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Archive for May 9, 2017

Newsline: China’s embassy in India removes ambassador’s statement

The Chinese embassy website quietly removed the statement made by ambassador Luo Zhaohui from his speech in which he extended an offer to India suggesting name change of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. Just, a day after the statement of ambassador made headlines across Pakistan and China, the Chinese authorities seemed to have dropped the idea of renaming multi-billion dollars economic corridor as the ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui speech posted on embassy’s website contains everything except the particular statement ‘Even we can think about renaming the CPEC’. The offer was reportedly made by ambassador Zhaohui in a speech to the United Service Institution (USI) in New Delhi on Friday, according to Zee News. Stating that the CPEC is for promoting economic cooperation on connectivity, Luo claimed that it has “no connections to or impact on sovereignty issues”. The embassy website originally carried the statement of its ambassador but as soon as it faced backlash, apparently for inking the prodigious project with Pakistan and suggesting a name change, the statement was removed.

https://en.dailypakistan.com.pk/pakistan/china-quietly-removes-ambassadors-rename-cpec-statement-from-embassy-website/

Newsline: Malaysia to open embassy in Vatican

Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman will officially open the Malay­sian Embassy in the Vatican during a visit to the Holy See. “The opening of the embassy marks an important milestone and will elevate relations between Malaysia and the Holy See to greater heights,” the foreign ministry said in a statement. During this inaugural visit, which begins on Tuesday (May 9), Anifah is scheduled to meet his counterpart, the Most Reverend Archbishop Paul Gallagher, and Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin. Diplomatic ties between Malaysia and the Holy See were established on Jul 27, 2011, following Prime Minister Najib Razak’s visit to the Vatican City.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysia-to-open-embassy-in-the-vatican-8829670