China bans long beards, veils in public places.

China is intensifying its crackdown against what it deems religious extremism in the far-west province of Xinjiang, which is home to 10 million Muslims.

To ensure this was achieved, authorities have ordered that people would no more wear long beards, no more wearing of veils in public places and there would be no home-schooling.

The latest measures outlined in a sweeping new anti-extremism legislation take effect Saturday and come on the heels of a series of steps to increase surveillance in the region that include the surrender of passports and mandatory GPS trackers in cars.

“They’re doubling down on security in Xinjiang,” said James Leibold, an associate professor at Australia’s Le Trobe University, whose research focuses on China’s Uyghur minority.

The new legislation, which was published on a regional news portal run by the provincial government, appears to standardise, and expand across the whole province, piecemeal rules and regulations that have been enacted in individual towns and cities.

Specifically, it prohibits, advocating or propagating extremist thoughts, wearing or forcing others to wear full-face coverings and hyping up religious fanaticism through growing beards or choosing names in an abnormal way

Others include not allowing children to receive state education, interfering with state education and deliberately interfering or harming the implementation of family planning policies.

Publishing, downloading or reading articles, publications and audio-video material containing extremist content as well as rejecting or refusing state products and services that include radio and television programming.

The law didn’t explain these measures in detail or define abnormal, but the English-language state-run China Daily did say that long beards would be banned “as they are deemed to promote extremism”.

Hundreds of people have been killed in Xinjiang in recent years; the government describes the perpetrators as terrorists inspired by religious extremism.

There has been a spate of high-profile attacks involving ethnic Uyghurs, a Turkic-speaking minority, outside the province.

These include a 2014 attack outside a rail station in the southwestern city of Kunming that killed 31 people and an attack in Beijing in 2013 when a car drove into a crowd of tourists and killed five people.


Source: The Cable

Chinese government approves $5 Billion to support infrastructural projects in Nigeria

The Peoples Republic of China Ambassador to Nigeria, Zhou Pingjian said his home country had approved $5 billion to support infrastructure projects in Nigeria.

Pingjian stated this yesterday when he paid a courtesy visit to the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, at the party’s secretariat in Abuja.

The Chinese envoy requested the party’s support in ensuring Nigeria’s ‘full execution’ of the China’s policy between both countries.

Pingjian, who was accompanied by the Chinese Deputy Ambassador, Jing Lin and Political Officer, Peng Chen, further intimated the Odigie-Oyegun and members of the APC National Working Committee (NWC) present on China’s domestic politics and China-Nigeria strategic bilateral relations.

He noted: “This year is a big one for party politics in China. Every five years, we hold party conventions and we draw a new blueprint for the years ahead. That means, major policy decisions will be made at the national congress of the Communist Party of China. A new central committee will be elected at the congress. The central committee will in turn elect the new central leadership.”


Source: The Guardian

Chelsea reportedly rejected £90m from Chinese club for Diego Costa

Chelsea reportedly turned down a world-record offer for Diego Costa.

Chinese Super League club, Tianjin Quanjin, were keen on the Spain international and were ready to pay as much as €107million (£90.3million) to sign him.

SFR Sport reports that Costa was offered a salary of over £85million return for a three-year contract.

Costa’s head was turned by the deal and he clashed with manager Antonio Conte, which resulted to him being dropped for the trip to Leicester City.

Tianjin owner Shu Yuhui had confirmed last month, that he held talks with Costa’s agent, Jorges Mendes.

“I made an appointment with Mendes and he came to my hometown to visit me. At that time, we were interested in signing Costa,” he said.

“PSG told us Cavani would only be allowed to leave in June, even though the player himself was willing to join us.

“The same can be said for Costa because Chelsea would only let him leave in June. However, the new season of CSL will almost reach the halfway stage in June, we can’t wait so long.”

“China is the ‘grand champions’ of currency manipulation”, says President Trump.

President Donald Trump declared China the “grand champions” of currency manipulation, just hours after his new Treasury secretary pledged a more methodical approach to analyzing Beijing’s foreign exchange practices.

In an exclusive interview with Reuters, Trump said he has not “held back” in his assessment that China manipulates its yuan currency, inspite of not acting on a campaign promise to declare it a currency manipulator on his first day in office.

“Well they, I think they’re grand champions at manipulation of currency. So I haven’t held back,” Trump said. “We’ll see what happens.”

But Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin told CNBC on Thursday he was not ready to pass judgment on China’s currency practices.

Asked if the U.S. Treasury was planning to name China a currency manipulator any time soon, Mnuchin said he would follow its normal process of analyzing the currency practices of major U.S. trading partners.

The Treasury is required to publish a report on these practices on April 15 and Oct. 15 each year.

“We have a process within Treasury where we go through and look at currency manipulation across the board. We’ll go through that process.

“We’ll do that as we have in the past,” Mnuchin said in his first televised interview since formally taking over the department last week.

“We’re not making any judgments until we go continue that process.”

A formal declaration that China or any other country manipulates its currency requires the U.S. Treasury to seek negotiations to resolve the situation, a process that could end in punitive tariffs on the offender’s goods.

The U.S. Treasury designated Taiwan and South Korea as currency manipulators in 1988, the year that Congress enacted the currency review law.

China was the last country to get the designation, in 1994.

The current situation is complicated because China’s central bank has spent billions of dollars in foreign exchange reserves in the past year to prop up the yuan to counter capital outflows.

The International Monetary Fund in 2016 said that the yuan’s value was broadly in line with its economic fundamentals.

The U.S. Treasury also said in its last currency report in October that its view of China’s external imbalances had improved somewhat.

Trump’s pronouncements about the yuan could also complicate matters for Mnuchin as he prepares for his first meeting next month with his Group of 20 finance minister counterparts in Baden Baden, Germany.


Source: The Guardian

Rohr denies setting standards for China-based players.

Super Eagles’ Coach, Gernot Rohr, has denied reports that he has set a standard every Nigerian player in the Chinese League must meet before being invited to the senior national team.

Super Eagles’ captain, John Obi Mikel, Odion Ighalo and Brown Ideye are among Rohr’s first team members plying their trade in China. There are also reports that midfielder, Ogenyi Onazi is on the verge of joining the China train.

Denying a story that says he has put a lid on the number of players from the Chinese League he will invite to the national team, Rohr said in tweets in the NGSuperEagles handle, “my attention has been drawn to a story quoting me as setting a limit on number of players to be invited from the Chinese League. I do not know where this statement credited to me came from. I have had a very good and cordial relationship with the media.

“I therefore implore our media friends to be more professional in this regard so we can together get Nigeria football to the top.”

Super Eagles Media Officer, Toyin Ibitoye, also reiterated the coach’s desire to have the best available Nigerian players in his team in the build up to the African Nations Cup qualifier against South Africa in June and the back-to-back Russia 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Cameroun.

Ibitoye revealed that the Eagles boss would release the list of players for the friendly games against Senegal and Burkina Faso two weeks before the matches, adding that the coach is keeping close tabs on the players.


Source: The Guardian

I’m staying at Manchester United, says Wayne Rooney, denies China move.

Wayne Rooney will remain a Manchester United player, the striker said in a statement released on Thursday.

The 31-year-old said he’s not ready to leave the Red Devils for the Chinese Super League – or anywhere else – just yet.

The presence of his agent, Paul Stratford, in China had given life to speculation that his time at the club he joined in 2004 had come to an end.

But the United legend says he wishes to remain a part of the Jose Mourinho-led team.

“Despite the interest which has been shown from other clubs, for which I’m grateful, I want to end recent speculation and say that I am staying at Man United,” Rooney’s statement said.

“I hope I’ll play a full part in helping the team in its fight for success on four fronts.

“It’s an exciting time at the club and I want to remain a part of it.”

Rooney has already announced plans to retire from international football after next year’s World Cup in Russia.

His desire to lead England to the tournament may have been the motivating factor behind his decision to continue his professional career in United.


Source: The Cable

Rooney’s agent in China for transfer talks.

Wayne Rooney’s agent Paul Stretford held talks in China on Thursday amid mounting speculation over the Manchester United captain’s future, British media said.

Rooney, 31, has been sidelined by manager Jose Mourinho heightening expectations he could leave United for the mega-rich Chinese Super League.

Guangzhou Evergrande, Beijing Guoan, Jiangsu Suning and Tianjin Quanjian are said to be among those interested in United’s all-time top scorer.

However it remains unlikely that any move would be complete before the transfer window shuts next Tuesday.

Rooney missed Wednesday’s Europa League last-32 second leg in Saint-Etienne through injury, but dominated conversation in France.

Mourinho said that Rooney’s future was in his own hands in comments at his pre-match press conference that only fuelled the speculation.

“You’ll have to ask him,” Mourinho said. “You have to ask him.

“Of course I can’t guarantee (he will be here). I can’t guarantee that I’m here next week, how can I guarantee that a player is here next season?

“What I can guarantee is that if Wayne one day leaves the club it is not because I want him to leave the club. That’s the only thing I can guarantee.

“I would never push – or try to push – a legend of this club to another destiny.

“So you have to ask him if he sees himself staying in the club for the rest of his career or if he sees himself moving.

“It is not a question for me because I am happy to have him.”

Pushed on whether it was possible Rooney could leave in the next week, Mourinho retorted: “You have to ask him, not me.

“I was very open with you in the answer. I don’t want him to leave.”

Rooney’s deal at Old Trafford runs until mid-2018, with United holding the option to extend it by a further year.

He is United’s record goalscorer and has won five Premier League titles and a Champions League trophy since joining as an 18-year-old for £27m from Everton in 2004.

A return to boyhood club Everton and move to Major League Soccer could be other avenues for Rooney, but are unlikely to offer wages anywhere near that available in China.

Former United team-mate Carlos Tevez, ex-Chelsea midfielder Oscar and former Watford striker Odion Ighalo are among those to have recently made big-money moves to the Far East.

However, a switch to China could bring Rooney’s England career to an abrupt end.

The country’s all-time top scorer has won 119 caps and is closing in on Peter Shilton’s record of 125 appearances.

Rooney has already announced plans to retire from international football after the next year’s World Cup in Russia.


Source: AFP

China’s ex-supreme court judge bags life sentence for corruption

A Chinese court on Thursday sentenced Xi Xiaoming, a former senior judge of supreme people’s court, to life imprisonment after being indicted for corruption.

A court in the northern city of Tianjin found him guilty of accepting 115 million Yuan ($16.78 million) in bribes between 1996 and 2015.

A member of the ruling Chinese Communist party for 40 years, Xiaoming was accused of breaching confidentiality rules and leaking secrets related to judicial work.

He was the number four official in the Supreme People’s court, where he specialised in economic law cases.

Xi is the latest official to fall foul of a sweeping crackdown on graft, following the downfall of Zhou Yongkang, the former domestic security chief whose brief included law enforcement and courts.

Yongkang was ousted by President Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign and jailed for life in 2015.

Xiaoming, a native of eastern Jiangsu province, admitted his guilt and has repented and so received a lighter sentence of life imprisonment instead of a possible death sentence.

According to his official biography, he rose from working as a policeman in the city of Shenyang in the 1970s to the highest rank of the judiciary, where he was also a member of the court’s leading party members’ group.

China’s leaders have pledged to continue combating graft, seen as crucial to the party’s survival, and have vowed to go after “tigers” in senior positions as well as lowly “flies”.

Mikel suffers eighth consecutive loss with Chinese club, Tianjin Teda.

Super Eagles captain, Obi Mikel and his teammates at Chinese out fit, Tianjin Teda continued their dismal performance, after losing 2-1 to South Korean amateur team Gyeongju citizens in their latest friendly yesterday .

The defeat is their eight consecutive loss in pre-season ahead of their Chinese Super League opener against Shandong Luneng on March 4.

During their training camp in Marbella, Tianjin Teda lost all their four games to Borussia Mönchengladbach U23s, St. Pauli, Dinamo Bucure?ti and Dynamo Kiev.

Mikel penned a three-year contract with Tianjin Teda in January, ending his close to eleven years association with Chelsea in the process.

Oshoala dumps Arsenal Ladies for mega rich Chinese Women’s Super League

Super Falcons striker, Asisat Oshoala, has taken her trade to the Chinese Women’s Super League from English side Arsenal.

The former Liverpool Ladies striker is currently training with Dalian Quanjian in their winter camp as they prepare for the new season.

According to, Chinese media sources have revealed that Oshoala, alongside Cameroonian striker Gaelle Enganamouit, have been marked as the designated foreign picks by Dalian Quanjian to bolster their squad for the new season

China has become the go-to destination for a lot of players recently, as the Chinese splash out the cash to attract players to the Asian country.

Super Eagles skipper, John Obi Mikel, Odion Ighalo, Chinedu Obasi Ogbuke and Obafemi Martins are some of the Nigerians who have headed east. But the former Rivers Angels star is the first Nigerian woman to head to China, where she has reportedly tripled her earnings.

Oshoala moved to Arsenal Ladies from Liverpool Ladies and won the FA Women’s FA Cup last season. She also led the Super Falcons to defend their African title at the 2017 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations in Cameroun.


Source: Guardian

China’s $1.5bn loan ready but we need national assembly approval to borrow – Amaechi

Rotimi Amaechi, the minister of transportation, has urged the national assembly to approve the federal government’s borrowing plan so as to begin the construction of rail projects in the country.

The minister said the China Exim Bank was ready to loan $1.5bn to Nigeria for the Lagos-Ibadan rail line but approval was needed before the agreement can be signed.

Amaechi made this known on Tuesday in Abuja when he appeared before the senate committee on land transport.

The minister also said the foundation of the Lagos-Ibadan segment of the Lagos-Kano rail line will be ready before the end of the first quarter of 2017.

He said: “In the first quarter of 2017, the foundation of the Lagos-Ibadan segment two of the Lagos-Kano rail project will be laid. The implication here is that we will start the Lagos-Ibadan rail line before the end of March.

“Our target is to commence from the Apapa seaport down to Ogun and then to Ibadan. That is our plan. The counterpart funding is ready, but don’t forget that we are borrowing the money from China. The China Exim Bank is processing it. Our 15 per cent is ready; so, we are waiting for China Exim Bank. They have managed to release and approve $1.5bn for the Lagos-Ibadan line.

“It is also envisaged that segment three of the Lagos-Kano rail project, which is the Kano-Kaduna stretch, as well as the first phase of the coastal railway line Lagos-Calabar, commencing from Calabar to Port Harcourt with extension to the Onne Deep Seaport will commence after the conclusion of the negotiation of a financing loan agreement.

“The National Assembly needs to give us approval for the borrowing plan so that we can commence work. We can’t sign the loan agreement with China unless there is an approval from the National Assembly.

“What the National Assembly has approved is the counterpart funding, but we need the approval to borrow the remaining money. If you look at $6.1bn in naira, and we are paying 15 per cent, you will know that the remaining amount is coming from China and until we have approval, we cannot do anything.

“Even now, the China Exim Bank has approved $1.5bn for the Lagos-Ibadan line. We are not able to sign the loan agreement because we need the approval of the National Assembly.”


Source: The Cable

“I can’t continue to warm the bench in Watford”, says China-bound Ighalo.

Odion Ighalo, Super Eagles and Watford FC striker, says he got tired of sitting on the bench, hence, his decision to join the Chinese league.

Chinese club, Changchun Yatai, and Watford have reportedly agreed on £20 million for Ighalo.

Walter Mazzari, manager of Watford, had confirmed that the club was considering a “very important” offer for Ighalo.

The striker told TheCable that he would have loved to remain at Watford, but the yearn for playing time enforced his decision to move on.

“I can not continue to sit on the bench anymore here. Yes, I wish to remain at Watford but no team in England can pay the 20 million pounds Watford are asking for. So I just need to leave,” Ighalo told TheCable.

Interestingly, Chinese clubs have been on the trail of Odion Ighalo for some years.

In July 2015, Watford received and rejected a £10m offer for Ighalo from Chinese first division side, Hebei China Fortune.

A year later, Watford again rejected a £37.5m bid from Shanghai SIPG for the striker.

The club’s Swedish coach, Sven-Goran Eriksson, had planned to partner Ighalo with Brazilian striker Hulk but the deal failed to materialise.

The latest bid for the striker, it appears, was accepted and from all indications, Ighalo will be on his way to China to join Super Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi.

“Hopefully, everything will be sorted with Changchun Yatai today,” Ighalo said.

Ighalo scored a total 36 goals in 99 games for Watford since joining the team on loan from Granada in 2014.


Source: The Cable

Shanghai FA denies reported bid for Wayne Rooney

The Shanghai Football Association (FA) strongly rejected reports that either Shenhua or SIPG have made bids to lure Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney to the Chinese Super League.

United’s all-time leading goalscorer Rooney, 31, continues to be linked with a move to China after manager Jose Mourinho declared he would not stand in the skipper’s way.

Shenhua, who already boast Carlos Tevez, Obafemi Martins, Fredy Guarin and Giovanni Moreno, have since emerged as a possible destination.

However, the Shanghai FA dismissed the speculation and insisted both CSL clubs are committed to obeying the league’s new foreign quota, which only permits three foreigners in a starting XI.

“For all we know, both Shanghai clubs in the CSL [Shanghai Shenhua and Shanghai SIPG] have finished their transfer business and there is no vacancy for foreign players whatsoever,” the statement read.

“The head of Shanghai FA described the report as totally groundless and sheer fictitious.

“Both Shanghai clubs have reiterated their promise to obey those 18 new rules introduced by the Chinese Football Association [CFA] to promote the healthy and stable development of the professional football leagues.”

No stranger to reports linking him with the CSL, Rooney – who was subject to a bid from Beijing Guoan before the start of the season – surpassed Bobby Charlton with his 250th United goal against Stoke City last week.

Rooney came off the bench in Thursday’s 2-1 second-leg defeat to Hull City as United progressed to the EFL Cup final 3-2 on aggregate.

China urged to strengthen its nuclear arsenal to “force the US to respect it”

China must strengthen its nuclear arsenal to “force the US to respect it” in response to the stance of new US President Donald Trump, a leading newspaper said Tuesday.

The comments in the Global Times, a popular paper known for its inflammatory rhetoric and hawkish views, came just days after President Xi Jinping called for the eventual global elimination of atomic weapons.

In recent days, Chinese social media has carried pictures purporting to show an advanced intercontinental ballistic missile system deployed in the northeast.

The Dongfeng-41 is reportedly a nuclear road-mobile missile thought to have a payload of 10-12 warheads and a range of 14,000 kilometres (8,700 miles), according to the Global Times.

The paper, a subsidiary of the Communist Party mouthpiece People’s Daily, plays to nationalist sentiment and is often believed to channel hardline views within the government.

The Global Times said some media claimed the People’s Liberation Army leaked the photos as a warning to Trump.

“They think this is Beijing’s response to Trump’s provocative remarks on China,” it added.

The US president, who took office Friday, has rattled Beijing with tough talk on trade and national security.

On Monday White House spokesman Sean Spicer warned China the US would “defend” American and international interests in the disputed South China Sea, where China has built a series of artificial islands capable of military use.

“If those islands are, in fact, in international waters and not part of China proper, yeah, we’ll make sure we defend international interests from being taken over by one country,” he said.

Trump’s nominee for secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, said last week China’s access to the islands might be blocked — raising the prospect of a military confrontation.

China lays claim to a vast stretch of the waterway within a so-called “nine dash line,” including waters claimed by several of its neighbours.

The Global Times said Trump had called repeatedly for a US nuclear arms build-up.

“Even Washington feels that its naval forces and nuclear strength are lacking, so how can China be content with its current nuclear strength when it is viewed by the US as its biggest potential opponent?” it asked.

The paper said China’s nuclear forces “must be so strong that no country would dare launch a military showdown” with it.

“China must procure a level of strategic military strength that will force the US to respect it.”

The comments were in marked contrast to Xi’s speech at the United Nations days earlier.

“Nuclear weapons should be completely prohibited and destroyed over time to make the world free of nuclear weapons,” Xi said.

China has been a nuclear power since 1964.

The PLA has been flexing its muscles since Trump’s election, showing off upgraded combat aircraft and new fighters. The country’s only aircraft carrier entered the Taiwan Strait this month in a symbolic show of strength.

On Monday the PLA navy announced it had commissioned its fifth “carrier killer” guided-missile destroyer and delivered it to the North Sea Fleet.

The system is believed to be designed to deter the US Navy, which has the world’s largest number of carriers.

Yaya Toure explains why he’s not keen on playing in China

Yaya Toure says he wants to remain at Manchester City and is not interested in moving to China, amid reports of a big-money offer from the Chinese Super League.


Reports last week said Toure, 33, had rejected an approach from a Chinese club that would have seen him paid around £430,000 ($536,000, 499,000 euros) a week.


With his contract up at the end of the season, the former Ivory Coast midfielder faces an uncertain future, but he says he has no interest in joining the likes of Oscar and Carlos Tevez in China.


“I always say that if I went to China I would end up feeling angry there,” Toure said, in comments carried by several British newspapers on Tuesday.


“Do you play football because you love football or do you play because you want to make money? What’s the purpose?


“Me, I just want to play football because I enjoy it, I love playing. I enjoy helping my team-mates, I enjoy playing against the big players and teams. I want to carry on in that way.


“Some people have the mentality that they want to do that, to try something different, but for me, my feeling is that I want to play more football.”


Toure was frozen out following Pep Guardiola’s arrival as City manager last year, but has since forced his way back into the team.

BREAKING: Donald Trump withdraws US from Trans-Pacific Partnership deal that covers 40 percent of world’s economy

US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order formally withdrawing the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, following through on a promise from his presidential campaign.

“We’ve been talking about this for a long time,” Trump said as he signed the executive order in an Oval Office ceremony on Monday.

He also called the order a “great thing for the American worker”.

In the same ceremony, Trump also signed an order imposing a federal hiring freeze and a directive banning US non-governmental organizations receive federal funding from providing abortions abroad.
Promoted by Washington and signed by 12 countries in 2015, the TPP had yet to go into effect and US withdrawal is likely to sound its death knell.

Its signatories are Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the US and Brunei. They together represent 40 percent of the world economy.

Source: Aljazeera

Donald Trump preaches ‘buy America’ – but his hats were made in China

One of the biggest cheers President Donald Trump received from supporters watching his inaugural address on Friday was his call to “buy American and hire American.”

It was a moment rich in irony.

Many of those supporters were sporting Trump’s trademark red ‘Make America Great Again’ baseball caps that were made in China, Vietnam and Bangladesh.

Some were horrified when they discovered their Trump hats were foreign made.

Rob Walker, 44, who had driven to Washington from Georgia with his wife Abby, 36, had stopped at a truck stop on the way to buy a ‘Make America Great Again’ cap.

“Oh God, I hope it’s not made in China,” Abby said, flipping the cap over to check. She looked at its label. “China! Don’t tell anyone!”

“The Trump hats available for purchase on Trump’s official campaign website are made in the United States and cost between $25 and $30,” according to the label inside those caps.

But they are also more expensive than the $20 versions sold by street vendors in Washington on Friday.

Joshua Rojas, 25 and Alyssa Young, 28, had traveled from Texas to watch the inauguration. Young was wearing a pink ‘Make America Great Again’ hat.

“I loved it as soon as I saw it. I bought it right over there from one of the vendors for $20,” she said.

So was it made in America?

“I don’t know where it was made actually,” Young said. “Let me check.” She took off the hat to check the label.  “Oh no,” she cried. “It’s made in Vietnam!”

Austin Araco, 22, from Arkansas, was attending his first inauguration and wearing a Trump hat.

“I bought this hat the day he won the election,” said Araco. “From his website, of course. I wanted to make sure I supported his fund. I don’t want to buy a knock-off. I bought the hat for $30, shipping included.”

Victoria Scott, 13 and her brother Andrew Scott, 12, each bought a ‘Make America Great Again’ hat before the inauguration. Victoria’s hat cost $25 – and was made in China.

She did not seem to mind.

Andrew then checked his hat. “Bangladesh?” he said after checking the tag. His father corrected him. “You mean Bangladesh.”

Robert Morrison from Queens, New York, was carrying his ‘Make America Great Again’ hat – bought from a street vendor for $20 – and wearing a New York Yankees cap. Both were made in China.

In his speech, Trump struck a fiery, protectionist tone.

“From this moment on, it’s going to be America First,” he said. “We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and hire American.”


Source: The Cable

Yaya Toure Refuses China’s Big Offer A Second Time

Manchester City midfielder, Yaya Toure, has rejected a £430,000-a-week offer from China for the second time.


The 33-year-old was the subject of interest from the Chinese Super League last summer as he decided against his transfer.


He gave the same response when he was recently contacted that the offer remained open during the current transfer window.


The future of the Ivorian, whose contract with Manchester City expires in the summer, appeared in doubt, as he was left out of the City squd at the start of the season.


However, he has been a regular for the club since he was recalled in November.


Toure has been free to sign pre-contract agreements with clubs overseas since January 1, but it seems he prefers to play in the Premier League.


Source: Channels TV

China Pledges Additional $40 Billion Investment in Nigeria

The Chinese Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr Wang Yi says his country is investing additional 40 billion dollars in Nigeria. Yi stated this at a bilateral meeting with his Nigerian counterpart, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama in Abuja. The minister said China had already invested up to the tune of  45 billion dollars in the Nigerian economy and was planning to invest more.


“Nigeria and China are strategic partners; our relations have been developing well; China has already invested or financed a total number of 22 billion-dollar projects here in Nigeria, another $23billion projects are on-going.


“In addition, we are also following up another over 40 billion dollars of investments, which is in the pipeline. Compare to the size, population and market of our two countries, our cooperation still have large potential to be deepened,” he said.


According to him, in order to achieve further development and prosperity of the two countries, we need to strengthen our political mutual trust, deep complementary between our developments.


Yi  said that there was the need to further expand practical cooperation and deepen strategic partnership between the two countries. He expressed confidence that his visit would be a successful one as well as play a dual role in further strengthening the strategic partnership between China and Nigeria.

China to cut foreign player numbers to curb massive spending on overseas talent

China said Monday it will cut foreign player numbers in top-flight teams to curb massive spending on overseas talent, with Chelsea’s Diego Costa the latest to be linked to a big-money move.

Teams in the Chinese Super League will be able to field no more than three foreigners in a match when the new 2017 season begins in March, according to new rules posted on the Chinese Football Association website.

Previously four non-Chinese players were allowed, provided one was from an Asian Football Confederation country.

The organisation also said it would act to rein in the “recent appearance of irrational investments and the payment of high transfer fees and salaries for domestic and foreign footballers”.

The decision comes in the middle of the winter transfer window, which began January 1, and could disrupt some deals already in the works.

Big business backers of Chinese Super League clubs, encouraged by football fan President Xi Jinping’s vision of China becoming one of the game’s superpowers, hosting and winning a World Cup, have lavished money on their teams alongside heavy investment in grassroots development.

China last month broke the Asian transfer record for the fifth time in a year when Shanghai SIPG paid Chelsea 60 million euros ($63 million) for Brazilian midfielder Oscar.

At the same time across the city, Shanghai Shenhua were reportedly making Argentina’s former Manchester United and Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez the world’s highest-salaried player.

The two were the latest in a stream of foreign players — many from South America — flowing into China in recent years in return for eye-watering wages.

But Chelsea manager Antonio Conte Sunday dismissed there was a Chinese bid for Costa.

“I don’t know anything about this (offer from China). The club did not inform me about this. That can be only speculation,” he said after his Premier League leaders beat Leicester 3-0 without Costa, who was omitted amid reports of an argument with fitness coach Julio Tous and interest from clubs in China.

Football fans and authorities fear the influx of foreign talent will come at the cost of potential homegrown heroes, preferring that hefty sums be reserved for nurturing local talent.

China, ranked 82nd in the world, punch well below their weight in international competition, having qualified only once for the World Cup finals, in 2002, where they failed to win a match or score a goal.


Source: Guardian

Taiwan protests Nigeria’s closure of its Abuja trade office

Taiwan protested Thursday after Nigeria asked it to shut down its trade office in the capital, in what it said was an attempt by Beijing to push it out of Africa’s largest economy.

The island’s foreign ministry said Nigeria had asked Taiwan to move its trade office out of the capital Abuja in a show of support for Beijing.

Chinese leaders see the self-ruling island as a renegade province which is still part of “one China”.

Ties have deteriorated since Beijing-sceptic president Tsai Ing-wen took the leadership in May and have worsened further in recent weeks since Tsai made a congratulatory call to United States President-elect Donald Trump and later transited through the US despite protests from Beijing.

The US is Taiwan’s most powerful ally and main arms supplier.

Taiwan says Beijing is leaning on other countries as a pressure tactic on Tsai.

“The foreign ministry protests and condemns Nigeria for collaborating with China’s political goal to engage in unreasonable, barbaric, rough and violent political manipulation,” Taiwan’s foreign ministry said in a statement.

The island’s Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), which handles relations with Beijing, expressed “strong dissatisfaction” over what it called an “unreasonable and provocative action”.

Beijing said Nigeria had taken the decision to ask the trade office to move out of Abuja, and to make sure its government had no official contact with Taiwan, in order to show its backing for the “one China” principle.

“The Nigerian government has made a political decision and taken tough measures on the Taiwan office’s violation of the ‘one China’ principle,” China’s foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang told reporters.

Lu said the move had “cleared the political blocks in the way of bilateral relations” with Nigeria.

Nigeria has no formal diplomatic ties with Taiwan.

Only 21 countries officially recognise the island as a sovereign state, with most nations instead recognising Beijing.

Nigeria pledged to “keep faith” with all its agreements with China in a government statement Thursday, without mentioning Taiwan.

For years, China and Taiwan were locked in a bitter diplomatic tug-of-war, luring away each other’s allies with generous financial packages in so-called “chequebook diplomacy”.

Diplomatic tussles between the two had eased under Taiwan’s previous Beijing-friendly government.

But since Tsai won elections in January last year, China has established relations with Taiwan’s former ally Gambia and the small African nation of Sao Tome and Principe.

“The things China has done are not helpful for improving cross-strait relations but rather harmful for improving ties,” Taiwan premier Lin Chuan told reporters Thursday when discussing the Nigeria row.

Beijing has also upped its military drills near the island since the Tsai-Trump call, with China’s only aircraft carrier moving through the Taiwan Strait earlier this week.

Lin said Taiwan had shown “good will” towards Beijing.

“We will not provoke and will not do things that are not expected,” he said.

Nigeria cuts diplomatic relations with Taiwan, closes Abuja office.

The Federal Government on Wednesday said it would no longer recognise Taiwan as a country but rather pledged support for One China.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, stated this while answering questions after a joint news conference with the Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs in Abuja.

Mr. Onyeama said Nigeria had withdrawn all diplomatic relations with Taiwan as a country, adding that Taiwanese office in Abuja would be shut down and be relocated to Lagos.

According to him, Nigeria has communicated Taiwan and they are moving to Lagos as soon as possible.

“Taiwan will stop enjoying any privileges because it is not a country that is recognised under international law and under the position we have taken internationally we recognise the people of China.

“Taiwan will not have any diplomatic representation in Nigeria and also they will be moving to Lagos to the extent that they function as a trade mission with a skeletal staff.

“Chinese Government does not oppose trading with Taiwan as long as there is no formal contact with the Government that will suggest recognition of Taiwan as sovereign country,” he said.

According to him, China does not oppose relationship with Taiwan in the level of trade but not on government to government level.

The minister, however, said that Nigeria was not pressurised to take the decision, noting that the development was a bit of anormally on the side of Nigeria

He said Nigeria recognised the People’s Republic of China as country because Nigeria was one the leading African nations that fought for China to reclaim its seat at the UN Security Council from Taiwan.

He said the step being taken was to right the wrong that one could not specifically say how it came.

“It was not very clear how it got into Nigeria system – an arrangement for the Taiwan for a trade mission.

“And in grating the right of the trade mission it did not accurately reflect the nature of relationship between Nigeria and Taiwan,” he said.

Mr. Onyeama said the country took the decision to remove any iota of doubt in the mind of the Chinese people.

He said on the issue of building trust, the international community had embraced one China and China is a member of the United Nations and we don’t want to leave any doubt on the issue.

The minister stressed that Nigeria would adhere to it completely and there is no ambiguity at all.

He said Nigeria as a nation would do everything to realise the One China Policy as well as any effort that would promote the peace and well being of the People’s Republic of China.

According to Onyeama, China is one of the countries that have been in full support of reforms in the UN that would see Africa having two seats at the UN Security Council, as such deserved to be supported in her unification drive of One China.

China to invest additional $40 billion in Nigerian economy – Minister Wang Yi

China is investing additional $40 billion in Nigerian economy, its Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr Wang Yi, said on Wednesday at a bilateral meeting with his Nigerian counterpart, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, in Abuja.

The Minister said China has already invested up to the tune of $45 billion in the Nigerian economy.

“Nigeria and China are strategic partners; our relations have been developing well. China has already invested or financed a total number of $22billion projects here in Nigeria, another $23billion projects are on-going.

“In addition, we are also following up another over $40billion of investments which is in the pipeline.

“Compare with the size, population and market of our two countries, our cooperation still have large potential to be deepened,” he said.

According to him, in order to achieve further development and prosperity of the two countries, we need to strengthen our political mutual trust, deep complementary between our developments.

He stressed on the need to further expand practical cooperation and deepen strategic partnership between the two countries.

He expressed confidence that his visit would be a successful one and play a dual role in further strengthening the strategic partnership between China and Nigeria.

Yi said the purpose of his visit to Nigeria was to implement the important agreements and cooperation reached between the Chinese and Nigerian presidents.

He said the visit was also to help work closely with Nigeria to ensure that the outcome of the Forum for China Africa Cooperation summit are well implemented here in Nigeria.

Onyeama had earlier commended the existing relationship between Nigeria and China noting that the relationship had been strong for many years.

“I think the level of cooperation with China is extremely high and Chinese government is investing amount of money in Nigeria and probably is going up to $60 to $80 billion and we are extremely happy for that

He said that at the last meeting in South Africa and the government of China made available the total of $60 billon for Africa and a number of countries including Nigeria.

The Minister said that he would want to key in and see how much of that could be used to assist in the various projects that we have in this country.

He explained that President Muhammadu Buhari was in China in 2016 and had a discussion with Chinese Government on various cooperation.

“We know that in the area of infrastructure which is one of the priority areas and diversification the Programme of this government from oil .

“Chinese government has been showing a lot of cooperation with us in this area especially in the area of transportation,” he said

Minister of Transport, Mr Rotimi Amaechi was part of the meeting.

China’s big spending football revolution poses no threat to Europe – Ancelotti

China’s big spending football revolution poses little threat to Europe because the world’s top players want to play in the best competitions, Bayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelotti insisted on Tuesday.

The Italian, who has played for and managed some of Europe’s biggest clubs, said modern-day players still chased glory as much as cash.

“I think that the European clubs are safe because the best competition and the most competitive is Europe,” said Ancelotti.

His comments were made in Doha on the final day of Bayern Munich’s winter training camp before heading back to Germany.

Sharing the same facilities in Qatar this week are Shanghai SIPG, the Chinese club which has just bought Brazilian star Oscar from Chelsea for a reported $60 million euros ($63 million).

That jaw-dropping transfer — and the huge wages the Chinese are able to pay — has led to predictions that the hugely wealthy Chinese Super League can outbid Europe’s best in attracting players.

Among the other stars tempted to China in recent weeks have been much-travelled Argentinian striker Carlos Tevez, current Belgian international Axel Witsel, and another former Chelsea player John Obi Mikel.

Tevez, 32, will reportedly become the highest-paid player in the world with a two-year contract of 38 million euros per season at Shanghai Shenhua.

The world-beating deals are part of a Chinese rush into football with heavy political overtones.

China’s national team is ranked 82nd in the world — just below the Caribbean island nation of St Kitts and Nevis — and are set to fail in their bid to get to the 2018 World Cup.

But President Xi Jinping has declared his hopes of the country one day hosting and winning a World Cup, prompting a flood of money into its top teams.

However, earlier this month, the Chinese authorities ordered a clampdown on the mega sums being shelled out on foreign football stars and warned against “irrational investment”.

Earlier this month, Bayern’s president Uli Hoeness told German media that the extravagant spending by Chinese clubs was “sick”.

He also compared it to the boom in American football in the 1970s when world-famous footballers such as Pele, Franz Beckenbauer and George Best were tempted to play in the US by big-money contracts.

Chinese Super League Can Rival Premier League – Oscar

New Shanghai SIPG recruit Oscar believes that the Chinese Super League could eventually compete with the Premier League if more star names make the move to Asia.

Oscar made a massive €60 million (£51m) switch from Premier League leaders Chelsea to SIPG earlier in January, linking up with fellow Brazil international Hulk and coach Andre-Villas Boas.

The 25-year-old, who scored in his first appearance in a friendly win over Al Batin, arrives at a time when Carlos Tevez, Axel Witsel, Ramires, Alex Teixeira, Ezequiel Lavezzi, John Obi Mikel, Graziano Pelle, Burak Yilmaz, Paulinho, Renato Augusto, Fredy Guarin and Jackson Martinez all call China home.

And Oscar feels that the lucrative CSL will only get better with further investment.

“If they continue in this way, maybe yes, because they have lots of good projects,” he told Sky Sports.

“Of course the Premier League [has higher] level of players in the world but the Chinese guys are very good. They help the new players a lot and I hope they continue this because I come to help.

“The transfer was good for me, good for Chelsea, good for Shanghai, and I’m so happy to come to the Chinese Super League.

“I think the Chinese clubs [spend] a lot of money for the players to go to China, to make the league stronger. They made me an offer and I’m very happy to come.”

Celebrations mark opening of giant 50km floating walkway in China [Photos]

Visitors have been enjoying a new floating walkway on the Hongshui River in China’s Guizhou Province.


Covering an area of 54,000 sq m, it’s hoped the path will attract more tourists to the region in the winter months.


China has the Great Wall, countless glass bridges and now it boasts a 50km walkway in the middle of a river.



On New Year’s Day, China opened up its 50km floating walkway, located in Luodian County of southwest China’s Guizhou Province.


The walkway, which floats on the Hongshui River, is twice as long as the city of Manhattan and has already 60,000 tourists.


The new walkway, which opened on New Year’s Day has already attracted more than 60,000 tourists.



At night, thousands of lights illuminate the newly-constructed walkway.


In 2016, an artist created a similar path, called The Floating Piers, at the picturesque Lake Iseo in northern Italy.



“Those who experience The Floating Piers will feel like they are walking on water – or perhaps the back of a whale,” Bulgarian artist Christo Vladimirov Javacheff said of his installation.

READ: Why China continues to withhold $20b concession loan to Nigeria

Multiple negative growth recorded in the economy in 2016 has been identified as one of the reasons the Chinese government withheld a $20 billion concession loan earlier promised Nigeria upon due verification, The Guardian has learnt.

A top Presidency source privy to the development told The Guardian that the Federal Government had been hopeful that the Chinese government would release the loan last year, given the relationship between the two countries, but expressed disappointment that the money was withheld.

The action of China may well be an indication of the loss of confidence in Nigeria’s credit worthiness by the global financial community. Analysts have predicted that the current economic downturn would dent the country’s credit worthiness. The situation has increased the concern over Federal Government’s ability to borrow the $30billion for infrastructure development, which the National Assembly has refused to approve.

“We were very hopeful that we would secure that loan and other levels of assistance from the Chinese government. This is not to say we have given up though. We had set up an inter-ministerial committee working closely with the Chinese government officials as well as the China Exim Bank experts. They may have their reasons, but we are determined to fulfill our end of the bargain, and the Federal Government has already appropriated large sums for payment of counterpart funds on key projects to enable us to commence work proper,” the source said.

In 2015, China had, at a summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) held in Johannesburg, South Africa, pledged a $60 billion assistance to countries on the continent, including Nigeria, to develop and grow their infrastructure and human development capacities.

The move was not surprising as China had remained the continent’s top trade partner for six consecutive years.

The Chinese government said $35 billion had been set aside for concessionary loans, out of which about $10 billion was to go into the China -Africa Fund for Production Capacity. About $5 billion each was earmarked as non-interest grants for China-Africa Development Fund, and special loan schemes for the development of Small and Medium-Scale Enterprises (SMEs) among qualified African countries. The funds were said to have been on ground for prompt disbursement.

The Federal Government had last year planned to raise a total of N2.2 trillion through external borrowings from China and other foreign finance institutions to fund the deficit in the 2016 budget, the implementation of which it said would continue till May 2017.

Unexpectedly, the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) – which measures the market value of all final goods and services produced in a period, suffered a steady decline from quarter to quarter in 2016, sending negative signals to investors and lowering Nigeria’s credit worthiness in the international financial market.

Hopeful that the concession loan and other categories of financial assistance from China would be approved early, President Muhammadu Buhari led a delegation to Beijing in April last year to make a strong case for the country.

This was, however, not to be, as the Chinese government was advised by its economic experts who visited Nigeria for physical assessments to exercise caution, citing the shrinking economy and falling value of the naira.

They also alluded to high risks in diverting the loan to projects not specified in the agreement and requested a direct monitoring of the projects, in addition to the need for full compilation of all current trade agreements between the two countries till date, The Guardian learnt.

A team of experts from China Exim Bank had also expressed fear of possible mismanagement of the funds and requested an overhaul of some of the priority areas presented by the Federal Government for closer study on their viability and sustainability.

The Chinese financial experts, it was further learnt, expressed reservations about some areas the Federal Government was keen on investing the loan, saying they did not fall in line with the FOCAC vision.

However, a ministry official, who pleaded anonymity, in a text massage response to The Guardian, said: “All appropriate loan prospecting options by the Federal Ministry of Finance are on course, and are undergoing normal process of negotiation,” without giving further details.

The National Assembly has refused to approve the $30 billion worth of loans until the executive provides details of what they are meant for, even as there are speculations that the refusal was more political than economic as the executive had opposed the provision for constituency projects in the budget.

China confirms 2nd human bird flu infection this week

Chinese authorities have confirmed a second case of human bird flu infection this week, state media reported late on Wednesday, as South Korea and Japan battle to control outbreaks of the deadly virus.

Local authorities ordered a halt to poultry sales from Thursday in the Siming district of Xiamen city, in China’s eastern-Fujian-province, after a 44-year-old man was diagnosed with the H7N9-avian-flu on Sunday, media reported citing the city’s diseases-prevention and control-centre.

The patient is being treated in the hospital and is in stable condition, it said.

The latest incident comes after Hong Kong confirmed an elderly man was diagnosed with the disease earlier this week.

Both cases come as South Korea and Japan have ordered the killing of tens of millions of birds in the past month, stoking fears of regional spread.

Concerns about the spread of the virulent airborne bird flu comes as farmers in China are preparing for the year’s peak demand during Lunar New Year celebrations at the end of January.

In light of the recent outbreaks in nearby countries, they are feeding their flocks more vitamins and vaccines and ramping up henhouse sterilisations in a bid to protect their birds.

On Wednesday, Chinese authorities said they would ban imports of poultry from countries where there are outbreaks of highly pathogenic bird flu.

It already prohibits imports from more than 60 nations, including Japan and South Korea.

H7N9 is a bird flu strain first reported to have infected humans in March 2013 in China.

China returns seized US underwater drone – Officials

The Chinese government has returned the US underwater drone it seized last week in the South China Sea, according to Chinese and US officials.

“After friendly consultations between China and the United States, the transfer of the US underwater drone was smoothly completed,” a statement from the Chinese Ministry of Defense said.
The Pentagon said the United States would continue to investigate the “unlawful” seizure, which took place in international waters about 50 miles northwest of Subic Bay in the Philippines.
“The US remains committed to upholding the accepted principles and norms of international law and freedom of navigation and overflight and will continue to fly, sail, and operate in the South China Sea wherever international law allows, in the same way that we operate everywhere else around the world,” the Pentagon said in a statement.
China has built up military bases in the South China Sea, which is home to a tense territorial dispute.
The incident has threatened to further unsettle ties between China and the US, where President-elect Donald Trump has shown himself increasingly willing to confront and challenge Beijing on a range of issues.
Analysts said the drone grab may have been at least partly in response to Trump’s recent comments on China and his questioning of a long-standing US policy that Taiwan is part of China.
“Such a dramatic upping of the ante is out of character for China, and American officials should understand that
Beijing now appears willing to take increasingly risky actions,” said Michael Auslin, the author of upcoming book “The End of the Asian Century: War, Stagnation, and the Risks to the World’s Most Dynamic Region.”
The unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV), which the Pentagon also called an “ocean glider,” was taken Thursday from the USNS Bowditch — an unarmed oceanographic survey ship — as it was attempting to retrieve it and another underwater vehicle, the Pentagon said.
A Chinese navy submarine rescue vessel launched a small boat and seized the vehicle. The Pentagon said the Chinese ship ignored repeated demands to return the vehicle from the USNS Bowditch.
A Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson denied the drone had been stolen, as Trump claimed in a tweet.
“First I want to say we strongly dislike the term ‘steal’ as it’s entirely inaccurate,” she said.
“The Chinese navy discovered the device — and identified and verified it in a responsible and professional manner.
Whether the device was lifted out of water and dragged in water, I think the key point was that the Chinese navy did so in a responsible and professional manner. And they did so to prevent it from harming navigational and personnel safety of passing ships.”

China Partners With Nigeria To Boost Food Production

The Peoples Republic of China has expressed its readiness to a partnership with Nigeria to boost food production in the country.

Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria  Zhou Pingjian, who made the promise said  the support would come through the provision of loan facilities to small and medium scale farmers and manufacturers through the China Development Bank.

He spoke on Wednesday in  Abuja  when he paid a visit to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh.

Pingjian  said the bank had over N10 billion which could be loaned to farmers and manufacturers in the country to boost agricultural production.

“This visit and partnership is the aftermath of President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to China.

“This loan facility will work just like the Anchor Borrowers scheme of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

“Agriculture is one of the priority areas that we want to support Nigeria,’’ he said.

Ogbeh appealed to the Chinese Government to assist the country in developing processing machines that could facilitate mechanised agriculture.

He listed some agricultural products that needed adequate processing to meet international standards.

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China sends another 120 army peacekeepers to South Sudan

China has sent 120 troops to South Sudan as part of a 700-member U.N. peacekeeping force, deepening its commitment to the troubled East African nation where two Chinese peacekeepers were killed in fighting over the summer.


Once the entire battalion is deployed, they will replace Chinese peacekeepers currently in place, the second battalion to be deployed to South Sudan to protect civilians, U.N. staff and humanitarian workers, conduct patrols and provide security escorts.


South Sudan has seen continuous fighting since its civil war broke out in December 2013. The more than 12,000 U.N. peacekeepers already in the country have been criticized for failing to protect civilians. China was an early investor in the new state’s energy sector, but fighting and corruption have largely prevented it from reaping any benefits.


In July, two Chinese peacekeepers died and five others were wounded after their vehicle was struck with a rocket propelled grenade as fighting swept the capital, Juba.


As part of its push to raise its international profile, China has become the biggest contributor of peacekeepers among the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, with 2,639 currently deployed.


President Xi Jinping said last year that China would also set up a permanent peacekeeping standby force of 8,000 troops to be deployed whenever necessary.

Nigeria Customs intercepts container of jollof rice, yam porridge, egusi from India

The Tin-Can Island Command of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, has intercepted a 20ft container of “READY TO EAT FOODS’’ like egusi soup, jollof rice, ogbono, yam porridge imported from India.

The Customs Area Comptroller, Bashar Yusuf, disclosed this in a statement made available to journalists on Monday in Lagos by the Public Relations Officer of the Command, Uche Ejesieme.

Mr. Yusuf spoke with stakeholders at the SDV/SCOA Terminal while handing over the container of imported prepared foods to officials of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC.

The comptroller described the scenario as an “aberration”, considering the fact that government granted zero duty for the importation of machinery for the packaging of agricultural products.

“Why should indigenous menu be imported into the country at a time when investors are much sought after to boost local industries,” the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quotes Yusuf as saying.

The controller said the command generated N25.7 billion in November, up from N25.3 billion recorded in October.

Mr. Yusuf said that the higher revenue was recorded in spite of the recession and low imports.

He said that the command would continue to explore all avenues for maximum revenue collection.

According to him, this is in view of the exigencies of the moment, which placed more responsibilities on the service.

Mr. Yusuf urged potential investors to take advantage of the numerous export potential in the country for their socio-economic benefits.

In a related development, while briefing a group of senior officers undergoing training in the command, the controller admonished them to make professionalism, integrity and transparency as their watchword.

He also urged the officers to ensure effective leadership and supervision in carrying out their duties.

Mr. Yusuf said the various trade facilitation tools as provided in the automation of Customs procedures would guide the officers in the discharge of their functions.

The comptroller told the officers to see training and re-training as a veritable tools that would sharpen their knowledge toward achieving desired results.

He appreciated the Comptroller-General of Customs, Hameed Ali, for effectively re-positioning the service in spite of global recession.

“NCS is still working tirelessly to remain on top of its statutory mandate,’’ he said.

Mr. Yusuf said that this could not have been possible if not for the pragmatic leadership of the comptroller-general and his management.

“In this era and dispensation, officers are expected to be above board with deep sense of commitment and responsibility in the discharge of their functions.

“The Change ideology of the comptroller -general must be given priority attention,” he said.

He, however, warned that anybody that fails to key into the new order would be seriously sanctioned.

Trump Picks Twitter Fight With China

US President-elect Donald Trump fired a Twitter broadside at China on Sunday, accusing the Asian giant of currency manipulation and military expansionism in the South China Sea.

The taunt came two days after Trump risked offending Beijing by accepting a call from the Taiwanese president, and heralded the prospect of a trade battle between the world’s largest economies.

China was a frequent target of Trump’s during his presidential campaign and, as he prepares to take office next month, every sign points to his taking an aggressive line with Beijing.

“Did China ask us if it was OK to devalue their currency (making it hard for our companies to compete), heavily tax our products going into their country (the US doesn’t tax them) or to build a massive military complex in the middle of the South China Sea?” he demanded, adding: “I don’t think so!”

China is the United States’ largest trading partner, but America ran a $366 billion deficit with Beijing in goods and services in 2015, up 6.6 percent on the year before.

US politicians often accuse China of artificially depressing its currency, the renminbi, in order to boost its exports — its value has fallen by around 15 percent in the past two-and-half years.

Trump has vowed to formally declare China a “currency manipulator” on the first day of his presidency, which would oblige the US Treasury to open negotiations with Beijing on allowing the renminbi to rise.

With China holding about a trillion dollars in US government debt, Washington would have little leverage in such talks, but the declaration would harm ties and boost the prospect of a trade war.

China charges an average 15.6 percent tariff on US agricultural imports and nine percent on other goods, according to the World Trade Organization.

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Nigeria turns to Pakistan, China for war planes, helicopters, others

Concerned about global politics surrounding procurement of sophisticated arms from western countries, Nigerian Air Force is expecting arrival of war-planes and helicopters from Pakistan and Russia to boost its fleets.

The Chief of Air Staff, Sadique Abubakar, made the disclosure at a breakfast briefing with editors of online media in Abuja at the weekend.

Mr. Abubakar said: “I want to say that we have been enjoying support from other countries. (Sometimes arm procurement) is shrouded in a lot of politics. Unfortunately, I’m not a politician, so I cannot be able to say much on that. But what I can tell you is that right now as I speak to you, we are expecting the Pakistani Chief of Air Staff in Nigeria soon. Pakistan has accepted to sell ten trainer airplanes. And that is why the Pakistan Chief of Air Staff is coming for the induction ceremony which is going to take place in Kaduna.

“We are really getting support from many countries. Similarly, we have trained so many people in Pakistan, China. In the US, we have pilots that are training right now. We have other pilots that have just finished training from the United Kingdom. We have additional pilots that are training in South Africa. We have more pilots that are training in the Egyptian Air Force and so many other places including Russia…We are really getting support”, he said.

On the competence of Nigerian fighter pilots, Mr. Abubakar said “In the last 18 months, we have flown almost 3000 hours with no incident. In terms of competence I can tell you that the Nigerian Air Force pilots are amongst the most competent. Because the training curriculum is very clear. And that is why now in the Air Force you look at the wings, pilots wear wings. We have categorized the wings according to their skill levels. We also organize simulation training for our pilots, we organize evaluation visits where pilots are evaluated without any notice. We have also sent over 700 personnel of the NAF to different parts of the world to train and acquire the skills required for them to be effective.

Mr. Abubakar said the air force is currently assisting the Nigerian Army and Navy in the North and South in countering criminal activities of terrorists and militants through operational strategy, air interdictions strategy and soft-core strategy. He explained that the main objective is to create an enabling environment for the ground and surface forces, to be able to operate with little or no hindrance.

He continued: “Another sub-strategy under this is the reactivation of airplanes. We have embarked on the reactivation of airplanes and today as I speak to you we are on the thirteenth aircraft. What I mean by reactivation is that aircrafts that were not in involved in any fight before the coming of the present federal government; they were parked before but are today part of the fight.

“The thirteenth aircraft as I speak to you is being worked upon in Yola and we are hoping that before the end of this month that airplane will be flying. When you train, you must reactivate the platform to be used in flying.”

The Air Force boss also claimed there was no helicopter crash in Makurdi. Explaining the incident involving Agusta AW 101 helicopter handed over to NAF by President Muhammadu Buhari, he said: “What happened in Makurdi was not a crash. Immediately we received the aircraft from the Presidency, we took one of them to Kaduna to paint it into desert camouflage. They removed the seal of the President and painted it into a combat machine.

“When they finished the painting, they were supposed to go to Maiduguri but they needed to go to Makurdi to pick certain things before proceeding to Maiduguri. So the aircraft took off from Kaduna, landed perfectly in Makurdi. They were just taxiing to go and park when the incident happened. I don’t want to pre-empt whatever investigation that is going on.

“Those same pilots were the ones that picked the 21 Chibok girls that were moved out in the night and brought them back to Maiduguri and from Maiduguri to Abuja. So accidents happen and we are investigating to find out why it happened and we will make it public when we get the picture of what really happened.”

The Air Marshall also disclosed that the welfare of officers in the Air Force have been improved upon through provisions of accommodation, agricultural programs, housing schemes and other welfare packages. He added that people in host communities are also beneficiaries of its services through the provisions of health facilities, water boreholes, schools and skill acquisitions centres.

China Lodges Protest After Trump Call With Taiwan President

China lodged a diplomatic protest on Saturday after U.S. President-elect Donald Trump spoke by phone with President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan, but blamed the self-ruled island Beijing claims as its own for the “petty” move.

The 10-minute telephone call with Taiwan’s leadership was the first by a U.S. president-elect or president since President Jimmy Carter switched diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China in 1979, acknowledging Taiwan as part of “one China”.

China’s Foreign Ministry said it had lodged “stern representations” with what it called the “relevant U.S. side”, urging the careful handling of the Taiwan issue to avoid any unnecessary disturbances in ties.

“The one China principle is the political basis of the China-U.S. relationship,” it said.

The wording implied the protest had gone to the Trump camp, but the ministry provided no explanation.

Speaking earlier, hours after Friday’s telephone call, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi pointedly blamed Taiwan for the exchange, rather than Trump, a billionaire businessman with little foreign policy experience.

“This is just the Taiwan side engaging in a petty action, and cannot change the ‘one China’ structure already formed by the international community,” Wang said at an academic forum in Beijing, China’s Foreign Ministry quoted him as saying.

“I believe that it won’t change the longstanding ‘one China’ policy of the United States government.”

In comments at the same forum, Wang noted how quickly President Xi Jinping and Trump had spoken by telephone after Trump’s victory, and that Trump had praised China as a great country.

Wang said that exchange had sent “a very positive signal about the future development of Sino-U.S. relations”, according to the ministry’s website. Taiwan was not mentioned in that call, according to an official Chinese transcript.

China’s Taiwan Affairs Office also called the conversation a “petty” move by Taiwan that does not change the island’s status as part of China. Beijing is resolute in opposing independence for Taiwan, it added.

Trump said on Twitter that Tsai had initiated the call he had with the Taiwan president. “The President of Taiwan CALLED ME today to wish me congratulations on winning the Presidency. Thank you!” he said.

Credit: reuters

John Obi Mikel ready to leave Chelsea – Reports

Chelsea’s John Obi Mikel has told the BBC he’s ready to quit Stamford Bridge in January if he can’t force his way back into the team.


His comments come as Nigerian media report that he has been offered $212,000 (£170,000) a week to move to Chinese club Shanghai SIPG.


But Mikel says he has no regrets about deciding to go to the Olympics in Rio rather than spending pre-season with the club, a decision which is said to have upset manager Antonio Conte.

Senate summons Kachikwu over multibillion dollars China, India deals

The Senate has summoned the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, over his claims of multibillion dollars oil and gas deals with India and Chinese firms.


Mr. Kachikwu, in an interview with This Day in June, said Nigeria signed Memorandums of Understanding with several Chinese firms during a road show in the Asian country on “$80 billion new investments, spanning five years, in the oil and gas industry covering pipelines, refineries, gas and power, facility refurbishments and upstream financing.”


He also hinted at new investments worth $20 billion from Sinopec and Chinese National Offshore Oil Company in the Nigeria’s oil and gas sector.


In October, Mr. Kachikwu, through a statement by the Director of Press in the Petroleum Ministry, said Nigeria was set to sign with India an investment deal which would see the Indian make an upfront payment of $15 billion to Nigeria for crude purchases.


But on Tuesday, the Senate resolved the Minister should appear before its committees on petroleum, gas and foreign affairs to explain the terms of the deals and the their implications for the economy.


The Senate’s resolution followed a motion by Clifford Ordia (PDP-Edo).


In his remarks, Senate President Bukola Saraki expressed appreciation to Mr. Kachikwu for his initiatives but emphasised the need for transparency.

Donald Trump’s Granddaughter Becomes Viral Sensation In China

She’s just five years old but might just be Donald Trump’s biggest diplomatic win in China.

A video of Trump’s granddaughter Arabella Kushner reciting Chinese poetry is being shared across the country.
During his bid for the US presidency, Trump had nothing but tough talk for Beijing.
But the little girl’s command of Mandarin is being interpreted by some as a hidden sign of Trump’s affinity with the country.
“Trump’s craziness and unreliability are just being deceptive,” said Weibo user @Ananqiumao in one top rated post.
“Look at his children and family, each one is cuter and more adorable than one another. That’s the result of family education. Trump is a man of achievement.”
“Feel like Trump would be more friendly to China,” said user @caiairenweimian.
In the video, Arabella is wearing a red Chinese style ball gown standing on a table. Other traditional Chinese elements — the Chinese character for happiness, lanterns and Monkey stickers — are visible in the background.
“Arabella wanted to have a pre-bedtime #ChineseNewYear party this past Sunday evening,” Trump’s daughter Ivanka wrote in the post earlier this year. “She got all dressed up and performed songs and poems for Jared, Joseph and me.”
Ivanka told the South China Morning Post magazine four years ago that her daughter was studying Mandarin from a Chinese nanny. She added that she was also learning the language and she could “pretty much name every animal in the zoo.”
Of course, others cautioned against reading too much into the video.
“The little girl’s language skill is a result of Ivanka’s education, nothing to do with Trump himself,” said user @Jason_ZFQ.
“Those who fantasize about Trump’s friendliness to China give me a break. Of course, his real attitude to China remains to be seen.”
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Iran, China Sign Agreement To Boost Defense-military Cooperation

Iran and China have signed an agreement to boost defense-military cooperation and fight terrorism.

The agreement was inked by Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan and his Chinese counterpart General Chang Wanquan in Tehran on Monday at the end of an earlier meeting between the two sides.

“The development of [Iran’s] long-term defense-military relations and cooperation with China is among the top priorities of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s defense diplomacy,” Dehqan said in the meeting.

He added that the two countries’ defense-military cooperation would guarantee regional and international peace and security.

He emphasized that all countries in Asia and the Oceania shoulder the responsibility to maintain peace and stability.

“Today, foreign meddling and lack of respect for the national sovereignty of countries have turned the Middle East region into a hotbed of crisis and insecurity in the world and led to [the emergence of] terrorism and its spread throughout the world,” Dehqan said.

He added that the US and some regional countries are supporting terrorism and the scourge is overflowing into Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus as well as other regions.

“Today, the threat of Daesh and terrorism has turned into an important regional and international challenge,” the Iranian defense minister said.

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Trump to Meet Chinese President on Bilateral Ties

hinese President Xi Jinping and US president-elect Donald Trump agreed Monday to meet “at an early date” to discuss the relationship between their two powers, Chinese state broadcaster CCTV said Monday.

In a telephone call, Xi told Trump — who frequently savaged Beijing on the campaign trail and threatened to impose a 45-percent tariff on Chinese-made goods — that the world’s top two economies “need cooperation and there are a lot of things we can cooperate on”, CCTV reported.

Xi and Trump “vowed to keep close contact, build good working relations, and meet at an early date to exchange views on issues of mutual interest and the development of bilateral ties”, CCTV said.

Before his election, Trump went as far as calling the Asian giant America’s “enemy”, accused it of artificially lowering its currency to boost exports, and pledged to stand up to a country he says views the US as a pushover.

He has vowed to pursue a policy of “peace through strength” and build up the US navy.

But he also indicated he is not interested in getting involved in far-off squabbles, and decried the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade deal, which encompasses several other Asian countries and has been seen as an effort to bolster US influence, for costing American jobs.

CCTV cited Trump as saying in the call that China was a large and important nation that he was willing to work with, and that he believed Sino-US relations could realise “win-win” benefits.

The phrasing the broadcaster attributed to the US president-elect is typical of Chinese diplomacy.

In a statement, Trump’s office confirmed the call and said that “the leaders established a clear sense of mutual respect for one another”.

Trump “stated that he believes the two leaders will have one of the strongest relationships for both countries moving forward”, it added.

China threatens to cut iPhone sales if Trump declares a trade war.

China’s state-run newspaper says the government would respond with “countermeasures” if President-elect Donald Trump starts a trade war against the country, warning that the sales of iPhones and US cars would suffer a “setback.” In an editorial published on Sunday, the Global Times said it would be “naive” for Trump to follow through on his campaign promises to implement a 45 percent tariff on Chinese exports to the US and to declare the country a currency manipulator.


Trump repeatedly targeted China during his presidential campaign, vowing to take a tougher stance on trade in the hopes of reviving manufacturing in the US. In its editorial, the Global Times dismissed the notion that Trump alone could implement a 45 percent tariff on Chinese exports, though it warned that any protectionist measure could leave trade “paralyzed.”


“China will take a tit-for-tat approach then,” the editorial reads. “A batch of Boeing orders will be replaced by Airbus. US auto and iPhone sales in China will suffer a setback, and US soybean and maize imports will be halted. China can also limit the number of Chinese students studying in the US.”


As president, Trump would be able to implement tariffs on specific goods, though he can impose a tariff of no more than 15 percent on all goods — and only for 150 days — unless a state of emergency is declared. Trump has dismissed concerns from economists and policymakers over a potential trade war with China, the country’s biggest trading partner, saying at a June rally: “We already have a trade war. And we’re losing, badly.”


As with many of his other campaign promises, it’s unclear whether the president-elect will be as aggressive against China when he gets to office. In its editorial, the Global Times said that “as a shrewd businessman,” Trump “will not be so naïve.”


“If Trump wrecks Sino-US trade, a number of US industries will be impaired,” the paper said. “Finally the new president will be condemned for his recklessness, ignorance and incompetence and bear all the consequences.”


Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke with Trump on a phone call Monday, telling the president-elect that “cooperation is the only correct choice for China and the United States,” according to state-run media. The two men agreed to maintain close communication and meet “at an early date,” Chinese media reported.

Rooney rejected move from Manchester United to China.

Wayne Rooney’s agent met with Chinese Super League side Beijing Guoan, according to the club’s chairman

Wayne Rooney said he wanted to stay at Manchester United when offered a move to China, says Beijing Guoan’s honorary chairman.

Lou Ning claims the Chinese Super League side approached the 31-year-old United captain in the summer, and met with Rooney’s agent Paul Stretford ahead of the new Premier League season.

However, according to Ning, Rooney has shown a desire to remain in the English top-flight until factors out of his control determine otherwise.

“We indeed made an approach for Rooney at the beginning of the season but he’s informed us that he wants to stay in Manchester United,” Ning told a Beijing radio sports show.

“Rooney says he’ll keep playing in the Premier League as long as his health allows. We even met with his agent.”

Jose Mourinho has left Rooney out of his starting line-up on a number of occasions this season, while the England skipper also lost his place in interim manager Gareth Southgate’s team.

Rooney is under contract at United until 2019 and Mourinho has insisted the former Everton striker is “going nowhere”, despite being linked with a move back to the Toffees as well as abroad.

Ronald Koeman also fuelled suggestions Rooney could return to where he began his career when the Dutchman admitted he would be pleased to have him back at Goodison Park.

Erisco Foods shuts down Nigeria’s factory, moves to China.

The economic crisis in Nigeria is taking further toll on multinational companies.

This is just as major tomato manufacturing company in Nigeria, Erisco Foods Limited has announced its plan to move out of the country.

The company anchored its reason to close the company on harsh operating climate, which has hiked operational costs in recent months.

Speaking at a press conference in Lagos, President/CEO of Erisco Foods Limited, Chief Eric Umeofia said the company had concluded plans to move to Asian continent, precisely China.

He said from China, finished products would be imported and sold to consumers in Nigeria and other parts of the world.

According to him, the decision to shut down the Nigerian manufacturing plant was taken after the expiration of a 30-day ultimatum given by the management of the company to the Federal Government to prevail on the CBN to make available enough foreign exchange (forex) to assist in the imports of raw materials as well as the requisite equipment needed to keep the manufacturing plants running and also profitable.

The company had also demanded that the Federal Government compel regulatory agencies like NAFDAC, SON, and the Federal Ministries of Agriculture, Industry, Trade and Investment to end the imports and dumping of sub-standard tomato paste in the country.

His words, “As from today, November 1, 2016 we have commenced the winding down of our tomato manufacturing business in Nigeria and it’s a decision that we have taken as the 30 days ultimatum has expired without our terms being met,” Umeofia said.

“We are moving the factory to China from where we will manufacture and bring back to Nigeria while also selling to other over seas clients. It pays us that way as a business because in recent months, our continuous operation in Nigeria has resulted in a loss of over N3.6billion investments.

“Because of the huge machines we have to move out, winding down will last us about nine months as we plan to first exhaust the existing raw materials we have before moving our equipment out to China.

“It’s unfortunate that out of a workforce of about 2,000 Nigerians that we have, we will be dis-engaging about 1,500 of these workers as we need just about 40 staff to keep the Nigerian company running since what we will now be doing is just restricted to marketing and sales of imported products from our China plant. My business has been deliberately frustrated by the way the CBN has managed forex bidding and allocation.

“They won’t give us forex to import machinery, machine spare parts and raw materials for processing Nigerian fresh tomatoes into paste in our Lagos factory and they won’t give us approval to use our own money (about $460,000) generated from our foreign operations to import our raw materials.

“They won’t also check dumping because of the powerful nature of the import cabals. This decision is therefore final and there is no going back on it; nothing will make us to come back even in the future because we have found out that we can import tomato paste into Nigeria and still make huge profits,” he added. Umeofia said.

The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, has said that she does not know when the ongoing economic recession in Nigeria will end.

Just recently, Emirates, one of the biggest foreign airlines operating in Nigeria, stopped flight operations to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.?

UNIZIK Lecturers To Teach Igbo Language In China

The Vice Chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, (UNIZIK) Awka, Prof Joseph Eberendu Ahaneku, has disclosed an ongoing arrangement that would allow people from the university to teach Igbo language and culture in Xiamen University, China.

He said the teaching of the local language would encourage knowledge sharing between the two institutions, with the teaching of Chinese language already in place in some tertiary institutions in the country.

Ahaneku disclosed this during the send-forth ceremony of 54 students of Confucius Institute of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, who bagged scholarships to study in different Chinese universities.

He urged the students to make best use of the opportunity, noting that the Chinese government would sponsor three of the awardees, while the Confucius Institute would train the rest.

He expressed satisfaction with the growth of the Confucius Institute in UNIZIK, where over 100 students have gained scholarship to study in China for various degrees.

It was learnt that 3000 students had already accessed Chinese Language Proficiency tests (HSK), while 400 students gained admission into top Chinese universities through scholarship platform of HANBAN.

The Vice Chancellor further said the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding had progressed smoothly as Chinese Language and Culture were taught at both Diploma and Degree levels in the university.

Addressing the students, the VC expressed joy that the efforts of the Institute have yielded positive results. He recalled his tenure as the Director of the Confucius Institute of the university for four years before rising to his current position of Vice Chancellor.

According to him, before now, the Confucius Institute existed only in Nnamdi Azikiwe University and University of Lagos but now, a new one is being developed at the Bayero University Kano.

It was learnt that the Chinese Cultural Research Centre of Nigeria was commissioned recently at UNIZIK by the Cultural Attachee of the Chinese Embassy in Abuja, Mr. Yan Xiang Dong.

The Vice Chancellor commended the centre and pleaded with the Chinese government to offer employment to graduates of the centre, who also have other skills acquired from their degree programmes.

According to him, without proper engagement, the graduates would feel disillusioned. He also challenged China to use the products of the centre as a base to solve the challenges of communication by offering them job in different Chinese companies.

“I look forward to this centre being used as a base for prospective knowledge and knowledge transfer; a base for prospective commercial and technological advancement and a base for true diplomatic Counselor relationship and as an extension of Chinese Embassy in Nigeria.”

The Director of the Chinese Cultural and Research Centre, Prof. Wang Bo, said the bilateral relationship between Nigeria and China has opened doors for commerce and economic exchange between the two countries.

Bo added: “Henceforth, our windows are wide open to accommodate all academia and researchers who may have China and Nigeria as their case study to come in and explore the opportunities here for their research work.”

The Chinese Attache and Director of China Cultural Centre in Nigeria, Mr. Yan Xiangdong, promised to support UNIZIK for the growth of the cultural centre domiciled in the institution.

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Jigawa Governor Offers Scholarship To 60 Students To Study Medicine In China

The 2nd Batch of the 60 Students sponsored by the Jigawa State Government to study Medicine in in Shenyang Medical College, China arrived Beijing yesterday.

Shenyang Medical College is one of the best medical institutions in China that offers degree in Medicine.

Already 10 of the students had arrived China while the remaining 50 students are expected to commence their studies next week.

The sponsorship of the students was in line with the present administration’s determination to ensure that all heath facilities have qualified Manpower.

The State’s Commissioner for Health Dr Abba Zakar Umar who conveyed the students to China said the decision to sponsor the students was borne out of the state government’s commitment to ensure adequate provision of medical doctors to its heath facilities.

He assured that the state government would ensure prompt payment of their scholarship allowance to enable them complete their studies successfully.

He said the state government would pay 5, 800 dollars per annum for each of the students in the University and “adequate arrangements have been made to ensure prompt settlement of all their fees to enable them concentrate fully on their studies”, the commissioners said.

Auwal D. Sankara (Fica),
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China Arrests Man Suspected Of Killing 19 In Remote Village

Chinese police on Thursday arrested a man suspected of killing 19 people, including three children, found dead in different locations a remote southwestern village, state media and authorities said.

Mass killings are rare in China and the incident dominated discussion on social media platforms. It was not immediately clear how the victims were killed, or what the motive was.

Yang Qingpei, born in 1989, was arrested in Yunan province’s capital of Kunming, about 200 km (124 miles) from the site of the murders in Yema, Yunnan police said on their official microblog.

The victims were members of six families, said the official Xinhua news agency.

The bodies were found on Thursday at different locations in the village, a state-backed news website,, said, adding that the suspect had given authorities some details.

The public security bureau in the nearby city of Qujing told Reuters it was investigating.

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See the £3.9 Billion Theme Park Built by China’s Richest Man to Compete With Disney

China’s richest man Wang Jianlin, worth £23 billion, opened his second theme park on September 24 in the country in a bid to compete with Disney.

Wang Jianlin, chairman of real estate conglomerate Dalian Wanda group, has raged war on Disney telling reporters that he wants Disney to be ‘unable to make a profit in this sector in China for between 10 and 20 years’.
The new park cost 34 billion yuan (£3.9 billion) to create.

The first phase of the theme park opened on Saturday and includes a hotel complex, movie centre and a shopping mall.

The 160 hectare (1.6 square km) park includes a six-star hotel, a five-star hotel and five other hotels providing some 3,500 rooms.

It’s hoped that the theme park will attract some 100,000 tourists each day on average, reports China Daily.


The new park is 500 kilometres (310 miles) from the Shanghai Disney Resort well within range to compete for visitors with the park.

A ticket to the theme park is 218 yuan (£25.18) for single admission and 308 yuan (£35.57) for a family.







Nigerian Navy Acquires New Vessel From China

Nigerian Navy Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) NNS UNITY which was under construction in China has been completed and on her way to join the Nigerian Navy fleet. At the Handing over and departure ceremony in China, the Chief of the Naval Staff represented by the Chief of Policy and Plans Rear Admiral Jacob Ajani conveyed the appreciation of the Navy to the Commander in-Chief, President Muhammadu Buhari, for approving all steps taken towards the departure of NNS UNITY.

He stated that NNS UNITY upon joining the NN fleet would strengthen the efforts against all maritime crimes and illegalities in the nation’s territorial waters and the Gulf of Guinea in general.

He also added that areas hitherto that were unable to be covered by other NN ships will now be covered by NNS UNITY which will no doubt enhance the NN’s effectiveness and responsiveness to the maritime security challenges within Nigeria’s waters.

NNS UNITY enroute Nigeria will pay ‘port calls’ on some ports of friendly nations before arriving Nigeria.This will further boost the existing cordial relationship with sister navies around the world and the Gulf of Guinea in particular.

He concluded by soliciting the maintenance and improved cooperation between Nigeria and the respective China Ship building corporations further beyond the departure of NNS UNITY.

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Obama Arrives In China For Final Visit As President

US President Barack Obama arrived in China on Saturday for his final visit as president, intent on cementing the “pivot” to Asia undertaken during his administration.

Obama was welcomed by an honour guard as Air Force One landed in the eastern city of Hangzhou, which is hosting the G20 summit of global economic powers.

But there was also tension on the tarmac, with angry words exchanged when a Chinese official remonstrated with National Security Advisor Susan Rice about where she could stand.

Hangzhou is under ultra-tight security, with a quarter of its residents encouraged to leave and potential troublemakers detained as the ruling Communist Party takes every measure to prevent any possible wrinkles.

Later Saturday Obama will hold private talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the city’s picturesque West Lake, dotted with islands and a favoured subject for Chinese artists.

The meeting is expected to focus on the fight against global warming, after China on Saturday ratified the Paris climate accord and with the US tipped to follow suit, taking the pact a giant step forward.

Tackling climate change has become a bright spot in often difficult relations between the two powers.

But Xi and Obama will also discuss tensions in the South China Sea, where Beijing’s territorial claims, and its construction of artificial islands in disputed waters, have set the region on edge.

On Sunday Obama is to hold talks with Theresa May for the first time since she became British prime minister in the wake of the landmark vote to leave the European Union.

Syria will shift into focus when Obama meets his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of the summit.

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China To Restrict News That Promotes ‘Western Lifestyles’.

China will crack down on social and entertainment news that promotes improper values and “Western lifestyles”, the country’s broadcasting regulator said, the latest effort at censorship in an already strictly regulated media environment.


President Xi Jinping has embarked on an unprecedented drive to censor media that do not reflect the views of Communist Party leaders. Authorities have already issued rules limiting “foreign-inspired” television shows and put tougher penalties on the spread of rumors via social media.


Social and entertainment news must be dominated by mainstream ideologies and “positive energy”, the official Xinhua news agency said late on Monday, citing the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT).


News content should not make improper jokes, defile classics, or “express overt admiration for Western lifestyles”, the regulator said in a circular, according to Xinhua.


They should also avoid putting stars, billionaires or Internet celebrities on pedestals”, and not advocate overnight fame or hype family disputes,” Xinhua said.


China’s legislature this week is also reviewing a draft law that would require film industry workers to maintain excellent “moral integrity”, after recent cases in which celebrities had been arrested for drug offences and prostitution, Xinhua said in a separate report.


Xi has been explicit that media must follow the party line, uphold the correct guidance on public opinion and promote “positive propaganda”.


The term “positive energy” is a catch phrase that has been favored by China’s propaganda and internet authorities under Xi, referring to content that is morally uplifting and patriotic.


The government aggressively censors the internet, blocking many foreign sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, which it deems a potential challenge to party rule or a threat to stability. Regulators say such controls are necessary in the face of growing security threats, and are done in accordance with law.


Despite government controls, foreign television shows are widely available in China as illegal downloads or on pirated DVDs. Many are also available legally online through distribution deals with domestic websites.

China Joins UN In Condemning North Korea’s Ballistic Missile Test

China has joined the 14 other members of the UN Security Council in strongly condemning North Korea for test-firing ballistic missiles.

The Security Council issued a statement, agreeing to take “significant measures” in response to the latest series of launches. North Korea has test-fired several ballistic missiles in July and August, including one from a submarine towards Japan on Wednesday.

The North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said the submarine-launched missile test was the “greatest success”, putting the US mainland and the Pacific “within the striking range”. But Japanese Prime
Minister Shinzo Abe said the missile breached his country’s Air Defence Identification Zone and condemned what he called an “unforgivable, reckless act” and a grave threat to Japan’s security.

Two Women Faint After Arguing For EIGHT HOURS Non-Stop

hotos have caught the bizarre moment two women fainted after arguing in the street for eight hours.

The women in Angkang City, China’s Shaanxi province, argued over unpaid debts on August 16, reports the People’s Daily Online.

According to police, the pair fainted from exhaustion after arguing during extremely hot weather.

That's dedication! The women collapsed after arguing for eight hours over an unpaid debt

That’s dedication! The women collapsed after arguing for eight hours over an unpaid debt

According to reports, two middle aged women were seen lying in the road in the downtown area of Angkang City.

Local police say that the pair had been arguing for eight hours during hot weather without food and water .

Because of this, they became exhausted and fainted in the middle of the road.

The women had started arguing at 2pm over an unpaid debt.

They had been trying to come to an arrangement however they could not resolve the issue.

According to onlookers, one of the women was foaming at the mouth.

Ambulances were called for the pair who were then taken to the local hospital.

No food or drink: According to police, the women had been arguing during hot weather

No food or drink: According to police, the women had been arguing during hot weather

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11 Million People Sign Petition To Stop Dog–Eating Festival In China

Animal rights campaigners in China have handed in a petition with 11 million signatures calling for an end to an annual dog-eating festival in the south-west of the country.

Activists want to stop the consumption of dog meat at the festival in the southern city of Yulin which is due to begin later this month.

Correspondents say animal rights is a growing concern in China. There have been frequent calls to
treat animals more humanely.

About 24 activists accompanied by their dogs handed in the petition at the representative office of Yulin city in the Chinese capital, Beijing. They unfurled banners with pictures of their pets alongside the message: “I’m not your dinner.”

$56m Chinese Investment Coming To Kwara – Gov. Ahmed

The Kwara Government says it has secured a $56million investment from China for the establishment of a textile industrial park in the state.

Dr Muideen Akorede, the Senior Special Assistant, Media and Communication to the Governor, said this on Sunday in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ilorin.

The statement said Gov. Abdulfatah Ahmed concluded the investment deal during his current investment trip to East China.

It also said the agreement for the establishment of Kwara Chitex Industrial Park was signed by Ahmed and Mr Shi Zengchao, the Managing Director of Ningbo Jinsheng Star Import and Export Co Ltd.

The statement said the event took place at the 18th China Zheijand Investment and Trade Symposium held in Ningbo, East China.

It said the initiative involved $3.7 billion worth of investments in 31 projects out of which $1.4billion was for outbound investments.

Kwara Chitex Industrial Park, it said, was the only one Nigeria- bound.

The statement quoted the governor as expressing delight over the multimillion dollar project which was expected to commence soon.
The park, according to the governor, would create 3,000 jobs for the people of the state.

“We are looking for investors, especially in the area of manufacturing.

“ We have a very youthful population which shows there is a strong workforce that can support industrialisation.

“There are opportunities in textiles, agriculture, mining and other areas, the potentials are huge,’’ the statement quoted Ahmed as saying.

It also quoted Ahmed’s Chief Economic Assistant, Mr Abayomi Ogunsola, as saying government would provide about N1billion in counterpart funding and 400 hectares of land as well as infrastructure support.

The statement also said the governor held preliminary talks with potential investors in agribusiness and agro allied industries during the visit to China.

Ahmed, it said, offered prospective investors incentives such as tax relief and accelerated land acquisition process.



China Restricts Ramadan Fasting In Muslim Region

China has marked the start of Ramadan with its customary ban on civil servants, students and children in a mainly-Muslim region from taking part in fasting, government websites said as the holy month started on Monday.

China’s ruling Communist party is officially atheist and for years has banned government employees and minors from fasting in Xinjiang, home to the more than 10 million strong mostly Muslim Uighur minority. It has also ordered restaurants to stay open.

The region sees regular clashes between Uighurs and state security forces, and Beijing has blamed deadly attacks there and elsewhere in China on militants seeking independence for the resource-rich region.

Rights groups blame tensions on religious and cultural restrictions placed on Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in the vast area, which abuts Central Asia.

Several local government departments in Xinjiang posted notices on their websites in the last week ordering restrictions on fasting during Ramadan.

During the holy month, the faithful fast from dawn to dusk and strive to be more pious.

“Party members, cadres, civil servants, students and minors must not fast for Ramadan and must not take part in religious activities,” a notice posted Thursday on the government website of central Xinjiang’s Korla city said.

“During the Ramadan month, food and drink businesses must not close,” it added.

A Uighur official in the city’s Tiekeqi township named Ahmatjan Tohti told a group of men wearing traditional doppa hats at a meeting last Monday that officials should “resolutely stop party members, civil servants, students and minors from entering mosques for religious activities” during the festival, a separate report posted on the website last Tuesday said.

A website run by the education bureau of the regional capital Urumqi’s Shuimogou district posted a notice last Monday calling for “prevention of students and teachers from all schools from entering mosques for religious activities”, during Ramadan.

In the northern city of Altay, officials agreed to “increase contact with parents”, to “prevent fasting during Ramadan”, according to a post Friday on the state-run China Ethnicities Religion website.

Islamic threat-Meanwhile the website of the Qapqal Xibe Autonomous County government in northwest Xinjiang said Monday that restaurants in the area would be instructed to stay open during Ramadan to “ensure that the broader masses have normal access to cuisine”.

Dilxat Raxit of the World Uyghur Congress, an exile group, condemned the restrictions in an email Monday, adding: “China thinks that the Islamic faith of Uighurs threatens the rule of the Beijing leadership”.

China keeps tight control over religious groups, though Beijing often says it grants citizens broad freedom of belief.

China’s State Council on Thursday released a white paper which declared that religious freedom in Xinjiang “cannot be matched by any other period in history”.

“During the month of Ramadan, Muslim restaurants can decide whether they want to do business. There will be no interference,” it said.

“Local governments ensure that all religious activities during Ramadan go on in an orderly manner,” it added.

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China Bans Ramadan Fasting In Muslim-Majority Region

China has marked the start of Ramadan with its customary ban on civil servants, students and children in a mainly-Muslim region from taking part in fasting, government websites said as the holy month started on Monday.

China’s ruling Communist party is officially atheist and for years has banned government employees and minors from fasting in Xinjiang, home to the more than 10 million strong mostly Muslim Uighur minority. It has also ordered restaurants to stay open.

The region sees regular clashes between Uighurs and state security forces, and Beijing has blamed deadly attacks there and elsewhere in China on militants seeking independence for the resource-rich region.

Rights groups blame tensions on religious and cultural restrictions placed on Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in the vast area, which abuts Central Asia.

Several local government departments in Xinjiang posted notices on their websites in the last week ordering restrictions on fasting during Ramadan.

During the holy month, the faithful fast from dawn to dusk and strive to be more pious.

“Party members, cadres, civil servants, students and minors must not fast for Ramadan and must not take part in religious activities,” a notice posted Thursday on the government website of central Xinjiang’s Korla city said.

“During the Ramadan month, food and drink businesses must not close,” it added.

A Uighur official in the city’s Tiekeqi township named Ahmatjan Tohti told a group of men wearing traditional doppa hats at a meeting last Monday that officials should “resolutely stop party members, civil servants, students and minors from entering mosques for religious activities” during the festival, a separate report posted on the website last Tuesday said.

A website run by the education bureau of the regional capital Urumqi’s Shuimogou district posted a notice last Monday calling for “prevention of students and teachers from all schools from entering mosques for religious activities”, during Ramadan.

In the northern city of Altay, officials agreed to “increase contact with parents”, to “prevent fasting during Ramadan”, according to a post Friday on the state-run China Ethnicities Religion website.

Islamic threat-Meanwhile the website of the Qapqal Xibe Autonomous County government in northwest Xinjiang said Monday that restaurants in the area would be instructed to stay open during Ramadan to “ensure that the broader masses have normal access to cuisine”.

Dilxat Raxit of the World Uyghur Congress, an exile group, condemned the restrictions in an email Monday, adding: “China thinks that the Islamic faith of Uighurs threatens the rule of the Beijing leadership”.

China keeps tight control over religious groups, though Beijing often says it grants citizens broad freedom of belief.

China’s State Council on Thursday released a white paper which declared that religious freedom in Xinjiang “cannot be matched by any other period in history”.

“During the month of Ramadan, Muslim restaurants can decide whether they want to do business. There will be no interference,” it said.

“Local governments ensure that all religious activities during Ramadan go on in an orderly manner,” it added.


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Half Goat Born With No Hind Legs In China

A goat born with no hind legs has shown its triumph over adversity after it reached six months old – just walking on its forelegs.
The young kid was born without rear legs last December, and its owners felt it wouldn’t survive but it overcame its disability mere days after its birth. According to the unnamed farmer who witnessed the birth of the animal some six months ago, the goat’s mother had previously given birth to two healthy kids.

Breeders on the forest farm in Xinping Yi Dai Autonomous County, in south-west China’s Yunnan Province, were shocked to see the deformed goat, but they were even more surprised to see it walking within a week of its birth.

The goat farmer said the young animal learned to perfect its balance and stand on its two front legs, and it is clearly unaware of and unfazed by its disadvantage.
It now hops around the farm merrily using only its two forefeet, travelling with its herd and grazing on the same foods given to the rest of its kin.

Reports citing local veterinarians suggested that the doe may have suffered an abdominal injury during pregnancy that resulted in the birth of the two-legged animal.

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Fayose Stands By Letter Attacking Fed Gov’s $2 Billion Loan From China

Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, on Monday reacted to the comments by the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Odigie Oyegun, his deputy, Segun Oni, and senior lawyer, Itse Sagay, describing their criticism of his letter to the Chinese government as a “brazen display of political hypocrisy.”

He also said the fact that President Muhammadu Buhari did not sign any direct loan agreement with the Chinese government during his visit to China vindicated his position that the country did not need a loan from that country but a collaboration that would ensure the transfer of technology from China to Nigeria.

Frontline lawyer, Itse Sagay, had rebuked Mr. Fayose for his action, saying he had no business interfering in the federal government’s process of securing a foreign loan.

“I think Fayose has a problem. The way I see it is that the man, who is on the brink of destruction, has no restraint about what he does,” Mr. Sagay was quoted as saying.

” To start with, what is the business of a state governor about a loan that is being given to the federal government?”

It was Mr. Sagay’s view that provided the government could secure the loan, the governor had no business attempting to truncate the effort of the federal government.

But Mr. Fayose, speaking through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, insisted he had right as a Nigerian citizen and stakeholder to speak out against the proposed loan.

“People like Oyegun, Oni and Prof Itse Sagay lack moral rights to complain even if President Mohammadu Buhari is called whatever names because they never complained when as a sitting president, Dr Goodluck Jonathan was called unprintable names by APC stalwarts and leaders,” he said in a statement issued in Ado-Ekiti.

“Where were the likes of Oyegun, Oni, Prof Itse Sagay and others when APC promoted crude politics and anti-Nigeria posturing to an unprecedented level when Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was in power?

“It is on record that APC wrote to the United States of America not to sell arms to Nigeria, reported the country to the European Union, United Nations and went to the bizarre extent of reporting the then Chief of Army Staff, Azubuike Ihejirika, to the International Criminal Court (ICC), not for committing the kind of genocide committed against the Shiite Muslims in Zaria and Agatus in Benue, but for killing Boko Haram insurgents.

“It is also on record that instead of lending his voice to the federal government efforts to dislodge Boko Haram insurgents, President Buhari opted to describe the clampdown on Boko Haram as injustice against the North. He went on to accuse the government of killing and destroying houses of Boko Haram insurgents while the Niger Delta militants were given special treatment by the government.

“Even when Oni was the Ekiti State Governor as a PDP member, Action Congress (AC) as APC was then, wrote against his government move to obtain a N5 billion loan. Isn’t it then funny that because he is now in APC, the same Oni is now against Governor Fayose doing the same thing done against him by the APC elements in Ekiti State?”

Mr. governor since the federal government claimed it had recovered and still recovering trillions of Naira allegedly looted from the treasury, there was no need to borrow money from anywhere to finance the 2016 Budget.

“With the $200 billion they claimed is coming from Dubai, they said $700 million raw cash was found in Diezani Alison Madueke’s house, N3 trillion said to have been saved from the Treasury Single Account (TSA) and N4.5 trillion the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) said it will generate this year, what then is the rationale behind the federal government seeking any loan?,” he said.

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Babatunde Fashola Lists His Take Away From President Buhari’s Foreign Trips

In making this public intervention, I seek to highlight the benefit of global relationships and cooperation in a world that is changing daily as a result of globalisation and transborder economics, social and even criminal activities where no one is safe, except all are safe, and to leave the dispassionate observer his opinion after deep reflection on the value, or lack of it, of President Muhammadu Buhari’s foreign trips.
This way I hope every Nigerian who cares about our country will have some information about what their president is doing about the things that concern them.

First I will start with context.

Barely two decades ago (between 1994 and 1998), we would not have quarrelled with the description that we were a pariah nation. We were ostracised from global events because of bad governance. We
had lost the respect accorded nations like ours were they well-led and well-run. I recall that not a few Nigerians complained that the green passport was becoming, if it had not already become, a burden. That was at the height of the dictatorial government that broke the rules of international relations.
It was from there that we started to heal. Investors entered our country. Many brands that we sought after abroad started coming to set up shop in our country. The tourist footfalls in our country increased slowly but surely, but again we began to slide. That was when Buhari declared at a meeting in Lagos during his campaign in 2015, that if elected, he would make us proud about our country again. Proud to be Nigerian again.
That is the context in which I view his foreign trips and the manifesto of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Foreign Relations which promised to:
:: Make the Nigerian national interest the overriding factor in its foreign policy and international relations.
::Work to reform global governance in multilateral institutions and agencies.
::Work to strengthen the African Union (AU) to become a more effective organisation on global affairs.
::Engage the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) on the basis of equality.
::Play a leadership role to develop a MINT (Mexico, India, Nigeria, and Turkey) as a counterforce to BRICS.
I will limit my takeaways to four trips that I attended with the president namely: the G7 Summit in Germany, the Oil and Gas Summit in Iran, the Renewable Energy Conference in Abu Dhabi and the state visit and Business Forum in China; and two trips that I did not attend, but whose deliberations I followed, namely: Paris for the COP 21 and USA for the Nuclear Energy Summit.
G7 in Germany

This is a club of eight of the most industrialised, economic and technologically advanced nations. For the benefit of those who do not follow international politics, it was originally the G8 comprising the USA, Britain, Germany, France, Canada, Japan, Italy, and Russia, who were later suspended and had sanctions imposed on them to make it G7 as a result. It was formed in 1975 as a club of six before Canada and Russia were admitted. They look after each other, and the rest of the world to put it simply. They have gone to war together if you remember Iraq and Libya in recent memory and they are all largely collaborating to fight terror. (Most recently the FBI was rendering assistance to Belgium in the aftermath of the terror attacks in that country).

Why G7 one might then ask?
Answer: German Chancellor Angela Merkel, as host, invited President Buhari on his inauguration to be their guest along with some three or four other African countries. Their agenda was global security, global economy and global health in the aftermath of Ebola, which was still raging in some African countries. Apart from the personal aides of the president, Governor Shettima of Borno, General Abdulrahman Dambazau and myself were the only ones who accompanied the president.

I recall that upon our arrival in Germany, they expressed surprise that our delegation was small and asked if others were still coming. In the pre-departure briefing, in addition to highlighting how the security and economic agenda of the G7 coincided with two of his campaign promises, security, (corruption) economy, President Buhari stated the reasons three of us were invited.
Governor Shettima was in the front line of terrorists and criminal activities in the North-east; General Dambazau was a former Chief of Army Staff, and also a faculty associate of Harvard University Weatherhead Centre for International Affairs; I had run the single biggest economy of a state within Nigeria for eight years and was in the frontline of Ebola. Without ministers, one week after taking office, he felt we were the ones best suited to assist, if he needed it, on the issues of security, economy and health on the G7 agenda. In the event, he did not need us. He held his ground admirably. He was the first person called upon to speak at a Summit in which Nigeria was not a member. I was proud to be a Nigerian.

At global summits, we usually got to speak when others had spoken and the hall has emptied. President Barack Obama was the first G7 member to speak after President Buhari and he said that Nigeria has elected a president that brings a reputation of scrupulous integrity to the table. I was proud to be a Nigerian.

The opening session was robust and welcoming, we saw some of the world’s most powerful men and women take off their jackets, call each other by their first names in a club-like setting while addressing the world’s most serious problems. Problems that affect you and I daily. I was proud that my president was in a room where decisions concerning my planet were being deliberated upon.
British Prime Minister David Cameron, Chancellor Merkel and others also spoke in similar vein about our president’s reputation and our nation’s strategic position in Africa and the world. They pledged support for Nigeria on terror and the economy.
Importantly, I learned that their scientists were worried about increasing resistance of strains of infections to antibiotics; and that they were committing enormous resources into finding out why and what to do. They highlighted the difficulty of time and resources that it will take to develop new antibiotics and the risk to global health.

If we all appreciate how vulnerable we can be without effective antibiotics, especially our children, and if we remember how low life expectancy was and how poor global health was before the discovery of Penicillin after the World War, we will appreciate the seriousness of the platform to which Nigeria was invited. I was proud that our president was there. If the seven most powerful nations stand with you, who can stand against you? I need not say more except that I can attest that President Buhari has been following up on these matters, and the progress on security is visible, while results on the economic front will manifest soon enough.
Iran Oil and Gas Summit

For those who are not aware, one of the reasons why oil prices went up, and from which we benefited in the past, was that Iran, the world’s 7th largest producer of oil, was facing global sanctions from which she was due to emerge in 2016. Because Iran was soon to be selling oil, the likelihood of a further crash of oil prices that had drastically fallen was a threat to Nigeria’s economy if oil prices crashed further. (Our 2016 budget proposals had just been formulated on a $38 per barrel assumption).
I was witness to President Buhari’s persuasion to Iran to come to the market slowly instead of pushing out large volumes which will raise supply and crash prices, even though Iran also needed the cash. You can’t do that type of diplomacy by letter or by phone, in my view, not when the major players were all there in person. I witnessed the meeting with the Venezuelan prime minister, who was leading the South American producers to sell more and get cash even if the prices were lower.

President Buhari’s logic was different. Hold your volumes, steady the price, and don’t let us hurt one another. Recorders of history will recall that the Venezuelan government suffered a major political defeat in Parliament, while President Buhari’s logic has at least steadied oil prices. It might interest you to know that all European nations sent their oil ministers, except Russia, where Vladimir Putin came in person, because having been suspended from the G8 and facing sanctions, this was the meeting where his country’s interests were best served.
For the record, Russia pledged a $5 billion state support to Iran, and if the purpose of this is lost on anyone, I interpret it to mean, “Take cash, don’t pump out your oil. It will hurt me.”

This is the reality of international politics.
Finally on Iran, President Buhari told us, how when he flew to Iran in his days as Petroleum Minister, he noticed how much gas they were flaring and now he returned as president, all the flares were gone. We found out that all the gas had been harvested and piped to every home for heating, cooking etc.
His mandate: “If they can do it, we must do it.” I am proud to be led by a president who sees good things outside and seeks to bring them to his people.

Abu Dhabi Renewable Energy
This is reputed to be the richest of the Emirates in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Apart from seeking cooperation to recover Nigeria’s stolen wealth stored in the UAE (his anti-corruption commitment pursued in person), President Buhari addressed a renewable energy summit where we learned about initiatives to bring solar power price down to five US cents per kilowatt hour, (approximately N10) as against the price of 17 US cents (N34) per KW/h tariff in Nigeria fixed at privatisation by the last government.
President Buhari’s mandate was for us to explore collaboration for the manufacture of solar panels in Nigeria to bring down the price and deploy it to the sunlit areas of Nigeria, especially the North that is most prolific for irradiation. We are currently working on the Energy Mix for Nigeria which is the implementation process of the energy policy that will take us there. Hopefully, we will soon be signing the first set of solar deployment agreements for Nigeria.

In this way, more solar and hydro will be used in the North, more coal and hydro in the Middle Belt, and more gas in the South; so that we take power generation closest to the most prolific source of fuel to bring down the cost and make it more affordable. On the trip to China (which I will comment on) we met a few Chinese solar manufacturers (who recognised us from Abu Dhabi) who want to set up business of manufacturing solar panels in Nigeria.

China Investment Forum and State Visit
This is the visit that provoked this write up, because I had bottled what I knew. But it was time, I believe, to share some of it. China is the second largest economy in the world with a per capita income of $8,000 which they are planning to raise to $12,000 by 2020. By her own assessment, according to President Xi Jinping, they are still a developing nation seeking to achieve what he described as “initial prosperity” by 2020.

If you look at the back of your phone, your TV, your watch, your I-Pad, your mobile charger, many other accessories that you use, you are likely to find these three words “Made in China” printed somewhere. For such a nation, (with trillions of dollars in reserves, that plans to spend $2 trillion on imports in the next five years and earn $100 billion annually) who still sees itself as a developing nation, such modesty in the face of success, assiduous hard work and productivity is a destination to seek cooperation in the pursuit of economic development.
This is where President Buhari led an array of Nigerian investors including Erisco Foods, (who now makes our tomato paste at home and employs people locally including farmers who supply the tomatoes), power operators (DisCos and GenCos), and the Dangote Group, to meet with and address their Chinese partners.

During the meeting with the Chinese President, six collaboration agreements were signed including for agriculture and food production improvement techniques, rail and power infrastructure development, for funding the Dangote Group to continue to expand and create jobs at home and keeping some of our reserves in the currency of the richest nation in the world. This last mentioned agreement was a legitimate coup by President Buhari because the intelligence was that some West African countries were going to sign before us. President Buhari seized the moment.

Of course he had to apologise for our previous failures on our agreement made to part-fund four airport projects in Lagos, Kano, Abuja and Port Harcourt and Abuja-Kaduna rail project.
The Chinese had provided their agreed part of 85 per cent but the remaining 15 per cent Nigeria did not honour during the last administration.
Some of the recent revelations about financial scandals estimated at $2.1 billion in the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) alone during the last administration suggest how impactful such funds would have been in delivering these critical infrastructure; but we all know what happened.

This is why President Buhari is travelling. To repair our reputation severely damaged by the last government, and to assure our partners that Nigeria has CHANGED. And from there to re-negotiate an existing funding agreement to complete critical transport infrastructure. Because of his reputation, President Xi Jinping believed him, and to quote him, he said: “It is better late than never.”
Through him China literally opened the door to Nigeria in areas of infrastructure (power, railways and roads), agriculture, education and manufacturing especially in our Free Trade Zones. To paraphrase the Chinese President, “ask us for whatever support or partnership and we will be happy to respond.”
“We wish to see you take your rightful place and we are happy that you are the first African president visiting China, after my visit to Africa last year to pledge a $60 billion support for the development of the continent.”
If this was not initiative I doubt what is?

As for the trips to Paris, COP 21 and the USA, Nuclear Security Summit, I will only say this:

a) The threat of climate change, global warming, desertification in the north of Nigeria and coastal erosion in the Atlantic (Bar beach in Lagos) and in the south, affecting Rivers, Bayelsa and other coastal states, the clear scientific evidence lays the blame at the door of the world’s most industrialised nation for their pollution.
b) Since the Kyoto protocol they have paid lip service to remedying the situation, which unfortunately affects developing nations more adversely.
c) COP 21 was the first serious commitment that these leaders made to ensure that global temperatures do not rise above 2°C and indeed are reduced to 1.5°C. I am proud that Nigeria was not missing at this historic moment. When the planet is saved, the next and future generations of Nigerians will recall that President Buhari was present, when all of the world leaders were present to save the planet.
d) In the aftermath of COP 21, the commitment of these nations is to increase production and technology for renewable energy and to reduce the use of carbon fuels. One way they plan to achieve this is increased deployment of nuclear energy.
e) These nations are at the cusp of sharing safe nuclear technology for peaceful uses with developing nations for power generation. This for me was reason enough and a good one at that for President Buhari to be in the USA because Nigeria has been pursuing a nuclear power programme for about 17 years, not as an alternative to gas or Hydro, but as additions to them.

The world leaders must trust you for you to partake. At that summit, in the group photograph, President Buhari stood on the second row along side Britain and Turkey. In the past, we used to be on the last row. This is CHANGE. As he meets with world leaders outside Africa, he has not forgotten the home front. He is regularly visiting and receiving his sister and brother presidents on the African continent.
President Buhari has earned their trust for all of us and I am proud to carry my green passport. Yes, some results are not yet manifest, and may take a little while to do so, but a solid foundation for a sustainable, respectable and prosperous future is being laid, block by block. This is how to build a solid “home” from whence we can project respect abroad with confidence. How many of us will do business with total strangers without a reference or a good reputation in this age of due diligence?

President Buhari is building affiliations everywhere that if well-managed in future, will develop into a global network of friendships, trust and respect for Nigeria and Nigerians. I once heard that the role of a leader, like that of the head of a family, is that of an aggregator, opening doors and opportunities, breaking down barriers and forging alliances. I agree.
This is my Takeaway on these trips.

– Mr. Fashola, Minister of Power, Works and Housing, writes from Abuja

Lawyers Chide Fayose Over Letter To China

More reactions have trailed Ekiti Governor, Ayodele Fayose’s letter to the Chinese government, asking it to refuse President Muhammadu Buhari’s request for a $2 billion loan.
Chairmen of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in Lagos State and other lawyers yesterday condemned Fayose’s action, describing it as mere irritation and inconsequential.

A former chairman of the Ikeja branch of the NBA, Mr Onyekachi Ubani, described the letter as of no consequence, since negotiations had already been concluded.
“The letter by Fayose is similar to a situation of bringing a motion for a court injunction for a completed act. This letter is a mere irritation especially coming from a sitting governor. I will urge Nigerians and especially journalists to regard his letter as nothing, but a mere irritation.
“Negotiations are already concluded and the Chinese government are willing to release funds to Nigeria. Although, it is very disheartening that such a letter is coming from one of our governors, but I think it serves no purpose,” he told NAN.
Ubani, therefore, urged Nigerians to resist any act capable of disrupting the smooth running of government.
In the same vein, the Ikeja Branch Chairman of NBA, Mr Yinka Farobi, described the letter as “over stepping of one’s bounds.”
“Fayose was elected as a state governor and not as the president of Nigeria. His letter is clearly out of the purview of his powers and I seriously condemn it,” he said.
Farobi also urged Nigerians to be supportive of moves aimed at transforming the Nigerian nation for growth.
Again, the Ikorodu NBA Branch Chairman, Mr Dotun Adetunji, described the letter as a show of rascality.
He noted that although “there is a provision for immunity for a sitting governor, there must also be a limit on the activities of a leader.”
“There are 36 states in the federation and out of these states, only one governor has courage to write to a foreign authority, urging it to refuse funds to its federal government. To my mind, such action is really reprehensible and should be discouraged,” he said.
Mr Spurgeon Ataene, a lawyer, said: “If the loan being sought by the federal government is for the purpose of revamping the battered economy, then we should not have a problem with that.”
Another lawyer, Mr Ola Ogunbiyi, said Fayose’s action fell short of the status of his exalted office.
“Fayose is a ‘security risk’ working against national interest, I think he has too much freedom and should be cautioned all because we are in a democratic rule. What he said was wrong, we all know the loan is for our economic growth, for him to have written a letter to another country is wrong. The picture he tried to paint is that there is no unity, we have no united front by going to counter the action of the president,” he said.
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China Offers $15m For Establishment Of 50 Agric Demonstration Farms In Nigeria

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday in Beijing offered 15 million dollars agricultural assistance to Nigeria for the establishment of 50 Demonstration Farms across the country.


This is contained in a statement issued by Mallam Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari and made available to newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja.


The statement said President Jinping announced the offer at a meeting between Nigerian delegation and high-ranking Chinese government officials in Beijing.


It said that the offer was in response to President Buhari’s desire to make Nigeria self-sufficient in food production.


It added that President Jinping agreed that Nigeria’s chosen path of development through economic diversification was the best way to go.


“To help Nigeria achieve this, China promised to fully support the country through infrastructural development and capacity building,’’ it said.


The statement said that President Jinping also expressed the readiness of China to set up major projects in Nigeria.


It listed the projects to include refineries, power plants, mining companies, textile manufacturing and food processing industries as soon as the enabling environment was provided by the Federal Government.


The statement said that China and Nigeria also agreed to strengthen military and civil service exchanges as part of a larger capacity-building engagement.


“In line with this, China offered to raise its scholarship awards to Nigerian students from about 100 to 700 annually.

“In addition, 1,000 other Nigerians are to be given vocational and technical training by China annually,’’ the statement added.


The statement said President Jinping applauded the war against corruption being waged by Buhari.


The Chinese leader assured the Nigerian president that Nigeria would always have a special place in the affairs of the Peoples Republic of China.

After the meeting, President Buhari directed that technical committees be immediately established to finalise discussions on new joint Nigeria/China rail, power, manufacturing, agricultural and solid mineral projects.


According to the statement, the technical committees will conclude their assignments before the end of May.


The statement said President Buhari welcomed China’s readiness to assist Nigeria in her bid to rapidly industrialize and join the world’s major economies.

The statement said that after the talks, President Buhari and President Jinping witnessed the signing of several agreements and memorandums of understanding between Nigeria and China.

They included a “Framework Agreement between the Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the National Development and Reform Commission of the Peoples Republic of China.”

Memorandum of Understanding on Aviation Cooperation between the Ministry of Transportation (Aviation) of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Ministry of Commerce of the Peoples Republic of China was also signed

Memorandum of Understanding between the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Government of the Peoples Republic of China on Scientific and Technological Cooperation and a “Mandate Letter Between the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China and the Central Bank of Nigeria on Renminbi (RMB) Transactions’’ were also signed.


We Are Committed To Jonathan’s Deal With China- Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that his government remains committed to contracts signed by his predecessor Goodluck Jonathan with Chinese firms on railway, roads and hydroelectric dam projects.
Buhari said this in an exclusive interview with Xinhua News Agency ahead of his 5-day state visit to China starting today.

China has the technical and financial capacity and the experience of development while retaining the goodwill to help Nigeria, said Buhari. “Really, this is an opportunity Nigeria cannot afford to lose,” the president told Xinhua in Abuja.
Buhari said Nigeria and China enjoy vast opportunities in cooperation in such fields as agriculture, mining, electric power generation, and railway and road construction.
He said Nigeria stands ready to expand the development of industries, especially in manufacturing and textile industries and speed up infrastructure construction, which presents huge opportunities for both China and Nigeria. “The opportunities that present themselves for us … are virtually limitless,” he said.

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Buhari Visits China To Discuss Development Of Infrastructure

The development of Nigeria’s infrastructure, especially in the power, roads, railways, aviation, water supply and housing sectors will form the crux of discussions when President Muhammadu Buhari meets Chinese President Xi Jinping, said presidential spokesman Femi Adesina on Saturday.

President Buhari is due to leave Abuja on Sunday for a working visit to China aimed at securing China’s greater support for Nigeria.

Adesina said in a statement that Buhari would also hold talks with Premier Li Keqiang and the Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National Peoples’ Congress, Zhang Dejiang during his visit to the country.

He said the visit will enable the President Buhari to focus on “strengthening bilateral cooperation in line with the Federal Government’s agenda for the rapid diversification of the Nigerian economy, with emphasis on agriculture and solid minerals development.”

“It is expected that in the course of the visit, several new agreements and memorandums of understanding to boost trade and economic relations between Nigeria and China will be concluded and signed.

“The agreements include a Framework Agreement between the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment and the National Development and Reform Commission of the Peoples’ Republic of China to Boost Industrial Activities and Infrastructural Development in Nigeria.

“Others are a Framework Agreement between the Federal Ministry of Communications and the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, and a Memorandum of Understanding between Nigeria and China on Scientific and Technological Cooperation.”

He noted that the President and his delegation will tour the Shanghai Free Trade Zone and the Guangzhou Economic and Technological Development Zone to gain more useful insights and understanding of the policies that underpinned China’s astronomical economic growth in recent years, n line with the present administration’s prioritization of economic diversification and industrialisation to boost employment,

The President, whose entourage will include some state governors as well as the Ministers of Agriculture, Water Resources, Transport, Defence, Power, Works & Housing, Industry, Trade & Investment, Federal Capital Territory, Science & Technology and Foreign Affairs, will also open a China-Nigeria Business/Investment Forum in Beijing and meet with members of the Nigerian Community in China before returning to Abuja at the weekend.

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‘Buhari Will Visit China Soon’ – Chinese Ambassador To Nigeria Says

Yesterday, when the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Gu Xiaojie visited the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, in Abuja, he disclosed that arrangements have already been concluded for President Muhammadu Buhari’s official visit to the Peoples’ Republic of China in April.

He emphasized that the visit was significant because it would strengthen diplomatic relations between China and Nigeria.

“The relationship right now is a strategic partnership that will definitely help to expand mutual
benefits between the two countries to look at widening areas and scope of cooperation.

“We are also set to look for new areas of cooperation between China and Nigeria against the background that this year, China and Nigeria are celebrating 45 years anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries,” the Ambassador said.

He also disclosed the volume of trade between Nigeria and China in 2015 at $14.9bn, saying Nigeria is China’s biggest trading partner in Africa.

Ibrahimovic Offered £59million Deal To Move To China

The man with the biggest ego in football, otherwise known as Ibracadabra, has worked his magic again. Who else gets an offer this huge? The PSG star is out of contract at the end of the season and with many top clubs falling over themselves to land the talismanic striker, he can have his pick of the bunch. One offer that has stood out though is from the Chinese Super League, the Asian nation is so eager to have the 34-year-old, the government is willing to finance a deal.

If he settles for the lucrative deal, it will be the ideal ride into the sunset for a player whose trophy cabinet creaks under the weight of his many medals.

153 Nigerians On Death Row In Malaysia, China Over Drugs

Senate yesterday raised the alarm that about 153 Nigerians are currently awaiting execution in Malaysia and China, following their involvement in illicit drugs. The lawmakers also revealed that four out of 11 Nigerians on death row were executed in April 2015 by Indonesian authorities despite pleas for leniency by Nigeria, the United Nations and Amnesty International. This was as the senaNigerians were executed in China also in April last year, even as 120 others are still on death row for drug-related offences, with 74 of them being held in Guandong and Guanxi provinces. The lawmakers said in Singapore, one Nigerian is awaiting the hangman’s noose because of his participation in drug offence. These revelations came to light yesterday during a debate on a motion sponsored by Senator Gbenga Ashafa and supported by 21 others.

The senators consequently urged the Federal Government to restructure and reposition the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, to be able to meet the challenges of evasive drug traffickers who use Nigerians to traffic the illicit products. The lawmakers also asked the police, NDLEA, NAFDAC, Pharmaceutical Council of Nigeria, PCN, and other regulatory agencies to develop a collaborative approach towards curbing the incidence of drug use and abuse in the country. They, in addition, mandated the Committee on Drugs and Narcotics to urgently consider the amendment of Section 23 of the PCN Act, to include the sale of prescription pills over the counter as an offence punishable by the Act. In his lead presentation, Ashafa disclosed that many Nigerian youths’ involvement in illicit global drugs trade had led them to be currently on death row in different countries. According to him, drug offences in some countries attract capital punishment. Ashafa expressed concerns that in spite of the execution, some desperate Nigerians were still not deterred. He said: “The case for leniency was rendered impotent because, at that point, seven fresh cases of drug trafficking involving Nigerians had just emerged in Indonesia.”

He stated that these desperate Nigerians used to disguise as university students colluding with drug syndicates to undermine the visa system and gain entrance into Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and other drug traffic routes. According to him, 30 out of 80 foreign students arrested in 2015 were Nigerians in Malaysia where authorities have confirmed that 40 per cent of foreigners arrested for drug offences are from Nigeria. Senator Ashafa regretted that Nigerians’ involvement in drug business is tarnishing the image of the country. “Our nationals are viewed with suspicion and subjected to demeaning treatment at airports across the world as a result of this negative perception.” The lawmaker chided the Federal Government for not taking serious actions to curb the menace of drug couriers and their sponsors within and outside the country. In their contributions, Senators Sam Anyanwu, Oluremi Tinubu, Barau Jibrin and Ovie Omo- Agege also condemned the rate at which Nigerian youths are involved in drug-related offences.

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EU Chamber Of Commerce Expresses Concern Over China’s Industrial Overcapacity

The EU Chamber of Commerce has expressed concern over China’s industrial overcapacity, particularly in the steel sector, saying it pose an increasing threat to European economies.

Joerg Wuttke, EU Chamber Head, said this on Monday in Beijing ahead of the release of a study on the China’s capacity.

He said study has shown that China has been accumulating machinery and manpower faster than demand has been growing in recent years.

The official said the report showed that the overcapacity in China’s steel sector rose from 132 million tons in 2008 to 327 million tons in 2014.
Wuttke said the excess led to China offloading its steel at dumping prices on the international market.

The EU official indicated that Chinese authorities need to address the problem more urgently and the protectionism of local employment and business needs to be broken down.
“The longer they wait, the bigger the pain is.”

The European Commission this month announced provisional anti-dumping duties on cold-rolled flat steel from China and Russia, and an investigation into the imports of seamless pipes, heavy plates and hot-rolled flat steel from China.

The EU earlier imposed a slew of anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties on Chinese products ranging from solar panels to ceramic tiles and ironing boards.

The bloc applies measures to China on the basis of it not being a market economy.

It was due to review that status by the end of the year, potentially changing the way it calculates whether Chinese imports are fairly priced.




Jackson Martinez Joins Guangzhou Evergrande

The Colombian has become the most expensive signing in Chinese football history, with super-agent Jorge Mendes brokering a deal that sees Atletico Madrid make a €7m profit

Guangzhou Evergrande have officially completed the signing of striker Jackson Martinez fromAtletico Madrid for a Chinese record €42 million (£31.8m).

The deal smashes the previous £21m record Jiangsu Suning paid Chelsea for midfielder Ramires, a benchmark that did not even last a full week as the Chinese Super League’s immense recruitment drive continues.

Clubs in the top two tiers of Chinese football spent more than €200m collectively during January, with Martinez and Ramires also joined by the likes of Gervinho and Fredy Guarin in moving to the increasingly star-studded league.

Martinez moves to China on a four-year deal after successfully completing a medical and agreeing terms late on Tuesday and flies directly to Dubai to link up with his new team-mates on their winter training camp.

The Colombia international will now be managed by Luiz Felipe Scolari and will link up with fellow South Americans such as Paulinho and Ricardo Goulart.

The 27-year-old only joined Atletico in the summer, struggling to make an impact at the club following his €35m move from Porto amid rumours of a falling out with fiery coach Diego Simeone.

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Incredibly, that means Atleti have actually made a €7m profit (£5.3m) on a player that scored just two goals in 15 uninspiring La Liga appearances, as well as netting a solitary goal in the Champions League.

Infamous super-agent Jorge Mendes, most closely associated with Cristiano Ronaldo, helped broker a deal that sees Martinez become the most expensive transfer of 2016 so far, and the biggest signing in Chinese football history.

Although Martinez struggled at Atletico, he had an impeccable record at former club Porto; the Colombian bagged at least 20 league goals in each of his three campaigns in Portugal, racking up 92 goals in 132 appearances in all competitions.

Nigeria, China Mull New Communication Satellite

Nigeria is negotiating with China on possible new satellites for Nigeria Communication Satellite limited (NIGCOMSAT) and support for its ground station improvement.

NIGCOMSAT is the Nigerian Satellite Communication Company and Operator of NigComSat-1R Satellite under the supervision of the Ministry of Communications.

In a bid to further develop the telecommunications industry in Nigeria as well as attract investors, Minister of Communications, Barrister Adebayo Shittu, led a delegation to China.

The visit coincided with the launch of Belintersat-1 Satellite by the China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC), which NIGCOMSAT will be providing In-orbit Testing Services (IoT), and Spectrum Management Services (SMS).

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China Rules Out Approval For Couples To Have 2 Children

China has explained that under its new “two-child policy”, prospective parents do not need to obtain approval to have two children.


A document released by the central government and ruling Communist Party on Tuesday in Beijing said families would be able to “independently arrange childbearing” under the new policy, without applying for approval.


The National Health and Family Planning Commission had said in October that couples would still need approval at first.


The document released said the implementation of the policy would begin this year, without giving a date.


An official said on condition of anonymity that the two-child policy was itself a relaxation of the “one-child policy” that led to forced abortions and infanticides for decades.


He said the new policy was a further relaxation of reproductive controls in the world’s most populous country, noting that “Beijing hopes to reduce the pressure of the ageing population.

About 90 million families may qualify for the new two-child policy.”


He said that China, the world’s most populous nation, had 1.37 billion people at the end of 2013.





Chinese Man Compensated With $200,000 After 11 Years For Wrongful Murder Conviction

A man four times wrongly convicted of murder received 200,000 dollars in compensation for his 11 years of imprisonment.


Prosecutor at the central court said Zeng Aiyun was freed in July on grounds of insufficient evidence, in spite of three death sentences he received between 2004 and 2010 for murdering a graduate school classmate.


He said all the three verdicts by the Xiangtan Intermediate People’s Court were rejected by the Supreme People’s Court in Beijing and a retrial ordered in 2010.


The prosecutor said in the retrial Zeng was found guilty again and sentenced to life imprisonment.


He said Zeng was ordered to pay 178,143 Yuan in compensation to the family of victim Zhou Yuheng.


The prosecutor said police later found the real killer, who had framed Zeng.




China’s Crack Down On Corruption! China’s Biggest Telcom Operator Boss Picked

The chairman of one of China’s largest state-owned mobile operators, China Telecom, is being investigated by the country’s anti-corruption watchdog.

Chang Xiaobing is “suspected of serious violation of discipline”, according to a statement on the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection website. The executive was reported missing by local media on Sunday.

He is the latest in a series of high-profile executives to become embroiled in Beijing’s crackdown on corruption.

Correspondents say that Beijing’s crackdown on corruption is partly about using high profile cases to prove the government is serious about tackling corruption.

Man Found Alive After More Than 60 Hours In China Landslide

Rescuers have pulled a man out alive after he was buried for more than 60 hours in a massive landslide in southern China
Rao Liangzhong of the Shenzhen Emergency Response Office says that a migrant worker, Tian Zeming, was rescued around dawn on Wednesday (Chinese time).

“He told the soldiers who rescued him, there is another survivor close by,” Xinhua said.

Firefighters had to squeeze into a narrow room around Tian and pull debris out by hand, rescuer Zhang Yabin told Xinhua.

Tian has had surgery and is in a stable condition in hospital, the Xinhua report said.
Xinhua later said that another body was also discovered, although it was not clear if that was the person to whom Tian had referred. A body was also recovered from the rubble on Tuesday.

The government has said more than 70 people are missing in China’s latest industrial disaster, although this figure continues to be revised down as authorities make contact with people who were believed to have been buried but were not.

A giant deluge of mud and construction waste from the overfull dump site buried 33 buildings at the industrial park on Sunday.
It was the second major man-made disaster in China in four months. At least 160 people were killed in massive chemical blasts in the northern port city of Tianjin in August.

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Dozens Missing After China Landslide

Hundreds of rescue workers are looking for survivors after a landslide hit 33 buildings in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen.


Seven people were pulled from the rubble with minor injuries, but 91 are still missing.


About 900 were evacuated as the landslide struck on Sunday, the BBC reports.


Authorities said a huge man-made mound of earth and construction debris lost stability and collapsed.


The city is one of China’s biggest and is a major industrial centre.

It is situated in the southern province of Guangdong, across the mainland border from Hong Kong.


The landslide has blanketed a vast area of 380,000 sq m (455,000 sq yards) covering it with up to 10m (32ft) of mud at an industrial park, Shenzhen’s emergency management office said on its official microblog.


State news agency Xinhua said the landslide caused an explosion at a natural gas pipeline. Workers have cleaned up about 400m of damaged pipeline and are now repairing it.



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Chinese Investment In Africa Not A threat – Spokesman

China’s increasing investment in Africa was not a threat to the continent rather a big boost to the region’s self-development.
Shen Danyang, Spokesperson of the Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOC) said this on Wednesday in Beijing, in response to doubts on China’s intention on its investment.
The reaction came on the heels of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation to hold in Johannesburg, South Africa from Dec. 4 to Dec. 5.
“China has always been and will remain a trustworthy friend of Africa.
The accusations of ‘Chinese menace’ and ‘neocolonialism’ are completely unfounded and will not be believed,’’ he said.


Danyang said that China had been the biggest trade partner of Africa for six consecutive years.
He said that the country’s outbound direct investment to Africa had been increasing by 37 per cent on average in the last 15 years and the areas of cooperation had expanded to new fields such as finance, tourism, and telecom.
Shen said that the investment in Africa had been helping the continent reduce poverty, lift employment and increase tax revenues for local governments.



China To Invest $10 Billion In Cross River

The Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, says arrangements have been concluded for Henan Province of China to commence construction of $10 Billion project in the state.

He gave the hint about the project agreement while addressing reporters at the Margaret Ekpo International Airport, Calabar on Thursday.

Governor Ayade said that the state would witness the arrival of 100 investors from Henan, who would set up various companies and industries in Cross River.

He also stated that the Henan Provincial Government would build a new China City in the state.

According to him, other team of investors would focus on various key projects, including huge agricultural investments, renewable energy, the garment factory, hydro power projects and the seaport.

Ayade further revealed that a logistic hub for the whole of Africa that would focus on the manufacturing sector would be established in the state.

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Chinese Lesbian Takes Govt To Court Over Textbooks

A Chinese lesbian on Tuesday took the government to court over textbooks describing homosexuality as a “psychological disorder”, a landmark case in a country where discrimination remains common.

Qiu Bai, 21, a student at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, brought the action against the ministry of education, demanding that it give her details of how it approved materials and how they could be changed.

China only officially decriminalised homosexuality in 1997, removing it from its list of mental illnesses four years later.

Qiu’s team showed AFP a manual, “Student Psychological Health”, published in 2015 by the prestigious Renmin University and distributed to students nationwide.

“The most commonly encountered forms of sexual deviance are homosexuality and the sick addictions of transvestism, transsexuality, fetishism, sadism, voyeurism and exhibitionism,” it read.

Other psychology textbooks had similar content.

Qiu, who uses a pseudonym for fear of being victimised, told AFP that she hoped to make sure such materials “no longer harm students”, adding that she had come under pressure from her university over the case, but it had been mitigated by coverage in Chinese media.

Holding a large rainbow flag, she said she was “excited” by her “first opportunity to have a face-to-face dialogue with the ministry of education”.

Supporters brandished signs outside the Fengtai district court in Beijing reading: “We want a fair judgement” and “Homosexuals must gain visibility”.

“Of the 90 textbooks available in the libraries of Guangzhou, 42 percent present homosexuality as a disease or abnormality,” said Peng Yanhui, director of the non-profit LGBT Rights Advocacy, based in the southern city, citing a study.

Attitudes are changing in major Chinese cities, but gay men and lesbians are still widely subject to strong social and family pressures.

Often without siblings, due to the country’s one-child policy, they must contend with parental insistence that they have grandchildren, and so frequently resign themselves to heterosexual marriages while keeping their true sexual orientation secret.

China Unveils Homebuilt Jetliner

China has rolled out its large passenger plane in a major feat, challenging the dominance of Airbus and Boeing on the commercial aviation industry. 

The narrow-body C919, a twin-engine jetliner which can seat up to 168 passengers, was unveiled near Shanghai on Monday in a ceremony attended by some 4,000 people.

The stated-owned Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (Comac) expects the jet to make its maiden flight in 2016 and carry out test flights for three years before entering into commercial service.

It is a crucial milestone in China’s push to establish itself as a major plane manufacturer and reduce dependence on the West for furnishing its aviation fleet.

China is forecast to expand into the world’s largest air travel market over the next 20 years, requiring 6,330 new commercial planes worth about $1 trillion.

“China offers a terrific market, superb engineering talent and reasonably low costs. Developing a national aircraft industry makes a lot of sense,” said industry consultant Richard Aboulafia, quoted by the Associated Press.

The C919 is meant to compete with Airbus’s A320 and Boeing’s 737 in the lucrative global market for single-aisle jets.

The C919 is meant to compete with Airbus’s A320 and Boeing’s 737 in the lucrative market for single-aisle jets.

Comac said it has already received orders from 21 customers for a total of 517 aircraft, including from Irish-American GE Capital Aviation Services and Thailand’s City Airways.

The company plans to build the wide-body C929 in cooperation with Russia’s United Aircraft Corp. Russian officials have said the airliner will cost $13 billion to develop, with a first flight expected between 2021 and 2022.

China has already developed a smaller regional jet, the ARJ, which was delivered last year to a Chinese airline. The 78-90 seat plane is aimed at competing in the market dominated by Brazil’s Embraer and Canada’s Bombardier.

The C919 has a range of up to 5,555 kilometers (3,444 miles). While made in China, foreign firms are supplying systems and the engines, which are built by a joint venture between General Electric of the US and France’s Safran.

China To Replace One-Child Policy With Two-Child Policy

China will officially end its longstanding one-child policy and allow couples to have two children, state media reported.
The policy was first implemented in 1980 as a means of curbing the country’s rapidly growing population. Chinese families who disobey the policy can be subject to large fines.
China first announced changes to the law in 2013, allowing couples to have two children if one of the parents was an only child. Activists have campaigned against the policy in recent years amid fears that country’s aging population will leave huge gaps in the workforce.
China has not said when the new policy will go into effect.
Human rights groups have also opposed the policy over allegations that it has led to forced birth
control and abortions. The phenomenon was highlighted last month after a Chinese newspaper reported that one woman was being pressured into having an abortion when eight months pregnant her second child.
According to 2013 data, over 330 million abortions had been performed in China since the measures began. The government outlawed coerced abortions in 2002 but, as the Australian Broadcasting Corporation notes, it hasn’t taken significant steps to enforce it.
Other chief critics of the policy point to the large numbers of Chinese children who are abandoned by their parents — as many as 10,000 a year, according to Reuters. In one of the more dramatic cases, a newborn was rescued in August after reportedly being found in a toilet.
At least 600,000 children live in orphanages, according to state data. Those figures have disproportionally included girls and children with disabilities, CNN and Reuters report.

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Kevin Frayer via Getty Images A young Chinese orphaned girl is bathed by a worker at a foster care center on April 2, 2014 in Beijing, China. China’s orphanages and foster homes used to be filled with healthy girls, reflecting the country’s one-child policy and its preference for sons. Now the vast majority of orphans are sick or disabled.

According to 2013 data, over 330 million abortions had been performed in China since the measures began. The government outlawed coerced abortions in 2002 but, as the Australian Broadcasting Corporation notes, it hasn’t taken significant steps to enforce it.
Other chief critics of the policy point to the large numbers of Chinese children who are abandoned by their parents — as many as 10,000 a year, according to Reuters. In one of the more dramatic cases, a newborn was rescued in August after reportedly being found in a toilet.
At least 600,000 children live in orphanages, according to state data. Those figures have disproportionally included girls and children with disabilities, CNN and Reuters report.

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Ford China Venture To Recall 220,000 SUVs Over Fuel Leakages

Ford Motor Co’s China joint venture will recall roughly 220,000 Kuga sports-utility vehicles (SUVs) over potential fuel leakages, China’s quality watchdog said on Friday.

A company spokeswoman confirmed the recall is specific to China.

Driving on severely bumpy roads could lead fuel tubes in the SUVs to rub against other components, over time leading to wear and tear and potential fuel leaks, the watchdog, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, said on its website.

The recall affects Kugas produced by Changan Ford, a 50-50 joint venture between Ford and Chongqing Changan Automobile Co, between 2012 and 2014.

Rice Scam: China Now Produces And Sells Plastic Rice

A woman recently reported that she had unwittingly purchased small pieces of rolled up paper sold to her as rice on the streets of China.

Ms Cai, from the Guangdong province, a coastal region of south-east China, claims she was eating lunch with her family when she bit into a tightly rolled piece of paper that was disguised in a bowl of cooked rice.

‘The rice we ate felt no different than usual, until half way through the meal I chewed onto an unusually hard piece of rice,’ she told Chinese newsmen.

According to Daily Mail, quoting the Chinese media, Ms Cai reportedly pulled the grain out of her mouth and was shocked when it unrolled into a small piece of paper.
The paper appears to have been twisted at the ends to take the shape of a grain of rice.
According to reports, Ms Cai bought the rice from a street vendor who had assured her the rice was grown naturally, without any pesticides.

Cai told local police she bought the rice from a street hawker who promised they were grown in the countryside in a “very environmentally friendly” way “without any pesticides.”

Hong Kong Free Press reports that the woman and her family had been buying rice from the same hawker since the beginning of this year.

HKFP adds that the seller is unlikely to get caught because street hawkers are very mobile and Cai did not get a receipt when buying the rice, Shantou Metropolis Daily said.

The fake rice phenomenon has been in China for a while. Some of the reports indicate that the fake rice is sometimes made from a mixture of plastic and potatoes.

China Endorses Nigeria’s Bid For UN Security Council Permanent Seat

China has endorsed Nigeria’s bid for a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council.

According to the Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs to House of Representatives  Speaker Yakubu Dogara, Mr. Turaki Hassan, the Chinese gave their nod for Nigeria`s quest to occupy a permanent seat on the UN Security Council during a meeting between the Speaker and the Chinese officials at the United Nations, New York.

China’s endorsement of Nigeria’s bid was disclosed by the Speaker of the People’s Parliament of China, Mr. Zhang Dejiang after a meeting with Speaker of the House of Representatives Dogara in New York, United States on Sunday.

Dogara had pleaded with China to use its position as a permanent member of the UN Security Council to support Nigeria`s quest for the democratisation of the council.

“We appreciate China for its effort to democratise the institution of the United Nations and appeal that you support our bid to occupy a permanent seat on the security council,” Dogara pleaded.

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Dangote expands to Asia, signs N855bn deal with Chinese firm

In another landmark move following the recent inauguration of its cement plant in Zambia, Dangote Cement Plc has expanded its frontiers to Asia by constructing a 3-million metric tonnes per annum (mmtpa) cement plant in Nepal as part of its new investment of $4.34 billion into 10 African countries.


It also signed a N854.98 billion ($4.34 billion) worth of contracts with a construction firm renowned for construction of ultra-modern cement plants worldwide, China’s Sinoma International Engineering Company, to build cement plants across Africa.


The chairman of Dangote Cement, Aliko Dangote, who revealed this at the signing ceremony of the new plants to be constructed, in partnership with Sinoma, assured Nigerians that the country will no longer be used as a dumping ground as the company now has capacity to export 10 million metric tonnes of cement outside the country.


The company is currently in 15 African countries, excluding Kenya, Niger, and Mali, which are new projects. Its current total capacity stands at 48mmtpa, out of which Nigeria alone has the largest chunk of 29.3mmtpa. The company will also commission its new plant in Cameroon with a total capacity of 1.5mmtpa today.


Speaking with newsmen yesterday after the signing ceremony, Dangote said, “We are not only building cement plants in Africa, we have gone far away to Nepal to build a 3-million metric tonnes cement plant capacity and by the time all these new projects are completed in the next two years, Dangote Cement will have more than 70 million capacity. But we are not going to stop there, hopefully, by 2020, our targets is getting to somewhere around 100 million tonnes capacity.


“I can assure you categorically that Africa will not lack cement now and even in the future…Africa will be self -sufficient rather than be a dumping ground for other manufacturers of cement.”


The agreement was signed for the construction of the following plants: 3mmtpa in Nepal; 2.5mmtpa in Ethiopia; 3mmtpa in both Kenya 1&2; 1.5mmtpa in Zambia; 1.5mmtpa in Senegal; 1.5mmtpa in Niger; 1.5mmtpa in Mali. Cameroon, Cote D’Ivoire, and Ghana, also have plants of 1.5mmtpa capacity respectively.


Dangote Cement recently commissioned its 1.5mmtpa capacity cement plant valued at $400 million with a 30 megawatts coal plant to power the factory.


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China Blasts Survivor: ‘I Could Feel Death’

The survivors of two massive explosions at a warehouse in the Chinese city of Tianjin have told how they had thought they were experiencing an earthquake or a bomb.

The blasts tore through an industrial area at the port late on Wednesday, killing 44 people – including at least a dozen firefighters – and injuring more than 500.

Vast areas of the port, which is the 10th largest in the world, were ruined, shipping containers crumpled, hundreds of new cars destroyed and buildings left as burnt-out shells.

Tianjin resident Zhang Siyu, who lives several kilometres from the site of the explosions, said she had rushed downstairs in her house without her shoes on because she “thought it was an earthquake”.

“There was the huge fireball in the sky with thick clouds.”

Picture: Tianjin Warehouse Explosions

Ms Zhang said she could see wounded people crying, adding: “I could feel death.”

Han Xiang said: “It was like the earthquake back in 1976 with glass breaking.

“But then there was a huge mushroom cloud so we thought we were also in a war.”

Hairdresser Wu Dejun, 38, said “My first reaction was to run as fast as I could and get down on the ground to save my life.

“When I escaped, I had blood all over me.”

Guan Xiang, 24, who lives four miles from the explosion site, told Reuters: “I was sleeping when our windows and doors suddenly shook as we heard explosions outside.

“I first thought it was an earthquake.”

Vafa Anderson lives with his wife about 1km from the explosion and said the windows were blown out of their apartment “like a bomb”, leaving him injured by flying glass.

Picture: Tianjin Blasts Visible From Space

He told BBC Radio 4: “I thought some sort of bomb went off. It was a very very loud, disorienting blast that just put me in a state of shock for a couple of minutes. I didn’t know what to do, it was so loud.”

Mr Anderson was treated at a local school because the hospitals were already full but he praised the police and firefighters for their response to the explosions, saying they are “very organised and out in force”.

He tweeted: “I went back to the apartment – glass and blood everywhere. Wall collapsed, doors blown off the hinges.

“Many (people have been) donating blood at the hospitals.

“An eight-year-old boy needed A- blood and a donor was found within minutes on (messaging app) WeChat.”

Volunteers were out directing traffic on the city’s roads and distributing water to upset relatives in the hospital. Outside the hospital they set up tents and served food.

Lines of taxis calling themselves the “Love Team” waited with red ribbons tied to their antennas, offering free rides to friends and relatives of those in hospital.

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Massive Blasts Rock Chinese City Of Tianjin; 44 Dead, Hundreds Injured

Two huge explosions tore through an industrial area where toxic chemicals and gas were stored in the northeast Chinese port city of Tianjin, killing at least 44 people, including at least a dozen fire fighters, officials and state media said on Thursday.

At least 520 people were injured, more than 60 of them seriously, the Tianjin government said on its Weibo microblog, and the People’s Daily newspaper said four fires were still burning.

Wednesday night’s blasts, so large that they were seen by satellites in space, sent shockwaves through apartment blocks kilometres away in the port city of 15 million people. Internet videos showed fireballs shooting into the sky and the U.S. Geological Survey registered the blasts as seismic events.

Vast areas of the port – the 10th largest in the world – were devastated, crumpled shipping containers were thrown around like match sticks, hundreds of new cars were torched and port buildings left as burnt-out shells, Reuters witnesses said.

“I was sleeping when our windows and doors suddenly shook as we heard explosions outside. I first thought it was an earthquake,” Guan Xiang, who lives 7 km (4 miles) away from the explosion site, told Reuters by telephone.

Guan, 24, said he saw flames and a mushroom cloud in the sky as he and other residents scrambled to get out of the building.

Tianjin authorities said 12 firefighters were among the 44 killed.

The cause of the blasts was unknown but industrial accidents are not uncommon in China following three decades of breakneck economic growth. A blast at an auto parts factory in eastern China killed 75 people a year ago when a room filled with metal dust exploded.

The state-run Beijing News earlier cited Tianjin fire authorities as saying they had lost contact with 36 firefighters, and that another 33 were among the hundreds of people being treated in nearby hospitals.

The official Xinhua news agency said 1,000 firefighters and more than 140 fire engines were struggling to contain a blaze in a warehouse that contained “dangerous goods”.

“The volatility of the goods means the fire is especially unpredictable and dangerous to approach,” Xinhua said.

Several fire trucks had been destroyed and nearby firefighters wept as they worked to extinguish flames, the Beijing News reported.

President Xi Jinping demanded that authorities “make full effort to rescue and treat the injured and ensure the safety of people and their property”.

Xi said in a statement carried by official media that those responsible should be “severely handled”.

City officials had met recently with companies to discuss tightening safety standards on the handling of dangerous chemicals. The Tianjin Administration of Work Safety posted a notice about the meeting with companies at the port on its website a week ago.


Anxious residents rushed to hospitals to seek news about injured loved ones. Dozens of police guarded the entrance of the TEDA hospital, a Reuters witness said.

Pictures on Chinese media websites showed residents and workers, some bleeding, fleeing their homes. Xinhua said people had been hurt by broken glass and other flying debris.

Google Alphabet Website Blocked In China First Day

Tech geeks in China looking to understand Google’s newly unveiled corporate structure are out of luck: the website of the new parent company, dubbed Alphabet, was blocked less than 24 hours after going live.

Google unveiled a surprise corporate overhaul Tuesday forming Alphabet, a holding company that will include Internet search and a handful of independent companies, such as the research arm X Lab, investment unit Google Ventures and health and science operations.

So far the website only contains a letter from Google co-founder Larry Page and a link to Google’s existing investor relations page.

But the website for Alphabet,, is already blocked in China, which operates the world’s most extensive and sophisticated Internet censorship system, known as the “Great Firewall”.

Despite the block, the announcement of Google’s restructuring was widely reported in Chinese official media, including the People’s Daily, the official Communist Party mouthpiece.

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China Not A Military Threat To US – Colin Powell

Former US Secretary of State, Colin Powell, on Thursday stressed the importance of US-China cooperation and dismissed the assertion that China would be a military threat to the US.
“I do not think China will be a military threat. It is not in their interest to be a military threat to the US,” Powell said in a lecture at the Library of Congress in Washington.
He encouraged the US to work with China, saying such cooperation would not result in a military conflict.
The former top diplomat said China’s economic development in recent decades was “astonishing,” pointing out that China is making efforts to invest in its future.
“The US has to have a proper relationship with China,” Powell said.
Another speaker of the lecture, former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, shared Powell’s

views on the importance of US-China ties.

Albright said there was never a time the two major powers had been so dependent on each other and their economies so intertwined.
“The cooperation part of US-China relations is very important,” said Albright, emphasising that it is the essential relationship.
At the invitation of US President Barack Obama, Chinese President Xi Jinping would pay a State visit to the US in September.

Chinese Man Escapes Unhurt After Huge Saw Blade Slices Truck

A man in China is counting his lucky stars after a huge saw blade came crashing onto a highway and right into his car, and he survived.

The man, identified only as Mr. Xiang, was driving on Chongqing-Guizhou Expressway in Central China when the giant circular saw blade fell of the back of a truck carrying equipment in a nearby lane.

The blade flew into Mr. Xiang’s car and lodged in the front of his truck. Xiang managed to keep control of the vehicle and walked away unhurt.

 “I heard a ‘bang’ and then I saw all the white smoke in front of me. I almost lost control of my car,” Xiang told local reporters the day after the incident.

Police said that if Xiang had been driving faster or if the blade had hit at a slightly different angle, he could have been killed.

Why China Restricts Fasting By Xinjiang Muslims During Ramadan

In an attempt to clamp down on religious expression, China has restricted fasting during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in the Xinjiang region, which is largely Muslim.

 China has banned civil servants, students, and teachers in the far west region from fasting during Ramadan and ordered restaurants to stay open,Agence France-Presse reported on Thursday.

A notice posted last week on the website of the state Food and Drug Administration in Jinghe county stated that  “food service workplaces will operate normal hours during Ramadan.”

Muslims around the world celebrated the start of Ramadan on Thursday. They are required to fast from dawn to dusk, but China’s ruling Communist Party is trying to restrict the practice in Xinjiang.

AFP reports that officials in the region’s Bole county were told not to “engage in fasting, vigils or other religious activities.”

The World Uighur Congress on Thursday asked China to end its restrictions. The statement adds that such prohibitions “serve only to deepen the division” between Uighurs and the rest of the Chinese community and “fuel further resentment of the state.”

The estimated 12 million Uighurs in Xinjiang are Sunni Muslims. They speak a Turkic language, and regard themselves as culturally and ethnically close to Central Asian nations. The region borders Mongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India.

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China Bans Ramadan Fasting In Muslim Region

China has banned civil servants, students and teachers in its mainly Muslim Xinjiang region from fasting during Ramadan and ordered restaurants to stay open.

Most Muslims are required to fast from dawn to dusk during the holy month, which began on Thursday, but China’s ruling Communist party is officially atheist and for years has restricted the practice in Xinjiang, home to the mostly Muslim Uighur minority.

“Food service workplaces will operate normal hours during Ramadan,” said a notice posted last week on the website of the state Food and Drug Administration in Xinjiang’s Jinghe county.

Officials in the region’s Bole county were told: “During Ramadan do not engage in fasting, vigils or other religious activities,” according to a local government website report of a meeting this week.

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Four Men Nabbed At Enugu Airport Trying To Smuggle Hard Drugs To China And Turkey

They are Emmanuel Chukwuebuka Ifeanyichukwu, caught with 1.293kg of cocaine on his way to Istanbul, Turkey. Ukaeji Eric Tochukwu, with 1.408kg of cocaine on his way to Hong Kong. Nwoye Ekene Godfrey, caught with 1.283kg of cannabis on his way to Guangzhou, China.

38-year old Godfrey Nwoye, has been arrested by officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, for concealing 1.283 kilogrammes of cannabis sativa inside garri en route Guangzhou, China.

The culprit, who hails from Ukpommili Village in Dunukofia Local Government Area of Anambra State, said he wanted to sell the cannabis in China and use the proceeds to buy goods.

Another suspect, Samuel Anele, a commercial tricycle rider, who was about to board a flight to Bombay, India, was arrested with 4.892 kilogrammes of methamphetamine, the NDLEA said in a statement Wednesday.

Mr. Samuel Anele, 45, and other suspects were arrested for offences ranging from concealing illicit drugs in their luggage to ingesting the drugs, the NDLEA said.  Samuel said he’s going to Bombay to see how big it really is after Wizkid claimed a girl’s bum bum was bigger than Bombay n her backside was making him throway in his song titled “Bombay” where he featured Phyno

The suspects were arrested on their way to Turkey, China, and Hong Kong with 8.876kg of various illicit drugs.

According to the NDLEA Commander at Enugu Airport, Nsikak-Abasi Udoh “The suspects are helping our team of investigators”.

Mr. Anele was caught with 4.892kg concealed in false bottom of his luggage aboard an Ethiopian Airline on the Enugu-Addis Ababa-Bombay route.

“Life is not fair to me. Every day it is one problem after another and the money I earn is not enough,” said Mr. Anele, from Ichi village, Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State.

“It was frustration that made me to smuggle drugs. They promised me that the drug has been properly hidden and that when I return they will pay me the sum of one million naira.

“At the airport, my bag was searched and the drug detected. Now I am now left alone to suffer”, he lamented.

The other suspects, Emmanuel Chukwuebuka, was caught with 1.293kg of cocaine on his way to Istanbul, Turkey; while Eric Ukaeji was arrested with 1.408kg of cocaine on his way to Hong Kong.

Mr. Chukwuebuka, 31, who is married with a child and hails Ezioko in Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State, ingested 1.293kg of substances that tested positive for cocaine. He was to depart Enugu to Istanbul through Addis Ababa on an Ethiopian Airline flight before he was nabbed.

His reason for trafficking in drugs was to raise more money for his business, according to the NDLEA.

If he had successfully trafficked the drug, he would have received US$ 3,000 on arrival in Turkey.

Mr. Ukaeji, 43, who hails from Ajali in Orumba Local Government Area of Anambra State ingested cocaine weighing 1.408 kilograms.

According to the NDLEA, his route was Enugu-Addis Ababa-Hong Kong on an Ethiopian Airline.

I his confession, Mr. Ukaeji said he wanted to raise money for his business and the treatment of his sick daughter.

“I used to buy clothes from Hong Kong. I am married with three children. I dropped out of school in Junior Secondary class 3”, said Mr. Ukaeji.

“They promised to pay me 5,000 dollars on delivery in Hong Kong, which I would have used to buy goods”, he added.

NDLEA Chairman, Ahmadu Giade, said that the Agency would continue to step up security checks at the nation’s entry and exit points.

Former China Security Chief Gets Life Imprisonment Over Corruption

Former China Security Chief Zhou Yongkang has been given life imprisonment after he was found guilty of bribery, abuse of power and intentionally disclosing national secrets.

Zhou Yongkang who pleaded guilty at a closed-door trial in the northern city of Tianjin was until his retirement in 2012 one of China’s most powerful men.

Mr Zhou was charged in April, nine months after a formal investigation was announced.

He was also once the head of the Ministry of Public Security, as well as a member of China’s top decision-making body, the Politburo Standing Committee. He has now being given life imprisonment over the charges.

NDLEA Arrests Nigerians Travelling To China, Turkey, Others, With Illicit Drugs

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has arrested a 38-year-old man, Godfrey Nwoye, at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, for concealing 1.283 kilogrammes of cannabis sativa inside garri on his way to Guangzhou, China.

Mr. Nwoye, who hails from Ukpommili Village in Dunukofia Local Government Area of Anambra State, said he wanted to sell the cannabis in China and use the proceeds to buy goods.

Another suspect, Samuel Anele, a commercial tricycle rider aboard a flight to Bombay, India, was arrested with 4.892 kilogrammes of methamphetamine, the NDLEA said in a statement Wednesday.

Mr. Anele, 45, and other suspects were arrested for offences ranging from concealing illicit drugs in their luggage to ingesting the drugs, according to the NDLEA said.

The suspects were arrested on their way to Turkey, China, and Hong Kong with 8.876kg of various narcotic drugs.

“The suspects are helping our team of investigators,” said Nsikak-Abasi Udoh, NDLEA commander at the Enugu Airport.

Mr. Anele was caught with 4.892kg concealed in false bottom of his luggage aboard an Ethiopian Airline on the Enugu-Addis Ababa-Bombay route.

“Life is not fair to me. Every day it is one problem after another and the money I earn is not enough,” said Mr. Anele, from Ichi village, Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State.

“It was frustration that made me to smuggle drugs. They promised me that the drug has been properly hidden and that when I return they will pay me the sum of one million naira.

“At the airport, my bag was searched and the drug detected. Now I am now left alone to suffer.”

The other suspects, Emmanuel Chukwuebuka, was caught with 1.293kg of cocaine on his way to Istanbul, Turkey; and Eric Ukaeji was found with 1.408kg of cocaine on his way to Hong Kong.

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China Ignores Nigeria’s Crude, FG Searches For Buyers

Nigeria has a lot to do to woo buyers following the decision of China to ignore crude from Nigeria. This is happening at a time when the country has become the biggest casualty of the rising United States shale oil production.

China is the second largest consumer of crude oil, and when it does not figure at all as one of your regular buyers, you know you have a problem. And Nigerian crude is suffering because of this. China likes crude oil that is heavy and sweet, as it fits the appetite of its refineries that produce a lot of fuel oil to keep its industrial and manufacturing economy running, according to a data from the US Energy Information Administration, EIA.

The EIA noted that China also has a lot of complex and sophisticated refineries that can still produce middle distillates by distilling heavy crude oil, making the refiners much better margins.

Consequently, China ignores Nigerian crude for now, as their demand for light sweet crude oil is very sparse. It is high time Nigeria found a way to attract its crude oil to China, it noted.
Crude exports

In 2014, about 45 percent of Nigerian crude exports went to Europe, according to the EIA data. But the issue for Nigeria is that it is so dependent on a region where crude demand is stagnant as a lot of economies are still stumbling and it needs to find demand in countries that are growing, particularly in Asia.

Nigeria’s condition is made worse by the fact that it has become the biggest casualty of rising United States shale oil production
Until about seven years ago, the US, which remains the largest oil consumer in the world, used to buy more than 1 million barrels per day of light sweet Nigerian crude oil, which was almost 50 percent of Nigerian oil exports at the time. In 2014, only three percent of Nigerian exports went to the US, according to the same data published by the US EIA.

Nigeria lost its biggest buyer, and the reason has been attributed to the dramatic rise in US shale oil production.
US shale oil is said to be extremely similar in quality to light sweet Nigerian crude oil, and as more and more shale basins were discovered in its own backyard, the US did not need any more oil from Nigeria.

Last year, there were six weeks in a row starting from early July during which the US did not import a single barrel of crude oil. This was the first time that the US had not imported any Nigerian crude oil for such a length of a time, since US EIA started compiling this data almost four decades ago.

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Drone Deployed To Catch Cheating Chinese Students

The latest weapon in the fight against cheating for China’s all-important university entrance exam is a six-propeller drone. The drone flew over two testing centres in Luoyang city in central China’s Henan province to scan for any unusual signals being sent to devices smuggled by students taking the annual test.

According to Aljazeera, a Henan province news website said no such signals were detected on Sunday, the first day of the test.

Almost all Chinese high school graduates must take the test, and their scores are the key criterion for which tier of university they can enter.

Luoyang’s Radio Supervision and Regulation Bureau said the drone cost hundreds of thousands of yuan (tens of thousands of dollars

China Hacks U.S. Government, 4 Million Identities Compromised

China-based hackers are suspected of breaking into the computer networks of the U.S. government personnel office and stealing identifying information of at least 4 million federal workers, American officials said Thursday.

The Department of Homeland Security said in a statement that data from the Office of Personnel Management and the Interior Department had been compromised.

4 million current and former federal employees may have had their personal information hacked.

The agency, which conducts background checks, warned it was urging potential victims to monitor their financial statements and obtain new credit reports.
U.S. officials believe this could be the biggest breach ever of the government’s computer networks.
“The FBI is conducting an investigation to identify how and why this occurred,” the statement said.
An assessment continues and it is possible millions more government employees may be impacted.
American investigators believe they can trace the breach to the Chinese government. Hackers working for the Chinese military are believed to be compiling a massive database of Americans, intelligence.

A U.S. official, who declined to be named because he was not authorized to publicly discuss the data breach, said it could potentially affect every federal agency. One key question is whether intelligence agency employee information was stolen. Former government employees are affected as well.

“This is an attack against the nation,” said Ken Ammon, chief strategy officer of Xceedium, who said the attack fit the pattern of those carried out by nation states for the purpose of espionage. The information stolen could be used to impersonate or blackmail federal employees with access to sensitive information, he said.

It is not clear what the purpose of the database is.
Employees of the legislative and judicial branches, and uniformed military personnel, were not affected.
The FBI is now investigating what exactly led to the breach.
“We take all potential threats to public and private sector systems seriously, and will continue to investigate and hold accountable those who pose a threat in cyberspace,” the FBI said in a statement.
The federal personnel office said “personally identifiable information” had been breached, though didn’t name who might be responsible.
Source: CNN

Africans Task China On Fake, Sub-Standard Products In African Markets

Some Africans in China have called on the Chinese Government to curb the smuggling of fake and substandard products to African markets.

Some of the Africans, who are attending seminar on Intellectual Property Right in Beijing, said fake and sub-standard products were undermining the African economy.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that about 25 participants from English Speaking African countries are currently attending training on Intellectual Property Rights in China.

The participants contend that fake and sub-standard products from China were having negative implications on the standard of living of Africans.

Mr Kyenda Stanley, a participant from Zambia, regretted that Africa had become a dumping ground for fake and sub-standard products from China.

Stanley called for collaboration between China and the affected African countries to rid their markets of such products.

Another participant, Ms Maudhoo Purnima from Mauritius, also lamented the negative effects of fake products on the quality of life of Africans.

Purnima said fake and sub-standard goods were killing small and medium-scale businesses in Africa.

He said as long as the indiscriminate smuggling of fake and sub-standard products into African markets are not checked, the industrialisation of the continent would be frustrated.

Responding, Mr Wang Chunye, an official of Trademark Office, China, expressed the readiness of the Chinese Government to collaborate with Africa to curb the smuggling of fake and sub-standard products.

Wang, however, called on the relevant standard regulatory and enforcement agencies in Africa to assist the Chinese government in accomplishing the task. (NAN)

African Union Agrees ‘Substantive’ Transport Deal with China

China and the African Union agreed Tuesday on an ambitious plan to develop road, rail and air transport routes to link capitals across the continent.

African Union chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma praised the proposal at “the most substantive project the AU has ever signed with a partner”, although the ambitious project that includes highways and high speed railways is at present just a committment to develop the infrastructure, and contains few details.

The memorandum of understanding was signed at AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, ahead of a summit meeting of the leaders of the 54-nation pan-African bloc on Friday.

At present, the quickest route to travel across from one side of Africa to the other can involve flight connections routed via Europe, although major airport hubs are rapidly growing, including Addis Ababa and Nairobi in the east, Johannesburg in the south and Abuja in west Africa.

“This is the document of the century… the aviation agreement marks a new area for cooperation between the AU and China,” said Zhang Ming, Chinese vice-minister for foreign affairs, after the signing ceremony.

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China is Going to Mine the Moon for Helium-3 Fusion Fuel

China’s Chang’e lunar probe dynasty is already having a great year. The Chang’e 3 lunar lander surpassed all expectations last week to emerge from its 14th hibernation while the Chang’e 5-T1 just completed its transfer from the Earth-Moon Lagrange Point 2 into a stable orbit around the Moon. Chang’e 3’s main mission was only to take spectrographic and ground penetrating radar measurements, but the Chang’e 5 missions will bring back the first samples containing the actual prize — fusion-ready helium-3.

One of the main reasons helium-3 is sought as a fusion fuel is because there are no neutrons generated as a reaction product. The protons that do get generated have charge, and can therefore be safely contained using electromagnetic fields. Early dreamers imagined that Saturn or Jupiter would be the ideal places to try and get their hands on some helium-3, but it now appears that the Chinese have set their sights on the Moon.

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Son Is Reunited With Father – 24 Years After He Was Snatched In A Market As A Four-Year-Old And Sold To Childless Couple

A Chinese man who was abducted from his father’s vegetable stall 24 years ago has finally been reunited with his father.

Sun Bin was just four years old when he was taken from the market in the city of Chengdu in south-eastern China’s Sichuan province.

The 28-year-old was then sold to his adoptive parents, a childless couple in the city of Xuzhou, almost 1,000 miles away, for £250.

Reunited: Father and son collapse in each others arms as they meet for the first time in 24 years

Reunited: Father and son collapse in each others arms as they meet for the first time in 24 years

Long lost son: Sun Bin 28, was kidnapped from the market where his father sold vegetables when he was just four years old, and sold to a childless couple 1,000 miles away from his family home

Long lost son: Sun Bin 28, was kidnapped from the market where his father sold vegetables when he was just four years old, and sold to a childless couple 1,000 miles away from his family home

‘The fact that they had paid the men who stole me from my real parents always meant there was a distance between us,’ Sun Bin says.

‘I admit I grew to love them for their kindness as years went by, but I knew that I had to try and find my real parents.

‘When I was old enough to start to look for my real parents on my own, I didn’t tell them at first because I didn’t want to upset them.’

Sun Bin started looking for his biological parents in 2010, and as part of the search he supplied a DNA sample to a to a government backed database – and found a match.

His father Ku, 45, and mother Lo, had spent four years travelling around China in the hope of finding their son, but gave up in 1995.

Chinese Village Vote To Expel HIV-Positive Boy

The plight of a Chinese boy with the HIV virus, reportedly pushed to leave his home by 200 villagers who signed a petition, sparked intense online soul-searching in the country on Thursday.

The case has highlighted the stigma attached to HIV in China, where many sufferers face widespread discrimination.

The boy’s guardian, his grandfather, was among those in the southwestern Sichuan province who signed an agreement to expel the eight-year-old to “protect villagers’ health”, the Global Times reported.

The newspaper, with close ties to the ruling Communist Party, said the boy contracted the virus from his mother, and was diagnosed when he received injuries for minor treatment in 2011.

Previous reports said the boy — who was given the pseudonym Kunkun by Chinese media — was refused admission to local schools and villagers would avoid contact with him.

“Nobody plays (with me), I play alone,” Kunkun said, according to a report Wednesday on the website of the People’s Daily newspaper, the official mouthpiece of Communist Party.

The website also said Kunkun was referred to as a “time bomb” in the petition.

‘Putin’s Revenge’: Russia And China Try To End The Dominance Of The Dollar

Russia and China just agreed to a second major gas deal, worth slightly less than the $400 billion agreement reached earlier this year, according to Bloomberg.

The details of the deal mean Russia will supply China with another 30 billion cubic metres of gas every year for the next three decades through the Altai pipeline, a proposed pipe transporting the gas from western Siberia to China.

Earlier in the fall, Keun-Wook Paik at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies said this kind of deal would be “Putin’s revenge,” according to the Financial Times.

Many analysts see the move as evidence that Moscow is pivoting away from reliance on European customers and toward East Asia, where relatively rapid economic growth should prop up demand.

It’s also a political move, as relations with the rest of Europe have become increasingly cold after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and the tit-for-tat sanctions between the European Union, United States, and Russia.

The value of the Russian rouble has collapsed recently as the price of oil has declined. Russia’s economy is dependent on oil, so the currency fluctuates with the oil price. The price declines in turn threaten Russia’s ability to meet its budget obligations and pay debt. In sum, the country faces an economic crisis if it can’t find new demand for oil and currency .

But the rouble is rallying against the dollar today. Here’s the US currency dropping by about 3% against the rouble after the central bank announced it would stop trying to defend the currency’s collapse.

The China deal helps both Russia and China lessen their economic dependence on the West. It also helps Russia get around the economic sanctions imposed by the West because of the Ukraine situation.

Curtailing the dollar’s influence fits well with China’s ambitions to increase the influence of the yuan and eventually turn it into a global reserve currency. With 32 percent of its $4 trillion foreign exchange reserves invested in US government debt, China wants to curb investment risks in dollar.

The quest to limit the dollar’s dominance became more urgent for Moscow this year when US and European governments imposed sanctions on Russia over its support for separatist rebels in Ukraine.

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Ebola Expert says China at Risk, Seeks Japan Aid

A scientist who helped to discover the Ebola virus says he is concerned that the disease could spread to China given the large numbers of Chinese workers traveling to and from Africa.

Peter Piot, who is director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said Thursday it’s not “rocket science” that with many exchanges between the two regions the disease could spread.

“The concern I have is that I don’t think you can really stop people from traveling. These patients will show up in any country in the world, but China is quite vulnerable,” Piot said.

“The issue is: What is the quality, the standard of infection control? In public hospitals in China, the ones that I’ve visited, the level of infection control is very poor,” he said.

More than 8,600 people have entered China’s southern Guangdong province from Ebola-affected areas since August, and there are dozens of flights a month. All arriving from those areas are monitored for three weeks after they enter China and are to be immediately quarantined if they run a fever, according to Health Ministry guidelines.

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China, World’s Largest Economy; Overtakes U.S.

Us Dollar Versus China Yuan

Chris Giles at the Financial Times flagged up the change. He also alerted us back in April this year that it was all about to happen.

The simple logic is that prices aren’t the same in each country: A shirt will cost you less in Shanghai than San Francisco, so it’s not entirely reasonable to compare countries without taking this into account. Though a typical person in China earns a lot less than the typical person in the US, simply converting a Chinese salary into dollars underestimates how much purchasing power that individual, and therefore that country, might have. The Economist’s Big Mac Index is a great example of these disparities.

So the IMF measures both GDP in market exchange terms, and in terms of purchasing power. On the purchasing power basis, China is overtaking the US right about now and becoming the world’s biggest economy.

Also, according to the IMF by the end of 2014, China will make up 16.48% of the world’s purchasing-power adjusted GDP (or $17.632 trillion), and the US will make up just 16.28% (or $17.416 trillion).

IMF, Google Public Data Explorer Adjusted for purchasing power, the IMF thinks China’s economy is now the world’s largest.

It’s not all sore news for the US. It’ll be some time yet until the lines cross over in raw terms, not adjusted for purchasing power. By that measure, China still sits more than $6.5 trillion lower than the US and isn’t likely to overtake for quite some time. But in terms of the raw market value of China’s currency, it still has a long way to go.


Dalai Lama Accuses South Africa of ‘Bullying’

The Dalai Lama on Thursday accused South Africa of “bullying a simple person” after authorities there failed to give him a visa to attend a summit of Nobel peace laureates.

His comments, at a ceremony to mark the 25th anniversary of his 1989 Nobel peace prize, followed claims that the peace summit had been cancelled after several other laureates pulled out in protest.

“The Nobel Peace Summit scheduled to be held in South Africa to honour the legacy of our fellow laureate, the late Nelson Mandela, has been cancelled as the South African government wouldn’t allow me to attend it,” the Dalai Lama said in a speech in the northern Indian town of Dharamshala where he is based. “This is sort of bullying a simple person.”

South Africa has been criticised in the past for refusing to grant the Dalai Lama a visa, reportedly under pressure from China.

This year a number of laureates pulled out of the summit, scheduled to be held next week in Cape Town, in protest at South Africa’s failure to grant the Dalai Lama a visa.

The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader thanked his fellow peace laureates for their efforts, saying they had “worked hard” to resolve the issue.

He made his comments at a ceremony in Dharamshala attended by two fellow laureates Jody Williams, founder of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, and the Iranian human rights lawyer Shirin Ebadi both of whom are boycotting the South Africa summit.

Williams accused President Jacob Zuma’s government of “selling its sovereignty” to China in a speech at the ceremony at the Dalai Lama’s monastery in Dharamshala on Thursday.

“Not a single laureate is happy about that decision (to cancel). Fourteen laureates protested to President Zuma, pressuring him, begging him, to give a visa to His Holiness (the Dalai Lama) so that we all could be together and celebrate in South Africa the legacy of Nelson Mandela.

“We could not go, and the message we were sending… was a message of protest to China. It was a message of protest to governments who sell their soul and their sovereignty to China, as South Africa did,” she said to loud applause from the audience of hundreds of Tibetan refugees.

S. A Denies Dalai Lama Visa Again


South Africa has denied a visa to the Dalai Lama, Tibet’s spiritual leader. This constitutes the third time in five years, said one of his representatives on Thursday.

The Dalai Lama, who lives in exile in India and is at loggerheads with China over Tibet, had been hoping to join a Nobel peace conference in Cape Town next month but withdrew his visa application after being told it would be unsuccessful.

The South African foreign ministry confirmed that its High Commission in India had received a visa application but denied it had been rejected, saying it was being subjected to “normal due process”. It then said the Dalai Lama had canceled his trip and did not provide details.

China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang thanked South Africa for its “support” saying,

“China highly appreciates the respect given by the South African government on China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and the support given to China on this issue…,We believe that South Africa will continue to support China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” He said, adding that the Dalai Lama had “destroyed” China’s ethnic unity “under the guise of religion”.


Today, China’s economy is reasoned to be one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Their economy is so big, fast and modernized that they are also the biggest donors in Africa in terms of direct investments and openness to trade.

But China’s economy wasn’t always as robust as it is today. Life in China in the nineteenth century was worse than the present day Nigeria; it was associated with economic hardship, poverty and food shortages. It took China’s government, under the Supreme Leader Deng Xiaoping, the determination to make sustainable differences in the life of every Chinese and this determination made him lead a reformation team that ushered in a new era of economic, technological and political reforms which enabled China to open up to the world. That single idea of modernizing strategic areas in China through urbanization and industrialization benefited the country economically as it rises as a world power in the 21st century.

Infrastructure development was, and still remains, a top priority for China’s government. They have long recognized that a modern economy runs on reliable road and effective rail system, they also understand the strategic importance of constant electricity, quality education, excellent health care and the eradication of corruption in their political atmosphere. The country leaders have charted ambitious plans for the future of their country, their goal is to bring the entire nations urban infrastructure and educational standards to the level of standards in the advanced country, a vision which they are still aggressively pursuing.

The explosive growth of China’s middle class is also a contributing factor to the country’s sweeping economic and social transformation. The middle class continued expansion is powered by policy and labour market initiatives that increase wages, financial reforms that stimulates employment and income growth and the rising role of private enterprises which encourage productivity and help more household acquire more income.

Now, China and her rapid development should be a big example for African leaders, especially Nigeria. It is clear that Nigeria’s economy needs re-balancing because from the recent crying out by our finance minister, it is clear that the country is on the verge of collapse and only strategic economic principles are the panacea to the impending problems facing the country. Desperate times calls for desperate measures.

It’s high time Nigeria’s leaders acknowledged that Nigeria’s economy must be re-positioned by reducing its reliance on oil and increasing consumption of goods produced by other countries. I haven’t seen a nation that prospered with a single source of income, especially when that source is riddled by the highest proportion of corruption imaginable. China’s prospered because it killed corruption, diversified her economy and vigorously increased consumption by establishing and promoting the country’s manufacturing sector. A sector which is fueled by Africa’s unabashed quest for low cost made in China commodities.

Nigeria’s leaders must understand that maintaining growth and stability in the country requires both sustainable economic and radical political changes. Our economic policy adjustments must focus on eradicating poverty, shifting our Nigeria from a consumer oriented society to a producer oriented one, tackling unemployment through creating more job opportunities and establishing a sound educational model.

Our leaders must acknowledge educational development as instrumental to nation building and socioeconomic development. My belief is that the implementation of a progressive curriculum with an emphasis on practical, adult and teacher training, in a national system of education, is a basis for self-development. And a model that focuses on entrepreneurship, youth policies and science and technology, is the basis for national development.

Entrepreneurship must be allowed to thrive. Globally, SME’s are regarded as the backbone of every thriving economy, it also allows for the creation of environments that allows jobs to flourish.

One salient way to bring about radical changes in our political atmosphere is to make our political environment less attractive. If we look closely, Nigeria’s political environment is one of the most expensive in the world. The leadership of Nigeria is less than 5% of the population of the country, yet they live in the kind of luxury that exists only in the imagination of 90% of the entire population, all in the name of politics. The irony of this is that they lavish the country’s wealth without having anything to account for year after year.

Believe me, if Nigeria’s political environment is sanitized and made less attractive, if the politicians don’t enjoy bonuses and allowances worth huge millions of naira, they won’t bother running for political positions unless they have the motivations and deep capacity to serve. No kind of political transformation will succeed until we have fully embarked on the process of making the political positions less attractive.

 If Nigeria really wants to re-position and re-balance her economy, China’s example must be important because it has shown clearly that it can be done, it also shows that modernization does not mean westernization. China embraced modernization but their management was completely Chinese, they showed that developing countries need to learn from developed ones but they do not have to abandon their cultures and traditions in the process, except the ones that are inimical to modernization. We have to look up to China and copy their best methods. We have to harness their ideas and technologies and build the kind of society that we need, we also need not sacrifice our values and traditions on the altar of modernization.

Westernizing our lives is one of the major problems in Africa and, to a large extent, Nigeria. I doubt if the Chinese are concerned about issues like who has the hottest legs or who has the hottest bum. I doubt if they allow programmes that encourage their youths to spend three months of their adult lives in the atmosphere that encourages acts of moral and cultural degradation. I think they would rather encourage their youths to think creatively. I also think they would create programmes that stimulate the youth’s intellectual capacities to solve huge, impending, problems.

We must act with the urgency of now to correct the ills in our society so that we can re-balance our economy before it collapses. China understands that development depends on good governance, and good governance is that single ingredient that has been missing for a long time in Nigeria. Good governance is the change that can unlock Nigeria’s potentials to the world of immense possibilities and it is a responsibility that can only be met by Nigerians in Nigeria, not the Chinese in Nigeria.

Richard Chilee is a writer, thinker and entrepreneur.