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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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China is behaving like a ‘bully’ in South China Sea: McCain

SYDNEY: China is behaving like a “bully” with its militarization of islands in the South China Sea, Republican U.S. Senator John McCain said on Tuesday, activity Washington must confront with its allies to find a peaceful solution. In a speech in Sydney, McCain said China was asserting itself globally, best illustrated by militarizing artificial islands…

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Pakistan, Afghanistan, China hold trilateral talks in Beijing

ISLAMABAD: The first round of China-Afghanistan-Pakistan trilateral Practical Cooperation Dialogue was held in Beijing on May 27. The three sides exchanged in-depth views on trilateral cooperation in a friendly atmosphere and agreed to promote practical measures for cooperation, said a press released. The Dialogue was co-chaired by Director General (DG) Mansoor Ahmad Khan ofPakistan’s Ministry…

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All you need to know about the Chinese trains made for Lahore’s Orange Line project

HUNAN: The first of the 27 subway trains made by Chinese manufacturers for the Orange Line Project rolled off production on Monday. From the looks of it, the subway train equipped with added features, will be a welcome addition to Pakistan’s railway network. The train, which rolled off production in China’s Hunan province, offers a…

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Senior Chinese diplomat offers to answer CPEC-related questions on Twitter

ISLAMABAD: The Deputy Chief of the Chinese Embassy in Pakistan Lijian Zhao invited Twitter users in general to ask and pose questions regarding the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The economic corridor has attracted a lot of interest from around the world, especially in Pakistan and China. Lots of misconceptions and perceptions have been doing the…

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Manila, Beijing to open South China Sea talks next week: envoy

The Philippines and China will open bilateral talks on their dispute over the South China Sea next week, Manila’s ambassador to Beijing said on Saturday. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has sought to deepen relations with China despite its extensive island-building in disputed parts of the South China Sea, in the hopes of securing billions of…

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PM to visit China to attend belt and road forum

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif is leaving for China tomorrow. He is paying the visit at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping to attend the two day Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, beginning in Beijing on Sunday. On the first day of the forum, the Prime Minister will attend the inaugural…

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China’s Xi congratulates French president-elect Macron

BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday congratulated France’s centrist politician Emmanuel Macron on his presidential election victory, saying their countries share a “responsibility toward peace and development in the world.” “China stands ready to work with France to move the strategic Sino-French partnership to a higher level,” Xi said in a congratulatory note, according…

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China deports U.S. citizen convicted of espionage

Sandy Phan-Gillis was arrested in March 2015 while about to leave mainland China for the Chinese-ruled, former Portuguese colony of Macau. A court on Tuesday ordered her deportation after sentencing her to three-and-a-half years in prison for espionage. She left China on Friday from the southern city of Guangzhou and arrived in Los Angeles on…

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MoU signed for Rs. 60 billion projects on first day of Beijing show

PESHAWAR: On the first day of KP Road Show in Beijing (China), MoUs were signed between KP government and Chinese authorities for five projects costing up to Rs. 60 billion. According to press release received here from China, the five projects were  related to CPEC Tower, construction of new bus terminal at Chamkani, Ring Road…

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China warns against force as North Korea prepares celebration

BEIJING: Military force cannot resolve tension over North Korea, China said on Thursday, while an influential Chinese newspaper urged the North to halt its nuclear programme in exchange for Chinese protection. With a U.S. aircraft carrier group steaming to the area and tension rising, South Korea said it believed the United States would consult it…

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China to create new economic zone outside Beijing

BEIJING: China will create a new special economic zone outside Beijing similar to those established in Shenzhen and Shanghai, the government said, in a bid to boost flagging growth and reduce the strain on the capital. The Xiongan New Area, located some 100 kilometres (62 miles) southwest of downtown Beijing in Hebei province, will rival…

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China win for Apple as court overturns iPhone ruling

A Beijing court has overturned a ruling that Apple’s iPhone 6 violated a Chinese manufacturer’s patent which saw the US tech giant ordered to cease selling the smartphone in China. In May last year the Beijing intellectual property bureau had ruled that Apple violated design patents of Chinese maker Shenzhen Baili with its iPhone6 and…

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China reaffirms resolve to carry on CPEC

BEIJING: China has expressed the resolve to work with Pakistan to move forward the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor so as to benefit the peoples of two countries. At a press briefing in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying said CPEC is a new cooperation framework set up by China and Pakistan to pursue long-term development….

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General Bajwa meets Chinese leadership in Beijing

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa, who is on a three-day official visit to China, met Chinese civilian and military leaders in Beijing on Thursday. According to Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), the COAS held meetings with Executive Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli, Vice Chairman Central Military Commission General Fan Changlong, Chief…

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Jackie Chan: foreign ‘pressure’ good for Chinese films

Action star Jackie Chan said opening up China’s heavily-restricted film market to more foreign works would put positive pressure on local filmmakers, as rumours swirl Beijing will expand its quota on imported movies. Since 2012, China has permitted 34 films to be imported from overseas each year, but the state-run Global Times newspaper reported last…

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Amid Beijing’s ‘Silk Road’ splurge, Chinese firms eye Pakistan

Chinese companies are in talks to snap up more businesses and land in Pakistan after sealing two major deals in recent months, a sign of deepening ties after Beijing vowed to plough $57 billion into a new trade route across the South Asian nation. A dozen executives from some of Pakistan’s biggest firms told Reuters…

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Eight industrial zones to be set up under CPEC project: Ahsan Iqbal

BEIJING: Federal Minister for Planning, Development & Reform Ahsan Iqbal says CPEC will not be limited to development projects but also help to boost people-to-people contacts between the two countries. He said this while talking to media, after the concluded meeting of two-day Pak-China Joint Cooperation Committee of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor in Beijing. Ahsan Iqbal…

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China power plant collapse kills at least 40: Xinhua

BEIJING: At least 40 people were killed when part of a power station under construction in China collapsed Thursday, the official Xinhua news agency reported, the latest industrial accident in a country with a dismal safety record. A cooling tower platform plunged to the ground in the early hours, trapping an unknown number of people…

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80 year old Chinese grandpa walks the ramp better than anyone

BEIJING: Defying age and ideas, 80-year-old grandpa Wang Deshun went topless to walk the ramp in Beijing, showing off his well-toned body and rippling muscles in an energetic and zealous catwalk, while his contemporaries lie in bed. Dubbed as China’s hottest grandpa by the New York Times, his stylish walk as well as his love for breaking stereotypes…

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Apple to open second research centre in China

BEIJING: Apple will open its second research and development centre in China in the southern city of Shenzhen, the US technology giant said Wednesday, as it seeks to improve sales in the crucial market. California-based Apple announced in August a similar facility would be built in Beijing. Situated close to the border with Hong Kong…

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