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China launches Hong Kong-mainland mega bridge

ZHUHAI (Web Desk) China’s President Xi Jinping launched the world’s longest sea bridge connecting Hong Kong, Macau and mainland China Tuesday at a time when Beijing is tightening its grip on its semi-autonomous territories.Xi announced the bridge officially open at a ceremony also attended by Hong Kong’s and Macau’s city …

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Chinese economy grows at slowest pace since 2009

BEIJING (Web Desk) China’s economic growth cooled to its weakest quarterly pace since the global financial crisis, with regulators moving quickly to calm nervous investors as a years-long campaign to tackle debt risks and the trade war with the United States began to bite.Chinese authorities are trying to navigate through …

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China rejects claim it is using “debt diplomacy” to expand global influence

BEIJING (Web Desk) The Chinese foreign ministry Wednesday rejected the claim that China was using “debt diplomacy” to expand its global influence and said the cooperation with the developing countries had effectively promoted their economic and social development and improvement of people’s livelihood.For example, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) contributed …

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China defends ‘anti-extremism’ measures in Xinjiang as scrutiny mounts

BEIJING (Web Desk) Vocational training is being used “to the greatest extent” in China’s far-western Xinjiang region to ensure militant activities are “eliminated before they occur,” a senior Communist Party official said.The state media interview with Shohrat Zakir, the number two party official and most senior ethnic Uighur in Xinjiang, …

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China to sell unmanned, strike-capable drones to Pakistan

BEIJING (Web Desk) China has agreed to sell a batch of military-grade drones to Pakistan just days after India signed a multi-billion-dollar arms deal with Russia in defiance of US warnings against military transactions with Moscow.Pakistan’s air force said Islamabad and Beijing will jointly produce 48 Wing Loong II UCAVs …

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China launches anti-halal campaign in Xinjiang

SHANGHAI (Web Desk) The capital of China’s Xinjiang region, home to the mostly Muslim Uighur minority, has launched a campaign against halal products to stop faith penetrating secular life and fuelling “extremism”.In a meeting on Monday, the Communist Party leaders of Urumqi led cadres to swear an oath to “fight …

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Chill in the air as Pompeo meets Chinese counterparts in Beijing

BEIJING (Web Desk) US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Chinese Foreign Minister and State Councillor Wang Yi aired their grievances in the open on Monday during a brief visit to Beijing by Washington’s top diplomat, amid worsening relations.While the exchange included typical diplomatic pleasantries, and the two officials emphasized …

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China’s ‘Belt and Road’, e-commerce to redefine shipping lines

ISLAMABAD: (Web Desk) The face of global shipping may be altered and seaborne trade flows and patterns redefined in the wake of new factors such as digitalisation, e-commerce and the China’s ‘Belt and Road’ initiative which are increasingly unfolding, says a report issued by the United Nations Conference on Trade …

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China stays ‘silent’ on disappeared Interpol chief

BEIJING (Web Desk) China remained silent Saturday over the disappearance of the head of Interpol, deepening the mystery over the international police chief’s fate after reports said he was detained for questioning on arrival in his homeland.Meng Hongwei, 64, was last seen leaving for China in late September from the …

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