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The fall of Bitcoin baron Mark Karpeles

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TOKYO: Mark Karpeles rose to head a firm that once claimed to handle 80 percent of the world’s bitcoin transactions.

But his lavish Tokyo lifestyle came to an abrupt end when prosecutors charged him with creaming off millions of dollars of customer deposits from his cryptocurrency exchange MtGox. In many ways, the trajectory of the Frenchman, now 33, mirrors the volatile rise and fall of the bitcoin currency itself. According to his mother, he had few friends at school, as he was “unable to find a buddy who could talk like he could about IT and quantum physics”. The “only thing that interested” her “talented” son was computer science, according to his mother, speaking in a 2017 documentary.

Karpeles, whose real first name is Robert, himself admitted to French television that he would spend entire days in front of the computer screen without the slightest bit of physical activity. Entering the professional world, he quickly found himself at odds with his French company Linux Cyberjoueurs, which found irregularities in its data and pointed the finger at Karpeles. The firm brought the case to the authorities and in 2010, he received a year’s suspended sentence in absentia in France for “fraudulent access of an automated data processing system” and “fraudulent altering of data”. But by this time, Karpeles was in Japan, which he had visited several years previously and found the people and culture to his liking. Once in Japan, he founded his own company, called Tibanne – after his cat.

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Govt. to further strengthen Sino-Pak partnership

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ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has expressed the govt’s commitment to further strengthen Sino-Pak strategic partnership.

He was addressing Friends of Silk Road Forum organized in honor of visiting Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan here today.

The Foreign Minister said both countries are observing 2019 as a year of mutual relations and it is expected that people to people contacts will reach a new level.

Shah Mehmood Qureshi said CPEC has helped to strengthen bilateral relations and take economic and social development to new heights.

He said the CPEC has entered into its second phase which focuses on industrial, social and economic cooperation. He expressed the confidence that Special Economic Zones will pave way for the progress of Pakistan.

Foreign Minister said the government has a special focus on poverty alleviation, industrial development, education, technology, scientific innovation, and agricultural development.

He said both the countries have common thinking of improving the living standard of their people. He hoped that the development target will be achieved by mutually harnessing the capabilities of the two countries.

Foreign Minister paid rich tributes to the services of the Chinese Vice President in promoting the strategic partnership between the two countries. 

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Pakistan China sign several MoUs

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and China have signed several MoUs for cooperation in different sectors. 

The signing ceremony was held in Islamabad on Sunday which was attended by Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chinese Vice Prime Minister Wang Qishan.

These MoUs include cooperation in economic and technical affairs, Disaster Management and assistance in the agriculture sector of Lasbella University. 

Pakistan and China have agreed to further strengthen strategic cooperation and partnership between the two countries. A delegation level dialogue between the two countries was held in Islamabad on Sunday. Prime Minister Imran Khan led the Pakistan side while Chinese side headed by Vice President Wang Qishan. Talking on the occasion, Prime Minister Imran Khan said Pakistan is committed regarding China Pakistan Economic Corridor as this project will help to promote the agriculture, industrial and economic development. On his part, the Chinese Vice President expressed satisfaction over the bilateral relations between the two countries. He said that Pakistan played a commendable role for peace in the region and cooperation with neighboring countries. Both leaders also discussed regional peace and the overall situation in South Asia.

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ISLAMABAD: Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan arrived here today on a three-day official visit to Pakistan.During the visit, the Chinese Vice President will call on President Arif Alvi and have a separate meeting with Prime Minister Imran Khan. He will also call on Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa.

The two countries will sign MoUs & agreements and inaugurate projects to enhance bilateral cooperation in a broad range of areas. The visit is expected to reinforce the strength of bilateral ties and impart further impetus to the growing, multi-faceted cooperation between the two countries in diverse fields.

Meanwhile, Chinese Foreign Ministry (FM) spokesperson has said that Chinese Vice President’s upcoming visit to Pakistan would further deepen high-level exchanges, friendship and mutual trust between the two countries: “Visit will also advance the development of China Pakistan Economic Corridor besides bilateral cooperation across the board,” the Spokesman added. 

FM spokesperson reiterated that China and Pakistan are all-weather strategic cooperative partners and iron friends, and firmly support each other on issues concerning each other’s foreign interests. He said Pakistan has been a priority on China’s diplomacy and now both the countries have witnessed a sound momentum in their cooperation and frequent high-level exchanges. He said both the countries are deepening the mutually beneficial cooperation and conducting close coordination in international and regional affairs.

It is pertinent to mention here that VP’s visit is in continuation of high-level exchanges between the two countries, which have acquired an increased momentum since PM Imran Khan’s visit to China in November last year and his participation in the 2nd Belt and Road Forum in Beijing in April this year. 

Foreign Minister (FM) Shah Mehmood Qureshi who has received the honored guest has informed that five Memorandums of Understanding would be signed during the visit of the Chinese Vice President. Talking to media here he said the visiting dignitary will also inaugurate some of the projects. FM said an investiture ceremony will also be held in honor of Wang Qishan, where he will be conferred upon an award for his role to promote bilateral ties between Pakistan and China. Qureshi told that  Chinese Vice President will also visit historical places in Lahore, where Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar will receive the guest. He said the visit demonstrates the resolve of the two countries in developing and promoting CPEC.

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