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April 22 , 2019
  • Reuters reports, "World leaders meeting in Beijing this week for a summit on China's Belt and Road initiative will agree to project financing that respects global debt goals and promotes green growth, according to a draft communique seen by Reuters. The Belt and Road Initiative is a key policy of President Xi Jinping and envisions rebuilding the old Silk Road to connect China with Asia, Europe and beyond with massive infrastructure spending. But it has proved controversial in many Western capitals, particularly Washington, which views it as merely a means to spread Chinese influence abroad and saddle countries with unsustainable debt through nontransparent projects. The United States has been particularly critical of Italy's decision to sign up to the plan last month, the first for a G7 nation. In an apparent nod to these concerns, the communique reiterates promises reached at the last summit in 2017 for sustainable financing - but adds a line on debt, which was not included the last time."
  • Financial Times reports, "Leading western artificial intelligence researchers have partnered with Chinese organisations tied to Beijing's surveillance state, raising fears that a severe lack of oversight is leaving academics complicit in China's human rights abuses. At least nine academic papers on topics such as facial recognition and video surveillance have been co-written by academics at several prestigious US institutions, alongside researchers at Chinese companies that sell surveillance technology to the Chinese state or at institutions with military ties, such as China's National University of Defense Technology, or NUDT. Four of the US authors of these papers list Google as an affiliation, three of whom said that the research was conducted either fully outside of Google or had been partly done before they joined Google. 'These were academic papers written by researchers at universities — Google is not involved with these projects and has no partnerships with the Chinese universities in question,' a Google spokesperson said."
  • The New York Times reports,"China, one of Iran's biggest oil export markets, on Monday criticized Washington's decision to tell Beijing and other governments to stop buying crude from Tehran or face sanctions. China opposes Washington's 'unilateral sanctions and long-arm jurisdiction,' said a foreign ministry spokesman, Geng Shuang. He said Beijing's dealings with Iran are 'reasonable and legitimate.' U.S. officials told reporters the Trump administration will inform other governments they no longer will be exempt from sanctions. China, which relies on imports for about half of its oil, could present the toughest diplomatic challenge in trying to enforce the Trump administration's ambition of driving down Iran's oil exports. Beijing has supported global efforts to curb the spread of nuclear weapons technology. But it rejects unilateral U.S. action and previously opposed linking trade to Iran's nuclear program."

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