Thu, Mar

Top Stories

Grid List

China’s Belt and Road Initiative Paves Way for Development Opportunities for Nepal, Eurasian Region: Experts


KATHMANDU, Feb. 12: Nearly 100 experts from different countries, investors, traders and business community members attended the one-day seminar entitled "Strengthening cooperation to promote the construction of the Belt and Road" organized by Nepal China Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCCI) in Kathmandu on February 11,2018.

The China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative has paved the way for new opportunities for Nepal to realize its dream of development and economic prosperity, government officials and experts said stating that the Belt and Road Initiative will bring opportunities in multiple fields including trade, connectivity, physical infrastructure development, tourism and investment, they pointed out the need of concrete mechanism for implementation.

"We have chalked out strategies and plans to implement the initiative but I believe Belt and Road Initiative is a much broader concept. We should have three tracks of approach, including the government one, business to business approach including private sector and knowledge-based approach to gain maximum benefits," Shanker Das Bairagi, Secretary at Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said after inaugurating the event.

Stressing that Nepal is a land-locked and least development country, the foreign secretary said that it needs the cooperation of neighbors, especially China, to upgrade its status to a developing country.

Nepal and China had signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Belt and Road Initiative on May 2017 in Kathmandu. Introduced by China in 2013, the Belt and Road Initiative aims to build a trade and infrastructure network connecting Asia with Europe and Africa along the ancient trade routes of Silk Road.

Addressing the function, Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Yu Hong said that development of the Belt and Road Initiative needs sincerity and resolution and the vision of all parties.

"China is willing to work closely with Nepal to seize the historical chance to develop concrete cooperation under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative and bring China-Nepal relations to a new height," Yu said.

On the occasion, she pointed out various points to enhance the cooperation, namely strengthening policy coordination and consolidate mutual trust, expanding connectivity and sharing experience for economic development, promoting the unimpeded trade, deepening the financial integration and constructing the road for innovation, strengthening the people-to-people bond for mutual learning.

Experts were of view that there is a need of sincerity and political commitment for the implementation of the initiative from the Nepali side.

They pointed out that Nepal's government should focus on some basic pre-requisites like connectivity, infrastructure development, reforms in laws, and policy amendments among others.

Dr Rajesh Kazi Shrestha, President of Nepal China Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said, "We are eager to welcome investment under the Belt and Road Initiative in various possible sectors like hydropower, agriculture, trade related infrastructure, tourism, herbs and herbal products, natural resources and service sectors."

Nepal is a significant partner of China's Belt and Road Initiative, proposed by in 2013 by President Xi Jinping. The trillion dollars project aims to build trade and infrastructure networks connecting Asia with Europe and Africa based on ancient land and maritime trade routes.


Standard Chartered, China Development Bank to Fund Corporate Finance Projects in Belt and Road Region


Beijing, Feb.7: The Standard Chartered Bank, British multinational banking and financial services company, will facilitate financing worth USD20 billion by 2020 to support the Belt and Road Initiative, aims to build trade and infrastructure networks connecting Asia with Europe and Africa based on ancient land and maritime trade routes.

In this regard, China Development Bank and Standard Chartered Bank signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), formalising a strategic partnership that aims to facilitate trade and investment relating to China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

The Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and UK Prime Minister Theresa May witnessed the signing in Beijing last week.

The strategic partnership reflects the long-term commitment of both parties to support the Belt and Road Initiative, which is intended to promote economic cooperation among countries along the land and maritime routes from and through Asia to the rest of the world.

The MoU will enable China Development Bank, a policy financial institution under China’s State Council, to make available up to RMB10 billion in aggregate in the next five years to Standard Chartered to facilitate Belt and Road Initiative projects.

Standard Chartered, which has a deep and long-standing presence in 45 of the markets along the proposed Belt and Road Initiative routes, will use this facility to support loans that will fund corporate finance projects and trade finance transactions in those locations. Standard Chartered will make the drawdown decisions, and take the credit risk of the borrowers.

Standard Chartered was involved in over 50 projects related to the Belt and Road Initiative in 2017.

Hu, Huaibang, Chairman of China Development Bank, commented: “China Development Bank has committed to set up special lending schemes worth RMB 250 billion to support Belt and Road Initiative projects during 2017-2019. The Belt and Road Initiative benefits the long-term development of the nations along the route. Leveraging Standard Chartered’s rich expertise and extensive network in Asia, Africa and the Middle East will enable China Development Bank to further enhance the commercial viability and sustainability of those projects.”

Bill Winters, Group Chief Executive of Standard Chartered PLC, commented: “It’s an honour to partner with China Development Bank to boost lending in support of the Belt and Road Initiative. This MoU brings us closer together, and offers more flexibility of funding, especially RMB funding, to support projects along the Belt and Road Initiative routes. Through cooperation, financial institutions can not only pool together and optimise the usage of financial resources, but help clients mitigate or avoid risks.”

British Firms Securing Business Deals Linked to Infrastructure Projects in Countries along the Belt and Road


Beijing, Feb. 6: British companies in collaboration with the Chinese partners are playing a vital role in infrastructure building projects in African continent for the win-win cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative, a one trillion dollar development project of China.

On the shores of Maputo Bay in Mozambique, workers are busy putting finishing touches to the Maputo-Catembe bridge, Africa's longest suspension bridge, which is due to be completed later this year.

The $725-million bridge will cut four hours off the drive time from the South African border to Maputo, and enhance trade and tourism between South Africa and the rest of the Southern African Development Community, an organization of 12 southern African states and Madagascar, Mauritius and the Seychelles.

The project, the biggest since Mozambique's independence from Portugal in 1975, was mostly funded by the Export Import Bank of China and built by the China Road and Bridge Corporation, but British companies have played a role.

The engineering company Arup acted as consultants to the Chinese bridge designers CCCC Second Highway and helped it fulfil the Eurocode regulations for steel and concrete structures.

Arup's participation in the Maputo-Catembe bridge is one example of the latest trend of British engineering consultants, architects, law firms, and banks securing business deals linked to infrastructure projects in countries along the Belt and Road.

During her visit to China, British Prime Minister Theresa May said the UK and China would continue to work together "to identify how best we can cooperate on Belt and Road across the region and ensure it meets international standards."

The Belt and Road Initiative is an immense series of infrastructure products that will enhance China's links with Asia, Africa, and Europe. The total cost is estimated at between $4 trillion and $8 trillion and while much of the capital and labor comes from China, it is looking for other nations to work with.

British legal firm Linklaters has given legal advice to more than 40 Belt and Road deals while Herbert Smith Freehills has advised Belt and Road projects in more than 30 countries, with clients including the Silk Road Fund, Poly-GCL Petroleum Group Holdings, and Beijing Gas Group.

London-based BMI Research uses its economics data and analysis to advise some of China's largest infrastructure, power, and manufacturing companies, including the State Grid Corporation of China, China International United Petroleum & Chemicals Co. and the telecommunications giant Huawei to make investment decisions in Belt and Road countries.

Stuart Salt, a partner and global head of project finance at Linklaters, said the Belt and Road Initiative offers great possibilities for British businesses.

"We have barely scratched the surface of what is possible under this initiative," he said.

In 2013 President Xi Jinping raised the concept in a speech at Nazarbayev University, in the Kazakh capital Astana, when he suggested that China and Central Asia countries revive ancient trade links to build a new Silk Road economic belt, to improve economic ties between the Eurasian countries.

During the next few years, the initiative gained speed, with more than 100 countries and international organizations backing it, and more than 40 signing cooperation agreements with China.

The British government has keenly supported the initiative. The government agency UK Export Finance said it would support British companies' work on Belt and Road projects with 25 billion pounds ($34 billion) of finance.

Companies applying for this funding need to source at least 20 percent of product value from the UK. International Trade Secretary Liam Fox said that the funding was made "so that no viable export fails for a lack of funding".

Last December, UK Chancellor Philip Hammond signed an agreement with the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank President Jin Liqun to contribute $50 million to a special fund within the AIIB.

While the AIIB does not invest exclusively in Belt and Road projects, many of the infrastructure schemes it backs are in Belt and Road countries.

The UK Treasury confirmed that Britain will make the payment in four equal amounts of $12.5m between 2018-21, with the first payment to be made in March.

"We are taking the necessary steps to pay, and we remain very committed to the Special Fund and to the AIIB as a new multilateral," said a Treasury spokeswoman.

In 2015, Linklaters started advising three Chinese banks and 11 Pakistani banks to provide $1.95 billion of financing to Pakistan's Thar Block II coal mine and coal-fired power plant. Their financing through both the US dollar and Pakistani rupee meant that legal contracts involved English law, Chinese law, Pakistani law, and the law of the Dubai International Financial Center.

Linklaters worked for more than a year to finalize the legal documents and satisfy all stakeholders' requirements. It also worked with the lenders' other advisors to prepare risk analysis documents.

The first phase of the project, to be completed next year, will create 660 megawatts of electricity per hour, and significantly increase Pakistan's electricity generation while reducing the country's reliance on imported energy.

Just like the Thar Block II coal mine and coal-fired power plant, many Belt and Road projects require complex legal contracts across multiple jurisdictions, said Salt.

"Executing them successfully requires not only technical expertise on the legal issues, but also a deep network of local law capabilities across the regions involved, and the ability to work with partners coming from very different cultural and commercial backgrounds," he said.

The engineering consultancy Mott MacDonald, which employs more than 16,000 staff in 50 countries, has advised on hundreds of Belt and Road infrastructure deals.

One example is the Songo Songo Gas Field gas plants in Tanzania, which involved the construction of an offshore gas plant in the small island of Songo Songo and a subsea pipe to link it directly to the country's biggest city, Dar es Salaam, and the Ubungo power plant that generates about 50 percent of Tanzania's electricity.

Mott MacDonald was an engineering subcontractor for the project and responsible for providing detailed design for the gas plant and subsea pipe, and gave project management support to China Petroleum Engineering Co, which is the project's main contractor.

Wang Aijuan, power director at Mott MacDonald, said British companies' long history of working on infrastructure projects in developing markets gives them an edge.

"Chinese and British companies are well suited to work together," she said. "Chinese companies have a willingness to go abroad and build infrastructure projects. UK companies deliver high-quality engineering works and have in-depth understanding of the stringent regulatory regimes in the international markets."

China Pakistan Media Cooperation for Promotion of CPEC, BRI


Beijing, Feb.6: The first book 'A Study of Mass Media in Pakistan’ on Pakistan media in Chinese language authored by a Chinese media scholar, Professor Jin Qiang from the School of Journalism and Communication at Hebei University, calls on China-Pakistan media institutions to boost collaboration and exchanges to realize the goals of shared prosperity, and win-win cooperation under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a flagship project of China’s Belt and Road initiative.

The Chinese scholar highlighting the importance of media in the current interconnected world said that media academics and practitioners from China and Pakistan need to play a positive role at the people-to-people level to enhance cultural understanding between the two countries.

Chinese media scholars Book Explores the Dynamics of Media of Pakistan 2

Professor Jin has expressed these views in book that examines the history of Pakistan's media development, and the relations between media, laws, and politics, the book makes an in-depth study of the basic characteristics and deeper mechanisms of Pakistan's mass media. At the same time, the book analyzes the operational features of different media forms including books, newspapers, radio and television, online new media, advertising, and films, and provides insightful opinions on their current status and problems. The book orients its discussion towards media education and media cooperation, and offers recommendations regarding further promoting the friendship and media cooperation between China and Pakistan. It makes use of a substantial quantity of primary source material, as well as hundreds of pictures and tables, depicting a vivid picture of mass media in Pakistan.

Professor Jin has conducted field research in a number of Pakistani cities in order to finish the book, including Islamabad, Lahore, and Karachi. In particular, he visited well-known media agencies in Pakistan, and brought back to China a large number of research materials. Additionally, Professor Jin took advantage of the easy access to online information in the United States to complete the book. Professor Jin said that he would continue to work on researching Pakistan’s media for the second book.

Chinese Scholar in Pakistan

The book contains 12 chapters and a total of 403,000 words (ISBN 978-7-5657-1725-3/G · 1725). Mr. Mushahid Hussain Sayed, Chairman of Pakistan’s Parliamentary Committee on China Pakistan Economic Corridor, and Chairman of the China Institute of Pakistan, together with Professor Bai Gui, Director of the Research Center for Social Development of Islamic Countries at Hebei University contributed a preface for this book. The book is priced at 78 RMB (roughly 1267.3 PKR).

The writing of the book, which began in late 2012, lasted for four years. The main part was finished during Professor Jin Qiang’s visit at the Department of Communication, University of the Pacific in US. The book is the first comprehensive introduction to Pakistan’s mass media industry in Chinese.

The publication of the book was sponsored by both the Asian Media Research Center of Communication University of China and the Research Center for Social Development of Islamic Countries of Hebei University. In addition, it received support and assistance from many friends in Pakistan’s political, media, academic, and educational circles.

The book ‘A Study of Mass Media in Pakistan’, authored by Jin Qiang, Assistant Professor of Hebei University, is published by Communication University of China Press in August 2017. Located in Baoding, Hebei Province, Hebei University has a history of nearly a hundred years. The School of Journalism and Communication at Hebei University is one of the popular in its field in mainland China. Professor Jin Qiang is currently employed at both the School of Journalism and Communication and the Research Center for Social Development of Islamic Countries of Hebei University.

Pakistan’s Air University to Hold LifeCon2018 in Islamabad to Promote Cooperation under OBOR


Islamabad, Jan. 12:  Two-day International conference LIFECON 2018, on life sciences and health system engineering, with the theme: "Belt and Road Initiative- Collaborating for a better future", will be organized by Fazaia Medical College, Air University, on 15th and 16th January 2018 in Islamabad to promote medical cooperation with Pakistani institutions.

 According to the organizers, this will be a multidisciplinary conference focusing on medical sciences collaborating with other life sciences, attracting International and national audiences.

Dr. Sania Nishtar, a former Federal Minister and prominent global health leader with extensive experience in public healthcare, will deliver her keynote address during the inaugural session. Delegates from Northwestern Polytechnical University, China, will also attend to present their research papers.

On the occasion, Chinese delegates will also be extending their collaboration in academic and administrative domains. A large number of experts in the relevant fields are invited to participate in the conference.  

Belt and Road Initiative is an economic and infrastructure development projects to promote regional connectivity by roads, railways and oil pipelines, besides .cultural exchanges between various countries along the ancient Silk Road.

China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a pillar of China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative.which has opended doors of collaboration with Pakistani businesses and instituions.

China Launches Beidou Navigation Satellites to Serve Countries along Belt and Road


XICHANG, Sichuan Province, Jan. 12 (Xinhua): China on Friday sent twin satellites into space on a single carrier rocket, as part of efforts to enable its BeiDou system to provide navigation and positioning services to countries along the Belt and Road by the end of 2018.

The Long March-3B carrier rocket took off from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwestern province of Sichuan at 7:18 a.m.

This is the first launch of the BeiDou satellites in 2018, which will see intensive launches throughout the year.

The twin satellites are coded the 26th and 27th satellites in the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS).

Chinese, Russians Swimmers Cross Heilong River to Promote Sports Exchanges, Friendship


Beijing, July 17:  More than 300 people from China and Russia swim across the "Black Dragon," or Heilong River, on July 16, 2017.

Aged between 18 and 65, swimmers from the two countries work in different fields.

The event is meant to promote sports exchanges and consolidate the friendship of between China and Russia. The activity also commemorates the 51st anniversary of Chairman Mao Zedong's famed swim across the Yangtze River.

thumbnail China and Russia Swimmers Consolidate the Friendship

The Heilong River marks the border between China and Russia along the northeastern Chinese province of Heilongjiang.

Islamabad,July 14 : China Cultural Heritage week concluded in Pakistan's capital city Islamabad on July 14 , offering opportunity for Pakistani public to enjoy different kinds of Chinese artworks.

The event was organized by Embassy of China, China Culture Center in collaboration with Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA).

China Cultural Heritage Week at PNCA Islamabad in Pakistan

The exhibition was titled Inheritance and Innovation Exhibition of Dalian Jinpu New Area Intangible Cultural Heritage.Different kinds of Chinese artwork such as Jinzhou Modern Folk Painting, Chinese Paper-Cutting, Bird-Worm Seal Script, Dough Modeling as well as Ceramic Handicrafts were presented during week-long exhibitions that continued from July 7 to July 14.

 China Cultural Heritage Week in Pakistan

In the concluding ceremony of China Cultural Heritage week, China Cultural Centre has donated some of the precious art work to the National Gallery of PNCA.

Some of the art work includes Chinese Calligraphy, a book: The art of Chinese seal script, Chinese Shan Shui Painting, Color ceramic bowl, Paper cuttings.

 China Cultural Heritage Week in Pakistan

Director General PNCA Syed Jamal Shah was the chief guest in the concluding the ceremony.

He highly appreciated the efforts made by the China Cultural Centre in introducing Pakistan to Chinese art and culture.

China Cultural Heritage Week in Pakistan

Bishkek, (Kyrgyzstan), July 7: One Belt, One Road and Xinjiang," an exhibition of works of art on paper made from the bark of the mulberry tree opened Tuesday in Bishkek, capital city of Kyrgyzstan, featuring Chinese calligraphy and painting.

Chinese calligraphy and painting

Wei Baoshan, senior secretary of the Xinjiang Academy of Chinese Painting greeted guests and showed off his calligraphic skills at the opening ceremony.

"This is one of the oldest craft on earth, a living relic of civilization and the greatest invention on the ancient Silk Road, which spread to Central Asia and Europe," said the Chinese artist.

The form of art also serves as a witness of political, economic and cultural exchanges between ancient China and the country of Central Asia, Wei said.

Wei emphasized the excellent properties of paper made from mulberry tree bark, explaining that the antiseptic material absorbs water well, is made of high tensile and will not fade for a thousand years.

"It is extremely valuable and won great favor among ancient artists. Western scientists call the paper an outstanding creation that came from the East," he said.

In 2017, the Xinjiang Academy of Chinese Painting organized a series of exhibitions in order to publicize the culture of the northwestern Chinese autonomous region of Xinjiang and to promote exchanges in the field of culture and art between countries along the Silk Road.

The organizers have held a number of events dedicated to the theme, and the Bishkek exhibition is the latest.

The exhibition is organized with material support from the Chinese National Art Foundation and with the assistance of the Xinjiang Economic Newspaper, Contimost magazine and Bishkek Humanities University.

Sourcce by news.xinhuanet.com

SANTIAGO, June 28 (Xinhua) -- Since learning Mandarin became possible in Chile 12 years ago, more than 10,000 students have been introduced to the Chinese language, local daily El Mercurio reported on Wednesday.SANTIAGO, June 28 (Xinhua) -- Since learning Mandarin became possible in Chile 12 years ago, more than 10,000 students have been introduced to the Chinese language, local daily El Mercurio reported on Wednesday.


The Chinese language is taught at 16 city-run schools in five regions of the country these days, half of them in the southern region of Biobio, due to "a regional initiative to get closer to China," Karina Pina from the Education Ministry told the daily.

Apart from learning a language that many believe will be in increasing demand as China becomes a leading global power, studying Chinese has the added benefit of increasing students' cognitive and artistic skills in other areas, said Pina.

"Constructing and understanding Chinese characters promotes a high degree of creativity in students, which expresses itself beyond the level of language," she said.

What's more, students who study Chinese "achieve a degree of cultural openness," and acquire "a broader vision of the world," she said.

In 2004, when Santiago hosted the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum, Chile and China signed an agreement to promote Chinese language learning. The program kicked off in 2005 at three city schools, with the goal of having 100 Chileans speaking Chinese by 2010.

Last year, 1,704 Chilean students enrolled in Mandarin classes, and this year, China sent 18 professors to teach at schools around Chile.

Chinese-language professors are provided by Hanban, the department of China's Education Ministry in charge of promoting Chinese as a second language abroad, through its network of Confucius Institutes, two of which operate in Chile, one at the Catholic University and the other at the University of Santo Tomas.

A little more than a decade since the Chinese-learning program began, Education Ministry has established a certification program to certify students who have achieved a certain level of linguistic skill, making them eligible to apply for scholarships to study in China.

The Ministry aims to have the country's secondary school students graduate with at least an intermediate level of Mandarin, "the level required to apply for the scholarships China's government offers to study there," said Pina.
Source by: news.xinhuanet.com

KATHMANDU, June 21 (Xinhua) -- Nepali Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba on Wednesday appealed to the general public to adopt a healthy lifestyle by making Yoga a part of their lives.

PM Deuba made the remarks when addressing a mass Yoga demonstration ceremony held in the capital Kathmandu on the occasion of the 3rd International Day of Yoga.

Claiming that Yoga helps maintain peace and harmony, he asked all to be healthy and prosperous through regular Yoga practice.

"Yoga is an ancient discipline which is essential for both mental and physical health. Yoga helps to have healthy body and health mind and in overall, a balanced life," Deuba said.

Along with the general Yoga practitioners, the prime minister also attempted the soothing "Om" chanting and expressed commitment for building a healthy society. Dressed in Nepali formal dress, Deuba also demonstrated standing Yoga postures to encourage the participating Yoga enthusiasts.

This is the second year the Nepal government formally celebrated the International Day of Yoga, which was declared by the United Nations in 2015.

Ministers, members of Parliament, dignitaries and hundreds of people from different walks of life jointly performed Yoga postures despite heavy rainfall since early morning.

Yoga has been gaining wide popularity in Nepal in recent years. It is regarded as an invaluable gift of ancient tradition and most essential for a healthy life.

Yoga instructor Mohan Man Shrestha told Xinhua on the spot, "I am teaching Yoga since last 10 years. If we continued Yoga every day, we should never visit hospitals or doctors. It's good for both physical and mental health."

"I am 64 years old but I have never taken any medicines or visited hospitals. It has been possible only through Yoga," added Shrestha.

According to instructors, maximum of the Yoga practitioners in Nepal are women. They gather in local Yoga centers or available spaces every morning and practice different postures.

Since health problems like gastritis, diabetes and uterus ailments are quite common among Nepalese, they regard Yoga as a perfect medium to fight such diseases.

Source by: news.xinhuanet.com


ALMATY. KAZINFORM - Kazakhstani fashion designers are expected to participate in the upcoming Milan Fashion Week F/W 2017-2018, Kazinform reports.


Milan Fashion Week is the third week on fashion calendar. Kazakhstan will be represented by 5 fashion brands at the event. 

Kazakhstani designer Ayazhan Zhaksybai believes it is very important to create a brand that will be competitive at the global market. 

Unfortunately, in her words, many Kazakhstani designers start small. 

"They [designers] develop their brands with the focus on inner market and plan to go global in the future. However, I think this is the wrong approach. It is crucial to prepare your product for international market. This is exactly what we are doing right now. We are developing a clothing, an accessories and a jewelry brand," Ms Zhaksybai said. 

She believes that the Milan Fashion Week is a chance for Kazakhstani brands to access the global market. 

"This is of paramount importance for the development of our product," the designer added. 

In order to boost competitiveness of Kazakhstani fashion companies, the country enlisted the help of foreign specialists. One of them Pitusa Bolano delivered a workshop on how to create design popular among consumers.

"We've demonstrated Kazakhstani designers and producers how to develop collections suitable for European market. Kazakhstan stands a good chance to enter the global market thanks to excellent quality of its products," Ms Bolano said.

Source by: inform.kz


Iran-China Chamber of Commerce and China Chamber of Export and Import of Food Products Sign Cooperation


Beijing, Aug 3, IRNA : Iran-China Chamber of Commerce and China Chamber of Export and Import of Food Products signed memorandum of understanding (MoU) on economic cooperation for the promotion of food business between the two countries. The MoU was signed on the sidelines of international conference on dried fruits, which kicked off on Thursday for duration of 2-day in the city of Guangzhou, sprawling port and capital of Southern China's Guangdong province.
Iran and China
Head of Iran-China Chamber of Commerce Assadollah Asgar Ouladi in a speech explained economic cooperation situation between Iran, China and presented figures concerning world export of pistachio and Iran's share in this market.
The conference is held with the aim to improve exchange process between companies active in dried fruits and promotion, development of nuts industry in China.
It is expected that experts from different countries would share their experiences in the conference.
On the sidelines of the conference an exhibition will be held by companies active in dried fruits industry and among them five Iranian companies will present their products.
Source: IRNA

Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey Doing a Significant Work for the Development of the Silk Road

Silk Road Fund

Baku, July 19:  Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey are doing a significant work for the development of the Silk Road.

Chairman of the State Customs Committee of Azerbaijan Aydin Aliyev made the remarks during the trilateral meeting of Azerbaijan-Georgia-Turkey, with participation of First Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister of Georgia Dimitry Kumsishvili, Minister of Customs and Trade of Turkey Bulent Tufenkci on July 19, Trend reported.

Aydin Aliyev stressed that the three countries pay special attention and carry out large-scale work in the spheres of increasing freight traffic and ensuring energy security in the region.

In turn, Turkish Minister of Customs and Trade Bulent Tufenkci said that the construction of the Turkish part of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) railway, which is an important part of the historical Silk Road is planned to be completed by late 2017.

The Minister added that in the past, there were certain problems with the project implementation but they have already been fixed.

The three sides signed declaration on establishment of a permanent commission that will help improve relations between the customs structures of the three countries, as well as business and customs authorities in the region.

The customs bodies of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey will jointly work on the development of transit cargo transportation, invest in the modernization of customs services, and create mechanisms for the exchange of information on subjects and goods passing through the borders of the three countries, in accordance with the declaration.

Moreover, the customs services of Azerbaijan and Turkey signed an agreement on the creation of an electronic system for the exchange of information on transit transport by road.

The new Silk Road project, which involves over 60 countries with a population of 4.5 billion people, runs through an area of 40 million km2.

 Turkey, which is located at the crossroads of Asia and Europe, is one of the leading countries participating in the Silk Road and the corridor of the Silk Road will connect Europe with Central Asia through Turkish Anatolia and will be brought to China.

Currently, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey are working on the implementation of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) railway.

The BTK railway is being constructed on the basis of the Azerbaijan-Georgia-Turkey intergovernmental agreement. The main purpose of the project is to improve economic relations between the three countries and gain foreign direct investment by connecting Europe and Asia.
The project implementation began in 2007 and construction began in 2008.

The line is intended to transport one million passengers and 6.5 million tons of freight at the first stage. This capacity will then reach 3 million passengers and 17 million tons of cargo. 

The trade turnover between Azerbaijan and Turkey amounted to almost $1.2 billion in the first half of 2017, between Azerbaijan and Georgia-$270.35 million, according to the State Customs Committee of Azerbaijan.

China's Digital Economy Surges to 22.6 trillion yuan ($3.35 trillion) in 2016, Drives Engine of Economic Growth


Beijing, July 19: China's booming digital economy had been serving as a major engine for the country's economic growth.

China's digital economy surged 18.9 percent in 2016 to 22.6 trillion yuan (3.35 trillion U.S.

dollars), according to a white paper issued by China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT), Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).
The expansion was much faster than that of China's overall economy, which grew 6.7 percent in 2016.

Digital economy accounted for 30.3 percent of China's total gross domestic product (GDP) over the year, said the white paper. Taking its spillover effect into account, digital economy contributed 69.9 percent to the GDP in 2016, it added.

Digital economy, also known as the Internet economy, is based on digital computing technologies, comprising new business models such as e-commerce, cloud computing and payment services.

Technology is functioning as a driver of revenue and enabler of new business models for many Chinese companies, including China e-commerce giants Alibaba and JD.com.

China's digital economy grew significantly higher than the overall economy, becoming a major engine of growth, said the paper.

CAICT expects China's digital economy to be valued at 32 trillion yuan and account for 35 percent of the whole GDP by 2020, before taking up over half of the country's GDP by 2030, according to the white paper.

China has made a point of promoting digital economy as part of its measures to upgrade the economy, and the central and local governments had identified digital economy as "major development strategy."

At the G20 Hangzhou Summit in 2016, China put digital economy high on the agenda, making it part of the G20 Blueprint on Innovative Growth for the first time.

In March this year, Report on the Work of the Government called for more efforts to deepen the development of "Internet Plus" and accelerate the growth of digital economy. This is the first time that "digital economy" was referred to in such a report.

And the central government is to formulate and issue a strategic plan for promoting digital economy, according to the State Council executive meeting held on July 12.

Local governments had also geared up for digital economy, with Guizhou, Jiangsu, and Anhui among others, having made provincial-level plans to make their economy more digitalized.

For example, southwestern Guizhou aims to make added value created by digital economy grow 20 percent annually and carve up at least 30 percent of the province's GDP by 2020.

Digital economy has become an area where China's economic transformation and industrial upgrading can achieve major breakthrough, said MIIT Minister Miao Wei in April.

Miao pointed to smart manufacturing, industrial Internet, sharing economy, and the digitalization of traditional industries as areas that should be boosted.

The development of China's digital economy, however, is imbalanced, with the service sector adopting the digital economy more extensively than the primary and secondary industries, said Lu Chuncong, president of Communications Policy and Economics Research Institute, CAICT.

Regulation of market access does not suit the development of digital economy, said Lu, calling for establishing a mechanism of negative list where all market players can enter digital economy on an equal footing.

Source: (Xinhua)

China's Silk Road Unlikely to Derail India-Japan Relations

Silk Road Fund

Amid speculations that Japan could jump on China’s "One Belt, One Road" (OBOR) bandwagon, Indian experts project a grim possibility of such venture.

New Delhi, July 18:  A meeting between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Hamburg, Germany this weekend triggered speculation that Japan could be joining OBOR ["One Belt, One Road"] — China’s trade and development strategy that focuses on connectivity and cooperation between Eurasian countries via land and sea.

The Japan News quoted Prime Minister Abe as saying “It (OBOR) has potential. We hope the initiative will contribute to regional and global peace and prosperity by adopting ideas held by all in the international community. We want to cooperate in that respect.”
This statement was widely construed as an affirmation of Japan’s desire to participate in the Chinese with the intent of reaping dividends for its domestic companies as well as to gain a voice within a big-ticket project. It was also seen as Japan’s tactical pressure on the US as a key ally joining a Chinese-led initiative could force President Donald Trump to reconsider his stance on withdrawing from the Asia-Pacific region.

Earlier in March this year, China had organized a grand summit in Beijing to showcase its plans to build OBOR – a network of trade routes that will connect Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe. India and Japan were also invited along with 65 other countries. While India flatly refused to participate, Japan, after initial reluctance, had agreed to send a low-key delegation to the summit. Around 60 countries have so far agreed to be part of the project, with a cumulative estimated investment of as much as $8 trillion.

Indian experts say while Japan did attend the OBOR Summit in Beijing, there still remains an open-ended debate within Japan over their level of engagement. “There is no concern for India as we still don’t know what level of engagement Japan is eyeing in the project. There is a significant domestic lobby within Japan, particularly industry people, who want to take part in the project as it makes business sense for them. But, Prime Minister Abe hasn’t committed anything so far and he is coming to India later this year where we will get a very clear idea of what’s going on. Also, even if Japan wants to get involved in the OBOR, we can’t prevent or object to it. What matters is that Japan is also involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership as well as the Asia-Africa Growth Corridor. We have a strategic partnership with them,” K.V. Kesavan, Distinguished Fellow at the New Delhi-based Observer Research Foundation told Sputnik.

India’s key concerns stems from the fact that a 3,000 km stretch of the project passes through the Gilgit-Baltistan region which lies in the Kashmir region over which both India and Pakistan has territorial claims. India is also threatened as it feels that China is encircling it through a web of sea and land route under the garb of commercial projects, which could be used as military facilities as well.

Nevertheless, experts say it would be premature to speculate any impact of Japan’s seemingly changed stance on OBOR on India-Japan strategic partnership which is mainly aimed at containing the military rise of China. The two countries along with the US are currently part of the ongoing annual Malabar naval exercise in the Indian Ocean.

Source: Sputnik

AIIB Receives Third Triple-A Credit Rating from S&P Global Ratings


Beijing, July 18: S&P Global Ratings ("S&P") announced it has assigned the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) its highest possible rating and a stable outlook. According to its press release, S&P has provided its 'AAA/A-1+' long- and short-term issuer credit ratings to AIIB.

S&P stated: "The ratings reflect our opinion that over the next three-to-five years AIIB will establish a track record and significantly enhance its operational setup, supporting our assessment of its very strong business profile and its extremely strong financial profile."

The full press release announcing S&P’s decision is available here.

The document entitled "Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank Assigned 'AAA/A-1+' Rating; Outlook Stable", dated July 18, 2017 is entirely the copyright of, and is reproduced with the permission of S&P.

The contents of such document are the property of S&P and subject to the disclaimers contained in such document. By accessing the above-described document, the user acknowledges the disclaimer.

AIIB makes no representation as to the accuracy or completeness of this document, and accepts no liability for the consequences of your placing any reliance on it.

China's New Economy Picking up Steam Amid Steady Growth


BEIJING, July 17 : China on Monday reported steady growth of 6.9 percent for the first half of 2017, though the figure was overshadowed by reform progress and performance in new economic sectors.

Consumption and service, together with the innovation-driven new economic sectors, are taking up larger roles in the economy, according to data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).


The high-tech and equipment manufacturing sectors are leading the country's industrial growth, with year-on-year output increases of 13.1 percent and 11.5 percent in the first half, respectively, compared with a 6.9 percent rise in overall output.

"New economic strength is on the rise," said Xing Zhihong, a spokesperson with the NBS.

In the first six months, up to 45.6 percent of the total industrial investment went into technological improvement, paving way for future industrial upgrades, according to Xing.

Online sales of physical goods, one of China's major new business patterns, rose 28.6 percent to 2.37 trillion yuan (about 350 billion U.S. dollars), accounting for 13.8 percent of the country's total retail sales.

An NBS survey into China's 40,000 small and micro-firms, crucial businesses in the country's pursuit of new and inclusive economic growth, showed that the business climate index of these firms reached a two-year high of 96.5 percent in the second quarter.

Wu Yibing, joint head of China of Singapore investment firm Temasek Holdings, told Xinhua that his company wanted to increase investment in China's new economic sectors as Temasek was optimistic about China's ongoing economic transition.

He named a few new economic sectors which he described as "very attractive," including high-tech, non-banking finance, life science and consumption.

"Investment into these industries has witnessed better performance than the company's overall investment portfolio," he said.


Progress is also being made in the country's supply-side structural reform and growth engine shift, according to the NBS.

The service sector, already accounting for 54.1 percent of the overall economy, expanded 7.7 percent year on year in the first half, outpacing a 3.5 percent increase in primary industries and 6.4 percent in secondary industries, NBS data showed.

In the same period, the contribution of domestic demand to GDP growth reached 96.1 percent, 0.3 percentage points higher than the first quarter level, a trend much in line with China's efforts in growth model shift.

Meanwhile, industrial capacity utilization stood at 76.4 percent in the first half, up 3.4 percentage points from a year ago.

In terms of de-stocking in the property market, the floor space of unsold homes were down 9.6 percent at the end of June.

Growth in property development investment continued to decelerate to 8.5 percent in Jan.-June, down from 8.8 percent during the first five months, adding to evidence that China's property market is running out of steam amid government cooling measures to quash potential asset bubbles.


The ongoing economic transition and structural reform sparked optimism on China's future growth outlook.

"China's economy is operating within a reasonable range, maintaining stable, coordinated and sustainable development, laying a solid foundation for achieving the annual target," Xing said.

In the second quarter, GDP growth was steady at 6.9 percent year on year, flat from the first quarter, but well above the government's annual growth target of 6.5 percent.

Looking ahead, Xing said more positive changes were on the way and that the firming would be consolidated by improvement in the real economy and expansion of both external and domestic demand.

During a two-day National Financial Work Conference that ended Saturday, China unveiled reform plans to improve the financial sector's capabilities to serve the real economy while guarding against systemic risks.

Nomura Securities said in a report after Monday's data release that given the data, it was raising the forecast for the third-quarter growth to 6.8 percent from the previous 6.6 percent, and the annual growth forecast to 6.8 percent from 6.7 percent.

The forecast of a gradual growth slowdown due to a weakening property sector, possible moderation of domestic demand as well as uncertainties over external demand remained valid, the report said.

Source by: Xinhua



Beijing China Mostly Cloud (day), 40 °F
Current Conditions
Sunrise: 6:13 am   |   Sunset: 6:30 pm
71%     7.0 mph     34.169 bar
Fri Low: 41 °F High: 65 °F
Sat Low: 37 °F High: 68 °F
Sun Low: 40 °F High: 74 °F
Mon Low: 43 °F High: 74 °F
Tue Low: 46 °F High: 77 °F
Wed Low: 50 °F High: 77 °F
Thu Low: 49 °F High: 63 °F
Fri Low: 45 °F High: 60 °F
Sat Low: 43 °F High: 60 °F
Sun Low: 42 °F High: 64 °F

Top Stories

Grid List

Pakistan-China Forum on Higher Education Held at Air University, Islamabad


Islamabad, July 17: The first Pakistan-China Forum on Higher Education was held at Air University, Islamabad, to boost greater cooperation between the academia of the two countries under China Pakistan economic Corridor (CPEC) which has added new momentum to the time-tested China Pakistan cooperative partnership.

Education experts, scholars,researchers, policy makers and students from China and Pakistan attended the forum, jointly organized by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan and China Association of Higher Education. 

 China Forum on Higher Education1

The forum started with a welcome note from the Vice Chancellor, Air University, AVM (R) Faaiz Amir and a scholarly exposition of the theme by Lt. Gen. (R) Muhammad Asghar, Consultant CPEC at HEC.

Speaking at the forum Ms.Xiaomei Wang,the leader of the Chinese educational delegation, highlighted the need for greater cooperation between the academia of China and Pakistan. She also the policy makers to boost academic exchanges and joint research projects between between Higher Education bodies of the two countries for scientific collaboration in various areas.

 China Forum on Higher Education2

Islamabad (July 17, 2017): Vice Chancellor of Air University, AVM (R) Faaiz Amir presenting souvenir to Federal Minister for Planning, Development & Reform Prof. Ahsan Iqbal on the occasion of Pakistan-China Forum, held at Air University, Islamabad.

Highlighting the educational opportunities under China Pakistan economic Corridor (CPEC) in his inaugural address,Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reform Prof. Ahsan Iqbal said “CPEC means Pakistan’s entry into the global supply chain,”.

 Ahsan Iqbal further said that the current government is fully supportive of higher education commission aimed at capacity building of existing HEIs ( higher education institutes) to prepare suitable human resource for CPEC and promote cultural harmony between the two countries.

 China Forum on Higher Education3

Islamabad (July 17, 2017): Vice Chancellor of Air University, AVM (R) Faaiz Amir presenting souvenir to Federal Minister for Planning, Development & Reform Prof. Ahsan Iqbal on the occasion of Pakistan-China Forum, held at Air University, Islamabad.

He also appreciated the efforts of the Higher Education Commission for building CPEC University Alliance and CPEC Consortium of Business Schools. “These efforts will help build collaborative linkages and intellectual connectivity which symbolize the spirit of CPEC,” he said. The minister welcomed the Chinese Scholars to Pakistan which he hoped will explore new avenues of mutual cooperation between the two countries.

 China Forum on Higher Education4

Islamabad (July 17, 2017): Vice Chancellor of Air University, AVM (R) Faaiz Amir presenting souvenir to Federal Minister for Planning, Development & Reform Prof. Ahsan Iqbal on the occasion of Pakistan-China Forum, held at Air University, Islamabad.

Earlier, in his address, the Executive Director of HEC, Dr Arshad Ali thanked the Minister for his wholehearted support for higher education, which he emphasized in not a goal but a pre-requisite in a knowledge-based economy. The Forum focused on three areas: National Role and Contribution in Improving Quality of Higher Education; Ensuring Quality with Large-scale Increase in Access; and Balancing Quality of Higher Education in Diverse Regions. 

 China Forum on Higher Education5

Islamabad (July 17, 2017): Vice Chancellor of Air University, AVM (R) Faaiz Amir presenting souvenir to Federal Minister for Planning, Development & Reform Prof. Ahsan Iqbal on the occasion of Pakistan-China Forum, held at Air University, Islamabad.

The one-day forum on “Challenges of Equitable Access and Quality in Higher Education” was also addressed by eminent speakers from the higher education bodies of the two countries, and attended by a large number of educationists and students.

By Muhammad Arif

China-Tech: World's First Production Line for High-Temperature Gas-Cooled Reactor Starts Mass Production

Sci & Tech

Baotou,(China), July 17: The world's first production line for high-temperature gas-cooled reactor (HTGR) fuel elements has started mass production at China North Nuclear Fuel, headquartered in Baotou in northern China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

The 200,000 spherical fuel elements were made Monday, marking a transition from a test production line to an industrial one, according to Wang Shoujun, president of China National Nuclear Corporation, parent company of China North Nuclear Fuel.

China is cementing its leading position as a manufacturer of HTGR fuel elements, Wang said.

With a designed capacity of 300,000 spherical fuel elements per year, the production line will provide fuel for the demonstration high-temperature gas-cooled reactor plant being built at Shidaowan, near Rongcheng city in Shandong Province.

China has independent intellectual property rights for the production line, which was put into operation in 2016. The HTGR is best known for its inherent safety design.

Pakistan Offers to Connect CPEC with SCO'S Approved Routes for Regional S Connectivity, Cooperation


ISLAMABAD, Feb. 7: Pakistani supports the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) connectivity initiatives and offers to connect the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) with SCO's six approved routes to enhance region’s connectivity for economic integration.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Tuesday expressed these views while talking to visiting Secretary General of SCO Rashid Alimov in Islamabad.

The connection is expected to greatly enhance their vitality to become a conduit for linking Eurasian landmass, China, Russia and Central Asia with the Arabian Sea, said the prime minister.

This is the first visit of SCO secretary general after Pakistan gained full membership of SCO.

The prime minister also expressed support for various SCO initiatives including the establishment of SCO Development Bank, SCO Development Fund, SCO Business Council, SCO Inter-bank Consortium and SCO's initiative on Small and Medium Enterprises.

He also expressed support for the SCO Regional Anti-Terrorism Structure and reiterated Pakistan's strong opposition to the three evils of terrorism, extremism and separatism.

Pakistan became full member of the SCO in June 2017, which groups China, Russian, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, India and Pakistan.

The prime minister reiterated Pakistan's commitment towards "Shanghai Spirit" of mutual trust, mutual benefit, equality, consultation, respect for cultural diversity and pursuit of common development.

The secretary general appreciated Pakistan's active participation in all SCO activities and said the inclusion of new members like Pakistan has greatly strengthened SCO which has emerged as a true cross regional and cross continental organization playing a multifaceted role in the world politics.

He said the SCO can enormously benefit from Pakistan's experience in successful combating the menace of terrorism, narcotics and drugs as well as its economic strengths and connectivity potentials.

Pakistani’s Minister for Communications Hafiz Abdul Karim during a meeting with SCO Secretary General Rashid Alimov on Tuesday said Pakistan’s entry into Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) would further strengthen its relations with member states of the organization.

“Expansion of road infrastructure in SCO will help bring economic, political stability in the region as well as improve security situation of the regional countries,” said the communications minister.

The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), a regional cooperation group, was founded at a Summit in Shanghai in 2001 by the presidents of Russia, China, Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

China Pakistan Economic Corridor


The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), linking Gwadar Port of Pakistan to the Chinese province of Xinjiang ,is the centerpiece of China's Belt and Road Initiative connecting Eurasia with Africa through land and sea routes.

AwesomePakistan.Net Honored by Joomla Int'l CMS

Travel to Asia

Islamabad, July 21: Joomla an international platform for free and open-source content management system (CMS) honors AwesomePakistan.Net for incredible web design and development as well as rich content on Pakistan’s Travel and Tourism Industry. Awesome Pakistan Team is proud to present Pakistan at international forum like Joomla. Silk Road Media, Skyline Travel, Congratulate the team of AwesomePakistan.Net. We will continue our efforts to bring Pakistan’s Rich Heritage, Wonderful Natural Beauty and Amazing Diversity at World Stage.

Thank you Team AwesomePakitan.Net

Upcoming Events