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China Watch

Issue No. 70
September 2016

By: Minakshi Sardar
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

POLITICAL ISSUES
JORDAN
1) China and Jordan shares similar views on the Syrian Crisis
Amman, Tuesday, 23 August 2016
Chinese Special envoy on Syrian Crisis Xie Xiaoyan said that China shares similar views with Jordan on the Syrian Crisis. Stating that political solution is the only way to end the crisis, he stressed on co-operation with Jordan to maintain stability in the Middle East.
Source: Xinhua, Beijing

SYRIA
2) Political settlement is the only solution to Syrian Crisis
United Nations, Monday, 22 August 2016
China’s Deputy Permanent representative to the UN Wu Haitao said at the Security Council meeting that political settlement is the only solution to Syria’s humanitarian crisis. He also hoped that all the concerned parties would extend their support in resolving the crisis.
Source: Xinhua, Beijing

SAUDI ARABIA
3) Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince to visit China
Beijing, Wednesday, 24 August 2016
Chinese Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli, invited Saudi crown Prince Mohammed to visit China from 29 August to 31August for the first meeting of an inter-governmental joint committee.
Source: :Xinhua, Beijing

4) China and Saudi Arabia to strengthen their Military relations
Beijing, Wednesday, 31 August 2016
Defence Minister Chang Wanquan expressed China’s willingness to deepen military relations with Saudi Arabia. Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has agreed to the proposal and stated that China has been a reliable and important partner to Saudi Arabia.
Source: :Xinhua, Beijing

ECONOMIC ISSUES
ALGERIA
5) China- Algeria strengthens economic ties
Algiers, Thursday, 18 August 2016
According to the National Trade Register Office around 850 Chinese companies are operating in Algeria and both countries have strengthened economic ties since 2014, the year marked the 55th anniversary of their diplomatic relations.
Source: :Xinhua, Beijing

UAE
6) China to join Dubai Fashion industry
Dubai, Tuesday, 23 August 2016
Dubai Design District (D3) launched an Empowerment Programme to promote fashion industry throughout the Middle East. The aim of the programme is to encourage young talents. Its Director announced that China has also taken initiative to promote the fashion industry and soon fashion firms from China would join D3.
Source: :Xinhua, Beijing

MULTILATERAL
7) Development is the key to Middle East problems
Cairo, Wednesday, 24 August 2016
Chinese ambassador to the China-Arab States Co-operation Forum (CASCF), Li Chengwen said that development is the key to resolving most of the problems in Middle East specially terrorism.
Source: :Xinhua, Beijing

MISCELLANEOUS
SAUDI ARABIA
8) Chinese pilgrims leave for Mecca
Lanzhou, Monday, 15 August 2016
Group of Muslims has left the China’s Ghansu province to perform their Hajj in Mecca. A total number of 297 Muslims has boarded a chartered Flight. Both China and Saudi Arabia has made efforts to spread awareness to the pilgrims regarding various health issues.
Source: :Xinhua, Beijing

9) Chinese Muslims performs the annual pilgrimage to Mecca
Beijing, Saturday, 20 August 2016
According to China’s State Administration for Religious Affairs (SARA) around 14,500 Chinese Muslims would perform Hajj this year. The SARA has worked with the concerned authorities to provide several services to the pilgrims.
Source: :Xinhua, Beijing

COMPILED BY MINAKSHI SARDAR

Minakshi Sardar is a Doctoral candidate in 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