On June 12, the war in Ukraine and China's increasingly troubled relationship with the United States featured in nearly every session of the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore. Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe said that it was up to the United States to improve the bilateral relationship with his country, as ties were at a critical juncture. "We request the U.S. side to stop smearing and containing China. Stop interfering in China's internal affairs," Wei told delegates.
It emerged that Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa led a senior-level tri-service military delegation of Pakistan to China from June 9 to 12. Both sides held wide-ranging dialogues with the senior military leadership and other government departments of China. A statement issued by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said, 'an apex meeting was held on June 12 wherein the Pakistani side was headed by COAS General Bajwa while the Chinese side was led by Vice Chairman Central Military Commission of China General Zhang Youxia.'
It emerged that Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa led a senior-level tri-service military delegation of Pakistan to China from June 9 to 12. The all-weather friends ascertained their strategic partnership in challenging times and agreed to continue the regular exchange of perspectives on issues of mutual interest. Both also expressed satisfaction with the defense cooperation between the two countries, said a statement issued by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
On June 10, Russia and China opened a new cross-border bridge in the far east. Both countries hope that it will further boost trade as Moscow reels from sweeping Western sanctions imposed over its actions in Ukraine. The bridge links the Russian city of Blagoveshchensk to the Chinese city of Heihe across the Amur river - known in China as Heilongjiang. It is just over one kilometre long and cost 19 billion roubles ($342 million), the Russian news agency reported.
Singapore: The defense chiefs of China and the United States held face-to-face talks for the first time on Friday. According to the reports, both sides stood firm on their opposing views over Taiwan's right to rule itself. U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Chinese Defence Minister General Wei Fenghe met on the sidelines of the Shangri-La Dialogue security summit in Singapore for nearly an hour, double the time initially allotted.
Beijing: On June 6, China's foreign ministry warned Canada of potential "severe consequences" of any "risky provocation". The remarks came after Canada's military accused Chinese warplanes of harassing its patrol aircraft monitoring North Korea sanctions-busting. "The U.N. Security Council has never authorized any country to carry out military surveillance in the seas and airspace of other countries in the name of enforcing sanctions," foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said at a media briefing.
Beijing/Geneva: On May 23, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet's visit to China started some unprecedented speculations. She would be visiting concentration camps, the reports said. On the other hand, the Chinese foreign ministry said that it would welcome her but reject "political manipulation" when asked about those reports. China has repeatedly denied any mistreatment of Uyghurs.
Beijing/Geneva: On May 23, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet arrived in China kicking off the first trip by a holder of the office since 2005. Her visit is taking place amid concerns that it could lead to an endorsement rather than the scrutiny of China's rights record. Bachelet will also visit Xinjiang, where the High Commissioner's office said last year it believes the mostly Muslim ethnic Uyghurs have been unlawfully detained, mistreated, and forced to work.
On May 19, It emerged that Joe Biden would visit Japan and South Korea on his first Asian trip as U.S. president. Reportedly, he would be carrying a clear message to China not to try what Russia did in Ukraine anywhere in Asia, and especially not in Taiwan. Biden departed for the five-day trip on Thursday, after spending several months organizing allies to punish Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, which Moscow calls a "special operation."
China has strongly condemned the Karachi suicide attack and expressed its condolences to the victims and sympathies to the injured and bereaved families. “The Chinese side expresses strong condemnation and indignation over this major terrorist attack and extends deep condolences to the victims and sympathies to the injured and bereaved families,” a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said on Wednesday. The Chinese Foreign Ministry and diplomatic missions in Pakistan launched the emergency response system immediately after the event, according to the spokesperson.
Washington: Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Tuesday that he would address a U.S. national security strategy to deal with the emergence of China as a great power in the coming weeks. "I will have an opportunity I think, very soon in the coming weeks to speak publicly and in some detail about the strategy," Blinken said at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing.
Karachi: On his visit to Karachi, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Wednesday said that Pakistan would request China to include Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects. PM Shehbaz indicated that earlier Chinese authorities had shown interest in KCR; however, due to political changes, things weren’t finalized. He also visited CM House where he held a one-on-one meeting with CM Sindh Murad Ali Shah to discuss political, economic, and several other issues of the province.
Manila: On March 29, the Philippines filed a diplomatic protest over a Chinese Coast Guard vessel engaging in "close distance maneuvering". The incident intensified the risk of collision in the disputed South China Sea, Manila's national security adviser stated. "There may be counter-claims but we, as a nation, will stand by our established sovereign rights and sovereignty over the area," Hermogenes Esperon, the country's top security adviser, told reporters. "We've been saying that's part of our territory," he said, referring to the Scarborough Shoal where the encounter occurred.
The city government said on Sunday that Shanghai would launch a phased lockdown to curb an Omicron-fuelled Covid-19 outbreak. The latest outbreak has hit China with its highest caseloads since the early days of the pandemic. China's biggest city will observe lockdown in its eastern half for five days of testing beginning on March 28 followed by a similar lockdown of its western side beginning on April 1.
According to a spokesman for Afghanistan's foreign ministry, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited Kabul on Thursday to meet with his Afghan counterpart, marking the highest-level visit by a Chinese official since the Taliban took power last year. Wang landed in Kabul on Thursday, less than a week before Beijing hosts a conference of Afghanistan's neighbours to discuss ways to help the Taliban government. Beijing had worked to retain connections with the Taliban even before the Taliban took control of the country in August, as US-led foreign soldiers departed. However, China, like other countries, has refused to recognise the Taliban authority.
Beijing: On March 15, China posted a steep jump in daily Covid-19 infections with new cases more than doubling from a day earlier to hit a two-year high. It has raised concerns about the rising economic costs of its tough measures to contain the disease. According to the National Health Commission, a total of 3,507 domestically transmitted cases with confirmed symptoms were reported across more than a dozen provinces and municipalities, up from 1,337 a day earlier. Most of the new cases were in the northeastern province of Jilin.
Beijing: It emerged that the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) had been granted two more operating licences by the Chinese authorities, for Guangzhou and Xian, in addition to Beijing. Now the national flag carrier can start scheduling passenger flights to and from these stations. PIA Country Manager Qadir Bux Sangi said that the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) granted two more operating licences to the airline and enabled it to conduct flight operations between Pakistan and the two Chinese cities. “After the change in the current standard operating procedure of CAAC, we have an option to start our scheduled flights for Guangzhou and Xian also,” he added.
It was reported that the UN General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution that "demanded" Russia's "immediate" withdrawal from Ukraine. However, Pakistan abstained from taking part in voting against the resolution. Japan and New Zealand led condemnation from Asia, but China, India, and Pakistan refrained. During the debate, Beijing had emphasized the world had "nothing to gain" from a new Cold War.
On Thursday, Taiwan protested against regular missions by the Chinese air force over the last two years, though the aircraft did not get close to Taiwan itself. The ministry said the latest mission involved eight Chinese J-16 fighters and one Y-8 reconnaissance aircraft, which flew over an area to the northeast of the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands at the top end of the South China Sea. Taiwanese fighters were sent up to warn the Chinese aircraft and air defence missiles were deployed to "monitor the activities", the ministry said, using standard wording for how Taiwan describes its response.
About the Russian invasion of Ukraine, China indicated that an "independent power" like Russia did not need Beijing's backing for actions in Ukraine. Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying clarified that it was not supporting nor condemning Moscow for its actions. "As for the US suggestion that Russia has China's backing to act, I believe Russia will be very unhappy to hear such a statement".
Beijing: On Feb 10, it emerged that China suspended imports of beef from Lithuania this week. According to China's General Administration of Customs, the action was taken amidst a growing trade dispute over the Baltic nation's relations with Taiwan, which Beijing declares as Chinese territory. China did not give any specific reason for the suspension.
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has stated that his country maintains strong relations with both China and the United States, and that he wants to play the same "instrumental role" that drew Washington and Beijing closer together in the 1970s. The prime minister stated in an exclusive interview with CGTN's The Point's Liu Xin that his focus in Pakistan was the elevation of 220 million people, which was also tied to peace and stability.
China has instructed residents of the southern city of Baise to stay at home and suspended transportation links in response to an increase in Covid-19 cases attributable at least in part to the omicron form, Classes have been canceled, non-essential businesses have been closed down, and citizens have been required to undergo mass testing. Restaurants can only serve take-out orders. The sole reason traffic lights have been turned red is to warn cars to stay at home.
Prime Minister Imran Khan met with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of People in Beijing on Sunday, where he praised increased Chinese investment in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Phase-II, which is focused on industrialization and enhancing people's livelihoods. This was their "first meeting" since the premier's visit to the country in October of last year. The PM emphasised that the two countries' alliance is the "cornerstone" of Islamabad's foreign policy.
Beijing: Prime Minister Imran Khan met Chinese President Xi Jinping on the final day of his four-day visit to the neighbouring country. In a tweet, PM Khan said he had a "great meeting" with the Chinese president. "We agreed to further enhance our strategic and economic relations and to fast track the second phase of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)," he added.
On the opening day of the Beijing Winter Olympics, China's President Xi Jinping received Russia's Vladimir Putin, announcing a profound strategic alliance to counterbalance what they see as the United States' pernicious global influence. The two countries said in a joint statement that their new connection was superior to any political or military alliance formed during the Cold War. "There are no 'forbidden' areas of cooperation between the two States," they announced, revealing plans to engage in a variety of fields including space, climate change, artificial intelligence, and internet control.
Prime Minister Imran Khan, who is in China for a four-day visit, has described India's aggressive behaviour and Hindutva ideology as a threat to regional peace and a source of the region's enduring instability. The prime minister made his remarks in Beijing during an exclusive meeting with the leaders and representatives of China's biggest think tanks, universities, and the Pakistan Study Centre. The current Indian system, according to Prime Minister Imran, is producing long-term instability in the area. "India's atrocities in Indian-Occupied Kashmir remain" (IoK). He added, "The world should pay attention to India's ongoing atrocities against Kashmiris."
It emerged on Friday that China put on a united front with Russia in opposing further NATO expansion. A joint statement was issued on Friday after the Russian president met Xi in Beijing. The two powers called on NATO to “abandon the ideological approaches of the Cold War”.
Prime Minister Imran Khan's four-day visit to China, which begins today, is expected to revitalise the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, according to the government. "Twenty-one distinct areas have been highlighted to be discussed with the Chinese leadership," Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry told Dawn on Wednesday after attending a series of meetings at the Prime Minister's House headed by Mr Khan.
On Wednesday, the PM office announced that Prime Minister Imran Khan would be leaving for China tomorrow on a four-day visit. PM Khan will attend the Winter Olympics 2022 in Beijing and hold bilateral meetings with President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang. "Prime Minister Imran's visit from February 3 to February 6 has been scheduled on the Chinese leadership's special invitation and he will be accompanied by a high-level delegation, including members of the Cabinet and senior government officials," Foreign Office (FO) released a statement.