China: Daily Scan, July 15, 2020
Dr Teshu Singh, Research Fellow, VIF
China's foreign trade beats estimate in H1 as economy recovers: People’s Daily
July 15, 2020

China registered better-than-expected foreign trade performance in the first half of the year, with exports and imports both rising in June, as the country's economic recovery gathers momentum amid further containment of COVID-19.The country saw its foreign trade rise 5.1 percent year on year in June, with exports and imports up 4.3 percent and 6.2 percent respectively, the General Administration of Customs (GAC) said Tuesday.Click here to read....

Countries alerted on Washington's meddling in S. China Sea: China Daily
July 15, 2020

Beijing has called on countries to remain vigilant to Washington's tendency toward militarization in the South China Sea and jointly safeguard regional peace and stability. State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi made the remark in a videoconference on Tuesday with Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin. The United States continues to disturb tranquility in the South China Sea by sending advanced warships and aircraft to flex its muscles there, Wang said. Click here to read....

US President Donald Trump signs Hong Kong Autonomy Act, and ends the city’s preferential trade status: South China Morning Post
July 15, 2020

US President Donald Trump took two actions against China in response to Beijing’s moves on Hong Kong on Tuesday, signing an executive order ending the city’s preferential trade treatment, and enacting a bill that would require sanctions against foreign individuals and banks for contributing to the erosion of Hong Kong’s autonomy. Click here to read....

Chinese and South Asian NGOs oppose COVID-19 politicization: Global Times
July 15, 2020

Some NGOs in South Asia and China are standing up against politicization and stigmatization of the COVID-19 pandemic and are calling for a joint effort in the virus fight, at a time when some Western politicians are utilizing the pandemic to attack other countries for political ends. A joint initiative released by the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) and friendly organizations in South Asian countries including India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, the Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka at a COVID-19 themed webinar on Monday, appealed to "speak with one voice for justice" amid the unprecedented challenges brought by the pandemic. Click here to read....

China won’t passively watch UK’s Huawei ban: Global Times editorial
July 15, 2020

The UK government announced that the UK's mobile providers are banned from buying Huawei 5G equipment from the end of this year. In addition, the government requires operators to remove all Huawei equipment from the UK's telecommunications network by 2027. At the beginning of this year, the Johnson administration approved some limited involvement of Huawei in constructing UK's 5G network, now it reversed course. Click here to read....

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