News Updates

1 - 13 January, 2020
  • China calls on all sides to handle Iran issue with fairness
    Tensions escalated in the Gulf region over the weekend as Iran distanced itself from the 2015 nuclear deal amid growing threats and pressure from the United States. The Iranian cabinet said in a statement on Sunday that the country would "take the final step to reduce commitments to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action", and would not observe restrictions in operational areas, including uranium enrichment capacities, enrichment percentage, the volume of enriched material and research. (People’s Daily, China, January 7, 2020)
  • China committed to playing constructive role in Middle East, Gulf: envoy
    A Chinese envoy said Monday that China is committed to playing a constructive role in maintaining peace and stability in the Middle East and the Gulf region.
    "China follows the situation very closely and the pressing task at the moment is to prevent the situation from further escalating and running out of control. As a permanent member of the Security Council, China is carrying out active diplomatic efforts," Zhang Jun, China's permanent representative to the United Nations, told reporters at the UN headquarters in New York. (People’s Daily, China, January 7, 2020)
  • China expected to mitigate Iran-US tension
    Iran-US tension could affect China's overseas interests in the Gulf and its significant cooperation with Iran and Iraq, Chinese experts warned on Monday, urging the Chinese government to make diplomatic efforts to prevent any further escalation. (Global Times, China, January 7, 2020)
  • China promises ‘relentless efforts’ to save Iran nuclear deal after US drone strike on Qassem Soleimani
    Foreign ministry says Tehran has ‘shown restraint’ even though it pulled out of international accord to restrict uranium enhancement after killing of senior commander Beijing urges all parties to stay calm and seek political and diplomatic solutions after Donald Trump authorised Friday’s attack. (South China Morning Post China, January 7, 2020)
  • China's envoy defends multilateralism principle of UN Charter
    China's top envoy to the United Nations on Thursday expounded on China's position of firmly upholding multilateralism and the UN Charter. (People’s Daily, January 11, 2020)
  • Human Rights Watch chief Kenneth Roth says barring him from Hong Kong is ‘sad and troubling’ reflection of Beijing pressure
    The group’s executive director said immigration officials at the airport refused him entry to Hong Kong without explanation. Roth plans to unveil human rights report, which is highly critical of China, in New York instead, as city officials refuse to comment on case. (South China Morning Post, January 12, 2020)
  • Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam tells Asian Financial Forum the city is withstanding protests, US-China trade war
    City’s status as a global financial hub has not been undermined by anti-government unrest and other unprecedented pressures, chief executive says. Lam tells overseas investors and leading lights in finance world that Hong Kong ‘will bridge our divide’. (South China Morning Post, January 13, 2020)
  • Hong Kong protesters feel new burst of hope as Tsai Ing-win sweeps to resounding victory in Taiwan elections Tsai and her party have said repeatedly they will do all they can to help protesters seeking shelter in Taiwan. Head of human rights group believes government will relax restrictions for Hongkongers to enrol in school or to work to gain permanent residence. (South China Morning Post, January 13, 2020)

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