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Chinese PM congratulates Imran, hopes timely completion of CPEC

BEIJING/ISLAMABAD: Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China Li Keqiang Monday called Prime Minister Imran Khan and felicitated him on assuming the office. The Chinese premier congratulated the prime minister on his party’s victory in general election and forming the new government. Premier Li said that Pakistan and China were all weather friends and expressed the desire to work closely with Prime Minister Imran Khan to further strengthen the bilateral relations. He hoped that China-Pakistan…

Merkel, Chinese premier defend Iran deal, free trade

BEIJING: German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang defended the Iran nuclear deal on Thursday, with Li hinting a collapse in the pact would complicate negotiations to disarm North Korea. The pair also launched a spirited defence of free trade -- another issue that the global community feels is under attack from US President Donald Trump's strident rhetoric -- during their meeting at the opulent Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Earlier this month Trump reimposed US sanctions on Iran that had…

Brexit dogs May as she eyes ‘golden era’ with China

BEIJING: Prime Minister Theresa May touted on Wednesday a "golden era" of Sino-British relations with deeper trade ties after Britain leaves the European Union, but her visit to Beijing was dogged by a Brexit row at home. As she embarked on a three-day visit to the Asian giant, May batted away critics of her leadership on Brexit and domestic issues, including within her Conservative party. "First and foremost, I'm serving my country and my party. I'm not a quitter and there's a long-term job to be done," she told…

Xi declares ‘new era’ for China as party congress opens

BEIJING: President Xi Jinping declared China is entering a "new era" of challenges and opportunities on Wednesday as he opened a Communist Party congress expected to enhance his already formidable power. Xi told some 2,300 delegates at the imposing Great Hall of the People that the party must "resolutely oppose" any actions that undermine its leadership as it steers a course through a high-stakes period in its development. "The situation both domestic and abroad is undergoing profound and complex changes," said Xi, who…

US backsliding on Paris deal a gift for China

BEIJING: The US exit from the Paris climate pact is a gift to China's ambitions to become world leader on everything from trade to global warming, despite its own mixed record. Beijing appeared well aware of the opening that it was given as it vowed to uphold the deal to cut carbon emissions after President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the agreement. "We also hear that our actions and leading role are applauded by the international community," foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters on Friday. The…

China will resolutely oppose Taiwan independence: Premier Li

BEIJING: China will resolutely oppose and contain Taiwan independence, Premier Li Keqiang said in remarks prepared for delivery at the opening of the annual meeting of parliament on Sunday, amid heightened tension between Beijing and the self-ruled island. China is deeply suspicious of Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, whose ruling Democratic Progressive Party espouses the island's formal independence, a red line for Beijing, which has cut off an official dialogue mechanism with Taipei. Tsai says she wants peace with…