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China taken into confidence over Saudi Arabia joining CPEC: information minister

Dawn.com Updated September 21, 2018 China has been taken into confidence over Saudi Arabia joining the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project as a strategic partner, Minister for Information Fawad Chaudhry said on Friday. The minister was responding to a tweet by former interior and planning minister, Ahsan Iqbal of PML-N, who asked whether Beijing had been taken on board before formally inviting Riyadh to join the mega venture. "Has China been taken into confidence? CPEC is a bilateral project in which induction of any other country has to have [the] concurrence of both sides," Iqbal wrote. In response, Chaudhry said Chinese assent had been sought and that the "expansion of CPEC is in China and Pakistan['s] interest" "Pakistan will be a centre of economic activity of this region, era of darkness is over," he added. The minister had  announced on Thursday that Saudi Arabia is set to become a third strategic partner in CPEC and has repor

U.S.-China Track II Dialogue on Maritime Issues & International Law

1234567891011 Historic First As part of the National Committee’s mission to promote high-level exchange and constructive dialogue on sensitive topics, the Committee and the National Institute for South China Sea Studies (NISCSS) co-sponsor a bi-annual U.S.-China Track II Dialogue on Maritime Issues & International Law -- the first such ongoing dialogue of its kind. Established in October 2012, the purpose of this dialogue is to convene American and Chinese legal experts to explore the issues surrounding China’s recent maritime disputes and escalated tensions in both the South China Sea and the East China Sea in order to better understand their impact on China’s relationships with its neighbors and U.S.-China relations, while at the same time provide suggestions for improving the management and settlement of current maritime disputes. Partner(s):  National Institute for South China Sea Studies Last Held:  Jul 25, 2018 to Jul 27, 2018 Program History 2018 U.S.-China Track II

AXIOS CHINA: China Newsletter by Bill Bishop

Axios ChinaBy Bill Bishop ·Sep 21, 2018 Next Monday is the Mid-Autumn Festival 中秋节 and China will officially be on holiday. The Sinocism newsletter will publish as normal Monday. Axios   Autonomous Vehicles , a weekly analysis of autonomous tech, and its impact on cities, policy and the economy,  launched today .  Sign up here .  Thanks for reading, and if you want a daily and deeper look at China, please check out my daily  Sinocism China Newsletter  and follow me on  Twitter @niubi .   1 big thing: Trump says "It is time to take a stand on China" Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios   President Trump last night  reiterated his stance  on the trade war against China, telling Fox News host Sean Hannity: "Well, it is time to take a stand on China. We have no choice. You know it has been a long time. They have been hurting us." Background:  The  White House announcement  Monday of the next round of tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports promised: If China ta

Trump says "It is time to take a stand on China"

AXIOS.com Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios   President Trump last night  reiterated his stance  on the trade war against China, telling Fox News host Sean Hannity: "Well, it is time to take a stand on China. We have no choice. You know it has been a long time. They have been hurting us." Background:  The  White House announcement  Monday of the next round of tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports promised: If China takes retaliatory action against our farmers or other industries, we will immediately pursue phase three, which is tariffs on approximately $267 billion of additional imports. The other side:  China immediately responded by saying there'd be a new round of tariffs from them as well, but so far there's been no announcement of the threatened retaliation details. That may change in the next few days. My thought bubble : The U.S. announcement of the new tariffs and threats of even more unless China surrenders unconditionally, was on the 87th annive

Magic Weapons: China's political influence activities under Xi Jinping

 Sep 18, 2017By  Anne-Marie Brady   @Anne_MarieBrady Executive Summary: In June 2017 the  New York Times  and  The Economist  featured stories on China's political influence in Australia. The New York Times headline asked "Are Australia's Politics too Easy to Corrupt?," while The Economist sarcastically referred to China as the "Meddle Country." The two articles were reacting to an investigation by Fairfax Media and ABC into the extent of China's political interference in Australia, that built on internal enquiries into the same issue by ASIO and Australia's Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet in 2015 and 2016. The media and official reports concluded that Australia was the target of a foreign interference campaign by China “on a larger scale than that being carried out by any other nation” and that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) was working to infiltrate Australian political and foreign affairs circles, as well to acquire influence over A

Fundamentals Of Modern Chinese Imperialism And Colonisation Of Africa: Focus On FOCAC By Austin Aneke

SaharaReporters During the time of slavery and colonialism we had phrases like- “humanisation of Africa; taming the barbarians, and/or extending civilisation to the dark Continent”. However, modern societies are no more receptive to these ones. BY AUSTIN ANEKESEP 17, 2018 Austin Aneke The FOCAC (Forum on China-Africa Cooperation) 2018 meeting in Beijing has now ended. According to the signed action plan 2019-2021, the summit confirmed that China and Africa will implement eight initiatives bordering on “industrial promotion, infrastructure connectivity, trade facilitation, green development, capacity building, health care, people to people exchange, and peace and security”. Historically, similar phrases were applied during all stages of Africa’s tortured development history. In real terms they mean nothing, but theoretically suit perceptions and mood of the world on the nature and ideal forms of acceptable political-economy relationships between countries and continents in neolibe

TRIVIUM CHINA: The Tip Sheet China, know china better

HEARD IN BEIJING "Both the importance and difficulty of reform lie in implementation." - Xi Jinping, CCP General Secretary Some context:  Xi said that at the most recent meeting of the Party’s Deepening Reform group – which is the most important policymaking body in China. Get to know that entity and what it talked about this week by reading the Tip Sheet below. Make sure your friends and colleagues get the skinny on key China issues. Forward them today’s note, and tell them to  click here to subscribe. Happy Friday, everybody! What a week. Take a well-deserved rest this weekend, but if you get a minute, make sure to send us your Tip Sheet comments. Quick reminder: The Tip Sheet will be off on Monday, as it is a holiday in China.   THE TIP SHEET DRIVING THE DAY 1. Another one bites the dust   Nur Bekri, head of the National Energy Administration since 2014, is done. When Bekri arrived in Beijing on Thursday after a trip to Moscow, he was greeted at the airport b