Sponsor

Blog Archive

Iraq Set to Join China's Belt and Road Project amid Violent Anti-Government Unrest
750  Light Myanmar 

Iraq Set to Join China’s Belt and Road Project amid Violent Anti-Government Unrest

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi announced during a state visit to Beijing on Sept. 23 that Iraq will sign on to China’s “Belt and Road” international infrastructure project, according to the Asia Times. “Iraq has gone through war and civil strife and is grateful to China for its valuable support,” Mahdi said during a visit with Chinese President Xi Jinping. According to Chinese state news agency Xinhua, trade between the two countries recently exceeded $30 billion. “China would like, from a new starting point together with Iraq, to push forward the China-Iraq strategic partnership,” Xi stated. He said the two countries would collaborate on oil and infrastructure projects. Iraq is China’s second biggest oil supplier, while Beijing has become Baghdad’s biggest trade partner over the last few years. The news comes in the midst of a turbulent time for Iraq, where violent anti-government protests have resulted in over 40 deaths and internet access being cut throughout much of the country. The protests organically emerged after thousands, mostly young men, took to the streets to demand jobs, improved utilities such as electricity and water, and an uprooting of corruption in the oil-rich country In a televised address to the nation Friday, Mahdi urged the nation to “return life to normal” and “respect the law,” and told the people their demands would be recognized. “We will not make empty promises . . . or promise what we cannot achieve,” Mahdi said.

Related Posts you may like

  • Some police step out to show support for George Floyd demonstrators
  • While Trump shelters in the White House, America cries out for leadership
  • Hundreds of bats drop dead across India as they fall out of the sky
  • Texas Guy Captures Moment Tree Nearly Falls On Him While Doing Lady Gaga And Ariana Grande TikTok Dance
  • Drunk Man Who Fought With Bear In Warsaw Zoo Fined Euro 6,000 For Not Wearing Mask
  • 'I've always had big breasts': Lawmaker's plunging neckline stirs Brazilian parliament
  • Cat quarantined in Russia after testing positive for coronavirus
  • Pokémon Go Fest will be held online this year
  • U.S. coronavirus death toll rises above 100,000 in world's deadliest outbreak
  • Four Minneapolis officers are fired after video shows one kneeling on neck of black man who later died