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Power Play: Addressing China’s Belt and Road Strategy | Center for a New American Security
This Belt and Road strategy envisions a more connected world brought together by a web of Chinese-funded physical and digital infrastructure. Beijing has dedicated enormous resources to this strategy; independent estimates put total Belt and Road-related construction and investment at around $340 billion from 2014 to 2017.4 Yet the Belt and Road should not be viewed as a 21st-century Marshall Plan with Chinese characteristics. Although addressing a genuine demand for infrastructure, this strategy is designed to lay the foundation for an alternative order and is already eroding international norms and standards in a way that privileges China.
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Chinese military using domestic software to prevent espionage - Global Times
The Chinese military is requiring its personnel to install monitoring software that helps analyze their social media patterns and tests their political sensibilities, a move the software developer said helps soldiers to use internet in a more rational way. The software, developed by Zhizhangyi Technology, a Beijing-based company, can detect sensitive words and websites instantly, once it is installed into soldiers' mobile phones. In addition to preventing military personnel from being exposed to harmful information, the system can also gather information from its users, according to a handbook sent to the Global Times on Tuesday by the company
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Pakistan asks China to soften restrictions on Muslims - The Nation
Pakistan has demanded China to soften restrictions on Chinese Muslims living in Xinjiang province. Federal Minister Pir Noorul Haq Qadri while meeting Chinese Ambassador Yao Jing said that strict regulations and laws fuel extremism and in order to curb intolerance and promote religious harmony China should deal with patience.
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Chinese willing to hand over control of UK nuclear plant | Financial Times $$
CGN, China’s leading nuclear energy company, has admitted that political sensitivities could prompt it to give up the chance to operate a new atomic power plant in the UK, as the group also outlined ambitious plans for an industrial partnership with Britain.
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Leading Asian cardinal calls for Vatican foreign minister to resign over China dealings | Reuters
Cardinal Joseph Zen, the most senior Catholic cleric on Chinese soil, said he believed the two sides were making a “secret deal”, although he acknowledged he had no connection with the Vatican and was “completely in the dark”. “They’re giving the flock into the mouths of the wolves. It’s an incredible betrayal,” he said.
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Serbia To Acquire Combat Drones, Military Tech From China - China Military
“Serbia will acquire combat drones, which will have the ability to scout, discover targets during the day and at night, as well as to shoot with laser-guided bombs and missiles,” Nenad Miloradovic, Deputy defense minister was quoted as saying in Beijing by B92 web portal Tuesday.
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EU has a plan for Asian infrastructure but will it compete with China’s belt and road? | South China Morning Post
The plan will build off the billions of dollars the EU has previously committed to Asia. The EU external action budget will be increased to 123 billion euro (US$144 billion) for 2021-27, an increase of 30 per cent on the previous period. The EU has already mobilised 4.2 billion euro between 2010 and mid-2018 for its Asia Investment Facility and the Investment Facility for Central Asia.
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China Said to Censor Term `Thousand Talents' as Spy Fears Grow - Bloomberg
China’s government has forbidden state media from referencing its flagship talent recruitment program after a participant was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation last month, according to people familiar with the situation. The program, known as “Thousand Talents,” began in 2008 as a way for the government to attract the brightest Chinese people abroad to contribute to innovative sectors in China’s economy...
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Security urged for building corridor - China Daily
The Chinese and Pakistani armies should resolutely crack down on terrorist forces to ensure security in building the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday. While meeting in Beijing with Pakistani Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Xi said that the two armies should deepen exchanges at all levels and cooperation in various areas, and provide reliable security guarantees for common interests and development of both countries.
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China launches twin BeiDou-3 satellites - Xinhua
The twin satellites are the 37th and 38th editions of the BeiDou navigation system. After a series of tests and evaluations, they will work together with 12 BeiDou-3 satellites already in orbit. The twin satellites will provide danger alerts and navigation services for global users. A basic system with 18 orbiting BeiDou-3 satellites will be in place by the end of the year, which will serve countries participating in the Belt and Road Initiative.
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Foreign warships in South China Sea ‘causing trouble’, Beijing’s ambassador to Britain says | South China Morning Post
Speaking in London on Wednesday at the annual Induction Programme for Commonwealth Diplomats organised by the Commonwealth Secretariat, Liu Xiaoming said that the progress made by China and Asean (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations) in formulating a code of conduct in the South China Sea showed that countries in the region had the confidence and capability to resolve dispute
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NZSIS sweep for bugs in case of burgled professor - NZ Herald
News of the sweep, confirmed by several university staff, comes as academic colleagues of Anne-Marie Brady came out in support of the China specialist who has suffered a string of break-ins she claims are in direct response to her work exposing China's influence campaign in New Zealand.

The Herald understands a similar search for bugs by the Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS) has also been conducted at Brady's Christchurch home, the site of another suspicious burglary being investigated by authorities.
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Xi Jinping: China-Cambodia friendship is growing with vigor and vitality - CGTN
Chinese President Xi Jinping and First Lady Peng Liyuan met with visiting Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni in Beijing on Wednesday, hailing that China-Cambodia friendship is growing with vigor and vitality since the establishment of diplomatic ties 60 years ago. The king was accompanied by his mother, former Queen Norodom Monineath Sihanouk.
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Chinese vice premier meets Putin, vowing to further advance bilateral ties - Xinhua
Han, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, was in the Russian capital to co-chair the fifth meeting of the China-Russia Investment Cooperation Committee with Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Anton Siluanov and the 15th meeting of the China-Russia Energy Cooperation Committee with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak from Monday to Tuesday.
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Xi greets leaders attending Summer Davos Forum - China Daily
President Xi Jinping welcomed foreign leaders on Tuesday who are in China to attend the Summer Davos Forum, and he called for greater joint efforts in constructing the Belt and Road to better benefit their people. Xi met separately with the presidents of Serbia, Estonia and Latvia as well as Samoa's prime minister at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, a day before the opening ceremony of the forum to be held in Tianjin.
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海空在召唤!2019年度海军招飞启动(附招飞简章) - 中国军网
The new PLAN pilot recruitment video....very high production values...at 2:18 shows a challenge in the South China Sea...
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范长龙孙建国王国生3名卸去军职上将一同出席活动|范长龙|孙建国|王国生_新浪新闻
Fan Changlong, Sun Jianguo and Wang Guosheng attend an art exhibition...the report interesting because it shows that Sun Jianguo is no longer the deputy chief of staff of the CMC joint staff department 值得一提的是,人民网上述报道在介绍孙建国上将时职务标注为“全国人大常委会委员、中央军委联合参谋部原副参谋长”,从而证实了孙建国上将已卸任中央军委联合参谋部副参谋长的消息。
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习近平主席夫妇看望柬埔寨国王和太后_CCTV
top story on Wednesday CCTV Evening News is Xi and Peng Liyuan meeting with Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni, who is in Beijing recovering from an illness, and his mother...in his comments Xi congratulates Cambodia on holding a successful election...
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PLA ground force holds “Crossing Obstacles 2018" land-based unmanned system competition - Ministry of National Defense
This year, the competition includes 44 competition events in ten categories, such as autonomous maneuver and reconnaissance in wild battlefield, air-ground coordinated search, and passage-opening in minefield. It highlights some of the typical combat styles such as close-range reconnaissance and mobile attack, and builds typical operational environments such as urban blocks, mountains and jungles, making it possible to simultaneously assess the key combat technologies and capabilities.
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Hongyan satellite constellation to be operating by 2025 - Global Times
Global coverage for mobile phones will be realized by 2025 when the broadband system for a 300-satellite Chinese constellation is completed, a scientist for the project announced Tuesday. "A broadband system will enable seamless global intercommunication," Pang Zhihao, a retired rocket and aerospace expert who co-led the Hongyan project at the China Academy of Space Technology, told the Global Times on Tuesday.
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China is at risk of becoming a colonialist power | Financial Times $$
Today, China is at risk of inadvertently embarking on its own colonial adventure in Pakistan— the biggest recipient of BRI investment and once the East India Company’s old stamping ground. Pakistan’s leaders have described their relationship with China as that of “iron brothers” with ties that are “higher than the Himalayas, deeper than the deepest ocean and sweeter than honey”.

But this hyperbolic rhetoric masks the fact that Pakistan is now virtually a client state of China. Many within the country worry openly that its reliance on Beijing is already turning it into a colony of its huge neighbour. The risks that the relationship could turn problematic are greatly increased by Beijing’s ignorance of how China is perceived abroad and its reluctance to study history through a non-ideological lens.
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Arson Spree at Schools Stokes Suspicions of Pakistani Forces - The New York Times
Security along the planned economic corridor has for years been a priority for the military, and the burned schools are all close to the locations of major C.P.E.C. infrastructure projects.
That proximity has led some residents and security analysts here to wonder whether the only reason that Pakistani security forces surged here after the fires was to protect the economic interests.

Distrust and resentment of the military runs so deep that some speculated that Pakistani forces have used the fires as a pretext to start a broader crackdown within the economic development zone.
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Opinion | Will Donald Trump Stand Up to China? - The New York Times Editorial
And the Uighurs may not be the end of it. As The Washington Post reported recently, Beijing is taking steps to suppress all five of China’s officially sanctioned religions — Catholicism, Buddhism, Protestantism, Daoism and Islam. If no one stands up for the Uighurs, who will defend these other groups when Beijing turns its repressive hand on them?
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Vatican to send delegation to China before possible bishops deal: sources - Global Times
Vatican may send representatives to China before both sides could reach a long-waited agreement on the appointment of bishops, sources familiar with the matter told the Global Times. There are no "disputes on issues of principle" between the two sides, and since the meeting between the two sides was previously held at the Vatican, the Vatican delegation will come to China this time for a meeting in late September and if the meeting goes well, the agreement would be signed, a source familiar with the issue told the Global Times on Tuesday.
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Senior CPC official meets Myanmar's NLD delegation - Xinhua |
A senior Communist Party of China (CPC) official said Tuesday that the CPC will continue to deepen exchanges on state and party governance experience with Myanmar's ruling party, the National League for Democracy (NLD). Huang Kunming, a member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and head of the Publicity Department of the CPC Central Committee, made the remarks when meeting with an NLD delegation led by vice chairman of the NLD U Zaw Myint Maung.
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China decries ‘arrogance’ in Sweden and rejects police response as tourist row escalates | South China Morning Post
Ambassador Gui Congyou went on the offensive during his second interview in two days with Swedish media, after local police denied wrongdoing in their handling of the incident. Gui blamed what he described as the “biased” views of Swedish people for the impact on bilateral ties, as well as reiterating his criticism of the Swedish government’s handling of the tourist case two weeks ago. // Comment: Beijing is turning this into a real test for Sweden. Will the country cave to Chinese histrionics and bullying? Perhaps if the politicians had not rolled over in the Gui MInhai case Chinese diplomats would be a bit less aggressive?
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Chinese Navy launches 2019 pilot recruitment, focusing on recruiting carrier-borne aircraft pilot cadets - China Military
The highlight of this year's recruitment is the selection of future carrier-borne aircraft pilot cadets. Through shifting from "shore-based" to "carrier-based" standards, the PLA Navy aims to build a pilot recruitment system “with Chinese naval characteristics that can adapt to carrier-borne requirements".
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The BRI in Pakistan: China’s flagship economic corridor | Mercator Institute for China Studies
CPEC projects (as listed on this Pakistan government website) constitute the bulk of BRI-related activities in Pakistan, and its stated goals align with those in China’s main BRI policy documents. CPEC, however, does not cover all joint Sino-Pakistani infrastructure efforts that can be seen as furthering BRI goals. CPEC projects, moreover, do not always involve China directly. In line with the methodology behind the MERICS Belt and Road Tracker, we have chosen to include non-CPEC projects when they fall within the range of BRI goals.
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Top Chinese Army officer assures Australia free navigation in South China Sea 'never a problem' - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Speaking in Canberra, People's Liberation Army Senior Colonel Wang Jingguo said it is up to Australia to decide whether its military wanted to challenge China's territorial claims in the strategic waterway. "Actually — freedom of navigation exercises is not a problem, it has never been a problem in the South China Sea," Colonel Wang said.
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Art troupe of PLA Rocket Force shuts curtain with last song before demobilization - Global Times
The art troupe of People's Liberation Army (PLA) Rocket Force said farewell to the public in a video uploaded on the army's website 81.cn on Friday afternoon.  The Rocket Force is the first military branch that announced it would shut down a performance troupe. The shutdown of the Rocket Force art troupe is part of the massive restructuring of the PLA which will see 300,000 soldiers laid off.
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Chinese institute's virtual ground stations serve 10 countries - Xinhua
The Institute of Aerospace Information Research has helped 10 countries install virtual ground stations, it said in a report Tuesday. The report was released at the fourth International Symposium on Earth Observation for Arid and Semi-Arid Environments, which began in Xining, capital of China's northwestern Qinghai Province, on Monday. The 10 countries are Mongolia, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Venezuela, Cambodia, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Thailand and Belgium.
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Critic of China's internments says Turkey may bar his family - AP
An outspoken critic of China’s internment camps who now lives in Istanbul says his wife and son face potential deportation to China because Turkish authorities might bar them from entering the country. Omir Bekali, a Kazakh national, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Turkish authorities are holding his wife and 2-year-old son at the airport in Istanbul and are accusing them of using fake passports.
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Entente Is What Drives Sino-Russian Ties - Carnegie Moscow Center - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Still, a Russia-China defense alliance is a far-fetched possibility. Both China and Russia regard themselves as self-sufficient military powers. Neither Russia nor China would want — or tolerate — a hierarchical relationship with the other. Permanent military alliances in peacetime are a thing of the past, or — as in the case of NATO — a reflection of dominance and voluntary submission, hardly relevant for China and Russia. Yet the Moscow-Beijing relationship, while not an alliance, is also more than the strategic partnership it still calls itself. To borrow a word from the past century, it is best described as an entente — a basic agreement about the fundamentals of world order supported by a strong body of common interest.
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Air Force must grow to levels not seen since the Cold War to confront China and Russia, officials say - The Washington Post
A new internal study found that the service needs to increase the number of operational squadrons by about 25 percent by 2030, from 312 today to 386. The proposed changes, which have not been worked into Pentagon budget plans, would require Air Force personnel levels to grow by about 40,000 service members on top of current growth projections, officials said. Air Force officials have not yet completed an estimate of what the increase would cost.
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Could China Help Ignite a Second War over the Falkland Islands? | The National Interest
The British Royal Navy's (RN) amphibious assault ship HMS Albion is on a four-month tour of Asia and was recently harassed by Chinese ships and aircraft in an August 31 South China Sea encounter . No doubt wanting to convey displeasure at the United Kingdom's presence in Asia, the on September 6, Sina.com provided an unsubtle reminder that China could once again try to rearm Argentina to the point it may be tempted to ignite a second war over the Falklands Islands. For starters, the Sina posting features a provocative image of a Chinese Chengdu Aircraft Corporation (CAC) FC-1/JF-17 lightweight fighter in Armada Argentina (Argentine Navy) colors, having just attacked the new RN aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, replete with a billowing fireball. The article then recounts how Argentine-British tensions over the Falklands persist, noting the recent September 2 incident in which the patrol ship HMS Clyde chased the ARA Puerto Deseado survey ship, dissuading it from venturing too close to the Falklands
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Pakistan's army chief visits Beijing after Silk Road tension | Reuters
Bajwa may be hoping in Beijing to smooth out any Chinese alarm at comments last week by Pakistan’s commerce minister, Abdul Razak Dawood, who suggested suspending for a year projects in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the Pakistan leg of China’s Belt and Road Initiative that includes recreating the old Silk Road trading route.
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This Iowa city forged an unusual friendship with China and its president. Then came the soybean tariffs. - The Washington Post
Despite the friction, Muscatine residents remain largely positive about China and committed to the citizen exchanges that have helped build strong trade and cultural ties. In a speech at the dinner honoring the Zhengding delegation, Muscatine’s Sarah Lande stressed the need to strengthen relations “not just between our national governments but between our cities, towns, farmers, educators and bankers.” The tariff dispute, she said in an interview afterward, makes such nongovernmental bonds all the more important.
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China is reshaping the international order | Financial Times $$ - Zhou Bo
Perhaps the most significant global change is the dramatic decline in violence. As the cognitive psychologist Steven Pinker has pointed out, we are living in the most peaceable era in our species’ history. At the same time, the global economic pie is being divided up in new ways and the east’s share — led by China and India — is increasing rapidly. There is a great deal at stake...This change could herald the beginning of a grand reconciliation and a new equilibrium of power in the international order. But, if the US should find the changes intolerable, and responds accordingly, these could also be very dangerous times.--The writer is an honorary fellow at the PLA Academy of Military Science in China
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Chinese Navy Participates in Major Australian Exercise for First Time | The Diplomat
Kakadu 2018, Australia’s largest air and naval exercise, concludes this week and marks the first time that China’s PLA Navy has participated. The Kakadu series of exercises is held every other year in the seas north of Darwin in Australia’s Northern Territory. The exercise began on August 30th and concludes on September 15th.
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Japanese submarine conducts first drills in South China Sea | Reuters
A Japanese submarine has for the first time joined a naval drill in the South China Sea, the Ministry of Defence said on Monday, in an expansion of Japanese activity in the disputed waterway claimed by China and others. The submarine Kuroshio took part in the exercise on Thursday with other Japanese warships, including the Kaga helicopter carrier, which is on a two-month tour of Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean, a ministry spokesman said.
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Chinese Deal to Take Over Key Israeli Port May Threaten U.S. Naval Operations, Critics Say
Chinese company is planning to take over management of Israel’s Haifa port as Beijing continues to advance its global influence in the form of economic projects and big commercial deals. The Haifa port sits close to the hub of the Israeli navy base that is reportedly home to the country’s nuclear-capable submarine force, according to The Times of Israel. Israeli critics are calling for an investigation into potential security issues posed by the Chinese presence along the country’s Mediterranean coast.
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AsiaGlobal Online – China, Venezuela, and the Illusion of Debt-Trap Diplomacy
the emerging conventional wisdom that China gains when the countries it lends to are unable to service their debts risks misunderstanding how China has and will become a victim of its own lending missteps and hubris. No Chinese debt-based relationship is more instructive in this regard than its dysfunctional ties to Venezuela.
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PM says that Hambantota lease can be terminated if need arises – Interview
In an interview conducted by Nitin A. Gokhale, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe addresses the security aspects of the lease of Hambantota Port, Sri Lanka debt and his relationship with President Maithripala Sirisena. At the interview conducted in Hanoi, where he attended the 3rd Indian Ocean Conference recently, Prime Minister reaffirmed the security of the region following the lease of Hambantota Port to China and stated that Sri Lankan territory will not be used for anything harmful to Indian security. He says that, although the joint venture has a 70-year lease, the government can at any time terminate it, if the government thinks it has to be done.
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The curious case of the burgled professor - NZ Herald
An investigation into the burglary of a professor whose work exposed China's influence in New Zealand has led detectives offshore with inquiries raising questions over a possible intelligence operation. Five police staff have worked over the past seven months investigating the February burglary of the home of University of Canterbury Professor Anne-Marie Brady, as well as other break-ins at her office on campus.
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'Great founder': Venezuela's Maduro praises Mao during China trip | Venezuela News | Al Jazeera
Calling the founder of communist China a "giant of the homeland of humanity", Maduro bowed three times in front of a wreath at the massive mausoleum in the capital, Beijing, where Mao's body lies.
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U.S. Drops Charges Against Ex-Senegal Official in Chinese Energy Bribery Case - The New York Times
In a one-page filing, federal prosecutors in Manhattan said on Friday that they were withdrawing charges against the former official, Cheikh Gadio, but offered no explanation for the decision. Dismissals of this sort often come with agreements not to prosecute in return for testimony. The dismissal of the criminal complaint against Mr. Gadio, who had served as Senegal’s foreign minister, came roughly 10 months after he was arrested along with Chi Ping Patrick Ho in a high-profile foreign bribery case that could shed light on the operations of CEFC China Energy, an energy conglomerate with close ties to the Chinese government.
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China Is Buying African Media’s Silence – Foreign Policy
It is official. After more than a decade of planning, setting up, and bankrolling African media, the Chinese are finally ready to cash in on their investment. Last week, I decided to dedicate my weekly column in a South African newspaper to discussing the persecution of more than 1 million Uighur Muslims in China’s Xinjiang province...No more than a few hours after the piece was published by newspapers belonging to Independent Media, South Africa’s second-largest media company, I was told that the column would not be uploaded online.

A day later, my weekly column on neglected people and places around the globe, which I have been writing since September 2016, was immediately canceled.
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China-Russia Relations: Strategic Implications and U.S. Policy Options - NBR - Robert Sutter
The China-Russia relationship continues to deepen and broaden with ever more negative implications for the U.S. The drivers of Sino-Russian cooperation overshadow the brakes on forward movement at the U.S. expense. The momentum is based on (1) common objectives and values, (2) perceived Russian and Chinese vulnerabilities in the face of U.S. and Western pressures, and (3) perceived opportunities for the two powers to expand their influence at the expense of U.S. and allied countries that are seen as in decline. The current outlook is bleak, offering no easy fixes for the U.S. Nonetheless, there remain limits on Sino-Russian cooperation. The two governments continue to avoid entering a formal alliance or taking substantial risks in support of one another in areas where their interests do not overlap. Longer-term vulnerabilities include Russia’s dissatisfaction with its increasing junior status relative to China, China’s much stronger interest than Russia in preserving the existing world order, and opposition to Russian and Chinese regional expansion on the part of important lesser powers in Europe and Asia seeking U.S. support.
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Reporter’s notebook: Flying with the US military as it keeps tabs on China over the South China Sea - ABC News
In order to burn less fuel, the pilots flew at an altitude of about 20,000 feet. They told us they could fly as low as 200 feet, but that it wouldn't be of much benefit. We also flew about 20 miles from the islands in order to avoid serious confrontation with China's military — a conservative distance, considering international law stipulates we can't fly closer than 12 miles. The crew didn't want to risk it...Despite this kindness and respect, China did not keep quiet. We heard warnings over the radio six times, both in Chinese and English. Each time it was almost the same message, noting that we were in a "U.S. military aircraft" and cautioning us to "leave immediately." // Kindness and respect?
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The political significance of China’s latest commitments to Africa - Yun Sun
As a political event, the FOCAC Summit usually reflects China’s current priorities in foreign strategy. The Beijing Summit was no exception. In the eight days during and around the summit, Chinese President Xi Jinping met with every leader from the 53 African countries present at the event, emphasizing a Sino-Africa Community of Common Destiny. Judging from the statements, the summit advanced two political messages. Externally, China is making serious efforts to consolidate African countries’ support of China’s international agenda, especially in light of the Trump administration’s China and trade policies. Internally, between China and Africa, China is upping its game on Africa’s capacity building, a phrase currently spearheaded by China’s soft power campaign and effort to promote the Chinese model of political and economic development in developing countries.
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China hasn’t changed belt and road’s ‘predatory overseas investment model’, US official says | South China Morning Post
Ray Washburne, president and CEO of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) – an intergovernmental agency that channels US private capital into overseas development projects in the form of loans, funds and political insurance – said on Wednesday that China did not appear to be changing its modus operandi. “I haven’t seen it,” Washburne said. “[China is] not in it to help countries out, they’re in it to grab their assets.”
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Audio - The Great Australian China Debate: Issues and Implications for the United States and the World | National Security College
On Monday 10 September, Professor Rory Medcalf, delivered a lecture to the Sigur Center of Asian Studies, Elliot School of International Affairs, The George Washington University, titled The Great Australian China Debate: Issues and Implications for the United States and the World.
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Insult to injury: Nepal to now join military drill with China - Times of India
Nepal Army spokesperson Brig Gen Gokul Bhandaree told TOI on Monday that the second such joint exercise with China, Sagarmatha Friendship-2, was going to take place from September 17 to 28 in Chengdu.
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Pakistan Pushes China to Realign Goals in Its Belt-and-Road Initiative - WSJ $$
As its relationship with the U.S. has soured, Pakistan has grown increasingly dependent on China. Despite advocating changes in the Chinese initiative, government officials have avoided the more direct criticism of China that recently has surfaced in Malaysia. A minister who suggested this week that Pakistani business hadn’t benefited, and advocated putting new projects on hold, quickly took back his words. “We’re not limiting CPEC, we’re expanding it,” said Chaudhry Fawad Hussain, the information minister. “Our government’s priorities are not infrastructure, but industrialization and human skills development.”
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Chinese FM to visit Vietnam, Philippines - Global Times
Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi is expected to kick off his visit to Vietnam and Philippines over the weekend, leading Chinese analysts to note that his trip will further boost understanding, help manage disputes in the South China Sea and maintain hard-won stability in the region. Wang is scheduled to chair the 11th meeting of the China-Vietnam steering committee on cooperation in Vietnam, and he will also visit the Philippines during his two-nation trip from Saturday to Tuesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said at a daily briefing on Wednesday.
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Venezuela's Maduro travels to China in search of fresh funds | Reuters
“I am going with great expectations and we will see each other again in a few days with big achievements,” the leftist leader said on Wednesday in a state broadcast from the airport, without providing details. Venezuela’s Information Ministry did not respond to a request for comment. China’s Foreign Ministry said Maduro would visit from Thursday until Saturday at the invitation of President Xi Jinping.
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Eskom assets not security for China loan – Ramaphosa | IOL Business Report
President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday insisted that Eskom could not make public the terms of its R33 billion loan from the China Development Bank but said forfeiture of assets in case of default did no figure among these.
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Chinese video surveillance network used by the Australian Government - ABC News
The ABC spent weeks searching for Hikvision and Dahua cameras, examining Australian government purchase records and inspecting government buildings. The results show Hikvision and Dahua remain in use at every level of government, from some of the most sensitive federal government agencies all the way down to suburban councils. The most serious example was a Hikvision camera discovered at one of Australia's most classified defence facilities, RAAF Base Edinburgh in Adelaide.
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Chinese military to restore bugle calls system - China Military
According to the Training and Administration Department of China’s Central Military Commission, Chinese military plans to restore the daily bugle calls schedule from October 1. The new bugle calls system will be implemented throughout the army on August 1 next year. It’s reported that the purpose of restoring and improving the bugle calls system of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is to further strengthen the troops' consciousness in listening to orders, inherit the good traditions of the army, and boost the soldiers' morale.
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中美贸易摩擦下,我们和美国精英举行了一次闭门会谈-凤凰国际智库
Chongyang Institute's Wang Wen writes about his takeaways from the recent US trip and and several other think-tankers and retired officials made to DC and NYC...He seemed surprised at the depth of anger and enmity towards China, puts a lot of emphasis on China improving its external messaging, and wants a lot more former PRC officials involved in US-China exchanges..ad says Chinese should hope for the best but prepare for the worst in US-China relations...
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【人事观察】刘建超任中央外办副主任,7个多月已有5家省级监察委“一把手”履新
Liu Jianchao is now a deputy director of the office of the Central Foreign Affairs Commission. Liu spent a long time in the foreign affairs system, including as chief spokesman for MoFa, head of its Information Department, and as Ambassador to the Philippines and Indonesia. Most recently he was head of the Zhejiang provincial discipline inspection commission and a member of the provincial standing committee. //央视《新闻联播》报道,近日,第十三届全国政协党组理论学习中心组以“当前国际形势”为题举行第三次集体学习。报道提到,“中央外办副主任刘建超就当前国际形势作了专题辅导报告,并回答了有关问题。
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Iran looks warily to China for help as US sanctions resume - AP
Iran “has had to rely on China to offset the Western-induced isolation, predominantly championed by the United States,” said Arianne Tabatabai, an associate political scientist at the RAND Corp. who recently co-authored a book exploring Iran’s ties with China and Russia. “I think that what we’re going to see . is the return of a quasi-monopoly of key sectors of the Iranian economy by the Chinese.”
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First Navy Woman Gets Chinese Scholarship In The Officer Ranks | Fiji Sun
Chinese Ambassador to Fiji Qian Bo said the scholarship pro­gramme was another area of co­operation between the Chinese People’s Liberation Army and the Republic of Fiji Military Forces. “China and Fiji enjoy an excellent relationship. The military-to-mil­itary cooperation is an important part of our bilateral relations,” Mr Qian said.
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Abe, Xi agree on further talks for visit to Beijing in October:The Asahi Shimbun
Officials of the two governments will continue holding talks to arrange Abe’s visit to Beijing, preferably on Oct. 23, which will mark the 40th anniversary of the Japan-China Peace and Friendship Treaty.
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Iran pivots toward China as U.S. sanctions bite - Iran - Haaretz.com
Iran "has had to rely on China to offset the Western-induced isolation, predominantly championed by the United States," said Arianne Tabatabai, an associate political scientist at the RAND Corp. who recently co-authored a book exploring Iran's ties with China and Russia. "I think that what we're going to see is the return of a quasi-monopoly of key sectors of the Iranian economy by the Chinese."
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North Korea is still making nukes, and the Trump admin is taking a harder line
But North Korea's recent actions have challenged the Trump team's pressure campaign, and now the administration is looking for ways to bolster it. The first sign of the shift will be at sea, officials said, where an international maritime coalition will step up its efforts to expose ships and nations that are evading sanctions with illegal transfers of goods between ships at sea, according to three senior U.S. officials.
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[视频]栗战书与金正恩再次会见并出席朝鲜为中国党政代表团举行的欢迎活动_CCTV节目官网-CCTV-1_央视网(cctv.com)
CCTV Evening News report on Li Zhanshu's second meeting with Kim...the socialist fraternal feelings are strong in the propaganda at least...
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DPRK top leader meets China's top legislator again, hosts welcome activities - Xinhua
Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) and chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK, met him and the Chinese delegation twice and held a special arts performance and a welcome reception, which show the sincere feelings of Kim himself as well as the party, government and people of the DPRK towards Xi as well as the party, government and people of China, Li said. Promoted personally by Xi and Kim, the strong friendship between China and the DPRK has been revitalized and reached a new stage, Li said.
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Latin America’s shift to Beijing? Washington only has itself to blame, shrug region’s diplomats | South China Morning Post
“You left some space and the other guy moved in,” a Latin American diplomat said, speaking anonymously so he could more freely discuss the relationship with the United States and China. “The region will work first with the people who bring the money.”

The Chinese have been constructing roads, designing new embassies and building technology infrastructures from Argentina to Mexico. It has expanded its interests of Latin American oil, copper and iron and now wants to become a more equal trade and diplomatic partner.
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PM's Adviser Abdul Razak Dawood contradicts FT report regarding CPEC
Speaking exclusively to ARY News, the PM’s adviser maintained that there are some misconceptions regarding his interview with Financial Times and will soon issue a clarification. Later, the Ministry of Commerce and Textile issued a clarification saying Pakistan rejects the article “especially its title”.
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The China in Africa Podcast: Have We Reached Peak China-Africa?
Longtime China-Africa scholar Luke Patey, a senior researcher at the Danish Institute of International Affairs, is among a growing number of analysts who believe that the outcome of this year's FOCAC summit clearly demonstrated that Africa now has a diminished role in China's global economic agenda. Luke joins Eric & Cobus to discuss what's behind this trend and his provocative column in the Financial Times on why  the "Chinese Model is Failing Africa."
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The Bugbear of Chinese Deforestation: The Real Threat to Russia’s Forests - Carnegie Moscow Center - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Russia is not the only country in whose forestry industry the Chinese are active. Chinese businesses’ behavior largely depends on the degree of control exercised by the local authorities, and forestry is a great illustration of this.
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Greenland picks Denmark as airport project partner over Beijing | Reuters
A Chinese construction company later appeared on a list of six firms that have shown interest in the projects, whose costs are estimated at 3.6 billion Danish crowns. Greenland, itself also eager to benefit from growing activity in the Arctic, plans to expand the airports to cater for direct flights from Europe and North America. Rasmussen said in June that it was the assessment of the Danish government, which still handles the island’s foreign and security policy, that the project was of a magnitude to impinge on those areas.
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Senior Chinese military leaders meet with Iranian defense minister - China Military
General Zhang Youxia, vice chairman of China’s Central Military Commission (CMC), met with Amir Hatami, defense minister of Iran, in Beijing on the afternoon of Sept. 7. General Wei Fenghe, China’s state councilor and defense minister, held talks with Amir Hatami in Beijing on the same day. Zhang Youxia said that the friendship between China and Iran has stood the test of the complex international situation and the two countries have formed a deep feeling of sharing weal and woe
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AG600 home-grown aircraft: Beijing ups the stakes in South China Sea with successful trials | South China Morning Post
While its main role is to support maritime search-and-rescue missions, military observers said the new AG600 could also be used to transport troops or even conduct surveillance in the disputed waters. All of those options remain open after China Aviation News reported this week that the aircraft had carried out its first water taxiing trials on a reservoir in central China’s Hubei province.
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Japan PM Abe in Vladivostok for bilateral talks with Putin, Xi - The Mainichi
During his four-day stay in the Russian Far East port city, Abe is also scheduled to meet with other leaders, including Chinese President Xi Jinping, the government said.
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China gets closer to its dream of a blue-water navy with rapid expansion of African base
A key element of China’s geostrategic investment in Africa is its military base in Djibouti, the country in the Horn of Africa. This is China’s only overseas base in Africa and its details were first reported by ThePrint last year. New satellite imagery analysed by ThePrint shows that this base is expanding at a rapid pace, taking China closer to its dream of a blue-water navy.
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China Poised to Win Major Victory in Sea Dispute With Help of Philippine Resources Deal - WSJ $$
It would open the door for China to push for similar arrangements with other Southeast Asian nations that have challenged its expansive claims and potentially lock Western oil companies out of the resource-rich region.

Mr. Duterte’s opponents and legal experts say joint development—which Beijing has long advocated—legitimizes China’s assertion that it has historic rights over almost the entire South China Sea, undermining a 2016 international tribunal ruling that invalidated those claims. It would also fortify Beijing’s control over the strategic waters, where tensions between the U.S. and China have surged.
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Nepal says China to allow access to ports, ending Indian monopoly on transit | Reuters
hina will allow Nepal the use of four of its ports, the Nepalese government said on Friday, as the landlocked Himalayan nation seeks to end India’s monopoly over its trading routes by increasing connections with Beijing.
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