Sept. 30 — Presenting both an opportunity to address the nations’ respective economic challenges and to rekindle old friendships, Russian and Chinese leaders met in Beijing this week to celebrate the completion of the first crude oil pipeline between the two nations.
“The smooth completion of the pipeline project is a model for the two countries’ mutually beneficial win-win cooperation and a milestone for China-Russia energy cooperation,” Chinese President Hu Jintao said on Monday. Continue reading
Sept. 30 – Kim Jong-un, the youngest son of North Korea’s dictator and “Dear Leader” Kim Jong-il, is believed to have been named his father’s successor following a rare North Korean Workers’ Party meeting which convened earlier this week.
The youngest son in the Kim family, Jong-un is thought to be in his late 20s and has spent some time outside of North Korea, studying under an alias at an international school in Berne, Switzerland. Jong-un, named “Brilliant Comrade” by the Party, was promoted earlier this week to the rank of 4-Star General, as well as to new positions of the Vice Chairman to both the Party’s Central Military Commission and Central Committee. Kim Jong-il’s two older sons have been deemed unsuitable for the role. Continue reading
Sept. 29 – The latest issue of DPRK Business Monthly is now available for complimentary download.
This issue reviews recent international North Korean news including North Korean leader Kim Jong-il’s praise for the economic achievements of China, North Korea’s apparent willingness to attract foreign investment in the mining sector, and DPRK Pavilion day events at the Shanghai World Expo.
Sept. 29 – China began construction on a US$2 billion, 253-kilometer-long extension of the world’s highest railway on Sunday that will link the Tibetan capital of Lhasa to the region’s second largest city, Xigaze. Continue reading
Sept. 28 – Delhi finished construction on a new section of its metro system last week which connects the Indian capital’s Central Secretariat Station to Badarpur ahead of the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
After it completes several trial runs and receives official approval to open for use, the 20-kilometer-long Violet Line will be operational by the end of September serving 15 metro stations. Continue reading
Sept. 28 – Pointing to improved living standards and other economic indicators, the Chinese government released a report on Sunday illustrating the country’s progress on issues involving human rights.
The report, titled “Progress in China’s Human Rights in 2009,” highlighted its RMB4 trillion (US$586 billion) economic stimulus package that helped the country recover from the Global Financial Crisis, but focused little on improving the rights and freedoms of its citizens. Continue reading
Sept. 27 – The Chinese government will continue to regulate family planning in the foreseeable future by limiting most couples to only one child, according to state-run media.
“Historical change doesn’t come easily, and I, on behalf of the National Population and Family Planning Commission, extend profound gratitude to all, the people in particular, for their support of the national course,” said Li Bin, head of the commission. Continue reading