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Pakistan Is Drifting Away From Japan Ties thrived in the early post-war period, but lately Japan-Pakistan relations have stalled out. By Ahmad Rashid Malik January 21, 2017 Pakistan’s relations with Japan have drifted away in the past decade. In the past six years, there have been no high-level visits between the two countries. The last such exchange came in February 2011, when President Asif Ali Zardari paid a visit to Tokyo. Before that, Japanese Prime Minister Koizumi Junichiro visited Islamabad in April 2005. For reasons unknown, the incumbent government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has not tried to revive diplomatic momentum with Japan. In general, the government has not shown interest in its own ”Vision East Asia” policy, supposed to target outreach toward East Asian countries. On the contrary, Indian Prime Minister Narendera Modi has deepened India’s ties with a number of East Asian countries, from Mongolia to Fiji. Pakistan’s foreign poli

PAKISTAN, CHINA DECIDE TO INCLUDE NEW PROJECTS IN CPEC Saturday, 21 January 2017 12:06 Posted by Madiha Shakeel        34 ZAHEER ABBASI ISLAMABAD: Joint Co-ordination Committee (JCC) has agreed, in principle, to include Keti Bunder Sea Port Development project as well as Naukuridi-Mashkhel-Panjgur road project (which would connect with M-8 & N-85) in the China Pakistan Economic Corridor portfolio. Sources said that according to the minutes of December 29, 2016 JCC meeting, Pakistan and China have decided to include new projects in the CPEC portfolio and instructions have been issued to the Joint Working Group (JWG) on transport to work out proposals on the implementation of these projects after further studies and consultations. The JCC meeting co-chaired by Wang Xiaotao, Vice Chairman of National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) China and Minister for Planning, Development & Reform Ahsan Iqbal welcomed the p

Shanghai Consortium, PSX sign share purchase pact KARACHI -  Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has said the Chinese Consortium will bring expertise to Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX). He was speaking at a share purchase signing ceremony between Pakistan Stock Exchange and Shanghai Consortium of China here on Friday. Shanghai Consortium has signed a 40 percent share purchase agreement with the Pakistan stock market. The minister called the ceremony a historic occasion, and said PSX had become one of the fastest growing stock exchanges in the region. “The world has acknowledged the economic progress of Pakistan,” he added. The landmark agreement was signed by PSX Divestment Committee Chairman Shahzad Chamdia and the chief executive officers of the Chinese exchanges forming the consortium. The head of the Chinese delegation said that the agreement had become a reality with the help of the government of Pakistan. The Chinese consortium, quali

Pakistan Stock Exchange sells 40 percent stake to China Anadolu Agency   Finance Minister Ishaq Dar announces sale of Pakistan Stock Exchange shares valued at $85M to 5-member Chinese consortium 20.01.2017      By Aamir Latif KARACHI , Pakistan Pakistan sold 40 percent shares of its key stock exchange to a Chinese consortium on Friday, in yet another sign of growing strategic and economic cooperation between the two countries. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar formally announced the sale of the shares of Pakistan Stock Exchange, valued at $85 million, to the five-member Chinese consortium at a ceremony held in the country's commercial capital, Karachi. The consortium comprises of three Chinese companies -- China Financial Futures Company limited, Shanghai Stock Exchange and Shenzhen Stock Exchange -- which will jointly hold 30 percent of the shares sold, while two Pakistani companies - Pakistan China Investment Company Limited and Habib

How China is building up its naval and shipbuilding capability to rule the waves Jan 15 2017 at 11:45 PM  Updated Jan 15 2017 at 11:45 PM Save Article A billboard that reads "South China Sea, our beautiful motherland, we won't let go an inch" in China's Shandong province.  AP by James Kynge, Amy Kazmin and Farhan Bokhari, Pakistan's Arabian Sea port of Gwadar is perched on the world's energy jugular. Nearby sea lanes carry most of China's oil imports; any disruption could choke the world's second-largest economy. Owned, financed and built by China, Gwadar occupies a strategic location. Yet Islamabad and Beijing for years denied any military plans for the harbour, insisting it was a purely commercial project. Now the mask is slipping. "As Gwadar becomes more active as a port, Chinese traffic both commercial and naval will grow to this region," says a senior foreign ministry official in I

Is the US Trying to Sabotage the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor? Intentional or not, U.S. counterterror operations are pushing militants into Balochistan, the heart of CPEC. By Ian Price September 29, 2016   When the United States added Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (TTP-JA), a faction of the Pakistani Taliban (TTP), to the terror list in July 2016 following their claim of responsibility for a failed car bombing in Manhattan, it helped to push the group out of the tribal region of Pakistan and into areas that China was eying for their multibillion economic corridor project. This was part of a larger strategy that eventually created immeasurable headaches for both the security establishment in Islamabad and officials in Beijing, potentially causing billions of dollars in losses for both. Given Washington’s growing acrimonious ties with Pakistan and desire to constrain China’s expansion, this seems a fortuitous coincidence. But was it simply an unplanned consequen

Deconstructing China’s Energy Security Strategy “The United States should not underestimate China’s ability to achieve energy security within the next two decades.” By Samir Tata January 14, 2017               Given continued American global naval supremacy, which is unlikely to be challenged successfully in the foreseeable future, Beijing’s highest strategic priority is to ensure energy security by connecting friendly major oil and gas producers to China via pipelines transiting through land routes beyond the effective military reach of the United States. If successful, within a generation China’s new “Silk Roads” – land pipelines, together with roads and railways – will transport enough oil and gas to meet the country’s import requirements. Currently, China is highly dependent upon oil and gas imports, principally from the Persian Gulf and Africa, which are carried mainly by tankers over sea lines of communication (SLOCs) and through maritim

Banker Fears Flow of Chinese Goods on Silk Road in Pakistan by  Faseeh Mangi January 20, 2017, 2:30 AM GMT+5:30January 20, 2017, 10:10 AM GMT+5:30 Cheap Chinese imports may leave millions of Pakistanis jobless Pakistan’s Bank Alfalah plans to double deposits in five years As Pakistan opens itself to  China’s Silk Road plan  and billions of dollars worth of investment projects, the head of the bank owned by the Abu Dhabi Group is warning of an influx of cheap goods that may leave millions in the South Asian nation jobless. While the Chinese investments and loans worth more than $46 billion will bring new industrial activity and a need for services, Pakistan may be unprepared for a rush of wares from its larger neighbor that it can’t compete against, said Atif Bajwa, chief executive officer at Bank Alfalah Ltd., the country’s sixth largest lender. Atif Bajwa Photographer: Asim Hafeez/Bloomberg “There is going to be an influx

CHINA NOT READY TO ADD RAILWAY ML-2 TO CPEC, NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BODY TOLD Friday, 20 January 2017 11:45 Posted by Madiha Shakeel        231 TAHIR AMIN ISLAMABAD: China is not ready to add Pakistan Railways' Main Line (ML-2), a strategic route passing through major power plants, to China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) due to a low business case, said Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique. " China has increased the finances for Pakistan Railways from an initial $3.7 billion to around $8 billion for up-gradation of ML-1 under the CPEC package, as it carries about 70 per cent traffic and has a business viability, " said the minister briefing the National Assembly Standing Committee on Railways. The committee met with Naveed Qamar in the chair here on Thursday. The minister said that Pakistan Railways with its own finances has carried out a feasibility study and decided to offer it on build-operate-transfer (

Feature: "Green silk road," with cotton on the way Source: Xinhua 2017-01-19 16:51:50 [Editor: huaxia] by Zhou Liang, Fei Liena DUSHANBE, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) -- At the suburb of the freezing cold city of Kurgan-Tyube in Tajikistan's southern Khatlon state, the sweeping lands of a cotton plantation stretch long. With the harvest already finished in Autumn, countless empty cotton branches tremble in the cold wind. At a modern textile mill in the Tajik city of Dangara, spinning machines were humming and spinning, spitting out high-quality yarn to be shipped to various countries including  Russia , Turkey, Italy and Poland. The mill and the cotton plantation were both invested and set up by China's Xinjiang Zhongtai Group. In 2014, to answer the call of China's Belt and Road Initiative and Go Out policy, China's Zhongtai Group and Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, with strong support from the Tajik government, jointly started the construction of the

China to work closely with WHO, Silk Road countries 2017-01-20 10:48 CGTN  Editor: Xu Shanshan Chinese President Xi Jinping and WHO Director-General Margaret Chan have witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding at the organization's headquarters in Geneva on January 18. The MoU will step up its health cooperation under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative. [Special coverage] Under the MoU, China will work with the WHO to improve both the health level and health industries of China and other countries along the Belt and Road. Areas of cooperation will cover implementing health regulations and public health emergencies. The two sides will work together to improve health care systems and to prevent and control infectious diseases and chronic diseases. There will also be closer cooperation related to the certification of Chinese medicine and vaccines. I talked to Professor Liu Peilong, the director for the global health department at Peking University. He was

New Silk road a success or PR exercise by China

Watch the video On Wednesday, a freight train arrived in Britain after an 18-day, 12,000km journey from China's Zhejiang province . Its backers hope it will be the first of many, heralding a modern-day revival of the fabled Silk Road trade route linking Europe and Asia. The "East Wind" train line carried products worth nearly $5m on its maiden journey to Europe, including clothes, suitcases, purses and wallets - all loaded on to 34 wagons. On the return journey, it will haul British machinery, Spanish hams and cheeses and German beer. The term "Silk Road" evokes ancient images of merchants travelling in dusty caravans on journeys taking months. The modern rail version offers companies the chance to move goods between the continents for about half the cost of air transportation - and, in two weeks, less travel time than that offered by the quickest sea route. Bu

RAW-funded anti-CPEC plan foiled in Gilgit, claim police JAMIL NAGRI   GB IG Zafar Iqbal Awan speaks at a press conference on Wednesday. GILGIT: Police on Wednesday claimed to have foiled a plan sponsored by the Indian intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) to sabotage projects related to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and generate anti-Pakistan feelings in Gilgit-Baltistan. Police arrested 12 workers of the Balawaristan National Front (BNF) from Yasin Valley of Ghizer district and seized a large quantity of weapons during a raid. GB Inspector General Zafar Iqbal Awan told a press conference that the arrested suspects had received funds from RAW and prepared a plan to sabotage the CPEC and stir unrest in Gilgit-Baltistan. He said that the suspects had planned to attack Ismaili Jamaatkhanas in Ghizer and other parts of GB. The IG said that BNF chief Abdul Hamid, who lived in Belgium, received funds from the RAW and dir

Do Pakistan and China really need India in CPEC? Do Pakistan And China Really Need India In CPEC? By  Polina Tikhonova  on January 20, 2017 5:45 am in  Politics Tensions between Pakistan and China on one side and India on the other are rising, as Islamabad and Beijing keep launching more segments of the  joint  China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project. But can Pakistan and India resolve their differences well enough for India to join CPEC? And do Islamabad and Beijing even need India in their multi-billion dollar project?  By Government of Pakistan [Public domain],  via Wikimedia Commons CPEC India, which has been an outspoken critic of CPEC and claims control of a crucial territory for part of the project, recently warned China to respect its sovereignty. A day later, China responded to the warning, defending its project with Pakistan. On Tuesday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi implicitly accused China and Pakistan’s CPEC of “overriding [the] soverei

Dr.Haji Hayatkhan Baloch awarded excellence award

Bharat ratna Dr.A.P.J.Abdul kalam excellence awords presented to Dr.Haji hayatkhan Baloch for outstanding individual achievements and distinguished services to the nation by the India international society at new Delhi

Baloch Foundation of Hind organised Circket tournament

Newly formed  Baloçh organization in Mumbai , Baloch Foundation of Hind organised Circket tournament for Baloch youth.  Mansoor Baloch the head of  Baloch Foundation invited Six teams from   from Mumbai and Gujarat to participate at Virar. Following are the teams. Andheri 1 Andheri 2 Jogeshwari Malad Virar Vapi Gujarat Trophies are awarded to winners and runners by Mr.Mansoor Baloch on 11th Jan 2017.Vapi  team is the winner and Andheri 1 r is runner up. Talking to BalochHouse , Mansoor Baloch said "Baloch in India are uniting and will become formidable force to raise awareness of Human Rights Violations in Balochistan in India"