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China launches Hong Kong-mainland mega bridge

ZHUHAI: 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 leaders at a new port terminal in the southern mainland city of Zhuhai. "I declare the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge officially open," Xi said as digital fireworks exploded on a screen behind him in an indoor…

2018 elections to bring economic stability in Pakistan, President Mamnoon hopes

QINGDAO: In a session of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation(SCO) Summit at Qingdao on Sunday, President of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain remarked that he is hopeful that the general election 2018 will bring more economic stability in Pakistan. “Democracy and democratic institutions in Pakistan have strengthened,” Hussain stated while adding that the upcoming general elections in Pakistan is significant for the whole region. President Mamnoon asserted that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has further bolstered…

Chinese envoy talks N.Korean official amid divisions on nuclear issue

SHANGHAI: A senior Chinese envoy has met an aide to North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un in Pyongyang, the two sides said Saturday, stressing longstanding ties despite deep divisions over the North's nuclear activities. Song Tao is visiting on behalf of President Xi Jinping, ostensibly to brief the North's officials on the recent Chinese Communist Party congress and other "issues of mutual interest". The two communist neighbours are at odds over the nuclear standoff and US President Donald Trump is urging Beijing to pile…

Xi gives Trump a lesson of Chinese history

BEIJING: As President Xi Jinping led his US counterpart Donald Trump around Beijing's Forbidden City on Wednesday, he made time to teach the American billionaire a bit of Chinese history. Trump has been given the red carpet treatment on his three-day state visit, beginning with a tour of the ancient imperial palace where he sipped tea with Xi and showed the Chinese leader a video of his granddaughter singing in Mandarin. Chinese media were quick to give the footage airtime, with the official Xinhua news agency…

China’s military ordered to pledge total loyalty to President Xi

BEIJING: China's military has been ordered to pledge absolute loyalty to President Xi Jinping while a paramilitary police force now literally sings his praises, further cementing his place as the country's most powerful leader in decades. The world's largest armed forces should be "absolutely loyal, honest and reliable to Xi", said a new guideline issued by the Central Military Commission and reported by state news agency Xinhua late Sunday. China's military personnel of around two million is technically the armed…

China stresses security needs for new Silk Road initiative

BEIJING: China's ambitious initiative to generate economic prosperity by building a new Silk Road will depend on the countries involved ensuring strong security, the country's top policemen said, ahead of a summit to discuss President Xi Jinping's pet project. Leaders from 28 countries will gather in Beijing on May 14-15 on what China formally calls the "One Road, One Belt" plan that envisions expanding trade links between Asia, Africa and Europe underpinned by billions of dollars in infrastructure investment. Speaking…

China invites Britain to attend new Silk Road summit

LONDON/BEIJING: China has invited British Prime Minister Theresa May to attend a major summit in May on its "One Belt, One Road" initiative to build a new Silk Road, diplomatic sources told Reuters, as London said she would visit China this year. "One Belt, One Road" is Chinese President Xi Jinping's landmark programme to invest billions of dollars in infrastructure projects including railways, ports and power grids across Asia, Africa and Europe. China has dedicated $40 billion to a Silk Road Fund and the idea was the…

Xi to be first Chinese president to join Davos World Economic Forum

BEIJING:  President Xi Jinping this month will become the first Chinese head of state to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, as the foreign ministry on Tuesday confirmed his widely-expected attendance at the annual meeting in the Swiss Alps. This year's forum is expected to be dominated by debate over public anger with globalization and the coming presidency of Donald Trump, who won the White House in part with promises to pull the United States out of international trade deals and hike tariffs against China and…

China holds first anti-terror drills with Saudi Arabia

BEIJING, CHINA: Special Forces from China and Saudi Arabia have held their first joint anti-terrorism drills, state media reported on Thursday, China's latest effort to expand security ties with countries in the Middle East and its Muslim neighbours. China says its companies and citizens face a growing threat from terrorism as its global footprint expands, and the government has been getting more involved diplomatically in trouble spots in areas such as the Middle East. President Xi Jinping visited Saudi Arabia early this…

Philippines becomes friends with China, announces separation from US

BEIJING, CHINA: Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping pledged to enhance trust and deepen cooperation Thursday, Chinese officials said, as Manila's new leader seeks to rebalance his country's diplomacy away from the US. China welcomed Duterte - who donned a suit and tie for the occasion - with an official ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People on Tiananmen Square, with the two leaders striding side-by-side down the red carpet inspecting an honour guard, with children cheering.…