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China's average daily crude imports from Iran jumped nearly 50 percent in May from the previous month, back around levels before sanctions were slapped on the Middle Eastern country over its disputed nuclear programme two years ago, Reuters reported.

The jump in China's imports of Iranian crude to 555,557 barrels per day (bpd) came just before the United States renewed the country's waiver on U.S. sanctions aimed at cutting off Iran's oil revenues and bringing it to the negotiating table.


China will join the Kashagan oil field project in Kazakstan, an informed source told Trend on condition of anonymity on Thursday.

"China will become one of the shareholders in the Kashagan international consortium; the foreign partners of the consortium are not against this," the source said.

Currently, there are two contenders for the share of US company Conoco Phillips: the oil companies of China and India.


Chinese China Coal Technology & Engineering Group has won the tender announced earlier this year to choose the general contractor for the coal mining modernization in the Surkhandarya region (south of Uzbekistan) in the amount of $101.3 million, a source in Uzbekugol JSC told Trend on Friday.


China, Russia and Uzbekistan were added to a US list of nations that are among the worst offenders in human trafficking, the State Department said Wednesday, dpa reported.

China was cited for not fully complying with minimum international standards to eliminate trafficking despite Beijing's recent unveiling of a plan to increase efforts to protect victims.


The successive expansion of constructive cooperation on a wide range of issues of political, trade, economic, investment, cultural and humanitarian cooperation were discussed by the representatives of the foreign ministries of Uzbekistan and Japan during the next round of consultations held in Tashkent, the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan reported on Monday.


The governments of China and Costa Rica signed Monday a series of economic and coorperation agreements during the visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping in the Central American country, dpa reported.

"Relations between our two nations are still young, but they are intensive and fruitful," Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla said after meeting with Xi in San Jose.

Costa Rica recognized Taiwan rather than China until 2007 but then switched.


At least 43 people were killed when a fire swept through a poultry processing plant in north-eastern China's Jilin province Monday, dpa reported according to state media.

The fire broke out just after 6 am in a slaughterhouse at the Jilin Baoyuan Poultry Company in Mishazi township, China Central Television said.

Firefighters were still trying to put out the blaze by mid-morning, reports said.

It was not immediately clear if other workers at the plant were missing.


The death toll rose to 112, with others believed missing, after an explosion and fire on Monday at a poultry processing plant in north-eastern China's Jilin province, dpa reported.

At least 30 others were injured after fire broke out around 6 am (2200 GMT Sunday) in a slaughterhouse at the Jilin Baoyuan Poultry Company in Mishazi township, the provincial government said.


The customs authorities of Kazakhstan and China intend developing a strategic plan of cooperation for the period of 2014-2018, the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan reported following the visit of the delegation of the Customs Control Committee of Kazakhstan headed by Chairman Mazhit Esenbaev to the People's Republic of China.


Twelve people died and at least 13 were missing Monday after a blast ripped through an explosives workshop in the eastern Chinese province of Shandong, dpa reported according to state media.

The explosion scattered rubble up to 200 metres away, killing at least a dozen people at the factory owned by the Poly Explosives (Jinan) Company in Shandong's Caofan township, the semi-official China News Service reported.

Earlier reports said firefighters had rescued nine workers and recovered five bodies.