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Weekly Report 2|33 6.8.2019-6.14.2019
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Central Committee and State Council General Offices Publish Opinion on Further Promoting the “Scientist Spirit”
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6.12  The CCP Central Committee and State Council General Offices recently released an opinion on further promoting the spirit of scientists and “reinforcing work style and study style building” (关于进一步弘扬科学家精神加强作风和学风建设的意见) as well as a notification requiring all regions and departments to conscientiously implement the opinion.

The opinion required science and technology workers to “fight to become creators of major scientific research accomplishments, contributors to building a great science and technology power, a practitioner of sublime thought and high [moral] character, and a leader in guiding favorable social trends.” It set the goal as comprehensively implementing the measures to improve work and study style within a year and showing…
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SupChina Weekly Briefing

Hello, readers!Welcome to the second issue of the new SupChina Weekly Briefing.To give us feedback — and please don’t hesitate to throw rotten tomatoes, or tell us what you love — write to theweekly@supchina.com.1. Two million Hong Kongers march on the streetsPhoto credit: Anthony Wallace / AFPWHAT HAPPENED?For the third time in a week, enormous numbers of people in Hong Kong took to the streets on June 16 to demand government accountability to their voices and the permanent cancellation of a controversial extradition bill.As many as TWO MILLION attended, organizers said. Given the way people spilled out onto and filled multiple parallel streets (last week’s protests were mostly confined to one thoroughfare), the number seems reasonable.That makes this the largest protest in Hong Kong history, and a stunningly large demonstration by percentage of population: About 25 percent of the city protested on one day — Hong Kong has 7.5 million residents.The extradition bill that the people fea…

akistani women sold in marriage, then prostitution in China

Natasha was one of hundreds of Pakistani girls who have been married off to Chinese men in return for cash payments to their families, most of them Christians, a community that is among the poorest of the poor in the country.

In this May 14, 2019, Pakistani Christian Natasha Masih, speaks to the Associated Press in Faisalabad, Pakistan. Natasha begged her mother to bring her home from China, but it took an elaborate scheme devised by a small cabal of Christian men in her hometown of Faisalabad, in Pakistan's Punjab province, to orchestrate her escape from what began as an unhappy marriage, and ended in prostitution. (Photo: AP)Updated: Jun 17, 2019 17:21 ISTBy Associated Press, FaisalabadAt first, in her desperate calls home to her mother in Pakistan, Natasha Masih couldn’t bring herself to say what they were doing to her.All the 19-year-old would say was that her new husband — a Chinese man her family sold her off to in marriage — was torturing her. Eventually she broke down and t…

ADB distances itself from Pakistan's 'premature' claim of $3.4 billion loan

The US has serious reservations over global lenders like the IMF providing a bailout to Pakistan to pay off Chinese debts.By PTI | Jun 17, 2019, 11.43 AM ISTAgenciesADB confirmed the meetings with the government members and discussions on loans.In a huge embarrassment for the Pakistan government, the ADB has distanced itself from the "premature announcement" of Prime Minister Imran Khan's adviser that the global lender would provide a loan of USD 3.4 billion to the cash-strapped nation, saying "discussions are ongoing".The rare rebuff by the Philippines-headquartered institution came a day after Khan's adviser on finance Abdul Hafeez Shaikh and Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Khusro Bakhtiar announced that the country would get a loan of USD 3.4 billion for budgetary support, out of which USD 2.1 billion would be released within a year.The Asian Development Bank (ADB's) stance taking the rare step on a public holiday to issue a st…

Pakistan slashes annual funding for Belt and Road projects

Pakistan slashes annual funding for Belt and Road projectsNikki AsiaGovernment struggles to balance finances under IMF bailout programADNAN AAMIR, Contributing writerJUNE 17, 2019 18:37 JSTCuts to annual budgets for China-linked infrastructure projects in Pakistan come as Beijing seeks to encourage a more sustainable approach.   © ReutersQUETTA, Pakistan -- Pakistan, a leading showcase for China's Belt and Road Initiative program of infrastructure development, will slash spending on BRI-related projects over the coming year as the government struggles to balance its finances.With its foreign reserves dwindling, Pakistan signed a staff-level bailout agreement with the International Monetary Fund in May under which it will receive $6 billion in support but will submit to strict fiscal discipline for 39 months.Despite this constraint, overall spending for the fiscal year beginning July 1 is set to rise 39% under the budget plan unveiled by the government last week.BRI projects, howev…

Pakistan fails to fulfil 25 of 27 FATF points, downgrading by IMF, World Bank to continue

PTI | Updated: Jun 16, 2019, 18:25 ISTHIGHLIGHTSMultilateral lenders like the IMF, the World Bank and the EU may continue downgrading Pakistan, making its financial situation more precarious"It has been unable to complete 25 of its 27 action points. It has one last chance, till its 15-month deadline ends in October 2019, when the FATF Plenary will be held," sources saidNEW DELHI: Pakistan has failed to complete 25 of the 27 action points given by the international terror financing watchdog FATF to check funding to terrorist groups such as LeT and JeM and frontal groups like Jamat-ud-Dawah and Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation.
With this, multilateral lenders like the IMF, the World Bank and the EU may continue downgrading Pakistan, making its financial situation more precarious.
The Paris-headquartered Financial Action Task Force has asked Pakistan to explain whether it has launched any investigation into the $7 million allocated to maintain schools, madrasas, clinics and ambulanc…

Bad math — big blunders

Pervez HoodbhoyUpdated June 15, 2019

The writer teaches physics and math in Lahore and IslamabadNOW that the hype and hysteria he helped create is fading, recently retired chief justice Saqib Nisar deserves to wear a pointed dunce cap on his head as he, with the most powerful men in Pakistan today behind him, walks slowly through the Hall of Shame. Had they understood from schooldays the importance of a few innocent-looking zeros to the left of a decimal point, they’d recognise a million from a billion. We might have then been spared the deep national embarrassment everyone now wants to forget — the Diamer-Bhasha and Mohmand dams.From yesterday (Friday) morning here’s the math: The Supreme Court websiteshows Rs10,669,728,001 in the dam fund with inflows starting July 6, 2018. Looks huge, eh? In US dollars that’s just $0.07bn. Worse, since February the graph is flat because salaried people are fighting against more forced deductions. Still worse: the un-invested fund has lost Rs10m a da…

Military operations continues in different areas of Balochistan.

15'June 2019(Current Balochistan)From last three days continuously Pakistani security forces are operating their coercion in Bolan, today a fresh Military operations have been started in various places of Kech. Mostly from Tump a person abducted after that no whereabouts of him. Furthermore, between dasth and Mand brutual operation is being conducted by Pakistani security forces.According to the sources, last night Pakistani Army and intelligence agencies raided a house in Kohad, Tump and whisked away a youngstar namely Sanna Ullah S/o Dad Allah R/o Kohad.According to the reporter, Women and children were harrassed during the raid.A fresh Ground operation has been started in Bansar, Kal'Kor, Charpan & Nagaru mountainous areas between Mand and Dasht district Kech.All surrounded areas have been sieged by Security Forces & have completely disrupted the areas due to which there is a difficulty to bring out the latest information about financial losses in this operation ye…

Pakistan's Triangle of Ties

Pakistan's Triangle of Ties: Islamabad's relations with both China and the US are increasing misgivings on all sidesChina is clearly using Pakistan as a pawn to further its own dreams of dominance. The US is far from pleased at this. How can India manage a situation that is both delicate, and volatile?POLITICS |  7-minute read |   15-06-2019GURMEET KANWAL@gurmeetkanwalThe vision of a ‘naya’ (new) Pakistan, enunciated by Prime Minister Imran Khan, chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, faces seemingly insurmountable challenges. The PTI government inherited poor relations with India, continuing conflict along the Af-Pak border, intractable internal security challenges, a failing economy with a huge external debt and a steady souring of relations with the US.It also faces the possibility of a dent in its relations with China.By accommodating and promoting the geostrategic interests of China and the United States in Southern Asia over several decades, Pakistan made …