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Pakistan, China okay CPEC long-term plan

The Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has approved Long-Term Plan (LTP 2017-30) envisaging broad parameters for future cooperation, but could not conclude agreements on development projects and special economic/industrial zones.

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Air China suspends flights to North Korea

BEIJING: Air China has suspended flights to North Korea, further limiting the secretive state’s links with the outside world, in what the government said was a business decision with no political motives. The suspension comes shortly after US President Donald Trump visited Beijing and pressed his counterpart Xi Jinping to do more to rein in…

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Lahore: The world’s second most populated city

By Maemuna Sadaf Lahore, capital territory of Punjab province was covered by smog for a long period recently. According to world report, Lahore is declared as second most hazardous for health. Smog in Lahore crossed all the international bench marks of being most dangerous pollutant across the globe. It remained between 450 ug/m3 (micrograms per…

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Learning Mandarin Chinese: A new Trend

By Saman Siddiqui An increasing number of people in Pakistan are taking lessons in Mandarin Chinese.The main reason is to land jobs in China Pakistan economic Corridor Project “CPEC”. Many institutes in Pakistan are offering classes to teach Mandarin.The arrival of Chinese nationals for CPEC has definitely created a need for Mandarin speakers. The China…

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China’s Tencent overtakes Facebook

Beijing: China’s social media and video game giant Tencent overtook Facebook in market value on Tuesday as investors sent the company soaring to the top five list of the world’s biggest firms. Tencent’s shares, traded in Hong Kong, have doubled in value this year as the tech company’s earnings have repeatedly outmatched analysts’ expectations. A…

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China’s Assistant FM meets PM Abbasi

ISLAMABAD: Assistant Foreign Minister of China Kong Xuanyou called on Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in Islamabad on Tuesday morning. Chinese Ambassador Yao Jing, and Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua were also present on the occasion. Pak-China relations and matters pertaining to mutual cooperation between the two countries discussed in the meeting. The seventh ministerial level…

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Pak-China joint meeting on CPEC today

ISLAMABAD: The seventh ministerial level meeting of Joint Cooperation Committee on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is being held in Islamabad on Tuesday, November 21. The spokesperson of ministry of Planning Asim Khan said that joint working groups on Industrial Cooperation, Gwadar, Transport Infrastructure, energy and security will finalise proposals in their respective areas. He said these…

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Pakistan, China hold 8th round of strategic dialogue

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and China, Monday agreed to further augment cooperation in various multilateral fora including the United Nations, Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and other multilateral organizations, the foreign office announced. The two sides during the 8th Round of Strategic Dialogue between Pakistan and China held in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs here reiterated commitment to…

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Trump: I should have left UCLA players in jail

  Donald Trump on Sunday said he was sorry for helping secure the release of three college basketball players caught shoplifting in China, after one of their fathers downplayed the president’s role. The UCLA trio of LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were briefly detained for stealing from a Louis Vuitton store in the…

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China to help resolve Rohingya crisis: Bangladesh

Dhaka: China has offered to help defuse the Rohingya crisis, Bangladesh said Saturday, following meetings with Beijing’s top diplomat that Dhaka hopes will apply pressure on Myanmar take back hundreds of thousands of refugees. More than 600,000 Rohingya are languishing in Bangladeshi refugee camps after fleeing a brutal Myanmar army campaign launched in late August….

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Branded Bandwagon

By Zara Maqbool   Have I been jumping on the branded bandwagon? It’s a question I ask myself many times when the shopping impulse becomes uncontrollable and I have to see whether I am shopping a brand or actually being quality conscious. Ever since my first born came in this world fourteen years ago I…

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Death in the Air

By Nazia Memon Pakistan is facing serious environmental problems for example deforestation, air pollution, noise pollution, climate change, pesticide misuse, soil erosion, natural disasters and desertification. They are getting worse as the country’s economy expands and the population grows. Unfortunately, not much is being done to tackle these issues. The megacities of Pakistan, such as…

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Chinese special envoy to Afghanistan meets General Bajwa

RAWALPINDI:  China’s special envoy to Afghanistan Deng Xijun called on Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Friday.  According to a statement issued by the ISPR, matters of mutual interest including regional security issues with particular emphasis on Pak-Afghan border management and counter-terrorism efforts were discussed during the meeting. The visiting…

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Amazing: One-legged Chinese footballer wins hearts

SHANGHAI: A one-legged footballer has captured the hearts of millions of Chinese fans after a widely circulated video showed him holding his own against able-bodied opponents and scoring a rasping right-footed drive. The exploits of 21-year-old He Yiyi, who lost his leg to childhood cancer and uses crutches to support himself when playing, have earned…

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Trump pullout from climate pact means even hotter world: study

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump’s pullout from the Paris Agreement will push up global temperatures nearly half a degree Celsius (0.9 degrees Fahrenheit) by 2100, according to a report released Wednesday at UN climate talks in Bonn. If all countries — including the United States — honour carbon-cutting pledges under the 196-nation treaty, the world…

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China tells ‘aunties’ to dance away from cemeteries

Beijing: China’s most ubiquitous public performers — lively groups of primarily elderly women who show off their moves in outdoor squares — have been ordered to avoid dancing on graves and spreading superstitious beliefs. The dancers are known to blare old-school music from portable speakers, often taking over entire blocks in vibrant matching outfits. In…

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China’s economy cools as gov’t curbs hit factories, property and retailers

BEIJING: China’s economy cooled further last month, with industrial output, fixed asset investment and retail sales missing expectations as the government extended a crackdown on debt risks and factory pollution, reported Reuters. Beijing is already in the second year of a campaign to reduce high levels of debt as authorities worry that riskier lending practices,…

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Russia, China, others boycott U.S. meeting at U.N. on Venezuela

UNITED NATIONS: Russia, China, Egypt and Bolivia boycotted an informal public United Nations Security Council meeting on Venezuela on Monday organized by the United States, saying the 15-member body should not be involved in the situation, reported Reuters. “The issue is about meddling with the internal domestic affairs of Venezuela,” Russian U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia…

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China to play central role in shaping course of 21st century: Shahbaz Sharif

BEIJING: Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif says that China will play a central role in shaping the course of the 21st century under the leadership President Xi Jinping. As “buddies” and partners, we are eager to learn from our great Chinese friends for progress and prosperity, according to an article of Chief Minister Punjab, Shehbaz…

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Ahsan Iqbal sees Pakistan economy as fast developing in world

LAHORE: Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal said that in 2013, Pakistan was declared the weakest economy but after coming into power, the PML-N government turned it into fast emerging economy in the world in last four years. He was addressing the 1st International Youth Summit organized by University of Lahore. Ahsan Iqbal said…

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China’s Xi vows to ‘open wider’ while defending jobs

BEIJING: President Xi Jinping vowed to further free up China’s economy, again urging Asian countries to work closely together in a speech at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in Vietnam, reported Reuters. The comments echo Xi’s call to support a “multilateral trading system” and contrast with those delivered at the weekend by U.S….

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