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Xi Says, Those Opposing CPEC Will Never Succeed As Project Aimed At Developing Region

New Delhi: President Xi Jinping has said those opposing China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will “never succeed” as the multi-billion dollar trade and transit projects are aimed at developing the region. Xi made the remarks during a meeting with the visiting Pakistan Army chief Gen Qamar Bajwa. The general’s trip came ahead of new Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to China in November.

Describing China and Pakistan as “iron friends”, Xi further said the militaries of the two countries should ensure the security of CPEC.

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China To Remove Unapproved Alterations Or Foreign Content From School Textbooks

New Delhi: In a push to combat Western influence in China’s schools, education ministry of China has launched a “comprehensive” inspection of school textbooks to remove unapproved alterations or foreign content.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has overseen a drive to re-assert the ruling Communist Party, its ideology and its history at the centre of education, and to promote patriotism in the place of ideas that the party considers Western.

The sweep by China’s education ministry, running until Oct 15, will “correct and dispose of” illegal foreign or self-written courses used instead of state-approved materials in China’s nine-year compulsory education period, the official Xinhua news agency said.

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China Says, Military Ties Between China And Pakistan Backbone Of Their Relations

New Delhi: A senior Chinese general told Pakistan’s visiting army chief that military ties between China and Pakistan are the “backbone” of relations between the two countries. The statement came days after a Pakistani minister stirred unease about Chinese Silk Road projects.

General Qamar Javed Bajwa is the most senior Pakistani figure to visit ally China since the new government of Prime Minister Imran Khan took office in August, and his trip comes a week or so after a senior Chinese diplomat visited Islamabad.

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Bajwa Holds Talks With His Chinese Counterpart Gen Han Weiguo On Security Of CPEC

New Delhi: Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa held talks with his Chinese counterpart Gen Han Weiguo on the security of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, defence cooperation, as well as regional and bilateral issues. The meeting of Bajwa, who arrived at Beijing on a three-day official visit on Sunday, comes days after Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi’s visit to Islamabad during which he held a comprehensive round of talks with Imran Khan and Bajwa among others.

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Imran Khan Decides To Give Citizenship To Afghan Refugees, Bengali Immigrants

New Delhi: Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan has vowed to give citizenship to some Afghan refugees and Bengali immigrants granting rights to many. They have been living in the country for decades.

Pakistan, one of the world’s largest refugee-hosting nations, is home to roughly 1.4 million registered Afghan refugees, some of whom have lived in the country since fleeing the Soviet invasion of 1979.

There are also roughly a quarter of a million Bengalis, many of whom arrived during Pakistan’s civil war in 1971, when East Pakistan broke away to declare independence and become Bangladesh.