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Germany's Merkel arrives in China with trade topping agenda

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in China on Sunday for her seventh visit since 2005, with economic ties topping the agenda and a high-powered business delegation in tow.
      
Merkel touched down early Sunday in the southwestern city of Chengdu, where she met local officials, visited a market and toured a factory operated by German car manufacturer Volkswagen.

China takes a strategic move to step in Central Asia through Silk Road

The world’s giant economic power, China is aiming at deepening its ties and increasing its influence in Central Asia through a new project called the “Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st Century Maritime Silk Road,” an initiative stretching from Europe to Asia.

The Hong Kong Referendum

“The oppositions in Hong Kong should understand and accept that Hong Kong is not an independent country. They should not think that they have the ability to turn Hong Kong into Ukraine or Thailand,” warned the Global Times, the most aggressively nationalistic of China’s state-run newspapers.

China restricts Ramadan fasting in Xinjiang

China has banned civil servants, students and teachers in its mainly Muslim Xinjiang region from taking part in Ramadan fasting, government websites said, prompting condemnation from an exile group on Wednesday.
      
China's ruling Communist party is officially atheist, and for years has restricted fasting in Xinjiang, home to the mostly Muslim Uighur minority.
      

‘Highly likely’ MH370 on autopilot when it went down: Australia

Investigators looking into the disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines plane are confident the jet was on autopilot when it crashed in a remote stretch of the Indian Ocean, Australian officials said June 26 as they announced the latest shift in the search for the doomed airliner.

Greek, Chinese leaders vow to deepen strategic ties

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Friday issued a joint statement pledging to boost strategic bilateral ties following a visit by the two men to Piraeus, where Chinese shipping giant Cosco is seeking to expand its presence and which Li said could become “China’s gateway to Europe.”

Chinese premier vows to invest in Greek railways to improve transport link to Europe

On a visit on Friday to the port of Piraeus, where Chinese shipping giant Cosco controls two cargo terminals, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang expressed Beijing's interest in investing in Greece's railway network in order to accelerate the transport of goods to Europe.

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