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China to launch world’s first man-made moon

China to launch world’s first man-made moon

INTERNATIONAL
China is planning to launch its own ‘artificial moon’ by 2020 to replace streetlamps and lower electricity costs in urban areas, state media reported Friday. Chengdu, a city in southwestern Sichuan province, is developing “illumination satellites” which will shine in tandem with the real moon but are eight times brighter, according to China Daily.The first man-made moon will launch from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan, with three more to follow in 2022 if the first test goes well, said Wu Chunfeng, head of Tian Fu New Area Science Society, the organization responsible for the project. Though the first launch will be experimental, the 2022 satellites “will be the real deal with great civic and commercial potential,” he said in an intervie...
Electric Power Industry Needs Urgent Transformation, Huawei’s New ICT Empowers Smart Grids

Electric Power Industry Needs Urgent Transformation, Huawei’s New ICT Empowers Smart Grids

TECHNOLOGY
SHENZHEN, China, July 14, 2020/ -- Today marked the Seventh Huawei Global Power Summit themed "Bits Drive Watts, Building a Fully Connected Smart Grid". Held online, the summit invited global customers, partners, industry experts, and thought leaders in the electric power industry to discuss the impact and response to this year's pandemic, and political and economic uncertainties. The electric power market continues to represent huge potential while the industry need to build reliable, cost-effective, efficient, and green power grids with a more efficient and reasonable energy supply. Seize the Opportunity to Transform the Electric Power Industry Electric power companies around the world are looking to improve quality and efficiency by deploying data centers and reconstructing manag...
UK-China ties freeze with debate over Huawei, Hong Kong

UK-China ties freeze with debate over Huawei, Hong Kong

INTERNATIONAL
LONDON — Only five years ago, then-British Prime Minister David Cameron was celebrating a “golden era” in U.K.-China relations, bonding with President Xi Jinping over a pint of beer at the pub and signing off on trade deals worth billions. Those friendly scenes now seem like a distant memory. Hostile rhetoric has ratcheted up in recent days over Beijing’s new national security law for Hong Kong. Britain’s decision to offer refuge to millions in the former colony was met with a stern telling-off by China. And Chinese officials have threatened “consequences” if Britain treats it as a “hostile country” and decides to cut Chinese technology giant Huawei out of its critical telecoms infrastructure amid growing unease over security risks. All that is pointing to a much tougher stance ...
WORLD: Chinese embassy warns of Unknown ‘pneumonia’ deadlier than coronavirus sweeping Kazakhstan.

WORLD: Chinese embassy warns of Unknown ‘pneumonia’ deadlier than coronavirus sweeping Kazakhstan.

HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL
The Chinese embassy in Kazakhstan has warned of a deadly "unknown pneumonia" after the former Soviet republic reported a spike in pneumonia cases since June. "The death rate of this disease is much higher than the novel coronavirus. The country's health departments are conducting comparative research into the pneumonia virus, but have yet to identify the virus," the embassy said in a warning to Chinese citizens in the country. While the Chinese embassy described the illness as an "unknown pneumonia", Kazakhstani officials and media have only said it is pneumonia. It was not clear why the Chinese embassy had described the illness as "unknown" or what information it had about the pneumonia. The embassy's website, citing local media reports, said the provinces of Atyrau and Aktob...
Professor detained for who criticizing Xi over coronavirus

Professor detained for who criticizing Xi over coronavirus

INTERNATIONAL
Beijing - Chinese authorities on Monday detained a law professor who published essays criticizing President Xi Jinping over the coronavirus pandemic and accusing him of ruling "tyrannically", according to friends of the man. Xu Zhangrun, a rare outspoken critic of the government in China's heavily censored academia, was taken from his home in suburban Beijing by more than 20 people, one of his friends said on condition of anonymity. Xu published an essay in February blaming the culture of deception and censorship fostered by Xi for the spread of the coronavirus in China. China's "leader system is itself destroying the structure of governance", Xu wrote in the essay that appeared on overseas websites, adding the chaos in the virus epicentre of Hubei province reflected systemic pr...
WORLD: FBI director says China is ‘greatest threat’ to US

WORLD: FBI director says China is ‘greatest threat’ to US

INTERNATIONAL
The director of the FBI has said that acts of espionage and theft by China’s government pose the “greatest long-term threat” to the future of the US. Speaking to the Hudson Institute in Washington, Christopher Wray described a multi-pronged disruption campaign. He said China had begun targeting Chinese nationals living abroad, coercing their return, and was working to compromise US coronavirus research. “The stakes could not be higher,” Mr Wray said. “China is engaged in a whole-of-state effort to become the world’s only superpower by any means necessary,” he added. In a nearly hour-long speech on Tuesday, the FBI Director outlined a stark picture of Chinese interference, a far-reaching campaign of economic espionage, data and monetary theft and illegal political activities...
Exams begin at China’s university after virus delay

Exams begin at China’s university after virus delay

INTERNATIONAL
BEIJING — Almost 11 million students began taking China’s university entrance exam Tuesday after a delay as the country worked to bring down coronavirus infections. The grueling two-day university entrance exam can be a key determinant of a student’s future and was pushed back weeks from its scheduled date. The exam is believed to be the first mass gathering event since the virus outbreak and administrators are enforcing strict rules to prevent infections, including proof of wellness, social distancing and the wearing of masks. All of the new infections China reported Tuesday were people returning from overseas. Shanghai authorities say the two cases confirmed there in the past 24 hours were students who had returned from schools in Britain and the United States. The student who...
India bans TikTok, other Chinese apps amid border standoff

India bans TikTok, other Chinese apps amid border standoff

TECHNOLOGY
NEW DELHI — Indian TikTok users awoke Tuesday to a notice from the popular short-video app saying the company was working to comply with an India government ban on dozens of Chinese apps amid a military standoff between the two countries. While service in India was suspended, the ban was largely symbolic since the apps can’t be automatically erased from devices where they’ve already been downloaded. The move was a response to a border clash with China where 20 Indian soldiers died earlier this month, digital experts said. “They want to send a message. This is a decision based on a geopolitical situation,” said digital rights activist Nikhil Pahwa. Indian protesters have been calling for a boycott of Chinese goods since the June 15 confrontation in the remote Karakoram mountain b...
Mercedes to recall 660,000 vehicles in China for oil leak

Mercedes to recall 660,000 vehicles in China for oil leak

TECHNOLOGY
BEIJING — Mercedes-Benz will recall more than 660,000 vehicles in China later this year for a possible oil leak. A seal between a high-pressure fuel pump and a low-pressure fuel pipe could weaken over time, allowing oil to leak when the engine starts in cold weather, according to a notice published last week on the website of China’s State Administration for Market Regulation. The official Xinhua News Agency reported the recall Sunday. The recall of 668,954 vehicles will begin on Dec. 18. It includes several models made between February 2013 and June 2017 including C-class, E-class, V-class, GLK-class, CLS-class, SLC-class, GLC SUV and VS20 VITO vehicles. Most of the vehicles were made in China by Beijing Benz Automotive Co. About 12,500 were built by Fujian Benz Automotive C...
China accuses Canada of interfering in Hong Kong administration

China accuses Canada of interfering in Hong Kong administration

INTERNATIONAL
China on Saturday accused Canada of meddling after Ottawa said it was suspending its extradition treaty with Hong Kong to protest a tough new national security law imposed there by Beijing. In a statement published on the website of the Chinese embassy in Ottawa, a spokesperson denounced what he said were Canada's "unwarranted comments" on the new law, saying Canadian leaders had "grossly interfered in China's internal affairs." "Some Western countries including Canada have been meddling in Hong Kong affairs under the pretext of human rights, which seriously violates international law and basic norms of international relations," the statement said, adding that such efforts were "doomed to fail." It claimed that the new law would "ensure social order... and benefit Hong Kong citiz...
Vietnam, Philippines denounce China military drills in disputed waters

Vietnam, Philippines denounce China military drills in disputed waters

INTERNATIONAL
HANOI/MANILA - Vietnam and the Philippines on Thursday criticized China's holding of military drills in a disputed part of the South China, warning it could create tension in the region and impact Beijing's relationship with its neighbors. Philippine Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said China's exercises in the waters near the Paracel Islands were "highly provocative", while Vietnam's Foreign Ministry called them a violation of sovereignty that could be "detrimental" to Beijing's relationship with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). China scheduled five days of drills from Wednesday near the Paracels according to a June 27 announcement by the Hainan's Maritime Safety Administration. Vietnam has overlapping claims with China over the Paracels. A crewman from Vie...
ASIA: Deaths and destruction as floods ravage southern China

ASIA: Deaths and destruction as floods ravage southern China

Uncategorized
Rainstorms and floods battered southern China killing some 78 people since the start of June, according to the Chinese emergency management ministry. Another 12 million have been affected by property damage, road closures and other disruptions, including 720,000 people rescued or relocated from flood waters. The flood season has caused $3.6 billion in economic losses, the ministry said, a further blow to a domestic economy already suffering from the coronavirus pandemic. Seasonal flooding hits much of China each year, and authorities have sought to mitigate the damage through the use of dams, particularly the massive Three Gorges structure on the Yangtze. China’s worst floods in recent years were in 1998, when more than 2,000 people died and almost 3 million homes were destroy...
Ex-Canada PM Mulroney calls for revised relations with China

Ex-Canada PM Mulroney calls for revised relations with China

INTERNATIONAL
Canada must have an "urgent rethink" of its relationship with China, former prime minister Brian Mulroney said Wednesday as tensions build over the possible extradition to the United States of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou. Conservative Mulroney backed his Liberal successor Justin Trudeau's rejection of any exchange of Meng, who was arrested in Vancouver in December 2018, for two Canadians who were detained in China in apparent retaliation. Mulroney said Canada's hope that China would emerge as a constructive partner in international relations had been proven wrong, referring in particular to Beijing's militarization of the South China Sea. "You can see it everywhere from the South China Sea to our two citizens who were bundled off to jail for no reason at all except to protest a...
China pledges solidarity with Africa in Covid-19 fight

China pledges solidarity with Africa in Covid-19 fight

INTERNATIONAL
NAIROBI, 18th June 2020  – President Xi Jinping of China yesterday assured African countries that his country will continue supporting Covid-19 containment measures on the continent. The Chinese leader said his country will continue providing technical and material support needed to defeat the virus in Africa. Speaking during an extra-ordinary China-Africa Summit on solidarity against Covid-19, President Xi said "China will never waver in its pursuit for greater solidarity with Africa". He urged African leaders to stick together in upholding multilateralism and oppose the politicization and stigmatization of the Coronavirus pandemic. The virtual summit was convened by China, South Africa and Senegal. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is the current Chairperson of the Afr...
HEALTH: The US has sued a Chinese firm over half-million ‘fake’ N95 masks.

HEALTH: The US has sued a Chinese firm over half-million ‘fake’ N95 masks.

HEALTH, WORLD
The US Justice Department sued a Chinese company for selling nearly a half million fake and substandard N95 respirator to US buyers in April as the COVID-19 pandemic swept the country.In a complaint filed in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, the department said Guangdong-based King Year Packaging and Printing shipped three batches of purported N95 masks, needed to protect medical and other personnel from the coronavirus, to US buyers. The company falsely claimed the 495,200 masks it shipped met the N95 standard and also falsely claimed they were certified by the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), according to the complaint.The complaint indicated the importer of the masks paid more than $1 million for them."The charges alleged in this complaint show a ...
Coronavirus – Seychelles: Chinese government donates medical materials to Seychelles

Coronavirus – Seychelles: Chinese government donates medical materials to Seychelles

INTERNATIONAL
VICTORIA, Seychelles, May 30, 2020/ -- On 26th May 2020, a batch of protective equipment donated by the Chinese government arrived in Seychelles via Ethiopian Airlines. The donated medical materials include 500 infrared thermometers, which are needed desperately by local schools and institutions, 2,000 medical N95 masks, 10,000 surgical masks, 2,000 disposable protective clothing, 2,000 medical protective goggles, 10,000 disposable sterilized rubber surgical gloves and 10,000 medical isolation shoe covers. China has been consistent in its support to the COVID-19 situation in Seychelles. Previously, Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation have provided three batches of medical supplies to Seychelles. On May 8th  2020, the Chinese Embassy in Seychelles also donated a batch of medical m...
DHL Global Forwarding moves critical goods from China to Ghana

DHL Global Forwarding moves critical goods from China to Ghana

AFRICA
ACCRA, Ghana, May 28, 2020/ -- PPE shipment was transported as part of DHL’s dedicated weekly air freight solution from China to Africa; UbuntuConnect – the specific air freight solution for the China-Africa lane - will be extended due to high demand. DHL Global Forwarding, the leading international provider of air, sea and road freight services is leveraging its global network to facilitate the air transportation of critical personal protective equipment from China to Ghana, via Dubai. From the capital city, Accra, the shipment is distributed across the country to equip front-line healthcare workers in their fight against Covid-19. This was made possible as part of DHL’s dedicated 100-ton weekly air freight service from China into Middle East and Africa launched last month. Ap...
BUSINESS: Uganda to export beef to China, income to expand.

BUSINESS: Uganda to export beef to China, income to expand.

AFRICA, Business, UGANDA
KALUNGU – The Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF), Hon. Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja said that soon after Covid-19, government will sign an agreement to start exporting Ugandan beef to China. While addressing cattle farmers at Katonga River-Lwabenge Sub County in Kalungu District on Tuesday, on possible ways to eliminate tsetse flies that have affected their animals, the minister said by the time Covid-19 attacked the World, Uganda and China were due for signing an agreement intended at expanding the Country`s beef market to Asia. “We are going to sign the agreement soon after covid-19. Our biggest challenge now is to ensure a disease free animal sub-sector to improve the quality of our meat.” He added that “MAAIF selected sub-counties from more than 4...
Israel Rejects Help From China; Embraces US As Close Ally

Israel Rejects Help From China; Embraces US As Close Ally

INTERNATIONAL
According to Israel news Agency; Jerusalem Post; the Israeli government has decided to chose local company IDE technologies to construct the world's largest desalination plant, the government announced on Tuesday, rather than a Chinese company, thus preventing another undesirable showdown with the Trump administration over Chinese participation in major infrastructure projects. The Israeli minister, Benjamin Netanyahu,made it clear to China that Israel does not need their help in constructing the plant. Three groups bid to build Sorek 2, a private-public partnership (PPP) which will be the world’s largest desalination plant when completed in 2023. Among them was Israeli Hutchison Company, an affiliate of the Chinese Hutchison Company based in Hong Kong. The US has asked its allie...
UGANDA: The government should not defraud taxpayers over Ugandan students in China – MPs urge.

UGANDA: The government should not defraud taxpayers over Ugandan students in China – MPs urge.

AFRICA, UGANDA
Legislators have warned government to resist the temptation of using the plight of Ugandan students quarantined in Wuhan, China over Coronavirus, to defraud taxpayers. The concern was raised by Ayivu County MP, Bernard Atiku, who claimed that the Ministry of Finance had sent up to $600,000 to Uganda’s Embassy over and above the approved $61,000 meant for the Ugandan students stranded in the country. Atiku urged the August House to interest itself in reports from students in Wuhan that not all of them have been given money. “Students are saying that not all have received the money and even the US$618 being given out to each student cannot match the rising costs of living in Wuhan,” said Atiku during the plenary sitting on Wednesday 11 March 2020. The State Minister for...