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“Supercomputing capabilities are vital for the development of many — perhaps almost all — modern weapons and national security systems, such as nuclear weapons and hypersonic weapons,” Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said in a statement.

U.S. blacklists seven more Chinese supercomputing entities

The U.S. Commerce Department said Thursday it was adding seven Chinese supercomputing entities to a U.S. economic blacklist for assisting Chinese military efforts.
A man uses a slingshot during the security force crack down on anti-coup protesters in Mandalay, Myanmar March 14, 2021. REUTERS-Stringer

At least 14 Myanmar protesters killed in Yangon suburb – local media

Security forces killed at least 14 protesters in a poor, industrial suburb of Myanmar’s main city on Sunday and at least three people in other parts of the country, according to local
Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu (born June 25, 1965) is a Nigerian politician and the current Governor of Lagos State.

Lagos governor, others welcome launch of China Africa Business Council

The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and other dignitaries have welcomed the commissioning of three offices by the China Africa Business Council (CABC) in the state.

Chinese investment in Australia plummets 61 percent

The Australian National University’s Chinese Investment in Australia Database (CHIIA) recorded just over $780m (A$1bn ; £550m) in investment.
FILE PHOTO - Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala poses outside a Nigerian diplomatic residence in Chambesy, near Geneva, Switzerland, September 29, 2020. REUTERS-Emma Farge-File Photo

Can this grandmother save the world?

As the World Trade Organisation formally announced the appointment of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as Director General this week, a Swiss newspaper received her with a disgraceful headline: “This Grandmother will become the boss of the WTO,” with her photograph under the headline. The headline sparked an outrage, forcing the editors to modify their position: “This 66-year-old Nigerian will head WTO.”
FILE PHOTO - The U.S. Treasury building is seen in Washington, September 29, 2008. REUTERS-Jim Bourg-File Photo

U.S. modifies investment ban on Chinese military companies

The United States on Wednesday amended its restrictions on investments in certain Chinese military companies, saying they also to apply subsidiaries, while allowing purchases through May of companies with names similar to those that have been banned.
FILE PHOTO - Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying attends a news conference in Beijing, China July 17, 2020. REUTERS-Tingshu Wang

China says opposes U.S. suppressing Chinese companies

A spokeswoman for China’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday that Beijing opposes the United States suppressing Chinese companies after U.S. President Donald Trump ordered an assessment of security risks from Chinese drones.
Pro-democracy activist Lester Shum is taken away by police officers after over 50 Hong Kong activists arrested under security law as crackdown intensifies, in Hong Kong, China January 6, 2021. REUTERS-Tyrone Siu

U.S. announces new sanctions on six linked to Hong Kong mass arrests

The United States announced sanctions on Friday against six Hong Kong or Chinese officials it blamed for implementing a new security law in Hong Kong, following the mass arrests of pro-democracy activists this month.
United States Army soldiers can no longer use TikTok on government-owned phones following a decision to ban the app.

China to counter ‘unjustified’ foreign trade laws

China’s Ministry of Commerce, on Saturday, published new rules for countering “unjustified” laws and restrictions imposed by foreign countries on Chinese companies and citizens.
FILE PHOTO - The U.S. Capitol dome is seen at night in Washington, U.S., December 17, 2020. REUTERS-Erin Scott-File Photo

US Democrat Senate wins push stocks higher despite Capitol chaos

Clean sweep by Democrats allows them to enact big-spending policies likely to benefit the economy, investors say.
Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi has cautioned Chinese companies operating in Nigeria to strictly obey the labour laws of the country as well as local customs. Wang who is in Nigeria on a working visit gave the directive on Tuesday in Abuja while responding to questions from newsmen shortly after a closed-door meeting with Nigeria’s Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama.

Chinese companies must obey Nigerian labour laws – foreign minister

Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi has cautioned Chinese companies operating in Nigeria to strictly obey the labour laws of the country as well as local customs.
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President Buhari: No sustainable development without adequate infrastructure

President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday reinstated his determination to bridge the infrastructure deficits in the country, saying sustainable development is not possible when a country is hobbled by severe infrastructural shortfalls.
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President Buhari: No sustainable development without adequate infrastructure

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday said that sustainable development would be impossible in a country that was bedeviled with severe infrastructural deficits.
The New York Stock Exchange has begun delisting three Chinese telecom companies after an executive order from US President Donald Trump in October.

China threatens retaliation for NYSE delisting telecom firms

The New York Stock Exchange has begun delisting three Chinese telecom companies after an executive order from US President Donald Trump in October.
China’s relationship with the United States has reached a “new crossroads” and could get back on the right track following a period of “unprecedented difficulty”, Beijing’s top diplomat Wang Yi has said.

Top Chinese diplomat says relations with US at ‘new crossroads’

China’s relationship with the United States has reached a “new crossroads” and could get back on the right track following a period of “unprecedented difficulty”, Beijing’s top diplomat Wang Yi has said.

China donates more coronavirus materials, malaria drugs to Nigeria

With the second wave of the COVID-19 rising worldwide, Chinese Consulate General, together with a Chinese conglomerate, Guangdong New South Group, recently donated COVID-19 materials and anti-malaria drugs worth N27 to both Ogun State government and local communities.
A volunteer receiving the Sinopharm vaccine during a trial at the Clinical Studies Center of the Cayetano Heredia University in Lima, Peru, earlier this month. Ernesto Benavides-Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Chinese drugmaker says coronavirus vaccine 79.3% effective

Sinopharm, a Chinese drugmaker said on Wednesday that its coronavirus vaccine was found to be 79.3-per-cent effective in preliminary data from the final round of testing before approval.
The U.S. government is just one step away from enacting a law that could ‘kick’ several Chinese firms off Wall Street, which can further escalate tensions between Washington and Beijing.

U.S. closer to removing Chinese firms from Wall Street

The U.S. government is just one step away from enacting a law that could ‘kick’ several Chinese firms off Wall Street, which can further escalate tensions between Washington and Beijing.

China refutes British moves to beef up ban on Huawei

Without any concrete evidence, Britain, in collaboration with the United States, has been discriminating and suppressing Chinese companies citing nonexistent “security risks,” Zhao said.
“Without any evidence, the British side has repeatedly cooperated with the United States to discriminate against and suppress Chinese companies under the pretext of unfounded risks,” said a ministry spokesman, Zhao Lijian.

China accuses Britain of discriminating with tech ban

China accused Britain on Wednesday of improperly attacking Chinese tech companies after the British government proposed a law to block market access to telecom equipment giant Huawei and other vendors that are deemed high-risk.
The Comac C919, China’s first large passenger jet, is made by the Commercial Aircraft Corp of China, another firm reportedly on the list of firms to be hit with US trade restrictions [Greg Baker-Pool via Reuters]

Report: US to target 89 Chinese firms with military ties

The Trump administration is close to declaring that 89 Chinese aerospace and other companies have military ties, restricting them from buying a range of goods and technology made in the United States, according to a draft copy of the list seen by Reuters.
In commemoration of the independence anniversary of Nigeria and China on October 1, the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Nigeria honoured on Monday 49 employees of Chinese companies in Nigeria.

Independence Day: China honours 49 local employees

In commemoration of the independence anniversary of Nigeria and China on October 1, the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Nigeria honoured on Monday 49 employees of Chinese companies in Nigeria.

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Former Gov. Abdul’aziz Yari of Zamfara says the All Progressives Congress (APC) remains strong and intact in the state in spite of losing the political leadership of the state.

EFCC quizes ex-Zamfara governor

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday interrogated former Governor of Zamfara State, Hon. Abdulazeez Yari, over his alleged handling of transactions relating the Paris Club Fund refund while he served as chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum.
William Troost-Ekong is in buoyant mood following Watford’s impressive 1-0 away win against Norwich City on Tuesday.

William Troost-Ekong celebrates as Watford take big step towards Premier League promotion

Xisco Munoz’s side bounced back from a shock defeat at neighbours Luton in the best possible fashion as Dan Gosling’s second-half goal earned them a priceless victory.

Presidency brushes off secessionists’ threats, says no need for confab

The Presidency yesterday shrugged off threats of Nigeria’s balkanisation by advocates of Biafra and Oduduwa Republics, saying that President Muhammadu Buhari cannot be bullied into giving in to their demands.
OPEC and its oil allies reached agreement Sunday to cut global production by 9.7 million barrels a day starting May 1, to shore up the world price in the face of a significant drop in the demand for oil because of the coronavirus pandemic.

OPEC+ may downgrade ministers’ meeting, leave output unchanged

The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and its allies are discussing downgrading next week’s the full-scale ministerial meeting, delegates said, a signal the coalition may stick with plans to gradually revive oil production.
The Nigeria Economic Summit Group (NESG) has advised the Federal Government to always consider its economic policy choices, before taking decision, in order to FastTrack economic growth, its recently launched 2021 Economic Outlook has said.

NESG: Nigeria’s business environment over-regulated

Nigeria Economic Summit Group (NESG) has described the business space in Nigeria as over-regulated, and urged the federal government to navigate the economy from the current doldrums.

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Minister consoles with victims of auto accident in Akure

The Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs, Sen. Tayo Alasoadura, has commiserated with the families of the victims of auto accident on Airport Road, Oba Ile, in Akure.

Group kicks off feeding campaign for widows in Niger

Waterlight Save Initiative, a Niger State-based group has embarked on ‘Feed the Widows’ community-based project, in order to reach out to the extreme marginalised and vulnerable widows in the Javino community of the state.
According to journalist Sergio Gonzalez, Lionel Messi is going to stay at Barcelona after this season. Following all the events of the presidential elections at the club, where Joan Laporta has returned as president after winning the elections.

Barcelona offer Leo Messi staggering pay packet

The Catalan giants are said to have offered the Argentine a staggered pay packet, an ambassador role after he retires and the signing of Erling Haaland this summer.
AfBA’s President, Mr. Hannibal Uwaifo, who made the call in a World Press Conference in Lagos, said the continued detention of Saab since June 2020 for possible extradition to the United States, violated settled global diplomatic virtues and statutes, as contained in the Vienna Convention.

AfBA restates commitment to rule of law in Africa

The African Bar Association, AfBA has restated its commitment to upholding the rule of law in Africa saying that the continent cannot progress if some countries continue to disregard the judgment of regional courts.
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Police deploy 17,500 personnel for Rivers council election

The Police Command in Rivers has deployed no fewer than 17,500 personnel for Saturday’s Local Government elections in the state.