Ben Blanchard

Brushing aside tension, top Chinese general joins forum with U.S. military

17 Sep 2018

XIAN, China A top Chinese general attended the opening on Monday of a regional armed forces health forum organised by the Chinese and U.S. militaries, as the two sides set aside friction over trade and territorial issues such as the South China Sea.

UPDATE 4-Venezuela hands China more oil presence, but no mention of new funds

14 Sep 2018

BEIJING/CARACAS, Sept 14 Venezuela gave China another stake in the OPEC member's oil industry and signed several other deals in the energy sector, but Beijing made no mention of new funds for Caracas during President Nicolas Maduro's visit to his government's key financier on Friday.

Corrupt government? You voted for them - China pushes back at Africa summit

05 Sep 2018

BEIJING As President Xi Jinping gathered together leaders from almost all African countries for a summit in Beijing in recent days, some former Chinese officials and state media were busy mounting an unusually strong defence of China's role in the continent.

China says its funding helps Africa develop, not stack up debt

04 Sep 2018

BEIJING China is helping Africa develop, not pile up debt, a top Chinese official said on Tuesday, as the government pushes back against criticism it is loading the continent with an unsustainable burden during a major summit in Beijing. | Video

China's Xi offers another $60 billion to Africa, but says no to 'vanity' projects

04 Sep 2018

BEIJING Chinese President Xi Jinping offered another $60 billion in financing for Africa on Monday and wrote off some debt for poorer African nations, while warning against funds going towards "vanity projects". | Video

China schnürt neues Anreizpaket für Afrika - 60 Mrd Dollar

03 Sep 2018

Peking Zuschüsse, zinslose Darlehen, Importhilfen: China bietet Afrika für die kommenden drei Jahre erneut eine Finanzspritze von 60 Milliarden Dollar (51,7 Milliarden Euro) an.

China says not putting pressure on Taiwan's last Africa ally

01 Sep 2018

BEIJING China is not putting any pressure on self-ruled Taiwan's last diplomatic ally in Africa, the Kingdom of eSwatini, to switch to Beijing, but believes it is just a matter of time before that happens, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Saturday.

China envoy says no accurate figure on Uighurs fighting in Syria

20 Aug 2018

BEIJING There is no accurate figure of the number of ethnic Uighurs who have gone to fight with militant groups in Syria, China's special envoy for the Syrian issue said on Monday, adding he hoped to return to Syria to gain a clearer picture.

China angered at new U.S. defense act, to assess content

14 Aug 2018

BEIJING China on Tuesday condemned measures targeting it in a new U.S. defense act, saying it exaggerated antagonism and that Beijing would take a close look at aspects that beef up the role of a U.S. panel that reviews foreign investment proposals.

China paper rebuts trade war criticism, says 'an elephant can't hide'

10 Aug 2018

BEIJING/SHANGHAI China's top newspaper rebutted growing criticism in government circles that Beijing should have taken a lower profile to head off its trade war with the United States, saying on Friday that, like an elephant, China cannot hide its size and strength. | Video

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