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Far East

28.09.2012

Japan's crude oil imports from Iran in August fell 66.8 percent from a year earlier to 497,961 kilolitres (101,035 barrels per day), the trade ministry said on Friday, following a one-month hiatus in July, after European Union sanctions affecting insurance reduced the flow, Reuters reported.

Japanese buyers stopped lifting Iranian crude in early June, so vessels sailing the final part of their journey to Japan would be covered by insurance in early July.

Armed with a sovereign guarantee, Japanese buyers resumed loading Iranian oil in late July, with the oil arriving in Japan in August.

24.09.2012

Forty people were injured late Sunday in a fight that broke out among workers at a Foxconn plant in north China's Shanxi Province, government officials said Monday, Xinhua reported.

Among the injured, three were in a serious condition, with most of the others slightly injured, a senior official with the government of Taiyuan City, the provincial capital said.

The fight started at 11 p.m. in the site's dormitory zone in Taiyuan, attracting more than 10,000 spectators and triggering chaos, according to the city's public security bureau.

24.09.2012

Georgian PM Vano Merabishvili met with the delegation of China on Monday.

According to the report of the state administrative office, the delegation consists of representatives of the Chinese Council of Internal Trade Promotion and of Chinese companies.

The parties have discussed the broadening of bilateral economic relations and the increase of Chinese investments in Georgian economy, in particular in industrial and financial sectors.

12.09.2012

A delegation from the Republic of China Committee for the development of international trade in the Shaanhi region discussed the prospects for direct business contacts between entrepreneurs of Uzbekistan and China at the Chamber of Commerce of the Republic, the Chamber said on Thursday.

The delegation included representatives from seven Chinese companies engaged in the manufacture of equipment for the construction of highways, coal and chemical industry, energy and heavy industry.

11.09.2012

China and Iran have agreed to further increase their trade exchanges, pledging to properly address the existing problems and achieve win-win outcomes, Xinhua reported.

China's top legislator Wu Bangguo, who is on his official goodwill visit to Tehran, met with Iranian First Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi on Monday and discussed the issue on how to improve trade ties between the two countries.

31.08.2012

Japan's imports of Iranian crude oil fell to zero in July for the first time since 1981, trade ministry data showed on Friday, as Iran's No.3 oil buyer reined in its appetite to keep from falling afoul of European Union sanctions targeting insurance, Reuters reported.

The data had been anticipated as Japanese buyers stopped lifting Iranian crude from early in June until late in July so that vessels on the final leg of the journey to Japan would not be left uninsured in early July, after an EU ban on insurance of Iranian cargoes took effect.

27.08.2012

A powerful typhoon slammed into the southern Japanese island of Okinawa, causing power outages in widespread areas, as authorities warned of winds, high waves and mudslides in the region, dpa reported according to news reports said on Monday.

Typhoon Bolaven, the 15th of the season, passed over Okinawa Sunday night, bringing downpours and strong winds. Seven people suffered storm-related injuries on the island and in Kagoshima prefecture on the southern tip of Kyushu island to the north, broadcaster NHK reported.

21.08.2012

The Japanese Embassy in Syria said a correspondent from Japan was killed in the Syrian city of Aleppo during the ongoing armed clashes between government troops and rebels, RIA Novosti quoted Kyodo news agency as reporting.

The agency said that the killed correspondent was Mika Yamamoto, 45, who worked for an independent information agency Japan Press.

The late journalist used to work in many war-torn places of the world, delivering reports particularly from Afghanistan and Iraq, the agency added.

21.08.2012

China's crude oil imports from Iran fell 28 percent in July from an 11-month high in June, and were down 30 percent from a year earlier, customs data showed on Tuesday, Reuters reported.

China, Iran's top oil client, bought 1.93 million tonnes of Iranian crude in July, equivalent to about 454,500 barrels per day, versus 632,618 bpd in June, according to data from the General Administration of Customs.

On a year-on-year basis, July imports fell 30 percent versus 647,000 bpd in July 2011.

20.08.2012

President Mohamed Morsi is to visit China 27 August for a three-day visit in which he will meet with Chinese President Hiu Jinato, as reported by the Egyptian president's official Facebook page, dpa reported.

The scheduled visit comes upon the invitation of the Chinese president. The two leaders plan to discuss crucial issues facing the Arab world, such as the Syrian situation and the Palestinian question.

The two presidents will also discuss ways of enhancing commercial exchange between their respective countries, in addition to increasing Chinese investment in Egypt.