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Australia infuriated China by calling for an independent probe into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic, banning controversial telecoms giant Huawei from building Australia's 5G network and tightening foreign investment laws for corporations.(Reuters)

'Poisoned mutual trust': China tells Australia after it scraps BRI deal

AFP |
PUBLISHED ON APR 22, 2021 02:39 PM IST
  • The federal government pulled the deal with Victoria state late Wednesday in a move justified by the defence minister as necessary to prevent Australia hosting a giant infrastructure scheme "used for propaganda".
Australia's defence minister Peter Dutton is a hardline ex-cop who publicly clashed with the Chinese government on several occasions. (AFP)
Australia's defence minister Peter Dutton is a hardline ex-cop who publicly clashed with the Chinese government on several occasions. (AFP)

Australia says China's Belt and Road deals used to spread propaganda

AFP |
PUBLISHED ON APR 22, 2021 11:40 AM IST
Australia overruled Victoria state's decision to join the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Peter Dutton, defence minister, warned local governments entering into such agreements with Beijing.
Djibouti, a small African country located in the Horn of Africa, devoid of natural resources, has opened itself to international powers in order to profit from its strategic location at the entrance to the Red Sea.(AFP)
Djibouti, a small African country located in the Horn of Africa, devoid of natural resources, has opened itself to international powers in order to profit from its strategic location at the entrance to the Red Sea.(AFP)

Djibouti autonomy at risk due to China's investment strategy: Report

ANI | , Djibouti
PUBLISHED ON APR 11, 2021 03:08 PM IST
China brought Djibouti into its economic orbit through the Belt and Road Initiative but Djibouti now finds itself in a situation of such economic dependence that it "risks threatening its autonomy".
A man uses his mobile phone to take a picture of a big screen showing China's President Xi Jinping attending the opening session of the National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. (AFP)
A man uses his mobile phone to take a picture of a big screen showing China's President Xi Jinping attending the opening session of the National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. (AFP)

Xi Jinping's Belt and Road project stalls as China's economy shrinks: Report

ANI | , Kabul
PUBLISHED ON MAR 14, 2021 02:33 PM IST
Wang Xiaolong, director-general of the Chinese Foreign Ministry's International Economic Affairs Department, said 20 per cent of the BRI projects were seriously affected while other 30-40 per cent witnessed adverse impact.
China was moving forward with plans to buy up oil for its emergency reserves in April of last year, people familiar the plans said at the time.(Reuters)
China was moving forward with plans to buy up oil for its emergency reserves in April of last year, people familiar the plans said at the time.(Reuters)

China plans expansion in Arctic region with push for building 'Polar Silk Road'

PTI | , Beijing
PUBLISHED ON MAR 05, 2021 04:24 PM IST
  • China has made clear its intention to expand in the Arctic region and published a white paper on this in early 2018 calling for its transformation into a “Polar Silk Road”.
The Pakistani government has recently re-approached Chinese officials on the issue but no information has leaked out in the public domain on their exchanges. (Reuters/HT Archive)
The Pakistani government has recently re-approached Chinese officials on the issue but no information has leaked out in the public domain on their exchanges. (Reuters/HT Archive)

Pak caught in China's debt-trap diplomacy, seeks relief from 'iron ally': Report

ANI | , Islamabad
UPDATED ON FEB 25, 2021 08:41 AM IST
Pakistani officials are also reportedly asking their Chinese counterparts to decelerate agreed plans to build even more power plants that would add to the overcapacity problem.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets during the inauguration of the new Supreme Court building of Mauritius through video conferencing, in New Delhi on Thursday.(ANI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets during the inauguration of the new Supreme Court building of Mauritius through video conferencing, in New Delhi on Thursday.(ANI)

We help partners without preconditions: PM Modi

Hindustan Times | By Rezaul H Laskar, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 31, 2020 06:32 AM IST
India’s development partnerships are marked by respect, diversity, care for the future and sustainable development, Modi said as he and his Mauritius counterpart Pravind Jugnauth inaugurated the new Supreme Court building in Port Louis during a virtual ceremony.
China last week held the first video conference of the BRI as part of its efforts to kick start the projects.(Bloomberg)
China last week held the first video conference of the BRI as part of its efforts to kick start the projects.(Bloomberg)

Majority of China’s BRI projects abroad adversely affected by Covid-19: Official

Beijing, China | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shivani Kumar
UPDATED ON JUN 28, 2020 05:23 PM IST
About a fifth of the projects under the BRI, which aims to boost trade and investment across Asia, Africa and Europe to further China’s global influence, had been “seriously affected” by the pandemic, according to Wang Xiaolong.
Chinese President Xi Jinping after the welcome ceremony of leaders attending the Belt and Road Forum at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China on April 26, 2019.(Reuters)
Chinese President Xi Jinping after the welcome ceremony of leaders attending the Belt and Road Forum at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China on April 26, 2019.(Reuters)

China shores up projects in Nepal, Myanmar under Belt and Road

Beijing, Hindustan Times | By Sutirtho Patranobis
UPDATED ON APR 29, 2019 05:10 PM IST
The naming of the bilateral projects with Nepal coincided with Beijing dropping the BCIM or the Bangladesh, China, India and Myanmar Corridor from the BRI projects’ list.
Sri Lanka was thrown into a political crisis on Friday when President Maithripala Sirisena sacked Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and named Mahinda Rajapaksa (pictured) to replace him.(AFP)
Sri Lanka was thrown into a political crisis on Friday when President Maithripala Sirisena sacked Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and named Mahinda Rajapaksa (pictured) to replace him.(AFP)

India opens urgent diplomatic and political contacts with new ‘pro-China’ Sri Lankan PM

New Delhi | By Reuters
UPDATED ON OCT 29, 2018 09:10 PM IST
Mahinda Rajapaksa had opened up Sri Lanka’s main port to Chinese naval submarines when he was president, which stoked anger in India. His return to power has drawn concern in New Delhi that China would tighten its grip on the island that lies along busy shipping lanes.
Last month, Pakistani information minister Fawad Chaudhry said that Saudi Arabia is the third “strategic partner” of the CPEC, soon after Prime Minister Imran Khan returned from his first foreign trip to the kingdom.(Reuters/File Photo)
Last month, Pakistani information minister Fawad Chaudhry said that Saudi Arabia is the third “strategic partner” of the CPEC, soon after Prime Minister Imran Khan returned from his first foreign trip to the kingdom.(Reuters/File Photo)

Pakistan takes U-turn, says Saudi Arabia will not be part of CPEC

Islamabad | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON OCT 04, 2018 12:08 AM IST
In a U-turn, Pakistan has announced that its close ally Saudi Arabia would not join the $50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, days after Islamabad said Riyadh will be the third “strategic partner” of China’s flagship project, the Belt and Road Initiative.
Pakistan and China's national flags fly in the foreground as soldiers from both countries stand together for a group shot after holding joint military exercises in Jhelum, located in Pakistan's Punjab province.(Reuters File Photo)
Pakistan and China's national flags fly in the foreground as soldiers from both countries stand together for a group shot after holding joint military exercises in Jhelum, located in Pakistan's Punjab province.(Reuters File Photo)

In meeting with Pakistan, China says those who oppose Belt and Road Initiative will ‘never succeed’

Hindustan Times, Beijing | By Sutirtho Patranobis, Beijing
UPDATED ON SEP 21, 2018 08:41 AM IST
India has repeatedly objected to CPEC, saying the trade and transit corridor violates its territorial integrity since it passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
A senior official at China’s state planner said some countries’ high debt levels are long-standing and not to be blamed on the Belt and Road initiative.(AFP file photo)
A senior official at China’s state planner said some countries’ high debt levels are long-standing and not to be blamed on the Belt and Road initiative.(AFP file photo)

China says Belt and Road initiative is not a debt trap

Beijing | By Reuters
PUBLISHED ON AUG 27, 2018 05:28 PM IST
The Belt and Road initiative, first mentioned in a speech Chinese President Xi Jinping gave in Kazakhstan in 2013, is a vehicle for Beijing to take a greater role on the international stage by funding and building global transport and trade links in more than 60 countries.
A phone conversation between Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan (pictured) on Monday focused on the future of CPEC, according to a report in the official Xinhua news agency.(File Photo)
A phone conversation between Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan (pictured) on Monday focused on the future of CPEC, according to a report in the official Xinhua news agency.(File Photo)

China, Pakistan renew pledge to complete CPEC under Imran Khan

Hindustan Times, Beijing | By Sutirtho Patranobis, Beijing
UPDATED ON AUG 22, 2018 12:08 AM IST
Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Imran Khan has assured Chinese Premier Li Keqiang that his government will take “strictest precautions” for the security and safety of Chinese personnel working on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
Former Australian envoy Peter Varghese identified 10 sectors with the most potential for cooperation with India, with education topping the list. Australia had 68,000 Indian students taking courses Down Under last year.(HT/Photo for representation)
Former Australian envoy Peter Varghese identified 10 sectors with the most potential for cooperation with India, with education topping the list. Australia had 68,000 Indian students taking courses Down Under last year.(HT/Photo for representation)

Alternate to Belt and Road Initiative does not exclude other countries: Australian envoy on India

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Pramit Pal Chaudhuri
PUBLISHED ON AUG 10, 2018 12:20 AM IST
Australian envoy Harinder Sidhu said United States, Australia and Japan ‘have a long tradition of strategic cooperation’ and the alternate to China’s Belt and Road Initiative is just one among them.
Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during a meeting with delegates of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation security secretary summit at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.(AFP)
Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during a meeting with delegates of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation security secretary summit at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.(AFP)

India, Pakistan’s inclusion in SCO will expand cooperation: Xi Jinping

Hindustan Times, Beijing | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON MAY 23, 2018 06:33 PM IST
Addressing top security officials of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation member countries in Beijing, Chinese President Xi Jinping said India and Pakistan’s entry in the bloc has enhanced the potential for cooperation in fighting terrorism and raised expectations from the international community.
The Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’-led government, without any tendering, had decided to award the contract to a Chinese firm, which led to a huge controversy in Nepal.(AFP/File Photo)
The Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’-led government, without any tendering, had decided to award the contract to a Chinese firm, which led to a huge controversy in Nepal.(AFP/File Photo)

Nepal refuses China’s offer to fund multi-billion dollar power project

Indo Asian News Service, Kathmandu | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON MAY 09, 2018 09:45 PM IST
The contract to build the Budhi Gandaki hydroelectricity project was awarded to a Chinese firm by the previous Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’-led dispensation in 2016.
Chinese President Xi Jinping and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi sit as they take a boat ride on the East Lake in Wuhan, China, Saturday.(Reuters Photo)
Chinese President Xi Jinping and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi sit as they take a boat ride on the East Lake in Wuhan, China, Saturday.(Reuters Photo)

China did the calculations before backing off from urging India to join Belt and Road Initiative

Hindustan Times, Beijing | By Sutirtho Patranobis
UPDATED ON APR 29, 2018 07:02 PM IST
Beijing has realised that it is possible to have economic cooperation with India outside the BRI which India opposes because part of it passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
Even with more traffic, Hambantota is only handling about one ship a day -- not enough to even register on China Merchants’ own data showing cargo handling volumes for February.(Atul Loke/Bloomberg)
Even with more traffic, Hambantota is only handling about one ship a day -- not enough to even register on China Merchants’ own data showing cargo handling volumes for February.(Atul Loke/Bloomberg)

Inside China’s $1 billion Hambantota port where ships don’t want to stop

Bloomberg | By Iain Marlow
UPDATED ON APR 18, 2018 01:14 PM IST
The Hambantota port’s weak performance has fuelled impressions that it simply serves China’s broader strategic interests to secure crucial trade routes and international supply chains.
International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde speaks at the Joint People's Bank of China-International Monetary Fund High-Level Conference in Beijing on April 12, 2018.(AFP Photo)
International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde speaks at the Joint People's Bank of China-International Monetary Fund High-Level Conference in Beijing on April 12, 2018.(AFP Photo)

IMF chief says China’s Belt and Road initiative progressing but warns of debt risks

Reuters, Beijing | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON APR 12, 2018 12:20 PM IST
One challenge is to ensure that Belt and Road only travels where it is needed, and the second is to focus on sound fiscal policies, Christine Lagarde said.
Chinese president Xi Jinping delivers a speech at an annual meeting of the Boao Forum for Asia in Boao, in the southern Chinese province of Hainan, on April 10, 2018.(Kyodo via Reuters)
Chinese president Xi Jinping delivers a speech at an annual meeting of the Boao Forum for Asia in Boao, in the southern Chinese province of Hainan, on April 10, 2018.(Kyodo via Reuters)

Belt and Road Initiative not a Chinese plot, says president Xi Jinping

Reuters, Beijing | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 12, 2018 01:31 AM IST
China has said projects along the routes of the Belt and Road will be open to investment from all, including third party nations, but some Western governments have voiced concern the deals will overwhelmingly favour Chinese companies.
In this Dec. 22, 2017, photo, a Pakistani police officer stands guard at the site of Pakistan China Silk Road in Haripur, Pakistan(AP File Photo)
In this Dec. 22, 2017, photo, a Pakistani police officer stands guard at the site of Pakistan China Silk Road in Haripur, Pakistan(AP File Photo)

Connectivity projects in Indo-Pacific could compromise nations’ sovereignty: US

Press Trust of India, Washington | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON APR 03, 2018 10:52 AM IST
The remark is seen as referring to China’s Belt and Road Initiative.
A Chinese national flag flutters at the headquarters of a commercial bank on a financial street in central Beijing.(REUTERS FILE)
A Chinese national flag flutters at the headquarters of a commercial bank on a financial street in central Beijing.(REUTERS FILE)

China launches 2 satellites to boost navigation system serving countries along BRI project

Press Trust of India, Beijing | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON MAR 30, 2018 08:55 PM IST
Named after the Chinese term for Big Dipper, the BeiDou system is being projected by Beijing as a rival to the American Global Positioning System.
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