Australia says Solomons-China pact’s ‘lack of transparency’

Australia & Oceania 04/18/22, 01:08

In a local television interview on Sunday, April 17, Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said that there are concerns about a 'lack of transparency' in the controversial proposed security pact between the Solomon Islands and China. According to Bloomberg, Payne said that the concern is "something that should be discussed in ...

Debt-trapped Sri Lanka to suspend its stock market for 5 days

Economy 04/18/22, 01:05

The Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka (SEC) announced the temporary closure of its stock market on April 16. The Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) takes the SEC's direction and will close the stock market for five business days from April 18. SEC said in the press release that the decision ...

A Chinese investor has scrapped its office in Russia

China 04/17/22, 22:33

Radio Free Europe (RFE) on April 16 reported that a major Chinese investor in Russia has closed its office, with its signboard removed, after years of stalled projects. The firm, Sichuan Junhe Environmental Protection Company (SJEPC), 2017 promised to pour 154 million dollars worth of investment into a cement plant in ...

Top Russian official will visit Beijing

China 04/16/22, 22:09

On 15 May, Li Zhanshu, Chairman of the Chinese National People's Congress, held a video conference meeting with Valentina Matviyenko, Chairman of the Russian Federation Council. Matviyenko plans to visit China in the autumn of 2022. CGTN reported that during the meeting, Li proposed a relationship based on the principles of ...

U.S., EU Chamber of Commerce voice dissatisfaction with China’s Covid policy

News 04/16/22, 19:49

China’s strict "Zero COVID" policy is testing not only Shanghai residents’ patience but also foreign businesses operating in the country. Trade groups have voiced their distress. In a letter dated April 8, the European Chamber of Commerce in China asked Beijing to revise its “old toolbox” in fighting the pandemic, saying ...

China bans meat imports from 3 Brazilian firms

China 04/16/22, 19:46

China's General Administration of Customs (GACC) has banned meat purchases from three Brazilian beef exporters, as coronavirus was found on their packing products. The ban was imposed on JBS SA, Marfrig, and Naturafrig for one week, starting on Saturday, April 16. Reuters reported that Chinese authorities had discovered nucleic acids from the ...

NY Time publishes an opinion piece attacking God on Easter

New York 04/16/22, 16:43

At the beginning of one of the holiest weekends for Christians, the New York Times published an opinion piece proposing that believers turn their backs on God.  The left-leaning newspaper published the essay written by Shalom Auslander, who claims to have become disillusioned with his religious upbringing in a New York ...

US and Japan reaffirm alliance amid China and North Korea concerns

China 04/16/22, 16:19

U.S. lawmakers traveling to Japan on Saturday, April 16, reaffirmed a working alliance to jointly confront the threat posed by North Korea and China amid growing global tension. The six lawmakers, led by South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, met with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, who agreed that they should ...

China must take sides in Russia-Ukraine war: Secretary of State Blinken

China 04/16/22, 02:13

Since the beginning of the Russian-Ukrainian war, China has stayed out of the international condemnation of Russia's actions in Ukraine, refusing to use the term "invasion" to describe Russia's actions.  U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, on April 14, said that China's lack of consistency in Russia's invasion of Ukraine is ...

U.S. expresses concerns about possible pact between China and Solomon

China 04/15/22, 23:37

The Pentagon said on Thursday, April 14, that the possible security agreement between China and Solomon Islands leaves the opportunity for the Chinese military to deploy its troops to the Pacific nation. South China Morning Post reported that Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told a press conference, “We believe that signing such ...

Australia asks Solomon Islands not to sign China’s security deal

Australia & Oceania 04/15/22, 01:04

An Australian Minister met with the Solomon Islands' Prime Minister on Wednesday, April 13, asking the Pacific island not to sign a proposed security deal with China. The meeting occurred between Zed Seselja, Australia's Minister for International Development and the Pacific, and Manasseh Sogavare, Solomon Islands' Prime Minister. In a statement following ...

China deploys another batch of weapons to Serbia amid heated concerns

China 04/13/22, 22:54

China delivers a sophisticated anti-aircraft system in a veiled operation to Serbia this weekend, with a total of 12 transport planes provided in two batches. The events occur amid Western concerns that an arms buildup in the Balkans during the heated time of the Russia-Ukraine war could jeopardize the peace in ...