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China backs Pakistan’s request to IMF for financial assistance

BEIJING: China has rebuffed the claim that the loans under China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) are responsible for the current financial situation of Pakistan.  At a regular press briefing in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson Lu Kang said Beijing has explained many times that the CPEC is being undertaken by the two governments with mutual consultations and contributions for shared benefits. He said that China supported the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in carrying out an objective and…

China welcomes Pakistan, India’s overture for peace

BEIJING: China on Wednesday welcomed the recent statements of Prime Minister Imran Khan and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi to find a peaceful solution to all long-standing disputes souring ties between the two neighbors.  “We have noticed relevant reports and welcomed the positive attitude of the Pakistani and Indian leaders in improving bilateral relations,” China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said at a regular press briefing in Beijing. He said Pakistan and India are important countries in South Asia.…

China urges world to recognize Pakistan’s sacrifices in war on terror

BEIJING: China has urged the international community to acknowledge the great efforts and sacrifices by the Pakistani government and people in the fight against terrorism.  Chinese foreign ministry’s spokesperson Lu Kang said this during a regular briefing in Beijing. He was responding to a question regarding Pakistan’s placement on a grey list by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a global anti-terror financing watchdog, during its recent meeting in Paris The spokesperson said Pakistan’s efforts in combating…

China upset as Indian president visits disputed border region

BEIJING: China on Monday criticized a visit by Indian President Ram Nath Kovind to the remote state of Arunachal Pradesh, saying it opposed any activities by Indian leaders in disputed areas. The latest row over Arunachal Pradesh suggests the Asian giants remain far apart, despite recent attempts to defuse tension over a region that China claims as southern Tibet. The Indian president went over the weekend, inaugurating a new state assembly building. For India, the state is where the sun first rises - being its…

China reiterates to encourage enterprises to invest in Pakistan

BEIJING: China has reiterated to Chinese enterprises to invest and open up business in Pakistan and forge mutually beneficial cooperation. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang at a regular news briefing on Wednesday said that China is committed to promote trade and investment cooperation with Pakistan. “China attaches great importance to its all-weather strategic cooperative partnership with Pakistan and stays committed to increasing its trade and investment cooperation with country,” he said. In recent years,…

China denies ‘pointless and baseless’ rumours of rift with Pakistan

BEIJING: China has denied “pointless and baseless” rumours of a rift with Pakistan amidst report of Chinese President Xi Jinping ignoring Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during the recently concluded Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit in Astana, Kazakhstan. “China and Pakistan are all-weather strategic partners enjoying relationship that runs long and deep,” said Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang during the regular press conference on Monday. He assured that President Xi Jinping held “friendly talks” with Prime…

China admonishes the US for visit to disputed India-China border

BEIJING: China admonished the United States on Monday for sending its ambassador in India to a contested stretch of land on the India-China border, warning that a third party's meddling would only complicate the dispute between Beijing and New Delhi. China claims more than 90,000 sq km (35,000 sq miles) of territory disputed by India in the eastern sector of the Himalayas. Much of that forms the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, which China calls South Tibet. US Ambassador to India Richard Verma posted photos on his…