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Russia is increasing its military presence in the Arctic | Source: Remix

An increased Russian military presence has cropped up in the region, while China aims to integrate the northern sea route in the Arctic with its “Belt and Road” initiative. The Kremlin is not only remilitarizing the region but also trying to impose its supremacy through a policy of judicial, economic and military fait accompli. These factors reflect Russia’s will to achieve strategic advantage in the region and underpin the country’s confrontational approach of treating the region as an area for military, territorial and economic expansion, as well as an arena for Russia’s ambitions of being a great power.

Source: Remix


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China Seen Tightening Grip on Macao | Source: The New Lens

China is tightening its grip on Macao, having incorporated the former Portuguese colony into a cooperation zone with Guangzhou, capital of China’s Guangdong province.  China’s hard-line approach in Macao is widely seen as part of a larger campaign to regain central control over society and business across the country. Macao, like Hong Kong, is a “special administrative region” of China and supposed to have a high degree of autonomy under the “one country two systems” framework.

Source: The New Lens


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China says ties with Saudi Arabia a priority in its Middle East diplomacy | Source: Anadolu Agency

China is willing to be Saudi Arabia’s long-term, reliable and stable good friend and partner, according to China’s foreign minister. Promising to “actively participate” in the Middle East nation’s major development projects, he said Beijing is ready to work with Riyadh “to further synergize the Belt and Road Initiative with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030.”

Source: Anadolu Agency


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China confirms its position as the main trade partner of Brazil | SOURCE: Mercopress

China’s participation in Brazil’s overall trade (exports plus imports) is close to 65%, making her the main partner of the South American giant. However, SECEX, Brazil’s foreign trade secretariat, points out the ongoing concern that the share of manufactured goods sent to China is minimum and exports rely heavily on concentrated basic commodities with virtually no added value such as grains, oilseeds, iron ore and different meats.

SOURCE: Mercopress


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China admits Australian coal as energy crisis grows and factories shut down | Source: The New Daily

In a humiliating loss of face, energy-starved China’s ban on Australian coal has been unofficially rescinded as the country grapples with blackouts and shuttered factories. China’s tough talk about punishing Australia did not survive the first of the coming winter’s chills and related economic impact. Already a handful of Australian cargoes waiting outside Chinese ports were allowed to berth and discharge their cargoes.

Source: The New Daily


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China to give digital economy a new push | Source: China Org

China will strengthen its core capability in digital economy development, in a bid to build up the country’s new strengths in digital economy. At present, China’s strengths in digital economy embody more in products and services. In the coming years, more efforts should be put in technical standards and governance rules, and speed up the formulation of domestic digital technical standards, digital trade rules, and digital governance rules.

Source: China Org


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China slowly shifting its role into security matters in the Central Asian region | Source: Asia Plus

Chinese troops have reportedly controlled a remote stretch of land near the Wakhan Corridor not far from Tajikistan’s mountainous border with northeastern Afghanistan, a strategic location from a collection of buildings and lookout towers as part of Beijing’s nascent but growing hard-power footprint in the region that is focused on security in neighboring Afghanistan. China’s stepped-up security presence is driven in part by a desire to protect its investments and by Beijing’s view that Central Asia can act as a bulwark against extremism in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

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China-Singapore connectivity initiative sees 192 cross-border financing projects inked | Source: Daily Mail

A total of 192 cross-border financing projects worth 17.16 billion U.S. dollars have been inked within the framework of a China-Singapore connectivity initiative. The China-Singapore (Chongqing) Demonstration Initiative on Strategic Connectivity aims to conduct pilot cooperation in various fields, as financial services, air transportation, logistics, and information and communications technologies.

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China looks to Russian coal to help ease its power shortage crisis | Source: SCMP

China’s attempts to address its power shortage have received a boost through efforts to increase imports of coal and electricity from Russia. “The shortages in power supplies in China should reinforce the energy alliance between Moscow and Beijing, if only because Russia is the nearest external source of coal, gas and oil for China. As one consequence, Beijing may give the final go-ahead to the Power of Siberia 2 gas pipeline project, which would bring Russian gas from western Siberia into China via Mongolia.”

Source: SCMP


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China, Russia launch joint naval drills in Russian Far East | Source: Daily Mail

China and Russia are holding joint naval drills off the Russian Far East in the latest sign of their growing political and military alignment. China has grown increasingly assertive in defending what it considers its vital interests regarding Taiwan, the South China Sea and throughout the Indo-Pacific.

Source: Daily Mail


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