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China donates US$22 million worth of firearms to the Philippines
(5 October 2017) China has given US$22 million in guns and ammunition to the Philippines in a second batch of weapons from Beijing since the United States blocked a planned sale of assault rifles last year. The weapons will be give to police and military in the Philippines. Chinese ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua said Beijing had given the Philippines around 5.5 billion pesos (US$300 million) in military and disaster relief assistance in a little over a year adding that, “China will continue to provide assistance and grants. China is a sincere friend and sincere partner [to the Philippines], and will remain so forever.”
China reiterates call for mediation in Rohingya crisis
(10 October 2017) The Chinese have stressed calls for a mediation between Myanmar and Bangladesh in the Rohingya refugee crisis. China has flown in the supplies to Bangladesh to help shoulder the burden of the sudden refugee surge. Beijing also empathised with Myanmar defending it against harsh international sanctions, which the United Nations could impose. With the crisis escalating China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi was quoted as saying, “China is willing to continue promoting peace talks in its own way, and hopes the international community can play a constructive role to ease the situation and promote dialogue”.
China and Indonesia expand extradition treaty
(10 October 2017) Indonesia and China aim to introduce tougher clauses to their extradition treaty to help combat transnational crimes. Indonesian Justice and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly met with parliament members to discuss the expansion of an existing extradition treaty with China. Yasonna explained that all aspects related to extradition will be discussed, especially efforts to combat transnational crimes, including cyber-crime, the narcotics trade, international terrorism and corruption. Indonesia and China signed the existing extradition treaty in July 2009.
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Thai transport minister: EIA problem for railway to be resolved soon
(10 October 2017) Plans to build a 253-km railway, linking Thai capital Bangkok with northeastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima, have been delayed again due to issues with the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). However, Thai Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith said that the government will try to resolve the problems so construction of the long-awaited Thailand-China railway project can begin.
Chinese company secures $456m power plant project from Malaysian energy service provider
(10 October 2017) KNM, a Malaysian listed oil and gas services provider, has awarded a US$456 million power plant project to China Western Power Industrial Co Ltd (CWPC), a firm based in China’s Sichuan province. The engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning contract is for the erection of a net 36-megawatt energy from waste power plant for KNM’s Peterborough Green Energy Project in Britain.