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Sudan launches 1st direct maritime shipping route to China

Khartoum, Sudan | Xinhua | Sudan held the launching ceremony of Sudan-China Express, the first direct maritime shipping route between the two countries, in the capital Khartoum on Sunday. Sudanese Minister of Transport Hisham Ali Ahmed Abuzaid and Chinese Ambassador to Sudan Ma Xinmin are among the officials and business representatives …

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Gen Katumba wants coordinated rescue services on lakes and rivers

Jinja, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Minister for Works and Transport, Gen. Katumba Wamala says Ministries and agencies must work jointly to eliminate adhoc search and rescue operations on water bodies. He says agencies should support Marine Police and get involved whenever there are incidents and accidents on water …

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China still building South China Sea islands: think-tank

Manila, Philippines | AFP | China is expanding artificial islands in disputed South China Sea areas despite saying it stopped two years ago, according to a security think tank that released satellite images it said showed the land reclamation. Beijing claims most of the sea and has been turning reefs in …

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US Navy sails close to artificial island in S. China Sea

Washington, United States | AFP | A US warship on Thursday sailed close to an artificial island China has built up in the South China Sea, as part of a “freedom of navigation” operation, a US official said. The USS John S. McCain destroyer sailed within six nautical miles of Mischief …

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China scores diplomatic coup in sea row

Manila, Philippines | AFP |  China on Sunday scored a diplomatic coup in its campaign to weaken regional resistance against its sweeping claims to the South China Sea when Southeast Asian nations issued a diluted statement on the dispute and agreed to Beijing’s terms on talks. After two days of …

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US warship near S. China Sea island ‘provocation’: China

Beijing, China | AFP | The passage of a US warship close to a disputed island in the South China Sea was a “serious political and military provocation”, Beijing said, one that could further strain relations between the superpowers The destroyer, the USS Stethem, sailed less than 12 nautical miles from …

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Philippines’ Duterte heads to Russia in blow to US

Manila, Philippines | AFP |  Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte flew to Russia on Monday to meet his hero, seek arms and steer his nation’s foreign policy further away from longtime ally the United States. The five-day trip will cement a dramatic improvement in relations with Russia since Duterte came to …

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China boosts defenses on South China Sea islets

Washington, United States | AFP | New satellite imagery shows China has apparently installed “significant” defensive weapons on a series of artificial islands it built in the South China Sea, a US-based think tank said Wednesday. Beijing has created seven islets in the Spratly Islands in recent years, built up …

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China slams ‘provocative’ US sail-by in South China Sea

Beijing, China | AFP |  China has slammed the US for sailing a warship near disputed territory in the South China Sea, saying the move was a “serious illegal act” and “deliberately provocative”. In a statement on its website late Friday night, the country’s defence ministry said two Chinese naval …

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