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Questions on CPEC

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Has there been a fruitful line of inquiry regarding the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)? This largely depends on the questions with which one initiates the inquiry.Will CPEC be a game-changer for Pakistan? This drawing-room question is particularly useless to begin with. With so much uncertainty and so many variables beyond human control, no one except a clairvoyant can predict this with any confidence. It is just as pointless – if not downright silly – to take sides. There is not enough information available for one side to convince the other on the basis of analysis. Believers will continue to believe and sceptics will continue to doubt for reasons which have little to do with the intricacies of the initiative.The following questions pertaining to the details of the deal are more useful: Under what conditions are the various components of the initiative being negotiated? What are the financial obligations and terms of …

Our CPEC-esque days and nights

http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2017/03/19/our-cpec-esque-days-and-nights/




ColumnsComment4 HOURS AGO BY SHAH NAWAZMOHALLet’s (NOT) fight over and divide further as Chinese are in townThe naysayers confront the apologists by citing opaqueness and the Byzantine nature of the whole project or dare to venture an extra mile and term the whole CPEC enterprise as East-India Company 2.0

‘A spectre is haunting our beloved land — the spectre of CPEC,’ many wise men warn us. In the beginning, merely two years back, things were looking good but then a new obsession reared its ugly head and gripped our imagination over past few months. For the ease of all, let’s convert this psychological bent into something easier to grasp and name it ‘CPEC Syndrome’. What is CPEC Syndrome? Well, it is a condition where two groups of Pakistani individuals, apologists and naysayers, try to battle out their differences about billions of dollars worth of Chinese investment through invoking future promise of progress (…

CPEC : The growth seesaw

https://www.dawn.com/news/1321405/the-growth-seesaw


EDITORIALPUBLISHED ABOUT 4 HOURS AGOTHE most recent data on large-scale manufacturing shows that the growth spurt of the last couple of years may be on the cusp of a plateau. After registering some increases, growth in the period July to January 2017 was 3.48pc, below its target of 5.9pc. More interestingly, sharp falls in the growth rate of automobiles and fertiliser dragged the overall rate down. The only bright spot in the data came from food, particularly soft drinks and sugar, and iron and steel products. This was most likely the outcome of the accelerating pace of construction involving projects related to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.One aspect the figure draws our attention to is the absence of any linkages between the CPEC-related projects that are gathering steam across the country and the rest of the economy. Much is riding on the assumption that investment related to CPEC will spur growth inside the country. It is …

Position on Kashmir not affected by CPEC: China

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MARCH 18TH, 2017CANINDIA NEW WIRE SERVICE0COMMENTS10Beijing, March 18 (IANS) The Chinese Foreign Ministry has said that the development of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will not affect Beijing’s stance on the Kashmir issue.Answering a question regarding India’s objection to Pakistan’s plan to declare Gilgit-Baltistan, the region north of the Line of Control in the Pakistan-administered Kashmir, its fifth province, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chun­ying said China’s position on the Kashmir issue was “consistent” and “clear-cut”.“As a leftover issue from history between India and Pakistan, it needs to be properly settled through dialogue and consultation between the two sides. The development of the CPEC does not affect China’s position on the Kashmir issue,” she said at a press briefing on Friday.The CPEC passes through the region and it is strategically crucial for India as it connects China, Af…

Our CPEC-esque days and nights

http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2017/03/19/our-cpec-esque-days-and-nights/




ColumnsComment4 HOURS AGO BY SHAH NAWAZMOHALLet’s (NOT) fight over and divide further as Chinese are in townThe naysayers confront the apologists by citing opaqueness and the Byzantine nature of the whole project or dare to venture an extra mile and term the whole CPEC enterprise as East-India Company 2.0

‘A spectre is haunting our beloved land — the spectre of CPEC,’ many wise men warn us. In the beginning, merely two years back, things were looking good but then a new obsession reared its ugly head and gripped our imagination over past few months. For the ease of all, let’s convert this psychological bent into something easier to grasp and name it ‘CPEC Syndrome’. What is CPEC Syndrome? Well, it is a condition where two groups of Pakistani individuals, apologists and naysayers, try to battle out their differences about billions of dollars worth of Chinese investment through invoking future promise of progress (…

Pakistan to become Asian tiger with Balochistan as engine of growth

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/pakistan-become-asian-tiger-balochistan-engine-growth-says-sharif-1611978
Pakistan to become 'Asian tiger' with Balochistan as engine of growth says SharifChina to fund projects including massive health facility, desalination plants and university in Balochistan.

By VasudevanSridharanMarch 16, 2017 12:27 GMT     Women demonstrate against what they say were the killing of political activists in BalochistanAthar Hussain/ReutersPakistan will soon become Asia's economic tiger with the troubled Balochistan an engine of growth, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif told a political rally in Balochistan pledging a series of reforms in the restive region.Underlining the importance of improving the infrastructure of Balochistan, Sharif said the region needs better road connectivity.More from IBTimes UK Hindu woman axed to death in Balochistan province of Pakistan Pakistan: Sehwan residents mourn victims of deadly shrine blast claimed by Isis Pakistan security …

Pakistan will pay heavy price for CPEC

http://www.drmarri.com/blog/pakistan_will_pay_heavy_price_for_cpec/2017-03-17-2522:03

By: Dr. Jumma Marri BalochNews about fresh research reports put out by Top line Securities, that states that Pakistan will have to repay $90 billion on CPEC investments of $50bn. The report itself is sound, and the figure of $3.5bn per year as repayment obligations are very high such huge payments poor Pakistani economy will certainly not be able to sustain hence will end up in never lasting Chinese debts.China Pakistan so called economical corridor is nothing but a cunning Chinese trap it’s a huge loan given to Pakistan by Chinese state owned bank that Pakistan have to repay with huge percentages all benefits of this project will flow back to China.For examples all infrastructure projects are Chinese owned and all the workers will be brought in from China to implement these projects, these projects costs are gold plated to account for both bribes for Punjabi political elites and army generals in Rawa…

Free Balochistan Movement will organise a demonstration and awareness campaign in front of Berlin gate

Germany: Activists of Free Balochistan Movement will organise a demonstration and awareness campaign in front of Berlin gate on 27 March against illegal occupation of Balochistan by Pakistan. The FBM activists will also distribute pamphlets against Pakistani brutalities in Balochistan. Time and Place:  27, March 2017 at 12:00 midday in front of Berlin Gate, Germany.