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China Watch

Issue No. 74
January 2017

By: Minakshi Sardar
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

POLITICAL ISSUES
EGYPT
1. China, Egypt pledge to conjoin developing strategies
Cairo, Thursday, 1 December 2016
Vice Chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Wang Jiarui said that China was willing to boost cooperation and step up comprehensive strategic partnership with Egypt.
Source: Xinhua, Beijing

IRAN
2. Iran, China vow to enhance all-round strategic cooperation
Beijing, Monday, 5 December 2016
Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli met with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Beijing and pledged all-round cooperation and strategic partnership, including trade, investment and finance, interconnectivity and capacity.
Source: Xinhua, Beijing

TUNISIA
3. Chinese High ranking officials meet Tunisian President
Tunis, Tuesday, 6 December 2016
Vice Chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Wang Jiarui on his visit to Tunisia met with President Beji Caid Essebsi. Wang was accompanied by a delegation from Communist Party of China.
Source: Xinhua, Beijing

ECONOMIC ISSUES
ISRAEL
4. Israel Chamber of Commerce in China opens new branch in Shanghai
Beijing, Thursday, 8 December 2016
Israel Chamber of Commerce in China (IsCham) has recently opened a new branch in Shanghai as business and cultural exchanges between the two countries have increased.
Source: Global Times, Beijing

TURKEY
5. Turkey, China conclude first lira-Yuan swap deal
Ankara, Friday, 9 December 2016
According to the Anadolu Agency, the Central banks of China and Turkey have concluded the first Turkish Lira-Renminbi swap deal worth 450 million Turkish liras.
Source: China Daily, Beijing

6. China not seeking surplus with Turkey, other trading partners: diplomat
Istanbul, Friday, 16 December 2016
Turkey’s huge imbalance in trade with China has been the biggest problem in the bilateral economic relations and both sides have been taken up to boost trade.
Source: Xinhua, Beijing

UAE
7. UAE-China trade to reach 60 billion by end of 2016
Dubai, Thursday, 15 December 2016
Hani Rashid Al-Hamli, Secretary-General of the Dubai Economic Council, said that trade between UAE and China was expected to increase to US$60 billion by the end of this year up from US$54.8 billion in 2015.
Source: Xinhua, Beijing

MULTILATERAL
8. Turkey wants trade with Russia, China in local currencies
Beijing, Sunday, 4 December 2016
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey was moving towards having trade with China in local currencies and that instructions related to the decision was given to Central Bank after discussions with Beijing on the issue.
Source: Global Times, Beijing

MISCELLANEOUS
ISRAEL
9. China- Israel cooperation on medical robots
Guangzhou, Tuesday, 13 December 2016
Chinese and Israeli research institutes and companies are keen to cooperate on developing medical robots.
Source: Xinhua, Beijing

COMPILED BY MINAKSHI SARDAR

Minakshi Sardar is a Doctoral candidate at School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.  Email

As part of its editorial policy, the MEI@ND standardizes spelling and date formats, to make the text uniformly accessible and stylistically consistent. The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views/positions of the MEI@ND. Editor, MEI@ND: P R Kumaraswamy