China launches unprecedented moon mission with Saudi technology

Monday, 21 May 2018

China on Monday announced the successful launch of a lunar communications relay satellite designed to support an unprecedented mission to put a lander and rover on the far side of the moon by late 2018. The launch includes an optical camera developed by Saudi Arabia, as part of an agreement between King Abdulaziz City of Science and Technology and the China National Space Administration. The Chang’e-4 mission aims to provide a means of communications for setting down and operating a lunar ...

US, China putting trade war on hold, Treasury’s Mnuchin says

Monday, 21 May 2018

The US trade war with China is “on hold” after the world’s largest economies agreed to drop their tariff threats while they work on a wider trade agreement, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Sunday. Mnuchin and US President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, said the agreement reached by Chinese and American negotiators on Saturday set up a framework for addressing trade imbalances in the future. “We are putting the trade war on hold. ...

Is China making Pakistan a client-state with ‘debt-book diplomacy’?

Thursday, 17 May 2018

In Pakistan, China is the most active and positive economic force. So much so that continued cooperation between the two countries is supported by virtually all sides of this otherwise deeply divided country.Everyone from the Taliban to the secularist military leaders view Chinese investment as a boon to the country, the main source of job creation, and, in all truth, the most promising source of kickbacks for themselves.It certainly is the case that the infrastructure projects part of ...

Dr. Azeem Ibrahim

Iran finds a Chinese route to sell deadly thermal sniper sights

Sunday, 13 May 2018

It’s a piece of equipment that militants covet and gives them lethal accuracy: thermal sniper sights. They allow them to pick them targets from far away and in any climatic condition, night or day. Iran has now waded into this space quietly and its military is touting the RU60G sniper sight and its family of other sights “as a great indigenous optical achievement”, the Daily Beast reports. The equipment is getting publicized in “state-linked news outlets, propaganda ...

North Korea: China holds the key to a successful US agreement

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Just like Russia seems to be holding the key as an arbitrator between warring parties like Iran and Israel in Syria , China is playing an important background role to get North Korea reach a successful outcome with the USA . The objective of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s hurried last minute trip to Pyongyang was to lay the groundwork for a successful historic summit between the US and North Korean leaders that will be held in Singapore on 12 June, marked by the release of ...

Dr. Mohamed A. Ramady

Will Iran oil sanctions advance China’s ‘petro-yuan’?

Friday, 11 May 2018

China is positioned to be a chief beneficiary of the US decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal as it would give China leverage to demand oil imports be priced in yuan, several currency experts said on Thursday. President Donald Trump is preparing to impose new sanctions on Iran, the White House said on Wednesday, following the US withdrawal from the multinational 2015 agreement that stalled Iran’s nuclear program. The sanctions would aim to limit global trade of the oil ...

Modi-Jinping Informal Wuhan Summit a ‘low cost, high benefit option for China’

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

China is the only country to have crushed India militarily in living memory. The humiliation inflicted in 1962 has scarred relations between the world’s two most populated and nuclear-armed nations giving Beijing a big psychological advantage over New Delhi for five-and-a-half decades. It is against this ominous historic backdrop that the April 27-28 Informal Summit in Wuhan between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping must be viewed. Importantly, it was not ...

Xi Jinping and N. Korea’s Kim Jong Un met in China

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Kim Jong Un met in northeast China on Tuesday in an unannounced visit by the North Korean leader ahead of an expected summit with US President Donald Trump. Chinese state broadcaster CCTV showed Xi and Kim taking a seaside stroll in the northeastern city of Dalian and holding talks, while the official Xinhua news agency said the two leaders met on Monday and Tuesday. It was Kim’s second visit to China since March, highlighting efforts by the Cold War-era ...

US condemns China for ‘Orwellian nonsense’ over airline websites

Sunday, 6 May 2018

The White House on Saturday sharply criticized China’s efforts to force foreign airlines to change how they refer to Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau, labeling China’s latest effort to police language describing the politically sensitive territories as “Orwellian nonsense.” Amid a growing fight over US-China trade, the White House said in a statement that the Chinese Civil Aviation Administration sent a letter to 36 foreign air carriers, including a number of US carriers, ...

Marx’s German birthplace brushes off criticism as it unveils statue of him

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Protesters held banners reading “Down with capitalism” and “Father of all dictators” at Saturday’s unveiling of a statue of Karl Marx in the German city of Trier, reflecting the polarising legacy of the philosopher in his birthplace and beyond. The bronze sculpture, which towers over 5 metres high including the plinth, is a gift from China to mark Saturday's 200th birthday of the founder of Communism. Marx spent the first 17 years of his ...

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