Chinese hackers target India’s power sector

Tech 04/08/22, 23:40

A private U.S. cybersecurity firm reported that a likely state-sponsored Chinese group conducted a recent intrusion operation targeting India's electricity sector on Wednesday in the Ladach area that’s in dispute. The Insikt Group, a Recorded Future's threat intelligence research arm, posted that seven Indian state centers responsible for electrical dispatch and ...

China’s services sector shrinks sharply amid COVID-19 surge

News 04/08/22, 23:12

According to Caixin, China's services sector activity fell at the steepest pace in two years in March. The Caixin Services Purchasing Managers' Index (Services PMI) released on April 6 recorded 42.0 in March, a sharp drop of 8.2 percentage points from February and the lowest since the first COVID-19 pandemic started ...

Canada observing China’s Ukraine stance, but receives warning about Taiwan

China 04/08/22, 23:11

The Foreign ministers of Canada and China discussed national ties on Tuesday, April 5 during their first direct talk since 2020. According to the readouts from both sides, different interests were spelled out. Mélanie Joly, Canadian Foreign Minister, reminded China about its stance in the Ukraine war, saying that “Canada and ...

China pays for Russian energy in Chinese yuan

Economy 04/08/22, 22:32

Chinese consultancy Fenwei Energy Information Service Co. said that Russia accepted yuan in coal trading in March, and the first shipments will arrive in China this month. Russian crude oil sellers have also offered Chinese refiners the option of paying in yuan. Bloomberg reported that such transactions were conducted in dollars before ...

China’s lockdowns leave production disrupted, EU trade group warns

Economy 04/08/22, 00:03

The European Union Chamber of Commerce in China warns of fractured supply chains resulting from the zero-COVID approach, saying that European companies operating in the country are struggling to cope with lockdowns, and their business confidence diminished. At a media event held on April 6, Jörg Wuttke, the Chamber’s president, said ...

China to face sanctions if it supports Russia-Ukraine war, U.S. says

China 04/07/22, 23:59

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman said on Wednesday, April 6, that sanctions placed on Russia over its war in Ukraine should give China a "good understanding" of its implications if it provides material support to Russia. According to Reuters, Sherman stated that the "range of sanctions" and export controls ...

China-Ukraine diplomat talk signals potential Xi-Zelenskyy meeting

China 04/07/22, 23:16

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi spoke for the second time with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba by phone on April 4. According to Chinese state news agency Xinhua, Wang said, "China welcomes peace talks between Russia and Ukraine. China is willing to continue to play a constructive role in its own way." According ...

Leaked document exposes inconsistency in Beijing-Solomon’s military base

Insights 04/07/22, 22:54

News.com reported that an official Chinese document contradicts Beijing’s dismissing plans to build a military base in the Solomon Islands on April 7. This document shows that China plans to establish a military presence in the Solomon Islands in 2020 after the South Pacific country cut off its relationship with Taiwan ...

China’s state-owned refiners avoid new deals on Russian oil

China 04/07/22, 22:03

Reuters reported on Thursday, Apr 7, that China's state refiners are continuing existing Russian oil contracts but won't buy more despite steep discounts. State-owned buyers, such as Sinopec, CNOOC, PetroChina, and Sinochem, have avoided Russia's Eastern Siberia–Pacific Ocean oil pipeline at May loading. Russia's oil price was reduced after Washington banned Russian ...

83-year-old American nun kidnapped by terrorists in Burkina Faso

World 04/07/22, 08:16

Last Monday, April 4, as a result of a night raid that took place in Burkina Faso, a West African country, an 83-year-old nun was kidnapped by armed men. The news was confirmed this Tuesday by Bishop Théophile Naré of the town of Kaya. Sister Suellen Tennyson of the Congregation of Marianite Sisters ...

Thai-China Submarine deal endangers as Rolls Royce blocks engine sales

China 04/07/22, 00:31

According to the Liberty Times Net, Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha admitted on April 4 that their S26T submarine contract with China might not last long. The cancellation would not affect the two countries political and economic relations. Rear Admiral Apichai Sompolgrunk, director-general of the Thai navy's acquisitions management office, said ...

Al Qaeda leader, thought dead, appears alive in a recent video

Middle East 04/07/22, 00:05

Following rumors of Ayman Al Zawahiri's death, SITE Intelligence Group, a U.S.-based group that monitors terrorist websites, found a video on April 5 showing the Al Qaeda leader alive and alluding to a recent event.  In the video, the terrorist is shown congratulating an Indian Muslim woman who, in February this ...

Top Brussels diplomat: EU-China summit was a ‘dialogue of the deaf’

China 04/06/22, 23:19

The European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell told the European Parliament on Tuesday, April 5, that last week’s high-profile summit with China was a “dialogue of the deaf”, as China “did not want to talk about Ukraine”. The first bilateral summit in almost two years took place on ...