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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi to arrive in Islamabad today

ISLAMABAD, JUN 24 (DNA) – Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is arriving in Islamabad on Saturday on a two day visit. He will hold talks with Pakistani leadership on matters pertaining to peace and stability in Afghanistan.Pakistan and China are cooperating closely for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan.During meetings, the entire gamut of bilateral relations will also be discussed.=DNA

Acting British High Commissioner celebrates chevening alumni achievements

Acting British High Commissioner celebrates chevening alumni achievements

ISLAMABAD, JUN 23 (DNA) – An iftar reception for Chevening Alumni was hosted by the Acting British High Commissioner Mr Richard Crowder at his residence on Thursday evening. The reception was attended by Chevening scholars, Chevening South Asia Journalism Programme fellows, members of the elected Chevening Alumni Association of Pakistan as well as senior officials from the British High Commission. The reception celebrated the achievements of the Chevening Alumni in the first half of 2017 as well as giving an opportunity for networking between members of the British High Commission and the Chevening Alumni.

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Learning Chinese trending in Pakistan amid deepening ties with China

ISLAMABAD, JUN 20 (DNA) – With the implementation of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in Pakistan, the cultural interaction of Pakistani and Chinese citizens is opening avenue for learning Chinese language in Pakistan. Numerous institutes are teaching Chinese language to students and professionals in Pakistan, including the Roots Millennium Schools where more than 7,000 students are learning mandarin. Being a flagship project of Belt & Road, CPEC has attracted many Chinese into Pakistan who aren’t necessarily working on CPEC projects, but with other enterprises, or running private businesses.

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Saudi-Qatar crisis puts Syria rebels in tricky position

BEIRUT, JUN 17 (DNA) – A diplomatic crisis pitting Saudi Arabia against Qatar has put Syrian rebels in a difficult position, analysts say, after rivalries between Gulf backers had already weakened the opposition. Both Sunni-ruled monarchies sided with the protesters in March 2011, when the war started with the brutal repression of anti-government demonstrations. They continued supporting the mostly Sunni rebels when unrest spiralled into conflict between the armed opposition and troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, who hails from the country’s Alawite Shiite minority and is backed by Saudi Arabia’s arch-rival Iran.

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China lauds Pakistan’s military support in fighting terrorism

BEIJING, JUN 16 (DNA) – Hailing the traditional all-weather friendship between China and Pakistan, China’s top political advisor Yu Zhengsheng said China appreciates the Pakistani government and military’s firm support for China in fighting terrorism. During his meeting with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, Gen. Zubair Mahmood Hayat here, he called on both sides to enhance military-to-military cooperation so as to safeguard the security of both the countries as well as regional peace and stability, Chinese media reported here on Friday.

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CPEC to boost investment climate for decades

ISLAMABAD, JUN 15 (DNA) – Islamabad Chamber of Small Traders (ICST) Thursday said investment climate has been improved slightly while the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would boost it for decades. “The economic corridor will not only boost Pakistan’s economy but will also contribute to the improved investment climate in the country,” Patron Islamabad Chamber of Small Traders Shahid Rasheed Butt said.

By Ansar M Bhatti in Kunming KUNMING (CHINA), JUNE 15 (DNA) - Pakistan justified its nomination as “’guest of honour’ at the Kunming South and Southeast Asia Expo, 2017, as it businessmen came out in a big number this time, with new varieties of goods to attract local market , said the Expo’s organizers. Around 200 Pakistanis’ stalls at specially allotted Pavilion were the Center of attention for the visitors.Pakistan’s products particularly the leather and marble-made goods, besides traditional handicrafts were the eye-catching. An official Wang Wei said that Pakistan is very close to their heart and they wished it should get maximum benefit from the expo, that will conclude on Monday. He said Pakistan has gained a most prominent position among the common Chinese because of its active role in Belt and Road’s initiative. Pakistan was provided the opportunity of being the lead country , not only for being China’s all-weather friend, but also because the bilateral balance of trade has tilted too much in China’s favour and now the Chinese Central government wanted it should get corrected for a win-win situation. Li Jao, a senior official of Yunnan’s Department of Commerce, explained to the gathering of international journalists that Pakistan has the potential, but has not risen to it due to extraneous circumstances. Hence, the opportunity at Kunming enabled it to showcase its products, attracting Chinese and other international buyers. Indeed, with around 200 stalls, including the main theme pavilion at the very entrance, designed in the likeness of the Lahore Fort, depicting strength of character, continuity and diversity, Pakistan put its best foot forward; tastefully displaying a variety of products like textiles, leather and sports goods, rice, marble-ware, furniture, traditional handicrafts, cutlery and jewellery. It was heartening to observe thousands of Chinese and international buyers throng to the Pakistani stalls, although the hundreds of other exhibition booths from emerging economic giants in the region also displayed their best merchandise. The expo was formally inaugurated early this week by the Governor of Yunnan province Chen Hao. It was also addressed by Pakistan’s Consulate General in China Amana Baluch who thanked the Chinese government for its special gesture of goodwill towards her country, that she hoped will be a great source of help enhancing Pakistan’s export to China and other regional countries, as well as improving balance of payment position. She termed the expo as a historical event, giving further boost to their all-round socio-economic partnership. The weeklong expo was co-sponsored by the government of Yunnan, China Chamber of International Commerce, SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Asean China Center. The expo provided an opportunity to about 8,000 traders from all around the world to showcase their products in order to upgrade their bilateral trade's links and mutual exchanges, seeking more and more investment in their respective countries. While speaking on the occasion, China Assistant Minister for Commerce praised high of Pakistan’s contribution towards Belt and Road’s initiative. About the CPEC, he said, it was being implemented rapidly, hoping that the two-countries’ bilateral cooperation to this effect will deliver a great amount of benefits to the people of Pakistan and help them to improve their living conditions.=DNA ==============

Pakistan justifies its guest of honour status at Kunming’s fair

By Ansar M Bhatti in Kunming

KUNMING (CHINA), JUNE 15 (DNA) – Pakistan justified its nomination as  “’guest of  honour’ at the Kunming South and Southeast Asia Expo, 2017, as it businessmen came out in a big number this time, with new varieties of goods to attract local market , said the Expo’s organizers. Around 200 Pakistanis’ stalls at specially allotted Pavilion were the Center of attention for the visitors.Pakistan’s products particularly the leather and marble-made goods, besides traditional handicrafts were the eye-catching.