Contents tagged with China

  • Belarus and China agree on mutual visa-free travel

    Belarus and China signed an agreement on a visa-free regime for the holders of ordinary passports, Belarusian news agency BelTA reports.

    The agreement was signed following the talks of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko with Chinese President Xi Jinping. On behalf of Belarus, the document was signed by Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei.

    Earlier in May, the Prime Minister of Belarus Andrei Kobyakov had noted that Belarus would become one of the first countries in …

  • Putin signs bill on counter-sanctions against US and sets sights on money from China

    On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a bill on counter-sanctions against the US and other “hostile foreign countries”, which was drafted in response to the blacklisting of billionaires Viktor Vekselberg and Oleg Deripaska, together with all the companies belonging to them.

    According to the document uploaded to the legal information portal, the Russian government is given the right to terminate international collaboration with countries which have introduced anti-Russian sanctions, …

  • Sweden withdraws from Russian lunar mission and joins Chinese one

    The Swedish XSAN device for measurement of neutrals and ions, which was developed for the Russian Luna-25 program, will instead travel to the Earth’s satellite on the Chinese station Chang'e-4, RIA Novosti reports, referencing a letter from the Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF).

     “In 2017, our Chinese colleagues suggested sending the manufactured XSAN flight module on the Chinese Chang'e-4 rover in 2018, an opportunity that we could not miss,” letter reads.

    On May 11, IRF reported that …

  • Ukraine wants to borrow $7 billion from China for infrastructure projects

    The Ukrainian government intends to conclude a framework loan agreement with China worth $7 billion to help fund a number of infrastructure projects, as announced by Viktor Dovgan, Deputy Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine, during the presentation of an exhibition project for the China International Import Expo, UNIAN reports.

    "The government intends to submit an official proposal to the Chinese Ministry of Commerce regarding the conclusion of a framework loan agreement for a number of …

  • China shows no desire to trade with Russia for rubles

    The idea of abandoning the dollar for external trade with BRICS countries, actively proposed by the Russian government since it fell under sanctions from the West, still remains unrealizable.

    Despite three years of negotiations with the central banks of the provisional bloc and the making of direct currency swap agreements, exporting companies in China and India still show no desire to transition to payment in rubles, according to a Central Bank statistic on the currency structure of foreign …

  • Russia calls new US defense strategy 'confrontational'

    Sergey Lavrov, the Head of the Foreign Affairs Ministry of the Russian Federation, described the new U.S. National Defense Strategy as "confrontational," at a press conference in New York, Interfax reports.

    "It is regrettable that instead of engaging in a normal dialogue, instead of using the basis of international law, the United States is indeed striving to prove their leadership through such confrontational concepts and strategies," Lavrov said.

    It was reported earlier that the Russian …

  • Ukraine and China agreed to implement $7 billion worth of joint contracts

    Ukraine and China agreed on deepening cooperation at a meeting between the Prime Minister of Ukraine, Volodymyr Groysman and Vice Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, Ma Kai, according to the Ukrainian government’s website.

    “As Ukraine and China celebrate 25 years of diplomatic relations they reach for a new strategic level of cooperation that envisages the implementation of joint projects worth approximately USD 7 billion,” the statement read.

    Ma Kai stressed that …

  • US general: Russia and China working on new weapons to challenge the US

    Russia and China are creating anti-satellite weapons to reduce the United States’ capabilities and to shift the balance of power in the world, said the Head of the US Strategic Command, General John E. Hyten, Interfax reports.

    "They have been building weapons, testing space weapons that can be controlled from Earth, electronic warfare weapons, laser weapons… and they make no secret of it," noted Hyten and added that in doing so, Moscow and Beijing defy the United States and its allies, …

  • Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey launch new railroad linking to Europe and China, bypassing Russia

    Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey held an official event to open a new railroad, the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars line. The new route passes through the three countries and provides passenger and freight railroad transit between Europe and China surpassing Russia and Armenia.

    The opening event took place in Alat, Azerbaijan, a village in a remote part of the Baku capital suburb, 70 kilometers southeast of the city. The ceremony was attended by top leaders of Azerbaijan and Turkey and the prime ministers of …

  • China increased exports to North Korea by 21 percent over the current year

    China's exports to North Korea in the first three quarters of 2017 increased by 20.9% in annual terms, according to customs data.

    Exports from China to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea amounted to $2.55 billion in the period of January to September. However, imports from North Korea in the first nine months fell 16.7% and total trade grew by only 3.7%, reports Vesti Finance.In September, the United Nations Security Council voted to strengthen sanctions against North Korea. Fuel …