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There’s that phrase again… 6, October 2008

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I just read a news article which slipped past me some months ago, about the Qatari state visit to Beijing back in April. During this visit the countries ties up lucrative and important contracts regarding Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). Qatar is currently the world’s largest exporter and China, ever desperate to get its hands on more fuel, has just signed two important contracts for exportation and development. In the report was the immortal phrase, inserted in to countless such articles, where the nation dealing with China make clear (or have made clear for them) their undying, unyielding, unswerving and fervent commitment to the one China policy.

 

Chinese, Qatari firms ink gas deals

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By Li Xiaokun (China Daily)
Updated: 2008-04-11 07:21

China’s two largest owners of liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals Thursday inked deals with Qatargas Operating Co for LNG importation – the first such deal between China and the world’s top LNG exporter.

Qatargas will sell 2 million tons of LNG a year to China National Offshore Oil Corp (CNOOC), currently China’s sole LNG importer, starting from next year, according to the agreement.

Qatargas and its partner Royal Dutch Shell will sell 3 million tons of LNG a year to PetroChina from 2011.

CNOOC, China’s third-largest oil company, also announced Thursday it will open 17 offshore blocks for joint oil exploration with foreign companies this year.

The two agreements were signed between the companies’ chairmen at the Great Hall of the People Thursday, in the presence of Premier Wen Jiabao and visiting Qatari Prime Minister Shaikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabr Al-Thani.

The two countries also inked three memoranda of understanding to enhance energy cooperation between the two governments and relevant companies, and expand bilateral cultural cooperation between now and 2010.

During a one-hour talk ahead of the signing ceremony, Wen said energy cooperation between the two nations has made encouraging breakthroughs recently.

He expressed hopes that the two sides can expand cooperation on energy, infrastructure construction and other fields, including culture, education, media, aviation and tourism.

Qatar attaches great importance to Sino-Qatari relations, resolutely adheres to the One-China policy and wished Beijing a successful Olympics, Jabr Al-Thani said.

“China has held many large-scale activities splendidly before. I believe the Beijing Olympics will be as outstanding as the previous ones here,” he said.

With this year marking the 20th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral ties, Jabr Al-Thani said Qatar would like to join hands with China to expand bilateral relations.

The Qatari prime minister arrived in Shanghai on Sunday for a weeklong official visit – the highest-level one by a Qatari leader in seven years.

He was scheduled to travel to Hainan province this morning to meet President Hu Jintao and other foreign heads of state, and deliver a speech at the opening ceremony of the Boao Forum for Asia on Saturday afternoon.

China’s selfless quid pro quo 28, February 2008

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Chinese President Hu Jintao is currently entertaining a Nigerian delegation in Beijing.

Somewhat unsurprisingly, cooperation and help was promised in the fields of energy, telecommunications,  agriculture, and manufacturing. Yet more unsurprisingly, the Nigerian delegation maintained that they were “sticking to the one-China policy, and support[ed] China’s peaceful reunification process.” And just in case anyone has any nefarious or cynical ideas as to why China are engaging with Nigeria, Wen Jiabao, the Chinese Premier told the Nigerians that “China’s assistance to Africa was purely selfless, and only aimed to help Africa accelerate its independence.” The Chinese: such humanitarians.

Tajikistan pin their colours to the Chinese mast 6, February 2008

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The Tajik government has spoken out vehemently against Taiwan’s planned referendum on UN membership. Here are excerpts of the statement released by the foreign ministry:

“Taiwan is an inalienable part of the Chinese territory and the government of the People’s Republic of China is the sole legitimate government representing the whole of China…Tajikistan adheres to the one-China policy, and supports China’s efforts to pursue peaceful reunification and safeguard its sovereignty and territorial integrity…and it is also opposed to Taiwan’s attempt to join any international and regional organizations, to which only sovereign states are entitled.”

Quite strong stuff. Who will take a bet that Tajikistan have just or are about to seek/receive Chinese investment or aid in some way shape or form? Anyone….

 

China’s foreign policy quid pro quo (cont.) 23, January 2008

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To add to my earlier article on China and its foreign policy calculations, the Chinese Vice Premier Zeng Peiyan has just been visiting Luxembourg extolling the merits of closer cooperation. In a meeting with the country’s Prime Minister, Xinhua reports that the two politicians discussed the current political and international situation and, quelle surprise, the Chinese VP thanked the the PM for Luxembourg’s “steadfast adherence to the one-China policy.”

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-01/23/content_7482000.htm