News Updates

23 April - 13 May, 2019
  • China warns US ships to leave sea
    A military spokesperson said that the People's Liberation Army will stay on high alert and take all necessary measures to protect national sovereignty and security and safeguard peace and stability in the South China Sea, after two US ships illegally entered the area. (Global Times, May 07, 2019)
  • China deeply disappointed by US tariff plan
    China voiced deep disappointment late about Washington's plan to raise tariffs on Chinese imports, saying that it will take necessary counter-measures if the US tariffs increase takes effect. (China Daily, May 09, 2019)
  • Beijing blasts US Congress for Taiwan defense bill
    Beijing resolutely opposes the United States House of Representatives for passing a bill to bolster Taiwan's defense capability, calling it "boorish interference" in China's domestic affairs. (China Daily, May 09, 2019)
  • Beijing vows retaliation on US trade
    Ministry expresses 'deep regrets' in wake of added tariffs on Chinese goods

    The Ministry of Commerce expressed "deep regrets" at the United States' move to impose additional tariffs on Chinese imports and vowed to take necessary countermeasures. (China Daily, May 11, 2019)
  • Putin: China takes a creative approach to promoting int'l economic cooperation
    Ahead of his working visit to China, Vladimir Putin gave an interview to the Chinese newspaper People's Daily (Renmin Ribao). (People's Daily, April 25, 2019)
  • Strong relationship with China brings prosperity: Australian State Premier
    Australian State Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews praised the progress of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and stressed the importance of a mutual relationship, saying “a strong relationship with China is about prosperity, jobs, economic opportunities and more.” (People's Daily, April 27, 2019)
09 April - 22 April, 2019
  • China’s goods trade with B&R countries surpasses $6 trln
    The volume of goods trade between China and countries and regions along the Belt and Road (B&R) surpassed over $6 trillion from 2013 to 2018, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of China announced on April 18.
    Upholding the principle of extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits, China has achieved remarkable progress in promoting the B&R construction over the past six years. (People's Daily, April 22, 2019)
  • After having second thoughts, several countries return to China’s belt and road plan
    Some of China’s most important allies in its “Belt and Road Initiative” are back on board after a period of doubt and uncertainty, with some of these countries’ officials saying they “don’t have many options better” than Beijing’s ambitious drive despite the global concerns it has drawn. (South China Morning Post, April 19, 2019)
  • ‘Cooperate or stop criticising’, China’s foreign minister Wang Yi says as belt and road summit nears
    Beijing’s global trade plan is a platform for cooperation, not a tool to boost geopolitical influence, diplomat says
    The “Belt and Road Initiative” is a platform for cooperation and not a geopolitical tool, China’s foreign minister said on Friday, as he urged the United States and India, two of the scheme’s biggest sceptics, to take part in it. (South China Morning Post, April 19, 2019)
  • China’s cross-border e-commerce turnover tops 9 trillion yuan in 2018
    The turnover of China’s cross-border e-commerce exceeded 9 trillion yuan ($1.34 trillion), and the country’s cross-border consumers surpassed 100 million in 2018, according to a newly released social report. (People's Daily, April 19, 2019)
  • Ethnic groups priority of poverty alleviation efforts
    A local official (center) reads a letter of encouragement from Chinese President Xi Jinping to Derung people in Dulongjiang Township, Southwest China's Yunnan Province on poverty alleviation efforts on Thursday. Photo: Courtesy of Yu Minghua
    Upon hearing a letter of encouragement from President Xi Jinping, Ken Yuzhen found it difficult to contain her excitement. So she started singing a song in the language of her ethnic group, Derung, in her new two-story house. (Global Times, April 13, 2019)
01 April - 08 April, 2019
  • China to be offered Russia's 'best warplane' Su-57
    Su-57 fighter jet is worth studying, say military experts
    Russia is reportedly eyeing exporting Su-57, its most advanced fighter jet, to China, an offer Chinese experts described as an indication of the close strategic relations between the two countries. (Global Times, April 01, 2019)
  • China, New Zealand agree to deepen comprehensive strategic partnership
    Chinese President Xi Jinping met with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in Beijing Monday. They agreed to continuously enrich the China-New Zealand comprehensive strategic partnership based on the principles of mutual trust and mutual benefit. (Xinhua, April 02, 2019)
  • China, Philippines conclude dialogue on South China Sea issues
    China and the Philippines have wrapped up talks on the South China Sea issues as well as maritime activities in a friendly and constructive manner, and achieved fruitful outcomes, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said. (CNTV, April 05, 2019)