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Pentagon says China military ‘likely training for strikes’ on against US and its allies

China’s military has expanded its bomber operations in recent years while “likely training for strikes” against the United States and its allies, a Pentagon report released on Thursday said. The assessment, which comes at a time of heightened U.S.-China tensions over trade, was contained in an annual report that highlighted China’s efforts to increase its…

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Air China Paris-Beijing flight turns back over ‘false’ terror alarm

An Air China flight from Paris to Beijing turned back on Thursday over a terrorism threat, but Chinese state media later quoted the flag carrier saying it was believed to be a false alarm. Air China said flight CA876 had returned to Paris after the airline “received suspected terrorist information,” giving no further information on…

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Pakistan seeks economic lifeline with fresh China loans

Pakistan expects to obtain fresh Chinese loans worth $1-2 billion to help it avert a balance of payments crisis, Pakistani government sources said, in another sign of Islamabad’s growing reliance on Beijing for financial support. Lending to Pakistan by China and its banks is on track to hit $5 billion in the fiscal year ending…

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Russia, China to stop bid to ‘sabotage’ Iran deal: Lavrov

Beijing: China and Russia will block any attempts to “sabotage” the Iran nuclear agreement, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday, as US President Donald Trump mulls whether to scrap the deal. Trump has set a May 12 deadline to “fix” the 2015 accord, which curbs Tehran’s nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief and…

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Khawaja Asif arrives in China to attend SCO FMs meeting

BEIJING: Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif is leading a delegation in a two-day meeting of Council of Foreign Ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization from 23-24 April, 2018, in China. His Chinese counterpart Wang Yi received him and the delegation at the state guest house in Beijing. The ministers of both the countries also held a pre-CFM…

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Beijing spends big as it prepares for Winter Olympics 2022

BEIJING: Villages are being razed in northern China. Mountains are being cut to size. And new stadiums, high-speed train lines, expressways and three separate Olympic villages are coming to life. With the Pyeongchang Games in South Korea having wrapped up on Sunday, the focus turns to Beijing as China spends big to host its first…

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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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