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With high-tech glasses on, Chinese police go one step forward

BEIJING: Chinese police are sporting high-tech sunglasses that can spot suspects in a crowded train station, the newest use of facial recognition technology that has drawn concerns among human rights groups. In a scene reminiscent of the dystopian sci-fi television show “Black Mirror”, officers in the central city of Zhengzhou are wearing the digital shades…

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Beijing professor dismissed as sexual harassment allegations spark campus activism

BEIJING: A professor in China accused of sexually harassing students under his supervision has been removed from teaching posts by a top Beijing university, in a case that has sparked national media coverage and a nascent #MeToo movement in the country, reported Reuters. Beihang University said in a statement on its official Weibo account late…

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Khawaja Asif presents action plan for improving ties with Afghanistan

BEIJING: Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif presented an action plan on improving ties with Kabul Tuesday in a meeting with the foreign ministers of China and Afghanistan.  According to details, an official meeting was held by the foreign ministers of China, Pakistan and Afghanistan to find out a solution to achieve durable peace in Afghanistan. Khawaja…

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China, Pakistan to look at including Afghanistan in $57 billion economic corridor

BEIJING: China and Pakistan will look at extending their $57 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor to Afghanistan, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Tuesday, part of China’s ambitious Belt and Road plan linking China with Asia, Europe and beyond. China has tried to position itself as a helpful party to promote talks between Pakistan and…

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Trump in strategy document to cite China, Russia as competitors

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump will declare that China and Russia are competitors seeking to challenge U.S. power and erode its security and prosperity, in a national security strategy he will lay out in a speech on Monday. “They are determined to make economies less free and less fair, to grow their militaries, and to control…

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While focus is on North Korea, China continues South China Sea buildup

WASHINGTON: While attention in Asia has been distracted by the North Korean nuclear crisis in the past year, China has continued to install high-frequency radar and other facilities that can be used for military purposes on its man-made islands in the South China Sea, a U.S. think tank said on Thursday. Chinese activity has involved…

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South Korea, U.S. launch air drills amid North Korean warnings of nuclear war

SEOUL/BEIJING: The United States and South Korea went ahead with large-scale joint aerial drills on Monday, a move North Korea had said would push the Korean peninsula to “the brink of nuclear war”, ignoring calls from Russia and China to call them off. The drills come a week after North Korea said it had tested…

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Huge blast in China’s Ningbo city kills at least two, police probe cause

BEIJING: A powerful blast on Sunday morning in a Chinese city south of Shanghai brought down buildings and killed at least two people while injuring many others, state media reported, with police saying the cause had still to be determined. The explosion struck at around 9 a.m. (0100 GMT) at a factory in Jiangbei district…

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President Xi tightens grip on power with new term

BEIJING: President Xi Jinping was formally handed a second term Wednesday, with no clear successor emerging in a revamped ruling council, cementing his grip on power and setting the stage for him to dominate China for decades to come. In a highly choreographed event, Xi led the new members of the elite Politburo Standing Committee…

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Trump to press China on North Korea, trade on Beijing visit

WASHINGTON: U.S. President Donald Trump will urge President Xi Jinping to make good on his commitments to pressure North Korea when he visits China next month, a senior White House official said on Monday, stepping up a strategy to have Beijing help rein in Pyongyang, reported Reuters. Isolating North Korea further over its nuclear and…

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Yao Jing appointed as new Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan

BEIJING: Yao Jing has been appointed as new Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan, an official of Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Thursday. Yao Jing, who has served as Chinese Ambassador to Afghanistan, will soon assume his new assignment, he said in a statement issued here. He said that China and Pakistan are all-weather strategic partners…

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Chinese-speaking tennis umpires are winning hearts

BEIJING: Foreign umpires at the China Open have been unintentionally entertaining the crowds and earning hearty applause with their attempts at pidgin Chinese. Some of the officials, who come from a range of countries, are using very basic Chinese for the first time at the Beijing tournament to give instructions to the ball boys, ball…

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Trust issues? China targets a $3 trillion shadow banking industry

SHANGHAI: As a flood of unregulated cash swirls through the Chinese economy, Beijing has been taking aim at the trust companies whose unrestrained lending practices are worrying regulators, reported Reuters. The trusts, at the heart of a vast shadow banking industry, are being pressured to step up compliance and background checks, and are being pushed…

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Khawaja Asif to visit Beijing on Friday

BEIJING: Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif will arrive in Beijing on an official visit on Friday and hold discussions on bilateral relations, regional and international issues of mutual interest, a spokesperson of Chinese foreign ministry said on Wednesday. During his visit, Khawaja Asif will hold talks with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi as well as…

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China says it hopes India will ‘learn lessons’ from standoff

BEIJING: China said Wednesday it hopes India will “learn lessons” following the end of a months-long military stand-off in a strategically important disputed area in the Himalayas. The two nations resolved the deadlock over the Doklam area claimed by both China and Bhutan, an ally of India, just days before Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi…

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Braving security fears, Chinese seek ‘Silk Road’ riches in Pakistan

LAHORE, SHANGHAI: Zhang Yang, a businessman from Chongqing in southwest China, is searching online forums for fellow stout-hearted entrepreneurs willing to cast aside security concerns and join him on a scouting mission to Pakistan, reported Reuters. Zhang, 48, is one of a growing number of Chinese pioneers sensing an opportunity across the Himalayas in Pakistan,…

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China calls upon US to respect Pakistan’s sovereignty

BEIJING: China’s top diplomat has defended Pakistan’s “important role” in Afghanistan in a phone call with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, after President Trump accused Islamabad of harbouring militants. Trump, in unveiling his Afghanistan strategy this week, said Pakistan was playing a double game by accepting American aid while giving safe haven to insurgents…

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China military criticizes ‘wrong’ U.S. moves on Taiwan, S.China Sea

BEIJING: The “wrong” actions of the United States on Taiwan, its South China Sea patrols and deployment of an advanced anti-missile system in South Korea have had a large, negative influence on military trust, a senior Chinese officer said on Thursday. Fan Changlong, a vice chairman of China’s powerful Central Military Commission, told Joseph Dunford,…

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Pakistan fully supports China’s stance on Tibet: President

ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain Monday while expressing concern over the Indian incursions into the Chinese territory, said Pakistan fully supported the stance of China. Talking to Vice Premier of China Wang Yang here at the President House, he appreciated China for its adept handling of the issue and reiterated that Pakistan stood by it on…

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China seethes on sidelines amid latest North Korea crisis

BEIJING: Angered as the United States and its allies ignore Chinese calls to calm tensions over North Korea, and distracted by domestic concerns, China is largely sitting out the latest crisis with nuclear-armed Pyongyang. While a conflict on the Korean peninsula would affect China, and in worst-case scenarios unleash a radioactive cloud or waves of…

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For Pakistanis, China ‘friendship’ road runs one way

TASHKURGAN: The China-Pakistan Friendship Highway runs over 1,300 kilometres (800 miles) from the far western Chinese city of Kashgar through the world’s highest mountain pass and across the border. For China, the two-lane thoroughfare symbolises a blossoming partnership, nourished with tens of billions of dollars of infrastructure investment. But for many Pakistani businessmen living and…

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