Category: China

Chinese PM to address Pakistan parliament

Ref: Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao is to address a joint session of Pakistan`s parliament on Sunday, wrapping up a three-day visit to Islamabad that concluded deals worth around 35 billion dollars.

Boosting trade and investment with poverty-stricken Pakistan was the focus of the first visit by a Chinese premier in five years to the country, which is battling a Taliban insurgency and is at the forefront of the US-led war on Al-Qaeda. Read more →

China, Pakistan to formalise 10 billion dollar deals

Ref: China and Pakistan are set to conclude another 10 billion dollars` worth of deals on Saturday, the latest signings on a trade focused trip to South Asia for Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.

Business leaders are scheduled to formalise deals at Islamabad`s five-star Marriott Hotel, where a devastating suicide truck bomb killed 60 people in 2008, adding to the 20 billion dollar deals inked on Friday. Read more →

Wen on charm offensive in India

Ref:Wen Jiabao, the Chinese premier, has continued his charm offensive in India, offering support for New Delhi’s bid for a greater role in the United Nations and agreeing on an ambitious target of $100bn in trade between the rising Asian powers by 2015.

Wen and Manmohan Singh, the prime minister of India, exchanged vows of amity and goodwill on Thursday. They appeared to put aside a series of differences that have long hampered relations between the two countries, ahead of brief bilateral talks in the capital. Read more →

Nobel peace ceremony starts without laureate Liu Xiaobo

Ref: The Nobel Peace Prize ceremony began in Oslo Friday without guest of honour Liu Xiaobo, a jailed Chinese dissident who was represented by an empty chair at the event.

Other Chinese dissidents, ambassadors from a number of countries, Norway`s king and queen and other dignitaries were present as the ceremony opened in a flower-decked Oslo city hall.
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Six killed, 38 hurt in China cafe blast: state media

Ref: At least six people were killed and 38 injured when a powerful explosion hit an Internet cafe in southwest China on Saturday evening, reducing it to ruins, state media reported.

China cafe blast

China cafe blast

The blast ripped through the cafe in Kaili city in Guizhou province at about 11:00 pm (1500 GMT), state television said Sunday, citing local police. Read more →

U.S. dismisses call for 6-way envoys` meeting, urges China to rein in N. Korea

Ref: The United States Monday dismissed China`s proposal to convene an emergency meeting of chief nuclear envoys to the six-party talks, instead urging China to step up pressure to stop North Korea`s provocations and its burgeoning nuclear arsenal.

“Six-party talks cannot substitute for action by North Korea to comply with its obligations and to cease its destabilizing actions on the Korean Peninsula,” said Robert Gibbs, White House spokesman. “We continue to urge China to use its influence and persuasion with the North Koreans to address their behavior and to address the serious problems that arose last week.”
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China urges restraint over Koreas

Ref: China’s prime minister has called on all sides to observe “maximum restraint” over renewed tensions on the Korean peninsula two days after deadly shelling near a disputed maritime border killed four people.

South Korea has ordered more troops to be deployed at Yeonpyeong island following Tuesday's shelling

South Korea has ordered more troops to be deployed at Yeonpyeong island following Tuesday's shelling

The call comes as South Korea’s defence minister announced his resignation on the heels of severe public criticism for the military’s response to North Korea’s shelling of Yeonpyeong island on Tuesday.
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Obama to call China`s Hu over Korean crisis

Ref: With top U.S. officials continuing to declare that help from China will be key in calming tensions between North and South Korea, President Obama is planning to call Chinese President Hu Jintao in the next few days to discuss the critical situation, according to senior administration officials.

The phone call will come just days after Obama held a bilateral meeting with Hu on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Seoul, South Korea, where administration officials were quick to tout the fact that it was the seventh face-to-face meeting the two leaders have had since Obama took office.
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Vatican threatens new China bishop with excommunication

Ref: The Vatican has threatened a bishop with excommunication after he was ordained by China’s state-backed Catholic Church without papal approval.

Pope Benedict XVI had learned of the ordination of Rev Joseph Guo Jincai “with deep regret” as it constituted a “grave violation” of Church law, it said.
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China rescues trapped coal miners

Ref: Rescuers in China have successfully freed all 29 workers who were trapped for nearly a day in a flooded coal mine in the country’s southwestern Sichuan province.

State broadcaster China Central Television showed live images of miners being taken from the mine on stretchers to ambulances on Monday, a day after the small Batian mine suddenly flooded.
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