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Newsline: China embassy opens interim liaison office in Myanmar’s Nay Pyi Taw

The Chinese embassy has formally opened its interim liaison office in the capital of Nay Pyi Taw to further facilitate transactions between China and union offices. “I want to say that, officially opening this office branch holds a great meaning to the China-Myanmar relationship,” Chinese Ambassador Hong Liang said at the opening ceremony of the office. The liaison office is the first foreign office to be permitted to open in Nay Pyi Taw and it holds a lot of meaning for the 67-year-old diplomatic relationship between China and Myanmar, Hong added. China and Myanmar began a diplomatic relationship on June 8, 1950, and the Chinese embassy was first opened in Yangon on June 28, 1950.



Newsline: Chinese Company to Build Afghanistan’s Embassy in Pakistan

A leading Chinese company will build the Afghan embassy complex in Islamabad that will cost nearly 17 million US dollars, Xinhua reported. Afghanistan’s deputy foreign minister Nasir Ahmad Andisha joined the Chinese ambassador to Pakistan Sun Weidong and Afghan ambassador in Islamabad Omar Zakhilwal at the ground-breaking ceremony of the building in the diplomatic enclave. Andisha said the new Afghan embassy will be his country’s biggest embassy in the world which also reflect Afghanistan’s quest for good relations with Pakistan. He also thanked China’s help in the construction.


Newsline: Belgian prince has his £280k state allowance cut after embarrassing diplomatic incident at Chinese embassy

Prince Laurent of Belgium has caused a royal scandal after revealing he attended celebrations to mark the founding of the Chinese army. The prince, who is the younger brother of King Philippe, posted photos of himself attending the event online despite being banned by Prime Minister Charles Michel. Mr Michel issued a decree last December barring Prince Laurent from attending any talks with senior foreign officials without informing the government after a series of controversial meetings, including with the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka. The Prime Minister warned Prince Laurent at the time that his €308,000-per-year (£280,000) salary was at risk, and is now thought to be mulling a fine of up to €30,000 (£28,000). The celebration marking the founding of the People’s Liberation Army was held at the Chinese embassy in Brussels on 19th July, but it was not known at the time that the prince had attended. Controversy began this week after the prince, who is married to British-born Princess Claire, a former surveyor, a posted images of the event on Twitter.


Newsline: Man opens fire at LA Chinese consulate, kills himself

A man opened fire at the Chinese consulate in Los Angeles, then took his own life in his nearby car, police said. There were no other injuries in the shooting, which took place at about 6 a.m. before the consulate was open for the day, said Officer Michael Lopez of the Los Angeles Police Department. “Numerous rounds impacted the Chinese consulate,” Lopez said. Lopez said the man was discovered in his car dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The Chinese consulate, in a short statement, said it was extremely concerned about the incident and had asked the United States to take all necessary measures to protect the security of the building and diplomats working there. China’s state-run Xinhua news agency reported that the gunman was in his 60s and possibly of Asian appearance, according to consulate officials who cited police. The report also cited consulate security staff as saying the gunman fired his weapon at least 17 times, leaving bullet holes in the windows and facade of the consulate building. In 2011 a naturalized U.S. citizen originally from China was arrested after police said he opened fire at the same building with a handgun. There were no injuries in that incident.


Newsline: Panama opens embassy in Beijing after break with Taiwan

Panama has opened an embassy in China, the Central American country’s Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday, deepening its links with the world’s No. 2 economy after its diplomatic break with longtime ally Taiwan. Panama established diplomatic ties with China in June and broke with Taiwan in a major victory for Beijing, as it lures away the dwindling number of countries that have formal relations with the self-ruled island that China regards as a wayward province. “The opening of the embassy of the Republic of Panama in the People’s Republic of China has been done in accordance with the rules that dictate diplomatic relations between the two countries,” Panama’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement. It added that the embassy was already functioning, although an ambassador had yet to be installed. Speaking in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said China’s trade office in the country had on July 13 formally become its embassy in Panama.


Newsline: Embassy officials visit US student detained in China over row with taxi driver

US embassy officials visited the American university student detained in China over an altercation with a taxi driver, as family and friends continue to lobby for his release. Guthrie McLean, a 25-year-old student at the University of Montana, is being held at a detention centre in Zhengzhou, Henan province. He was visited by officials from the US consulate in Wuhan, capital of Hunan, according to the office of Montana Senator Jon Tester. The officials confirmed that McLean had no “physical or mental health concerns” and had been given access to legal resources, the office said in a statement. His mother, Jennifer McLean, however, told the Associated Press: “Fine is a bit of an overstatement. He is enduring.” McLean was detained by police and charged with intentional injury after becoming involved in a dispute between his mother and a taxi driver on June 10. According to Tom Mitchell, a long-time family friend and Beijing bureau chief for the Financial Times, the driver refused to give Mrs McLean, who is deaf and teaches sign language in China, 30 yuan in change after driving her to her home in Zhengzhou. In the ensuing argument, the driver threw a 10 yuan note at the woman and things “escalated from there”. The driver then tried to snatch Mrs McLean’s bags and was “pushing her around” when her son came out from the house to see what was going on. He pulled the driver off his mother and pushed him to the ground, Mitchell said. The driver claimed he hurt his knee in the altercation, for which police demanded 100,000 yuan (US$14,800) in compensation from McLean. They later lowered the sum to 50,000 yuan. Two senators from Montana have been working with government officials from China and the US in a bid to reunite the McLeans. Senator Steve Daines visited Cui Tiankai, the Chinese ambassador to the US, on Thursday to “urge a prompt resolution” to Guthrie’s case, while working with US ambassador to China Terry Branstad.


Newsline: Chinese embassy’s flip-flop on Rahul Gandhi’s ‘meeting’ with its envoy

Did Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi meet with Chinese envoy Luo Zhaohui on Saturday or did he not? The Congress denied it on Monday. And the Chinese embassy in Delhi first posted then removed a statement on its website saying that the two met, reported Times Now. The Congress denied as “fake news” media reports that its vice president met Luo in the capital amid the China-India border stand-off at Doklam in Sikkim. Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala, in a series of tweets said some news channels were running “fake news” on Rahul’s alleged meeting with the Chinese Ambassador. On Friday, Rahul had tweeted asking why Prime Minister Narendra Modi is “silent” on China. The Congress renewed its attack on the issue on Monday.