Asia Briefs: New Pakistan-China trade route opened

New Pakistan-China trade route opened

GWADAR (Pakistan) • Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif yesterday inaugurated a trade route linking south-western Gwadar port to the Chinese city of Kashgar.

The Cosco Wellington, a ship berthed at the deep-sea port in Balochistan province, was loaded with over 150 containers - the first consignment under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor announced in 2014, which aims to link the Asian superpower's Xinjiang region with the Arabian Sea.


Chinese female pilot dies in flight training

BEIJING • A female fighter pilot died in an accident during routine flight training on Saturday, a Chinese Air Force spokesman said.

Born in 1986, Yu Xu applied to become a pilot in 2005 and, four years later, became one of China's first 16 female pilots of J-10 fighter jets.


Red Shirts leader punched in scuffle

KUALA LUMPUR • Sungai Besar Umno chief Jamal Yunos got a bloody nose yesterday after he was allegedly punched in the face by a Bersih supporter.

The scuffle broke out when the Red Shirts leader and his supporters reportedly harassed Ampang MP Zuraida Kamaruddin from opposition PKR and her Bersih supporters in a mall.


8 killed in clashes in northern Rakhine state

YANGON • Eight people died and 36 were arrested in clashes between the Myanmar army and what the government believes are Rohingya Muslim militants in northern Rakhine state, state media said yesterday.

Soldiers have poured into northern Rakhine since Oct 9 after attacks on several border posts.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 14, 2016, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Subscribe