China called ties between Belgrade and Pristina, of Kosovo, ‘Bilateral’

BY WANG XIAOZHU China’s UN envoy on Thursday urged Belgrade and Pristina, capital of Kosovo, to stay committed to promoting the normalization of bilateral relations through dialogue and consultation after the two sides halted negotiations last December. China, which doesn’t recognise Kosovo’s independence, has never described the relationship between Belgrade and Pristina a “bilateral” one. Chinese Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ma Zhaoxu said China … Continue reading China called ties between Belgrade and Pristina, of Kosovo, ‘Bilateral’

On Venezuela, China’s subtle change of tone

BY WANG XIAOZHU You really need to read carefully between the lines when it comes to remarks made by politicians, especially diplomats, otherwise you will easily get lost in their jargon, and miss crucial information. That happens to many people when they try to comprehend China’s Foreign Ministry spokespersons, who address Beijing-based reporters on daily basis during weekdays. Most of the time, their remarks show … Continue reading On Venezuela, China’s subtle change of tone

China-backed rail ‘will still be reconsidered if it was a US project’

BY SILVI WRITER The East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) will still “be reconsidered … if it was a US project”, Chinese analysts said, noting its cancellation by the Malaysian government is not targeted at “any particular country”. Yet source with contractor China Communications Construction Co said China and Malaysia “are still discussing the project”, according to China’s state media. Malaysia’s economics minister said the country … Continue reading China-backed rail ‘will still be reconsidered if it was a US project’

North Korean art troupe begins performance in Beijing

BY YONHAP A North Korean art troupe began its performance in Beijing on Saturday, the first show in the neighboring country in three years and a demonstration of close ties between the two countries. A delegation of senior officials and a 280-strong art troupe, led by Ri Su-yong, vice chairman of the ruling party’s Central Committee, arrived in Beijing on Thursday for the show. North … Continue reading North Korean art troupe begins performance in Beijing

Can China and the US Avoid a new ‘Cold War’?

BY SILVI WRITER Former US president Jimmy Carter warned of the risks of sliding into a “modern Cold War” with China and called on both sides to find a common cause on African development. Marking the 40th anniversary of his January 1979 normalisation of relations with Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping, Carter voiced concern that both countries were increasingly describing each other as threats. “If top … Continue reading Can China and the US Avoid a new ‘Cold War’?

Anti-Chinese violence spreads to Phnom Penh, casting shadow on China-Cambodia ties

BY SILVI WRITER Violence against Chinese nationals has spread from Cambodia’s coastal city of Sihanoukville to the capital Phnom Penh, casting shadows on the partnership between the two countries, and even to Beijing’s grandiose Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) In Cambodia, safety is becoming a major concern for Chinese nationals, while large numbers of their peer countrymen have moved overseas following the deepening of the … Continue reading Anti-Chinese violence spreads to Phnom Penh, casting shadow on China-Cambodia ties

‘Detention’ of former Canadian diplomat: Beijing’s retaliation???

BY SILVI WRITER A judge in Vancouver, Canada, granted a C$10 million (US$7.4 million) bail to Meng Wanzhou (孟晚舟), the chief financial officer of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei, on Tuesday (local time). Meng, the eldest daughter of Huawei’s founder Ren Zhengfei, was arrested on Dec 1 and could be extradited to the US to face fraud charges linked to the alleged violation of sanctions on … Continue reading ‘Detention’ of former Canadian diplomat: Beijing’s retaliation???