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China Watch

Issue No. 68
July 2016

By: Minakshi Sardar
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

POLITICAL ISSUES
EGYPT
1) China-Egypt pledges to enhance their co-operation
Cairo, Tuesday, 1 June 2016
On the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations China and Egypt pledged to further their ties.
Source: Xinhua, Beijing

ISRAEL
2) China supports two state solutions in Middle East
Paris, Thursday, 30 June 2016
China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that China welcomes all efforts in easing tension between Israel and Palestine. The statement came during the Middle East Peace Initiative Ministerial Conference in Paris.
Source: Xinhua, Beijing

SYRIA
3) China’s concern over Syrian Crisis
Cairo, Monday, 6 June 2016
While attending a press conference at the headquarters of the Arab League China’s special envoy Xie Xiaoyan said that China is ready to play a greater role in ending the Syrian crisis.
Source: Xinhua, Beijing

OMAN
4) Advisors from China and Oman talks about their bi lateral relation
Beijing, Friday, 3 June 2016
Political advisors from China and Oman suggested that both the countries should expand co-operation. Yu Zhengsheng, Chairperson of National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), urged the need to increase mutual trust along with frequent high-level diplomatic exchanges.
Source: Xinhua, Beijing

ECONOMIC ISSUES
UAE
5) China continues as Dubai’s top trading partner in 2016
Dubai, Monday, 13 June 2016
In the first quarter of 2016 China became the leading trading partner of Dubai with a bilateral trade of 39 billion dirham (US$10.6 billion). The growth in the volume has helped to boost their bilateral ties.
Source: Xinhua, Beijing

MULTILATERAL ISSUES
EGYPT
6) China-Arab State expo is an opportunity to enhance mutual co-operation
Cairo, Tuesday, 31 May 2016
Cairo hosted the three-day exhibition of China-Arab Expo 2016 with participation of 38 companies with almost 300 Arab and Chinese participants.
Source: Xinhua, Beijing

MISCELLANEOUS ISSUES
EGYPT
7) Chinese Companies initiative to spread happiness during Ramadan
Cairo, Friday, 10 June 2016
Chinese Embassy in Egypt and the Chinese Chambers of Commerce in co-operation with the Egyptian Society for Integrated Development organized an event during the holy month of Ramadan. The event was organized to provide food boxes as gifts to poor families.
Source: Xinhua, Beijing

LEBANON
8) Beijing to host Lebanon’s gourmet week
Beirut, Tuesday, 28 June 2016
Adnan Kassar, the former minister of economy and trade, said that the Lebanese Gourmet festival would be held in Beijing. It would be inaugurated on the occasion of 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
Source: Xinhua, Beijing

SYRIA
9) China’s ambassador visits the key Syrian coastal cities
Damascus, Saturday, 18 June 2016
During his visit to various coastal cities in the country, China’s ambassador to Syria Wang Kejian, distributed several agricultural aids. He also visited the city of Tartous and met its governor Safwan Saadi. A treaty was signed between the Governor and the Ambassador.
Source: Xinhua, Beijing

UAE
10) Chinese residents in Dubai can easily swap their driving license
Dubai, Thursday, 2 June 2016
Dubai Roads and Transport Authorities said that Chinese residents in Dubai can easily switch their driving license by only applying for a valid UAE driving permission.
Source: Xinhua, Beijing

COMPILED BY MINAKSHI SARDAR

Minakshi Sardar is a doctoral candidate in the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.   Email

As part of its editorial policy, the MEI@ND standardizes spelling and date formats, to make the text uniformly accessible and stylistically consistent. The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views/positions of the MEI@ND. Editor, MEI@ND: P R Kumaraswamy