China / by Lewis McKinnon

In order to prevent inappropriate online postings, the Cyberspace Administration of China demanded tighter restrictions monitoring live streaming. China opened the highest and longest glass-bottomed bridge in the world in the Zhangjiajie mountains. The Chinese space programme continues its rapid development as design plans for a space probe, scheduled to begin its mission to Mars in 2020, were unveiled. Foreign Ministers from Japan, China, and South Korea conducted trilateral talks focusing on tensions in the region, including North Korea and its recent ballistic missile testing. Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince signed 15 preliminary agreements with China that covered a range of sectors. The National Health and Family Planning Commission of China informed the World Health Organisation (WHO) of five additional cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus. China and the other 14 members of the United Nations Security Council condemned North Korea for test-firing ballistic missiles. The Chinese embassy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, was attacked by a suicide car bomber. The People's Liberation Army Navy and the United States Navy conducted numerous naval drills at the seaport of Qingdao. The Turkish Parliament ratified the Sino-Turkish Agreement for Cooperation in Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Weapons. Japan filed a protest against China after discovering radar equipment was installed in a gas exploration platform in the South China Sea. China launched its first aircraft engine company, the Aero-Engine Group of China, in a bid to build its reputation as a global aviation power. Chinese factory activity grew at its fastest rate in two years. A dispute over Canadian canola exports continue to dominate Canadian-Chinese relations.