China’s Xi turns to Myanmar as he pushes for ‘Belt and Road’ plan | China News

Yangon, Myanmar – Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Myanmar on Friday on his first trip to the country since 2009, and is expected to step up investment in the southeast Asian nation including in the conflict-wracked state of Rakhine, a key link in China‘s Belt and Road initiative. Myanmar’s deputy minister of commerce, Aung Htoo, told reporters ahead of the visit that Xi would sign agreements related to the Kyaukphyu Special Economic Zone and $1.3bn port in Rakhine, where a brutal military crackdown in 2017 led hundreds of thousands…

China’s Xi Jinping to discuss Myanmar mega projects  

Chinese President Xi Jinping is due to visit Myanmar next week to boost ties and investment projects as the countries mark 70 years of diplomatic relations. Xi is scheduled to arrive on January 17 in the first presidential visit since Jiang Zemin’s trip in 2001. Luo Zhaohui, China’s deputy foreign minister, said the neighbours would deepen economic and trade cooperation through Xi’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which hopes to span Asia, Africa and Europe.   China is also marking the 70th anniversary of official ties with Vietnam and…

South China Sea: Beijing humiliated as nations round on Xi in tense standoff | World | News

The height of recent hostility has come as a result of yet another standoff between China and a nearby South China Sea nation, with Indonesia expressing fury after Chinese fishing vessels entered the country’s economic exclusion zone last week. Dozens of boats entered the region on the periphery of the Natuna waters, located in the South China Sea between Malaysia and Indonesia, and only departed last Thursday. But China‘s latest act of aggression may have backfired as Indonesia calls on Japan to help defy Beijing’s military presence in the South…

Chinese leader Xi Jinping to visit Myanmar next week:The Asahi Shimbun

BEIJING–Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit neighboring Myanmar next week amid efforts to strengthen relations with members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Myanmar has been a close ally in backing China’s claims in the South China Sea and a partner in Xi’s signature “Belt and Road” initiative to build railroads, highways, ports and other infrastructure connecting China with other points in Asia and into Europe and Africa. Chinese projects in Myanmar include a pipeline to channel natural gas from the Middle East overland instead of through the Malacca…

Chinese leader Xi Jinping to visit Myanmar next week

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit neighboring Myanmar next week amid efforts to strengthen relations with members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Myanmar has been a close ally in backing China’s claims in the South China Sea and a partner in Xi’s signature “Belt and Road” initiative to build railroads, highways, ports and other infrastructure connecting China with other points in Asia and into Europe and Africa. Chinese projects in Myanmar include a pipeline to channel natural gas from the Middle East overland instead of…

At ‘Sacred’ Lake, Chinese Declare Love for Xi and Communist Party

NANHU LAKE, China — He was anxious about China’s trade war with the United States. He was worried about the rise of pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong. So Liu Yuanrong, a lifelong member of the Chinese Communist Party, followed the advice of a friend: Go to the lake. That would be Nanhu Lake, a cradle of Chinese communism in eastern China that in recent years has become a spiritual retreat for the party’s more than 90 million members. There, near a forest of pine trees one recent day, Mr. Liu…

COMMENTARY: How Putin, Xi and Trump shook up the world this past decade – National

Ten years ago this weekend, my colleague and friend Michelle Lang was killed in a homemade landmine strike on a Canadian light armoured vehicle that had just started a patrol a few kilometres south of Kandahar City. Lang was a keen student of the world, but there have been many changes in the global order since she passed away. My guess is that she would likely be stunned to know what is now what. Notwithstanding the Afghan war, after a long period of relative calm between 1990 and 2010, the…

China sets its sights on Taiwan in 2020 as Xi Jinping aims to achieve his ‘centenary goal’ | World | News

The new year will see the deadline for China’s “centenary goal” as 2021 will be the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CCP). In December the Taiwanese defence ministry reported “irregular” patrols by People’s Liberation Army Navy warships in the western side of the strait this year had become “routine”. The ministry said the island’s forces had “effectively monitored the situations and movements around the Taiwan Strait by means of its air and naval mechanisms to ensure national security and regional stability”. But, Li Kexin,…

Manila Vice: Xi and Duterte grapple with online casino crime

MANILA — With its marble walls, gilded lobby and sign with Chinese characters that can mean “paradise on earth,” the Skytop International Club never tried to be subtle. Opened last year on the fringes of the Makati business district, Manila’s Wall Street, the club became known as a place where men would spend big money on booze and women. The decadence ended on Sept. 30, when officers from the National Bureau of Investigation, or NBI, barged in and rescued 95 women — 91 of them Chinese — believed to be…

Abe, Xi agree to work to elevate Japan-China ties to new level

BEIJING (Kyodo) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed Monday to work together to elevate relations between the two countries to a new level, as Tokyo has been preparing for the Chinese leader’s state visit to Japan next spring. “We put an extreme emphasis” on Xi’s planned visit to Japan, Abe told the Chinese president at the outset of their meeting in Beijing, adding, “We want to build a relationship that is suitable for a new era of Japan and China.” Xi told Abe, “I…