Contents tagged with China

  • China faces new wave of coronavirus cases coming from Russia

    Over the past 24 hours, Chinese medics have found 20 Chinese citizens with COVID-19 infection who have returned to their homeland from Moscow in recent days, RIA Novosti reports, citing the Russian Consulate General in Harbin.

    "Over the past 24 hours, 20 people have been officially diagnosed with COVID-19 infection in the consular district. All of them were citizens of the People's Republic of China, who arrived from Moscow through Vladivostok and crossed the border through the Suifenhe border …

  • Spain returns to China unreliable coronavirus test kits also purchased by Ukraine

    Spain has sent a large batch of rapid coronavirus test kits back to the Chinese manufacturer because they proved unreliable, reports El Pais.

    On March 10, Mayor of Kyiv Vitali Klitschko announced that the Ukrainian authorities bought similar rapid test kits. These test kits were to be distributed to seven hospitals for coronavirus testing.

    It is noted that the first 9,000 test kits from the shipment had an accuracy of only 30% while the required accuracy is at least 80%.

    At the same time, …

  • China buys cheap Russian oil in record volumes

    China has taken advantage of falling demand for oil in Europe amid a coronavirus pandemic to replenish its reserves with oil from Russia. According to traders, China has already purchased 1.6 million tons of Russian oil for shipping by sea in the next four weeks, Reuters reported. At the same time, the Chinese are enjoying not only a drop in demand for oil in Europe, but also low prices for Russian raw materials.

    According to traders, Russian oil companies are quite happy with orders from …

  • Ukraine receives first shipment of coronavirus test kits from China

    A cargo planed of the Ukrainian Armed Forces arrived in Ukraine from China. It delivered rapid coronavirus test kits and other medical equipment, reported the press service of the Ukrainian Presidential Administration.

    Two types of tests were delivered: PCR (polymerase chain reaction) and tests for rapid diagnostics. 250,000 rapid test kits have been delivered, and the number of PCR has not been specified.

    China has also provided medical masks with varying degrees of protection, disinfectants, …

  • Russia closes its border to Chinese

    The Russian government has temporarily banned Chinese citizens from entering the country, regardless of the purpose of their visit. The relevant decree has already been signed by Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, and takes effect on February 20, Interfax reports.

    The office of Vice Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova, head of the operational headquarters for preventing the spread of the coronavirus in Russia, noted that “the acceptance of documents and the drafting and issuance of …

  • Russia shuts border with China in five regions

    Russia will be closing the pedestrian and vehicle border crossings with the far eastern regions of China and all nearly railway communication with China until March 1, said Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova on Wednesday after a session of the operation headquarters for preventing the new corona virus from being brought into Russia.

    According to Golikova, a decision has been made to extend the temporary closure of the pedestrian and vehicle borders for a longer time period. This will apply …

  • Iran accuses US of trying to disrupt joint military exercises with Russia and China

    Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi said that the US tried to disrupt joint naval exercises of Iran, Russia, and China, reports Tasnim news agency.

    "During the joint naval exercises of Iran, Russia, and China, the Americans and their allies held an emergency meeting to disrupt our exercises with our two allies," said Khanzadi. He noted that the participants of the military drills conducted diversionary maneuvers, which did not allow the Americans to implement their plan. …

  • Russia, Iran and China begin joint exercises in Gulf of Oman

    On Friday, December 27, Iran, Russia and China began their first-ever joint exercises in the Indian Ocean.

    The area of the drills, dubbed by the participants “the Maritime Safety Belt”, is located in the Gulf of Oman, which is near the world's key oil artery, the Gulf transport corridor through which tankers carry 40% of the world's daily oil supply.

    "The message of these exercises is peace and friendship," said Admiral Admiral Gholamreza Tahani, deputy commander of the Iranian Navy. …

  • China on purchase of Ukraine’s Motor Sich defense plant: We’ve snatched ‘pearl of engine building’ away from US and Russia

    An article has appeared in the Chinese press which claims that the companies Tianjiao Aviation Industry Investment Co (Skyrizon Aircraft) and Xinwei Group (both Chinese) will be acquiring a controlling package of shares in the Ukrainian engine manufacturer Motor Sich.

    The deal will involve a package of shares worth around $250 million, the amount that the Chinese firms will “invest” in the factory over the next two years.

    Initially Ukraine did not comment on such statements published in the …

  • Belarus replaces Russian loans with Chinese ones

    Belarus has signed an agreement to borrow 3.5 billion yuan (around $500 million) from China, announced the Belarusian Finance Ministry.

    The 5-year loan will be provided by the Shanghai branch of the China Development Bank. The loan is not tied to any particular project, and can be used for general purposes, including the servicing of government debt, supporting Belarus’s foreign currency reserves, and facilitating the development of bilateral trade.

    This is an “unprecedented” deal for Belarus, …