China to increase phone exports in 2020 thanks to 5G

After two years of steady decline, China will regain lost ground in smartphone exports in 2020 due to growing demand for devices with the ultra-fast 5G network, global studies predict.

According to the US firm International Data Corporation (IDC), it is very likely that the year-on-year increase in exports will be 0.7 percent as users around the world opt to acquire the new technology.

It also projects a drop in the price of cell phones with 5G to below two thousand yuan (almost 285.80 dollars) in the coming year, which will encourage their commercialization.

IDC's forecasts come after the boom in this exportable item was revealed last November, precisely due to the overwhelming increase in the demand for cell phones with the new and faster connection network incorporated.

According to the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology, the country China shipped 5.74 billion such devices abroad last month.

That figure far exceeded sales of 4G models between January and October this year, when only 323 million units left the country for a 5.8 percent year-on-year drop.

'Direct threat to peace': China raises alarm as US Space Force receives first funding

China has condemned the inauguration of the newest branch of the US military, the Space Force, describing its creation as a threat to peace that endangers global stability.

Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters on Monday that Beijing was "deeply concerned" and "resolutely opposed" to the Space Force, which received its first funding after US President Donald Trump signed the annual military budget last week.

The Chinese foreign ministry spokesman said Washington's new military branch sets a dangerous precedent for the militarization of outer space.

The specific US actions are a serious violation of the international consensus on the peaceful use of outer space, undermine global strategic balance and stability, and pose a direct threat to peace and security in outer space.

He called on the international community to "adopt a cautious and responsible" approach to space, in order to prevent it from becoming a conflict zone.

In a ceremony marking the force's official launch, US President Donald Trump said that space is "the world's newest war-fighting domain" and that "American superiority in space is absolutely vital."

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The new military service expands on the work of the already-existing Space Command led by the US Air Force. Washington has said that the Space Force will comprise of around 16,000 Air Force and civilian personnel.

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China congratulates new Cuban prime minister

Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang congratulated his newly elected Cuban counterpart, Manuel Marrero, on Sunday and proposed to take advantage of the 60th anniversary of bilateral relations to strengthen them and give greater impetus to cooperation efforts.

In his congratulatory message, the Chinese leader recalled the traditional friendship that unites the two countries and stressed that it is based on mutual respect, understanding and support for their respective national development processes.

After expressing his willingness to work with Marrero, Li proposed to take the opportunity of six decades of diplomatic ties in 2020 to expand high-level exchanges and deepen practical cooperation in various areas for the benefit of both peoples.

Manuel Marrero was elected this Saturday by the National Assembly of People's Power of Cuba (Parliament) as Prime Minister and thus became Head of Government for the next five years.

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel proposed him as provided by the Constitution proclaimed in April, and stressed his performance leading the Ministry of Tourism, as well as his honesty and dedication.

Cuba has not had a prime minister in 42 years, after the post was held by the historic leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro, from February 1959 until the constitutional reform of December 1976.

Among his functions, Marrero is responsible for reporting and informing Parliament and the President of the Republic of his administration and that of the Council of Ministers. In addition, he has the power to call and chair the sessions of the Cabinet or its Executive Committee.

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Cuban VP of parliament and state council received Chinese government delegation

Representative Ana Maria Mari Machado, vice president of the National Assembly of People's Power (ANPP) and the Council of State, received a delegation from the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, chaired by its second vice president, Liu Qibao, at Havana´s Capitol.

During the meeting, both sides ratified the excellent state of bilateral relations, reaching six decades in 2020.

Mari Machado pointed out that during these years ¨we have shared experiences and lessons regarding the construction of socialism in our countries, so it is always good to make these exchanges¨.

She also highlighted the brotherhood, solidarity and mutual cooperation that have characterized the ties between both nations, parties, governments and parliaments, and thanked China for its support in the struggle against the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba.

For his part, Qibao commented on his country's current situation, mainly in the political field, and said that Cuba and China are led by communist parties, which have demonstrated firmness and maintained exchanges based on mutual respect.

Yolanda Ferrer Gomez, president of the International Relations Commission of the ANPP; Caridad Diego Bello, head of the Office of Religious Affairs of the Cuban Communist Party; Congressman Elier Ramirez Cañedo; and official Omar Torres Olivares also participated on the Cuban side.

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Cuban Minister of Justice arrived in China

Oscar Silvera, Cuba´s Minister of Justice, began a visit to China at the invitation of his counterpart from the Asian country.

¨We began a visit to China at the invitation of its Minister of Justice. We were received by our Ambassador. We will attend the International Congress and carry out an intense exchange program, Silvera wrote on Twitter.

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China Says A "Price Must Be Paid" Over US Uighur Bill

Beijing: China warned Wednesday that a "price must be paid" after the US House of Representatives passed legislation seeking sanctions against senior Chinese officials over the crackdown on mainly Muslim Uighurs in Xinjiang.

The Uighur Act of 2019 condemns Beijing's "gross human rights violations" in the northwestern region of Xinjiang, where upwards of one million Uighurs and other mostly Muslim minorities are believed to be held in re-education camps.

"For all wrong actions and words... the proper price must be paid," foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a regular press briefing.

When asked if the passing of the bill would impact on talks for a phase one trade deal between the two economic giants, Hua did not directly answer the question.

But she said there was "no way this can have no effect on China-US relations as well as the two countries' cooperation in important areas."

The foreign ministry had earlier slammed the bill, saying it "viciously attacks the Chinese government's policy of governing Xinjiang."

Without giving any more details about what measures China would take, Hua said the "price that must be paid will come eventually."

Washington had already angered Beijing when US President Donald Trump signed legislation supporting pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, prompting Beijing earlier this week to impose sanctions on US NGOs and suspend future visits by US warships to the semi-autonomous city.

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China suspends review of visits by American warships & sanctions NGOs in response to US signing of Hong Kong bill

Beijing has stopped allowing US Navy vessels to visit Hong Kong and “sanctioned” foreign NGOs after President Donald Trump signed a bill, which targets China over its response to anti-government protests and riots in the city.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Hua Chunying, said on Monday that China will no longer review requests by the American warships to dock in Hong Kong. The nation has already barred several US Navy ships from visiting Hong Kong in recent months.

Hua also announced that the country has sanctioned NGOs, such as Human Rights Watch (HRW), Freedom House and the National Democratic Institute (NDI), for inciting protesters to commit “violent crimes” and promoting “separatism” in Hong Kong. These groups are “responsible for the current chaos” in the city, she told reporters.

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The spokesperson stressed that the measures are a direct response to the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act 2019, which was signed into law by Trump last week. The legislation allows the US to impose sanctions on Chinese and Hong Kong officials over human rights abuses in Hong Kong.

The US lawmakers argued that the law would help to uphold democracy and punish police officials for mistreating peaceful protesters.

Beijing, meanwhile, slammed the move as illegal under international law and an attempt to “seriously interfere in Chinese domestic affairs.” Chinese officials have repeatedly warned Washington against meddling in Hong Kong and accused American politicians, who openly backed the protesters, of encouraging riots there.

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Cuba and China highlight Fidel Castro's role in increasing friendship between both countries

On the occasion of the third anniversary of Fidel Castro's death, authorities from China and Cuba recognized the contribution of the leader of the Revolution to the permanent increase of ties between both countries, Prensa Latina reported.

Carlos Miguel Pereira, Cuban ambassador to the Asian country, described Fidel as " an unquestionable inspirer and supporter of our common friendship".

He also stated that the ties "between Cuba and China are an example of transparency and collaboration between two nations that defend the cause of socialism in the most difficult conditions that mankind has ever lived".

For his part, Qin Gang, deputy foreign minister of the Asian state, highlighted Castro's historic and indelible contribution to the continuous fostering of bilateral ties.

Fidel Castro died in Havana in 2016, aged 90, and is considered a symbol of contemporary world history.

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