In addition, 25 new farms are due to start operation in the next six years, which will e...
Billionaire Jack Ma pays a hefty price for offending the Chinese regime
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Billionaire Jack Ma pays a hefty price for offending the Chinese regime

The year 2020 could have been the best year for Jack Ma, the billionaire founder of fintech giant Ant Group Co. Ltd. But now, he is paying an extremely high price for challenging the Chinese Communist Party.The state has pulled the plug on the ANT group, which could have been the biggest Fintech Company in the world. The initial public offering of Ant Group, the internet finance giant, was ready with its $34 billion stock debut in Shanghai and Hong Kong.This would have been the biggest IPO, or first sale of stock in the world - greater than the listing of Saudi Aramco, the state-run oil giant, when it went public last year. But the initiative received a huge blow from the Chinese authorities as the government suspended the public listing of the company abruptly.This caused a severe setback...
Delhi Court rejects bail plea of Chinese national arrested under Official Secrets Act
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Delhi Court rejects bail plea of Chinese national arrested under Official Secrets Act

A bail petition by Miss Qing Shi, a Chinese National arrested in India by special cell of Delhi Police under the Official Secrets Act has been rejected by a Delhi Court.She was arrested along with freelance Journalist Rajeev Sharma and one other accused in September.While rejecting the bail, Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Pawan Singh Rajawat said that “no ground is made out to grant bail to Qing Shi at this stage.”The court noted that, if accused Wing Shi is released on bail, she will not only try to flee from the country through land routes but may also attempt to indulge in similar offences.The court also observed, “Furthermore, the other material which was recovered coupled with the preliminary electronic evidence collected by the investigating agency points towards involvement of accuse...
A headless chicken: Multiple obstacles hit CPEC’S progress
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A headless chicken: Multiple obstacles hit CPEC’S progress

 A ‘headless’ body, officially admitted as such, is supposed to be taking (or delaying) decisions in Pakistan regarding the 60 billion-dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project.The Pakistan Government’s ordinance under which the CPEC Authority (CPECA) was set up last year lapsed in July, 2020 and no fresh legal/constitutional arrangement has been made. Questioned by a parliamentary committee, the government said the body is headed by “no one.”The man placed at the top of CPECA, retired Lt. general Asim Bajwa, is working away from the office, and not drawing any salary. He was forced to resign as a Special Adviser of Prime Minister Imran Khan in October following media exposure about over 90 business firms his family has allegedly set up. He was holding dual charge and now, Kha...
Pakistan to seek $2.7 billion loan from China for CPEC construction project
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Pakistan to seek $2.7 billion loan from China for CPEC construction project

At a time when financial institutions of China are reluctant in investing in the China-Pakistan economic corridor (CPEC), Pakistan has decided to seek USD 2.7 billion loan from China for the construction of package-I of the Mainline-1 project of CPEC.As per reports, the sixth meeting of the financing committee on ML-1 project, which includes dualisation and upgrading of the 1,872 km railway track from Peshawar to Karachi, decided that Pakistan would initially request China to sanction only USD 2.73 billion in loan out of the total estimated Chinese financing of about USD 6.1 billion.The Ministry of Economic Affairs has been directed to formally send the Letter of Intent to China next week as Beijing is expected to finalise its next year's financing plans by the end of the current month."In...
China will import over $22 trillion worth of goods over the next decade: Xi Jinping
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China will import over $22 trillion worth of goods over the next decade: Xi Jinping

China is now shifting its focus to expand its imports in order to balance out its inbound and outbound shipments, and internationalize its currency.According to a senior official from a state-affiliated think tank, “China will no longer aim at achieving trade surpluses and solely expanding exports, but will pivot to moderately expanding imports for a balance between inbound and outbound shipments”.“This will not only help China to take the initiative in the new round of economic and trade negotiations, but also help promote the internationalisation of yuan,” said Huang Qifan, vice chairman of the China Center for International Economic Exchanges, during a financial forum.Earlier this month, President Xi Jinping had said that China will import over $22 trillion worth of goods over the next ...
China holds meet with Pak, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh to fight Covid-19
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China holds meet with Pak, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh to fight Covid-19

With an aim to fight coronavirus and boost economy, China hosted a high-level virtual meeting with Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka to build up “political consensus” in all nations.Termed as the “five-parties” meeting by the Chinese foreign ministry in a late-night statement on Thursday; the meet was an expansion of a similar meeting held in July involving Pakistan, Nepal, and Afghanistan, and hosted by foreign minister, Wang Yi.“To jointly defeat Covid-19, protect people’s life, safety and health, and accelerate economic and social recovery and development, China, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka convened a vice-ministerial-level video conference on Covid-19 response on November 10,” the Chinese foreign ministry said in a statement on Thursday.“The five parties had in-de...
Irked by proposed US-Taiwan economic talks, China calls Washington to ‘stop exchange or contacts’ with Taipei
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Irked by proposed US-Taiwan economic talks, China calls Washington to ‘stop exchange or contacts’ with Taipei

China has urged the United States to “stop exchange or contacts” with Taiwan and stop elevating its relationship with Taiwan in any substantive way after Washington and Taipei announced they would hold economic talks this month.Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Webin while addressing a briefing, urged the US to adhere to the one-China principle.China considers Taiwan as its own territory with no right to form official ties with other countries and has watched with growing alarm as the US stepped up is support for the island.Taiwan is sending a delegation to the US for the inaugural meeting of the US-Taiwan Economic Prosperity Partnership Dialogue later this month. The US side will be led by Undersecretary Keith Krach, who visited Taiwan in September.“China consistently opposes off...