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China defends Pakistan after Trump criticism

BEIJING: China defended its ally Pakistan on Tuesday after U.S. President Donald Trump said the United States could no longer be silent about Pakistan's "safe havens" for militants and warned it had much to lose by continuing to "harbor terrorists". Trump on Monday committed the United States to an open-ended conflict in Afghanistan, signaling he would dispatch more troops to America's longest war and vowing "a fight to win". Trump insisted that others - the Afghan government, Pakistan, India and NATO allies - step up…

‘India will take up Pakistani general’s offers to join CPEC?’ China wonders

BEIJING: China said that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is an important component of China's Belt and Road initiative and it is an ‘open initiative,’ however, it would think about the possibility of introducing other countries in the grand project after reaching a consensus with Pakistan. When asked to comment on an offer made by Lieutenant General Aamir Riaz calling on India to join the CPEC project, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying said on Friday that it is still a question for India to answer.…

China says discussing return of undersea drone with US military

BEIJING: The Chinese and US militaries are having "unimpeded" talks about the return of US underwater drone taken by a Chinese naval vessel in the South China Sea last week, China's foreign ministry said on Monday. The drone, known as an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV), was taken on Thursday in waters off the coast of the Philippines, the first seizure of its kind in recent memory. The Pentagon went public with its complaint about the incident and said on Saturday it had secured a deal to get the drone back. China's…