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Prince William, Kate visiting Pakistan to boost ties

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Islamabad: Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate arrived in Pakistan Monday on their first official visit to the country that will “pay respect to the historical relationship” between the two nations.

Prince William and Kate Middleton are spending five days in Pakistan, and on Monday night, the couple arrived in the former British colony on a Royal Air Force jet. At around 9:30 p.m. local time, the Cambridges landed at Nur Khan Airbase in Chakala, a Punjab suburb near Islamabad. Kate donned a light-blue bespoke dress by Catherine Walker, while William went more formal in a navy suit.

They were greeted by the country’s foreign minister, Shah Mehmood Qureshi and his wife. Prime Minister Imran Khan, who has plenty of ties to the royal family, was not on hand to greet the couple, but is supposed to meet with them later this week. Khan has known William since he was a child, and Princess Diana visited Khan in the country twice before her death. Khan, a former international cricket star, was educated at Oxford University, and was a good friend to Mark Shand, the late older brother of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

 

Their trip is supposed to last until Friday. Due to security concerns, engagements will not be announced until the day of, but according to a palace statement two weeks ago, they will visit the capital city of Islamabad, Lahore, the western countryside, and the mountainous northern regions to focus on girls’ education, national security, arts and culture, business, and conservation.

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Without a China trade deal, the U.S. will hike tariffs

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Washington: U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he would raise tariffs on imports of Chinese goods if no trade deal is reached with Beijing to end a tit-for-tat trade war that has roiled markets and damaged growth worldwide.

“China is going to have to make a deal that I like. If they don’t, that’s it,” Trump told reporters on Tuesday. “If we don’t make a deal with China, I’ll just raise the tariffs even higher.”

US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross was more measured in his comments, saying that the White House remains “optimistic” that an agreement can be reached.

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Monday that he still expects a deal to be reached, but he also anticipated an additional 15 per cent tariff to be placed on about US$156 billion of Chinese imports on December 15 if there is no agreement.

“I have every expectation if there’s not a deal, those tariffs would go in place. But I expect we’ll have a deal,” Mnuchin

Predictions of a resolution have come and gone repeatedly as Trump veers from hints of imminent deals to declaring his satisfaction with the current standoff, because the United States is pulling in billions of dollars in trade tariffs.

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