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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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Man detained in China for asking why can’t Taiwan be called a country

Police in China have detained a man who asked on social media what law prevented anyone calling self-ruled Taiwan a country, questioning a fundamental principle of China’s sovereignty. Taiwan is China’s most sensitive diplomatic issue. Beijing views the democratic island as merely a wayward province and it has stepped up a campaign against the island…

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China assures financial backing to Imran Khan’s incoming government

China has assured Pakistan that it will continue to help Pakistan overcome the crunch on foreign payment, senior PTI members told the Financial Times. “China has promised to continue helping Pakistan overcome the crunch on foreign payments,” one prospective cabinet minister told the FT. Chinese state-backed banks have lent Pakistan more than $5bn in the…

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UN says it has credible reports that China holds million Uighurs in secret camps

A U.N. human rights panel said on Friday that it had received many credible reports that 1 million ethnic Uighurs in China are held in what resembles a “massive internment camp that is shrouded in secrecy”. Gay McDougall, a member of the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, cited estimates that another 2…

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As Trump cracks down on Pakistan, US cuts military training programs

President Donald Trump’s administration has quietly started cutting scores of Pakistani officers from coveted training and educational programs that have been a hallmark of bilateral military relations for more than a decade, US officials said. The Pentagon and the Pakistani military did not comment directly on the decision or the internal deliberations, but officials from…

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Bani Gala v. Beijing: The PTI and China

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has its foreign relations work cut out for it, especially when it comes to China.  Dr Ghulam Ali is the author of the book ‘China-Pakistan Relations: A Historical Analysis’ (OUP 2017). He specializes in China where he is an associate professor and has been teaching for the last four years. SAMAA Digital asked…

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Pakistan should manufacture cellphones, says PTI senator

Pakistan should manufacture cell phones to save $1 billion the country spends annually on the import of mobile devices, Senator Shibli Faraz of the PTI said in Tuesday. The senator heads a special committee of the Senate on circular debt. “Pakistan spends $1 billion annually on the import of mobile phones. This is a luxury….

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India doubles import tax on textile products, may hit China

India doubled the import tax on more than 300 textile products to 20 percent on Tuesday as the world’s biggest producer of cotton tries to curb rising imports from China. It was the second tax hike on textiles in as many months after an increase on other products including fiber and apparels last month. The…

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Asian countries denounce ‘real threat’ of global trade war

Asian countries have voiced concern about the potentially devastating impact of a US-China trade war, with ministers calling for the acceleration of talks for a gigantic Beijing-backed free-trade deal that excludes the United States

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China says tariff threat against US ‘justified’

China’s foreign minister said Saturday that his country’s threat to impose retaliatory tariffs on $60 billion of American goods in an escalating trade spat was “fully justified”

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Belgian wins inaugural France to China solar bike race

A Belgian cyclist rode 12,000 kilometres (7,500 miles) from the French city of Lyon to the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou in just 49 days to win an inaugural solar-powered electric bike race aimed at promoting renewable energy

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This couple’s arranged marriage has taken Pak-China friendship to a whole new level

This couple has taken Pak-China friendship to a whole new level. A Chinese man and Pakistani woman were married recently but what’s interesting about their marriage is that it was arranged. A Chinese girl who was working on a project in Pakistan found a girl for her brother, who lives in China, to marry. Her…

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Googlers bristle at censoring search for China: report

Word that Google is crafting a search engine to meet China’s draconian censorship rules has sparked widespread employee anger at the company which has responded by limiting workers’ access to documents about the project, a report said Friday.

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US pledges nearly $300 million security funding for Southeast Asia

U.S Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pledged on Saturday to provide nearly $300 million in new security funding for Southeast Asia, as China forges ahead with plans to bolster its engagement in the region

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Huawei may become world’s biggest smartphone vendor by next year

China’s Huawei has increased its forecast for full-year smartphone shipments to more than 200 million and said it could become the world’s top vendor of the devices in the final quarter of next year. Huawei, which recently displaced Apple as the No 2 smartphone vendor in the June quarter, expects full-year shipments to beat an…

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The US should worry about its own Chinese debt: Asad Umar

PTI leader and likely candidate for the post of finance minister in the upcoming government Asad Umar has said that the US should worry about its own Chinese debt and let us worry about our own. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had warned that any potential IMF bailout for Pakistan should not provide funds…

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Chinese activist arrested during live TV interview

A vocal critic of China’s government has disappeared without a trace after security forces strong-armed their way into his home in the middle of a phone interview with a US-funded television network. Retired academic Sun Wenguang, who is in his mid-80s, was speaking live to a Chinese-language TV show for Voice of America (VOA) when…

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China says it will provide electricity to Gwadar for Rs5m a day

The Senate standing committee on power has recommended that Balochistan’s Gwadar be connected to the national grid as soon as possible. A representative of the power division told the committee that they have still not been able to connect Gwadar to the national grid and that electricity supply to the coastal areas of Balochistan from…

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Iran’s foreign minister says China ‘pivotal’ to salvaging its nuclear deal

Iran’s foreign minister said on Friday China was “pivotal” to salvaging a multilateral nuclear agreement for the Middle Eastern country after the United States pulled out of the pact earlier this year

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The Supreme Court is going to ensure compensation for Pakistanis stranded in China

This is an emergency, said the top judge. “We will hear the case even at 2:30am,” he remarked

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214 Pakistanis stuck in China have been brought back, says FO

260 passengers of Shaheen Air were reported stranded in the Chinese port city of Guangzhou as the flight could not take off

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