Flood: China Feels The Horror

Heavy rain in the central and eastern parts of China’s northeastern city of Jilin, local authorities said Monday, Xinhua reports on Thursday and Friday has left much of the province inundated. At least Eighteen people have died and another 18 remain missing as a result of the flood.

The city of Jilin was severely flooded and more than 110,000 people had to be relocated, according to the city flood control and drought relief office.

A 32,360-strong search and rescue team has been deployed in the city to remove the sludge and debris, repair bridges, and reconnect households to telecommunications and electricity networks.

Modeste Leaves Cologne For China

French striker Anthony Modeste made the first major move of the Chinese transfer window when he joined Tianjin Quanjian from Cologne in a deal that could be worth €35 million.

The forward, third-highest scorer in the German Bundesliga last season with 25 goals, moved on a reported loan with an option to buy, just before the mid-season Chinese transfer window closes on Friday.

There was no immediate comment from Tianjin, who are coached by Italy’s 2006 World Cup-winning captain Fabio Cannavaro and were previously strongly linked with Chelsea’s unsettled Spanish striker Diego Costa.

Cologne did not disclose terms of the deal, but German daily Bild reported that Modeste moved on a two-year loan deal for six million euros with an option to buy him for 29 million euros.

“The 29-year-old will continue his career in the Chinese Super League with Tianjin Quanjian,” said a Cologne statement.

“All relevant parties have reached an agreement. FC Cologne would like to thank Tony for his performances in the FC jersey whilst wishing him all the best for the future.”

Modeste’s 25-goal haul in the Bundesliga last season was bettered only by Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (31) and Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski (30) as Cologne finished fifth in the table.

The move comes just two weeks after the much-rumoured transfer appeared to have fallen through. Reports in Germany said Modeste had been the subject of a 35-million-euro bid but Cologne said: “the parties involved were not able to reach an agreement”.

The terms of the new deal appear designed to get around a Chinese Football Association (CFA) rule intended to curb spending after a slew of big-money deals in the past year, including Oscar’s Asian transfer record move from Chelsea to Shanghai SIPG for €60 million.

The CFA has ruled that loss-making clubs need to pay a 100 percent levy on transfer fees with the proceeds going to a government-run fund promoting Chinese youth football.

Last month, as the summer transfer window opened, the CFA imposed the tax on transfers for foreign players costing more than 45 million yuan (€5.8 million).

Tianjin Quanjian, who already have Brazilian forward Alexandre Pato and Belgian international Axel Witsel, have been chasing a star forward for months and were also linked with Aubameyang.

But they settled on Modeste, who started in French football and had an unhappy spell in England at Blackburn Rovers before moving to Germany.



Source: SuperSport

Aba Shoemakers Caution Government over Chinese Investor

Shoemakers in Ariaria Market, Aba, have expressed concern that invitation of a Chinese investor may stifle local entrepreneurs.

The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN), reports that the Abia Government in April 2017, announced that it had secured a loan of $1.5 billion for a Chinese entrepreneur to set up a shoe industry in Aba.

Some shoemakers in separate interviews with NAN on Saturday in Aba, said the arrangement would not work in their favour, as they lacked the capacity to compete with the well established shoe manufacturing company.

Mr Ikedi Ohaeto, one of the local entrepreneurs, said it was not proper for Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu who is championing made-in-Aba products to shop for an investor from abroad.

He stressed that what the governor ought to do, is to empower local entrepreneurs to acquire machines.

“If the Chinese arrives with his machines and coupled with cheap labour, how can we compete with him producing with bare hands?

“I am not too sure that Aba shoemaking industry will survive long after the Chinese arrives to establish his shoe factory here.

“We need foreign investors but not in this way or this sector in Abia”, Ohaeto said.

Another shoemaker, Mr Chinbueze Onyeizu , said that the governor should change his mind on bringing the Chinese to Aba to produce shoes.

He said that rather than bring the Chinese, government should buy machines for them to boost their production, and give them time to repay the cost of the machines.

Onyeizu noted that the idea of bringing the Chinese investor in the area of shoe production with machines to compete with people producing with bare hands would be counter-productive for the Aba shoe industry.

Another shoemaker, Mr Ken Ora, also stressed the need for government’s intervention to enable them buy the machines.

He noted that the Umukalika Industrial City, that would house the Shoe, Finished Leather Products and Garment clusters, need to be adequately equipped with industrial machines.

Ora argued that for the industrial city to be without machines would be like sending a man to work without equipment.

“If the shoemakers that would be located at Umukalika do not have machines, how can they compete with the Chinese coming with machines and other advantages?

“Again, the machines we need cannot be purchased individually, because we do not have the funds to do that and so we look up to government to help us.

“If Abia Government can buy machines and recoup the money later , does it make business sense to bring in a Chinese competitor, recouping the fund from will be harder,” he queried.


Huawei Donates Skills Acquisition Centre to Lagos

As part of efforts targeted at alleviating poverty and empowering the youths in Lagos, Huawei Technologies Co. Nigeria Limited, in partnership with Fortis Projects Services, have donated a skill acquisition and development centre to the state.

Named after the wife of the First Military Governor of Lagos State, Funmilayo Mobolaji Johnson Skill Acquisition Centre, Huawei said the centre is designed as an alternative to white collar jobs.

The basic intention is to impact knowledge in various fields ranging from catering, hat and bead making, hairdressing, fashion designing, photography, fridge and air conditioner maintenance, leather works, wood and carpentry, adult literacy and computer studies.

According to the Sole Administrator of Eti-Osa East Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Prince Babatunde Ayo Ayeni, the centre represents an alternative means of livelihood for the people in the community.

Buttressing the point, the Executive Director at Fortis Group, Richard Dotun Adebayo, said the completion of the project marked the beginning of a new dawn for the young men and women of the local community.

“The project is here to empower you become all that you hope to become in life. You have the opportunities to break boundaries, cross the line and reach new heights,” he stated.

The special guest of honour, the wife of the Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, enjoined the people to put the facilities to good use so as to enjoy the place for a long time to come.

In his remarks, the Managing Director, Huawei Technologies, Frank Li, relayed his indelible experience with a young girl and her mother who lacked access to skill acquisition.

Li said it is this singular episode that continues to motivate him to help children and teenagers in the community at every opportunity.

Commenting, the State’s Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Mrs. Lola Akande, said she was honoured to be part of the commissioning of the Funmilayo Mobolaji Johnson Skill Acquisition centre named after the Wife of the First Military Governor of Lagos State. She opined that this investment in women empowerment and skills acquisition by the Lagos Sate Government, would enable the womenfolk contribute to the economic development of the nation.

She commended Huawei Technologies in partnership with Fortis Projects for the centre, and used the opportunity to urge all private organisations to follow suit.

The Chinese Consul to Nigeria, Chao Xiaoliang, described the centre as a bountiful blessing to the Nigerian people, and another monument of the friendship between Nigeria and China.

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Nigeria Seeks Japan’s Assistance for Rail Network

The Federal Government has urged visiting Japan’s trade mission to join in the plan to link all parts of Nigeria with railway to enhance transportation and boost economic activities.

The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Sen. Udoma Udo Udoma, made the plea when he received Japanese Public and Private Joint Mission for Promoting Trade and Investment, on Thursday in Abuja.

Udoma said that improved transportation infrastructure was one of the priorities of Federal Government as stated in the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP).

He, therefore, urged the Japanese investors to invest in railway infrastructure and other transport facilities in the country as incentives would be provided by the Federal Government for them.

”We want to integrate the whole country through railway and we know that Japan is at the forefront of the railway facilities.

“It is an area we would like you to work with the government under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement to revamp the country’s railway.’’

Udoma listed other priority areas as agriculture, energy and industrialisation.

The minister, however, appreciated the support of the Government of Japan, which had come in form of technical assistance, grant aids and loans.

He said the support had been to the various sectors of the economy such as transportation, security, education, health, water, power sectors as well as in humanitarian services in the North East.

He also told the investors that Nigeria had a huge labour and market to absorb production, adding that the country also had good investment climate environment for investors.

Udoma further said that the government had inaugurated the ERGP to revive the economy, diversified it and make the economy attractive to foreign investors.

Earlier, Shunsuke Takei, Japanese Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, commended the efforts of the Federal Government to improve business environment by adopting the ERGP.

Takei said that the economic relations between the countries would improve with the ERGP and their visit to Nigeria.

“I expect full implementation of the ERGP as the key to reviving the economy in line with the Japanese cooperation in the country.

”We have emphasised development of key infrastructure particularly in power and transport sector which are crucial for economic activities and investment promotion,’’ he said.

Also speaking, Japanese head of the delegation of private sector, Masahiro Kuwahara, commended the Federal Government for adopting the EGRP to address the economic challenges in the country.

”Our mission is to discuss on broader business opportunities for both countries.

”We will like to listen to your policies and idea on how you are going to enhance investment environment for foreign investors like us,’’ he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the mission was made of 32 private companies and government officials from Japan.


China Displays Nuclear Submarine To Tourists (Photos)

A museum in China has put the country’s first ever nuclear-powered submarine on display in celebration of the 68th anniversary of the People’s Liberation Army Navy.

There are only four other countries that have retained a nuclear-powered submarine after it has been decommissioned.

As of April 25, tourists have been able to explore the submarine and get first hand experience on what it’s like onboard. The submarine is the first of its kind to go on display at the Naval Museum in Qingdao on the coast of east China’s Shandong province.

Visitors were able to access the attraction from April 25.

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China Gives Conditions For Nigeria To Receive More Assistance

Prof. Zhang Yong-Peng, a research fellow at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), in Beijing, China on Tuesday said that for more Chinese development assistance to be extended to Nigeria, both countries should become active partners.

Yong-Peng told a Delegation of visiting Nigerian Journalists in Beijing, while making clarification on “The Belt and Silk Road: Creating New Development in Africa,’’ that it was imperative for Nigeria to become more active with China.

“China knows Nigeria as a major power in Africa and would continue to create more opportunities to access her development assistance and funds. Let me say that Nigeria can benefit a lot more from the Chinese government.

“The Chinese Government’s Belt and Road Initiative currently covers 100 countries, including Ethiopia, South Africa and Egypt.

“Nigeria should give us good development plans, because China is ready to provide more support to Nigeria. Therefore, Nigeria needs to be more active with the Chinese government.

“China is today rising as a political power and needs to extend her political and economic power. And China also needs protection where her political and economic interest is,’’ he said.

The Professor of International Politics at the Institute of West, Asian and African Studies at CASS said that many other African countries had been benefiting from the agreements reached on the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC).

Yong-Peng said that the Silk Road Economic Belt was proposed in 2013 by Chinese President Xi Jinping, to build a trade and infrastructure network connecting Asia with Europe and Africa, along the ancient trade routes.

According to him, more than 100 countries, including European countries, have already signed the Silk Road Economic Belt with the Chinese government, with many roads already built by Chinese companies in the European countries.

He said that the initiative was meant to promote peaceful co-existence, mutual respect for other countries’ sovereignty and territorial integrity, mutual non-aggression and mutual non-interference in others’ internal affairs between countries.

Source: The Nation

U.S. can Handle N/Korea Alone, Trump tells China

U.S. President Donald Trump has told his Chinese counterpart that the United States can go it all alone in solving the problem in the Korean Peninsula especially the nuclear weapon treat from North Korea, if China decides not to assist.

Chinese President Xi Jinping discussed the situation in North Korea and Syria with U.S. President Donald Trump in a telephone call on Wednesday, China’s foreign ministry said.

The phone call between the two came after Trump turned to Twitter to vent his frustrations over North Korea.

Trump has repeatedly called on China to do more to rein in its unruly neighbor, which has stepped up its missile development and nuclear program since 2016.

“I explained to the President of China that a trade deal with the U.S. will be far better for them if they solve the North Korean problem,” he tweeted.

“North Korea is looking for trouble. If China decides to help, that would be great. If not, we will solve the problem without them! U.S.A.,” he wrote in a second tweet.

The U.S. has sent an aircraft carrier strike group to the region after the latest missile test by North Korea last week, drawing a forceful warning from Pyongyang.

According to a statement from China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Xi reiterated that China wants a denuclearized Korean peninsula and called for peace and stability.

“China advocates to resolve the issue through peaceful means, and is willing to maintain communication and coordination with the US on the Korean Peninsula issue,” the statement quoted Xi as saying.

The two leaders met for the first time last week at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida and were having dinner when the US launched a strike against a Syrian airfield following a chemical attack.

On Syria, Xi said: “Any use of chemical weapons is unacceptable. We should adhere to the direction of resolving the issue through political means.

“Maintaining unity within the UN Security Council is very important to resolve the Syria issue and I hope the UNSC will speak with one voice.”


China Fooling Its People – Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama has today accused China of spreading false information about his trip to a monastery near India’s border that drew protests from Beijing which claims the Himalayan area as its territory.

“People have the wrong information,” the 81-year-old monk told reporters in Arunachal Pradesh’s Tawang where he took shelter on his flight from Tibet decades ago.

“I wish one Chinese official would accompany me while I’m visiting here, what I’m doing, what I’m saying. They should know the reality.”

Beijing this week lodged an official protest with the Indian ambassador, accusing New Delhi of arranging a platform for the Dalai Lama to “hold anti-China and separatist activities”.

After addressing devotees at the monastery, considered one of the holiest sites in Tibetan Buddhism, the Dalai Lama fired back at Beijing, accusing the country’s communist officials of misleading its people over the nature of his visit.

“The 1.3-4 billion Chinese people have every right to know the reality…. They only have one-sided information and wrong information is morally wrong, they’re fooling their own people.”

The Indian government has insisted the trip is purely religious and pointed out that the Dalai Lama has been to Tawang before, accusing China of creating an “artificial controversy”.

But some analysts say New Delhi has adopted a firmer approach to China since Prime Minister Narendra Modi took power in 2014 and invited the head of the India-based Tibetan government-in-exile to attend his swearing-in ceremony.

“The Dalai Lama has always been welcome to travel wherever he wants in India. But this government has been a bit firmer on issues of sovereignty,” said Jayadeva Ranade, head of the Delhi-based Centre for China Analysis and Strategy.

Huge crowds, at least 20,000 by some estimates, turned out to hear the monk’s nearly three-hour religious discourse.

– Reincarnation concerns –

New Delhi is currently pushing to expand its infrastructure in Arunachal Pradesh, building new roads and conducting a feasibility study for a railway.

India and China fought a border war in 1962 over the region, which has a large ethnic Tibetan population.

En route to Arunachal, the Dalai Lama was reunited with the Indian border guard who escorted him into the country after he fled his native Tibet following a failed uprising nearly 60 years ago.

Speaking to reporters a few days later, the Dalai Lama said the meeting had been “very emotional”, bringing back memories of his dramatic flight across the Himalayas disguised as a soldier.

Ranade said the visit to Tawang — birthplace of an earlier incarnation of the Dalai Lama — had also raised Chinese concerns over the ageing monk’s succession.

The Dalai Lama has stated that his reincarnation may be found outside Chinese Tibet, and Arunachal, with its rich Tibetan culture, is an obvious contender.

Under Tibetan Buddhist tradition, senior monks identify a young boy who shows signs he is a reincarnation of a late leader.

But China’s officially atheist Communist rulers maintain that they have the sole authority to decide reincarnation.

“The Chinese reaction has been very elevated, they’ve been using tough language,” Ranade told AFP. “This indicates Chinese anxiety about the reincarnation.”

One China Policy: China Envoy Begs APC for Support

Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Zhou Pingjian, has appealed to the All Progressives Congress (APC) to support Nigeria’s “full execution’’ of One China Policy between both countries.

A statement by Mr Edegbe Odemwingie, APC`s Assistant Director of Publicity on Wednesday in Abuja, said that Pingjian made the request when he visited the party`s National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun.

The envoy said that his country had been on the Nigerian Government to implement the policy.

“Last year, President Muhammadu Buhari was in Beijing for a state visit and the Chinese President raised the issue.

“Upon resumption to Nigeria, Buhari sent out directives to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to honour and implement Nigeria’s One China policy, but unfortunately, it has not been fully executed,’’ he said.

He said that part execution of the policy contravened the policy, adding that his country was requesting the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to fully implement and execute the policy.

Pingjian said that his country was also requesting a change of name from the Trade Mission of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to Taipei Trade Agency, Lagos.

“We are not sure if that has been done; we are also requesting the relocation of the Mission to Lagos, because Abuja is the political capital of Nigeria,’’ he said.

He explored areas of cooperation and collaboration between the APC and China`s governing party, the Communist Party of China (CPC).

“This year is a big one for party politics in China; every five years, we hold party conventions where 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,’’ Pingjian said.

He recalled that China and Nigeria had been in a mutual bilateral relationship since 1971.

According to him, Nigeria was one of the 23 countries that supported the United Nations General Assembles`vote to admit the People’s Republic of China.

The ambassador added that in 1999, Nigeria’s Ministry of Commerce signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Taiwan which led to the setting up of a Trade Mission of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in Nigeria.

He disclosed that China had pledged and almost approved five billion dollars to support infrastructure projects in Nigeria.

Responding, APC chairman promised to take the ambassador`s request to the appropriate authorities.

He commended him for the cordial relationship that existed between China and Nigeria.

“We take the message very seriously and we will take it up.

“We must not let these issues stand in the way of very important and critical relationship between Nigeria and China,” the statement quoted Odigie-Oyegun as saying.