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Wang Yi: China Makes All-Out Effort to Protect African Brothers

On September 26, Wang Yi, China’s State Councilor and Foreign Minister, said that China will make an all-out effort to “do whatever our African brothers expect from us and whatever is in their interests.” Wang made these remarks at the Foreign Ministers’ Meeting of China and the Security Council of African Member States at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Wang stated that China stands firmly with its African brothers, whether from the past, present, or future. The world today faces unprecedented and major changes that have occurred in the past 100 years. The most important change is the rapid growth of a large number of developing countries such as China and Africa. Wang Yi said that, when China regained its seat in the United Nations, it relied on African brothers and developing countries. African countries are China’s most important and most trusted partners and have been since the first day that China joined the U.N. Security Council.

Wang said reflecting Africa’s appeals, addressing its concerns and safeguarding its interests have become the focus of China’s work in the U.N. Security Council.

Wang further said that China will make an all-out effort to “do whatever the African brothers expect from us and whatever is in their interests.”

Source: Xinhua, September 27, 2019

Canadian Media: Former Canadian Politician Sides with Beijing to Blame Hong Kong Protesters

A Canadian newspaper, The Globe and Mail, reported that Michael Chan (陈国治) has repeatedly aligned himself with the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP’s) view to blame Hong Kong Protesters. Chan was a former Canadian MPP and Ontario cabinet minister. He served between 2007 and 2018 and was in charge of the province’s immigration and international trade.

Chinanews, a Chinese state-backed news site, recently interviewed Chan. He condemned Hong Kong protesters, claimed there is foreign force behind them, and applauded the Hong Kong police “for showing restraint during the crisis.”

“I have been thinking, why are these young people so radical, so passionate [and] committed to do these things? Also, why are there so many people?”

Chan said another party instigated and brainwashed the protesters. “If there were no deeply hidden organization in this, or deeply hidden push from the outside, there would be no way that such large-scale turmoil could happen in Hong Kong in just a few months.”

Chan also said the violence in the movement in Hong Kong has been severe and if there were similar unrest in Western countries, the police would have “already fired bullets toward the crowds.”

While protesters have accused Hong Kong police of an excessive use of force, Chan stated, “It is just the opposite.” He said the restraint and courage of the Hong Kong police should be praised.

This was not the first time Chan publicly supported China’s stand on the Hong Kong issue. Last month, Chan spoke at a rally in Markham, Ontario, expressing support for the Hong Kong police, the government, and Beijing.

Some Chinese Canadians said Chan’s remarks sound like the Chinese regime’s propaganda. “It’s very clear that he is not using Canadian values nor is he using the universal values of Western democracies in making all these comments. Rather, he abides by the values of the Chinese Communist Party. That is troublesome.”

The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) worried that Chan might have been under Beijing’s influence in the past.

In 2010, a senior CSIS official met Ontario’s premier Dalton McGuinty to formally caution him about Chan’s conduct and the risk of foreign influence. McGuinty dismissed the concerns as baseless and kept Chan in the cabinet. The next Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne also dismissed the concerns.

1. Chinanews, September 1, 2019
2. The Globe and Mail, September 15, 2019

President of Burundi: China’s Hydropower Aid Project to Raise the Level of Bilateral Relations

On September 20, at the opening ceremony for the launch of Ruzibazi hydropower station project located in Burundi’s Rumonge province  the President of Burundi, Pierre Nkurunziza, said that the project will expand the cooperation between Burundi and China and enhance the level of bilateral relations.

The hydropower station project is China’s largest aid project in Burundi. It was Sinohydro Bureau 14 Co. Ltd. that undertook the project.  It will be a hydropower station, with an installed capacity of 15 megawatts, over the Ruzibazi River, about 43 km south of Bujumbura, the economic capital of Burundi.

In an interview with Xinhua News Agency, Burundi’s Energy Minister, Come Manirakiza, said that the Ruzibazi hydropower station will constitute a large proportion of capacity of the country’s total installed power stations and is very important for the future development of Burundi.

According to Li Changlin, the Chinese ambassador to Burundi, in addition to the hydropower project, China has also implemented a number of aid projects in agriculture, education, and public health.

Source: Xinhua, September 21, 2019

Xinhua: President Xi Had Phone Conversation with King of Saudi Arabia

Xinhua recently reported that Chinese President Xi Jinping had a phone conversation with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman. Saudi Arabia is China’s “comprehensive strategic partner” and a key partner of the One Belt One Road Initiative. Saudi Arabia firmly supported China’s “One China” policy on the issue of Taiwan. King Salman provided more information on the recent attack against Saudi Arabia’s oil refineries. Xi Jinping strongly condemned this attack and the damage it caused to the region and the international energy market. Xi called for a fair investigation and asked all parties to remain calm to avoid an escalation of the crisis.

Source: Xinhua, September 20, 2019

RFI: Low Postage on Goods from China Costs German Online Merchants Five Billion Euros Each Year

According to German TV 2, Germany’s Business Daily and other media reports, unfair competition from China has caused huge losses for Germany’s online merchants. According to the statistics of the German Industry Association, the loss in the electronic products industry alone is as high as five billion euros (US$5.51 billion) each year. Gero Furchheim, chairman of German E-Commerce and Distance Selling Trade Association (BEVH), told Deutsche Presse-Agentur, “This has caused tremendous losses to Germany and has cost thousands of jobs.” Since China’s cargo transportation surged three years ago, Deutsche Post DHL has estimated that it has lost 120 million euros (US$132 million dollars). The value of China’s sale of electrical appliances to German private homes alone is estimated to exceed 1 billion euros (US$1.1 billion) per year.

The postage for goods sent from China is very low. The U.S. and other developed countries hope to solve this problem during a special meeting in Geneva that the Universal Postal Union will hold on September 24 where they will raise China’s postage. Meanwhile White House trade adviser Navarro will lead a delegation to Geneva, Switzerland, next week, demanding reforms to the Universal Postal Union (UPU) which has been around for 145 years. The U.S. could withdraw from the UPU as early as October 17, if the negotiation fails.

Source: Radio Free Internationale, September 22, 2019

Global Times: Chinese Armed Unmanned Aircraft Exported to Europe for the First Time

Global Times recently reported that, according to the Defense Ministry of Serbia, Serbia will purchase armed unmanned aircraft from China. This was announced after a Chinese military delegation visited Serbia. This is the first time China has exported armed unmanned aircraft to a European country. The deal includes nine Chengdu Pterodactyl I (also known as Wing Loong I) unmanned aircraft. It was agreed that Serbia may purchase another 15 in the future. The Pterodactyl series of unmanned aircraft was first developed in 2007, with the first large batch delivery in 2010. China has exported this model to several countries in the past several years, including the United Arab Emirates. As of the end of last year, China had shipped 100 Pterodactyl aircraft to overseas customers. Serbia stated that this deal strengthened the military power of the nation. The first delivery to Serbia is expected to occur in the next few months.

Source: Global Times, September 11, 2019