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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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China hits back at Trump criticism over North Korea

BEIJING: China hit back on Monday after U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted he was “very disappointed” in China following Pyongyang’s latest missile test, saying the problem did not arise in China and that all sides need to work for a solution. China has become increasingly frustrated with American and Japanese criticism that it should do…

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China puts on trial its ‘Sky Train’

QINGDAO: Train carriages in the sky are a common sight in the Chinese city of Qingdao from the province Shandong as China tested its first ‘sky train’ on Thursday. According to a popular Chinese news website, engineers claim that the sky train ‘can perform nearly three times better than normal subway trains, and can ascend gradients…

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Chinese media once again warns India

BEIJING: India has repeatedly ignored China’s calls for withdrawal of its troops that crossed the Sikkim Section of the border and entered Chinese territory. Turning a deaf ear to China will only worsen the situation. The Sikkim Section of the China-India border has been delimited, and both Chinese and Indian governments have repeatedly acknowledged it,…

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Trump pledges to act on North Korean threat

WASHINGTON: U.S. President Donald Trump vowed on Thursday to confront North Korea “very strongly” following its latest missile test and urged nations to show Pyongyang that there would be consequences for its weapons program. North Korea on Tuesday test-launched an intercontinental ballistic missile that some experts believe has the range to reach the U.S. states…

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China issues stern warning to India: Learn from 1962 defeat

SIKKIM: China responded to Indian threats with a stern warning on Thursday–Learn from 1962 defeat and stop clamouring for war.  According to the spokesperson of the Peoples Liberation Army (PLA), Beijing has reacted sharply to Indian Army chief’s recent statement in which he said that India was ready to take on China, Pakistan and internal…

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15 dead, over 100 missing in China landslide

Rescuers pulled 15 bodies from an avalanche of rocks that buried a mountain village in southwest China on Saturday as an increasingly bleak search for some 100 people carried into the night. Only three survivors — a couple and their one-month-old baby — have been found so far after 62 homes in Xinmo village vanished…

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Five London towers evacuated over fire safety fears

LONDON: Residents of 800 London flats were hurriedly evacuated Saturday due to fire safety fears over their tower blocks’ external cladding, after urgent testing prompted by the deadly Grenfell Tower inferno. The cladding on the five Chalcots Estate towers is similar to that used on Grenfell, widely blamed for the rapid spread of the massive…

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China launches its first X-ray space telescope

BEIJING: China successfully launched on Thursday its first X-ray space telescope to study black holes, pulsars and gamma-ray bursts, state media reported. A Long March-4B rocket carried the 2.5-tonne telescope into orbit from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China’s Gobi Desert at 11:00 am (3:00 GMT), according to the official Xinhua news agency…

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