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HON. GEN. ABUBAKER JEJE ODONGO RECIEVES CREDENTIALS FOR H.E. ZHANG LIZHONG, AMBASSADOR DESIGNATE OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA TO UGANDA

HON. GEN. ABUBAKER JEJE ODONGO RECIEVES CREDENTIALS FOR H.E. ZHANG LIZHONG, AMBASSADOR DESIGNATE OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA TO UGANDA

AFRICA, China, Chinese Embassy in Uganda, Diplomats, Foreign Affairs, UGANDA
KAMPALA Hon. Gen. Abubaker Jeje ODONGO, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uganda this morning received credentials H.E Zhang LIZHONG, the Ambassador-Designate of the People’s Republic of China to Uganda at the Ministry Headquarters. The Minister, welcomed the Ambassador-Designate to Uganda and commended the excellent bilateral relations which are historic in nature and have progressed to the level of Comprehensive Cooperative Partnership (CCP). Hon. Odongo further noted that both countries have exchanged high-level visits and enhanced cooperation in different fields such as implementation of several infrastructural projects (roads, power dams), development of industrial parks. The Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) remains a priority project for Government. In r...
Beijing organizers say 2022 Winter Olympics on track despite pandemic

Beijing organizers say 2022 Winter Olympics on track despite pandemic

China, COVID-19, OLYMPICS, PANDEMIC, Sports
With the postponed Summer Olympics set to open in Tokyo next week, Beijing has made moves to show its preparations for the Winter Games are well on track for February despite the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic. Journalists taken on a tour of snow event venues in the outlying city of Zhangjiakou this week were shown the locations for ski jumping, snowboarding and Nordic events. While China has largely eliminated local transmission of the coronavirus, it has maintained strict quarantine regulations. Organizers have not announced what rules will be in place for athletes, officials and coaches at the 2022 Winter Olympics, or if fans will be allowed. Jia Maoting, general manager of the company overseeing construction of the venues, told reporters that the "pandemic situation...
Team China at Tokyo 2020: Going for a breakthrough in athletics

Team China at Tokyo 2020: Going for a breakthrough in athletics

China, GAMES, OLYMPICS, Sports
L-R: Su Bingtian, Lyu Huihui, Liu Hong, Wang Kaihua and Gong Lijiao. /CGTN Team China will send a total of 59 track and field athletes to the Tokyo Olympics to compete in 24 competitions. Though they aren't considered the best track and field athletes in the world, there are multiple events in which China can compete for medal or even go for gold. Back in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, Wang Zhen and Cai Zelin pocketed gold and silver medals for China in the men's 20-kilometer walking race. This time in Tokyo, 27-year-old Wang Kaihua will compete with Japan's Toshikazu Yamanishi in the event. Wang Kaihua (1:22:02) beat Yamanishi (1:22:10) to win the title in the Asian Game in 2018. Yamanishi got vengeance one year later in the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar. This season. Wa...
U.S. raps China at ASEAN meeting for unlawful claims in South China Sea

U.S. raps China at ASEAN meeting for unlawful claims in South China Sea

China, INTERNATIONAL, POLITICS, POWER, RELATIONS, USA
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks in Washington on Tuesday. | POOL / VIA REUTERS At an online meeting with his Association of Southeast Asian Nations peers on Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken reiterated Washington’s position that it will not accept China’s unlawful maritime claims in the South China Sea, according to the State Department. Blinken also expressed deep concern about a military coup that occurred in Myanmar earlier this year, and called for ASEAN to take coordinated action for the cessation of violence and a return to civilian rule in the member country. The remarks came during the first foreign ministers meeting between the United States and the 10-member ASEAN group under the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden. High on the ag...
Probe begins as death toll in China hotel collapse rises to 17

Probe begins as death toll in China hotel collapse rises to 17

ACCIDENT, China, INTERNATIONAL, PEOPLE, TRAGEDY
Hotel building collapsed on Monday afternoon in China’s eastern Jiangsu province, trapping at least 23 people Officials in China have launched a probe as the death toll in a hotel building collapse has risen to 17, while six others are recuperating, local media reports said Wednesday. Around 23 people were trapped under the building of a hotel which collapsed on Monday afternoon in Wujiang, a district in the city of Suzhou in the eastern Jiangsu province. According to the Chinese daily Global Times, the rescue operation, which involved around 600 people, is over. “The people responsible for the building will be charged according to the law,” the report said. “China’s State Council’s safety commission decided to set up a supervisory group to investigate the incident,” it...
China clashes with Zimbabwean unions over ‘systematic abuse’

China clashes with Zimbabwean unions over ‘systematic abuse’

AFRICA, China, CRIME, CRISIS, WORKERS, ZIMBABWE
Summary Unions said Sunny Yi Feng workers were being given salaries that were below the minimum wage and were forced to stay in overcrowded accommodation where they were exposed to dangerous chemicals.They claimed some workers had even died at the factory and their deaths were concealed by the Chinese. Chinese diplomats are embroiled in a vicious war of words with Zimbabwe’s labour unions over allegations that businesspeople from the Asian country are abusing their local employees. Over the years, China has seen its influence on the Zimbabwean economy grow with investments in mining and construction projects, but the companies are routinely accused of ill-treating their workers. Unions say the Zimbabwean government often looks the other way when they report Chinese em...
Taliban Calls China Afghan’s Friend, Assures Not To Host Uyghur Militants

Taliban Calls China Afghan’s Friend, Assures Not To Host Uyghur Militants

Afghanistan, China, INTERNATIONAL, RELATIONS, TALIBAN, USA
The comments came as the Taliban made territorial gains in the war-torn country amid the withdrawal of the US forces. Taliban spokesman Suhil Shaheen (Left) The Taliban has called China a "friend" of Afghanistan and promised not to host Uyghur Islamic militants from the volatile Xinjiang province According to a media report, the Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen said they see China as a “friend” to Afghanistan. He also said the Taliban would no longer allow China’s Uyghur separatist fighters from Xinjiang, some of whom had previously sought refuge in Afghanistan, to enter the country. The comments came as the Taliban made territorial gains in the war-torn country amid the withdrawal of the US forces. China has already evacuated 210 of its nationals from Afghanistan by a charter...
China seeks common ground with Europe in Africa through infrastructure

China seeks common ground with Europe in Africa through infrastructure

AFRICA, China, DEVELOPMENT, DIPLOMACY, EUROPEAN UNION
Germany’s Angela Merkel reacts positively to Xi Jinping’s call for a partnership on belt and road projects on the continent Chinese president also hopes Europeans will lift pandemic support for African countries China has proposed cooperation with France and Germany to develop infrastructure projects in Africa through the Belt and Road Initiative. Photo: AFP China is promoting cooperation with the European Union in Africa on infrastructure and pandemic support as a way to find common ground and restore its damaged ties with the bloc – a move diplomatic observers said could ease pressure on Beijing from Washington’s efforts to woo its allies in Europe.In an online meeting with his German and French counterparts on Monday, Chinese President Xi Jinping proposed the three countries w...
China backs African Union effort to resolve Ethiopian mega-dam dispute

China backs African Union effort to resolve Ethiopian mega-dam dispute

AFRICA, African Union, China, DEVELOPMENT, Egypt, ETHIOPIA, Sudan, UN
In rare show of unity, UN Security Council members agree to not take the lead in mediation efforts between Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia Members can still offer management help, incentives or sanctions to encourage parties to reach a deal, analyst says Work got under way on Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam in 2011. Photo: Reuters China has backed an Africa-led mediation process to resolve a dispute between Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt over the operation of a massive hydropower dam on the Blue Nile.China’s envoy to the United Nations, Zhang Jun, said Beijing supported efforts for the three countries to reach a deal through dialogue and consultation on the operation of the project.“China looks forward to the African Union’s continued due role,” Zhang said on Thursday in a meeting called b...
Chinese-built modern railway in Kenya marks 1,500 days of safe operation

Chinese-built modern railway in Kenya marks 1,500 days of safe operation

AFRICA, China, EAST AFRICA, KENYA, Transport, TRAVEL
NAIROBI, July 9 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese-built Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) linking Kenya's port city Mombasa to the capital Nairobi is celebrating 1,500 days of safe operation as it seeks to boost the safety of passengers and cargo along the 480 km corridor. A statement from the SGR operator released in Nairobi on Friday said the modern train service has been at the forefront of Kenya's socio-economic transformation in the last four years since its operationalization. "SGR's transportation indicators and its increasingly important social significance have also earned the approval of freight owners and passengers," said Africa Star Railway Operation Company Limited (AfriStar) that operates SGR. The operator said 1,500 days marked a milestone in safe, efficient and quality oper...
Chinese social media giant WeChat shuts LGBT accounts

Chinese social media giant WeChat shuts LGBT accounts

China, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, LGBT, Social Media
China’s most popular social media service has deleted accounts on LGBT topics run by university students and nongovernment groups, prompting concern the ruling Communist Party is tightening control over gay and lesbian content. WeChat sent account holders a notice they violated rules but gave no details, according to the founder of an LGBT group, who asked not to be identified further out of fear of possible official retaliation. She said dozens of accounts were shut down, all at about 10 p.m. on Tuesday. It wasn’t clear whether the step was ordered by Chinese authorities, but it comes as the ruling party tightens political controls and tries to silence groups that might criticize its rule. WeChat’s operator, Tencent Holding Ltd., confirmed it received an email seeking commen...
China and the U.S. Are Talking Tough. Don’t Believe (Most of) It.

China and the U.S. Are Talking Tough. Don’t Believe (Most of) It.

China, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, POLITICS, RELATIONS, USA
These two competitors need each other every bit as much as they may also threaten each other—both as partners and, paradoxically, as rivals. ast week the Chinese Communist Party threw a party for itself. It celebrated 100 years since its founding. It characterized itself as the “savior” of China, the authors of the country’s current greatness. And yet, for all the over-the-top nationalism, you might well conclude much of the hoopla was for the benefit of a foreign audience, an American audience in particular. For all the fluttering red flags and carefully orchestrated salutes to the country from Chinese astronauts in outer space, the centerpiece of the celebrations was a speech by Chinese President Xi Jinping. Xi enumerated the party’s accomplishments and laid out key goals, lik...
China’s Tecno launches new, high-end smartphone in Kenyan market

China’s Tecno launches new, high-end smartphone in Kenyan market

China, KENYA, SMART PHONES, TECHNOLOGY
Chinese phone maker Tecno has officially launched the Phantom X smartphone in the Kenyan market. "The Tecno Phantom X will be the most powerful device we have brought to market," Shiva Zhong, brand manager at Tecno Mobile Kenya, said during the launch on Thursday night in Nairobi. The model, which targets the high-end segment of the mobile consumer market, will retail at 49,999 shillings (about 463 U.S. dollars), he said. The central theme around Tecno and particularly the Phantom series revolves around providing customers with the impetus to push the limits of what they think is possible, Zhong said. The Chinese technology firm said that since Tecno's inception, "Africa-First" has been one of its core brand objectives, and through the performance of the brand has proven t...
Xi Jinping declares ‘China will not be bullied’ at party anniversary, stirs wave of national pride

Xi Jinping declares ‘China will not be bullied’ at party anniversary, stirs wave of national pride

Asia, China, INTERNATIONAL, PRESIDENT
BEIJING - From atop the gates of the Forbidden City, Chinese President Xi Jinping's declaration that China would no longer be bullied by foreign forces elicited rousing applause from a 70,000-strong crowd gathered in Tiananmen Square. So did his call for China's youth to "take personal responsibility" for the country's national rejuvenation. As the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) celebrated its centenary on Thursday (July 1) with a grand ceremony in the heart of Beijing, Mr Xi's 70-minute speech created a wave of patriotic and nationalistic sentiment. On the Twitter-like Chinese social media platform Weibo, his comments were among the most discussed subjects. Over half a million posts on the topic "Anyone who thinks of bullying China will have their heads smashed bloody...
China certified malaria-free by the World Health Organization

China certified malaria-free by the World Health Organization

Asia, China, HEALTH, MALARIA, World Health Organization
The World Health Organization certified China malaria-free on Wednesday. "We congratulate the people of China on ridding the country of malaria," said WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. "Their success was hard-earned and came only after decades of targeted and sustained action. With this announcement, China joins the growing number of countries that are showing the world that a malaria-free future is a viable goal." China is the 40th territory in the world to achieve the feat after a 70-year effort to eradicate the infectious mosquito-borne disease from its country -- which reported 30 million cases annually in the 1940s but has since gone four consecutive years without an indigenous case. The last countries to gain the status were El Salvador (2021), Al...
China Blasts Japan After Official Sounds Beijing Threat ‘Wake Up’ Call

China Blasts Japan After Official Sounds Beijing Threat ‘Wake Up’ Call

ADVOCACY, China, DEMOCRACY, GOVERNMENT, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, JAPAN, POLITICS, TAIWAN
Beijing said it filed a diplomatic complaint with Tokyo after its deputy defense minister said Japan and the U.S. needed to "wake up" to the security threat posed by China and "protect Taiwan as a democratic country." Japan's State Minister of Defense Yasuhide Nakayama made the comments at a Hudson Institute event on Monday, in which he sounded the alarm about Chinese and Russian military collaboration, and the resultant threat to the Indo-Pacific region. At a press conference Tuesday, China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin described the official's remarks as "erroneous." He said Beijing had "lodged solemn representations" with Tokyo over Nakayama's use of the word "country." Without naming the Japanese Defense Ministry's second in command, Wang said the officia...
Hong Kong Charges Apple Daily’s Top Editor Under Security Law

Hong Kong Charges Apple Daily’s Top Editor Under Security Law

Asia, China, CRIME, CRISIS, HONG KONG, INTERNATIONAL, Media, POLICE, POLITICS, WORLD
Customers queue to purchase the Apple Daily newspaper in Hong Kong, China. Photographer: Lam Yik/Bloomberg , Bloomberg Hong Kong police formally charged both the editor and publisher of Apple Daily with offenses under the city’s sweeping national security law, according to the Oriental Daily, after authorities arrested the pro-democracy newspaper’s leadership on Thursday. Ryan Law, editor-in-chief of Apple Daily, and Cheung Kim-hung, the newspaper’s publisher and chief executive officer of parent company Next Digital Ltd., were both charged with colluding with foreign forces under the security law, the Oriental Daily reported on Friday. They may appear in court as soon as Saturday. The police have charged two men with “collusion with a foreign country or with external elements to...
China successfully launches mission sending astronauts to new space station

China successfully launches mission sending astronauts to new space station

China, INTERNATIONAL, POWER, TECHNOLOGY, WORLD
Tang Hongbo, Liu Boming and Nie Haisheng were selected as the first Chinese astronauts to travel into space in five years. China successfully launched three astronauts into space on Thursday, bringing the country one step closer to completing its new space station. The Shenzhou-12 spacecraft, or Divine Vessel, was launched on a Long March-2F carrier rocket this morning local time, from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China's Gobi Desert.The mission will send the crew to the core module of the planned space station, called Tiangong or Heavenly Palace, which is still under construction in a low Earth orbit. The spacecraft will dock with the core module about six and a half hours after launch, according to state media CCTV. The crew will stay in orbit for three mont...
Huawei invests 60 mln USD in Angola technological centers

Huawei invests 60 mln USD in Angola technological centers

AFRICA, Angola, China, DEVELOPMENT, HUAWEI, TECHNOLOGY
The logo of the Chinese company Huawei is seen in Barcelona, Spain on 19 November 2019. (Photo by Paco Freire/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) Huawei on Wednesday announced that it had invested 60 million U.S. dollars in the construction of two technological training centers in Angola. Chu Xiaoxin, representative of Huawei in Angola, made the announcement after an audience with Angolan President Joao Lourenco. Chu said that the centers with capacity to accommodate 2,000 young people will help discover talent in the telecommunications and information technology sector of Angola. The project, he said, is included in the digital economy development program in the country. The meeting with the president is aimed at updating him on the execution of the projects and the ...
US Navy aircraft carrier USS Reagan enters South China Sea

US Navy aircraft carrier USS Reagan enters South China Sea

China, CRISIS, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, POLITICS, POWER, Security, TENSION, USA, WORLD
The ship was accompanied by the guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh and the guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey in a ‘routine mission’ A Super Hornet aircraft lands on the flight deck of the US Navy’s USS Ronald Reagan [Courtesy of US Navy/ Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Samantha Jetzer] A US aircraft carrier group led by the USS Ronald Reagan has entered the South China Sea as part of a routine mission, the US Navy said, at a time of rising tensions between Washington and Beijing, which claims most of the disputed waterway. The carrier is being accompanied by the guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh and the guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey, the US Navy said on Tuesday.China frequently objects to US military missions in the South China Sea, saying they do not help promote ...
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