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China Watch

Issue No.79
June 2017

By: Minakshi Sardar
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
POLITICAL ISSUES
IRAN
1) Xi Jinping congratulates Rouhani on re-election as Iranian President
Beijing, Saturday, 20 May 2017
Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory message to Hassan Rouhani on his re-election as Iranian President and expressed his willingness to enhance the bilateral cooperation.
 
ISRAEL
2) Celebration takes place at the Israeli embassy in Beijing
Beijing, Sunday, 7 May 2017
The Israeli embassy in Beijing celebrated the 69th Independence Day and the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and Israel at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beijing on 4 May. 
 
3) Guo Weimin meets Israeli minister of regional affairs
Beijing, Wednesday, 17 May 2017
Guo Weimin, Vice-Minister of the State Council Information Office, met with an Israeli delegation headed by Tzachi Hanegbi, Minister of Regional Cooperation and Telecommunications in Beijing. Both the countries expressed their willingness to strengthen their partnership.
 
ECONOMIC ISSUES
EGYPT
4) Belt and Road initiative injects vitality into Egypt-China ties
Cairo, Tuesday, 9 May 2017
Egyptian Trade and Industry Minister Tarek Kabil stated that the future of bilateral economic under the Belt and Road (B&R) initiative is promising. He also encouraged Chinese investments in Egypt to fasten the pace of Egyptian-Chinese economic integration. 
 
ISRAEL
5) Israel expects more Chinese investments in new projects
Jerusalem, Saturday, 6 May 2017
Minister of Transport, National Infrastructures and Road Safety Israel Katz said that with the deepening of cooperation between the two countries, on areas like roads, railways and infrastructures, Israel expects more Chinese enterprises to take part in new projects. He also stated the importance of Belt and Road initiative as a platform to boost bilateral cooperation.
 
MOROCCO
6) China and Morocco join hands to build Africa’s tallest skyscraper in Rabat
Rabat, Sunday, 21 May 2017
Construction firms from China and Morocco would work jointly to build Africa's tallest high-rise tower in Morocco's capital Rabat. The 45-storey tower, which adopts ecological and sustainable design concepts, would include offices, hotels and luxury apartments.

7) Chinese company signed $ 250 million contract to build tyre plant in Morocco
Nairobi, Wednesday, 24 May 2017
A contract of US$ 250 million signed between China CAMC Engineering Co., Ltd. (CAMCE) and TIJAN Petroleum Co. Ltd. for building up a new tyre plant in Morocco. The scope of the project includes technology transfer, engineering design services, civil construction, installation, procurement of machinery and materials, commissioning, testing and personnel training.
 
SYRIA
8) China assures to provide further assistance to Syria
Damascus, Tuesday, 16 May 2017
Chinese ambassador to Syria Qi Qianjin stated that his government would provide further assistance to Syria to implement humanitarian projects, as part of the Belt and Road Initiative. 
 
TURKEY
9) Banks seek for more partnership with China under Belt and Road initiative
Beijing, Tuesday, 16 May 2017
Halil Aydogan, general manager of Turkey's Vakifbank, stated that there is demand for more than US$ 40 billion investment in transportation infrastructure in Turkey. He expressed that the bank is seeking to expand partnerships with Chinese lenders to fund major projects.
 
10) Belt and Road initiative can help to strengthen China-Turkey ties
Beijing, Wednesday, 24 May 2017
At the opening ceremony of the Belt and Road Forum, attended by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Chinese President Xi Jinping stressed the importance of the and expressed China’s willingness to boost the bilateral relation and called for developing strategic cooperation between the two countries.
 
UAE
11) Agricultural Bank of China starts RMB settlement in Dubai
Dubai, Wednesday, 10 May 2017
Agricultural Bank of China (ABC) has opened Chinese currency RMB or Yuan clearing branch, in the UAE. According to ABC the purpose of new branch is to improve ABC's global settlement business, contribute to internationalization of Yuan, and to support the Belt and Road Initiative.
 
MULTILATERAL
12) China calls for faster free trade negotiations with the GCC
Beijing, Tuesday, 16 May 2017
Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao on Tuesday called on China and the Gulf Cooperation Council to speed up free trade agreement (FTA) negotiation. He added that China and Kuwait under the Belt and Road Initiative should promote cooperation in energy, finance, and industrial parks.
 
MISCELLANEOUS
SAUDI ARABIA
13) China and Saudi Arabia cooperates on railway projects
Riyadh, Wednesday, 17 May 2017
China has contributed to the metro train railway project running near Mecca. The machine washer designed and manufactured by CHSR, a Chinese supplier of solutions and products would be used for the operation and maintenance of rail transit systems.
 
COMPILED BY MINAKSHI SARDAR
 
Minakshi Sardar is a Doctoral candidate at 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