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Singapore is China’s Top Belt and Road Partner

Who would win the award for China’s top Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) partner to date? Pakistan and Russia would certainly be two candidates. The former is China’s only “all-weather partner” and the recipient of the largest BRI project, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. Yet, Pakistan is a volatile partner; a partner whose relationship with China is forged on a mutual distrust of India as opposed to genuine complementarities, a partner who may yet decide BRI has become too much of an expensive ordeal, a partner who the world looks on with scepticism especially around its reported links to global terrorism. As for the latter, Russia and China do share more complementarities (Russia has plenty of gas, but needs China’s financing to launch the projects) and the two have come closer in the new era of “great power competition” as branded by the US. Yet, whilst brushed under the carpet, tensions between China and Russia still remain, particularly around their competing desires for influ…
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This week’s top BRI news

Source: Belt and Road Advisory
Our BRI Briefing summarizes and analyzes key news related to the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) over the last week.This week’s top BRI newsXi seeks greater connectivity with HK and Macau:Xi met with top leaders from Hong Kong and Macau on Monday to celebrate 40 years of Reform and Opening. The Greater Bay Area, the connectivity initiative that links HK, Macau and the mainland, was a key focus point of discussions.

China and Singapore upgrade FTA:China and Singapore have upgraded their free-trade agreement. Singapore will now have more access to China’s legal, maritime and construction services sector while China will have more access to Singapore’s air transport, courier and environmental sectors.
US and China resume trade talks:China’s Commerce Ministry said that Washington and Beijing have resumed trade talks. Ministry spokesman Gao Feng said that the two sides are “maintaining close contact,” but gave no further details about who is involved in discussio…

CHINA: Party Watch Weekly Report

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By David Gitter, Julia Bowie, Nathanael Callan, Brock Erdahl, Ann Listerud, and Sandy Lu
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HighlightsXi Jinping attended a meeting of the Central Commission for Comprehensively Deepening Reform along with Wang Huning and Han Zheng (see Senior Leaders section).Li Keqiang attended the China-ASEAN Summit, the ASEAN Plus Three Summit, and the 13th East Asia Summit in Singapore (see Senior Leaders section).The State Council Information Office released a white paper on “Cultural Protection and Development in Xinjiang” (see Propaganda Work section).The CCDI announced the repatriation of Zheng Quanguan from the United States for suspected embezzlement and the investigation of Jiangsu Province Vice Governor Miao Ruilin (see Party Discipline section).
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Xi Jinping Meets with Hong Kong And Macau People from All Walks of Life to Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Reform and Opening Up
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11.12  Xi Jinping met with delegations from Hong Kong and …

Risks and Opportunities in International Affairs

Chatham House Expert Perspectives 2018

DATE19 June 2018AUTHORAdam Ward (Commissioning Editor)Deputy Director, Chatham HouseISBN978 1 78413 285 9DOWNLOAD PDF 954 KBCONTENTSGovernanceA More Contested Space?Ruma Mandal | Risk: Shifting power and international lawAfter decades of progressive development in international law, increasingly influential voices such as China are challenging the status quo. This has implications for human rights protection and development of the law in emerging areas.International law flourished in the aftermath of the Cold War, broadening in scope, deepening in content and embracing a focus on individuals. While this period furthered many governance projects envisaged in the post-1945 settlement, shifting power and rising nationalism now suggest the arrival of a more difficult phase for international law.135 In the coming year (and beyond), areas of the law perceived by some as too liberal will be vulnerable to attack, and tensions will persist between key stat…

Exploring Public International Law Issues with Chinese Experts — New and Emerging Areas

Exploring Public International Law Issues with Chinese Experts — New and Emerging AreasHarriet MoynihanAssociate Fellow, International Law ProgrammeThrough dialogue between Chinese public international lawyers and their non-Chinese counterparts, our project on China and the Future of the International Legal Order explores Chinese thinking on the content and direction of international law and considers the implications for global governance.
Harriet Moynihan captured the key insights on China's approach to new and emerging areas of international lawfrom our most recent roundtable in Beijing, co-hosted by Chatham House and the China University of Political Science and Law.
Drawing on these insights, Harriet has commented on China's ambitions in the Arcticand on opportunities for engaging with China on human rights issues through the Belt and Road Initiative.
Roundtable insightsSince 2014, when China’s Communist Party announced its intention to strengthen China’s discourse power in …

Sardar Shukat Ali Kashmiri Elected Chairman UKPNP

on November 19, 2018BolanTimes ( LONDON ) : A very active political party , United Kashmir Peoples National Party ( UKPNP ) elected Sardar Shukat Ali Kashmir as a Party Chairman for next tenure .In recent Press Release from UKPNP mentioned that , UKPNP 6th Central convention was held at District Bagh Pakistani held Jammu and Kashmir on 17 -18 November 2018.According to Press Release , UKPNP workers from different areas of so called Azad Kashmir  and Gilgit Balistan , Hijra, Tarkhal, Khai Gala, Rawalakot, Muzaffarabad, Neelum Valley, Kotli, Mirpur, Bihambar, Athmuqam, Thorar, Banjosa, Nehla Butt, Dahirkot, Punjab Zone and from other regions  in a large number attended  the rally and convention.According to Nasir Aziz Khan, spokesperson, UKPNP ,Elected exiled leader of the UKPNP Sardar Shaukat Ali Kashmiri addressed and paid tribute to Madam  Naila Khaneen. He said that she was a brave courageous, committed and true comrade she never compromised on UKPNP ideology and struggle. Madam Kha…

Pakistan and Its Militants: Who Is Mainstreaming Whom?

By Dr. James M. DorseyNovember 18, 2018Imran Khan image by Usman Malik via Flickr CC
Mideast Security and Policy Studies No. 158, November 18, 2018EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Pakistani militants of various stripes collectively won just under 10% of the vote in the July 2018 parliamentary elections. Some represented longstanding legal Islamist parties, others newly established groups or fronts for organizations that have been banned as terrorists by Pakistan and/or the United Nations and the United States.The militants failed to secure a single seat in the national assembly but have maintained, if not increased, their ability to shape national debate, mainstream politics, and societal attitudes. Their ability to field candidates in almost all constituencies, and, in many cases, their performance as debutants enhanced their legitimacy.The militants’ performance has fueled debate about the Pakistani military’s effort to expand its longstanding support for militants, which serves its regional and d…

Bolan: 3 Pakistani soldiers killed in IED Blast, BLA claims responsibility

November 18, 2018ِFrom News disk of *(The Balochistan Post)* brought to you by *(Current Balochistan)*At least three Pakistani soldiers were killed and another four injured in an IED attack in Margat, Bolan on Sunday.According to details received by The Balochistan Post, at least three Pakistani soldiers were killed and another four were injured when a powerful improvised explosive device (IED) planted on a roadside went off near a military vehicle. The blast site is only tens of kilometres from capital city Quetta.The bodies and injured were shifted to Quetta Combined Military Hospital (CMH) for medico-legal formalities. The security forces cordoned off the area after the blast and launched a search operation.The responsibility for the IED attack, which was carried out in Margat, Bolan, was later claimed by Baloch armed group Baloch Liberation Army (BLA).Jeehand Baloch, BLA’s spokesman, told media that the number of killed Pakistani soldiers was five and another four were injured in…

Youth disappeared from Gwadar city

- November 18, 2018From News disk of *(The Balochistan Post)* brought to you by *(Current Balochistan)*A young man has been abducted from Gwadar city of Balochistan.According to details received by The Balochistan Post, a young man has been abducted from Koh-Bun-Ward area of Gwadar.The abductee has been identified as, Qais s/o Haji Khad.According to locals, Qais was arrested by Pakistani forces in raid on his house and moved to an undisclosed location.Locals allege Pakistani forces for abducting hundreds from Gwadar and suburbs to compel the native people to migrate as the multibillions project, China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is based and the route passes through the region.The term ‘abducted’ is widely used in Balochistan to connote arrests made by security forces as the arrested are not presented before court of law and instead kept in military camps.International campaign groups including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International also accuse Pakistani security forces as…

Family accuses military official of taking 7 million ransom for missing person

Family accuses military official of taking 7 million ransom for missing personNovember 17, 2018From News disk of *(The Balochistan Post)* brought to you by *(Current Balochistan)*Family of missing Hafeez Muhammad Hassni accused FC major of ransomAccording to the details received by the Balochistan Post, families of Baloch missing persons continue to arrive at VBMP’s (Voice for Baloch Missing Persons) camp at Quetta as the protest for the release of Missing Persons gains momentum.Family of Hafeez Muhammad Hassni, who arrived in the camp yesterday, accused a Frontier Corp’s Major, who they identified as Major Naveed, of taking 7 million PKR for the release of their son.“Hafeez was picked up by the Frontier Corps from Dalbandin’s Kili Qasim area on 30th August in 2016. We were asked to come to Quetta, where Major Naveed demanded 7 million for the release of our son”, said Hafeez’s mother“We crowd-funded for the money and sold our property to pay the Major, we paid him and he told us that…