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China Foreign Minister ‘We’ll Help Ease Africa Debt Burden’

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi recently declared that China will work with other G20 members to implement the debt service suspension initiative to ease Africa’s debt burden.

Minister Wang made the remarks when he responded to a question asked by an African journalist at a press conference on the sidelines of the annual Chinese national legislative session on Sunday, May 24th.

According to Minister Wang, who is concurrently a State Councillor (equivalent of Deputy Prime Minister) of China’s cabinet, China and Africa are good brothers who have shared weal and woe together.

He said, “our people, having fought shoulder-to-shoulder for national liberation, are partners for common development. A few years back, we were together fighting Ebola.”

He stated that he fully agreed with the AU Commission Chairperson in saying that “Africa and China are friends and, more importantly, comrades-in-arms. Nothing can change or damage this friendship”.

Minister Wang made it clear that in the battle against COVID-19, China and Africa have again stood by each other.

Papua New Guinea Ex-Prime Minister In Police Den Over Corruption

Papua New Guinea’s former prime minister, Peter O’Neill was arrested over corruption allegations after arriving back in the country on Saturday, police said.

The arrest was part of an investigation into the alleged unauthorised purchase of two Israeli generators while he was in power, Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary assistant commissioner Hodges Ette said in a statement.

“There is reasonable evidence for misappropriation, abuse of office and official corruption,” Ette said.
O’Neill was still being interviewed by police but would be granted bail to undergo two weeks of quarantine at his home, Ette said on Saturday night.

In the past, O’Neill has denied similar charges, labelling them politically motivated.

The politician’s long tenure ended in 2019 and was marked by a string of corruption allegations, including the purchase of 40 Maseratis for an Asia-Pacific leaders’ summit he hosted — in a country where few homes have reliable electricity.

He was forced to step down after allies baulked at his decision to sign a multibillion-dollar liquefied natural gas deal with France’s Total and US firm ExxonMobil.

Local communities had complained bitterly about not benefiting from similar deals in the past.

After promising to resign and then trying to cling to power via the courts, he was ultimately replaced by his former finance minister James Marape, who vowed to clean up the government

US To Sanction Chinese Firms For Human Rights Abuse

The United States Department of Commerce has said on Friday that it would sanction a Chinese government institute and eight companies for human rights abuses against Uighurs and other minorities in China’s western Xinjiang region.

“These nine parties are complicit in human rights violations and abuses committed in China’s campaign of repression, mass arbitrary detention, forced labor and high-technology surveillance against Uighurs, ethnic Kazakhs, and other members of Muslim minority groups in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region,” the Commerce Department said in a statement.

The sanctions followed China’s move to impose a national security law to quash the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong, which US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called a “disastrous proposal.”

The Chinese Ministry of Public Security’s Institute of Forensic Science and Aksu Huafu Textiles Co. will be sanctioned “for engaging in human rights violations and abuses,” while the Commerce Department penalized seven companies for enabling surveillance in Xinjiang.

All nine entities are now subject to restrictions on exports from the US, the Commerce Department said.

Washington has been increasingly active in its criticism of China’s treatment of ethnic minorities in Xinjiang and in October blacklisted 28 entities involved in rights violation in the region.

The House of Representatives and Senate need to reconcile similar acts approved last year that would seek sanctions on officials over abuses, and restrict exports of surveillance and other equipment seen as assisting in repression in Xinjiang.

Uighur activists and witnesses say China is seeking to forcibly integrate the ethnic group. Beijing argues that it is offering vocational training in a bid to discourage extremism.

Tensions are also growing between the world’s two largest economies after President Donald Trump accused China of misleading the world on the origins of the coronavirus, which first emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

Obama Rebukes Trump’s Government In Graduation Speech

Former United States (U.S.) President Barack Obama has again attacked officials handling the coronavirus pandemic in a rare public rebuke of the President Donald Trump administration.

“More than anything, this pandemic has fully, finally torn back the curtain on the idea that so many of the folks in charge know what they’re doing,” the former Democratic president said in an address to college graduates at the weekend.

He did not name his successor or specific U.S. officials in the address, which appeared to be pre-recorded.

“A lot them aren’t even pretending to be in charge,” Obama said during the speech, which capped a two-hour event for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) broadcast on social media.

In a second address to the high school Class of 2020, Obama told graduating students that the pandemic means they would have to grow up faster than some other generations, and urged them to “do what you think is right”.

“Doing what feels good, what’s convenient, what’s easy. That’s how little kids think.

“Unfortunately, a lot of so-called grownups, including some with fancy titles and important jobs, still think that way, which is why things are so screwed up,” Obama added, in what appeared to be a dig at Trump and administration officials.

China stopped WHO from issuing alert on COVID-19 -CIA

Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the United State’s security agency says China prevented the World Health Organisation (WHO) from alarming the world on the COVID-19 in January.

According to Newsweek, the CIA said China kept stockpiling medical supplies from all over the world while they kept the world in the dark.

As at 15th May 2020, the world has recorded 4,527,823 cases of COVID-19. While 1,706,406 people have recovered from the disease, 303,438 have died.

As at the preparation of this report, US, Spain and Russia have recorded the most deaths so far, going be the records from to Worldometer.

The Newsweek website reported that CIA documents reveal that China had threatened the WHO that it would suspend cooperating with its investigations into the disease if it declared an emergency.

Also quoting Der Spiegel, a German publication, the news outlet said China was first indicted for alleged cover up by German intelligence last week.

Recall that the German intelligence had reported that on January 21st Chinesse President Xi Jinping was “personally applying” pressure on Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general to withhold the declaration of the COVID-19 a global pandemic.

Christian Lindmeier, WHO spokesperson, said the Chinese president and Ghebreyesus did not communicate on January 21 or 22.

“Dr Tedros did not communicate with President Xi on Jan 20, 21 or 22. Dr Tedros and his senior team met with President Xi in Beijing on Jan. 28,” Lindmeier said.

Following reports of compromise on the part of the WHO, US President Donald Trump has since reduced funding to the global health organization, blaming the health agency for the global spread of the disease.

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