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“Beautiful Sight”: China mocks US as protestors break into US Capitol
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“Beautiful Sight”: China mocks US as protestors break into US Capitol

After supporters of US President Donald Trump broke into the US Capitol, Beijing took to social media on Thursday to criticise the "sharp contrast" between Washington's response to the chaos and the 2019 Hong Kong anti-government protests.China’s mouthpiece Global Times tweeted side-by-side photo comparisons of Hong Kong protesters occupying the city's Legislative Council Complex in July 2019 with Wednesday's Washington riots.The latter saw Trump fans invade the US Capitol to protest the election defeat, taking selfies, scuffling with security and ransacking parts of the building."@SpeakerPelosi once referred to the Hong Kong riots as 'a beautiful sight to behold'," the Global Times said in the tweet, referring to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's June 2019 comment about Hong Kong's mass
China threatens to revoke licence of lawyer who helped HK activist
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China threatens to revoke licence of lawyer who helped HK activist

Authorities in China’s Sichuan province has informed a mainland lawyer, who helped one of the 10 Hong Kong activists for crossing the border, that his licence could be revoked for 'making inappropriate remarks on the internet'.This is seen as yet another instance of China's growing crackdown on dissent in the country after it imposed the draconian National Security Law in Hong Kong.According to an official statement, Lu Siwei was told by the Department of Justice in Sichuan province that he had three days to request a hearing before authorities would make a final decision on his professional qualification.If the department does not hear from him in that deadline, the lawyer will be regarded as having given up his rights, according to media reports.In their statement, the Department of Just
China rejects US’ allegation that coronavirus originated from Wuhan lab
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China rejects US’ allegation that coronavirus originated from Wuhan lab

Refuting US’ allegations that the novel coronavirus was leaked from Wuhan Lab in China, Beijing on Monday said that the pandemic was likely to have been caused by separate outbreaks in multiple places in the world.Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying's remarks came amidst reports that a ten-member team of the World Health Organisation (WHO) scientists would visit China in January to investigate the origin of the coronavirus.Beijing is yet to confirm the visit by the WHO team and remained silent about granting permission for it to visit Wuhan city in central China."I have no detailed information for you," Hua told a media briefing when asked about the visit of the WHO team and whether its schedule included a visit to Wuhan."China attaches high importance to cooperation with th
China’s new defence law expands power of its military
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China’s new defence law expands power of its military

At a time when China is at loggerheads with US and India, Beijing has revised its National Defence Law, expanding the power of its armed forces to mobilise military and civilian resources to defend its national interests both at home and abroad.The new law, effective from January 1, weakens the role of the State Council, China’s Cabinet headed by Premier Li Keqiang, in formulating military policy, handing decision-making powers to the Central Military Commission (CMC), the overall high-command of People’s Liberation Army (PLA) headed by President Xi Jinping.The amendments for the National Defence Law (NDL) were passed by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) on December 26 last year.The revised law came into force after the key conclave of the ruling CPC in Novembe
NOW MYANMAR FACES CHINESE BORDER ENCROACHMENT
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NOW MYANMAR FACES CHINESE BORDER ENCROACHMENT

It is now known that Chinese authorities constructed fences during November, 2020 near the China-Myanmar border in Laukkai Township in the Kokang Self Administered Zone in northern Shan State of Myanmar. The construction was carried out by China near border post BP-125 and between posts BP-121 and BP-122.  While the Myanmar military objected to this development, the Chinese went ahead with the works on the pretext of a crackdown on illegal border crossings from Myanmar in the wake of the rapid rise in Covid-19 cases. In fact, Major General Zaw Min Tun sent a protest letter to his Chinese counterpart quoting the 1961 treaty on the China-Myanmar boundary. The treaty, as such prohibits building any structure within ten meters of the demarcation line on either side. On sensing the objection f
US President-elect Joe Biden says coalition needed to confront Beijing
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US President-elect Joe Biden says coalition needed to confront Beijing

US President-elect Joe Biden made it clear on Monday that Washington needs to build a coalition of like-minded nations to confront Beijing."As we compete with China to hold China's government accountable for its trade abuses, technology, human rights and other fronts, our position would be much stronger when we build coalitions of like-minded partners and allies that make common cause with us in defence of our shared interests and our shared values," Biden said.Under the Donald Trump administration, ties between China and US had deteriorated over issues such as human rights violations in Xinjiang, encroachment on the special status of Hong Kong, accusations of unfair trade practices by Beijing, lack of transparency concerning the pandemic and China's military aggression in various parts of...
Canada calls for transparency in trial of 12 Hong Kong pro-democracy protestors
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Canada calls for transparency in trial of 12 Hong Kong pro-democracy protestors

After Beijing detained 12 Hong Kong pro-democracy activists - also known as the Shenzen 12 – who were allegedly attempting to flee to Taiwan in August to escape the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) draconian National Security Law, Canada has voiced its concern and urged the Chinese authorities to conduct trials on the basis of the Human Rights framework."Canada expresses deep concern over the secret trial involving the Shenzhen12. We urge Chinese authorities to conduct trials in accordance with due process and judicial transparency in line with international Human Rights norms and standards," the Canadian Government's foreign policy handle tweeted.London also expressed concern that the defendants were "tried in secret" and were denied access to lawyers of their choosing."We are deeply conce
China Venezuela Relations go downhill
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China Venezuela Relations go downhill

China considers Venezuela a key partner in Latin America. China is the biggest importer of oil and Venezuela has the largest amount of proven oil reserves. In fact, China Development Bank (CDB) has issued maximum loans to Venezuela. Despite these compatibilities, the China-Venezuela relationship has become a textbook case of how China blatantly misused its foreign policy of "promoting development". China gave financial and economic support to Maduro and Chavez governments that led to instability and misrule in the region. China's ZTE provided surveillance equipment to Maduro government to help curb dissent. China took advantage of the inefficiency and corruption in the Venezuelan government to exploit is petroleum resources. The strategy was a Loan for oil scheme - a tactic often used ...
Pakistan a pawn in Chinese policy, serious Indo-Sino conflict not good for China: IAF Chief
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Pakistan a pawn in Chinese policy, serious Indo-Sino conflict not good for China: IAF Chief

Pakistan has become a pawn in the Chinese policy and its military dependence on China would increase further in view of the debt trap due to the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Indian Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria said on Tuesday. In an address at a webinar on 'National Security Challenges and Air Power' organised by Vivekanand International Foundation, he said China has invested billions of dollars in the CPEC as loans to Islamabad and the already debt-ridden Pakistani administration would be under a lot of financial stress to repay even the interest as per the current fiscal situation there. Bhadauria said India's "most important" national security challenge is to understand China, its "possible game plan" and the deepening and evolving Sino-Pak relationship. "Pakistan has inc...
High-level Chinese delegation calls on Nepal President amidst political crisis
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High-level Chinese delegation calls on Nepal President amidst political crisis

Amid political chaos in Nepal, a high-level Chinese delegation, led by a vice minister of the Communist Party of China on Sunday called on Nepal President Bidya Devi Bhandari ahead of meeting other top leaders to mend differences between the two warring factions of the ruling Nepal Communist Party.Vice Minister of the International Department of the CPC Guo Yezhou, who arrived in Nepal on Sunday morning met President Bhandari at the Rastrapati Bhawan. “They discussed matters relating to further strengthening centuries-old bilateral relations,” said an official at the President’s office.Guo, who personally knows all senior Nepal Communist Party (NCP) leaders, is scheduled to meet Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli on Monday, according to sources. He will also hold meetings with senior political