Pakistan briefs P-5, EU envoys over Jaishankar's visit

Pakistan on Thursday briefed P-5 and EU envoys on the visit of Indian Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar to Islamabad this week, describing the trip as a step in the right direction.

China welcomes Jaishankar's Pakistan visit

China on Thursday said improving ties between India and Pakistan was of paramount importance to peace and development in the region and offered its support to resolve bilateral disputes through peaceful dialogue.

China hopes Lanka will resolve China port city project

Concerned over Sri Lanka's decision to temporarily suspend the controversial USD 1.5 billion Chinese port city project in Colombo, a wary China on Thursday hoped the country's new government would properly resolve the issue keeping in mind the bilateral friendly relations.

New Zealand spying on South Pacific allies: Reports

New Zealand is conducting mass spying on its South Pacific neighbours then passing the information to a US-led intelligence alliance, media reports citing leaked documents said on Thursday.

China says progress made in Silk Road projects

Claiming success in its new phase of neighbourhood diplomacy, China on Thursday said progress has been made in its ambitious 'Silk Road' and 'Maritime Silk Road' projects.

China vows to fight pollution `with all might`

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Thursday renewed pledges to tackle the country`s chronic pollution, without announcing any significant new environmental measures.

450 killed in China's Xinjiang last year, mostly Uighurs: Group

More than 450 people were killed in China's restive mainly Muslim Xinjiang region last year, a rights group said -- with three times as many deaths among members of the Uighur minority than ethnic Han Chinese.

'India, China can make dragon-elephant tango possible'

Noting that development was a common strategic goal for both India and China, Chinese Ambassador to India Le Yucheng has said the two countries can complement each other's advantages to make "dragon-elephant tango" possible.

250 pilgrims will undertake Mansarovar Yatra through Nathu La

The government on Wednesday said as per an understanding reached with the Chinese side, five batches of 50 pilgrims each are expected to travel through Nathu La for the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra this year.

Britain's Prince William calls for end to ivory trade on China visit

Britain`s Prince William urged an end to the ivory trade on Wednesday, visiting a Chinese elephant sanctuary in the southwestern province of Yunnan at the close of a three-day trip to the country that focused partly on wildlife conservation.

'India, China, Pakistan should work more closely in Afghanistan'

India, China and Pakistan need to find areas to cooperate and collaborate and become strategic partners inside Afghanistan to ensure stability in the region and stave off threats from terrorists, foreign policy experts have averred.

Colombia detains China Cosco Shipping vessel over illegal arms

 Colombian authorities detained a vessel operated by China`s largest shipping group for illegally transporting thousands of cannon shells, around 100 tonnes of gunpowder and other materials used to make explosives, the attorney general`s office said.

450 killed in China`s Xinjiang last year, mostly Uighurs: Group

 More than 450 people were killed in China`s restive mainly Muslim Xinjiang region last year, a rights group said -- with three times as many deaths among members of the Uighur minority than ethnic Han Chinese.

China says 2015 defence budget to rise about 10 percent

 China`s defence budget this year will rise about 10 percent compared with 2014, the spokeswoman for the country`s parliament said on Wednesday, outpacing the slowing Chinese economy as the country ramps up investment in high-tech equipment.

US crackdown on Chinese `maternity tourism` in LA

US investigators launched dawn raids Tuesday on two dozen Los Angeles locations suspected of offering "maternity tourism" for mostly Chinese mothers wanting to give birth in the United States.

China raps Obama over spying after anti-terror law row

Beijing on Tuesday pushed back at the US over espionage concerns, after President Barack Obama criticised a Chinese anti-terror measure that would force tech firms to surrender key information to Communist authorities.

Prince William tries out football diplomacy in China

Britain`s Prince William practised sports diplomacy in China on Tuesday, striding onto the football pitch at a Shanghai school.

US voices concern over China's 'dramatic' tactics in S. China Sea

The US on Tuesday expressed concern over China's "provocative" and "dramatic" tactics in the South China Sea and said the American navy will shift 60 per cent of its maritime assets to the Pacific by 2020.

Japan novelist Murakami says HK democracy protests not in vain

 Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami says he regrets that Hong Kong`s democracy protests did not bring the changes demanded by demonstrators, but their actions were not in vain.

Philippines halts exploration in `disputed` sea: Contractor

 The Philippines has suspended operations at a South China Sea natural gas project because it is also claimed by China and the dispute is before a UN tribunal, its contractor said Tuesday.