Anies Baswedan sworn in as new Jakarta governor

:: Former Education Minister Anies Baswedan and businessman-turned-politician Sandiaga Uno were sworn in Monday as the new governor and deputy governor of Jakarta at a ceremony held by President Joko Widodo at More »

Saudi Crown Prince meets with the commander of the Pakistani Army

:: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with Pakistani Army Commander Lieutenant General Javed Bajwa on Monday. The meeting reviewed the bilateral relations between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, especially in the More »

King Salman stresses kingdom’s support for united Iraq in phone call to Abadi

:: Saudi King Salman held a telephone call Monday evening with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Iraq, Dr. Haider al-Abadi, in which he stressed the Kingdom’s support for the unity More »

Dialogue best way to promote peace, security: Saudi Shoura chief

:: Shoura Council President Abdullah Al-Asheikh said that the Kingdom, under the leadership of King Salman, believes in dialogue as an effective means to achieve security, peace and prosperity. Al-Asheikh delivered his More »

Commercial courts to boost investment in Saudi Arabia

:: Justice Minister Walid Al-Samaani has officially launched the commercial courts after they had started to operate on Muharram 1 of this year. Al-Samaani, who is also the Supreme Judicial Council chairman, More »


Tag Archives: China

Why the ‘new Silk Road’ leads to the Middle East

Dr. Naser Al-Tamimi

By : Dr. Naser Al-Tamimi :: When the Communist Party of China convenes in Beijing this week for its 19th national congress, all eyes will be on a leader described on the current cover of The Economist magazine as the

Overhaul of Pakistan’s communications framework on the cards, courtesy China

:: Pakistan’s communications framework is set to undergo a radical overhaul as a result of Beijing and Islamabad envisioning their Long Term Plan (LTP) for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. According a Dawn news report, the most critical component of this

China disrupts WhatsApp ahead of Communist Party meeting

:: Chinese authorities appear to have severely disrupted the WhatsApp messaging app in the latest step to tighten censorship as they prepare for a major Communist Party congress next month. Users in China have reported widespread disruptions in recent days

S&P downgrades China’s credit rating, cites rising debt

:: S&P Global Ratings downgraded China’s long-term sovereign credit rating by one notch on Thursday to A+ from AA-, citing increasing risks from the country’s rapid build-up of credit. “The downgrade reflects our assessment that a prolonged period of strong

Saudi Arabia establishes committee to enhance global judicial cooperation

:: Saudi Arabia’s Public Prosecutor, Sheikh Saud bin Abdullah Al-Muajab, revealed that the Kingdom has established a permanent committee to coordinate with other government authorities to enhance international judicial cooperation and present international advice. This revelation came in a speech

UNWTO honors Prince Sultan for developing tourism, national heritage

Prince Sultan bin Salman

:: The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) at its 22nd session on Wednesday honored Prince Sultan bin Salman, the president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH). The prince was honored for his efforts in supporting and

SCTH president: Saudi Arabia oriented to promote, enhance tourism

:: Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), stressed the importance of tourism and the need to empower it to support and enhance the economy and create more job opportunities. This came

Beijing cryptocurrency exchanges told to announce trading halt

:: Chinese authorities have ordered Beijing-based cryptocurrency exchanges to cease trading and immediately notify users of their closure, signaling a widening crackdown by authorities on the industry to contain financial risks. Exchanges were also told to stop allowing new user

UNWTO to honor Prince Sultan for innovative tourism initiatives in Saudi Arabia

:: President of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) Prince Sultan bin Salman will lead the Saudi delegation at the 106th session of the Executive Council of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in China. The UNWTO

Pakistan is not a terrorist haven, says defense minister

Khurram Dastagir

:: Pakistan has rejected claims that it harbors militant groups responsible for terrorism and extremism in South Asia. Defense Minister Khurram Dastagir said there were no militant havens in Pakistan, and claimed that 40 percent of Afghanistan was controlled by

Egypt signs memo with China on $739 mln for rail link to new capital

:: Egypt signed a memorandum of understanding with China on Tuesday for Beijing to finance a rail link worth about $739 million serving a new capital the north African country is building, the Egyptian investment minister said. The link will

A ‘China First’ strategy for North Korea

Bill Emmott

By : Bill Emmott :: Most pundits agree that the least bad way to deal with North Korea’s nuclear saber-rattling is a continued combination of tight containment and aggressive diplomacy. But fewer have recognized that the least bad military option

Trump to meet security advisers over ‘hostile’ N. Korea test

:: US President Donald Trump will convene his national security team on Sunday and weigh possibly drastic economic sanctions against North Korea after Pyongyang test-fired what it claimed was a hydrogen bomb able to fit atop a missile. “The national

China’s Huawei unveils mobile AI assistant at Berlin’s IFA

:: Chinese electronics giant Huawei on Saturday unveiled its first mobile personal assistant with artificial intelligence in Berlin, in hopes it will rival the dominance of Samsung’s Bixby and Apple’s Siri. “Smartphones are smart but they are not intelligent enough,”

China’s Xi says BRICS must promote open world economy

:: The BRICS group of emerging economies must promote trade liberalization and an open world economy, Chinese President Xi Jinping said at a business meeting on Sunday at the start of a three-day summit being held in southeastern China. The

UN Security Council to hold emergency meeting over North Korea

:: The UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting Tuesday afternoon over North Korea’s latest missile launch at the request of Japan and the United States, diplomats said. The planned meeting in New York comes as Washington and Tokyo

Saudi Arabia, China to set up $20bn investment fund

:: Saudi Arabia and China plan to establish a $20 billion investment fund as the Kingdom deepens ties with its biggest Asian oil customer. King Salman met Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli in Jeddah on Thursday amid a flurry of

Saudi crown prince meets Chinese vice premier

:: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, deputy prime minister and defense minister, on Thursday met with China’s Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah. They chaired a meeting of the high-level Saudi-Chinese Joint Committee, during which they discussed

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