Wuhan to test all residents as COVID-19 resurfaces

BEIJING: Authorities in Wuhan said they would test its entire population for COVID-19 after the central Chinese city where the coronavirus emerged reported its first local infections in more than a year. The city of 11 million is “swiftly launching

Committee calls for expediting pace on CPEC energy projects

ISLAMABAD; Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar has directed to expedite the pace of work on the ongoing projects of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Chairing the second meeting of the Pak-China relations steering committee, the federal

India assumes UNSC presidency

India has assumed the presidency of the powerful United Nations Security Council for the month of August. This will frustrate Pakistan’s plan of raising the Kashmir issue at the global forum and will also bring on a collision course with

Taliban in China

It was widely speculated that China and Russia would move in to immediately fill the void after the United States announced to withdraw their forces from Afghanistan. In a sign of warming ties, a delegation of the Afghan Taliban has

Chinese officials meet Taliban delegation amid warming ties

TIANJIN: China’s foreign minister has met a Taliban delegation, signalling warming ties as United States foreign forces continue their withdrawal from Afghanistan. Taliban delegations have visited neighbouring countries in recent weeks including Iran and Russia gaining international standing. The latest

Chinese drugmakers to supply more than half a billion vaccines to COVAX

GENEVA: The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) has signed two advance purchase agreements with Chinese drugmakers Sinopharm and Sinovac to provide up to 550 million COVID-19 vaccines to the COVAX programme. The new deals include up to 170

China’s new world

The Communist Party of Communist (CPC) has turned 100. It has an impressive 95 million members making it the largest party in the world. China has emerged as the world’s most influential and powerful country, bringing a ‘new world’ and

China has always stood by Pakistan, ties will not be affected by pressure: PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to further strengthen relations with China in the spheres of politics, trade and economy. Interacting with the Chinese media on the occasion of the centenary celebrations of Communist Party of China

Pakistan felicitates China for being declared malaria-free

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has congratulated “all weather strategic cooperative partner” China a day after it was officially declared malaria-free by the World Health Organisation (WHO). “Congratulations to Govt & people of China on ridding the country of Malaria as certified by

President Xi hails ‘new world’ as China marks Communist Party centenary

BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday hailed a “new world” created by the country’s people as China’s Communist Party marked the centenary of its founding. In an hour-long televised address from Tiananmen Square after watching fighter jets form a

Chinese Communist Party awards medals ahead of 100th anniversary

BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping awarded a new medal of the highest honour to 29 party members of the Communist Party as it marks its 100th founding anniversary this year. President Xi conferred the July 1 Medal, for the first

USA, UK, China remain top three export destinations

KARACHI: United States of America remained the top export destinations of Pakistani products during the first eleven months of financial year 2020-21, followed by United Kingdom and China. Total exports to the USA during July-May (2020-21) were recorded at $4473.917

No benefit of CPEC

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), presently under construction at a cost of $46 billion, was considered a game-changer for Pakistan. It was intended to develop our infrastructure and deepen economic and political ties between both countries. The reality is that

China criticises latest US warship transit of Taiwan Strait

BEIJING (Reuters): China has condemned the United States as the region’s greatest security “risk creator” after a U.S. warship again sailed through the sensitive waterway that separates Taiwan from China. The U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet said the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile

Pakistan receives 1.5 million Sinovac vaccines amid shortages

ISLAMABAD: A special plane of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) carrying 1.55 million doses of the Sinovac vaccine reached Islamabad from China on Sunday amid shortages of the vaccines. The National Command and Control Centre (NCOC) said that the batch was

First astronauts arrive at Chinese space station

BEIJING: The first astronauts arrived at China’s new space station in the country’s longest crewed mission to date, a landmark step in establishing Beijing as a major space power. The trio blasted off on a Long March-2F rocket from the

NATO adopts tough line on China at Biden’s debut summit

BRUSSELS: NATO leaders warned that China presents “systemic challenges,” taking a forceful stance towards Beijing in a communique at Joe Biden’s first summit with the alliance. The US president has urged his fellow NATO leaders to stand up to China’s

US rivals China’s BRI

US President Joe Biden is on his first overseas visit to attend the G7 Summit in England. The visit is being hailed as the return of the United States to the world stage as it seeks to counter the growing

G7 rivals China’s BRI with grand infrastructure plan

CORNWALL: The Group of Seven richest democracies sought to counter China’s growing influence by offering developing nations an infrastructure plan that could rival President Xi Jinping’s multi-trillion-dollar Belt and Road initiative. The G7, whose leaders are meeting in southwestern England,

Commemorative coin issued on 70th anniversary of Pak-China ties

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the time-tested relationship of Pakistan and China was flourishing with each passing day despite the changes in the regional and global environment. The foreign minister was addressing a ceremony at the issuance of

Biden drops Trump’s attempt to ban TikTok, WeChat

WASHINGTON: President Joe Biden withdrew a series of Trump-era executive orders that sought to ban new downloads of WeChat and TikTok, and ordered a review of security concerns posed by those apps and others. The administration of former President Donald

Trump makes rare public appearance as he teases 2024 prospects

WASHINGTON: Former US President Donald Trump on Saturday sharply attacked US infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, demanded reparations from China and denounced an investigation into his finances. Speaking in Greenville, North Carolina, at

Govt approves new visa policy for Chinese nationals working on CPEC projects

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Interior Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed has said the government has approved a new visa policy for Chinese nationals working on China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects. During a meeting with Chinese Ambassador Nong Rong here Thursday, the interior

Chinese envoy briefs FM on year-long events to celebrate 70th anniversary

ISLAMABAD: Chinese Ambassador Nong Rong called on Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and briefed him about the upcoming events to celebrate 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Pakistan and China. During the meeting, views were exchanged on

China’s nuclear-powered ‘artificial sun’ sets new temperature record

BEIJING: China has set a new world record after scientists managed to run their nuclear-powered ‘artificial sun’ at a very high temperature for more than 100 seconds. According to state media reports, China’s Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) has set

USA, UK, China top three destinations for Pakistani exports

KARACHI: United States of America (USA) remained the top export destination of Pakistani products during the first ten months of financial year 2020-21, followed by United Kingdom (UK) and China. The total exports to the USA during July-April (2020-21) were

China reports first human case of H10N3 bird flu

BEIJING: A 41-year-old man in China’s eastern province of Jiangsu has been confirmed as the first human case of infection with a rare strain of bird flu known as H10N3, Beijing’s National Health Commission (NHC) said. Many different strains of

China allows couples to have three children

BEIJING: China has allowed married couples to have upto three children, a major policy shift from the existing limit of two after recent data showed a dramatic decline in births. China scrapped its decades-old one-child policy in 2016, replacing it

China successfully launches cargo resupply spacecraft

BEIJING: China successfully launched an automated cargo resupply spacecraft to rendezvous with an orbiting module, in the second of a series of missions needed to complete its first permanent space station. The Tianzhou-2, or “Heavenly Vessel” in Chinese, blasted off

Biden orders intelligence report on COVID origins within 90 days

WASHINGTON: United States President Joe Biden ordered US intelligence agencies to report to him in the next three months on whether the COVID-19 virus first emerged in China from an animal source or from a laboratory accident. In a statement