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China to aid Pakistan’s civilian nuclear projects

China to aid Pakistan’s civilian nuclear projects

ISLAMABAD: On his return from China, President Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday said Chinese leaders had committed full assistance to Pakistan in the field of civilian nuclear energy.
The president was talking to Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, who called on him at the Aiwan-e-Sadr.
An official statement issued after the meeting stated, “The current situation in the country and the recent visit of the president to China came under discussion.”
An official privy to the

Li Na leads China to team gold

GUANGZHOU: Li Na led China to their first Asian Games women’s tennis team gold on home ground on Tuesday with a crushing victory over defending champions Taiwan.
Peng Shuai saw off Chang Kai-chen 6-3, 7-5 before world number 11 Li, who is only playing the team event here, over-powered Chan Yung-jan 6-1, 6-1 to secure the title.
“At the last Asian Games in Doha in 2006 we lost in the quarter-finals to Uzbekistan, so this time we were fully prepared,” said Li, a semi-finalist

Kitajima flops as China goldrush steams on

GUANGZHOU: Olympic swimming champion Kosuke Kitajima flopped to finish outside the medals on Monday as the Chinese Asian Games goldrush gathered steam.
The Japanese icon, who clinched double breaststroke gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, was widely expected to win over 100m here but faded badly to finish fourth behind teammate Ryo Tateishi.
It was a stunning upset for Kitajima, who was attempting to win the 100-200m double for the third straight Asiad.

China dominates with 19 gold medals

GUANGZHOU: Hosts China made clear who was boss on the opening day of the Asian Games Saturday by claiming 19 of the 28 gold medals on offer, including its 1,000th since first competing in 1974.
The sporting extravaganza, the most ambitious Asiad so far with some 10,000 athletes from 45 countries and territories vying for gold in 42 sports, kicked into gear after a spectacular ceremony opened the massive showpiece.
China’s Yuan Xiaochao took the first honours, ensuring his

Asian Games open with China set to dominate

GUANGZHOU: The Asian Games opened with a spectacular water-themed gala ceremony on Friday, culminating years of planning for an event that is set to reinforce China’s regional sporting dominance.
The extravaganza heralds the most ambitious Asiad so far with some 10,000 athletes from 45 countries and territories vying for gold in 42 sports.
The Games run until November 27, with hosts China heavily favoured to top the medal table, and South Korea and Japan battling for second

China needs ‘sound’ world economy for forex reform

SEOUL: Chinese President Hu Jintao told US President Barack Obama Thursday that Beijing has an “unswerving” resolve to pursue currency reform, but needs a sound world economy to do it, an official said.
“President Hu also stressed that China’s resolve to push forward foreign exchange reform is unswerving,” foreign ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said after Hu and Obama met just prior to the start of a G20 summit in South Korean capital, Seoul.
“The reform will need a very sound

Zardari in China

ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari on Thursday arrived in China’s Guangzhou city to witness the opening of the 16th Asian games and to use the occasion to hold bilateral meetings with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva.

Pakistan may nix port deal with PSA; will China benefit?

ISLAMABAD: Balochistan Chief Minister Aslam Raisani on Tuesday pledged to challenge in courts what he said was a “one-sided” deal with a Singapore company to run the strategic Gwadar Port.
Authorities dismissed any notion that the port would be given in Chinese control because of its substantial investment. But analysts suspect China would push for a major say over the port to back its bid to expand its influence in the Indian Ocean.
Pakistan, struggling to revive its

SRK to make history in China

From Berlin, where he is currently shooting for Farhan Akhtar’s ‘Don 2’, Shah Rukh Khan will be headed to China for the premiere of ‘My Name Is Khan’ (MNIK).
And this occasion will go down in history because no Indian film has been released in China in the last 30 years. Intense preparations are on for the premiere, tentatively scheduled for November 30 in Beijing.
Producer Karan Johar says, “It’s an honour especially since China allows only the release of 20 foreign films

US urges China to press North Korea to return to nuclear talks

HANOI: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Saturday urged Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi to use his government’s clout to get North Korea to return to nuclear disarmament talks.
During discussions on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit in Hanoi, Clinton also urged Yang to have China pressure North Korea to smooth the way for the Group of 20 summit in South Korea and improve ties with Seoul, a senior US State Department official told reporters.
“We conveyed today

China PM to visit India, says big powers can grow together

HANOI: Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said Friday he would visit India later this year, stressing there was “enough space in the world” for both the giant nations to prosper despite a backdrop of frosty ties.
“I will pay a visit to India by the end of this year,” Wen said during talks with his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh on the sidelines of a Southeast Asia summit in the Vietnamese capital. Border disputes, a short war in 1962 and the presence in India of Tibet’s spiritual

Indian PM positive on ties with China

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Wednesday there were “enormous possibilities” to work with China, playing down simmering tensions between the giant Asian neighbours.
“Are India and China in competition? I sincerley believe that there are enornmous possibilities of our two countries to work together,” Singh told a gathering of business leaders in Malaysia’s administrative capital, Putrajaya.
“I look upon the world as a large enough place to

China grab team gold as Japan stumble

Olympic champions China claimed a fourth straight men’s team title at the world gymnastics championships here on Thursday as a late tumble ended the gold-medal hopes of Asian rivals Japan.
The title-chase went down to the wire with the Chinese sealing victory when Japan’s Kazuhito Tanaka fell on the final rotation – the horizonal bar. The Kohei Uchimura-led Japanese finished 1.228 points behind to take silver with the bronze going to Germany in a repeat of the

China won’t confirm Japan meeting, tensions return

China refused to say on Thursday whether Premier Wen Jiabao will meet Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan at a regional summit this month, and a Chinese diplomat accused Japanese foreign affairs minister of rekindling ill-will.
The swipe at Japanese Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara by Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Hu Zhengyue exposed the prickly tensions that still dog ties between Asia’s two biggest economies, despite their efforts to overcome a maritime dispute.

China ‘shocked’ by Japan FM’s comments as two sides meet

BEIJING: China on Tuesday said it was shocked by the latest comments from Tokyo in a simmering row over a group of disputed islands, as the two sides held informal talks in a bid to ease tensions.
The latest volley in the war of words between Asia’s top two economies came after three days of sporadically violent anti-Japan protests in several Chinese cities — the largest such demonstrations since 2005. Japan and China are trying to rebuild ties that were badly strained after

China cries foul over peace prize, dissident’s wife elated

China on Friday slammed the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to jailed dissident Liu Xiaobo as a violation of the honour’s ideals, while the laureate’s joyful wife led calls for his immediate release.
Beijing — which has repeatedly branded the 54-year-old writer a criminal following his December 2009 jailing for 11 years on subversion charges — also warned Norway that ties would suffer over the Nobel committee’s decision.
“The Nobel Peace Prize should be awarded to those