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China Telecom banned in US over national security concerns | Source: Daily Sabah

Worried over “significant” national security concerns, the United States banned China Telecom from operating in the country, straining already tense relations between the superpowers to a greater extent. The move marks the latest salvo in a long-running standoff that has pitted the world’s biggest two economies against each other over a range of issues including Taiwan, Hong Kong, human rights, trade and technology. It also comes as U.S. President Joe Biden presses ahead with a hardline policy against Beijing broadly in line with that of his predecessor Donald Trump, whose bombastic approach sent tensions soaring.

Source: Daily Sabah


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China is pushing to develop its own chips | Source: CNBC

Chinese technology giants have been designing their own chips, a move seen as progress towards China’s goal to boost its domestic capabilities in a critical technology, as China’s reliance on foreign companies in the semiconductor supply chain could make domestic firms vulnerable to any geopolitical tensions, while the U.S., seeing it as key for national security, given the supply chain is very concentrated in Asia. Moreover, China is still a long way off even if it’s one step closer to self-sufficiency, according to experts, adding that the country is still heavily dependent on foreign technology.

Source: CNBC


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China passes new law to strengthen land border protection amid ongoing impasse with India | Source: Scroll

China has passed a new law to strengthen land border protection amid the ongoing standoff with India along the Line of Actual Control, reported the Hindustan Times. It gives “relevant responsibilities” to the People’s Liberation Army, the militia and the local government to support and coordinate defence and build border infrastructure. India and China have been locked in a border standoff since their troops clashed in Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh in June last year.

Source: Scroll


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China, Russia Hold 1st Joint Naval Partols near Japan | Source: Jiji

China announced the completion of their first joint naval patrols with Russia, in which warships sailed most of the length of the Japanese archipelago, and naval drills near Japan. The moves are apparently aimed at demonstrating the unity of the Chinese and Russian militaries to counter the alliance between Japan and the United States.

Source: Jiji


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China-Africa relationship at its strongest | Source: Response Source

China-Africa relationship is at its strongest, according to a new report -from China Foresight at LSE IDEAS, The London School of Economics’ foreign policy think tank- that shed light on emerging and consolidated areas of engagement between China and Africa that will likely shape the relationship in the years to come. According to the report, China is further becoming “increasingly influential” in the African space sector, more important in provision of digital infrastructure, and with a more engagement in african security and military issues.

Source: Response Source


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China shows off defence diplomacy with multinational peacekeeping drill | Source: Reuters

China’s armed forces concluded their first multinational peacekeeping exercise, showing off their combat prowess with drones and mine-clearing robots while seeking to project a more benign image. About 1,000 troops from China, Pakistan, Mongolia and Thailand participated in the 10-day exercise at a People’s Liberation Army training base in Queshan county in the central province of Henan, though most of the soldiers appeared to be Chinese. Asian giant is modernizing its military by pumping hundreds of billions of dollars annually into its defence budget.

Source: Reuters


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China calls on US to ‘stop official exchanges’ with Taiwan | Source: Anadolu Agency

China called on the US to “stop all official exchanges” with Taiwan amid reports that the US was “seriously considering” to rename Taiwan’s office in Washington. Beijing claims the island nation of Taiwan as a “breakaway province,” while Taipei insists it has been independent since 1949.

Source: Anadolu Agency


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China seeks to extend Belt and Road Initiative to Afghanistan | Source: Eastern Eye

A metro project built under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in Lahore.

CHINA has expressed hope to extend its multi-billion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) into Afghanistan.  With the Taliban in control of Afghanistan and the complete withdrawal of the US troops, China appears to be chalking out plans to extend its BRI to Afghanistan besides investments to exploit the rich minerals and highly lucrative rare-earth mines in Afghanistan. Rare-earth metals, which are key components for a host of advanced technologies like iPhones and hi-tech missile guidance systems, were estimated to be worth anywhere between $1 trillion (£720 bn) and $3 trillion (£ 2.1 trillion) in 2020 in Afghanistan.

Source: Eastern Eye


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Russia’s Gazprom Neft signals shift away from US dollar payments in China | Source: South China Morning Post

Gazprom Neft is the third-biggest oil producer in Russia and operates at 34 airports in China.

Gazprom, third-biggest oil producer in Russia that operates at 34 airports in China , has started settling some aviation fuel payments in the yuan in China as Moscow and Beijing look to cut reliance on the US dollar and increase cooperation in the energy sector. The US dollar’s share of trade between Russia and China fell below half for the first time on record in the first quarter of 2020, and again in the fourth quarter last year, with more than three-quarters of the transactions between the two countries now conducted in the euro, according to Russia’s central bank.

Source: South China Morning Post


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China to use Eastern Economic Forum as opportunity to boost cooperation with Russia’s Far East | Source: RT

Beijing is planning to use the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) to further develop trade and economic partnership in Russia’s Far East regions.  “China is ready to encourage any enterprises that may invest in the Far East, as well as expand bilateral cooperation with Russia in various fields” he added. Beijing and Moscow have managed to form a reliable and comprehensive strategic partnership with bilateral trade and growing economic cooperation.

Source: RT


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