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China Watch

Issue No. 69
August 2016

By: Minakshi Sardar
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

POLITICAL ISSUES
EGYPT
1) Egypt’s role in “Belt and Road” initiative
Beijing, Wednesday, 13 July 2016
Egyptian Minister of Investment Dalia Khorshid and Minister of Trade and Industry Tarek Kabil expressed Egypt’s willingness to play a vital role in the construction of ‘Belt and Road’ initiative. They also said that Egypt would take active part in developing the ‘Suez Canal Corridor’ which can be integrated with the “Belt and Road” initiative.
Source: Xinhua, Beijing

IRAN
2) China- Iran cooperation on implementation of nuclear deal
Beijing, Thursday, 7 July 2016
China and Iran have agreed to promote the implementation of a comprehensive agreement on Iranian nuclear issue. Recently President Xi Jinping’s official visit to Iran has upgraded their ties to a comprehensive strategic partnership.
Source: Xinhua, Beijing

3) Chinese Envoy insists on rapid implementation of Iran nuclear deal
United Nations, Monday, 18 July 2016
Chinese envoy to the UN Wu Haitao said that there is a requirement for joint efforts to implement the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers. He also emphasized that the implementation process would face several challenges.
Source: Xinhua, Beijing

ISRAEL
4) China supports resumption of Israel-Palestine peace talks
United Nations, Tuesday, 12 July 2016
China’s envoy to the UN Wu Haitao proposed that Israel and Palestine should resume peace talks to promote peace and stability in the region. He also said that both Israel and Palestine should avoid any unilateral action or damage to the civilians.
Source: Xinhua, Beijing

JORDAN
5) Jordan proposes to co-operate with China
Amman, Sunday, 17 July 2016
Jordan has expressed its willingness to co-operate with China in the field of media and expressed its eagerness to boost bilateral in various other areas.
Source: Xinhua, Beijing

LEBANON
6) Beijing hosts the “Beirut to Beijing” event
Beirut, Thursday, 28 July 2016
The “Beirut to Beijing” event was organized to strengthen cultural ties, tourism and trade exchanges between China and Lebanon. The event was organized in Beijing by Fransbank group and took place from 15 July until the end of the month.
Source: Xinhua, Beijing

SYRIA
7) Syrian Government renews support to China on the South China Sea issue
Damascus, Wednesday, 20 July 2016
Syria’s Foreign Ministry said that the country supports China’s sovereignty over the South China Sea territories and also suggested that concerned countries should solve the issue through consultation and negotiation mechanism.
Source: Xinhua, Beijing

ECONOMIC ISSUES
ISRAEL
8) Israeli Government provides loan to Hebei province in North China
Shijiazhuang, Friday, 29 July 2016
Israel would provide a loan of US$26 million to the Hebei province in North China to build elder care facilities.
Source: Xinhua, Beijing

UAE
9) China’s Huawei signs memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Dubai south
Dubai, Tuesday, 12 July 2016
Huawei has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Dubai South Business Park Free Zone. The MoU would enable Huawei to provide services to residents and businesses in the Park.
Source: Xinhua, Beijing

10) Abu Dhabi- Shanghai co-operation for free zone development
Dubai, Wednesday, 13 July 2016
Abu Dhabi Global Market has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Shanghai Free Trade Zone Authority to boost their bilateral relation and enhance the development of the financial centres of Abu Dhabi and Shanghai Free Trade Zones.
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

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