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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Pakistan from today is expected to make way for a $28 billion investment in the neighbouring country. The investment comes as a first step towards $45 billion bellwether Pakistan-China Economic Corridor (PCEC) Project.

Jinping is expected to roll out billion dollars for infrastructure and energy assistance, something that the United States never offered in the 10 years of its so called ‘close-friendship’. It is said that this gesticulation of the Chinese President is likely to corroborate the downturn of American influence in Pakistan, US media reported.

In an op-ed, titled “Pak-China Dosti Zindabad” (Long Live the Pakistan-China Friendship), published in Pakistan’s Daily Times, the Chinese president expressed that,

When I was young, I heard many touching stories about Pakistan and the friendship between our two countries. To name just a few, I learned that the Pakistani people were working hard to build their beautiful country, and that Pakistan opened an air corridor for China to reach out to the world and supported China in restoring its lawful seat in the United Nations. The stories have left me with a deep impression. I look forward to my upcoming state visit to Pakistan.

In a news conference, Pakistan’s Planning and Development Minister Ahsan Iqbal stated that Jinping’s tour is the first visit by a Chinese president to Pakistan after nine years, and “The strength of the Pakistan-China friendship is one of the unifying factors in the country and a centrepiece of Pakistan’s foreign policy, strengthened by all past governments irrespective of domestic differences.”

During the visit, Jinping, Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and other Pakistani leaders will come together for a detailed dialogue on bilateral relations and issues pertaining to common interest.

Pakistan also looks forward to Jinping disclosing tons of projects under the corridor linking China’s Xinjiang province with Gwadar port through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

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Tibetan Activist Sentenced to 5 Years of Imprisonment in China

A Tibetan education activist was on Tuesday sentenced to five years in prison by a Chinese court for inciting separatism, Amnesty International (AI) said, calling the sentence "unjust" and urging his immediate release.

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A Tibetan education activist was on Tuesday sentenced to five years in prison by a Chinese court for inciting separatism, Amnesty International (AI) said, calling the sentence “unjust” and urging his immediate release.

The main evidence against Tashi Wangchuk, who was sentenced by a court in Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Qinghai province, was a 2015 video by the New York Times about his campaign for saving the Tibetan language, according to his lawyer.

“Today’s verdict against Tashi Wangchuk is a gross injustice. He is being cruelly punished for peacefully drawing attention to the systematic erosion of Tibetan culture,” AI East Asia Research Director Joshua Rosenzweig was cited as saying by Efe news.

Before his arrest, the 31-year-old activist had expressed concern over the fact that many Tibetan children could not fluently speak their native language, contributing to the progressive extinction of the Tibetan culture.

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“Tashi must be immediately and unconditionally released,” demanded AI, pointing out that the activist had already spent two years in detention without access to his family.

Rosenzweig claimed that Tashi Wangchuk “was a human rights defender and prisoner of conscience who used the media and China’s own legal system in his struggle to preserve Tibetan language, culture and identity”.

In the New York Times video, the activist had highlighted “the extreme discrimination and restrictions on freedom of expression that Tibetans face in China today”.

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Non-profit Human Rights Watch (HRW) also criticized the prison term for Tashi Wangchuk, whose “only crime was to peacefully call for the right of minority peoples to use their own language”, a right safeguarded by the Chinese Constitution.

“His conviction on bogus separatism charges show that critics of government policy on minorities have no legal protections,” said HRW China Director Sophie Richardson. (IANS)

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