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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan vowed on Friday that his government would complete the ambitious China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) at "any cost" as the $60 billion project is a manifestation of the all-weather friendship between the two countries. Addressing a meeting held here to review progress on the CPEC projects, Khan said it is an excellent project for Pakistan's socio-economic development and the "gigantic multi-faceted initiative would guarantee a bright future for the nation", the Dawn newspaper reported. Lauding the performance of the CPEC Authority, he said measures must be taken to improve its working as well as capacity. “The corridor is a manifestation of Pakistan-China friendship and the government will complete it at any cost and bring its
HONG KONG: Prominent Hong Kong democracy activist Nathan Law has left the city for an undisclosed location, he revealed on his Facebook page shortly after testifying at a US congressional hearing about the tough national security law China had imposed on the semi-autonomous territory. In his post late Thursday, he said that he decided to take on the responsibility for advocating for Hong Kong internationally and had since left the city. “As a global-facing activist, the choices I have are stark: to stay silent from now on, or to keep engaging in private diplomacy so I can warn the world of the threat of Chinese authoritarian expansion,” he said. “I made the decision when I agreed to testify before the
Protesters chant slogans during a rally against a new national security law in Hong Kong: AFPWASHINGTON: Congress has approved a bill rebuking China over its crackdown in Hong Kong amid protests against a strict "national security" law that outlaws so-called subversive or terrorist acts, as well as collusion with foreign forces intervening in the city's affairs. Critics say the new law effectively ends the "one country, two systems" framework under which Hong Kong was promised a high degree of autonomy when it reverted from British to Chinese rule in 1997. The US legislation would impose sanctions on groups that undermine Hong Kong's autonomy, including police units that have cracked down on Hong Kong protesters, as well as Chinese Communist Party
SYDNEY: Australia is actively considering providing safe haven to Hong Kong residents in response to China's sweeping new security law, it said Thursday, a move likely to further inflame tensions with Beijing. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the situation in Hong Kong was "very concerning" and his government was "very actively" considering proposals to welcome in residents of the former British territory. Asked by a reporter whether Australia could extend an offer of safe haven, Morrison responded "yes." He said the measures would soon be considered by his Cabinet, hinting strongly that it would be approved. "We think that's important and very consistent with who we are as a people." It comes a day after the United Kingdom announced a
After its ban on 59 Chinese apps, the government Wednesday seemed to launch a fresh diplomatic offensive against China by breaking its silence on China's new security law for Hong Kong. At the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, the government said Wednesday that given the large Indian community that makes the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China its home, India has been keeping "a close watch on recent developments". "We have heard several statements expressing concern on these developments. We hope the relevant parties will take into account these views and address them properly, seriously and objectively," said India's permanent representative to UN in Geneva Rajiv Chander. He didn't name China though. The remark was made during an
GENEVA: India has been keeping a close watch on the recent developments in Hong Kong, said Rajiv Kumar Chander, the country's ambassador and permanent representative to the UN in Geneva, on Wednesday, and urged the global body to address related concerns 'seriously and objectively'. "Given the large Indian community that makes the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China its home, India has been keeping a close watch on the recent developments. We have heard several statements expressing concerns on these developments. We hope the relevant parties will take into account these views and address them properly, seriously and objectively," Chander said at a press briefing at the UN body in Geneva. Thousands of Hong Kongers, who saw new dawn
Protesters chant slogans during a rally against a new national security law in Hong Kong on July 1, 2020 (AFP...Read MoreHONG KONG: Hong Kong police made their first arrests under a new national security law imposed by China's central government, arresting at least seven people suspected of violating the legislation during protests on Wednesday. At least two people were arrested for carrying flags and signs calling for Hong Kong's independence. One man with a Hong Kong independence flag was arrested at a protest in the city's Causeway Bay shopping district after police issued multiple warnings to the crowd that they might be in violation of the law, according to a police statement on Twitter. Police later arrested another woman
HONG KONG: Hong Kong police have made their first arrest under a new national security law, arresting a protester for carrying a flag calling for Hong Kong independence at a protest Wednesday in the city's Causeway Bay shopping district. The man was intercepted by police and was arrested after police had issued multiple warnings to the crowd warning that they might be in violation of the national security law, which took effect Tuesday at 11pm 1500 GMT).
HONG KONG: A man found in possession of a Hong Kong independence flag became the first person to be arrested under Beijing's new national security law for the city, police said Wednesday. "A man was arrested for holding a #HKIndependence flag in #CausewayBay, Hong Kong, violating the #NationalSecurityLaw," police wrote on their verified Twitter account alongside a picture of the man and the flag. #BREAKING: A man was arrested for holding a #HKIndependence flag in #CausewayBay, Hong Kong, violating the… https://t.co/BM9zYGSETm— Hong Kong Police Force (@hkpoliceforce) 1593581893000"This is the first arrest made since the law has come into force," the force added.
BEIJING: China on Wednesday slammed international criticism over a controversial new national security law for Hong Kong, saying other countries should keep their noses out. Western governments and critics have warned the new law will curb the city's freedoms and undermine its "One Country, Two Systems" governance scheme, which technically allows freedoms unseen on the mainland. But Beijing officials rebuffed the criticism of the law at a press conference. "What's this got to do with you?" said Zhang Xiaoming of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs office of the State Council. "It's none of your business". Officials insisted there had been wide consultation with members of Hong Kong society and hit back at criticism it was undermining Hong Kong's autonomy.
Chinese government supporters march in Hong Kong on Tuesday (NYT photo)China passed a contentious new law for Hong Kong on Tuesday that would empower the authorities to crack down on opposition to Beijing, risking deeper rifts with Western governments that have warned about the erosion of freedoms in the territory. The move is being seen by many as Beijing’s boldest yet to erase the legal firewall between the semi-autonomous territory and the mainland’s authoritarian Communist Party system. President Xi Jinping signed a presidential order promulgating the law after it was approved by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, the official Xinhua news agency said. It will be added to the Basic Law, Hong Kong’s constitution. Beijing has kept
WASHINGTON: The United States on Monday ended sensitive defense exports to Hong Kong, further ramping up pressure in a row over the financial capital's autonomy from China. The US announced the decision hours after China said it would curb visas to some Americans heading to Hong Kong, itself a response to a US move. The United States has been leading a global uproar over a national security law which Hong Kong activists say will destroy the city's freedoms. "We can no longer distinguish between the export of controlled items to Hong Kong or to mainland China," US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement. "We cannot risk these items falling into the hands of the People's Liberation Army,
HONG KONG: China's parliament passed national security legislation for Hong Kong on Tuesday, setting the stage for the most radical changes to the former British colony's way of life since it returned to Chinese rule almost exactly 23 years ago. Cable TV, citing an unidentified source, said the law was passed unanimously by the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress. The legislation pushes Beijing further along a collision course with the United States, Britain and other Western governments, which have said it erodes the high degree of autonomy the global financial hub was granted at its July 1, 1997 handover. In response to the legislation, the United States began eliminating Hong Kong's special status under US law on Monday,
US secretary of state Mike Pompeo (File Photo)WASHINGTON: The United States said Monday it was ending the export of sensitive military items to Hong Kong, no longer treating the financial hub separately from China. Secretary of state Mike Pompeo said the United States was taking the measure due to China's push forward with a security law that Hong Kong activists say will curb the city's freedoms. "We can no longer distinguish between the export of controlled items to Hong Kong or to mainland China," Pompeo said in a statement. "We cannot risk these items falling into the hands of the People's Liberation Army, whose primary purpose is to uphold the dictatorship of the CCP by any means necessary," he said,
BEIJING: China said on Monday that it would retaliate against US moves to punish officials tied to political crackdowns in Hong Kong by imposing visa restrictions on Americans it considers to have “performed badly” on matters regarding the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. Foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian gave no details in making the announcement at a daily briefing. It wasn't clear if the measure targeted only US government officials or those in the private sector as well. It comes as China's legislature is expected to pass a national security law for Hong Kong on Tuesday that critics say will severely limit opposition politics and freedom of speech in the city. The US says it will respond by ending favourable trading terms
Hong Kong police arrested at least 53 people on Sunday after scuffles erupted during a relatively peaceful pro...Read MoreHONG KONG: China’s top legislative body will vote on Hong Kong’s security legislation on Tuesday, the day before the city’s handover anniversary, Now TV News reported, signalling Beijing may soon hand down a measure that pro-democracy activists say could erode the city’s unique freedoms. At a three-day meeting that started on Sunday, the National People’s Congress standing committee discussed the legislation to punish acts of secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces, Radio TV Hong Kong reported earlier, citing Ip Kwok-him, one of the city’s non-voting delegates. The proposed law includes a life sentence for acts of secession and subversion, according
NEW DELHI: China will have to pay a "heavy price" for decades for resorting to aggressive military behaviour towards India in eastern Ladakh as it will isolate the country globally, strategic affairs experts said on Saturday. They said the economic cost of China's misadventure in the last couple of months in eastern Ladakh and South China will be "massive" as it has "exposed" Beijing's "real face" when the entire world is fighting coronavirus. The experts have also referred to China's tariff war with the US, growing bickering with Australia on trade-related issues and the fast deteriorating situation in Hong Kong. "China has made a huge mistake by resorting to aggressive military behaviour in eastern Ladakh. By triggering the standoff when
Representative imageGENEVA: The UN human rights experts have voiced concerns over China's collective repression of its population, especially religious and ethnic minorities in Muslim-majority Xinjiang and the Tibet autonomous regions, and called for decisive measures to protect fundamental freedoms in the country. "The UN experts repeatedly communicated with the Government of the People's Republic of China their alarm regarding the repression of fundamental freedoms in China,” according to a press statement released by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Friday. They have “raised their concerns regarding a range of issues of grave concern, from the collective repression of the population, especially religious and ethnic minorities, in Xinjiang and Tibet, to the detention of
WASHINGTON: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday the United States was imposing visa restrictions on Chinese Communist Party officials believed responsible for restricting freedoms in Hong Kong. "Today, I am announcing visa restrictions on current and former CCP officials who are believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, undermining Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy," Pompeo said in a statement, which did not name those targeted. The announcement comes in response to moves by China to impose new security legislation on Hong Kong, which prompted U.S. President Donald Trump last month to initiate a process to eliminate special economic treatment that has allowed the territory to remain a global financial center. It also comes at a
It's not easy for actress Lisa Haydon to take her pictures when her baby Leo is around. Taking to Instagram, Lisa posted a video in which her newborn son is seen kicking her as she tries to take a selfie. "Here's a bit of reality ... Selfie anyone," she captioned the clip. Check out the post here: Netizens, of course, love her son's cute, action-packed antics. A user commented: "This is such a beautiful video." Another one wrote: "Can't stop laughing." Actresses Amy Jackson, Evelyn Sharma and Nargis Fakhri too poured in love in the comment section of the post. Lisa, who is known for her roles in films like 'Queen' and 'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil', got married to entrepreneur Dino Lalvani in
HONG KONG: Hong Kong's Center for Health Protection (CHP) said on Friday that three new cases of COVID-19 infection have been reported, taking the total number of confirmed cases to 1,196. The new cases involved three male aged between seven and 26, who all had travel history during the incubation period, the CHP said, adding that epidemiological investigations and relevant contact tracing are underway, Xinhua news agency reported. The CHP urged residents to avoid all non-essential travel outside Hong Kong as the Covid-19 situation remained severe and there is a continuous increase in the number of cases around the world. According to Hong Kong's Hospital Authority, 97 patients are still in hospital, including one in critical condition.
WASHINGTON: The US Senate passed legislation on Thursday that would impose mandatory sanctions on people or companies that back efforts by China to restrict Hong Kong's autonomy, pushing back against Beijing's new security law for the city. The measure also includes secondary sanctions on banks that do business with anyone found to be backing any crackdown on the territory's autonomy, potentially cutting them off from American counterparts and limiting access to US dollar transactions. The "Hong Kong Autonomy Act" passed by unanimous consent. To become law, it must also pass the House of Representatives and be signed by President Donald Trump. Democratic Senator Chris Van Hollen, a lead sponsor, said in the Senate the legislation would send a clear message
NEW DELHI: Japan’s defence minister Taro Kono on Thursday described Chinese activity in the disputed South China Sea and elsewhere in Asia, including India, as “alarming”. Kono, who announced Japan’s decision to revise its missile defence programme and scale up its entire defence posture, also raised concern about China’s increasingly assertive activity in regional seas and skies. He said Chinese coast guard vessels are repeatedly in and out of Japanese waters around disputed East China Sea islands, and a Chinese submarine recently passed just off Japan’s southern coast. “China is trying to change the status quo unilaterally in East China Sea, South China Sea and with the Indian border and Hong Kong as well,” he said. “It is easy to
WASHINGTON: US secretary of state Mike Pompeo has said that he had a very frank discussion with his Chinese counterpart Wang Jiechi about the "unprovoked aggression" by Beijing on a number of fronts. During the meeting in Hawaii last week, Pompeo said he also pressed for "more transparency" from China on the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic for the good of the world. The meeting which was kept under wraps till the meeting day, took place amidst tensions between China and the US on a range of issues. "I met with Yang Jiechi last week in Hawaii. We had a very frank discussion about the Chinese Communist Party's unprovoked aggression on a number of fronts and I pressed him for
Riot police gather on a road as protesters take part in a pro-democracy rally against a proposed new security ...Read MoreBEIJING: China's top lawmaking body has announced a three-day session for the end of this month, a move that raises the possibility of the enactment of a national security law for Hong Kong that has stirred debate and fears in the semi-autonomous territory. The official Xinhua News Agency said Sunday that the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress would meet from June 28-30 in Beijing. The brief report did not mention the Hong Kong security law among several possible discussion items, but it could still be on the agenda or added at the meeting. China released some details of
BEIJING/HONG KONG: China will have overarching powers over the enforcement of a new national security law in Hong Kong, according to details released on Saturday that signalled the deepest change to the city's way of life since it returned to Chinese rule in 1997. The planned law has alarmed foreign governments as well as democracy activists in Hong Kong, who were already concerned that Beijing is eroding the high degree of autonomy granted to the territory when it was handed over from British rule. According to details released by the official Xinhua news agency, Hong Kong will establish a committee to safeguard the legislation, headed by the city's leader Carrie Lam and supervised by the central government. New police and
WASHINGTON: China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) initiated one of the most violent clashes with India, since the two countries went to war in1962, just for the sake of grabbing land territory, according to a top American Senator. Mitch McConnell, US Senate Majority Leader during a foreign policy speech on the floor of the House on Thursday said: "On land, for the sake of grabbing territory, the PLA appears to have instigated the most violent clash between China and India since those nations went to war in 1962." McConnell further said, "Needless to say, the rest of the world has watched with grave concern this violent exchange between two nuclear states. We are encouraging de-escalation and hoping for peace." As many
WASHINGTON: The US on Friday criticised the Chinese Army for "escalating" the border tension with India and described the ruling Chinese Communist Party as a "rogue actor." Launching a scathing attack on the Chinese government, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the Chinese Communist Party wants to undo all the progress the free world has made through institutions like NATO and adopt a new set of rules and norms that accommodate Beijing. "The PLA (People's Liberation Army) has escalated border tensions with India, the world's most populous democracy. It's militarising the South China Sea and illegally claiming more territory there, threatening vital sea lanes," Pompeo said, a day after he expressed deep condolences to India on the death of
BEIJING: China has launched a nationwide campaign to inspect food imports after a new coronavirus outbreak emerged at a wholesale market in Beijing, with experts suggesting it shares similarities to European strains. Authorities have been testing hundreds of thousands of people for the contagion while neighbourhoods have been locked down and schools closed to prevent a second wave of the epidemic that China had largely brought under control. Another 25 cases were confirmed in Beijing on Friday, taking the total number of infections since last week to 183. Chinese authorities shared the genome data of the latest outbreak with the World Health Organization and international scientific community on Thursday. Initial findings suggest it "came from Europe", but differs from what
WASHINGTON: For the sake of grabbing territory, the Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) of China appears to have instigated the most violent clash between the two Asian giants, a top American Senator said on Thursday. “On land, for the sake of grabbing territory, the PLA appears to have instigated the most violent clash between China and India since those nations went to war in 1962,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a major foreign policy speech on the floor of the House. In his speech, China topped the list of countries, threatening the interest of the US and its allies. “Needless to say, the rest of the world has watched with grave concern this violent exchange between two nuclear states.
WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump warned Thursday the United States had the option to separate from China's deeply intertwined economy, despite the powers' pledges to move forward on a trade deal. The US "certainly does maintain a policy option, under various conditions, of a complete decoupling from China. Thank you!" Trump tweeted. It was not Ambassador Lighthizer’s fault (yesterday in Committee) in that perhaps I didn’t make myself clear, but t… https://t.co/iZqtA0rRKo— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 1592510173000He wrote that he was responding to comments by his trade representative Robert Lighthizer, who has been at the forefront of trade war negotiations with Beijing. Lighthizer told a congressional committee on Wednesday that China so far has been living up to the terms of
In the middle of the worst Sino-Indian border tensions in decades, there was more bad news for India from Kathmandu as Nepal Thursday completed the legislative process for the validation of its controversial new map which shows parts of India's Uttarakhand state as belonging to Nepal. The upper house of Parliament, National Assembly, Thursday unanimously approved the constitution amendment bill for revising the map in the national emblem. This is important for the K P Oli government to legitimise the new map which shows Kalapani, Limpiyadhura and the strategic Lipulekh Pass located near the tri-junction with China and Nepal as Nepali territory. The Nepal president now has to provide the final seal of approval. This though is seen as a
NEW DELHI: The Galwan clashes, the bloodiest India and China have ever experienced since at least 1975, shows the rising ferocity of the India-China engagement on the borders. With one of the largest losses in recent years, an Indian retaliation is assured. But on a larger scale, China lost India on Tuesday. In many ways, this government, like previous ones, has been guilty of being almost indulgent of Chinese intrusions into Indian territory which have become more insistent and violent in the past few years. The stock explanation from ministers, even the defence minister, is about “differing perceptions of the LAC”. In fact, it may be this that has emboldened the Chinese to take greater liberties. At this point,
HONG KONG: The thousands of coronavirus tests that have enabled the Premier League to return this week have an unlikely source -- a little-known start-up in Hong Kong. Prenetics/Circle DNA is playing a key role in rebooting the world's most popular football league after landing a £4 million ($5 million) contract to screen its players and staff. The company has set up stations at each of the Premier League's 20 clubs, carrying out testing twice a week -- using partner laboratories in Britain -- in the run-up to Wednesday's return to play. So far, 8,687 deep-throat and nasal swab tests have turned up 16 cases, with Tottenham Hotspur, Norwich City, Bournemouth, Watford and Burnley all revealing positive results. The screening,
HONG KONG: China will have jurisdiction over "some extremely rare" national security cases in Hong Kong under a new law to be imposed on the semi-autonomous city, a senior official said Monday. The revelation comes just three days ahead of a major meeting of China's top lawmaking body. Beijing has signalled the new law - which will bypass the city's legislature - needs to be passed quickly following a year of pro-democracy protests. Deng Zhonghua, deputy head of China's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, said enforcing the national security law would largely fall to Hong Kong's local authorities and police. "However, the central authorities should also reserve jurisdiction over some extremely rare cases when an offence takes place in
WASHINGTON: The United States on Wednesday revoked Hong Kong's special status under US law, paving the way to strip trading privileges for the financial hub as Washington accused China of trampling on the territory's autonomy. Hours before China's rubber-stamp parliament was set to take a key vote on a new Hong Kong security law that has sparked protests, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo certified to Congress that Hong Kong "does not continue to warrant treatment" under US laws that it has enjoyed even after its handover to China in 1997. Under a law passed last year to support Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters, the US administration must certify that the territory still enjoys freedoms promised by Beijing when negotiating with
Protesters are sprayed as they gather against new security laws in Hong Kong (NYT)TAIPEI: Taiwan will provide the people of Hong Kong with "necessary assistance", President Tsai Ing-wen said, after a resurgence in protests in the Chinese ruled territory against newly proposed national security legislation from Beijing. Taiwan has become a refuge for a small but growing number of pro-democracy protesters fleeing Hong Kong, which has been convulsed since last year by protests. Hong Kong police fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse thousands of people who rallied on Sunday to protest against Beijing's plan to impose national security laws on the city. Writing on her Facebook page late on Sunday, Tsai said the proposed legislation was a
Dennis Kwok was with his two children, hiking through the lush jungles of Hong Kong’s Victoria Peak in April, when he realized how far China was willing to go to quell dissent in the former British colony. Kwok’s phone lit up with texts and calls asking about an alarming and unprecedented statement from China’s top agency overseeing Hong Kong. It said Kwok — an opposition lawmaker who was participating in a filibuster effort in the city’s elected legislature — may have committed misconduct and violated his oath of office, offenses that could cost him his seat. “It ruined the day with my kids,” Kwok, 42, said. But the London-trained lawyer also realized that “something fundamental had changed” in the
HONG KONG: Hundreds of anti-government protesters gathered in Hong Kong on Sunday, AFP journalists witnessed, after China sparked outrage with a proposed new security law that campaigners fear will spell the end of the city's cherished freedoms. The protesters chanted pro-democracy slogans in Causeway Bay, one of the city's busiest shopping districts, as riot police warned them with loudspeakers and flags that the gathering was unlawful and that they should disperse.
BEIJING: The United States is pushing relations with China to "the brink of a new Cold War", the Chinese foreign minister said on Sunday, with tensions soaring over coronavirus, Hong Kong's status and other issues. "It has come to our attention that some political forces in the US are taking China-US relations hostage and pushing our two countries to the brink of a new Cold War," foreign minister Wang Yi told reporters. Longstanding friction between the two powers over trade, human rights and other issues have been pushed to new heights since the Covid-19 outbreak. Wang did not identify what "forces" he was referring to, but US President Donald Trump has led world criticism of China's initial response to
NEW DELHI: About 87 per cent of Indians feel that their country has managed the Covid-19 crisis well, placing the country at the third place among 23 countries, according to a new survey. According to Blackbox Research and Toluna survey, Covid-19 did not have a hugely negative impact on national mood. "An overwhelming 87 per cent of Indians felt that their country has managed the crisis well. With an index score of 59, India is tied for third place with the United Arab Emirates amongst 23 countries in the study," the survey pointed out. It said that more than half of Indians rated their national leaders favourably amid the crisis, with 69 per cent satisfied with their top national political
नई दिल्ली: कोरोना वायरस(Coronavirus) के खिलाफ लड़ाई में हांगकांग ने अब तक अच्छा प्रदर्शन किया है. खास बात यह है कि पिछले 14 दिनों में संक्रमण का कोई नया मामला सामने नहीं आया है. आशंका जताई जा रही थी कि हांगकांग में कोरोना फिर से रफ्तार पकड़ सकता है, लेकिन सरकारी प्रयासों ने इस आशंका को गलत साबित किया. पिछले कुछ हफ्तों में जिस तरह से महामारी को नियंत्रित करने के लिए हांगकांग ने कदम उठाए हैं, वह पूरी दुनिया के लिए एक उदाहरण है कि किस तरह से कोरोना संक्रमण के खतरे को सीमित किया जा सकता है. कोरोना वायरस के पुन: ज्यादा ताकत से हमला बोलने (second wave) की आशंका के मद्देनजर हांगकांग ने तुरंत कई निर्णय लिए. जैसे