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November 10, 2021

FOREIGN POLICY/TAIWAN

  • China rails against ‘provocative’ Taiwan visit by US lawmakers ( link )

  • China Rejects Historic U.S. Law Protecting Taiwan As ‘Illegal and Invalid’ ( link )

  • Chinese military forces exercise near Taiwan in response to US visit ( link )

  • Blinken Says Allies Would ‘Take Action’ If China Attacks Taiwan ( link )


MILITARY/DEFENSE

  • China invests in artificial intelligence to counter US Joint Warfighting Concept ( link )

  • US encourages Japan to increase defense spending in light of China threats ( link )

  • US testing Iron Dome against Chinese missiles ( link )

  • China’s Shock Hypersonic Missile Test Alarms U.S. Lawmakers: ‘National Security Crisis’ ( link )

  • U.S. Navy Pilots May Not Be Prepared to Go Head-to-Head with China ( link )


CONNECTIVITY

  • China urged cooperation on global infrastructure initiatives as the US moved to announce its global mega-infrastructure program ( link )

  • Misreading of China’s BRI and aid data by US think tanks is disappointing ( link )


ESPIONAGE

  • China Is Evading U.S. Spies — and the White House Is Worried ( link )

  • US accuses engineer of espionage for Chinese company ( link )

SANCTIONS

  • U.S. extends ban on securities investments in companies linked to China military ( link )

  • The United States blacklisted two Cambodian officials, accusing them of planning to profit from construction work at Cambodia’s biggest naval base, where Washington has expressed concern about China’s military presence. ( link )


OTHERS

  • US Holocaust Museum says China boosting Uyghur repression ( link )



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China urges cooperation on global infrastructure initiatives | Source: Anadolu Agency

China urged cooperation on global infrastructure initiatives as the US moved to announce its global mega-infrastructure program, Build Back Better World (BBBW), to compete with the BRI. China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin urged different countries to work to build “rather than tear down bridges, promote connectivity rather than decoupling, seek mutual benefits and win-win results rather than isolation and exclusiveness.”

Source: Anadolu Agency


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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.

Source: People´s Daily Online


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First China-Russia highway bridge ready for operation | Source: Global Times

Workers work at the construction site of the first highway bridge connecting China and Russia across the Heilongjiang River, on August 19, 2019.

The Blagoveshchensk-Heihe highway bridge, the first highway bridge connecting China and Russia across the Heilongjiang River, is ready to open to traffic, marking the completion of another key cross-border infrastructure project that could pave the way for a closer economic bond between the two countries. China and Russia are also actively exploring cooperation in the fields of oil and gas chemicals, mineral resources, as well as green, low-carbon, and hydrogen energy.

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Bulgarian President: Japan, South Korea, Qatar Will Join Three Seas Initiative | SOURCE: NOVINITE

Japan, South Korea and Qatar will join the Three Seas initiative, the european big project that contemplate energy infrastructure and digital connectivity along the north-south axis in Central and Eastern Europe.

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Georgia and EU jointly celebrate political agreement | SOURCE: EURO NEWS

European Council President Charles Michel, left, speaks with Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili, on screen, during a video conference at the European Council on April 19

Georgia and the EU celebrate a political agreement putting an end to a crisis that could have disrupted the democratic advancement achieved over the past decades and weakened Georgia’s progress along its European path. “The EU can count now on a stable, fiercely pro-European partner in a region essential to Europe’s values, security and connectivity “

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China’s Belt and Road projects at risk | SOURCE: NIKKEI ASIA

Prime Minister Imran Khan, left, and Afghan Taliban fighters, shown celebrating the peace deal between the U.S. and Taliban in March 2020. (Source photos by Getty Images)

Pakistan fears that the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan — in line with the American-Taliban peace deal signed last year — will cause more security threats putting China’s Belt and Road projects at risk.

Analysts feel the uncertainty in Afghanistan has provided Tehreek e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) with a window to attack interests in Pakistan, including the projects of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, or CPEC — the $50 billion Pakistan component of the Belt and Road initiative.

CPEC has not traditionally been a top target of TTP in Pakistan. But in recent months, anti-China rhetoric has [surfaced] in TTP propaganda, especially because of China’s oppression of Uyghur Muslims.

Pakistan already joined the U.S., Russia and China to call on the Afghan government and Taliban to ensure that Afghan soil is not used for cross-border attacks.

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China´s interest in Sri Lanka | SOURCE: JAMESTOWN ORG

Image: An aerial photo taken on September 23, 2020 shows the construction of a park in Colombo Port City by China Harbor. (Source: CHEC via Xinhua)

Located at the crossroads of global shipping lanes, Sri Lanka has become a significant recipient of Chinese economic and military influence in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).

Chinese investments in port capacity have enabled Sri Lanka to enhance its strategic position in the Indian Ocean and become a regional trading hub, with future plans to develop its ability to become a financial center as well.

Access to the Indian Ocean’s sea routes is critical to Beijing, as today China is the world’s top oil importer, principally coming from the Middle East, passing through the Indian Ocean on its way to China.

Sri Lanka has been a critical partner in China’s expansive foreign policy and infrastructure-focused Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The situation further highlights Sri Lanka’s delicate balancing act between China and India. Colombo Port in Sri Lanka is particularly significant for India, as it handles roughly 40 percent  of transshipped container cargo bound for the Indian market.

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India, EU announce Connectivity Partnership to checkmate China | SOURCE: THE ECONOMIC TIMES

India-EU summit: FTA negotiations to resume after 8 yrs; European leaders extend solidarity on COVID-19

India and EU announced a comprehensive Connectivity Partnership on supporting resilient and sustainable connectivity both in India and in third countries and regions, including Africa, Central Asia and the Indo-Pacific that will provide an alternative to China’s mega Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

The EU-India Connectivity Partnership covers cooperation in the digital, energy, transport, and people-to-people sector. Is the second such partnership for Europe, after the one between EU and Japan in September 2019.

The India-EU initiative is comprehensive compared to the Blue Dot network formed by USA-Japan-Australia to provide assessment and certification of infrastructure development projects worldwide.

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PAKISTAN:

  • Pakistan is exploring the possibility of increasing Sri Lanka’s trade connectivity to the Central Asian region through the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CEPC), called as a flagship project of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

SOURCE: DAILY MIRROR


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