BEIJING: Pakistan and China, under the current situation, should strengthen strategic communication to maintain regional stability and prosperity,” Yang Jiechi, a member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the CPC Central Committee said.
In his meeting with Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua held here, Yang said that the two sides should implement the important consensus of the two countries’ leaders, maintain the momentum of high-level exchanges, expand pragmatic cooperation in various fields and jointly build the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), according to Chinese media here on Thursday.
Tehmina Janjua said Pakistan appreciates China’s constructive role in promoting regional peace and development.
The Pakistani side is willing to work with China to accelerate the construction of the Pakistan-China Economic Corridor and promote the continuous development of bilateral relations, she added.
The foreign secretary led a delegation at the first meeting of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) International Cooperation Coordination Working Group held in the Chinese capital.
Sino-Pak agreements reflect growing ties: Dr. Firdous
ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan Monday said the signing of agreements between Pakistan and China during the visit of Chinese Vice President was proof of increasing economic cooperation between the two countries.
In a tweet on social media platform Twitter, she said these agreements were reflective of China’s strategic interest in the progress and prosperity of people of Pakistan.
She said under the leadership of Imran Khan, national interest and public welfare were given priority while in the past, personal interest and business were given preference by others.
Tokyo bourse closes in the green
TOKYO: Shares edged up today with investors expressing relief as US President Donald Trump appeared to take a softer stance on his thorny trade dispute with Japan.
The key Nikkei 225 index rose 0.31 percent, or 65.36 points, to close at 21,182.58, while the broader Topix index was up 0.38 percent, or 5.79 points, at 1,547.00.
“Players were relieved as President Trump did not take a tough stance on the US-Japan trade issue,” Daiwa Securities chief technical analyst Eiji Kinouchi told AFP.
After a fun-filled weekend of golf and sumo, Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held formal talks Monday, with trade and tensions with North Korea topping the agenda.
Ahead of their talks, Trump hinted that tough negotiations on their bilateral trade could wait until after July elections in Japan.
Trump tweeted: “Great progress being made in our Trade Negotiations with Japan. Agriculture and beef heavily in play.”
In remarks after the closing bell, Trump also told reporters: “We hope to have even more to announce on the trade, very very soon.”
The dollar fetched 109.52 yen in Asian afternoon trade, against 109.29 yen in New York late Friday.
In Tokyo, Nissan was up 0.97 percent at 747.8 yen after news that its French alliance partner Renault and Italian-US auto giant Fiat Chrysler are weighing a potential merger.
Its rival Toyota gained 0.79 percent to 6,554 yen while Honda was down 1.11 percent at 2,759 yen.
Takeda Pharmaceutical jumped 2.46 percent to 3,942 yen while telecom and investment firm SoftBank Group was up 1.65 percent at 10,465 yen.
Dep. PM of Uzbekistan arrives in Islamabad
ISLAMABAD: Deputy Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Elyor Ganiev has arrived here today on a two-day visit to Pakistan.
Elyor Ganiev is accompanied by a high-level delegation comprising Deputy Ministers for Investment and Foreign Trade, Transport and other senior officials. According to the Foreign Office (FO), the Deputy Prime Minister would hold consultations with the Foreign Minister and also meet several other Federal Ministers and Advisers including of Railways, Planning, National Food Security & Research, Health, Commerce and Board Of Investment.
“The visit of the Deputy Prime Minister will impart further impetus to the multi-dimensional cooperation between Pakistan and Uzbekistan in diverse fields,” the FO held. The visit is expected to reinforce Pakistan’s bilateral ties with Uzbekistan, contribute to building a closer economic partnership, and enhance possibilities for regional connectivity.
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