Any attempts to revive this long-planned alliance will be ineffective in trying to counter China, and instead will simply be viewed as an alliance of Islamophobes.
France reports Europe's first death from new virus –– a Chinese tourist from Hubei province –– while WHO hails Beijing's efforts for having "bought the world time."
Meanwhile, China's central bank says that used banknotes are being disinfected with ultraviolet light or high temperatures, and stored for up to 14 days before they are put back into circulation.
President Xi Jinping touts "positive results" from efforts to contain coronavirus epidemic but warns country "must not relax" its efforts as death toll climbs to 1,113.
World Health Organization warns new coronavirus — officially named "Covid-19" in Geneva conference — was a "very grave threat" for the planet as toll soars to 1,016 following 108 new deaths in China.
The Chinese president donned a face mask and had his temperature checked while visiting medical workers and patients affected by the deadly coronavirus that has killed at least 1,011 people.
At least 425 deaths and 20,438 cases have been confirmed in mainland China. Another 180 cases have been reported from other countries, including one fatality each in Hong Kong and the Philippines.
The novel coronavirus has infected almost 10,000 people globally in just two months, prompting the World Health Organization to declare the outbreak a global emergency.
More than 50 million people are on lockdown in China as the government warns the virus is accelerating its spread.
The wide highways and manicured lawns of Naypyidaw, purpose-built by generals under Myanmar's junta, were dotted with red banners bearing Xi's face and greetings in Burmese and Mandarin.
US President Trump signed a trade agreement with China that is expected to boost exports from US farmers and manufacturers and is aimed at lowering tensions in a long-running dispute between the economic powers.
Taiwan to vote in presidential and parliamentary elections, which will set the course for the democratic island's ties with its neighbour China, which claims Taiwan as its territory.
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