Chinese embassy spokeswoman Fang Hong said China “opposes the U.S. side's wrongful decisions,” and added that China's legislation targeted only “a very narrow category of acts that seriously jeopardize national security. We urge the U.S. to immediately correct its mistakes, withdraw the decisions and stop interfering in China's domestic affairs,” she said. … [Read more...] about U.S. curbs visas for Chinese officials over Hong Kong freedoms
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A member of the ASPI was a bylined contributor to the coverage of Wang Liqiang, who was reported by Australian media to have defected to Australia and confessed that he had worked as a secret agent in Hong Kong and Taiwan, but later proved to be a convicted fraud with a fake ID. … [Read more...] about Xinhua Headlines: Where is China-bashing rhetoric in Australia from?
The MEA and the MHA declined to comment officially on the matter, and officials at the Shipping Ministry, which oversees ports, did not respond to calls. In 2017, intelligence agencies had flagged security concerns over the acquisition by Russian oil major Rosneft of the Essar refinery project, citing its proximity Gujarat’s Vadinar port, military installations and Pakistan. The government cleared the project eventually, which was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin as one of the biggest such deals. Despite the Adani Group’s considerable importance in the infrastructure business, however, it is unlikely the proposal for a Chinese stake in the Mundra port would be given swift clearance, said officials who did not wish to be named, citing the heightened tensions between Delhi and Beijing at present. … [Read more...] about Mundra Port terminal transfer deal under MHA, MEA scanner over Chinese link
As The Hindu had reported in July, about 200 investment proposals from China are awaiting security clearance from the MHA after new rules were notified in April, making prior government approval mandatory for foreign direct investment (FDI) from countries which share a land border with India. Adding to that, in the Mundra case, will be the fact that the China Merchant Group, a multinational state-owned corporation of the People’s Republic of China based in Hong Kong that operates in transport, finance and property sectors, took over Sri Lanka’s Hambantota port on a 99-year lease, amongst other Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) projects. … [Read more...] about Mundra Port terminal transfer deal under scanner over Chinese link
The Czech population is especially sensitive to threats from a foreign power, said China analyst Filip Jirous of the Prague-based analyst group Sinopsis. "It's sort of part of the Czech historical narrative that it was always, like, this foreign power that was sort of dictating what we do," Jirous told VOA. "Obviously there was Germany, or it was Russia in the past, and now you have China as this big country that tells us, 'You can't go to Taiwan.'" … [Read more...] about European Attitudes Harden as Czech Visit to Taiwan Triggers Chinese Fury