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Melbourne's new trains being built in China by blacklisted Belt and Road firm

By  Paul Sakkal October 4, 2020 — 11.30pm The Chinese company which won the $2.3 billion contract to build Melbourne's new train fleet is central to President Xi Jinping's controversial Belt and Road Initiative and was recently blacklisted by the US government due to the security risks posed by its ties to the Chinese government. CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicles, which beat local bids in 2016 to win the contract to build 65 new high-capacity metro trains, is a subsidiary of major Chinese state-owned rolling stock manufacturer CRRC and has been identified as a beneficiary of Uighur labour. Daniel Andrews unveiled the new CRRC trains at Downer's Newport facility in 2018.  JUSTIN MCMANUS The news comes after fresh scrutiny on the Victorian government's dealings with the Chinese government with the revelation that Premier Daniel Andrews last year  advertised the state as being "China's gateway to Australia" . The train project,  which is more than 18 months beh

Xi hails ‘steady’ China-Bangladesh friendship, seeks joint promotion of Belt & Road Initiative

Chinese President Xi Jinping shared the message on the 45th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral diplomatic relationship between Beijing & Dhaka. K J M VARMA 4 October, 2020 File photo of Chinese President Xi Jinping | Photo: Yorgos Karahalis | Bloomberg Beijing:  Chinese President Xi Jinping said he stands ready with Bangladesh leaders to better align the two countries’ strategies and jointly promote the construction of his multi-billion dollar Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) to take the strategic partnership of the two countries to new heights. Xi made the remarks in an exchange of congratulatory messages with his Bangladesh counterpart, Mohammad Abdul Hamid, on the 45th anniversary of the establishment of the bilateral diplomatic relationship on Sunday. Ad In his message, Xi hailed the steady and long-term friendship saying he is ready to work with Hamid to better align development strategies with Bangladesh, step up cooperation under the framework of the BRI and push fo