Scholars say Xi’s goal of this trip has always been trade advantages. China is not the intermediary between Iran and Saudi Arabia. It is only looking to reinforce its interests in the Middle East. Both Saudi Arabia and Iran do not expect China to declare its stand regarding their conflict.
- Saudi Arabia
- Middle East
- Abdel Fattah al-Sisi
- Abdul-Latif Al-Zayani
- Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
- Hassan Rouhani
- King Salman
- Magdi Amer
- Nimr al-Nimr
- one belt one road
- trade advantage
- Xi Jinping
Videos posted online show scuffles between protesters and security forces in Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon. One person with a bloodied face is heard shouting, “This is the bloodstain of Xi Jinping! I was beaten up because of Xi Jinping.”
Lin Fei-fan, leader of the Sunflower Student Movement, says that President Ma Ying-jeou can't represent the people of Taiwan and Taiwan is not a part of China. He also says it is important to let the world know that the Taiwanese are the only ones that can fix this.
Some people have commented, "This shows the progress of history and the people." "We have waited 66 years for this 70-second-long handshake." "I shed tears when the scene appeared on the television screen." Others describe the scene as,"touching, shocking" and say, "God bless the two sides. Go, China."
Taiwan presidential spokesperson Chen Yi-hsin says Ma's proposal for this meeting is to promote peace between the two sides and maintain the status quo. He says that no agreements will be signed and no joint statements will be issued.
A British national defense official says the military is "very worried" about China's participation in the construction of nuclear power plants, and that the Chinese might take the chance to hack the computer system and add traps or loopholes to take control over the nuclear power plants.
During Chinese State Councilor Yang Jie-chi’s visit to Japan, UNESCO decided to include the 1937 Nanjing Massacre documents in the Memory of the World. Tokyo remains suspicious about the credibility of these documents and protests against the decision. Japan is also considering suspending its funding for UNESCO.
The Spratly Islands is the southernmost of the four islands in the South China Sea. They also have the most reefs scattered among a total area of 820 thousand M². This is where the South China Sea territorial dispute is about.
Xi might tell the US that China has not realized how dangerous the stand of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and its presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen are. Former Chairman of the American Institute in Taiwan Richard Bush says that if so, Obama should urge Xi that China needs to react carefully towards Tsai's victory to avoid worsening sensitive issues.
Just before the visit of Chinese President Xi Jin-ping to the US, China Railway International Inc. and XpressWest Enterprises LLC announced a joint venture to construct a high-speed railway. This will be China's first high-speed rail project in the US.