Tag: China
15.03.21 | 09:32

Northern China hit by strongest sandstorm in a decade

The strongest sandstorm in ten years has swept across northern China on Monday. The authorities in Beijing issued a “yellow alert” and warned of severely restricted visibility. Pollution in the Chinese capital reached “dangerous” levels after heavy winds brought in sand from the north-west...

11.03.21 | 13:53

The failed vaccine procurement scheme was put in place so that politicians can take a cut, VMRO-DPMNE alleges

Responding to the bombshell revelations that the Macedonian Healthcare Ministry used a shell company in Hong Kong in its failed attempt to buy Chinese coronavirus vaccines, VMRO-DPMNE officials accused Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and his Minister Venko Filipce of concocting the scheme with the goal of...

11.03.21 | 09:30

Serbian citizens were involved in the scandalous Chinese vaccine deal

The growing scandal over the botched procurement of Chinese vaccines is spreading into Serbia. Yesterday it was revealed that the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine manufacturer backed out of the deal to provide 200,000 vaccines to Macedonia, after Macedonian Healthcare Minister Venko Filipce tried to insert...

11.03.21 | 09:17

La Verita identifies the shell company Zaev and Filipce tried to use for the Chinese vaccine deal

The Italian La Verita paper today published the letters sent by Macedonian Healthcare Minister Venko Filipce to the Chinese Sinopharm company, regarding the planned purchase of coronavirus vaccines. the letters show that Filipce wanted the purchase to be routed through a private company named Stabri...

28.02.21 | 16:05

Healthcare Ministry confirms that Sinopharm returned the advance payment, but insists that the vaccine deal is still on

The Macedonian Healthcare Ministry confirmed that the Chinese vaccine manufacturer Sinopharm returned the advance payment Macedonia made in the planned purchase of 200,000 vaccines, but insists that this does not mean that the deal is off. The report of the return of the payment was first made public...

22.02.21 | 13:07

Chinese vaccines will arrive by the end of February, Zaev expresses gratitude to the Russian Ambassador for helping obtain the Sputnik vaccine

Some of the 200,000 Chinese coronavirus vaccines will arrive in Macedonia by the end of February, promised Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, and talks are on-going to purchase 100,000 Russian Sputnik vaccines. We are signing contracts with all manufacturers and we expect them to arrive to the country soon....

10.02.21 | 12:48

V4: Orban grateful to China for the major infrastructure investments and the help with coronavirus vaccines

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Tuesday addressed the ninth China-Central and Eastern Europe summit, announcing major Chinese investments in Hungary and large quantities of coronavirus vaccines, Hungary Today reported. Orban thanked Chinese President Xi Jinping for convening the meeting amid...

08.02.21 | 09:43

Minister Filipce about to sign a contract for 200,000 Chinese vaccines

Healthcare Minister Venko Filipce is set to sign a contract for the purchase of 200,000 doses of coronavirus vaccines from China today. The move is a major climb-down for the Zaev Government, which earlier rejected Russian and Chinese vaccine offers and insisted it will only buy western produced vaccines,...

05.02.21 | 22:20

Sekerinska: We tried to buy the western vaccines, but now we must look more broadly

Defense Minister Radmila Sekerinska confirmed that the Government is looking to other suppliers of coronavirus vaccines, after insisting for months that as part of NATO and a claimant to EU membership, it will only purchase western produced vaccines. Macedonia still hasn’t administered a single...

26.01.21 | 10:01

Unable to procure vaccines in the West, Macedonia now turns to China

After failing to secure even token doses of the Pfizer or Astra-Zeneca vaccines, Macedonian Healthcare Minister Venko Filipce announced that the Government is now turning to China. With the help of the Chinese Embassy in our country we have already made contact with their vaccine manufacturers. We are...

22.09.20 | 23:01

US President Donald Trump says UN ‘must hold China accountable’ for COVID-19

President Donald Trump demanded that the United Nations hold China accountable for the coronavirus pandemic as he defends his own handling of COVID-19 in America, where the death toll has surpassed 200,000. “We have waged a fierce battle against the invisible enemy — the China virus — which...

06.08.20 | 16:45

Spasovski meets Chinese Ambassador Zuo to discuss the epidemic and future cooperation

Chinese Ambassador to Macedonia Zhang Zuo met with the interim Prime Minister Oliver Spasovski to discuss the handling of the coronavirus pandemic. The Chinese Ambassador commended Macedonia for the way it is dealing with the crisis in both the medical and the economic field. Spasovski expressed gratitude...

13.04.20 | 09:54

China’s new coronavirus cases climb to six-week high

China reported the highest number of new coronavirus cases in nearly six weeks on Monday, as the country tries to prevent a second wave of Covid-19 infections. Authorities counted 108 new coronavirus infections over the past day, including 98 cases among travellers returning from abroad, according to...

11.04.20 | 14:19

Chinese city of Nanchang donates 50.000 masks to its sister city Skopje

Former Skopje Mayor Koce Trajanovski said that Skopje’s sister city Nanchang in China has approved a donation of 50.000 masks. In these difficult times we know our friends. I hope that the Embassy of the Republic of Macedonia in the People’s Republic of China will do its utmost to have the...

07.04.20 | 10:32

China reports zero coronavirus deaths in past 24 hours

China has reported no coronavirus deaths over the past day, in a sign the worst of the outbreak is over for the country. There were also no new locally transmitted infections in the original epicenter of the disease, in Hubei province, and across mainland China, the National Health Commission said. Authorities...

31.03.20 | 13:23

China donates medical equipment to the Macedonian police

China donated a package of medican and hygiene products that will be used by the Macedonian Interior Ministry. “A friend in trouble is closer than brother”, the inscription on the package said. The delivery was welcomed by Macedonian Interior Minister Nake Culev who accepted the donation. This...

26.03.20 | 20:15

China bans entry of foreigners in move to curb the spread of virus

China said it will suspend the entry of foreign nationals holding valid visas and resident permits in a move to curb the number of imported cases of the coronavirus. The ban becomes effective on Saturday, according to a statement posted late Thursday on the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s website. The ministry...

17.03.20 | 11:28

Donation from China: 4 million euros for 104 ambulances, minibuses and medical equipment

Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs Bujar Osmani in the role of National Coordinator for Foreign Aid had a meeting with the newly appointed Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China, Zhang Zuo. Letters of cooperation between the governments were exchanged at the meeting, and two grants...

12.03.20 | 11:28

China says coronavirus peak has passed

China’s coronavirus epidemic has passed its peak, its top health commission said on Thursday, as it logged just eight new infections in Hubei province, the first time the epicenter of the outbreak recorded a daily tally of less than 10, Reuters reported. With the marked slowdown of the spread of the...

02.02.20 | 18:54

Macedonian citizen evacuated from Wuhan, shows no signs of the coronavirus

A female Macedonian citizen was evacuated from Wuhan, the Foreign Ministry informed. She requested the assistance and was transported as part of the broader evacuation of French citizens. She has shown no signs of the coronavirus, the Ministry added, but will remain in quarantine for 14 days, just in...

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