Sri Lanka hands over debt-laden port to Chinese owner

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Sri Lanka on Saturday handed over a deep-sea port to a Chinese firm, in a deal agreed to boost the cash-strapped island’s finances that has raised concerns at home and abroad over Beijing’s growing influence. The $1.12 billion deal first announced in July lets a Chinese state company take over the southern port of Hambantota, which straddles the world’s busiest east-west shipping route, on a 99-year lease.“With the signing of the agreement today the Treasury has received ...

North Korea, China and the US together, and at odds

Friday, 8 December 2017

With the world reeling from President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and igniting fury and dismay from friends and foes alike, the US seems also bent on stoking an even bigger nuclear catastrophe on the Korean peninsula in the tit-for-tat spat with that country.However, unlike the seemingly doomed and obscure so-called peace making shuttles by the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner in the Middle East, now possibly buried by the Trump announcement, ...

Dr. Mohamed A. Ramady

Perk up, Shanghai: Crowds throng world’s biggest Starbucks

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Starbucks opened its largest cafe in the world in Shanghai on Wednesday as the US-based beverage giant bets big on the burgeoning coffee culture of a country traditionally known for tea-drinking.The opening of the sprawling, two-storey outlet in a busy central shopping district was thronged by hundreds of customers, some waiting more than an hour in long lines stretching outside for a block in scenes reminiscent of a hyped-up new iPhone release.The cafe spans 2,700 square metres (30,000 square ...

Will Iran collapse like the Soviet Union?

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

We witnessed over the past two months two important developments that will influence the internal affairs of the Wilayet al-Faqih regime in Tehran.The first was the convention of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, which led to the re-election of President Xi Jinping for a second five-year term. This will help ensure the continuity of the country’s current development approach over the next five years.The second development was the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik ...

Karim Abdian Bani Saeed

When Trump regretted release of basketball players detained in China

Thursday, 23 November 2017

A feud between US President Donald Trump and the father of a UCLA basketball player detained for shoplifting in China has reached a fever pitch, with the president labelling LaVar Ball an “ungrateful fool.” Continuing a volley of insults over social media that has gone on for over a week, Trump took after LaVar Ball, the father of university basketball player LiAngelo Ball, in a series of tweets. Trump chastised LaVar Ball for failing to credit him with interceding with Chinese ...

Angels or demons? Political shadow hangs over Victoria’s Secret China show

Monday, 20 November 2017

Victoria’s Secret’s glitzy annual fashion show hits the stage in China on Monday night for the first time, but will do so without several of its “angels” and star names who had been expected to attend, including model Gigi Hadid and pop singer Katy Perry. Hadid has confirmed her absence, while reports have swirled ahead of the show about visas being denied over political sensitivities and strict controls around the Shanghai event - a potential headache for the brand ...

North Korea rules out negotiations on nuclear weapons

Friday, 17 November 2017

North Korea on Friday ruled out negotiations with Washington as long as joint US-South Korea military exercises continue, and said that Pyongyang’s atomic weapons program would remain as a deterrent against a US nuclear threat. In an interview with Reuters, Han Tae Song, North Korea’s ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, brushed off the new sanctions which the Trump administration has said it is preparing, as well as the possibility of North Korea being added to a US list of ...

China’s Xi offers support for Saudi Arabia amid regional uncertainty

Friday, 17 November 2017

China supports Saudi Arabia’s efforts to safeguard national sovereignty and achieve greater development, President Xi Jinping told Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, at a time of regional tensions between Saudi Arabia, Iran, Lebanon and Yemen. China has traditionally played little role in Middle East conflicts or diplomacy, despite its reliance on the region for oil. But it has been trying to raise its profile, with Salman visiting China in March. Speaking by telephone, Xi told Salman that ...

Rare art from China’s 19th century woman ruler come to US

Sunday, 12 November 2017

A side of Chinese culture and authority never seen outside China comes to the United States with the unveiling of “Empress Dowager, Cixi: Selections From the Summer Palace.”The exhibition opens Sunday and runs until March 11 at Southern California’s Bowers Museum.It showcases art collected and created by the mysterious woman who ruled China with an iron fist from the mid-1800s until her death in 1908.Included are more than 100 pieces from the Beijing palace Cixi often called ...

Trump pushes ‘America first’ during tough trade talk in Asia

Saturday, 11 November 2017

President Donald Trump stood before a summit of Asian leaders keen on regional trade pacts and delivered a roaring “America first” message Friday, denouncing China for unfair trade practices just a day after he had heaped praise on President Xi Jinping in Beijing. “We are not going to let the United States be taken advantage of anymore,” Trump told CEOs on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference. “I am always going to put America first, the ...

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