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US, UK, China to support Pakistan in flood rehabilitation

Islamabad: Ambassadors from China, the United States, and the United Kingdom assured Finance Minister Ishaq Dar of their full support to Pakistan in the rehabilitation of flood-hit areas. Islamabad has been trying to shore up the support of the international community to provide all possible relief to the calamity-stricken people. According to the Finance Division, the ambassadors held separate meetings with the finance minister, where matters related to bilateral relations, the economy, and the government's works in the flood-hit areas came under discussion.

China rejects US report on arms proliferation

On Tuesday, China rejected the US Department of Defense's report regarding the tripling of its nuclear weapons stockpile in the next few years. Last week the US Department of Defense claimed in its annual report that China was rapidly increasing its nuclear weapons and could increase the number of its nuclear missiles to 1,500 by 2035. According to the Pentagon, Beijing was working to modernize its ballistic missiles. It was also developing new intercontinental ballistic missiles. With more than 2,800 aircraft, the Chinese Air Force is the third largest force in the world.

Former Chinaese leader Jiang Zemin passes away: State media

On Wednesday, China’s former leader Jiang Zemin died at the age of 96, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported. Jiang took power in the aftermath of the Tiananmen Square crackdown and led the world’s most populous nation toward its emergence as a powerhouse on the global stage. “Jiang Zemin passed away due to leukemia and multiple organ failure in Shanghai at 12:13 pm on November 30, 2022, at the age of 96, it was announced on Wednesday,” Xinhua reported.

Two Chinese cities ease COVID curbs after protests spread

Shanghai: On Nov 30, the giant Chinese cities of Guangzhou and Chongqing announced an easing of COVID curbs. The decision came a day after demonstrators in southern Guangzhou clashed with police amid a string of protests against the world's toughest coronavirus restrictions. The southwestern city of Chongqing will allow close contacts of people with COVID-19, who fulfil certain conditions, to quarantine at home, a city official said.

Over thirty killed in factory fire in China

It emerged on Tuesday that thirty-eight people were killed and two were injured in a fire at a factory in central China. As per state media, the authorities blamed workers for illegal welding. The fire broke out at a plant in Anyang city in Henan province on Monday afternoon, it added.

US, China defence chiefs meet in Cambodia

On Tuesday, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin met his Chinese counterpart Wei Fenghe in Cambodia as the two sides move to keep tensions in check. The meeting on the sidelines of a conference of defence ministers in Siem Reap is the first between Austin and Wei since June, before a visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan sparked fury in Beijing. But China and the United States have since moved to lower the temperature with meetings between top officials.

Xi was not criticizing Trudeau at G20: China

Beijing: On Nov 17, China's foreign ministry spokesperson Mao Ning stated that President Xi Jinping was not criticizing Canadian PM, Justin Trudeau. The statement came as Xi was seen confronting him at the G20 summit over alleged leaks from an informal meeting they had held on Tuesday. "The video you mentioned was indeed a short conversation both leaders held during the G20 summit. This is very normal. I don't think it should be interpreted as Chairman Xi criticizing or accusing anyone," Mao said.

Japan’s PM expresses ‘serious concerns’ to Xi on regional security

On Nov 17, Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said that he had conveyed “serious concerns” over regional security issues to Chinese President Xi Jinping in Bangkok. Kishida stated that he had “expressed serious concerns over the situation in the East China Sea, including the Senkaku Islands,” referring to Tokyo-controlled disputed islets that Beijing calls the Diaoyus. He said that he also put up concerns over “China’s military activities, including ballistic missile launches from China.”

China’s Xi confronts Canada’s Trudeau at G20 summit

On Nov 16, as per the reports, Chinese President Xi Jinping criticized Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in person over alleged leaks of their closed-door meeting at the G20 summit. “That is not appropriate, and we didn’t do it that way,” Xi said in Mandarin, smiling. “If there is sincerity, we can communicate well with mutual respect, otherwise the outcome will not be easy to tell,” he added.

Italy, China agree on diplomatic solutions for Ukraine

Rome: On Nov 16, Italy's Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni and China's President Xi Jinping agreed that "every diplomatic initiative" should be put on the table to end the war in Ukraine. Her office said that the two leaders spoke at the summit in Bali and "agreed that every diplomatic initiative should be promoted to put an end to the conflict and avoid an escalation."

Biden demands China to ‘rein in’ N. Korea

Nusa Dua: On Nov 14, U.S. President Joe Biden warned President Xi Jinping that the United States would enhance its security position in Asia if Beijing could not rein in North Korea's weapons programs. During a three-hour meeting, the two leaders also had strong words about Taiwan. In a statement after their meeting, Xi called Taiwan the "first red line" that must not be crossed in U.S.-China relations, Chinese state media said. Biden said he sought to assure Xi that U.S. policy on Taiwan has not changed, seeking to lower tensions over the self-ruled island.

“U.S. seeks no conflict with China”: Biden

Nusa Dua: On Nov 13, U.S. President Joe Biden said that his country would maintain open communication lines and seek no conflict with China. Biden also stated that the United States would "compete vigorously" with Beijing while "ensuring competition does not veer into conflict". Biden and Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping are set to meet face-to-face for the first time since Biden took office.

‘Willing to contribute to climate damage compensation’: China

China's climate envoy Xie Zhenhua stated that it would be willing to contribute to a mechanism for compensating poorer countries for losses and damage caused by climate change. Speaking at the COP27 environmental conference in Egypt on Wednesday, Xie said that China had no obligation to participate but stressed his solidarity with those calling for more action from wealthy nations on the issue. He also outlined the damage China had suffered from climate-linked weather extremes.

China’s biggest air show opens amidst zero-Covid policy

Beijing:On Nov 8, a scaled-down version of China's biggest air show opened. Some delegates were unable to attend because of the country's zero-Covid policy as virus cases reached their highest level in six months. A China-based executive at a Western engine maker said that a lot of Beijing-based delegates had returned home in frustration, though some were allowed in at the last minute. The show's organizers did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

PM Sharif receives warm welcome from Chinese counterpart

Beijing: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Tuesday landed in China's capital city for his two-day official visit with a high-level delegation. Upon his arrival in Beijing, the premier and his delegation were warmly greeted by the Chinese prime minister at the Beijing Capital Airport. At the airport, Pakistan's diplomats to China were also present.

PM Shehbaz Sharif to embark on maiden China visit on Nov 1

  Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif will embark on two-day visit to China on 1st November. This visit came after invitation by his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang. The premier will be accompanied by a high-level delegation including Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. The PM will hold important meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping and his counterpart. In this discourse, discussions would be held on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and the flood situation in Pakistan.

“Italy will not be dependent on China”: Minister

Rome: On Oct 27, the new industry minister Adolfo Urao stated that Italy would not be dependent on Chinese trade or technology and would safeguard any sector deemed as strategic. "We will not put ourselves into the hands of the Chinese," Urso told a journalist at a conference in Rome. "If others intend to move from energy dependency, and therefore from Russian power to technological or to some extent commercial dependence on China, we will not follow them," Urso added.

China and US must ‘find ways to get along’: Xi Jinping

On Thursday, President Xi Jinping stated that China and the United States must “find ways to get along” to safeguard world peace and development. The Chinese leader’s conciliatory words follow after months of tension between Washington and Beijing over Taiwan and Russia’s war in Ukraine. “As major powers, strengthening communication and cooperation between China and the US will help to increase global stability and certainty, and promote world peace and development,” Xi said in a statement.

‘China needs $17 trillion to meet climate goals’: World Bank

Washington: Oct 12, a World Bank report laid bare that China needed up to $17 trillion for green infrastructure and technology in the power and transport sectors to reach net-zero emissions by 2060. "China's long-term growth prospects are increasingly dependent on rebalancing the economy from infrastructure investment to innovation, from exports to domestic consumption, and from state-led to market-driven allocation of resources," said Manuela Ferro, the World Bank's vice president for East Asia and the Pacific.

Canada appoints new Ambassador to China

Ottawa: On Sept 23, Canada appointed Jennifer May its first female ambassador to China, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement. "A dedicated public servant, Ms. May's many years of diverse experience on international missions, and her deep understanding of Asia, will serve to manage this important bilateral relationship and advance Canadian interests in China," Trudeau stated.

Putin acknowledges China’s concerns over Ukraine

Kyiv: On September 15, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that he understood China's Xi Jinping had concerns about the situation in Ukraine. "We highly value the balanced position of our Chinese friends when it comes to the Ukraine crisis," Putin told Xi at their first meeting since the war began. "We understand your questions and concern about this. During today's meeting, we will of course explain our position," he added.

China dismisses “drone harassment” complaints

Beijing: On August 29, China's Foreign Ministry dismissed complaints from Taiwan about repeated harassment by Chinese drones very close to Taiwanese-controlled islands. Speaking at a daily briefing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said he had seen the footage. "Chinese drones flying about Chinese territory, this is not something to make a fuss about," he said. Taiwan's Foreign Ministry expressed anger at his comments.

Meloni promises to defy Chinese, Russian hegemony

Rome: On Aug 25, nationalist leader Giorgia Meloni stated that Italy would look to limit China's economic expansion and continue to support Ukraine militarily if a rightist alliance wins next month's election. "The next government would have to face a rapidly changing international landscape, with both Russia and China challenging the West," Meloni said. she also added that under her leadership, Italy would not be "the weak link" in the Western alliance.

China’s Xi plans to visit Central Asia

On August 19, according to the reports, Chinese leader Xi Jinping is planning to travel to Central Asia to meet with Russia's Vladimir Putin and other leaders. The meeting would be held at a regional summit next month, the Wall Street Journal reported. The tentative addition of a trip to Xi's schedule comes after U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's trip to Taiwan sparked fear in Beijing of an accidental military encounter.

Pakistan seeks to improve ties between US, China: PM

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has offered Pakistan's services as a mediator to bring together US and China as it did decades ago. In an interview, the prime minister said: "If China and the US so desire, Pakistan would be happy to play a positive role to bridge their differences, as we had done in the past." PM Shehbaz characterised Pakistan's foreign policy as one of "friendliness and goodwill towards all the nations of the world".

South Korea, China discuss North Korea’s K-Pop ban

Seoul: On Aug 9, the foreign ministers of South Korea and China held talks. As per reports, Seoul explored ways to reopen denuclearisation negotiations with North Korea and resume cultural exports, such as K-pop music and movies, to China. South Korea's top diplomat, Park Jin, arrived to meet with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, in the first high-level visit to China by a member of President Yoon Suk-yeol's administration.

Taiwan is not a part of the U.S. but Chinese territory: Wang Yi

Beijing: On August 7, Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi said: "Taiwan is not part of the United States but Chinese territory." "The United States has been engaging in "sophistry" on the Taiwan question, and China's actions on Taiwan have been just, appropriate and legal, as well as being aimed at safeguarding the country's sacred sovereignty and territorial integrity," Wang said during a visit to Bangladesh.

China fires missiles after Pelosi visit

Taipei: On Aug 4, China deployed scores of planes and fired live missiles near Taiwan in its biggest-ever drills in the Taiwan Strait. It happened a day after U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi made a solidarity trip to the self-ruled island. "The U.S.-Taiwan collusion and provocation will only push Taiwan towards the abyss of disaster, bringing catastrophe to Taiwan compatriots," said a Chinese defense ministry spokesperson.