The International Monetary Fund modifies its benchmark currency basket to include the yuan of the People's Republic of China. The basket also includes the U.S. dollar, the euro, the pound sterling, and the Japanese yen.
The United Nations Security Council votes on an Arab League proposal to resolve problems in Syria with reports of hundreds of people dead in the past couple of days as a result of shelling in Homs - the People's Republic of China and Russia veto the resolution.
China and India state that the military ties between the two countries will not be affected despite the recent visa dispute.[http:--www.hindustantimes.com-Visa-row-won-t-affect-Sino-India-ties-Article1-593681.aspx][http:--in.reuters.com-article-idINIndia-51126920100828]
South Africa announces it has intercepted a ship carrying North Korean arms destined for central Africa, travelling by way of China, in violation of Security Council Resolution 1874. [http:--online.wsj.com-article-SB10001424052748704479404575087411640791960.html?mod=WSJ_latestheadlines ("Wall Street Journal")] [http:--www.bangkokpost.com-news-asia-169703-china-probes-path-of-seized-north-korea-arms ("Bangkok Post")]date=August 2019