IRSHAD SALIM (Updated) — China’s National People’s Congress on Tuesday wrapped up a historic legislative session in March that voted to amend the constitution, scrap presidential term limits and grant President Xi Jinping a mandate to rule indefinitely– his new term ends in 2023. The two-week annual session also paved the way for Xi to become China’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong as he pushes through his vision of guiding the country through a “new era” of unrivaled global economic supremacy with his signature Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).Read More
The country is home to some 23 million Muslims, but restrictions on them are intensifying, particularly in the northwestern province of Xinjiang which is home to the mostly Muslim Uighur minority, where there are bans on beards and public prayers May 21, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — All Chinese mosques should raise the national flag to “promote a spirit of patriotism” among Muslims, the country’s top Islamic regulatory body has declared, as the Communist Party seeks to tighten its grip on religion. Flags should be hung in a “prominent position” in allRead More
May 11, 2018 (BE2C2) — This real estate firm in China might have one of the worst methods of motivating employees. Several workers were filmed lining up and getting slapped by their manager after allegedly failing to do their jobs properly. The employees allegedly volunteered for the punishment which also included crawling around on all fours.
May 10, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — After pulling the United States out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, U.S. President Donald Trump said Wednesday his administration plans to put strong sanctions on Iran “very soon.” “We have terminated a terrible, terrible deal that should have never, ever been made,” he said. “And we will be putting on among the strongest sanctions that we’ve ever put on a country.” Trump told reporters about the plan about 24 hours after officially withdrawing from the Obama-era agreement, calling it “defective at its core.” TrumpRead More
Computer scientists have found the longest straight line you could sail without hitting land. While they were at it, they found the longest straight path you could drive without hitting water. April 30, 2018 (BE2C2) — Back in 2012, a curious debate emerged on the discussion website Reddit, specifically on a subreddit called /r/MapPorn. Here the user Kepleronlyknows posted a map of the world purporting to show the longest navigable straight-line path over water without hitting land. The route began in Pakistan– few hundred miles west of the country’s portRead More
April 21, 2018: China must strengthen its grip on the internet to ensure broader social and economic goals are met, state news agency Xinhua reported on Saturday citing comments from President Xi Jinping, underlining a hardening attitude towards online content. Under Xi’s rule China has increasingly tightened its grip on the internet, concerned about losing influence and control over a younger generation who are driving a diverse and vibrant online culture from livestreaming to blogs. “Without web security there’s no national security, there’s no economic and social stability, and it’sRead More
(BE2C2) — Acting ambassador of Russian Federation on Monday said Russia was eagerly waiting for a formal invitation from China and Pakistan to invest in CPEC related projects. Vladirmir Berezyuk also said that a delegation of Russian businessmen will visit Pakistan very soon to explore new opportunities for investment. Addressing members of the Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FCCI), Berezyuk mentioned Russian cooperation in the development of Pakistan economy specially the Karachi Steel Mills and Guddu Power Plant as fine examples of mutual and highly productive cooperation, he said.Read More
KEY POINTS: US Arms Deliveries to India Has Grown by 557 Percent During the Period 2008 and 2017; A Chinese defense analyst says there is no military alliance between China and Pakistan, but “China’s arms exports to Pakistan are a powerful weapon to safeguard the South Asian country’s military sovereignty.”. (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — As the Trump administration targets Pakistan, the country is gradually reducing its dependence on American military technology and China is filling the gap, says a Financial Times report, which also warns that this shift will have geopolitical repercussions.Read More
Meanwhile, the IAF has launched a very ambitious $19.5 billion program to buy 110 military fighters on transfer of technology and performance based logistics basis. (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — India is aiming to prepare itself for a short and swift two-front war against its neighbors China and Pakistan who are very close–the ‘Iron Brothers’ have jointly undertaken a gigantic multi-billion dollar trade and economic corridor through Pakistan much to its dismay. According to a report in India Today, the Indian Air Force (IAF) carried out around 10,000 sorties of its entire combatRead More
(PKONWEB Report) — Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa who is on an official visit to Brunei Darussalam, met leadership of the country. The Army Chief met sultan of Brunei, Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Muizzaddin Waddaulah. Matters of mutual interest including bilateral defense cooperation and military to military ties between both the countries were discussed, according to ISPR press release. Gen Bajwa also met Deputy Defense Minister, Maj Gen Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Mohd Yussof (Retd). Later the Pak Army Chief met military leadership ofRead More
Beijing has invested about $128b in energy projects in Belt and Road countries since 2001. The slowdown in spending last year came as the government cracked down on capital outflows, scrutinizing companies that expanded rapidly overseas.
China will plant new forests covering an area roughly the size of Ireland this year as it aims to increase forest coverage to 23 percent of its total landmass by the end of the decade, China Daily reported on Friday.