Aug 232017

WASHINGTON DC: The United States on Tuesday imposed new North Korea-related sanctions, targeting Chinese and Russian firms and individuals for supporting Pyongyang’s weapons programs, but stopped short of an anticipated focus on Chinese banks. The US Treasury designated six Chinese-owned entities, one Russian, one North Korean and two based in Singapore. They included a Namibia-based subsidiary of a Chinese company and a North Korean entity operating in Namibia. The sanctions also targeted six individuals – four Russians, one Chinese and one North Korean. North Korea calls Trump a ‘psychopath’  The move follows toughened United Nations sanctions agreed this month after North Korea tested its first two intercontinental ballistic missiles in July. China reacted with irritation, saying Washington should “immediately correct its mistake” of imposing unilateral sanctions on Chinese companies and individuals to avoid damaging bilateral cooperation. The Russian embassy did not respond to a request for comment. The US Treasury Department said the new sanctions targeted those helping already-designated individuals supporting North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs and its energy trade. They included three Chinese coal importers. The steps also targeted those helping North Korea send workers abroad and enabling sanctioned North Korea entities to get access to the US and international financial system. “Treasury will continue to increase pressure on North Korea by targeting those who support the advancement of nuclear and ballistic missile programs, and isolating them from the American financial system,” Treasury Secretary Steven T Mnuchin said in a statement. “It is unacceptable for individuals and companies [Read More…]

Aug 212017
A critical time

North Korea and the US have had a fragile relationship for so long. However, in recent times the tensions between the two countries have escalated. This has posed a serious threat to millions of people. In addition, US President Donald Trump’s regular belligerent statements and North Korea’s missile tests have further deteriorated the situation. The UN sanction on North Korea has added fuel to the fire. Having a defence budget of $7.5 billion and an army of seven million active troops, North Korea has become one of the most powerful countries of the world. This powerful country also has an arsenal of nukes. Millions of people around the country are closely watching the repercussions of the cold war between the two countries. A hasty decision from either of the sides can start a major war that would devour the entire world. The memories of deaths and barbarism during World War II and the subsequent poverty and miseries are still fresh in the minds of the people. World War II was the darkest chapter in human history. Instead of sending witty and provocative replies, the US president should act wisely. A great deal can be achieved through diplomacy and dialogue. At this critical time, influential states, especially China, can play a major role in mitigating the tensions between the two states before the world has its imminent tryst with a war. Jamshed Ali Jokhio (Hyderabad) Click for detailed story

Aug 202017

A video purportedly showing Indian and Chinese soldiers throwing stones at each other has surfaced on social media. The Indian military is yet to comment on the authenticity of the video, which has been reported on by leading Indian media outlets, but did confirm that “an incident” took place near Pangong Lake in Ladakh on August 15, an incident which the video purports to show. The video shows a group of around 50 people throwing stones at each other and engaging in a skirmish. No weapons are used in the video, however. China may initiate ‘limited war’ with India “Currently, we have no confirmation of the authenticity of the video,” the army said, according to Hindustan Times. The Chinese soldiers hurled stones while attempting to enter Ladakh region near Pangong Lake on Tuesday but were confronted by Indian soldiers, said a top police officer. The officer said Indian soldiers retaliated but neither side used guns. China did not immediately comment. An Indian intelligence officer said the confrontation occurred after Indian soldiers intercepted a Chinese patrol that veered into Indian-held territory after apparently it lost its way due to bad weather. The officer said soon the soldiers began shouting at each other and later threw stones. He said some soldiers from both sides received minor injuries. After nearly 30 minutes of facing off, the two sides retreated to their positions, he said. An Indian military officer said the skirmish was brief but violent and for the first time stones were used. [Read More…]

Aug 182017
Chinese fans tell 'Homesick Boy' Tevez to stay away

SHANGHAI: Chinese football fans and media are urging underperforming Carlos Tevez not to return from a trip to Argentina, nicknaming him “Very Homesick Boy” as speculation swirls that he wants out of China.The 33-year-old Argentine former international has been a flop since moving this year to Shanghai Shenhua on a fat salary, scoring only twice, missing half the games through injury and having his commitment repeatedly questioned by fans.Tevez, who has previously suggested he would look to leave after the season, flew to Buenos Aires this week for treatment on a muscle injury.The trip has fuelled suspicions that he may not return, though the Chinese Super League (CSL) club told AFP this week Tevez was expected back by the end of the month.Shanghai Shenhua made Tevez one of the best-paid players in the world when they signed him in January from Boca Juniors on reported weekly wages of around 730,000 euros ($850,000).But the former Manchester United, Manchester City and Juventus star has failed to settle and has been christened by supporters and media in China as “Very Homesick Boy” — a play on how his name is pronounced in Chinese.The label is also an apparent reference to Tevez’s falling-out with then-City boss Roberto Mancini, when Tevez refused to warm up as a substitute in the last moments of a Champions League match against Bayern Munich in September 2011.Tevez flew back to Argentina and considered retiring, before eventually returning to England in February 2012.Many football fans on Weibo, China’s equivalent of [Read More…]

Aug 152017
Records funds distributed to provinces under PML-N Govt: PM

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi onTuesday said that record funds had been disbursed to the federating units under the PML-N government.Chairing a meeting of the Cabinet here, the Prime Minister saidthat all the development and energy security initiatives had either beencompleted or in completion phase which speaks volumes of the development andenergy security endeavors bearing fruit during the PML-N government since 2013.The Prime Minister informed the cabinet that these initiative ofnational importance started by the PML-N government were unmatched if compared with those planned from 1999 to 2008.The Prime Minister apprised the cabinet about his recent visit toKarachi on last Saturday. The Prime Minister said during the visit he announced Rs. 25 billion for Karachi and Rs. 5 billion for Hyderabad under a comprehensive package to be implemented by the federal government under the policy and administrative supervision of Governor Sindh with fixed time lines and fixed costs.He said under the package, one hospital and medical college forKarachi would be set up, extension of green line metro to other areas while additional resources would be provided for new water projects.The Prime Minister said 50 fire tenders would be provided for KMCwhile series of underpasses and bridges would be constructed to reduce the traffic mess in the port city.About Hyderabad package, he said one university and medical collegewould be established in Hyderabad while additional grant to be provided for Hyderabad Municipal Corporation besides upgradation of infrastructure of all industrial states. These projects will be executed with in fixed time and cost [Read More…]

Aug 022017

China has accused India of concocting excuses over the illegal entry of its military into Chinese territory.In a statement, Chinese Foreign Ministry said China will take all necessary measures to safeguard its legitimate and lawful rights and interests.China has repeatedly called on India to withdraw its forces from Doklam area.Source: Radio Pakistan Click for detailed story

Aug 012017
Pakistan to dispatch 19 fighter aircraft to China for joint air force exercise: Defense Attache

Pakistan will dispatch 19 fighter aircraft toChina to participate in the 6th edition of a joint air force exercise between the two brotherly countries to be held by the end of this year, a senior military official said here on Tuesday.There will be the 6th edition of joint air force exercise and Pakistanwill send its 19 aircraft to take part in this bilateral exercise. This will be the highest number of aircrafts sending by Pakistan to any country for bilateral exercises, Pakistan Defense Attache to China, Brigadier Ahmed Bilal stated while speaking at a program of China Global Television Network (CGTN) telecast in connection of 90th anniversary of People’s Liberation Army (PLA).He informed that at the end of year, the two countries will again holdjoint navy exercise, joint army training for counter terrorism and a joint exercise.Hundreds of soldiers will be take part in these exercises and interactwith each others. The joint training of the both the armies will continue nearly 10 weeks, he added.While commenting on China-India border standoff and present situation on the Line of Control (LOC), he said, both Pakistan and China will stand together to maintain regional stability threatened by India’s dangerous and negative trends.He opined the outlook of border disputes between China and India andPakistan and India are different but conflict dynamics are same.India actually feels emboldened and it believes to have some support ofworld powers and consequently they can put the regional stability at the stake. That is why they are more aggressive in [Read More…]

Jul 312017
Neymar in China as transfer rumours grow

Neymar is rumoured to be leaving Barcelona to join Paris St Germain in a deal that would set a new transfer record. PHOTO: Reuters SHANGHAI: Neymar greeted fans in Shanghai on Monday as speculation mounted that the Brazil star could be set to quit Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain for a world-record 222 million euros.The 25-year-old striker is at the centre of an apparent tug of war between the two European giants in what would be the most expensive transfer fee in football history.A training spat with new Barcelona signing Nelson Semedo during a pre-season tour in Miami ramped up chatter that Neymar could be about to swap Spain for the French capital.Neymar, who has remained tight-lipped about the transfer rumours, posted a message for Chinese fans on Weibo, China´s equivalent of Twitter, after arriving for a promotional visit.“Ni Hao China! I´m Neymar Jr. and I´ve just arrived in China,” he wrote on Monday.“I´m in Shanghai at the moment. I would like to send a huge hug to all my Chinese fans, thank you very much for your support.”He posted messages in English and Chinese and asked for suggestions as to what he should do while in Shanghai, where he was scheduled to appear at an event for a fashion brand later on Monday. Neymar. Photo: Neymar Jr TwitterSeparately, China´s biggest online travel company Ctrip had said it was cancelling an event with Neymar on Monday in Shanghai because he and his advisers were “busy with transfer issues”.People close to the player [Read More…]

Jul 262017
Pakistani cultural troupe participates in Xinjiang Cultural Festival

Islamabad: A 32-member cultural troupe of Pakistan has gone to China to participate in the Xinjiang Cultural Festival. The troupe is being headed by the Pakistan National of the Arts (PNCA) Director… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Click for detailed story

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