China / by Lewis McKinnon

China launched a new generation space-rocket, a model which will be utilised in future space flights. Two members of China’s democratic opposition party were handed prison sentences for subversion. A deadly tornado in China’s Jiangsu Province killed 98 people. China opposed Indian membership in the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), demanding that India first sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). President Xi Jinping met with a senior envoy from North Korea to relieve bilateral tensions over North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme. United States (US) Military Command issued a formal complaint against a Chinese fighter jet, deemed to be flying too closely to an American reconnaissance plane in international airspace. The Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague will issue its decision on 12 July with regards to the dispute between China and the Philippines in the South China Sea. China suspended diplomatic communication with Taiwan as the new President ,Tsai Ing-wen, refused to support the idea of a single and unified Chinese nation. The Chinese finance minister denied that China’s surpluses in aluminium and steel were overwhelming foreign markets. China has developed and built the most powerful computer in the world. The first Disney Resort in mainland China was opened and is expected to attract tens of millions of tourists each year. Chinese business firms contemplated the impact of Britain’s European Union (EU) referendum result on China’s economy.