The suspect of Saturday’s synagogue shooting in San Diego, C
alifornia, has been identified as 19-year-old John Earnest, authorities said.
The suspect has no prior contact with law enforcement, said San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore.
Authorities are aware of an online manifesto that Earnest wrote, and are looking
into digital evidence and checking the authenticity of the document, according to Gore.
“We are serving search warrants for the suspect’s home, car and the Ch
abad of Poway,” he said, adding that officials are checking Earnest’s possible involvement in the
arson and vandalism of mosque in Escondido, a city northeast of downtown San Diego.
Zhonghao Overseas Construction Engineering Co, a Beijing-based private company established in 2001, has been drill
ing wells in countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative, including in Algeria, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda.
Tian Chao, president of the company, said those projects have provid
ed jobs for local people, solved their water problems and helped balance foreign exchange.
“The projects are platforms for more influential good things that we can do for those countries,” he said.
The company said it has drilled about 10,000 wells in 275 projects in those countries, with a total c
ontract value of $510 million. The wells ensure that more than 20 million African people can drink clean water, Tian said.
At present, the company employs around 200 Chinese in Africa, with an average age of 30. The company has been inve
sting in projects that are beneficial to local communities in Africa, with the help of Beijing’s Foreign Affairs Office.
project, 95 percent of it provided by China through preferential and b
uyers’ loans. China Export and Credit Insurance Corporation, a State-funded policy-oriented i
nsurance company, provided insurance services for the project, which helped the local government sacure $680 milli
on in business loans from Chinese banks, greatly reducing pressure on the project’s financing.
Mozambique’s President, Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, had long nursed ambitions of one day seeing a bridge lin
king Maputo city center and Katembe, and when it was finally opened in November he said it wou
ld greatly facilitate transport and connectivity between Mozambique and other parts of Africa.
Wang said the bridge will give great economic stimulus to Katembe, long underdeveloped because of its poor tran
sport access. It also eases demographic pressures on Maputo, a city with a population of 1.7 million.
Katembe rose, and industrial parks are being planned in the region,” Wang said. “So the bridge will deliver huge economic benefits.”
The project also benefits China. For example, as Mozambique is short of construction materials and equipment, the p
roject has driven the export of more than 70,000 metric tons of steel products and equipment worth $68 million from China.
Even though CRBC was no stranger to building bridges when it took
on the Maputo-Katembe project, particular difficulties were presented by the fact that
both countries have different evaluation systems and standards of construction, Wang said.
The bridge was designed to Chinese standards but subjected to local and European standards, and the company g
ot a German engineering services provider, Gauff, to oversee the project’s quality.