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March 06 , 2019
  • The Washington Post reports, "Chinese technology executive Meng Wanzhou is set to appear in a Vancouver courtroom Wednesday for the first hearing in an extradition process that has put Canada squarely in the middle of a standoff between the United States and China. The focus Wednesday is expected to be on scheduling the series of hearings that will determine whether Meng, who serves as chief financial officer for Huawei Technologies, will be extradited to the United States to face charges that she conspired to evade U.S. sanctions on Iran. It is possible, however, that her lawyers will use the opportunity to outline elements of their defense. Meng's legal team last week issued a statement objecting to the extradition process. The defense lawyers cited what they called the 'political nature' of the charges and highlighted President Trump's suggestion that Meng could be released as part of a broader U.S.-China deal."

  • Reuters reports, "Italy is negotiating a preliminary deal to become a part of China's giant 'Belt and Road' infrastructure plan to boost trade, a government official said on Wednesday, in a move that could upset the United States. Junior Industry Minister Michele Geraci said that if Italy did sign a deal when Chinese President Xi Jinping visits the country later this month, it would be non-binding and just 'an initial framework'. The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), championed by Xi, aims to link China by sea and land with southeast and central Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Africa, through an infrastructure network on the lines of the old Silk Road. Aside from boosting trade and investment, Xi aims to advance exchanges in areas such as science, technology and culture. Geraci told a news conference that Xi was due to visit Italy on March 22 and 23, spending the first day in Rome and the second in Palermo - the capital of the island of Sicily."
  • Forbes reports, "China has hinted that its new space station could launch into orbit later this year, sooner than previously thought, on a commercial-grade rocket that is designed to be more affordable than private rocket launch companies such as SpaceX. Xinhua News Agency, the official state-run press agency of the People's Republic of China, reported on Monday that the China Manned Space Engineering Office (CMSEO) will send the core module of the now-in-development Chinese Space Station (CSS) to the launch site at Wenchang Space Launch Center in the second half of this year to prepare for the space station missions. The CSS had been expected to launch during 2020. The China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALVT), confirmed Tuesday that it would test the new Long March-5B heavy-lift rocket in the first half of 2019, making the launch of the CSS later in 2019 much more likely."
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