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[30 Apr 2017 | No Comment | ]

Report in The Express Tribune, April 30th, 2017.
ISLAMABAD: Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Sun Weidong has emphasised that Pakistan is not producing the goods needed in China, which is a reason behind the trade imbalance, but the situation will change when Chinese companies start producing such products.
“Pakistan can enhance its exports to $35 billion for which serious efforts are needed,” he said while talking to Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) President Zubair Tufail and Coordination Committee Chairman Malik Sohail Hussain.
The ambassador described the reservations expressed by the …

China, Headline »

[30 Apr 2017 | No Comment | ]

By Cary Huang in South China Morning Post, , Apr 30, 2017
The author is senior writer with the South China Morning Post
China’s launch of a second aircraft carrier – its first domestically built – is a major step in its ambition to make the country a “maritime power”, a status the Middle Kingdom last enjoyed just over 120 years ago.
China is now the seventh country with the capability to build its own aircraft carrier, along with the US, Russia, Britain, France, Italy and Spain, after Wednesday’s unveiling of the …

China, Headline »

[28 Apr 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Eva Li in South China Morning Post, Apr 28, 2017
A retired teacher at the Chinese Academy of Governance, a training school for government officials, was publicly criticised for talking to foreign media, marking a new height in Beijing’s intolerance of freedom of expression among academia.
The teacher, who was not identified, was removed from his position as a vice-chairman of a society, according to a statement by the school’s leadership.
It said a regulation had been drafted that required teaching staff to obtain approval before they …

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[28 Apr 2017 | No Comment | ]

By Liu Xin in Global Times, Apr 27, 2017 at 23:23hrs
China released Thursday detailed information about 22 corruption suspects who have fled overseas, including their possible current locations, a move experts said would deter these fugitives and help gain support from the international community on the nation’s anti-graft campaign.
The information on the fugitives includes the name, gender, ID card number, former title, suspected crime, date of arrival in the current country and travel document, according to a release from the office in charge of fugitive repatriation and asset recovery …

Bangladesh »

[28 Apr 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Md Anwar Hossain Choudhury in Dhaka Tribune, April 28, 2017
Law enforcement officials concluded Operation Eagle Hunt on Thursday, after four militants blew themselves up at the militant hideout in Shibnagar village under Shibganj upazila of Chapainawabganj.
Rajshahi Range DIG Khurshid Hossain announced the successful completion of the operation during a press briefing at 6:45pm. He was accompanied by SWAT Deputy Commissioner Proloy Kumar Joarder and Chapainawabganj Police Superintendent Mujahidul Islam.
SWAT resumed the operation at 9:10am on Thursday, with gunfire and explosions heard from the den almost immediately. Subsequently, a …

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[28 Apr 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Nadim Hossain in Dhaka Tribune, April 28, 2017
The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has detained three members of a new faction of banned militant outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (New JMB) from Savar with firearms and bomb-making materials.
One of the detainees is identified as Tamim Dwari.
RAB 8 Company Commander Major Abdul Hakim said: “Acting on a tip-off, we searched a bus of Village Line when it reached Fulbaria bus stand area and detained the three members Sarwar-Tamim group around 10pm on Thursday.”
According to RAB, Sarwar Jahan alias Abdur Rahman alias Abu …

Headline, PAK-IRAN TIES »

[28 Apr 2017 | No Comment | ]

Xinhua report in Global Times, Apr 28, 2017
Iran’s Foreign Ministry on Thursday criticized the Pakistani government for its “failure” to protect its borders against militant groups who recently killed Iranian border guards in a cross-border attack, Tasnim news agency reported.
Spokesman Bahram Qasemi said Pakistan should be held accountable for the presence and operation of militant groups in its territory.
The Islamic republic will spare no efforts to follow up on the issue through all diplomatic and political channels, Qasemi was quoted as saying.
On Wednesday, 10 Iranian security …

Headline, Pak-China ties »

[27 Apr 2017 | No Comment | ]

Report in The News, Apr 27, 2017
LAHORE: An article published in China.org.cn says the latest verdict by the Supreme Court in the Panama Papers case has created more confusion than resolving anything.(http://www.china.org.cn/opinion/2017-04/25/content_40686473.htm)
The judgment came at a crucial juncture when the country was slowly recovering from the senseless violence by militants and its economy was showing signs of health, it added.
The article says Pakistan is just recovering from more than a decade of economic stagnation. Projections by international agencies show economic growth could touch 5.2 per cent this year. Now, that …

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[27 Apr 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Minnie Chan & Choi Chi-yuk in South China Morning Post, Apr 26, 2017 at 11:36pm
Xia Baolong, a well-known hardliner and close aide to Chinese President Xi Jinping, has been replaced as Zhejiang Communist Party chief ahead of a major power reshuffle due in autumn.
Xia had stepped down from the province’s top job and was succeeded by Che Jun, a low-key political rising star, state-run ­Xinhua reported on Wednesday.
A Zhejiang source told the South China Morning Post that Xia had a chance to take over from 69-year-old Meng Jianzhu as …

China, Headline »

[27 Apr 2017 | No Comment | ]

AFP report in South China Morning Post, Apr 26, 2017 at 11:09pm
A Chinese court has sentenced an American woman to 3½ years in prison and deportation on espionage charges, a US-based rights group said Wednesday, although details about her fate remain unclear.
Sandy Phan-Gillis was detained in March 2015 at the Macau border after visiting mainland China with a trade delegation from the Texas oil capital Houston.
She was accused of espionage and stealing state secrets for allegedly passing intelligence to a third party, according to previous reports from the UN Working …