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Xi: Leaders of China, U.S. need to chart right course for bilateral ties



Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Monday during a meeting with Joe Biden, his U.S. counterpart, that the leaders of China and the U.S. need to the chart right course for bilateral ties.

Though the two leaders have remained in communication via video-conferences, phone calls and letters, none of them can really substitute face-to-face exchanges, Xi told Biden at the beginning of the meeting. 

“As leaders of two major countries, we need to play the leadership role, set the right course for the China-U.S. relationship and put it on an upward trajectory,” Xi said. 

‘History is the best textbook’

Xi pointed out that from the initial contact and the establishment of diplomatic relations to today, China and the U.S. have gone through 50-plus eventful years, with gains and losses as well as experience and lessons. 

“History is the best textbook. We should take it as a mirror and let it guide the future,” Xi told Biden. 

Currently, the state of China-U.S. relations is not in the fundamental interests of the two countries and peoples. It is not what the international community expects from us either, Xi said. 

‘Back to the track of healthy and stable growth’

During the meeting, Xi expressed hope that he could work with Biden to bring China-U.S. relations back to the track of healthy and stable growth to the benefit of the two countries and the world as a whole.

The Chinese president emphasized that, in this time and age, great changes are unfolding in ways like never before. 

The world expects China and the U.S. to properly handle their relationship, Xi said. 

“We should work with all countries to bring more hope to world peace, greater confidence in global stability, and stronger impetus to common development. As always, I am ready to have a candid and in-depth exchange of views with you on issues of strategic importance in China-U.S. relations and on major global and regional issues,” Xi said. 

The two leaders are in Bali, Indonesia for the 17th G20 Summit

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Pakistan Observes KASHMIR SOLIDARITY DAY in Abuja



Joel Ajayi

The people of Pakistan inside the country and across the world is observing Kashmir Solidarity Day Today’s Monday express solidarity with Kashmiris in their struggle for the right to self-determination.  
Since 1990, the Nation of Pakistan observes February 5th as Kashmir Solidarity Day.

According to the statement issued by the High Commissioner of Islamic Republic of Pakistan Abuja, Nigeria H.E Mr Sohail Ahmad Khan stated that, Kashmir Solidarity Day serves as an annual reminder of the  prolonged conflict in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, where the struggle for self-determination has left an indelible mark on the lives of innocent Kashmiris. 

“Multiple UN Resolutions unambiguously declare that the final disposition of the State of Jammu and Kashmir will be made in accordance with the will of the people expressed through the democratic method of a free and impartial plebiscite conducted  under the auspices of the United Nations. 

“Numerous international, UN organizations as well as UN Special Rapporteurs have reported gross human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir. 

“Media and press is under tremendous pressure by Indian Government especially in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir which is evident from India’s  ranking of 161 out of 180 countries as per 2023 World Press Freedom.

“Jammu and Kashmir has been converted into world’s most militarized zone and the largest prison on earth. Pakistan stands firm with Kashmiri brothers and sisters and  will continue to provide unwavering diplomatic support.

“Pakistan demands that International community including United Nations and it’s relevant Human Rights Machinery, Civil Society Organizations, Media Houses and other defenders of Human  Rights to fulfill their obligations towards besieged Kashmiris by playing their part to end the rule of tyranny and oppression.”

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